UC Dental only provides dental practitioners with white fillings, also known as composite fillings or tooth coloured fillings. Over time the technology for tooth coloured fillings has improved greatly, providing longevity and a great aesthetic result. Any old, ugly amalgam fillings that may have cracked or decayed can be replaced with a new tooth coloured filling.
Fissure sealants help to prevent tooth decay. This is done so by filling in the pits and fissures in the molar teeth where dental decay most often occurs. Sealants are most commonly done on children when the molars first come through, to prevent any bacteria or decay from forming prior to treatment.
Mouthguards provide a resilient, protective surface to distribute and dissipate forces on impact, thereby they minimise the severity of trauma to the teeth and soft tissues. The dentists operating out of UC Dental offer custom made guards to wear during impact sports to help prevent these kinds of accidents, which in turn can prevent painful and costly visits to the dentist.
Night splint for Grinding
If you grind your teeth while you sleep, you may need to wear a splint at night to prevent this from happening. Grinding during your sleep can result in headaches, jaw aches and broken teeth. A night splint aims to even out the pressure of your jaw, and provide a barrier to protect damage caused to your teeth. Grinding can be periodic or a long term condition, so it is best you consult with a dentist if you feel you may be grinding.
Root canal treatment is a procedure that replaces the damaged or infected nerve in the tooth with a filling. Your tooth may require this treatment if it becomes infected by either decay, a deep crack in the tooth that extends to the nerve, gum disease, grinding (in extreme cases) or if the tooth has taken a hard knock from trauma. Though it sounds scary, it is generally a pain-free and easy appointment for the patient.
An extraction or tooth removal is a routine medical procedure that all dentists operating out of UC Dental have significant expertise in treating.
Nitrous Oxide "Happy" Gas
Nitrous oxide is a gas, and is commonly known as happy gas or laughing gas. Giving nitrous oxide is a way to help with your pain and anxiety during dental treatment. The gas is given through a small nosepiece, and you will be awake throughout the procedure. People usually recover very quickly from the effects of the gas after their dental treatment has been completed.