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General dentistry

Metal free dentistry

With major advancements in technology, tooth coloured composite restorations - white fillings - are now available. This allows us to restore small to medium restorations that are strong, durable and virtually unnoticeable in one appointment. For medium sized cavities, tooth-colored porcelain inlays and onlays return teeth to their full form and function.

A major advantage of white fillings, inlays or onlays is that they strengthen teeth by bonding to the surrounding tooth structure and helps to prevent a tooth fracturing. Intercepting a fracture before experiencing symptoms of hot or cold sensitivity and biting pain makes it possible to preserve the healthy remaining tooth structure.

Treating Bruxism

Bruxism is the subconscious clenching or grinding of teeth (usually during sleep and times of stress) is one of the most tooth destructive conditions. Where bruxism occurs during sleep, the upper and lower jaws clench together with up to six times greater force than during normal chewing which can damage teeth, restorations, gums and jaw alignment. Many sufferers are unaware of their condition and extent of the damage caused until diagnosed during their dental examination.  For some people bruxism can cause painful facial muscles, frequent headaches or earache not caused by infection.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy has high success rate and with a local anaesthetic, is a procedure that can be completed with no discomfort.

  • Inflamed pulp
    A damaged tooth that has inflammation of the pulp (nerve) can be acutely painful. We act promptly carrying out root canal therapy to remove the inflamed tissue, prepare the canal system and fill the canal space. Success rates of 90% is not unusual.
  • Infected pulp
    Treatment is more demanding where infection is present, even with the most advanced mechanical equipment and chemical irrigants to cleanse the canals absolute sterility will not occur, so the aim of sealing the canals is to trap any remaining bacteria and prevent any nutrients getting to them so that they will not survive.  A success rate of about 85% can be expected.
  • Root canal retreatments
    If canals show signs of reinfection a further attempt can be made to cleanse the canals and re-treat the tooth.  The success rates for retreatment is around 70%. We will assess whether there are factors that may compromise the tooth, and advise accordingly treatment where there is a poor prognosis is not undertaken.

Crowns for root filled teeth

The problem with root filled teeth is that without nerve fibres within the pulp of the tooth they no longer detect and avoid extra forces if we bite on something hard and are often broken as a result. For these reasons it is recommended that back teeth with root canal therapy be restored using a restoration that strengthens and supports the tooth.

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