We offer a full spectrum of dental treatments from a single location; including Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, Sedation, whitening, Surgical Extractions, Crowns, Dentures and many more.
A Dental filling is a tooth-coloured resin material that is used to repair and restore a damaged tooth back to its normal shape, function and health.A tooth may need filling due to:- Trauma- Tooth decay- Chips or fractures- Wear (due to aging, grinding or acid erosion) - Loss or deterioration of a previously placed filling- Discoloured or poorly shaped teeth, to improve the appearance.
At Sunrise Dental Care, we tend to only place tooth-coloured or white fillings. However, if the filling required is very large (over 50% of the tooth), particularly if located in a heavy chewing area, a Crown may provide superior protection and support therefore be a more suitable option.
BenefitsDental fillings are a relatively simple procedure, usually completed in a single visit.
The composite resin material can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding tooth therefore have a very natural, tooth-like appearance.
Due to their natural appearance, Tooth-coloured fillings can be used to substitute old metal fillings to dramatically improve the overall appearance of your smile.
At your dental examination, a thorough assessment of the teeth is carried out. If necessary, an x-ray (for diagnosing and planning purposes) may also be recorded.- The tooth is cleaned and prepared to accept the filling.- The resulting cavity is then etched and a bonded layer applied.- The dental filling is placed in a putty-like state.- Once moulded to the tooth, it is then set hard with an ultraviolet light.- Finally, after the filling is placed, it can be further shaped and polished to match the surrounding tooth.
The procedure usually requires local anaesthetic and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
After a filling procedure, the tooth may be sensitive to pressure, cold air or liquids and/or sweet foods. Any Sensitivity should subside after 7-10 days. Until then, desensitising toothpaste and mild painkillers should help keep symptoms under control. If the sensitivity is extreme or does not decrease after two weeks, please don't hesitate to contact us at Sunrise Dental Care.
Well maintained dental fillings can last for 10 or more years. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of a filling and your teeth is good oral health habits. These involves:- Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day- Flossing daily- A healthy, balanced diet with limited sugary snacks between meals.- Regular 6 monthly examination and professional cleanings are essential to ensure the long-term health of the dental fillings.
If you think you may need a filling, have a silver filling you'd like replaced or would like any further information, please contact us online, by phone or visit our practice.
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects the alignment teeth and jaws to improve a persons smile, bite and oral health.
Benefits- The benefits of orthodontic treatment include:- A healthier mouth- More pleasing appearance- An improved bite for chewing- And teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
Good oral hygiene habits are especially important when you have braces or other orthodontic appliances.
It is strongly recommend to avoid certain foods that could interfere with braces or accidentally bend the wires, such as nuts, popcorn, hard sweets, ice and sticky foods.
To help keep the gums, teeth and orthodontic appliances healthy:- Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day- Use an anti-bacterial mouthwash - Flossing daily- Eat a balanced diet with limited sugary snacks between meals.- Visit the dentist for Regular 6 monthly examinations and cleans are essential
There are a variety of orthodontic options, both fixed and removable, which help move teeth and direct the growth of the jaws. They work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth, muscles and jaw bones. Treatments are customised to the individual , but most people wear orthodontic appliances for 1-2 years, depending on their needs and the position of their teeth and jaws.
To see if you may be a suitable candidate for orthodontic treatment or would like any further information please contact us online, by phone or visit our practice.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is a procedure used to repair a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of extraction. It involves removing the damaged or infected pulp (the nerve and blood vessels inside a tooth). Subsequently, the remaining space (the root canal) is then cleaned, disinfected and sealed to prevent re-infection.The most common causes of pulp disease, damage or infection are:- Extensive tooth decay- Deep fillings- Deep cracks in a tooth- Trauma, either recent or in the past. The most common symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal are:- Severe pain when chewing or applying pressure- Prolonged, throbbing pain to hot or cold temperatures - Spontaneous or unprovoked pain - Discoloration of the tooth- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gum- A persistent or recurring pimple on the nearby gum- The tooth being loose Sometimes no symptoms are present. However, the need for root canal treatment can be detected by an x-ray or additional special tests.
The only alternative to root canal treatment is extraction and replacement of the tooth with either an implant, bridge or denture.
