We encourage our patients to have six monthly dental check-ups. The consultation include a full analysis of the dental hard and soft tissues. We also pay attention to malocclusion which might be evident.
Routine dental x-rays:
X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventative, by helping a dentist diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem. An x-ray is a type of energy that passes through soft tissues and is absorbed by dense tissue. Teeth and bone are very dense, so they absorb X-rays, while X-rays pass more easily through gums and cheeks. X-rays are divided into two main categories, intra-oral and extra-oral. Intra-oral is an X-ray that is taken inside the mouth. An extra-oral X-ray is taken outside of the mouth.
Intra-oral X-rays are the most common type of radiograph taken in dentistry. They give a high level of detail of the tooth, bone and supporting tissues of the mouth. These X-rays allow dentists to:
• Find cavities
• Look at the tooth roots
• Check the health of the bony area around the tooth
• Determine if periodontal disease is an oral care issue
• See the status of developing teeth
• Otherwise, monitor good tooth health through prevention
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.
Root canal treatments:
Root canal treatment is to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
Conscious sedation is a combination of medicines to help you relax (a sedative) and block pain (an anaesthetic) during a dental procedure. It is an option given to anxious patients instead of having general anaesthesia.
Scale and polish:
Scaling of teeth to remove calculus (tartar) and plaque for good oral health.
During a routine Scale and Polish the oral hygienist will thoroughly clean all deposits and stains from teeth. She will scale away tartar build-up from tooth surfaces and polish your teeth using special dental instruments.
Oral hygiene instruction and education:
Help patients learn good oral hygiene techniques and can help point out areas of the mouth that may require extra attention during brushing and flossing.
Fluoride treatment forms part of the preventative aspect of dentistry. It helps to harden the structure of teeth in order to protect teeth. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in food.
We have a special interest in children’s dentistry and have created a club, the Zero Cavity Club. It is based on a rewards system to encourage regular check-ups and good oral hygiene.
Fissure sealants are plastic coatings that are painted on to the grooves of the back teeth. The sealant forms a protective layer that keeps food and bacteria from getting stuck in the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay. Fissure sealants are a great preventative treatment for decay. No matter how well you clean those back teeth it is a common site for decay in children’s teeth. No matter how well you clean those back teeth, it is a common site for decay in children’s teeth.
Orthodontic treatment and space maintenance:
Orthodontic treatment is a series of processes to move poorly aligned teeth to a desirable position. Orthodontic treatment can: Improve the appearance. Improve the biting position and chewing function. The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime. It also includes space maintenance for the premature loss of primary teeth.
CROWNS AND BRIDGES
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth — to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
A dental bridge is a common, affordable, time-tested, and low-risk treatment for missing teeth. The dental bridge is so called because it literally bridges the gap created when teeth are lost.
In dentistry, a veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect the tooth’s surface from damage. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer: composite and dental porcelain.
A dental implant is a surgical fixture that is placed into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone over the span of a few months. The dental implant acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth and holds a replacement tooth or bridge.
Teeth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look. Teeth whitening can be done in the dentist’s office or at home. In-office whitening allows the dentist to use a more powerful whitening gel. A specialized light activates the gel and allows bleaching to happen faster.
Dentures, also known as false teeth, are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth; they are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable (removable partial denture or complete denture). However, there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants (fixed prosthodontics).
MOUTH GUARDS AND BITE PLATES
Mouth guards are recommended for all contact sport.
Bite plates are made for the treatment of bruxism (teeth grinding).
To improve the facial features with the use of Botox, fillers, peels as well as skin boosters.
Popular treatments include:
• Treatment of glabellar lines as well as lines on the forehead
• Wrinkles around the mouth or so called smoker’s lines
• Crow’s feet around the eyes