GENERAL DENTISTRY

Offering quality family dental care to our community for over 30 years

GENERAL DENTISTRY

Offering general dental care to the community for over 30 years

TECHNOLOGY

Advancements in dental technology, materials, techniques and treatment options are happening every day. At Simply Beautiful Smiles, we are committed to providing our patients with a cutting-edge standard of care, and as a result, we are constantly reviewing our code of practice and approach to treatment. Here are some of the latest additions to our practice:

ZEISS MICROSCOPES

To pursue the highest quality of care for our patients, the dentists at Simply Beautiful Smiles have teamed up with world renowned medical technology innovators, Zeiss. Microscopy in dentistry allows for more accurate diagnosis and treatment. The Extaro 300 microscope provides breakthrough technology to microdentistry including augmented visualisation. We believe that preservation of tooth structure is a corner stone of modern dentistry and microdentistry will enable the best outcomes for our patients.

EMS Airflow Prophylaxis Master System

The EMS Prophy Jet is the most advanced technology on the market, for an effective and comfortable way to have your teeth cleaned. This new approach combines a select mixture of an isotonic powder, water and refined fine air pressure , utilising a proprietary Air-Flow, vortex technique. The soft slurry of air, powder and water efficiently and effectively removes the layers of soft plaque and bacteria from your teeth. This is a much nicer way of plaque removal than the traditional method of prophylaxis with the dental drill, rubber cup and dental paste.

This cleaning protocol may also include the use of a harmless plaque disclosing dye, which will show up any transparent layers of biofilm. Biofilm is the bacterial component of the plaque, that is the main cause of tooth decay and periodontal diseases, including gingivitis. The EMS Air-Flow gently removes these deposits, along with stubborn stains such as those from drinking tea and coffee. In some cases there will still be a need for the ultrasonic vibrating device to remove residual deposits of the hard plaques, called calculus. However, this is minimised and softened by the pre-use of the Prophy Jet.

You’ll be amazed by how gentle it is and how great your smile looks and feels after just one visit!

Intraoral camera and scanning

When designing your smile, your dentist needs to ensure a perfect fit. Digital smile planning is the way of the future. By taking a detailed scan of your mouth, our doctors, Dr Wells and Dr Peterson, are able to be customised with a level of detail and accuracy not achievable with traditional methods.

CANCER CHECKS

Today, oral cancer is still a major health issue. Today, oral cancer is the 6th most common cancer, affecting the lips, tongue, soft palate and cheeks. In Australia, when statistics for all types of oral cancer are combined, they result in more deaths each year than for cervical cancer. For early detection of oral cancer there is a 70 per cent five year survival rate, compared to just 30 per cent if the cancer has spread. As with other forms of cancer, early detection and treatment of cancerous tissues is of paramount importance to increase survival chances. Oral cancer lesions can be particularly rampant. Two thirds of all those diagnosed with oral cancer are men.

From oral signs of childhood diseases such as some forms of leukemia, to oral cancers seen more in the elderly, your dentist has been trained to detect oral (and even facial) cancer lesions at all stages of development. Each time you visit with your dentist for a dental check-up, an oral cancer screening is performed. You are usually not aware that this is being done. Therefore, regular dental visits are crucial as part of your regular health maintenance programme. Wearing dentures does not preclude you from the need for regular oral health checks. In fact, if you are an older patient, you are even more at risk of developing oral cancer.

Detecting Oral Cancer

You can take an active role in detecting early signs of oral cancer by checking your own oral tissues periodically. Take a few minutes to examine your lips, gums, cheek lining and tongue, as well as the floor and roof of your mouth. If you discover any of the following and the condition persists, contact this office for an examination:

In addition, you should watch for changes beyond the mouth that could signal oral cancer:

Minimising the Risk of Developing Oral Cancer

The following photos are kindly provided by the Australian Dental Association. They show cases of more advanced oral cancer. Unfortunately, most oral cancers progress rapidly, so it is imperative that you visit your dentist as soon as possible if you have any of the signs or symptoms mentioned previously.

Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is the number one cause of adult tooth loss in Australia today. Of even more concern is the recently discovered link between severe periodontal disease and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and now oral cancer, in humans.

How do you know if you have gum disease? Healthy gums are firm and pink. When plaque builds up, healthy gums tend to swell and become a darker red. This condition is known as gingivitis. If the plaque starts to creep below the gum-line, the gingivitis can deteriorate into a condition known as periodontitis, an inflammation that can erode the ligament and bone beneath the gums, creating deep pockets that foster the growth of destructive bacteria.

Periodontal disease develops gradually over a period of months or even years, and there are often no warning signs. Some of the most common symptoms include bleeding, red or swollen gums, loose teeth, gums that pull away from teeth and bad breath. We offer state-of-the-art technology when diagnosing periodontal disease.

Traditional treatment for gum disease includes the use of antibiotics and root planing (deep cleaning of the bacteria-filled pockets), and, when necessary, uncomfortable, time-consuming and expensive surgery.

Today, however, it is becoming easier for dentists and patients to work together to prevent gum disease, or to catch it at its earliest stages before extensive therapy is needed and before tooth loss is likely. It is never too late to take good care of your teeth. With treatment and a continuing commitment to oral health care, health can be restored to diseased gums and tissue.

If teeth are already missing, Cosmetic Dentistry techniques such as Porcelain Crowns, Porcelain Bridges, Implants or Cosmetic Dentures are all options to cosmetically replace missing teeth. We believe in preventative periodontics and want you to maintain your teeth for a lifetime. Current research also demonstrates that the treatment of severe periodontal or gum disease reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients.

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