Fillings are treatments used to treat cavities caused by tooth decay, or where teeth have been excessively worn. As an aesthetically friendly option, JM Dental Care are able to offer tooth-coloured fillings.
The dentist’s first step in the process of providing filling treatment for a patient is to remove any areas of the tooth that have been damaged by decay. They will then clean the tooth fully, ready for the application of the filling. All of this will usually be done under local anaesthetic and is therefore painless.
After you have had a filling, it is important that you are careful not to knock or bump your mouth, and you must also try to avoid foods that are especially hard or sticky.
Tooth-coloured fillings are an especially popular option as they are designed to match the shade of the existing teeth and are therefore more cosmetically viable than traditional filling options.
The other major benefit of a tooth-coloured filling is that it can be used as a means of ‘topping-up’ the edges of teeth that have been cracked, worn, or broken.
Root Canal Therapy, the technical term for which is ‘endodontics’, is required when a tooth is decayed or has been injured to the extent that damage to pulp has occurred. In such cases, the early stages of the infection may be painless and can therefore be difficult to detect.
This type of treatment is a major contributor to the avoidance of tooth loss in patients, and involves a process during which infection is removed from the root canal of the tooth, which is then thoroughly cleaned and filled. A temporary filling will be provided initially, and a follow up appointment will determine whether the procedure has been successful in removing infection. If infection has been eradicated to the fullest extent, your tooth will then be filled for protection.
The alternative to root canal therapy is to have your tooth extracted. The reason for this is that once the pulp within the tooth is damaged or infected, it cannot heal or recover and therefore requires treatment of some kind.
For added protection of a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy, your dentist may recommend that you cap the tooth with a crown. This will give the tooth extra stability and strength.
Regular check-ups will be required for any patients who undergo root canal therapy. This is so that our dentist can help maintain the long term health and care of the tooth that has been treated.
A tooth extraction is the professional removal of a tooth. There are a number of reasons that may cause a patient to be advised a tooth extraction as a recommended course of action.
Problems that could lead to tooth extraction include tooth decay, gum disease, teeth that are broken or crowded, an abscess in the area surrounding the tooth, or impacted wisdom teeth. You may need one tooth or several teeth removed depending on the problem you are suffering from, and the severity of it.
At JM Dental Care, we do everything we can to put you at ease during the tooth extraction procedure. Local anaesthetic is used during the extraction process in order to ensure that you do not feel any pain. Tooth extractions are often completed swiftly; removal of a tooth should only take a matter of minutes.
A high standard of aftercare is fundamental to the success of your tooth extraction. Our dentist will advise you fully on the best ways to look after your teeth and gums following the procedure, especially in relation to the area that has been treated.
If you are suffering from pain in your teeth or gums, it is vitally important that you do not allow this to develop, and should consult our dentist as soon as possible. By neglecting an assessment of any dental pain, you risk worsening the problem.
To book your consultation at JM Dental Care, please contact us via our website or directly at the practice.