Frequently Asked Questions
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What to expect on your first visit?
Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation with a thorough explanation of your diagnosis and treatment options, including cost projections. Occasionally, treatment can be completed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment for treatment.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
A list of medications you are presently taking.
Please inform us if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.) If your previous dentist has taken recent x-rays (within 12-months), you may bring those with you.
Dental treatment is an excellent investment in an individual’s health and well-being. Our goal is to help remove financial barriers so our patients can receive the dental treatment they need and desire. We explain all dental procedures and their associated fees clearly and professionally before the start of treatment. For patient convenience, we accept cash, debit cards, as well as Visa or MasterCard credit cards.
If you need major treatment such as crowns, bridges, or orthodontic treatments we can schedule your treatment in phases to fit your budget. We also offer a payment options through Banca Transilvania’s Star Card. (www.starbt.ro) This plan offers six interest-free financing.
Will it hurt?
The short answer is: No. Due to advances in dental procedures, local anaesthesia and sedatives, dental treatment can be considered to be pain free. … In the past many patients experienced painful fillings or tooth extractions but times have changed and dental treatment is now often considered painless.If you reckon that dentistry is simply too painful to bear, it is highly likely that you’ve had at least one very painful experience in the past.
This could have been due to a number of reasons: the dentist starting the procedure too early, before you were properly numbed; a dentist having trouble getting you numb; an active infection of a tooth; a painful injection; or you may have been refused local anesthetic in the past. Here at Sagittarius Dental we make sure we have your informed consent about every dental procedure and provide pain free dental services with proper numbing.
When to book children for their first dental exam?
Children need to see a dentist once they have milk teeth.
The dentist will then suggest follow-ups – usually between three months and a year. At the very least, children should have at least one visit to the dentist before the age of two.
This is not only for children to get used to the whole dental-surgery experience but also because preventive treatments for decay are now available, such as painting teeth with fluoride varnish to strengthen enamel. Dentists can also give advice on brushing and diet.
Children should start brushing with soft-bristle brushes using fluoride toothpaste (1,000 parts per million to start with – check the packet) as soon as they have milk teeth. Parents must do it for the first few years (sitting your child on your lap and brushing from behind is good for toddlers) and should then supervise until the age of seven.
Brushing should be done for two minutes in the morning and evening and children should be shown how to brush (a circular action that starts and finishes in the same place on each tooth) by looking in the mirror, and be taught to spit rather than rinse as this retains the benefits of fluoride. As important as brushing is, sugary drinks are also to be avoided. Dilute fruit juice and limit fizzy drinks with artificial sweeteners as they are both acidic and destroy enamel. Using a straw diverts drinks to the back of the mouth and may protect teeth. Eating any foods that contain sugar, not just sweets, will also cause tooth decay so try to get your children into healthy eating habits.
How does Patient scheduling work?
We will schedule your appointment as promptly as possible, based on your call or online booking form. If you have pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you that day.
We try our best to stay on schedule to minimize your waiting. Due to the fact that our dentists provides many types of dental services, various circumstances may lengthen the time allocated for a procedure. Emergency cases can also arise and cause delays. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
Assuring Crossinfection control
Robust procedures and universal precautions are in place for eliminating cross infection and to protect patients and staff alike. Dentists and our entire team follow procedures recommended by CMDR (www.cmdr.ro) and DSP(www.dspcluj.ro) regulating agencies.
These measures include:
Disinfectant hand soap
Gloves and face masks
Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
Disinfection/Sterilization of all equipment before every use
We sterilize all reusable equipment, including dental hand pieces. We use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses through steam, heat and pressure.
The best defense against disease is information.
Treatments during Pregnancy?
Pregnancy and dental work questions are common for expecting moms. Preventive dental cleanings and annual exams during pregnancy are not only safe, but are recommended. The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy causes the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing increased irritation to your gums.
Preventive dental work while pregnant is essential to avoid oral infections such as gum disease, which has been linked to preterm birth.Dental work while pregnant, such as cavity fillings and crowns, should be treated to reduce the chance of infection. If dental work is done during pregnancy, the second trimester is ideal. Once you reach the third trimester, it may be very difficult to lie on your back for an extended period of time.
The safest course of action is to postpone all unnecessary dental work until after the birth.
However, sometimes emergency dental work, such as a root canal or tooth extraction, is necessary. Elective treatments, such as teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures, should be postponed until after the birth. It is best to avoid this dental work while pregnant and avoid exposing the developing baby to any risks, even if they are minimal.
What to do in case of a dental emergency?
Any dental emergency like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later on.
Here’s a quick summary of what to do for some common dental problems.
Toothaches: First, thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. See your dentist as soon as possible.
Chipped or broken teeth: Save any pieces. Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain. See your dentist as soon as possible.
Knocked-out tooth: Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth), and rinse off the tooth root with water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place. Make sure it’s facing the right way. Never force it into the socket. If it’s not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available) In all cases, see your dentist as quickly as possible. Knocked out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out.
Extruded (partially dislodged) tooth. See your dentist right away. Until you reach your dentist’s office, to relieve pain, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever (such as Ketonal or Ibuprofen) if needed.
Objects caught between teeth. First, try using dental floss to very gently and carefully remove the object. If you can’t get the object out, see your dentist. Never use a pin or other sharp object to poke at the stuck object. These instruments can cut your gums or scratch your tooth surface.
Lost filling. As a temporary measure, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use an over-the-counter dental cement. See your dentist as soon as possible.
Lost crown. If the crown falls off, make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible and bring the crown with you. If you can’t get to the dentist right away and the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area (clove oil can be purchased at your local drug store ) If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue!
Broken braces and wires. If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket or band and is poking your cheek, tongue, or gum, try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a more comfortable position. If you can’t re position the wire, cover the end with orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball, or piece of gauze until you can get to your orthodontist’s office. Never cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or breathing it into your lungs.
Loose brackets and bands. Temporarily reattach loose braces with a small piece of orthodontic wax. Alternatively, place the wax over the braces to provide a cushion. See your orthodontist as soon as possible. If the problem is a loose band, save it and call your orthodontist for an appointment to have it re-cemented or replaced (and to have missing spacers replaced).
Abscess . Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated.
Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abscess, see your dentist as soon as possible if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum that usually is painful. In the meantime, to ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.
Soft-tissue injuries. Injuries to the soft tissues, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, can result in bleeding. To control the bleeding, here’s what to do:
Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution.
Use a moistened piece of gauze or tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes.
To both control bleeding and relieve pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes.
If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your dentist right away or go to a hospital emergency room. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated.