A: This dentist diagnoses, treats, and manages your overall oral health care needs, including gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, and preventive education.
A: Once essential for an early human diet of roots, leaves, meat, and nuts, wisdom teeth are no longer totally necessary. Today, humans cook food to soften it, and we can cut and crush it with utensils. Anthropologists believe humans have evolved beyond needing wisdom teeth, so some people may never get any.
A: Root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. The term “root canal” comes from cleaning of the canals inside a tooth’s root. Decades ago, root canal treatments often were painful.
A: Once the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. The dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite down on it to help stop the bleeding. Sometimes the dentist will place a few stitches — usually self-dissolving — to close the gum edges over the extraction site.
A: Does the procedure hurt? No, despite what you may have imagined, you having nothing to worry about. Having a tooth extracted, whether surgically or not, should not hurt. Usually you’ll feel a slight pinch as the area is numbed using anesthetic, then after this you will not be able to feel the procedure.
A: With regular brushing and flossing, the implant screw itself can last a lifetime, assuming the patient receives regular dental check-ups every 6 months. The crown, however, usually only lasts about 10 to 15 years before it may need a replacement due to wear and tear.
A: Hygienists use a variety of tools and techniques to remove tartar, stains, and plaque from teeth, improving their patients’ dental health by preventing cavities and tooth loss while simultaneously helping them achieve the bright, beautiful smile that they want, while helping the patient to maintain their overall health.
A: There are over 2,000 dentists in Hong Kong, working both in private and public sectors. Any dentist who wishes to practice in Hong Kong must be registered with The Dental Council of Hong Kong.
A: You have to take the Licensing Examination to practise dentistry in Hong Kong. All dental graduates who received their dental training outside Hong Kong are required to pass the Licensing Examination before they are qualified to be registered with the Dental Council of Hong Kong.