Cleaning and polishing of teeth
Scaling of teeth removes trapped food and plaque full of germs that can cause decay and gum disease. Stains from coffee, tea, cigarettes or red wine can be removed by having your teeth polished. Regular scaling and polishing helps keep your teeth and gums healthy by making it easier for you to keep your teeth clean at home.
Periodontal (Gum) Care
Periodontal disease effects your gums and bone supporting your teeth. It is caused by sticky plaque and hard deposits of tartar, when teeth and gums are not kept clean. Scaling, polishing and root planing are required to remove hard tartar and prevent progress of periodontal disease.
If a part of your tooth has been lost because of decay or accidental damage, a filling may help replace it. A filling will rebuild the tooth, prevent further decay and can end a toothache or prevent toothache developing.
Root Canal treatment
Decay or injury to a tooth can damage the nerves and blood supply in the root canal and lead to abscess formation at the end of the root. Root canal treatment removes damaged or dead nerves and fills the space left. Severe pain from the damaged nerve ends quickly once the root canal is cleaned. Without a root filling, a tooth with a dead nerve would probably have to be taken out.
A crown (made of metal or porcelain) completely covers a weak tooth above the gum line and protects it. A crown is strong and can look and feel exactly like your natural tooth.
A tooth damaged by decay or an accident, or be discolored can be repaired with a veneer. Veneer, which is a thin layer of tooth-colored material, will hide imperfections in your teeth and protect it from further damage.
A decayed, damaged or loose tooth may need to be extracted to relieve pain or end infection and can sometimes be the only way to keep the oral cavity healthy. Children's teeth are sometimes taken out to allow new or remaining teeth grow regularly or without being crowded.
Dentures and fixed porcelain bridges
A removable denture replaces missing teeth. Partial dentures replace a few missing teeth and full dentures are needed if all natural teeth are missing. Dentures are custom-made to make your teeth look as natural as possible. Teeth that are left are protected from wear and tear. Without dentures, the natural teeth may move or tilt, stopping your teeth from biting together properly. A fixed porcelain bridge replaces a missing tooth (or teeth) by fixing the replacement to the natural teeth at each side of the gap. If you have lost some teeth, dentures or bridges can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak.