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Preventive Dentistry | The Dental Surgery In Belconnen
Preventive Dentistry
Restorative Dentistry Canberra | The Dental Surgery In Belconnen
Restorative Dentistry
Composite Fillings Canberra | The Dental Surgery In Belconnen
Composite Fillings
Porcelain restorations Canberra (Onlays & Veneers) | The Dental Surgery In Belconnen
Porcelain restorations Canberra (Onlays & Veneers)
dental crowns
Dental Crowns & Bridges
Canberra Dentures | The Dental Surgery In Belconnen
Dentures
Implant Dentist Canberra | The Dental Surgery In Belconnen
Implant Dentist
Childrens Dental Care Canberra CDBS | The Dental Surgery In Belconnen
Childrens Dental Care CDBS
Root Canal Treatment Canberra | The Dental Surgery In Belconnen
Root Canal Treatment
Dental Emergencies Canberra
Dental Emergencies
Cosmetic Dentistry Canberra | The Dental Surgery In Belconnen
Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth Whitening Canberra Dentist | The Dental Surgery In Belconnen
Teeth Whitening
Mouthguards Canberra Belconnen | The Dental Surgery In Belconnen
Mouthguards
Occlusal Splints, Teeth Grinding and TMJ Canberra Belconnen | The Dental Surgery In Belconnen
Occlusal Splints
Teeth Grinding and TMJ
Wisdom Teeth Canberra Belconnen | The Dental Surgery In Belconnen
Wisdom Teeth
Digital X-Rays Canberra Belconnen | The Dental Surgery In Belconnen
Digital X-Rays
Gum Disease Canberra Belconnen | The Dental Surgery In Belconnen
Gum Disease

Preventive Dentistry

At our practice, we believe that prevention is better than cure and we know that long-term dental management feels a whole lot better than emergency repairs! At our dental practice, we specialise in preventive dentistry.

Today, people can expect to keep their teeth for life, have a beautiful smile, eat normally and prevent problems like a toothache. The days have passed when tooth loss and dentures were an expected part of life. Dentistry has evolved.

We make sure we find out a lot about you and your teeth as it helps us do our work better. This approach provides the best for our patients – not just a quick fix but lifelong improved dental outcomes.

Regular check-ups and cleans are one of the best preventive dentistry techniques, we will be able to monitor your teeth and gums and make sure they are being maintained and cared for to the best of your and our ability.

Our dentists recommend periodic X-rays, every few years to check that everything under your gums is in good condition too.

How to prevent tooth decay

At our practice, we want to help you prevent tooth decay before it starts. Here’s how:

Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, after breakfast and before going to bed. A good brushing technique does not require force.

  • Don’t forget to clean your tongue- 90% of oral bacteria are actually found on the tongue surface.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste, don’t rinse with water after brushing.
  • Use floss or inter-dental brushes daily to reach places tooth brush bristles cannot. Bacteria between the teeth can cause decay if left undisturbed.
  • See your dentist for regular check-ups so that any early problems can be prevented or treated early.
  • Don’t snack before bedtime. Food left on the teeth overnight is more likely to cause problems.
  • Avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugar, especially carbonated soft drink, sweet cereal, desserts, and sticky foods.

 

How do I prevent gum disease?

As with preventing tooth decay, you need regular check-ups. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine and avoiding sugary foods and drinks can help to reduce the build-up of plaque, therefore will lower your risk of gum disease.

 

Mouth guards

If you’re regularly involved in a contact sport and would like to know more about custom fitted mouth-guards, please contact us for an appointment.

Canberra Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry is the term we use for the various ways we can help you restore your teeth to their former health, beauty and function if they have been damaged.

 

Keep it real

At our practice, we aim to preserve your natural teeth as much as possible.

To repair a damaged tooth, we may recommend a direct filling or indirect filling via impression – onlay, veneer, crown or root canal treatment etc.

 

Mind the gap

If you need to replace a missing tooth or teeth, you might need to consider a dental implant or bridge.

Not only can this restore a beautiful smile, it also helps promote dental health as well.

Filling in empty spaces in the mouth can help prevent cavities in the remaining teeth because odd-shaped gaps are vulnerable spots for plaque-causing bacteria to build up.

Missing teeth also put extra stress on your remaining natural teeth because you don’t have as much surface area to chew with.

 

Come and have a chat

At our practice, we will take the time to discuss options with you to find the best treatment for your situation, needs and budget.

