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General Dentistry


Check-ups

Check-ups in Dinas Powys at Castle Court Dental Care always begin with a warm welcome in our bright, comfortable waiting area. During your check-up, your dentist will carry out a thorough assessment of your mouth, teeth and gums, taking x-rays if necessary and asking you lots of questions about your oral hygiene, general health and lifestyle. If any problems are identified, a treatment plan will be created and follow-up appointments arranged. Fees and details of treatment will always be clearly explained.

We understand that it can be tempting to skip a few dental appointments – especially if you feel no pain and are happy with your smile. But here at Castle Court Dental Care we want to change that perception. A regular check-up with your family dentist is the key to keeping that healthy smile for decades to come. We will not only be able to spot any underlying problems that you might not be aware of, but will also advise and gently remind you about the little things, such as regular brushing and flossing, that make a big difference to your overall health and mitigate against costly future procedures.


Fillings

There’s no need to fear the filling at Castle Court Dental Care! These days getting a filling is a quick and painless procedure – and with our tooth-coloured composite fillings, no one will ever be able to tell the difference.

White fillings can be a great cosmetic solution for those who don't require extensive dental work. Made from a putty-like composite material, a white filling can be moulded, then permanently bonded, to your natural tooth – involving much less drilling than you’d undergo for metal fillings. White, or composite, fillings are not only used for new dental repairs, but can replace your old amalgam fillings too, so you can say goodbye to the ‘shadowed smile’ caused by those metal restorations.


Dental Hygiene Treatments

At Castle Court Dental Care, we can’t emphasise enough how important it is for patients to attend regular hygiene visits. While your dentist will be able to identify and treat dental problems as they arise, the hygienist can prevent those problems from occurring in the first place. During your hygiene appointment, the hygienist will clean your teeth in places brushing can’t reach, and ensure you’re armed with the most up-to-date knowledge and techniques on maintaining your own oral hygiene at home. The hygienist is also qualified to help with lifestyle changes that benefit your teeth and gums, such as eating healthily and quitting smoking.


Scale & Polish

Want to know why getting a scale and polish is one of the best things you can do for your oral health? A scale and polish is like a professional deep clean – removing plaque and tartar from areas brushing can’t reach, gently lifting away stains caused by food and drink, and buffing your teeth to a high shine that deflects plaque from reforming so quickly. A regular scale and polish is proven to be crucial in the battle against gum disease, tooth decay and even bad breath – and because the procedure leaves teeth looking shiny and new again, it’s also an excellent treatment to consider if you’ve got a big event coming up!

  • What causes gum disease?

    Quite simply, gum disease begins with bad oral hygiene. Let your regular brushing and flossing slide, and you'll allow a film of bacteria – plaque – to build up around the gum line. Caused by the food that remains on your teeth after eating, plaque eventually hardens to become tartar. Together, they attack the tooth enamel, making gums and teeth vulnerable to disease and decay.

  • How do I know if my gums aren't healthy?

    If you've ever experienced sore or bleeding gums while flossing or brushing, or you have bad breath, the chances are you have gingivitis – an early stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is easily reversed when you step up your oral hygiene regime – but left untreated, it will lead to periodontitis. At this stage, your gums will be inflamed and begin to pull away from the teeth, leaving them open to further infection and decay. It's a situation that requires urgent dental treatment.

  • How can my hygienist help with bad breath?

    Bad breath can be an early warning sign of gum disease, so your hygienist will take this seriously at Castle Court Dental Care. They will clean all those areas that are difficult to reach, and help you establish a routine for keeping your mouth clean and fresh. They will also be able to show you the best way to clean your teeth and gums, and show you any areas you may be missing, including your tongue.

  • What’s the best diet for healthy teeth and gums?

    If you aim to eat a balanced diet – i.e. equal parts carbohydrate and fruit and veg, along with smaller portions of protein and dairy – then you’ll already be on the right path to great oral health. Leafy green vegetables, nuts and lots of fibre are also beneficial for your teeth and gums. Sugar and acid (acid comes mainly from fizzy drinks and citrus fruits) should be avoided as much as possible. Our hygiene team is qualified to help patients with healthy eating and lifestyle choices, so do book an appointment if you need some advice.

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Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment – not a phrase that fills many with delight, but one that we really can put a positive spin on here at Castle Court Dental Care. Best viewed as the ‘hero’ procedure that ultimately rescues teeth from being extracted, root canal surgery has moved on significantly since the 20th century – in fact, it is now considered as routine as getting a filling!

Involving the extraction of infected tissue from deep inside the tooth, root canal treatment can be a lengthy procedure requiring multiple sessions require more than one visit with your family dentist. But the wait will be worth it for the long-term benefits of root canal surgery – statistics show that more than 90% of root canal-treated teeth survive for a further 8-10 years. Our dental practitioners in Dinas Powys have a wealth of experience treating root canal patients, with state-of-the-art facilities and pain management techniques.

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Last updated: 17/10/2018