Hygiene & Therapy

 
 

Are you concerned about your gums? 

Our private Dental Hygiene/Therapist, works under direct access which means that they can carry out her full scope of practice without needing a prescription from a dentist. Regular checkups with your dentist are essential to maintain good oral health, and direct access does not replace the need for regular visits with your dentist for a full examination.

What does this mean for you?

As a Dental Therapist there are several treatments they are able to carry out :

  • Gum Treatments 

  • Fillings of adults and children 

  • X-rays

  • Temporary fillings and re-fixing crowns temporarily

  • Take impressions.

  • Carry out extractions on baby teeth

After a check up with your dentist, your Dental Therapist can carry out other treatments under prescription including:

  • Administration of local anaesthetic for a more comfortable treatment experience

  • Fluoride varnish application for tooth sensitivity and protection against decay

  • Tooth whitening

 

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease describes swelling, soreness or infection of the gum tissue. There are two main forms of gum disease.

Gingivitis

This is the mildest form of gum disease. Your gums will be red and swollen and may bleed easily when you brush your teeth.

What is the cause?

When a layer of plaque is left on the surface of your teeth over a period of time it hardens and becomes tartar (calculus). The bacteria in the calculus continues to attack the tissues that support the root of the tooth.

Periodontitis

Un-treated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. As plaque spreads below the gum line the tissues and bone that support your teeth are broken down and destroyed. Your gums may become separated from the teeth to form pockets. Because this process is usually painless it can become very bad without you noticing it.