Like routine exams with the dentist, seeing the hygienist regularly is essential to prevent dental disease. Visits to the hygienist are so much more than just a ‘scale & polish’. Our team of hygienists work closely with our dentists to ensure great gum health. Gums and the supporting bone structures are the foundations for our teeth. Gum disease can often go unnoticed and in its severe form can lead to tooth loss.
As well as removing plaque, calculus and staining from your teeth during the appointment, our hygienists give advice tips and tricks to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy at home.
Select Dental is an Amalgam free practice. We only provide composite fillings for our patients. Composite fillings are tooth coloured and come in many different shades and are matched to the shade of your teeth. This means they are barely noticeable and hand carved to copy your tooths natural anatomy. A strong and durable material, composite can be used on front and back teeth to fill cavities, cracks and improve aesthetics.
Crowns, Bridges & Veneers
When a tooth has been heavily filled or badly damaged a filling is not enough. A crown is made to protect, cover and restore the shape and function of your tooth. Having a crown is a very common procedure which is carried out over 2 appointments. The first is to prepare the tooth for a crown by removing all the existing restoration and tooth decay, refilling the tooth with a core material, then shaping this ready for the crown. Then the mouth and preparation work is scanned with our intra oral scan and sent to the laboratory digitally. The crown is made, then returned to the practice, ready for fitting.
Bridges follow a similar process to crowns. When a tooth is lost, sometimes the missing tooth and gap can be replaced with a dental bridge. This involves crowning the neighbouring teeth either side of the gap and then a suspended crown known as a pontic is attached between the 2 teeth. Bridges are not suitable for all gaps in the mouth, and your dentist will discuss all tooth replacement options with you at your appointment.
Veneers are custom fit like crowns and bridges but are thinner and bonded only to the front surface of the teeth. Veneers can mask stained, chipped, misaligned and misshapen teeth. Preparing your tooth for a veneer requires minimal tooth tissue to be removed to keep the tooth strong.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment involves the removal of the tooth’s pulp, which lies in the centre of the tooth. Once the damaged, diseased or dead pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled with a bio-material. This procedure seals off the root canal, then the tooth can be restored with a filling or ideally a crown. Root canal treatment saves many teeth that would otherwise be removed, leaving patients with gaps and missing teeth in their mouth.