As you probably already know, the majority of tooth and gum conditions don’t always have obvious symptoms. It’s for that reason you’re strongly advised to visit the dentist twice a year to ensure your mouth is not at risk of any potential problems.
A routine check-up at our dental practice is nothing to worry about. Using his 32 years of experience and some of the most advanced equipment available, James will examine your teeth and gums thoroughly to ensure they’re healthy and not showing signs of any potential problems.
If you require X-Rays of your teeth and jaw, these will be taken using our specialised digital machine. This process is completely painless, and due to the advanced nature of the equipment, images will be received instantly. You’ll even be able to look at them with James on the large screen television in the consulting room.
You don’t need to worry about booking your 6 monthly visits in advance, we will text you when your visit is due and even send a text reminder the day before.
During your appointment at our practice, you may also wish to explore the modern-day options for improving your smile. For example, if you’ve received a grey metal filling in the past, you may like to replace it with a cosmetically appealing white option.
Some of the general dentistry services we offer at Ice Dental Spa in Northampton include:
White fillings – Originally made from mercury, amalgam fillings were visible due to their shiny silver appearance. Today however, you needn’t worry about anyone ever knowing you’ve had a filling thanks to composite and ceramic options which protect and repair teeth using a discreet, tooth-coloured material.
Crowns & Bridges – While dentures can be removed, crowns and bridges offer more permanent solutions to a number of dental problems.
Crowns – porcelain or ceramic – can be applied to teeth that are damaged to restore their appearance. They are designed to look like your original tooth and can be colour matched so they don’t look out of place.
As well as restoring damaged teeth, crowns are commonly used to replace large fillings, restore fractured or broken teeth, attach bridges and cover implant and root canal treatments.
Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth: the gaps left behind by tooth loss can cause remaining teeth to move which can affect your bite and eventually become uncomfortable.
A bridge is fitted to the teeth (or implants) either side of a gap. These teeth act as anchors to support the replacement teeth, and again can be matched to the colour of your remaining teeth.
Root Canal Treatment – If a tooth is ever affected by injury or decay, the ‘pulp’ inside the tooth can become infected which can cause damage to the nerve of the tooth in the root canal. If this occurs the nerve can die and become painful.
In some cases, root canal infection may not cause any pain until the infection develops into an abscess. In this instance, a root canal procedure is required to ultimately save the tooth.
Root canal treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic and involves the canal being cleaned out and sealed to prevent any bacteria from re-entering in the future.
If you ever break or damage one of your teeth you are strongly recommended to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Catching infection early could prevent the need for root canal treatment.