A full and thorough examination includes TMJ (jaw joint) check, oral pathology screen, periodontal/gum check, charting/note of previous dental treatment, along with screening x-rays of teeth and jaw bones. A comprehensive examination allows accurate diagnosis of any current problems, as well as highlighting potential future problems so that medium to long term planning to avoid these can occur. A comprehensive examination is the suggested start point for anyone who is new to the practice to allow full and accurate diagnosis and treatment planning.
An annual check-up is recommended to identify any change in the health of teeth and gums. Periodic x-rays are often advised to ensure problems are identified at an early stage when treatment is usually at its simplest. We can email or text reminder notices to allow you to keep up to date with these regular check-ups.
We only use digital x-rays which are modern and emit the smallest and most focussed possible radiation dose to allow accurate screening and diagnosis. Digital x-rays are quick, convenient, and safe.
Professional cleaning of teeth is essential for maintaining strong and healthy teeth for life. Our dental hygienists are highly experienced, thorough, and gentle! Regular dental hygiene visits keep dental problems to a minimum and ensure teeth remain strong and free of pain. Dental hygienists can help with gum disease treatment, sensitive teeth, stained and discoloured teeth, as well as early diagnosis of dental problems.
99% of fillings placed are now done with a tooth coloured material. Whether that is composite resin, glass ionomer cement, or one of the porcelain/ceramics can be discussed and chosen on a case by case basis. White fillings placed correctly are strong, stable and long lasting.
Crowns are indicated when teeth have been significantly weakened by large fillings or root canal treatment. Crowns last for many years without risk of chipping and fracture. Modern all ceramic crowns look great, last for ages, and are usually simple to fit.
Replacing missing teeth can sometimes be done with bridges. These prostheses are permanently fixed to teeth adjacent to a gap, and allow a natural feeling and looking replacement tooth to be fitted.
Implants are titanium bolts that are fitted to the jaw to allow a porcelain crown to be attached. Implant retained crowns are ideal as they do not rely on other teeth to support them.
Composite resin or porcelain veneers are an ideal way to mask discoloured or misshapen/crooked teeth. Direct composite resin veneers can be very conservative, look great, are readily repairable, and relatively cost effective. Porcelain veneers often require a little more tooth preparation, look perfectly natural, and last longer without maintenance than composite veneers.
Root Canal Treatment
When a nerve inside a tooth becomes unhealthy and causes toothache, root canal treatment allows the tooth to stay in place avoiding extraction. Root canal treatment has a very high success rate, is generally painless, and prevents infection and pain returning.
Whether a single tooth needs whitening or all teeth have lost their sparkle, tooth whitening or bleaching can help. There are a variety of ways and means to whiten your teeth, your dentist and hygienist can advise you what is best for your situation.
Some molar teeth have deep fine fissures/grooves in the biting surface that make cavities almost inevitable no matter how well teeth are cleaned. Sealing these fissures with a composite resin while young is a simple procedure which can prevent many cavities from developing. Ideally placed on permanent molars soon after these teeth have erupted through the gum, fissure sealants are often indicated for children and adolescents.
If your tooth has been damaged in an accident, ACC may be able to help cover treatment costs throughout your lifetime. It is important to register the injury when it occurs by visiting you dentist and completing the correct paperwork. Injured teeth may need ongoing treatment which can be provided by your experienced team of dental professionals.
Extraction of Teeth
Unfortunately on some occasion’s teeth need to be removed. Whether this is for orthodontic purposes, or to eliminate pain and infection, pain free removal of teeth can be provided along with clear postoperative guidance and review. Appropriate referral for potentially difficult cases can be provided with through and accurate prior assessment.
Partial and Full Dentures
Whether missing one or all teeth, a denture is a solution that can work well as a permanent or temporary replacement. Dentures for all situations can be provided, along with appropriate referral to clinical dental technicians where this is indicated.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted! Thorough examination and assessment will identify whether your wisdom teeth should be left alone, removed, or monitored for change.
Orofacial pain can be debilitating and unrelenting. It is important to know that not all oral pain comes from teeth, and that accurate diagnosis of that pain may lead to investigations outside of the mouth. Appropriate referral to specialists in orofacial pain is needed to manage chronic and debilitating pain conditions on some occasions. We know when to refer, and who to refer to in these situations.