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1250 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VIC 3192
Tel: 03 9583 8676 Fax: 03 9583 8723
reception@cheltenhamdental.com.au

Services

  • Preventive
    • Examination
      Cheltenham Dental are committed to ensuring that all our patients have
      excellent oral health as it has proven that it contributes to general well-being.
      We believe that regular six-monthy dental examinations are necessary as
      it allows the dentists to identify the onset of any arising issues before they
      cause a problem. This is more cost efficient as it prevents the need for
      major dental work in the future. During the oral examination, routine dental
      radiographs may be needed to assist in diagnosis and treatment planning.
      Children as young as the age of four are recommended to visit the dentist on
      a regular basis.
      As they say, the best cure is prevention.
    • Treatment for gum disease
      Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) causes your gums to be
      red, swollen and an increase tendency to bleed. This inflammation is caused
      by the bacteria that resides in residual plaque or tartar build up, prevalent
      in people with poor oral hygiene of whom haven’t had a thorough clean
      recently.

      There are two main catergories of gum disease:

      • Early stage of gum disease (gingivitis) – is reversible inflammation
        of the gums which can be successfully treated by the removal of the
        plaque and tartar build up on your teeth
      • Advanced stage of gum disease (periodontitist) – is a more severe
        form of gingivitis where the inflammation spreads to the surrounding
        connective tissue and supporting bone leading to its resorption. Signs
        of periodontitist include deep gum pockets, persistent bad breath,
        receding gums and loose teeth which may result in a subsequent
        extraction.

    Studies have shown that gum disease is one of the most prevalent diseases
    in our community and can be a contributing factor in othermedcal conditions
    such as heart disease and increase the risk of premature births. This can be easily prevented with regular brushing and flossing in conjunction with
    regular examinations and cleaning with your dentist on a bi-annual basis.

    • Remineralization
      Remineralization is a process in which minerals are returned to the tooth
      itself, creating a stronger molecular structure and making the tooth more
      resistant to acid. Fluoride is the most common remineralization agent and
      is present in many daily consumable items such as fluoridated tap water,
      toothpaste and mouthwash. The dentist can also topically apply a gel or
      varnish with a higher concentration of fluoride if required.
      Another product which remineralizes teeth is called Tooth Mousse Plus.
      As well as fluoride, Tooth Mousse also contains CPP-ACP (Casein
      phosphopetide – Amorpous calcium phosphate) and studies have
      demonstrated that it is able to repair early stages of dental decay.
      The dentist will make an assessment on whether each patient will require
      remineralation. Some indications are:

      • white spot lesions
      • moderate to high risk of developing caries
      • active decay
      • orthodontic treatment (braces)
      • decreased salivary flow
      • to reduce hypersensitive teeth
    • Custom sports mouthguards
      Sporting injuries to the head and mouth are becoming all too prevalent. This
      can cause damage to your jaw, lips as well as dental injuries such as chipped
      or dislodged teeth. These injuries can be easily prevented by wearing a
      custom-fitted sports mouthguard which help absorb and spread the impact of
      the blow.
      Over the counter mouthguards are ill-fitting and can cause difficulty
      in speaking and breathing. A custom fitted sports mouthguard will not
      only provide your teeth the best protection, but it will also be much more
      comfortable and tolerable to wear. An investment into a mouthguard is much
      more cost-efficient than the cost involved in treating an injury to your jaw or
      your teeth.
  • General
    • Restorations (Fillings)
      A restoration or filling is used to replace tooth structure which has been
      damaged from decay, cracks, trauma or abrasion. The tooth is usually
      numbed with local anaesthetic prior to cavity preparation, the affected portion
      of the tooth is then removed and the tooth is washed, dried and a filling is
      packed into the cavity. It is then shaped and checked that it is comfortable in
      your bite.
      Amalgam filling

      • Amalgam or silver fillings have been used for many years and still
        have an important role in modern dentistry. Dental amalgam is a safe,
        cost effective, strong and durable option to consider for posterior
        teeth.

      White fillings

      • Composites fillings are tooth coloured and can be an alternative
        to amalgam restorations. Being tooth coloured, composite has the
        advantage that it highly aesthetic and can be used in aesthetics areas
        such as front teeth. Composites can also be used in posterior teeth as
        well but do have their limitations and are not always a recommended
        option.

      Inlays/onlays

      • Inlays are indirect fillings that are custom made in a laboratory and
        then subsequently glued into place at a subsequent appointment.
        An interim restoration is placed between appointments. Inlays were
        traditionally made out of gold, but more aesthetics alternatives such
        as porcelain, ceramic or composite material are now available.
      • Onlays are similar to inlays, the difference being that onlays are a
        much more extensive repair that covers the tooth cusps.
      • Compared to a normal filling, inlays and onlays can be more costly
        due to the the high-quality materials and precision fit. They can also
        be advantageous by increasing the overall strength of the tooth due as
        they are bonded directly onto the tooth.

