General Dentistry is the area of dentistry you are most likely to be familiar with. If you have undergone a scale and polish, a filling or have had dentures fitted then this all falls into the category of general dentistry.
Here we are concerned with the care and maintenance of your teeth. We will place on emphasis on preventative care as well as undertaking restorative treatments.
This preventative approach includes 6 monthly check ups and dental cleaning.
Using a laser for certain treatment can have a number of benefits for you by providing faster healing times, reducing the risks of infection, create less bleeding and also less postoperative pain.
The laser generates a beam of concentrated light bringing energy into your mouth to help remove areas of infection as it destroys many bacteria and viruses found in the mouth.
We use a few different types of lasers that are chosen dependent on your needs.
A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.
Implants are a safe, well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. It’s probably true to say that implants, much like natural teeth, will last for as long as you care for them. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.
Placing an implant is often easier than taking a tooth out and is usually done using a simple local anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time, but just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery.
Modern dentistry can provide amazing cosmetics. A beautiful smile is said to be the most important factor when people meet and greet each other. There is a vast range of treatments now available to improve your smile and of varying complexity.
Some of the processes include: whitening, bonding, veneers, inlays and onlays.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with problems relating to your ‘bite’ or ‘malocclusion’. If you find that you have crooked or misaligned teeth; or that there are too many teeth in your jaw (overcrowding) then you will need some form of corrective device known as a brace.
If you have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) then you may require oral surgery as well as a brace. Your orthodontist will discuss this further with you.
There are many different types of braces which include Invisalign, Damon, Lingual and ‘Six Month Braces’.
You may think of braces as those ugly looking wire-metal devices worn only by children and teenagers. However, technology has moved on and the more modern types of braces are both comfortable and visually appealing. For example, there is an innovative form of brace called ‘invisible braces’ or ‘Invisalign’ which is a transparent type of brace that is comfortable to wear and unobtrusive. Often known as ‘clear braces’.
And, braces are increasingly worn by adults as well as young people. If you are an adult who has put up with crooked teeth or have problem with your ‘bite’ (the opening and closing action of your jaws) then a brace can help. However, it is still the case that this type of treatment is most effective for children rather than adults.
Why? The teeth are still growing in a child or pre-teen which makes them more responsive to this treatment as compared to an adult. But, adults can still benefit from having a brace fitted although the corrective process takes longer than that for a child.
We promote the dental health of children as well as serve as educational resources for parents. It is recommended that a dental visit should occur within six months after the presence of the first tooth or by a child’s first birthday.
It is important to establish a comprehensive and accessible ongoing relationship between the dentist and patient – referring to this as the patient’s “dental home”. This is because early oral examination aids in the detection of the early stages of tooth decay.
Early detection is essential to maintain oral health, modify aberrant habits, and treat as needed and as simply as possible. Additionally, parents are given a program of preventative home care (brushing/flossing/fluorides), a caries risk assessment, information on finger, thumb, and pacifier habits, advice on preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth of children, diet counseling, and information on growth and development.