As well as a happy smile, your teeth and gums should be strong and healthy and your breath should be fresh. Once you have become a patient at Randalstown Dental Clinic, we will help you to care for your mouth and your teeth for the future.
Dental hygiene is important, not only for treating active gum disease, but also to help you maintain good oral health and fresh breath. An appointment with our hygienist, involves scaling and polishing your teeth, leaving them gleaming and feeling fresh. She will show you how effective brushing, flossing and use of a mouthwash can help prevent gum disease and maintain a healthy, fresh smile.
Do your gums bleed each time you brush? Visit our ‘blog’ section for information about how we can help you resolve this.
Amalgam or silver fillings can make a tooth appear grey and unsightly. We are increasingly being asked to replace silver fillings with white fillings as people are becoming conscious of silver fillings showing when they are laughing or smiling. These aesthetic restorations, which are bonded to the tooth, feel very natural and are colour-matched to the surrounding tooth, making them appear almost invisible, and with modern materials are expected to last as long as amalgam fillings.
A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.
A crown is an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown may also be needed after a root filling, to protect what is left of the tooth.
We take photos to help communicate exactly the shade and characteristics of your teeth so its possible to construct crowns that blend in perfectly with your natural teeth.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatments deal with the nerves in the teeth when the nerves become infected or irritated. In a healthy tooth, the nerves tell us whether something is hot or cold, and keeps the tooth ‘alive’. If a tooth starts to decay, or sustains a knock or blow, this can sometimes cause a nerve to become inflamed or infected. The tooth would usually begin to become very sensitive to hot or cold, and ache or develop an abscess.
As an alternative to removing the tooth, endodontic treatment can be undertaken on the tooth to remove the infected nerve. Treatment is comfortable and provided under local anaesthetic, and may be done over more than one visit.
I had terrible toothache one night and attended Randalstown Dental Clinic the following morning where I have been a patient for years. I was anxious as I had never had toothache before. I felt no pain during the 15 minute procedure and was amazed that when the anaesthetic wore off that my toothache was virtually gone! I had the root canal completed on a separate visit on my molar tooth and then a crown. The whole process was very comfortable and I’m delighted that my tooth has been saved. Thanks to all the staff for the prompt and efficient service!Nigel, Antrim
There are different sizes of bridges used. Some have two false teeth attached to crowns on teeth both in front and behind the space and this is called a four-unit bridge. Bridges are only possible if you have enough strong teeth and good bone support. They are only justified if the supporting teeth for the bridge already have large fillings. It is difficult to justify preparing a ‘virgin’tooth to support a bridge (in other words a sound tooth free from any filling). Therefore other alternatives should be considered to restore the missing tooth/teeth. There are different types of bridges available to suit each patients’ individual needs. Another type of bridge is an adhesive bridge. This has wings that are bonded to the back of the supporting teeth, with very little drilling involved.
We will always present the ideal option to restore your missing tooth taking all factors into consideration.
Facial Pain / Bite problems
We are faced increasingly with patients presenting with pain unrelated directly to their teeth. We can identify these cases and advise how to best resolve the problem. Symptoms of bite problems:
- Jaw symptoms
- Jaw clicking
- Jaw pain on movement
- Muscle tenderness on movement
- Flattening of teeth
- Loosening of teeth
- Fracturing of fillings/teeth
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Ear area pain
- Muscle tenderness
Is your bite causing your symptoms?
Nobody’s “bite” is perfect and most people can adapt to imperfections in how their top and bottom teeth bite together but in some people the way their teeth touch causes their jaws to clench excessively tightly during the day and especially the night to cause extreme forces way beyond those necessary to eat food. These forces can lead to a host of problems that cause misery for the person. If this clenching continues for long it can be self-perpetuating and also the night clenching is beyond the person’s control leading to months or years of suffering.
How do you know if your bite is causing your symptoms?
You don’t but you can be assessed by a dentist. Aisling has a special interest in this as she has been a sufferer for 30 years herself until she undertook an intense and thorough hands on course over a 6 month period run by BSOS - British Society for Occlusal Studies. Book a thorough “Occlusal Assessment” with Aisling and she will do various tests to see if your bite is causing your symptoms.
You will be advised on a case by case basis. Solutions range from jaw exercises and anti-inflammatories to occlusal splints and possibly equilibration or referral to other specialists.
II had pain in the left side of my jaw which gradually worsened. It got to the point where it was uncomfortable to open my mouth or chew. The pain was now constant in my lower jaw. After two appointments with a chiropractor, I was told by them that it was all due to my posture. Aisling, my dentist, explained that it was due to grinding in my sleep. She made me a jig to wear immediately that night in bed and the results were great. My pain had reduced in one night. This was not the permanent solution and my dentist went on to make me a splint that I would wear on my bottom teeth at night. Once the final adjustments were made the results were amazing. The pain in my jaw went. My headaches were greatly improved. My nights sleep now is restful and I feel totally relaxed at night!Fiona M
Often those people with ‘bite’ problems show excessive wear of their teeth if they grind at night. See the Cosmetic dentistry section on ‘toothwear’for information on how we can restore the teeth worn down by grinding.
Are you nervous of visiting the dentist? Is this holding you back from restoring and caring for your teeth?
We want to reassure you that you are not on your own. We treat nervous and anxious patients every day. We talk to our nervous patients before undergoing any treatment, and take time to build up trust, through listening to your fears and discussing your worries. As you get to know our team, you will realise that we put your needs first and will not rush treatments and ensure that you are always comfortable. Great care is taken to ensure that you feel no pain or discomfort whatsoever and we find that very quickly our most anxious patients relax and find the visit to see us stress-free. Some of our patients like bringing their own headphones and music for the distraction and we will happily continue with our work while you listen to your favourite tunes.