      Scale and Clean

      • Plaque (soft, sticky biofilm of bacteria) can readily accumulate
        on your teeth after eating and drinking. If it is not removed, it will
        bath in your saliva and caclify into a build-up of calcium deposits
        known as tartar (calculus). Tartar harbours the specific bacteria
        which damages your gums and causes gum disease [hyperlink to gum
        disease].
      • It is essential that your teeth be cleaned professionally twice a year to
        disturb the plaque and tartar. Your teeth are also polished leaving a
        clean and smooth surface, making it difficult for bacteria to adhere to
        your teeth making it easier for you to maintain a healthy clean mouth.
    • Emergency

      • At Cheltenham Dental, we understand how debilitating a toothache can be. That
        is why we are committed to seeing all urgent dental emergency as promptly as
        possible. If you require assistance, please contact our practice so we can organize an
        appointment as soon as possible.
    • Root canal therapy
      • A root canal treatment is a procedure that is performed on a tooth which is so badly
        damaged by either decay or injury. As a result, the tooth can cause symptoms such as
        severe spontaneous toothache or prolonged hypersensitivity to temperature and pressure.
        The pulp which contains the nerve and blood vessels is removed, enabling the tooth that
        was causing pain to be saved.
      • A root canal treatment is performed over 2-3 appointments by either one of our dentists.
        In specific cases, it may be necessary to be referred to an endodontist (specialist in
        root canal treatment). The inflamed or infected pulp is removed and each canal is
        cleaned. Medication will be placed inside of the root canal to cease the inflammation and
        infection. The pulp chamber is then sealed with a root filling to complete the root canal
        treatment. In most cases, an artificial crown is then recommended to be placed over the
        tooth to restore the tooth’s form and function.
    • Crown and Bridge
      • A crown is an artificial tooth that fits over an existing natural tooth. As it strengthens and
        protects a tooth, a crown is a viable option for teeth that are weakened by:

        • tooth decay
        • existing large filling
        • broken cusps
        • root canal treatment
        • heavily worn
      • Crown and bridges are usually made of either porcelain or gold alloy.
        Porcelain crowns not only have the ability to improve the strength and durability
        of a tooth, but it can also improve or enhance the cosmetic appearance of your
        teeth and subsequently your smile. All crowns are custom made and can be
        designed to satisfy your exact cosmetic requirements.
        Gold crowns are very strong and durable and may be indicated for posterior molars which must withstand excessive force and loading from chewing and
        grinding.
        A bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis used to replace one or more missing teeth
        and which is cemented onto to the adjacent teeth.
    • Dentures
      • A denture is a removable prosthesis that is worn to replace one or more missing teeth.
        Conventional dentures are supported by the gums and teeth in your oral cavity. There
        are two types of dentures, a complete denture is worn by patients who are missing
        all of their teeth in an arch. Conversely, a removable partial denture is ideal if you
        are missing some of your teeth. Dental implants and crown and bridge can also be a
        viable option in these cases. (link to implant and crown/bridge)
      • If you are constantly using denture adhesive to assist in holing your denture in place,
        we can also design dentures which are supported by implants (link to implant page) to
        improve stability and retention.
    • Cosmetic
      • Veneers
        A veneer is a thin layer of restorative material which is placed over the
        front surface of anterior teeth to improve its appearance, and consequently
        enhancing your smile. Veneers can be indicated in the following scenarios:

        • slightly crooked teeth
        • restore and protect a chipped or damage tooth
        • mask enamel defects from childhood antibiotics or genetic
          deformities
        • worn down teeth
      • There are two main types of veneers

        • Composite veneers: are bonded directly onto your teeth with a resin
          composite material
        • Porcelain veneers: are fabricated indirectly in a dental laboratory by
          a dental technician. They are consequently tried in to ensure that they
          meet the satisfaction of the patient, and then subsequently cemented
          or glued in.
      • Teeth whitening
        • Teeth whitening is a service we provide which can be an effective
          and simple way to improve the appearance of your smile. Teeth
          can gradually discolour over time due to natural aging as well as
          dietary consumption of heavy staining food and drinks such as
          coffee, tea, alcohol and smoking. After a thorough examination, we
          can determine whether you will be a suitable candidate to have the
          discolouration reversed. It is a safe, easy and painless procedure as
          long as it is performed by a professionally trained dentist.
    • Dental Implants
      • A dental implant can be thought of as an artificial replacement tooth for missing tooth/teeth. With advancements in technology, dental implants have now become a viable
        option to replace a missing single tooth, a few or even all of your teeth.
      • Being biocompatible, the dental implant is inserted into a missing tooth site where it
        is fixated as bone grows around it in a process called ‘osseointegration’. Once this is
        confirmed, we can then proceed onto constructing an artificial tooth or crown to place
        over the implant.
      • Replacing a missing tooth can be advantageous as it can:
        • Improve your ability to chew
        • Stabilize your bite or occlusion
        • Prevent adjacent or opposing teeth to drift or super-erupt
        • Create a more aesthetic smile
        • Replace the need for a removable denture
    • Relative Analgesia – Nitrous oxide/oxygen mixture (happy gas)
      • A visit to the dentist can understandably be a very anxious experience for many patients.
        In extreme situations, we can consider offering you inhalation sedation at Cheltenham
        Dental.
      • More commonly known as laughing gas will place you in an temporary altered state of consciousness where you will experience a feeling of well being and euphoria.
      • It has a rapid onset and recovery and is suitable for all children and apprehensive adults