FAQs

Is it normal for teeth to be sensitive after having white fillings placed?

Even though the materials we use are of the highest quality, it is not uncommon for there to be sensitivity. A few days or even weeks of sensitivity are normal.

This is more common on molar teeth where larger fillings have been placed where teeth were severely decayed or broken, and fillings had to be positioned close to the nerve.

This is due to the micro shrinkage that occurs when curing a white filling with the UV light. This process may cause a temporary effect on the nerve and therefore cause sensitivity.

Does bleaching damage your teeth?

No, the products we use do not damage your teeth. The bleaching process “cleans” the stains within the micropores of your tooth, without damaging the hard tooth structure itself.

At Family Dental, we only use the highest quality products that are backed by scientific investigations.

Avoid using over the counter or pharmacy products, as their chemical composition may be incorrect and therefore may cause damage to your teeth. These products should be avoided.

When should children be coming for their first visit?

Ideally, children should come for their first visit at 4 years of age. This need not be a formal check-up but can be done at the same time as Mom or Dad’s check-up appointment. The aim is to have your child’s first appointment when there is nothing wrong – as a “meet and greet”.

We try and make this appointment easy, short and fun so that your child’s first memory of visiting the dentist is a positive experience. At this age, if there is a problem, it is usually small and can be corrected simply.

Do not wait until your child complains of pain before you bring them in for the first time. This could result in the early memories of visiting the Dentist as being negative and create phobias for the future.

Why should I visit the dentist every 6 months?

Regular visits result in the early detection of potential problems. This means that if problems are found, they can be corrected while they are still small. This means that the treatment is less invasive and is less expensive.

Why should I come for a clean?

Once “tartar” has formed on a tooth, it is impossible to remove it without the help of dental tools. Your toothbrush will not be able to remove it. Tartar can lead to Gingivitis and Periodontitis (gum and bone disease) if left untreated.

Why do you recommend an electric toothbrush?

Studies show that people are able to clean their teeth better when an electric toothbrush is used. People often brush too hard with a manual toothbrush, and this gives the false sense of a good clean. However, a quick, hard brush generally results in inaccurate plaque removal and causes damage to the enamel on the sides of the teeth. This can lead to sensitivity problems later on.

With an electric toothbrush, one is not able to push too hard, and the smaller brush heads are able to give a more accurate clean. Try it for yourself!

If this option is too expensive, no problem: speak to me at your next visit so I can show you an excellent affordable alternative. You can get the same result if you use an excellent small-headed, soft, highly populated professional toothbrush available for purchase at our reception counter.

How long and how often should I brush my teeth?

One should brush twice a day, morning and evening. One should brush for at least 2 minutes, dividing one’s time across all the tooth surfaces, especially the back where people tend to neglect. Remember that flossing at least once a day between your teeth is just as important to clean the parts between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. I always say: Floss only the ones that you want to keep because you will lose the rest…

Is it possible to re-create or improve my smile?

Yes, with the help of Tooth Whitening, Orthodontics (Braces or clear aligners), for damaged or lost teeth: Implants, Crowns, Bridges and Veneers, a brand new, aesthetically pleasing smile can easily be achieved. There are many options available so feel free to make an appointment to consult and discuss treatment options for your specific need.

Feel free to email your Dental Questions to me, Dr Yolandi von Gericke, and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible: mail@familydental.co.za

BChD (Pretoria)
Practice No. 0284564

28 Rodger Sishi Rd
Westville
3629

Telephone: 031 266 8396

 

Emergency Only:
082 940 0614