Dental FAQ’s

Why is it so important to maintain dental health?

Your oral health will have an impact on your general health and well being. Whilst exercising, eating right and regular health checks are important, you must not forget that looking after your teeth and gums is also essential. Studies have shown a direct correlation between oral and general health.

How often should I see a dentist?

Early detection and intervention is the key to long-term oral health. By having a regular check-up every six months potential problems can be diagnosed early and minimise the need for lengthy and costly restorative treatment in the future.

When should I change my toothbrush?

To ensure your toothbrush’s effectiveness it’s advised to replace it about every three months. This may vary according to the way you brush your teeth – softer or harder and how many times a day.

How should I treat a toothache?

There are many causes of a toothache. Over the counter pain relief medication will often alleviate any discomfort and the pain should subside within a few hours. If you have a toothache that is causing severe pain for more than 24 hours call and schedule an appointment at Innovative Dental as this may indicate an infection in the tooth root.

What are impacted wisdom teeth and when should they be removed?

Wisdom teeth become impacted when there isn’t enough space in the jaw for them to emerge straight so they come through at an angle, get stuck and come through the gums partially or not at all. There are a number of reasons for removing un-erupted or impacted teeth. An x-ray may have shown that these teeth could cause problems for the adjacent teeth if left in place. There is also the possibility that you could develop such things as a cyst or abscess causing a major infection. It is best to remove wisdom teeth early to prevent these problems.

What is the best way to whiten my teeth?

There are various procedures for teeth whitening, ranging from in-chair whitening, a take home kit or a combination of both. Book an appointment with Dr Eshak for a proper assessment on which treatment would be suitable for you.

Do you clench or grind your teeth?

Clenching and grinding of teeth, mostly during sleep, is known as Bruxism. Many scientific studies demonstrate this to be a major factor leading to headaches, damage to teeth and filling, and neck pain for over 50% of the population. Teeth are not supposed to make contact when you are not chewing. Most people are unaware that they clench their jaws while they are sleeping or during the days. If you have any of the above symptoms contact the surgery for a consultation.