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General Pain Free Dentistry

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 12:11

Family dental health

Our highly skilled team provides quality dental services in a calm, relaxed and friendly environment and is dedicated to providing you with dental health for life, a combination of the highest standards of care together with the use of state-of-the-art equipment.

We are committed to preventative dentistry and in helping you and your children understand the importance of keeping your mouths free of tooth decay and gum disease.

We encourage parents to register their children from birth so we can see them once or twice a year to help them grow up free from dental disease.

Devon Dental  05NEW“We have for many years treated a great number of patients who are extremely nervous of dental treatment and where a local anaesthetic is required, there are various methods we will consider. One of my favoured techniques is the WAND™ pain-free injection system. It reduces anxiety and is particularly helpful when treating children or those with needle phobia who we find don’t even realise they’ve had an injection” Dr Mitesh Badiani

The Wand™ System is the easy alternative where local anaesthesia is required, having many advantages over a standard syringe.

Key Benefits:
  1. Higher Patient Comfort
  2. Reduced Patient Anxiety
  3. Faster numbing onset and sensation recovery
  4. Especially useful for paediatric patients

It is very popular with our patients

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Endodontics

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 12:08

Saving teeth

Endodontic Specialist Dr Peter Davis has extensive expertise in treating dental root canals, resolving difficult endodontic cases and saving teeth from being extracted.

A root canal treatment is one of the most complex dental procedures carried out. This treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for bridges or dental implants.

Peter is a registered Specialist Endodontist with the General Dental Council.  This means he is in a position to provide an exceptional level of care in root canal treatment using the latest proven technology which can result in the long term retention of teeth.

While all dentists receive basic training in performing root canal treatment there are dentists who specialise in this form of treatment and they are called “Endodontists”. To become an Endodontist a dentist must complete several years of specialist postgraduate training and be registered on the General Dental Councils Specialist Lists.

What is canal treatment? 

canal-treatment-smlRoot canal treatment is the process by which a dentist treats the internal aspects of the tooth, specifically a long hollow chamber (root canal) that contains pulp tissue.

This pulp tissue is commonly referred to as the “nerve” and whilst containing nerves it also contains blood vessels, lymphatics and connective tissue.

A root canal treatment is required when the pulpal tissues have died or are dying.

 

 

 

Why have root canal treatment?

root-canal-treatmentIf you have an infection in your body your immune system, transported in your blood, will be drawn to the area where bacteria that have caused the infection can be destroyed and removed. The unique problem with infections of the root canals is that the blood vessels supplying the pulpal tissues have died. Therefore as there is no blood supply into the root canal there is also no immune system. This then allows a comfortable place for bacteria to reside safe from the bodies’ immune system that is trying to remove them.

By having the root canal treatment this is effectively doing your bodies’ work for you, as it cleans out all of the bacteria preventing any more coming in. This allows the body to then heal the tissues surrounding the tooth that have been damaged by the inflammation caused by the infection.

 

 

Example of lower molar root canal treatment

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Figure 18. Preoperative radiograph of the LL6

    Figure 19. Postoperative radiograph of the LL6

 


 

 

 

 

   

Dentures

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:20

What are dentures?

A denture is a removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Commonly referred to as 'false teeth', a denture is usually made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. A partial denture is fitted to replace some missing teeth whilst a complete denture is indicated when all natural teeth are missing. A good set of dentures helps you to eat, speak, function, and often improves a person's appearance.

How long does it take to make dentures?

Depending on the complexity of each case, the duration of the treatment will vary. After the initial visit of examination and diagnosis, the subsequent visits will include taking impressions of the mouth, bite registration, try-in of the denture, fitting and review.

What to expect?

New dentures always feel strange when first placed in your mouth. Several days or weeks will be required before you get accustomed to them. Adaptation varies with different persons and often time and experience are essential before dentures can be worn comfortably and function effectively.

