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General Dentistry

At Dental Planet, we focus on your long-term health goals. That’s why our general dentistry appointments are based on preventative care, coupled with education.

We cater to every age and stage, including those who haven’t visited a dentist in years, those who feel nervous or concerned about pain, and those who may need help with payment plans.

To find out more about the treatments we offer, browse through our menu or call and speak to our friendly team to talk through your needs.

Tooth Extractions

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We remove your tooth only when no other option is suitable. Generally, tooth extraction is performed mainly if there is extreme tooth decay or trauma. Tooth extractions can also be a part of a larger dental procedure, including the extraction of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic or Invisalign treatment. However, we emphasize considering this option only if it is absolutely necessary.

Our aim during this procedure is to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible. We can offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or if necessary, IV sedation or general anesthetic.

What is a Root Canal Treatment

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A root canal (also known as endodontic treatment) is a procedure that aims to save a tooth that has been badly damaged to decay, disease or injury.

The first step is a consultation which will involve an examination and possible x-rays. We’ll then plan a customized approach for your root canal treatment. And if you’re worried about pain, we can also discuss a range of options to help ensure you’re as comfortable and relaxed during the procedure as possible.

The Process:

Root canal procedures or endodontic treatment usually involves one or more visits.

During these visits, the dentists will clean the tooth with dental files to remove any infected tissue, wash the infected tooth with a sterilizing solution and then seal it up, so that it does not get re-infected. The final procedure involves restoring your root canal treated tooth. If your tooth decay is extensive, the dentist may recommend restoring the tooth with a crown. This helps strengthen your tooth to heavy biting forces.

As long as you continue to care for your teeth with regular brushing, gum care, and routine check-ups, your root canal treated tooth can potentially last you for several years.

Extensive Care:

As with all medical and dental procedures, root canal procedures do have a certain amount of risk involved. The success of your root canal procedure is dependent on several factors. It could be related to, but not limited to your general well-being and health, including any underlying medical conditions, overall oral hygiene, age, the capacity to heal, and many more.

Although the chances of re-infection are low, they are not uncommon. In cases where the tooth gets re-infected after a root canal procedure, the dentist would perform a re-root canal treatment. However, if the infection is extensive and the tooth cannot be saved, the dentist would recommend getting the tooth extracted.

Give Your Pearly Whites a Treat

One of the best ways to ensure your teeth stay healthy and avoid the need for complex dental care is with regular hygiene appointments. Here’s what an average appointment with our dental hygienist involves:

  • A thorough clean from our friendly and attentive dental hygienists.
  • Your gums will be checked, with a focus on the plaque, calculus (hardened plaque or tartar), and the removal of surface staining.
  • You’ll then be checked for gingivitis or gum disease and screened for other diseases such as oral cancer.
  • We also work with you to show you the most effective brushing and oral care routine.
  • At your regular visit (6 to 12-month visits), the appointment is also combined with a dental exam which includes a complete check-up of your teeth and restorations, with the aim of identifying concerns before they evolve. X-rays may be required at this visit but will be discussed with you beforehand.

If you have any further questions, please call (09) 2622208 or click here to inquire

Dental Fillings

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Dentists use fillings to treat dental cavities and repair cracked, broken or worn-down teeth. Many people prefer to have white fillings – also known as composite resins or porcelain inlays – because they’re tooth-colored and therefore less noticeable. Composite filling material also hardens as soon as the procedure is finished, so you can chew on it straight away. Another advantage of white fillings is they don’t contain mercury, which some people prefer to avoid.

Book an appointment with us for a new filling or to replace your mercury fillings with more natural-looking white fillings.

At Dental Planet, we only use white-colored, high-quality filling materials. This ensures your teeth look more natural when you laugh or smile and your fillings have a long-life span. White fillings don’t contain mercury like silver fillings do, and are ideal for creating long-term strength in filled teeth. In addition to placing new fillings, we also replace your old silver fillings with tooth-colored material.

There are a few options available, each with its own advantages.

Composite Fillings              

We usually recommend composite resin fillings for front teeth. Before placing the composite filling, we first remove the decay and clean your tooth. The composite material is then gradually added to your tooth and set with a blue light. Once it’s set, we polish the filling.

Glass ionomer cement

Glass ionomer cement is a tooth-colored filling material that bonds to enamel and dentine. After we remove the decay and clean your tooth, we’ll place the filling material into the cavity and let it set. Once it’s hardened, we’ll polish the filling. Glass ionomer cement is usually used to protect teeth rather than make them strong.

