general dentist is your primary care dental provider who diagnoses, treats, and manages your overall oral health care needs, including gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges and preventive education.

Preventive services — These help you maintain good oral health by stopping the disease before it takes hold in your mouth. Regular exams (including diagnostic images such as x-rays) and professional teeth cleanings are a cornerstone of prevention.

Restorative Services — When a problem is found, your dentist will ensure you get timely and appropriate treatment. Probably the most common dental restoration involves removing tooth decay and placing a filling in the affected tooth.

General dentists can diagnose and treat the causes of tooth pain or periodontal (gum) disease. They may also offer treatments for missing teeth, place crowns, dentures or bridgework.

Cosmetic Procedures — Many general dentists can help you get the sparkling smile you’ve always wanted with a range of cosmetic procedures.

These include teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding—even porcelain veneers. If a brighter smile is what you’re looking for, ask your general dentist about a smile makeover.

Overall Health Concerns — In many respects, your oral health can be seen as a mirror of your general health. Some dental problems may reflect issues in other parts of your body and vice versa.

For example, untreated oral infections can lead to poorer control of diabetes, an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, and complications during pregnancy.

General dentists are trained to identify these and other issues and offer appropriate treatment or referral when needed.

One special concern is obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially deadly condition that can sometimes be treated with an oral appliance.

General dentists can also offer help with nutrition and tobacco cessation and general health and wellness information.

Dental Hygienist

Gum health is very important as it provides support for your teeth. Gum disease if left untreated can result in the loss of otherwise healthy teeth. Gum disease can also affect your general health people with heart disease and diabetes should see their hygienist regularly.

The hygienist is there to help by removing the bacteria above and below the gums that is present in oral biofilm and calculus/ tartar.

They provide you with tools and education to help you maintain a healthy mouth in between visits.  We have anaesthetic gels and air flow powder cleaning to help alleviate any discomfort.

You can help make your visits more comfortable with regular cleaning and regular visits. As it is the bacteria and inflammation of your gums that causes the discomfort.

Hygienists will work closely with your dentist and often refer to your records and x-rays so it is important to see her in conjunction with your dentist.

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Cosmetic Composite Bonding

If you have broken, chipped or stained teeth, cosmetic bonding is a great option.

This is an effective, non-invasive treatment for repairing and restoring teeth.

The cosmetic bonding procedure

We start with a bonding procedure, where we gently texture the surface of the tooth which allows the composite to adhere. We will then apply and mould the composite, shaping it to achieve the desired effect. We will then use an intense beam of light to harden the resin.

Once the procedure is complete, we will polish the material to ensure it’s smooth and comfortable.

What are the benefits of cosmetic bonding?

The real benefits of cosmetic bonding lie in the non-invasiveness of the treatment, along with the speed in which repairs can be done. Other, more invasive treatments, such as veneers, require multiple visits and time for the veneer to be fabricated.

Dental Crowns and Onlays

At Neel Dentistry, we offer a range of restorative treatments. One of the most common is dental onlay and dental crowns.

An onlay is designed to sit on top of a damaged tooth, protecting and strengthening the entire tooth as a whole. A crown fits over the whole tooth.

When are they used?

They are often used to restore a tooth that has been damaged due to decay or injury. In addition, a crown can be used to enhance the appearance of a tooth.

What materials are they made from?

Crowns are typically made from ceramic or precious metals.

How long will the treatment take?

We tend to carry out the crown procedure over the course of two appointments, which are usually between one and two weeks apart. After preparation of the tooth, we will provide a temporary crown until the laboratory has individually fabricated the permanent crown.

How long do they last for?

Provided that care is taken to maintain your dental health they often last many years. Although crowns themselves cannot be subject to decay, the tooth underneath and the teeth around the crown can. As such, it is extremely important to follow a good oral health and hygiene plan whilst attending regular check-up appointments.

This will ensure that the join where the crown meets the tooth does not suffer from decay. Our hygienists will give you instructions on how to maintain an excellent oral hygiene plan.

Are crowns noticeable?

We will match the colour of the crown to the surrounding teeth so that it looks completely natural.

Dentures

Dentures are a well establish treatment for tooth loss. Based on individual needs, either a partial or complete denture can be made.

A complete denture replaces a full arch of teeth, whilst a partial denture is used for cases where teeth still remain.

Impressions are taken and using photographs the laboratory craft your individualised dentures.

What are dentures made from?

They are made from acrylic and cobalt chromium for lightness and strength.

Benefits of Dentures

Provide structure for your mouth and face – well fitted dentures often make you look younger. Restoring the ability to eat, laugh, talk and smile with ease. Replacing lost teeth, meaning the development of eating problems and speaking issues is prevented Self-esteem and confidence is restored Dentures are natural looking and custom-made to fit your mouth and face.

Looking after your dentures

It’s important that you take good care of your dentures. They should be cleaned every day using denture cleaning solution and a soft separate toothbrush. Try not to use abrasive toothpastes or mouthwashes, as these can damage the dentures. Never use boiling water; high temperatures can misshape the denture. We stock and recommend the Swiss Curaprox range of denture hygiene products.

Root Canal Treatment

What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal/endodontic treatment is the best means of saving a tooth in which the nerves and blood vessels within the tooth have been damaged or have died through infection. The damage may have been caused by deep decay, a crack or trauma to the tooth.

How is the treatment carried out?

The aim of the treatment is to remove bacteria and the infected contents of the root canals to allow thorough internal cleaning. Once achieved the root canals are filled and sealed.

Is the treatment painful?

No. To ensure your comfort throughout the procedure local anaesthetic is used to numb the tooth. Following treatment the tooth may feel tender for a few days. This can normally be relieved with painkillers. How long does the treatment take?

This will vary with the complexity of the case and any problems that may be encountered. To achieve success it is important that the procedure is not rushed. For a back tooth a 90-120 minute appointment is usually required. A second visit may be needed depending on the complexity of your tooth or degree of infection. Sometimes treatment can be completed in a single visit.

What is the likelihood of success?

With the use of modern techniques and a microscope root canal treatment and retreatment have a very high success rate. However, it is impossible to guarantee the success of any medical procedure. Even with the best treatment healing may not occur due to circumstances beyond the control of the dentist. Should this be the case further treatment may be required to eradicate the infection.

What happens after root canal treatment?

Treatment may weaken the tooth and it is essential that you return to your dentist so that the tooth can be properly restored and protected to prevent fracture. For a back tooth where appropriate a crown is often necessary. Your treatment will be followed and reviewed on a regular basis to monitor healing of the tooth.

What are the alternatives?

If root canal treatment is not carried out the tooth can be extracted to eliminate the infection and prevent abscess and pain. You may discuss potential replacement options with your

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