In part 1 of this 2-part focus on general dentistry treatments, we looked at the diagnostic check-up and the various restorative treatments used to deal with cavities caused by decay.
General dentistry also deals with looking after teeth that have become infected. Infections often show up as terrible toothache and you might find yourself needing to make an emergency appointment with us here at SW9 Dental in Stockwell so that we can deal with your pain. After we have numbed you and taken a good look, the next step is usually either root canal therapy or extraction.
Root canal therapy
Root canal therapy is a way to save infected teeth. After administering a local anaesthetic, we clean out the infected pulp. This can take some time, especially if the tooth has 3 roots. Once the roots are clean, we fill them with filling material and then cover the tooth with a crown.
Teeth that cannot be saved because they have been too badly infected, or damaged in an accident, or have been failing for some years, need to be extracted. Extraction takes place under local anaesthetic and will leave you with a gap. Once the site has healed, it is important to start thinking about how to replace the tooth. The longer the gap is left, the more the jawbone will shrink in that area and neighbouring teeth may also be destabilised.
Replacing lost teeth
General dentistry usually includes making partial or full dentures, or bridges, to replace lost teeth. Dentures are removable, whereas bridges are fixed to neighbouring healthy teeth.
Because general dentistry is all about restoring your dental health, we also offer other treatments that contribute to good oral health.
If you grind your teeth at night, or routinely clench your jaw, you may suffer from a disorder of the jaw joint called temporomandibular disorder. Left untreated, it can lead to crumbling teeth. Bite guards that are worn at night can be made to protect teeth.
You will call on general treatments throughout your life. And we will be there to make sure you get high quality service from experienced dentists every time you come to us for general dentistry.