Periodontal disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that is always forming on your teeth. If teeth are not cleaned well, plaque bacteria can cause your gums to become inflamed. Inflamed gums can pull away from the teeth, forming spaces called “pockets.” These pockets trap more plaque that cannot be removed with […]
Healthy gums and bone hold teeth firmly in place. Gums hug the teeth tightly. There is little or no buildup of plaque and tartar (calculus). Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal disease. It develops as plaque irritates the gums. The gums become red, tender, swollen and likely to bleed. Gingivitis can usually be reversed […]
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be all too aware of their importance to your looks and dental health. Your teeth are designed to work together to help you chew, speak, and smile. When teeth are missing, it is difficult to do these things. Even the loss of a back tooth may […]
Your mouth has bacteria that can get into your bloodstream. For most people, these bacteria don’t cause a problem. But there is concern that for some people, bacteria in the bloodstream can cause an infection elsewhere in the body. That’s why your physician or dentist may advise you to take an antibiotic before some dental […]
If you schedule regular dental exams, your dentist can catch periodontal disease before the gums and the bone supporting your teeth are severely damaged. During a periodontal evaluation, the dentist or hygienist uses a periodontal probe to gently measure the spaces between the teeth and gums. In a healthy mouth, this space (pocket) is usually […]
Periodontal treatments depend on the type of the disease and how severe it is. If the disease is caught early (when it is gingivitis), and no damage has been done to the supporting structures under the teeth, you may simply need a professional cleaning. The dental team can give you tips for improving your daily […]
Once your periodontal treatment is completed, your dentist may recommend more frequent checkups and cleanings. Regular dental visits and deep cleanings are important to keep periodontal disease under control. In some cases, your appointments may alternate between your general dentist and periodontist.
Good oral hygiene at home also is very important to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or from coming back. Daily home cleaning helps keep plaque under control and reduces tartar buildup. Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Floss your teeth (or use another between-the-teeth cleaner) once a day. […]
Many patients choose implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures. Implants are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. They are made of titanium (a strong, lightweight metal) and other materials that […]
Another tooth replacement option is a fixed bridge. This is a restoration that fills the space where one or more teeth have been lost. A fixed bridge is bonded or cemented into place — only a dentist can remove it. How is a bridge placed? Placing a bridge usually takes more than one dental visit. […]
As its name describes, a removable partial denture can easily be taken out of the mouth for cleaning. Partial dentures usually have replacement teeth fixed to a plastic base that matches the color of your gums. The plastic base may cover a metal framework. Partial dentures often have some form of clasp that attaches to […]
How best to replace missing teeth is an important decision. Your dentist may refer you to a dental specialist for additional care. Here are some of the dental specialists who may be called upon: Prosthodontist — restoration and replacement of teeth Oral and maxillofacial surgeon — dental surgery and treatment of the entire oral cavity, […]
Do you sip soft drinks or other sugary drinks all day at your desk? Do you use breath mints or eat candy often? Instead of eating meals, do you snack all day? Do you often grab a sports or energy drink when you are tired? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you […]
People generally think of teeth as being white. But tooth enamel can be many different shades. Over time, tooth enamel can change color or become stained. There are many reasons why teeth become discolored: genetics—tooth color can run in the family aging injury to the teeth illness medicines, such as some antibiotics tobacco use contact […]
Having dental insurance or a dental benefit plan can make it easier to get the dental care you need. But most dental benefit plans do not cover all dental procedures. Your dental coverage is not based on what you need or what your dentist recommends. It is based on how much your insurance company pays […]
What is a crown? A crown is a cover or “cap” your dentist can put on a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size and function. The purpose of a crown is to make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks. Why do I need a crown? You may […]
Healthy Smile Tips for Life Healthy smiles make great impressions! To keep your mouth in good condition, Always brush twice a day, Clean between your teeth daily, Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks, and Visit your dentist regularly for a dental exam and professional teeth cleaning. Good oral care is part of a healthy […]
Choose products with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. The ADA Seal on a product is your assurance that it has met ADA standards for safety and effectiveness. Look for the ADA Seal on fluoride toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, interdental cleaners, oral irrigators and mouth rinse. Look for a toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride helps keep […]
A Few Simple Guidelines Sometimes teeth need to be removed due to decay, disease or trauma. Having a tooth removed or “pulled” is called a tooth extraction. When you have an extraction, it’s natural that changes will occur in your mouth afterward. Your dentist may give you instructions to follow after the extraction, and it’s […]
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Years ago, diseased or injured teeth were usually pulled. But today, a tooth can often be saved through root canal (endodontic) treatment. Endodontics (en-do-DON-tics) is the branch of dentistry that deals with treating diseases or injuries to the dental pulp. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes […]
Comprehensive examination, scaling and polishing with fluoride paste costs – AU$ 160 for Medibank patients. For the same treatment we charge patients without medical funds – AU$ 120.
Maximum price for ONE surface composite filling (white) AU$ 110, maximum price for FIVE surfaces composite filling AU$ 210. All Other Prices are between them.
Recommended prices for full ceramic (Zirconia) crown is AU$ 1425 and for metal-ceramic crown AU$ 1350. We charge patients without funds AU$ 1200 for any crown.
Partial upper or lower denture (resin base) maximum AU$ 850, depends on number of missed teeth. Partial upper or lower denture with cast metal framework maximum AU$ 1400, depends on number of missed teeth. Complete upper or lower denture AU$ 900. Complete upper AND lower dentures AU$ 1750. Relining (we can do it in the same […]
Simple removal of the tooth costs AU$ 140, plus X-ray (mandatory for extraction) – AU$ 36. Surgical removal of a tooth with removal of bone and division of tooth (difficult extraction) AU$ 285.