General dentistry involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the teeth, gums, jaw and face.
Since 1996, we have been serving patients from Wheelers Hill, Waverley Park, Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley, Rowville, Scoresby, Noble Park, Dandenong North, Springvale, Clayton and surrounding suburbs a range of simple and more complex general dentistry treatments.
Waverley Gardens Dental Clinic is passionate about keeping the oral health of patients of all ages in prime condition to ensure everyone in Mulgrave can go through life smiling with confidence.
Have you ever wondered why the Australian Dental Association and your dentist recommend you come back every six months? It’s because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. And in between those examinations, it’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. If you need additional help, your dentist may even suggest more frequent visits.
Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. During your checkup appointment, your dentist (or dental hygienist) will likely evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination (to look for anything out of the ordinary) and examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies.
Don’t be surprised if your dentist also examines your face, bite, saliva and movement of your lower jaw joints (TMJs). Your dentist or dental hygienist will then clean your teeth and stress the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits.
Many dentists will pay special attention to plaque and tartar. This is because plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practised between visits. Food, beverages and tobacco can stain teeth as well. If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. If not treated, plaque can lead to gum disease.
Fillings help restore teeth that have been damaged by decay and can prevent further decay. Your dentist will consider a number of factors when choosing which type of filling material is best for you. These factors include the extent of the repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed and the cost.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.
By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, a composite resin (tooth coloured fillings) and an amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc).
A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it then filling and sealing it.
The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, trauma or repeated dental treatment to the tooth. The term root canal comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root.
Many people worry that a root canal will be painful, which is something that was true in the past. Today, with advanced anaesthesia options and surgical techniques, a root canal is as comfortable as getting a filling.
An infected tooth (pre-root canal) is usually what causes tooth pain, and a root canal is the solution to this problem. In fact, infected tooth pulp can cause a tooth abscess and can destroy the bone surrounding the tooth.
A treated and restored tooth can last a lifetime with proper care. Root canals have a high success rate and are significantly less expensive than the alternative tooth extraction and replacement with a bridge or implant.
Tooth decay can still occur in treated teeth so good oral hygiene and regular dental exams are still necessary to prevent further problems. To determine the success or failure of root canal treatment, dentists typically compare new X-rays with those taken before treatment. This comparison will show whether bone loss continues or if the bone is being regenerated.
Sometimes root canals are not successful because an infection develops inside the tooth, or the original infection was not fully removed. In these cases, an apicoectomy – a procedure where the infection and the root tip are removed and a filling placed – is done. Other times a second root canal is recommended.
Your dentist or hygienist can help you learn good oral hygiene techniques and can help point out areas of your mouth that may require extra attention during brushing and flossing.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.
Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop and are much less painful, expensive and worrisome than treating conditions that have been allowed to progress.
Some things you can do to keep your mouth and teeth healthy are brushing thoroughly twice a day, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals. You should also use toothpaste and dental products that contain fluoride, rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse and make sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in an area without fluoridated water.
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. The three stages of gum disease – from least to most severe – are gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.
Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to a serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost.
Gum disease is a threat to your oral health. Research is also pointing to possible health effects of periodontal diseases that go well beyond your mouth. Whether the disease has stopped, slowed or gotten worse depends a great deal on how well you care for your teeth and gums every day.
To help prevent periodontal diseases, be sure to brush your teeth twice a day (with a fluoride toothpaste), floss every day, visit the dentist routinely for a checkup and professional cleaning, eat a well-balanced diet and don’t use tobacco products.
Call us today to set up an appointment with our friendly team of dentists and begin or maintain the journey for a healthy mouth.(03) 9574 0866