10 Lesser Known Services Offered by Your Dentist
There are a range of common dental services with which we are all familiar. Most people have heard of dental crowns, dental veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, dentures, dental bridges, dental check up and cleans, root canal treatment, and other common preventative or cosmetic treatment procedures offered by your dentist.
However, there are many other services that your dentist can offer that are often less widely known. These services may come as a surprise because they don’t all have to do with your teeth! There are sure to be some dental treatment options in this list you haven’t considered before but which may support your oral health or your confidence.
Remember, the best way to find out about all the services offered by your dentist is at your regular check-up and clean. Then they can make recommendations as you go on, safeguarding your oral health.
1. Oral cancer screening
You may not know that it is happening, but during your regular check up and clean at your dentist is undertaking an oral cancer screening. Oral cancer, also known as mouth cancer, is a type of cancer that can occur on the lips, tongue, cheeks, gums, or roof or floor of the mouth.
Relative to other cancers, it is a rarer form of cancer, but as with all cancers, it pays to be vigilant because of the benefits of early detection. In the early stages it can be hard to detect and hence you may miss it at home. It may be that your dentist, who is trained to recognise oral cancer, will detect it in the early stages. At the very least this service, undertaken as part of your regular check-up, will give you peace of mind about the state of your health.
When playing sports, particularly contact sports, the teeth can be vulnerable to the impacts upon them. It can often occur that people suffer from damaged teeth due to a collision with another player, direct impact from the ball, or from making a nasty fall. Therefore, many sporting codes will recommend that a mouthguard is worn – including football, boxing, and rugby for example.
Mouthguard options are available from the chemist, but these are both less comfortable and less protective than the mouth guards that your dentist can produce. Your dentist can use a precise mould of your teeth to develop a custom-made mouthguard that will meet the exact specifications of your mouth. This will improve the comfort of the guard, which will help you or your children to wear the guard and reduce the desire to take it out, thereby losing protection.
3. Night guards or dental splints
Similar to the above service offered by your dentist , a night guard which is sometimes also called a dental splint can be an effective way of preventing your teeth from damage as a result of tooth grinding. Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, can occur in our sleep when we are unable to consciously stop the behaviour. It can also occur during the day when we are stressed, often without us even being aware we are doing it.
Tooth grinding can lead to damage of the teeth, and while your dentist may be able to correct this damage, it is better and less expensive to prevent this damage from occurring, which in some cases may be irreversible. Hence, you may wish to have a comfortable night guard made by your dentist to protect your teeth. Your dentist may also be able to provide advice on trying to limit this sort of tooth grinding behaviour.
4. Gum disease treatment and prevention
Your dentist can provide dental services to help you to protect your gums. Healthy gums are essential to healthy teeth, and even besides that connection, unhealthy gums can be very unpleasant and cause multiple issues. There is a risk that early stage gum disease, known as gingivitis, can worsen and become periodontitis which involves bone inflammation and can ultimately lead to tooth loss.
The treatment that your dentist can offer will depend on your individual circumstances but may include deep cleaning and scaling, root planing, plaque and tartar removal, and developing a proper and thorough care routine for your gums at home. If gum disease is more developed, more advanced treatment methods are also available. If you are experiencing signs of gum disease, such as swollen or puffed up gums, red gums, bleeding gums, or sore gums, consider accessing these services via your local dental clinic.
5. EMS teeth cleaning
Patients are usually familiar with common dental cleaning procedures and methods that they may have undertaken at their dentist in the past. However, there is a big difference between these methods and world-class Swiss technology of Airflow Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) treatment. Here at River City Dental, we are proud to offer this low-impact, straightforward and effective method for cleaning the teeth and removing plaque which contributes to decay and gum disease.
So, how does it work exactly? Firstly, your dentist will apply a disclosing solution to the teeth which will enable your dentist to see where the plaque is built up. Then, they will use a high pressure mixture of air, warm water, and ultrafine powder to remove this plaque. No actual contact, scraping or scaling needs to actually occur in this popular non-invasive tooth cleaning method at your dentist or dental hygienist. Using this method, your Indooroopilly dentist can even help you to identify areas where you need to focus on more for your brushing and flossing.
6. Fissure seals
Tooth decay is a well known malady affecting many patients, especially children. It can develop from excessive consumption of sugar paired with an inadequate dental hygiene routine. Treatment for tooth decay can involve methods such as dental fillings and fluoride treatment, which are quite well known. But did you know there is a preventive dentistry method to limit the risk of tooth decay in the first place? Most commonly used among children, fissure seals may also be on the table as a treatment method among adults who are vulnerable.
