Q: Does the implant placement process hurt?
No ... Simple cases of implants have little discomfort or swelling afterwards. Generally, the less invasive process, the fewer the problems that arise after surgery.
Q: Implants last a lifetime?
Implants have very high success rates and come in to stay. As with natural teeth, some issues may arise during their lifetime (infection, loosening of the retaining screw,cracks in prosthetic restoration, or rarely break of the implant itself). For this reason, it is important to keep a maintenance programm,as this will be prescribed..
Q: Is bleaching safe for teeth?
Bleaching (when supervised by a dentist) is a completely safe procedure. Little sensitivity to teeth and gums may occur in some patients, but it is temporary and disappears completely once the treatment is over.
Q: Is the whitening effect permanent?
No. Depending on the individual's eating and social habits (smoking, drinking coffee, tea, wine), maintenance is needed.
Q: Do I need to change the old silver fillings?
Not necessarily. However, a detailed six-month check should be carried out and if needed they will be replaced by white restorations.
Q: Are the white fillings weaker thanthe old metallic?
No. New materials have excellent mechanical properties, but they also have their limits. For this reason, in extended lesions, we prefer the use of indirect restorations such as inlays or full coverage crowns.
Q: My gums are bleeding?. Is it normal;
No. Healthy gums do not bleed. The most likely cause is the presence of little or severe inflammation (gingivitis, peritonitis). Very rarely, it may be a symptom of a more general illness. In any case, a diagnostic visit and treatment by the dentist is required.
Q: I have a bad smell. What's wrong?
90% of cases of bad smell are due to causes in the oral cavity. The existence of damaged teeth, periodontal diseases, poor prosthetic restorations, poor oral hygiene, are some of the reasons that lead to this unpleasant condition. Rehabilitation of any possible problem by the dentist combined with excellent hygiene (brushing teeth and tongue, dental floss or interdental brushes) help to eliminate this problem.
Q: From what age should children visit the dentist?
Between 3-4 years old, it is advisable to have the first preventive visit to the dentist. There are specialized colleagues,who have been trained in the prevention, treatment and psychology of these tender ages. The first visits to the dentist are the ones that determine the future behavior and their relationship with the dentist in adult life.
Q: I had a root canal on my tooth but still bothers me.Is there a problem;
For some days or weeks after the end of the root canal treatment,sensitivity might exist, mainly during mastication.This is quite normal and passes automatically or with the help of anti-inflammatory. An antibiotic drug is rarely needed. But if the root canal is old and suddenly begins to hurt, swell or come out a small pimple with fluid in the gum, then there may be a problem and need medical help.
Q: I have diabetes or osteoporosis. Can I have implant treatment?
In patients with regulated diabetes we can proceed comfortably with implant treatment.. Patients with osteoporosis should be aware of what medication is taken and in what way. Modern osteoporosis drugs (bisphosphonates, for example) can potentially cause problems in the healing of a jaw injury, so it is important to know when the last dose, type of medicine and dosage were made. In any case, before proceeding with any jaw surgery, patients taking osteoporosis medication should be consulted with the treating physician.
Q: I clench my teeth when I sleep and wake up with pain in the face and sometimes headaches. Can I do something?
Tooth clenching (bruxism) during sleep is an increasingly common condition among the population and it is mainly related to neurological issues (stress, for example). The patient wakes up tired,pain in the muscles of the face and sometimes disturbing sounds and aches in the temporomandibular joints.
Besides these inconveniences, bruxism creates wearing of the teeth or fractures on prosthetic restorations. The construction of a customized mouthguard that should be used during sleeping is one of the therapies to reduce the symptoms but also to protect the teeth.
Q: I want to improve my smile. Are the resin or porcelain venners better option?
Porcelain veneers have a better aesthetic performance and last longer. However they are more expensive and more difficult to adjust them if minor problems occur.