Frequently Asked Questions
We understand visiting the dentist can be a nervous experience for some, and we answer a lot of questions about the many procedures and treatments we offer. Read below for answers to some of our most common questions:
When should my child first visit the dentist?
We recommend visiting Fine Dentistry for your child’s first dental check-up before the age of 2, but it is a good idea to bring your child along to your check-ups so they can become familiar with the experience. During their initial visit, we will count the number of baby teeth and their formation, as well as how effectively they have been cleaned and any early signs of decay.
Does my child need an orthodontic examination?
Your child should receive an orthodontic examination at the age of 7 as it is easier to treat any emerging conditions while the teeth are in development. At this age, the orthodontist can tell whether there will be adequate room for permanent teeth to grow in without crowding. Tooth development in adolescence can vary, so our orthodontist can identify whether any problems are emerging, or if there is a standard variation in normal development.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the molars at the rear of the mouth which emerge during the late teens or early 20s. One or more may be missing, and wisdom teeth are known for causing dental problems through overcrowding and impaction. They are most often removed.
What is an impacted tooth?
An impacted tooth is one which is prevented from properly erupting through the gum line and may try to emerge sideways or tilted. When below the gum line, it may be painless, but once it attempts to erupt, the gum may become infected or swollen. Early detection is best, and your dentist can x-ray your jaw to identify the problem.
Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth can be removed if they are impacted or as a preventive measure. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause infection and discomfort, leading to greater dental problems and should be removed as soon as practical. Other people may have their wisdom teeth emerge without a problem, but elect to have them removed to prevent problems in the future. Wisdom teeth can be difficult to keep clean and are more susceptible to the build-up of plaque or trapped food, which can lead to decay.
What is gum disease and what causes it?
Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on teeth, which irritates and infects the gum resulting in inflammation. Daily brushing, flossing and regular check-ups with your dentist are the best way to prevent a build-up of plaque. Without proper care, gum disease can develop into a more serious condition, infecting the fibres and bone supporting your teeth and may lead to teeth becoming loose, falling out or needing removal.
What is the best way to whiten teeth?
Teeth can naturally stain over time, even with proper dental care. Fine Dentistry offers two options using the Zoom teeth whitening product. Patients can have the procedure completed in-office or use a take home kit with custom-made trays.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a replacement tooth which is securely held in place in your jaw. Implants are permanent and stable, making them a solution for patients missing one or multiple teeth.
My teeth feel fine. Why should I visit the dentist?
You should have a regular visit, even if you are not experiencing any problems with your teeth. Your dentist can monitor your overall dental health for any emerging problems which may not be noticeable, including taking x-rays, removing built-up plaque and thoroughly cleaning your teeth.
My gums bleed – is that bad?
Bleeding gums can be an initial sign of gum disease, caused by a build-up of plaque around the gum line. There can be many reasons for bleeding gums which are unrelated to gum disease. Your dentist can help advise you whether the problem stems from plaque build-up.
How can I keep my teeth healthy?
Keep a regular appointment with your dentist for a proper check-up along with daily brushing and flossing. Maintaining good oral hygiene can minimise your risk of developing gum disease, and regular visits to the dentist can ensure other issues are not prevalent, such as impacted teeth.