Do you treat children?
Yes. At Chartwell – Rototuna Dental Centres invite parents to bring their children to our practice from the age of 2.5 -3, but younger children for any specific concerns and emergencies including ACC. We recommend bringing your children in this early, before the development of any potential problems as it allows them to familiarise themselves with their dentist and ensures that their first experience is a positive one. This helps prevent the development of dental fears and aims to develop strong and effective oral habits which your child can maintain for life. Also, it is around three that potential problems can begin to develop and we recommend a system of regular check-ups from this age to help detect and treat any of these issues before they escalate.
I have sensitive teeth when I drink hot liquids, what can I do?
When pain is associated with hot foods or liquids this is usually and indicator of a deteriorating tooth nerve and the early development of an abscess at the tip of the tooth root. Tooth nerves can die for a number of reasons including decay, accidents or trauma and this is quite a common occurrence.
Upon the nerve of a tooth dying, it begins to disintegrate and creates gasses in the root chamber. Thus when hot foods and liquids are consumed the gasses begin to expand resulting in increased pressure levels which leads to pain.
It is important for a correct diagnosis to be made if a tooth nerve is dying as the nerve will need to be removed. If left unchecked, upon the nerve dying an abscess will eventually form which results in extreme levels of pain. Consequently, this makes the problem significantly more difficult to treat, requiring complex endodontic treatment.
If you are experiencing pain when drinking hot liquids contact our experience team to arrange a consultation.
How often should I see the dentist?
A system of regular dental check-ups should be part of any effective oral hygiene routine. “How often” does depend on each individual, your ideal recall interval will be discussed with you by your dentist/hygienist. As a rule it is best to maintain a habit of visiting your dentist every six to twelve months to ensure that any potential problems are detected and treated before they escalate. The maintenance of good oral health, will consequently contribute to your overall health and wellbeing.
What is a veneer?
A veneer is a thin cap (“laminate”) which is bonded to your existing tooth to enhance its structure, appearance, colour and shape. Veneers are custom crafted and individually tailored to each smile. If properly cared for, through the maintenance of a strict oral hygiene routine, porcelain veneers can last over 20 years.
What are the causes of bad breath?
Also known as halitosis, bad breath can result from a variety of causes, however consistently bad breath is generally resultant from sulphur-producing bacteria which generally inhabit the surfaces of the tongue and throat. Other factors such as periodontitis (gum disease), poor oral care routines, dry mouth, certain foods, smoking and hormonal changes may also result in halitosis as well as stomach/gastric problems.