To ensure that your mouth remains healthy, we recommend a preventive scale and clean every six months; more often for those with a history of gum disease. During these visits, our dentists gently remove calcified plaque and tartar build-up that has accumulated along the teeth and gums. When left behind, these bacterial deposits can cause periodontal (gum) disease – a condition that leads to tooth and bone loss. Fortunately, with preventive care, it’s possible to preserve your natural teeth for a lifetime.
Cavities are easy to treat if they are recognised early. Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases to impact children and adults. Fortunately, small cavities require relatively minor treatment to repair – as long as you catch them early. Cavities can develop due to several different factors, including diet and oral hygiene. A diet that is rich in carbohydrates, acids or sugars can increase plaque levels, which in turn impact the strength of tooth enamel. Likewise, failing to thoroughly remove the plaque each day through brushing and flossing can lead to the plaque biofilm etching it’s way through your enamel’s surface – causing a cavity.
Sometimes teeth need to be pulled (or “extracted”) because they are no longer restorable. This can be due to extensive tooth decay, past trauma or even periodontal disease. Other times, teeth are extracted due to an emergency and the presence of pain. During your extraction, our primary goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible. In addition to numbing the area around your tooth, we also offer convenient sedation dentistry options to help you relax. When you feel at ease, the best results are achieved.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal can save your natural tooth and prevent the need to have it pulled. During a root canal, the nerve chamber is accessed and any infected pulp tissue is removed. In most cases, our dentists will see you for two or three different visits to ensure that the infection is completely under control. Once it is, a root canal will seal the nerve chamber off to prevent bacteria from re-entering the tooth.
Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gum disease, which can lead to permanent bone and tooth loss. Like gingivitis, symptoms begin with swollen or tender gums and bleeding when you brush or floss. However, our patients have also see a number of additional conditions develop, such as:
- Receding gumlines
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Tooth mobility
- Soreness to pressure from biting or chewing
If you are missing all or several teeth, dentures are an economical way to replace them all at one time. Instead of a fixed bridge or dental implant, dentures are removable prosthesis that can be snapped into place and removed at the end of each day for care and maintenance.