General Dental Treatment
Type Of Treatments
Dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons:
- Extensive tooth decay that cannot be restored with fillings or crowns
- Extraction of teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment (braces)
- Wisdom tooth that causes pain and food trap.
What should you do or expect after an extraction?
- Small amount of bleeding is normal after extraction
- Advisable not to smoke for 24 hours after extraction
- Avoid drinking using a straw as this will dislodge the blood clot for healing.
- Do not rinse mouth vigorously. Rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water to keep it clean.
- Painkiller medication will be prescribed by the dentist
- Brush and floss teeth as usual to keep your mouth clean. Brush gently at the extraction site to avoid dislodgement of blood clot for healing.
- Eat soft and cool food for a few days
Dental filling, also known as dental restoration is a procedure whereby filling material is used to restore function, integrity and morphology of missing tooth structure. Commonly, the loss of tooth structure results from caries or external trauma.
Types of common dental filling material :
- Composite resin
- Glass ionomer cement
- Dental amalgam
Several factors influence the performance, durability and cost of dental fillings :
- Patient’s general health and oral health
- Components of filling material
- Chewing load of teeth
Scaling & Polishing
Scaling helps to remove the hard and yellowish tartar on your teeth, which cannot be removed by simply brushing your teeth. The polishing stage helps to clean away stains on your teeth caused by coffee, tea, red wine or smoking.
A regular ‘scale and polish’ should be done every 6 months by a dentist to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
To remove dental plaque and tartar which cannot be removed by routine brushing. Accumulation of dental plaque and tartar results in gum diseases and bad breath.
Teeth grinding also commonly known as bruxism is usually caused by a combination dental and psychosocial factors. Teeth grinding commonly happens during bed time at night, occasionally you may not be aware of it.
- Misalignment of teeth (malocclusion)
- Interference when biting (occlusal interference)
- Broken restorations ( fillings, crowns or veneers)
- Excessive wear to the teeth which will cause teeth sensitivity
- Pain around the head and neck area
- Pain around the joints of the jaw
- Stress management
- Fabrication of night guard or splint to relieve symptoms
- Dental restorations such as fillings or crowns for the worn down teeth
- Orthodontic treatment (braces) to correct the misalignment of teeth