Cleaning, polishing, prevention, x-rays and treatment recommendations: —in the case that oral health problems are identified during our comprehensive check up, we will make recommendations for the next stage in treatment. This might include additional diagnostic tests, or advice to return for restoration work (for example, fillings and crowns) or additional oral health care.
We use digital technology for our X-rays. There are two main types of dental X-rays: intraoral (meaning the X-ray film is inside the mouth) and extra oral (meaning the X-ray film is outside the mouth).
- Intraoral X-rays are the most common type of dental X-ray taken. These X-rays provide a lot of detail and allows your dentist to find cavities, check the health of the tooth root and bone surrounding the tooth, check the status of developing teeth, and monitor the general health of your teeth and jawbone.
- Extraoral X-rays show teeth and jaw bone. Otherwise known as an OPG X-ray, it provides a wide view x-ray of the lower face, which displays all the teeth of the upper and lower jaw on a single film. An OPG may be requested for a general overview of the teeth and the bone, for the planning of orthodontic treatment and for assessment of wisdom teeth and implants.
- 3D scan/ CBCT: Allows us to see the anatomy from different angles and gives us more specific information about your teeth, soft tissue, nerve pathway and bone. This facilitates the planning of dental surgeries and other dental treatments.
When it comes to restoring damaged or decayed teeth we use “tooth-coloured” fillings called composite.
Infected, abscessed or nerve damaged teeth may require a root canal procedure. This is the cleaning, shaping and filling of the canal with bacterial proof material. We use a gutta-percha, which is a natural, biocompatible, anti-bacterial material that expands and seals the hollowed area.
Gum disease treatment
Also known as periodontal disease and periodontitis – this is an inflammatory condition affecting the tissues surrounding a tooth, and is the leading cause of tooth loss. Gingivitis is a bacterial infection of the tissues in the mouth and potential precursor of gum disease.
For severe cases and further treatment we refer our patients to parododontist Dr. David Gonzalez, whose clinic is located in Murcia.