Prevention is better than cure
A smile is often the first thing we notice about a person. It’s one of our greatest tools in conveying happiness, connecting with others and expressing ourselves. From friends to family to complete strangers – your mouth matters which is why it’s vital to give your mouth and teeth the care they deserve.
We are committed to providing the community with a local, reliable and affordable dental care service carried out by gentle dentists. No matter your age or condition, we can help you to maintain a healthy mouth and smile. From general checkups and cleaning, through to restorative treatments and protective care – we’re able to help you gain the confidence you need to face the day with a smile on your face.
How often should I come in for a checkup?
We recommend visiting your dentist at least every 6 months to check on your oral health and give you a professional clean. In between visits we strongly recommend you brush and floss correctly.
Regular trips to the dentist are an essential part of any oral hygiene routine to remove tough plaque and obtain a thorough, professional clean. Our preventive dentistry service provides an essential treatment for removing plaque and tartar (sometimes called calculus) from your teeth. During the appointment, scaling and polishing instruments are used to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. The treatment will also remove staining from coffee, tobacco or red wine.
My teeth are aching! Do I need a root canal? What can I expect?
If the cause of your teeth pain is serious decay or infection in the tooth pulp, we may recommend a root canal.
Root canal treatment is the removal of infected or inflamed pulp from the inside of the tooth. The pulp is removed from the visible part and roots of the tooth. Pulp is the soft tissue inside the crown and roots of teeth containing nerves and blood vessels. Once infections from tooth decay, trauma, crack or leakage from a previous filling get into the pulp, the infected or inflamed pulp may need to be removed. After a root canal treatment, the tooth can be expected to function normally and usually be retained for a long time.
Root Canal Procedure
Your dentist will take an X-ray of the root and may perform a pulp test to confirm that a tooth does indeed require root canal treatment. We will then discuss with you the procedure, costs and number of appointments required.
The tooth may need to be numbed with a local anesthetic. All tooth decay will be removed to gain access to the pulp chamber of the tooth and remove the pulp from the crown and roots. The root canals are cleaned, prepared and completely sealed with a filling material to prevent further infection. Following the root canal treatment, the tooth will be restored with a strong filling material or crown.
In most cases, root canal treatment is successful and the tooth will no longer cause pain. However, there is always some risk depending on the condition of the tooth, the complexity of the root canals and your response to treatment. If this treatment fails, the tooth may require further treatment or extraction if it is unable to be saved. Your dentist will be happy to clarify and discuss any part of your treatment at any time.
I need a mouthguard, what is involved?
Mouthguards are an invaluable asset to anyone participating in a sport that could lead to damage of the teeth. They are also suitable for people who grind their teeth, often as an involuntary habit during sleep. A mouthguard not only protects your teeth, mouth and tongue, it can also cushion blows to the face, which would prevent injury to the jaw, neck or brain.
At Fannie Bay Dental, we can take special impressions of your mouth, teeth and gums to create a perfectly fitted mouthguard. Your dentist will take moulds of your upper and lower teeth, which is then sent off to the dental laboratory where our technician will fabricate your custom made mouthguard.
Your sports mouth guard may require replacing over time, depending on the amount of wear and tear. We recommend bringing it along with you to future dental appointments so we can inspect its condition.
How to care for your mouthguard
- Rinse your mouthguard in soapy warm water after each use and allow it to air-dry.
- Disinfect the mouthguard with mouthwash
- Keep the mouthguard in its supplied plastic storage container when not in use.
- Do not leave the mouthguard in direct heat such as sunlight or in your car.
- Show your mouthguard to your dentist at each appointment for inspection.
- Replace the mouthguard if you lose a tooth or have braces fitted/removed.
- Children’s mouthguards should be replaced every 12-18 months to accommodate new teeth and growth.
- Bring your mouthguard with you to every dentist appointment for a check-up. (please remove – repeats the 5th point)
Remember: A custom-made mouthguard is an investment in your health. The cost of an injury to the teeth or jaw is likely to far exceed the price of a mouthguard.
Do I need to get my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth usually begin to erupt during teenage years, however, some people never grow them. Occasionally the wisdom teeth do not position themselves correctly and when there is a lack of adequate space along the jaw, your dentist may recommend extraction.
Your teeth can be removed under local anaesthetic or sedation in the dentist’s chair or under general anaesthetic in a hospital.
The recovery period will normally only last a few days and minor discomfort can be helped with analgesics such as ibuprofen or paracetamol during this time. Your dentist will advise you on how best to manage any swelling or pain likely to occur.
To determine whether you or your child should undergo wisdom teeth removal, a full x-ray will be required to assess the position, level of development and probability of a normal eruption. Your dentist can then provide you with appropriate treatment options along with an estimate of associated costs.
To book a wisdom tooth consultation for yourself or your child, contact us.
I've got bad breath, what can you do to help me?
Bad breath is the result of bacteria in the mouth releasing a smelly odour. By simply visiting your dentist for a routine checkup and professional clean you’ll be able to stay on top of bad breath. Our dentists will assess your individual situation and give you some tailored pointers so you no longer have to worry about bad breath.
Here are some simple at-home tips you can integrate into your daily oral routine:
- Brush and floss your teeth twice a day to remove plaque and bacteria
- Brush your tongue as well as your teeth
- Use antiseptic mouthwash after you brush
- Replace your toothbrush quarterly
- Drink at least 8 cups of water a day
How We Help
+ Checkups and consults
+ Dental Hygiene
+ Crowns, fillings & bridges
+ Root canal therapy
+ Sports/Mouth guards
+ Night Splints
+ Tooth Gems
+ Dental Extraction including Wisdom Teeth