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Dental Bleaching

Tooth whitening is achieved by the chemical action of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide by penetrating the tooth enamel and oxidising the organic stains within, oxygen is released as a by-product, thus the tooth colour becomes lighter. Dental bleaching has been proven to be a safe and predictable procedure world-wide provided it is performed under the supervision of a dental professional. Both Power and Take-home bleaching give equally good result. Power bleaching is quicker but more prone to teeth sensitivity. The Take-home bleaching is less prone to teeth sensitivity, cheaper and could be topped up at anytime without much additional expense.

We provide Take Home bleaching and it involves taking the moulds of the teeth, using these moulds to make custom-fitted trays to hold the whitening gel. It is important that the trays fit your teeth exactly, to ensure that no gel comes into contact with the gums as it can cause irritation. The trays are worn for half an hour for consecutive days (normally 2 weeks) or until the desired result is achieved.

The majority of our patients experience no pain or sensitivity after Professional Teeth Whitening treatment. A very small percentage of patients may experience a minor and temporary dull "ache" following the procedure. Taking an over-the-counter analgesic like Nurofen almost always resolves the feeling. In moderate cases, Tooth Mousse Plus serves to resolve sensitivity. It is best to avoid very hot or very cold drinks for the first 24 hours if there is any tooth sensitivity.

The degree of whiteness will vary from patient to patient, depending on the structure of the teeth, the brand of material that is used, the duration of time that the system is used and the way that the material or system is administered by your dental professional.

Why do I need X rays?

X rays are used to detect signs of disease, such as cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, and bone loss which can not be seen by visual examination.

How often do I need a check up? and why flossing is important?

Most people see the dentist each six months. Those with an exceptional set of teeth, who have never had a filling, or evidence of gum issues, are sometimes seen yearly. Patients with a higher decay rate or gum problems need to see their dentists more regularly.

Flossing helps to remove the small particles of food that get stuck between your teeth and around your gums — those tricky places where toothbrushes can’t quite reach. The food residues there can cause bad breath, dental decay and gum infection.

I am having a toothache, what should I do?

In the very short term, sometimes antibiotics and pain relief may help to ease the pain. Normally, the swelling and pain will return at some point, until the offending tooth is dealt with either by root canal treatment or extraction.

What are wisdom teeth? and do they need to be removed?

They are the last teeth to erupt in the back of your mouth. Usually, they erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. If there is room for them to erupt and they could be cleaned properly, they are fine to keep. It is common that they may not have enough room to erupt and cannot be cleaned properly causing gum infection or damage to other teeth then removal is a valid option. It would be best to see the dentist for advice. An OPG x-ray will allow the dentist to find out what angle the teeth are at, whether there is room for them, whether there is any infection in the bone around them, and where they are situated in relation to vital structures, like the nerves and sinus. Sometimes they can be removed in the chair by your dentist, and other times, patients need to see a Maxillofacial surgeon and have them removed under general anaesthetic.

Appointments with visiting Specialist Orthodontist

are available for all your teeth straightening needs

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