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General Dentistry

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.

Let's Talk Crowns

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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.

Temporo Mandibular Joint Dysfunction

If you’ve noticed a clicking or popping sound when opening and closing your mouth, it could be a symptom of Temporo Mandibular Joint dysfunction – commonly referred to as TMJ dysfunction.

Your TMJ joint acts as a hinge, connecting your jaw to the temporal bones in front of each ear. Problems with this hinge can cause pain in the joint and the muscles that control jaw movement.

Symptoms of TMJ dysfunction include:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Neck aches
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Sinusitis
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Pain in your jaw muscles

The most extreme form of TMJ dysfunction involves an arthritic condition of the jaw joint. If left untreated, it can cause problems with your teeth and gums and the bone structure of your mouth.

Fortunately, we have a range of treatments available to help. These may include physical therapy, muscle relaxants, heat and ice therapy, medications, and using a mouth appliance when sleeping.

Help in a Flash

Comprehensive emergency treatment with after-hours care. A dental emergency can be both stressful and painful, so you’ll want to get it sorted as soon as possible.

If you’re not sure if a dental problem qualifies as an emergency, we offer this advice. If it hurts, it’s an emergency. Even if your injury seems small, it may be compromising the health of living tissue inside the teeth. Quick treatment improves the odds of saving injured or damaged teeth and consequently, damaged nerves or blood vessels. Ignoring dental pain or a dental injury is risky because there’s also a risk of getting an infection, which is potentially life-threatening.

Our friendly and understanding staff will give you the very best care in a comfortable, safe environment, even after normal working hours.

Existing Patients

We offer emergency treatment to existing patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also keep time slots free every day just for emergencies, to make sure we can fit you in when you need it most.

New Patients

For new patients, we offer early morning, evening, and Saturday appointments.

Most dental emergencies involve the relief of acute pain, an emergency root canal treatment, or an extraction. In some circumstances, these emergencies may involve:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • A knocked-out tooth
  • Abscesses and infections causing swelling
  • Lost crowns and veneers
  • Broken dentures or partials
  • Wisdom teeth

A knocked-out Tooth

If your tooth is displaced or completely knocked out, it’s important to call us as soon as possible. Sometimes a tooth can be reinserted and saved if you act quickly.

  • If your tooth is knocked out completely, take care to handle the tooth only by the crown (the part that’s normally above the gum line), not by the root.
  • Clean the tooth in running water.
  • You may be able to gently push the tooth back into its socket (making sure it’s the right way around first). If you’re unsure, place the tooth in milk and bring it with you to see us immediately. Teeth that are reinserted into their socket within 20 minutes have the best chance of surviving.
  • Do not store the tooth in water. If milk isn’t available, place the tooth carefully between the cheek and gum and come to see us immediately. Don’t let the tooth dry out.
  • Cold packs (or even ice cubes placed either inside the mouth or above the injured tooth) can help reduce pain and swelling.
  • The sooner we see you, the greater the chance of saving your tooth.
  • If you play sports, it’s more likely you’ll damage your teeth if you’re not wearing a protective mouthguard. The cost of a fractured tooth may be more than the cost of a professionally made, custom-fitted mouthguard that provides the best protection for your teeth.

Tooth Abscesses

If it hurts when you bite or chew, especially if there’s also a foul smell and a bad taste in your mouth, it can be a sign of an abscess that needs immediate treatment. An abscessed tooth will cause an intense and spontaneous pain that may last anywhere from 30 seconds to hours at a time. The pain may or may not be triggered by food, heat or cold. It may be accompanied by swelling and it may also hurt to swallow.

If you think you might have an abscessed tooth, it’s important to see us as soon as possible. One of our gentle, friendly dentists will examine the tooth and discuss the best course of action for you. This may include antibiotics. Of course, we’ll also sort out any pain and ensure you’re comfortable.

In some cases, an abscessed tooth can cause the root of the tooth to die. Because the root of the tooth is where the nerves are, you may begin to notice the pain subside without treatment, but it’s important to realize this doesn’t mean the infection has gone. In fact, the infection will continue to spread and cause further damage. So it’s important to visit us as soon as possible, even if the pain goes away.

