Q. Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?
A: Bleeding gums are a signal of stagnation of plaque i.e. bacteria around our gums. The bacteria in plaque causes inflammation of the gums, which manifests as bleeding. Rather than considering this situation as ‘weak’ gums, it is more accurate to think of this condition as neglected gums as the infection can be resolved with the proper attention.
Q: Is the loss of teeth a natural part of aging?
A: There is no reason that one should lose teeth as one ages provided that appropriate care is taken to maintain dental health. There are certain individuals who are genetically predisposed to loss of tooth support and these people require greater vigilance and managed care by a periodontist.
Q: What is the cause of bad breath? Will dental treatment solve my problem?
A: The source of bad breath varies. It can emanate from the ailments of the gut or respiratory tract infections. Certainly dental caries (decay) and accumulation of plaque and calculus are often the cause and need to be eliminated as a key source of the problem.
Q: My teeth appear stained and discoloured. Is teeth whitening/ bleaching the answer?
A: The purpose of bleaching is to modify or ‘brighten’ the intrinsic colour of teeth by means of exposure to a bleaching agent (gel). In cases where a patient’s natural tooth colour is favourable, but is masked by surface stains a good clean-up and maintenance is sometimes all that is needed.
Q: How do I know if I am a suitable candidate for dental implants?
A: Dental implants are for patients who have lost teeth but are unwilling to tolerate loose removable dentures or sacrifice neighbouring teeth for fixed bridges. Except for a limited number of medical contra-indications, they are suitable for the majority of adults and there is no age ceiling.
Q: Is root canal treatment painful?
A: Root canal treatment should be a painless procedure provided there is careful management of inflammation and gentle provision of adequate anaesthesia.
Q. What is Laser Gum Therapy?
A: Laser Gum (or Periodontal) Therapy uses laser technology instead of traditional tools to clean tartar (calculus) from the surface of teeth, roots and deep pockets that have formed in the gums. It is minimally invasive, almost pain-free, and local anaesthetic helps to keep the patient comfortable throughout the procedure.
Our clinic uses the Fotona dual-wavelength Nd:YAG and Er:YAG dental laser, which incorporates 2 most effective laser wavelengths in the field of dentistry. The laser light reaches beyond where conventional instruments cannot, to kill bacteria. It also bio-stimulates healing in human tissues, and may even promote regeneration of bone and periodontal attachment. For more information, please visit https://www.fotona.com/en/treatments/2042/periodontics/