It is always preferable to save a tooth, where possible, rather than replacing it with an artificial tooth. Natural teeth are better for biting and chewing.Due to recent advances in technology and techniques, Root canal treatment has a high success rate and is usually a more cost-effective than extraction and artifical replacement of a tooth.
Root canal treatment involves the following steps:- To determine if root canal treatment is required, The tooth is assessed and an X-ray recorded to diagnose pulpal disease and the cause of the problem. - A dental dam (a rubber sheet) is placed over the affected tooth to isolate it, keep it free from saliva and aid effective cleaning and disinfection.- A small opening is made through the back of tooth to remove the diseased pulp.- Next, the remaining space (the root canal) are cleaned, shaped and disinfected in preparation for a root filling.- The root canal is filled with gutta percha (a type of rubber from a tropical tree) material and sealed.- Finally, The small opening made in the back of the tooth is closed with a simple filling.
It is strongly recommended the tooth and root filling is then protected with a dental crown. Root-filled teeth are brittle and considerably weakened as a result of the procedure , therefore it is at increased risk of catastrophically fracturing. Evidence-based Research has shown the support and protection of a dental Crown greatly reduces this risk .
Root canal treatment is not a painful procedure due to advances in anaesthesia and techniques - it is as comfortable as having a filling and takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.
A root filling and restored tooth can last for 10 or more years. However, Tooth decay can still occur in treated teeth. Therefore good oral hygiene habits with regular 6 monthly examinations and cleans are necessary to prevent potential further problems.
At Sunrise Dental Care, as part of our commitment to providing the highest quality of dental care, we use the latest techniques and state-of-the-art technology in Root Canal therapy this allows the procedure to be faster, more accurate and painless for our patients.
If you have pain, swelling or tenderness and think you may require Root Canal Treatment or would like any further information, please contact us online, by phone or visit our practice.
Teeth cleaning is a preventive procedure which involves the removal of plaque, calculus (tartar) and staining that accumulates on the surfaces of teeth. It is essential for good oral and overall health.
Plaque is a bacteria that lives in the mouth and sticks to the teeth. When this plaque is not removed through regular brushing and flossing, it calcifies to become Calculus (tartar) that attaches to the teeth above and below the gum line.
Plaque may cause:- Bad breath- Staining- Tooth decay- Gum disease- Tooth loss- Serious health conditions. Eg. Heart disease, stroke, obesity, early on set alzheimer's, low birth weight and premature babies, and many more.
Good personal oral hygiene combined with regular 6 monthly dental health exam and clean appointments can eliminate these problems and maintain overall health.
Regular teeth cleaning not only improves the appearance of teeth buy also plays an important role in dental health and contributing positively to an improvement in overall health and wellbeing.
At Sunrise Dental Care, a routine clean consists of the following:1) An Ultrasonic scale - to remove calcified plaque/calculus above and below the gum line2) A detailed polish - to Removal of plaque and staining.3) Oral hygiene instructions and diet advice.
The procedure leaves the mouth feeling noticeably healthier and fresher.
Should more a specialised-approach be needed, at Sunrise Dental Care we also offer more complex and advanced periodontal treatments
Prevention with good oral health habits is the most effective approach to dental care.- These good oral health habits include:- Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day- An antibacterial mouthwash- Flossing daily- A balanced diet with limited sugary snacks between meals.- And regular 6 monthly dental health examinations and cleans are essential
Teeth cleaning is a preventative procedure that is critical for good oral and general health.
At Sunrise Dental Care, as part of our aim to deliver high quality and great value dental care, if you have private dental health insurance, We offer Gap-FREE policies (ie. no out of pocket expense) on professional cleans. Fund and policy rules, waiting periods apply.
If you would like to make an appointment for a clean or would like any further information, please contact us online, by phone or visit our practice.
Tooth extraction is a procedure where a tooth is removed usually due to it being too damaged or infected for it to be repaired (eg. with a root filling and/or crown).
