Routine dental appointments are essential to maintain good oral health. A dental examination is carried out by an experienced, qualified dentist and is the best way to find out any problems with your mouth before they become serious.
Some of the issues that can be detected early during a dental check-up include tooth decay, cavities, gum diseases, and oral cancer. Identifying and dealing with these problems early enough not only increase chances of successful treatment but also help save a lot of money in the long run.
Generally, for people with a healthy mouth, dentists recommend their patients to visit them every six months. For patients with certain oral risks, and those with high-risk factors for periodontal disease, dentists will often recommend more frequent visits to address these specific issues.
the dentist will conduct a dental exam using both visual and X-rays results to check if there are more dental defects and will also evaluate your risks for future dental abnormalities and dentists to include an oral cancer screening during your dental exams.
the dentist will treat you and spend time with you discussing the discoveries and concerns. They may advise you to see an expert if you have a serious problem and will also guide you on how to take care of your teeth to avoid future problems.
Root canal treatments
Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp or nerve inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay or damaged by trauma.
This infection may spread through the root canal system and could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort or pain. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be taken out. Root canal treatments will:
Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits.
Root canal treatment involves clearing the infection from the tooth with special files. The space inside the root is then cleaned and filled to prevent further infection. It is common to place a crown on top of the tooth at the end of the procedure, to provide extra strength. Treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic so should be pain-free and will require one or two visits to the practice.
An extraction is the process of removing a tooth from your mouth.
Although we are committed to providing preventive care and educating our patients about the importance of developing an effective oral hygiene maintenance, sometimes it may be necessary to extract a tooth because of decay or advanced gum disease, or if you have an impacted wisdom tooth.
Simple extraction– The dentist is able to remove the tooth in a single piece- that is the whole tooth.
Sectional extraction– Sometimes the tooth will not come out all in one piece because of the shape or directions of the roots, or because of the amount of decay in the tooth. In these circumstances, the roots of the tooth can be separated by cutting in between them with a bur. This allows each root to be taken out individually.
Surgical extraction– If the tooth to be removed is particularly difficult, then a surgical approach may be needed. This is the case, if the tooth either hasn’t come fully through the gum yet (i.e. impacted) or has broken off below the gum line and the dentist can’t remove it by normal methods. The procedure involves reflecting your gum (raising a flap) to expose the bone that is holding in your tooth or root. Some of this bone will be then removed with a bur, just enough to allow the dentist to be able to lever out the tooth or root fragment. The gum flap will then need to be replaced and held together by stitches, to allow healing. These stitches may be resorbable.
A mouth guard is a soft plastic device worn during sporting activities to protect your teeth and gums from injury.Mouth guards are also called ‘gum shields’.
Every year, thousands of children and adults all around the country are treated for dental injuries that could have been prevented or at the very least minimised, by wearing a mouth guard.
Nights guards are used to protect teeth from grinding and clenching, a condition known as bruxism. Our custom-made night guards fit snugly over your teeth, keeping them safe while you sleep.
If bruxism is not addressed, it can lead to serious problems, including tooth loss and jaw joint disorders. Although night guards will not stop people from grinding their teeth, they do provide a cushioning effect which helps to minimise any potential damage.