Finding a dental practice in Wollongong area is not difficult, but finding the right one that provides all the professional services with care and compassion takes a bit more work. When it comes to offering a comprehensive range of dental services in Wollongong region, Woonona dentists provides clinical excellence and invaluable convenience. Woonona dentists invite you to take advantage of our one-stop-shop dental services. At our dental clinic in Woonona, you will be assured of receiving treatment that is customised to your individual needs and budget delivered by highly trained practitioners in a caring and professional environment.
We believe that healthy teeth are essential for all ages and prevention is better than cure. Regular dental check-up & cleaning help keep teeth and gums in optimal health. We are able to identify any problems in their early stages that can often be treated quickly and fees effectively. We offer following services:
- Scaling and clean
- Prophy jet polish to remove any stains
- Professional Fluoride Application to prevent decay and reduce sensitivity
- Preventive instructions regarding diet and oral hygiene
- 2X digital Xrays if needed
Best of all, if you are with a health fund with dental cover, you will pay NO out of pocket fees for this. We encourage you to attend Check up& Clean every 6 months to maintain your smile for life. When any additional treatment is required, we always provide a thorough explanation of the process, and upfront information of time and fees involved.
Many Australians are sport lovers, but the spills can be devastating. Whether it’s a collision on the field, a tumble on a street or equipment failure – the risk of contact to the face and teeth is an ever-present danger. To minimise this risk, it’s a good idea to wear a mouthguard.
A mouthguard is a thick, often spongy shield that fits over your teeth. Mouthguards are usually worn during sports and other activities that involve a high risk of impact to the face.
They can be helpful outside of sports too. For instance, you might need to use a specialised mouthguard called splint for jaw issues or teeth grinding. Dapto Dentists provide all range of mouthguards to protect your teeth.
According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), about one-third of traumatic injuries to teeth are sports-related. Sports Medicine Association Australia suggests that 50% of children experience some form of dental injury.
The good news is that injuries can often be prevented by using a custom-fitted mouthguard
Make sure your mouthguard is in good condition. To be certain, ask your dental professional to inspect it during a check-up. If it’s been damaged when playing, it may need to be replaced.
Remember, if a mouthguard starts to feel uncomfortable or doesn’t fit well, see your Woonona dentist for help.
Fillings are done to restore teeth that have broken, chipped or worn down due to injury, wear or decay. Restorations can be amalgam or composite material (White filling). White filling is a better alternative to traditional amalgam fillings as they:
- Do not release mercury
- Do not expand and cause the teeth to crack
- Are less invasive (don’t need as much tooth to be drilled)
- Look very cosmetic and natural
- Can be used on front and back teeth
They are a good option when around 30-50% of the tooth has decay. If there is more damage to the tooth, our dentist may recommend a ceramic inlay or crown.The choice of materials depends on the job to be done and which tooth it is. The dentist would make their recommendation taking into account your wishes.
When a tooth cannot be saved with restorations or RCT, an extraction may be suggested. When an extraction is carried out the Dentist will numb the area to alleviate any pain and discomfort. After the extraction, we will issue you with an “After Oral Surgery Care” leaflet giving you information and instructions to follow. It will also inform you what medications to take if you are experiencing pain.
Wisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to erupt. They generally erupt when people are in their late teens or early 20’s. Some will experience no problems with their wisdom teeth, however, there is often very little room for them to erupt therefore the teeth may partially erupt or remain impacted in the jaw. When this happens, infection, pain, ulcers, food traps and crowding can result. Removal of these teeth is often necessary. Most wisdom teeth can be removed in our surgery at a very affordable fees.
A crown is placed when damage or extensive dental work such as root canal therapy, a fractured/fracturing tooth or tooth decay is too widespread for a filling to be used successfully and reliably. One of the best long-term solutions to restore a tooth back to its full function and appearance is a dental crown. Usually crowns are for reconstructive purposes but crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are too small, misshapen or severely discoloured. Crowns are made from metal, porcelain or a combination of both.
