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Dr. Peter Seehofer - Dentist in Munich

Frequently asked questions about dentistry and dental aesthetics

  • How often must I go to the dentist for prophylaxis?

    The dentist should be consulted at least once or twice a year for a preventive check-up. However, if there is an increased risk of caries and periodontosis, three or four visits per year may be advisable. We would be happy to discuss with you the optimum interval between examinations at our Seehofer Dental Practice. 

  • My filling fell out. What can I do?

    In general, you should visit a dentist as soon as possible if a filling has broken out, so that the dentist can repair the tooth. You are welcome to make an appointment at our Seehofer dental practice for an individual consultation.

  • What are symptoms of an allergic reaction to my dental filling?

    The signs of an allergic reaction to a dental filling can be many and varied. From sleep disturbances, hair loss, irritation of the mucous membranes to lack of concentration and feelings of anxiety, the symptoms can have different effects. If you suspect that you are allergic to a dental filling, you should undergo an allergy test immediately so that the filling can be replaced if necessary.

  • Is periodontitis contagious?

    Periodontosis (periodontitis) is a bacterial infectious disease and therefore contagious. These bacteria can be transmitted when sharing cutlery, glasses, cups or drinking bottles as well as when kissing. Special caution is therefore required with the patient's partners, as well as with parents, as the pathogens can be transmitted to the child. 

  • How long does an anaesthetic last at the dentist?

    Depending on the extent and necessary duration of the treatment, the dentist determines the dosage of the anaesthetic. A local anaesthetic usually lasts between 15 and 90 minutes, depending on the amount administered. 

  • Is it allowed to drive after an anaesthetic at the dentist?

    In general, local anaesthesia can impair the ability to react for several hours. Depending on the complexity of the treatment, which is usually associated with a lot of stress, especially for anxiety patients, one should play it safe and refrain from driving

  • Is it possible to let an anaesthetic wear off faster at the dentist?

    Do you want to get rid of the numbness faster after a dental treatment in order to avoid a drooping lip as well as impairments in eating and speaking? For patients who need to be fit again quickly, we offer the injection of an antidote with the so-called phentolamine mesilate after the treatment, with which the anaesthetic can be broken down more quickly by the body.  

  • How is root inflammation noticeable?

    Typical symptoms of root inflammation are a feeling of pressure in the area of the corresponding tooth, pulsating pain, sensitivity to heat, pain when chewing and pain when biting open. The pain can also increase when the tooth is positioned horizontally. Tapping the inflamed tooth is also often unpleasant (percussion pain). In the case of an advanced inflammation, a throbbing, persistent and often strong pain remains, which can also radiate to other teeth, the jawbone and the facial region. 

  • Does an infection go away on its own?

    Inflammation of the tooth root does not usually heal by itself and must be treated by a dental surgeon. To preserve the tooth, root canal treatment is necessary. Should a new infection occur after this treatment, an apicoectomy or, depending on the severity of the inflammation, removal of the tooth may be considered. We would be happy to advise you on your individual case in our dental practice Seehofer.

  • Does a dead tooth need root canal treatment?

    If a tooth is suspected to be dead, it should be treated immediately. If immediate treatment is not carried out, there is a risk of permanent inflammation and loss of the tooth. A simple X-ray shows how far the inflammation has spread and whether the jawbone is already affected. If the roots of the tooth are still intact, the tooth may still be saved by a root canal treatment. During this procedure, the root canals of the affected tooth are carefully cleaned and sterilely closed with a filling material. 

  • My root-treated tooth has broken off - What to do?

    The chipping of root-treated teeth is relatively common, as the substance and stability is usually weakened due to the treatments already carried out. If the root of the tooth has already been treated and the inside of the tooth is sealed by a root filling, the next day's visit to the dentist is sufficient. However, if you are in pain, the next route should lead directly to the dentist or dental emergency service.

  • I have bite block pain after inserting an inlay. What can I do?

    If you still feel pain when biting open an inlay a few days after its insertion, please contact our Seehofer Dental Practice to rule out possible inflammation or irritation. Normally the tooth reacts very sensitively, especially immediately after the insertion of an inlay for a few days. However, there is also the possibility that the inlay is not seated properly or is too high, which can damage the opposite jaw. Therefore, please contact us in case of unclear pain!

  • I swallowed my inlay. What should I do?

    There is no need to worry if the inlay has fallen out and then swallowed. The inlay usually leaves the body naturally after a few days. Nevertheless, please contact our Seehofer Dental Practice immediately for further treatment of the tooth, since caries under the inlay is usually responsible for the inlay falling out.