Crown and Bridge
Full Mouth Makeovers
Frequently Asked Questions
A crown is a replacement for the outer surface of the tooth. We often use crowns when teeth are too broken down to be restored with a filling, is cracked or is susceptible to cracking after a root canal. We make space by removing 1-2mm of tooth structure or filling material and than cover the entire tooth in porcelain or a gold alloy.
A bridge is one option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. We prepare the teeth either side of the gap for crowns and then make a bridge which covers these teeth and suspends a new tooth in the gap. This is a useful option one the teeth either side of the gap require crowns regardless.
Gum disease is a quiet insidious disease that can progress to quite severe stages without many symptoms. The first symptom is usually gingivitis: bleeding gums. Over time the inflammation in the gums causes damage to the bone around the teeth, eroding away their support. As the bone disappears the teeth get loose and can fall out.
It’s a good idea to bring your kids as soon as they start getting their baby teeth. We might not be able to get a good look when they are very young but we can give vital information about your child’s oral hygiene needs, dietary advice and answer any questions you may have. It’s an excellent opportunity to have a ride in the chair on mum/dad’s lap or by themselves and become familiar with visiting our office. We aim to make the whole visit as fun as possible and they get a little toy and dental show bag at the end. We are passionate about good experiences and avoiding future dental phobia.
A lot can change in 6 months! Unfortunately the early stages of dental issues are often completely symptomless. For example by the time you get pain from a cavity, the cavity has eaten through the enamel and dentine and is fast approaching or already infected the nerve. If we have the opportunity to treat cavities (and other problems) early, treatment is often quicker, easier and cheaper. Often we can prevent the need for treatment by correcting your brushing technique or with diet advice.
Yes! We’ve recently added happy gas or nitrous oxide to our list of services. Happy gas is a great option for patients who would like to get their teeth sorted but feel anxious during dental treatment. Just talk to our staff to see if it is an option for you
Brushing for 2 minutes (use a timer!) twice a day keeps your teeth and gums clean and reduces the levels of harmful cavity forming bacteria in your mouth. Make sure you aim towards the gumline and floss between your teeth, we are happy to show you proper technique during your appointment. Diet plays a huge role also, carbohydrates especially simple sugars feed the bacteria in your mouth that cause cavities. Avoid simple carbohydrates when you can and try not to snack too frequently throughout the day.
X-rays show us what’s happening in between the teeth and inside teeth and bone. They are an important diagnostic tool. Routine x-rays are generally done every 2 years or sooner if there is indication that they are needed.
Yes absolutely! Untreated pain and infection pose more risk to you and your baby than having dental work including x-rays. With our modern digital x-ray technology research has shown that during pregnancy the unborn baby is exposed to the same amount of radiation as 10 bananas which is extraordinarily small. So while we avoid unnecessary x-rays during pregnancy, it is safe to have them if required.
We welcome payment by cash, eftpos or credit cards. We do have HICAPS to streamline your claim from your private healthfund in office and we now offer Zippay for larger treatment plans. Please have a chat to our friendly front desk if you would like to discuss payment options further.