A bridge is a popular choice for replacing one or several missing teeth, helping to restore your smile and oral health. A bridge prevents your adjacent teeth from moving into the vacant space and opposing teeth moving out of alignment. To ensure the long-term success of your treatment, a thorough examination is conducted and careful preparation taken prior to receiving your crown or bridge. All our crown and bridge laboratory works are undertaken by Australian based dental laboratories to assure it’s long lasting quality.
Dental Implant is a reliable long-term solution for missing teeth. With modern techniques it is now often possible to remove tooth and replace it with a dental implant in just one surgical procedure. Simple cases need only 4 appointments to complete the treatment. A comprehensive consultation including x-rays at this appointment we will be able to provide a detailed treatment plan including a breakdown of fees and an extraction if needed. Dental Implant placement and temporary restoration. A healing integration phase which can range from 3-6 months. Once the dental implant is integrated, it will be placed with a final crown. We have many years of experience in carrying out dental implant cases successfully for an affordable fees.
If you have lost your natural teeth due to damage, decay or injury, dentures can replace your missing teeth and restore your smile. Dentures offer a natural looking solution, enhancing your appearance and benefiting your health.
Missing teeth can cause the facial muscles to droop, causing a person to look older than they actually are. With the support from dentures, you will appear youthful while being able to enjoy food and speak comfortably, just as if you still had your natural teeth.
Dentures are removable false teeth that are worn to replace missing teeth. These artificial teeth are generally made of acrylic and designed to best match your natural teeth. The base of a denture is called a plate and is usually made of either acrylic or metal. Dentures can be taken out and put back into the mouth, and they are available as either full or partial dentures, depending on how many teeth need to be restored. Today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. At Woonona dentists, we offer Implant-supported dentures as a permanent alternative to traditional dentures.
Dental Veneers are restorations added to the front surface of the tooth in order to correct discolouration, minor misalignment, chips or cracks. They are also used to reduce gaps between teeth and build up worn teeth to restore a natural-looking smile.
There are two types of veneers – porcelain and composite resin. Porcelain veneers look a little like fake fingernails and are designed to be bonded to the front of the tooth. Each veneer is custom-made to a particular tooth and they look and feel natural.
Composite resin veneers are applied one layer at a time to slowly cover the existing tooth. Each layer is shaped and cured by your dentist until the final result is achieved.
The dentist prepares the tooth, which may require some buffing of the enamel surface, to allow for the thickness of the veneer to sit flush on the tooth’s surface. Occasionally, a local anaesthetic is used during this part of the process.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made to fit the tooth and these are placed in position to check shape and colour. After ensuring everything is correct, the tooth is cleaned with chemicals and the veneer is cemented into place. Porcelain veneers are very durable and they look very life-like and natural, and are resistant to staining. However if they crack or chip, the whole veneer must be replaced.
Composite resin veneers are sculpted onto the tooth by your dentist and cured with light to harden each layer. When the final shape and colour is achieved, the surface is polished to give the veneer a natural look.
Veneers can be the cosmetic solution for:
- gaps between teeth
- broken, chipped or cracked teeth
- badly stained or coloured teeth
- crooked or irregularly shaped teeth
- obvious, aesthetically-displeasing fillings.
An appointment with Woonona dentist is required to check your suitability and to discuss treatment options.
While veneers are a dramatic improvement to a number of dental problems, it’s important to remember that they are not natural teeth. Small imperfections, discolourations and variations can happen to all veneers over time. In fact, it’s these small faults that can make your veneers look even more natural and give you a life-like smile.
$550 for Chairside and $450 for Home Bleaching
We offer two options for professionally bleach your teeth
- Chair side Whitening: this procedure takes one hr and is done at the practice that instantly whitens your teeth
- Home Bleaching: This procedure is done in the comfort of your own home with dental trays made specifically to fit your teeth
- Our dentists can talk to you about each option and which is best for you.
