Paddington Dental Practice
Being afraid of going to the dentist, is nothing to be ashamed of, many people suffer from dental anxiety or a dental phobia. Anxiety before and during a dental appointment is not uncommon, but with the help of our support team we will do everything we can to help reduce your fears. We will discuss your feelings, concerns and needs to help reduce your anxiety. We are committed to providing a comfortable, relaxing environment to help you feel at ease and safe. We offer a gentle approach, relaxing music, pillows and blankets and a Smart TV to view during the appointment. In addition, we use topical anaesthetic and a needle-free system for pain relief. Please click to see more about our personalised care and comfort options.
Generally we recommend a visit to see your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and clean. Early detection of dental problems result in less invasive and less expensive procedures. If you have gum problems or if you have high decay rate your dentist may recommend you visit sooner, every 3 or 4 month., Likewise if you have healthy teeth and gums you may only need to visit every 9 or 12 months.
You should try and floss your teeth once a day. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from between your teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach. It takes about 24 hours for plaque to form in your mouth, daily flossing and brushing disrupts the plaque and helps remove the build-up from along your gum line helping prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Bacteria and food in particular sugars are the main cause of tooth decay. A clear, sticky substance called plaque is always forming on your teeth and gums. Plaque contains bacteria that feed on the sugars in the food you eat. As the bacteria feed, they make acids, these acids attack the protective layer of your tooth. There are varying stages of tooth decay, some more extensive than others, depending on the destruction of the tooth decay you may need fillings, crowns, or root canal, to restore your tooth. If the tooth decay is too extensive you may need to have a tooth extraction if the tooth decay is too extensive.
Root canal therapy has a bad reputation when it comes to dental treatment. However Root Canal Therapy should be no more uncomfortable than any other dental treatment, like a regular filling. We can never guarantee you will never feel any pain, however we would never continue with treatment if you had any discomfort. Dr Henry goes to great lengths to make sure you are correctly numb, before and during dental treatment. Under local anaesthetic you should not feel any discomfort and over-the-counter pain relief medication can be prescribed to alleviate discomfort after the treatment.
Many people suffer from Wisdom tooth discomfort throughout their lifetime, however, it isn’t always necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth are commonly referred to as ‘third molars’ – the large teeth at the back of the mouth. They usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. If you feel pain around your wisdom teeth, they may be impacted (i.e., not fully erupted because of blockage from other teeth).
Please click here to schedule a visit, and our dentist will assess if your wisdom teeth are impacted and require removal.
Teeth sensitivity occurs when the outer layer of your tooth becomes thin or when your gums recedes back exposing the underlying tooth structure. When you have sensitive teeth, activities such as consuming hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and drinks or breathing in cold air can cause sharp, temporary tooth pain. There are many reasons why you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity, such as brushing your teeth too hard, tooth decay near the gum line, gum disease, aging and cracked fillings.
If you have swollen, tender or inflamed gums that bleed when you brush, you may have gingivitis. When your teeth have a build-up of hard plaque along the gum line it causes gingivitis, causing your gums to bleed when you brush or floss. If left untreated, gingivitis may progress into a more advanced form of gum problems. Treatment options for advanced gum problems include a professional and thorough deep dental clean and an effective home brushing and flossing routine.
If you are concerned about the look of your smile then cosmetic dentistry may be right for you. Cosmetic Dental treatments can enhance your smile and improve your self-esteem. With modern treatments and the latest technology, our team at Red Hill Dental can makeover your smile by such as teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, bridges, dentures and dental implants. For more information about treatment options, please click here to ask our friendly team.
Dental implants are one way to replace missing teeth, they can replace a single tooth or several teeth. A dental implant is an artificial screwlike root made from titanium, which is placed in your jawbone. Dental implants provide a stable base for tooth replacement, other options are dental crowns, bridges and dentures. Not everyone is a suitable candidate for dental implants, the only way to know for sure is to talk to Dr Henry about your problems and find out your treatment options.
Do you have stained teeth? This occurs when the outer layer of the tooth becomes discoloured. The most common causes of tooth staining are coffee, wine, soft drinks and smoking. Sometimes teeth that have tooth decay or infection may appear stained. Depending on the cause, the solutions can include thorough dental clean, teeth whitening treatment or other cosmetic procedures. Please visit us to discuss a solution, Dr Henry can access your stain and see which treatment options is right for you.
Do the colour of your teeth bother you? Too yellowed or stained? Are you embarrassed to smile? Teeth whitening can help with discoloured and stained teeth, it lightens the pigmentation within the outer layer of your teeth. At Red Hill Dental we use in-chair Zoom! Teeth whitening or a take-home teeth whitening kit. Although Zoom! teeth whitening can lighten teeth up to 8 – 10 shades, not everyone is a suitable candidate. Talk to Dr Henry about your teeth whitening options, he will access the stains and discolouration and recommend the most appropriate cosmetic solution. Please give us a call by clicking here to discuss your teeth whitening options.
There is no age limit for braces. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, braces can be used to straighten your teeth and correct your bite. It is never too late to get the straight smile you’ve always wanted, orthodontics is not just for teenages! We have seen an increase of Adult Orthodontic treatments in recent years. Many adult patients have some form of orthodontic problem; perhaps it is that their teeth are crowded or their teeth have moved or tilted after an extraction. Read more here.
There are many different types of braces including traditional metal braces and Invisalign (invisible/clear orthodontic appliances). To find out more, call us by clicking here to arrange a consultation for braces.
Invisalign is clear orthodontic system that is virtually invisible. Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear removable aligners that you wear over your teeth that you change every two weeks. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position.
Invisalign is just one way to straighten your misaligned teeth or correct your bite issues. For more information please give us a call by clicking here.
You can start by bringing your baby to the dentist during your regular dental visit, this will help your child become familiar with the sights, smells and sounds of the dentist, this will also help reduce any chance of them developing any dental anxiety. Your baby will start developing relationships with our team while enjoying a ride in our dental chair. When your toddler gets their first teeth we will conduct an examination to check them and give you advice on how to best look after their new teeth.
The joint that pivots the lower jaw is a ball-and-socket joint called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Like any joint, the TMJ can undergo arthritic degeneration, causing jaw pain, jaw clicking, bruxism (tooth clenching or grinding), headache, neck pain and difficulty swallowing or speaking. TMJ conditions can worsen if you clench or grind teeth during sleep. For more information about treatment options, please click here to ask our friendly team.