People often postpone a visit to the dentist thinking that dental care is an expensive affair. However, general health is closely connected with one’s oral health. We therefore recommend regular dental check-ups at least once every six months just as you would any other medical check-ups. For example, gum disease is known to be associated with diabetes and a number of other health problems. Gum disease and tooth decay can cause deterioration in one’s general health and it may also aggravate existing medical conditions. Regular dental check-ups can help pick up problems before they affect your health and accordingly your smile.
Our dental check-ups involve a check of all areas of the mouth viz. the teeth (for cavities, erosion of enamel, bite issues etc.), gums and the soft tissue around the mouth, as well as the tongue and the floor of the mouth and palate. We will then work with a patient to decide on a treatment plan to address the dental issues that are discovered.A regular dental check-up at our clinic, supported by good dental hygiene at home, will go a long way to keep your teeth and gums healthy and give you an endearing smile.
If teeth are not brushed with the right technique, it will invariably lead to formation of painful cavities. In some cases it may also result in gum disease. It is therefore very important to have a dentist periodically check and remove any plaque and tartar build-up.
The procedure of removing plaque or tartar build-up that we adopt at our clinic involves the use of special instruments including an ultrasonic scaler. This can painlessly loosen any larger pieces of tartar and provide deep cleaning below and above the gum line. Once all the teeth surfaces are smooth, we polish the teeth to remove stains by using a hand held device with a soft rubber cup that spins at slow speed on the teeth surface. The rubber cup contains a polish comprising of abrasive toothpaste and fluoride which helps to strengthen the teeth as well as repair tooth decay if it’s at an early stage. Those who undergo this procedure with us invariably end up with a smooth set of clean and shiny teeth.
Anyone who has been drinking coffee, tea or red wine for years, or is a regular smoker will find that their habit has eventually taken a toll on their teeth. The results are dull, yellowish-coloured teeth that rob you of your smile. Some teeth may also have stains due to medication that a patient is using. Don’t worry. We have a solution.
The process of teeth whitening is very easy and common these days and is an easy way to improve your appearance and boost your self-image and confidence. Teeth whitening works for most people and it is a proven safe and effective method to brighten stained discoloured teeth. Professional teeth whitening service in our dental clinic is done by using a potent bleaching agent. Our procedure to whiten teeth is simple and very affordable and is effective in most cases.
Irregular teeth can affect your appearance and result in an undesirable smile. Besides, your bite can be uneven because of crowded or teeth that are out of line. Orthodontic treatment can help correct teeth irregularities so that you regain your confidence, expressed with an impressive smile.
We correct irregular teeth with the use of wires and brackets. These help to move teeth from an undesirable position to the correct position. Orthodontic treatment will also help improve one’s overall oral health and facial bone development. Besides, apart from improving the appearance of your teeth, this treatment can prevent more serious dental problems from developing later in life.
Crooked or crowded teeth can also cause uneven wear of tooth surfaces and result in problems of the jaw. These teeth can also be difficult to clean properly. The result is that they will be more prone to tooth decay and gum disease. Orthodontic treatment can help correct these conditions which if untreated, will only get worse.
In our orthodontic treatment we use fixed braces made of metal, ceramic, plastic or a combination of these materials. Treatment often begins between ages 8 to 14 because treatment that starts at an early age produces optimal results. We also do adult orthodontics. Treatment times vary, but it may take from 12 to 30 months to complete. For adults, treatment may take a little longer because the facial bones have stopped growing. Don’t hesitate to meet us if you need an evaluation and treatment plan for irregular teeth.
If you have severe tooth pain and have sensitivity to hot / cold water, you could be having cavities in your teeth or a bad tooth where decay that has reached the tissue is causing the infection. The solution is filling the cavities or a root canal procedure.
Fixing a cavity is a relatively simple procedure where the cavity is cleaned and then filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling is normally completed in one or two sittings with the dentist.
On the other hand work on the root canal is a more specialised endodontic dental procedure. Today, it is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that would otherwise die or be removed. Many patients are under the wrong notion that removing a problematic tooth is the best solution. However, this is incorrect because the gap caused by a removed tooth has to be closed otherwise, the adjacent teeth can move out of position resulting in an uneven set of the remaining teeth. Our root canal procedure is usually very successful and the effect lasts a lifetime.
Gum Disease which also known as “Periodontal disease” is a rather serious condition that requires immediate treatment because it not only destroys one’s oral health but also aggravates other general health problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia.
Gum disease often develops slowly and without causing any pain. Sometimes no signs of disease are detected until the teeth are at serious risk of loss, or when it is already “too late”. Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems adults face, but it can begin at just about any age. At our clinic we help you prevent gum disease from occurring by educating you on oral hygiene. And if you have signs of gum disease, we can treat and reverse the early stages of gum disease by assessing the current status of the gums, creating a plan to address concerns and then providing the necessary treatment and care.
If a patient has a damaged or fractured tooth and very little tooth structure left to restore, we recommend a crown which is a full coverage restoration that restores the anatomical surfaces of the tooth to its original contour and function.
When a tooth is badly damaged and has inadequate surface area, filling material cannot be retained properly and that is why a crown is used. On occasion, we also use dental bridges when a gap created by one or more missing teeth has to be bridged. The bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth become the anchoring teeth and the false tooth / teeth will lie in-between.
Another option used as an artificial replacement for missing teeth is the denture which can be either complete or partial in nature. Dentures are made of acrylic with plastic or porcelain teeth attached to it. A complete denture will replace missing teeth in either the upper or lower arch, or the entire mouth. On the other hand, a partial denture will only replace some missing teeth. They are natural looking and comfortable and stay in place by attachments to the remaining teeth.
Dental implants are precision devices that are used to replace the root of a missing tooth. These titanium posts are anchored into the jawbone where it can support a single tooth crown, a multi-crown bridge, or stabilize a removable partial or full denture.
Dental implant surgery is, of course, surgery, and is best done by a trained dental surgeon. Our surgeons have the specialized education and training in the complexities of the bone, skin, muscles and nerves involved, to ensure you get the best possible results.
Oral surgery undertaken at St. John’s Dental Clinic encompasses tooth fracture reductions, tooth extractions, removal of impacted teeth, apicoectomies and removal of cysts.
Although you have a number of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none have proven to be as functionally effective and durable as dental implants. In many cases, dental implants may be the only logical choice for the restoration of all necessary functionality of the teeth and supporting structures and at our clinic we have the required expertise in this area of dentistry.
St Johns Dental Clinic
178, 18th B Main,
3rd Cross,6th Block,
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