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Implants

A dental implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount replacement teeth or bridge into that area. An implant doesn't come loose like a denture can.

Dental implants also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.


Crowns and Bridges

Bridges and crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants by a dentist or prosthodontist. Crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth or cover an implant. Bridges are commonly used to cover a space if you’re missing one or more teeth. They are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the tooth once stood.

In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, bridges and crowns can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion (bite). Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite. Bridges and crowns help prevent this from happening.


Veneers

Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are custom made to fit over teeth, providing a natural, attractive look. They can be used to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally spaced teeth.

The two most common materials used in dental veneers are composite resin and porcelain. Both types of veneers can be fabricated by a dental technician in a laboratory and are bonded to the patient’s teeth in a dentist’s office. Dental veneers are bonded to the teeth with resin cement.

Porcelain material is brittle; however, when it is firmly bonded to the tooth it can become very strong and durable.


Dentures

Dentures replace missing teeth and can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as natural teeth, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

Replacing missing teeth will help to improve your appearance and smile.


Root Canals

In simple terms, root canal treatment is used as a way to save a tooth that is labelled as ‘dead’.

Root canal treatment, or endodontic treatment, is the procedure involving the removal of infected or dead pulp from your tooth root canal area (The area inside of the hard part of your tooth).

Once this matter is removed the cavity is filled with a permanent filling, and possibly restored with a crown. Your tooth has now been saved.

If root canal work is avoided and the situation worsens, the infection will become more severe and eventually lead to an abscess (A collection of pus that causes a bacterial infection and can spread to surrounding tissue with ease).



General Dentistry

Taking care of your teeth means more than brushing and flossing. For complete care, it’s important to visit a dentist every six months for a regular check-up and professional cleaning.

The first step in this process is to find a dentist with whom you feel comfortable, and then schedule an appointment. Most dental visits are check-ups. Regular check-ups (ideally every six months) and professional cleaning will help your teeth and gums stay cleaner, last longer and can prevent painful problems from developing.

General dentistry also includes X-rays and fillings.


Extractions (including wisdom teeth)

If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, your dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other dental treatment. But when there's too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, the tooth may need to be extracted — or removed — from its socket in the bone.

Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are often extracted either before or after they erupt in the mouth. They commonly come in during the late teens or early 20’s. They need to be removed if they are decayed, infected, or if there is not enough room in the mouth.


Tongue Ties

Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a condition in which the thin piece of skin under the baby’s tongue, (the lingual frenulum), is abnormally short and may restrict the movement of the tongue. Sometimes tongue-tie causes no problems at all and requires no action.

Indications that a baby may have a significant tongue-tie include:

- Nipple pain and damage
- A misshapen nipple after breastfeeding
- The baby often loses suction whilst feeding and sucks in air
- The baby fails to gain weight
- Tongue cannot protrude beyond the baby’s lips
- Tongue cannot be moved sideways
- Tongue tip may be notched or heart shaped
- When the tongue is extended, the tongue tip may look flat or square instead of pointed.


Bruxism

Bruxism is also known as grinding and/or clenching of your teeth. It’s a very common condition that affects some of the population from time to time, with approximately 5% being regular, forceful grinders.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing bruxism:

- Rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles
- A grinding sound at night, which may disturb the sleep of someone who you share a room with
- Jaw muscles that are tight or painful
- Popping or clicking of the temporomandibular joint
- Long-lasting pain in the face
- Damaged teeth, broken dental fillings and injured gums
- Headache
- Swelling (occasionally) on the side of your lower jaw caused by clenching.


Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)

We happily accept and treat patients that hold a DVA Gold card.


Medicare Child Benefits

Our practice is happy to see and treat children who fall under the Medicare Child Benefits Scheme.

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COVID-19 Update

Due to the efforts to combat the COVID-19 crisis, dentistry in Australia has now been placed at Level 3 Restrictions. A decision between The Australian Health Practice Principle Committee (AHPCC) and the Australian Dental Board that has taken place as of today, Monday 30th March.

Due to these restrictions coming into place to protect both staff and patients, we will only be providing emergency or urgent dental treatment that works in with the restrictions of no aerosols (no drill or air syringe).

At this point in time, we are still open and our staff will be triaging patients very strictly and unfortunately what may seem be need ‘emergency care’ such as a broken tooth, are not always deemed as needing emergency or urgent treatment. We are restricted to seeing patients with acute pain and dental infections which require emergency root canal treatment or extraction of the tooth. All other treatments will not be taking place at this time.

We apologise to patients who were booked in for treatments, please assume your appointment with us has been cancelled. Our staff are busy trying to contact everyone with an appointment in the next two months to cancel appointments. Please be patient and understanding during this stressful time, we are doing everything we can to protect our staff and our patients well-being.

This has been a very trying time for many, we will be standing down staff to have one dentist available each day with a single nurse while current restrictions apply. We urge everyone to take heed of the advice that the Government has suggested and will continue to update us on. We must work together to get through this distressing time, look out for each other, practice social distancing, good hand hygiene and if you don’t need to leave home, please don’t. We will come through this and look forward to seeing all our wonderful patients on the other side.

Ottaway Dental Team