Our Professional Dentists Can Take Care Of All Your General Dental Needs
General dentistry focuses on treatments that are necessary for long-term dental health. Regular check-ups are one of the best ways to identify dental health problems early before they develop into more serious dental problems. Our clinic provides a range of general dentistry treatment options, as well as cosmetic and emergency services. General dentistry aims to improve patients oral health maintenance and prevent further dental problems such as caries or oral cancer.
Our dentists, here at Platinum Dental, are highly skilled in treating all aspects of general dentistry to the highest of standards.
ORAL DISEASE PREVENTION
It is essential that dentists create awareness about proper dental hygiene. Poor oral health is usually a symptom of negligence or poor dental maintenance, which is why it is important that our dentists educate our patients about the best methods to prevent oral disease. This may include techniques for brushing, flossing or dietary advice.
GUM DISEASE AND TOOTH DECAY
The most prevalent forms of oral health issues are tooth decay and gum disease. Gum disease is usually caused by infections, which can lead to inflammation and bleeding of the gum tissue. A further complication of gum disease is that the gum can often recede, exposing more of the tooth, causing the tooth to loosen or become sensitive. An exposed tooth has a greater chance of suffering from decay, which is why early identification of gum disease is so vital for your oral health.
It should not be surprising to know that prevention is better than cure. Regular preventative care is essential to keeping your mouth healthy and avoiding unnecessary medical or dental treatment. People recognise the importance of regular exercise, and a balanced diet in keeping their bodies healthy but maintaining a healthy mouth is an equally vital step to a healthier lifestyle.
EXAMPLES OF GENERAL DENTISTRY
Fillings are used when you experience decay, which results in damage to the tooth. Your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the area painlessly and with materials which blend in with your natural tooth colour.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
A root canal treatment is carried out when the diseased core of a tooth is likely to cause an infection and needs to be removed. To repair and avoid tooth extraction, one of our dental professionals will take away the diseased centre of the tooth and cover it with a shielding cap.
If you have broken a tooth, there is a chance that it may need to be removed to avoid spreading infection. Depending on the severity of the damage, your dentist will recommend substituting the broken tooth with a natural tooth-like substitute (dentures, implants, bridge).
A denture (otherwise known as false teeth) is a simple solution to replacing missing or rotting teeth. The denture helps to restore the look and function of your mouth, allowing you to eat, talk, and smile easily while increasing your confidence and self-esteem.
Dentures are removable but can also be fixed more securely with denture implants.
GENERAL DENTAL CHECKUPS AT PLATINUM DENTAL
Our dental check-ups are all about prevention, whether that is preventing dental problems from developing in the first place, or stopping an existing problem worsening. Early detection of a dental issue is good for both your oral health and your wallet!.
We provide a comprehensive check-up service at Platinum Dental. It is essential that our dentists examine your dental health and provide appropriate recommendations to you based on their observations. Book your next check up today.
WHAT TO EXPECT
There is nothing to worry about with our dental examinations. Our dentists will visually examine your teeth for signs of tooth decay, tartar, and plaque, and your gums assessed for discolouration or signs of gum disease. If required, a full set of X-rays may be taken during your check-up to allow our dentists to see what is happening below the surface of your teeth and gums. This is an essential step since many oral health issues start under the teeth or gums where the human eye cannot see. Our dental examinations will also include your teeth being cleaned (using our state of the art cleaning machine). As well as an oral cancer scan and treatment of fluoride to protect your teeth. We make sure that time is allocated to discuss any observations we make and also for you to ask any questions that you may have about your teeth or oral health in general. We are there to help you, so you should never feel afraid to ask your dentist questions.
Our dentists may suggest you require a full set of X-rays during your checkup. At Platinum Dental, we use a state of the art OPG machine to take your digital X-rays. Modern OPG machines are comfortable, fast and above all, safe. Digital X-rays dramatically reduce your exposure to radiation while providing exceptional images to help identify potential problems.
ORAL CANCER SCAN
Oral cancer is one of the biggest killers in Australia. The key to surviving oral cancer is early detection and early treatment, the best way to achieve this is with regular oral cancer screenings at your dentist. The screening is pain-free and can be done in a few minutes. Most dentists do this by eyesight alone, but at Platinum Dental, we strive for better and use a specialised Oral cancer scanner. Our Bioscreen scanner can identify potential problems that are easily missed by the human eye and has been a big success with our clients. The over 60’s, heavy drinkers and tobacco smokers are the highest risk category for oral cancer. If you are worried that you may be at high risk, then consider visiting your dentist today. We are proud to offer this service for free to all of our patients during their check-ups.
One pleasure of regular dental check-ups is the ability to get your teeth professionally cleaned. Professional teeth cleaning helps to remove extra tartar and plaque that have built up on your teeth and can’t be removed by flossing and brushing. Oral prophylaxis is a thorough examination of your oral health combined with a scale and clean and can be conducted by a dentist or a dental hygienist. All our patients can use our Air-Flow Prophylaxis Master cleaning machine, the Rolls Royce of professional cleaning equipment. There is no better, more modern or effective teeth cleaning machine on the market and we are the only clinic to offer this in Port Stephens. If you want an exceptional, pain-free teeth cleaning experience, then you should really come in and try this machine.