Common reasons why a tooth may need to be removed, include:- Extensive trauma, bone loss, damage or tooth decay- Severe pain or infection - Baby teeth that fail to fall out naturally- Impacted teeth. eg. Wisdom teeth- For orthodontic reasons, to create space. (usually the premolars are removed)- Medical reasons. eg. Radiation to the head and neck, Chemotherapy
For a routine extraction, the tooth is loosened with an instrument called an elevator. Then forceps can be used to simply remove the tooth. For more complex extractions a small incision (cut) into the gum and removal of bone may be necessary to surgically remove a badly broken or impacted tooth.
During a tooth extraction, you can expect to feel pressure only, but no pain.
Most extractions area straightforward and quick therefore can successfully be performed using simple local anaesthetic.
However, Young children and anxious patients may benefit from sedation or even general anaesthetic to aid succusful treatment.
Having a tooth extracted is a surgical procedure. Therefore, some post-treatment mild discomfort is to be expected when the anaesthetic wears off. This discomfort can usually be kept under control with mild painkillers such as ibuprofen.
Post extraction care- A clean and healthy mouth aids healing.- Rest: for a few hours following the treatment.- Rinse: with warm salty water 24 hour after the extraction- No smoking: for 3 day- No food and drinking: while you are still numb from the local anaesthetic - Bleeding: bite down on a clean piece of gauze if slight bleeding occurs.- Complete healing takes at least two weeks.
If excessive bleeding occurs, the socket may be infected. If this occurs please contact us immediately for a same day appointment.
One potential complication of having a tooth extracted is developing a Dry (or infected) socket. This condition is most common in smokers.After a tooth is extracted if the remaining blood clot breaks down or is dislodged it will expose the jaw bone which becomes infected. A dry socket can be very painful and requires simple treatment. To relieve the pain and eliminate the infection the socket is debribed, rinse out with an antiseptic and a medicated dressing is placed. Again mild Painkillers (eg. ibroprofen) will help to reduce any discomfort. With the correct care a dry socket should heal in 7 to 10 days.
If you would like to make an appointment or would like any further information, please contact us online, by phone or visit our practice.
X-rays or radiographs are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan.They are used to aid:- Monitor dental health- Diagnosing oral disease- Preventing oral disease (by helping early diagnose of potential dental Issues before become a problem). - Planning treatment. (eg for tooth removal, or dental implant placement)
A dental X-ray allows the Dentist to examine areas not visible to the naked eye. They are invaluable, giving a great level of information not only about the teeth but also the roots and surrounding bone.
A dentist can use them to:- Find disease eg. Tooth decay, infections, cysts etc- Look under fillings, crowns or bridges- Look at the tooth roots- Check the health of bone around the teeth- Determine if periodontal (Gum) disease is present- Check the status of developing teeth- Monitor good tooth health
The procedure is fast, pain-free and is very similar to having a photograph taken.
The dentist will cover you with a heavy lead apron to protect your body from the radiation. Next, a small digital x-ray sensor is placed into your mouth and asked to bite down on to a small plastic apparatus - this holds the film in position. Everyone will then leave the surgery and an X-ray is recorded of the targeted area.
Dental X-rays are very safe. They expose you or your child to an extremely low dose of radiation and are only used when absolutely necessary (ie. for an accurate dental assessment or diagnosis)
When all standard safety precautions are taken, modern X-ray equipment eliminates unnecessary radiation and allows the dentist to focus the X-ray beam on a specific part of the mouth. In addition to this, a lead body apron that covers the neck, chest and reproduction organs protects the body from any potential stray radiation.At Sunrise Dental Care, as part of Our aim to deliver high quality dental care, we only use modern digital x-ray equipment. Digital x-rays offer a host of advantages over traditional photographic x-rays, including:
- Greater accuracy and superior resolution. This allows for improved diagnosis and quality of treatment.- Safety. They reduce radiation exposure by as much as 80%.- Convenience. Digital imagines are instant, therefore less time consuming
To compliment this, as part of our aim to also deliver great value, if you have private dental health insurance, We offer a Gap-FREE policy (ie. no out of pocket expense) on all Dental X-rays. (Fund and policy conditions, waiting periods and yearly limits apply.)
If you would like to make an appointment or would like any further information, please contact us online, by phone or visit our practice.
A dental bridge is a permanently fixed porcelain restoration used to replace missing teeth.
Bridges are commonly used to replace 1 or 2 missing teeth. A bridge spans the space where teeth are missing and are fixed into position by bonding them to the neighbouring natural tooth or teeth.
