All dental treatment starts with an accurate diagnosis. In order for us to do this we will need to perform a comprehensive examination of your mouth, teeth, gums and jaw joints.
Which usually includes:
- Full charting of the teeth and noting oral hygiene and gum health
- Digital X-Rays
- Oral Cancer Screening
Using all the information above and listening to our patients needs and wants we will formulate a treatment plan that suits each individual.
Why we take X-rays
What we see in the mouth
Cavities noted on X-ray
Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.
The Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) or Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) is a sleep apnoea device that is worn on the teeth during sleep like an orthodontic appliance. Also known as an anti-snoring device, the splint is used to prevent the soft tissue from collapsing into the airway and disrupting normal breathing patterns. Scientific evidence shows that the device is effective in treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea and getting rid of snores.
A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth.
We may recommend a crown to:
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured or cracked tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected.
During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
Our children are the future and their oral, dental and general health matters!
We encourage you to bring your little one annually from as early as 2-3 years old.
This will ensure a positive experience in the dental office and help develop a good relationship with your dentist.
Baldivis schools offer a limited dental service only seeing your children every 1 to 2 years.
Therefore we offer the following options for no out of pocket treatment for children.
Eligible patients seen through the government Child Dental Benefit Scheme(CDBS). The scheme offers $1000 over a 2 year period per child.
Please enquire with our reception staff who can easily check eligibility.
Children with a private health overall receive the following with no out of pocket expenses:
- Fissure sealants
If you do not qualify for the CDBS and have no private health insurance we offer reasonable packages based on age and treatment required. Please enquire with our reception staff who can quote over the phone.
We take great care in looking after our small patients. If we do have to perform some procedures that might be a bit scary for your young one we can offer them some “Happy gas” to help ease their minds.
We know that visiting the dentist can sometimes be a bit stressful for some of our patients. Thats why we offer our patients the options of either Nitrous oxide gas or conscious sedation.
Nitrous oxide is a gas that is easily administered and has a very quick recovery time which does not require any special after care, like not being able to drive.
Nitrous oxide is particularly useful with our nervous kids and also great to use on those patients who have really sensitive teeth when doing their routine dental scalings.
A dental implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows the dentist to mount replacement teeth or bridge into that area. An implant doesn’t come loose like a denture can. Dental implants also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.
A dental implant can do wonders for self-esteem, because it feels and looks like a normal tooth. Many people who were shy about smiling because of a space from a lost tooth feel more comfortable after a dental implant. Beyond the aesthetics, a dental implant also makes it easier to eat and speak, because a titanium post secured directly in the jaw holds the implant in place.
Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth and can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
We offer both Full dentures and partial dentures.
Partial dentures can either be acrylic, have a metal framework or flexible.
It was long thought that removable partial dentures had to be rigid to be effective. Traditionally, removable partial dentures were fabricated from a rigid metal base designed to replace missing teeth in partially edentulous patients (meaning patients that were missing only some of their natural teeth). Although full dentures and partial dentures have been used in dentistry for many decades, they can pose many problems for patients, most notably the poor aesthetics that are created from using metal to cover your natural teeth.
The innovation of the flexible partial denture in the 1950’s paved the way for a new type of partial denture, which provides excellent aesthetics and comfort for patients who prefer to wear a removable denture rather than a fixed restoration such as a dental bridge or dental implants. By using a flexible base, the restoration can adapt to the constant movement and flexibility in your mouth.
Flexible partial dentures are custom-fabricated in a dental laboratory. They are prescription-only products that are placed by a licensed dentist after an impression of your mouth has been taken. Most flexible partial dentures involve very simple preparation because your natural teeth don’t need to be altered in any way. Flexible partials can be virtually invisible because there are no telltale metal clasps to cover your natural teeth. Furthermore, most flexible materials blend with the tissue in your mouth so that the only thing that shows is your beautiful smile.
You’ll be glad to know that most patients become immediately accustomed to their delicate and light-weight restoration. However, you may experience a brief adjustment period, especially if you have never worn a dental appliance before. Should you experience any persistent irritation, please consult with your dentist so that he or she can make necessary adjustments to your appliance.
Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Every year thousands of people, including children, are treated for dental injuries that could have been avoided or minimised by wearing a protective, custom-fitted mouthguard.
The Australian Dental Association strongly recommends investing in a custom-fitted mouthguard from your dentist. Have your mouthguard checked at your regular dental check-up to make sure it fits correctly and offers maximum protection. Keep your mouthguard clean and store it in a rigid container, away from heat to ensure it maintains its shape.
Tooth whitening kits
Professional Custom Fitted Trays
We can cast impressions of your teeth to create a laboratory fabricated customised plastic tray for you to take home so you can complete the tooth whitening process by yourself. These trays are designed to hold bleach gel correctly in place over the teeth while avoiding the gum area. That’s why they’re considered to be a superior at-home style treatment since we can also determine what type of whitening gel concentration is best suited to your teeth.
Whitening treatments can be purchased over-the-counter at pharmacies, beauticians or the local supermarket. We do not recommend this method as the results are not on par with professional whitening methods performed by our practice. Whitening results can be less than desirable due to a lack of professional supervision, and can be damaging to the teeth and gums