Fissure seals or fissure sealants is a hard resin coating used to fill the grooves and pits in the chewing surfaces of molars and pre-molar teeth towards the back of the mouth. In these gaps, it is easy for debris or food particles to collect and contribute to the growth of bacteria that leads to decay. This treatment method is most often employed by your dentist for children aged 6 to 13. Fissure seals can be a good alternative and a money-saving one too as they may cost less than dental fillings that could be required after decay has already occurred. They are also popular as there is no recovery period and normal eating and drinking can resume immediately after the procedure.
7. Gum lifts
When many of us think of dentists, we immediately think of teeth. In the same way, when we think of improving our smile, we instantly think of our teeth, and don’t necessarily consider the impact of the gums on the smile. Yet the gums can have a significant impact on smile appearance, as your dentist knows – which is why they offer gum lifts as a cosmetic dentistry treatment at a dental clinic near you.
The process involves using local anaesthetic to numb the area then removing the excess gum with a scalpel or laser. This may require stitches and the healing process can usually be completed within one or two weeks.
A gum lift involves removing excess gum tissue that is covering too much of the teeth and is a popular remedy for a ‘gummy smile’. It is often used in conjunction with other treatments, such as dental veneers, in a comprehensive smile makeover or smile restoration at your dentist.
8. Suresmile aligners
Everyone has heard of braces, but have you heard of Suresmile Aligners or clear aligners? One of the reasons why this service is still a surprise to some patients is because they don’t see it in the real world. That’s because it’s so hard to see on the people who use this treatment method to straighten teeth that are crooked, overlapped, spaced apart, or suffering from other minor alignment issues.
Suresmile aligners are a popular treatment method offered dentists. In the process of receiving this treatment, you will receive a series of clear aligners which will gradually shift your teeth into their intended position. These will be based on precise scans of your mouth and will progress towards your dream smile which you will have planned out with your dentist.
This treatment method is so valued by clients because it doesn’t impact appearance during treatment, is minimally invasive, and can be removed at any time (for example, to eat).
9. Same day crowns
Many people have heard of dental crowns. A dental crown is a tooth-like cap that is placed over a natural tooth that has been damaged or which is visually imperfect, following preparation of this tooth. A crown can play a helpful role in strengthening the tooth as well, by reducing the risk of damage expanding. However, traditional crowns can involve multiple appointments – the first to take the impressions, and the second a few weeks later to have the crown ‘installed’ after it has been prepared outside of the dental clinic.
In our busy modern world, many people are seeking a faster and more efficient dental service at their dentist Fig Tree Pocket or dentist Brisbane. For this reason, it can be highly valuable to find a dentist Indooroopilly that offers same day crowns, such as River City Dental. Using Technology known as CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Aesthetic Ceramics) your Indooroopilly dentist can undertake a 3D scan of your mouth using Primescan and then prepare a ceramic crown on the spot using our onsite mill (Primemill). This can then be bonded on usually within a 2-3hr appointment slot. How is that for efficiency?
10. Emergency dental
Usually when we book at the dentist, we may book a few weeks in advance, or even a month or six months in advance, if we are booking in for a future appointment that we know about, or if we have a required treatment approaching. However, not everyone knows that some dentists, such as River City Dental, offer emergency dental care in Indooroopilly, west Brisbane, and surrounding regions.
It is a service used by those who are suffering from a dental emergency. You may be suffering from a dental emergency if you are in extreme dental pain, have symptoms of a tooth infection, have lost a tooth, have fractured a tooth, or are experiencing bleeding in the mouth. If you fear that you are suffering from a dental emergency, don’t wait – you can contact River City Dental who will aim to fit you in on the same day by shuffling their existing appointments. This service offered by a dentist near me can be helpful in limiting your pain, providing a fast result, and minimising damage through timely care.
Finding a dentist that offers a wide range of services
For a dentist in the Indooroopilly and west Brisbane region that offers a wide range of dental services, look no further than River City Dental. Our Indooroopilly dental can assist with all the above lesser known dental services, as well as a vast array of other services including dental implants, dental crowns, root canals, dentures, teeth whitening, children’s dentistry, and other treatment methods. For more information, browse our website or contact our team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (07) 3667 9595.