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General Dentistry

At Core Dental the services provided by our general dentists include preventative, restorative and emergency care.

Dental Check Ups

Routine check-ups and cleans are perhaps the most effective way to maintain healthy teeth and gums, fresh breath and to reduce the risk of dental emergencies (and costly treatment) later on in life.

A full checkup with one of our dentists involves a thorough assessment of your whole mouth. It generally takes between 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.

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Oral Hygiene

Routine professional cleaning, in conjunction with a full checkup, is the solution to maintain the health of your teeth and gums and thus avoid dental emergencies

Apart from scale and clean treatment, dental hygienists are qualified to treat gum disease and importantly, to show you how to best care for your own teeth and gums at home.

We recommend you visit your hygienist every six months.

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Emergency Dentistry

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please contact your local Core Dental practice. We reserve appointments for emergency patients each day.

Dental emergencies can take several forms, including toothache, a chipped or dislodged tooth, bleeding from the gums or, in very rare cases, dislocation of the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint).

In all cases, prompt review by your dentist is key to ensuring the best possible outcome. It will also avoid permanent damage and the need for more extensive, and expensive, treatment later on.

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Fillings and Restorations

Fillings or restorations are treatments designed to rebuild a damaged tooth. It is an alternative to a crown or onlay.

They are a solution to fill a cavity (or hole in a tooth), protect a damaged tooth or rebuild a chipped tooth. Fillings are most suitable for correcting mild to moderate problems.

Common causes of cavities include tooth decay (cavities) from bacteria that has gained access to the tooth, enamel loss due to wear and abrasion, crack lines due to either heavy bite or grinding and broken or lost fillings.

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Root Canal Therapy

Infection and inflammation within a tooth can be treated in one of two ways: by extraction or by means of root canal therapy (RCT). In most cases when a tooth is compromised, it is preferable to save the tooth with RCT if at all possible.

The “living” part of the tooth, known as the pulp, consists of sensitive nerves and blood vessels. In the event of infection or inflammation, the pulp can become very painful and if left untreated can allow an abscess to form at the root tip or even allow bacteria to enter the jaw bone. The purpose of RCT is to remove the affected pulp in order to save the tooth and prevent proliferation of the bacteria.

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Tooth Extractions

While it is preferable to save a tooth rather than extract it, tooth extraction is most suitable in cases where the tooth is beyond saving, that is, when:

  • there is severe damage, cracking, or decay
  • restoration with a filling is unlikely to last
  • there is insufficient tooth structure to attach a crown
  • the gums are unhealthy
  • the tooth is very likely to fall out in the long-term
  • there is severe infection of the tooth and/or its surrounding gum
  • where affordability is a key concern.

 

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Wisdom Teeth

Our rear teeth are known as the third molars, and most people have four of these – two upper and two lower. They are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth, usually emerging between the ages of 16 and 23 – hence the popular term wisdom teeth. But not everyone has wisdom teeth; some people are born without any or with fewer than four.

Most of us have enough room in our mouths for wisdom teeth to erupt normally, in line with our other teeth. In such cases, wisdom teeth function the same as our other molars and will not require any treatment.

These teeth only become impacted when there is insufficient gum space for normal eruption. An impacted wisdom tooth is one that grows out at an angle, or does not fully emerge from the gum line.

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Sports Mouthguards

Dental-related sporting injuries can have long-term consequences on the teeth and surrounding tissue. The impact to an unprotected jaw can also cause concussion and traumatic injury to the brain.

The vast majority of these injuries can be avoided through the use of a custom fitted mouthguard, designed to fit the athlete’s teeth and gums for maximum protection against impact.

At Core Dental we produce custom fitted dual laminated mouthguards which provide the very best protection for the teeth and jaw in case of impact.  They absorb shock and stabilise the head and neck by limiting movement caused by a direct hit to the jaw.

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