Q. What is Root Canal Therapy? A. RCT is a method of saving a tooth by cleaning out a damaged nerve and filling in the resulting chamber.
Q. What is Gum (Periodontal) Disease? A. Periodontal disease is the deterioration of the supporting structures of the teeth.
Q. What are Dental Implants? A. Dental implants are titanium screws or cages that are surgically placed in the bone of the mouth to which a tooth, bridge, or denture can attach to make a stable restoration.
Q. Why should I Replace a Missing Tooth? A. The empty space in your mouth starts to cause many problems including decay and periodontal disease, an unbalanced bite, and stress on the remaining teeth.
Q. Why do I need a Crown (Cap)?
A. A crown is needed on a tooth when the tooth is weakened by either decay, a fracture or a very large restoration.
Q. I don't like my Smile is there anything I can do? A. Besides Braces, there are three common procedures available; bonding, bleaching, and veneering.
Q. Why does the Floss shred and get caught in my teeth? A. Floss can shred if the contact between the teeth is tight or there is a rough or broken surface between the teeth.
Q. How can I avoid getting Cavities? A. The best way to avoid cavities is by eating right, brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily and visiting your dentist every six months. Children and some adults can benefit by having Sealants placed.
Q.At what age should I start taking my Child to the dentist?
A Some say at 1 year of age, but definitely by the child's 3 rd birthday.
Q. What should I do if my Child's Tooth is Knocked Out? A. Place the tooth in cool milk or if the child is old enough, under the child's tongue. Be real careful not to swallow the tooth and get to the dentist within 30 minutes so it can be reimplanted.
Q. I've got these lacy-white streaks, white patches, and ulcerations in my mouth, what can they be? A. It is possible that you have a condition called Lichen Planus. It has an unkown cause but can be an allergic reaction. Have you changed your toothpaste brand, medications, etc? Also, it may be aggrevated by stress! Check out this wonderful area on LP, with info and live chats.
Q. When do those Baby and Permanent teeth erupt and how are my teeth are numbered? A. Teeth erupt at different times in all individuals. Your child's tooth should erupt eventually unless your dentist tells you that there is no replacement permanent tooth.
Q. What is dental Implant ? A. It is an advanced medical technology for the treatment of tooth loss. A titanium implant is implanted in the toothless area of the jawbone. The jawbone fuses with the titanium surface providing a strong anchorage for the implant. The implant functions as a support for the dental prosthesis constructed over it.
Q. What are the oral benefits of dental implant?
A. It can treat cases untreatable with conventional methods of dental bridges and dentures. It prevents further resorption of the jawbone following tooth loss.
It can perfectly restore chewing function. It avoids cutting down and overloading the natural teeth occurring with conventional means of replacing tooth loss..
It helps restore a patient’s self-esteem and confidence since it gives the feeling of regaining the real teeth. It functions better than conventional dental bridges and dentures. It gives superior aesthetic results.
Q. Am I a suitable candidate for dental implant? A. You will be a suitable candidate for dental implant if you fulfill the following requirements:
You must be medically fit to undergo ordinary surgery. Your jaw must have enough bone to support the implant. (If not, bone grafting may be required). There must be enough space to accommodate the prosthesis over the implant.You must understand what the treatment can offer. You must realize to what extend the treatment can meet your expectations. Should I consider dental implant? You do not want to have your natural teeth cut down which is required in making your conventional dental bridge. You cannot wear or chew well with your denture. You cannot tolerate a denture in your mouth.You do not want to damage your remaining teeth from wearing a partial denture. You have lost your back teeth making it possible to construct a conventional dental bridge. You have a long toothless span, which is not indicated for making a conventional dental bridge. You want superior aesthetic results with your tooth replacements. You want the most effective way of restoring your chewing function.
Q.What are the procedures involved? A.The surgery can commence after thorough diagnosis and treatment planning. A recipient site of the same size and shape as the implant is created in the jawbone with drilling instruments. The implant is inserted into the site prepared. Usually, a healing period of 3 to 6 months is required for the jawbone to fuse with the implant. The jawbone has different densities in different areas – the denser the bone, the shorter the healing period. After this healing period, the prosthesis is constructed over the implant and the treatment is completed. Usually, a straightforward implant treatment takes about 4 to 7 months to complete. Longer periods are required for complex situation such as cases requiring bone grafting.
Q. How is the operation arranged? A. The operation will be performed under aseptic condition usually in a clinic with the proper facilities and conditions for dental implant surgery. Local anesthesia is given for pain control during the operation. Intravenous can be given if necessary. Pain, which may occur after the operation, can be effectively controlled with dental medications. The prosthetic part of the implant treatment does not require anesthesia.
