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Frequently Asked Questions

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    What causes teeth to stain?

    Over time our teeth pick up staining from a variety of sources:

    • Dark drinks Tea, coffee, wine, juice, soda.
    • Pigmented Foods Soy sauce, blackberries and cranberries.
    • Aging Enamel wearing on your teeth with age exposes more of the dark yellow or brownish colouring underneath.
    • Genetics some people have naturally whiter teeth than others.
    • Dental A history of trauma to teeth, root canal and other treatments can all leave a visible mark on your teeth.
    • Smoking
    • Poor oral hygiene
    • Medications - Certain antibiotics given in the childhood years can leave a permanent form of staining on teeth, and other medications can also dull teeth.
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    Why do gums bleed?

    Between the teeth, in places beyond reach of a toothbrush, the bacteria create a solid layer of tartar. This causes inflammation and bleeding of gums and bad breath. This means that proper hygiene is the most important factor for prevention of gum bleeding.

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    What causes deposits and tartar?

    Frequent consumption of coffee, cigarettes, tea and other coloured drinks causes deposits and improper hygiene causes tartar, which can be cleaned only by the dentist.

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    How frequently should I brush my teeth?

    Teeth should be brushed after every meal. Dental floss also plays an important role, because it cleans food between teeth, which are unreachable with the toothbrush.

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    How long do composite veneers last?

    The longevity of Composite veneers depends on many factors; the type of material used and the correct follow up of the procedure in doing them. On average, Composite veneers are expected to last up to 10 years.

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    What is a crown?

    This is a restoration that fits over the tooth, like a pen cap fitting over a pen. It is usually made of porcelain or gold, or a combination of precious metal and porcelain.

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    Why might I need a crown?

    Sometimes a large filling is not strong enough to last in the long-term. The crown will increase the strength of a heavily filled tooth. In addition, a large filling can attract plaque deposits. A crown will be easier to keep clean and so is less likely to get further decay.

Root Canals

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    What symptoms may indicate that I need root canal work?

    The following are indications you may need a root canal:

    • Tooth pain when chewing, or when pressure is applied to the tooth
    • Sensitivity to heat or cold
    • Swelling or tenderness of the gum surrounding the painful tooth, and a darkening of the affected tooth. Swelling in the cheek or jaw.
    • Sometimes, however, a root canal procedure may be necessary without any of the above symptoms.
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    What exactly is a root canal?

    A root canal is a dental procedure done to remove the infected core, or pulp, of a tooth, which helps relieve toothache, stop infection and promote healing. When the pulp is healthy, it feeds the tooth and helps fight infection. When the pulp becomes damaged because of a deep cavity or fracture, infection may develop.

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    How does the dentist determine if I need a root canal?

    An x-ray of the affected tooth will reveal any indications of damage to, or decay of nerve and pulp tissue. If any of these conditions are detected, a root canal procedure is necessary. If left untreated, an infection and abscess may develop in the gums surrounding the tooth, which could spread to the bone.

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    What causes the decay, infection or death of nerve tissue and pulp?

    Deep tooth decay causes inflammation and damage to nerve and pulp tissue in the root canal. Repeated dental work, large cavities, chipped, cracked or broken teeth, trauma to the jaw or surrounding area may all cause nerve and pulp damage and decay.

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    What exactly does the dentist do in root canal work?

    First, an access hole is drilled into the affected tooth. Long, narrow instruments are then introduced deep into the tooth's root through this opening to remove dead or decayed nerve tissue and pulp, along with accumulated debris. All of this material is flushed away with water or a chemical solution. The tooth cavity is then cleaned, or scrubbed, filled and sealed to prevent leakage.

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