Helping you adapt to your new dentures

Eating - Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods and foods cut into small pieces will help. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent dentures from tipping. Once you become accustomed to chewing, include other foods until you return to your normal diet.

Increased salivary flow - You may experience an increase in salivary flow when the dentures are first inserted. This is a natural response of the salivary glands that will return to normal after a few weeks. You can improve the situation by swallowing more often.

Speech - New dentures may alter your speech initially. Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words will speed up the adaptation process. This problem rarely persists beyond two weeks.

Sore spots - Minor irritation caused by surface irregularities or pressure spots on the denture-bearing areas are quite common. Your dentist will relieve the discomfort by adjusting the denture surface. Stop wearing the denture if the irritation is very painful. Consult your dentist immediately.

Care of your dentures

If possible, dentures should be removed and cleaned after every meal. When cleaning, remember the following:

  • Use a soft hand brush or a special denture brush. 
  • Avoid very hot water as it may distort the denture.
  • Use mild detergent to clean dentures. Avoid using abrasive cleaners that can roughen the polished surface of the denture, (this includes standard toothpastes) Do not use bleach as this may whiten the pink acrylic.
  • Hold the denture firmly while cleaning. Accidentally dropping the denture may result in chipped or broken dentures.  Always wash your denture over a basin of water.
  • Soak the dentures in denture cleanser at least once a week to remove stains and always rinse them thoroughly before using the dentures again.
  • When you are not wearing the dentures, store them safely.

How long should you wear your dentures?

During the first few days you are advised to wear them most of the time as much as possible.

Ideally, dentures are taken out at night, to allow the gums to rest, and maintain good health. However if you are not comfortable with leaving the dentures out, they may be worn overnight, but it is all the more important that the dentures and particularly any remaining natural teeth are kept extremely clean.

   

Periodontics (Gum Disease)

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease is a disease affecting the supporting structures and tissues around a tooth. These tissues are keeping the teeth in place. Gum disease is caused by bacterial plaque. Bacterial or dental plaque is the accumulation and deposit of oral bacteria on hard oral tissues, especially teeth. More than 108 bacteria are present in 1 mg of dental plaque. Dental plaque microbes produce a variety of toxins, antigens and acids that challenge the immune system of every individual. Throughout lifetime there is usually a harmony between the host and the bacterial flora in the mouth. However there are cases where the composition of dental plaque changes or the immune defense mechanisms of the individual are no longer able to cope with the bacterial challenge. Some individuals are more susceptible than others. Smoking, stress and diabetes are factors that are thought to hamper the immune response. When this happens, oral tissues in contact with bacterial plaque become infected. The first tissues to become infected are the gums, leading to a condition commonly known as gingivitis. If left untreated, destruction of local tissues would lead to the establishment of a periodontal pocket between the gum and the tooth. Microbial flora within the pocket will now become more virulent, and chronic presence of this flora can lead to loss of tissue attachment around the tooth, affecting the bone as well as the gums. This condition is called periodontitis or gum disease.

Why have periodontal treatment?

Dental plaque is not easily removed from the surfaces of the teeth. If done correctly, every day brushing can remove the bacterial deposits above the gums. Sometimes these bacterial deposits can become calcified, leading to the formation of tartar above or below the gums. Tartar can only be removed by your dentist or hygienist using special instruments. The purpose of periodontal treatment is to remove bacterial deposits and tartar from pockets around affected teeth halting the process of the disease. In certain cases, surgery involving the gums needs to be done.

 

Example of periodontal treatment

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Fig 1. Before treatment                                        Fig 2. After treatment

   

Dental Sedation

What is IV Sedation?

Treatment with sedation removes patient anxiety.  It produces extreme relaxation during dental treatment.  An intravenous or IV Sedation is given by injection, either in the back of your hand or in your arm.  The dose will depend on the amount of treatment needed and the length of time it will take to complete.

