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FAQs

Here’s a selection of questions and answers that we’ve already helped our customers with. Dentist in Malappuram. Have you got dental questions? Read our list of dental FAQs especially compiled for you. Please contact us at 0483 2734789, if you have questions.

Bridges and Crowns

Sometimes teeth have been so badly damaged by decay or wear that cosmetic fillings are no longer a viable option. Under these circumstances the tooth can be saved and protected by a crown or a cap.

Crowns can also be used on either side of a gap so that a bridge can be constructed to replace one or more missing teeth without the use of implants.

Occasionally, patients who have crowded or malaligned teeth and who are unable to commit themselves to orthodontic treatment can have their problems solved by the use of crowns or veneers which can be used to disguise the appearance of the teeth and provide a beautiful smile for life.

Many of our patients come to see us very unhappy at the appearance of crowns or bridges, fitted by another dentist. Their crown are often of good quality but have failed to please the patient because of simple error – lack of communication between the various people involve in their construction. At Al-Shifa Dental Group we pride ourselves in our team approach. We believe that constructing a crown is a combination of technical expertise and artistic flair. From the outset we involve our highly skilled technician in the planning and designing. We encourage as much communication as possible among the patient, technician and dentist to ensure that the final result is exactly as expected.

We actively encourage friends or family to attend with the patient so that they can contribute to the final result. Thus patients are able to feel relaxed with the knowledge that we will achieve their desired appearance.

Naturally, if the desired appearance is not achievable (which only happen occasionally) we would explain the problems and suggest alternatives.

Cosmetic Gum Surgery

The “Gummy Smile” – This is a problem where your teeth appear to be too short. Gum sculpting is often the solution. To solve this, a dentist uses a laser to remove the excess tissue of your “gummy” smile, which then exposes more of your tooth.

Root Canal Treatment

A Root Canal is a dental procedure to fix a tooth by removing the pulp chamber of the tooth and filling it with a suitable filling material. A root canal is usually performed when the tooth cannot be filled or restored any other way because the decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected.

After a tooth has had a root canal, it can become dry and brittle and easy to break. A crown is usually recommended to restore the tooth properly. The only other alternative to a root canal is the removal of the tooth. If the tooth is removed, a bridge, implant or partial is recommended to fill in the gap because the other teeth can become crooked by shifting around.

Dental Implants

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 dental bridge, 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.

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.

The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With dental implants, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

Porcelain Veneers and Laminates

Porcelain veneers can be described as looking like ‘false finger nails for teeth’ – but permanently placed. They can be used to correct crowding or malalignment of teeth or to disguise a badly discoloured tooth cannot be corrected by whitening methods alone. They can also be used to close gap between teeth. Veneers require the removal of a very tiny amount of tooth structure and can provide a quick and permanent cosmetic restoration of stained, unsightly front teeth that are otherwise in good condition.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.

Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. We place veneers routinely, and design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile.

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

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth. An onlay is a more substantial reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth.

Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and onlays. In recent years, however, porcelain has become increasingly popular due to its strength and colour, which can potentially match the natural colour of your teeth.

Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontics, often called as Dentofacial orthopedics, is a special branch of dentistry that deals with correction of crowded and crooked teeth and altering bone growth to produce a natural, regular arrangement and a beautiful smile. Dentists who are specially qualified in this area of expertise are referred to as Orthodontist.

Now age is no barrier to Orthodonrtic treatment. People of all ages can enjoy healthier teeth and gums, which boosts their confidence and self image.

Gum Problems

The teeth remain embedded in jawbone which is covered from outside by gums. Healthy gums are coral pink in colour. They remain firmly attached to the underlying bone. Healthy gum can be identified by thin margins firmly adapting over the respective tooth and it does not bleed easily. Gum problems can be divided into two stages:

Gingivitis

As mentioned earlier, normal gums are coral pink in colour with the edges firmly attached around the tooth, and does not bleed on normal brushing. The earliest sign of gum inflammation is bleeding from the margins of gums during brushing, without any pain. The margins of gums appear red. If proper brushing is not done, the disease may progress deep inside the gums. They may swell, become soft and bleed even on slightest touch, The bleeding may even occur spontaneously. Even at this late stage, the condition maybe painless. This condition is known is Gingivitis.

Periodontitis

If not treated, the disease may progress to involve the surrounding bone, leading to pocket formation around the tooth. Now the disease is called periodontitis or pyorrhea. At this stage, the patient may complain of bleeding, itching sensation and dull constant ache in gums, increased hot and cold sensitivity, food impaction, and even loose teeth. There may be bad odour from the mouth, migration of teeth and exposed root surfaces. Some people may have the urge to dig deep in between the teeth to get relief from the dull ache. All these symptoms suggest that quick attention and professional help is required. If the disease is not treated, ultimately it may result in loss of teeth one after the other. Periodontal disease is the most important cause of tooth loss in our country

Hypersensitivity Relief

Medicated tooth pastes & mouth washes containing stannous fluoride/sodium mono-fluoro phosphate & strontium chloride builds protection against painful sensitivity of the teeth due to cold, heat, acids, sweets or contact.

With daily use, they uniformly occludes dentinal tubules, building up a protective layer to provide optimal sensitivity relief. The advantage in stannous fluoride formulation is that it creates a densely mineralized layer, formed from stable stannous fluoride and salivary minerals, across the dentinal surfaces. This blankets exposed roots in a protective fluoridated covering which helps make them more resistant to demineralisation. The blocking of open tubules leads to effective pain relief.

This also builds a protective fluoridated layer, the fluoride is incorporated into the dentin to help fight caries and keep teeth healthy.

Reshaping and Contouring

Tooth reshaping, or contouring, is one of few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry. Dental reshaping and contouring is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or even overlapping teeth in just one session.