Exams & Cleaning– For most patients, an examination is usually recommended every 6 months but in the end is tailored to each patient and their individual risk factors, so your dentist may recommend a longer or shorter time between check-ups. Examinations are essential to catch any tooth or gum or pathology issues early. Once something starts hurting, it is often a more complex treatment that will be required.
Professional cleaning is essential to remove plaque and tartar missed by the patient, especially at or around the gum line. Even if a patient is a good brusher or flosser, it is extremely difficult for a patient to clean perfectly.
Digital X-Rays – X-rays are an essential diagnostic tool that allow dentists to diagnose and identify problems not always visible to the naked eye. X-rays allow dentists to diagnose and treat problems while they are often still small and thus allow early treatment. X-rays help dentists identify decay between the teeth and under fillings, infection, pathology and bone loss/gum disease. Depending on the patient and their individual needs, the standard is to take X-rays every 2-3 years to screen for any problems the dentist can’t see directly.
As the x-rays are digital, the radiation dose is very small compared with conventional x-rays and poses no risk to the patient.
Fluoride Treatment – Regular fluoride treatments help strengthen existing tooth structure and re-mineralise areas that are starting to show early decay. This will normally be carried out at regular check appointments, after the teeth have been cleaned, to allow the fluoride to have its greatest effect.
Mouthguards – These are custom made to fit the patient as opposed to the “one-size-fits-all” mouthguard available in the chemist. These fit accurately and give greater protection and should be worn by children and adults alike when involved in high risk activities such as sports and martial arts.
Gum/Periodontal Treatment– People can lose teeth not only through dental decay but also gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. When we do regular checks, as well as checking the teeth and for pathology, we check the gums as well for Periodontal Disease. Periodontal Disease is caused by excess plaque and tartar build up, causing bleeding gums, gum shrinkage and bone loss. Teeth can become loose and painful from this process and eventually be lost.
Usually Periodontal Disease can be resolved by the dentist with thorough and careful cleaning of the entire mouth, but occasionally specialist referral will be required.
After the gum condition has been treated and stabilised, ongoing care and maintenance by the Dentist may be required, to monitor the situation and prevent recurrence.