We offer a wide range of general dentistry services. Please read through this page to learn more about these services.
It is a good practice to get your teeth, mouth and gums checked every 6 months. Prevention is much more enjoyable, comfortable and less expensive than the treatment and it enables early detection of dental diseases and conditions. That’s why they say “a stitch in time saves nine”.
Active Maintenance Appointments
We recommend 6 monthly active maintenance appointments. This ensures that we can spot and prevent problems at an early stage before they potentially become more serious and costly. We pre-book these appointments to make it easier for you, and don’t worry we send you reminders!
What to expect on this appointment?
- During your dental examination, the dentist may have to take bitewing x-rays. These are taken to examine areas where the dentist is not able to. They are extremely helpful in detecting decay between the teeth as well as various stages of gum disease, bone loss and infection.
- The dentist may also advise having an OPG x-ray, which provides a panoramic or wide view x-ray which displays all of the teeth in the upper and lower jaw on a single film. An OPG is different to small close up x-rays that the dentist takes, they may reveal problems with the jawbone and joints called TMJ, for the planning of Implants or Orthodontics, for the assessment of wisdom teeth or for a general overview of the teeth and the bone which supports the teeth.
- Dental Cleaning involves removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infected film) and tartar (calculus) which are hard deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. Your teeth are continually bathed in saliva which contains calcium and other substances which help strengthen and protect the teeth. While this is a good thing, it also means that we tend to get a build-up of the calcium deposits on the teeth, similar to limescale in a kettle. If the scale is left to accumulate, it will, unfortunately, provide the right conditions for bacteria to thrive next to the gums leading to gum disease and bone loss.
- Having a Fluoride treatment at the completion of your cleaning helps strengthen the teeth since the acids from bacteria in the dental tartar and plaque will have weakened the surfaces. Fluoride treatments on a regular basis have proven to increase the resistance of teeth to decay.
Gum Disease/Bleeding Gums
Did you know that gum diseases can lead to serious heart conditions? Gum disease can be prevented easily by regular scaling and cleaning. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, this may be the early signs of gum disease. Having regular professional cleaning by our dentist can help prevent bad breath and gum disease from getting worse.
The gums also need to be checked and kept healthy in pregnant women, people undergoing chemotherapy, diabetes and people taking anti-depressant and epilepsy medication.
The chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars (back teeth) have deep grooves and pits which can trap the sticky food, acidic and sugary juices. Researches show most of the decay start from these pits and fissures.
Sealing the pits and fissures with the free-flowing filling materials containing fluoride has proven to prevent the decaying of teeth. This procedure is very simple and non-invasive and easily tolerated by children.
Contact us today to make an appointment for all your general dentistry needs.