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Dental Services OLD

Welcome to Glengowrie Dental

Glengowrie Dental is a modern, patient focused, full-service dentist practice in Glengowrie, just 9km from Adelaide CBD, and 2km from Glenelg. We aim to improve your dental health so you can smile confidently and proudly. The use of evidence-based best practice ensures an optimal outcome in your dental treatment. We want you to take pride in your smile. With a simple, live online booking system and extended opening hours, taking care of your teeth is easy and convenient, even with a busy lifestyle. Book your Glengowrie Dental appointment online now and see a dentist when it suits you.

  • High Quality Dentistry
  • Affordable Care For The Whole Family
  • Convenient Location
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Emergency Dental Care
  • State Of The Art Technology And Equipment

Comprehensive Examination & Clean

Comprehensive examination and clean

Regular dental check ups and cleaning allow your dentist to diagnose problems early. Early intervention leads to less costly treatment and ..

Veneers

Veneers

Veneers can be made from porcelain or from composite. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. In each case your tooth is prepared to bond on the veneer. This may be minimal ..

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns And Bridges

Dental crowns are type of restoration that cover all or most of the visible part of the tooth in the mouth. This is called the crown of the tooth and ..

Tooth Coloured Fillings

Tooth Coloured Fillings

When most people think of a filling, they think of a cavity. A dental restoration can replace tooth structure for any cause. That can be dental decay ..

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is the removal of the pulp tissue from inside of your tooth. It is usually carried out because the tooth pulp is dead or is dying ..

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening improves the colour of your teeth. There are multiple methods to do this. In a healthy mouth, teeth whitening is safe ..

Clear Aligners

Clear Aligners

Clear Aligners are the clear alternative to braces. Clear aligners that are barely visible are worn instead of traditional orthodontic braces ..

Tooth Removal

Tooth Removal

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone. The most common reason for extraction is tooth damage due to breakage ..

Comprehensive Examination and Clean

Regular dental check ups and cleaning allow your dentist to diagnose problems early. Early intervention leads to less costly treatment and healthier teeth and gums. When you attend for a dental check up, your dentist will check all your teeth for tooth decay, wear and cracking. Your existing fillings, crowns bridges and implants will be checked to ensure they are still functional and that there is no breakdown or decay.

Your gums will then be screened for any signs of gum disease, such as gingivitis or periodontitis. Gum disease can be painless and affect all teeth in your mouth at once, so early diagnosis and intervention is crucial. If there are any changes to your oral hygiene habits needed, your dentist will discuss these with you. For most people, brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day  should be sufficient to maintain healthy gums. Home maintenance is your best defence against gingivitis, so if you notice bleeding from your gums, make sure to book an appointment for your check up or dental hygiene visit.

The cleaning process uses an ultrasonic cleaner to scale and clean the teeth. The vibration from the scaler knocks the plaque and tartar off the teeth. The water keeps it cool and helps to wash the debris away. The teeth are then polished with a prophylaxis paste. This is often called scaling and cleaning. After cleaning the plaque and tartar from your teeth, your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment to help protect your teeth from dental decay and cavities. This is particularly beneficial for children and those at high risk of dental decay. Ending the cycle and stabilising your dental problems is the whole point of early intervention.

Dental x-rays allow diagnosis of decay and other problems which cannot be seen from looking directly in the mouth. Dental Xrays are recommended every couple of years to check between the teeth, they are very low dose of radiation and pose minimal threat to you. Your dentist will also be able to advise if additional x-rays are recommended to investigate any problems identified when checking your teeth visually and with magnification. The use of digital intra-oral cameras allows us to take photographic images of your teeth to monitor decay, investigate cracks and also to show you these findings.

At Glengowrie Dental we have an in house OPG machine, which takes big full mouth xrays- this allows your dentist to view the root of every tooth to ensure that there is no pathology, oral cancer and that your jaw joint are all looking healthy. This is also necessary for any wisdom tooth removal, as we are able to see where the nerve is placed to make a safe decision.

