This is something we firmly believe in and strive to educate our younger patients into developing good oral hygiene routines. We also recommend the provision of fissure sealants once the first adult molar teeth come through. Not only does this protect the teeth at a time when they are most at risk, but it also introduces children’s dental treatment in a simple and pain free way.
Ask your dentist for further details on this at your next appointment. For adults, regular examinations will ensure that decay or cracked teeth are picked up and monitored from an early stage. Early intervention keeps fillings small, which in turn dramatically increases their life expectancy.
Gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults and can affect general health; so effective oral hygiene is essential to help keep your teeth and gums in the best possible condition, a whiter smile and fresher breath.
Poor oral health has been linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular & respiratory disease, diabetes & inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.
Whatever your cosmetic concerns, we are happy to discuss these with you.
Together we will decide on the most suitable options for your needs. Be this providing the treatment for you ourselves or, where more appropriate, referring you to a specialist dentist ensuring you have your desired treatment to the highest of standards.
These can usually be repaired with either a filling or a crown. We tend to use tooth coloured materials which are both strong and pleasing to the eye.
Quick treatment increases the odds of saving damaged teeth and restoring lost fillings and crowns. If the nerve is damaged in the tooth it may require root canal treatment.
This will be completely painless due to modern techniques in anaesthesia (numbing).
It removes the staining agent through chemical means. It is a safe procedure when carried out under professional supervision. Treatment results usually depend on the severity of the discolouration. Both vital (i.e. live) and non-vital teeth (e.g. tooth with root removed) can be bleached and may take several visits to complete. It is not effective on dental restorations such as amalgam fillings, metal or porcelain crowns, etc.
Teeth can discolour for various reasons. The dentist will recommend the most ideal method based on your oral condition after an in-office examination to establish the cause and nature of your tooth discolouration, as well as provide you with more information on the various types of whitening procedures available, duration & frequency of treatment. Typically, a patient will visit one of our dentists who specialises in teeth whitening. The dentist will normally take a mould / cast of your teeth to create ‘trays’ which are an identical match to your teeth layout. You will be provided with a whitening product which should be applied at home to get the desired result as recommended by the dentist.
Don’t worry – you’re not alone and we don’t take it personally. We are trained to put you at ease and treat many nervous and phobic patients. Whilst they may never admit to enjoying the experience, they are always pleasantly surprised that we take the time to listen to their worries. No matter how bad you think your teeth are, trust me, we have seen worse.
We will never laugh, judge you, or force treatment upon you. Rather we will perform any agreed treatment painlessly and in a caring manner. Our nurses even offer a hand to hold – we just ask you not to squeeze too tightly as they will need it back again afterwards.
Cold sores are small blisters that develop either on the lips or around the mouth. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus.
A cold sore normally starts with a tingling or itching sensation around your mouth. Small fluid-filled sores then begin to appear, most commonly on the edges of your lower lip.
People can get a cold sore when they are generally run down, or ill with cold/flu. Also, sunlight can often bring on an outbreak of cold sores.
A cold sore is most infectious when it is blistering. I know it’s easier said than done, but you must try to avoid touching cold sores, or attempting to squeeze them as you can pass the virus on. If you happen to touch the affected area you must wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
Cold sores usually clear up by themselves in about 7-14 days, fortunately there are Antiviral creams, such as acyclovir that you can get from a Pharmacist which can ease the pain and help the sores heal more quickly.
We recommend that you wait until your cold sore has completely healed before attending an appointment.
Not only because of the high risk of spreading the virus but also because your lips may feel sore and could crack or bleed during treatment.
So, if you do get a cold sore and you have an appointment arranged, please give us a call with as much notice as possible and we can reschedule your appointment.
If you or your child gets particularly nervous about pain during dental treatment and want to feel less anxious throughout your appointment, you may find that inhalation sedation can help you stay relaxed.
For more reassurance you can book an appointment with Vanessa who will spend time with you explaining the process involved and assess your suitability for this procedure. You may find after speaking with Vanessa that your feel much happier about the treatment that you no longer wish to use Inhalation sedation.