Dental Implant FAQs
Caring for your teeth and gums isn’t just the responsibility of your dentist and the practice team. There are many activities you can do every day to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, apart from brushing – such as flossing, mouth rinses and careful selection of your diet.
At DentalCarePlus we emphasise the importance of having a regular implant reviews and hygiene reviews. This will ensure that plaque – which is the major cause of gingivitis, which can lead to the more serious periodontitis (gum disease) – is removed regularly. If plaque is left for long periods it hardens and forms tartar, especially behind the front lower teeth.
Seriously receding gums exposes the roots of the tooth leading to the tooth eventually falling out, usually after years of pain and sensitivity to hot and cold drinks.
Early detection of cavities means that if any fillings are required, these will be small ones, and not larger ones which could have already destroyed the hard enamel of the tooth and eroded away the softer dentine inner part of the tooth. When the decay reaches the nerve and blood vessels in the middle; that is when serious toothache occurs.
Advanced tooth decay may require root canal treatments, where the nerve of the tooth is completely removed. These treatments are expensive and can be avoided by having regular six-monthly check-ups.
Plaque build up leads eventually to periodontitis (gum disease), which is also a major cause of bad breath.
Periodontitis (gum disease) can cause an abscess to form at the root of the tooth. These can be painful due to the proximity of the Nerve, and eventually can lead to the loss of the tooth.
A panoramic X-ray is recommended because apart from showing up cavities, it can also detect oral cancer. Our digital equipment exposes a patient to a fraction of the radiation associated with older conventional equipment.
The most common cause of tooth decay is the consumption of refined sugars, which by encouraging plaque build up can also lead to gum disease. Examples of refined sugars include sucrose, glucose, dextrose, corn syrup and glucose syrup. Even natural sugars, such as those found in fruit and honey, can cause plaque acids. Examples of natural sugars include fructose, lactose and maltose.
Acid in plaque builds up only seconds after eating sugars but may take over 30 minutes to return to safe levels. It’s not only the quantity of sugar that can cause damage but the frequency as well, so if you must eat sweets, avoid spreading them out over a long period of time.
Dentists recommend you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Your dentist will be able to tell you which type of toothbrush is best for you and how best to use it. They can also talk to you about mouth rinses, flossing and other dental aids which may help your personal preventive care.