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Regular Exams and Cleanings

Regular Exams and Cleanings

Regular exam is very important for maintaining your oral health. During your regular exam, we will:

  • Check for any problems you may not see or feel
  • Look for cavities or early signs of tooth decay
  • Examine your gums for gingivitis and periodontal disease
  • Perform a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing

Regular exam usually takes about 45 minutes. It includes thorough teeth cleaning, during this procedure we clean, polish, and remove any tartar or plaque that have built up around the tooth’s surface. Regular exam and cleaning should be performed every six months.

You are encouraged to ask the dentist any questions you may have about your oral health. Regular exams are offered by appointment only, so please contact our practice today to schedule your next dental exam and teeth cleaning.

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Fillings

Usually dental restorations or fillings may include Silver Amalgam, gold, porcelain, or composite. We do not give Amalgam fillings in our practice. Other dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth.

There are two different procedures of fillings: direct and indirect. Direct fillings are placed directly into a prepared cavity. Indirect fillings generally require two or more visits. We do the indirect fillings in single visit with the help of CAD/CAM. These fillings include inlays, and veneers fabricated with ceramics or composites.

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Fillings

Extractions

There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has improper shape or long roots that prevent it from falling out on its own and the tooth must be removed to allow the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may be so much decayed that it is not restorable, so your dentist may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.

In order to extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligaments holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to inform us any concerns or preferences for sedation.

Once a tooth has been removed, neighbouring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.

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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are molars found in the very back of your mouth. They usually appear in the late teens or early twenties but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease.

Wisdom teeth are typically removed in the late teens or early twenties because there is a greater chance that the roots have not fully formed and the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. These two factors can make extraction easier as well as shorten the recovery time.

Wisdom Teeth

To remove a wisdom tooth, your dentist first needs to numb the area around the tooth with a local anaesthetic. Since the impacted tooth may still be under the gums and embedded in your jaw bone, the dentist will need to remove a portion of the covering bone to extract the tooth. To minimize the amount of bone that is removed with the tooth, your dentist will often “section” your wisdom tooth so that each piece can be removed through a small opening in the bone.

Once your wisdom teeth have been extracted, the healing process begins. Depending on the degree of difficulty related to the extraction, healing time varies. Your dentist will share with you what to expect and provide instructions for a comfortable, efficient healing process.

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Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

If you have a tooth with a diseased nerve, your tooth may be saved with a special dental procedure called “root canal treatment.” When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and can cause an infection in to the nerve. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is also detrimental to your overall health.

Root canal treatment involves one to two visits. During treatment, your general dentist removes the affected tissue. Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. Finally, the tooth is filled with a dental composite.

If your tooth has extensive decay, the dentist may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and check-ups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.

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White Lesion Treatment

White lesions are the white spots seen on few or all the teeth. These white spots are developed due to insufficient mineralisation of the enamel while tooth enamel is being formed. These spots/lesions are weak part of the enamel, which can easily get decayed or chipped. The treatment of white lesions may take one or few visits and does not need any local anaesthesia.

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White Lesion Treatment

Whitening of Teeth

Tooth whitening may be an effective way of lightening the existing colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. Although it may not make your teeth completely white, but it will lighten the existing colour.

Everyone has different colour of hair and skin, so do our teeth. Very few people have brilliant-white teeth. Our teeth can also become more discoloured, as we get older.

Teeth can also get stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant. Smoking can also stain teeth. ‘Calculus' or tartar can also affect the colour of the teeth. Some people may have staining inside the tooth surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics. Sometimes tiny cracks in the teeth can also take up stains.

White Lesion Treatment

Professional bleaching is the most usual method of tooth whitening. Our dental team will be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment and will supervise it if you are. A rubber shield or a gel on your gums is placed first to protect them. Then the whitening product is applied to your teeth. The ‘active ingredient' in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel and the tooth colour is made lighter.

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Veneers

Veneers

You no longer need to hide your smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth. With veneers, you can easily correct your teeth’s imperfections to help you have a more confident, beautiful smile. Veneers are natural in appearance, and a perfect option for patients who want to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials, such as porcelain. They are designed to cover the front side of your teeth. To prepare for veneers, your dentist will use the CAD/CAM technology to create your veneers. Before placing your new veneer, your dentist may need to prepare your tooth conservatively to achieve the desired aesthetic result.

When your veneers are placed, you’ll be pleased to see that they look like your natural teeth.

While they are stain-resistant, we may recommend you avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco to maintain the beauty of your new smile.

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Crowns

Crowns are used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have large portions destroyed by tooth decay.

A crown is a “cap” cemented onto an existing tooth that usually covers the portion of your tooth above the gum. Actually, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.

Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength to hold a filling. Unlike fillings, which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Your crown is made in our practice with the help of latest technology CAD/CAM in just one appointment.

Bridges

Bridges

A bridge is used to replace missing teeth. It is fixed on to the adjacent teeth either side of the gap.

It is replacement of your missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or two teeth may have been missing. A bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.

The success of any bridge depends on its foundation — the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.

Like crowns your bridge is made in our practice with the help of latest technology CAD/CAM in just one appointment.

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Dentures

Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are given to patients when all the natural teeth have been removed/missing. Partial dentures replace your one or more missing teeth and are made to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed.

Dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate." Immediate dentures are made before removal of your teeth and are placed in your mouth immediately after the extraction.

Dentures

A conventional denture is made about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.

Depending upon your requirement these can be made in Acrylic, Valplast or metal.

Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be properly cared for. Use a gentle cleanser to brush your dentures, always keep them moist when they’re not in use, and be sure to keep your tongue and gums clean as well.

