While the media outlets are promoting the most recent advances in dentistry, such as dental makeovers and six month smiles, it can be very easy to push more standard forms of dental work to the back and deem them as less important.
But, it is important to remember that for a building to be strong, it has to have a solid foundation; if you want to get that confident smile through a cosmetic procedure, you need to have a good level of general health in your mouth to start with.
General dentistry is not just about biannual check-ups, although that is an important part of dental healthcare. There are many procedures and treatments that fall under this category of dental work and all of our dentists in Green Square are able to perform them, and more!
What is general dentistry?
As we have mentioned, general dentistry does include 6 month check-ups and the services provided at those sessions, like cleaning and checking for gum disease.
However, if you have special requirements or circumstances surrounding your teeth (such as wearing dentures), it may not seem as important to go to a dentist for a check-up. Regardless of the condition of your teeth, there are many general options available to you, which our dentists in Green Square can provide you with, to help you maintain your teeth and to prevent further issues.
Fillings and root canals
An often dreaded but fairly straightforward procedure, fillings are used when a tooth or teeth are decayed and serve to restore the function of the tooth. Root canals may be required in instances where decay has spread to the pulp of the tooth. Although many people become worried about having these procedures, our dentists in Green Square are experienced with both and will ensure you experience minimal discomfort during either procedure.
If a tooth is decayed beyond repair or has broken off, an extraction may be necessary. This can be performed under anaesthetic or with a localised numbing agent.
When you close your mouth, the alignment of your upper and lower jaw is referred to as your bite. If your bite is misaligned, you may suffer from malocclusion which can lead to a condition called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). This can affect the muscles in your face and may cause you to grind your teeth at night.
When you are pregnant, check-ups with your dentist are an essential preventive measure. Hormonal fluctuations can lead to issues with calcium absorption which in turn, can lead to accelerated level of tooth decay and gum disease.
Sleep apnoea and snoring
As both snoring and sleep apnoea are caused by a restricted airway, it may seem odd to go to a dentist for treatment. Our dentists can create a personalised mouthguard to prevent issues with your airway and thus reduce your sleep related problems.
For more information on general dentistry, contact the Healthy Smile Centre today.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.