From milk teeth to implants and dentures, your family’s oral health is our main concern here at Winchmore Hill Dental Practice. We are proud to offer an exceptionally high standard of care when it comes to general dental treatments – and our caring approach extends across our practice, from reception staff to dental nurses, hygienists and dentists.
Check-ups are essential for staying on top of your oral health – and for creating a positive relationship with your dentist that will remain with you and your family for life. Patients who avoid visiting the dentist are far more likely to need to undergo the kind of extensive dental care they fear; but with regular check-ups, your dentist spot and eliminate dental problems before they become more challenging – and costly – to treat.
During your check-up, you will receive a thorough oral examination and your dentist will ask you lots of questions about your teeth and gums, your general health and your lifestyle. If any problems are identified that require treatment, a plan will be drawn up and follow-up appointments booked.
Milk teeth are just as important as adult teeth, so it is important that you bring your baby to see us as soon as their first teeth appear, or by the age of one regardless. As well as ruling out any serious problems, visiting the dentist early in childhood establishes a habit that will stay with them for life.
Tooth decay is on the rise among children in the UK – partly thanks to our sugary diet, and partly because parents either avoid coming to the dentist, or believe that it will be expensive to have their children treated. At Winchmore Hill Dental Practice, all children under 18 can be treated for free on the NHS, even if their parents are private patients.
At Winchmore Hill Dental Practice we recommend fissure sealants as an effective way of protecting against cavities. They are ideal for young teeth and permanent molars and pre-molars, once they are mature enough for application. Your dentist may recommend a fissure sealant for adults, too, if they are at high risk of developing cavities.
Fissure sealant FAQs
A fissure sealant is effectively a clear, plastic material that is placed onto the surface of your teeth to protect them from bacteria. Sealants are most commonly applied to the molars and pre-molars. Sealants can be applied to any tooth with pits or fissures, provided the surface is sound and it has no previous fillings.
It is quick, easy and comfortable to apply a fissure sealant. There is no need for an anaesthetic, drills or needles. Your tooth and fissures will be prepared and cleaned before the sealant is applied. Following application, the sealant will be hardened under a special UV light, forming a protective coating over the tooth. Fissure sealants can be applied either by a dentist or dental hygienist.
It is recommended that the sealant is applied as early as possible after the adult teeth have erupted as this offers the best chance of success. It is important to ensure that your tooth enamel is fully matured before applying any sealant. Your dentist can advise you depending on your risks and the condition of your teeth.
It is widely agreed that sealants are highly effective in helping to prevent decay in fissures. Just like a normal filling, a fissure sealant can last for many years with the correct maintenance and care. If the sealant becomes damaged or falls out, it can be easily replaced. Regular dental and hygienist checks are important in order to maintain the condition of your sealants and spot any problems early.