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Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is used to correct the condition, known as a malocclusion or ‘bad bite’, which involves teeth that are crowded or crooked. In some cases, the upper and lower jaws may not meet properly and although the teeth may appear straight, the individual may have an uneven bite.

Protruding, crowded or irregularly spaced teeth and jaw problems may be inherited. Thumb-sucking, losing teeth prematurely and accidents also can lead to these conditions.

Correcting the problem can create a nice-looking smile, but more important, orthodontic treatment results in a healthier mouth. That's because crooked and crowded teeth make cleaning the mouth difficult. Down the road, this can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and possibly tooth loss. An improper bite can interfere with chewing and speaking, can cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, and can lead to problems with the jaws.

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Implant Restoration

If you are missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can shift and even cause your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth. If properly maintained, they can last a lifetime!

An implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It’s composed of two main parts: one is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the other is the tooth-coloured crown that is cemented on top of the implant. With implant treatment, you can eat and smile confidently without any problems.

Implant Restoration

In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures because lower dentures are always loose. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace your partial dentures and so you will have fixed teeth like your own teeth.

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Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full mouth reconstruction refers to rebuilding and/or replacing all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. Full mouth reconstructions combine aesthetics with the science of restorative dentistry to improve the health, function, and beauty of the mouth.

There are many people who have dental problems throughout their mouths that must be treated comprehensively with a vision of a result that improves both function and aesthetics. These patients may exhibit multiple missing teeth, numerous teeth with large fillings that are failing or exhibiting decay, cracked or broken teeth, or badly worn teeth due to bruxism (teeth grinding) or other habits.

People who were born with conditions such as Ectodermal Dysplasia, Amelogenesis, or Dentinogenisis Imperfecta will need extensive restoration of their teeth.

All the above people may be candidates for a full mouth reconstruction.

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Mouthguards

Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury. If you participate in any kind of full-contact sport, It is recomended that you wear a mouth guard. We can make a mouth guard for you which fits well in your mouth.

Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard from a dentist.We can make a mouth guard for you which fits well in your mouth. When you choose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and well-fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not prevent you from breathing properly.

We can show you how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right mouthguard to protect your smile.

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Nightguards

If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, or find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may have a common condition called “bruxism.” Many people do not even know they grind their teeth, because it often occurs during sleep. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, or even tooth loss.

There is an easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism: nightguards. Nightguards are an easy way to prevent the wear and damage that teeth-grinding causes over time. Custom-made by your dentist from soft material to fit your teeth, a nightguard is inserted over your top or bottom arch and prevents contact with the opposing teeth.

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Community Service Card

The community Service Card (CSC) can help individuals with the cost of dental health care. It entitles the holder to a reduction in the cost of emergency dental health services provided by hospitals and approved dental contractors (cardholders should ask the dental provider if they are an approved contractor).

The Community Service Card is administered by Work and Income on behalf of the Ministry of Health.Applications for CSC are assessed by Work and Income. Some Super Gold Card holders may have a Combo Card that includes their CSC details and expiry date on the back of their card. For more information please visit the Work and Income website or call 0800 999 999.

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Work and Income Quotes

Ministry of Social Development

If you're on a low income or benefit you may be able to get help from Ministry of Social Development (WINZ) to pay towards the cost of dental treatment, especially if it’s urgent.

Important information

  • WINZ may not be able to cover the full cost of treatment.
  • You don’t have to be on benefit to qualify for this help.
  • You may have to pay some of the money back depending on your situation.

You may be able to get help for dental treatment for you or a child, if whoever needs it is in serious pain and the dentist has said that urgent work needs to be done.

We may also be able to help pay for other essential dental work that needs to be done.

Whatever your situation, to apply you need to:
  • be 16 or over (if you're 16-19 and have a Youth Service provider, contact Youth Services)
  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here
  • have an immediate and essential need.
It also depends on:
  • how much you and your partner earn
  • any money or assets you and your partner have.

Your income will be assessed either weekly or yearly, depending on the kind of help you qualify for.

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Free Dental Treatment Under 18 years*
( Conditions Apply )

DHB-funded oral health services for adolescents (aged from school year 9 up to the 18th birthday) and special dental services for children and adolescents are provided under the nationally standardised Combined Dental Agreement (CDA)

Adolescent oral health services (OHSA)

Adolescent oral health services are for patients from school year 9 up to the 18th birthday who are entitled to free dental care.

Special dental services (SDS)

Special dental services are for children and adolescents under the age of 18 years who are eligible for free dental care.

Enrolment form

An enrolment form must be completed at the patient’s first visit – this must be filled out by both the patient and the dental provider.

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ACC(Accident Compensation Corporation)

ACC covers everyone in New Zealand if you're injured in an accident. It doesn't matter what you were doing when you were injured or who was at fault. ACC will cover you, as long as the injury falls within it’s legislation. The scheme covers children, beneficiaries, students, if you’re working, unemployed or retired. It also includes visitors to New Zealand if they're injured while they're here.

If you're injured in an accident, make sure you go and see your doctor or health provider first. They can make a claim for you. Claims can be made up to 12 months after your injury. We may still consider claims made after this time if there’s a good reason for the claim not being made sooner.

The cover ACC provides helps pay for costs to get you back on your feet. It includes payment towards medical bills, treatment, help at home and work and help with your income.

Dental Injuries ACC covers
  • All dental injuries
  • Damage to dentures, prostheses and implants

If you have an accident and your denture or prosthesis (artificial body part) is damaged, ACC can help to cover replacement costs. This doesn't include damage from wear and tear.

If you're fitted with an implant or prosthesis and it breaks or causes you injury in some way, ACC may cover this as a treatment injury. This is for injuries caused by or that happen during treatment from a registered health professional.

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