Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers
Bridges last anywhere from 5 to 10 years. However, sometimes patients are known to use the same bridges for decades. The longevity also depends on how well you take care of your teeth and the quality of the material used for the bridges.
The price of the procedure depends on a few factors like complexity of the procedure, the material used like – composite resin, zirconia, or metal alloy covered in resin, number of teeth to be replaced, treatment for other dental issues like gum diseases etc.
Yes, they can be. If there is significant damage in the bridges such as chipping, breakage, or if they come off completely, your dentist would want to replace them. However, if the damage is not severe, your dentist could consider repairing them rather than replacing.
The best person to answer this question is your doctor. Having said that, it has been seen that it takes 3-4 months approximately for the treatment to be completed. The false teeth are fitted 3-4 months after the implants have been positioned in your jawbone.
The dental team will instruct you about the aftercare. Usually, it takes a few months for the implants to get completely fused in your bones. Only after this can the false tooth fitting be done.
Cleaning the area around the implant teeth is different and could be complicated than cleaning the natural once. The dental team will explain the procedure to you in details and also give you an aftercare guide.
Mostly, the implant teeth can only be attached or detached by a dentist.
While this is a rare case scenario, if the implants does get loose during the recovery period it could be detached by the dentist and you jaw will heal in a normal way. Once the jaw has healed, a new implant could be fitted there.
If you meet with an accident, the implant teeth can be damaged just like natural teeth. If you play sports or are into regular fitness, it is advisable to wear a mouth guard. If the teeth are damaged they can be replaced with new false ones. However, if the implants themselves are damaged they can be left in the jaw and another one could be positioned right alongside the old one. But visiting a dentist immediately and taking their advice into account is recommended.
Root canal is performed under the effect of anesthesia, so it may not be more painful than a regular dental procedure such as filling or tooth removal. However, one might sense a bit of numbness or soreness for a few days after the procedure is done.
Yes, most of the times. While there would be a lingering numbness or soreness in the gums, patients could directly go to work/school directly after the procedure. However, refrain from eating until the numbness fades away totally.
The cost depends on the severity of the problem. The more severe the problem, the more complex the procedure, the more will you be charged. But most dental insurances include endodontic treatments, so you are covered. One should, however, know that a root canal is much less expensive than an extraction.
Not if it has been performed efficiently. But sometimes, if the canal is left uncleaned or a crack is goes undetected, contamination and complexities may resurface. It is advisable to visit a doctor immediately in such a case.
Normally, anesthesia is administered on the patient to numb the targeted area. Also, may-a-time, a sedative is given to the patient before the extraction of ease anxiety. So, the procedure is mostly painless. Although, if the decay and infection is severe one might feel pain, so dentists sometimes prescribe antibiotics for a few days before the extraction to make sure the surgery is relatively pain free.
After the surgery, a detailed aftercare routine which involves instructions and guidelines for at-home care is given to the patient. And if you want to recover as soon as possible, following the routine diligently is a non-negotiable. However, the recovery period varies from patient to patient.
It allows the reconstruction of the mouth, stops infection and rot from spreading in the mouth. It can also be instrumental in prevents recurrence of gum diseases. Due to infection or decay, patients go through a lot of pain; tooth extraction is an efficient way to help you get rid of the infection and the pain.
The cost of tooth extractions varies from case to case. Normally, surgical extractions cost more than the simple ones. The price depends on the nature and complexity of extraction. However, it is very straightforward and it covered by most dental insurances.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. It can last up to three years at the most; it varies from person to person and their lifestyle. If you are a regular smoker or you drink red wine, coffee, tea frequently, chances are you will start seeing discoloration again.
Teeth whitening don’t work on dentures, crowns, fillings or veneers.
There is a chance of your teeth becoming more sensitive to hot or cold things after the procedure is done, more so, if you already suffer from sensitivity. There is also a chance of gum burns, especially, if you try to do it yourself at home with the help of a teeth whitening kit.
Trust your dentists, he knows and he will let you know if you do need it.
Again, go back to your doctor. It is possible that they might have thought that the current color is what suits you or they can consider your grievances and suggest another solution.
While the price does depend upon the types of veneers and your location, typically it costs somewhere around $500 to $2000.
With periodic visits to the dentist and maintaining a good oral hygiene which includes cleaning and brushing of the veneers, they can last from 10-20 years.
While resin-based veneers are pocket friendly and easily installable, porcelain veneers offer a more natural look and can cover more discolored or misshapen teeth. Then again, this question is best answered by your dentist.
Dental veneers can help cover discolored teeth, fill gaps between teeth, reshape misshapen teeth, cover broken or chipped teeth etc.
The cost normally depends on the material used for the dentures and your location. The other factors that influence the prices are whether you are getting full or partial dentures or if you require other dental treatments like tooth extraction. Most dental insurance plans cover the cost of getting dentures placed.
While you can sleep wearing your dentures but it is advisable that you remove them you give your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of the dentures during the day.
Initially, experiencing irritation due to the newly fitted dentures is normal. But later, the dentures start to feel like the part of your mouth. However, if you had to go through teeth extraction to get the new set fitted you might experience pain and your dentist will prescribe you medications for it.
It might take you a bit of time to get used to your new set of dentures. But slowly as you understand how to work it, you will be able to eat and chew fairly normally. However, with harder and stickier food it might take a bit more time.
Sealants are designed to last a long time, almost up to a decade. Having said that, they are not immune to chipping or wear and tear, therefore, it is important to visit your doctor in case you notice them.
Your oral hygiene regime does not change after getting sealants. You can brush twice and floss regularly like you did before. However, do not neglect the basic oral hygiene practices as that might wear down the sealants sooner and cause decay, thus, defeating the purpose of getting sealants in the first place.
People with allergy are normally advised not to get sealants, but otherwise there are no known side effects of sealants. Although, getting advice from your dentist and opening up about your medical history before getting sealants is a good idea.
Scaling can be uncomfortable, especially, if you have sensitive teeth or gum. Your dentist may administer a local anesthetic before starting the process.
You might feel soreness or sensitivity in your mouth after the process; in this case, your dentist might prescribe you desensitizing toothpaste. Some patients also experience bleeding or swelling, talk to your dentist about it. And do not forget to brush and floss your teeth regularly to prevent the re-formation of plaque.
Normally, scaling procedure is executed in quadrants; upper right, lower right, upper left, lower left. So, the prices range from $180 to $300 per quadrant but it may also differ as per your location. The dental insurance plans cover 50-80% of the cost, so this procedure could be considered reasonable.
Depending on the complexity of the issue, different types of anesthesia are available. The doctor uses their best judgment to use it. You might feel discomfort and a tugging sensation but during the procedure, efforts are made to minimize the pain as far as feasible.
The duration of the surgery depends on the number of teeth being extracted. One tooth takes approximately 30 minutes to be surgically removed.
Again, this depends on what your dentist think your dental health condition is. If you have been experiencing pain and the state looks severe, the dentist might advise the removal of all of them.
Once the anesthesia wear off you might experience pain and discomfort for several hours. In this case, your doctor will prescribe medications and give you guidelines to follow in order to relieve the pain.
Crown can cost you anywhere from $800 to $1500 or even more depending on the material used for it and the size, severity and number of teeth to cover
It may cause tooth sensitivity. However, if it causes extreme discomfort and pressures your teeth while chewing, it’s best to speak with a doctor.
This depends a lot on the material used for the crown. Material such as porcelain and gold alloy can be worn even by people with allergies and underlying medical conditions. But then again, it is best that your dentist takes a call on what material to use and how safe will that be for your teeth.