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Preventative Dentistry

At Vivid Smile Dental, we believe that prevention is better than cure, and we know that long-term dental management feels a whole lot better than emergency repairs!

Today, people can expect to keep their teeth for life, have a beautiful smile, eat normally and prevent problems like tooth ache. The days have passed when tooth loss and dentures were an expected part of life. Dentistry has evolved.

At Vivid Smile, we make sure we find out a lot about you and your teeth as it helps us do our work better. This approach provides the best for our patients – not just a quick fix but lifelong improved dental outcomes.

Regular check-ups and cleans are one of the best preventive dentistry techniques, we will be able to monitor your teeth and gums and make sure they are being maintained and cared for to the best of your and our ability.

Our dentists recommend periodic x-rays, every few years to check that everything under your gums is in good condition too.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

WHAT IS COSMETIC DENTISTRY?
Cosmetic dentistry refers to the range of dental treatments which restore or improve the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums, bite or smile. Many dental treatments fall into this category, including:

  • Orthodontics
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Tooth-coloured Fillings
  • Porcelain Bridges or Crowns
  • Dental Veneers
  • Dental Implants
  • Gum Lifts

WHEN IS COSMETIC DENTISTRY USED?
Cosmetic dentistry can assist any person wanting to improve the appearance of their teeth, gums, bite or smile. It is commonly used in cases of:

  • Discoloured or Stained Teeth
  • Chipped or Misshapen Teeth
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Missing Teeth
  • Teeth with unsightly gaps between them

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF COSMETIC DENTISTRY?
The main benefit of cosmetic dentistry is the creation or restoration of an aesthetically pleasing smile.

There are other social and health benefits associated with cosmetic dentistry, including:

  • an improved psychological outlook and higher self-esteem from the reversal of dental problems that were previously a source of embarrassment
  • better oral health because straight teeth are easier to clean and decay is easier to spot on white teeth
  • where missing teeth have been replaced, the prevention of teeth drifting within the mouth and excessive wear and tear on surrounding teeth, both of which can lead to the need for costly dental treatment in the future
  • additional strength and protection against decay in cases where dental crowns have been fitted

CONSIDERATIONS
The state of a person’s oral health determines their suitability for cosmetic dentistry. Not all cosmetic dental treatments are appropriate for every person. The initial appointment with our dentist will confirm your suitability for cosmetic dentistry.

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Children's Dentistry

YOUR LOCAL FAMILY DENTIST
We provide a friendly, comfortable environment for the whole family and we look forward to helping you look after your children’s teeth from baby to teenager and beyond!

Family dentistry services we provide include:

  • Check-ups and x-rays
  • Removal of stubborn baby teeth
  • Teeth cleaning & fluoride treatments
  • Oral hygiene guidance
  • Orthodontics
    Fillings
  • Sports mouthguards

WHEN SHOULD I MAKE MY CHILD’S FIRST APPOINTMENT?
We recommend kids start seeing the dentist when their first teeth appear or by the time they turn one year old.

You are welcome to bring them in earlier if you have any questions or concerns.

Young children generally only need to see the dentist every 12 months, however sometimes the dentist may request they are seen every 6 months. We will talk to you about this at your appointment.

GET THEM COMFORTABLE AT THE DENTIST!
It is vital that children get used to coming in to see the dentist while they are young, so that they can form good associations and fear of dentists can be avoided.

While children are growing, it’s imperative that their facial growth and dental development is monitored closely so that they can avoid crowding of teeth and jaw issues. Other factors like large tonsils, sleep apnoea/snoring, mouth breathing, thumb sucking need to be assessed and addressed as soon as possible.

Bring your children to see us so that any problems can be diagnosed early and your child can develop a happy, healthy, trusting relationship with dentistry.

WHAT ABOUT TEENAGERS AND THEIR TEETH?
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If your child plays a contact sport, a fitted mouthguard from your dentist offers the best protection. Chat to us about the colours and styles available

SUGARY SPORTS DRINKS
Energy and sports drinks contain so much acid and sugar that they start destroying teeth after only a few days of consistent use. Damaged enamel can cause sensitivity and susceptibility to decay and cavities.

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Teeth Whitening

IN-CHAIR TEETH WHITENING

WHAT IS IN-CHAIR TEETH WHITENING?
In-chair teeth whitening is a non-invasive dental treatment that lifts stains from the pores of teeth and lightens the colour of natural tooth enamel, leading to the appearance of whiter, brighter teeth.