Bridges are made from Porcelain (Ceramic) allowing them to be matched to the colour of the adjacent natural teeth.
A Dental Bridge provides a strong and reliable option to naturally replace missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth helps to improve your eating, speaking and appearance of your smile.
Beyond this, Gaps left by missing teeth may cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJD) disorders.
To determine if a Bridge is recommended an x-ray is recorded and the health status of the neighbouring teeth, roots, gums and bone are assessed.
Dental bridges are generally completed after two appointments:
- The first visit involves shaping and cleaning the adjacent tooth/teeth to allow the bridge to be placed. Impressions are then recorded of the space and the teeth . From this impression, the customised-made bridge is made in an external dental laboratory
- During this period, a temporary bridge is placed.
- When the bridge is ready (usually taking approximately 14 days), the temporary bridge is removed. The fit of the new bridge is checked and then bonded into position.
Well maintained bridge can last for 10 or more years. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of a bridge is good oral health habits. These involves:- Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day- Flossing daily- A well balanced diet and limit sugary snacks between meals.- To prevent damage to a bridge it is recommended the restoration is "guarded" by avoiding chewing very hard foods, ice or other hard objects.
- Regular 6 monthly examination and professional cleanings are essential to ensure the long-term health of the dental bridge.
As part of our commitment to providing the highest quality of care, Sunrise Dental Care only use premium, state-of-the-art materials and best local dental laboratories to make our Bridges.
If you are suffering from unsightly gaps in your smile, and and would like to find out more about dental bridges, please contact us online, by phone or visit our practice.
A Dental Crown is a custom-made “cap” which is placed and bonded over an existing tooth. The crown provides protection and support to a compromised tooth, as well as restoring it’s natural size, shape, appearance and colour.
Crowns are a extremely strong and reliable restorations designed to protect heavily damaged teeth. For these reasons they are considered the best option to prolong the life of a heavily broken down tooth.
A tooth may benefit from the protection of a crown if it has been weakened due to:- Trauma or fractures. - Extensive tooth decay.- Large fillings over 60% of the tooth.- Deep Cracks.- Wear (due to ageing, grinding or acid erosion).- Following Root canal Treatment. To seal the Root filling and reduce the risk catastrophic fractures.
Dental crowns may also be used to cosmetically improve the overall appearance of teeth that may be crooked, discoloured or poorly shaped.
To determine if a crown is recommended an x-ray is recorded and the health status of the tooth, root, gums and bone are assessed.
Crowns are generally completed after two appointments:
The first visit involves shaping and cleaning the tooth to allow the crown to placed. Impression are then recorded of the tooh and from this, the customise-made crown is made in an external dental laboratory
A temporary crown is placed over the tooth for approximately 14 days while the crown is being constructed in an external laboratory.
When the crown is ready , the temporary crown is removed. The fit of the new crown is checked and then bonded into position.
CareGood oral health habits are required to maintain a crown and your teeth. To ensure the long-term health of the crown:- Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste- Flossing daily- A healthy, well balanced diet and limit sugary snacks between meals.- Regular 6 monthly dental examinations and cleanings are essential. At Sunrise Dental Care, as part of our aim to deliver high quality dental care we only use premium, state-of-the-art porcelains and finests local dental laboratories to make our crowns. To compliment this, as part of our commitment to deliver great value, our crowns cost just $1000 and come with a 5 year structural guarantee.
If you think you may need a crown or would like to find out more information, please contact us online, by phone or visit our practice.
Tooth whitening is a safe and effective procedure that uses peroxide agents to lighten stained or discoloured teeth. Most people feel that they could improve their smile with brighter, whiter teeth.
Teeth may appear discoloured or stained for a number of reasons, including:- Lifestyle actors e.g. smoking, red wine, coffee staining- Poor oral hygiene- Certain medications e.g.Tetracycline (an antibiotic)- Dental problems eg. trauma, old fillings - Teeth also naturally discolour with age.
There are many reasons for whitening your teeth:- To reverses years of everyday staining and yellowing.- To give a more youth looking and cleaner appearance.- Boosts confidence as well as self-esteem.