Q. How successful is the treatment ? A. Modern dental implant treatment is highly successful, as a general guideline, the five-year success rate of dental implant is over 95% with the lower jaw(mandible) and about 90% with upper jaw(maxilla). The success rates may slowly decrease as the implant stays longer in function. In difficult cases, the success rates are expected to be lower. Despite the overall high success rates with dental implant treatment, there is still the possibility of failure, which can be contributed by various factors and conditions, such as poor healing power, poor bone quality, smoking and diabetes.
Q. How long can an dental implant last ? A. The service life of an dental implant can be affected by many factors:
High standards of treatment, meticulous daily cleaning by the patient, regular professional maintenance, abstinence from smoking and avoidance of overloading (like chewing bones, shells, hard nuts and candies), can contribute to the durability of the oral implant. In view of the high success of modern dental implant treatment; an dental implant can be considered a long lasting medical implant that does not need to be changed.
Q. Is the operation safe ? A. Whereas no medical treatment can be guaranteed 100 percent without risks and failures, implant operation can be considered very safe. The prosthetic phase of treatment is basically non-invasive and non –invasive and non-surgical in nature.
Q. Are you missing a single tooth? A. Missing a single tooth can, over time, allow the misalignment of your remaining teeth and thus erode your current smile. A single tooth replaced with a dental implant and crown is the most predictable, conservative and long-lasting method of tooth replacement. Without a dental implant, the two adjacent teeth to a missing tooth must be filed down to anchor a bridge. Dental implants eliminate the need to modify natural teeth.
Q. Are you missing Multiple teeth? A. Missing multiple teeth can be a serious problem as the support structure of your jaw begins to deteriorate. Implants stop that deterioration.. Dental implants are designed to serve as a foundation for replacement crowns or bridges that "give you your teeth back." They look, feel, and function like natural teeth. In conjugation with dental implants, we can take support of some natural teeth to restore multiple missing teeth. although the ideal protocol is ONE TOOTH PER IMPLANT.
Q. How do I get started? A. The first step is a comprehensive examination of existing teeth, bone and gums. This allows for an accurate diagnosis and discovery of the potential solutions to your condition.
During the first visit, Doctor will perform a visual examination and evaluate radiographs (X-Rays). He will then share his findings with you, recommend treatment solutions, and help you determine the most appropriate treatment for you. We invite our patients to have a family member or friend participate in our discussions, which most patients find very beneficial. In addition, any financial matters will be discussed in detail and in a confidential setting before any treatment is started.
Q. Is the treatment painful? A. The surgical placement of dental implants causes only minor discomfort similar to having a tooth removed. Post-operative discomfort is controlled with the use of prescriptions. Depending on the extent of the therapy, many persons return to work the day of their surgery. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated.
Q. What is the success rate? A. Implants as a solution to missing teeth has been practiced for a few decades. Generally, because of advances in implant dentistry over the years, dental implants can have success rates above 90% in natural bone. Having said that, success rates depend on many factors, for example, the patient’s own health status or whether he/she is a smoker. Although at the present time we cannot put a figure down as to the longevity of implants, it is known that the first patient who had implants placed in 1965 still has them in function today. Of course, regular checkups and diligently maintaining one’s oral hygiene is also of utmost importance in preventing failure.
Q. How successful is the treatment & Safety? A. Modern dental implant treatment is highly successful, as a general guideline, the five-year success rate of dental implant is over 95% with the lower jaw (mandible) and about 90% with upper jaw (maxilla). The success rates may slowly decrease, as the implant stays longer in function. In difficult cases, the success rates are expected to be lower. Despite the overall high success rates with dental implant treatment, there is still the possibility of failure, which can be contributed by various factors and conditions, such as poor healing power, poor bone quality, smoking and diabetes. & most important of all-Poor oral Hygiene.
Whereas no medical treatment can be guaranteed 100 percent without risks and failures, implant operation can be considered very safe. The prosthetic phase of treatment is basically non-invasive and non –invasive and non-surgical in nature.
Q. No. Of sittings required.
A. Normally it’s a matter of 3 sittings.
- 1st sitting or initial assessment, radiographic records, medical history & clinical
- 2nd sitting for the implant placement
- 3rd sitting to place temporary crowns for a period of 4-6 mos to be
subsequentlychanged to ceramic crowns/bridges.
Q. What is medical tourism?
A. Medical tourism is a new way of having expensive surgical procedures at a fraction of the normal cost, and enjoying a holiday in an exotic location at the same time! With the current high costs of healthcare at home, especially for those without insurance, medical tourism is offering a way for people to have surgeries that they otherwise would never have been able to afford. You can travel to many exotic locations to have your surgery performed in a world-class medical facility, and then recover on an exotic holiday paid for by some of the savings you have made!