The First Visit, What to expect:
Your first appointment is a two way process where we will discuss your concerns about your mouth. Dr Gill will carry out an extensive examination where your whole mouth is examined;
- Your jaw joints and muscles are checked for signs of dysfunction,
- The bite is checked for wear and adequate function,
- Your ‘soft tissues’ including tongue and gums are assessed you for infection,
- Other oral tissues are checked for abnormalities such as cancers, ulcers and lumps,
- Gums are checked and measured for bleeding and pocketing and signs of gum disease,
- Teeth are checked for decay, weakness and wear,
- X-rays may be taken to view areas that cannot be seen directly,
- Other tests may be undertaken if there is a specific problem,
If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of your teeth this can also be discussed at your exam appointment and Dr Gill’s expert opinion of the options available will be given.
If treatment is found necessary, we will discuss all the options and pricing with you. We do not recommend dentistry that is not required. It is Dr Gill’s philosophy to be honest and ensure that patients only receive treatment or services that they want and need. We like our patients to have an active role in their treatment, so please feel free to ask the questions you need to, they are your teeth!
Oral Health Education
At Goodall Dental Practice, we believe that prevention is better than cure; detecting problems before they happen is far less costly and easier to manage than treating diseased teeth. We focus on prevention by ensuring that you know how to look after your teeth and gums. We will also give you diet advice and smoking cessation advice if required.
At Goodall Dental Practice we offer both high quality tooth coloured bonded fillings and silver-amalgam fillings, taking into account the most appropriate material for the job and your personal wishes.
Can I have white fillings?
Silver- amalgam fillings have been used for over 150 years. Amalgam is considered one of the strongest and longest-lasting materials for fillings. However, many people do not like the appearance of grey fillings when they smile, and some are concerned about possible health risks.
Bonded, or White, fillings are now a popular alternative to amalgam fillings. New dental materials mean it is much easier to find a perfect match for the shade of a particular tooth. In most cases, it is quite impossible to see that the tooth even has a filling. Sometimes bonded filling material can be used to cover unsightly marks on teeth, in a similar way to veneers.
Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal treatment is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.
The treatment involves removing the damaged or dead pulp and a filling the space left. The remaining tooth can then be repaired.
Without a root filling, a tooth with dead pulp will probably have to be taken out in the end.
Antibiotics may be prescribed if any infection has spread beyond the tooth, along with painkillers if necessary. If so, you will need to return at a later date, once the symptoms have settled, so the dentist can complete the treatment.
Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits.
Root fillings are usually successful and can last for many years. After the root canal treatment is completed, a filling or crown is put in place. Root filled teeth can become darker than other teeth, but bleaching can be used to make them look lighter.