Are you a suitable Candidate For Tooth Whitening
Almost anyone with natural permanent teeth can qualify for tooth whitening. However, tooth whitening is not recommended for:- Anyone under the age of 16.- Individual with extremely sensitive teeth.- Pregnant or lactating women.
It is also important to note Tooth-coloured fillings, crowns or veneers on your front teeth will not whitened.
Before beginning any whitening procedure, a consultation is necessary to evaluate whether you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.
At Sunrise Dental Care we use 2 techniques to professional teeth whitening, In-surgery tooth whitening and Take-home tooth whitening.
In-Surgery Teeth Whitening
In-surgery teeth whitening is an effective way to remove teeth stains quickly. As the name suggests, the procedure takes place in the dentist’s surgery and can give immediate whitening in one appointment
This technique is a light-activated whitening system that uses a LED light to maximise and accelerate the hydrogen peroxide whitening effect in little time.
Your gums are carefully protected with a covering before the dentist applies the whitening gel. The appointment is simple, easy and relaxing.
This treatment takes approximately 2 hours and also includes a take-home tooth whitening kit.
Take Home Tooth Whitening
This technique requires taking an impression of your teeth, so custom-made whitening trays can be constructed to fit your teeth perfectly.
The whitening trays hold the whitening peroxide gel up against your teeth. Depending on the concentration of gel, the trays are worn for up to an hour a day, or whilst you are asleep, for ideally 7- 14 consecutive days. If we recommend using a take-home whitening kit detailed instructions for use will be provided.
One of the major advantages of this technique are the trays can be reused for future whitening top-ups.
Good oral hygiene is essential for anyone who wants whiten teeth.
Limiting your intake of stain-causing foods and drinks like coffee, tea and red wine and quitting smoking will also aid whitening and help to prevent further staining.
If you would like to find out more about tooth whitening or to see if you may be a suitable candidate, please contact us online, by phone or visit our practice.
Sedation Dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It's sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry".
Sedation is both safe and effective. The Benefits include:- Patient relaxation.- Increased patient comfort.- Control of gag reflex.- Little or no memory of treatment (amnesia).- Time saving as generally fewer appointments are needed.
At Sunrise Dental Care we offer Inhalation, Oral and Intravenous (IV) sedation to help relax our patients and aid successful treatment.
This form of mild sedation involves breathing nitrous oxide (laughing gas) combined with oxygen through a mask that is placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This form of sedation is particularly suitable for treating patients who are motivated to have treatment but are anxious about the procedure. For this reason it is ideal for treating children.
This form of mild- moderate form of sedation Involves taking a pill (Typically, Halcion) usually an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you'll still be awake. However, Some people actually fall asleep but can be awakened with a gentle shake.
This form of sedation is particularly suitable for treating patients who are anxious prior coming to the dentist but are otherwise not so worried about having treatment.
Intravenous (IV) sedation.
This form of moderate sedation involves receiving a combination of sedative (typically midazolam) and pain-relieving drugs through a vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This method allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation and is regarded as the most advanced form of dental sedation.
Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, local anaesthetic is always required.
Approximately 30% of the population avoids the dentist due to fear. All-too-commonly this prevents these people from receiving necessary routine dental care, potentially compromising their health.
If you are too afraid to receive dental care and would like to find out more about how sedation could aid successful and stress-free treatment, please contact us please contact us online, by phone or visit our practice. .
Due to Advances in technologies, dental procedures and dental materials there are various opinions that will help you smile with confidence.
Nowadays, many people turn to cosmetic dentistry as a way of improving their appearance by straightening, lightening, reshaping and repairing teeth.
Such procedures include:- Recontouring (enamel reshaping)- White fillings, - Tooth whitening, - Dental crowns and veneers- Dental bridges- Orthodontics
At Sunrise Dental Care we have a same-day emergency guarantee. This guarantee also extends to new patients at the practice. So, whether you are an existing patient or have never seen us before we will do all we can to deal with your emergency as a priority.
Dental emergencies can occur at any time and for a variety of reasons.The most common dental emergencies are:- Broken teeth/fillings- Pain- Infection- Swelling- Trauma/sport injuries- BleedingThese emergencies requires immediate attention.
