Regular cleanings are essential for proper oral health. Most people will need regular cleanings every 6 months, but some will require cleanings at shorter intervals of every 3 or 4 months. Even with proper brushing and flossing some plaque on your teeth will harden and form what is known as calculus (tartar). This remaining build-up on the tooth surface will cause inflammation of the gums which causes bleeding when brushing and flossing. Long-term untreated inflammation can lead to a more advanced gum disease called periodontitis. Periodontitis causes loss of the supporting bone and soft tissue that attaches to and anchors your teeth. This loss of bone weakens the support for your teeth and may lead to future tooth loss. Periodontal disease requires advanced treatment to arrest the disease followed by regular cleanings.
A root canal, or endodontic therapy, is necessary to treat a tooth whose nerve has been damaged. The damage to the nerve can cause severe pain and infection. A root canal removes the cause of the pain and allows the tooth to heal. The tooth is then restored to prevent future problems.
In rare instances a tooth may be non-restorable and need extraction. We take great care to provide a non-invasive extraction to preserve as much bone as possible. In addition, we place bone grafts where necessary to ensure enough bone support for a future implant.
Dental hygiene treatment is delivered by our dentists who will help to remove any plaque from your teeth that may have built up in certain areas. Your teeth will be professionally cleaned with special equipment and pastes, this process is also known as scaling and polishing. Your dentist will show you how to look after your teeth so they remain free from plaque. You will be advised on the best brushing technique and given tips on flossing and using interdental brushes.
It is recommend that you come in for regular hygiene appointments to ensure your mouth stays clean and healthy.