Regular dental check-ups are important for maintaining good oral hygiene and health.
By going for regular check-ups, your dentist will be able to help you detect any dental problems ahead of time.
We recommend you get a check-up every six months.
Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar build-up occurs on the teeth.
Gum disease results in receding gums, and loss of the supporting bone which, if left untreated, can result in weakened or even lost teeth. In most cases, gum disease is preventable by looking after your teeth by brushing, flossing and regularly visiting your dentist and dental hygienist
Hygenist services to professionally clean your teeth and advise on gum health. It is our practice philosophy to promote dental health at all times. Therefore we recommend regular dental check-ups and hygienist appointments.
If a cavity is found during a check-up, your Dunboyne Dental Laboratory and Surgery dentist can provide a dental filling before it develops into a more serious problem.
Fillings can be amalgam (silver-coloured) or composite (tooth-coloured). Composite fillings give a variety of finishes, and can be made to be virtually identical to a natural tooth.
Your dentist will prepare the tooth for the filling by numbing the area. Any decay, old fillings or weak areas of the tooth will be removed and the hole shaped so that the tooth holds the filling in place. The area will then be washed and dried.
The filling is then placed into the tooth and moulded into shape
Root fillings, or root canal treatments, are needed when a large cavity in a tooth reaches the nerve chamber, or in some cases when a tooth breaks involving the nerve. The result is that the damaged nerve becomes infected and dies. The dead nerve needs to be removed and the root space filled.
A root filling will often allow you to keep a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted and replaced with a bridge, denture or implant. Root canal treatment falls within an area of dentistry known as endodontics.
A tooth extraction involves the complete removal of a tooth from your mouth. There are several reasons why your dentist may recommend tooth extraction, such as:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Broken or irreparable tooth
- Crowded teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
In situations where a tooth is beyond saving, tooth extraction may be recommended.
Follow these instructions to minimize discomfort and aid the healing process after a tooth extraction:
- Avoid any strenuous activities for at least 24 hours after the treatment
- Take painkillers as prescribed
- Avoid touching the extraction site with your tongue
- After the treatment, apply an icepack to the face for ten-minute intervals to keep any swelling down
- Avoid spitting or rinsing your mouth for 24 hours after treatment to avoid dislodging the blood clot that will have formed over the extraction site
- If you smoke try to avoid doing so until healing is complete
- After the first 24 hours, gently rinse your mouth with a solution of half a teaspoon of salt mixed with a glassful of lukewarm water
- Avoid eating hard foods while healing is taking place
- Avoid drinking through a straw
- Continue to brush and floss your teeth as normal, but avoid the extraction site. A clean mouth aids healing
- If persistent bleeding occurs after the first 24 hours post treatment, contact your dentist.
If you think you need a tooth extraction or would like to know more, contact Dunboyne Dental Laboratory and Surgery today.