What Kinds Of Services Does A Dentist Provide
When looking for assistance for keeping a healthy smile, you’ll need a dentist. The Gold Coast has more than a few to chose from. However, finding one that fits your needs can be a daunting task, if you aren’t sure what you might need. When searching for the right practice here on the Gold Coast, dentists are always ready to answer any question. Here are a few things to think of the next time you are in search of oral care.
Keeping Everything Healthy
Cleanings, fillings, and sealants are quick and easy procedures that can be completed in one visit. Any built up tartar will be gently scraped off the surface of the tooth, before it is professionally polished. Holes, or cavities will be filled to make sure there is no further damage done to the tooth. Cracks and deep ridges are painted with a sealant, aiding in protecting the teeth from decay and developing an unpleasant grey colour. The final step will most likely be a quick rinse with a strong flouride solution, used to remineralize the tooth and form a protective layer to boost enamel health.
Crowns are used when a tooth has lost its structural integrity. If decay and damage have gone beyond simple repairs, a crown or cap will be placed over the natural tooth. If the damage is left too long, infection can set into the pulpy center of nerves inside the enamel of a tooth. This is when a root canal becomes necessary. The infected pulp is removed and the center is sealed, before a crown is placed over the remaining tooth. While some people will report that root canals are very uncomfortable, there should never be any pain or discomfort during any of these procedures. The dentist should be alerted immediately if any pain is felt.
Extractions and Bridgework
Wisdom teeth that are painful or impacted (meaning the tooth is somehow stuck underneath the gum) are removed for the comfort of the patient. Impacted wisdom teeth may require a slightly more invasive surgery to be removed. Once in a while, a tooth is damaged too much for a crown to be fitted over it and the tooth must be removed. Any time a blank spot has been created, a bridge can be used to cover the space. A bridge is created by placing two crowns adjacent to a false tooth. This “bridge” is then placed over the empty hole and the two teeth next to it and sealed with the same technique used for regular crowns.
Keeping Things in Line
Occasionally, teeth are overcrowded in the jaw, or just don’t want to grow in straight. There are a few ways to correct this problem. The easiest way to fix this issue is with braces. Brackets are attached to the teeth and wire is threaded through to mold the shape teeth will take. Some people prefer to keep their straightening private. For these people, the Invisalign tray is available. Once the teeth are aligned properly, a retainer should be worn to continue the straightening process. The length of time a retainer is worn can vary.
Implants and Dentures
Teeth are very important to the structure of the jaw and shape of the face. They are necessary for chewing food and keeping facial features from collapsing. When more than one tooth is missing, full or partial dentures can be used to replace the lost support. When choosing dentures, lifestyle should be taken into account as there is more than one style. The usual choice is between removeable denture sets that are taken out nightly for cleaning, or implanted dentures which need readjustment after some general wear.
The most common cosmetic procedures include whitening, veneers, and tooth bonding. Teeth that are slightly discoloured respond well to whitening. The peroxide solution used in the office is much stronger than commercial strips and trays sold on the market. Teeth that are badly discoloured or not responding to whitening may benefit from veneers; a thin porcelain covering which fits directly over the original tooth. If any teeth are chipped, gapped, or otherwise uneven, bonding can work miracles. A hard resinous paste is applied to the tooth and hardened under special lamps. The final product is shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth.
After any work has been done, the dentist is likely to hand over a list of instructions to follow at home. These instructions can range from after-care for any procedure to simple everyday methods to keep oral health at an optimum level. How-to’s relating to brushing and flossing technique may be included in the list, and will make sure your smile is as healthy as possible. Always follow any instructions given, and ask questions if you don’t understand anything.
Regardless of your oral condition, looking for a dentist shouldn’t be difficult, but just make sure you visit them frequently. Make sure you are able to communicate exactly what results you are looking for. Building a relationship with the staff of the office will go a long way towards assisting with communication and comfort. Don’t settle when it comes to your smile. When looking for a new office of dentists, the Gold Coast has some of the best around.