Invisalign® is an orthodontic product to effectively help correct a number of different orthodontic issues and gives you a balanced, even smile. Because it involves the use of clear, removable aligners, this method of straightening teeth can be more flexible and less noticeable than solutions like traditional metal braces.
The Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear aligners, thin plastic trays, that apply a constant force to teeth to affect their movement and are changed every two weeks. They look a little like a traditional mouthguard, made of a thin, lightweight, clear plastic. The aligners are worn day and night but can be removed when eating, flossing or cleaning your teeth. As each aligner is worn and changed, they move the teeth very gradually until the required result is achieved.
Many adults who have bite problems or crooked teeth refrain from having their teeth straightened simply because they don’t want to be seen in the workplace wearing ‘railroad track’ braces. Invisalign elegantly solves this problem. They are virtually undetectable. And they’re more comfortable – in fact, many people soon forget they’re wearing them.
Another advantage is that the aligners can be removed for brief periods. While they should be worn constantly, it is acceptable to remove them for a maximum of two hours a day – perfect for special occasions or big presentations.
The treatment process
After an initial consultation with your dentist or orthodontist, a 3D digital image of your teeth will be produced. A set of custom aligners, specifically made for you, is then produced from this image. At this point, it’s also possible to see a computerised estimate of how your teeth will look once the treatment is complete. This gives you a realistic expectation of the final outcome.
Each aligner is worn for two weeks before moving to the next one in the series. Generally, treatment can take between 9-18 months and a visit to the dentist or orthodontist is required every 4-6 weeks. While the number of aligners needed is different for each patient and their treatment plan, it usually requires 18 to 36 aligners to achieve the final result.
Advantages of Invisalign
There can be various reasons why adults are attracted to Invisalign: it helps corrects a number of orthodontic issues including overcrowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, cross-bites, overbites and underbites
- it’s virtually invisible as opposed to obvious metal braces
- can be removed for up to 2 hours
- causes less irritation to gums, teeth or cheeks
- teeth can be brushed and flossed as normal
- comfortable with low impact on day-to-day activities.
Can I get Invisalign?
While Invisalign is suitable for most people, not all orthodontic issues can be treated with aligners. It is important that you are assessed by an Invisalign trained dentist or orthodontist to see if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign.
Is Invisalign suitable for teenagers?
There is a specific Invisalign product for teenagers called Invisalign Teen. As teenagers are often more self-conscious about their smile than adults, they appreciate the invisible quality of the aligners. The exact same technology and process is used with Invisalign Teen but a few helpful modifications are included.
A small indicator on the aligner gradually changes from blue to clear to remind teenagers that they are approaching the end of their wear time. There are also a number of free replacement aligners included – just in case any get lost or misplaced.
Are Invisalign results permanent?
The results from Invisalign last just as long as the results from traditional braces. However, no matter which technique is used, teeth have a tendency to relapse. It’s generally recommended that at the end of your treatment a fixed retainer be applied to your teeth, or you may need to wear a retainer at night, to maintain your new and even smile.
Dental emergencies can happen at any time day or night and range from an agonising toothache to a knocked-out tooth. A calm, rational response can help prevent tooth loss or any permanent damage, so here are some handy tips in case a dental emergency occurs.
How soon should I see a dentist?
Most injuries to the mouth should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. Getting there within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth. Dapto dentists reserve time in their daily schedules for possible emergencies, so explain the full condition to staff so they can fit you in immediately.
How do you respond if you have a…
- Knocked-out tooth: The first step is to find the actual tooth. Handle it by the crown (the top), not the root, without scraping or rubbing away any tissue fragments. If possible, rinse the tooth quickly in milk or some saliva to remove any dirt or debris. Then try to gently hold it in place in the socket. If you’re not able to replant the tooth, keep it moist by immersing it in milk or saliva (not water), sealing it in plastic wrap, or placing it in the person’s mouth next to the cheek. Time is critical in saving the tooth so contact the dentist immediately for an emergency appointment.
