Every 6 months you should have a check up appointment. At this appointment the dentist will assess your oral health and any dental requirements that may be needed. You will also be able to ask any questions about additional dental treatments you may be interested in, and your dentist will be happy to answer these.
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A hygienist’s main aim is to prevent and treat gum disease by professionally cleaning your teeth, removing plaque and tartar (usually called a ‘scale and polish’). They will also show you the best way to keep your teeth free from plaque by offering Oral Hygiene advice.
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Several years ago, we could only restore damaged teeth with metal Amalgam. You or someone you know may have had a metal amalgam filling which is now visible. These days fillings can be natural looking and blend in with your own tooth colour.
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If you have a tooth ache there may be inflammation or infection inside a tooth. A dentist will then need to do RCT. They will clean and fill inside the tooth to prevent further damage or infection. Root canal treatment can save your tooth from having to be taken out.
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Sealants are a safe and painless way of protecting your child’s teeth as they grow. They are a plastic coating that is applied to the biting surface of the back teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that prevents bacteria and food getting into the tiny cracks and helps prevent decay.
The process is usually quick and straightforward, taking only a few minutes for each tooth. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, prepared with a special solution, and dried. The liquid sealant is then applied and allowed to set hard using a bright light.
A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’.
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Bridges are a great solution to fill spaces left by missing teeth. They are known as permanent restorations that can replace one or multiple missing teeth.
A bridge will use the teeth either side of the gap to anchor onto. It will only be possible if the teeth supporting the bridge are strong enough and if they have good bone support. The teeth either side of the gap are prepared, crowns are placed over the prepared teeth and these are attached to the artificial tooth.
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People wear dentures to replace lost or missing teeth so they can enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. A denture will help you to eat comfortably and speak clearly, provide support to your lips and cheeks and will improve your confidence and self-esteem. Dentures can be made to closely match your natural teeth and modern dentures may even improve the look of your smile and help to fill out the appearance of your face.
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A mouthguard is a specially made, rubber-like cover which fits exactly over your teeth and gums, cushioning them and protecting them from damage.
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