Throughout a checkup, our friendly dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth, to identify changes or signs of a problem (for example, a cavity or gum disease or initial signs of oral cancer). During the examination, your dentist may also use a special probe to measure the pockets between your teeth and gums, an explorer tool to poke at your teeth and ascertain if any cavities are present, and a mouth mirror to get a better view of the sides and back of your teeth. If you have any apparent problems, your dentist may recommend a particular treatment or may refer you to a specialist, such as an orthodontist or periodontist for further treatment.
Clean and scale
Your friendly dentist will use an electric scaler to remove the toughest calculus. This (ultrasonic) scaler has a very fine tip that vibrates at high speeds. It also emits a jet of water. Together, the ultrasonic scaler and jet of water scrape away the calculus and clean away the debris lodged between the teeth.
Then, your dentist will also have a set of hand instruments which can be used to reach the more awkward spots around the teeth. The hand scalers are all various shapes and sizes, so they allow the dentist to clean the plaque from between your teeth in fine detail.
The last part of the treatment is the polish. The dentist will use a rotating brush and a fluoride toothpaste to give your teeth a thorough clean. The toothpaste is for protecting your teeth from future decay. They will not only look clean, but your teeth and mouth will also feel much cleaner too. The whole treatment usually takes about 30 minutes.
Constructing a dental crown generally requires two appointments with your dentist. During the first visit the existing tooth is prepared to receive dental crown; your dentist takes impressions and places a temporary crown over the prepared tooth.
At the next visit, he will remove the temporary crown and will replace it with the new custom-made dental crown. Then, he will adjust the new crown and cement it into place, thus providing a more long term natural looking aesthetic solution.
Dental crowns can be built from a range of materials. Your friendly dentist will discuss which material will be most suitable for your individual situation.
Before a bridge could be made, the teeth must be reduced in size so that the bridge will fit over them adequately. After reducing the teeth, your friendly dentist will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the bridge. If porcelain is to be used, your dentist will identify the correct shade for the bridge to match the color of your existing teeth.
Using this impression, our dental lab then makes your bridge, in the material your dentist specifies. A temporary bridge will be used to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent bridge is being made. When the permanent bridge is ready, the temporary bridge is removed, and the new bridge is cemented over your prepared teeth.
Teeth whitening procedures are typically carried out at home by the patient following a consultation with our friendly dentist. Teeth whitening may not be suitable for all patients, so before starting any teeth whitening procedure it is best to discuss expected outcomes and time frames with your dentist.
Where appropriate, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth to prepare a custom-made super thin mouth tray. The tray is used to hold the bleaching gel close to your teeth. You will then place whitening gel in the tray and wear it for up to 2 hours a day. You will start seeing the benefits within two weeks. Your friendly dentist will advise you on how long to wear the tray both initially and for maintenance.
In some circumstances, teeth whitening procedures are provided in the dental chair by your dentist. He will place teeth whitening gel on your teeth and will activate the whitening process by using a clinically proven ultraviolet light. Check with your friendly dentist to see which treatments are most suitable for you.
In case of implants, the procedure of treatment consists of a thorough examination of your medical and dental health, assessment of bone density and the sinuses. Your friendly dentist will prepare the area where the tooth is missing, then he will treat the surrounding gums to make sure that they are healthy.
Then he will place a titanium screw, and the area is generally allowed to heal for about two to three months, then the implant will be surgically exposed and a healing cap placed on it.
Then your friendly dentist will take impressions, which act as the blueprint for your dental crown. This will be created by hand in our on site dental laboratory. Approximately two weeks later, your friendly dentist will remove the healing cap and replace it with your new dental crown.
Over time, your dental implant will integrate with the surrounding bone, acting much like the root of a natural tooth.
Your specialist will discuss the procedure with you beforehand so you fully understand everything involved. It will be decided that the procedure will take place in the dental chair or in hospital. If you feel anxious about the procedure discuss it with your friendly dentist and he will take that into account when making his recommendation, to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.
Orthodontics refers to dealing with irregularities and placing of your teeth and jaws, airway issues and growth modification. Your friendly dentist will examine the alignment and positioning of your teeth and jaws to establish an ideal functional bite, facial profile and aesthetic smile. He will also assess your airway and if there is an airway problem he will work with other specialists to provide the best resolution to the problem.
The goal of your first appointment is to determine if treatment is needed and, if it is, where to start. Your dentist will give you a thorough clinical evaluation. He will take photographs and x-rays of the teeth and mouth, then he will give you a diagnosis. He will explain any orthodontic issues and advise you of a course of action.
If a treatment is needed, he will also take impressions of your teeth. These will be used to help identify a personalised treatment plan for you. You will be given an estimate of the treatment costs and staff will review your insurance benefits.
Your friendly dentist will also describe in detail the recommended appliances such as retainers, braces, or expanders. He will also give you an estimate regarding the length of time the treatment will take and frequency of appointments. The consultation typically takes one to two hours.
If you agree to go ahead with the treatments, the next step you’ll need to take, is to make an appointment to get the appliances placed. The orthodontist will explain the importance of good oral hygiene while the appliances are in place. He will talk about how to care for the appliances and review proper dental hygiene procedures.
Appointments are usually needed every 6 to 10 weeks to determine the progress of your teeth and to make adjustments. Your friendly dentist will also evaluate and review your hygiene practices.
You should see your friendly dentist at least once a year for a dental checkup. If you’re at a high risk for dental problems, you’ll likely benefit from more frequent dental visits. If you’re at a low risk for dental problems, you may see the same benefits from only one cleaning per year. Dental cleanings and exams enable dentists to recognise problems and take care of them as soon as possible.
The detection of a problem does not always mean dental treatment is required. Sometimes it can be as simple as an adjustment in tooth brushing technique or the use of a professionally recommended product on an at-risk area. Our friendly dentist will show you how to most adequately maintain your teeth at home, and may give you advice on how to make cleaning easier or more effective. He may also recommend some diet or lifestyle changes to help you maintain good oral health.
Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental procedures that enhance the appearance of a patient’s teeth, gums, bite or smile. There are a number of treatments which can enhance appearance but not all treatments are best suited to all patients. Your friendly dentist will be able to advise the best options based on your current concerns, desired outcomes and budget.
Cosmetic dentistry procedures can involve: teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, crown, orthodontics.
Sports dentistry is one of the latest and upcoming specialities in dentistry. It mainly includes the prevention and management of athletics-related orofacial injuries and associated oral diseases.
The sports or team dentist assists athletes in the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of oral injuries. The most significant aspect in preventing sports-related orofacial injuries is wearing basic protective equipment such as properly-fitting helmets, face masks and/or mouth guards.
Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury suffered during participation in sports. Many athletes are not aware of the health implications of a traumatic injury to the mouth or of the potential for sustaining severe head and orofacial injuries while playing.
Your friendly dentist can play an imperative role in informing athletes, coaches and patients about the importance of preventing orofacial injuries in sports.