Frequently Asked Questions
Things happen – and not always on a weekday during normal business hours. To better serve our patients, we invite you to call our office as soon as a dental emergency happens. If it takes place on a weekday you can contact us on 21577223 or 79577223 and we will be glad to schedule an emergency visit as quickly as possible. For emergencies after hours, over the weekend and during holidays, a service has been set up and those requiring assistance are to call on (00356) 99500111 (between 07.00 – 21.00)
We offer diverse options for bleaching teeth: in-office or at home. One session of in-office bleaching generally lasts one to two hours. For home bleaching, we make an impression of your teeth and create a mouth guard that fits your bite. You fill the mouth guard each day with a small amount of bleaching gel and wear it overnight or for a few hours during the day. The overnight bleaching process takes approximately two weeks.
Other over-the- counter daily bleaching products are available, too, but it is important to use any bleaching product only under the supervision of a dentist. To achieve the whitening results you want, we recommend that you seek the professional advice of a dentist, including exam and diagnosis of tooth discoloration before you begin any bleaching program.
We understand that going to the dentist can make some people feel anxious. Painless dentistry is a means of ensuring your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible.
In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday
No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure.
The most important thing to do is to remain calm and find the tooth. Rinse it lightly in cold milk or saline. Put the tooth in a glass of cold milk (or under the tongue if the child is old enough but being careful not to swallow it) and take your child and the glass immediately to the dentist.
Visiting the dentist regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important because it:
• Helps prevent tooth decay
• Protects against periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to tooth and bone loss
• Prevents bad breath – brushing, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly will help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth that causes bad breath
• Gives you a more attractive smile and increases your self-confidence
• Helps keep teeth looking bright by preventing them from becoming stained by food, drinks, and tobacco
• Strengthens your teeth so that you can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles and good food for the rest of your life!
Your teeth may feel fine, but it’s still important to see the dentist regularly because problems can exist without you knowing. Gum disease is especially insidious. Your smile’s appearance is important, and your dentist can help keep your smile healthy and looking beautiful. With so many advances in dentistry, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth. Today’s dentists offer many treatment choices that can help you smile with confidence
ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth at least two times a day, and floss at least once!
• Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities.
• Avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth causing more plaque and possibly cavities) and avoid tobacco (this can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, and eventually lead to oral cancer).
• Don’t be afraid to brush your tongue! By brushing your tongue, you will remove food particles and reduce the amount of plaque-causing bacteria. Tongue brushing also helps keep your breath fresh.
• Be sure to schedule your routine check-up. It is recommended that you visit the dentist every six months.
Exposure to all sources of radiation — including the sun, minerals in the soil, appliances in your home, and dental X-rays — can damage the body’s tissues and cells and lead to the development of cancer. Fortunately, the dose of radiation you are exposed to during the taking of X-rays at the dentist is usually extremely small and therefore the benefit of taking the x-ray your dentist recommends will far outweigh the risk associated with the exposure to x-rays
(Advances in dentistry over the years have lead to the low radiation levels emitted by dental X-rays. Some of the improvements are new digital X-ray machines that limit the radiation beam to the small area being X-rayed, higher speed X-ray films that require shorter exposure time compared with older film speeds to get the same results, and the use of film holders that keep the film in place in the mouth (which prevents the film from slipping and the need for repeat X-rays and additional radiation exposure). Also, the use of lead-lined, full-body aprons protects the body from stray radiation (though this is almost non-existent with the modern dental X-ray machines.) In addition, federal law requires that X-ray machines be checked for accuracy and safety every two years, with some states requiring more frequent checks.)
The American Dental Association (ADA), the FDA, and numerous public health agencies say amalgams are safe, and that any link between mercury-based fillings and disease is unfounded. The cause of ASD, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis remains unknown. Additionally, there is no solid, scientific evidence to back up the claim that if a person has amalgam fillings removed, he or she will be cured of these or any diseases.
RCT is a method of saving a tooth by cleaning out a damaged nerve and filling in the resulting chamber. It is not always successful but is sometimes preferable to removing the tooth in question straight away.
Periodontal disease is the deterioration of the supporting structures of the teeth. It leads to a number of unpleasant effects such as gum swelling and bleeding, tooth hypersensitivity, halitosis, and (in the later stages) tooth drifting/mobility (and eventual loss).
Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically placed in the bone of the jaws to enable the construction of a fixed crown or bridge, or stabilise a removable denture.
A crown is needed on a tooth when the tooth is weakened by either decay, a fracture or a very large restoration. Tooth that have undergone Root Canal Therapy will often require a crown.