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Our Treatments

Complete dental care begins with regular check-ups, cleanings and a good home oral hygiene routine. We provide meticulous care in restoring damaged teeth as well as assist in the prevention of future oral and dental problems. Our aim is to help our patients achieve optimal oral health through high quality techniques and technology.

We pay particular attention to preventative care that will help each child grow a healthy smile that will last them for years to come. Our team hopes to create an educational, fun and positive experience while improving our patient's as well as their parents dental knowledge and creating healthy smiles.

A professional cleaning begins with a thorough examination for any decay, gum disease and other oral health problems. X-rays may also be required in order to assess areas that are not visible to the naked eye. Our practice utilizes advanced digital x-ray technology, which saves time as well as reduces our patient’s exposure to radiation. Scaling and polishing removes stains and deposits with the use of ultrasonic and hand instruments. Finally, fluoride may be applied in order to re-mineralize and strengthen teeth. Using small amounts of fluoride on a routine basis can help prevent tooth decay. Topical fluoride is applied to the tooth enamel as a preventive agent. Children who benefit most from fluoride are those at high-risk factors including previous cavities, a diet consisting of large amounts of sugar or carbohydrates, orthodontic appliances, and certain medical conditions. A scale and polish is recommended every 6 months in order to keep teeth and gums healthy and to diagnose any problems early on.

Benefits of regular scaling’s and polishing include: 

  • Plaque removal
  • Fresher breath
  • A healthier looking smile

Sealants are white or clear resins that are applied to deep pits and fissures of teeth. This prevents food and bacteria accumulation in these stagnation areas and thus reduces the possibility of caries development.

Sealants are usually placed on teeth that are at the most risk for decay. They do not require any anaesthesia and are a safe, effective and economical preventative measure.

When tooth structure is lost due to decay, trauma or wear, it is usually replaced with a direct restoration or filling. Provided that there is sufficient tooth structure remaining once the decay is removed, a biocompatible tooth coloured restoration will be placed. There are various types of restorative materials, each designed for different clinical situations. At Pe’teeth Dental Studio we only use scientifically developed and tested materials.

In certain cases, a simple restoration is not sufficient to restore a tooth. In these situations, a premade paediatric crown is used to re-establish the form and function of a tooth. These crowns are available in various materials such as zirconia, stainless steel and resin. The type of crown that is used is dependent on the position of the tooth, the patients bite as well as their level of cooperation together with several other factors.

In certain instances, the pulp of a tooth may become infected or damaged. If after careful evaluation, we decide to retain the tooth, endodontics will be required in order to remove the infected tooth material.

Endodontics on a primary tooth involves a pulpotomy or a pulpectomy. A pulpotomy entails the removal of the pulp in the crown portion of a tooth followed by the placement of a restoration, ideally a crown. A pulpectomy involves the removal of both the coronal and root pulp after which a filling is placed. Endodontics on permanent teeth requires the removal of the entire pulp tissue and the placement of an inert filling. The primary aim of endodontics is to prolong the lifespan of a tooth in order to preserve its function and aesthetics.

Although every effort is made to save primary as well as permanent teeth, in some situations an extraction may be necessary due to trauma, decay, severe infection or orthodontic reasons.

As always, we strive to make every treatment as comfortable and enjoyable as possible thus after an extraction we allow our patients to take their teeth home with a special note for the tooth fairy.

Tips following an extraction:

  • Keep the gauze on the extraction site with pressure for 30 to 45 minutes. (Young patients may need help)
  • DO NOT keep checking under the gauze or changing the gauze. This will prolong the bleeding.
  • If the extraction site is still pooling blood after the first 30-45 minutes, then replace with new gauze or moistened tea bag and maintain pressure for another 30-45 minutes. Repeat a third time if needed.
  • If you cannot stop the bleeding contact Pe’Teeth Dental Studio for assistance.
  • Maintain fluid intake, but DO NOT use a drinking straw the first 24 hours. Avoid very hot liquids.
  • Begin with soft foods and soup. Regular foods as tolerated thereafter.
  • DO NOT rinse or brush too vigorously the first night after the extractions.

One of the very important functions of primary teeth is the maintenance of space for the permanent teeth. In the event of early loss of a primary tooth, the adjacent teeth may drift into the remaining empty space and this could result in orthodontic, functional or aesthetic problems. Space maintainers are appliances that are used to preserve the space until the permanent tooth erupts. Once the permanent tooth starts to erupt, the space maintainer will be removed. Space maintainers are custom fit and are composed of metal or plastic as well as removable or fixed. They are unobtrusive and children adapt to them within a few days.

Sports injuries can cause long term damage to teeth. A proper fitting custom made mouth guard can reduce the risk of dental trauma by ensuring that teeth are cushioned and protected.

Occasionally due to age, certain medical conditions, extensive decay or anxiety caused by previous dental trauma, it is not possible to carry out predictable treatment under local anaesthetic. In these cases general anaesthetic may be a better alternative and often the only option. Treatment under general anaesthetic is done in a theatre facility where patients can be carefully monitored and taken care of.

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