Regular dental check-ups are crucial for maintaining optimal oral health. During these appointments qualified dental professional conducts a thorough examination, providing an effective way to identify potential issues before they escalate.
Early detection of problems such as tooth decay, cavities, gum diseases, and oral cancer is a key benefit of routine dental check-ups. Addressing these issues promptly not only increases the likelihood of successful treatment but also contributes to long-term cost savings.
Typically, individuals with a healthy oral condition are advised to visit the dentist every six months at least once year. However, for those with specific oral risks or high susceptibility to periodontal disease, more frequent visits may be recommended to address these concerns.
The dental examination involves a comprehensive assessment using both visual inspection and X-ray results to identify any dental defects and evaluate the risk of future abnormalities. Dentists often incorporate oral cancer screenings into these examinations.
Following the examination, the dentist will discuss their findings and address any concerns, providing treatment as needed. In cases of serious problems, they may recommend consultation with a specialist and offer guidance on preventive oral care practices to avoid future issues.
Scaling and Polishing
Scaling and polishing – this is our way of saying that our hygienist thoroughly cleans the teeth, removing sticky plaque and hard calculus as well as cleaning the gums and finishing with a polish. We all need a good clean, usually every six months, but some of us need to go even more often. Our hygienist can advise what is best for you.
The choice of material depends on factors like the location of the cavity and the patient’s preferences.
Amalgam fillings are the most common type of silver-coloured fillings. They contain a mixture of metals including mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Although they offer strength and durability, some people don’t like the way they look.
Composite fillings are tooth coloured and are aesthetically better than amalgam fillings. These white fillings have been developed extensively in recent years so that they can be made to mimic the natural tooth layers very closely.
Under NHS, Children’s check-ups are free until the age of 18 – and the more regularly your child comes to see us, the more likely we are to spot and eliminate problems before they become serious. As well as looking out for signs of tooth decay and gum disease, we’ll monitor your child’s bite and their growing jaw, which can help mitigate against complex orthodontic treatment further down the line.
too little – they will reduce the risk of developing cavities;
too much – they might develop fluorosis – white chalky spots on the enamel.
A dental inlay is a custom-made restoration used to repair a damaged or decayed tooth. It is typically crafted from materials like gold, composite, or porcelain and is placed within the biting surface of the tooth to restore its shape and function.
A dental onlay is a type of dental restoration used to repair a tooth that has more extensive damage or decay . It covers a larger portion of the tooth’s biting surface and can extend over the tooth’s cusps. Dental onlays are typically made from materials like gold, composite, or porcelain and are designed to restore both the shape and function of the damaged tooth.
Nights guards are used to protect teeth from grinding and clenching, a condition known as bruxism. Our custom-made night guards fit snugly over your teeth, keeping them safe while you sleep.
If bruxism is not addressed, it can lead to serious problems, including tooth loss and jaw joint disorders. Although night guards will not stop people from grinding their teeth, they do provide a cushioning effect which helps to minimise any potential damage.
A mouth guard is a soft plastic device worn during sporting activities to protect your teeth and gums from injury. Mouthguards are also called ‘gum shields’.
Every year, thousands of children and adults all around the country are treated for dental injuries that could have been prevented or at the very least minimised, by wearing a mouth guard.
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This is an opportunity to meet our dentist during a relaxed and informative initial visit. At this consultation, you will be able to discuss your oral health and any concerns you may have. A thorough treatment plan will be discussed and agreed – including associated costs.
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