General Dentistry

Crowns, fillings & more

for the healthiest smile possible

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Examination

At the dental examination your mouth will be checked for any dental problems such as cavities and gum disease. X-rays might be taken to detect cavities between your teeth and determine bone loss associated with gum diseases. The exam will also include an oral cancer screening and advice on keeping your mouth healthy.

Scale & Polish

A scale and polish is a professional clean that involves the careful removal of plaque and calculus deposits (tartar) that is built up on the teeth, or just below the gum line.

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Deep Clean/Root Surface Debridement

This treatment is performed for those who have advanced gum disease and may require multiple dental visits. It involves the removal of bacteria, calculus deposits and other toxins that are bound to the root surface of the teeth. Local anaesthetic can be administered.

Fillings

Fillings are used to repair a chip caused by trauma or a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Dr Kayleigh will offer you the most appropriate type of filling according to your clinical needs.

 

Composite (white) fillings create a natural look by matching the colour of your existing teeth. Amalgam (silver) fillings made from a mixture of metals including mercury, silver, tin, copper and zinc are also available. However, an increasingly popular treatment is to replace old amalgam restorations with composite for improved aesthetics. If you are interested in this treatment please discuss further with Dr Kayleigh.

Dentures

Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic (plastic), nylon or metal. They fit snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps.

 

Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech, and teeth at either side of the gap may grow into the space at an angle. Sometimes, all the teeth need to be removed and replaced.
You may therefore need either:

  • Complete dentures (a full set) – which replace all your upper or lower teeth, or
  • Partial dentures – which replace just one tooth or a few missing teeth

Root Canal Treatment

Endodontic therapy or root canal therapy is a sequence of treatment for the infected pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection. Root canals and their associated pulp chamber are the physical hollows within a tooth that are naturally inhabited by nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cellular entities which together constitute the dental pulp.

 

Endodontic therapy involves the removal of these structures, the subsequent shaping, cleaning, and decontamination of hollows with small files and irrigating solutions, and filling of the decontaminated canals with an inert filling such as gutta-percha and typically a eugenol-based cement. After completion of Root Canal Therapy a filling or, in some cases, a crown will be required.

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Minor Oral Surgery

The term “Minor oral surgery” refers to smaller operations and includes removing wisdom teeth, impacted teeth, and severely broken-down teeth, as well as apicectomies, biopsies and other procedures.

Trauma

It is common to break, chip or knock out a tooth. If the tooth is chipped, make a non-emergency appointment to have it smoothed down, filled or have a crown. If the tooth has been knocked out or is badly broken, book an emergency appointment immediately. A denture or bridge can replace the tooth. If you need an implant, you’ll be referred to a specialist.

Mouth Guards

A mouthguard is tailormade to you. It provides a protective cover which fits exactly over your teeth and gums to cushion and protect them from damage. It is advisable to wear a professionally made mouthguard if you play sports such as rugby, cricket, hockey, boxing or football.

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