Our most frequently asked questions
Please read through our most frequently asked questions in order to learn more about the dental treatments we offer here at Sherwood Dental.
Why is my dental health important?
It can be extremely beneficial to maintain sound dental and oral health for a number of reasons. The health of your teeth is intrinsically linked to your general wellbeing and functioning teeth allow us to shape our words and chew our food in order to gain nutrients. Additionally decay or infection in your teeth can affect a number of other parts of your body, including your jawbone. This is why maintaining a healthy smile can help you to ensure that you are taking care of your general health. The appearance of your smile can also affect your self- confidence, which is also why maintaining sound dental health can be advantageous.
How can I maintain excellent dental health?
There are a number of steps you can take in order to maintain a sound oral hygiene routine. Brushing twice daily and flossing at least once a day can help you to ensure your teeth, gums and soft tissues are as clean as possible. Avoiding food or drinks that have a high sugar content can also help you to establish sound dental health. In addition to these steps we advise that our patients visit our dental professionals every 6 months for a general check-up so we can monitor your dental health and remove stubborn plaque or tartar.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a specialisation of dentistry that focuses on the appearance of your smile. We offer the full spectrum of cosmetic dentistry treatments, including teeth whitening and Invisalign, in order to potentially help our patients achieve the smile they deserve.
Who is a suitable candidate for cosmetic dentistry?
Most of our patients are suitable candidates to benefit from our cosmetic dentistry treatments. Cosmetic dentistry is often ideal for those who wish to improve the appearance of their smile, including the shape, shade or positioning of the teeth. During your initial consultation our dental professionals will assess your teeth and dental health in order to identify if you are a suitable candidate for a cosmetic dentistry treatment.
Why should I visit the dentist every 6 months?
Our dental professionals believe it is important for our patients to visit our dental practice every 6 months so that we can ensure that you are maintaining excellent dental health. These appointments allow our team to help safeguard you against the development of cavities and dental decay. If these concerns are ignored they can progress into much more concerning conditions and can even lead to tooth or bone loss.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves the use of pain and anxiety control via the use of medical sedatives. While we do offer sleep dentistry for our patients who are undergoing complex treatments, we also have a wide range of pain and anxiety management options for more minor treatments, including nitrous oxide. To more about our pain management options please visit our sedation dentistry page.
Why is it important to bring my child in to visit the dentist?
It is important to bring you child to the dentist around the age of 7 in order to help safeguard their smile and potentially avoid complex restorative or orthodontic treatments later in life. Our dental professionals can assess the positioning and structure of their teeth, as well as instil healthy dental habits that can stay with them for life.
What is involved in root canal therapy?
Many of our patients are nervous about root canal therapy, however the reality is there is nothing to fear about this treatment. Root canal therapy involves removing infected pulp from the tooth’s root to prevent further damage to that tooth or to eliminate the need for tooth extraction. During this procedure we will ensure that you are comfortable with our comprehensive range of pain management options before we begin to remove the infected pulp. After the pulp is removed we will fill the tooth and ensure it is completely sealed to prevent the reoccurrence of decay.