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In order to start the sedation/Anaesthetic , we place a small canula into the vein on the back of your hand or elbow. The most you might feel is a tiny scratch as it is done very gently. If this is a concern there are anaesthetic creams /patches you can purchase from the chemist that you apply 1 hour prior to your appointment so you don’t feel the scratch at all.
Yes you still do have a local anaesthetic in your mouth for the treatment. This is mostly done so that you are comfortable during and after the procedure is completed.
You will be in a deep relaxed state throughout the procedure.Your body remains conscious and maintains control of its own breathing
In Intravenous Sedation you are in a deep relaxed state which will lead you to a comfortable snooze, your body stays in control of its own breathing. Dr Walker has qualifications to administer this. General Anaesthesia is different in that your body is rendered completely unconscious in the same manner that you would have for a hospital procedure. The General Anaesthetic is administered by a specialist anaesthetist.
Generally all treatments we provide at our surgery can be done such as Implants, Root Canal Therapy teeth cleaning, Crown and Bridge work just to name a few.
If wisdom teeth do erupt, they may be hard to clean increasing the chance of decay and infection of the surrounding gum tissue. Impacted wisdom teeth or partially erupted wisdom teeth due to misalignment or lack of space can cause disease including gum infections which can become an abscess or decaying of the tooth in front.
We here at MPW Dentistry provide Intravenous Sedation and General Ananaesthetic facilities in the comfort and convenience of our own rooms, so you can avoid hospital time and fees.
No, Dr Walker is not a specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon although we receive many referrals from other dentists for wisdom teeth extractions. Our surgery is especially equipped for all oral surgery procedures.
Cracked tooth syndrome is a very common problem, usually affecting teeth that are heavily filled. The decay and subsequent filling causes a weakening of the remaining tooth structure. Like all materials teeth are subject to stress fatigue, a hairline crack can develop. Grinding or clenching of teeth can also contribute to cracked tooth syndrome.
As the tooth flexes microscopically, the nerve is stimulated. There are tiny fluid filled tubes in the dentine (the inner core of the tooth, under the enamel). These tubules run down to the nerve and as the tooth flexes microscopically ,the crack opens and closes, sucking and pumping on these tubules, causing the fluid to push and pull on the sensitive nerve. A classic symptom of the nerve inflammation is excessive sensitivity to hot and cold.
Unless the crack is immobilized the tooth is very likely to deteriorate. Depending on the direction of the crack sometimes a filling is enough to repair the crack, chewing forces are extremely powerful and these’ patch up ‘solutions are fairly unpredictable and ineffective. The only real solution is to bind the whole tooth together with a crown, so that any chewing force moves the tooth as a whole, rather than splitting it apart. If the crack goes close to the nerve a Root Canal Therapy will also be required.
Root canal therapy treats disorders of the nerve of the tooth. In the past a tooth with a diseased or infected nerve had to be removed. However, in 95 percent of these cases today, this is no longer true. We believe in saving teeth and we will make every effort to save yours.
There are several reasons why you may need a root canal. The most common are:
1. Trauma – a physical blow to the a tooth or a constant striking by a tooth in the opposite jaw that traumatizes the tooth such as grinding or clenching.
2. Physical irritation – deep decay or a very large filling.
Regardless of the initial cause , the tooth pulp becomes irritated and an abscess (infection ) occurs. Bacteria from your saliva grow within the tooth pulp, causing pressure and pain. In some cases your face may swell. Eventually the pulp dies, causing the bone around the tooth to be destroyed.
Yes, with technology changing constantly around us ,the equipment for root canal therapy has improved in aiding the dentist complete the treatment in one session. Though if the tooth has a complicated infection more sessions will be required.
Crown and bridge treatment is a long - term method of replacing missing teeth. A crown is placed over an individual tooth where there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling.
A bridge spans a space where one or more teeth have been lost in the dental arch. The teeth on either side of the span are crowned and the false teeth in the bridge join them.
An implant is a good choice when the teeth either side of the missing teeth are in good health. When doing a bridge the teeth either side to the missing teeth must be ground down to place a bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth, resulting in the most conservative and esthetic restoration.
Recent studies show the success rates of implant placement to be approaching 90 – 98% , a very predictable result in any medical procedure.
Yes, you treat implant teeth as your own teeth. You need to continue your oral Hygiene by brushing your teeth three times a day, using mouth wash and continuing with your regular six monthly dental appointments.
Although your teeth look rock solid, they are actually covered with porous enamel. This enamel soaks up whatever you eat and drink – like coffee, tea and red wine causing your teeth to become stained over time.
The bleaching solution used by dentists has a peroxide agent which helps getting into the enamel of your teeth and break down the particles that have sunk in and caused them to be stained. Tooth paste only cleans the surface of your teeth. Simply brushing your teeth every day won’t do the trick.
The teeth have to be properly assessed by the dentist prior to starting the treatment to insure safety. The system that we use is considered the safest system available on the market. The main problem you may get is transient sensitivity of the teeth which we can control.