Traditional silver (Amalgam) and gold fillings were more common in the past. Although their performance was satisfactory, they look unnatural and are being phased out worldwide. Developments in modern dentistry now allow for more natural looking “white” (composite resin) fillings to restore your teeth.
Dentists love to save teeth. However, in situations where there is too much damage and the tooth cannot be restored, the tooth is removed (extracted). Sometimes teeth are removed for other reasons, for example to create space for teeth that are being moved orthodontically by wearing braces. Wisdom teeth are often extracted if they cause problems such as, inability to erupt properly in the mouth (impacted) and causing pain, or difficulty in cleaning thereby becoming decayed and causing pain.
- Oral Examination
The dentist at D'Vine Smiles takes pride in the way a comprehensive oral examination is performed. Not only is each individual tooth checked thoroughly, the dentist checks all the soft tissues, the gums that surround your teeth, and also the way your teeth come together. The dentist gets an overall impression of your oral health and function, and will give you relevant advice on hygiene, diet, and can diagnose problems such as periodontal disease or bruxism.
If radiographs (x-rays) are required to complete the examination, the dentist will inform you. X-rays are usually required to check areas that are difficult to examine with the naked eye.
- Oral Hygiene
At D'Vine Smiles, not only do you get a professional clean, removing all deposits of calculus (tartar) and external staining from your teeth, you get advice on how to maintain effective cleaning at home. You are also provided with free samples of the correct products to get you started!
- Dietary Advice
As part of the oral hygiene appointment, you receive individually-tailored dietary advice on how to prevent or reduce the risk of tooth decay. Most people don’t realise that the type of food and drinks they consume, and how often (snack) they consume, is just as important as cleaning the teeth.
- Periodontal Disease
Maintaining good oral hygiene is also important in preventing periodontal (gum) disease. Build up of plaque and calculus on teeth at and below the gum line can lead to gingivitis (inflammation) of the gums, and eventually periodontal disease, leading to loss of teeth if untreated.
Bruxism is a common disorder involving teeth grinding and clenching during sleep. It can cause severe damage to teeth such as chipping, cracking and general wear. This condition can be easily diagnosed by the dentist during examination. The worn down teeth can be restored and further damage can be prevented by wearing a guard (occlusal splint) at night.
Individuals actively involved in contact sport are encouraged to wear a mouthguard – it is an affordable means of protecting your teeth.