- Chipped, fractured or cracked tooth:
Clean the area by rinsing the mouth with warm water. Use an ice pack wrapped in a clean towel or a cold compress on the face if needed to reduce swelling. The urgency depends on the severity but only a dentist can discern how serious the condition is. It’s better to be safe than sorry – head to the surgery as soon as possible.
Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. If swelling is present, place a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between your teeth. Do not put aspirin directly on your aching tooth or gums as it may burn the gum tissue. For quick relief, ask your dentist or pharmacist about any over-the-counter pain medication. If the pain persists, see your dentist as soon as possible.
- Bitten lip, tongue or cheek
This often occurs during eating or as a result of a fall. Clean the area gently with warm, salty water. Then apply pressure to the area with an ice pack in a clean cloth or a cold compress to the area outside to reduce bleeding and limit any swelling. If bleeding continues after about 15 minutes, see your dentist or go to the emergency department at Wollongong or Shellharbour Hospital
This is a localised infection that usually forms at the root of the tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. This painful condition can actually damage tissue and surrounding teeth and if left untreated, it can cause more widespread infection and may be life threatening. So it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible. Regular warm salt water rinsing can also help alleviate discomfort until you’re able to see your dentist.
- Lost filling or crown
If a cavity develops underneath a filling or crown, it can become loose and eventually fall out. It can be rather painful because the exposed middle layer (dentine) of tooth will be sensitive to any hot or cold foods. A new filling or crown will be needed so visit Dapto Dental Clinic as soon as you can for a solution.
How can you prevent a dental emergency?
There are simple precautions to help prevent certain injuries to the teeth. When participating in sport or recreational activities, always wear a custom-made mouthguard that is designed and fitted by a dentist.
When opening a pack of chips, a bag of peanuts or other plastic containers of food products, always use scissors rather that your teeth.
One of the major reasons people avoid visiting the dentist is not fees related or finding the time but rather fear of pain, extremely sensitive teeth or a traumatic dental experiences.
Dapto Dentists understand these concerns and offer pain-relief and suggest sedation dentistry options to help make our procedures comfortable for even the most anxious patients. At our Dapto Dental Clinic, dental professionals are known for providing treatments in a gentle and caring manner.
Oral sedation is an affordable, effective and non-invasive method that is safe and comfortable for patients. It involves use of sleep inducing/calming medications that are administered before or during the dental treatment. Most treatment can be done in the dental chair without the need for further sedation techniques. Talk to our friendly dentist your needs so that he/she can help you better in such situations.
The sedation protocol involves the dentist/GP prescribing a medication to be taken orally, usually about an hour prior to the planned treatment. Your dentist will advise you to bring a responsible adult along with you for the procedure when sedation is required.
If you require a general anaesthesia, usually it is administered and treated at Wollongong Day surgery and our dentists are registered to provide the treatments there.
When the pulp inside one of your teeth becomes infected or injured root canal treatment could save the tooth from extraction. During this treatment the dentist will remove the diseased pulp, file and clean the canals of the tooth and anti-bacterial medicines are placed inside the canal. It usually takes 2-3 visits and x-rays help show the progress and success of the treatment. Once it has been determined that the treatment has been successful, a permanent porcelain crown or filling will be placed to seal the tooth.
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We are committed in providing comprehensive dental care to children. We make sure that a child’s visit to us is happy and stress free.
Children should have their first visit as soon as they get their first few teeth. This makes children feel comfortable in the dentist chair and prepares them for a lifetime of good oral health. Children’s Milk (Baby) teeth are very important and need to be looked after. When they have their permanent teeth begin to erupt, 6 monthly visits are important. This would give us the opportunity prevent any risk of tooth decay and monitor any crowding issues that might need orthodontic assessment. Our dentists are excellent in providing oral hygiene instructions and treatment options in age appropriate language. Recognising the importance of dental health for the children, federal government introduced Child Dental Benefits Scheme in January 2014. Under this scheme, we offer up to $1000 free dental treatment for eligible children (2-17 years).