I want to get teeth whitening done, what are the side effects?

Tooth whitening is ideal for candidates who have no fillings on the front teeth, who don’t have any sensitivity in general, and have a slightly darker shade of teeth. Whether it be the in-chair or take-home whitening, the side effects associated with it include very sensitive teeth in general or more specifically to cold, burning of the soft tissues surrounding the teeth, and tenderness and pain in the gums. In addition, it is also possible (though very rare) to over-whiten your teeth. This could result in a translucency that may appear as a grey shadow. Book in now to discuss your treatment options if whitening is not what you’re looking for.

I have very sensitive teeth to breathing in and cold drinks, what should I do?

Sensitivity can be caused by a number of things. The most important of those is decay. When bacteria have eaten into the second layer of tooth, they can become very sensitive to anything even slightly cold. Another reason for sensitive teeth is that your gums have shrunk and are no longer covering parts of your teeth that were once covered. Sensitive toothpaste can help relieve this. It is best for you to come in for a check-up to assess and diagnose the cause of your sensitivity so that the right treatment can be carried out.

Why do I need a crown when my tooth can have a filling?

Crowns are recommended for teeth with large fillings. White or Silver fillings break down and wear over a short period of time, and cause more damage to your tooth in the long run as each time a filling is replaced, more tooth structure is removed. Crowns are superior option for the stability and longevity of the tooth, lasting over 10-20 years, and will actually cost you less over that period of time than to keep having a filling replaced!

Why can’t I get rid of the tartar myself at home?

Tartar or calculus is a mixture of saliva and plaque or food particles. Once this mixture combines, it attaches to your teeth, mostly around the gums. Because of the mineral make-up of tartar, it cannot be removed with a toothbrush or floss, and has to be removed at the dentist with a professional clean. We normally recommend having a professional clean done every 6 months along with a check-up. If you haven’t had yours for a while, call us now or book online here.

How often should you come in for a check-up?

It is recommended that you come in for a check-up every 6 months, as well as having a professional clean and fluoride application done at the same time. This enables us to assess any cavities or any other abnormalities that may have come up during that period. It doesn’t take long for a cavity to turn into a root canal or extraction – prevention is definitely better than cure!

When should I bring my child in for a check-up?

You should ideally bring your child in when they are between the ages of 3 and 4 years old. This will allow us to diagnose any problems early, and help correct them before its too late. Here at Dental Aspects, we offer a free check-up for children under the age of 5! Click here for further offers.