A dental examination shows how healthy your mouth is. After the examination, you and your dentist can discuss the results and plan the best way to deal with any problems. Regular examinations mean that your dentist can spot problems and correct them early before the treatment becomes complicated. A thorough examination helps you and your dentist look after your mouth and prevents further problems. The dentist will explain the options and then you can decide together what will be best for you. The examination may take longer if you are seeing a new dentist for the first time.
Regular scaling and polishing by a hygienist helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy by making it easier for you to keep your teeth clean at home. You should see and feel the difference. If your gums bleed when you brush, you may have early gum disease. Regular scaling helps to stop the disease getting worse; and it helps you to eliminate the disease by thorough cleaning at home.
Tea and coffee drinkers will know the effects that their choice of beverage has on their smile. Teeth that used to be white end up looking brown. Smokers will experience a similar result. Airflow treatment can get rid of all the plaque and discoloration that those habits have left behind. And you’ll feel no pain either – a fresh clean feel and a great smile are the only two after effects. Airflow is a cosmetic treatment that results in whiter teeth than you have ever had before – and all without the dentist actually touching your teeth! Sounds unlikely? It works through the combined power of three things – air, sodium bicarbonate and a jet of water. To get the best results some prior de-scaling may be required, but Airflow produces great results without any risk of damaging your teeth. The results are immediate – you’ll feel and see the difference as soon as the Airflow dental treatment has been completed.
Fissures are grooves usually found in the chewing surface of back teeth. They are difficult to keep clean so there is more risk of decay. Fissures can be sealed with composite sealant to protect them. The fissure sealant is runny at first but sets hard, like paint. Sealants may be see-through or tooth coloured. They are normally only used on children and only on permanent teeth, not milk teeth. Your dentist will discuss whether your child needs sealants.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment (also known as root filling or endo-dontics) means removing damaged or dead pulp and filling the space left. The remaining tooth can then be repaired. Pulp damage can cause toothache but the pain will usually end very quickly when the root canal is cleaned out. Without a root filling, a tooth with a dead pulp would probably have to be taken out in the end. There is also a possibility of infection spreading beyond the tooth itself. Root-fillings are usually successful and can last many years, but re-treatment is also possible if infection recurs. Occasionally, if inflammation persists at the tip of the root, surgery can be carried out to remove part of the root, clean the area and put in a filling. This is known as an “apicectomy”.