From a routine check-up all the way to wisdom teeth removal, general dentistry involves a vast variety of dental treatments which all aim to maintain your oral health. These things can largely be subdivided into two major branches of dentistry – preventative and reconstructive dentistry.
Preventive dental care helps patients avoid the need for complex dental work later on. By “nipping in the bud”, via regular maintenance and early intervention, it helps our patient to save on the cost of complex dental treatment when issues are left too late.
However, if problem presents itself in a more advanced state, reconstructive dental work allows us to rebuild the lost tooth structure so that rather than losing the tooth, we are able to hang on to it.
- Check Up and Cleans
- Children’s Dentistry
- Crowns and Bridges
- Gum Disease Treatment
- Happy Gas
- Management of Grinding and Sleep Apnea
- Oral Surgery – Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Root Canal Treatment
The use of x-rays in dentistry dates back almost as long as dentistry itself. A good X-Ray image allows the dentist to diagnose problems which they cannot see with the naked eye, however until recently, the mainstream approach has been the use of conventional x-rays which are chemically developed.
The general consensus with dental x-rays is use on a “as needed basis” and as little as possible. This means for an adult with good dental history, a new set of intra-oral radiographs every 2 years may be warranted. If the decay risk is higher, then the frequency needs to increase as well.
Therefore, minimizing amount of radiation exposure to our patient becomes paramount and in our practice, we have moved onto using digital x-rays which requires a much lower X-Ray dosage (the amount of radiation the patient receives) to our patient to achieve the same result.
The added advantage of digital x-rays is its ability to be manipulated on a computer.
Digital images have the capacity of been enlarged to focus on areas of interest and the contrast can also be adjusted to “highlight” possible decays. Storage is easy and it doesn’t “go off” over time unlike the traditional films. At our practice, the digital films we use allows us to cut approximately 60% of the radiation exposure of our patient compared to that of the traditional films which many practices still uses today.
Fillings - White Resin, Porcelain
A filling is replaces the lost tooth structure destroyed by dental decay or fracture. When decays are removed, it leaves a gap which needs to be restored.
There are 3 mainstream types of filling:
- A Composite filling commonly known as a “white filling”, is a resin based material that can be done chair side immediately after the decay is removed. When done well, a white (composite) filling can look very natural and are ideal for small to medium cavities due to its strength.
- An Amalgam filling often known as a “silver filling” may also be done chair side but is less common these days due to its colour.
- A Porcelain filling also known as an “inlay or onlay”, is the strongest of all the filling materials and is also able to mimic natural teeth. However, these usually require 2 separate appointments and are ideal for large cavities where there is more than 50% of the tooth missing.
When more than 70% of a tooth is missing, it may no longer be possible to simply fill the tooth anymore, but rather replace the large amount of missing tooth structure. Grange Family Dental provides a standard warranty on all of our fillings and crowns please see our warranty page for detail.
For your convenience and thanks to our extensive experience, we offer a wide range of dental services and can accommodate almost any procedure in-house. Call us at (07) 33560166 or contact us to make an appointment and one of our team members will assist you with any questions or concerns you have, as quickly as possible.