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Preventative Dentistry & Oral Hygiene

Preventative dentistry includes fissure sealants, the treatment of clenching or grinding, otherwise known as Bruxism, the making of mouth guards and splints and topical fluoride application.

Fissure Sealants

Fissure Seals are a type of dental sealant used on those who are particularly prone to tooth decay and most commonly, children who are not yet able to control the amount of plaque or stop decay from occurring. A fissure seal is a special protective coat of clear or tooth-coloured resin that can help prevent cavities from occurring. Usually no drilling is necessary. While sealants can prevent the need for fillings later on they do not last forever, however, especially for children, it can get them through the childhood years without a visit to the dentist that involves drilling.

Bruxism

Bruxism is the excessive clenching or grinding of teeth. It can lead to excessive wear on the teeth and may cause permanent damage to the teeth and the jaw joints. It mostly affects people at night during sleep when the person has no conscious control over the amount of grinding they are doing, however it can occur consciously during the day aswell. Bruxism can be treated in a variety of ways, including painkillers for muscular facial pain, headaches and jaw joint pain, muscle relaxants and more commonly the making of an occlusal splint.

Occlusal Splints

Occlusal splints are recommended for those that suffer from excessive grinding or bruxism and especially for those that have had veneers made and are prone to grinding. To increase comfort and effectiveness, it is custom made to suit each person’s own teeth and bite.

Mouth Guards

Mouth guards are similar to splints however they are made that little bit bulkier in order to protect the teeth during sport. Again, they are custom made in order to snuggly fit your teeth. Professionally made mouth guards are highly recommended over store bought mouth guards as the latter tend to rub and can dislodge as they are not exact copies of your teeth and therefore will not fit as precisely, which is important especially during contact sports.

Topical Fluoride Application

Topical Fluoride application is the application of concentrated fluoride to the surface of the teeth. With each visit to our hygiene department there is the opportunity to avail of the topical fluoride application which can only be dispensed in a dental clinic. It is not compulsory however we do recommend all our patients use it.

Oral Hygiene

Our Oral Hygiene department is dedicated to the upkeep of you general oral health. There are many levels to this upkeep, beginning with the basic regular maintenance, progressing to the prevention of acid erosion caused by you daily routine and ending with the more advanced level of treatment of periodontal disease.

Regular maintenance is encouraged for those of all ages and consists normally of an annual examination and 6 monthly cleans by our experienced dental therapists and hygienists.

Dental Erosion

Dental Erosion is the irreversible loss of tooth tissue due to exposure to acid resulting in overly sensitive teeth. This can occur naturally (intrinsic), or be introduced to the body (extrinsic), most commonly through you dietary intake. Extrinsic items include fruit juices, wine, carbonated drinks, sports drinks, citrus fruits and some medications. Managing dental erosion requires managing lifestyle factors which put you at risk while strengthening your teeth against acid attack. By visiting our hygiene department on a regular basis signs of dental erosion can be detected early and dealt with accordingly.

Periodontal Disease*

Periodontal disease is the inflammation and infection of the gums resulting from poor hygiene; that is, the teeth have not been cleaned thoroughly or often enough and therefore plaque has been allowed to build up. There are generally two stages to this disease; Gingivitis and Periodontitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums reacting to the build up of bacteria in plaque. This can usually be treated successfully but requires regular maintenance and daily flossing. Periodontitis can cause serious damage not only to teeth and gums, but also the bone structure supporting the teeth. Signs of this disease include red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums, persistent bad breath and taste in the mouth and loosening teeth.

* Periodontal disease can progress to stages beyond our capabilities and may require treatment by a specialist (which we are not). In this instance we would refer you to a Periodontist. This will be discussed with you in detail at your consultation.

Topical Fluoride Application

Fluoride treatment has been used in dentistry for over sixty years to control decay and has been recognized world wide as the major factor responsible for the reduction in dental decay. It works by protecting and toughening the outer surface of your teeth, helps early decay to remineralise or recover and strengthens the teeth against acid attack.

Topical Fluoride application is the application of concentrated fluoride to the surface of the teeth. With each visit to our hygiene department there is the opportunity to avail of the topical fluoride application which can only be dispensed in a dental clinic. It is not compulsory however we do recommend all our patients use it.

Our skilled team of dentists and hygienists can treat a patient at any level, regardless of if you would just like a regular freshening up or ongoing treatment. Please contact us today if you have any queries or would like to make an appointment.


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*Please note that due to legal obligations all new patients must have an initial examination with their first scale and clean.