In-chair teeth whitening is the quickest dental solution for whitening teeth and removing or reducing stains and discolouration. It typically involves the application of whitening product directly onto the teeth and the use of heat, a special light or laser to activate and/or accelerate the whitening agent.

With in-chair teeth whitening, results are typically achieved within one 30-60 minute dental appointment

WHEN IS IN-CHAIR TEETH WHITENING USED?
In-chair teeth whitening is an ideal solution for people wanting instant results. It is an appropriate treatment for people with wear to the outer tooth layer (enamel) or extrinsic stains on the teeth of a yellow, brown appearance, typically caused by smoking or the consumption of coffee, wine and cola and some foods.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF IN-CHAIR TEETH WHITENING?
There are several advantages associated with in-chair teeth whitening:

  • Dentists typically use whitening products that contain stronger concentrations of hydrogen peroxide compared with off-the-shelf or take-home products and this ensures results within one 30-60 minute dental treatment.
  • Dentists apply the whitening agent directly to the teeth so that the use of mouth trays, such as those provided in take-home and off-the-shelf whitening kits, is unnecessary.
  • Dentists supervise the treatment and can control the amount of whitening that occurs.
  • Dentists typically use a rubber shield to protect the gums from the whitening product.
  • Dentist can better match the types of stains with the best treatments, leading to better results.

CONSIDERATIONS
Teeth whitening is not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women.

​Teeth whitening is not permanent and the degree of whiteness will vary from individual to individual depending on the condition of the teeth and the type of whitening system used.

Teeth whitening will only work on natural teeth and extrinsic stains. The initial appointment with our dentist will confirm your suitability for in-chair teeth whitening.

TAKE-HOME TEETH WHITENING

WHAT IS TAKE-HOME TEETH WHITENING?
Take-home teeth whitening is a non-invasive dental treatment that lifts stains from the pores of teeth and lightens the colour of natural tooth enamel, leading to the appearance of whiter, brighter teeth.

​Take-home teeth whitening involves the creation of a customised mouth tray to which whitening product is added. The mouth tray is taken home with the whitening product and worn on the teeth at specific intervals over a period of up to fourteen days.

WHEN IS TAKE-HOME TEETH WHITENING USED?
Take-home teeth whitening is a cost-effective solution for people wanting whiter, brighter teeth. It can assist people with wear to the outer tooth layer (enamel) or extrinsic stains on the teeth of a yellow, brown appearance, typically caused by smoking or the consumption of coffee, wine and cola and some foods.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAKE-HOME TEETH WHITENING?
There are several advantages associated with take-home teeth whitening:

Custom-fitted mouth trays, made from impressions taken by the dentist, ensure maximum contact between the whitening product, which is applied to the mouth tray, and the teeth.
Custom-fitted mouth trays minimise contact of the whitening gel with the gum tissue.
The whitening product is milder than products used within dental surgeries, leading to less tooth sensitivity and control over the shade of white that is achieved.
Take-home teeth whitening is more affordable than in-chair teeth whitening performed within dental surgeries.

CONSIDERATIONS
Positive results from take-home teeth whitening rely on compliance with the at-home portion of the treatment protocol.

Teeth whitening is not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women.

Teeth whitening is not permanent and the degree of whiteness will vary from individual to individual depending on the condition of the teeth and the type of whitening system used. Teeth whitening will only work on natural teeth and extrinsic stains.

The initial appointment with our dentist will confirm your suitability for take-home teeth whitening

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Invisalign©

Invisalign is a method of treating patients who do not require full orthodontic intervention, but need minimal correction to accomplish great looking teeth and a refreshing smile. A consultation with one of our dentist’s is necessary to determine if Invisalign is the right process for your teeth.

If so, you will go through a period of time wearing invisible aligners, which are periodically changed to bring your teeth into alignment. The length of time to complete the changes you require varies from patient to patient. Please call us to book a consultation. We will show you how Invisalign works and we’ll determine if it is the right solution for you.

Invisalign© is part of Align Technology — a global medical device company with industry-leading innovative products. We want to help dental professionals achieve the clinical results they expect and deliver effective, cutting-edge dental options to their patients. ©Invisalign Australia. All rights reserved..

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Gum Diseas

WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can also affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth if left untreated. There are three stages of gum disease — gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.

HOW DO I PREVENT GUM DISEASE?
As well as regular check-ups, you need to brush and floss at least twice a day, reducing the build-up of plaque, which is usually the cause of gum disease. Rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash that’s used to treat gingivitis can be helpful, and try to avoid sugary foods and drinks.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Without regular check-ups, you probably won’t know that you have gum disease until it’s in the more advanced stages.

