It may seem like the entire nation is fixated on having the whitest, most even glorious set of teeth. Goodness knows, even the judges on Strictly have been making comments about smiles before getting down to critiquing footwork and body position. And beautiful smiles are important, but they only work if the teeth and mouth are in good nick. There’s no point in investing in cosmetic dentistry if your teeth are going to fall victim to dental decay or gum disease.
Here at Forest Dental in Loughton, we love making beautiful smiles but only if your teeth and gums are in good oral health to start with. We are not going to ignore that filling you need so that you can have the veneers you fancy. It would be like putting expensive statement wallpaper on a wall with rising damp. It may look lovely to start with, but it isn’t going to last.
So, please don’t wilfully ignore your general dentistry needs in favour of your cosmetic dentistry desires.
What is general dentistry?
These are the check-ups and basic treatments that keep your mouth and teeth in good working order.
We encourage all our patients to come for a check-up twice a year, perhaps more if you have particular health conditions that will affect the mouth or if you are a smoker. Check-ups are our opportunity to spot problems in their early stages when they are easier and cheaper to correct. A small filling is going to cost a whole lot less than a crown, or an extraction followed by a dental implant, for example.
Scale and polish
Get your hardened plaque removed twice a year by the hygienist and you dramatically reduce your chances of getting gum disease.
Other general treatments
General dentistry at Forest Dental also covers restorations such as crowns, which are porcelain covers for a tooth that is badly damaged but still has a healthy root, allowing you to hang onto your own teeth for longer. You will need a crown if you have to have root canal therapy, another general treatment.
Many general treatments are available on the NHS, and cost less than private treatments.
One of the best ways to avoid extensive dental procedures is to keep up-to-date with your regular check-ups. At Forest Dental, we want to help you do this by offering excellent general dental services in a welcoming environment. We have a helpful, professional team on hand to support you.
What can great general dentistry achieve?
Everyone is busy these days so it’s handy to find a dental practice that takes this into account when planning your appointments. We want to encourage you to take care of your teeth so we do everything we can to make your treatment fit into your lifestyle.
Even if you have anxiety around visiting the dentist, we can help. If you visit Forest Dental, we use gentle techniques so that you do not feel discomfort during your visit. This creates a positive experience that makes you more inclined to visit us again in the future.
Perhaps one of the most important tasks in general dentistry is the early detection of tooth decay. At Forest Dental, we use modern technology to detect cavities in the early stages. We work with DIAGNOdent detection to monitor the quality of your teeth. If we detect any deterioration we can act fast with effective, non-invasive treatment to prevent decay developing.
At Forest Dental, we also monitor the health of your gums. We can help with problems like bad breath or sensitive teeth and we offer a mouth cancer screening service. These are just some of the services we provide to keep you healthy.
What else is on offer at Forest Dental?
Once your general oral health is taken care of, you can begin to consider cosmetic dentistry. This could involve a single procedure or a combination of treatments for a smile makeover. You can do something subtle or make a dramatic change for the better when you work with us at Forest Dental.
What can you do?
Apart from your regular check-ups, you can support your dental health at home with a good oral hygiene routine. At Forest Dental, we can give you guidance on how to take care of your teeth and gums so that they serve you well for a long time.
Forest Dental offers a high standard of general dentistry in Loughton, combining the latest technology and knowledge with a friendly service. We deliver high standards in preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in a relaxed and comfortable environment.
You can rest assured that you are in safe hands, whether you are looking for regular care to maintain oral health, specific services such as veneers teeth or whitening to enhance your appearance, or dental implants to improve your quality of life. We will also be on hand if you have an emergency such as severe pain, a damaged or missing tooth, bleeding or a tooth abscess.
Meeting your needs
Patient comfort and care is at the heart of what we do. Our centre is designed with you in mind, and our staff are highly trained, friendly and committed to providing you with the best results. At your regular appointments, we check for dental decay and signs of gum problems, as well as providing routine screening for mouth cancer. We have invested in modern technology for effective and comfortable treatment. For example, we use Diagnodent, which allows us to detect decay very early. This means that treatment is more effective and early intervention avoids the need for complex treatments in many cases. If you do need an injection, we use topical numbing gel so that you cannot feel the needle.
Special care for nervous patients
Even anxious patients can relax, as our staff are trained to put you at your ease and we can offer modern techniques such as Healozone. We are the only dentist in the area to use this equipment, which uses ozone gas to kill bacteria and treat decay without the need for drilling. We are proud of our track record of restoring confidence to people who have had bad experiences with dentists in the past, or are simply uncomfortable with the process. So, even if you find coming to the dentist difficult, you can still benefit from regular check-ups as well as treatments to improve your oral health, or the appearance or functionality of your mouth.
Our experienced team looks forward to working with you to cater for all of your dental requirements.
Preventive care is the best thing you can do for your dental health and this includes visiting the dentist every six months or so for regular check-ups. Whether or not you are a first time patient at Forest Dental in Loughton, we will typically schedule an appointment, depending on your dental needs. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, we will strive to see you as soon as possible.
During your visit, your experienced dentists will examine your teeth thoroughly and look for signs of gum disease or decay. We also offer screenings for oral cancer prevention. Once your dentist will evaluate your teeth and gums, they will talk to you about your dental needs and suggest treatments that could enhance your oral health. You are advised to clean your teeth professionally every few months in order to ensure that plaque and bacteria do not stick on your teeth. From start to finish, we value our patients’ needs and offer a range of general dentistry treatments to cover your individual needs.
Root canal therapy
Root canal therapy is necessary when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or other infection. In order to save the tooth and avoid replacing it, your dentist will remove the living tissue from inside along with all the bacteria and decay. Once removed, the space will be filled with a composite material, which will restore the tooth to its proper function. Root canal therapy is not painful and is a necessary treatment for saving a tooth that otherwise would die.
Dental care for pregnant women
Preventive dental cleanings and frequent dental check-ups during pregnancy are entirely safe and recommended. This is because the rise in hormone levels during pregnancy causes the gums to swell and bleed leading to gum disease. If left untreated, it may affect the embryo through the bloodstream. We offer specialised dental treatment for pregnant women who want to keep their teeth and gums healthy throughout their pregnancy.
Emergency dental care
If you are experiencing a dental emergency and you would like to be seen by one of our dentists immediately, please call our practice and we will do our best to arrange a same day appointment for you.