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Regular dental examinations are the key to maintaining healthy gums and teeth.
Often digital X-rays are taken at this time. Following this, your dentist will discuss the various treatment options available to you.
Fillings are an effective way to repair damaged or decaying teeth
To identify whether a filling is required your dentist will provide a full examination including x-rays if necessary. If a filling is required, your dentist will remove decay from inside the tooth, and fill the cavity. During your visit, we’ll discuss the different types of filling with you, and help you choose the one that suits you best.
We use a number of different fillings, such as:
- composite (white) fillings
- amalgam (silver) fillings
- porcelain fillings.
A crown is a tooth-shaped ‘cap’ that is placed over the entire visible portion of your tooth.
If a tooth requires a crown your dentist will remove all weak areas and decay from the damaged tooth and will then take an impression of the tooth. This impression is sent to the laboratory for the technician to form a model of your tooth. It may take a few weeks for your unique crown to be sent to us. During this time, a temporary crown will be cemented onto your tooth to protect it. On the next visit, your new crown will be bonded into position and will be ready to use straight away. During your initial visit, your dentist will discuss with you the different types of material available for your crown and help you choose the one which best suits your needs.
A bridge is a solution for a missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges link the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Unlike dentures, a dental bridge is permanent as it is anchored to the natural teeth or implants on either side.
During the first visit for getting a dental bridge, the adjacent teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of your teeth are made and are sent to the laboratory for the technician to form a model of the bridge. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge for you to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your bridge is being made.
Implants are a good option to replace a single tooth without compromising the adjacent teeth.
Implants are made from titanium that integrates into your natural bone, forming an anchor for artificial porcelain tooth or teeth as needed.
Our dentists can consult with you to decide whether or not implants are right for you.
Inside a tooth is a fine channel called the root canal. This contains the dental pulp which consists of nerves and blood vessels. If the dental pulp becomes diseased or dies a toothache or an abscess may occur.
What Are the Signs That Root Canal Therapy Is Needed?
- Severe toothache pain upon chewing
- Pain when exposed to hot or cold temperatures even after the heat or cold has been removed
- Discolouration (darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums
A hole is drilled through the top of the tooth to access the root canal. The infected pulp is removed and the space is disinfected. The canal is then shaped with fine dental files, washed with a sterilising solution and sealed with a final filling.
Root canal treatment normally takes 2 to 3 visits to complete, with temporary fillings and dressings placed in the tooth between visits. Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed when an infection is present.
A tooth extraction may be necessary for several reasons such as overcrowding, infection and wisdom teeth removal.
Before removing your tooth, your dentist will remove any pain by administering a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. After your tooth has been removed stitches may be required.
The removed tooth or teeth can be replaced with an implant, a denture, or a bridge. Your dentist will discuss these options with you before the procedure begins and help you choose the option which best suits your needs.
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Rangiora Dental Centre
25 Percival Street