We recommend that our patients get a regular exam at least once per year, although depending on the condition of a patients teeth, they may require more than one visit in a year. Regular dental exams can help find problems early, when your chances for successful treatment are better. At your appointment your dentist will check your jaw, mouth, gums and teeth to chart the condition of them, before recommending ways to improve your oral health using a treatment plan, including full costings.
At Wickford Dental we can provide you with the choice of filling materials depending on your preference and budget. There are 3 main types of material that we use – Gold, Composite and Porcelain and all of them have different benefits, durability and costings. While gold has been used in dentistry for many years, more recently our patients have preferred to go with white porcelain or composite fillings to make them less noticeable in the mouth by blending in with the surrounding teeth. Your dentist will discuss all of your options at the time of your appointment, so you can make an informed choice on which type of filling suits you.
Dental hygiene is a very important part of keeping a healthy smile. Our Wickford hygienist is specially trained in the prevention of gum disease and dental cavities and will help educate patients in maintaining a healthy dental regime including advice on toothbrushes, electronic aids, dental floss and inter-dental brushes. Once again we would recommend that you see the hygienist at least once a year, although some patients may need to see the hygienist more frequently.
Scale & Polish
A scale and Polish is the cleaning of your teeth, both the visible part above the gums and just under the gums where your toothbrush is unable to reach. Scaling refers to the removal of the plaque or tartar that can build up on your teeth or just under your gums which are not removable by routine brushing. The polishing refers to the removal of stains and calculus using a high speed brush. The two main goals of a scale & polish are to prevent decay and gum disease. In some practices the dentist may carry out the scale & polish themselves, but here in Wickford Dental we have a full-time hygienist who specialises in cleaning and maintaining our patients teeth.
Gum disease (Periodontitis) is a condition in which bacteria on the teeth and around the gums cause deterioration of the gum tissues and supporting structures of the teeth. If you suffer from severe gum disease it can destroy your gums and bone and can lead to teeth becoming loose and eventually being lost. Plaque builds up around the teeth and can form hard deposits (tartar) which are full of bacteria that cause inflammation and bleeding of the gum tissues. The gum becomes looser around the teeth allowing the plaque, tartar and bacteria to build up beneath the gum and form ‘pockets’ which then become a breeding ground for bacteria. Some people are more likely to getting gum disease than others and it tends to be more aggressive and more difficult to treat on people that smoke. The main signs of gum disease are bleeding, painful gums or bad breath. Treatment of gum disease involves cleaning the plaque or tartar build ups from the teeth and around the gums, this allows the pockets to heal and the gum can become healthy again. In cases of severe gum disease that do not respond well to treatment, a referral to a Periodontist or gum specialist may be required.
Fissure sealants are a safe and painless way of protecting your children’s teeth from tooth decay. It is a plastic acrylic coating which covers the chewing surfaces of the back adult teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth. Most tooth decay in children occurs in the back teeth.
Root canal therapy is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. A root canal procedure is performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Root canal procedures have the reputation of being painful, although most people say that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed. We are able to offer our nervous patients a sedation service if required, which can help to overcome their fear and make the treatment more manageable.
We will always try and save your tooth whenever possible, unfortunately though in some cases, it is just not practical. There are two main reasons that teeth are removed from the mouth, firstly when the tooth is damaged beyond repair, and secondly in situations where the tooth is causing discomfort or is responsible for misaligning other teeth in the mouth. For example patients who are receiving orthodontic treatment may have a tooth extracted to facilitate more effective alignment of the teeth. Any extraction that is performed, is carried out under a local anaesthetic to make it as comfortable and pain-free for the patient as possible.