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Emergency and other treatments

Deep clean
Splint/Night guards
Implants
Accidents and emergencies
Emergency extractions
Swelling and infections

Deep clean

Scaling and root planning (also known as a dental deep clean) is needed in order to remove any bacteria, tartar and debris that have collected under the gum line.

Benefits

  • Helps manage bleeding gums, bad breath and discomfort
  • Prevents disease under the gum line
  • Keeps surrounding soft tissue healthy and strong

Your dentist can usually perform general teeth cleaning treatments, however, if you require specialised care your dentist may refer you to a specialist Periodontist.

periodontics

Splint/Night guards

A splint or night guard is a removable appliance that is moulded to fit comfortably on the upper or lower arches of your teeth. It is worn at night to help protect any grinding pressure to the teeth. Grinding your teeth may cause pain in the teeth and sensitivity to heat or cold. More serious cases could result in cracked, chipped or loose teeth.

A splint is made by taking an impression of the teeth and making a durable hard plastic that is moulded to fit comfortably onto your teeth while sleeping.

Benefits

Some of the benefits you will notice with the use of a splint may include;

  • A decrease in the pain and sensitivity of your teeth,
  • A relief in chronic facial pain, caused by intense muscle contraction,
  • Prevents further wear and tear of your teeth.

Your dentist can usually perform general splint / night guard procedures, however, if you require specialised care your dentist may refer you to a specialist Prosthodontist or specialist in Oral Medicine.

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Implants

Dental implants are metal screws that are surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath the gums. They allow your dentist to attach replacement teeth and veneers onto them.

Benefits

  • Improves chewing/bite ability
  • Prevents bone loss in the jaw (this may reduce the risk of adjacent teeth becoming loose as well)
  • More comfortable than dentures as they mimic natural teeth

The first step to an implant is talking to your dentist about what is involved, every case is different.

The procedure commences either with an extraction of the tooth that can no longer be saved, or by assessing the gap from a previously extracted tooth to ensure there is enough bone remaining to attach the implant securely.

Implant Surgery takes around 60-90 minutes for the first stage, following this you wait 2-3 months to ensure the implant integrates and secures to the bone, a second visit to your dentist confirms this. If the implant has taken to the bone, you’ll have impressions taken for an implant crown, which will be attached at your final visit.

Your dentist can usually perform general implant procedures, however, if you require specialised care your dentist may refer you to a specialist Prosthodontist or a specialist Oral Surgeon.

implants

Accidents and emergencies

Damaged teeth from an accident or injury should be assessed immediately by a dental practitioner – assuming there are no other injuries requiring medical attention.

accidents and emergencies

Emergency extractions

If a tooth is badly damaged due to trauma or decay, an extraction may be required to prevent infection or the spread of infection. An x-ray will always be taken to ensure there are no other options to save the tooth.

emergency extractions

Swelling and infections

Swelling and infections can be caused by a number of things: abscesses, root canal or even an erupting tooth. An oral examination and x-ray will be required to determine the cause, and antibiotics may be needed to manage the symptoms.

Your dentist can usually perform general treatments for swelling and infections, however, if you require specialised care your dentist may refer you to a specialist Oral Surgeon.

swelling and infections
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