General Dentistry Taunton
When it comes to your everyday dental care, you want to feel confident that your dentist can offer all of the treatments you might need in a way that suits you. Here at Revitalise Dental, we’ve worked hard to make sure our dentist in Taunton provides patients with all of the treatments they might require throughout their lives, as well as so much more than what the average general dentist offers.
We’ve built up a strong reputation for excellence over the years and are proud to have patients coming to us for their 6 monthly check-ins from far and wide. We’re still welcoming new patients, so if you’re looking for a truly bespoke experience, we can help.
We do things differently at Revitalise Dental
There’s nothing more damaging to a person’s confidence and feeling towards the necessary treatment they need than a negative experience in the dentist’s chair, which is why we’ve put so much emphasis on the patient experience. Everything about our Taunton dentist is designed to put you at ease from the very moment you step through the door, and we focus heavily on a bespoke approach so that your needs are truly met at every appointment.
We make sure we get to know you and have a good idea of what your goals are, as well as understanding where your oral health is at. To do this, we make our routine examinations a little more thorough than other practices. This helps us to ensure every bit of your future dental care can be curated to treat any issues and get you closer to your dream smile. These examinations usually include:
- A thorough examination of your head, neck, jaw joints, gums, teeth and overall oral health
- X-rays of the inside of your mouth
- A discussion to go over any needs or concerns you may have
Taking these extra steps during your routine appointments will help us to find any issues in their earliest stages, and things that will have almost certainly been missed otherwise. If any problems are detected, we can then go ahead and treat them before they become too problematic. Any and all treatment plans we offer are made tailored to you, so you can be confident that you will be getting the very best care when you’re a patient with us.
Why choose Revitalise Dental?
We appreciate that finding a dentist you can stay with for your entire life is no easy task, and many of our patients come to us after being with several other practices in the past. We’re proud of the fantastic relationships we’ve developed with our patients, and through word of mouth, our patients now come to us from far and wide to our facilities in Cornwall even if they’re looking for a Taunton dentist.
We have worked hard to create a home away from home setting within our innovative clinic and offer some of the most modern and state-of-the-art technology available. We also have an on-site laboratory, which means that you won’t need to wait half as long for results or prosthetics to be made. It also means we can guarantee a certain level of quality to all of our patients, whatever they’re having done.
So, if you’re looking for a dentist in Taunton who you can trust to take care of all your needs, with affordable treatments and a range of finance options to help you along – get in touch with our team by calling us on 01872 555 911 or emailing at [email protected].
Tooth extraction is the process of removing the whole tooth from the mouth. Whilst this is a routine procedure, unless there are no other treatment options, we try to limit the amount of extractions that we perform. This is due to further problems possible occurring if a gap is left in the mouth. The few times we may consider tooth removal include;
Impacted wisdom tooth
Your wisdom teeth are the last of your adult teeth to grow through and are found at the back of your gums. However, there is not always enough room for them to grow through properly, so they will start growing at an angle. When this happens, they are known as being ‘impacted’.
Once we have determined that your wisdom tooth will not grow properly, or may cause problems later on in life, we will suggest extracting it. This is a straightforward procedure that will be carried out in our dental practice. When a wisdom tooth is removed your mouth should function as normal. Once it has been extracted, there is no need to replace the tooth with a prosthetic.
If you are prone to health issues or have a weakened immune system, you have a higher risk of getting a tooth infection. If the infection develops too far, and antibiotics or a root canal cannot fix it, it would be best to have the tooth removed in order to stop the infection spreading to more of your teeth or even other parts of your body.
A ‘dead’ or non-vital tooth has lost its blood flow and no longer functions. They will naturally fall out over time but waiting for this to happen could cause toothache, discomfort, or even an abscess. Here at Revitalise Dental Centre, if we suspect a tooth is dead, or dying, we will recommend extracting it as to avoid any further risks.
Baby teeth or extra teeth
Your baby teeth don’t always fall out on their own, and sometimes people have extra teeth growing through. In both these situations, the permanent teeth can be stopped from growing properly.
What to expect during a tooth extraction?
