General ‘Calm & Caring’ Dentistry
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Our Sandhurst dentists offer following preventive and general dental treatments in Sandhurst, Berkshire.
For the benefit of our patients who are enthusiastic sports people, particularly those who engage in energetic contact sports.
Confidental can create customised gum shields that can minimise damage in the event of an impact.
Regular examinations are an essential element of our preventative dental care programme. Our objective is to identify and treat potential problems before they require more serious attention.
Dental checkups save money!
New patients will undergo a detailed examination where we will build a history of your dental health and, through oral and x-ray analysis, recommend a dental health programme and more advanced treatments if required.
Alongside a programme with one of our hygienists, regular examinations can ensure your teeth are healthy and reduce your chances of developing more serious dental conditions.
As a result of our investment in the latest dental technology, we are able to take X-rays quickly, conveniently, safely and cost effectively, with the results instantly available for analysis.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.
All our teeth are filled with soft tissue, called the tooth’s pulp. When this pulp becomes damaged or diseased it needs to be removed to prevent infection, damage to the tooth and unnecessary pain. Our treatment painlessly removes this pulp, before we clean, shape and fill the resulting cavity.
Does it hurt? What does it involve?
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.
At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.
The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.
What will my tooth look like after treatment?
In the past, a root filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques this does not usually happen. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance.
What if it happens again?
Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated.
What if I don’t have the treatment?
The alternative is to have the tooth out. Once the pulp is destroyed, it can’t heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.
Will the tooth be safe after treatment?
Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.
Where can this treatment be carried out?
Root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure, which your dentist will be happy to do for you.
What about aftercare?
Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth at least once a day, preferably with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary snacks, and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. See your dentist for regular check-ups.
Sometimes a tooth can become so damaged through decay or injury that it requires extraction. Applying the latest pain relief technology, including the WAND and our ground breaking Sedation Service, our Sandhurst dentists can remove the damaged tooth and offer a range of solutions for replacement.
What is TMJ?
The letters TMJ are short for of ‘temporo-mandibular joint’, which is the joint connecting your lower jaw and your skull. The movement in this joint lets you open and close your mouth and chew from side to side.
What kind of problems might I have?
If your teeth don’t fit together properly, you can have problems not only in your teeth themselves, but also the gums, the temporo-mandibular joint or the muscles that move your jaw. These problems are called ‘occlusal’ problems.
How are occlusal problems treated?
Depending on the problems you are having, it can be possible to spot the signs of an occlusal problem. Various muscles may be sore when tested, or the broken and worn areas of your teeth will show you are grinding your teeth – a common sign of an incorrect bite.
If we suspect that your problems are due to an incorrect bite, we may help to diagnose the problem by supplying a temporary soft night guard or hard plastic appliance that fits over your upper or lower teeth. This appliance needs to be measured and fitted very accurately so that when you bite on it, all your teeth meet at exactly the same time in a position where your muscles are relaxed. You may have to wear this all the time or, just at night. If the appliance relieves your symptoms then your bite may need to be corrected permanently.