Our Services

Preventive Dentistry

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  • “Prevention is better than the cure.” In aligning with this, we aim to provide treatment that firstly identifies the cause of the dental problem, before engaging the most optimal way of treating that problem. This is a much healthier approach than using the ‘band-aid’ method of just ‘filling a hole in a tooth’.
  • By educating our patients with documented effective methods for preventing dental problems, the benefits achieved by patients employing them long term will include better oral health, a reduction in the frequency of dental pain, an increased self esteem, and a reduction in dental bills. These preventive methods are provided to all patients, and foremostly to children and adolescents.
  • Specifically, our formula for dental disease prevention includes use of procedures such as patient education, dental check-ups, scale and cleans, fluoride treatments as needed, low dose x-rays as required, tooth fissure sealants, and the provision of mouthguards – all tailored to individual patient needs. As evident, all the above mentioned procedures are aimed at preventing the beginning of dental disease (such as tooth decay and gum disease), thereby helping prevent the need to ‘fix’ future dental problems.

Tooth Whitening

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  • Teeth Whitening is a very popular and rapidly increasing mode of dental treatment offered by our dental surgery.
  • This is certainly a consideration for you if you are not happy with the colour of your teeth. With this option of treatment, it is important for patients to understand that we take great care in firstly assessing the appropriateness of your teeth for the whitening process, and then together deciding whether your case is better suited to the in-house teeth whitening procedure, or the usage of a take home whitening kit.
  • Either way, we strictly monitor your use of these products to ensure an uneventful and notable result. We are aware of the short and long-term damage teeth whitening products can cause, by them being recommended and used by untrained and unqualified persons.

White Fillings

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  • White fillings, otherwise known as Composite Resin Restorations, have over the years achieved global recognition. This is essentially our routine filling material for both front and back teeth.
  • The process of filling a tooth effectively with these white filling materials is somewhat long, precise, and detailed. Before correctly placing a white filling in a tooth, we consider many factors such as the colour of the tooth, the tooth’s shape, its position in the mouth, bite forces affecting the filling, and others.
  • You will be pleased to know that the specific composite resin materials we use, apart from having a wonderful tooth colour matching ability, comes with great strength and durability to withstand bite forces.

Crowns & Bridges

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  • Sometimes one of your teeth may be determined as prone to fracture with the bite forces in normal chewing. Another patient may have a tooth which we determine as having a crack. Yet another patient may have a broken down tooth which may also be severely worn. In all these cases we will most probably recommend that in order to protect the longevity of the tooth, it is better to crown the tooth. A crown is like a thimble over the whole tooth. Of course, before the recommendation of a crown for a tooth, we will be doing quite a few tests and assessments on the tooth using tools such as x-rays to accurately determine the future of the tooth with or without a crown. It is important to know that crowns can be placed on either living (nerves intact) or dead (nerves removed and root canal therapy completed) teeth.
  • We have different styles of crowns to suit different conditions and situations in the oral cavity. Even so, our recommendation to you as to the type of crown you need is only given once we have fully assessed the total health of your teeth and mouth. In determining the type of crown most suited to your tooth, factors such as the tooth’s position in the mouth, the bite forces the tooth suffers, the requirements for aesthetics, cost to the patient, and others are all considered.
  • A dental bridge is a method to fill in the space created by a missing tooth or teeth, by utilising the teeth either side of that space as supports. In a simplified description for a case where there is a single tooth missing, the teeth either side of the gap are each prepared for a crown, and then an impression taken of this area. The dental technicians at the dental laboratory then manufacture a bridge which comprises of three crowns connected together, with the middle one filling the missing tooth being solid. This one structure (which is three crowns together) is then ‘glued’ into position in the mouth; this is termed a fixed prosthesis.
  • You will be reassured to know, that our crowns and bridge work are manufactured exclusively by dental laboratories located in Sydney.

Veneers

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  • Veneers are an option we provide patients to vastly improve their smile by essentially restoring the front face of a tooth or teeth. Veneers are most commonly placed on the front teeth for a variety of reasons, most commonly to improve a patient’s smile.
  • We provide two different types of veneers. The cheaper and direct placement option uses highly aesthetic composite resins (white filling materials), and are mainly completed in one appointment. The more expensive option uses a similar technique to that of crown fabrication and placement, and is made in porcelain by a laboratory technician therefore requiring mainly two appointments. In each case, a very thin layer of the front face of the tooth is removed to allow the new resin or porcelain material to be placed.
  • A somewhat crude analogy to dental veneers are the ‘false-fingernails’ placed at beauty salons. But it is important to realise that dental veneers will last significantly longer than false fingernails, and require a greater skill in their manufacture and placement.

Root Canal Therapy (RCT)

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  • If your tooth is diagnosed as having advanced tooth decay where the decay has eaten into the tooth’s blood vessel/nerve complex (the dental pulp), or if the tooth has been damaged by significant injury, we may recommend the tooth to undergo RCT to save it. Pain due to either case may be mild, moderate or severe dependent on individual pain thresholds. However, even after we have discussed with you the advantages and disadvantages, prior to commencement of RCT, the extraction of that tooth maintains as an option.
  • In carrying out RCT, we use highly specialised, fine instrumentation to remove the infected pulp deep inside the tooth and its root(s). Once we are satisfied the root canal(s) are clean and dry, we then proceed to fill them - once again using specialised instrumentation and materials.
  • This entire procedure requires multiple appointments, and is carried out under local anaesthetic (and if requested, ‘happy gas’). After completion of RCT, the part of the tooth above the gum level will be restored to protect it from fracture – possibly by a crown.

Dental Implants

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  • This treatment mode is available to patients who are keen to ‘fill-in’ gaps created by missing teeth. Dental implants are most appropriate to those patients not happy to have the teeth either side of the gaps prepared to receive crowns (as required for the placement of a dental bridge). Implants, like dental bridges, are another form of fixed prosthesis. This procedure involves considerable investigations, x-rays, explanation, patient input, and planning. Although this particular treatment can be very favourable for some patients, it may not be an option for others.
  • Once you have clearly understood and accepted the process and procedures involved with dental implant placement, the subsequent appointments are spaced over a certain few months. In general, the process involves a dental implant (a screw like post) being surgically inserted (screwed) into the jaw bone at the required site. After a given period of time that allows the body to heal and ‘accept’ and hold firmly the inserted implant, impressions are taken of the implant placed area for the manufacture of a crown; the crown is then inserted at a subsequent visit.
  • These procedures are normally carried out under local anaesthesia with or without ‘happy gas’.

Bruxism: Teeth Grinding

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  • Do you have worn-down looking teeth? Are your teeth short, chipped and cracked? A lot of people who do are mostly unaware they grind or clench their teeth with great force. A large part of the population grinds their teeth whilst sleeping, and are totally unaware of this (unless they have a sleeping partner whom may complain). Others may clench their teeth viciously when in deep concentration, and similarly be unawares of this.
  • Both these actions not only produce damage to the teeth, but also put excessive and undue stress on the jaw joints, and the facial and neck muscles. Apart from creating the problem of shortened, chipped, and fractured teeth, these actions also give rise to headaches, head and neck muscle tension and soreness, and jaw joint clicking, locking, pain and tenderness.
  • So early diagnosis and treatment is advisable, with treatment options being bite adjustments, bite plates worn when sleeping, jaw joint exercises, and others.
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