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Why should I visit the hygienist?
Visiting the hygienist regularly is important to help maintain good oral hygiene and anticipate problems which may arise.  Our hygienists work as a team with the dentist and you, the patient, to provide a programme of oral care which is appropriate to your needs and lifestyle and is an excellent source of advice on all matters of oral health.

How often should I see the hygienist?
This will vary depending on your state of oral health and is completely individual to each patient.  In the initial phase of treatment, the dentist may recommend some patients see the hygienist every two to four weeks until a problem is brought under control.

How often should I see the dentist for a check up?
Most children and adults should see their dentist for a regular cleaning and check up every six months. People at a greater risk of oral diseases should have dental check ups more than twice a year. Tobacco and alcohol use, diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions are some of the many factors that your dentist takes into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and check up.

Going to your regular check ups will help to keep your gums and teeth healthy as well as detect any early problems such as gum disease, oral cancer and cavities. The best way to maintain good oral health is to visit your dentist on a regular basis.

What is a periodontist?
A periodontist is a dental specialist that has not only completed 4 years of dental school, but has also completed an additional 3 years of specialty training in diagnosing, preventing and treating gum disease.

Periodontists can also place dental implants as well as perform cosmetic periodontal treatments. A periodontal evaluation is sometimes the only way to detect gum disease. Your dentist can refer you to a periodontist, or you can make your own appointment for an evaluation

What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist that has not only completed college and 4 years of dental school, but has also completed an additional 2 to 3 years residency program of advanced education in orthodontics.

After receiving the additional years of training and education, an orthodontist has learned the skills that are required to treat the misalignment of teeth and facial development with braces, headgear, retainers and other methods. Only a dentist that has completed the additional years of training and education after dental school is an orthodontist.

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a metal device designed to replace missing teeth. The device is usually made out of titanium and is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing.

Unlike a denture, an implant is permanent. A dental implant is designed to act as the tooth root and can anchor an artificial tooth or teeth such as a crown, bridge or denture.  Click here for more info

What are veneers?
A veneer is a thin shell made out of porcelain or composite material. They are custom made and cemented to the front side of the tooth.

A veneer can be used to treat dental conditions such as a slightly crooked tooth, discoloured teeth, chipped teeth or they can even be used to cover spaces in between the teeth.

A veneer can be made by the dentist or in a dental laboratory, depending on the materials used and the preference of the dentist.

What is the difference between a silver and white filling?
Other than the colour - the material varies. At your first appointment your dentist will talk to you to understand what your concerns are. Photographs, x-rays and moulds of your teeth may also be taken so we can decide which filling is best for your needs and that you would be most happy with.