At Catherine Barry Dental we have treated all types of dental issues down through the years.
General Examination / Check Up
Getting regular check-ups can help to prevent any issues further down the line. We suggest that you get a check-up every six months. In some cases we may recommend that you get a check-up more often, for example, diabetics, smokers, those with gum disease, those with a weak immune system and those prone to a build up of plaque.
Cleaning – Scale & Polish
Getting your teeth cleaned is important to prevent a build up of plaque or tartar. It leaves your teeth feeling perfectly clean. We also advise on the best brushing techniques to keep your teeth cleaner for longer.
Having a tooth out need not be an unpleasant experience, as many of our patients have found out. We take the time to explain the process to you, so that you are fully aware of what happens. There is generally no feeling during the procedure. After an extraction, we do suggest that you take particular care and attention. Try to avoid extreme hot or cold foods. The area may be sensitive; it is essentially an open wound healing. Do not smoke or drink alcohol for 24 hours after an extraction. After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with salt water. We will run through the aftercare with you in the surgery. Feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Again, root canal is not as unpleasant as you may be led to believe! This is where we remove the nerve tissue within the tooth and then shape, clean and fill the tooth. It is done to eliminate infection whereby a filling would not work. It is a painless procedure, although you may feel some discomfort afterwards. Again, we advise that you take particular care in the days that follow. Catherine will run through everything with you in the surgery.
Fillings are done to restore the tooth where decay has taken place. We provide you with both white (composite) and silver (amalgam) fillings. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so feel free to discuss with us as to what will best suit you.
Dentures (False Teeth) are used to replace the natural tooth. This can be either a full or partial denture, which fills the missing spaces in your teeth. Teeth are normally acrylic. Our dentures are made to match your natural tooth so that you get the most natural smile possible.
Dental Injuries are very common in sports, which is why we always recommend wearing a Sports Guard. Many sports associations have a policy whereby you MUST wear a shield to play. Our Sports Guards can be made for children and adults alike. Shields are custom made to suit the wearer, to provide you with maximum comfort.
Bite Splints are used to treat those who grind their teeth in their sleep. Grinding your teeth can lead to a huge number of problems, so prevention is the best option here. We make splints with impressions of your teeth, so you can go to bed comfortable and knowing that your teeth are protected.
At Catherine Barry Dental, we recommend that you bring your child for their first appointment when they are roughly 3 - 4 years old (unless they have had an accident or bang). Bringing your child to the dentist early will help to prevent things like tooth decay, gum disease etc. We can also show you and your child the best way to brush your teeth. This is also an excellent time to get your child into good dental hygiene habits. It will also mean that they see the dentist as a normal everyday occurrence. If a child goes to the dentist for the first time when there is something wrong – they will associate it as being negative. We want it to be a friendly relaxed atmosphere.
With children it is important to be calm, tell them it will be a gentle look at their teeth. For very young children we recommend you come in with them. For older children, you can wait in the waiting room, the choice is yours.
Getting regular check-ups can help to prevent any issues. We suggest that you get a check-up every six months.