Good oral hygiene starts with prevention
Good oral hygiene starts with prevention so it is important to take care of your teeth and gums when at home. Regular visits to your dentist are also essential as we will be able to pick problems a lot sooner
At Denticare we offer a variety of treatments for kids, from three years and up, and adults.
Types of Treatments and Procedures
Comprehensive Oral Examination
If you are a first-time patient, we will assess your complete oral health during one of these examinations using clinical and radiographic tools.
Diagnostic Services – Kids and Adults
Digital Intraoral X-rays
This is the most common X-ray method and they provide great insight to the dentist. An image receptor is placed inside the patient’s mouth and it allows the dentist to look at your tooth roots, check the health of the bones, check for inflammation, etc.
Digital Panoramic X-rays
A special machine is used to take two-dimensional X-rays and the impressive thing is a single scan provides the dentist with an entire view of the patient’s mouth, including the upper and lower jaws, hidden structures or fractures and bone loss.
Digital Cephalometric X-rays
This is a side view X-ray of the face and provides a detailed image of the teeth, jawbone and soft tissues as well as the airways. The scan is extraoral, which means no plates or film are inserted into the patient’s mouth. This X-ray allows your orthodontist to establish the best type of treatment.
Oral Hygiene – Kids and Adults
Cleaning (Scaling and Polishing)
Clean teeth not only make you want to smile, but it is also good for your oral and general health as it helps prevent periodontal (gum disease), bleeding gums and tooth decay.
Scaling is done to clean around your gum line and teeth to remove dental plaque and tartar while polishing gives your teeth that shiny look and a smooth feel.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
If you want to reduce tooth decay and gum disease, then you need to take care of your teeth on a daily basis. Yet many adults still forget or don’t know how to do the basics.
We will take you through our full at-home techniques for kids and adults.
Fluoride, a mineral that is found naturally in foods and water, reduces cavities in both kids and adults as it makes your teeth more resistant to acid attacks. It also helps repair damaged tooth surfaces.
Your teeth need to be clean and your dentist may do a bit of polishing before getting the process underway.
Fissure sealants, a protective plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surface on the back teeth, helps protect teeth from bacteria and acids.
It is an easy, pain-free process as it doesn’t involve any injections or drilling. Your dentist will simply clean the tooth surface and then he will apply the coating.
Bleaching – Adults
Do you have deep stains that you want to get rid of? Or maybe you want to your teeth to be a bit whiter. Then you should consider bleaching.
Procedures change your natural tooth colour, usually anywhere from five to seven shades brighter. In-office (chairside) whitening and at-home (tray) whitening both rely on bleaching.
Bleaches contain an active ingredient, most often carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide in concentrations of 10-22%, which helps remove both deep and surface stains.
Costs vary depending on bleaching procedures.
Restorative Procedures – Kids and Adults
If your teeth have been damaged by decay, cracked or broken then your dentist can use a filling to help restore its function and shape.
Your dentist will remove the decayed area and clean it before placing a tooth-like filling in the hole. Once he is happy with everything, he will give it a polish.
You get different types of fillings like composite, amalgam, gold, ceramic and glass ionomer.
If you are eager to mask discolouration, stained, chipped or misshaped teeth, as well as improve your smile, then veneers are the way to go.
Dental veneers, which are often a great alternative to crowns, are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are custom made to cover the front surface of your teeth. It improves the aesthetics of a tooth, protects the surface from damage and gives it a natural look.
The entire process may need several appointments, but veneers usually last a long time.
Root Canal Treatment
Despite the many stories that you may have heard, root canal therapy is not a horror show as the ultimate aim is to relief pain and make your teeth healthy again.
Treatment will usually start off with an X-ray to assess the extent of the damage after which your dentist will remove any infected pulp and decay. The area is then cleaned and disinfected while the root canal is also enlarged so that the area can easily be filled and sealed.
Oral Surgery – Kids and Adults
Sometimes a tooth may be broken or too badly damaged, either from decay or trauma, to repair and the only option is to remove it from the socket bone (extract).
You get two types of extractions, regular and surgical. The former is a simple procedure and the dentist will start with anaesthetising the tooth and the bone and gum tissue around it before he removes it.
As for surgical extraction, this is done when a tooth, often a wisdom tooth, is under the gum line or in jaw bone and the surgeon will make a small incision into your gum.
Braces – Kids and Adults
Did you know straight teeth improves your teeth and gums, enhances your facial features, helps to improve speech and gives you more confidence?
An appliance is used to gradually move teeth into their proper alignment. Wires are bonded to the teeth and tightened over time to align the teeth.
Braces are usually adjusted monthly to bring about the desired results, which may be achieved within a few months to a few years.
Dentures – Adults
Dentures are custom-made removable replacements for missing teeth and surrounding tissues, in other words artificial teeth and gums that are designed to fit your mouth. They not only fill the gaps, but also give your face a lift as they support your cheeks and lips.
You get two types of dentures: partial and full/complete.
Sometimes you have lost one or two of your natural teeth that need replacing then you will opt for partial dentures while you can also go for the complete set that can replace all teeth on both or either the top or bottom gum line.
Implants – Adults
The days of losing a tooth due to decay or injury and then having a gap in your mouth for the rest of your life are long gone.
If you are not keen on dentures, then dental implants are the way to go.
A dental implant is a titanium post, like a tooth root, that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount replacement teeth or a bridge into that area. An implant doesn’t come loose like a denture can.
Dental implants also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.
Crown and Bridge – Adults
When a tooth structure can no longer be restored with a filling, then your dentist will suggest a crown (or cap). The crown, a fixed prosthetic device, fits over the whole tooth and will not only make it stronger, but can also help to reshape existing teeth.
Bridges – fixed or removable – are used to cover a space in your mouth if you have lost one or more teeth. They are artificial teeth that are fixed to existing natural teeth.
Crowns and bridges not only fill the gaps in your mouth, but they also prevent your remaining teeth from shifting, which often leads to bad bite.