General Dental Care
We provide friendly dental care for you and your family
“The key to a beautiful smile is prevention and the emphasis of good oral hygiene and oral health. This should begin at an early age.” – Dr. Sarah Enright
At Woodstown Dental we provide state of the art diagnostic tools. Dr. Enright routinely uses an intra-oral camera to record disease.
The recommendations that Dr. Enright makes at this stage can help you to retain your teeth for longer, resulting in fewer return visits and less expense!
We recommend that patients attend for an annual examination.
Every new patient will have Xrays taken (like a picture of the mouth) Every two years small Xrays are taken which will allow the dentist to ascertain the health of the bone and teeth. These Xrays will detect decay underneath fillings and teeth. These can be taken very quickly and comfortably. Dr. Enright will also examine the teeth and associated structures.
- A detailed treatment plan will be provided with costings. All treatments will be explained to you, if for any reason you do not understand/query treatment please contact us. We are only a phone call away!
- Sometimes Dr. Enright may provide a dietary analysis, this is carried out if there are a lot of teeth that need fillings.
- Dr. Enright will also carry out a screening assessment for periodontal disease. She will measure the gums and record the results. Xrays taken will reveal the bone level around the teeth. A tailored treatment plan will be made for you which is indivualised to your needs.
- It is important to detect disease early as research has revealed that periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, uncontrolled diabetes and pre-term babies.
After your course of periodontal treatment/deep cleaning, Dr. Enright will recommend follow up visits to ensure the maintenance of your gum health.
Examinations / Check up
At this appointment Dr. Enright will take Xrays of your teeth and jaws and measure your gums and examine your teeth. A detailed treatment plan with all costings will be provided at the end of the appointment. Dr. Enright will discuss your treatment with you, should you have any queries.
- Cleaning: A scale and polish (generally not requiring anaesthetic) is routinely carried out every six months to clean away any build-up of tartar. At the end of the session, you will be provided with a personalised plaque control regime, i.e. toothpaste, brush recommendation and demonstration
- Periodontal treatment (LA may be required) A deep cleaning may be required for patients who suffer with gum disease (gingivitis) or periodontitis (which affects the gums, bone)
- Diet analysis
- Fillings Silver and White
We recommend a scale and polish (cleaning) is carried out every six months.
This is due to the fact that tartar/calculus builds up on the back teeth during this period (even if brushing is adequate) An ultrasonic/powered scaler will be used to remove stains and tartar comfortably. Dr. Enright believes in prevention (and you getting the most out of your cleaning) she will go through how to brush and floss your teeth. A personalised oral hygiene plan will be given to you at the end of the appointment (detailing which brush, floss, paste and mouthrinse should be used).
For patients who have a history of periodontal disease (disease of the gums and supporting bone) cleanings may be recommended more frequently. Sometimes if the disease is active, 1 or more sessions of deep cleanings are required. The gums are numbed and a deep clean is carried out. You may be asked to re-attend for a reassessment to make sure the gums and supporting tissue has healed.
Both silver and white fillings are carried out in Woodstown Dental Centre. However white fillings are routinely used.
A white filling is also known as composite resin. Please see our before after gallery.
There is no need to be apprehensive before getting your fillings carried out. Dr. Enright understands that patients can be nervous, that is why treatments are carried out in a non fuss manner. The tooth will be numbed, generally this should only feel like a small pinch if anything! A sheet if plastic is placed over your teeth (to ensure you are comfortable and no water or debris is in your mouth during treatment). Generally fillings can take 20 minutes depending on size and number.
What is a Crown?
A crown is a shell of porcelain/ceramic which is placed over your tooth.
Crowns need to placed over teeth which may need to be reduced in size. This is a procedure which is carried out if fillings are broken, fractured or over root treated teeth. Please see our before and after gallery.
Root canal treats a dead, or dying nerve in the tooth.
Again, Dr. Enright understands if patients are nervous, this appointment is quite like a filling appointment. Generally, treatment takes one hour for two sessions. Times may vary, according to the size of the tooth.
The tooth is numbed and a sheet of rubber is placed over the area, the infected nerve is removed and the tooth is rinsed with bleach. A temporary antibiotic dressing is placed into the tooth. Antibiotics may be prescribed if necessary.
The second appointment involves the entire cleaning of the tooth and filling. Generally six months later a crown will be advised.
A denture is a removable replacement for a natural tooth or teeth.
These are provided to replace missing teeth in the mouth a traditional ‘plate’. They can be constructed of acrylic or metal. As they are not fixed to teeth they can move and must be removed to clean them and before going to bed.
A bridge is required when one or more teeth are missing.
Unlike a denture, a bridge is fixed in place and cannot be removed from the mouth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.
‘Composite’ material (white filling material) is bonded to the tooth to reshape it or change its size. Sometimes it is useful to close a gap between teeth also.
Common dietary sugars can cause the teeth to soften and decay.
Many foods contain ‘hidden’ sugars. Dr. Enright may, in certain instances provide dietary analysis, which will identify the sugars which are hidden in your diet. With good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, this should help to reduce the number of fillings required! Our aim is that prevention is better than cure!