General dentistry

Routine dental care for you and your family

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At The Lodge Dental Suite, we understand that there is no such thing as ‘basic’ dentistry. To maintain your oral health, it is vital to attend regular check-ups and hygienist appointments.

Whilst we are proud of our many advanced treatments, we are also aware that most of our patients come to us for everyday dentistry. General dentistry is orientated towards the prevention of disease and we place great emphasis on oral health and dental hygiene.

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Dental emergency treatment

When a dental emergency occurs, it’s important to seek treatment from a qualified dentist. Not only will this increase the chance of saving your tooth (or teeth) but you’ll prevent infections from spreading or becoming more serious

Whether you’ve got toothache or a broken filling, we understand that dental emergency treatment is important - especially if you are in pain. Dental emergencies can involve a range of scenarios and we will try and deal with yours quickly and efficiently.

If you have a dental emergency, please contact us as soon as possible.


General dentistry

Whilst we’re proud to offer many advanced dental treatments to our patients, we’re also aware that everyday general dentistry is equally important. As part of our general dentistry offering we focus on oral health and dental hygiene and the prevention of diseases. We also offer extractions, fillings and root canal treatment.

If you or a member of your family would like to see one of our friendly clinicians, please contact us today. We look forward to welcoming you to our friendly dental practice...


Regular dental check-ups

Regular dental check-ups allow your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future, so it's best to deal with problems early, or, if possible, prevent them altogether.

At each dental check-up, your dentist will typically examine your teeth, gums and mouth. They will also ask about your general health and any problems you've had with your teeth, mouth or gums since your last visit. In addition, they may ask about (and give you advice relevant to your dental health) teeth-cleaning habits, your diet, smoking and alcohol use.

After your dental check-up, your dentist will recommend a date for your next visit. The time to your next dental check-up could be as short as 3 months or as long as 1 year. Generally, the lower your risk of dental problems, the longer you can wait before your next dental check-up. So people with good oral health will probably need to attend only once every 6 or 12 months, but those with more problems will need dental check-ups more often.

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Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth grow at the back of your gums and are the last teeth to come through.  Overcrowding and lack of space in your mouth may mean that wisdom teeth can emerge at an angle or get stuck and only partially emerge, becoming ‘impacted’.

If you feel pain or discomfort due to impacted wisdom teeth then please make an appointment to see our dentist.  We may take an x-ray to assess how your wisdom teeth are coming through and if ultimately necessary, we might recommend to remove them.  Extractions can be done in the Practice under sedation.

Contact us today if you need help or advice about your wisdom teeth.


Tooth extractions

Many people have to have a tooth removed at some time in their lives. There are many reasons we may need to remove a tooth:

Overcrowding - as part of the teeth straightening treatment it may be necessary to remove teeth
Decay or damaged
- sometimes a tooth may be too badly decayed or damage to be repaired
Gum disease - in its later stages gum disease can cause teeth to become so loose that they have to be taken out
Wisdom teeth - some people have to have their wisdom teeth removed, usually because they are growing in the wrong direction and are causing problems.

In many cases, continued tooth ache is a signal that you have a problem that your dentist will need to assess. Prompt attention can usually prevent the need for a tooth extraction.

Contact us today if you need help or advice about dental pain.

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Tooth Extraction FAQ's

What to do in the first 24 hours...

A: Try to avoid eating hot food, drinking alcohol and smoking. Avoid disturbing any blood clots that may have formed. Do not rinse your mouth for 24 hours after extraction. After this time, rinse gently with warm salty water - half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water is enough.

Should I brush my teeth as normal?

A: Yes - Brush your teeth as normal to keep your mouth as clean as possible.

My jaw hurts - is this normal?

A: There may be some swelling and a bit of discomfort in the first two to three days. If you need to, take some ordinary over the counter painkillers, you may also feel some small pieces of bone work their way out of the socket - don't worry, this is perfectly normal.
If you feel pain a few days after the tooth has been removed, it might be where the blood clot has broken down leaving an empty hole in the gum. This is called a 'dry socket' and will need to be looked at by your dentist.

How do I clean the area where the tooth has been removed from?

A: Very carefully, clear away any blood clots around the gap using the gauze provided by your dentist or a hanky do not use a tissue. Place a clean pad over the gap (from tongue side to cheek side) and bite down on it firmly for 10 to 15 minutes. Take the pad off and check whether the bleeding has stopped. If it hasn’t stopped apply a fresh pad. Contact your dentist if you have any concerns.

Root canal treatment

Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth, known as the pulp, is infected through decay or injury. When the pulp becomes infected it can spread through the root canal system of the tooth, eventually leading to a painful abscess. Infection will spread if root canal treatment is not carried out and you may have to have teeth extracted in the affected areas.

Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.  The first appointment involves thorough cleansing and removing any infected materials. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle. The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.

In many cases, continued tooth ache is a signal that you have a problem that your dentist will need to assess. Prompt attention can usually prevent the need for root canal treatment or a tooth extraction.

Contact us today if you need help or advice about dental pain.

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Root canal treatment FAQ's

What will my tooth look like after treatment?

At The Lodge Dental Suite we use modern treatment techniques that means a root filled tooth should not discolour, however there are several procedures available to restore the natural appearance of the tooth should this happen.

Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated.

The alternative to root canal treatment is to have the tooth extracted. Once the pulp is destroyed, it will not heal, and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth.  Whilst some people would prefer an extraction, it is recommended by dentists to keep as many natural teeth as possible.

Will the tooth be safe after treatment?

Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength.  Root canal
treated teeth should be cared for the same as any other tooth.  Clean your teeth at least once a day, preferably
with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary snacks and keep them only to mealtimes if possible.
Visit your dentist for regular check-ups.

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