Frequently asked questions
I have heard that tooth cleaning weakens the teeth, is this true?
Tooth cleaning doesnot weaken your teeth at all. Professional tooth cleaning aims at removing the plaque and tartar deposits that cause gum irritation especially at the gum line. Tooth cleaning does not remove or strip the outer enamel layer of your teeth. It’s perfectly safe and healthy and recommended for the health of your teeth and gums.
Does tooth cleaning cause my teeth to become sensitive?
Tooth cleaning does NOT cause tooth sensitivity.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity after your cleaning, it will be a result of a pre-existing gum recession (gums peeling away from the teeth) leaving portions of the roots of the teeth usually sheltered by the gums exposed.
Tooth sensitivity can also be the result of many other situations in which the teeth are worn off for example through rough or abrasive tooth brushing, or tooth grinding that exposes the inner sensitive dentine layer of your teeth. In addition to this, teeth often become sensitive if they have cavities (tooth decay).
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, all hope is not lost. Please inform your dentist. A wide range of treatments including fillings and use of desensitizer toothpastes are available at our centre and you will be advised on what to do according to the severity of the tooth sensitivity and/or its underlying cause.
How often should I go for tooth Cleaning?
It is advisable to have a dental check up and tooth cleaning every six months.
We know that even the most careful tooth brusher will often encounter some hard to reach areas especially at the back of the mouth.
A professional cleaning (also known as scale and polish) will leave all your teeth clean and smooth so that the surfaces do not easily trap food when you eat. All the surface stains will be cleaned leaving all your teeth cleaner, your gums healthy and your breath fresher.
What’s not to like?
So be sure to book your appointment with us for your next tooth cleaning.
What is root canal treatment?
Teeth which have deeper cavities will often be more painful; with the pain usually starting on its own and lasting for long spells especially at night. You may also experience pain on biting.
This is usually a sign that the decay involves the nerve chamber (pulp) of the tooth.
The treatment for this kind of advanced tooth decay is either root canal treatment or extraction (removal) of the tooth.
Root canal treatment involves removal of the infected nerves tissue. The canals of the tooth are then cleaned out and shaped to receive an artificial filling (root filling). The whole treatment is usually done it three visits, usually spaced one week apart.
On the last visit, the permanent filling is placed on the tooth.
The symptoms might subside even before the last visit, but the whole treatment must be completed. Endeavour to attend all the visits as recommended by the dentist. After the root canal treatment is completed, there should be no more symptoms associated with the tooth because it is now devoid of all living tissue.
However, because of the nature of the procedure and the initial extent of decay, there is usually a substantial loss of tooth structure.
In addition, root canal treatment removes all the living tissue in the tooth, replacing it with artificial filling. Without the hydrating properties of the pulp contents, the tooth dries out and becomes very BRITTLE and the remaining tooth crown could easily fracture.
The dentist will advise you to have an artificial crown placed on the tooth within six months after root canal is completed
The crown will ensure that the tooth remain s intact for many years even after root canal treatment.
Is Root canal treatment painful?
Now we all know that root canal treatment has garnered such a bad reputation in popular culture and has been notoriously depicted in the movies as a horrible experience. This couldn’t be further from the reality.
At Neptune Dental we believe that none of our treatments (including root canal treatments) should be painful experiences.
Before your dentist starts the root canal treatment, he/she will take time to explain to you what the procedure entails. Local anaesthetic (numbing medication) will be administered gently to sufficiently numb the tooth to be treated. After the anaesthetic has taken full effect, the root canal treatment can be done without any discomfort.
After the procedure, you will often be given medication to take care of any post visit soreness and appropriate follow ups will be made to ensure that you do not have toothache again.
So the next time your dentist indicates that you need a root canal treatment, take heart. Compared to the undesirable consequences of losing your tooth, the root canal treatment is definitely worth every effort.