Our practice emphasizes regular dental check-ups with prevention being our primary goal. Maintaining good oral health is important not just for your physical appearance but also for your general health. We recommend a check-up every 6 months to a year, depending from person to person.
What do we do during our checkups? Our team of doctors will examine all your teeth, and we use intraoral cameras to take photos of your teeth and so you will be able to visualise and understand better what is happening in the mouth as well while we explain your condition. We will then advise the best treatment options available for you.
Scaling and Polishing
What is scaling? Scaling is a common dental treatment aimed at treating, or more ideally preventing, gum disease. It is done routinely to remove excessive plaque and calculus that build up over time, even in healthy mouths.
I brush my teeth twice a day! Isn’t that enough? While regular brushing does help to keep your mouth clean, there is always some amount of plaque that gets left behind in hard-to-reach areas, such as in between the teeth or underneath the gums. This plaque eventually becomes hardened and forms calculus, which can’t be removed with normal tooth brushing.
So how does scaling help? An ultrasonic scaler works by using electromagnetic forces to rapidly vibrate its fine, pointed tip. These vibrations which occur at a rate faster than the speed of sound are able to remove plaque build-ups and break up hard calculus deposits.
Getting your teeth cleaned doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable, unpleasant experience! Our state-of-the-art range of scalers and other equipment means we always have the right tool for the job.
Our clinic uses Sonicfill composites! The filling material is extruded using a sonically activated specialised handpiece, ensuring more durable and higher quality fillings. You may find out more about the Sonicfill technology here: https://www.speareducation.com/spear-review/2016/12/sonicfill-as-good-as-it-sounds
Minor Oral Surgery
Wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 18-23. If you are lucky, your wisdom teeth come out straight and do not need to be removed. Alas, some wisdom teeth don’t have the space to erupt and end up “impacted”, which means they are buried fully or partially beneath the gums at various angles.
Impacted wisdom teeth are difficult to clean due to their location and direction of growth. Food trapped in the area when not removed will lead to a myriad of problems, such as painful, swollen gums, difficulty in mouth opening, and in cases may lead to serious dental infections which can spread to your bodily system through your bloodstream.
Therefore, it is important to identify your symptoms as early as possible. Consult with our dentists for a thorough examination and diagnosis to identify if your tooth requires a minor oral surgery to be removed. X-rays will be taken to check the position of the wisdom tooth.
Worried that you have a complex case?
Fret not! Our office has a 3D X-ray (Dental CT) which will be able to locate all structures surrounding the wisdom tooth to identify any potential complications. If a case is deemed complex, we have highly experienced and qualified oral surgeons who will certainly be able to take up your case.
Many parents are unsure when they should bring their kids for their first dental check-up. Should you bring them in when you suspect there is a problem? Or wait for all the teeth to come in first?
Expert opinion recommends that a child’s first visit to the dentist should be when the first tooth erupts into the mouth. Children’s teeth begin to erupt at the age of 6 months. During this time, some discomfort or tenderness of the
gums is expected.
It is important to implement proper brushing and oral hygiene habits from young to prevent early loss of primary/baby teeth. Baby teeth are important too! It is a myth that they are not important as they will fall out anyway.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist is crucial, as it determines how they view dental visits for the years to come. At our office, we love and welcome kids of all ages. Their first visit sometimes isn’t really about doing any real work but introducing them to the dental office, allowing them to explore various instruments or even just take a ride in the dental chair. Only after your child is comfortable will the dentist take a quick peek in the mouth.