Kedron Dental Centre Services
Welcome to Kedron Dental Centre where your health and happiness is our priority. We are situated in a new purpose-built building with parking on site. We offer the latest in general, preventative and restorative and cosmetic dentistry. We look forward to caring for you and your family and seeing your smile.
Regular consultation for the maintenance of your oral health is vital in preventative dental care. Our dental team will spend time in examining your mouth and discussing any of your concerns with you. Modern dentistry can offer you many choices in cosmetic and restorative techniques. Our goal is to assists you to achieve optimal oral health, to feel better about yourself and your appearance and to gain more self-confidence.
An efficient recall system ensures that you are sent timely reminders so the best preventative strategies are employed.
The following are dental treatments and services provided at Kedron Dental Centre:
At Kedron Dental Centre we encourage regular attendance on a 6 monthly basis to assess and detect any dental problems. Xrays may be taken to assist diagnosis. If necessary, a scale and clean is performed. When a dentist cleans your teeth they remove soft and hard deposits from your teeth. The main reason of having your teeth cleaned is to prevent or delay the progression of gum diseases and the formation of cavities. The frequency of professional teeth cleaning depends on the health of your teeth and gums.
If a cavity is detected we now tend to use tooth coloured restorations to repair the damaged or decayed tooth. The dark amalgam fillings have been strong and successful but are very unaesthetic. The white fillings blend in with the tooth colour and give a natural smile.
Regular consultation for the maintenance of your oral health is vital in preventative dental care. We can show you how to remove plaque by flossing and brushing correctly. X-rays and the Diagnodent laser can be used for early detection of decay.
Fissure sealing and fluoride application are other methods of reducing decay.
Our dental team will tailor a preventive care program to suit your specific needs.
Root canal treatment or endodontic treatment is carried out on to save a tooth that has been badly damaged due to decay, disease or injury. Many people prefer to save their tooth because it generally will function better than an artificial tooth.
Infection or inflammation of the pulp (the soft tissue deep inside the tooth) can be caused by:
- repeated dental work to the tooth
- a deep cavity
- gum disease
- breakdown of a filling or crown
- crack in the tooth
- extreme wear
Symptoms may include pain, sensitivity to heat or cold, tooth discolouration, and swelling or soreness in the gums surrounding the tooth. If the pulp cannot repair itself, it will initially become inflamed. If it is not treated, it will die and become infected. Root canal treatment is then required to save the tooth. If the pulp of the tooth is not treated quickly, severe pain and abscesses (infections at the ends of the roots) can occur. If an abscess is left untreated, infection can damage the bone surrounding the root. If the tooth does not have endodontic treatment, it will have to be removed.
Treatment involves 2-3 visits. A temporary filling will protect the inside of the tooth between visits.
Pain or discomfort usually lasts no more than a few days and will not be experienced by each and every patient. Some people may wish to take a mild pain reliever such as ibruprofen.
The dentist will take several X-rays to check the shape and length of the root canals and the success of the treatment.
Your dentist will give you an estimate of treatment costs prior to commencement.
At Kedron Dental Centre we can aesthetically enhance your smile by treating chipped, stained or crooked teeth with modern cosmetic dentistry treatments. A combination of lifestyle and personal factors can result in teeth showing various faults or blemishes over the years. At Kedron Dental Centre we can offer a variety of modern treatments to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile.
- Veneers: cover the front teeth and can significantly improve the appearance of your teeth and smile.
- Bonding: can correct blemishes and irregularities of your front teeth without removing tooth structure eg large gaps between front teeth can be reduced.
- Bleaching: this method is used to whiten teeth.
- Tooth-coloured composite fillings: these are aesthetic restorations.
- Porcelain crowns: these can be used to strengthen teeth and improve the appearance of the teeth.
Dentures are appliances that replace teeth. Partial dentures are removable false teeth attached to a plastic (acrylic ) or to a metal (cobalt chromium) base. The chrome metal base fits more accurately around the teeth and is usually less bulky in the mouth.
Dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth so little noticeable change in appearance is evident. They will improve the look of your smile, in addition to helping fill out the appearance of your face and profile. Chewing ability and speech production are also improved.
Dentures will require relining between three and six months, when immediate fitting occurs after extractions, due to bone and gum shrinkage.
Dental crowns are permanent covers that encase the entire tooth onto which they are cemented. They include porcelain crowns, gold alloy crowns, acrylic crowns and porcelain–bonded-to-metal crowns. They are used to strengthen teeth when rebuilding severely broken, cracked or decayed teeth and also act to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth. The dentist may recommend crowns because of large fillings, improper bite, ageing of teeth, poor oral hygiene or after a root canal treatment.
The type of crown recommended will depend on the tooth involved and also on your preference. Porcelain crowns provide a particularly aesthetically pleasing result.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. They are made from titanium and are surgically inserted into the jaw bone. After a few months of healing, small posts are then attached to the implants, which are used to anchor a crown.
Dental implants provide convenience in comparison to dentures. They give increased stability within the mouth as well as increased biting pressure, greater comfort and increased preservation of bone. They also enhance the aesthetic appearance of your smile, thereby improving confidence and self esteem.
Patients are initially referred to a specialist for the placing of the implant(s). Some months later the dentist at Kedron Dental Centre will insert the post and crown. In the interim a temporary denture can be made, if desired.
Orthodontics is a dental specialty which deals primarily with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws.
Early diagnosis and treatment can lead not only to correct rotated teeth and bite, but sometimes airway and speech problems, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMDs) and headaches.
It is best to start treatment as a child or in adolescents to utilise the growth spurt and thereby get the best result and long-term retention. The treatment responds well in the younger patient as the bone is less dense and the teeth move more favourably to the desired position.
Treatment time and price can vary from case to case, and it is encouraged that the first orthodontic consultation is planned at the age of 9-10.
Here at Kedron Dental Centre, we offer conventional orthodontic treatment (ie metal braces) and follows the principles of the Progressive Orthodontic Series taught by Don McGann (USA) and use a customized system for every tooth in each patient to get more precise tooth movement.
Custom-made mouthguards accurately conform to your mouth and are of durable construction. Poorly fitting mouthguards provide little protection and tend not to be worn by children due to their discomfort. Physically active people and those playing contact sports should have a custom made mouthguard fitted by a dentist.
Mouthguards are made for children, adolescents and adults in colours of their choice.
Generally, children should first commence visiting the dentist when they are 3 years of age to become familiar with the dentist and dental surgery routine, as well as to ensure primary teeth are developing within the normal range and are in sound condition. Also, it is essential that good dental hygiene is being maintained. The dentist will advise on correct brushing and flossing techniques and diet for your child.
As a parent you are the principal role model for your child's dietary and oral hygiene habits, so it is vital that you create a healthy routine, set a good example and provide encouragement to maintain good oral health. Baby or primary teeth are very important and regular checks will monitor any defects or decay as well as assess the need for further intervention.
Please do not wait until your child experiences toothache to visit the dentist for the first time. Regular visits are essential for monitoring children’s teeth. Please consult your dentist if you have any queries concerning your child's teeth.
Grinding or clenching teeth while sleeping may occur especially in those who are experiencing pressure or stress. Tooth grinding is hazardous as it affects the mechanics of your mouth and can cause severe wear of the teeth. Damage to the tempromandibular joint (TMJ) can occur, in addition to changes in your bite.
If you hear a clicking or popping in your jaw joints, you may be suffering from TMJ dysfunction. Additionally, you may experience headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears and a dull ache around the ears that spreads to the neck, back and shoulder areas.
Please consult your dentist if you experience tooth grinding or TMJ problems as your dentist will assess your condition and can recommend treatment. You may require a special appliance called an oral splint to be made. An acrylic oral splint is usually worn at night and provides relief from symptoms as it separates the upper and lower teeth.
Thus, the teeth are protected from further damage and soreness of the chewing muscles and jaw joints is relieved. The dentist will explain the design of the oral splint to you as well as its benefits.