Advances in dental care and better awareness of oral health and prevention means we can avoid dental treatment with good oral hygiene, diet and regular check-ups.
However, sometimes it becomes necessary for you to need a filling at some point in your life as a result of tooth decay or a broken tooth.
We are a mercury-free practice and offer only composite fillings, also known as ʻtooth colouredʼ fillings. These are becoming more and more popular with patients due to their great aesthetics and high durability.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Root canal treatment, also known as ʻendodonticsʼ is used to treat an infection at the centre of the tooth known as the root canal system.
An infection may be a result of tooth decay, a leaking filling or damage to teeth after injury and, if not treated properly, will continue to spread beyond the nerve supply and could lead to a dental abscess.
Treatment may be carried out over separate visits to the dentist, which will involve cleaning and filling the root canal system and then sealing the tooth with a filling or crown.
Although it may sound daunting to some patients, this treatment does not hurt and should feel no different to having a regular filling done.
The success rate for root canal treatment is high, with the infected tooth surviving for many years after the treatment has been carried out.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come through – usually in your late teens or early twenties.
Most people have four wisdom teeth, however it is common for them to emerge at an angle, or get stuck and only emerge partially – this is called an impacted tooth.
Impacted teeth can cause problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, abscesses and severe pain or swelling, however most impacted teeth donʼt cause the patient any problems at all.
If you are concerned, we can provide a thorough examination and X-ray to determine the best course of action – which may mean removing the tooth.
This is a minor surgical procedure and is usually performed with little discomfort.
Missing teeth can cause a number of problems affecting speech, self esteem and eating.
Advances in technology means dentures are no longer consider unattractive and uncomfortable and offer a real solution for many people.
Full or partial dentures are custom made using impressions from your gums and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth.
They can be brushed at the same time as your other teeth but are also easily removable.
Partial dentures are fitted to an acrylic or metal plate and attached to existing teeth with hooks. These can easily be adapted if the patient loses further teeth over time.
Several appointments will be necessary to ensure your dentures are fitted correctly and feel comfortable, however, the results can be life changing and will last for many years.
NEW PATIENT EXAMINATIONS
We like to get to know our patients here at The Edge Dental, so on your first visit to us weʼll ensure that we get a complete picture.
During your initial examination we will thoroughly check your teeth, mouth and gums and take X-ray images to check for any other potential problems. We will also discuss with you any concerns you might have about your oral health or the appearance of your teeth.
Youʼll be given a full report of the results, identifying any potential problems, with information and advice on how to look after your teeth at home.
This is the first step in maintaining a healthy smile to last a lifetime and reduce the risk of further treatment being required over time.
A visit to the dentist can be a daunting prospect for your little one, but the earlier you start, the less chance theyʼll worry about it in the future.
Regular check-ups are a great opportunity to introduce your child to the dentistʼs chair and our friendly professionals will make sure they are happy and relaxed throughout the whole experience.
Check-ups are vital to prevent tooth decay and also help identify any other problems early.
Weʼll also encourage your child to take responsibility over their own teeth with lots of fun tips and advice on better brushing and diet.
You may have a good routine at home when it comes to cleaning your teeth, but every so often a professional clean will restore extra confidence in your smile.
Over time stubborn staining and tartar will naturally build up along the gum line, which will be impossible to remove at home.
A routine scale and polish provides a deep clean for your teeth, including all the hard to reach areas.
During the procedure, a special instrument, used with water, removes all deposits of plaque and tatar. This is then followed by a professional polish – which leaves your teeth feeling smoother, cleaner and brighter.
As well as a deep clean, your hygienist will advise you how to properly care for your teeth and gums.
Regular visits to the hygienist is an important part of preventative care and, coupled with good oral hygiene at home, will help improve the overall look and health of your mouth.