Frequently Asked Questions (Click on Questions to See Answers)
A – Preventative Dentistry is a branch of dentistry aimed at preventing impairments from tooth decay and gum disease to reduce the need for restorative dental treatments, such as fillings and extractions.
A – Preventative Dentistry focuses on dental hygiene processes that will prevent loss of teeth due to spread of infections and maintain optimum oral health through restorative treatments, such as fillings and crowns. General Dentists usually practice Preventative Dentistry, but dentists experienced in branches of dentistry, such as Orthodontics and Cosmetic Dentistry, may also practice Preventative Dentistry as part of patient treatment plans.
There are thirteen dental expert areas listed by the General Dental Council that may also include preventative measures for treatment: Oral Medicine and Surgery; Dental Public Health; Oral Microbiology; Maxillofacial Pathology and Radiology; Oral Pathology; Dental Radiology; Unique Care and Restorative Dentistry; Orthodontics; Prosthodontics; Endodontics; Periodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. General Dentists who primarily practice Preventative Dentistry may have a BDS or BchD qualification without further expert training (CCST).
A – Usually General Dentists, or an expert dentist applying preventative measures pre or post treatment, will educate patients about their oral hygiene and dental condition for better oral maintenance. Advice may be provided on lifestyle habits and foods to avoid too that can deteriorate dental health. Dentists or Dental Hygienists will clean and scale teeth to remove plague build-up and to protect the teeth from decay and the mouth from gum diseases.
Diagnostic tools such as X-rays, scans, or structure mapping with CEREC technology is used to identify need for restorative treatments, such as filling of cavities and crowns to reinforce existing teeth. Our resident dentist can devise a patient-specific dental maintenance plan for you to help you best look after your teeth.
A – There is high probability that everyone needs Preventative Dentistry to learn about better oral health, to know how to practice recommended oral hygiene standards and which products to use, and to have restorative dental treatments that will prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay, tooth loss and mouth diseases. Discomfort in the mouth, like tooth sensitivity, can be signs of enamel erosion or cavity, or may be signs of illness affecting overall health.
Preventative Dentistry may also be recommended by medical doctors seeing patients with conditions: such as calcium deficiency; syndromes prone to malocclusion; or sexually transmitted diseases that manifest as mouth sores. If medications are prescribed that place patients at risk of having damaged teeth, referrals may also be made to a General Dentist for dental maintenance.
A – Our resident dentist can examine your teeth and gums if you are unsure or feeling discomfort in your mouth, to provide you with a diagnosis and recommendations for treatment. These recommendations will outline the type of treatment right for your oral condition. Feel free to bring any questions with you and our dentist will not only answer them, but provide you with further information to protect your oral health.
A – The benefits of dental hygiene education extends not only to individuals but to the general public to help prevent the need for further restorative treatment for tooth damage, decay or gum disease when dental health condition deteriorates. The information helps people make informed choices about dental treatments, reduce dental phobia that prevents people from seeing a dentist for treatment, understand affordable cost for dental care, and also to know where to receive the treatment needed.
Taking care of oral health protects the body from further infection. Research shows that Preventative Dentistry also reduces hypertension and heart disease. Damage to tooth structure from poor dental hygiene, and untreated dental needs, can cause jaw irregularities that can deform the face which reduces confidence. Preventative Dentistry also contributes to overall well being and better mental health.
A –Preventative Dentistry involves dentists using diagnostic equipment, such as X-ray or CT scans, and the use of restorative technologies. The types of dental materials used include acrylic resins or adhesives, dental putty, dental composite, and porcelain. Some dentists also use bio-compatible materials which are environmentally friendly. Our resident dentist can explain the uses of these materials and technologies further to you at your examination.
A – The risks of not seeing a dentist for preventative measures that include dental cleaning, scaling, and restorations, such as fillings, far outweigh any procedural or treatment risks because of the benefits to oral, physical and mental health. If there are any treatment risks, these will be explained to you at your appointment for treatment. Dentists have to undertake extensive training to qualify in Preventative Dentistry that includes safety and patient care.
A – Preventative Dentistry measures and treatments are ongoing because of the continual need to educate people about oral health, and to provide maintenance treatment plans to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay.
A – Dental practices have different pricing structures for treatments, and concessions are also available for patients in circumstances of unemployment. Preventative dentistry treatments are available for all because of the need for continual oral care to promote overall wellbeing. Contact our resident dentist for information on costs, concessions and payment plans so that you can be proud of your teeth and smile, and enjoy good health.