Knocked-out tooth:- Try to stay calm and find the actual tooth. - Handle the tooth only by its crown (the top part), not the root.- Rinse the tooth quickly in milk or some saliva to remove any dirt or debris.- Keep it moist by immersing it in milk or saliva (not water), sealing it in plastic wrap. - TIME IS CRITICAL so contact us immediately
Chipped, fractured or cracked tooth:- Clean the area by rinsing the mouth or gentle brushing- Is there is facial swelling an ice pack or a cold compress can be used.- Contact us as soon as possible.
Toothache:- Rinse the mouth and gentlely brush or floss the area to remove any food/plaque.- For quick relief, ask your pharmacist about any over-the-counter pain medication.- To deal with the cause of the pain contact us as soon as possible.
Trauma to lip, tongue or cheek:- Clean the area gently with warm, salty water. - To reduce bleeding and facial swelling an ice pack or a cold compress can be used.- Contact us have it assessed immediately
Abscess or infection:
This is a painful condition that if left untreated, it can cause more widespread infection and could be life threatening.- Regular warm salt water rinsing and over the counter medications can help alleviate discomfort.- Do not delay treatment, contact us as soon as possible.
Lost filling or crown:If a cavity develops underneath a filling or crown, it can become loose and eventually fall out. Rinse the mouth and Gentlely brush or floss to remove any food/plaque.It painful use over the counter medications to alleviate discomfortA new filling or crown will be needed-contact a dentist.
If you are suffering from a dental emergency, please contact us to take advantage of our same-day emergency guarantee. We also offer extended opening hours until 7pm weeknights and Saturdays to be able to accommodate you during your time of need.
At Sunrise Dental Care, we understand the importance of children's dental health. So much so, we strongly believe cost should not be a barrier to their dental care.Therefore, If your family is covered for general dental under your private health fund, then you will never pay a gap for your children's dental examinations, x-rays, cleans and all necessary treatment. We treat all children Gap-FREE and BULK BILL dental treatment for children eligible for Medicare’s Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CBDS).
We try our best to ensure their visits to the dentist is a positive, enjoyable experience. We have a dedicated kid’s corner in our waiting room complete with ipads, a selection of children’s TV shows to watch while they are in the dental chair and children’s goodie bags (complete with a toothbrush, toothpaste and much more) to reward them for their bravery when they come to see us for their six monthly examinations.
Your children will love coming to see us! And with NO GAP on all treatments, you will too!
Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
The Commonwealth/federal Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a dental benefits program for eligible children aged 2–17 years that provides up to $1,000 in benefits over a two years period for your child's dental treatment.Treatments including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canal treatments and extractions (unfortunately it Excludes orthodontics.)
This government initiative is a great foundation to introduce the importance of good dental health to children.
A child is eligible if they are aged 2–17 years, are eligible for Medicare and receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or other relevant Australian Government payments, including; Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment Special Benefit etc
Call us on (07) 5455 4511 with your Medicare number and we can confirm your eligibility.
What age should I bring my child to see the dentist?
It is important to start dental visits early and attend regularly.
The Australian Dental Association recommends visits should start from 12 months of age or shortly after the eruption of first baby teeth. Baby teeth are needed for proper chewing, learning to talk, developing jaw muscles, and good self image. Some of the baby teeth must serve until the child is at least 12 years old.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
Children who have regular check-ups tend to have fewer dental problems, and are less likely to be afraid of dental treatments. For this reason, We recommend children visit us every 6 months so we can pick up on any issues before they develop too far, implement appropriate preventative measures and ensure they are maintaining their teeth correctly.
How should I prepare my child for a visit to the dentist?
Your child may feel anxious or frightened about visiting a dentist. Treat the appointment as an ordinary event rather than a "big deal". Talk to your child about their appointment in a positive manner .We recommend you keep the information you give them to a minimum.
To prepare them for their first visit to the dentist it is a good idea to bring them along to your own dental check-up so they can get used to the surgery environment, the smells and the sounds.
How can I manage teething for my child?
Your child may have discomfort and can be irritable when teeth begin to erupt. They like to place fingers and other objects in mouth to relieve discomfort. As well as having sore or tender gums, they may also have; increased dribbling, flushed cheeks and change in eating patterns.
