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As you can see, a good dental exam and cleaning involves quite a lot more than just checking for cavities and polishing your teeth. We are committed to providing you with the best possible care, and to do so will require regular check-ups and cleanings.
Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and often unnecessary discomfort. Dental radiographs can detect damage to oral structures not visible during a regular exam. The schedule for radiographs can vary with age, risk for disease or for evaluation of growth and development. There are many benefits to having dental radiographs taken. Any additional questions or concerns should be discussed with your dentist.
Treatment of early periodontal disease can be performed in the surgery. However, advanced stages may require surgery. Periodontal disease can be prevented and treated successfully by seeing your dentist regularly and following recommended care plans.
Teeth Whitening: Bleaching lightens teeth that have been stained or discolored by age, food, drink, and smoking. Teeth darkened as a result of injury or taking certain medications can also be bleached, but the effectiveness depends on the degree of staining present.
Composite (tooth-colored) Fillings: Composite fillings are now widely used instead of amalgam (silver) fillings to repair teeth with cavities, and also to replace old defective fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are also used to repair chipped, broken, or discolored teeth. This type of filling is also very useful to fill in gaps and to protect sensitive, exposed root surfaces caused by gum recession.
Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin custom-made, tooth-coloured shells that are bonded onto the fronts of teeth to create a beautiful individual smile. They can help restore or camouflage damaged, discoloured, poorly shaped, or misaligned teeth. Unlike crowns, veneers require minimal tooth structure to be removed from the surface of the tooth.
Porcelain Crowns (caps): A crown is a tooth-coloured, custom-made covering that covers the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns protect and strengthen teeth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. They are ideal for teeth that have large, fractured or broken fillings and also for those that are badly decayed, or teeth which have had root canal therapy.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are commercially pure titanium “screws” that are surgically placed into the jaw to replace one or more missing teeth. Porcelain crowns, bridges, and dentures can be made specifically to fit and attach to implants, giving a patient a strong, stable, and durable solution to removable dental appliances.
Orthodontics: Less visible and more effective brackets and wires are making straightening teeth with orthodontics much more appealing to adult patients. Also, in some cases, teeth may be straightened with custom-made, clear, removable aligners that require no braces.
Thanks to the advances in modern dentistry, cosmetic treatments can make a difference in making your smile shine!
The most widely used professional teeth whitening systems:
Home teeth whitening systems: At-home products usually come in a gel form that is placed in a custom-fitted mouthguard (tray), created from a mould of your teeth. The trays are usually worn overnight while you sleep. It usually takes a minimum of two weeks to achieve the desired results, but depends on the degree of staining and the desired level of whitening.
In surgery teeth whitening: This treatment is done in the dental surgery and you will see results immediately. It may require more than one visit, with each visit lasting 30 to 60 minutes. While your gums are protected, a bleaching solution is applied to the teeth. A special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent while the teeth are whitened.
Some patients may experience tooth sensitivity after having their teeth whitened. This sensation is temporary and subsides shortly after you complete the bleaching process, usually within a few days to one week.
Teeth whitening can be very effective and can give you a brighter, whiter, more confident smile!
Why is root canal treatment needed?
When the pulp becomes contaminated with bacteria then the infection spreads through the root canal system of the tooth and is usually associated with considerable pain. This may eventually lead to a dental abscess. Root canal treatment helps to get rid of this infection and prevents any recurrence of the infection.
Does it hurt?
No. A local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling.
What does it involve?
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root canal is cleaned and shaped so that it can be filled with an inert material to prevent re-contamination. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time consuming procedure and in order to be successful it needs to be highly accurate. At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is placed in the tooth along with an antiseptic dressing to allow the tooth to decontaminate thoroughly. At the next visit the tooth is checked and if the infection has cleared, the root canals are filled with an inert material called Gutta percha (rubber like material). Small X rays are taken to check the accuracy of the root filling.
Is root treatment expensive?
In comparison with routine fillings, yes, a root filling is more expensive. This is because it is a time consuming process, if it is carried out to a high standard.
What if I don’t have the treatment?
The alternative is to have the tooth taken out. Once the pulp is infected it cannot heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth.
Will the tooth be safe after the treatment?
Yes. However, for a back tooth it is usually better to provide extra support for the root treated tooth in the form of a crown. A front tooth, providing it is not too badly broken down, can generally be filled with a conventional white filling.
*St James Dental Surgery Announcement*
We would like to inform you that due to the COVID-19 outbreak we are currently unable to work as normal, following the latest government guidelines.
This is not a decision that we have taken lightly, but we feel it is our responsibility to protect you, our valued patients, our team and our families.
We have taken the difficult decision to cancel all appointments for routine examinations, treatments and hygiene appointments.
Please do not arrive at the practice unannounced.
We will be maintaining a telephone service for now, for advice and booking emergency appointments.
Dental emergencies include:
We apologise for any inconvenience and will resume a normal service, once we have been advised that it is safe to do so.
If your appointment needs to be postponed, one of the team will be in touch.
Thank you for all your support during these uncertain times.
Stay safe, keep well and we look forward to seeing you all soon.
Best Wishes from the team at St James Dental Surgery