Frequently asked questions

We have gathered some of the more popular dental-related questions, typically asked by our patients.

I don’t feel any pain. Why does my tooth still need filling?

Your tooth has 3 layers: enamel, dentine and pulp. You will only feel pain when the decay is close to or has reached the pulp. It is best to get a filling done when the decay is still minimal. If you were to have a toothache, there’s a high chance you would probably need a root canal treatment.

What is a root canal treatment?

It is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp will be removed and the insides of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. If ignored, the tissue surrounding the decaying tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.

Is crowning compulsory after a root canal treatment?

It is not compulsory. But it is advisable to crown the tooth after a root canal treatment. As the tooth is still vulnerable after a root canal treatment, there is a possibility of crown fracture extending to the root. This fracture will render your tooth useless and would have wasted your time and money doing the root canal treatment in the first place.

Is tooth extraction advisable when there is toothache?

Yes, you can. Tooth extraction can help to relief pain caused by unsavable or unrestorable tooth. If you feel any toothache or pain, don’t wait and get it checked immediately.

Why do I have persistent bleeding after my tooth extraction procedure?

If you see a light, diluted red around the wound, this is not an indication of bleeding whereas a dark, condensed red would mean the opposite. To stop the bleeding, bite on the gauze for five minutes to apply pressure and drink a cup of cold water. Next, check the wound again. If you don’t see a consistent amount of dark, condensed blood coming from the wound, this means that the bleeding has stopped. Remember to also avoid rinsing your mouth for at least 24 hours after your tooth extraction procedure.

Can scaling and polishing whiten my teeth?

Unfortunately not. Scaling helps to clean plaque and calculus. It does not help in whitening your teeth.

Can flossing cause gaps to appear in between my teeth?

No it can’t. After thoroughly cleaning your teeth, you might notice that there are tiny gaps in between. This is because of the removal of food debris and plaque that has been lodged in between your teeth for some time.

Why are my gums always bleeding?

Bleeding gums can be due to gingivitis or periodontitis, or also known as gum inflammation. The reason for this is because of poor oral hygiene as well as improper brushing and flossing technique.

Do I need to extract my tooth before getting braces?

It depends on the condition of your teeth and your expected end result. Some of our patients did not have to undergo tooth extraction prior to putting on their braces. Please consult us for more details.

I’m looking to get dentures. Do I need to extract all of my teeth?

No, you don’t have to. There are complete and partial denture solutions depending on your needs. You can even get dentures for a single missing tooth.

Have more burning questions? Or can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Feel free to reach out to us.

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