What Makes Us Unique?
At Aspley Dental we do things differently. We listen, we care about you and we feel that our job goes beyond just analyzing your oral cavity and prescribing a suitable course of treatment. We believe that it’s essential to understand the needs and requirements of every patient and to establish a flow of communication by interacting with them not merely as their dentists, but also as someone who is willing to take into consideration each person’s viewpoint.
We also have a highly holistic system of health care, taking into account all aspects of your health before proceeding with a dental procedure. For instance, we feel it’s necessary for all new patients to have a blood pressure test in order to gauge their level of sensitivity to certain procedures. At Aspley Dental, we understand that each and every patient is unique and prescribe personalized treatment plans for all. Our state-of-the-art equipment, experienced dentists and friendly staff all strive to ensure a comfortable and safe environment for you.
General Dentistry AND Preventative Care
Most of the signs sent out by our body to indicate the beginning of a problem tend to go unnoticed, leading to unnecessary aggravation of otherwise simple issues. At Aspley Dental we recommend regular 6-monthly dental check-ups to help avoid and identify problems earlier, thus enabling timely treatment.
At your examination appointment at Aspley Dental, we will recommend various preventative measures to make sure that your teeth and gums always remain strong and healthy. One way of checking for early signs of decay is by taking regular screening X-Rays of your teeth. At Aspley Dental we use Digital X-ray technology which ensures that your radiation exposure is minimal.
Fissure Sealants: In children and teens, most tooth decay starts in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Fissure sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to these grooves, which protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.
Permanent molars are the most likely to benefit from sealants. The first molars usually come into the mouth when a child is about 6 years old. Second molars appear at about age 12. It is best if the sealant is applied soon after the teeth have erupted, before they have a chance to decay. The process of applying sealants is quick and easy, without the need for drilling or removing any tooth structure.
Hygiene / Scaling and Polishing with Fluoride treatment: In this process, plaque and tartar deposits are gently removed from your teeth, leaving the surface of your teeth smooth and clean. Next, some concentrated Fluoride foam/ gel is placed inside small, flexible foam trays and these trays are positioned over your teeth for 60 seconds. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel of your teeth, and it is advisable not to eat, drink or rinse for at least 30 minutes after the fluoride treatment.
What happens if you don’t get scaling and polishing done? As the deposits of plaque and tartar begin to build up over time, they provide the perfect hub for bacteria to thrive in your mouth. This causes inflammation and bleeding of the gums and over a period of time, the inflammation also passes to the jaw bone. This condition is known as Periodontitis. The most common symptoms include bad breath, loose teeth, swollen and bleeding gums and mild to extreme pain in the jaw. Periodontitis, if not treated effectively and immediately, can also worsen other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Root Canal Treatment
A Root Canal Treatment involves “saving” an infected tooth from an extraction. This involves removal of the inflamed nerve from an infected tooth, followed by cleaning and widening of the root canals and finally the root canals are filled, signalling the end of the root canal treatment. The root treated tooth then needs to be restored with a strong, preferably full coverage, restoration like a crown.
we treat extraction of a tooth as our last option. We will always strive to help you retain your teeth for life so as to maintain health, function and comfort. However, there can be instances when tooth extraction is our only option, and we will advise you accordingly.