During your examination, your dentist will also examine your soft tissues for an oral cancer screening. Your TMJ jaw joint and your muscles will be examined for any problems related to bruxism, or tooth grinding. After examination of all the soft tissues, gums, teeth, muscles, joints and discussion of your personal habits, you can be confident that a thorough examination and assessment of your dental health has been completed. You will be advised on any dental treatment that is needed urgently, any dental treatment that is recommended to prevent progression and may even be offered optional treatments to minimise your risk of developing dental problems in the future.

Veneers

Veneers can be made from porcelain or from composite. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. In each case your tooth is prepared to bond on the veneer. This may be minimal, such as surface polishing, or may involve cutting some of the tooth. When the tooth is cut, this is permanent and so it should be carefully considered taking into account maintenance, ongoing treatment needs and benefits. If you do not take care of your veneers, they will not last.

Porcelain veneers are custom made in a dental laboratory. After your tooth is prepared, scans are taken of your teeth, which the laboratory technician can use to make the veneers. This can take two weeks. Photographs of your face and teeth are taken before and after any preparation, and your dentist will record the chosen tooth shade for the veneers. When the veneers are ready, they are tried in to make sure they fit well and look great. They are then bonded to the tooth. Before they are bonded, changes to colour or shape can still be carried out by returning them to the lab.

Porcelain veneers are very thin, but when bonded to your tooth, can be long lasting with a profound change in appearance. However, they will not last forever, so when considering them as an option, remember that they will need to be replaced throughout your life, and that each time the tooth may undergo further damage.

Composite veneers are bonded directly onto the tooth on the same day, so are a more affordable option. Composite can look great, but over time will tend to dull, whereas porcelain keeps its sheen better.

Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns are type of restoration that cover all or most of the visible part of the tooth in the mouth. This is called the crown of the tooth and so this is where this type of  dental treatment gets its name. Dental crowns are a way to restore a tooth to strength if it has had a lot of damage in the past. Dental crowns can be used for cosmetic reasons to cover a dark or discoloured tooth that has had damage in the past, or they can be used purely to restore to function a tooth which has no cosmetic problem. Crowns are available in a selection of materials, each of which has different benefits and risks. Your dentist will discuss with you which will be the best crown for your tooth. Dental crowns are often called caps.

A bridge is the same type of restoration as a crown, but it fills in a missing tooth or gap in the mouth. It is usually made up of a crown on either side of the space, on your natural teeth, and a crown filling the empty space- although there are a few alternatives to this. Your dentist will discuss all options that may be available and suitable to you.

Tooth Coloured Fillings

When most people think of a filling, they think of a cavity. A dental restoration can replace tooth structure for any cause. That can be dental decay, trauma to the tooth, dental erosion (acid wear) or attrition due to grinding (bruxism). Most dental fillings nowadays are made of composite, which is a white filling material. The larger a filling gets, the weaker it gets and also the weaker the tooth becomes.
White fillings can be used for different purposes. A runny, flowable version can be used to seal the fissures in the tooth. This is a preventive treatment called a fissure sealant. A high shine and natural appearance is more important for front teeth, so often a different white filling material is used than at the back where a more hardwearing composite is favourable.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is the removal of the pulp tissue from inside of your tooth. It is usually carried out because the tooth pulp is dead or is dying. Root canal treatment allows you to retain a tooth that otherwise would need to be removed.
A tooth can die due to any trauma to the tooth pulp, which is the living part in the centre of your tooth. This is often but not always due to untreated tooth decay. Once the decay gets to the tooth pulp, the bacteria which cause the decay irritates the pulpal tissues. The tooth eventually starts to die and this is when root canal treatment is needed. Sometimes the tooth will die before you can get to the dentist and you can end up with a tooth abscess. This is a painful infection, from the tooth, affecting the bone underneath the tooth.

