Smiling is a powerful health enhancer. Not only does it improve our moods, but a real and genuine smile is said to reduce blood pressure, lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression, and strengthen the immune system. Smiling, along with laughing (which you can’t do frowning), sends more oxygen to the brain triggering the release of endorphins. These powerful pleasure boosting chemicals are associated with higher feelings of overall wellness. We also know that oral health is linked to overall health which is why it is so important to ensure your preventative care routine is thorough and keeping your teeth and gums healthy. And this all starts at home. We recommend brushing twice a day for two minutes with an electric toothbrush and flossing every night.
When you have calculus (tartar) build up on your teeth it is just about impossible to remove at home with your tooth brush. This is why it is so important to see us here at Gentle Dental Hawthorn every 6 months to remove this calculus which will lead to gum disease with our gentle cleaning so that you can have the healthiest teeth and gums possible.
During your 6 monthly preventative hygiene appointments we will conduct an oral cancer check where we analyse your mouth and throat to observe any changes. A systematic examination reduces the chance of any lesions being missed.
We will also thoroughly assess the health of your gums, teeth and previous restorations. Depending on your risk of decay and number of previous restorations we will ideally update radiographs and complete a full gum charting every two years. We take photographs of any areas of concern so we can keep a close eye on them during every preventative hygiene visit.
After this we clean your teeth to keep your gums nice and healthy and remove any staining that has developed over the last 6 months since your previous visit. We then complete the treatment with a polish and fluoride treatment which helps to prevent sensitivity and decay.
If there are any areas of concern we will sit down with you, discuss these and go through the photos so you can see why we may be concerned. We may then look to book an appointment to complete any treatment required to prevent decay or cracks in teeth from worsening or advise that we will check this at the next appointment, depending on what we find.
It is so important to have your oral health maintained on a regular basis so that we can address any issues early to prevent these conditions from worsening, causing pain and potentially requiring more extensive treatment.
Restorative dentistry describes the techniques dentists use to restore the look and function of your teeth. At Gentle Dental, we believe that everyone deserves to have a happy, healthy smile and we are dedicated to educating our patients and the community on the latest and most up to date, best dental practises.
Some teeth form with very deep grooves in the biting surface, the inside or outside surface of the tooth. Debris and plaque may build up in these areas and due to the depth of the grooves it can be very difficult to clean these areas adequately resulting in decay forming. During your regular preventative hygiene appointments we assess these grooves and if we find plaque, debris or very early decay the best option may be to place a fissure sealant. This process is very straight forward and involves cleaning the grooves and then sealing them over with a resin white or tooth coloured material.
Amalgam is the traditional silver filling material used in dentistry for the past 150 years.
Due to its silver colour, it is not as aesthetically pleasing as other restorative materials we have, including composite resin. As it is composed of metal it expands with heat and contracts with cold, and can lead to cracked tooth syndrome. Amalgam also requires removal of more tooth structure than composite resin as it requires mechanical retention to stay in place. It is due to these reasons and that amalgam contains mercury that we do not place amalgam.
Here at Gentle Dental Hawthorn we are focussed on your health and we will only remove amalgam with rubber dam in place, with high volume suction to safely remove all waste products.
If you have any questions please call us on (03) 9818 2994 or book an appointment online.
Composite resin fillings
Composite resin is an excellent alternative to amalgam as it is available in many shades to match your tooth colour and we are able to remove less tooth structure as the material bonds micro-mechanically to your tooth.
Depending on how much tooth structure is missing sometimes teeth require a stronger material to cover and support the tooth to increase the longevity. If this is the case, often the best option for the tooth may be a porcelain onlay or crown.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment please call us on (03) 9818 2994 or book and appointment online.
Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment)
The goal of root canal treatment is to save your natural tooth. If you have an infection, abscess or there has been damage to the nerve of your tooth the options are either root canal treatment or to remove the tooth. Often an abscess can be extremely painful, however, occasionally a tooth may be infected without you realising and it is something that we see on routine radiographs. Antibiotics my temporarily help with the pain associated with an abscess, however, as they do not treat the cause of the infection, it is likely to return in future.
Our philosophy at Gentle Dental is to keep your natural teeth as long as possible as taking teeth out can result in decreased function, making it more difficult to chew and ultimately it may be more expensive to replace the tooth.
Before we commence root canal treatment, we will carry out a thorough examination and futher discuss the options so you have all the information you need.
Your comfort is our priority and our goal is to be the most gentle dentist in Melbourne. The entire area will be numb before we commence root canal treatment. We also have noise cancellinig headphones so you can pick your favourite Netflix movie and try to relax as much as possible. You will also have rubber dam over the tooth to keep the area sterile, dry and protected.
The process entails removing any decay the tooth may have, removing the infected nerve inside the tooth, shaping and sterilising the canals inside the tooth and then filling these canals.
Sometimes the process of the nerve dying inside the tooth can cause it to discolour, however, we can always discuss internal bleaching with you to improve the appearance if this is something that bothers you. As the reason a tooth may require root canal treatment is decay, a crack or trauma dentists often recommend to place a crown over the tooth after treatment to protect the tooth and reinforce the remaining tooth structure. It is very important to have a perfectly sealed restoration to increase the longevity of the tooth.
If you would like to make an appointment please call us on (03) 9818 2994 or book online.
Wisdom teeth removal
Sometimes it may be necessary to remove the wisdom teeth. There are many reasons for this including: lack of space, decay or gum disease, pain or infection.
Some wisdom teeth are very straight forward to remove. If this is the case, we will be able to remove your wisdom teeth at Gentle Dental Hawthorn. However, in some circumstances, wisdom teeth removal may be more complicated and we will refer you to see an Oral Surgeon.
During your initial consultation we will refer you for a full mouth radiograph to assess the likelihood that your wisdom teeth will cause issues in the future.
Please call us on (03) 9818 2994 to book a consultation or please make an appointment online.