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.
Whilst it is always preferable to keep your teeth sometimes if a tooth is badly damaged by decay, injury, impacted or abscessed it may need to be extracted. If a tooth cannot be saved or is causing damage to adjacent teeth and tissues, removing it is then more beneficial. Extraction of teeth is a simple procedure that can be done in the dental chair under a local anesthetic. Sometimes the tooth may need to be split in order to assist in its removal (especially with impacted wisdom teeth and badly broken teeth). The procedure itself is pain free as a result of local anesthetic, however, you may experience some discomfort after the anesthetic wears off. This can be easily controlled by over-the-counter pain relief medication.
Root canal is a familiar term for a dental procedure or endodontic therapy, wherein the infected pulp within the tooth is cleaned out, the space is disinfected and then filled.
Endodontic treatment is indicated on cracked, traumatised teeth, badly decayed teeth or teeth extremely painful to stimulus from hot foods, air or pressure.
Endodontic treatment can also be done on a previously treated tooth due to the following reasons:
This procedure requires few sittings involving complete removal of infection, cleaning and disinfection of the previously infected area of the tooth and subsequent sealing of the tooth to avoid any recurrence of infection. The tooth is then restored to its original form by placing a filling thus restoring the function.
Commonly known as “Fillings” are materials filled inside the tooth which has lost its function, shape or integrity because of Decay, Fracture or a defective restoration Restoration 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.
We are a NO Amalgam Practice. 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.
The fillings are usually single visit treatment. A cavity is prepared in the tooth, and then a filling matching your tooth colour is placed and set. Finally, the dentist gives final touches with polishing to give you a bright shining smile.