Our experienced, friendly practitioners provide quality dentistry for the whole family, from the youngest to the oldest family member. We put a strong emphasis on customised dental treatment for our patients, tailored to suit their specific needs. All our dentists are highly qualified and provide a full range of dental treatments. We also work closely with a network of specialists to provide comprehensive treatment for more complex cases.
ROUTINE EXAMINATIONS & CLEANS
We recommend regular check-ups and cleans. Check-ups allow us to identify any problems and treat them before they are able to progress, and regular cleaning is important for maintaining good oral health.
TEETH CLEANING & GUM TREATMENT
Plaque and calculus (tartar) are bacterial deposits that must be removed to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Regular scaling and cleaning of the teeth will prevent the build up of calculus, which is the main cause of gingivitis and periodontal (gum) disease. In addition, regular cleaning prevents staining and helps maintain the life of your existing dental restorations.
Periodontal disease is caused by plaque and calculus that accumulates below the gum line, which normal cleaning is unable to remove. This build up of plaque and calculus under the gums weakens the bone supporting the tooth and unless treated, may lead to tooth mobility or loss. It is therefor very important to have the plaque and calculus removed on a regular basis by your dentist. In severe cases we may refer you to see a periodontist (gum) specialist.
Fissure sealants are protective coatings that are applied onto deep grooves and fissures and help to prevent decay. They also facilitate cleaning and maintaining the general health of your teeth at home.
Fillings are used to replace a small to medium amount of missing tooth structure, which may have decayed or broken away. We use tooth-coloured dental filling materials to create a more natural appearance. When fillings age, they can chip, leak or discolour and may need replacement.
When a more substantial amount of tooth structure has been lost, a stronger material such as porcelain or gold may be required to save the tooth. This restoration is known as an inlay or an onlay, and is constructed from an impression taken at our practice, which are used by a laboratory to construct the inlay or onlay.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
When tooth decay or fractures have progressed as far as the nerve of the tooth, root canal treatment may be required to relieve pain and retain the tooth. Root canal (endodontic) treatment involves cleaning away the cause of pain; inflamed or dead pulp from the inside of the tooth. After root canal treatment, a strong, protective crown is usually placed in order to prevent further weakening or fracture of the tooth. In complex cases, we may refer you to an endodontist (root canal) specialist.
Dental crowns (also sometimes referred to as caps) completely cover and encase the crown of the tooth. Crowns are an effective way to strengthen teeth and are used when the integrity of a tooth has been compromised, usually as a result of extensive dental decay, root canal therapy or when a large portion of tooth or filling has broken away. Crowns are constructed by preparing the tooth and taking impressions at our practice, which are then used by a laboratory to construct the crown.
Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth, by bridging the gap with one or more porcelain teeth. Porcelain teeth are normally connected to two crowns which are cemented onto the adjacent natural teeth. Like crowns, bridges are constructed by preparing the teeth and taking impressions at our practice, which are then used by a laboratory to construct the bridge.
Veneers may be used to improve the appearance of teeth by changing the colour and/or shape of the teeth, by masking stains and by replacing small fractured pieces of teeth. Porcelain veneers are made by a laboratory from impressions taken at our practice, which are then bonded to the front surface of the teeth. Veneers may also be constructed from composite resin, which is carried out in our practice during your appointment.
Tooth whitening treatment is designed to whiten your teeth without any artificial additions. Custom made plastic trays are constructed using models of your teeth. This is followed by home treatments, using safe-strength gels. Home bleaching usually takes about two weeks, when the gel filled trays are worn for a short period each day. Home bleaching will not whiten fillings, and it may be necessary to have visible tooth-coloured fillings replaced with ones that more closely match the final tooth colour after whitening is completed. For better and longer lasting whitening we recommend a full examination and clean prior to bleaching treatment. Bleaching trays may be kept and used again to boost the whiteness of your teeth. Gel refills are available for purchase from our practice.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is fitted into the jawbone. A dental implant is fabricated from a very strong, bio-compatible material and can be simply placed under local anaesthetic. Following the placement of a dental implant, there is an initial healing period which allows the gum tissue and implant to settle in the jawbone. Thereafter, a replacement tooth (usually a porcelain crown) can be attached.
DENTURES & DENTURE REPAIRS
A denture is an appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth. A full denture replaces all the teeth, and a partial denture replaces one of several of the teeth. A denture is not fixed in place and needs to be removed for cleaning.
EXTRACTIONS & MINOR ORAL SURGERY
Extractions may be necessary when a tooth has undergone severe damage from decay, trauma or infection, and can no longer be restored. We perform both straightforward and more complex extractions at our practice, which depend on the condition of the tooth.
Wisdom teeth are often difficult to clean, because they may be difficult to reach or remain partly under the gum. They may also sometimes be impacted (blocked by the other teeth), which prevents them from erupting normally. As a result, wisdom teeth are often the source of dental pain, decay and infection and may require removal. After examining the wisdom tooth/teeth, your dentist will determine whether an extraction is necessary. We will arrange to remove it at our practice or we will refer more complex cases to a specialist oral surgeon.
BITE SPLINTS (BRUXISM)
Bite splints are recommended for patients who grind their teeth during the night or day. This reduces the probability of causing damage to the existing teeth.
A mouthguard is a removable rubber or polyvinyl shield worn over your teeth, most commonly the upper teeth, to protect the teeth and jaws from traumatic injury during physical activities.
EMERGENCY & TRAUMA CARE
If you have a dental emergency or accident or are suffering from a toothache, we encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible so that we may quickly and effective treat the underlying problem. We reserve emergency appointments each day for emergency appointments. Dental pain may often be prevented by identifying problems while they are still in an early stage, therefore we recommend routine examinations and cleans every 6-12 months. The risk of dental trauma in contact sports may also be significantly reduced by wearing a custom-made mouth guards.