General Restorative Dentistry
Dental care covers the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the, teeth, gums, tongue, lips and jaws. General dentists provide services related to the general maintenance of oral hygiene and oral health.
Prevention plays an important role in dentistry and this is why it is important to have regular dental check- ups every six months. Regular check-ups and oral health maintenance prevent the development of serious dental problems that may require costly treatment.
- Wisdom teeth erupt only partially.
- Poorly aligned wisdom teeth will damage the adjacent teeth.
- A cyst (fluid-filled sac) forms, destroying the surrounding structures such as bone tooth roots.
- The mouth is too small for these teeth to erupt in a proper position behind the second molar. This is also referred to as Partial Bony Impaction. The most common complication of the partial bony impaction, is that the flap of gum tissue which partially covers the erupting third molar, creates a pocket where bacteria that are present in the mouth can grow and cause an infection known as pericoronitis which can lead to swelling and pain. The treatment for pericoronitis is extraction of the third molar tooth.
Tooth decay, tooth wear and trauma are major causes of damage. Dental fillings are used to repair damage to the structure of a tooth or teeth. After the removal of a problematic tooth structure, the tooth is restored with one of several filling materials: Amalgam and composite resin (white filling material) are the commonly used filling materials. Your dentist will advise you on which material to use and its advantages.