A healthy mouth is a gateway to good health.
Good functional teeth help in good nutrition. Research indicates that poor oral health can have a detrimental impact on your general well-being and may even increase your risk of stroke, heart disease and respiratory disease. Good and routine dental care helps restore your dental health and helps you re-establish your general well-being.
Gum disease or periodontitis is the main cause for tooth loss in adults. Periodontitis is the inflammation of the gums and other structures that support the teeth. It is caused by bacteria and is characterised by red, swollen, bleeding gums, loose teeth and bad breath. If periodontitis is left untreated it progresses and ultimately results in loss of teeth.
Plaque is the cause of gum disease, which makes it imperative that we maintain a high standard of oral hygiene. Plaque turns into calculus (sometimes called tartar) which bonds to the tooth so strongly that is can only be professionally removed. Regular brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouth wash accompanied by regular dental visits and cleans can help prevent gum disease.
Regular check and clean helps in maintaining good oral health. Ideally this should occur every six months to a year.
Our dentists during the check and clean visits can detect early warning signs of decay. Most cavities or cracks do not cause pain until they are a major issue, so identifying issues and treating them proactively can prevent further damage to teeth and gums. It can also avoid potential large and expensive treatment, by staying on top of issues that occur in your mouth.
When you attend the clinic for a general check and clean, the dentist will go through your medical history and any current issues which you may be experiencing. After this they will carry out an examination of all your teeth to check for any issues that you may not be aware of. The examination will include checking for cavities through X-rays if necessary. Following the examination, the dentist will clean your teeth by removing any plaque build-up; returning your teeth and gums to a healthy state. The dentists will inform you of any further treatment required, so that the care can be provided as soon as possible.
Restorations are commonly known as “Fillings”. Biocompatible material (such as dental composites) are filled inside the damaged tooth which has lost its function, shape or integrity because of Decay, Fracture or an old defective restoration. Restorations can be divided into two broad categories: Silver (Amalgam) fillings and Tooth Coloured or White restorations. In the past more emphasis was laid on Silver fillings when more advanced filling materials were not discovered.
Nowadays, in the aesthetic era of dentistry ‘Tooth coloured restorations’ have become the material of choice for a maximum number of patients who choose fillings matching the colour of their teeth. Composite filling are durable and can last up to 10-15 years with very good oral hygiene. With poor oral hygiene, the time is much shorter.
The fillings are completed usually in a single visit. A cavity is prepared in the tooth, and then a filling matching the tooth colour is placed and set. Finally, the dentist gives finishing touches with polishing of the filling material to give you a bright shining smile.
Having fillings done at initial stages, can save your teeth in the long term. It can avoid situations requiring tooth extractions and root canal treatment as well as prevent future infections that can cause underlying problems such as gum disease.
Cracked teeth can be very painful especially when chewing or biting. These cracks can occur for a number of reasons such as chewing hard food, grinding of teeth at night or naturally ageing process.
The treatment for cracked teeth can vary depending on severity and ranges from observation to placement of Crown. In severe cases, extracting tooth or root canal treatment may be required. To determine the treatment, the dentist will take an x-ray in addition to physical examination and other tests, and consequently advise treatment options to you.
Teeth removal i.e. extraction is performed for a wide variety of reasons, but most commonly to remove teeth which have become un-restorable through tooth decay, periodontal disease or dental trauma. Excessive crowding in teeth or painful wisdom teeth can also be a reason for removal of teeth.
If you require tooth removal, the dentist will examine the tooth and take an x-ray. The dentist will discuss with you the complexity of the procedure, costs and recovery. The appropriate mode of anesthesia will be chosen (local anesthesia/ inhalational sedation/ general anaesthesia). After the procedure, you can experience some swelling and discomfort in the area for a few days, but over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, can help alleviate the pain. Our dentist will also prescribe you appropriate antibiotics and pain relief if needed.