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Frequently Asked Dental Questions from Patients to Dentists

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1) Can scaling whiten our teeth.

In some ways , general scaling (Cleaning) will be able to “whiten” your teeth if your teeth is covered by a lot of plaque and dental tartar (karang gigi) . Those plaque are yellowish in colour and when our dentist does the cleaning, your teeth will appear “whiter” and reveal the original colour of your teeth. However, scaling WILL NOT be able to whiten your original teeth colour to a whiter shade , for that , you will have to do a whitening treatment .

2) What types of filling we used in our clinic.

In Dentist3™ Clinic, we only use white fillings (composite resin) which has several advantages compared to the silver / black filling that was used in the olden days. Those silver fillings are calls Amalgam. having said that, most of Malaysia’s government dental clinics are still using Amalgam as it is more cost effective and requires less steps to complete. White fillings may not last as long as amalgam fillings in some cases but if done well, white composite fillings can last a long time . In our clinics we have several other types of white fillings, one of them is call GIC (glass ionomer cement) which is more suitable for treatments for children .

3) What is the difference between crown and bridge.

A dental crown is basically an extra layer of “cap” that is cemented (glued) on your existing tooth. Normally a crown (Sarung gigi) is needed after root canal treatment in order to strengthen the root treated tooth and prevent the tooth from fracturing. Because root canal treated tooth is usually more fragile compared to your natural tooth. A Dental bridge is basically a few dental crown which is connected together. A 3 unit dental bridge is used to replaced 1 missing tooth (extracted tooth) . To use a bridge to replace a missing tooth, your two adjacent tooth has to be used to support the bridge. In order to accommodate the bridge , your 2 adjacent teeth has to be made smaller by grinding it down.

4) At What age can my child start seeing a dentist.

Basically when your baby is around 2-3 years old, it is recommended to come visit a dentist to get them to “warm up” on routine dental check-up. Our dr will also recommend and teach you how to start brushing their baby teeth to prevent future tooth cavities. Once your child knows how to spit out the toothpaste used, you can start to switch to adult toothpaste (fluoridated) as fluoride toothpaste can better protect their teeth

5) What are the options to replace a missing tooth.

  • There are 3 options available for missing tooth replacement.
    i. Dentures
    Removable, affordable price, need to be cleaned thoroughly after meals, may/may not need adjustments until patients feel comfortable, bone recession causing the denture to become loose after some time.

ii. Dental Bridge
Artificial tooth fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area of the missing tooth. The neighboring teeth will be trimmed to attach the bridge.

iii. Dental Implant
An artificial tooth root, made of titanium metal will be placed into the the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. It is a permanent fixture in your mouth that has excellent long-term success.

6) what should my oral hygiene regimen be.

-Dental cleaning (scaling) is recommended 6 months once which is the most important regimen for oral hygiene to remove all the plaque and calculus (harden debris) on the surface of the tooth. Moreover, proper brushing techniques preferably more than 5 minutes and fluoride content toothpaste are recommended to maintain oral hygiene also to prevent from cavities.

7) My kids have a cavities on their teeth, should it be filled.

-Recommended to be filled as it may cause pain sooner or later if the cavity becomes to deep and infect the pulp of the tooth. this can prevent doing root canal treatment (removing the pulp) which will require injection . Doing root canal treatment on a kid can be quite traumatic .

8) Can whitening treatment harm my teeth.

-No, it doesn’t harm your teeth but whitening do have side effects such as sensitivity which lasts about 2-3 days after the treatment. Dental whitening treatment uses an active ingredient that “dissolves” the yellow pigments on the layers of your teeth to make it appear whiter . but it doesn’t make your teeth layers thinner.

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