Teething discomfort can be relieved by use of teething gel, cool teething ring or cold wet washcloth to chew on. Fever is not normal for a teething child and should seek medical consultation if your child has an unusually high or persistent fever while teething.
What type of toothbrush and toothpaste should my child be using?
Children need to use toothbrushes designed for children. They should use brushes with soft, rounded bristles for gentle cleaning.
Change to a new brush about every three months.
Some children seem to do a more effective job of cleaning the teeth with the aid of an electric toothbrush. The novelty of the electric toothbrush may even motivate children to brush more frequently.
Fluoridated toothpaste should be introduced when a child is 1 year of age. Prior to that parents should clean the child's teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. When toothpaste is used in young children, only a small pea-sized amount on the toothbrush is recommended. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.
Parents need to assist toothbrushing twice daily as young children do not have the manual skill to brush their teeth effectively. Children need help brushing until the age of 7.
GAP-FREE dental treatment for children:
Topical fluoride is a highly concentrated form of fluoride used to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride strengthens the tooth enamel which makes it more resistant to tooth decay.
Topical fluoride is used routinely for children with newly erupted teeth, with a high of decay or prior to commencement of orthodontic treatment.
Fissure Sealants are plastic coatings that are applied to protect the grooves (fissures) and pitted surfaces of teeth to help prevent decay .
The biting surfaces of the back molar teeth is where most cavities in children are found (they 5 times more likely to develop decay than any other surface). It Is very difficult to clean the tiny grooves in these surfaces therefore food and bacteria build up in these crevices, as a result increasing risk of dental decay. To avoid this we can place Fissure Seals on newly erupted back teeth. This is a completely pain-free procedure that takes around five minutes per tooth; the sealant is a pink or tooth-coloured material that flows into the grooves of the back teeth, setting hard.
At Sunrise Dental Care we strongly believe prevention is far better than a cure.
Fissure sealants are common and effective technique to help prevent tooth decay. Children of all ages, with fissure sealants are more likely to have no decay or fillings than those with no fissure sealants.
Tooth coloured fillings (composite or glass ionomer) are used to repair fractured and/or decayed teeth, restoring it back to normal function and appearance.At Sunrise Dental care we will only use white filling materials on your child. We do not use silver filling materials, especially on children.
Stainless Steel Crown
Stainless steel crown are very strong and durable silver coloured "caps" used to restore teeth that are:- Badly decayed- Heavily broken down - Baby molars that have had pulp therapy treatment- Baby or adult teeth with underdeveloped enamel (eg enamel hypoplasia)
They are used to protect the remaining portion of a severely weakened tooth where further decay or fracture may result in tooth extraction being the only option.
These crowns are silver in appearance but can be rarely noticed in your child's smiling. At sunrise Dental care, we like to think of these teeth as a Transformer tooth or Princess jewelry for a tooth which are very cool and special!
Pulpotomy "children's root canal"
Pulpotomy is the treatment of an infected nerve in a tooth.
It involves the surgical removal of the nerve inside a tooth and the placement of a medicated dressing.The 2 main reasons for a tooth requiring a pulpotomy are:- Severe dental decay- Traumatic injury
If a pulpotomy is not performed a tooth abscess can develop, resulting in the need for extraction. With the proper pulp treatment the tooth can be preserved for chewing food and maintaining proper space for permanent teeth
A dental Extractions is the removal of a tooth.
This procedure is done only as a last resort. However, Sometimes an extraction is the best option for your child's mouth to return back to full health.The main reasons for An Extraction include:-trauma -extensive and severe tooth decay or infection-For orthodontic reasons
Rumour has it that extracted teeth at the dentist get a higher rate from the tooth fairy!
If a primary molar is removed prematurely, a space maintainer may needed to be placed.
A Space maintainer is an orthodontic appliance used to preserve the space that remains after a tooth extraction. They are used when a baby tooth has been prematurely lost to hold space for the adult/permanent tooth to prevent future space loss and dental problems.
If a baby tooth is lost too soon, the teeth beside it may tilt or drift into the empty space. If this happens, it creates a lack of space in the jaw for the adult teeth. Therefore, adult teeth may become crowded which will require extensive orthodontic treatment.
