General Dentistry & Speciality Treatments

General Dentistry and Speciality Treatments

At TLC Dental Centre we are here to help you keep your teeth as healthy as possible – for life.

We offer a comprehensive private dental service delivered by our team in the comfortable surroundings of our dental practice at International Building Orchard Road. Our clients come from all over to see us.

We aim for a preventative long term approach which will help keep your teeth and gums in good condition and so keep treatment to a minimum. We understand that seeing a dentist is a personal thing so we also focus on building long term relationships.  We want you to come to know and trust us and we want to get to know you.  We hope you will recommend us to your family and friends. Many of our patients do and that really means a lot to us.

It is good to get into the habit of seeing us regularly but we know that’s not always easy (life, finances and nerves can get in the way). If you just want to come along every now and then, we will always be pleased to see you. It’s not always easy talking about your dental health but you can be sure of a warm welcome whatever your needs.

So, if you want to talk about fillings, crowns or just need a bit of advice, call us. We look forward to seeing you.

 

However much care we take of our teeth, life takes its toll. Fillings come first in our tool kit for repair but sometimes a filling is not enough.

Damaged teeth, broken teeth and missing teeth can be repaired using ceramic crowns. If you have one or more broken teeth, damaged teeth or a gap in your teeth, you don’t have to live with it.

A ceramic crown is one of the best ways of saving and strengthening broken teeth. Crowns recreate the tooth’s original shape by fitting over the affected tooth.

The type of crown you need will depend on which tooth needs replacing; damaged teeth at the back need to be stronger, damaged teeth at the front need to match the colour and texture of your natural teeth. We can recommend exactly the right type of crown for the job.

If you have one or more missing teeth, we can use a bridge. A bridge replaces the missing teeth with artificial ones, without the need for uncomfortable dentures. The artificial teeth are anchored to the natural teeth on each side of the gap in the teeth – creating a bridge.

At TLC we will arrive at the best outcome for you by looking at your whole smile, making sure your teeth work together properly and that they look right for your skin tone and face shape.

If bridges or ceramic crowns aren’t the answer for you, there are alternatives to consider, such as dental implants or partial dentures. Call us now for an appointment and we would be happy to explain your options in further detail.

At TLC Dr Kevin have years of experience treating difficult root canal treatment cases, with new technology we are able to treat root canal problems with much less discomfort and better success.

Root canal is not a surgical procedure at all and not every root canal infections presents with pain as a symptom. Some teeth have chronic infection so an X-Ray is always required for further assessment before the bacteria spreads further to the jaw bone.

All teeth have root canals embedded in the tooth which contains blood vessels and nerves that supply the tooth. When the tissue in the root canal gets infected you will experience what we usually call a toothache.

Sometimes it can also present as a swelling on the gums. It can be caused by large decay, trauma to the tooth, severe gum disease.

After the root canal treatment is completed, we can then begin the final restoration of the tooth which is to a crown.

There are some situations we may advise extraction of the tooth instead of root canal treatment due to poor prognosis. In these cases tooth replacement with an implant may be a better option.

At TLC Dental Centre we will be there with you every step of the way to give the support and advice you require.

Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most common surgical procedures that we perform daily.

Wisdom teeth are the molar teeth that grow at the back of your mouth, and usually come through between 16 to 24 years of age. Some people (the lucky ones) never develop wisdom teeth; others have up to four – one in each back corner of the mouth.

Wisdom teeth often have not enough space for them to grow so they can cause pain, swelling, infection or damage to other teeth. Surgical removal (extraction) of one or more wisdom teeth can help to resolve these problems.

The wisdom teeth removal procedure is routinely carried out as a day surgery procedure in our clinic with no overnight stay. Some people choose to have their wisdom teeth removed under sedation or general anaesthesia. This means they are asleep during the procedure. Many people opt to have their wisdom teeth removed under local anaesthesia, which means that they stay awake, but the area around the wisdom tooth is completely numb.

