General Dental Care

Oral Prophylaxis
Oral Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning) is part of Oral Hygiene and involves the removal of Dental Plaque from Teeth with the intention of preventing Dental Caries (Cavities), Gingivitis, and Periodontal Disease. People routinely clean their own teeth by Brushing and Interdental Cleaning. However, teeth cleaning by a Dentist remove Tartar (Mineralized Plaque) that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult to reach in routine tooth brushing. Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling and tooth polishing and debridement if too much tartar has accumulated. This involves the use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth.

A Filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. The decayed tooth material is first removed, the affected area cleaned, and then filling the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter. A filling also helps prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings include Composite Resin (Tooth-Coloured Fillings), Porcelain, Gold and Amalgam (an alloy of Mercury, Silver, Copper, Tin and sometimes Zinc).

Dental X-ray examinations provide valuable information that a dentist could not collect just by clinical examination. With the help of radiographs (X-rays), a dentist can look at what is happening beneath the visible oral tissues. X-rays pose a far smaller risk than many undetected and untreated dental problems. The schedule for needing radiographs at recall visits varies according to your age, risk for disease and signs and symptoms. Recent films may be needed to detect new cavities, or to determine the status of gum disease or for evaluation of growth and development. Children may need X-rays more often than adults. This is because their teeth and jaws are still developing, making them more likely to be affected by tooth decay than adults.