Beyond creating a relaxed environment for you, dentistry with IV Sedation also allows us to complete multiple procedures in one appointment.

Is IV Sedation Dentistry for you? 

If any of the following apply to you, sedation is an option for you:

  • Fear of dental treatment 
  • History of traumatic dental experiences 
  • Difficulty getting numb Very sensitive gag reflex
  • Extremely sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems; or a need for surgery
  • In denial of a dental problem until the pain is unbearable
  • Have not received professional dental care in many years, perhaps decades
  • Go from dentist to dentist, or doctors, to renew painkiller prescriptions for dental problems 
  • Experience sweaty palms or find yourself gripping the armrests

The Benefits of IV Sedation

IV Sedation has several advantages:

  • It's pain free. You will feel almost nothing.
  • It is safe. Our clinicians have years of experience in the field of dental sedation
  • You will be totally relaxed and will receive just enough sedation so that you'll be unconcerned about the dental treatment
  • Most patients experience no discomfort whatsoever during treatment and feel surprisingly good afterwards
  • Any procedure that's usually done at our practice can be done with sedation -extractions, fillings, root canal therapy, veneers and implants for example
  • Patients only need to take off the day of the procedure. Most are working the next day
   

Orthodontics

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:22

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist type of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of dental irregularities such as rotated, crowded, protruding teeth and poor jaw alignment.   It is about making the best of your teeth and improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws. Following treatment you can often eat more comfortably and care for your teeth and gums more easily.

Overall, the aim is to improve your smile and personal appearance and to contribute to greater confidence, socially and professionally. It's to ensure you look your best for life's big occasions: professional events, weddings, anniversaries and birthdays.

Anyone who feels that their teeth are not quite as straight as they could be should consult an orthodontist. There's no age limit for treatment.

Adult Orthodontics

You're never too old for braces and therefore it's never too late to achieve the smile you have always wanted. Adults are now able to receive orthodontic treatment which may not have been available to them as children. Technological advances in orthodontics have made braces more discreet and easier to wear.

Braces for children

For children, we usually wait until patients are 11 or 12 but earlier intervention may be beneficial long term if an orthodontic problem is detected. Sometimes, there may be orthodontic problems hidden behind seemingly acceptable smiles and while treatment may not be started until years later, early examination will allow the orthodontist to detect and evaluate these problems in order to plan treatment for the   appropriate time.

Some early warning signs that may indicate your child should see an orthodontist:

  • Crowded or misplaced teeth
  • Protrusion 
  • Deep bite (overbite)
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Thumb and finger sucking
  • Speech difficulty
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds
  • Missing teeth
  • Signs of enamel wear

Treatment Options

We use the very latest orthodontic techniques, equipment and technology to give you the smile you desire, in modern and comfortable surroundings. Treatment may involve the extraction of teeth but only when necessary. 

 Fixed braces are available in tooth coloured ceramic or metal. They consist of small brackets which are fitted to your teeth and very thin metal wires that gently push your teeth into their new, beautifully aligned positions.

 Lingual braces are the perfect choice if you want to change your smile without everyone knowing.  Working similarly to traditional fixed braces, but fitted behind the teeth, lingual braces are totally invisible when you smile.

   

Cosmetic Dentistry

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 10:22

Achieving the perfect smile

Whether it’s a full smile makeover or a simple filling replacement, with the latest cosmetic restoration materials available we can provide the very best care for you.

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Dentistry for Children

Last Updated on Monday, 02 November 2009 15:24

Preventative dental care

It is our aim that every child should have a sound, healthy and beautiful smile and be treated in a caring, gentle environment where a visit to the dentist is something to look forward to.

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Training and Mentoring

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 July 2010 09:13

Helping dental professionals

We regularly train and mentor both dental students and qualified dentists in specialist procedures.  Lectures on specified dental techniques are also provided.

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Sinus Lift

Last Updated on Monday, 02 November 2009 15:25

 

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