GENERAL DENTISTRY

WHITE FILLING / INLAYS

 
At the Dr Shwethas Dental and Implant Centre we have the experience and expertise to bring together the various advanced dental disciplines required create white fillings that not only look great but they function correctly, are healthy and will last for many years to come.
Modern white fillings are a combination of a resin and nano-particles of glass. This combination gives white fillings their dental name; composite resins.
White Fillings can be used to replace decay, just like silver fillings or replace old silver fillings for cosmetic reasons.
The enhanced cosmetics are the main benefit of white fillings, they can look just like natural teeth. Many people are also concerned about the potential risks of mercury containing silver fillings.
On average White Fillings should last for 7-10 years. At Dr Shwethas Dental and Implant Centre we advise that white fillings are best when the cavity/ filling to be replaced is small to medium in size. When a larger filling is required a porcelain inlay or porcelain onlay is a better option.
 

ORAL HYGIENE

Toothbrushing – Brushing Technique:
  • Brush with a small, vigorous circular action or use an electric toothbrush.
  • Try and brush in an ordered sequence starting with the inside surfaces first as they are the most awkward to reach.
  • Move along one tooth at a time with the brush head angled 45 degrees towards the gum line to ensure nowhere is missed.
  • Be careful to brush right down to the gum level as this is where most plaque builds up.
Flossing Technique
  • Step 1 – Use a ruler length piece of floss, wind floss around your middle fingers to keep it taut. Then place the floss over the tips of your first fingers to reach your back teeth
  • Step 2 – Floss your top front teeth by placing it over the tip of one finger and one thumb
  • Step 3 – Ease the floss between your teeth with a gentle sawing action and then clean with an up and down movement, ensuring you curve the floss round each side of each tooth and place the floss slightly below the gum line.
Mouthwashes
Few people have such a thorough brushing and flossing routine that they would not benefit from the use of mouthwash. An excellent daily mouthwash can help eliminate food debris and bacteria that has not all been removed by brushing and flossing and can be very effective at combating bad breath.
Other mouthwashes are particularly helpful in preventing decay in those prone to recurrent problems or in treating acute gum infections when necessary.
Tongue Cleaning
Tongue cleaning is an important part of your oral hygiene and fresh breath program. The back of the tongue is a reservoir for organisms that cause gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. A tongue cleaner can be used to gently sweep this substance away to reduce the bacteria in your mouth and freshen your breath, alongside a RetarDEX oral spray and mouth rinse.