Dental Treatment

Treatment What is it? (risks) Is it safe? What are the benefits?
Dental Check-up A comprehensive examination includes a check of your child’s teeth and gums and a risk factor assessment for dental disease. Yes. – Effective detection of dental disease. – Creation of a plan for promoting good oral health. – Thorough examination using a mirror and probe. – Growth assessment for primary school children. – Emphasis on privacy and comfort.
Dental X-rays Dental x-rays are safe for people of all ages. If you provide consent, the dental practitioner will assess your child’s teeth and decide if dental x-rays are needed. Yes. In some cases, temporary irritation, discomfort, and/or bleeding of the gums may occur due to placement of x-ray film – Increased detection of tooth decay compared to visual examination alone.
Dental Clean A dental practitioner may perform a clean of your child’s teeth to remove plaque and calculus – the soft film of bacteria and hard deposits that build up on the teeth over time. Yes. In some cases, temporary irritation or sensitivity, discomfort, and/or bleeding of the gums may occur which heals fast. – Promotion of healthy gums and teeth through the removal of plaque and calculus.- reduce the risk of caries and gum disease.
Fluoride Varnish Application Fluoride varnish is a sticky paste that is applied to the teeth to help prevent tooth decay. Yes. Adverse effects, including the risk of ingestion and toxicity, are extremely rare. – Strengthening of tooth enamel. – Prevention of tooth decay. – Safe application with minimal risk of adverse effects.
Fissure Sealants A fissure sealant is a resin or glass ionomer-based coating that a dental practitioner may apply to the grooves of your child’s permanent back teeth. Yes. – Long-term barrier to food and plaque accumulation. – Prevention of tooth decay. – Safe application, especially for children.
Fillings A filling involved removing dental caries from your natural teeth, shaping and preparing your tooth and then placing tooth like material such as GIC or Composite. A dental professional will then polish the new material to ensure it is a close match to your natural teeth. Yes. Short-term tooth sensitivity may occur after the procedure. Fillings may chip or crack over time, potentially trapping food and bacteria. Regular checkups and monitoring of teeth are advised. – Effective treatment for tooth decay. – Provides relief from pain or discomfort associated with decayed teeth. – Restoration of tooth function and structure. – Short-term sensitivity usually resolves. – Regular check-ups enable early detection and maintenance of dental health.