this is the diagnosis, treatment and management of your overall oral health needs which falls into 2 main areas:
- Gum care – regular scale and cleans maintain healthy gums and prevent gum disease. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums, it can present as red, puffy and bleeding gums. If gingivitis is left untreated it can lead to advanced gum disease or periodontitis, this can present as abscesses, gum recession, bad breath and can lead to premature tooth loss. If there is pre existing periodontitis a course of treatment may be necessary to stabilise the condition. Gum disease in the most part is preventable.
- Tooth care – to prevent tooth decay we offer fissure sealants, this is the application of a varnish into the fissures of the teeth to prevent cavities, we recommend this for all If cavities develop, the decay needs to be removed and a filling placed, we place white fillings at Preston Dental to prevent tooth pain. It is important to check the teeth regularly and to have up-to-date Xrays to detect decay in the early stages.
Orthodontic Treatment and Appliances
We only use digital Xrays at Preston Dental, these make the process quicker and more comfortable for you and also allows us to use a far smaller and safer dose of radiation to obtain high quality, clear images. We offer OPG’s in house and our CBCT machine is used to create 3D images of your teeth and jaws, this can be useful for more complex treatments.
TMJ & TMD
Headache, face pain, stiff neck & shoulders, sensitive teeth, cracked fillings, tooth wear… These are some of the signs that you may have a jaw joint problem that needs treatment.
We use a range of modern therapies for jaw joint problems, which can help you avoid serious future problems like pain & tooth loss. Many treatments are simple – including exercises done at home – which can make a huge difference to your enjoyment of life.
If your jaw problems are caused by badly aligned/crooked teeth, we can offer orthodontic care options. This means you can get a nicer smile, happier jaw joints, and better overall health.
We also work closely with chiropractors to enhance your treatment, since your jaw joint problems may be related to issues in posture, skeletal alignment, and body balance. As this chiropractic care starts to work, you should notice better posture and body balance, improved breathing and more restful sleep.
Snoring is the hoarse or harsh sound that occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing the tissues to vibrate as you breathe.
Nearly everyone snores now and then, but for some people it can be a chronic problem. Sometimes it may also indicate a serious health condition. In addition, snoring can be a nuisance to your partner.
Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol close to bedtime or sleeping on your side, can help stop snoring.
In addition, medical devices and surgery are available that may reduce disruptive snoring. However, these aren’t suitable or necessary for everyone who snores.
Snoring is often associated with a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
Not all snorers have OSA, but if snoring is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, it may be an indication to see a doctor for further evaluation for OSA:
- Witnessed breathing pauses during sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Morning headaches
- Sore throat upon awakening
- Restless sleep
- Gasping or choking at night
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain at night
- Your snoring is so loud it’s disrupting your partner’s sleep
People with obstructive sleep apnoea usually experience periods when breathing slows or stops at least five times during every hour of sleep.
Risk factors that may contribute to snoring include:
- Being a man. Men are more likely to snore or have sleep apnoea than are women.
- Being overweight. People who are overweight or obese are more likely to snore or have obstructive sleep apnoea.
- Having a narrow airway. Some people may have a long soft palate, or large tonsils or adenoids, which can narrow the airway and cause snoring.
- Drinking alcohol. Alcohol relaxes your throat muscles, increasing the risk of snoring.
- Having nasal problems. If you have a structural defect in your airway, such as a deviated septum, or your nose is chronically congested, your risk of snoring is greater.
- Having a family history of snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea. Heredity is a potential risk factor for OSA.
If you play contact sports, it is highly recommended that you wear a sports mouthguard to protect your teeth and jaws. Even if you do experience a traumatic injury while playing sport, wearing a sports mouthguard may give you a better chance of successful treatment and reduce the possibility of long term and permanent damage.
We offer a variety of mouthguard colour variants: