dentist-in-melbourne-wisdom-teethWisdom Teeth

A common belief is that all wisdom teeth need extractions. However, in line with our proactive approach to oral health, only wisdom teeth that are having a potentially detrimental effect on an individual’s wellbeing are recommended to be extracted. In such cases, we offer both in chair extractions under a local anaesthetic, as well as referral to a specialist oral surgeon for removal under general anaesthetic.

dentist-in-melbourne-neuromuscular-dentistryNeuromuscular Dentistry

Neuromuscular dentistry recognises that the teeth and how they bite are part of one’s physiology. Consequently a mal-aligned bite can contribute to symptoms such as poor sleep, tension and migraine headaches, jaw, neck and shoulder pain, and worn down looking teeth. In fact , wear patterns on teeth provide a clue to what can be going on to one’s physiology during the day-time and night. These symptoms and signs are commonly called TMD (temporomandibular disorder) or MPD (myofacial pain dysfunction).
Diagnosis and treatment is performed by utilising a multidisciplinary approach, working closely with elite physical therapists, paediatric and adult sleep physicians and ENT surgeons, using 3D cone beam x-rays, sleep data and TENS.

Dentally, we support your therapy with a variety of treatment options including: bite adjustments, physiologically optimized anti-snoring devices and/or orthodontic treatments. Restoring teeth is also done in conjunction with a mandibular orthotic that helps maintain optimal support for the jaw, tongue position and neck.

dentist-in-melbourne-oral-cancer-screeningOral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is a very real disease that on the whole, the general community knows very little about. In Australia, cancer is the number one killer and oral cancers account for 2-3 % of all deaths from cancer. In very much the same way as dental x-rays enable us to look into a tooth where decay is, Velscope oral cancer screening enables us to look into the lining of the mouth, detecting collagen/possible cancerous changes earlier. This early detection can have a significant impact on the 5 year cancer survival rates as listed below.
Velscope oral screening is quick, easy and non invasive. The clinician looks through a viewfinder in a darkened room shining a specific type of light in the mouth. A change DOES NOT mean cancer, a referral to an Oral Medicine Specialist is then arranged for further evaluation.
5 year survival of oral squamous cell carcinomas by stage at diagnosis:

Stage I  –
Stage II  –
Stage III  –
Stage IV  –
85% survival
66% survival
41% survival
9% survival

Early detection is vital for not only maximising survival rates but also for subsequent quality of life.

dentist-in-melbourne-sleep-apnoeaSleep Apnoea

Sleep Apnoea is a condition where during sleep, muscles in the back of the throat (the pharynx) can collapse for a short period of time, causing partial or complete obstruction of the airway. Most people will be unaware that is happening and only may notice signs such as snoring, feeling tired on waking, headaches or decreased concentration, just to name a few. These symtoms are related to the interruptions during one’s sleep cycle and can happen in adults and children.

An oral appliance designed to be worn during sleep helps support the jaw to prevent it from falling back and closing off the airway.
For patients with severe sleep apnoea, the gold standard of care is CPAP. Some people have difficulty adjusting to and managing the CPAP. In these instances an oral appliance is better than no treatment at all. Oral appliances can sometimes be used in conjunction with CPAP to help make CPAP tolerable.

For many people with clenching and grinding, snoring, morning headaches, or mild to moderate sleep apnoea, an oral appliance is the first line of treatment. A close working relationship between sleep respiratory physicians and dentists is vital for effective care.

dentist-in-melbourne-oral-systemic-healthOral Systemic Health

Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease) a silent disease that often has no symptoms and if untreated, is the number one cause of people loosing their teeth. What some people don’t realise is that periodontal disease has been linked to several systemic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pre-term births, Alzheimers disease and stroke.

Whilst it is not yet fully understood, there is significant evidence to suggest a correlation between gum disease and these life-threatening illnesses.
Periodontal disease can only be diagnosed and managed by an oral health care provider.

We here at Dental On Cue take this condition very seriously and have specifically trained Dental Hygienists, promoting an individualised Active Maintenance regime to keep this silent disease at bay.

dentist-in-melbourne-nu-calmNu – Calm

NuCalm is a revolutionary technology proven to naturally relax the body without drugs.  The NuCalm system causes effective, safe anxiolysis where a deep relaxed state is induced and maintained for the entire experience. NuCalm has been clinically proven to help patients before, during and after dental treatment. It does this specifically in the dental setting by reducing salivary flow, reducing gag reflex, reducing white knuckling, reducing jerking or startled responses, and reducing muscle tension in the head and neck.  There are no narcotics or controlled substances and one can come and go in one’s own time with no post treatment recovery time. The post treatment experience is typically one of relaxation and rejuvenation.