Polyclinic Matković

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1. 1. Previous dental work and any complications that have arisen. This includes all previous interventions, repairs, prosthetic work, or any other procedures you have had on your teeth or oral cavity. This information is crucial for the dentist to gain a comprehensive understanding of your oral health.

2. Any illnesses you suffer from, even if they don’t seem related to oral issues. For example, if you have diabetes, heart problems, autoimmune diseases, or any other significant medical condition, it is important to share this information with the dentist. Certain diseases can impact oral health, and it is necessary to consider them when planning dental treatment.

3. All medications you regularly use. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medications, such as vitamins or herbal supplements. Some types of medications can affect oral health, drug interactions, or anesthesia, so it is important for the dentist to be aware of this information.

Providing this information to the dentist at the first examination helps form a more complete picture of your oral health and allows the dentist to provide the best possible care and plan an appropriate treatment for you.

You can receive our quote by sending us your panoramic X-ray (X-ray image of your teeth that should not be older than 6 months). Another way is to come to our clinic for the first examination.

Regular cleaning of teeth from tartar and soft dental deposits is important to prevent the onset and progression of periodontitis. Patients prone to tartar formation should visit the dentist more often for professional teeth cleaning. It is important to note that tartar cleaning will not damage tooth enamel.

The tartar removal procedure is performed exclusively with an ultrasonic device that uses vibrations, not grinding, to effectively remove dental tartar. The duration of the procedure will depend on the amount of tartar that needs to be removed.

The accumulation of dental tartar and bacterial proliferation in deposits results in the recession of the gums and bone. Periodontal pockets are spaces between the bone and the tooth root that form when oral hygiene is inadequate. Food accumulates in these pockets and can decay due to bacterial action, leading to unpleasant breath.

One problem with periodontal pockets is that, when they appear, they indicate an irreversible condition of periodontal disease that cannot be completely cured because lost bone cannot be regenerated. However, radical measures can slow down or stop this process.

If you have several issues to address and are limited by time, we can arrange to handle multiple things at once. This will require a bit more time, and you will need to keep your mouth open for a longer duration.

Proper tooth brushing is crucial for maintaining oral hygiene. Use a toothbrush with soft or medium bristles and replace it every three months. Tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle to cover the teeth and gums.

Use small circular motions along with left, right, up, and down movements. Remove plaque with proper brushing, not by excessive use of toothpaste. For proper teeth cleaning, apply paste to half the length of the brush. Avoid aggressive brushing as it can damage the gums and enamel.

Use dental floss to remove deposits between teeth, and you can add a little paste to the floss for better results. Scraping your tongue twice a day will improve oral hygiene.

In addition to regular home care, visit the dentist for professional teeth cleaning. The dentist will remove deposits that cannot be removed at home. A dental visit can delay or prevent gum inflammation and diseases. The frequency of visits depends on the condition of the teeth, gums, and habits. Relatively healthy individuals and children should thoroughly clean their teeth at least every two years.

If you are prone to gum inflammation or smoke, you need to visit the dentist more frequently. With regular hygiene and preventive dental visits, you will reduce the risk of unpleasant and painful complications in the mouth, which can be expensive to treat.

Orthodontic therapy typically lasts an average of 18 months, while the retention period is much longer – sometimes even lifelong, so we’ll be seeing each other for quite a while.

A retainer is a removable device typically worn at night, but it should be taken seriously as consistent wear is crucial for achieving therapy results.

If not worn regularly, relapse can occur very quickly, meaning the teeth may shift back to their pre-treatment position. Therefore, it is important to understand the significance and commitment to wearing a retainer in order to preserve the achieved results.

The duration of wearing a retainer is individual, and the patient should not discontinue wearing it on their own. It is extremely important to follow the instructions of the orthodontic specialist.

1. Dental status examination: The dentist will assess the presence of all teeth in the patient’s mouth. This includes checking for missing or extra teeth and evaluating the stage of dental development (growth and development of teeth). The position of permanent teeth buds and wisdom teeth will also be analyzed.

2. Bite assessment: The dentist will evaluate how the patient aligns their teeth when biting. This can reveal any irregularities in the bite, such as overlapping teeth, open bite, or crossbite. Such irregularities may indicate the need for orthodontic treatment.

3. Identification of undesirable habits: The dentist will check for the presence of unwanted habits that should be corrected early. This may include thumb-sucking, mouth breathing, or infantile swallowing. Early recognition and intervention can help correct these habits and prevent potential problems in the development of the jaw and teeth.

4. Orthopantomogram: For the first examination, an orthopantomographic image (ORTHOPANTOMOGRAM) is usually required. This is an X-ray image of both jaws that shows details such as the presence of all teeth, possible absence or excess of teeth, position of permanent tooth buds, condition of wisdom teeth, condition of bone tissue, and the presence of cavities, periapical processes, or cysts. This image provides the dentist with a comprehensive overview of the patient’s oral health.

The first dental examination aims to obtain a comprehensive picture of the patient’s oral health and identify any problems or needs for further treatment. This allows the dentist to provide personalized care and plan appropriate treatment to preserve oral health.

It is recommended to have teeth cleaning and polishing twice a year to prevent the formation of tartar and detect the development of new cavities in a timely manner.
Periodontitis is a disease of the tooth-supporting system, the periodontium. Bacteria accumulate along the gums, causing an inflammatory and immune response from the body. This leads to the destruction of supporting tissue, recession of the alveolar bone, and the formation of periodontal pockets. The ultimate result is tooth loss.
Bleeding gums during brushing, redness, swelling, gum recession, loose teeth, or changes in their position are clear signs of periodontal disease.
It is best to bring your child to the dental office as early as the first year of life to become familiar with the environment and the dentist. Regular check-ups during the primary teeth phase can prevent the onset of cavities, and the teeth will be treated with fluoride coatings to strengthen their structure.
Baby teeth are extremely important for a child’s oral health as they enable normal and healthy nutrition, proper jaw development, and preserve space for permanent teeth to properly align in the future.

Take a piece of floss about 45 to 50 cm long and wind the larger portion around one index finger. Wrap the other end a few times around the other index finger, which will be used for the used part of the floss.

Hold about 3 cm of the floss taut between the index fingers and thumbs. Carefully insert the floss between the teeth and gently move it back and forth upward. You can gently slide the floss between the teeth and the gum line, pulling it upward. Repeat the process for each tooth.

It is important to rinse your teeth to remove food debris and plaque. If the floss catches in places where it didn’t before, visit a dentist as it may be a sign of a dental issue. It is also important to introduce children to the use of dental floss to start with complete oral hygiene as early as possible.

The process of getting braces usually takes about 30 minutes and is typically not painful. Patients may find it most uncomfortable to keep their mouths open for an extended period without rinsing or breaks.

It is common for the braces to be initially placed on one jaw (usually the upper one), and after a certain period, depending on the type of issue, the lower braces are also added. It is less common for the braces to be placed in the reverse order or for both sets to be applied simultaneously.

Tooth discomfort typically occurs 6 to 8 hours after the braces are placed. It is not a typical toothache but more of a discomfort that lasts for 3 to 4 days. Patients are advised to use their usual pain relief medication for similar conditions.

In addition to tooth discomfort, irritation of the cheek and lip mucosa may occur due to contact with the brackets during speech and chewing. This usually lasts for the first 4 to 6 weeks until the mucosa becomes accustomed. Each patient receives a case with wax or silicone to help alleviate this irritation.