White fillings aren’t always appropriate for teeth with large cavities. An alternative is porcelain restorations such as inlays or crowns. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite.

At Dental Planet, our team of dental professionals can let you know what the life expectancy of your filling is.

Let's Talk Crowns

Dental Crowns come with a lot of benefits. They can prevent a weak tooth from breaking and also help in strengthening the overall tooth. In addition, they also:

  • Restore a tooth that’s broken or severely worn down.
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of natural teeth left.
  • Hold a dental bridge in place.
  • Cover severely discolored teeth.
  • Restore a dental implant.
  • Be used for cosmetic reasons to make your smile look better.

Available Types of Dental Crowns:

Permanent crowns can be made from different materials including metal, porcelain, resin, and ceramic.

  • All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns can be matched to your natural tooth color better than other crown types. Also, less of your tooth will need to be drilled away, which helps keep the tooth strong. These crowns are a good choice for front and back teeth and are the most popular crowns that our patients opt for.
  • Gold crowns are very strong and long-lasting. They’re most often used on back teeth where the sight of the gold isn’t as noticeable.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be matched to the color of nearby teeth (unlike crowns made entirely from metal). They were a popular choice before ceramic and porcelain crowns were made. These crowns can be a good choice for front or back teeth.

Duration and Benefits:

On an average, dental crowns last 5-15 years. The life span of a crown depends on how much wear and tear it’s exposed to and how well you care for your teeth. Crowns help avoid grinding or clenching your teeth while chewing ice, biting your fingernails, or using your teeth to open the packaging.

Because a tooth is crowned doesn’t mean it’s protected from decay or gum disease. You’ll need to keep caring for your teeth and gums, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day – especially where the gum meets the crown. Using an antibacterial mouth rinse can be of further help. Regular dental hygienist appointments are a chance to get your crown checked and cleaned thoroughly.

A crown can prevent a weak tooth from breaking and hold parts of a cracked tooth together. Dental crowns can also:

  • Restore a tooth that’s broken or severely worn down
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of natural teeth left
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Cover severely discolored teeth
  • Restore a dental implant
  • Be used for cosmetic reasons to make your smile look better

Types of Crowns Available

Permanent crowns can be made from different materials including metal, porcelain, resin, and ceramic.

  • All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns can be matched to your natural tooth color better than other crown types. Less of your tooth will need to be drilled away too, which helps keep the tooth strong. These crowns are a good choice for front and back teeth.
  • Gold crowns are very strong and long-lasting. They’re most often used on back teeth where the sight of the gold isn’t as noticeable.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be matched to the color of nearby teeth (unlike crowns made entirely from metal). They were used a lot before ceramic and porcelain crowns were made. These crowns can be a good choice for front or back teeth.

How long do dental crowns last?

On average, dental crowns last 5-15 years. The life span of a crown depends on how much wear and tear it’s exposed to and how well you care for your teeth. It’s helpful to avoid grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting your fingernails, and using your teeth to open the packaging.

Does a crowned tooth need special care?

No, but just because a tooth is crowned doesn’t mean it’s protected from decay or gum disease. You’ll need to keep caring for your teeth and gums, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day – especially where the gum meets the crown. It can also help to use an antibacterial mouth rinse. Regular dental hygienist appointments with Dental Planet are a chance to get your crown checked and cleaned thoroughly.

Nervous Patients

Feeling nervous about visiting the dentist is common, especially if you’ve had an unpleasant or painful experience in the past. But if you’re putting off much-needed dental treatment just because the thought of being on a dental chair makes you anxious, be rest assured – we do things differently at Dental Planet.

Whether you’re just a little nervous or you’re feeling highly anxious, we understand and we can help. In fact, we’ve developed a range of relaxation techniques and pain relief options to help change the way you feel about visiting the dentist. We take the time to make you comfortable and help you feel in control of your treatment. We listen, care, and offer genuine support.

Relaxation techniques we use at Dental Planet:

  • Relaxation appointments with your choice of music or a DVD to help keep your mind focused on the things you enjoy.
  • A friendly team who will take their time and listen to your concerns.
  • Private treatment rooms.
  • Select practices offer Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral conscious sedation.
  • Sedation dentistry.

