General Dentistry

Our priority is your ongoing dental health and to achieve this we develop Individual Treatment Plans in consultation with you. These plans include regular follow ups and visits to Kelly, our registered Hygienist.

Regular appointments are an important aspect of maintaining your dental health, we can quickly see if there are any problems and rectify them before they cause you pain and discomfort. For many of our patients regular follow ups, in conjunction with regular preventative visits to Kelly are enough to maintain ongoing dental health for many years without any painful or expensive problems.

Step 1 – Examination

If you’re a new patient we begin by giving your mouth a thorough examination. At this stage we will take Digital X-rays and begin building a picture of your Dental Health. These records are kept on secure file and are added to at every visit. Monitors in the treatment rooms mean that we can show you your X-rays and discuss options.

Step 2 – Individual Treatment Plans

In consultation with you we will develop your Individual Treatment Plan and prioritise any dental work you may require. At Riccarton Dentists we prefer to offer patients the most minimally invasive options first and look to conserving existing teeth where possible. Your Treatment Plan focuses on maintaining your oral health and keeping your teeth for life.

Step 3 – Treatment

We focus on minimally invasive options and aim to conserve your existing teeth where possible but in some instances it’s necessary to act swiftly to avoid worsening damage.

Dental Fillings

Fillings are used to repair damage to the structure of a tooth or teeth. Structural damage can be caused as a result of tooth decay, wear or trauma. After removal of the problematic tooth structure, the tooth is restored with one of several filling materials: gold, amalgam, composite resin or porcelain. Each filling material has its advantages and disadvantages and we can discuss the relative merits of each option.

Bonding

Bonding is the term used to describe the process of using composite resins to ‘glue’ materials to the surface of a tooth for restorative purposes. Chipped or cracked teeth are typically repaired through bonding. Enamel-like composite material is applied to the surface of a tooth, sculptured to shape, contoured and polished, making the crack or chip invisible.