How does it work?
The most common processes you are likely to undergo as part of dental treatment include:
'''Hygienist check-up''' A visit to the dental hygienist is recommended twice a year: the most obvious benefits are the fresh feeling and the white, healthy look of the teeth straight afterwards. During a hygienist visit, you’ll get rid of tartar build up - don’t be embarrassed, no matter how well and how often you brush and floss, tartar will build up in your mouth. Any issues with your gums and teeth can be spotted and the right course of action can be decided. As in recent years it has come to the general public’s attention that gum health is linked to a healthy heart and a safe pregnancy, it makes even more sense to book those appointments and stick to them.
'''Tooth restoration/fillings''' Tooth restoration is designed to repair teeth by replacing their damaged or missing structure (which is usually lost due to cavities or trauma). The tooth is usually prepared prior to being filled, with decaying material being removed and the shape of the tooth being altered to best support the substances acting as tooth structure replacements. Sometimes temporary restorations are undertaken when a full procedure cannot be performed immediately.
Materials typically used to fill teeth include: gold amalgam porcelain dental composites
'''Periodontal treatment''' The majority of periodontal conditions can be classified as gingivitis or periodontitis- inflammatory conditions that are both caused by a build up of plaque bacteria. Treatment involves the removal of hard tartar deposits through manual scraping (root planning or scaling) and education about proper oral hygiene to prevent further advancement of the condition.
'''Extractions''' Extractions are the manual removal of teeth that are unwanted or too badly damaged by decay or trauma to salvage. Dentists administer injections of local anaesthetic (or general anaesthetic if multiple extractions are to be performed at once), before using tools to remove the required teeth all the way through to the root. Larger extractions sometimes require stitches in the gums, but many sites heal perfectly well if left alone.
'''Root canal and abscess treatment''' Root canal treatments are a specific type of tooth restoration technique that involves clearing and filling the interior of a tooth where decay has reached the dental pulp layer.
Is it for me?
The NHS reccommends that everyone visits a dental practitioner at least once a year, but what you end up having done will depend on how good your oral hygiene is...
Good to know...
Dental floss was first manufactured commercially in 1882 and at the time was made of silk!