Is there a problem with your teeth?
Find out how we can help
If you’ve got a toothache, your tooth has been injured or knocked out, or you have any other problem with your teeth, make an appointment to see our team at Dental on King.
We’ll give you a thorough oral health assessment to identify the cause of your problem, so we can treat it at the source. Your dentist will discuss all the suitable treatment options to help restore the look and function of your smile, and we’ll make sure you have all the information you need before we put together your personalised treatment plan.
If your tooth has been damaged by decay or has a small fracture, we may recommend a filling to restore its strength and shape. We’ll take x-rays during your oral health assessment to help us determine the extent of the damage and to see whether other treatments may be needed.
At Dental on King, we use white composite fillings made from a mix of glass and plastic resin that are colour-matched to your natural tooth shade. This leaves a more natural-looking finish compared to older silver amalgam fillings.
Placing a filling is one of the most routine dental procedures, and it can usually be completed in a single appointment. We’ll use local anaesthetic to help numb your mouth so you won’t feel pain during the treatment, and we can discuss other sedation options if you feel anxious about dental treatments.
During the procedure, we’ll isolate the tooth that needs to be treated and then remove the infected or damaged area. The cavity is then disinfected to remove all traces of bacteria and the resin is inserted and hardened using a special light.
You’ll be able to return to your normal activities after having a filling, but we recommend that you avoid sugary food and drinks and maintain good oral hygiene. With proper care, a filling should last between 5 and 7 years.
We’ll always try our best to save a damaged tooth, but sometimes the only option to restore your smile and protect your oral health is for a tooth to be removed and replaced.
A tooth may need to be extracted if it’s badly damaged by decay or injury, infected, impacted in your gum or causing crowding of your other teeth. Extractions are sometimes necessary during other dental treatments, such as to create more space in the mouth during orthodontic treatment or as preparation for full-arch dental implants or dentures.
Extractions are normally a very straightforward procedure, and we’ll make sure you understand what’s involved and what risks and post-surgery care may be involved. This procedure is carried out under local anaesthesia, so you won’t feel pain and only minimal discomfort. If you’re having a number of teeth extracted, we may recommend general anaesthesia. We can also offer other sedation options to help you feel relaxed during the procedure.
If the tooth isn’t impacted (stuck) in the gum, it can usually be loosened and removed simply by rocking it back and forth using forceps. If it is impacted however, we may need to perform minor oral surgery to remove some gum and bone tissue in order to access the tooth. A tooth that’s hard to pull intact may need to be cut and removed in sections.
We’ll then close the treated area with stitches, if needed, and place gauze over the empty socket to control bleeding and help the blood clot form. Recovery from an extraction usually takes a few days, and we’ll offer after-care advice to improve your chance of a speedy recovery.
Whether you’ve lost one or more teeth to periodontal disease (gum disease), tooth decay or injury, we can discuss replacing your missing teeth with natural-looking dentures, to restore the appearance and function of your smile.
We offer full dentures and partial dentures at Dental on King. Full dentures replace a whole arch of teeth (upper, lower or both). If you have any remaining teeth, these will need to be extracted and your gum allowed time to heal before your new dentures can be placed. Partial dentures can replace a single tooth or a row of several teeth, and are supported by crowns placed over your natural teeth on either side.
Once your new dentures are in place, it’s important to take good care of them just like your real teeth. You should brush your teeth, gums, tongue and palate at least twice a day to help prevent the build-up of plaque that can lead to gum disease and infections.
If your dentures get damaged, we offer a same-day denture repair service.
We believe good oral health habits should start early, and we encourage parents to start bringing the little ones along for a routine check-up as soon as they get their first teeth. We’ll make sure your children feel as safe and relaxed as possible during their appointment, to help make visiting the dentist a positive experience and a normal part of their lives.
We’ll give your child a complete oral health assessment and check that their baby teeth and adult teeth are growing correctly. If we think your child could benefit from a treatment, we’ll discuss options such as sealants to help protect their teeth against plaque, or orthodontics to guide the development of their teeth and jaw.
We can also perform routine procedures such as fillings and extractions if these are needed, but our primary focus is on prevention. By educating your family in good oral hygiene practices, we want to help patients of all ages to maintain healthy smiles for life.
If your tooth has become suddenly painful, tender when biting or sensitive to heat and cold, you may have a cavity that’s reached the centre of your tooth (the pulp), requiring a root canal treatment.
The pulp lies in the tooth centre, inside a thin canal that extends from the crown of the tooth through to the tip of the root. This is also where the nerve endings are, which can make an infected pulp very painful. Other symptoms of an infected pulp can include a tooth darkening in colour or your face becoming swollen. Infections of the pulp are not always accompanied by pain however, and need to be diagnosed by your dentist.
A root canal involves removing the infected pulp from inside the tooth and sealing the cavity. The inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before an artificial sealant is placed inside and a porcelain or gold crown is fitted over the top. This prevents the tooth from splitting and helps to restore its natural appearance, strength and function. Root canal therapy is performed under local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel pain during the procedure.
Wisdom tooth removal
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, normally erupt in the back of the mouth between the ages of 18 and 24, although some people never grow all their wisdom teeth. It’s common for these teeth to be impacted, meaning there’s no space for them to emerge and they remain stuck inside the gum.
These teeth originally served an important evolutionary purpose by replacing molars that may have been lost earlier in life. However, with modern dentistry and improved oral health, wisdom teeth are no longer as necessary. Removing them while they’re still developing can prevent a number possible problems from happening, including:
- Infection – When an impacted wisdom tooth starts to push through the gum, this can cause an infection to start around the top of the tooth, leading to pain, swelling and jaw stiffness.
- Crowding – A wisdom tooth may push nearby teeth out of their correct positions. This can cause a crooked smile and make it harder to brush and floss between your teeth.
- Cysts – Sacks of fluid called cysts can form around the impacted wisdom tooth. If left untreated, these can weaken and damage your jaw and cause damage to other teeth and gums.
- Damage to nearby molars – An impacted wisdom tooth may put pressure on the molars next to it, which can cause serious damage to both teeth.
We recommend wisdom teeth removal for patients in their late teens and young adulthood, when the teeth are still developing and usually easier to remove. Wisdom teeth removal is not necessary if your wisdom teeth have already emerged and are not causing any problems in your mouth.
Make an appointment today
Contact our friendly team to arrange a free consultation at Dental on King. We’ll give you a thorough oral health assessment and recommend the most suitable treatments to restore your smile. Get in touch between 8.00am and 6.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
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