Your teeth don’t have to be hurting for something to be wrong. But if it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t need treatment, right? Wrong. This is a bit like saying you don’t need to change the brakes on your car until you crash…
It is not uncommon for quite large problems to develop without giving a patient much in the way of warning symptoms. Sometimes you will have a feeling that “something’s not right”, but often the only way that early dental pathology will be detected is with a dental examination, and even then sometimes we dentists can only see problems with the help of X-rays.
The most important part of good dental care is a regular check-up. The earlier that a problem is detected, the quicker, easier, less traumatic and cheaper the treatment usually is. Unfortunately, unlike most of the body, teeth do not fix themselves when there are problems: little holes become enormous cavities, a niggle becomes an excruciating toothache and slightly wobbly teeth eventually get so loose they may fall out.
We believe that it is much better to know in complete detail the condition of your mouth, so that you can make a fully informed decision about what, if any, treatment you would like to consider:
- If you have fractures or decay in your teeth, we may well need to consider some fillings.
- If you have a build-up of plaque and calculus, bad breath, or bleeding gums, you probably need a scaling (professional clean) and may need further gum treatment.
- Where teeth are badly broken-down or weak they may need crowns.
- If you have severe toothache we may need to decide between an extraction or a root canal (neither of which are as bad as people imagine!).
- Where you have missing teeth, you may choose between a denture, a bridge, or an implant.
- Or of course you may not need any treatment at all…
Modern general dentistry provides an incredible range of treatment options and they really aren’t that scary. We would like to give everyone the chance to at least see what those options are which is why we have tried to make our practice as accessible and affordable as possible.