Our comprehensive range of restorative dental treatments includes:

  • Fillings – We offer fillings that use the most modern techniques available, allowing your tooth to be as close as possible to its original strength and appearance.
  • Root Canal Treatment– if decay has affected the deepest layer of the tooth, the dental pulp, you may still be able to save the tooth with root canal treatment.
  • Crowns and Bridges– our dentists will match the colour and shape of your teeth to give you the most natural look and feel possible if you need a dental crown or bridge.
  • Dental Implants– if you have a missing tooth you may want to consider a dental implant to replace it.

Canberra Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry refers to the range of treatments which restore or improve the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums, bite or smile. Many dental treatments fall into this category, including:

  • dental veneers
  • tooth-coloured fillings
  • Orthodontics
  • teeth whitening

 

When can cosmetic dentistry help?

  • discoloured or stained teeth
  • chipped or misshapen teeth
  • crooked teeth or missing teeth
  • teeth with unsightly gaps between them
  • improving your whole smile

 

What are the benefits?

The main benefit of cosmetic dentistry is the creation or restoration of an aesthetically pleasing smile.

Additionally, there are other social and health benefits associated with cosmetic dentistry, including:

  • an improved psychological outlook and higher self-esteem.
  • the reversal of dental problems that were previously a source of embarrassment.
  • better oral health because straight teeth are easier to clean and decay is easier to spot on white teeth.
  • avoiding the need for more costly dental treatments in the future.
  • additional strength and protection against decay.

 

Dental veneers

Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells made from either porcelain or a resin composite. They bond to the front surfaces of teeth to improve the tooth shape, colour, size and alignment.

Dental veneers can assist in creating a straight, symmetrical, white smile. They can be an ideal solution for people wanting to improve the appearance of their teeth and mouth.

Find out more: Dental veneers

 

Teeth whitening

At our practice, we offer teeth whitening. This is a non-invasive way of lifting stains from the teeth and lightening the colour of the enamel, giving you the appearance of whiter, brighter teeth.

The initial appointment with our dentist will confirm your suitability for take-home teeth whitening.

Find out more: Teeth whitening

 

Cosmetic dentistry considerations

Cosmetic dentistry can change your appearance and change your life. However, not all cosmetic dental treatments are appropriate for every person. Importantly, the state of a person’s oral health determines their suitability for cosmetic dentistry.  The initial appointment with our dentist will confirm your suitability for cosmetic dentistry.

Canberra Childrens Dental Care CDBS

We provide friendly children’s dental care and a comfortable environment for the whole family. As your children’s dentist, we look forward to helping you take care of their teeth.

Children’s dentistry services we provide include:

  • Check-ups and x-rays
  • Teeth cleaning & fluoride treatments
  • Fissure sealants
  • Oral health education
  • Sports mouthguards

 

When should I make my child’s first appointment?

We recommend that children start seeing the dentist by the time they’re two years old.

You are welcome to bring them in earlier if you have any questions or concerns.

Young children generally only need to see the dentist every 6-12 months.

 

Get them comfortable at the dentist!

It is vital that children get used to coming in to see the dentist while they are young. This will help them form good associations and avoid any fear of dentists.

While children are growing, we monitor their facial growth and dental development closely. This will help avoid crowding of teeth and jaw issues. We also assess and address factors such as large tonsils, sleep apnoea or snoring, mouth breathing and thumb sucking.

Bring your children to see us so that we can diagnose any problems early and your child can develop a happy, healthy, trusting relationship with our team.



What about teenagers and their teeth?

 

 

Mouthguards

If your child plays a contact sport, a fitted mouthguard from your dentist offers the best protection. Chat to us about the colours and styles available.

 

Sugary drinks

Sugary drinks contain high levels of acid and sugar. These can damage teeth if consumed regularly. Damaged enamel can cause sensitivity and susceptibility to decay and cavities.

Find out what the Australian Dental Association recommends for children and teenagers.

 

Child Dental Benefit Scheme (CDBS)

The Government funded Child Dental Benefit Scheme is now available for eligible families with children aged 2-17 years.

You can confirm your child’s eligibility and balance amount by accessing your Medicare online account at myGov or calling the Medicare general enquiries line on 132 011.

Canberra Dentures

At our practice, we offer dentures as a provisional or long-term option to patients who have lost natural teeth. More comfortable and natural looking than ever, today’s dentures can give you back the confidence to smile, eat and speak as before. Your comfort is our priority, and we’ll take the time to make sure that your new set of teeth feel right, look good and work well.

 

What are dentures?

