Ideally, dentistry is preventative. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you visit your dentist regularly at least once every six months to ensure proper oral hygiene and functionality. Regular checkups and oral health maintenance prevent the development of serious dental problems that can require costly treatment.
Our dentists will work with you to develop a customised dental hygiene plan that incorporates an examination, scaling and radiographs and use of other diagnostic equipment to prevent, uncover or treat problems as early as possible
A routine checkup includes the following:
- Examine your teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gingivitis, and other health problems
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay between teeth and under fillings where dentist can't see , tumours, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions
- Oral cancer screening: Check lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease.
- Examination of restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
Professional Teeth Cleaning involves the following:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
- Teeth polishing: Removes tea, coffee and smoking stains and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
There are 2 types of whitening systems we use to help you get the whiter smile you want.
1. In Chair Whitening System
In chair whitening process done in the dental chair as an initial boost and continued at home with a short duration take home kit. Special protective barriers are placed around your teeth to protect the gums and soft tissues by the dentist. An, ultraviolet energy activates whitening gel to catalyze a photo reaction of peroxide and dissolved irons.
2. Take Home Tooth Whitening Kit
You can skip the In-Chair process all together and just get the kit to use at home. These kits by themselves are cheaper but may take 2-4 weeks of wearing to achieve your desired result.
Impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays to hold the whitening gel and protect your gums. The trays are worn with special whitening solution for 30 minutes a day for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening you desire.
Speak to one of our dentist to find out which is best for you!
White Fillings (Composite resin filling)
Even our most diligent and regular patients sometimes need restorative dentistry. Why? Life can be hard on teeth. Everything from the food we eat, stress and acid reflux, to accidents and heredity can have profound effects on your smile.
It’s great news that the incidence of tooth decay has significantly diminished over the years due to the use of fluorides and an increase in patient awareness. However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage and sometimes need to be restored back to health. Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function.
Should your teeth ever require a restorative treatment, you can rest assured knowing we will always discuss with you the available options and recommend what we believe to be the most comfortable and least invasive treatment options.
Porcelain Fillings (restorations)
Porcelain restorations are a great ‘half way’ treatment option to restore large portions of back teeth. Our back teeth undergo the most load and forces during normal everyday use. In some cases where there is parafunction (ie. grinding) the forces are even greater!
Sometimes we are able to restore a tooth’s aesthetics and strength without having the need to crown them while still achieving outstanding results. This allows us to be more conservative in our tooth preparation while still achieving the strength necessary for the tooth’s long term health.
These restorations provide greater strength than your normal fillings. This is an important factor in particular for back teeth, teeth in a heavy biting habits, or if you have a history of breaking teeth and/or fillings often.
One Visit Crowns (CEREC Crowns)
Why its better than traditional crowns (PFM) :
- Same Hardness as Tooth – CEREC crowns wear the same as your natural teeth structure and will not abrade the opposing teeth. - Same Coefficient of Thermal Expansion -- CEREC restorations expand and contract the same amount as the tooth structure to which it is bonded and does not fracture the tooth structure that holds it, as many amalgam fillings do.
- Same Translucency as Teeth -- CEREC blends in and transmits light to the adjacent tooth structure and reflects the remaining tooth color through itself – “chameleon effect”.
- Made in One Visit – No second visit -- No lost time or hassle getting to and from the office just to insert the completed crown or redo a lab error.
- No Temporary crowns to come off or feel unnatural in your mouth, while you wait 2 weeks for the lab work to be done.
- No more biting for 6 minutes on that unpleasant tasting impression material.
Veneers are where we cover only the front surface of a tooth to cover teeth that are discoloured, worn, chipped or cracked.
Veneers can be either made from porcelains or placed directly with composite resin.
Root Canal Treatment
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacing teeth that look, feel and function like
your normal teeth.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- Resolve bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
Unfortunately, sometimes a tooth can not be saved because of severe tooth decay or trauma.
If the remaining structure of the tooth is too compromised or the gum support remaining is limited, removal may be the best course of action.
Tooth extractions can also be a part of a larger dental procedure including the extraction of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment,.
In the past decade there has been a dramatic interest in cosmetic dentistry. We all realize that having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile enhances our appearance and allows us to smile with confidence.
Cosmetic dental treatments can:
- Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth.
- Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth.
- Improve or correct bites.
- Lighten or brighten the colour of teeth.
- Repair decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth.
- Replace missing teeth.
- Replace old, unattractive dental treatments
Children's Dental Care
It isn’t just the parents that love us – children do too!
Our atmosphere is relaxed, welcoming and fun; and our staffs are gentle. We work hard to put both you and your children at ease.
We always recommend that children dental care start early, while mouths are still in their ideal state. Kids can begin their dental care as early as two years of age. We offer the latest advancements, strength building fluoride treatments and protective sealants so your children can smile healthy, strong smiles for the rest of their lives.
Our Children Dental Care Includes:
- Sealants to protect teeth from decay and help prevent cavities.
- Fluoride treatments to make teeth more resistant to dangerous bacteria.
- Professional cleanings and hygiene to help gums and teeth stay sparkling and healthy.
- Sports mouth guards to protect primary and adult teeth from injury.