FAQ

Dental Checkups

How often should I have a dental checkup?

It is generally recommended to have a dental checkup every six months. However, the frequency may vary depending on your oral health needs. Your dentist will assess your individual situation and advise you on the appropriate interval for your checkups.

What happens during a dental checkup?

During a dental checkup, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums for any signs of decay, gum disease, or other oral issues. They may also perform X-rays or other imaging techniques to get a comprehensive view of your oral health. Additionally, a dental cleaning may be performed to remove plaque and tartar buildup.

Are dental checkups painful?

Dental checkups are typically not painful. The dentist and dental hygienist will ensure your comfort throughout the process. If you have any specific concerns or anxiety about dental visits, don't hesitate to discuss them with your dental team. They can provide techniques or options to help you feel more at ease.

How long does a dental checkup take?

The duration of a dental checkup can vary depending on several factors, such as the extent of examination and cleaning required. On average, a checkup may last between 30 minutes to an hour. However, more complex cases or additional treatments may require longer appointments.

Do I need X-rays during a dental checkup?

X-rays or other imaging techniques are commonly used during dental checkups to detect any hidden issues, such as cavities between teeth or problems beneath the gumline. These diagnostic tools provide valuable insights that aid in accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. However, the necessity of X-rays will be determined by your dentist based on your individual circumstances.

Will my dental insurance cover the cost of a checkup?

Many dental insurance plans cover routine dental checkups as part of their preventive care coverage. However, it's important to review your specific insurance policy or check with your provider to understand the coverage details and any out-of-pocket expenses you may incur.

Can children have dental checkups?

Absolutely! Dental checkups are essential for children to maintain good oral health and detect any potential issues early on. It is recommended to bring your child for their first dental checkup within six months after their first tooth erupts or before their first birthday, whichever comes first.

What is the difference between a dental cleaning and a dental checkup?

A dental cleaning is a procedure performed by a dental hygienist, focusing on the removal of plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. On the other hand, a dental checkup involves a comprehensive examination of your oral health by a dentist, including assessing your teeth, gums, and overall oral condition.

Are dental checkups only for people with dental problems?

No, dental checkups are beneficial for everyone, regardless of whether they have dental problems or not. Regular checkups help maintain optimal oral health, prevent potential issues from escalating, and provide guidance on proper oral hygiene practices. Prevention is key to a healthy smile.

What if I haven't been to the dentist for a long time?

If you haven't been to the dentist for an extended period, it's never too late to schedule a checkup. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. They are there to help you get back on track and restore your oral health.

Same-day Crowns

How do same-day crowns work?

The same-day crown process begins with a digital impression of your teeth using an intraoral scanner. This digital impression is used to design a custom crown with specialized software. The design is then sent to an in-house milling unit, which carves the crown from a ceramic block. Once the crown is ready, it is immediately placed and bonded to your prepared tooth, providing you with a fully functional and natural-looking restoration in just one appointment.

Are same-day crowns as durable as traditional crowns?

Yes, same-day crowns are made from high-quality ceramic materials that are just as durable as traditional lab-fabricated crowns. With proper care and maintenance, same-day crowns can last for many years.

How long does the same-day crown procedure take?

The same-day crown procedure typically takes about 1 to 2 hours from start to finish. Thanks to the efficiency of CAD/CAM technology, you can leave the dental office with your permanent crown the same day as your appointment.

Are same-day crowns more expensive than traditional crowns?

While same-day crowns may have a slightly higher upfront cost due to the advanced technology involved, they can actually be more cost-effective in the long run. With no need for multiple appointments and temporary crowns, same-day crowns can save you time and potential additional costs.

Are same-day crowns covered by dental insurance?

Most dental insurance plans cover same-day crowns to some extent, similar to traditional crowns. Our experienced team at Tartan Dental will work with your insurance provider to maximize your benefits and minimize out-of-pocket expenses.

Can anyone get a same-day crown?

In most cases, same-day crowns are suitable for patients who need a dental crown to restore a damaged or decayed tooth. However, certain situations may require the use of traditional lab-fabricated crowns. Our skilled dentists at Tartan Dental will conduct a thorough examination to determine if you are a candidate for same-day crowns.