  • Dentures are false teeth that are usually made from acrylic and replace missing teeth.
  • The base of the denture can be cast from special alloy to allow for durability and reduction for better comfort.
  • They are designed to look like your natural teeth.
  • They can be taken out for cleaning or when you sleep at night.
  • You can choose either full or partial dentures, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced.

 

Why choose dentures?

With the support from false teeth, you will retain a more youthful appearance and be able to enjoy your food and speak with as much ease as when you had your natural teeth.

 

Are dentures for me?

More natural looking and more comfortable than ever before, today’s false teeth are a solution for patients who do not suit implants or a bridge to replace lost teeth for various reasons.

If most or all of your teeth are missing, a full denture may be for you. On the other hand, we may recommend a partial denture for those who still have some natural teeth remaining.

Dentures are also one of the more cost-effective solutions for replacing missing teeth. If you have health insurance, your provider may help you with the cost, so don’t forget to check first.

Book in today for a confidential chat about how we can help you.

Canberra Dental Emergencies

At our practice, we provide dental emergency services. We will make every effort to help patients in need of emergency dental care.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t always go to plan.
However careful you are with your teeth, accidents can happen to anyone.
If you have a dental emergency like a broken tooth or a severe toothache, we are here to help.

There are also some important steps you should take if you are faced with a dental emergency.
It is important to ensure your teeth are checked by your dentist even if your symptoms subside.

 

Common dental emergencies

Here are some of the most common types of dental emergencies that we see in our practice:

  • Toothache.
  • Broken tooth or split tooth.
  • Loose crown or tooth cap.

 

How to handle a dental emergency

 

Toothache

We understand that toothache can be very painful and distressing. To reduce pain until you can see your dentist, you can try:

  • gently rinsing your mouth with lukewarm, salty water.
  • flossing between the teeth that are hurting to make sure nothing is stuck and causing pain.
  • using pain relief medication such as ibuprofen or paracetamol.

If you experience severe pain, see your dentist urgently.

 

Broken or split tooth

In cases of a broken or split tooth, follow these steps:

  • Call your dentist immediately.
  • Place an ice cube folded in a cloth on the affected area to alleviate pain and reduce swelling and bleeding.

 

Loose crown

If your crown becomes loose or falls out, you should:

  • wrap the loose crown in a tissue or similar protective covering to keep it safe.
  • make an emergency dentist appointment, even if you are not in pain.

If you experience any kind of dental emergency, it is important not to panic. Act calmly and quickly, contact us for help and come in for a check-up even if you are not in pain.

Canberra Occlusal Splints, Teeth Grinding and TMJ

What is an Occlusal Splint?

Occlusal Splints are otherwise known as nightguards and you may also have heard the terms ‘bite plate’ or ‘Talon Splint’. It is often prescribed for use to reduce the wear and tear on teeth for patients. Occlusal splints are custom made and prescribed by your dentist for different reasons.

Reasons you may need an occlusal splint or nightguard:

  • Teeth grinding, or ‘bruxism’
  • Excessive jaw clenching
  • To protect teeth
  • To protect a new dental restoration
  • To correct your bite if you have a problem with your jaw joints (structural TMJ disorders)

 

Do you grind your teeth at night?

Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is a common condition that affects both adults and children. It occurs when a person grinds or clenches their teeth, usually while they’re sleeping.

In many cases, the person does not even know that they are grinding their teeth. Typically, it is the person’s parent or partner that hears the grinding while they sleep. It is important to treat bruxism as quickly as possible because it can damage teeth and diminish the chances of a good night’s sleep.

 

Symptoms of teeth grinding

Although you are not likely to hear the actual grinding of your teeth, there are several other symptoms that you may notice, including:

  • morning headaches
  • earaches
  • sore jaw muscles
  • tooth wear

 

Due to unusual wear and tear on your teeth, your dentist also may be able to detect bruxism during a full examination.

 

Why teeth grinding should be treated

If not dealt with properly, teeth grinding can loosen or crack your teeth and, in rare cases, teeth can be lost. Untreated, this condition can also cause damage to your temporomandibular joints in your jaw.

 

Dental treatments for teeth grinding

If you experience any symptoms, your first step should be to see your dentist. The dentist will evaluate your teeth and look for wear and tear that is often caused by bruxism.

Stress can sometimes trigger teeth grinding. Reducing your stress level can be helpful. Relaxation techniques to reduce the intensity of teeth grinding include:

  • listening to music
  • reading a book
  • taking a warm bath
  • meditating

 

If you suspect that you are grinding your teeth, call our friendly reception staff to book an appointment to talk about the treatment options for bruxism.

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