As well as providing more specialized services, we maintain our focus on the provision of high-quality general dentistry based on a foundation of enhancing our patients’ oral health.
Both adults and children require routine dental appointments on a regular basis because preventative dentistry is the key to keeping your mouth healthy.
Routine dental appointments are usually carried out every six months, but the number of times you need to attend these appointments varies from patient to patient. Some patients may require more frequent visits, while others may need to come into the practice less often – your dentist will advise you on how often you need a regular check-up.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A ROUTINE DENTAL CHECK-UP?
If it is your first appointment at the practice, your dentist will take a full dental and medical history. They will also:
- Thoroughly examine your teeth, gums and mouth.
- Take X-rays if necessary.
- Discuss any dental problems you may have had since your last visit
- Discuss general health and dietary issues that can affect your teeth and gums – such as alcohol consumption or smoking.
- Discuss your teeth-cleaning habits, such as brushing technique, and recommend any improvements such as interdental brushes or flossing as required.
- Explain any further treatment you may need, such as fillings, root canal treatment or hygienist appointments.
- Provide you with a full treatment plan.
- Answer any questions you may have regarding your treatment and what options are available.
- If you require no other treatment, your dentist will let you know when you should come for your next routine check-up.
Life benefits of regular check up:
- Maintain good oral health
- Spot any problems early
- In many cases, prevent problems before they start
Call us today at 0431-2742325 to schedule your appointment.
We are pleased to announce that we offer digital X-rays (both intra oral RVG and OPG) at our clinic. Digital X-rays release much less radiation than traditional X-ray units.
We use Digital Imaging for Safer Radiographs in Lakshmi Dental Health Care
One of the most commonly used technologies in dental offices is the X-ray. At Lakshmi Dental Health Care, we use digital imaging technology to produce picture-perfect, clear radiographs of your teeth and surrounding tissue. We follow strict radiography guidelines and only take digital radiographs when absolutely necessary. We ensure that your exposure time for dental radiographs is minimal. Exposure time for digital radiographs is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs.
Clearer Pictures mean Early Detection!
Radiographs allow us to detect dental caries or cavities between teeth which are not visible during a clinical examination.
While the x-ray has long been a part of the dental examination, recent advances in technology have allowed for increased use of the digital x-ray. Benefits of the digital x-ray over traditional film x-rays include:
- Digital X-rays also help us to determine bone level, analyze bone health, examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage resulting from trauma.
- With digital X-rays, we get a better view of your teeth and surrounding structures as we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Furthermore, the dentist is able to alter images by zooming in, enlarging, or highlighting certain areas of the picture to more clearly see potential problems and to explain them to the patient.
- Digital x-rays expose patients to up to 90 percent less radiation than traditional (film) x-rays.
- Since digital x-rays require no chemical fixers or developers, they are much more environmentally friendly than traditional film x-rays.
- Digital x-rays produce images that are much clearer and more comprehensive than those created by traditional film x-rays.
- Digital imaging allows us to store patient images for future use.
A beautiful and healthy smile starts here. Even the most faithful “brushers” and “flossers” need regular professional cleanings. Your smile can be restored with the sparkle with a thorough cleaning that will not only make your teeth look and feel spectacular, but can help you avoid costly dental procedures down the road. We recommend patients have a thorough standard cleaning once a year.
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone & will put an end to your pain.
Also contrary to popular belief, dentists do not actually “pull teeth.” The tooth is gently nudged with pressure, the ligaments holding the tooth in place give up and the tooth comes out automatically. Most people have minimal discomfort following the procedure. Every person is unique, therefore everyone responds differently to a tooth extraction.
NEED FOR EXTRACTION????????
A tooth may need to be extracted to make room for new growth or because it is not advisable for the tooth to remain due to damage or disease.
Teeth are sometimes removed because they are impacted. Teeth become impacted when they are prevented from growing into their normal position in the mouth by gum tissue, bone, or other teeth. Impaction is a common reason for the extraction of wisdom teeth. Extraction is the only known method that will prevent further problems.
Teeth may also be extracted to make more room in the mouth prior to straightening the remaining teeth (orthodontic treatment), or because they are so badly positioned that straightening is impossible.
We take great care to make sure our patients remain comfortable during the extraction process
After A Tooth Is Removed:
The gums will heal in just a few weeks to cover the extraction socket. We recommend keeping to a soft diet after having a tooth pulled and to slowly work your way back to normal food.
