General Dentistry

Routine check up

Why do I need a dental check-up?
A check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so it’s best to deal with problems early, or, if possible, prevent them altogether.

What happens during a dental check-up?
At each check-up, your dentist will:

  • Examine your teeth, gums and mouth.
  • Ask about your general health and any problems you’ve had with your teeth, mouth, breath or gums since your last visit.
  • Ask about, and give you advice on, your diet, smoking and alcohol use, and teeth-cleaning habits.
  • Complete an oral cancer screen.
  • Examine your teeth checking for cavities, gum disease, cracked or broken teeth or fillings or fillings that are leaking.

Any issues that need addressing will be explained to you and you can advise how you wish to proceed.

How often should I have a dental check-up?
After your check-up, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit. The time to your next check-up could be as short as three months if you are experiencing gum disease. Generally we recommend you attend for a check up and clean every 6 months.

Why and when do we take xrays?
Dentists can tell a lot about the condition of your teeth just by looking inside your mouth, but sometimes they need to look a bit deeper. X-rays are a vital tool for dentists as they can often spot problems before you start to feel any pain or discomfort. They can also be used for something as simple as finding out whether or not you need a filling.

Hygiene
Dental hygiene is the cornerstone of our dental practice. It has been proven that regular visits to the dentist to support good at-home care consistently prevents tooth loss, gum disease and painful dental emergencies. It is a cost effective way of taking control of your dental health.

Scale and polish

When you go for a check-up, your dentist may recommend a ‘scale and polish’. Essentially, this is a deep clean of your mouth, where the dentist will use a special tool to get rid of the hard build up of tartar (calculus) then follow up by giving the teeth a thorough polish. The dentist will probably concentrate on the areas just below the gum line, behind your teeth and in the gaps in between them, as these are the bits that we sometimes miss when we’re brushing our teeth. The scale and polish will help fight against gum disease – although you still need to do your bit by brushing properly twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

Floss Your Heart
Cleaning your teeth and controlling gum disease is not just about keeping your teeth – it’s about staying healthy and possibly even staying alive. Extensive research now shows us that some of the “toxins” from gum disease travel around the body causing problems in many other parts, specifically the heart, and for women during pregnancy can cause premature birth. So it is not just a matter of keeping your teeth clean.

Oral examination

During an initial consultation your dentist will inspect the soft and hard tissue in your mouth. By inspecting the soft tissue your dentist is looking for any abnormalities, halitosis (bad breath) signs of periodontal disease or mouth cancer. While inspecting your hard tissue (teeth) your dentist will be checking for decay, bite anomalies, seeing how your teeth can be improved functionally as well as how your smile can be enhanced aesthetically.
The old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ is never more applicable than in dentistry.

Dental Emergencies

We can help with a range of dental emergencies. We can investigate the source of your discomfort and carry out any necessary treatment.
Our emergency treatments include:

  • Treatment for pain;
  • Broken or knocked out teeth;
  • Trauma and swelling;
  • Crown, veneer or bridge recementation or repair;
  • First stage root canal treatment.

Outside normal surgery hours please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We endeavor to see all our emergency patients as soon as possible.

Fillings

If part of a tooth has been lost through decay or damaged due to an accident, your dentist may put in a filling. A filling will plug the hole and stop any future pain or discomfort. A filling can be made out of a variety of materials. The most common of these are amalgam (silver) or composite (white).
Silver fillings are made of a material called amalgam, which is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, copper, and other metals. Amalgam fillings are very hardwearing which is why they are often put into the back chewing teeth.
Some people opt for white fillings, which match the colour of the natural tooth better.

Fissure sealants

A Fissure Sealant is a plastic resin that is bonded to the depressions, pits and deep grooves in your tooth’s chewing surface. Fissure Sealants are usually placed in permanent molar and premolar teeth (i.e. the back teeth). When fissure sealing a tooth, the grooves of the teeth are filled and the tooth surface becomes lovely and smooth.
When the back teeth are developing, pits and fissures form in the chewing surfaces of the enamel. They are difficult to keep clean, because the bristles of a toothbrush cannot properly reach them. Pits and fissures are snug places for plaque and bits of food to hide. Most cavities form in these areas; back teeth especially are extremely susceptible to this type of decay. By forming a thin covering over the pits and grooves, fissure sealants keep out plaque and food, thus decreasing the risk of decay.

When should a tooth be fissure sealed?
Fissure Sealants are usually placed in children’s teeth as this is when teeth are at their highest risk of becoming decayed.

What does the procedure involve?
Fissure sealing is very straight forward and completely painless. The dentist firstly cleans the tooth surface with a special agent to help make the surface ‘sticky’; the sealant (looks like ‘white paint’) is then applied to the surface of the tooth where it flows into all the pits and grooves. Lastly, a special ‘curing’ light is shone on the sealant to make it set. That’s it! The whole process takes less than a minute to complete.

Can adults teeth be sealed?
Yes of course! It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth (in children), but every person has unique needs. Your dentist will recommend sealants on a case by case basis.

How long do they last?
Generally about 3 to 5 years. However, it is fairly common to see adults with fissure sealants still intact from their childhood.

As part of a check-up, the dentist will check fissure sealants to make sure they are present and protecting your teeth. A fissure sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact so if your sealant chips or comes off, you should drop down to the dentist or hygienist so it can be repaired or replaced.

Teeth Grinding

Tooth grinding, particularly at night, is very common, affecting up to 50% of people. It can cause sore facial muscles, headaches, ear aches and neck pain, and can also cause the teeth to become ground down and more sensitive.
There are many causes of tooth clenching or grinding, including stress, anxiety, poorly aligned teeth and problems with the jaw joint. By reducing your stress levels you may see a dramatic change in your tooth-grinding habits. However, it may also be necessary for us to provide you with a small appliance (somewhat like a custom made mouthguard) to reduce the wear on the teeth and to alleviate the symptoms. We would recommend that anyone who feels that they may be clenching or grinding their teeth should arrange an appointment with us for a comprehensive examination.

Gum Disease Treatment

Early gum disease is very common. Usually it can be kept under control by regular dental visits and by a good daily oral healthcare routine. However, if left untreated, it can progress to become periodontal disease, which slowly destroys the gum tissue and bone which holds your teeth in place. Eventually your teeth can become loose and may fall out or need extracting. As well as providing preventative services we offer treatment to bring the disease back under control and to help save your teeth from falling out.

Our periodontal treatments include:

  • Periodontal assessment
  • Preventative periodontal treatment
  • Periodontal or gum disease treatment

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