What is preventative dentistry ?
Preventative dentistry is a combination of treatments that will assist you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease and any other problems that may occur within the mouth.
Why is preventative dentistry so important ?
If the only time you visit your dentist is because you are experiencing a toothache or bleeding gums, it could already be too late to have a simple filling and may result in having more major treatment done such as a Root Canal or having the tooth removed. Therefore if an exam and clean is done every six months, little things that can produce into major work can be picked up an early stage, and consequently saving you more time, money and pain.
What does preventative dentistry involve ?
When you come for a preventative visit (generally known as an exam and clean) we carry out three procedures. These include doing a full exam on your teeth, concentrating on every tooth separately and looking for any signs of cavities (decay) periodontal disease (gum disease) and any other issues within your mouth. Your dentist will then take x-rays to show a more in-depth look at your teeth and gums. Part of your visit will also be a clean, which starts with a scaling of your teeth which removes any plaque or stains, then a polishing of all the teeth, then moving on to a fluoride treatment which helps strengthens them and helps protect them against further decay. After every comprehensive exam your dentist will do a full treatment plan of any treatment that is required for you. It is recommended to visit the dentist every six months for a general exam and clean to help you keep your teeth and gums at their best.
What is Restorative Dental ?
Restorative dental is removing any decay or broken portion of the tooth and filling it with a composite filling. This helps prevent any further spread of decay or prevents the tooth from breaking even more.
What is Endodontic Treatment ?
Endodontic treatment, also known as Root Canal treatment is a procedure that is done to save a tooth that has been badly damaged from decay. Using special instruments called files, your dentist will remove inflamed or infected nerve. Each canal is cleaned, enlarged and shaped. A root canal is usually performed over two or three visits to the dentist. A temporary filling is used on the tooth in between the visits. After the root canal is complete the tooth then has a permanent filling done on it.
What is a Crown ?
A crown is an artificial cap that is placed over the tooth to protect it from breaking. The crown fits over the prepared tooth and replaces the natural crown.
Why do you get a Crown ?
A crown is most commonly used when a tooth has had Root Canal treatment as after having it done, the tooth is quite fragile and can break easy. It is not recommended to bite hard on a tooth after Root Canal treatment, therefore getting a crown done can help your chewing as it is as strong as your natural tooth. A crown is also recommended if a patient has cracks in the tooth or if there is quite a large filling, as it makes the tooth more prone to breaking.
What is the process of getting a Crown?
A crown appointment requires two visits to the dentist. In the first visit your dentist will prepare your tooth by grinding it down to a smaller state. Impressions will then be taken and a temporary crown will be placed over your tooth. Your impressions will then be sent to the laboratory to make your permanent crown. In your second visit, your temporary crown will be removed and your permanent one will be cemented onto your tooth.
What is a Bridge ?
A bridge replaces a tooth. It consists of an artificial tooth anchored to the adjacent natural teeth.
What is the process of a Bridge ?
Just like the crown, the bridge will require two visits. During the first visit the abutment teeth will be prepared the same as a crown. Impressions will then be taken and a temporary bridge will be placed on your teeth to wear while the permanent one is being made in the laboratory. During your second visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent one will be cemented onto your teeth.
What is an Implant ?
An implant is an artificial tooth that includes the tooth root. Once your natural tooth is removed and your socket is healed, a small titanium post is inserted into the jawbone. Eventually the post will fuse with the surrounding bone, which makes sure the post is strong enough to support a new tooth. A consultation to assess the bone and jaw is required before booking in for an implant to ensure the patient is eligible for implants.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry ?
At Biloela Family dental we do teeth whitening and build ups which are both a form of cosmetic dentistry.
What is involved in Teeth Whitening ?
We provide both an in chair whitening and a take home whitening kit. The in chair whitening is a procedure we do at our practice, which can give the patient up to 8 shades whiter teeth in 45 minutes. With the take home whitening kit, it can also give great results within 1-2 weeks if wearing the trays correctly. However there are certain foods and drinks that can affect this result, such as berries, coffee, tea or red wine.
What is involved in Build Ups ?
At Biloela Family Dental we also can perform a procedure that we call ‘build-ups’. Build-ups are done when a patient has a habit of grinding their teeth which results in the tooth being ground down, with the possibility of the nerve being exposed. Doing build –ups for these patients helps them by rebuilding their teeth to their natural state and reliefs the sensitivity they may be feeling. Although the main reason for this treatment is to prevent them from further wear build ups are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by reshaping and building disfigured teeth.
What form of orthodontics do you perform at Biloela Family Dental ?
We don’t do the commonly known braces, although, we do use smile fast braces. Smile fast braces are used improve your smile by fixing crowded, crooked, misplaced or overlapped teeth. Smile fast braces are not used to fix your bite, only for cosmetic purposes.
Who can get smile fast Braces ?
Smile fast braces are commonly used for adults who are not happy with their smile. Before going ahead with the smile fast braces, the patient is required to come in for a free consult to discuss and assess whether or not they are eligible for smile fast by taking impressions and photos. Once the dentist has decided they are eligible the patient can start there smile fast journey.