Gum disease can be painless, so it is important to keep an eye on the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing your teeth
  • Any swelling, redness or tenderness in the gums
  • Gums that recede or move away from the tooth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Visible pus surrounding the teeth and gums

WHO CAN GET GUM DISEASE?

Gum disease can happen to anyone at any age, especially if you have not been making oral hygiene a priority. However, it is most common in people over the age of 30. There are some groups in the population who are at increased risk, including diabetics, pregnant women, anyone with a poor diet and those taking illicit drugs.

WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT IT?

If left untreated, gum disease can become a serious problem. Once it is past the earliest stages, professional treatment from your dentist or hygienist is the only way to cure gum disease. If you notice any of these symptoms, the sooner you seek treatment, the better your chances are of saving your teeth and health.

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Root Canal

WHAT IS ROOT CANAL THERAPY?
Root canal therapy or therapy (also known as endodontic treatment) fixes problems with a tooth’s soft core or ‘dental pulp’. Dental pulp lies within the tooth, extending from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root. It contains nerves, connective tissue and blood and lymph vessels which provide oxygen, nutrients and feeling to the tooth. It also regulates the growth and development of the tooth during childhood.

Root canal treatment involves removing inflamed, diseased or dead pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals of a tooth and replacing it with a filling in order to prevent the tooth from being extracted.

WHEN IS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT NECESSARY?
Root canal treatment is recommended in cases of:

  • ​Infection caused by deep decay or a large filling
  • ​Advanced gum disease
    Trauma, such as a blow to a tooth or constant striking of a tooth by teeth on the opposite jaw
  • ​A fracture in the tooth allowing bacteria to enter
  • ​Teeth grinding

The symptoms of damaged, diseased or inflamed dental pulp requiring root canal treatment include:

  • Pain and pressure at the site of the tooth
  • Hot and cold sensitivity
  • Mobility of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness is the gums surrounding the tooth
  • Discolouration or darkening of the tooth
  • The presence of pus at the site of the tooth
  • Facial swelling

A diagnosis for root canal treatment is made on the basis of symptoms reported by the patient, an examination of the tooth and x-rays of the tooth.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?
The main aim and benefit of root canal treatment is to save a tooth that would otherwise be extracted. Retaining natural teeth is considered the best solution from a dental perspective and prevents the need for replacement teeth, which can be time-consuming, painful and costly.

CONSIDERATIONS
If a tooth requiring root canal treatment is left untreated, widespread gum and connective tissue infection may result as well as loss of the tooth. It is advisable to visit your dentist at the first sign of any of the above-mentioned symptoms associated with damaged, diseased or inflamed dental pulp.

If you have any questions or would like to see a dentist for an opinion, make an appointment and contact us today on +61 2 6342 2293 or you may prefer to contact us online.
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Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can occur at any time and we will do our best to see you as soon as possible. Call us on 02 4821 2299.

We understand that emergencies can be distressing and aim to help you be prepared ahead of time and to know what to do if an emergency happens. How you react in the minutes following a dental emergency may determine if you keep or lose your tooth.

Here are some of the top dental emergencies that we see and what you should do about them:

TOOTHACHE
A toothache may not sound like a dental emergency, until you have one. Pain associated with a toothache can be quite intense. It is important to clean out the area where the pain is coming from as soon as possible. Use a combination of brushing, rinsing with mouthwash and flossing to remove any debris from around your teeth and gums that may be causing the problem. Contact your dentist immediately.

CHIPPED OR CRACKED TOOTH
If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, it is important to collect as many fragments of the broken tooth as possible and rinse your mouth out, being careful not to lose any pieces. You should keep the fragments in a cup of warm water and contact your dentist immediately. Be sure to take all the fragments to the dentist with you.

KNOCKED OUT TOOTH
It may be possible to restore a knocked out tooth if you can keep the tooth in good condition and get to a dental office within 60 minutes. You should rinse your mouth out with warm water. If possible try to place the tooth back into your mouth in the right direction and hold it there until you can get to the dentist. If you cannot get your tooth to fit back into the space, then place the tooth in a cup of milk or warm water with salt in it to preserve it. You also can use a cold compress to reduce swelling.

TOOTH ABSCESS
An abscess tooth is a sign of a serious infection in your mouth. If you have severe swelling of your gums or cheek, it is important to contact a dentist immediately or seek out treatment at the local hospital emergency room. A medical professional can give you a shot or prescribe medication to fight the infection.

Emergency appointments available and we will do our best to see you quickly. Please call us on 02 4821 2299.