Dr. T. Family Dentist in Ga-Rankuwa is a multi-located dental practice that is dedicated to catering for good dental and oral health for families in Mabopane, Soshanguve, Ga-rankuwa in Pretoria, Tshwane north region.
All practices are run by Dr Tshepo Lerumo with 5 assistants and 5 dentists.
All 5 dentists are qualified Bachelor Of Dental Surgery degree.
The journey into being a dentist started here in Ga-rankuwa, not far from Kopeng Medical Centre. A fair few years of his twenties were spent studying at Medunsa; which is now called Sefako Makgatho Health Science. This is where he acquired a Bachelor Of Diagnostic Radiology/Radiography in 2003. We normally shorten it by calling it radiography.
What does a radiographer do?
You’ve probably come across one or know of someone who got an X-ray, a testing image of a body’s inside, mammograms. All of this is what a radiographer does. X-rays help in having a clear look at a patient’s dental health.
The journey of being a dentist is not finished, it continued to Limpopo University where he acquired a Bachelor Of Dental Surgery in 2013.
Dr. Tshepo went on and had an internship as a dentist at Dr George Mukhari, in Ga-rankuwa, Pretoria. After serving for 4 years, he went on and opened his own practice as a private dentist, in Mabopane, Pretoria. Kopeng Medical Centre is the second branch that we opened.
What does a dentist do?
Dentists are trained professionals who care for your teeth, mouth, and overall oral health.
What services does Dr T. Family Dentist provide?
Before any procedure is done or checkup, one of our qualified dental hygienists or dentists will make a proper examination to have a good like its teeth, mouth, and overall oral health. With the goal to see if there’s anything to address or for potential care.
What services does a dentist provide?
Dental treatment- a check on gums will be done by a dental hygienist or dentist to look around your teeth to see if there’s any bleeding, any wrongly located bones that might be from gum disease.
Decay check– a dental hygienist/dentist will look for any signs of tooth decay. Your enamel will be checked to see if it has softened. How does this help? If seen early it will in cavity prevention.
Teeth development(children from 5 years old) – when a baby is growing their heal and oral health is monitored and a dentist/dental hygienist will check if there are any wrong patterns in order to make orthodontic referrals if there is a need.
Root canals – when a tooth/teeth are badly infected or there’s a tooth decay a dentist/dental hygienist will use root canal treatment to save your teeth. This procedure is a bit painful but you can say it’s only as painful as a tooth filling.
How does one know if they need a root canal treatment?
Painful and swollen gums
Sharp, stingy pains when chewing and biting
Chipped or cracked teeth/tooth
black/dark gums or deep decay
Sensitive teeth to hot or cold food/liquids
Surgical extractions- the procedure of taking your tooth/teeth out or having a surgical procedure.
What will require a person to remove their tooth?
When your tooth can’t be saved it might be due to crowding of teeth in the mouth, diseases, and trauma.
Implants – an implant is a procedure of having your teeth removed or replaced with an artificial tooth. Think of a dental implant as a replacement for a missing root of a tooth.
Gold tooth removal- gold “teeth” are usually colour plated crowns and can be easily removed. If you need your gold teeth removed, remember something has to go in place of it which is an added fee. The removal process will depend on how the teeth were inserted.
Tooth cleaning (scaling and polishing- a routine clean-up is recommended for your oral health, it helps in keeping healthy gum tissue and to prevent diseases.
How are implants done?
An implant consists of 3 parts:
Crest module- is that 2-piece metal part, it’s made to hold prosthetic pieces in place and to create a weight-bearing zone from the implant body.
Body- the implant body is the fixture that is placed into the bone, the body is usually made out of titanium, one of the reasons for its usage is due to lightness, the human body rarely rejects therefore making it biocompatible.
Abutment- this is the connection fixture between the dental implant and crown
Why would I need a tooth implant?
If your tooth is lost, tooth extracted, and there’s a need for a replacement; an artificial tooth root will be implanted into your jawbone, just like a crew that will join with your bone.
What is the cleaning procedure?
The dentist/dental hygienist will use specialized tools to scale off any tartar build-up, then your teeth will be polished next using a special paste that removes stains and polishes the enamel.