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We’ve Come A Long Way: how advances in dentistry make maintaining your dental health much more pleasant

We’ve Come A Long Way: how advances in dentistry make maintaining your dental health much more pleasant

With advances in dentistry coming so far, we look at three of the newer dental care procedures and techniques that Somerset Dental Care have brought into our practice.

Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings are the new ‘white’ or ‘tooth-coloured’ fillings that have replaced older silver/metal (amalgam) fillings. These fillings are preferred to alternative filling materials due to their more natural appearance, and can be altered to be a near-identical shade of your teeth.

Composite fillings are made of resin. They are strong, durable, and reasonably priced. They also bond or glue to the cavity, which strengthens the tooth and insulates the tooth from extreme temperature changes.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a nearly invisible braces treatment that features removable aligners that you can take off when necessary. Each aligner is individually made for you. The aligners are changed every two weeks to move your teeth gradually and comfortably, therefore minimising pain. There are many braces options available but none as comfortable or as flexible as Invisalign.

Invisalign is perfect for…

  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Widely spaced teeth
  • Crossbites
  • Overbites
  • Underbites

Invisalign is the popular choice among adults who want to completely transform their smile. This feature makes Invisalign very comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, but best of all – will give an end result of straight teeth.

Endodontic Treatment

Endodontic Treatment, more commonly known as root canal treatment, fixes problems in the tooth’s soft core, or dental pulp. Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulp had to be extracted. Today, root canal treatment can save teeth with compromised or even dead pulp, which is the soft tissue in the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.

The most common cause of dental pulp disease is a crack or a deep cavity in the tooth. Bacteria can get inside the tooth through these cracks or cavities, causing the dental pulp to become infected. Pus from the infection can build up at the root tip of the tooth forming a ‘pus-pocket’, or an abscess, inside the jawbone. If an abscess is left untreated, it can damage the jaw and cause serious complications such as septicaemia.

Treatment can require up to three appointments. During treatment, we remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth are cleaned and filled. Sometimes, if there are many roots to the tooth, we might refer you to an endodontist, a specialist in root canal therapy.

Speak to the expert and friendly team at Somerset Dental 1300 707 046 today for advice on what treatment is best for you to deliver that perfect smile.