Small instruments such as a mirror and a probe will be utilised to conduct an oral exam of your mouth, teeth and gums. The dentist will talk to you about caring for your teeth and gums, and answer any questions you might have about your mouth.
Any oral health issues such as decay, gum disease and other conditions will be diagnosed. X-rays may need to be taken if a suspected dental problem is difficult to see. If a problem is detected, treatment options and estimated cost will be explained and discussed with you before the treatment is performed.
A dental implant is usually made out of titanium and is a metal device designed to replace one, a few, or all the missing teeth. A small titanium screw is surgically placed into the jaw and the artificial tooth or teeth such a crown, bridge or denture is anchored. A consultation will be required, as there are many considerations in deciding whether or not implants will suit you.
Root canal treatment
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that repairs a tooth by removing the damaged or infected nerve of the tooth and sealing and filling it with a suitable material. Untreated tooth decay is a pathway to a host of serious dental problems that may result in a toothache. As a result, the tooth cannot be filled due to inflammation or infection of the nerves. To relieve the pain and prevent further infection or abscess, the tooth may be saved by root canal treatment or extracted. If the tooth is left untreated, complications could include, spread of infection into surrounding soft tissue and bones, as well as loss of bone and tooth.
Scaling and cleaning and oral health advice
While tooth brushing and flossing at home can help remove built up debris on the teeth, only professional cleaning can thoroughly remove hard calculus (tartar). Ultrasonic scalers are often used to clean above and below the gum line. After your teeth have been cleaned, an abrasive paste will be used to remove residual plaque and stains on the tooth surface. This helps treat and prevent gum disease. Oral hygiene instructions will then be given on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums.