General Dentistry - Scale & Prophylaxis, Fluoride Treatments, Dental Sealants, White Fillings and Extractions.
Endodontic Treatment - Root Canal Therapy.
Dentures - Partial/Full/Flexible Dentures (Valplast).
Cosmetic Dentistry - Crowns and Bridges, Veneers and Dental Implants.
Tooth Whitening (ZOOM Advance Power).
Orthodontic Treatment - Invisalign and Braces for adults and children.
Teeth Whitening - (ZOOM Advance Power)
Zoom is a system that has been thoroughly researched and combines the use of traditional whitening solutions with light activation. Together these technologies speed up the whitening process giving you whiter teeth in less time. The zoom whitening system works by using a hydrogen Peroxide based gel. Light activation breaks down the hydrogen peroxide which releases oxygen. The layer of the tooth which determines shade is known as dentine; oxygen gently penetrates the outer layer enamel and enters the dentine to bleach coloured substances.
As more people are interested in improving the appearance of their smile there have been many studies done over recent years to review the safety of using such whitening systems. Tooth whitening is a well established procedure in cosmetic dentistry. The active ingredient in Zoom which is hydrogen Peroxide has been used safely in dentistry for many years.
Tooth whitening used under professional supervision is safe; however it is not advised for children less than 13 years of age, or pregnant or lactating women.
Porcelain dental veneers are extremely thin, tooth-coloured shells or laminates of porcelain that are bonded onto the outside surface of your teeth. Porcelain dental veneers can be used to change the shape and colour of teeth mask dis-colourations and stains restore chipped and worn teeth as an alternative to orthodontics to close spaces and straighten crooked teeth, correct teeth that are rotated, Close gaps as porcelain is a glass that has optical properties that most resemble your tooth's enamel. Porcelain is the most tooth-like dental material available to dentists.
Crowns & Bridges
A crown is suggested when a tooth has been broken down or weakened by extensive decay, trauma or wear, a crown is often necessary. A crown (cap) fits over the existing natural tooth and replaces the natural crown, the part of the tooth seen above the gums. Broken down teeth or heavily filled teeth are susceptible to fracturing. Studies have shown that teeth that are greater than 70% filling material are overloaded. The tooth can fracture and will then require an extraction. A crown will not only strengthen this tooth, and enable you to keep this tooth for many years, but it will restore the tooth back to its natural appearance.
A bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space.
As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.
A dental implant is a small titanium fixture that functions as a replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Ultimately the implant can act as an anchor for a prosthesis to be attached to the implant.
The prosthesis may be:
Crown - replacing one missing tooth
Bridge - replacing several missing teeth
Dental implants can even be used to help retain dentures. So if you have a poorly fitting denture, the placement of dental implants that clip onto your denture can dramatically improve your denture wearing ability. Implant retained dentures are called over dentures.
Dental implants are made of the most bio-compatible metal known to man chemically pure titanium. Three months after placement of the dental implant, adequate bone will have grown onto the surface of the implant to be strong enough to withstand the daily forces of normal function. This process is known as osseointegration.
Your Invisalign treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks for the next set of aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move - little by little, week by week - until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by your dental provider. www.invisalign.com.au
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.
Mouthguards should be worn whilst playing and training for any sport that could involve contact to the face.
A mouthguard helps absorb the shock experienced by a blow to the face, which might otherwise result in an injury to the mouth or jaw. A heavy collision can result in chipped or broken teeth, internal damage to a tooth, tooth loss, injuries to the soft tissue of the mouth, and in severe cases, concussion or a broken jaw. Injuries like these can lead to long and potentially expensive treatment to restore teeth and the mouth back to normal function and appearance.
Root Canal Treatment
The most common factors contributing to the need for Root Canal Treatment are:
- Infection caused by deep decay or a very large filling.
- Severe gum disease.
- Trauma either caused by a physical blow to a tooth or even a constant striking of the opposite jaw.
When the nerve in a tooth dies the dead tissue is removed from the canal.
One or more visits are needed for root canal treatment, depending on the individual case of the patient. Several appointments are usually required for the complete elimination of the infection. In some cases, root canals are difficult to locate so the treatment takes longer. When the treatment is over the tooth will have to be restored with a crown or a filling.
Once the root canal treatment has been completed the tooth may become brittle due to there being no blood supply to the tooth and this can cause the tooth to slowly begin to chip away or even worse, fracture. Therefore in most cases, we recommend that the tooth be crowned following the treatment.