To ensure to continuously provide treatment of the highest quality we at Dulwich Dental constantly review and update our methods and procedures. We strive to use only the latest technology for your dental treatments.
Intra Oral Camera
The Intra Oral Camera is a small digital camera which looks like a pen and is connected to a screen above your head so you can watch as we examine your teeth. This procedure helps you to better understand your current condition, and you can follow the treatment on the screen. It allows us to store dental images for future comparisons, and we can also discuss a treatment plan with you on the spot.
Low Dose Digital X-Rays
In Digital X-Rays electronic sensors are used to provide a more detailed image and reduce radiation exposure by up to 90% compared to traditional x-ray film. Images can be viewed instantly so your dentist can detect problems earlier as well as explain and show them to you.
An early detection and treatment may save you time, money and unnecessary discomfort.
Our experienced team at Dulwich Dental understands that many patients are nervous about their visit to the dentist. Therefore we offer the advanced technology of dental lasers to perform leading-edge treatments which are less painful and invasive.
At Dulwich Dental we use Laser Dentistry for:
- Smile Design and Gum Lifting
- Various Soft Tissue Procedures
An Orthopantomogram (OPG) is a panoramic x-ray of the upper and lower jaws including the teeth. An OPG can be used to look for fractures, dislocated jaws, infections and dentition (the characteristic arrangement of teeth). It is a fairly painless and fast procedure and no radiation is left in the mouth after the treatment is finished.
At Dulwich Dental our care extends beyond the time you spend in our practice. Our staff are committed to providing you with the necessary information and post-operative strategies which you can complete in your own time, at home. In most cases, our dentists will request some post-procedural check-ups to ensure that you are healing correctly and that your treatment is working effectively. In the section below we would like to give you some general information on the post-treatment for the most common procedures.
Following the placement of white fillings, we find that patients often ask “When can I eat?” Good news is that as soon as the anaesthesia has worn off you can chew on the filling and eat. Although your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive to different temperatures and pressure this is completely normal and will pass within a few days to a week. If the sensitivity or pressure persists after a couple of weeks or causes you serious pain contact your dentist.
Crowns and Bridges
You may experience numbness of lips, tongue and teeth after your visit. Avoid chewing until the numbness has passed. Over the counter medication can be taken according to the instructions. If the soreness persists more than 1-2 days call the practice.
If you experience discomfort after your crown or bridge has been permanently seated your bite may still need to be adjusted. We want your bite to be as comfortable as possible so please call us for an adjustment if needed. If the sensitivity or pain persists also contact your dentist.
Do not eat any hot food until the anaesthesia has worn off completely, and try not to touch the affected area with your mouth or finger during the first day. Do not participate in any exercise such as running or gym workouts in the first 48 hours.
There may be swelling and/or bruising following the treatment which usually peaks after 2-3 days. This is completely normal and can be alleviated with ice packs.
Usually, there should not be any pain however if you do experience discomfort you can manage it with analgesics (painkillers).
Root Canal Therapy
Some post-operative discomfort is not uncommon following the root canal treatment. Your tooth may feel slightly different or be more sensitive however this is normal during the natural healing process. If needed you can manage the discomfort with painkillers however it is important you follow the instructions on how to take the medication.
Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until it has been fully restored, however, you should brush and floss as usual.
If you experience a throbbing sensation we advise keeping your head elevated as much as possible by placing extra pillows under your head when lying down. We also advise avoiding strenuous activity throughout this period.
If any antibiotic medication has been prescribed post treatment, it is essential you take the medication for the entirety of the prescribed time. Should you develop a significant swelling, an allergic reaction to the medication or have an uneven bite contact your dentist.
Avoid hot or cold food until the anaesthesia has worn off completely.
It is advised to not rinse the area or chew on it for 24 hours in order to promote the correct formation of the blood clot so the wound can heal.
Avoid alcohol and smoking for at least 24 hours. In the case of some slight bleeding use a gauze pad and apply pressure to the wound. Bite on the gauze for 15 minutes. Should the bleeding persist after 2 hours contact your dentist.
You may experience some soreness after the surgery which you can easily manage with a mild analgesic. If your dentist prescribes medication it is important to follow the instructions. To prevent or reduce swelling an ice pack can be applied to the side of your face every 20 minutes.
Regular meals can be consumed immediately after surgery, however, cold foods such as ice cream or yoghurt are often most comfortable on the first day. It is also important to remain hydrated.
Maintenance and care of your new veneers are relatively simple. A regular oral hygiene is essential to maintain them. Some initial sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures may be experienced, but should subside once your teeth adjust to the veneers. They may feel strange at first while your mouth adjusts to the veneers addition. However, if you are a tooth grinder or a jaw clencher it is important to inform your dentist as this can potentially cause wear and damage to your veneers.