Also known as non-surgical periodontal treatment or gum treatment, this is the treatment for people with periodontal or gum disease. When you attend your regular check-up, our dentist will always check your gum health. Gum disease is inflammation of the gums, causing them to be swollen, bleed easily and become less and less supportive of the teeth as pockets grow between the gum and the teeth. Untreated gum disease can lead to bad breath, tooth mobility and even tooth loss. If it is found that you have gum disease, our team will recommend the right treatment plan for you.
Periodontal treatment gives you a protocol to slow and even stop the progress of this condition. The structure of our non-surgical periodontal therapy is reassuring and gets results. Teeth that were feeling shaky and difficult to eat with will usually become firm with adherence to the treatment. Gums become less swollen and bleed less readily, and a lot of our patients report improvement in their halitosis (bad breath)
Non-surgical periodontal treatment cannot grow back the gum and bone support that has been lost, but it can allow our patients to halt the progress of the disease, and often bring their teeth back into function.
Our professional team of dentists will go through all the pros, cons, risks and costs of the treatment with you before starting the procedure. You will be given local anaesthetic to ensure a pain-free procedure. This is numbing for just the tooth or area in question. Our clinic always applies a surface numbing gel before giving the local anaesthetic injection, to give almost pain free analgesia. If you have any concerns regarding analgesia, please do let us know so that we can make the experience as anxiety free as possible.
The first course of periodontal treatment is carried out over two visits, each lasting 45-60mins. The local anaesthetic is applied to one side of the mouth, for instance, on the first visit Dr Sherina may numb the upper and lower teeth on the left side of your mouth. Once numb, a ‘Six Point Pocket Chart’, a thorough measurement of the state of your gums, is carried out. This provides us with a numerical image of the depth of the periodontally affected pockets around your teeth.
Our dentist will then clean the tooth surfaces below the gum line, to remove the plaque, calculus and bacteria which are causing the gums to be inflamed, and the pockets to grow. The cleaning is done using carefully calibrated ultrasonic equipment, and is followed by hand instrumentation. Lastly the pockets are washed out with an antimicrobial irrigant which helps to promote healing following the treatment.
Post treatment advice will be given. There may be some soreness and sensitivity in the first couple of days, for which analgesics, mouthwash and appropriate toothpaste will be prescribed. Your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits will also be reviewed to improve the outcome of your treatment.
This process is repeated on the opposite side.
After a three month wait to allow the gums to improve, you will need to return for a periodontal review. This is a detailed examination of your periodontal health, oral hygiene and related lifestyle habits.
In some cases all the teeth will be found to be free of periodontitis, and a three monthly maintenance program will be prescribed. In other cases, the response to treatment may be positive but incomplete. Therefore some patients, with more difficult cases, may have to have further non-surgical and possibly surgical periodontal therapy before they can switch to the maintenance phase.
Periodontal therapy is an ongoing treatment, therefore the full cost will vary from patient to patient. The cost of each course of non-surgical periodontal treatment is capped at $749.00 but it may well be less than that, especially for subsequent courses of treatment. We always encourage you to meet with our dentist for a consultation, and discussion of your particular needs and treatment costs.
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General Dentistry Services
This is a critical part of the dental appointment. At your first visit, and at subsequent check-ups, the dentist will carry out a thorough check of not just your oral health, but also the health of the peri-oral tissues.
Fillings are placed to restore teeth to function and appearance after trauma, caries removal or tooth wear. Fillings can be separated into two categories – silver coloured or tooth coloured. However we no longer place silver coloured fillings at our clinic.
Also known as non-surgical periodontal treatment or gum treatment, this is the treatment for people with periodontal or gum disease. When you attend your regular check-up, our dentist will always check your gum health.
This is the regular maintenance treatment that is normally sufficient for most people to maintain oral health. In addition to the dental check-up it involves scaling & polishing, fluoride treatment, and sometimes special tests depending on your specific needs.
Root Canal Treatments
When the nerve of a tooth dies, or becomes infected, you may experience pain and swelling. This can cause a severe toothache in extreme cases. Root canal treatment allows us to remove the infected or necrotic nerve while saving the tooth.
Extraction is the treatment to take a tooth out under local anaesthetic. It is usually done because a tooth can no longer be restored, is too mobile, or for orthodontic treatment.