How long do same-day crowns last?

With proper care and regular dental checkups, same-day crowns can last for many years. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing, flossing, and attending routine dental appointments, will help prolong the lifespan of your crown.

Will I experience any discomfort during the same-day crown procedure?

The same-day crown procedure is minimally invasive, and any discomfort is typically minimal and temporary. Our team at Tartan Dental will ensure that you are comfortable throughout the process, and local anesthesia will be used to numb the area during crown placement.

Can I eat normally with a same-day crown?

Yes, you can eat normally with a same-day crown. Once the crown is bonded to your tooth, it becomes a permanent and strong restoration that can withstand normal chewing forces. However, it's essential to avoid biting on hard objects or using your teeth to open packages, as this could potentially damage the crown.

Invisalign

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to gradually move your teeth into their desired positions. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks, and you switch to the next set in the series until your treatment is complete.

Can Invisalign fix all orthodontic problems?

Invisalign is effective in treating a wide range of orthodontic issues, including crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. However, severe cases may still require traditional braces or alternative treatments.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The duration of Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity of your case. On average, treatment can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months. Your dentist will provide a more accurate estimate after evaluating your teeth.

Is Invisalign painful?

Invisalign is generally considered more comfortable than traditional braces. You may experience some mild discomfort or pressure when you switch to a new set of aligners, but it is usually temporary and a sign that your teeth are moving.

How often should I wear my Invisalign aligners?

For optimal results, it is recommended to wear your Invisalign aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, removing them only when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing.

Can I eat and drink with my Invisalign aligners on?

No, you should remove your Invisalign aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water. This prevents staining and damage to the aligners.

How do I clean my Invisalign aligners?

You can clean your Invisalign aligners by gently brushing them with a soft toothbrush and lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water, as it may warp the aligners. Additionally, you can use Invisalign cleaning crystals or ask your dentist for recommended cleaning solutions.

Will Invisalign affect my speech?

Initially, you may experience a slight adjustment period as you get used to speaking with the aligners. However, most people adapt quickly, and any speech changes are typically minimal and temporary.

Can I whiten my teeth while wearing Invisalign aligners?

In some cases, teeth whitening treatments can be performed alongside Invisalign. Consult with your dentist to determine if it is suitable for your specific situation.

How do I maintain my new smile after Invisalign treatment?

After completing Invisalign treatment, you will receive retainers to maintain your newly aligned smile. It is crucial to wear them as instructed by your dentist to prevent any relapse and ensure long-lasting results.

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of biocompatible materials, such as titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone. They provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth, allowing individuals to restore missing teeth and regain natural oral function.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime. However, individual results may vary depending on factors such as oral hygiene practices, overall health, and lifestyle habits.

Are dental implants painful?

The dental implant procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and sedation, ensuring that patients experience little to no discomfort during the surgery. After the procedure, some mild soreness or swelling may be present, but it can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. The vast majority of patients report minimal pain or discomfort throughout the process.

Can anyone get dental implants?

In general, most individuals with good oral and overall health can be considered for dental implant treatment. However, certain factors, such as uncontrolled gum disease, inadequate jawbone density, or certain medical conditions, may require additional evaluation or treatment before implants can be placed. A thorough examination and consultation with a dental professional will determine if dental implants are suitable for you.

How long does the dental implant process take?

The duration of the dental implant process can vary depending on individual circumstances. After the implant placement surgery, a healing period of a few months is usually required for the implants to fuse with the jawbone. The total treatment time can range from a few months to several months, depending on the healing process and the need for additional procedures, such as bone grafting.

Are dental implants noticeable?

No, dental implants are designed to look and feel like natural teeth. The replacement teeth, such as crowns or bridges, are carefully crafted to match the color, shape, and size of your existing teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural appearance. Once the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone, they become a permanent part of your smile.

How do I care for dental implants?

Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing or water flossing, and routine dental check-ups are essential to maintain the health and longevity of your implants. Your dentist will provide specific instructions on how to care for your dental implants and may recommend additional tools or techniques to ensure optimal oral hygiene.

