A check-up of your teeth and general oral health is recommended 6 monthly for ongoing maintenance, collating any treatment required in a treatment plan, complete with a cost estimate of the work needed. Bitewing X rays are recommended for a complete examination, and are updated every 18-24 months, as required.
Teeth cleaning involves removal of stains, calculus, tartar and plaque. If left, this can lead to various stages of gum disease. Fluoride treatment is provided after a clean to strengthen the tooth enamel and protect against further decay and erosion. We recommend visiting the hygienist every 6 months for ongoing maintenance.
A cavity in your tooth may have several causes including decay or fracture, and is repaired with a filling or restoration. An x-ray may be required for assessment.
Removal of a tooth, which includes the crown and root of a tooth, is called a tooth extraction. This will always require an x-ray and is performed under local anaesthesia. This is case specific dependant on the time needed, difficulty of the extraction, cost of the procedure and cooperation from the patient. We also remove wisdom teeth, though this is also case specific.
In some teeth, when the pulp tissue (centre of the tooth, where the nerves and blood vessels supply the tooth) becomes inflamed, this can be very painful, and may be due to decay or trauma. The treatment required in this situation involves several appointments to treat the infection with antibiotic treatment, called root canal therapy or endodontic treatment.
In teeth with very large fillings, or previously root canal treated teeth, a crown is recommended for protection and to strengthen the tooth.
A bridge is an option to replace a missing tooth, involving a crown of the adjacent teeth, as abutments for the missing tooth.
Teeth can be bleached or whitened via several methods, including a take home kit and custom made trays, in chair whitening, or microenamel dermabrasion. It is best to discuss with your dentist if you are a suitable candidate for whitening procedures as it may increase risk of tooth sensitivity.
A night guard or occlusal splint can be made for people who clench or grind their teeth, resulting in tooth wear, jaw or muscle pain, even headaches.