Scaling and Polishing
Despite our best efforts at brushing, tartar (or calculus in dental speak) accumulates over time especially just under the gum line. This accumulation provides the ideal conditions for bacteria to thrive and flourish resulting in bleeding gums and even loose teeth due to the destruction of the supporting bone. Ultrasonic instruments vibrate the stains and calculus off gently after which a polishing cup is used to remove any remaining plaque and leaves your teeth feeling smooth and looking sparkly!
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Tooth coloured fillings
The clear advantage of having a tooth coloured restoration is aesthetics. Shades can be blended to create colours that are nearly identical to the original missing tooth structure. These fillings are a mixture of plastic and glass and they can also bond to the remaining tooth structure to give it insulation from thermal changes.
Inlays and onlays
Having your teeth protected with inlays or onlays is a fantastic way to preserve the health and structural integrity of your teeth. Generally made of porcelain (although they can be made of gold), inlays are molded to fit the shape of a cavity and restore the tooth to its original form. This treatment option is effective for instances where the patient has large cavities which a direct filling would not be able to fix. Onlays are similar except they are used to replace a missing cusp (the points on the crown of your tooth). Both of these treatments allow for minimally invasive dentistry as they require less tooth trimming than a direct filling to hold a crown.
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Dentistry for children
It’s important to instill good oral hygiene practices into your children from a young age. Baby teeth are important for eating, chewing and speaking. More importantly, they hold the space for the permanent teeth that are already growing under the gums so it is important to take good care of them.
Believe it or not, many adults are still scared of the dentist. At the Orthodontic Clinic, we create a fun environment for the children. Kids can watch their favourite cartoon while having their teeth cleaned. Our gentle and caring dentists will make your child feel right at home, they will be excited to come back again next time!
Fluoride is a mineral which is very similar to calcium and benefits the teeth at all ages. Application of fluoride comes after dental cleaning and helps strengthen areas in the teeth which have been weakened by the acids released by the bacteria in the tartar. Fluoride gel is placed in flexible foam trays and inserted into the mouth to cover the teeth for 1 minute. After applying the fluoride, it is best not to eat, drink or rinse for 30 minutes for the maximal effect.
Caries risk assessment
Many of our patients come in confused as to why, despite their rigorous oral hygiene routines, they still suffer cavities whilst others who are seemingly careless with their brushing and flossing and go years without seeing a dentist leave the clinic with a clean bill of health and perfect teeth.
This is because everyone’s body is different and different physical factors such as saliva pH and consistence, acid wear, tooth structure and of course diet all have an impact on the levels of bacteria in your mouth and the tooth decay that it is responsible for. Everyone has a different predisposition towards tooth decay with many different elements being responsible for plaque and decay when they fall out of balance.
At Orthodontic Clinic, our cavity assessment services are designed to help prevent tooth decay by assessing and advising each client on an individual basis. We’ll work to identify the various factors which predispose you to tooth decay and will then advise you on the best way to keep these risk factors in check. Treatments may involve things like fluoride treatment, diet or lifestyle modifications and prescription dentifrices. This way you avoid the need for expensive cavity treatment and can enjoy better overall oral health.
Root canal treatment
A root canalis a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. Damage to the pulp may be caused by untreated dental decay, decay beneath a filling, and tooth damage due to trauma, tooth grinding (bruxism) or gum disease. You may need more than one visit to complete the treatment depending on root canals in tooth.
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