Tooth removal can sometimes be an intimidating procedure. Here at Revitalise we pride ourselves on offering our patients a quick and painless removal at our state-of-the-art dental centre. We start off the procedure by applying a topical gel anaesthetic to the area of the mouth from which the tooth shall be removed. We then use a local anaesthetic to numb the area. By doing this, we are making it a pain-free procedure for our patients. Once the anaesthetic has started to work, and you feel relaxed and comfortable, our trained professionals will start to widen the tooth socket so they can gently start ‘pulling’ out the tooth.
Although our aim is to offer a quick extraction, we never rush or pressure our patients. We understand that a lot of patients undergoing a tooth removal feel anxious about the process, so we encourage you to let us know if you want to take a short break or feel uncomfortable. Only when you feel ready, we will begin again.
During your appointment, your aftercare will be discussed with you. Looking after your teeth after a removal is vital in ensuring that it is allowed to heal properly. Because we use a local anaesthetic when removing a tooth, you might not feel like driving after your treatment. When travelling from Taunton for general dentistry treatment we recommend having someone take you to and from our centre.
Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment, or Endodontics, is used to treat teeth that are badly infected or if a nerve is diagnosed to be dead (necrotic).
This treatment is only used however when the soft tissues at the centre of your teeth, known as the pulp, have become infected. There are a few ways that the pulp can become infected, such as tooth decay or even if the tooth sustains an injury. When this happens, bacteria is able to enter and grow inside the tooth.
Symptoms of an infected pulp
Having an x-ray done of your mouth by your dentist is the only way to determine if the pulp has become infected. Any of the following symptoms are always worth mentioning during your general dentistry check-up;
- Sensitivity or pain when you eat and drink
- A tooth that is loose or wobbly
- Inflammation in the mouth
- Pain when biting or chewing
If left, the infection could develop and get worse over time, meaning that the pulp will start dying. Your symptoms may clear up if this happens, but that does not necessarily mean that the infection has cleared. Our immune systems are designed to fight off any dead tissues. If left, a dead tooth could cause an abscess or cyst in your mouth.
The original symptoms will eventually return, and may bring with them new ones, such as;
- Bad breath that does not go away even after brushing your teeth
- Sickness and fever
- A bad or unusual taste in your mouth
What to expect during root canal treatment?
The purpose of a root canal is to remove infected bacteria and debris, therefore saving the tooth from having to be extracted. In order to remove the bacteria, the pulp must be completely removed from the tooth. This is done by creating an opening in the outer structure of the tooth so that your dentist has access to the pulp. Once your root canal has been cleaned and the infection has been removed, it will be either filled with a composite filling, or covered with a crown. For this procedure, you will be given a local anaesthetic, stopping you from feeling any pain.
Fillings and Crowns
By having regular check-ups with your general dentist, we are able to spot cavities, holes that appear in your teeth, before they grow too big, causing further complications like tooth loss or infections. Treating a cavity is as simple as filling it in.
What to expect when receiving a filling
Filling treatments are an extremely common procedure which are carried out under a local anaesthesia so that you can relax and receive a pain-free experience. The treatment starts off by seeing if there is any decay in the tooth. Once any decay has been removed, your tooth will be cleaned up and shaped, before inserting the filling. After the cavity has been filled, your general dentist will check to see that your bite is correct and make any necessary adjustments. This is a simple and straightforward procedure that will only take about half an hour.
Fillings are usually made from one of two types of material; Amalgam or Composite. Amalgam fillings are a mixture of multiple metals, most commonly mercury and silver, which is why they are usually referred to as ‘silver fillings’. Composite fillings are tooth coloured and are more aesthetically pleasing as they are not visible when your mouth is open.
What is a crown and when would I need one?
Where fillings are used to restore small areas of tooth decay, crowns are used to treat teeth that are badly decayed to the extent that a filling would not be able to provide the long-term support that the tooth would need. Crowns are designed so that they cover the tooth, forming a protective barrier from further damage.
A crown may also be used in the following situations;
- A broken or chipped tooth which needs restoring
- After root canal treatment, to ensure what is left of the tooth is protected