DHis clinic, centrally located near the ‘mercado’, is primarily concerned with prevention and minimally invasive treatments - promoting the importance of routine check-ups and correct oral hygiene.

The last several decades have witnessed enormous changes in public health, improved diet and more sophisticated medical treatments, with the result that people are living longer, healthier lives. As a result this ‘elderly’ population will retain most, if not all of their teeth and, when dental issues arise, prefer to treat and maintain their natural dentition whereas previously losing teeth was considered an inevitable part of aging.

The two most important causes of dental problems, caries and periodontal (gum) disease, are preventable, however there is a third frequent cause: with time, teeth become more susceptible to fracture, especially heavily filled teeth and in patients with bruxism (excessive grinding or clenching habits). These fractures often result in extraction of the tooth. As always prevention is the ideal course of action; good oral hygiene habits combined with routine dental check-ups will minimise problems and permit early, less extensive treatment. The simple and easily learned techniques for cleaning between teeth such as interdental brushing or flossing can dramatically reduce decay and maintain healthy gingiva in these particularly vulnerable areas. For patients who clench or grind their teeth, especially unconsciously while sleeping, a protective night-guard (occlusal splint) is recommended. This device is made of acrylic resin by a dental laboratory using an impression taken by the dentist. It is also advisable to place crowns on heavily filled or root treated teeth.

When treatment is necessary modern dentistry offers a wide range of technological innovations. Digital X-rays (with considerably less exposure ionising rays) and composite filling materials are two obvious examples. Treatments are now frequently performed using a loupe or microscope which adds a new dimension of accuracy with a subsequently better prognosis. For further information regarding these subjects please contact us

For more information, Tel: 214863012 or visit: http://clinic.cdhaley.pt.