As we age, our teeth and gums often face new problems that need to be addressed early. If you’re over the age of 60, it is important to take extra care of your oral health.
Wisdom teeth are the last to emerge and sometimes there is not enough room in the jaw for them to come through completely. When this happens, it may be advisable to have the wisdom teeth removed because they can be painful and prone to trapping food.
Mouthguards can be used to either protect your teeth from impact trauma sustained during contact sports like rugby or martial arts, or they can help prevent the damage caused by the wear and tear of grinding your teeth at night.
Root canal treatment is required when the pulp in the root of the tooth has become infected and needs to be removed. The infected tissue is completely cleaned from the root and replaced with a special filling which prevents the infection from returning.
Tooth fillings plug the gap left behind when tooth decay wears away the enamel of the tooth and causes fractures and small holes. Fillings prevent further decay and infection by removing damaged tissue and replacing it with material which is not susceptible to tooth decay and infection.
A tooth extraction may be required if the tooth has become too damaged, or if the gum has deteriorated and can no longer support it. Tooth extractions are relatively quick and simple procedures and you will be sedated so that it should also be painless.
A comprehensive dental examination will fully assess how healthy your teeth and gums are, check for any dental health problems you may be experiencing and help you prevent any from appearing in the future. You will need a dental examination before any new treatment beings.
If you need an emergency dental appointment in South West London or Surrey, contact us immediately – whether you are an existing patient or not. We are open 7 days a week for dental emergencies and aim to treat them as quickly and painlessly as possible.