Fillings may be used to restore tooth or teeth to their original healthy state, normal function and shape due to:
Decayed teeth (caries);
Loss of previous fillings; and/or
Fractures of tooth structure
The compromised part of the tooth will be cleaned, treated and the cavity filled by applying the appropriated dental filling materials. The filling will “seal” the cavity, preventing bacteria causing further damage to the tooth.
How do I know if I need a filling
Some cavities can cause pain or sensitivity to cold, sweet and even hot food or beverages. In some cases, cavities may not cause any pain at all. In some cases, cavities can be directly seen on the surface of the tooth, but in other cases decay need to be diagnosed using x-rays and further special examination.
What to expect
During the dental examination your Dentist will assess your teeth and determine and discuss with you what type of filling is required. The procedure is usually done using a local anaesthetic, so in most cases it is pain free.
There are a few ways to get your teeth whiter including:
Dental Gel Treatment – Your dentist will apply the whitening gel onto the surfaces of your teeth, while protecting your gums. A special light will be focused on the teeth to enhance the gel whitening process. This treatment is done at McGrath Dental and usually takes one visit.
At-Home Treatment – Your dentist will prepare special dental trays for you to take at home together with the whitening teeth kit tailored to your needs. At home, you apply the whitening gel to the tray and then place it over your teeth for the specified period of time.
Keep in mind no teeth whitening procedure is permanent, so you may need a regularly visit McGrath Dental to maintain your desired shade of white.
RTC aims to treat diseases of the nerve of the tooth (dental pulp), tooth root/s and surroundings areas. The procedure usually involves removing the affected dental pulp, which is the part of the tooth that allows us to feel, temperature changes, pain, and so on.
When the dental pulp suffers an injury, bacteria can enter the pulp via cracks causing decay or gum disease. The pulp may get inflamed and infected and the tooth and surrounding area becomes sore. It’s common to feel an increased sensitivity to hot and/or cold, throbbing pain, or pain when chewing and sometimes soft tissue swelling.
Is RCT painful
RTC is usually a painless as the tooth and surrounding area will be anaesthetised. Discomfort may be present after the procedure because of remaining inflammation in the tissues around the tooth. It may take a couple of days to settle down and mild analgesics may be prescribed.
Is RCT always successful
Root Canal Treatment will only be performed when your tooth is assessed, and it is determined it has a good chance to last long time in your mouth. Keep in mind that every patient responds and heals in different ways to dental treatments.
Most root canal treatments are successful, however your dentist will discuss with you the potential risks given your specific diagnosis. It’s important to have your RTC reviewed regularly to ensure ongoing success.
How does RCT work
Once the affected dental nerve is removed relieving your inflammation and pain, the root canals are cleaned and shaped, filled and sealed. Later, a crown or other restoration will be fitted over the remainder of the tooth to protect it.
In order to see the root canals under your teeth, gums and surrounding bone, x-rays are necessary to diagnose and monitor the progress of your treatment.
Veneers are dental restorations usually placed onto the front surface of the tooth or teeth in order to treat discolouration, minor misalignment, chips or cracks or to minimise gaps between teeth and build up worn teeth to restore a natural smile.
There are two types of veneers, according to the material used: porcelain or resin composite.
Porcelain veneers – These are indirect, custom-made in a dental laboratory and are designed to be applied to the front of the tooth. Each veneer is custom-made to a particular tooth and they look and feel very natural.
Composite resin veneers – These are applied one layer at a time to slowly cover the existing tooth. Each layer is shaped and hardened by the dentist until a natural result is achieve.
Can anyone have veneers
If you have healthy teeth and enamel (the exterior layer of the crown of the tooth on which to attach) then you may be good candidates for dental veneers. Veneers are a cosmetic and restorative procedure, not an orthodontic solution. Any decay or gum disease must be treated prior to the attachment of veneers.
How long do veneers last
With consistent and good oral hygiene veneers may last 10 years.
Crowns and bridges are a permanent, fixed dental treatment to replace missing or badly damaged teeth. A crown is indicated when the tooth structure is very damaged, weakened or fractured. A bridge is indicated to replace one or more missing teeth.
What is a crown
A crown is an indirect dental restoration made in the Dental Laboratory. It can be made of porcelain, ceramic, gold alloy or a combination of these products. They can be coloured to match your existing teeth shade. They can be strong and natural looking.
