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Do you have a dental emergency? At Stonehealth Clinic we ensure every patient is treated on an individual basis and receives the personal attention that they need. Patients at Stonehealth Clinic can freely explain their concerns, to help us get a better understanding of the issue.
Our highly experienced team will do what they can to ensure that patients’ dental emergencies are treated accordingly and that patients’ pain is managed. Depending on the nature of the emergency, some treatment can be carried out on your first visit, but cannot guarantee definitive treatment in the day. If the treatment, that is required more complex, we will ensure that the pain and discomfort is reduced until the treatment is complete.
What type of dental emergencies do we treat:
- Facial swelling
- Gum inflammation/bleeding gums
- Broken tooth
- Lost filling
- Lost crown
- Chipped tooth
- Brace wire
- Wisdom Tooth pain
- Tooth Extractions
As we get older, our teeth get darker. This may be due to smoking or from staining agents in our diet, such as tea, coffee and berries. Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter.
This is done by using a bleach such as a carbamide peroxide either at home in special mouth guards or “chair-side” whitening at the dental surgery.
Teeth whitening can’t make your teeth brilliant white, but it can lighten the existing colour by several shades.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers a tooth to restore its original shape, size, and strength as well as improving its appearance.
Crowns may be needed to protect a weak or cracked tooth, to restore a broken tooth when there isn’t much of the tooth left, to hold a dental bridge in place, to cover misshapen or discoloured teeth, or to cover a dental implant.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns on either side of the gap and a false tooth/teeth in between. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their colour, shape, size, or length.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials.
Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth.
Resin veneers are thinner and require less removal of the tooth surface before placement.
Endodontics (Root Canal Fillings)
When a tooth is injured or decay enters the nerve chamber (pulp), the infection may spread through the root canal system and cause an abscess.
Root canal treatment (endodontics) is carried out to remove this infection by cleaning and preparing the inside of the tooth and placing a root filling material to help prevent this infection reoccurring.
Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and may involve more than one visit.
Wisdom teeth are molar teeth that grow at the back of your mouth. They usually appear at the end of your teens, but often there is not enough room for them and so they may grow at an angle or get stuck (impacted).
It may be difficult to remove food and plaque from around wisdom teeth and sometimes they may get infected. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort your dentist may recommend that you have them removed.
Dental hygienists are specially trained clinicians that clean teeth professionally, which is usually referred to as scaling and polishing. The hygienist plays a vital role in the dental team, and perhaps their most important task is showing patients the best way to keep their teeth free of plaque. A hygienist can also give advice on diet and preventing dental decay and maintaining gum health. A dental hygiene visits are also a preventative measure for oral health,as the build up of calculus can cause for problems. A hygienist can help prevent bleeding gums
Calculus can form both above and below the gum line. Supragingival calculus (above the gum line) is the visible deposit that forms on the surface of the teeth. Subgingival calculus (below the gum line) forms in pockets between teeth and gums. It is more harmful as it facilitates faster growth of plaque.
Not having regular dental hygiene visits, you will find the calculus or tartar (calcified deposits on the teeth) forms by the presence of saliva, debris, minerals and plaque. Its rough surface provides an ideal medium for plaque formation and bacterial growth. This causes inflammation of the gums and can lead to gum recession. Calculus also absorbs unaesthetic stains far more easily than natural teeth.
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ORAL HYGIENE FACTS
- Did you know that 19 out of 20 people suffer from gum disease at some point in their life? This makes it the most common, non-infectious disease in the world !!!
- Gum disease is the main cause for loss of adult teeth.
- If plaque is allowed to build up, acid can begin to break down the surface of your tooth. This can cause holes known as cavities, as well as gum disease, and in severe cases abscesses and tooth loss.
- A recent study found a link between bacteria that causes gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Bruxism (Tooth Grinding)
Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time. Occasional teeth grinding (bruxism) does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise.
Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw is a telltale symptom of bruxism. Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding during sleep.
Cavities are caused when the teeth begin to decay due to food (sugars) being left on the teeth. The bacteria in your mouth (plaque) convert the sugar to produce acid, which eats away at the teeth.
Fillings are used to treat dental cavities after the decayed part of the tooth is removed. The fillings may be made of amalgam, white filling material (composite), and gold or porcelain materials.