Having optimum oral health is important not just for your teeth and gums but also for your general health.
Medical research has already confirmed links between oral health and several diseases that affect the rest of the body. More about taking care of your teeth is being understood every day.
At your first appointment with Corner House Dental, your oral and gum health will be reviewed using several assessments and questionnaires. Our Dental Hygienist will then prescribe the best treatment for your optimum oral health.
Below are some of the treatment options we offer:
Scale and polish
Scale and polish or ‘teeth cleaning’ is recommended for patients with healthy gums, and is considered to be a cosmetic treatment.
During this appointment the hygienist will remove plaque, tartar and stains from the teeth, perform an oral cancer screening, monitor and record gum health, and provide patients with oral health care instruction.
Scale and polish cleanings are scheduled for half an hour and recommended every six months or at your hygienist’s suggestion in each patient’s case.
Non-surgical periodontal therapy
Periodontal disease affects the gums and the supporting bone around the teeth. This may cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed easily; often patients do not feel pain or have any symptoms of the disease. Without being treated, periodontal disease can lead to bad breath, the loss of bone support around the teeth and tooth loss.
Non-surgical periodontal therapy, also known as a “deep cleaning”, can be beneficial to help control early stages of periodontal disease. This treatment may take more than one visit to complete, with one hour sessions advised, and may require a local anaesthetic prescribed by your dentist. Scalers and ultrasonic cleaners will be used to remove contaminants (plaque and tartar located beneath the gum line). Directions on how to take care of the treated areas and home care instructions will be given to patients. After treatment has been performed, it is important for patients to receive routine cleanings and monitoring of the gums, also known as periodontal maintenance.
Advanced stages of periodontal disease may need to be overseen by a dentist and/or periodontist.
Periodontal maintenance is a routine treatment to help preserve the health of the gums and bone support around the teeth after non-surgical periodontal therapy has been performed. During this treatment the hygienist will remove plaque tartar and stain from the teeth, monitor gum health, and to go over personalised oral health care instruction. Periodontal maintenance appointments take between 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete.
Periodontal maintenance cleanings are recommended every three months, but may vary depending on what is suggested by the hygienist.