Most importantly for the first 24 hours do not spit, smoke, or use a straw while drinking. For the first 24-48 hours the blood clot forming is extremely fragile. Putting pressure on the clot by forcefully spitting, using a straw to drink, or smoking can displace a blood clot.
If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don’t feel that the extraction site is healing properly kindly visit your dentist.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third molar teeth, also known by dentists as “eights” because of their position in the mouth. They are the last of the permanent teeth to develop.
Why do my wisdom teeth not come up fully?
Because the wisdom teeth are the last to develop and the last to come up (erupt) and because our jaws are often not large enough for all our teeth there is not enough space for them. They may develop in an abnormal alignment.
What does impacted mean?
Impacted means that the tooth is jammed against another tooth or against the jawbone and cannot erupt.
Is this why I can see only part or none of my Wisdom tooth?
Yes. In addition to being deeply situated, they are often covered by a flap or tag of gum, known as the operculum.
Does this cause trouble?
The space between the wisdom tooth and the flap of gum is difficult to clean. Food and other debris known as plaque accumulate and encourage bacterial growth. This may result in several different problems such as inflammation of the gum over or around the wisdom tooth (periocoronitis) which may be quite severe, decay (caries) in the wisdom tooth or in the tooth in front, and gum disease (periodontitis) in the adjacent teeth. Rarely, cysts may develop in relation to buried wisdom teeth.
Removal of wisdom teeth
Removal of wisdom teeth is an operation and like every other operation has side-effects and complications and usually involves the placement of one or more sutures (stitches)
How is it done?
In order to remove a wisdom tooth, your dentist first needs to numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Since the impacted tooth may still be under the gums and imbedded in your jaw bone, the dentist will need to remove a portion of the covering bone to extract the tooth. In order to minimize the amount of bone that is removed with the tooth, the dentist will often “section” your wisdom tooth so that each piece can be removed through a small opening in the bone. Once your wisdom teeth have been extracted, the healing process begins. Depending on the degree of difficulty related to the extraction, healing time varies. The dentist will share with you what to expect and provide instructions for a comfortable, efficient healing process.
What are the side-effects?
Soreness, swelling and stiffness of the jaw with restricted mouth opening usually clears up after about a week or so after the operation. Some bleeding during the operation is inevitable but this is rarely severe or troublesome.
What are the complications?
These are much less common but do occur from time to time. Because the nerve to your lip runs through your jaw and the nerve to your tongue lies on your jaw near the wisdom tooth these are at risk of being damaged. This may produce alteration in the feeling in the lip or tongue. This may be felt as numbness (anesthesia) or as “pins and needles” (paraesthesia) it does not involve any paralysis of the lip or tongue. It does not cause any deformity. It can be permanent but this is relatively rare.
Wisdom teeth problems?
Complications such as infection, damage to adjacent teeth and the formation of cysts may arise from impacted teeth.
Must all wisdom teeth be removed?
No. Each tooth should be assessed individually and judged on its own merits; other measures are available to control the problem and may be appropriate in your case.
What can I do to help myself?
A mouthwash or medium hot water with a teaspoon of salt will help to reduce gum soreness and inflammation. (Check that it is not too hot before using it). Swish the solution around the tooth, trying to get it into the areas your toothbrush cannot reach.. Pain-relieving tablets such as paracetamol can also be useful for short-term use, but consult your dentist as soon as possible
Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth can be an indicator of gum disease and other oral diseases so it is important that you uncover what’s causing the problem. If you have bad breath constantly, make an appointment to see your dentist.
Regular checkups allow your dentist to detect any problems as your bad breath may be the sign of a medical disorder. If your dentist determines that your mouth is healthy, you may be referred to your primary care physician.
If you experience a dental emergency, visit our dental office as soon as possible. We make every effort to see emergency patients the same day
We provide emergency dental services for:
- Broken or chipped tooth
- Knocked out tooth
- Severe tooth pain
- Lost filling or crown
- Soft-tissue injuries
Broken and knocked out tooth:
If you’ve chipped or broken a tooth as a result of an accident or an injury, it can be a traumatic experience. It’s very important that you see a dentist immediately, even if the tooth is just slightly chipped.
And if you have knocked out a tooth or several teeth, the sooner you are seen by a dental professional the better because there is a chance that the teeth could be re-implanted, depending on the severity of your injury. It’s very important that you keep the knocked out tooth clean and avoid handling the root.
A chipped tooth can be repaired with bonding, using a composite resin material to repair the tooth and make it look better. We can also use a veneer to hide imperfections or chips. Depending on where the tooth is, a dental crown may be a better option to cover the tooth completely, making it stronger and more secure for chewing.