A healthy mouth starts with good daily habits. That is why during our check-ups we emphasise on the importance of a good brushing technique with the toothbrush and on cleaning between the teeth. We recommend visiting the dentist at least once a year. This way, the brushing can be adjusted and (initial) problems of the teeth and gums are noticed in an early stage. During our check-ups we use various diagnostic and educational techniques (radiographs, plaque coloring, …). If problems are noticed during the check-up, a customized treatment plan is made in dialogue with the patient. Then the necessary follow-up appointments can also be planned. We use a non-obligation system to remind our patients when it is time to come back for a (semi-)annual check-up.
From the age of 3, children should visit the dentist twice a year for a check-up. Through good and regular follow-up, major problems can be avoided and as such we can avoid painful or traumatic experiences for your child. During the treatments we explain all the steps in a playful and intelligible way, so that the visits for your child are as pleasant as possible.
When there is tooth decay (caries), a broken piece of a tooth or an old filling that needs to be replaced, a filling has to be placed in the tooth. The tooth is then repaired with a composite filling (white filling). If possible, we also place a rubberdam during the filling of the tooth. This is a rubber cloth to keep the tooth saliva- and bacteria- free during the treatment, so that the composite filling can adhere optimally to the tooth tissue. This way no annoying materials and products end up in your mouth.
Sometimes a cavity reaches into the tooth nerve or the tooth nerve dies because of a big filling or a fall (in the past). This can happen unnoticed or be accompanied by pain and swelling (an abscess). In that case it is necessary to disinfect and fill the root canals of the tooth. This treatment is technically not always easy and often requires a longer appointment or sometimes a referral to a specialist who can treat the tooth under microscope. During a root canal treatment the tooth is always isolated under a rubberdam. This is a rubber cloth that ensures that no saliva or bacteria can enter the tooth and thus infect the tooth again. The rubber dam also ensures that no annoying products or instruments can end up in the mouth.
If one or more teeth are missing, they can be replaced with a removable prosthesis. This prosthesis can serve as a definitive solution or as a temporary aid in anticipation of more extensive replacement. There are various systems for keeping a prosthesis in place. Since each prosthesis is custom-made, a number of appointments are needed to achieve an optimal result.
When a tooth has to be extensively restored, an ordinary filling is sometimes no longer sufficient. In such situations, the tooth can be provided with a porcelain restoration (crown, onlay…) that restores the tooth sustainably and aesthetically. If a tooth is missing, it can often also be replaced with these techniques. Here, the neighboring teeth are used as a pillar for a porcelain bridge to replace the missing tooth. These restorations are made outside the mouth by a specialized dental technician, so that each restoration can be individually adapted to form and color. This is how we strive for an aesthetically pleasing result.
Implants are titanium screws placed in the jawbone by a surgeon to replace a missing tooth root. The implants are placed by a periodontist or dental surgeon in accordance with the treating dentist. After the implants have integrated in the jawbone, they can help provide retention for the replacement of one or more teeth with a prosthesis, crown or bridge.
For patients who have a specific need to improve the shape or appearance of their teeth, different options are possible (bleaching, shape corrections with composite, porcelain veneers (shields on the teeth), gum correction, …). This can be discussed during the check-up or a separate consultation. It is important to first solve other dental problems before starting with aesthetic work.
Healthy gums are pink in color and do not bleed during brushing. Often the cause of inflamed gums is plaque or tartar that accumulates between the teeth and the gumline. In an early diagnosis of gum problems, thorough tartar cleaning and brushing instruction is sufficient in most cases. If the gum problems are already further advanced, we refer you to a periodontist for deep cleansing under the gums and maybe additional treatments.
When something needs to be changed on the position of the teeth because of aesthetic or functional problems, brackets or an orthodontic device are often indicated. Orthodontics can be done at any age. We monitor your children during the semi-annual checks and refer in time when there is a need for early orthodontics. The less extensive orthodontic treatments in children usually only start when all milk teeth are changed. Except the replacing or re-attaching retention wires, we practice no orthodontic treatments in our practice and work together with orthodontists from the neighborhood.
Although we always try to keep your own teeth as long as possible, some teeth cannot be saved and your tooth needs to be removed. When the tooth is severely damaged or broken and this makes the extraction difficult, we are sometimes forced to refer you to a periodontist or dental surgeon.
There is a whole range of treatment options for all kinds of problems that were not mentioned above. You can also come to us for sport guards, night guards, snoring devices …
For the treatments that we can’t execute in our practice (eg extractions, orthodontics, placement of implants, complex root canal fillings) we refer you to our fellow specialists. We work together with various colleagues from the neighborhood to ensure that your treatment runs smoothly.