What is General Dentistry?
General Dentistry covers all oral care, ranging from prevention through to treatment of any dental health concern.
At Marford Road Dental, our team are dedicated to long term preventative dental care for the whole family.
Dentistry today has evolved, using the latest, gentlest modern techniques we aim to provide outstanding dental care at affordable prices.
Treatments include routine dental check ups, hygiene visits through to root canal treatments. Effectively, anything that contributes to your overall oral health.
What is Tooth Decay?
It is estimated that around 1 in 3 adults in the UK have tooth decay.
Tooth decay is when acids in your mouth dissolve the outer layers of your teeth.
The acids are formed by the bacteria in your mouth combining with small particles of food (particularly carbohydrates found in sugary food and drinks) and saliva to form a sticky film (plaque).
If the plaque is allowed to build up, the acid begins to break down the outer surface of the tooth. Eventually this can enter and cause damage to the soft matter at the centre of the tooth.
What are the symptoms of Tooth Decay?
How would you know you have decay?
Discomfort when eating/drinking
Black/Gray areas in your mouth
Holes in your teeth
Ignoring tooth decay and leaving it untreated can lead to further problems such as gum disease or cavities. Routine dental examinations will help catch these areas early and at early stages you may not have any symptoms.
How Is Tooth Decay Treated?
In it’s earliest stages we can sometimes work with you to prevent its progression and avoid intervention by applying a fluoride varnish and assessing your diet to reduce your risk of progression.
For later stages, it may require a filling to treat the decay. In more advanced forms the Tooth decay may require root canal treatment and in some cases removal of the tooth.
What is a Dental Filling?
After the decay is cleared, a dental filling is used to restore a tooth back to function and shape.
These are generally tooth coloured (composite) giving the tooth back its natural appearance which is the more popular choice by our patients and the treatment we recommend. Amalgam (silver coloured) fillings can be offered however by nature they are visible and many people choose to replace these for a more natural looking filling.
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Where tooth decay is more advanced or if there is trauma to a tooth, the centre of the tooth can become infected and require root canal treatment (endodontic treatment). This is offered as an alternative and to avoid extracting the tooth; in most cases this successfully avoids loosing a tooth.
The tooth needs to be cleaned in the centre and the infected soft tissue and canals inside are gently cleared and then packed with a biocompatible material.
Following root canal treatment, a filling or crown is generally recommended especially on back teeth to restore the function and protect the remaining tooth structure.
When a tooth is broken down it may be advised to reinforce the tooth and protect it with a tooth like shape and structure called a Crown (“cap”).
Crowns can be made from different materials including:
Cosmetic Natural-looking Crowns- i.e. porcelain
When Is A Tooth Extracted?
At times, a tooth may require removal for various reasons:
Unrestorable due to dental decay
Unrestorable after trauma
Advanced gum disease
Create space (for orthdontic treatment)
Wisdom teeth may sometimes require removal
This is generally performed in one visit and our dentists will be able to advise you on the best options for your situation.
How can we replace a missing tooth?
There are several options for replacing a tooth.
Denture- these are removable plastic or metal appliances that sit over your teeth and gums to help you to eat/speak and smile confidently.
Bridge- this option replaces your missing tooth by holding onto an adjacent tooth/teeth.
Implants- these are permanent solutions that don’t depend on neighbouring teeth to replace a tooth.
Our dentists will discuss your options and help establish which option is most suitable for you.