Frequently Asked Dental Questions

your questions and concerns about dental treatment answered

Oral hygiene

  • Why is oral hygiene important?

    Maintaining oral hygiene is critical to prevent serious dental problems developing that could endanger your teeth and general health. Regular visits to the hygienist are an important supplement to regular dental check-ups.

  • Can’t my dentist do oral hygiene checks?

    Yes, of course our dentists are fully qualified in all aspects of oral hygiene, but our hygienists have undergone special training in this area. This means that they focus on ensuring plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth themselves and from below the gum line, where most damage is caused.

  • How can I prevent oral hygiene problems?

    Maintain a rigorous cleaning programme at home if you want to minimise hygienist appointments. Our hygienist will give you advice and tips, not only about how to clean your teeth, but also about diet and general lifestyle choices that can help.

Tooth decay

  • How does tooth decay happen?

    Teeth decay as a result of eating and drinking foods that contain sugars or reacts with plaque on your teeth to form acids. Having sugary snacks or drinks between meals is particularly harmful, as the acids have no time to neutralise.

  • How can I prevent tooth decay?

    Brush your teeth regularly and, if possible, after eating. If this is not possible, chew sugar-free gum to help stimulate saliva, which neutralises the acid in your mouth and prevents damage. Try not to eat between meals and, of course, come in for routine check-ups and to allow us to detect and monitor any early signs of decay

  • What are the symptoms of tooth decay?

    The early stages of tooth decay have few symptoms. The first sign is often some sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods. As the decay gets closer to the pulp of the tooth, you may begin to suffer from toothache.

  • What can be done?

    For small areas of shallow decay, we will be able to remove it and fill the tooth – usually with a tooth-coloured filling. If the decay is more advanced, we may need to perform root canal treatment.

Root Canal Treatment

  • Why do I need a root canal?

    You may have an area of deep dental decay or your tooth may be fractured. In either case the pulp of the tooth has become infected and needs to be removed.

  • How many appointments will be required?

    Usually only two, however you may need more if your case is particularly complex. At the first appointment the pulp is removed and any abscesses are drained, giving you immediate relief from pain. The second appointment will be to permanently fill the tooth and fit a crown if necessary.

  • Is treatment painful?

    No, modern root canal treatment is not generally painful. A local anaesthetic is given to numb the area and you should experience no more discomfort than with a normal filling.

Dental Implants

  • Are implants safe?

    Yes, dental implants are a safe, well-established treatment, supported by over 30 years of clinical evidence. Today’s implants have an average 95% success rate.

  • How long do implants last?

    Once the implant post has integrated with the bone and surrounding soft tissue, its longevity will be down to the quality of at-home care and attendance at regular clinical reviews. Just as with natural teeth, poor care can lead to gum infection, bleeding and general discomfort. However, well-maintained implants can be expected to last many years and often a whole lifetime.

  • Am I suitable for implant treatment?

    Your suitability for implants will depend on the quality and quantity of the bone in your jaw. Even if this is found to be insufficient, there are usually solutions, such as bone grafting, that can enable implant treatment.

Have a question you want answered?

If you have a question regarding your dental treatment, or if you would like to know more about a particular treatment please get in touch using the form. A member of our team will be happy to help you and suggest the best way forward for your particular case.