Infections Causing Swelling

If you have any form of swelling in or around your mouth, gums or jaw, it’s important to contact us immediately. Infections that cause a fever and/or swelling of the face should be considered an emergency and you should be seen by a dentist that day.

Lost Crown and Veneers

If you’ve lost a filling or crown, consider it an emergency. Even if you don’t have any pain or other symptoms, the tooth has lost its support and could easily become weaker. Pieces could break off or crumble, and this may require more extensive treatment. You may also find the uncovered tooth irritates your tongue. If you see your dentist right away, there’s a good chance he or she will be able to repair the damage with minimal treatment.

If your crown or veneer has come out, put it in a safe place and come to see us as soon as possible. Avoid anything that causes pain in the exposed tooth. Often, we’ll be able to re-cement your crown without having to make a new one.

Treatment/Emergency/Broken Dentures or Partials

If you have dentures or partials, chances are they’ll eventually need repair. Teeth can sometimes be separated from dentures or partials, or the clasps or plastic base may break. Most of these issues can quickly be fixed in our laboratory, Epsom Dental Lab, during regular business hours. We can often have the repair completed in as little as one day, although occasionally it may take an extra day.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

Our teeth are incredibly strong, but sometimes they can chip, crack or break. This can happen if you bite something hard, fall or get hit in the face, lose a filling or have a cavity that weakens your tooth. No matter how it happens, a chipped or broken tooth needs attention as soon as possible.

First Aid

If you or your child have broken a tooth, contact us immediately. In the meantime, rinse the mouth with warm water and apply a clean piece of gauze to any bleeding for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. A cold pack (or a pack of frozen peas) is useful to help stop swelling and reduce the pain. If you’ve found the fragment of a broken tooth, bring this with you.

Treatment Options

How we treat your chipped or broken tooth will depend on how severely it’s damaged. A small or minor chip can often be quickly repaired straight away, while a badly damaged tooth may require more than one visit. We’ll discuss the best options for your tooth, including costs, at your consultation. If your treatment will involve more than one visit, we’ll take care of any pain and advise you on how to care for your tooth between visits.

Common Repair Options

  • Fillings: These are often a good option for repairing minor cracks, chips or breaks. White fillings are less noticeable than amalgam (silver) fillings and don’t contain mercury, which some people prefer to avoid.
  • Crowns: If a large piece of tooth breaks off or there is decay involved, it may be worth repairing the tooth with a crown. A porcelain crown covers the entire tooth and helps provide structural support to make your tooth strong again.
  • Veneers: If a front tooth is broken or chipped, we may use a veneer to give a natural-looking, long-lasting result. Porcelain veneers are very strong and can last between 10 and 15 years.

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.

Sawadee and welcome to Dental Planet– Thailand edition!

A few years ago one of my patients returned from Thailand with 10 crowns and two root canal treatments. Like many people, Sue had heard about the low-cost dental holiday packages available in Thailand. The advertisements promised high-quality care, so it seemed to make sense to enjoy a holiday and have her dental treatment done, all at a price lower than my estimate.

After six months, three of Sue’s crowns became sore and needed root canal treatments and all of her crowns developed black lines around the gum line. The work was okay quality, but the materials used were definitely sub-standard.

After one year, four of her other crowns loosened and Sue realized she would need to have most of her dental treatment re-done. The treatment provider in Thailand offered to replace the original crowns with ceramic crowns, however, Sue would have to pay for her airfares as well as the difference on the more expensive ceramic crowns.

I decided I had to do something to prevent this from happening again. Due to our practice size and buying power, I have been able to negotiate great rates with our crown suppliers as well as excellent material rates for all comprehensive dental care – sometimes up to 50-60% lower than usual dental prices!

So what does that mean for you? Not only are we able to give you the best price, but you can trust you’ll also get the best quality materials and the best quality care.

Reasons to Choose Us:

  • Affordable dental fees.
  • The high-quality treatment you can trust.
  • All treatments are performed by myself or one of my New Zealand-registered dentists.
  • A five-year workmanship warranty on all dental treatments.
  • No service fee. Most dental-holiday companies charge $400 or more to find you a Thai dentist.
  • No need to travel… we’re right here in Auckland.

Still not convinced? Send us your dental estimate for Thai dental treatment, and we’ll provide you with a FREE assessment. Or email me personally to discuss your dental needs. See you soon.

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