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What we do…
At Family Dental Care, we offer our patients all general dental services. This includes fillings, teeth cleaning, root canal therapy, crowns, bridges, tooth whitening and many other general dental services. We also include personalised patient education on all dental topics with lots of brochures to take home to discuss with your family and friends.
Our patient base includes people with disabilities, the old and young alike, as well as foster children and wards of the state.
Each dentist has a number of appointments put aside each morning for anyone who is in pain or needs emergency dental services. This is very helpful to our patients and ensures that waiting times, are kept to a minimum.
CROWN & BRIDGE
Essentially, a dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth. It covers the tooth, to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crown, when cemented into place, fully encases the entire visible portion of the tooth.
What is gum disease?
When we eat, the bacteria and food in our mouth produce a sticky substance called plaque. Within 2-3 days the plaque then causes the gums (gingiva) to become inflamed and bleed.
REMOVAL OF TEETH & AFTER CARE
Removal of Teeth
Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. The most common reason is tooth decay – causing toothaches or abscesses. However, gum disease, orthodontic treatment or impaction (often wisdom teeth) may also require teeth to be removed.
HAPPY GAS & SEDATION
Sedation & Happy Gas
There are so many reasons for people to be anxious when visiting the dentist. We totally understand and want to help you manage it. We especially want to provide all our patients with a caring environment and gentle treatment experiences so you feel confident and in control of your dental health. A consistent environment really helps patients to settle into a healthy lifelong dental management routine.
Toothaches can be caused by a number of things such as exposed root surfaces, cracked teeth, cracked fillings, tooth decay or even cold and ‘flu. Of particular concern is an abscess (infection).
EMERGENCIES & EMERGENCY TIPS
What is a dental emergency?
Basically, any dental problem that requires immediate treatment in order to save a tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding or alleviate severe pain, is considered a dental emergency. A severe infection or abscess in the mouth can be life-threatening and should be dealt with immediately.
When a tooth has been chipped, broken or has decay, the dentist will need to restore your tooth to its former anatomical shape. This is to avoid tooth sensitivity, to protect the nerve in the middle of the tooth and to ensure you can eat on it again. There are several types of fillings and each has its individual properties and places on/in the tooth.
What does preventative dentistry mean?
Preventive dentistry is the general term for dental care-related procedures or treatments that are meant to prevent oral health problems. You and our dental team can create a unique program of home care, products (like which toothbrush to use), and dental services that address your particular risk factors. It includes regular dental cleanings and exams, as well as fluoride application, sealants and mouthguards.
ROOT CANAL THERAPY
The aim of root canal therapy (also called endodontic treatment) is to save an adult tooth. The dentist’s goal is to relieve any pain which is being caused by inflammation of the nerve or to treat the infection entering the body caused by a dead tooth.
Our priority is to make your visit as pain free and comfortable as possible.
There are a number of reasons that a person would want to whiten their teeth. Most adult teeth have some degree of discolouration caused by genetics, medications, age, food, or drink.
Essentially, there are two types of bleaching – internal and external. Other options to whiten teeth include bonding, veneers or crowns, which can be discussed in more detail with our dentists. However, most people think immediately of bleaching when they are considering tooth whitening.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, usually erupt between the ages of 15 to 25. They do not always erupt properly when they decide to make an appearance, simply because they don’t have enough room in the mouth to accommodate them. They often try but cannot always fit and be in an ideal, upright position. It’s wise to get an early opinion from our dentists so you know if you’ll have a problem or not.
The clear alternative to braces, our practice is now an Invisalign provider. Invisalign clear aligners are clinically proven to treat cases from minor teeth straightening to moderate and severe malocclusions.