The Family Dental Care Group has branches all over Durban with upmarket dental practices and the latest dental equipment that aims to cater for all income brackets. Their Queensburgh branch can be found at the Medical on Main Centre at 906 Main Road, Queensburgh where Medical Aids are accepted. The middle class town of Queensburgh can be found at a more inland part of the greater Durban area. The town was first settled by the working class who liked the cooler setting than the humidity experienced in most parts of Durban. The Family Dental Care Group provides the following services at their Queensburgh practice.
Prevention of dental problems is one of the main concerns of the Family Dental Care Group’s dentist in Queensburgh. Prevention comes from the dentist teaching how to properly brush and floss your teeth for good home maintenance. For even better maintenance it is advised to visit the dentist every 6 months to make sure that there isn’t any plaque that is creeping up into tarter status. At the 6 monthly visits, the dentist is able to easily remove this with a dental scaling and polish. A fluoride treatment may also be applied to further protect teeth from plaque.
In cases where plaque has evolved into decay the Family Dental Care Group’s dentist in Queensburgh will recommend composite fillings. The fillings serve the purpose of filling in the area once the decay has been removed.
Decay does not just affect the outer area of the tooth but can sometimes extend towards the root and into the pulp of the tooth. When this happens, you would get tooth sensitivity that leads to pain, and eventually an abscess that will form on the tissue surrounding the tooth. The Family Dental Care Group’s dentist in Queensburgh will then perform a root canal which is drilling into the tooth, cleaning out the infection and then permanently sealing it with a dental sealant.
The Family Dental Care Group’s dentist in Queensburgh also does tooth extractions, both standard and surgical. The standard tooth removal involves injecting a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth, and thereafter pulling out the tooth from the socket. If the tooth is impacted or brittle then it would need to be surgically removed where the gum and bone tissue would have to first be cut open before removing the tooth in pieces.
Paediatric Dentistry in Queensburgh
Paediatric dentistry requires special skill on the part of the dentist. Children’s oral health is different from that of adults because this is the time when baby and adult teeth first come out and will need to be handled in stages to prevent problems such as overcrowding. The Family Dental Care Group’s Queensburgh practice is a child friendly environment encouraging visits from an early age to form a healthy attitude towards future dental visits.
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums. It happens when plaque hardens onto the tooth after building up for a while. Plaque is essentially a bacteria which decays the tooth and infects the gums. It can lead to gums becoming swollen and sore, making chewing very difficult. Treatment done by the Family Dental Care Group’s dentist in Queensburgh can range from a deep clean to surgical intervention.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Queensburgh
The most popular cosmetic treatment done for teeth, is teeth whitening. The procedure preferred by the Family Dental Care Group’s dentist in Queensburgh is the Zoom! in office teeth whitening. It combines a gel and ultraviolet lamp to produce results in a very short time.
Veneers are another cosmetic option. It is a thin piece of porcelain that the Family Dental Care Group’s dentist in Queensburgh will bond to the front of your teeth. Porcelain does not decay and allows for the tooth to be altered in colour, shape, length or size for an enhanced appearance.
Crowns involve the same premise as a veneer, but encases the entire tooth and not just the front portion. The Family Dental Care Group provides the Cerec crown restoration system which can be made and fitted into the patient’s mouth in a matter of hours. There’s no longer a need to wait weeks to get fitted for crowns.
A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth and is when 2 crowns are connected to hold the bridge which will take the place of the missing tooth.
Dentures and Implants
Dentures are the non-permanent solution to missing teeth and requires for the Family Dental Care Group’s dentist in Queensburgh to make an impression of the dental arch and remaining teeth. Artificial teeth are bonded onto a plastic base which then fits into the dental arch. The Family Dental Care Group offers immediate, partial or full dentures.
Implants are a permanent solution and involves the Family Dental Care Group’s dentist in Queensburgh placing a small titanium screw into the jaw bone. It takes a few months for the screw to bond into the bone at which point an anchor will be attached. The final step is placing a crown over the anchor. Implants look and function just like normal teeth and help to preserve the facial contours.
The Right Align invisible braces are the new way of straightening teeth and does not involve wires or brackets. They are custom made clear plastic retainers that are removable and are designed to look like the patient has nothing on their teeth. Every couple of weeks the patient gets a new, slightly different shaped set that will incrementally straighten the teeth.
A sports guard is used when playing such sports as rugby, cricket, biking, soccer and karate to protect the teeth. Sports guards can be purchased at pharmacies but since they are mass produced, you would be hard pressed to find one that fits comfortably in your mouth. The Family Dental Care Group’s dentist in Queensburgh can make you a custom mouth guard that will fit perfectly into your mouth allowing for more comfort and protection.