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  • General Dentistry - WDC - Westport Dental Centre
    or toxicity Composite fillings used to be not as durable as amalgams however dental manufacturers have made great strides in improving the strength of composite materials to the effect that they now have the potential to be used in all teeth including molars Additionally composite materials often require less tooth preparation and may not weaken the affected tooth as much as amalgam fillings which often require more extensive tooth preparation Typically this means that less healthy tooth structure has to be removed when placing a composite More than amalgam fillings the success of composite fillings depends on the dentist s technique Composite filling restoration also requires the use of additional equipment and the procedure itself takes up to 50 more time than the amalgam filling procedure These factors contribute to the higher cost associated with composite fillings All dentists in Westport Dental Centre are highly skilled in composite fillings and obtained the kind of post graduate education allowing them to refine their skills in composite restorations Once the cavity has been filled you should take steps to prevent decay from forming under or around the filling or in other teeth Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing with dental floss or an interdental cleaner once a day is advised Keep appointments with your dentist and hygienist for regular check ups and teeth cleanings Also since diet and nutrition affect oral health it will be important to maintain a balanced diet and limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks and between meals snacks Fissure Sealants Fissure sealants are thin plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth By covering the chewing surfaces of the molars sealants keep out the germs and food that cause decay Sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form shield over the tooth a process that is simple and painless They are clear or tinted tinted sealants are easier to see Children should get sealant on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in before decay sets in The first permanent molars come in between ages 5 7 The second permanent molars come in between ages 11 14 Other teeth with pits and grooves called premolars which are located right in front of the molars can also be sealed Teenagers and adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants Your dentist might also recommend having your child s baby teeth sealed especially if they have deep pits and grooves Baby teeth play an important role in holding the correct spacing for permanent teeth making it even more important to keep these teeth healthy so they do not fall out early Before sealant is placed the tooth is cleaned and dried and cotton roll or other material is used to keep the tooth dry An acidic solution is put on the tooth to roughen the surface so the sealant can stick The tooth is then rinsed and dried and sealant placed

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  • Routine Exams - WDC - Westport Dental Centre
    order to identify pathologies or concerns and develop an uniquely customized treatment plan that is catered towards maximizing your oral health while meeting your goals and expectations The dental exam can catch problems early before you see or feel them when they are much easier and less expensive to treat Please remember that the dental exam is CRITICAL to your ongoing oral health and only your dentist can perform this The exam consists of the dentist looking inside your mouth for things that can affect your oral and your overall health Many of these are things you can t see on your own but that a dentist is trained to detect Here is some of what your dentist is looking for during a dental exam Damaged missing or decayed teeth Early signs of cavities Condition of your gums such as periodontal pockets inflammation or other signs of gum disease which can lead to tooth and bone loss To see how previous dental work such as root canals fillings and crowns are holding up Early signs of mouth or throat cancer such as white lesions or blocked salivary glands Other suspicious growth or cysts Position of your teeth e g spacing

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  • Fillings - WDC - Westport Dental Centre
    including crowns root canal therapy or implants and bridges if the damage is irreparable and tooth requires extraction If you have a cavity and it needs a filling there are different types of fillings to do the job Here in Westport Dental Centre we care about you and your oral health If you have any questions or concerns about fillings talk to one of our dentists He or she will advise you on the type of filling that works best in your particular case and inform you about aesthetic and cost implication for each type There are several different types of fillings that can be used to fill a cavity depending on your medical history location of the cavity aesthetic needs biting force durability cost number of visits necessary and your preference Depending on what your best option is the dentist may be able to complete your filling immediately or schedule more visits To fill a cavity the dentist may first give you freezing or local anaesthetic so you do not feel any pain The dentist then uses a dental hand piece to take out all traces of decay shapes the cavity and fills it Most fillings are done in two ways 1 Direct filling these fillings go right into the cavity after the dentist has cleaned out the decay Amalgam or silver or black fillings and composite or white fillings are examples of direct fillings They harden quickly and most of the time it s possible to have a direct filling put in place in one appointment 2 Indirect filling examples of this type of filling are inlays onlays and crowns or caps They are custom made in a laboratory to fit your tooth and the dentist cements the filling in place Most indirect fillings take two or more appointments to complete Dental amalgam fillings are sometimes called silver fillings Because they are silver in colour they are used to fill back teeth They are a mix of metals such as mercury silver copper and tin These fillings are the least expensive type of filling they last a long time and are relatively easy to put in place In most cases one visit to one of our dentist will do the job However the silver colour may not appeal to people who want a natural look and we must remember that tiny amounts of mercury are released from the filling when you chew Mercury toxicity from amalgam fillings is a controversial subject but no studies to date have been able to show any risks of having mercury as a component of amalgam dental fillings However many patients do have metal sensitivities and some have reported a metal taste after the placement of amalgam fillings Composite or so called white fillings have a more pleasing and natural tooth like appearance as well as the advantage of not containing mercury or other metals that may contribute to sensitivity or toxicity Composite fillings used to be not as durable as amalgams however