Sometimes a tooth will die due to trauma. This occurs after a fall or other trauma such as a car accident. The tooth can remain alive for some time afterwards, it can even be many years later when the tooth dies off. Signs of a tooth dying include darkening of the tooth, pain, looseness and infection above the gum line.
With a deep filling, sometimes it is too late to save the tooth without root canal, even if the tooth was alive prior to treatment. Remember although you will be numb, the deep filling and removal of decay is still traumatic for the pulp. This is why sometimes after a filling it can be painful for a little while. The pain is pulpitis and sometimes it is irreversible. If you get continued pain after a filling, it is best to return to the dentist to get the tooth checked.
Root canal treatment involves a thorough cleaning of the pulp chamber and the thin canals which run within the roots of the tooth. This is both chemical and mechanical cleaning. Thorough cleaning should remove the bacteria that can cause an abscess as well as any tissue that may release toxins. It is usually best to leave a medicated dressing within the tooth for optimum effect this time is decided by your dentist. Due to this, you will usually have a temporary filling between visits and there can be multiple visits for the cleaning procedure.
After the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned and is symptom free, a root filling is placed within the roots of the tooth to seal it all the way through. A filling will be placed on top of this also. Usually a full coverage restoration, such as a crown is recommended for any back teeth that have had root canal treatment, due to their risk of future fracture. This is often the case for front teeth also. The crown keeps the root canals sealed from the bacteria in your mouth, preventing return of the infection, while simultaneously binding the tooth together to help reduce the risk of tooth fracture.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening improves the colour of your teeth. There are multiple methods to do this. In a healthy mouth, teeth whitening is safe, but it can cause some tooth sensitivity. This can be managed, but it is best to manage prior to teeth whitening as existing sensitivity will likely worsen.
In chair teeth whitening involves using higher strength whitening agents under the supervision of a dentist. Your gums are protected and then whitening agent is applied to your teeth. An activation light is applied to your teeth to ensure penetration and activation of the whitening agent. This process takes approximately one hour in the chair. In office whitening is faster, giving profound results, but can result in more sensitivity. If you already have severe sensitivity, you may want to consider a slower alternative.

Take home whitening kits are available also, You apply the gel to the guard at home every day or night for a few weeks to whiten your teeth. As this is a slower version, there is less sensitivity, but it is more time consuming and cumbersome. Your dentist will discuss which formulation will work best for you.

Clear Aligners

Clear Aligners are the clear alternative to braces. Clear aligners that are barely visible are worn instead of traditional orthodontic braces, to gradually, gently and safely move your teeth into a better alignment. If you have concerns about your teeth not being straight, aligners may be the right treatment for you.
clear aligners are based on 3D computer modelling of your teeth, bone and gums to use latest technologies in 3D printing and manufacture to ensure great treatment outcomes without the poor aesthetics of traditional metal braces. If you wish to proceed with treatment, a mould of your teeth as well as photos and x-rays are scanned and loaded on to computer for tooth movement modelling. A team of technicians and orthodontists work out, in conjunction with your dentist, what will be the optimum movements for your teeth, to give you the best final outcome for your face. Ideal treatment varies based on your symmetry, jaw shape, face shape, lip shape and eye position. It is not just your teeth which affect your smile.
After manufacture, your aligners are worn 22 hours a day, which needs to be a firm commitment. You really only need to take them out to eat and clean your teeth. After treatment, you will still need to wear retainers to prevent orthodontic relapse.

Tooth Removal

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone. The most common reason for extraction is tooth damage due to breakage, decay or infection. Infected and damaged teeth are not only painful; they pose a risk to your overall oral health.

There are numerous reasons why a tooth might be better out than in. These include:

  • Severe damage or infection to the tooth
  • The tooth obstructs the growth of others
  • Stubborn baby teeth
  • To make room for the teeth to be shifted when undergoing orthodontic treatment
  • Radiation therapy on the head or neck may cause the teeth to need extraction
  • Drugs that weaken the immune system often cause teeth to become infected and need extraction
  • Wisdom teeth are routinely removed due to their painful eruption and disruption of an individual’s oral health

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MONDAY  8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
TUESDAY  9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
WEDNESDAY  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
THURSDAY  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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