Is Your Mouth Health Getting Worse?
If you feel that your teeth are starting to deteriorate, act now before it’s too late.
Although education surrounding good oral health is now more widely available than it used to be, there are still plenty of people who still neglect theirs. Some of these people will also perhaps have avoided seeing a dentist for many years as well.
Eventually though, there comes a point where the patient has a toothache or is worried enough to face their fears, but still dreads what the dentist will say about the state of their teeth.
At the Foxhall Dental Practice, our dentists are very experienced and have encountered this situation before. If you come to us, we assure you that you will not be given a ‘lecture’ or judged, but we will do our best to help you restore your mouth health. This can be done gradually, over a period of time depending on what treatments need to be carried out.
Initial check up
The most important step in reversing declining oral health is to have your mouth examined by one of our Ipswich dentists. We will carry out a thorough inspection, including the soft tissues as well. In rare cases, we may suggest that you see a GP if we have concerns about the condition of your tongue and other soft tissues and this is purely a precautionary measure to eliminate oral cancer. For most people though, it will be the teeth and gums that are the main concern.
Unless you are extremely lucky, it is very likely that you will have some tooth decay if you haven’t been to the dentist for a number of years. Providing that the decay is not too extensive, it is usually possible to restore the tooth to a functional state. Most cavities can be filled using our discreet white dental fillings. These offer a strong solution and are almost invisible as they can be made to match the colour of your natural tooth. If the cavity is large and on a tooth that comes under a lot of pressure, such as at the back of the mouth, it may be prudent to use an inlay or onlay instead to give it the strength required.
Where a tooth is damaged in such a way that a filling is not suitable, the tooth may need to be prepared and a dental crown attached. This both strengthens the tooth and helps to restore its appearance; especially important where it is a visible tooth.
Once any urgent dental treatment such as a filling has been carried out, it is time to improve the overall health of your mouth. In many cases this will mean that you need to have a thorough scale and polish carried out by our resident hygienist. This is a straightforward and non invasive treatment that removes bacterial and mineral deposits from the teeth and gum line. This is important as left to advance, this will often lead to gum disease. The early stages of this can be uncomfortable, leaving gums inflamed and sore, but if this is allowed to advance and left untreated, periodontitis is a real possibility. At this stage, tooth loss is entirely possible.
Once you have had a thorough initial cleaning, we strongly recommend that you have a scale and polish every six months to help keep your mouth nice and healthy.
Once your teeth have been restored to good health. You may also wish to look at improving the way that they look. There are many cosmetic dental treatments available at our Ipswich practice which can help you have a great looking smile. The most widely used of these is the teeth whitening option. We provide a fast acting one hour treatment that is done in the safe environment of our dental practice. This treatment can whiten your teeth by several shades, making a real difference to your smile.
If your teeth have badly discoloured or have become chipped or cracked, you can take advantage of our porcelain veneers which are used to replace the damaged surface of the enamel. We also have a wide selection of orthodontics to choose from should you be unhappy because your teeth are crooked. There are many types available which are suitable for different purposes.
Finally, we have to face the reality that after neglecting your teeth for a number of years with no professional intervention, an extraction or two is a possibility. Although we will do our best to avoid this and restore teeth wherever possible, sometimes there are no other options. If you do have to have a tooth extracted, or if you already have a gap in your teeth, we can provide a selection of tooth replacement options including dentures, bridges and dental implants. We are always happy to discuss these with you so that you can make an informed decision as to which is the best option for your own needs.
If you haven’t seen a dentist for some time, the sooner you do so, the faster we can start to restore your mouth health. To make an appointment to see one of our Ipswich dental team, please call us today on 01473 258396.