General & Preventive Dentistry


Periodeontal Gum Treatment

 
Lifestyle, diet and genetics can predispose us to periodontal disease. Some signsand symptoms of gum disease include gum bleeding, painful or swollengums, bad breath or loose teeth. Prevention is better than cure whenmaintaining healthy gums. Brushing twice a day, regular flossing and6-monthly visits to the dentist are the key to preventing or treatinggum disease. Periodic scaling and cleaning of the teeth removes stainsand disease-causing plaque and calculus, which have been proven tosignificantly slow the progress of periodontal disease.
 

Fillings

Our practice offers tooth-coloured fillings. The fillings are bonded to your teeth to improve your smile and well being, by changing the colour and look of a tooth, building up of lost tooth structure & closing up unsightly spaces between teeth. These white fillings can also be placed instead of amalgam fillings, which detract from an otherwise beautiful smile. They are light cured and are sufficiently hardened for immediate chewing. Porcelain fillings are also available and offer a highly realistic look.
 
 
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Root Canal Therapy (RCT) or Endodontic Treatment

The aim of root canal treatment is to save a tooth where damaged due to decay, disease or injury has affected the nerve or pulp of the tooth.
 
Symptoms may or may not be obvious but can include pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, tooth discolouration, swelling and/or soreness in the gums surrounding the tooth. If the pulp cannot repair itself, it will initially become inflamed. If it is not treated, it will die and become infected, leading to an abscess in the gums if untreated. Root canal treatment is then needed to save the tooth.
 
To improve the chances of success, root canal treatment should start as soon as possible. All root canals in the affected tooth must be treated. The front teeth have one or two root canals. Premolars typically have one or two root canals. Molars usually have three or four root canals.
 
We carry out RCT using modern and up-to-date techniques, including endodontic motors to clean and shave the root canal system, and digital apex locators to accurately calculate the length of the root. Proper barriers are used to ensure that the tooth is well isolated during RCT to prevent further contamination and infection of the tooth. The treatment generally takes 2 to 3 visits, however, with modern equipment it is possible to complete treatment in a single visit in selected cases.
 
Useful link Root Canal
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Oral Surgery & Wisdom Teeth Extractions

The most recognised form of oral surgery is tooth extraction. Reasons for tooth extractions include:
  • impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • teeth decayed beyond repair
  • fractured or broken tooth
  • trauma or damage caused by accident
  • baby teeth that have failed to fall out, preventing eruption of permanent teeth
  • to optimize orthodontic treatment
Following careful examination and planning, we take every measure to ensure as little pain is experienced and a speedy recovery.
 
 
 
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Mouth Guards

We provide custom-made mouthguards for children or adults to suit a variety of purposes. The most common reason is for safety in contact sports. Our custom formed mouthguards are tailor fitted to your mouth via impressions (also better known as ?moulds?) of your teeth being taken. This enables a perfect fit and proper protection for the teeth and gum.
 

Pain and Temporal Mandibular Disorder (TMD)

The temporomandibular joints are synovial joints where the mandible (lower jaw) articulates with the base of the skull. Commonly called jaw joints they sit just in front of the ears.
 
Injury, stress and changes in the bite or occlusion can affect the internal joint mechanism leading to symptoms such as clicking noises, headaches, neck and jaw pain and in severe cases pain with opening or chewing.
 
There are many treatments available for TMJ problems, including the use of night guards or splints. Please talk to us for further details.
 
Useful Links: Tooth Anatomy