Can dental implants be used to replace multiple missing teeth?

Absolutely! Dental implants are a versatile solution and can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full arch of missing teeth. Depending on the extent of tooth loss, different techniques, such as implant-supported bridges or All-on-4 implants, may be recommended to restore your smile.

Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Coverage for dental implants can vary depending on your insurance plan and policy. While some dental insurance plans may provide coverage for implants, others may consider them elective or cosmetic procedures. It's advisable to check with your insurance provider to understand the extent of coverage for dental implant treatment.

Are dental implants a safe treatment option?

Yes, dental implants have been extensively studied and are considered a safe and effective treatment for replacing missing teeth. The procedure is performed by qualified dental professionals who follow strict sterilization and safety protocols. With proper evaluation, planning, and adherence to post-operative care instructions, the risks associated with dental implant treatment are minimal.

Veneers

How long do veneers last?

The longevity of veneers depends on the type of veneer, your oral hygiene habits, and the care you provide to your teeth. With proper maintenance and regular dental checkups, porcelain veneers can last between 10 to 15 years, while composite veneers may last around 5 to 7 years

Are veneers permanent?

Veneers are considered a permanent cosmetic dental solution, as a small amount of enamel is usually removed from the teeth during the preparation process. However, they may need to be replaced eventually due to wear and tear over the years.

Are veneers suitable for everyone?

Veneers can be a suitable option for most individuals with healthy teeth and gums. However, they may not be recommended for individuals with significant teeth grinding habits or dental issues that require orthodontic treatment.

Does getting veneers hurt?

The process of getting veneers is minimally invasive and typically involves little to no discomfort. Local anesthesia is usually used during the preparation phase to ensure your comfort. Most patients find the procedure to be relatively painless.

How long does the veneer procedure take?

The entire veneer procedure usually requires two to three dental visits. The first visit involves consultation and tooth preparation, while the subsequent visits are for fabricating and bonding the veneers to your teeth.

Do veneers require special care?

Veneers do not require any special care beyond regular oral hygiene practices. It is essential to brush and floss regularly, attend routine dental checkups, and avoid biting on hard objects to maintain the longevity of your veneers.

Can veneers fix all dental issues?

Veneers are an excellent solution for a wide range of cosmetic dental issues, such as discolouration, minor misalignment, chips, and gaps. However, they may not be suitable for severe orthodontic problems or significant structural tooth damage.

How do I know if veneers are right for me?

If you are considering veneers, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our experienced dentists at Tartan Dental. During the consultation, we will evaluate your dental health, discuss your goals for treatment, and help determine if veneers are the best option for achieving your desired smile transformation.

Teeth Whitening

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, professional teeth whitening, when performed by experienced dentists, is considered safe and effective. It is essential to follow the dentist's instructions and not overuse whitening products to avoid potential side effects such as tooth sensitivity.

What causes teeth to become stained or discoloured?

Teeth can become stained or discoloured due to various factors, including:

  • Consuming dark-coloured foods and drinks like coffee, tea, red wine, and berries.
  • Smoking or using tobacco products.
  • Poor oral hygiene leading to plaque and tartar buildup.
  • Natural aging, as the outer layer of enamel wears down over time.

What are the benefits of professional teeth whitening?

Professional teeth whitening offers several advantages, including:

  • Dramatic results with noticeable improvement in the brightness of your teeth.
  • Safe and controlled treatment supervised by experienced dentists.
  • Customized treatment plans to address individual needs and concerns.
  • Long-lasting effects with proper care and maintenance.

How long does a teeth whitening procedure take?

The duration of the teeth whitening procedure can vary depending on the type of treatment. In-office whitening treatments typically take about 60 to 90 minutes, while at-home whitening may require several weeks of daily use.

Are there different types of teeth whitening treatments available?

Yes, there are different types of teeth whitening treatments available, including:

  • In-office Whitening: Done at the dental office, this procedure offers immediate and significant results in a single session.
  • At-home Whitening: Dentists provide custom-made trays and whitening gel for use at home over a period of time. This option allows for more gradual results.

