At Southgate Dentists, our team are dedicated to long term preventative dental care for the whole family. As a new patient, the first appointment we’d like to arrange for you is a New Patient Examination. This appointment will involve you completing a Medical History Form, followed by an Xray (if necessary) and a thorough dental examination of the health of your gums, teeth and mouth.
We will also take the time to get to know you and to discuss any treatment preferences or concerns you may have with your smile.
We advise all our patients to regularly come and see our team for routine dental check-ups and hygiene visits (usually every 6 months)
as this will contribute to your overall oral health and prevent future dental concerns.
Regular hygiene appointments to clean and polish your teeth are the cornerstones of any great smile and foundations of oral health.
At Southgate Dentists, we offer high quality hygiene therapy sessions, we will care for your dental health in the most gentle, thorough and pleasant manner.
Gum disease is a very common condition where the gums become swollen, sore or infected.
If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth, and you may have bad breath. This early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. If gingivitis isn’t treated, a condition called periodontitis can develop. This affects more tissues that support teeth and hold them in place. If periodontitis isn’t treated, the bone in your jaw may be damaged, and small spaces can open up between the gum and teeth. Your teeth can become loose and may eventually fall out.
The best way to treat gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene and visit us every 3 to 6 months, depending on the status of your gum.
A root canal is needed when the pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth normally containing nerves and blood vessels) becomes inflamed or infected as a result of injury or trauma, deep decay, large fillings cracking.
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure.
Root canal treatment procedures are relatively comfortable and often painless as the tooth is anesthetised during treatment.
Whether you have old metal coloured fillings to be replaced, or you have new cavities that need filling, talk to us about our white fillings that are colour matched to your teeth for a virtually invisible result.
There are the alternative, natural-looking and mercury-free materials made from porcelain and composite resins, which are coloured to match natural tooth enamel. These materials are hard and very durable.
When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be extracted.
Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before, thanks to powerful anaesthetics and sedatives. In many cases a patient who has a tooth extracted experiences little or no discomfort, and only minor bleeding.
Before a tooth is extracted, the area surrounding the tooth is numbed with a topical and injectable anaesthetic. With difficult extraction, we advise our patients to have a procedure done under intravenous sedation.
We understand that many patients are phobic and can become quite anxious when faced with dental treatment. To help make our nervous patients feel more relaxed, we offer intravenous sedation.
While under sedation, you will feel deeply relaxed but you will still be able to understand and respond to requests from the dentist. You will be unaware of the operation and this form of treatment is ideal for patients who wish to avoid the noise and vibration of the drill.
It is a very safe and effective treatment.
The benefits of sedation are:
+ patient relaxation
+ increased comfort
+ control of gag reflex
+ no memory of treatment