Preventive Dentistry

At Denticare, we believe in the philosophy that “prevention is better than cure”, and that the majority of dental problems can simply be avoided with regular dental check-ups.

Our Preventive Care Program involves a regular 6-12 monthly appointment which includes a thorough oral health examination, teeth cleaning, and where indicated, radiographs to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of any unforeseen conditions. The appointment may also contain an oral cancer check, polishing of teeth and any existing restorations, as well as a remineralising treatment to strengthen enamel and reduce dentine sensitivity.

Experience shows this approach is less invasive and stressful, less expensive, and will benefit your dental health in the long term.

Denticare’s comprehensive range of preventive services include:

  • Examination of the teeth and supporting tissues
  • Calculus removal and teeth polishing
  • Non invasive sealing of fissures and tooth surface defects
  • Periodontal disease assessment
  • Dietary advise and lifestyle risk assessment
  • Orthodontic assessment
  • Wisdom teeth assessment
  • Tobacco cessation advise and oral cancer screening
  • Sports mouthguards
  • Occlusal splints for jaw joint dysfunction/grinding/acid erosion/gastric reflux

 

 

DIAGNOdent Laser

Conventional methods of diagnosing dental decay, such as the use of a dental probe or bite-wing radiograph, are often inconclusive in detecting enamel defects, as they are often too small or inaccessible for the diagnostic tool.

The DIAGNOdent is a 655nm diode laser that can detect non cavitated tooth decay by measuring laser fluorescence within the tooth mineral structure.

Its' ability to detect the early stages of tooth decay allow the dentist to treat the lesion in a non or minimally invasive manner, often without drilling or needles!

Cleaning

The regular removal of calculus (aka tartar/scale) is imperative to prevent the progression to periodontal disease, the most common cause of adult tooth loss. Having your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis is the foundation to great oral health. Even dentists need this done!

Periodontal disease affects both the gum and underlying bone and is usually painless in the early stages, so you are unlikely to detect it yourself! Recent studies have proven links between periodontal disease, heart disease and diabetes, so please, don't put off having your teeth cleaned.

Fissure Sealants

The grooves (fissures) on the biting surfaces of back teeth are high-risk sites for decay. Because of their shape and depth they collect plaque which cannot be reached by the bristles of a toothbrush. Acids produced by bacteria in plaque can cause decay. By sealing bacteria out of problematic fissures the progression to decay and restorative intervention, can be prevented.

The sealant material is usually an adhesively bonded, tooth-coloured composite resin or glass ionomer cement.

Fissure sealants particularly benefit children, but are useful for adults with difficult to access wisdom teeth, molars or tooth surface irregularities. The procedure requires no injections or drilling.

Mouthguards

Australian research shows that sports injuries account for about one-third of traumatic tooth injuries.

For the majority of people, a professionally fabricated all purpose mouthguard, that covers the upper teeth will minimise the risk of injury. For sports involving raquets and sticks, a mouthguard reinforced with an inner hard insert may be indicated. Bi-maxillary mouthguards are usually reserved for elite sportspersons participating in boxing, martial arts or rugby.

Bruxism

Bruxism is the grinding or clenching of teeth usually at times of stress or high concentration.

In many instances the person who has the habit is not aware of it. Often it is the spouse who hears the grating and grinding sound during the night from a partner bruxing in their sleep.

Children can also grind their teeth. The sound is often so loud it can be heard beyond their bedroom.

Bruxism is commonly triggered by a stressful event such as starting a new job or a new school, examinations, relationship problems or some other personal crisis. Anger, pain and frustration can trigger bruxism. People who are aggressive, competitive and hurried may also be at greater risk for the problem.

If bruxing is an established problem it is advisable to have it investigated and treated. Becoming aware of the problem is the first step, identifing when it is happening and what type of situation may be triggering it. This is especially helpful for the control of bruxing during the day. None-the-less, more damage from bruxing can occur at night, when a specially-fitted acrylic bite splint can be worn. Occlusal splints protect the teeth and jaw joints and can relieve sore jaw muscles. For severe cases of bruxism, additional therapies aimed at relieving tension and muscle spasm may be indicated.