Do You Have A Complex Dental Problem? If So, We Can Help
Blue Sky Dental practice provides specialist dental care for those difficult to treat oral health problems.
The vast majority of our patients will go through life with a few, hopefully none too serious dental issues that can be resolved by a dentist who has undergone the necessary training to be allowed to legally practice general dentistry in the UK.
Unfortunately, this won’t be the case for everyone and some of us will need treatments that are more complex and which may not be able to be performed by their current dentist.
If you live in Chelmsford or indeed, in Essex generally, our specialist dental service will enable you to receive the necessary treatment with a dentist who has undergone the additional training that allows them to perform treatments that are outside the scope of general dentistry.
The following are some of the specialist services that we offer at our Chelmsford dental practice.
An oral surgeon is a highly trained specialist who can treat not only the teeth and gums, but also other areas of the mouth including the soft tissues of the neck and jaw. This is especially useful for anyone who has undergone significant facial trauma such as in a car accident. They are also able to remove wisdom teeth, especially where the circumstances are more complex. To qualify to be an oral surgeon requires three additional years of training so you can be sure that you will be in safe hands.
A prosthodontist is responsible for replacing teeth and mouth and jaw structures with artificial restorations. This can include treatments such as crowns and fillings but can also include placing dental implants; a widely used procedure to replace missing teeth. It involves replacing the lost root of the tooth with a titanium implant which is then allowed to fuse with the bone, providing a strong and secure replacement tooth root. A dental crown is then attached to complete the tooth. Implants are extremely strong and, with good care, can last the patient for 20 years or more.
A prosthodontist can also help with some of the consequences of oral cancer and the side effects of treatment. These treatments can help patients to chew and swallow food unaided again after surgery for example.
As you might guess from the name, periodontics deals with the treatment of gum disease. This common oral health issue is sometimes underestimated by the public but can lead not only to tooth loss, but increasingly, experts believe, also a wide range of general health issues including heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Whilst a dental hygienist’s role is important in the prevention and management of gum disease, they are not qualified to perform the necessary treatment when it becomes too advanced.
As the bacteria reaches the root of the tooth and sometimes the surrounding bone tissue, only a periodontist is able to perform the ‘deep clean’ needed to attempt to restore the tooth and prevent it from becoming loose or even, in some cases, coming out altogether.
From the ancient Greek, ‘endodontics’ literally means ‘inside the tooth’. In modern day terms, this means where the root canals of a tooth have become infected and require root canal treatment to restore the affected tooth.
This is a relatively complex procedure although not as ‘scary’ as some patients might believe. As with all invasive treatments, a local anaesthetic is used before the canals are accessed and thoroughly cleaned before being filled with a special filling material called gutta percha. In most cases a crown will be added for extra strength and to give the tooth a natural appearance. An x-ray will always be taken prior to the procedure to check for any abscesses which will need to be treated before the procedure can be carried out.
Without a root canal procedure, the tooth would have to be extracted and a suitable replacement such as a dental implant used instead.
Our Chelmsford dental clinic is proud to be able to offer this specialist dental treatment within our own practice. We also accept referrals from other practices that are unable to offer the specialist treatments needed at their own facilities. Referrals can be made here https://referrals.blueskydental.co.uk/ .
We welcome all patients, whether direct or those referred to us by other practices. Not only will you receive the necessary treatment which will be carried out by experienced and qualified staff, but you will also be treated courteously and personally.
For more information about any of the specialities mentioned in this blog or if you wish to make an appointment or inquiry, please call the Blue Sky Dental dental practice on 01245 211070.