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.
Root canal treatment or root canal therapy
What is root canal treatment
Root canal treatment or root canal therapy is a sequence of treatments which treats the infected pulp of a tooth. This eliminates the infection and protects the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion.
Initially we remove the decay and the source of the infection of the pulp. We then assess whether the lost tooth structure can be restored. If a fracture of the tooth has reached the pulp of the tooth or the infection is associated with gum disease, it may be a lot more difficult or even impossible to save the tooth, but we will do our best to save your tooth.
The root canal treatment
Root canal treatment can sometimes be completed within one visit but usually two or three visits may be necessary.
Root canal treatment involves little or no discomfort; very often there is pain or discomfort before treatment and root canal treatment provides relief from this.
With proper dental care, regular brushing and flossing, your root canal treated tooth may last a lifetime.
The cost largely depends on how severe the problem is. Molars with two or three canals are more difficult to treat and the fee may increase accordingly.
In the long term root canal treatment is usually more economical than any other alternative treatment.
At your consultation appointment any the concerns you may have with your teeth will be discussed in depth. In consultation with your dentist, you will then get to decide what the best course of action will be.
When examining your teeth, we may decide to undertake further investigations with the help of photographs and x-rays.
Your treatment options will be explained to you, together with the procedure and cost of the proposed treatment.