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Do I notice caries when I have it?
No. Tooth decay is by definition asymptomatic.
If we feel cold, sweet or generally hypersensitive, the deeper layers of the tooth are definitely affected and the risk of complications increases, such as root canal treatments or large fillings that can cause complications over time.
A regular clinical and radiographic check with bitewings, not panoramic slices, is the only way to diagnose caries at an early stage.
Is it normal for my gums to bleed when I brush my teeth?
No. Gums should never bleed.
In a healthy state, gums, like any other mucosal tissue, should not bleed.
If they do bleed, they should be examined by your dentist to determine if there is a problem with gingivitis, periodontitis or other systemic issues.
Can I go to the dentist if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Yes, it is important to visit the dentist before, during and after pregnancy.
To monitor the state of oral health according to the fluctuations and hormonal trends.
Sometimes it is necessary to intervene with urgent hygiene measures to minimise any negative effects that may occur during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Is it better to save a tooth at risk or replace it with a dental implant?
A tooth that has been healed many times is always better than a titanium dental implant.
The natural tooth has a mechanical behaviour with micro-movements during chewing that the implant can never reproduce because it is fixed and rigid.
The gum strongly binds the tooth surface and heals easily in the event of inflammation after treatment by reattaching to the tooth. This is not the case with titanium implants.
In the event of inflammation, the risk of an irreversible inflammatory process leading to the loss of the implant is very high, so implant wearers must follow professional hygiene protocols much more frequently and practise very good hygiene at home.
Can the dental veneers be seen? Can they come off?
Ceramic bonding veneers are completely invisible, even to experienced dentists, if they are applied correctly.
A dental veneer will not detach from the tooth to which it has been bonded, unless there is an error in the bonding process. The strength and durability is comparable to that of natural tooth enamel.
First visit to the dentist: at what age?
According to the clinical recommendations of the Ministry of Health, it is recommended that the first visit to the dentist should take place between 18 and 24 months of age, whether or not there are any dental problems”.
Don’t wait until your child complains of a toothache to take them to the dentist, but get them used to it from an early age so that they can familiarise themselves with the environment and the dental staff and enjoy the new experience in a pleasant and non-traumatic way.
This encourages the development of a close relationship of trust and co-operation between the dentist and the young patient.
Should milk teeth be treated?
Absolutely yes, deciduous teeth with caries should be treated.
As deciduous teeth have a large pulp chamber and a low thickness of enamel and dentin above it, the caries process progresses rapidly and can cause pain, abscesses and/or fistulas within a short time. In addition to functional and aesthetic damage, milk tooth decay can also have serious consequences for the permanent replacement tooth and the entire oral cavity if it is not treated appropriately.
It is very important not to neglect oral hygiene and the care of milk teeth.
What are sealants?
Sealants are a method of caries prevention in which grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces of posterior teeth are mechanically sealed to create a protective physical barrier against food substrates and cariogenic bacteria.
The chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth are the most vulnerable to caries: It is estimated that around 80% of carious lesions in patients between the ages of 5 and 17 affect precisely these surfaces.
Sealing is particularly indicated for the first permanent molars of 6- to 7-year-old children, as these newly erupted teeth are more susceptible to caries, and for teeth that have been erupting for several years, depending on the individual patient’s susceptibility to caries and oral hygiene.
Can adults undergo orthodontic treatment, too?
It is possible to align teeth at any age and in any condition, provided there are no inflammatory diseases of the periodontium.
How often are check-ups carried out?
Orthodontic check-ups take place on average every month once the braces have been fitted.
Can treatments be carried out using an invisible technique such as linguals or templates?
Many treatments can be carried out with any technique but not all: there are movements that some techniques are not able to do, the orthodontist will indicate the most effective technique for the treatment.
Should I avoid certain foods or habits during orthodontic treatment?
It is recommended to reduce the intake of sticky foods and sweet drinks.
During treatment, it is a good idea to cut hard foods such as carrots and apples into small pieces. Hard, crunchy foods or hard candy can damage the wires and detach the attachments.
Can orthodontic treatment cause tooth decay?
The traditional fixed orthodontic appliance facilitates food stagnation, makes usual home hygiene more difficult, but in itself does not cause tooth decay.
By scrupulously following the hygiene instructions given by the orthodontist and hygienist during the treatment, there is no risk of tooth decay or gum inflammation.
How long does orthodontic treatment last?
The duration varies, as it depends on the problem to be treated. In adults, orthodontic treatment can take between a few months and just over 2 years.
In growing children, on the other hand, it is common to alternate short treatment periods with long waiting times due to the continuous development of the dentition; often a two-stage treatment is required, one in the primary dentition and the other in the permanent dentition.
Is orthodontic treatment painful?
Normally, some discomfort occurs in the days following the insertion of the braces or their activation.
This involves slight irritation of the mucous membrane, which rubs against certain parts of the appliance, or dental discomfort when chewing. Within a few days, the discomfort subsides and eventually disappears. The discomfort is related to the type of treatment chosen, i.e. traditional fixed treatment, lingual treatment or treatment with invisible masks.