Gum disease is fairly common and ranges from mild inflammation (gingivitis) to severe disease (periodontitis) which, if neglected, can lead to root disease or loss of teeth.
Prevention is the most important way to combat gum disease and periodontitis, through maintaining a programme of oral hygiene. In addition to regular brushing and flossing of teeth and avoidance of risk factors, a regular program of care by your Dental Hygienist is of paramount importance.
We are fortunate to have the services of a team of skilled and highly trained Hygienists at Westbrook House who are dedicated to maintaining the oral and periodontal health of our patients, with gentle and caring cleaning and invaluable advice on how to maintain a healthy mouth, for adults as well as children.
Fillings, Inlays and Onlays
We offer silver amalgam fillings and white composite fillings.
The composite fillings have the advantage of being close to the normal colour of the tooth.
Our dentists use the most advanced materials and techniques to obtain a durable and pleasing result.
In certain situations, an inlay or an onlay is used as an alternative to simple fillings. They are stronger and can last longer than fillings, and are especially suitable for the chewing surfaces of back teeth and large repairs to front teeth. Onlays and inlays can be made of metal, composite or porcelain. An inlay fills a hole in the tooth while an onlay sits on the tooth to builds up its shape or bridge a gap between teeth.
Root Canal Treatment (Endodontics)
In some cases, a cavity in a tooth becomes very big and reaches the nerve in the root of the tooth.
The root canals, which contain the nerve and blood vessels that supply the tooth, can become infected. Treatment is usually carried out over two or more stages. The purpose of the treatment is to first clear the infection then to remove dead tissue from inside the tooth and to clean and disinfect the root canals.
Once clean, the canals are filled to seal them off from re-infection.
The procedure is usually done under local anaesthesia.
When gum disease gets more serious and turns into periodontal disease the teeth will begin to come to lose in your mouth and can eventually fall out. If you’ve lost teeth to gum disease you may want to consider dental implants as a much better alternative to dentures. They can improve the overall look of your smile and can even be fitted in just one appointment. See more.