The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Dental Treatments


You may need dental treatment if you have an infected tooth or toothache, some other form of dental disease or if you have suffered some form of trauma, perhaps because of an accident involving a blow to the mouth. There are many different types of dental procedures available and which include:

  • Dental fillings
  • Removing a tooth
  • Covering a tooth with a dental crown
  • Treatment or surgery for periodontal disease (gum disease)
  • Straightening overcrowded teeth
  • Realigning teeth and jaws
  • Replacing missing teeth with a denture, dental bridge or dental implant
  • Oral surgery for cancer or an injury to the mouth

How Can I Decide Which Treatment Is Best for My Needs?

When you see our dentist, we can examine your mouth closely to identify any signs of disease or trauma that may require treatment. We can then provide you with a custom dental care plan detailing all the options available and potential costs. Sometimes there is more than one option available to resolve a situation, and where different materials may be used, which affects the costs involved.

Before you make any decisions, we will explain clearly what each procedure involves and how it will help resolve the problem. We will also go over the costs of each treatment. Other factors that must be discussed include the pros and cons of each treatment, as some options may last longer than others or will provide a slightly different outcome. We will ensure you know all the alternatives so you can make an informed choice.

Know What to Expect During Treatment

Ensuring you remain pain-free during treatment is extremely important, so we will explain the anaesthetic used to numb your mouth and what to expect. If you feel anxious or nervous about treatment, please tell us how you feel. Our friendly and compassionate dental team is used to helping people who feel anxious about treatment. We can adjust procedures to help you feel more comfortable or decide if additional sedation is needed. If you have any allergies to anaesthetics, please ensure we are aware so we can use something different.

What to Expect During Healing

Another consideration is what to expect afterwards; for example, if you need Wisdom teeth removed, it can take several days for the discomfort to disappear, so you may need to plan to take time off work or adjust your diet. If you opt for additional sedation, you will need someone with you to take you home afterwards, as you will probably not be able to drive yourself. Our experienced dental team can give you a good idea of what to expect once the anaesthetic wears off after treatment and the anticipated recovery time. We will give you plenty of advice on how to look after your mouth while you heal, and of course, we are always here if you need to talk to us.

Caring for Your Oral Health in the Future

Many common problems like tooth decay and gum disease are preventable, and we can show you easy ways to look after your teeth and gums.