Frequently Asked Questions: General
Q. I want to take better care of my teeth and gums but the thought of a dental appointment terrifies me. Is there any way I can reduce the panic?
A. There are a number of methods that your dentist can use to calm your nerves and make your treatment more comfortable. These range from simple relaxation techniques to intravenous sedation. Which treatment is best for you will depend on the severity of your anxiety.
Q. If I choose to have my treatment under intravenous sedation, will I be put to sleep?
A. Intravenous sedation will relax you to the point where you probably won't even remember the appointment - but you will be conscious throughout.
Q. I find the numbing sensation of local anaesthetic really unpleasant but I'm reluctant to have any treatment without it. What can I do?
A. Many dental procedures can now be carried out without anaesthetic but if a particular procedure does require it, ask your dentist about the possibility of only anaesthetising the tooth that needs treatment. This will reduce the numbness in your mouth but you still won't feel a thing.
Q. I've read about a plastic coating that can be applied to teeth. What's this for?
A. These plastic coatings protect the biting surface of the tooth from food and bacteria that can cause tooth decay.
Q My black fillings look so awful that I feel self-conscious when I laugh. How can I improve the appearance of my teeth?
A. This black filling material is amalgam, and although it's a very strong and practical way to fill teeth, it can look unattractive. Ask your dentist about the possibility of replacing your amalgam fillings with another, less visible, material like porcelain or white composite.
Q Are white fillings expensive?
A. The cost really depends on the type of white filling you want. For white composite fillings in your back teeth, expect to pay between £40 and £70.