GENERAL DENTISTRY in Woden, Canberra
Gum disease or gingivitis is inflammation of the gum that often goes unnoticed by patients. Although it’s painless, puffy gums and bleeding on brushing are signs of mild disease. If this becomes a long-standing issue, the foundations around teeth, such as gums and bone, can start to recede over time and eventually cause tooth loss, this is called periodontal disease, which can affect your general health too.
Treatment involves cleaning the root surface to remove calculus and plaque. By attending regular hygiene sessions and learning the right cleaning techniques, gum disease is preventable.
An alternative to traditional metal fillings, tooth-coloured fillings are suitable in small to moderate cavities. Modern composite resin and bonding technology means that white fillings can be used to treat decay or replace old defective fillings without compromising your smile.
Aside from aesthetic benefits, composite resin has the advantage of reduced removal of tooth structure and binding the tooth from within. The result closely matches natural teeth in colour and in strength, which makes them hardly detectable in your mouth.
Root Canal Therapy
Significant decay, injury, or large cracks in teeth can damage the dental pulp or dental nerve, causing the death of the pulp tissue. These issues can result in pain, which can sometimes be quite severe and is caused by inflammation or infection (dental abscess). Long-standing disease from the dead pulp can result in a significant loss of bone around the end of the root of the tooth. Root canal therapy can save a tooth that would otherwise be lost.
The treatment involves cleaning out the dead or dying tissue from the root and disinfecting the tooth internally with our techniques; this can be done painlessly. Sealing the root canal systems with a root filler is done once healing has progressed to the stage where the new, healthy bone is growing around the end of the root. We understand that this might be a stressful time for you, but we will talk you through the procedures while making it a comfortable experience.