General Dentistry - Bridge to Your Overall Health
There are a lot of different fields in dentistry. General Dentistry is the field that covers your overall oral health care. Hence, a general dentist is a primary dental care provider who can diagnose, treat, and manage dental problems through different procedures such as:
- General Teeth Cleaning
- Dental Filling
- Dental Crowns
- Inlays & Onlays
- Root Canal Therapy
A good general dentist can help prevent a wide variety of diseases and problems. That’s why The Smile Clinic offers our patients a highly qualified team of dentists who have 13+ years of experience in their respective fields.
Our General Dental Care Services
The Smile Clinic is proud to offer our patients access to our advanced and well-equipped dental practice. We offer the following general dental care services to our Boronia patients.
1 - General Dental Scale & Cleaning
Dental scaling and cleaning (also called professional teeth cleaning or whitening) is a dental procedure that removes the plaque and tartar from the teeth, restoring their original luster. Usually, this treatment is necessary for patients suffering from the initial stage of gum disease.
2 - Dental Filling
The dentists at The Smile Clinic use a procedure called dental filling to repair any decay or damage to your molars and premolars that occurs over time. During this procedure, the dentist will restore the decayed or damaged tooth cavity by the direct insertion of a filling that’s usually composed of gold, silver amalgam, composite resin, or porcelain material.
3 - Dental Crown
If you have a tooth that is broken, damaged, or cracked, a general dentist can have an artificial crown made. If you have molar cavities that are too big to be filled, artificial crowns can also be used to cover and protect that tooth. A properly cared for artificial crown can last for 5 to 10 years.
The dentists at The Smile Clinic use materials such as metal, porcelain, ceramic, zirconia, or a composite resin material to make crowns for your damaged teeth. These crowns can be temporary or permanent depending on what else may need to be done to the tooth. The material that the crown is made from will depend upon the position and function of the tooth.
4 - Bridges
Dental bridges are artificial teeth that are inserted in the place of missing teeth. Unlike dental implants, bridges are comparatively less expensive and not quite as painful.
Our Boronia dentists use many different types of dental bridges. This includes traditional, cantilever, maryland, and implant-supported dental bridges. A properly cared for dental bridge can last for about ten years.
5 - Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is used to relieve pain caused by damaged tissue in a tooth’s root. This is done by removing infected tissue from the root via a drill and other tools. Thanks to modern dental technology, this procedure has become quite painless.
A typical root canal will require a couple of trips to our practice. After a few days, you’ll feel much better, and the risks of further infection will be gone.
6 - Dentures
Dentures are removable prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth and are supported by the remaining teeth and gum tissue.
The dentists at The Smile Clinic use two different types of dentures to replace your missing teeth, removable partial dentures and complete dentures.
Partial Dental Dentures
Removable partial dentures are constructed to replace a few missing teeth. These dentures are necessary because they prevent the remaining natural teeth from changing their position.
Complete Dental Dentures
When a patient loses all of their teeth, the best option for them are dentures that cover their upper and lower sets of teeth. These are called removable complete dentures. Even if you’ve lost the ability to chew, these dentures will restore that ability.
Fitting dentures is a long process, and will require frequent trips to our clinic in order to replace your teeth perfectly.
7 - Wisdom Teeth
The wisdom teeth are are the last to grow in a child’s mouth. Often times they won’t have enough space to grow correctly, and may cause swelling, pain, and in some cases infections. Problems with a child’s (or an adults in many cases) wisdom teeth can be prevented by consulting with the general dentists at The Smile Clinic.
In some cases, you may have to have your wisdom teeth removed. Our team will be able to help you reach the right decision if that happens to be the case for you.
Schedule An Appointment Today
Oral health is at the core of your overall health. That’s why it’s so important that you get in touch with the experts at The Smile Clinic today. If you have decayed or damaged teeth, please contact us immediately to get an appointment with The Smile Clinic in Boronia, AU.
1. Are any of the materials used for fillings safe?
All of the materials used by the experts at The Smile Clinic are 100% tested and certified to be completely safe for oral usage. While some patients have had concerns about certain metal fillings like silver amalgam, these materials have been chosen by or team because of the proven track record that they’ve earned as safe and harmless materials. When you choose our team, you can be confident that only the safest techniques and materials will be used on your procedure.
2. What age should my child have their first dentist visit?
The consensus in the dental industry is as soon as their first tooth appears, but no later than their first birthday. It’s important that a dentist see the child as soon as their first tooth begins to come in, because the dentist can make sure that nothing abnormal is occurring, and can become familiar with the child. This allows the dentist to know exactly how to help the child in later years when their baby teeth begin to fall out.
3. Would having my teeth whitened damage them or cause long term issues?
Luckily, the answer is no. As long as the whitening agents are used by or supervised by a dentist, there isn’t any risk of having your teeth or gum tissue damaged by whitening products. The caveat is that your teeth can become more sensitive after whitening them. However, this isn’t permanent, and can be easily fixed by using desensitizing medication.
4. I'm an adult now. Is it too late to have braces?
The great thing about braces is that they can be used at any age to align your teeth. Despite what the media tends to portray, they aren’t just for kids! You may take longer to have your teeth aligned, or you may need a few different methods at one time in order to get the desired outcome. If braces are embarrassing to you in your professional life, options such as clear braces and Invisalign exist to reduce any social stress and anxiety that they could cause.
5. Are X-Rays Dangerous?
While x-ray machines do emit radiation, when you have x-rays taken at The Smile Clinic, you can rest easy knowing that every precaution will be taken to ensure your safety. You will be given protective shielding that will block any radiation emitted by the x-ray machine. Most x-ray machines emit very low amounts of radiation, meaning that there isn’t anything to worry about.