A thorough examination to check the gums, tongue, cheeks and teeth. We identify the presence of dental caries, the most common preventable disease in the world, in addition to gum disease and checking for oral signs of other diseases. An oral cancer screening is included in our oral examination. If you have any concerns regarding your oral health please discuss these with your dentist at the examination appointment. We are delighted to impart any advice and guidance regarding preventative measures. Prevention and early detection is a huge benefit in maintaining oral health. We will discuss any treatment need with you and involve you in the steps to dental health going forward.
Bitewing/Intraoral Radiographs (X-Rays)
These are used to diagnose interdental decay and other issues
Orthopantomograph (OPG X-Ray)
This is a larger x-ray, used to see more of the dental tissues including wisdom teeth, overall bone levels (when assessing periodontal/gum health), as well as the sinuses.
Periapical Radiograph (X-Ray)
Shows one or a few teeth, close up, including the crown and root of the tooth. These are used to assess tooth vitality and localised bone levels and are often taken when infection is suspected.
Oral Hygiene Instruction
Oral hygiene instruction is an integral part of most dental visits, as we all know prevention of dental disease is much better and less costly than cure. We tailor our advice to your particular situation, needs and presentation.
Scale and Polish
Cleaning your teeth, to remove tartar and plaque, reduces the risk of gum disease and dental decay becoming established or progressing. Regular professional cleaning ensures every surface of every tooth is being cleaned to the best possible standard. Tartar can only be removed with a professional scaling.
More advanced treatment of tartar and plaque below gum level, or treatment of gum infection and/or disease, usually requires local anaesthetic and sometimes, in more resistant or non-responsive cases, referral..
White fillings/composites are the most popular filling material, as developments in the materials over recent years have produced stronger, more wear-resistant filling materials. White fillings usually allow us to retain more of your natural tooth structure, resulting in a stronger tooth overall. We have a great selection of shades to match all tooth colours.
Root Canal Treatment
When the nerve in a tooth dies and becomes infected, the infected nerve needs to be removed and the nerve canal sterilized, shaped and sealed. This is a painless procedure and is done using local anaesthetic. Your dentist will guide you gently through this procedure.
Amalgam fillings can be provided, when requested, by patients but this is becoming a rarity, due to their darker appearance.
We can apply different materials to the tooth, especially exposed roots, where sensitivity is an issue. These come in different forms; some need to be absorbed into the root and some need to be ‘set’ or ‘cured’ onto the root.
These can be composite veneers or porcelain veneers depending on the case and are used to correct cracks, misshapen, worn and badly aligned teeth as well as discoloured teeth that won’t respond to tooth-whitening procedures.
A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. It is anchored using a tooth or teeth on either side of the space.
By far the most popular cosmetic procedure, tooth whitening is a quick, easy and painless way to acieve a beautiful smile
Where there is a considerable tooth loss or structural damage to a tooth, a crown is fitted after preparing the tooth and making impressions, to greatly reduce the risk of tooth fracture and loss of a tooth.
An implant is usually the treatment of choice when there is a missing tooth or teeth, as it feels the closest to having your own tooth or teeth back. Dr Lachlann Walsh has a Masters in dental implants from Harvard and can advise and treat all your implant needs.
Removable Full or Partial Denture
Sometimes, when implants or bridges aren’t an option, a removable denture, made of acrylic (plastic) or metal (titanium or chrome cobalt) becomes the treatment of choice. Your dentist will advise you which option is best for you.
Titanium Removable Appliance
This is the strongest, lightest and most biocompatible of all the removable options. It is made so precisely and with such care, that it wraps around remaining teeth to ensure it is stable as possible, while being as invisible as possible.
Chrome Cobalt Removable Appliance
This is remarkably similar to the titanium appliance above but the chrome cobalt is slightly less expensive than the titanium.
Tuesday: 9am – 8pm
Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 5 pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
1st Saturday of the Month: 9am – 5pm