At a routine examination, your mouth, gums and teeth will be checked thoroughly and you’ll be screened for any signs of mouth cancer as well. We will ask you questions concerning your general health plus any problems you have had with your gums, mouth or teeth since your last visit. We may give you advice on your diet, teeth-cleaning habits plus smoking and alcohol use. Sometimes we may recommend an oral hygienist or even some dental x-rays for checking underneath any filling or places where your dentist can’t see. Also, we will discuss with you when your next visit will be.
Pain Relief/Tooth Ache Appointment
We always accept new patients. Whether it is because you are new to the area, you are having a toothache or you want to change your dentist, we are happy to help you. Sometimes emergencies occur and we’re here to help you. We may recommend x-rays after an in-depth discussion regarding any issues you have had recently.
Scaling and Polish
You need a good scale and polish on a regular basis to remove plaque plus calculus (tartar), extrinsic stains from your teeth and to polish your teeth. Also, it helps in preventing gum disease development like periodontitis and gingivitis. Depending on your needs, we will offer you the next recommended time of re-attending a scale and polish as well as the appropriate instructions for oral hygiene to help keep your gums and teeth healthy.
Sometimes during and when planning any dental treatment as well, specific x-rays of teeth plus the surrounding tissues are needed. An accurate risk assessment must be carried out to make sure the most accurate, low dose radiographs are undertaken. Routine x-rays are usually taken at routine exams either every six, twelve, eighteen or twenty-four months. Isca Dental uses digital x-rays to make sure you get the most accurate and safest way of examining your teeth.
Dental Caps (Crowns)
A dental cap is used to completely cover or cap your tooth. It’s used when most of your tooth’s structure has been lost due to being heavily restored or filled. There are ceramic fused to metal crowns, completely ceramic crowns and gold crowns. Gold crowns are uncommon nowadays because of high demands for natural looking and tooth coloured crowns.
All ceramic crowns are popular for their better aesthetic properties. Typically, they look natural because they reflect and absorb light just like a natural tooth, hence they are more appealing. They’re completely tooth coloured, which helps to prevent grey shadowing at your gum margin.
There are three methods of replacing missing teeth: a denture, a bridge or a dental implant. Bridges can require some tooth tissue removal from your teeth on one of the sides of the gap. Thus, these teeth have to be solid, plus they can end up becoming less sound than before. On the other hand, some bridges do not require removal of tooth tissue; they can just be fixed in the gap.
Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics/Root Filling)
The aim of this treatment is removing all the infection from your root canal. Then, the root is cleaned and filled; this prevents any further infections. Endodontic therapy is a skilled plus time-consuming procedure. At your first appointment, your infected pulp will be removed and if there are any abscesses, they will be drained. After this, the root canal will be shaped and cleaned ready for the filling. Then, a temporary filling will be put in and your tooth will be left to settle. Your tooth will then be checked later when you visit again. After all the infection has completely cleared, your tooth will be permanently filled or sometimes you may need a crown.
A veneer is a thin layer of ceramic or porcelain bonded to your natural tooth. Veneers can be used in adjusting the position, shape, shade and colour of your tooth or teeth. They are usually used in smile makeovers together with tooth whitening, leaving you with a refreshed and beautiful smile that you have always wanted.
Dentures (also called false teeth) are getting less and less popular, although many people still wear them. They can generally be made of a flexible material that’s new, have claps or metal bases, or they can completely be made of acrylic. Dentures can replace many single teeth or groups of teeth, and you can remove them daily when going to sleep or when cleaning them.
Contact us for more information on our routine dental examinations.