General Dentistry

You should visit the dentist every six months for your dental check-up and professional cleaning and dental scaling.

You should visit the dentist every six months for your dental check-up and professional cleaning and dental scaling.

Dental scaling occurs with manual hand instruments, ultrasonic instruments or both. The dentist will start the procedure with a thorough examination of your mouth. Next, an ultrasonic scaling device will be used to eliminate the plaque bacteria with sonic vibrations. The ultrasonic scaling device removes tartar (calculus), plaque and biofilm from the tooth surface and underneath the gum line. A manual instrument may be used next to remove the remainder.

The AIR-FLOW® Method from EMS involves projecting a jet of compressed air, water and fine powder particles onto the surface of the tooth to polish the surface and remove debris. Plaque, soft deposits and colorations disappear quickly and painlessly – even from interproximal areas.

It is estimated that 1 mm of dental plaque, weighing about 1 mg, contains more than 200 million bacteria. When left untreated these microorganisms colonize the area and develop biofilm, a breeding ground resistant to drug therapy and the body’s immune defenses. In turn, biofilm causes periodontitis or peri-implantitis to spread unchecked.

To combat biofilm, the AIR-FLOW® System from EMS reaches down to 5 mm pocket depth. For deeper pockets, subgingival air-polishing is granted by EMS’s Original PERIO-FLOW® Method.

With the gentle application of kinetic energy, it causes no damage and will not scratch the tooth surface. In short, the Original AIR-FLOW® Method is the key to success for practitioner and patient alike.

The advantages of AIR-FLOW® in a nutshell:

• Removes dental plaque and hence helps preventing periodontal diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis

• Removes teeth stains

• Helps maintain implants sound

• Cleans and opens fissures for sealing

• Cleans prior to bonding orthodontic brackets

If you have chipped off or lost a small part of your tooth, especially if it is towards the center of the tooth, then we’ll most likely use a filling to fix the cavity. This is a common dental procedure, which involves filling in the hole with a special mixture to keep the rest of the tooth healthy and strong.

If the damage to your teeth is more visible, then we’ll fill in the gap with a resin designed to look like a regular tooth, using a process called bonding. This process involves designing the resin to match the tooth and hardening it using an ultraviolet light. In the end, the bonded tooth will look, feel, and function exactly like a regular tooth. It will be as though you had never lost any part of the tooth in the first place.

Dental Amalgam Fillings

Dental Amalgam is a commonly used dental filling that has been used for over 150 years. It is a mixture of mercury with at least one other metal. Amalgam has many advantages over other restorative material, such as low cost, strength, durability, and bacteriostatic effects.

Amalgam is used in dentistry for a number of reasons. It is relatively easy to use and manipulate during placement; it remains soft for a short time so it can be packed to fill any irregular volume, and then forms a hard compound. There are circumstances in which composite (white fillings) serves better than amalgam; when amalgam is not indicated, or when a more conservative preparation would be beneficial, composite is the recommended restorative material. These situations would include small occlusal restorations, in which amalgam would require the removal of a more sound tooth structure, as well as in “enamel sites beyond the height of contour.”

The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has concluded that both amalgam and composite materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restoration.

Metal free fillings

Aesthetically superior in every way, when it comes to beauty, these composite resin materials outshine metal. They blend into your smile naturally, without any dark lines or obvious metal showing.

• The conservative option:

Unlike amalgam, our metal-free fillings require only the removal of compromised tooth enamel, and nothing more. The filling is bonded directly to the tooth and effectively sealed.

• Long-term protection:

Non-metal fillings don’t expand or contract with various temperatures, reducing the risk of a broken tooth, microfractures and worsening decay.