How is a crown fitted
The selected tooth is treated and reshaped externally to a small size. All decay is removed and the remaining tooth will be restored to support the crown. The crown fits like a cap over the treated tooth and is then firmly cemented in place.
What is a bridge
A bridge is a prosthetic indirect dental restoration designed to replace missing tooth or teeth. Bridges are usually made of porcelain fused to metal to give it strength and natural looking appearance.
How is a bridge fitted
The teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth are prepared to receive crowns which will be held the missing tooth or teeth and then securely cemented, and the bridge is cemented into place.
How long will a bridge or crown last
It depends on how well you maintain the effectiveness and regularity of your Oral hygiene. Given good care they may last between 10-15 years.
Dentures (Dental Prosthesis) are Laboratory made artificial teeth and gums to replace missing tooth or teeth. Dentures can full or partial, so they can either replace all teeth on either the top or bottom jaw, or just a few teeth or only one missing tooth. They are custom-made to accurately fit in your mouth.
Partial dentures are made when the remaining natural teeth are not strong enough to support for example a bridge, or when more than one or two teeth are missing. They are well fitted to the gum where they will sit on and supported by natural teeth to keep them from moving.
However, they can be easily removed at any time.
Full dentures replace all your natural teeth.
They can be made to replace your top or bottom teeth, or both and are held in place by natural suction or with the help of an oral adhesive. They are to remove.
New full or partial dentures might feel awkward, strange during the first weeks until your mouth get used to them. A bit of practice and patience will be needed for a while.
Dental implants are a fixed solution to replace missing tooth or teeth. They provide a natural long-lasting result and they feel like a normal tooth. This dental procedure creates a smile that is natural and usually extremely durable.
What is an implant
An implant is a fabricated replacement for the root of a tooth or teeth, usually made of titanium. It resembles a small screw, which is surgically inserted in the jaw bone. Then, a crown, bridge or even full dentures can be attached to the top of the implant or implants to support them.
How is an implant fitted
Special radiographs and scans will be taken to accurately position the implant or implants and to ensure that there is a healthy bone structure. The titanium implant is surgically placed in the bone of your jaw in the site if the missing tooth or teeth. It is then left approximately two to six months to allow a proper integration with the jawbone.
Once the implant is securely fixed to the bone, a permanent crown, bridge or denture might be either cemented or screwed into place.
Advantages of an implant
Implants produce the most natural look-like result to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The end result is almost indistinguishable from the other surrounding teeth and will feel quickly like your own natural teeth.
How long do implants last
With proper, consistent and good oral hygiene, they may last around 20 years.
Wisdom teeth are large teeth (molars) that come out usually between the ages of 17 and 25. They can also develop much later in life or not at all. If they cause problems in your mouth. They may need to be removed in these circumstances:
Impacted – Some wisdom teeth may not have enough room in your jaw. This may cause gum infection, tooth decay, damage to other teeth, and even jaw cysts. Lymph glands under the jaw may become swollen and sore as a result of recurring infections
Pericoronitis – A wisdom tooth can partially appear in the mouth and still be covered in part by your gum line. This may cause swelling, inflammation and infection. It may be fixed with the combination of oral hygiene techniques and medication. In other cases, the tooth may have to be removed.
Wisdom teeth consultation
Your dentist will perform a thorough examination and advise you what to do next. Your wisdom teeth may be removed by your general dentist or if your case is more complex, you may be referred to a specialised Oral Surgeon.
Your child will meet our friendly dental team. They’ll be introduced to the dental chair and other equipment. Once your child feels ready, your dentist performs an oral examination to assess their teeth, mouth and jaw to check tooth development and identifies any risks of dental decay or problems.
Our dentist will introduce you and your child to proper oral hygiene techniques (brushing, flossing, toothpaste usage, etc).
It is recommended to have a dental check up every 6 months. If necessary, older children might need to have x-rays taken in order to complete the examination.
X-rays may be required – Sometimes x-rays are required in order to find hidden cavities between the teeth and check the development of the teeth in the jaw.
What is the Child Dental Benefit Schedule
The Child Dental Benefit Schedule provides eligible children with access to a benefit of $1,000 for eligible services over a 2-calendar year period.
