At Grand Dental, we’ve guided many patients review all their options before deciding on a treatment. Over the years we’ve captured all our patients’ Frequently Asked Questions here. Everyone is unique and understanding how it suits your own personal situation is very important.
Take a look at Frequently Asked Questions and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Ceramic Crowns FAQs
Because temporary crowns need to be removed with ease when the final crown is ready, sometimes the temporary can debond within the 2 weeks.
We suggest that a few precautions to be taken with your temporary crown:
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods which may grab and pull off the crown
- Shift the bulk of your chewing to the other side of where the temporary crown is placed
If the temporary crown does break or come loose, please arrange an appointment with Grand Dental.
At your first appointment for a Ceramic Crown, local anaesthesia will be used for numbing the tooth and the surrounding gums. Dr Max will prepare the tooth conservatively to create room for the ceramic crown. We need a minimum of 1-2mm thickness of ceramic for strength.
Once the tooth is prepared, an impression or mould is taken. This allows our ceramist to custom make the crown to the shape and contour of your natural teeth. At this stage, we will take the time to show you different shades of ceramics available and to select one which best suits your tooth.
During the time the crown is being finalised, a temporary crown is fabricated and seated onto the prepared tooth. The purpose of a temporary crown is to seal the prepared tooth from sensitivity and to ensure the shape of your gums are maintained.
The ceramic crown is usually ready to be seated within 2 weeks. We will remove the temporary crown and assess the fit of the final crown. If the fit is perfect, the ceramic crown is bonded onto the tooth. A dental X-ray will be taken to confirm the fit and bonding of the crown. You will be provided with all the necessary instructions to take proper care of your new crown.
Teeth with large fillings pose a threat and risk of tooth fracture in the future making the tooth unrestorable. Cracks may also be present in these particular teeth. Molar teeth with previous root canal treatments are also vulnerable to fracture as they become brittle. Whichever the case, Dr Max will identify the situation to you and recommend a crown to protect the existing tooth structure, so you will be able to keep your teeth for a longer time.
Crowns are a delicate combination of art and science. They are hand made by our ceramist and endless characteristics can be tweaked to best match your smile. If you are looking for a smile makeover, Dr Max can discuss with you how ceramic crowns can create a brilliant smile you can be proud of.
If you think you may need a ceramic crown or have any questions, please contact us.
Ceramic Veneers FAQs
As ceramic veneers are usually done for cosmetic purposes, we understand how important it is to address all your concerns to your liking. Our philosophy for cosmetic work is to begin with the end in mind.
At your first appointment, we will take photographs and take the time to discuss anything and everything you would like to have addressed to your smile. An impression of your teeth is taken to have a diagnostic wax up made by our ceramist.
A diagnostic wax up will show you what the end result of our work can look like before we even touch your teeth. This will give us freedom and flexibility to make any further amendments to what you would like on your smile. The wax up is a communication tool utilised between Dr Max, our ceramist and yourself.
Using the wax up, we can transfer temporary veneers onto your teeth until the final veneers are ready to be inserted.
The veneers are not finalised until you, our ceramist and Dr Max are all happy. The fitting of the veneers are also checked to be perfect and then are bonded onto your teeth.
Dental Implants FAQs
Orthodontic adjustments are made at 6-8 week intervals where we may change the wires and ask you to wear elastics to a certain pattern.
If your bracket comes loose, we will need to rebond the bracket into position. At times, the wire may also start to move as your teeth starts to straighten. If the wire starts to poke at your cheeks, please make an appointment for a quick adjustment.
Putting braces on is not painful. There is a mild discomfort for the first few days after the braces have been placed. Most of the discomfort is from the pressure of force applied to move the teeth. We generally recommend you to a soft diet for the first week. Orthodontic wax is also available to prevent initial scratching of inside the mouth from the braces and wires.
The first visit is a consultation to gauge what your main concerns are. A full set of records are taken including: radiographs, photographs and study models. The records are used to construct a personalised treatment plan to address your orthodontic concerns. As there are many different ways of practicing orthodontics, at least three different options would be provided to you.
Root Canal FAQs
Teeth Whitening FAQs
After thorough examination of your teeth and gums to ensure safety and efficacy, we will familiarise the procedure with you and answer any questions you may have. A week prior to this, we would have provided you with a special product to relieve any sensitivity you may experience after whitening. A hydrogen peroxide gel will be carefully applied on your teeth with your gums protected using an isolation gel. Usually, three sessions of 15 minutes together with our Whitespeed blue LED is sufficient to produce a noticeable difference. To a certain degree, brief sensitivity is to be expected. Our team will provide you with after-care instructions and a relief gel for post-operative care.
As Zoom Teeth Whitening is performed with all safety measures by Dr Max, a higher concentration of bleaching material can be used. This will have a drastic effect on the outcome of whitening. Having a dentist do this for you means we have better control in the sensitivity encountered after bleaching.
We recommend you avoid any foods and drinks which could possibly stain your teeth quicker for the first few days after bleaching (for example, coffee and tea). Regular oral hygiene and over-the-counter bleaching products could be used as supplement to Zoom Teeth Whitening.