Gum disease is often caused by a build up of plaque. The best way to remove this is by twice daily tooth brushing. But no matter how well you clean your teeth there will always be hard to reach areas that are tricky to keep clean. In these areas, plaque and bacteria can accumulate and may eventually mineralise to form a tough, crusty deposit called calculus or tartar, which is impossible to remove by brushing alone.
If not removed, more plaque can build up around the tooth and potentially under the gum line, leading to the progression of gum disease. To reduce the risk of gum disease or to help stop it from becoming more serious, we recommend that you have a professional clean, called a scale and polish, to get your teeth properly clean. This should be done at least once a year, but ideally every six months.
At Loxo Dental we have a dedicated dental hygienist who will assist you with an individualised preventative program.
A cavity or tooth decay occurs when the enamel (and dentin in some instances) on a tooth gets demineralised and infected with bacteria. A restoration then, needs to be done, where the infected and demineralised part of the tooth is removed and the space is filled with filling material.
At Loxo Dental we have an array of filling materials to choose from to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth and we are able to create pleasing and natural-looking smiles using ceramics and composites that mimic natural teeth. We do not use amalgam fillings at Loxo Dental.
Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and cost of dental restorations. These include the patient’s oral and general health, components used in the filling material, where and how the filling is placed, the chewing load that the tooth will have to bear, and the duration and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth.
Dental implants are an outstanding restorative option for patients who have missing teeth or require tooth extraction because of advanced disease or decay.
A dental implant is a threaded titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace lost tooth roots. Following surgery, you will receive a dental implant restoration.
One of the most useful ways of treating anxious or scared patients, is by using intravenous sedation. Intravenous sedation (IV sedation), also known as conscious sedation, is a way of performing dental and surgical procedures under the influence of an intravenous sedative agent.
Unlike general anesthesia, during IV sedation the patient is not unconscious but rather in an induced, relaxed, sleep-like state. It makes the patient less aware of the procedure or treatment. The patient will be in a semi-awake state and can follow verbal commands and communicate with the dentist. Most dental procedures can be done under sedation.
Wisdom teeth removal
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to appear in your mouth, occurring normally between 17 and 25 years of age. Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth — the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom.
If a wisdom tooth does not have room to grow (impacted wisdom tooth), resulting in pain, infection or other dental problems, you'll likely need to have it pulled. Sometimes it is recommended to have impacted wisdom teeth extracted even if they are not currently causing problems to prevent future problems.
Root canal treatments
A root canal treatment is used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected or when an injury or a large cavity damages the tooth’s nerve. During a root canal procedure, the nerve is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and an abscess may form. Very often a crown is needed to provide enough support for a root canal treated tooth. At Loxo Dental we use an operating microscope to optimise the results of your root canal treatments.
Treatment for School-aged children
For patients between 13 and 18 years of age (NZ resident or citizen), treatment is free under the Adolescent Oral Health Scheme at Loxo Dental.