We care about preventing any problems before they begin. Therefore the first step in general dentistry is assessing clients’ dental routines.
Caring for your teeth and gums every day means that you’re also taking care of your dental hygiene and preventing decay and gum disease. This is only possible, however, if you’re taking care of your dental health correctly.
There are several ways that you can do this:
Brushing teeth every day
You should brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal each day using fluoride toothpaste. It is recommended you brush in the morning after breakfast and in the evening after dinner.
Flossing teeth every day
Make sure to remove any food and plaque from between your teeth and be careful not to damage your gums.
If you drink plenty of water that contains fluoride you will be improving your gums, teeth and dental hygiene by keeping your mouth and body hydrated. If you have a dry mouth this can lead to bad breath and increased decay.
Symptoms of gum disease
To determine if you have any symptoms of gum disease, you need to be aware of the following:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is recommended you make an appointment with our friendly team to determine the treatment you may require.
When you reach out to us as a new patient, the first step is to book you in for a thorough dental examination. This comprehensive appointment is really
important, because it enables us to get to know each other properly, understand your dental history, and earn your trust.
What you can expect from your first examination
Once you arrive at the clinic, you’ll be welcomed by our friendly reception staff, asked to fill in a patient information form, and then introduced to your dentist to discuss your dental needs.
Your dentist will ask lots of questions to get to know you and your quirks – not just your mouth and teeth! If you have any fears, hate the sound of the drill, or are worried treatment will be too expensive, you can air your concerns and trust that your dentist will be understanding and supportive.
Once you’re comfortable and happy to proceed, your dentist will perform a thorough intraoral and extraoral examination of your teeth, tongue, lips, jaw, and gums. We use modern technology such as digital X-rays to ensure accurate diagnosis.
Next, your dentist will explain any diagnosed conditions using videos and pictures (taken using our intraoral camera), so you can see where the problem areas are and understand the situation clearly. Treatment options will then be discussed including pros and cons, and associated costs.
5. TREATMENT PLAN
A detailed treatment plan with a printed quote will be presented to you. We pride ourselves on open communication and transparency, so you’ll know exactly what will be done during your treatment and how much it will cost.
You’re more than welcome to ask questions and explore the different treatment options. We’ll give you plenty of time to discuss and think about your treatment plan, so you’ll never feel rushed. Whatever treatment you choose, we’ll support you and provide the highest-quality care.
Once we complete any treatment required, we’ll move you to our proactive dental maintenance schedule.
During these regular check-ups, we’ll check your oral hygiene and catch any potential issues before they become serious. This approach enables us to tailor treatment to your needs and budget, and maintain great oral health for years to come.
With Maidstone Dental Clinic, going to the dentist will become part of your routine – a chance to relax and take a break from your busy schedule. Yes, you’ll actually look forward to it!
At Maidstone Dental we provide both tooth coloured and metallic fillings as required. We will recommend the most appropriate material to restore your tooth for best aesthetics and function.
Restorations may involve having a crown, tooth, bridge or implant to replace a missing tooth. Sometimes veneers may be recommended to improve the appearance of your teeth.
For further information about tooth restorations or fillings, contact Maidstone Dental Clinic on 9317 5636.
Veneers are thin, tooth-coloured porcelain or glass/plastic layers fixed onto the front of your teeth that can be a suitable option if you have teeth with gaps, that are stained, discoloured, broken or chipped, crowded-in or crooked, oddly-shaped or badly-aligned.
If your broken or decayed tooth needs to be rebuilt, it’s possible your dentist will use a crown to do the job. Crowns are generally made from materials such as porcelain, and porcelain/metal combinations. Not only do they make your teeth look more attractive, but they also give them added strength, durability and stability.
Bruxism is excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth that is not a part of normal chewing movements. It can lead to excessive wear on the teeth and may cause permanent damage to the teeth and the jaw joints.
In some adults and children, cleaning and grinding may occur during the day or at night. During sleep they have no conscious control over this excessive clenching and grinding.
An occlusal splint may be recommended to protect upper and lower teeth. To increase comfort and effectiveness, it is custom-made to suit each person’s own teeth and bite.
If you think that you have bruxism feel free to give us a call on 9317 5636 for further information.
If some or all of your teeth have been lost or can’t be restored and need to be extracted, it’s important that you not allow too much time to lag between tooth loss and tooth replacement. Tooth loss causes the face to collapse and the mouth to sink in, adding years to the face. Denture is an option that can help you avoid all of these problems and give you a brand new smile.
Denture fitting typically requires three visits after all the teeth have been removed and the tissue has healed. During these visits, you will be able to evaluate the fit and look of the dentures. Your dentist will advise you on colour, tooth type, and lip position.
For further information about dentures, please contact our friendly staff on 9317 5636.
If you have a severe toothache, it is possible to save your tooth. Root canal treatment is a procedure designed to relieve your pain and save your tooth.
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that removes the infected pulp and replaces it with a filling. The pulp consists mainly of blood vessels, tissue and some nerve fibres within the hollow centre of the tooth. The procedure is also known as endodontic treatment.
Success rates for endodontic treatment are generally good. About 90-95% of patients who have root canal treatment can expect a functional tooth after the treatment.
The treated tooth should last as long as your other teeth providing you maintain good oral hygiene and generally look after your teeth. For a how-to check out the Australian Dental Association’s website.
For further information about root canal treatment, please contact our friendly staff on 9317 5636.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Crooked teeth can have a huge impact on personal and professional success – impacting self-esteem, communication, and connection with others. If your smile is less-than-perfect, braces may be the answer. You might consider getting braces if you have:
Whether you’re wanting to correct a structural issue or considering braces for purely cosmetic reasons, braces can not only straighten your teeth but also improve your overall oral health for years to come (because straight teeth are much easier to keep clean!).
Traditional metal braces are still the most popular treatment. They’re cheaper and less prone to expensive breakages – providing a good option for those who want to keep eating everything while having braces! The good news is modern brackets are much smaller and more comfortable than they used to be. New flexible Ni-Ti archwires also help move your teeth a lot more gently and effectively than in the past.
For adults who want straight teeth but are conscious of having a metal mouth, these innovative braces simply use tooth-coloured or clear brackets to blend in to the teeth. We can also use tooth-coloured wires to be even less noticeable. The old days of ‘metal mouth’ braces are definitely over!
A cosmetic alternative to fixed braces, Invisalign is a great option for adults who want straight teeth but are conscious of the appearance of traditional braces. Using innovative SMARTForce Technology, Invisalign is a series of custom-made removable aligners made specifically for you. Using virtually-invisible plastic aligners, your teeth will gradually move to the ideal position, giving you a beautiful, straight smile.
A simple and effective cosmetic system, Cfast uses tooth-coloured brackets designed to straighten the front teeth of adults. Often chosen for its fast results and subtle appearance, Cfast can make a significant improvement to your smile in 4-6 months.