Visiting your dentist every six months for regular and professional cleaning is recommended by researchers to maintain your overall oral health. Early prevention is always better than having a costly treatment at a later stage.
The objective of a general check up is to stop the development of oral diseases such as; dental decay, broken or chipped teeth, or to find them at an early stage.
Dental fillings are commonly applied to restore a chipped tooth or treat tooth decay, wear, or trauma. There are two types of fillings: silver fillings/amalgam and white fillings. Amalgam is typically more durable than white fillings. However, due to cosmetic reasons, white fillings are now widely used as an alternative.
When a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of the tooth, crowns are often preferred to fillings. Dental crowns are helmet-like and provide a complete coverage or cap over a tooth. Materials: porcelain crown, silver crown, or gold crown.
As people age, their teeth age too. Consumption of coloured liquid, like coffee, tea, or wine can deteriorate your natural tooth colour. To brighten and improve your smile, an easy and safe procedure of tooth whitening can be done either in our surgery, or with a customised take home kit.
Dental veneers are thin coverings, usually made from porcelain, that are bonded onto the surface of the teeth to improve aesthetics or to protect the tooth from damage.
Misaligned teeth and malocclusions can be straightened and corrected with dental braces and retainers. Dental braces are often chosen for both functional and cosmetic treatment.
Invisible Braces (Invisalign)
A better alternative is Invisalign, which are virtually clear, invisible, removable plastic ‘aligners’ that straighten the teeth without any metal or wires. These should be worn 22 hours a day and the treatment may cover a range time-wise.
Dental implants are basically an artificial tooth root that is submerged into the jawbone. It is considered the most modern technique for replacing a missing tooth. Implants provide a strong foundation and function most like a real tooth.
Dental bridges normally consist of two or more crowns that are anchored to surrounding teeth (on either side of the gap) — with a false tooth/teeth in between. These are to replace missing teeth with artificial replacements (pontic).
Although less preferred, dentures are a great non-permanent alternative. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. There are two types of denture: complete and partial dentures.
Root Canal Treatment
At some stage, a tooth that is causing great pain or is heavily damaged might not be savable with just fillings. Root canal therapy, which removes infected pulp tissue within the root chamber of the tooth, would be applicable in this case. The hollowed-out tooth is filled with an antibacterial filling, and the tooth is “capped” with a crown for protection.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
In the majority of cases, there will not be enough room in the jaw for a wisdom tooth or all wisdom teeth to fully emerge. This can make brushing and flossing the wisdom teeth extremely difficult. Food and bacteria builds up between the wisdom teeth and neighbouring molars, and decay and gum infection will very likely occur.
Gum disease ranges from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, people can end up losing their teeth. The most common symptom of gum disease is bleeding gums from normal brushing.