It is important that you visit your Coorparoo family dental practice on a regular basis to help prevent plaque and tartar from building up on the surface of your teeth. Plaque and tartar are the main cause of most dental health issues.
It is important that you maintain good dental hygiene at home and that any stubborn plaque and tartar can be removed by your dentist. This helps your teeth remain white and clean, strong, and free of decay and disease.
Tooth decay is very common in Australia, however, it is easy to avoid and treat. By maintaining good dental hygiene and visiting your dental practice on a regular basis you can help prevent the development of cavities and tooth decay.
If cavities and tooth decay have developed as a result of poor oral hygiene or avoiding the dentist, then it is necessary to undergo restorative dental treatment.
At the dentist, you can receive inlays, onlays, crowns, and root canal treatment for treating cavities and tooth decay. The most common solution for cavities is a restoration also known as a filling.
This can be made in different materials, the most common being resins or composites. If the hole in your tooth is very large then you may undergo inlays or onlays.
To do this an impression is taken of the tooth or the area to be reconstructed which can then be fitted with an inlay or onlay. If the cavity has affected the dental pulp then you will need to undergo a root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment
A root canal is carried out under local anaesthetic as it is an invasive procedure. It involves scooping out the decayed tissue from inside of your tooth.
Firstly a small hole will be drilled into the crown of the tooth to allow access to the root canal system.
For your added comfort and ease root canal treatment can be carried out with the help of laser dentistry at some family dental practices.
A laser can be used to replace a drill and allow access to the root canal system. The laser also sterilises the area preventing any further infection.
The root canal system is then cleaned out using a good irrigation system and filled and sealed temporarily so that bacteria and food particles cannot enter the hole.
When the infection has cleared the tooth is filled permanently to restore the health, function and appearance of your mouth.
A root canal treatment is carried out over two or more visits and your mouth can be quite sore, but your dentist will provide you with plenty of advice for aftercare.
Laser dental treatment
Laser dental treatment is an excellent alternative to traditional dental treatment. It is also great as a part of traditional dental procedures such as a root canal treatment.
Laser dental treatments allow you to restore your teeth pain-free or with minimal discomfort. There is a reduced risk of infection with little or no bleeding and reduced recovery time.
Speak to your dental practice today and find out more about preventing cavities and tooth decay, restoring your teeth and the benefits of laser dental treatment for better dental health for you and your family.
Disclaimer: All treatments carry risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.