Can I whiten my teeth at home using over-the-counter products?

While over-the-counter whitening products are available, professional teeth whitening treatments offer more effective and predictable results. Dentists use higher-strength whitening agents and customized trays to achieve optimal outcomes.

Will teeth whitening cause sensitivity?

Teeth sensitivity may occur during or after teeth whitening, but it is usually temporary. Professional whitening systems, such as Opalescence and Pola, are formulated to minimize sensitivity and provide a comfortable experience.

How long will the results of teeth whitening last?

The longevity of teeth whitening results depends on various factors, including your oral hygiene habits, diet, and lifestyle choices. With proper care, professional teeth whitening results can last for several months to a couple of years.

Can anyone undergo teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is generally safe for most individuals with healthy teeth and gums. However, it may not be suitable for pregnant or nursing women, individuals with severe tooth sensitivity, or those with certain dental conditions. It is essential to consult with a dentist to determine if teeth whitening is right for you.

How do I maintain the results of teeth whitening?

To maintain the results of teeth whitening, practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. Avoid or limit consumption of staining foods and drinks, and consider touch-up treatments as recommended by your dentist.

Emergency Dentistry

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is a branch of dental care that provides immediate attention and treatment for dental issues that require urgent care. Dental emergencies can include severe toothaches, broken or knocked-out teeth, abscesses, and other sudden oral health problems that cause significant pain or discomfort.

When should I seek emergency dental care?

You should seek emergency dental care if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe and persistent tooth pain
  • A knocked-out or partially dislodged tooth
  • A chipped, fractured, or broken tooth
  • A loose dental restoration, such as a filling or crown
  • Uncontrolled bleeding from the mouth
  • Swelling or abscess in the gums or face
  • Injury to the mouth or teeth due to an accident or trauma

Can I go to the emergency room for a dental emergency?

While hospital emergency rooms can provide initial care for dental emergencies, they are not equipped to provide specialized dental treatments. It is essential to contact an emergency dentist for prompt and appropriate dental care.

What should I do if I have a knocked-out tooth?

If you have a knocked-out tooth, follow these steps:

  • Pick up the tooth by the crown (the top part) and avoid touching the roots.
  • Rinse the tooth gently with water if it's dirty, but do not scrub or remove any tissue fragments.
  • If possible, try to place the tooth back into its socket without force.
  • If reinsertion is not possible, store the tooth in a container of milk or saliva until you can see a dentist.
  • Seek emergency dental care immediately for the best chance of saving the tooth.

What can I do to relieve tooth pain at home?

While waiting for emergency dental care, you can try the following at-home remedies to temporarily relieve tooth pain:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater.
  • Use over-the-counter pain relievers as directed.
  • Apply a cold compress to the affected area to reduce swelling and numb the pain.

Will my dental insurance cover emergency dental care?

Most dental insurance plans cover emergency dental care to some extent. It is essential to contact your dental insurance provider to understand your coverage and any potential out-of-pocket expenses.

What can I expect during an emergency dental visit?

During an emergency dental visit, the dentist will perform a thorough examination of the affected area and take any necessary X-rays to diagnose the issue accurately. After the diagnosis, the dentist will recommend the appropriate treatment to address your dental emergency.

Can I prevent dental emergencies?

While some dental emergencies are unavoidable, you can take steps to minimize the risk:

  • Practice good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly.
  • Wear a mouthguard during sports activities.
  • Avoid using your teeth to open bottles or bite on hard objects.
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups to address any potential dental issues before they become emergencies.

What if I have a dental emergency after office hours?

At Tartan Dental, we understand that emergencies can happen at any time. We provide emergency dental care during regular office hours and offer after-hours emergency contact information for urgent cases.

Why should I choose Tartan Dental for emergency dentistry?

At Tartan Dental, we have a team of experienced dentists who are skilled in handling dental emergencies with precision and compassion. Our state-of-the-art technology allows us to provide prompt and effective emergency dental care, ensuring that you receive the relief you need when you need it most.

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