Troublesome Wisdoms

Most people have four wisdom teeth, two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw. These teeth often become ‘impacted’, which is where the tooth doesn’t grow through the gum properly (or only grows part way through) and sit in an abnormal position. This is unhealthy and the tooth should be removed to prevent problems with erosion, cysts, infection, or crowding.

Symptoms of wisdom tooth infection include:

  • Red, inflamed gums alongside the wisdom tooth.
  • Swelling.
  • Soreness.
  • Pain.
  • Pus at the gum line.
  • Difficulties with opening your mouth and swallowing.
  • Fever.

It’s best to have problematic wisdom teeth removed. Many people worry about the pain of having a wisdom tooth extracted, but you generally won’t feel pain during the procedure. Our dentists will discuss your options for pain relief, which vary from a simple local anesthetic (the medicine that makes your mouth numb) to sedation. Our special team of dentists prescribes pain relief to help with any discomfort even after the procedure.

Snoring can be a cause of considerable concern. It most often results when air is unable to move freely through the nose and mouth. There are a number of factors that can cause or contribute to snoring, including the narrowing of the airway, nasal and sinus problems, being overweight, and poor sleep posture.

Snoring can be extremely frustrating for couples if one partner is being kept awake by the other’s snoring. Equally worrying is the fact that the snorer may be experiencing sleep apnea – a condition that results in the airways becoming blocked and interfering with sleep quality.

If you snore, we can work with you to develop a solution that suits your needs and lifestyle. For example, we can fit you with a customized sleep device that will help you breathe better and get a more comfortable night’s sleep.

At your appointment, we’ll discuss your symptoms and specific concerns, for example, whether you choke, gasp, or hold your breath during your sleep. We’ll also be interested in your physical symptoms, for instance, if you wake up tired in the morning, experience insomnia, or frequently wake up with headaches.

Snoring doesn’t have to affect your sleep quality or your partner’s any longer. Contact us today and let’s get it sorted.

Also known as Xerostomia, a dry mouth can cause bad breath, continuous thirst, or tongue sensitivity. It happens when there is insufficient saliva to moisten the mouth. A dry mouth not only makes it harder to enjoy your food, but it will also promote bacterial growth in your mouth and increase the chance of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay by limiting bacterial growth and washing away food particles. So if you don’t have enough saliva, it can quickly lead to dental problems. Fortunately, we can help you overcome this condition.

We’ll help you determine whether simple preventative measures, such as drinking more fluids, chewing sugar-free gum, and avoiding smoking, will work for you. We’ll also consider whether your symptoms are due to medications, hormonal changes, or any other health concerns you may have.

There are various products and treatments available with us that can relieve you from a dry mouth. So visit us and don’t put up with the uneasiness any longer.

With many sports such as basketball, gymnastics, hockey, and football, there’s a risk of injury to your teeth and gums. If you or your children play sport, we recommend using a custom-made mouth protector, known as a mouthguard.

Unlike shop-bought mouth guards, a professionally fitted mouthguard will protect your entire mouth as it cushions any blows or falls by distributing the force of the impact. We suggest avoiding non-customized mouth guards as they are generally ill-fitting and offer little protection. Only a dentist can custom-fit a mouth guard to your teeth.

Professionally fitted mouth guards can also help prevent concussions and some incidents of unconsciousness. Jaw fractures and neck injuries can also be reduced because the mouthguard prevents complications arising from the lower jaw jamming into the upper jaw.

A mouth guard also reduces the risk of bruising the cheeks and lips, especially if you wear braces. A properly fitted mouthguard can prevent damage to the brackets of your braces. Although mouthguards typically only cover the upper teeth, we may suggest you use one on the lower teeth, if you have braces on these teeth too.

The C Word

Unlike many other cancer screening procedures, dental examinations aren’t invasive. There’s no discomfort or pain involved with the screening. Instead, they could save your life!

Our oral cancer examination involves a simple and quick check of the oral cavity as a whole, not just your teeth. We’ll examine your mouth to look for white patches, red patches, ulcerations, lumps, or loose teeth. We’ll also review your dental X-rays for abnormalities.

Other symptoms of oral cancer can include chronic hoarseness, numbness of the tongue or other areas of the mouth, and sores or lesions that are taking a long time to heal. Don’t hesitate to tell us if you see a white or red patch in your mouth if you feel something is caught in your throat or if you’re finding it difficult to chew or swallow.

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