Dental Consultation or Check Up
Teeth cleaning or Scaling
Dental X rays
Teeth Clenching or Grinding
At Cohuna Dental Clinic, we provide a range of general dental services. We follow the Dental Board of Australia infection control standards. We also follow the Australian Dental Association infection control standards.
Teeth Extraction or Tooth Pulled Out
In your check-up, our dentists will examine your teeth, gums and surrounding tissue. We recommend you attend check-ups every six months to maintain a healthy smile. This can minimise major dental procedures in the future.
To keep your gums and teeth healthy it is important to brush and floss twice a day. With proper dental care and hygiene, you may be able to avoid major treatment. Major treatment includes root canal treatment, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and crown and bridges.
Regular teeth cleaning is essential for the maintenance of a healthy smile. Tartar and plaque build-up on teeth increase the chances of gum disease. This can lead to loss of gum and loss of teeth. Scaling can prevent gum disease and decay.
Dental deep cleaning will remove all calculus and plaque build-up. This will prevent gum disease and reduce bad breath. We recommend that you see one of our friendly dentists every 6 months for a check-up and dental cleaning. Teeth cleaning can provide cleaner, brighter, more attractive teeth.
Teeth x-rays (radiographs) help the dentist visualise diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissue. Digital dental x-rays can reveal many things that can't be seen by a visual examination. These include cavities, gum loss, bone loss and hidden wisdom teeth.
Taking x-rays will enable the dentist to detect problems early in their development. Early intervention and treatment will save you unnecessary discomfort and money in future. Our dentist in Cohuna will check if you need x-rays. They will explain the process to you before taking any x-rays.
Dental x-rays are important for root canal treatment and dental implants. The x-rays are important for determining the root canal length, bone length and density.
As with any procedure, we will get your permission before taking any x-rays. Please check our FAQ section to find out more about x-rays and radiation.
Dental extractions occur for a wide variety of reasons including:
Severe toothache, tooth decay or infection;
Severe gum disease affecting the supporting tissues and bone structure of teeth;
Preparation for orthodontic treatment;
Badly positioned teeth (where orthodontic treatment is not possible);
Presence of extra teeth that are blocking other teeth from coming in; and
Insufficient space for wisdom teeth.
Our dentists will discuss all options available to you, including tooth removal options. We will always take extra care to make teeth extractions as pleasant as possible.
Clenching or grinding teeth (clinically known as bruxism) is usually caused by stress or a person’s bite.
Most people grind their teeth at night time. Grinding teeth in sleep can cause excessive wear of the teeth. Clenching can cause the muscles that support the jaw to swell and other problems with the jaw joint.
Symptoms of teeth clenching or teeth grinding include:
soreness or tiredness of the face
general pain of the teeth
general sensitivity to cold and
flattening and wearing of the teeth.
If you have any of these symptoms, talk to one of the dentists at Cohuna Dental Clinic. They will examine your teeth and jaw joint and see whether you are suffering from teeth grinding.
How to stop teeth grinding?
Treatment for teeth clenching involves wearing a special appliance at night while you sleep. The appliance (known as an occlusal splint) will prevent you clenching and grinding your teeth in your sleep. The nightguard will protect your teeth and jaw joint from damage. Modern dental innovations have resulted in comfortable night-time guards. The night guards are custom made to fit your teeth and mouth.
Occlusal splints look like mouth guards, but are made from a different material. These teeth guards are much stronger than sports mouth guards.
False teeth (also known as dentures) are a removable acrylic (plastic) plate or metal frame that replace one or more missing teeth. If the artificial teeth replace all teeth it is a full denture, and if it replaces some teeth it is a partial denture.
Using the latest dental innovations, we can custom make false teeth that look real.
To see if dentures might be the right option for you or to solve existing denture problems, see our dentist. They will assist you with the best option for you.