With time, plaque over your teeth may turn into tartar (calculus build-up), which needs to be removed for your teeth to remain healthy. Our dentists use ultrasonic scalers, a special piece of dental equipment used to painlessly remove the tartar, providing a thorough tooth cleaning.
Once all your teeth surfaces are free of plaque and tartar, we polish them to remove stains, leaving your teeth clean and shiny.
How long does scale & clean take
It usually takes between 30 to 45 minutes depending on the amount of plaque, tartar, stains and gum inflammation present.
Is a scale & clean painful
Scale and cleaning is usually painless. Some patients might feel a tickling discomfort often cause by the mix of the sound vibrations and the spray water used to wash away debris and to cool down the teeth.
If necessary, your Dentist will advise the use of topical and/or local anaesthetics.
How often should I have scale & clean
We recommend a professional scale and clean of your teeth every six months. This may vary depending on your oral hygiene needs. With your consent, we’ll reminded you of your next scale and cleaning appointment via a text message or phone.
Keeping your gums healthy is essential to maintain your oral health and general health. Most people will brush their teeth on a regular basis, but sometimes they will not have the same approach regarding flossing. Proper brushing and flossing are the most effective way to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
What causes gum disease
Gum disease is caused by accumulation of plaque (and tartar) on and around your teeth and under the border line of your gums. When bacteria mixes with saliva and food debris, the result is sticky plaque that adhere to your teeth, particularly around the gum line.
When plaque is not removed, it will cause gums to become red, swollen, painful and easy to bleed (signs of inflammation), potentially resulting in tooth decay.
How does Gum Disease progress
Keeping your gums clean and healthy will not only keep your smile looking good but might improve your overall general health. Gum disease may increase the risk of serious conditions such as heart disease, and respiratory infections.
There are two main stages of gum disease, called gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis – Is the early stage of gum disease. Usually presenting with redness, swelling and irritation of the gums. One of the common signs is bleeding while or after brushing. It might also cause gums to recede from the teeth causing plaque to collect on the exposed root of your teeth.
Periodontitis – Is the advanced stage gum disease that occurs if gingivitis is left untreated.
It is a serious, severe and chronic condition affecting the tissues and bone supporting the tooth. When gingivitis is left untreated, the gum separates away from the tooth, opening “pockets in the gums”. These pockets are an ideal breeding condition for bacteria, which in turn will affect the soft tissues around the tooth and, finally, the bone. Teeth may start to get lose and may even fall out.
Gingivitis can be treated with a professional cleaning by your dentist. Follow this up with improved oral hygiene habits including regular brushing and flossing. A healthy diet will also help.
Periodontitis will also need a thorough professional clean, which includes a deeper scaling and root planning to properly clean between the gums and teeth down the roots. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove all bacteria. In severe presentations, soft tissue grafts are required. After any treatment, excellent ongoing oral hygiene is essential.
How can I prevent gum disease
Brush your teeth properly twice a day for two to three minutes every time. Be sure that the head of the toothbrush moves along the gum line pointing towards the gum so that bristles work their way beneath the gums in round, circular motion. Floss daily.
Dental emergencies can occur at any time to small children, teenagers and adults. We are here to help. We can assist in a wide range of dental emergencies such as:
Management of pain
Swelling and abscess
Fractured, loose, displaced or knocked-out tooth
Broken or missing fillings or crowns and;
Broken and fractured dentures
In case of a dental emergency please contact us as soon as possible.
What happens during your appointment
The friendly team at McGrath Dental will welcome you upon arrival.
If this is your first appointment, we’ll kindly ask you to fill out a medical and dental history form. This will help our team understand your history prior to commencing any dental treatment.
Your dentist will take time to :
Understand your previous dental history
Discuss your current concerns
Asses the current condition of your teeth and gums.
In most cases your dentist may simply recommend a scale and clean to remove tatar build-up and a fluoride treatment to help prevent dental decay.
Your dentist will then discuss the condition of your teeth and gums with you. If you require additional treatment, your dentist will carefully explain your treatment options and ensure you have all the information required to make a decision about further treatment, including a treatment plan and any related appointments and fees.
At the end of your appointment we’ll take you back to reception to fix up your account, health fund claiming and booking of additional appointments if necessary.
You will be cared for as an individual and experience personalised, comprehensive care, of the highest quality in a supportive environment.
You can always expect exceptional patient care and comfort combined with professional, state-of-the-art dental services.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email us:
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