General Dentistry in Kew East, Melbourne
Helping You Have a Healthy Relationship with Your Teeth
To maintain the health and integrity of your smile, prevention of dental disease and maintaining good oral hygiene are essential. It is also essential to take advantage of the dental services that are designed to restore oral health.
Regular visits with your dentist at 3102 allow for early detection of cavities, tooth decay, enamel wear and gum disease. Early detection typically means a more comfortable and more successful dental therapy.
Additionally, we tell you how to avoid dental problems in the future so that you require less dental treatment and can keep your teeth healthy and viable for life.
If you would like to arrange a comprehensive exam and teeth clean in our dental clinic, we welcome your call. We also encourage you to read through the information below to learn more about our preventive and general dentistry options.
- What is preventive dentistry?
- What are dental hygiene appointments?
- What is general dentistry?
- How is root canal therapy performed?
- Do you replace missing teeth?
- Can the dentist help me with teeth grinding and clenching?
- What is sleep apnoea?
- Can you help me with dental anxiety?
What is preventive dentistry?
Preventive dentistry considers the dental services you need today to lower your risks for significant oral health conditions tomorrow.
Preventive dentistry includes:
- Regular dental checks
- Oral cancer screenings
- Regular teeth cleans
- Fluoride treatments and sealants
Preventive dentistry with your dentist in 3102 should always complement excellent brushing and flossing habits at home. Other good practices include quitting smoking and reducing sugary snacks and beverages.
Together, you and your dentist can help combat gum disease and lower your risks for cavities and dental infections.
Our goal is to help you maintain your smile health for life.
What are dental hygiene appointments?
While a good home practise of brushing and flossing is essential, stubborn stains, plaque, and tartar can still build up. Visiting the hygienist for a scale and polish will help keep your teeth and gums in great shape and may prevent problems such as gingivitis (bleeding gums), which is a precursor to gum disease, and dental cavities.
Part of your hygiene appointment means we show you how to maintain good oral hygiene between professional cleanings, tips designed to improve your gum health and the longevity of your teeth.
Remember, routine brushing and flossing are essential, but even the best at-home care cannot remove all of the stubborn tartar and bacteria that may lead to gum disease and cavities.
What is general dentistry?
The goal of general dentistry is to restore your oral health when something goes awry. Examples of general dentistry include:
- Treating dental cavities with fillings or tooth-coloured fillings
- Treating root infections with root canal therapy
- Dental extractions
- Periodontal treatment
- Tooth replacement
Our general dentistry services are also customised to your specific oral health profile, and we design our restorations with fit, function and aesthetics in mind.
Our dentist offers several tooth replacement options, including dental implants in Melbourne to help you enjoy a proper bite and healthy diet.
How is root canal therapy performed?
Root canal treatment, or endodontic treatment, is required to repair and save a tooth that’s severely decayed, injured or infected. It involves making a small opening in the tooth, removing the damaged pulp inside, cleaning, filling, and sealing the tooth.
This simple procedure eases the pain associated with root infection and severe decay, and your dentist always makes sure the area is numb before treatment.
Our root canal treatment can save your tooth, which will remain without a living nerve so that you can be pain-free, and your smile will remain cosmetically intact. Your tooth will be more brittle than a tooth that still contains a nerve. In many cases, we will recommend a dental crown to protect your tooth and prolong its function.
Root infections are typically preventable with excellent brushing and flossing at home and regular dental visits in our dental clinic.
Do you replace missing teeth?
At General and Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe that a full smile is a healthy smile. When teeth are missing, your remaining teeth sneak into these roomy smile gaps, which throws off your bite. When your bite is off, you may experience tooth wear, breakage, and even dental cavities.
A full smile may also contribute to a healthier diet, improved digestion, and more natural speech.
Your cosmetic dentist in Melbourne offers a variety of tooth replacement options, including:
- Dental implants
- Crowns and bridges
- Partial dentures
Tooth replacement represents both cosmetic dentistry and general. We want you to love your smile, but we also want you to have a smile that contributes to better oral health.
Can the dentist help me with teeth grinding and clenching?
Involuntary clenching, grinding and gnashing of teeth, usually at night, is called bruxism. If severe, it can lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth, neck or shoulder pain, ringing in the ears, and other problems like jaw joint dysfunction.
Depending on the severity of your situation, we may recommend a splint or nightguard. In some cases, you may need dental correction, which could mean reshaping the chewing surfaces of your teeth or using crowns, braces or oral surgery to correct your bite and properly align your jaw.
What is sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea means you stop breathing several times during the night. This may increase your risk for a sudden heart attack or stroke. Symptoms of sleep apnoea include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Mood changes
For those who’ve been appropriately diagnosed using a sleep study to have OSA (obstructive sleep apnoea), treatment may include the fitting of an oral device such as a mandibular advancement splint (MAS). While looking similar to a mouth guard, this dental appliance fits the teeth at night to reposition the jaw and tongue, so the airway opens up, meaning less risk of vibration (snoring) or obstruction.
Quality restorative sleep is essential to the healthy function of every system in the body.
Can you help me with dental anxiety?
Our dental team is always very gentle and soothing. However, we understand that some people have a phobia about visiting the dentist and need additional reassurance.
For patients who’d prefer to be sedated through their procedures, we now offer sleep dentistry in Melbourne with convenient appointments each month. This means IV sedation based on your current health and your needs.
To learn whether you qualify for sleep dentistry or IV sedation in our dental clinic, your dentist in 3102 takes a thorough health history.
If sedation dentistry is right for you, it’s crucial to arrange a ride home from your dental treatment. It is also vital that you not make any critical decisions on the day of your surgery following sedation.
We never want anxiety or fear to stand in the way of you getting the dentistry you need and the therapies you want.
For Dentistry in Kew East, We Welcome Your Call
If you have questions about our Kew East dental clinic and the services we offer, or if you wish to arrange your next dental appointment, we invite you to call us to book an exam with Dr Baker Hamdi, Dr Nada Aboush, or one of our other skilled practitioners.
We look forward to meeting with you and seeing to your dental health care.