The foundation for a great smile

In the past couple of decades, there has been an explosion in cosmetic dentistry, thanks to all the advances in dental techniques, materials and equipment. More and more people are focussed on having the best smile possible.

And we love this. A good smile can make such a difference to your life. But even so, here at Orpington Dental Care, we are also firm believers in providing an excellent level of care in general dentistry in Orpington.

General Dentistry in OrpingtonAfter all, there would be no point in letting you go ahead with spending your hard-earned money on treatments to provide beautifully white, straight teeth, if those teeth were housed in diseased gums, or on the verge of decay or infection.

That’s why we will only offer you cosmetic dentistry if your mouth is in really good shape, health-wise. Fortunately, it easy to stay on top of your oral health. You just need the discipline to clean your teeth twice a day and come for a check-up twice a year. Coming to us for check-ups allows us to spot any issues before they turn into a crisis. Decay and gum disease are sneaky and you probably won’t notice either in your mouth until they are already quite advanced. For example, you probably won’t realise you have decay in a back tooth, until it starts to give you toothache. And by the time that happens, it means the decay is into the pulp of your tooth, where the nerves are.

What things get to the pain stage, it means that treatment is going to take longer, cost more and be more stressful. It could even result in you having to have root canal therapy, or a tooth extraction. Losing a tooth brings you into a whole new level of dentistry seriousness. You need to start looking at tooth replacement, which could involve spending a great deal of money. There is a way out of this scenario: take great care when brushing and flossing and come to us every six months for a check-up, then you may not need to lose a tooth at all.

How important is dental hygiene?

Dental hygiene is an extremely important aspect of general dentistry and is regarded as the ultimate preventive measure for keeping your oral health in top condition.

white-fillings-in-orpingtonMost dentists will tell their patients that the most important dentistry work is done outside the practice. If you can maintain a good level of dental hygiene daily, then your trips to the dentist are far more likely to be trouble-free.

If you are not looking after your teeth, then this will lead to tooth decay. Tooth decay can cause toothache and most of us would do anything to avoid that.

Poor dental health can also cause a host of other problems. It can lead to halitosis, gum disease, teeth failure and gingivitis. There is also some clinical evidence to suggest that people with poor dental health may be more likely to suffer heart problems. Surely regular brushing and flossing is easily done if there’s a chance you can avoid heart disease. It is important to have a good general dentist, such as Orpington Dental, to help show you the way to excellent oral health.

Will having white fillings help my oral health?

White fillings tend to be known as a cosmetic dentistry procedure to provide a more pleasing and natural tooth-like appearance. But, white fillings have the potential advantage of not containing mercury or other metals that may contribute to sensitivity or toxicity, therefore could benefit your overall health.

Most dentists are skilled in traditional silver fillings, but their level of skill may vary. Selecting an appropriate dentist, such as those at Orpington Dental in Orpington, is an important factor in treating tooth decay or similar damage.

White fillings are made up of glass, quartz and other materials mixed with a resin compound. The flexible material means that the dentist at Orpington Dental can better shape and mould the filling to meet the restorative as well as aesthetic needs of the patient.

It can be adapted for different uses, such as a more rugged type to fill a molar tooth that has a higher chewing load or a less rugged version for front teeth. This means white fillings can not only look better, but also actually benefit your oral health.

Providing all the dental care you need

Your teeth are important to you. Eating, chewing, smiling – these are just a few of the positive benefits we all gain from having a good state of oral health and taking care of our teeth. We understand and we pride ourselves on our wide range of services in general dentistry. Orpington Dental Care offers patients a great environment to address all their dental needs.

general-dentistry-treatmentWe want to make sure that you can smile with confidence all the time.

Services that come under general dentistry in Orpington Dental Care

The dentistry we offer is divided into four categories: preventive, general, cosmetic and cases where there are missing teeth.

Preventive dentistry

This includes our recommended six-monthly checkup. We check for healthy teeth and gums and address dental hygiene. This can also include advice on maintaining fresh breath. We pay special attention to and give tailored advice on sensitive teeth and children’s teeth. We can also offer support for smoking cessation and mouth cancer screening.

General dentistry

This can cover things such as root canal therapy, emergency dental care, jaw problems, snoring, extractions or oral surgery, facial aesthetics and our options for sedation. We can also see pregnant women and address their specific needs.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Our wide range of cosmetic services for you to choose from includes Six Month Smiles, Invisalign, Inman Aligner, white fillings, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and inlays & onlays. We give you all the information you need to make the right choice for your look.

Missing Teeth

If you do have missing teeth there are plenty of options for you to consider such as crowns, bridges, dentures, denture stabilisation and dental implants. After an assessment, we can advise you on the options that are available to you and give you an idea of the advantages and challenges that come with each choice.

Why we want to be your choice for general dentistry in Orpington

We will build a relationship with you through your regular checkups and monitor you oral health to give you the right advice, the right treatments and a positive experience every time.

At Orpington Dental Care, we understand that patients need to be comfortable, well informed and supported to get the most out of their dental practice and we seek to meet those needs for everyone who comes to us.