Space maintainers are made of metal that are custom fit to your child's teeth. Space maintainers need special care;- Avoid sticky sweets , - Keep it clean tootling careful toothbrushing with a fluoride toothpaste- Regular 6 monthly dental visits are needed to monitor the space maintainer. The space maintainer are subsequently removed when the adult tooth is close to eruption.
Once again, Prevention is better than a cure.
The best way to prevent breaking or losing a tooth when playing a ball or contact sport is to wear a custom-fitted mouthguard made by a dental professional. There are wide range of colours available to choose from; your child can select a mouthguard to match their sporting team or even favourite team's colours.
Ideally your child need to clean your mouthguard a tooth brush after every time they wear it. The same dental plaque that accumulates on your teeth will build up on it too. After cleaning it should be dried and stored in the container provided.
At sunrise dental care, as part of Our aim to deliver great value and high quality dental services, if your child is covered for dental under your private health insurance, you will never pay an out of pocket expense for their examinations, cleans, fissure sealants, fillings or any other treatments. We treat all children with private health insurance gap free. (Fund and policy rules, waiting periods apply. Excludes orthodontics). And we BULK BILL dental treatment for children eligible for Medicare’s Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CBDS).
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gum line. A healthy implant fuses with the bone and acts as a root to support a crown, bridge or denture.
Dental implants provide the most reliable and life-like treatmentpoinion for a missing tooth. They look and feel like a normal tooth
Replacing missing teeth will help to improve your eating, speaking and appearance of your smile.
Beyond this, Gaps left by missing teeth may cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJD) disorders.
Dental implants also have the additional benefit that they do not have to be anchored to other teeth like bridges and partial dentures.
If you are considering dental implants, healthy gums and bone are required to support the implant.
If your bone is too thin or soft and unable to support an implant, a bone graft may be necassery.
Implants are usually more expensive than other types of tooth replacement but they are regarded by the dental profession as the "Gold standard" wat to replace missing teeth due to having the best long term prognosis and are the closest thing to a natural tooth.
Good oral health habits are required to maintain an implant and your teeth in good condition.
To ensure the long-term health of the implant:- Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste - Flossing daily- A healthy, well balanced diet with limited sugary snacks between meals.- Regular 6 monthly dental examinations and cleanings are essential.
Implants can be lost due to infections that begin in the surrounding gums and spread down to the bone anchoring the implant
At Sunrise Dental Care, we offer the latest techniques and technologies in the field of dental implaants. As part of our aim to deliver great value and high quality dental care, we offer Implant treatment from $3500 (this includes implant and crown, price dependent on circumstances and confirmed by consultation).
If you are suffering from unsightly empty gaps and would like to see if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants, please contact us online, by phone or visit our practice.
Dentures are a removable custom-made appliance used to replace multiplle missing teeth and the surrounding tissues.
2 types of dentures are available: Partial and Ful Denture .
Where some of your teeth remain the spaces can be filled with a partial denture. This type of denture can be made of either acrylic or metal (cobalt-chrome) is helped retained in position by attaching to the remaining natural teeth.
Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges or dental implants.
A full denture is made when all teeth have been lost or removed.
This type of denture is made of acrylic and fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.
While dentures take some getting used to and in terms of chewing never feel exactly the same as natural teeth, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. However, any potential problems associated with dentures can be greatly reduced by the provision of implants
Replacing missing teeth will help to improve eating, speech and the appearance of your smile. Without support from the denture, facial muscles can sag, making a person look older.
- Dentures should be removed once a day for cleaning, usually before going to bed at night. Brushing dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush will remove food and dental plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained.Sleeping with dentures in your mouth is not recommended as it can cause irritation to the gum tissue. Denture cleanser should be used to chemically clean your dentures while you're asleep at night. This chemical clean should not replace a thorough daily mechanical brush.
- When cleaning dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are extremely delicate and may break if accidentially dropped.
- Don't let dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you're not wearing them.
- Regular 6 monthly examination and professionl cleans are still required to ensure the dentures fit well. If your denture breaks, chip, crack, or become loose. Don't be tempted to adjust or repair them yourself- this can damage them beyond repair.
If you are suffering from unsightly empty gaps and would like to see if you area suitable candidate for dentures, please contact us online, by phone or visit our practice.
We look forward to hearing from you.