Preventative Care

There is nothing like the clean & fresh feeling in your mouth after you’ve just brushed and flossed your teeth. Proper teeth cleaning not only gives you a bright smile and fresh breath but also removes plaque. Plaque is one of the main causes of tooth decay and gum disease.

We recommend

  1. Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day with a soft toothbrush
  2. Eat a balanced diet full of fresh fruit and veggies.
  3. Avoid smoking, soft drinks, sports drinks and sugary foods.
  4. Clean in between teeth daily with floss and interdental brushes
  5. Replace your toothbrush as soon as bristles look worn out.
  6. Visit us twice a year for a professional cleaning and thorough examination and you will receive a FREE toothbrush and paste at both visits.

 

Root Canal Treatment

Root Treatment is required when the pulp chamber of a tooth has become infected and inflamed. If left the infection can spread to the surrounding tissues and bone forming abscesses.

The symptoms are:

  1. Pain (often very severe).
  2. Sensitivity to hot and cold.
  3. Tooth discolouration.
  4. Swelling and soreness in the gums surrounding the tooth.

The Cure

Start root canal treatment as soon as possible. This usually takes 3 visits.

 

Crowns

A crown called a ‘cap’ in layman’s terms is a tooth shaped covering that is custom made to put over a prepared existing tooth that is too weak for normal restoration. They are carefully shade matched to your existing teeth. All our crowns and Bridges are made in an Australian Laboratory and are of a very high standard.

Benefits of Crowns and Bridges:

  1. They improve appearance and speech.
  2. They help stop stress and damage to other teeth.
  3. They prevent teeth near to the gap from shifting.
  4. They maintain a natural bite.
  5. They improve chewing ability.

 

White Fillings

With the wide range of shades in composite filling material it is so easy to match the filling to your tooth. We use very high quality materials and a process that ensures your fillings will last generally up to 15 years.

 

Bridges

A bridge may be recommended if you are missing one or more teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. Porcelain or ceramic bridges are matched to the colour of your surrounding teeth.

Onlays

Onlays are used to repair a moderately damaged back tooth. They are made of a strong material (porcelain and ceramic) that can withstand the constant biting and grinding of these teeth. Like a crown they are custom made in a laboratory. They don’t require as much tooth to be removed as a crown so they are a great solution for between a normal filling and a crown.

Mouthguards

A mouthguard, custom fitted by a dentist, can reduce the risk of dental injuries. Sporting and Leisure activities are still the most common causes of dental injuries. Because custom fitted are shaped to the exact shape of your teeth they are a lot more effective than stock and boil and bite types purchased over the counter.

New Dentures

Full Dentures that fit correctly can not only improve your appearance but assist in proper chewing and biting. Wearing dentures is a new experience. At first you may feel self-conscious but this will soon pass as you get used to them.

Your gums, tongue and facial muscles all need to adjust to your new dentures.

Some simple measures to help:

  1. Start off eating soft foods such as fish, eggs chopped meat and cooked vegetables.
  2. Cut food into bite size pieces and take small bites.
  3. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time.
  4. Use a denture adhesive as it may help your ability to bite different foods.
  5. Read out loud.
  6. Practise saying difficult words in front of a mirror.
  7. Practise the ‘f’ and ‘s’ sounds.
  8. Use the proper denture paste to clean your dentures and if cleaning them over a sink place a facewasher in the sink in case you drop them.

Over time they will feel like comfortable shoes.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Most people have 4 wisdom teeth and some have none. Often there isn’t enough room in the rear of the jaw for them to come through the gums. The wisdom tooth then becomes wedged in or ‘impacted” as it is commonly referred to. This can sometimes cause all sorts of problems. Infection can develop in the gums and surrounding tissues. Pain can be caused by the pressure of the wisdom tooth on the tooth next to it. If left damage can occur to the adjacent teeth. Cysts can develop around them as well as ulcers. If they are causing these problems it is best to get them removed as soon as possible.

Sometimes if the tooth on X-ray looks difficult to remove and is near a nerve we will refer you to an oral surgeon.


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