Dental Treatment

General and Preventive Dentistry

Tooth decay is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Our philosophy at A+ family dental is on early prevention of dental problems. Clean teeth and gums are essential in oral health. Good oral hygiene begins at home, and good habits should start early in life (but it’s never too late to learn!). This includes daily brushing and flossing and having a healthy diet.

A lifetime of dental health is a partnership between your dentist and you. We recommend regular visits to the dentist to help maintain your natural teeth for life. Your dentist can advise you on a time frame that’s individual to you.

Children’s Dentistry

Maintaining your children's teeth into adulthood provides them with a good foundation for their future dental health.Regular dental visits are important not only for maintaining baby teeth but also to ensure the correct development of the adult teeth. At A+ family dental Dr Penny can help you get your child on the right track for a lifetime of happy and healthy teeth. It is important to establish a daily cleaning routine as soon as your baby’s first tooth starts to come through. We recommend that children start visiting from the age of 3, providing a good foundation for oral health and maintaining this through to adulthood.

Fillings

At A+ family dental we only use tooth coloured fillings. Not only are these fillings cosmetically appealing they also help to preserve the remaining tooth structure surrounding.

The major disadvantage of the silver (amalgam) fillings is that they are not tooth coloured, they don’t have the natural ability to bond to the tooth as well as other filling types and more of the tooth structure needs to be removed to enable it to stay in the tooth.

Advantages of the white fillings (composite) is that the teeth tend remain stronger as it bonds to the surrounding tooth structure. Composite fillings can be fitted into very small holes, so less drilling is needed in preparation of the fillings. They can also help insulate the tooth from major temperature changes.

Extractions

Whilst we like to preserve and maintain natural teeth for as long as possible, at times extractions are inevitable. Extractions may be required where the remaining tooth structure is unable to support the filling required, where there is infection of pain from the tooth or for erupting wisdom teeth. If wisdom teeth are impacted or close the dental nerve, referral to an oral surgeon will normally occur

Periodontal Disease and Gum Problems

Gum disease affects most people at some time during their life. It is usually caused by a build-up of plaque on teeth. One of the common signs of gum disease is bleeding gums. Careful and regular cleaning of your teeth and gums each day can help prevent gum disease.

Getting treatment for dental problems early can help save teeth that are at risk from gum disease and other conditions. See your dentist or oral health professional if you have swollen or bleeding gums or loose teeth

Sedation

At A+ family dental we understand that going to the dentist may not be your preferred way to spend your time. We do our best to ensure you are attended to efficiently by our understanding staff. For nervous patients we offer a variety of sedation options including oral sedation and general anaesthetic.

Oral Sedaton

The dentist may prescribe a tablet that can help to ease the fear of going to the dentist. Talk to Penny today to find the best way to treat your fear and get the smile you deserve.

General Anaesthetic

For some people, the dentist may recommend a general anaesthetic. At A+ family dental we treat patients under general anaesthetic at the Mater Mackay private hospital. A general anaesthetic is always given by a specialist anaesthetist in a hospital environment. General anaesthetic may be advised for people who:

- Do not want to remain awake during the surgery
- Small children who require multiple fillings
- Disabled patients
- Patients with severe gag reflexes

Cosmetic Dentistry

Bringing your smile to life! Modern cosmetic dentistry can dramatically change your appearance and your confidence. Tooth coloured fillings and replacing older discoloured fillings. Changes in the appearance of the teeth can be due to many factors such as inhereited traits, staining, smoking and broken down restorations. Replacing older discoloured fillings can help to improve the overall appearance of your teeth and regain the confidence to smile again.

Bonding

Bonding is useful for improving small irregularities but is less successful than veneers in the treatment of some problems. Bonding does not normally require tooth preparation and only one visit is usually needed. Bonding is often a more cost-effetive option than veneers, although it will not last as long. It can be used as a conservative, temporary measure if more permanent treatment requiring tooth preparation is planned for a later stage.

Bonding is not as strong as porcelain veneers and it can be subject to the normal wear and tear as with teeth, i.e chipping or breaking, however it is easily repaired. Bonding requires maintenance over time and may need touch-ups or polising from time to time.

Directly bonded Veneers

Directly bonded veneers are a conservative alternative to porcelain veneers. They can be used in a wide variety of cases to mask subtle discrepancies between the teeth such as irregular spacing, missing single teeth and malformed teeth. They often require no preparation of the tooth and do not require impressions or laboratory made porcelain reducing their cost. Often they can be removed without damaging the teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth coloured porcelain shells carefully crafted to bond to and cover the front of irregular teeth. They are more conservative than a crown and are often used where there is high aesthetic demand from the patient. They are excellent for treating chipped, discoloured, slightly mal-aligned teeth or gaps between the teeth especially in front teeth.

The procedures usually take 2-3 visits and the veneers are fabricated in a dental laboratory in Melbourne by our talented technician Josh Timmers.

The advantage of the porcelain veneers is they are resistant to staining due to age, tea, coffee or smoking. When applied professionally and cared for regularly, veneers can last for many years. They tend to be relatively expensive due to the time and precision required in achieving the best aesthetic outcome.

Dental Bridges

A bridge can replace one or more missing teeth and can help chewing if in the back of the mouth or appearance in the front. They consist of an artificial tooth anchored to the natural teeth on each side of the gap. If a tooth is lost through an accident or is too badly decayed, a bridge may be the treatment of choice. You can also talk to your dentist about implants which are another way to replace missing teeth.

Full Mouth Rehabilitation

Are your teeth broken, worn or unsightly? Are they preventing you from smiling and enjoying the confidence you deserve? Often a combination of crown and bridge work and general dentistry can help re-establish a comfortable bite to replace lost tooth structure which occurs over time due to unnatural wear of the teeth. Often where there has been significant wear, the dentist can rebuild the teeth to where they used to be and protect the underlying teeth.

Tooth Whitening

Tooth discolouration is when the enamel (the hard, outer surface of the tooth) or the dentine (the layer below the enamel) become discoloured. Something as simple as food and drink may cause stains to appear on the teeth. Sometimes however, discolouration can indicate something more serious, such as exposure to substances that have harmed the teeth.

For stained or discoloured teeth, bleaching can lighten teeth that have not responded to professionally cleaning. It is a safe procedure when done by a qualified dentist. Bleaching may not be appropriate in people who have oral symptoms of some disease.

In Office Bleaching

For patients wanting a faster bleaching result, we offer in office bleaching. This procedure takes about an hour and a stronger bleaching gel is applied to the teeth in a professional environment, whilst protecting the rest of the mouth. Whilst this kick starts the process, we suggest the take home whitening kits to help maintain the brightness of the teeth over time.

Home Bleaching

We provide take home teeth whitening kits for patients. A custom made tray is made to fit your mouth and the bleaching gel is placed in the tray to whiten your teeth. Wearing the ray for 30 minutes to 2 hours each day will gradually lighten the teeth. Some bleaching agents can be used overnight. The daily bleaching process is continues until you are happy with the appearance of your teeth, however sometimes it is not possible to achieve white teeth through bleaching alone.