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  • Writer's pictureYealmpton Dental Practice Limited

Prevention is the best option

The old adage that prevention is better than cure is certainly a good rule to apply to most things and oral hygiene certainly falls into that category. Unfortunately, we are exposed to so many situations in life that maintaining a perfect regime is not always possible. Our eating and drinking habits can have such a detrimental effect on our teeth that it is important to adhere to a regular routine. Regular half-yearly visits to our dentist should be part of any oral hygiene regime. This allows for the early detection of minor problems that can prevent major issues from developing. Introducing children to the dentist early not only to have an examination but also to develop a relaxed relationship with the dental environment will reinforce the need for a fixed regime.

Always in good, safe hands

Throughout life, there are occasions when things don’t always go to plan and it is in those circumstances that it is good to know that we can quickly and safely find the solution we need. Cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry is not recognised as a speciality and some dentists will provide this form of treatment having completed some additional training.

As a Specialist Dentist in Devon, we not only offer general dentistry but a range of specialist referral services which include cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, root canal treatment, dentures, crowns, bridges, veneers, periodontics and implants. Your requirements are assessed by one of our very thorough and competent general dentists who will discuss your needs and the options that are available to you. You are then free to follow his recommendations and make use of the available services.

What makes a dentist a specialist dentist

To be a dental specialist, a qualified dentist must have undertaken and completed postgraduate courses and must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC). The courses in the UK are oral surgery, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, pedodontics, implantology and cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry.

When would I be referred

If as a result of grinding your teeth, usually at night, your teeth become broken or worn down, you will be referred to a prosthodontist. When you have root canal problems due to narrow nerve canals or maybe curved roots an endodontist is the specialist required. Misaligned teeth or an overbite require the services of an orthodontist. A small child requiring dental attention is normally referred to a paedodontist. Gum disease which is affecting bone that supports the teeth involves the services of a periodontist. An oral surgeon will operate on wisdom teeth or nerve bundle problems.

Complete service

It is not unusual to be apprehensive when it comes to visiting the dentist and when the need to be referred arises it is natural to be anxious. A Specialist Dentist in Devon, Yealmpton Dental Practise is proud to be able to offer a complete referral service with the patients’ well-being paramount. Peace of mind is assured by our comfortable surroundings, our friendly manner and patient dedicated service. Everything in one place means that there is no need to move out of your familiar surroundings or to become more comfortable with a new practitioner.


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