ENDODONTICS

Root Canal Therapy
This is a procedure prescribed by a dentist to save the tooth and eliminate dental pain. It involves the removal of infected soft tissue (pulp) within the tooth and its replacement by the suitable neutral and biocompatible filling material.

Indications:
The pulp of a tooth may become inflamed, infected and irritated due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, and /or large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma of the face. All these could potentially lead to irreversible damage to the pulp.

When pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and decayed debris can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots.

In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal a tooth can cause:
1. Swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, neck or head
2. Bone loss around the tip of the roots
3. Pus drainage hole (sinus) from the side of the tooth and sometimes through the skin of the face.

What root canal procedure involves:

The first step is an assessment by a dentist which will involve a general oral examination and x-rays to determine the extent of the tooth damage. From the assessment, an accurate diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan is formulated which is then communicated to the patient.

Local anesthesia is then administered to numb the tooth. This is done to make the root canal procedure less painful and to ensure comfort to the patient is provided. Once numbness is achieved the root canal procedure is started.

The root canal procedure involves the careful removal of infected tissues by disinfecting the canal system with clinically safe medicaments and mechanical removal of infected dental tissue. This may be done in a single visit or multiple visits. The procedure is then finished by completely filling the canal system with inert filling material and placement of a permanent restoration.
Pulpotomies

It is an endodontic technique that involves the removal of a portion of the pulp, including the diseased aspect with the intent of maintaining the vitality of the remaining pulpal tissue. It is mostly applied to primary (milk) teeth. The aim is to remove the coronal part of the inflamed pulp while preserving the vitality of the radicular pulp, thereby facilitating the normal exfoliation of primary teeth.

DENTAL SURGERY

  • Simple Tooth Extraction
  • Surgical disimpactions
  • Apicectomy
  • Alveoplasty
  • Gingivectomy
  • Implant Placements

PERIODONTOLOGY (GUMS)

This is a field in dentistry that deals with the management of diseases and conditions that affect the tooth-supporting tissues ( gum). The diseases that affect the gums are broadly referred to as periodontal diseases.

Periodontal diseases are groups of inflammatory conditions that affect the tissues that surround the teeth. If left untreated, these diseases could eventually lead to loss of teeth. In early stages, called gingivitis the gums are red, swollen, and often bleed easily. If at this stage (gingivitis stage), preventive or curative measures are not instituted, the disease could progress to periodontitis.

Periodontitis presents with irreversible destruction of the supportive tissue (mainly the bone) that eventually could lead to loss of teeth. The common cause of periodontal diseases is a dental plaque which progressively forms on the surfaces of teeth. In cases of poor oral hygiene, this plaque hardens and forms dental calculus. Treatment strategies are therefore directed towards optimal elimination plaque control.

Treatment options offered at our facility include

1. Oral Hygiene Instructions. This is a preventive strategy that is given to each and every patient that visits our facility. It involves the provision of information with regards to suitable oral hygiene devices and agents, frequency of brushing teeth, duration, and technique of tooth brushing.
2.Scaling and polishing. Scaling and polishing are two of the most common dental procedures intended for the prevention of periodontal diseases (gum diseases). Scaling involves the removal of tartar and/or stains from the surfaces of teeth. Polishing, on the other hand, involves smoothening of the teeth surface after scaling using fluoride paste.
3. Advanced cases of periodontal diseases may require advanced periodontal treatment which may require gum surgery. These treatment options are offered at our facility by our in-house periodontist.

PROSTHODONTICS

This is the field of dentistry that deals with oral rehabilitation following tooth loss. Teeth lost due to decay, trauma, gum disease or any other cause can be satisfactorily replaced using removable prosthesis (dentures) as well as fixed (Permanent) prosthesis. This ensures patients who lose their teeth are able to enjoy their food, social life and smile like before! At smile avenue, Dr Ogada is specialized in this area and together with support from the other clinicians, we are able to provide world-class prosthodontic care to our patients.

  • Complete Denture
  • Removable Partial Denture
  • Porcelain fused to metal crown & Bridge
  • Mouthguard

ORTHODONTICS

  • Braces
  • Functional Appliances
  • Retainers
  • Habit Breakers(e.g. Thumb sucking, Grinding)

PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY

  • Diastema Closure
  • Crowns
  • Veneers

COSMETICS

  1. Fluorosis Management
  2. Teeth Whitening

CONSERVATIVE AND RESTORATIVE

  • Fillings-white and silver
  • Oral Prophylaxis
  • Fluoride Application
  • Sealants