Fillings are placed to restore decayed teeth using tooth-coloured composite resin materials which are suitable for back and front teeth.
At Bentleigh family dental, teeth whitening involves having custom-made trays made to hold the bleach in position against the teeth. The process usually takes 2 weeks and involves wearing the trays for a few hours every night for best results.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy aims to treat dead or dying nerve tissue inside your tooth. These are usually caused by bacteria from dental decay, large and deep fillings or trauma to your tooth. Over a few dental appointments, the nerve canals inside the root of your tooth is cleaned and disinfected. This is then sealed with root canal filling material to prevent further infection. Generally a crown is made over your tooth after root canal treatment for long term strength and protection.
It is often beneficial to save teeth where possible, but sometimes it is better to remove a tooth rather than keeping it.
Crown and Bridge
A crown is a cap that can be placed over your tooth to help protect a severely broken down tooth. This can be due to a large filling, root canal treatment, or a cracked tooth.
The crown restores your tooth to its natural form and function which can serve to protect it for many years.
When one or more teeth are lost, the teeth on either side of the gap can receive crowns which are linked together via a porcelain tooth in the gap thus forming a 'bridge' to replace the missing tooth.
Partial dentures are removable appliances that can be used to replace missing teeth.
Fissure sealants are placed in children's adult molar teeth once erupted into the mouth. Sealants help to prevent plaque from getting trapped into the deep grooves on the biting surfaces of the teeth and prevent dental decay. Regular visits to the dentist are important to ensure that the sealants are intact.
Tooth mousse is a special cream that can be applied to your teeth at home for patients with a higher risk of forming decay to help remineralise weakened tooth surfaces.
Mouthguards are crucial for those who participate in contact sports. Customised mouthguards offer superior fit, comfort and protection of your teeth.
Nightguards (Occlusal splint)
Bruxism – the clenching/grinding of teeth – at night is a common habit, whether we are aware of it or not. Constant stresses on the teeth can lead to severely worn teeth and broken teeth/fillings, as well as headaches and jaw muscle tightness. Provision of a custom nightguard can help to prevent teeth/fillings from chipping and teeth from wearing down.
Regular dental visits
It is important to develop a regular dental checkup routine. Our professional team of dentists will be able to maintain your dental health, assess and advise on your oral hygiene standards and provide advice at an early stage on any problems with your jaw, gums, teeth and restorations. There are a range of preventive dental products that may be recommended if it is beneficial to your specific dental condition.