Dr Kevin will discuss with you which type of anaesthesia is most suitable in your case. He will also explain the benefits and risks of having your wisdom teeth removed.

The good news is the wisdom tooth surgery is totally covered under Medisave, so majority of our patients do not have to pay any cash for the procedure.

At TLC we repair damaged teeth using three types of dental filling.

The most common of these are silver amalgam fillings. They are hard wearing and last a long time but, because they are silver, it’s obvious that you have a filling.

If you prefer a closer match to your natural tooth there are white composite fillings. These are less tough than amalgam fillings but no one will know you have one as the white filling will blend with your original teeth!

Finally, ceramic fillings are both incredibly strong and can be matched to an exact tooth colour. Although ceramic fillings cost a little more to produce than other fillings their durability means they offer better value over their longer lifetime.

If you are unsure which filling would be best for your individual circumstances, amalgam, white composite fillings or ceramic, we would be happy to talk you through the different options available.

Our dentists are happy to explain the options and suggest the best one for your circumstances.

Your teeth are supported by a complex structure of gums, ligaments and bone. They are like the foundations of a building and are as important as the teeth themselves.

It’s our job to clean your gums, teeth and the tooth surfaces that you can’t see.

We can advise on problems such as gum disease, bleeding gums, mouth infections and mouth bacteria.

We believe good dental health is about far more than a “scale and polish” so we may recommend one appointment or a series of appointments – depending on what we see and what you tell us.

There are lots of reasons why an appointment could help:

Drink fruit juice or fizzy drinks? Have trouble reaching the back? Food gets trapped? – We can spot the problem and suggest solutions.

Thinking about teeth whitening? – All whitening products contain a bleaching agent and it can do harm if we apply it to unhealthy gums.

You might have been seeing your dentist regularly but still seem to be suffering with gum problems.  If you think you are doing everything right, it would help to have a Full Mouth detailed charting with X-ray.

It shows areas to focus on, where brushing may be missing and the impact of illness or lifestyle. So you can improve problems such as bleeding gums, mouth infections and gum disease.

We all want our children to have healthy gums and teeth without fillings.

In addition to brushing teeth twice a day, regular visits to your Family dentist are an important part of keeping your children’s teeth healthy.

We always do our best to encourage and educate children about their teeth when they visit TLC Dental Centre and we make sure your children are put at ease and have fun when they visit us.

Sometimes despite how well we look after our children’s teeth they will occasionally need fillings. At TLC we offer white fillings and that blend in easily with your child’s natural teeth.  They won’t even know they have them.

As well as encouraging children we also help parents with advice on how to help look after youngsters’ dental health – to delay and hopefully eradicate the need for fillings for their teeth.

We start seeing kids as young as 1-2 years old. Starting dental care early is the best way to prevent oral health problems. Getting your child acquainted with the dental clinic early helps ease anxiety and fear too.

If you would like to know more about how you can keep your children’s teeth healthy give our reception team a call and start building good dental habits for your children that will last a lifetime.

Full and partial dentures can have a major impact on your smile and other facial features and it’s important to get them right.

At TLC we believe making dentures should be a personal process. We want to get the best possible results for you so right from the start we involve you in their design, creation and fitting.

Dentures aren’t for everyone so if you are thinking about dental implants, speak to us about the benefits of dentures vs dental implants.

If you’d like to know more about the different types of dentures available to you or if you need replacement dentures, talk to us at your next visit.

At TLC Dental Centre we are always worried about gum infection as it is usually a silent chronic disease. Without routine X-rays and a sharp eye, some gum infections are left untreated for years.

Unfortunately by the time the pain appears the problem has already involved the bone supporting the teeth. The tooth itself may be loose and if the situation is severe the tooth will require removal.

Gum infection is mainly caused by bacteria trapped in the crevice between the gum and the tooth, sometimes it can be due to injury or foreign objects.

Gum infection is also a common occurrence at the wisdom teeth area due to the fact that they are always not fully upright.

If you notice any swollen gums, bad breath or receding gums, we can help.