melville dental care

               248 Melville Road
Pascoe Vale South 3044
phone 9354 9714 
info@melvilledentalcare.com.au

 

 

Advances In Dental Technology

Advances in Dentistry
As with many medical fields, advances in the dental technology have been rapid in the last 10 years.  It’s vital that the Dental Team keep abreast of changes and advances in dental treatment.   Dental health and treatment has vastly improved and now we are able to offer patients both preventive programs and dental treatment designed to keep teeth healthy and looking good for life.


Diagnostic Tools
Using intra-oral cameras routinely, we are able to show you what we see on a large screen.  You will be able to clearly see areas of concern such as decay, cracks, tartar, staining etc that was previously hidden from your view.  Taking a full set of images is part of all examinations and treatment photos enable the dentist to show you the condition of your teeth during and after treatment.

  • We view xrays on the large screen and use digital technology to enhance images allowing us to diagnose better.


Preventive Dentistry

It is possible to prevent and control most dental disease and this is the new approach.

  • Diet and home care are critical to preventing decay and gum problems – we are able to advise you on foods and drinks that cause
    bacterial plaque to form and produce acids that lead to decay.  We also give instruction on effective brush and flossing to remove
    the plaque buildup on a daily basis.
  • We can professionally recommend products which help to prevent and protect against decay, such as Fluoride rinses and clinical
    strength toothpastes.  Not to mention, all the specialty cleaning products to get the most of your home care.  Let us tell you about Toothmousse and Recaldent Gum, a cream and gum developed by  The University of Melbourne containing a special combination of calcium and phosphorous used to rebuild enamel and prevent erosion in children and adults and only available from your dentist.
  • Preventive and minimal dentistry aids by sealing out decay from susceptible tooth surfaces, such as the groves on the back teeth.
    Fissure Sealants and Preventive Resin Restorations seal grooves and are best done as soon as teeth erupt into the mouth.
  • We also understand now, more than ever, the importance of gum and bone health.  Periodontal health is the foundation to long-term dental health, after all, without a stable foundation, teeth and dental restorations will not last in the long term. 


Gum Health – a New Philosophy

In the past, dentists spent the majority of their time fixing broken and decayed teeth and this left little time to focus on gum health.  In the last ten years or so in Australia, there has been a large shift in thinking in dental practices from the old ‘drill and fill’ mentality to the new preventive health focused philosophy.  We understand now the importance of educating patients on periodontal health – that is the health of the underlying tissues which support the teeth.  Without a good level of support from the bone and gums, teeth eventually become loose and with advanced cases, teeth can be lost.  Gum health is a simple approach but great care both by the dentist and the patient can spell the difference between keeping teeth for life – or not. 
Thousands of dollars are spent on restoring teeth and protecting that investment with regular maintenance and cleaning makes good sense.  After all, it takes less time and costs less to prevent disease than to treat it.  Imagine losing a sound tooth only because the bacteria that causes gum disease has infected the supporting bone causing it to loosen and fall out. This is a scenario dental professionals have witnessed over the years.  The shift in focus means that our patients have healthier mouths, generally feel better, their restorations last longer and they spend less time in the dental chair.

  • Professional cleaning to remove the infection caused by buildup of plaque and tartar on a regular basis, often every 6 months, is crucial to gum health. 
  • Effective home care is important to maintain gum health too.  Good techniques for brushing and cleaning in between can be easily learned and your dentist will help you hone these skills. 
  • There are also other health implications where good gum health is important.  Links between gum health, heart disease and strokes have been established.  There are also implications for people with diabetes, who are pregnant, those undergoing cancer treatments or about to embark on osteoporosis medications such as bisphosphonates.


Restorative Dentistry

There is evidence now that shows that how well a filling is prepared and placed can spell the difference between it lasting 5-7 years and 10-15 years.  Up to date bonding techniques and understanding pressures placed on teeth, among other factors, ensure the fillings placed or rebuilt now will last twice as long.

  • We use  latest in tooth coloured composite resin filling materials which not only look great but the bonding technology helps to strengthen teeth and seal out decay.
  • By avoiding older inadequate materials such as “silver” metal amalgam fillings, which although a strong material in itself, is not beneficial to the long-term strength of the tooth.
  • Only restorations placed using Rubber Dam under optimal conditions have been shown to last 10-15 years.  Each time a filling breaks, decays or needs to be replaced, more tooth structure is lost which could leave the tooth weakened. So it makes a lot of sense to do it as well as possible in the first instance. 
  • The latest technology in filling materials and bonding techniques ensures the restorations placed today, stand the best chance of lasting many years into the future. 

 

Replacing Lost Teeth with Implants
Teeth that would have been removed years ago are now able to be saved with Root Canal Treatment and Crowns.  However, there are some instances where a tooth has split or lost too much tooth structure and cannot be saved.  Implants are now a common-place surgical procedure and many patients have benefitted from this procedure.

  • Implants  feel and act like your original tooth – you are able to eat normally and clean in between the implant crown and other teeth
  • Implants are a staged process and can be completed within 8-12 weeks
  • Improved techniques and expertise means increased success and also a decrease in healing times
  • Multiple implants can be used to keep a denture in place which means improved stability and you can eat normally too

 

 

 

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