General Dentistry

Many loyal families choose Withers Dental for their general dental care. Our highly trained dentists perform a complete range of general services including composite fillings, root canal therapy and extractions.

Composite Resin Restorations

Amalgam fillings were previously the choice of material for dental fillings but it can cause cracks and stress which often results in the tooth or filling fracturing.

Removing amalgam fillings is a simple procedure and reduces the bioburden of mercury on your body.

Composite resin fillings are natural coloured fillings which bond to the tooth. This material is strong and durable.

Composite resins are ideal for small to medium sized fillings. They are not recommended when restoring large cavities. Crowns, inlays or and onlays are better treatment options as they provide superior strength and aesthetics.

Root Canal Treatment

If your tooth has an infection or if it is irreversibly inflamed a root canal may save the tooth. Infection or inflammation is generally caused by:

  • A deteriorating filling or a crown
  • A deep cavity
  • Trauma – i.e. knocks, falls
  • Gum disease (periodontal disease)
  • Cracks or chips in the tooth
  • Extreme tooth wear
  • Extensive dental work

If your tooth cannot heal itself, it will become irreversibly inflamed. If a root canal is not performed the tooth will need to be extracted which can lead to biting and chewing problems. The space can cause other teeth to tilt and move from their usual position.

How do I know I need a root canal?

We have several ways of diagnosing whether our patients need a root canal including:

  • Pain
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Tooth discolouration
  • Swelling
  • Soreness in the gums surrounding the teeth.

What is involved with root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment involves cleaning out all the bacteria and dead tissues inside a tooth. Sometimes this takes several visits. Some patients may be referred to an endodontist. Endodontists have special training and qualifications in root canal treatment. Once the infection is treated, the root canals are filled.

Root canal treatment has proved very effective and successful for many years and alleviates pain for most people.

Wisdom Teeth Removal and General Extractions

A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth. The most common reason is damage due to a fracture or decay or to resolve overcrowding in the mouth, for example wisdom teeth.

Types of Extraction

Simple extractions are usually performed under local anaesthetic and only require the use of instruments to elevate and/or grasp the visible portion of the tooth.

Surgical extractions involve the removal of teeth that cannot be easily accessed. This may be because they have broken under the gum or are not fully erupted. Occasionally, the tooth may have to be split into multiple pieces for easy removal.

The procedure is not painful – the patient will only experience pressure of the tooth moving.