As part of your regular check-up we will be
- checking for tooth decay
- examining the status of existing fillings and prostheses (e.g. Crowns/dentures)
- gum disease status
- Oral cancer screening
- if x-rays are taken these will be examined in relation to the above
The early diagnosis and treatment of any problem will significantly reduce the need for extensive and expensive procedures.
Professional scale and clean
Normally recommended on a 6 monthly basis. The removal of plaque and tartar is essential to minimise bacterial infection of the gums and subsequent gum disease. Only a dental professional can do this.
Fluoride absorbs into the outer surface of the teeth making them more resistant to decay. There is Fluoride in tooth pastes and mouth rinses however, sometimes this is not enough to prevent decay and a professional Fluoride treatment with the dentist may be beneficial.
Provide valuable information which may otherwise not be visible during the dental examination. They may reveal abscesses, decay between teeth or under existing fillings as well as problems with the gums. X-rays are completely safe, and radiation exposure is quite minimal. Radiation exposure can be minimised with the use of lead aprons to protect the body as well as fast x-ray films.
Bruxism is characterised by the grinding of the teeth as well as the clenching of the jaw. Traditionally, this occurs at night when we are asleep. Other characteristics include earache, headaches, and migraines, problems eating and opening and closing the mouth.
Management strategies for bruxism include stress control and fabrication of a night-guard (occlusal splint). The guard helps to minimise tooth wear as well as inflammation in the jaw joint (TMJ) and surrounding muscles.
Recently a Botox injection into the muscles has also helped.