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What is Advanced Dentistry?

Advanced Dentistry refers to the the specialities within the dental industry. Performed by dentists who have gone on to further study and master advanced dentistry procedures and techniques to specialise in their chosen fields.

Every dentist can provide routine preventive care, those twice-yearly check-ups and dental cleanings, as well as keep an eye on developing oral health issues. But if a serious oral health problem has been diagnosed you would usually be referred to see a specialist in that particular area of advanced dentistry.

As a multi-disciplinary practice we provide these specialist dental treatments all under one roof, ensuring continuity of care for all of your dental needs.

A dentist or endodontist can perform a root canal. An endodontist is a dentist who specialises in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of injuries and diseases of dental pulp or the nerve of a tooth.

Root canal is an advanced dentistry procedure that is performed when a tooth is badly decayed or infected, to repair and save the tooth.

The nerve and pulp of a tooth can become irritated and infected if there is deep decay or if there has been repeated dental procedures on the tooth. This damage can also be cause by trauma to the face or large fillings, cracks, or chips to the tooth.

During a root canal, the nerve and pulp of the tooth are removed and the inside is cleaned and sealed. If left untreated, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and may cause an abscess to form or further health problems to occur.

Root canal procedures have a reputation of being painful. And while the procedure process can be a long one, it is usually no more painful than having a filling placed.

Your dentist will discuss pain management with you and if your case is more severe or complex or if you are a nervous patient, sedation for this treatment is available.

It is possible for a simple root canal treatment to be completed in 30 – 60 minutes. However, the procedure time varies depending on a number of factors.

Our expert dentist will discuss all areas of your treatment plan prior to the procedure, to ensure you are happy to proceed and know exactly what to expect.

At Twelve Dental we are dedicated to providing the very best care to all of our patients. We pride ourselves on getting to know you and want you to feel happy and comfortable in our practice.

We understand that fear of the dentist is a very real thing, with around 1/3 of Brits admitting to having a fear of the dentist. We have nothing but sympathy for nervous patients and those who suffer with dental anxiety.

We want to help ease your fears and want to know if you are feeling nervous. Don’t worry we won’t take it personally!

Our expert dental team will take the time to discuss any/all of the procedures with to ensure you are comfortable and confident in your dental treatment and they can offer sedation to patients if required.

While it is always our aim at Twelve Dental to save a tooth, it is sometimes necessary to extract them.

  • Crowding – Where there is excessive crowding and we are unable to properly align the teeth, tooth extraction might be needed before you can have Orthodontic treatment. This may also be the case if a tooth cannot break through the gum (erupt) because there is no room in the mouth for it.
  • Infection – If bacteria has infected the nerves and blood vessels and bacteria in the mouth has entered the pulp of the tooth and antibiotics have not worked, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Risk of Infection – If you have a weakened immune system (if you are receiving chemotherapy or having an organ transplant, for example) the risk of infection in your tooth may be reason enough to extract it, to prevent further problems to your overall health.
  • Periodontal disease – Is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth. If the issue is severe and can not be corrected with periodontal treatment or surgery it may be necessary to extract the tooth or teeth.

If you are concerned about the health of your teeth and think you may have an infection in your tooth you should visit a dentist immediately to prevent the need for tooth extraction and any further issues to your health.

Periodontics is a specialty of advanced dentistry that focuses on the supporting structures of teeth and the diseases and conditions that affect them.

A periodontist is a dentist that specialises in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of dental implants.

You may require periodontal treatment if you have any issues with your gum health or if you are having dental implants.

If you have any of the symptoms below you should visit a dentist immediately, to diagnose and treat the problem before it becomes more serious.

  • Swollen, red or tender gums or pain in your mouth.
  • Bleeding when brushing, flossing, or eating.
  • Receding gums
  • Drifting, moving or separating teeth.
  • Pus between your gums and teeth.
  • Persistent bad breath.
  • A change in your teeth alignment when you bite.
  • A change in the fit of partial dentures.
Prosthodontics is the speciality of advanced dentistry concerned with the design, manufacture, and fitting of artificial replacements for teeth and other parts of the mouth.

Our Prosthodontists provide multi-disciplinary levels of care, including;

  • Maxillofacial (jaw and face) abnormalities.
  • Repairing failed treatments that have a negative affect on the mouth and smile
  • Treatment of cases caused by congenital disorders or cases caused by oral/maxillofacial trauma or neglect
  • Advanced dental care for complex structural issues of the teeth, gums and supporting bone structure.
Sedation can be used to help manage dental anxiety, making treatment a more pleasant experience for you. An alternative to general anaesthesia that can be used for most dental procedures.

Inhalation sedation means breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen (gas and air) which quickly leads to a calm, relaxed feeling.

Although you may feel a little drowsy, you will stay conscious at all times and our dental team will put you at ease and explain the process to you throughout in a calm and gentle manner.

Sedation may be an option for you if, you are a nervous patient, if you have had a bad dental experience in the past, or if you or your child are concerned about dental pain and need to feel more relaxed in order to have treatment.

When performed by our expert dentists, sedation is completely safe for adults and children, with no adverse after-effects to worry about. The gas and air leaves the body as soon as you breathe in a few breaths of normal air.

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Our clinicians work together, taking a multidisciplinary approach to ensure comprehensive treatment; which achieves the best possible outcome for your smile.

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As a gentle dentist practice we promise to personalise your experience; to listen to your concerns and to take the time to build positive and trusting relationships to alleviate dental fears. It is our aim to meet and exceed your expectations.

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