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  • Fissure Sealants - WDC - Westport Dental Centre
    Sealants Fissure sealants are thin plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth By covering the chewing surfaces of the molars sealants keep out the germs and food that cause decay Sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form shield over the tooth a process that is simple and painless They are clear or tinted tinted sealants are easier to see Children should get sealant on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in before decay sets in The first permanent molars come in between ages 5 7 The second permanent molars come in between ages 11 14 Other teeth with pits and grooves called premolars which are located right in front of the molars can also be sealed Teenagers and adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants Your dentist might also recommend having your child s baby teeth sealed especially if they have deep pits and grooves Baby teeth play an important role in holding the correct spacing for permanent teeth making it even more important to keep these teeth healthy so they do not fall out early Before sealant is placed the tooth is cleaned and dried and cotton roll or other material is used to keep the tooth dry An acidic solution is put on the tooth to roughen the surface so the sealant can stick The tooth is then rinsed and dried and sealant placed It hardens in a few seconds after a liquid application or exposure to a special light If a small cavity is accidentally covered by a sealant decay won t spread because it is sealed off from food and germs Sealants can last up to 10 years but they need to be checked at regular dental check

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  • Gum Health - WDC - Westport Dental Centre
    around or reversed in its early stages Healthy gums and bone hold teeth firmly in place Gums attach to teeth just below the edge of the gums and gum disease affects the attachment between gums and teeth Gum disease begins with dental plaque Plaque is clear and sticky and contains germs or bacteria It forms on your teeth every day It also forms where your gums and your teeth meet If plaque is not removed every day by brushing and flossing it hardens into tartar also called calculus Tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing and it can lead to an infection at the point where the gums attach to the teeth called the point of attachment In this early stages gum disease is called gingivitis Your gums may be a bit red and bleed when you brush but you may not notice anything As gingivitis gets worse tiny pockets of infection form at the point of attachment You cannot see them but you may notice puffy gums traces of blood on your toothbrush or a change in the colour of your gums Your gums will probably not be sore Over time the infection breaks down to the gum tissue that attaches the teeth this is called attachment loss At this point you may notice swelling bleeding or colour changes in your gums Along with attachment loss gum disease causes the bone that hold your teeth in place to break down too If gum disease is not treated teeth become loose and in danger of falling out The best way to deal with gum disease is not to get it in the first place To protect your oral health brush your teeth at least twice a day floss at least once a day and see your dentist regularly for

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  • Dental Hygiene - WDC - Westport Dental Centre
    Treatment Complex Cases Testimonials Fee Guide Contact Us Dental Hygiene Dental hygiene also known as oral hygiene is the process by which preventative dental care is provided to avoid dental emergencies At the core dental hygiene is the in home dental care regimen you perform Your at home regimen is supplemented with professional preventative dental care provided by dentists and dental hygienists While you are responsible for day to day dental maintenance dental hygienists along with dentists play an integral role in preventative oral care Tooth brushing and flossing is fundamentally important though it alone will not remove the tartar also called a calculus that builds up over time Tartar must be removed to lower your risk of toothaches cavities gum disease or even the loss of your teeth By removing tartar you can reduce your chances of needing root canal treatments teeth extractions dental crown and bridges and more If tartar forms below the gum line bacteria can invade and create a host of other dental problems Furthermore the surfaces and areas between the teeth and under the gum must be maintained and treated on a regular basis in order to ensure proper dental hygiene These areas are impossible

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  • Root canal treatment - WDC - Westport Dental Centre
    from a dental x ray or from other changes within the tooth If left untreated an infected tooth can cause serious oral health problems Each root canal treatment procedure starts with a local anaesthetic freezing To protect your tooth from bacteria in your saliva during treatment the dentist places a rubber dam around the tooth being treated Then a dentist makes an opening in the tooth to reach the root canal system and the damaged pulp Using very fine dental instruments the dentist removes the pulp by cleaning and enlarging the root canal system After the system has been cleaned the dentist fills and seals the canal and the opening of the tooth is then sealed with either a temporary or permanent filling Root canal treatment may be done in 1 or 2 very occasionally more appointments After root canal treatment your tooth may be tender for the first week or two Bad pain or swelling are NOT common if this happens call your dentist After the root canal treatment your tooth has to be restored fixed to look feel and work as much like a natural tooth as possible Your dentist may use a permanent filling or a crown to restore your tooth The choice of restoration will depend on the strength of the part of the tooth that s left A back tooth will likely need a crown because chewing puts a great deal of force on back teeth If there is not enough of the tooth left posts may be used to help support the crown You can still get a cavity or gum disease after a root canal treatment Root canal treatment does not protect your tooth from other types of damage With proper care and regular dental visits the tooth could last as long as

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  • Teeth removal and oral surgery - WDC - Westport Dental Centre
    surgery and getting dental implants Oral surgery also includes getting rid of diseased tissue from the mouth correcting jaw problems or repairing a cleft lip or palate Most minor oral surgery procedures in Westport Dental Centre are performed by our experienced general dentists and whenever there is a need for more complex oral surgery procedure we are fortunate to have an oral surgeon specialist from Dublin dr Andrew Norris visiting our practice on occasional basis Tooth removal extraction is the most common oral surgery procedure and involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone Before your dentist considers extraction every effort will be made to try to repair and restore your tooth However sometimes a tooth extraction is the only solution There are several reasons for removing a tooth and these include Severe tooth damage or trauma either due to extensive decay or fracture or advanced gum disease Malpositioned non functioning teeth to avoid possible complications to your oral health Orthodontic treatment braces to make space for better teeth alignment Extra teeth when they block other teeth from erupting Radiation therapy of head and neck area to avoid possible complications Chemotherapy Organ transplant There are two types of tooth extractions Simple extractions these are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth and are usually done under local anaesthesia Surgical extractions these include teeth that cannot easily be seen or reached in the mouth either because they have broken off at the gum line or they have not fully erupted Performed by dentist or oral surgeon surgical extractions require some type of surgical procedure such as bone removal removing and or lifting and folding back all or part of the gum tissue to expose the tooth or breaking the tooth into pieces called tooth sectioning Surgical

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