Frequently Asked Questions
I have thin black lines on my back teeth, could this be decay?
Spots seen as thin lines are usually the sign of caries onset. It is often found in areas with very deep recesses that do not come into contact with a toothbrush and saliva. Wait for the caries to develop and subsequently applying a filling, which is the former treatment method is not accepted in modern dentistry. In such a case, the teeth are stained with liquids that have the ability to detect caries and the starting points of the caries are detected by devices that have the ability to enlarge (loop or microscope). The aim of this technique, called fissurotomy, is to prevent the tooth from decaying again in the same area and to prevent the caries from progressing from a spot in the tooth to decaying on the inside like an iceberg.
I brush my teeth regularly with fluoride toothpastes every day. Do you think my oral hygiene is adequate?
The so-called ‘fluoride’ component in toothpastes and drinking water only prevents the decay of the outermost layer of teeth. If you have an initial caries or an interface caries, there is a non-decaying layer on the outside, however the caries within continues to progress inside the tooth. A fully caries-free mouth can be ensured with proper oral care, proper tooth brushing, interface cleaning, and a visit to the dentist’s office every 6 months.
I have major tooth decay. The tooth is almost invisible. Should I have it extracted and go for an implant? Can my tooth be treated without extraction?
If an X-ray does not show a cyst at the root of your tooth and the bone surrounding your tooth is not severely damaged, treatment is possible. Even if your tooth is broken, it can be reinforced with modern adhesives (resin cement) and fiber post (formerly used by small screw-like pins have been replaced by fiber post). Subsequently, the tooth can be fitted with a porcelain crown or porcelain onlay. Your dentist will tell you the correct treatment technique during the examination.
What is Zirconium Porcelain? Is it really the most aesthetic type of porcelain?
Zirconium has started to replace metal porcelain with advancing technology. The unnatural porcelain crowns caused by metal infrastructures and the black shadows near the gums have been eliminated by zirconium. However, zirconium is mostly used for bridging in areas with missing teeth. If it is to be made for a single tooth or if many teeth are to be made individually, full aesthetic crowns designed and formed with press porcelain or computer technology without infrastructure are recommended instead of zirconium. These porcelains can display a more natural look.
I want to have porcelain on my front teeth, but I want a natural look when I laugh and I want my smile to look beautiful, white, and like my own teeth. Which treatment technique is the most healthy one for me?
If you plan to have porcelain on your front teeth for the first time, porcelain ‘laminate veneers’ is the most protective treatment for you. When porcelain “laminate veneers” are applied, the teeth are cut minimally, care is taken not to get close to the gums as much as possible and you will not feel strange when your tongue comes in contact with the back of your teeth because the back of the teeth is not cut.
I feel discomfort under my crowns and I have a bad taste in my mouth. Is it time I replaced my crowns?
If your crowns have been in your mouth for a long time and you have problems such as discomfort or a bad taste in your mouth, you should definitely see a dentist. After a detailed examination, your dentist will tell you if it is necessary to renew your crowns.
My anterior teeth are crooked and there are black spots between them, is this caries?
Interfacial tooth decay is often encountered in crooked teeth. This is because the area can not be cleaned well. If you suspect that the black spots are caries, have your dentist carry out a detailed examination. With modern filling methods, caries can be detected at the initial stage and filling can be done.
I have a large fracture in my front tooth, can it be filled? Should I have a crown fitted?
Adhesive bonding technique, which has a high rate of adhesion to the tooth, enables the filling to adhere well to the tooth. Multi-layer aesthetic filling technique provides the closest look to natural teeth, you can use your teeth easily for a long time.