General Dentistry

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment (RCT) is a highly successful therapy performed when the nerve of a tooth becomes traumatised or infected through injury or trauma. It aims to alleviate the pain and swelling associated with a dental abscess. The tooth is thoroughly disinfected and sealed to prevent the infection from returning. Most importantly, we employ techiques to ensure RCT is completely painless.

There is no substitute to having a natural tooth and so at The Newmarket Road Dental Clinic in Norwich, it is our policy to endeavour to save a tooth wherever possible and avoid unnecessary extraction. We would always highlight the pros and cons of RCT versus extraction and allow the patient to make the decision.

The RCT therapy takes 1-2 visits over a few weeks, and each appointment lasts around 1 hour. The costs start from £200 depending on the tooth.

Extractions

There is no substitute to having a natural tooth and so at The Newmarket Road Dental Clinic, it is our policy to endeavour to save a tooth wherever possible.

However, when a tooth is deemed unrestorable, and its useful life has expired, it may need to be extracted.

We have acquired the skills to remove 99% of teeth in the surgery setting.

Furthermore, alongside our expertise, we employ the use of “The Wand” to administer painless injections. Therefore patients can feel assured they can have a tooth removed pain-free.

Fillings

When a tooth is decayed, chipped or worn, the simplest method of restoring it back to health and function is a filling.

At The Newmarket Road Dental Clinic we pride ourselves in performing ‘mercury-free’ dentistry and exclusively place ‘white fillings’, known as Composite.

Dental composite is a popular choice for fillings because the material can match the shade, translucency and even the texture of your own natural teeth and provides a much better result than old amalgam/silver fillings, which can be unsightly when you smile. Our cosmetic dentists often replace old metal fillings with tooth-coloured composite at a patient’s request.

Treatment of Gum Disease

Gum disease is the swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues supporting the teeth. There are two main types of gum disease: ‘gingivitis’ and ‘periodontal disease’.

Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums. This is when the gums around the teeth become very red and swollen. Often the swollen gums bleed when they are brushed.

Long-standing gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease. There are a number of types of periodontal disease and they all affect the tissues supporting the teeth. As the disease gets worse the bone fixing the teeth to the jaw is lost, making the teeth loose. If this is not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out. Unfortunately, gum disease usually develops painlessly and any bone that has been lost, cannot be regained. All gum disease is caused by plaque. Plaque is a film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth every day. Many of the bacteria in plaque are harmless, but there are some that have been shown to be the main cause of gum disease. To prevent and treat gum disease, all the plaque on the teeth must be effectively removed, every day by brushing and by cleaning in between the teeth with interdental brushes or dental floss.

The treatment for gum disease aims to slow down the progression of bone loss. It involves the dentist cleaning the teeth thoroughly to remove the scale, plaque and bacteria from the root surfaces. This is known as root planning and can be done with or without anaesthetic. But for treatment to be successful, the patient has a responsibility to remove plaque thoroughly and effectively at home.

Dental Check-ups

Ethical dentistry stems from an absolute understanding and respect for the patients’ general dental requirements. We offer an innovative and complete package of treatment solutions for you and your family.

Many people simply are unaware of the causes of dental decay, gum disease or acid erosion to the enamel of the teeth. Therefore our first goal is to educate our clients to prevent problems.

Following the initial consultation, our dentists will tailor a treatment plan to suit your unique dental needs. Every patient is involved in their treatment planning and is given every opportunity to ask questions along the way.

Finally, once the dentist has secured the oral health of the patient, a maintenance program will be made which is customised to the individuals needs; usually a 6 monthly check up, but sometimes longer.

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