General & Family Dental Care
Preventive Care and Oral Hygiene
My gums bleed when I brush them!
If you answer YES to this question even sometimes then you may have gum disease!
3 out of every 4 Australians suffer from gum disease at some point in their life. If left untreated gum disease or periodontitis can cause severe bone loss and eventually tooth loss. Regular hygiene examinations and gum therapy ensure the early stages of gum disease are detected and can then be easily treated and monitored, without detrimental consequences.
As part of the level of importance we place on preventive dental care in this practise all of our patients have an individual hygiene program specific to their treatment needs. Hygiene visits check the health of your gums, 90% of tooth loss is due to decay or gum disease. Hygiene visits should be scheduled on a regular basis - ideally 6 monthly.
Hygiene Therapy involves:
visual mouth examination
full periodontal screening
mobility, pocketing & recession charting
scale & prophylaxis
Oral Hygiene Instruction and product assessment
Minimal Intervention - Early Tooth Decay Detection
We utilise a number of techniques and recent advances in dentistry to enable the early detection of dental disease so that the more quickly treatment is provided the greater the longterm health and survival of your teeth. It enables us to prepare very small restorations in order to save more tooth tissue.
Anti Snoring Devices
If you have a partner who snores or you know that you are the problem, we can fit an anti-snoring device which has an 85% success rate. So if you think its time to get a peaceful night sleep then it's only a phone call away.
This is a treatment option for someone who has mild to severe grinding or clenching habits that may be causing a lot of damage to teeth by wearing down teeth, chipping fillings, causing pain or jaw joint problems.
Headaches & TMJ Disorders
Believe it or not a large number of headaches are caused by the way in which your teeth fit together. By analysing your bite and making fine adjustments to the shape of your teeth we can often bring you rapid relief from many persistent and annoying headaches. The same treatment can also relieve related problems such a stiff neck or sore shoulders.
Children adapt well to our comfortable surroundings whether it is their first dental visit or for continued care. Children should start seeing a dentists regularly from as young as 3 years old (that is as soon as their baby teeth are present.)
If you play a contact sport or ride a mountain bike we strongly recommend that you wear a mouth guard. We will provide a mouthguard that accurately fits your teeth and gives you first rate protection. It is very inexpensive to protect your teeth against trauma which could be a lifetime of cost and burden.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatments can save dead, diseased, discoloured or abscessed teeth from unnecessary extractions. They have a very high success rate. Most people prefer to save their tooth because it will generally function better than an artificial tooth. Your own tooth is usually stronger and more efficient for biting and chewing. A tooth which requires root canal treatment has usually become infected or inflamed because of dental decay, trauma, gum disease, a crack or chip, broken teeth, extreme wear or neglect. Sometimes the tooth may not even be saved by root canal treatment and it may need to be removed. There are always other options to restore the remaining gap and these can include porcelain tooth coloured bridgework or dental implants.
Emergency Dental Care
During business hours in the event of an emergency, our policy is that you will be seen on the day of your call depending on your type of emergency. However some situations arise outside of business hours and call for more urgent action.
When a tooth is knocked out:
Wash the tooth in milk or saline without touching the root
Replace the tooth in its socket immediately
Or carry the washed tooth to the dentist in a glass of milk or wrapped in glad wrap
If you have a swollen face
A broken or chipped tooth or filling, even if not painful should not be ignored. The exposed tooth will likely decay if left untreated.
The best treatment for a toothache is immediate dental attention. Only some short term benefit can be gained from analgesics from the pharmacist. Toothache drops and similar preparations are often ineffective. A tooth that is tender to bite on, or throbs may in fact be developing quite a severe infection. Seek immediate dental advice.
If a tooth is sore to bite on following dental treatment, sometimes the filling or crown may just need a slight adjustment to fit your bite more readily.
Remember if we cannot be reached the dental hospital operates everyday including public holidays until 10pm for such situations.