We’d prefer our patients to never need serious dental work and simply let us check their teeth regularly so we can spot any problem areas in good time. Combined with regular dental hygiene appointments, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t keep your natural teeth for life.
Prevention is better than cure because you only get one set of teeth, and they do an incredible job. Once the damage starts, even with the best dentistry in the world, it can never be fully undone.
Our aim is to help our patients protect their teeth with the best preventative services and ethical advice, so we’ll never recommend treatment that’s not in the interests of your long-term dental health.
Why see a general dentist in Surrey?
Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss yet people are often unaware they have it because it is not painful and might not affect their daily life. But if left untreated the impact can be serious, damaging bone and tissues that support the teeth.
The good news is that gum disease is preventable and, particularly in the early stages, relatively easy to treat. Where it is identified we provide focused treatment, perhaps a course of multiple hygiene appointments over a short period, to clear it up, and for all our patients we advise ongoing dental examinations, which include oral cancer screening, to make sure problems are spotted early in future.
Where gum disease is identified we provide focused treatment, perhaps a course of multiple hygiene appointments over a short period, to clear it up, and for all our patients we advise ongoing dental examinations, which include oral cancer screening, to make sure problems are spotted early in future.
We also have a Diaganet machine which captures lesions before they become a problem. We educate our patients where possible, showing them the level of bacteria in their mouths so that they know where to focus their brushing and flossing, We also have visual cameras to show patients the work that is being done on them, and we provide before and after digital pictures of the teeth that are being treated. We find this level of detail is crucial in helping our patients to really understand how effective a good hygiene routine can be for both the appearance and overall health of their teeth and gums.
What are we looking for during your appointment?
As we’ve said, it can be difficult to identify the earlier symptoms of gum disease, especially if it has been going on for a while as you may assume the symptoms are normal. That’s why attending regular routine check-ups is so important, as we can spot those discreet signs that gum disease is progressing. Things we’re looking out for here are varied, and include:
- Inflamed gums
- Enlarged pockets around the teeth
- Bleeding gums
- A build-up of plaque or tartar
- Gum recession
- Wobbly teeth
If we spot one or several of these symptoms during your visual examination, we may advise further investigations, including x-rays. We will discuss the treatment options with you and will normally do all we can during the same appointment so that you’re leaving one step closer to a healthier mouth.
GENERAL DENTISTRY FAQ’S
General dentistry is the backbone of what we offer here at Portmore Dental – after all, we would always prefer to maintain your smile than have to fix an issue. The procedures that fall under general dentistry aim to keep more serious issues at bay, and include things like:
- Gum care
- deep cleaning
- routine examinations
- and much more
General dentistry covers a range of treatments, but all aim to keep your mouth, teeth and gums in the best condition possible.
Routine appointments with your general dentist offer so any benefits, but perhaps the main one is that it offers preventative care to help you avoid invasive treatments and more established issues. Routine examinations that you attend twice a year can help you to ensure your mouth is in the best condition possible but will also often look at other areas that you wouldn’t necessarily pay attention to any other time.
During one of these appointments your dentist will look at:
- your teeth and jaw
- your bite
- jaw joints
- the tissues of your head and neck
It’s during these routine appointments that your dentist will be able to identify early signs of issues and this allows treatment to commence immediately.
Almost all adults will suffer from gum disease at some time in their life, but the goods news is that if you catch it early it can be treated easily.
The most effective way of treating and preventing gum disease is by maintaining a good oral hygiene routine which includes flossing and by keeping up with routine appointments.
All dental practices charge differently, but we’re one of the most affordable dentists Surrey has to offer, without compromising on attention to detail and care. To help, we’ve ensured our pricing is completely transparent from the get-go, giving you the opportunity to plan your care accordingly.
If you’re looking for a general dentist you can trust, get in touch with our team today.