General Dentistry at Millennium Dental Clinic

At Millennium Dental, we understand that there is no such thing as ‘basic’ dentistry. To maintain your oral health, it is vital to attend regular check-ups and hygienist appointments.

Whilst we are proud of our many advanced treatments, we are also aware that most of our patients come to us for everyday dentistry. General dentistry is orientated towards the Treatment of Dental issues and disease.

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays/Onlays are dental restorations, made in the dental technician’s lab. They help in rectifying the rear teeth that might be damaged because of mild or moderate decaying. The process can also help in restoring cracked or fractured teeth, which are not damaged enough for a crown. Made from materials such as porcelain, composite resin and even gold, inlays/onlays are also used in place of metal fillings to get a more natural smile. Unlike metal fillings, they do not expand or contract according to changes in temperature. They also do not change their shape and colour and are extremely strong, compared to the fillings.

If they are made from tooth colour material, they are almost invisible, which helps in maintaining the natural appearance of the teeth. They add to the health of the teeth and make them stronger by 75%. As they are attached to the teeth in a very secure manner, they help in keeping the teeth safe from bacterial attack and prevent the formation of cavities.

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A bridge is a dental device which is used to fill the space where a tooth was removed or had fallen out. It is a false tooth that is held in place by being attached to the teeth next to it, like a bridge.

The bridge preserves the integrity of your existing teeth by preventing the shifting of teeth and jaw issues. It is recommended that a patient waits three months after a tooth is extracted before placing a bridge. The procedure consists of several visits. Primarily, the tooth is usually reduced in size to fit the crown. Then, an impression is taken, from which the dental lab makes the custom crown. Finally, the crown is permanently cemented in place.

Overall, Crowns and Bridges ensure that your smile remains healthy and attractive. Proper oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is mandatory to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. With proper care, a crown or bridge can last a lifetime.

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Extraction is the process of removing single or multiple teeth. Extractions become necessary in case of problematic wisdom teeth or when a tooth has decayed and is beyond repair or even as a preparatory measure for an elaborate orthodontic procedure. Extraction is necessary to prevent the infection from spreading to other teeth and causing additional damage.

The extraction is carried out either through a surgical procedure or done in a simple manner using a tooth holder, forceps and local anaesthesia. The choice of method depends on your dental health and the severity of the problem. Once a tooth has been extracted, the gap can be easily refilled by an implant.

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Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth on the lower jaw, upper jaw or both. They restore the chewing function, the speech and the shape of the face after the loss of the teeth. There are two main types of dentures: complete and partial. Partial dentures only fill the spaces where there are no teeth, allowing for the remaining natural teeth to stay. They are usually attached to the natural teeth with specific attachments.

Complete or full dentures, however, replace all the teeth. They are made when there are no teeth remaining. Dentures can be fitted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth or after a healing period of about 6 to 8 weeks.

The manufacturing and instalment of dentures take approximately a month followed by any minor adjustments that may be necessary. During the first few weeks after the procedure, it is recommended that you wear your denture constantly. Although this can be an uncomfortable experience, it is the best and quickest way to determine if any adjustments need to be made. Soft foods are recommended along with chewing on both sides to best measure the level of comfort while wearing dentures.

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Root Canal Treatments

Root canal procedure is an effective way of stopping the spread of infection by removing infected tissue and just as importantly, it is virtually painless for most patients.

Root canal procedures are necessary when an infection spreads to the inside of the tooth, and starts affecting the nerves. Symptoms of an interior infection include sensitivity to touch, cold and hot foods, as well as pain radiating from the tooth. If the tooth hasn’t been treated, pus can develop within the tooth and create an abscess. The procedure is designed to save the healthy portion of the tooth and avoid its extraction.

A root canal procedure takes 2 to 3 visits during which the dentist evacuates the infected tissues, disinfects the area and places a final restoration to seal the hole permanently.

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