Frequently Asked Questions
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1. Is Amalgam restoration safe?
Amalgam is a mixture of metals such as silver, copper and tin in addition to mercury. Although mercury itself is a toxic material, an amalgam alloy is considered very safe according to the American Dental Association (ADA), as well as the FDI World Dental Federation and the World Health Organization (WHO). It is one of the most studied dental materials, and has one of the longest track records. It is a strong, cheap and durable filling material.
Although it is considered safe to use, amalgam has gradually been replaced by many other types of materials due to the unaesthetic appearances, and the thought about mercury. Many European countries such as Sweden, Norway and Denmark have banned the use of Amalgam due to either health or environment concerns or booth. Even though it is considered safe to use, the FDA website still states that "dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxin effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses. When amalgam fillings are placed in teeth or removed from teeth, they release mercury vapor. Mercury vapor is also released during chewing."
Basing on all of the facts above, we neither recommend for nor against it in safety terms, but we advise you to put everything into consideration whether to opt for amalgam treatments.
2. Why do I need a crown?
When a lot of tooth structures have been lost by tooth decays, accidents, root canal treatments, etc. In those cases, fillings may not be able to bring teeth back to normal forms and functions. Fillings, as the name implies, just fill in the missing parts. Fillings do not strengthen teeth, and they are just patch up works. Large fillings may not stay attached for long and the remaining tooth structures are very fragile. In those cases, crowns are utilized to cover and protect the remaining tooth structures.
3. Is a root canal painful?
A root canal should not be painful. Your tooth will be numbed well before we even start the procedure. A lot of times, a root canal is actually a procedure to RELIEVE severe pain.
4. Why my teeth got lose?
When you start having lose teeth without any recent trauma, you are likely having an advanced periodontal disease. The periodontal disease has been gone untreated for many years.
5. What is a periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a disease of the gum and supporting tooth structures, including surrounding ligaments, and bone. It is caused by the build-up of plague, tartar and bacteria around the teeth, that in turn, cause the inflammation of the gum. The inflammation process and its byproducts destroy bone around your teeth. Eventually, if left untreated it will cause tooth mobility, and tooth loss. When bone has been lost, there is no reverse. So the key is to diagnose and treat early. Most of the time, periodontal disease is a silent killer, and if you wait until your teeth are loose, it may be too late.
6. What are the risk factors for the periodontal disease?
- Age: The older, the higher risk
- Genetics: Some people are more susceptible than others in having periodontal disease
- Stress: Stress can increase the risk of having a dental disease
- Smoking: Smokers have a higher risk of having periodontal diseases
- Mediations: Some medications, such as some heart disease medication and anti-depression drugs, can increase the risk of having a periodontal disease
- Diabetes: Diabetic patients have higher risk of having a periodontal disease
7. What are some warning signs of periodontal disease?
You can have some of the warnings signs as the following:
- Persistent bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen gums
- Flaring out of the front teeth
- Appearing of gaps on the front teeth
- Lose teeth
8. How long does it take for a single implant placement?
Normally, an implant case will take about 4-5months from start to finish. Here is a break down:
3-4 months for a waiting period after a surgical implant placement appointment to allow the implant integration, and 1 month for restorations. If you need a bone grafting prior to an implant placement, it may add another 4-5 months to the total time.