COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS

A full one hour assessment of your soft tissue, teeth and gum is carried out at the initial visit allowing us to personalise your oral health treatment plan. This addresses your immediate and future requirements in order to provide you with healthy gum and teeth for life. This in turn will improve your function, confidence and smile.

Digital radiographs ( x-rays) are commonly required to assess what is happening in the teeth in areas that we cannot see. Digital radiographs gives less radiation exposure and are faster than the older style radiograph film.

 

PREVENTION & MAINTENANCE

A Combination of Oral hygiene instruction, regular scaling ( cleaning) and fluoride treatment is provided by our Dental Hygienist for the maintenance of your teeth and gum. This is the foundation of providing you with healthy teeth for life!

Generally this is carried out every 6 months but may vary according to your treatment needs.

 

FILLINGS  

Most fillings are now done using tooth colour fillings generally Composite Resin (or Glass Ionomer Cement in certain situations). Large fillings ideally should be done in porcelain inlays, onlays or crowns as they are a lot stronger and will last better on the long term.

 

CHILDRENS DENTISTRY

 It is important to visit the Dentist from as young as two years of age to detect any problems. Visiting the Dentist at an early age will help children become used to having their teeth checked and preventing problems visits later. It is better to embed good dental habits early in your child’s routine so that they become good habits of a lifetime.

 It is also important that we assess for early development problems and check the growth and development of the teeth and jaw.

 

ROOT CANAL THERAPY

Treatment of a tooth nerve (pulp) to relief pain when it has died and become infected. This can be  due to trauma, deep cavities (holes), or an abscess. A root canal treatment can allow tooth to be save otherwise tooth will require an extraction.

 

IMPLANTS

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots (in most case a titanium screw) that are inserted into the jawbone to replace missing natural teeth. Implants and their attached crowns closely mimic the look and function of real teeth and are often the favoured way of replacing a missing tooth.

 

EXTRACTIONS

Sometimes a tooth can not be saved so a  gentle removal of non-viable or uneconomical teeth may be necessary.

 

WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL

Wisdom teeth often do not erupt (emerge from the bone and gum) properly as there is insufficient space in the jaw.  In this situation the wisdom teeth push against the teeth already there.  Wisdom teeth can then cause pain or discomfort. If wisdom teeth go unchecked they can damage the adjacent teeth because they are difficult to clean and food gets trapped.

Signs of an infection include a bad taste, pain and swelling around the back teeth and limited mouth opening.

 

MOUTHGUARDS

Regardless of age, all people who participate in any sport or activity where there is a risk of contact to the face, needs to wear a mouthguard to prevent dental injury.

A custom fitted mouthguard reduces the impact of a blow to the mouth or face to assist in preventing or reducing the severity of any mouth or jaw injury.

 

OCCLUSAL SPINTS

Splints are designed to protect your teeth from wear and fracture damage caused by grinding or clenching of your teeth (generally happens while you are asleep). It also helps to reduced muscles and joint injury.

 

DENTURES

Dentures are removable sets of artificial teeth set into plastic or metal frameworks. They serve the purpose of replacing missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. The are several different types of dentures to suit various needs.

 

GUM DISEASE

Gum disease or Periodontal Disease is a common cause of tooth loss. Most people are not aware they have gum disease as it is painless, until it is too late and tooth loss results.

Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque and tartar on the teeth.  Some of the common signs are bleeding gum when brushing, red and swollen gums, bad breath, loose teeth, gaps appearing between the teeth and teeth drifting/moving.

Regular professional cleaning is important for preventing gum disease as once tartar (calculus) built up occurs regular brushing will not remove the hard built up of tartar (calculus).

 

CROWNS and BRIDGES

Crowns, sometimes known as “caps”, are covers for teeth. They are used when teeth are weakened and damaged. When a crown is placed, it essentially becomes a new outer surface for a tooth. Crowns can restore fractured teeth, hide discoloured or poorly shaped teeth and help seal root canal treated teeth. Crowns are most commonly used on teeth that have very large fillings. Placing a crown on these structurally weaken teeth helps prevent severe breakage that can result in the loss of a tooth.

Crowns are commonly made of porcelain, or a combination of porcelain and metal or gold. 
Today with new technology available we can make crowns to look natural.

 

VENEERS

Veneers are a thin shell of porcelain that are bonded onto your teeth, similar to false fingernails, but much harder and more durable. Veneers are a conservative and effective way to improve the appearance of your smile.  Veneers have many uses and can hide discolourations, brighten teeth, change the shape or position of teeth or fill in gaps.  Veneers are more resistant to stains than bonding materials. 

 

TEETH WHITENING

Tooth whitening is a fast, easy and safe procedure for improving the natural tooth colour to create beautifully white teeth and giving you a brighter smile.

There are many reasons teeth discolour including medicines, tobacco, coffee, tea, certain foods and natural aging.  Tooth whitening is the best option to safely lighten discoloured teeth.

ORTHODONTICS - Specific cases for adults and children only
Book a consultation appointment to discuss your specific needs. Highly discrete braces that blend seamlessly with your teeth are available on request.

Ray Rickard Medical Centre

6 Station St, Fairfield

NSW 2165

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