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General Dentistry

At Westmount Dental Surgery we are committed to delivering optimum standards of dental care for patients of all ages. That is why we provide a full range of general dental treatments, from routine examinations to root canal therapy.

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Who is it for?

Routine check-ups are the key to maintaining good oral health and we advise all our clients to attend examinations every 6 to 12 months according to NICE guidelines. During the check-up we will examine the mouth thoroughly and check for early warning signs and symptoms of problems. If further treatment is required the dentist will advise you to make an appointment in the near future.

What are the procedures?

Fillings

Fillings are a form of restoration used to strengthen teeth weakened by decay. It is usually used to fill a cavity (a hole in the tooth) to prevent further damage. Fillings are common and the procedure is fairly simple, but if you are worried about treatment please do not hesitate to talk to the dentist. The procedure involves cleaning the tooth thoroughly, removing decayed tissue and placing filling material in the cavity, which is set hard using an intensive light beam and then shaped and trimmed to ensure a perfect fit. Fillings are usually placed under local anaesthetic to prevent any pain.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is an effective procedure used to treat an infected tooth. It is required when the tooth pulp which contains the living tissue has become infected. If the tooth is not treated the infection can spread through the root canals, increasing the risk of an abscess forming.

The procedure, which is carried out under local anaesthetic, involves the removal of the infected pulp tissue from the tooth. The tooth root canal is then cleaned, filled and sealed to prevent further infection. In many cases, root canal treatment can be used to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted.

Do the treatments hurt?

Treatments are generally not very painful but this depends on the individual. Local anaesthetic is used in any treatments that could cause pain or numbing injection may be used. Any slight pain after treatment can normally be resolved using over-the-counter pain medication.

How long do treatments take?

This depends on the treatment but most will take place in an hour or less over one day. Your dentist will advise you on exact times for each procedure.

Advantages of General Dentistry

By having regular dental check-ups many oral problems can be caught before they become a problem, dentists regularly checking for signs and symptoms of problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. The dentist can also advise you on the best way to look after your teeth and provide regular treatments to boost your oral health.

Disadvantages of General Dentistry

There are no real disadvantages to receiving general dentistry treatments, and they should form part of a healthy lifestyle. It is recommended that patients visit the dentist at least twice a year for general check-ups, more if a problem has been identified at previous appointments.

Cost of General Dentistry

When you compare the prices of general dental treatments with that of expensive restorative options, you can see how much more of a favourable option they are. It also shows you why maintaining oral hygiene is so important. As a guide patients can expect to pay the following for general dentistry treatments:

  • Consultation with Treatment co-ordinator: FREE
  • White fillings: £70
  • Root Canal therapy: £160
  • Sedation (per session): £100
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