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Dental Hygiene

Most people think that dental hygiene is just about having your teeth cleaned. An appointment with a dental hygienist is far more than that and includes the treatment of gum disease.
What many people don’t know is that gum disease actually contributes to more tooth loss in Australia than dental decay, and there is also a significant correlation between oral health and systemic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and pre-term birth. A dental hygiene appointment assesses and addresses the health of your gums, and customises an oral hygiene regime to suit your individual needs.

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Amalgam Removal

Historically amalgam was the dental restorative material of choice in treating tooth decay. Amalgam is basically a metal alloy mixture of Copper, Tin, Lead, Silver and Mercury (up to 50%). We know that amalgam leaks mercury into the body, and that the corrosive nature of amalgam leads to cracks, which can over time split teeth. The body stores Mercury in tissues that have a high metabolic rate, including the brain. What has been debated for years is the amount of mercury released and whether or not it contributes to other health issues.
We DO NOT place amalgam in teeth unless SPECIFICALLY requested by our patient.
We also understand that for some people amalgam may be a contributing factor in other health issues.
We adopt a collaborative approach working with health care providers to safely and efficiently remove amalgam from the mouths of our patients.
Quite simply, we think there are much better alternatives than amalgam to restore teeth.

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Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding can be an indication of other stress issues that may be occurring within the body. Current data indicates that upper airway resistance and sleep apnoea play a role in teeth grinding.
Purely treating the teeth grinding as a problem, while saving the teeth, may actually exacerbate other possible undiagnosed and potentially serious health issues. In our opinion, splints which have traditionally been used to treat teeth grinders are no longer the standard of excellence in the management of this condition.
Whilst we are happy to provide splints, if that is what the individual wants, we suggest patients consider a path of further tests and consultations embracing a multi-disciplinary approach, to rule out potential serious underlying health issues, prior to the deciding on their treatment options.

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Root canal treatment is performed when an infection burrows itself into the nerve of a tooth. It enables patients to keep their teeth where extraction would otherwise be indicated. The infection, which may be asymptomatic, is treated and the tooth is filled just like with our other fillings. The only difference is it fills more of the tooth and consequently is more expensive.
Quite frankly, it is a treatment you’d best avoid and we do all we can to help. If it is your choice to go ahead with root canal work rather than extraction, rest assured it will be done pain free using the latest in anaesthetics and efficient clinical protocols.
If the tooth simply isn’t strong enough to undergo treatment, we will also let you know. We want things to work long term for you.

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Spectra – Scan

The Spectra-scan allows us to detect decay invisible to the human eye and undetectable with even the very latest of x-ray equipment. A Spectra-scan detects demineralisation of the enamel by shining a perfectly safe light onto the tooth and using a high resolution camera to record the data. It can then demonstrate on a computer monitor where the lesion is located. It enables us to carry out true minimally invasive dentistry or to fix existing deficient fillings far sooner than would otherwise be humanly possible.
The Spectra-scan is done at no additional fee and is part of our commitment to you to provide the very best care using the latest available technology.