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penrith panthers

Wisdom Dental & Denture Clinic are the 2021 official player partner of the Penrith Panthers Five-Eighth

Check up, scale & cleans, fluoride & x-rays

Regular 6 monthly check up, scale and cleans are highly recommended for children and adults of ALL ages. As hard plaque builds up over our teeth and gums and cannot be removed by simple at home brushing and flossing. A professional scale and clean is necessary to remove this hard plaque and help to remove minor staining. Once plaque has been removed it is then more visible for the dentist to detect any early stages of decay, gum disease, oral cancer or any other problems that may arise.

Dental x-rays are also highly recommended every 2 years. This is to check for any infection or decay that may be happening between the teeth or under the gums.

Clenching/grinding

Excessive clenching and grinding can cause hypersensitive teeth, aching jaw muscles, and headaches. Clenching can be caused by stress and anxiety, abnormal bite, missing or crooked teeth or a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Most clenching and grinding can go unrecognised as it often occurs during our sleep.

It is important to see a dentist if you feel you may be clenching or grinding as if this is left untreated your natural teeth can be worn down to root stumps. Once diagnosed there are dental appliances called ‘splints’ that can assist patients and prevent damage from happening to their natural teeth. A splint is a clear retainer that is worn over the teeth at night for patient to prevent grinding their natural teeth.

At Wisdom Denture and Dental Clinic, we offer digital milled splints that are made on site. These splints are digitally designed which means the fit is 100% as there is no human error. Our splints not only fit perfectly over the teeth, but they also are made with a strong material to avoid the patient from grinding it down or breaking it.

Crowns & bridges

Crowns are a tooth-shaped, custom-made ‘cap’ that is placed over a tooth. They are essentially made of porcelain, metal or gold materials depending on the case. Dental crowns are used to restore a tooth’s shape, size and strength, as well as improving its overall appearance.
A bridge consists of one or more pontics (fake teeth) and are held in place by dental crowns. These dental crowns are also called abutments, and they are cemented onto the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth. Bridges are usually made of porcelain or metal, or a mixture of the two.
At our clinic we have the luxury of having an onsite dental laboratory with state of the art five access milling machines where all crowns and bridge work is done onsite. This also means that we have two full time ceramists for those hard to match tooth shades onsite to get the right colour that both our professionals and patients are happy with.

Dental extractions and wisdom teeth

A dental extraction is where a tooth is professionally removed from a patient’s mouth. This is done by firstly numbing the area with a local anaesthetic injection and where the dentist then uses professional equipment to remove the tooth from the socket. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, but most commonly to remove teeth which have become unrestorable through tooth decay, periodontal disease, or dental trauma.

Usually most straight forward extractions are done very quickly, especially if the tooth is already loosened. However, some extractions can be difficult and turn into what is called a ‘surgical extraction’. A surgical extraction is where the tooth is either broken down or if the tooth is difficult to remove the dentist would then need to make incisions into the gum. This then allows them more room to help loosen the tooth and they may even need to sectionally remove the tooth by separating it down to the root.
Wisdom teeth extractions can be sometimes straight forward but also can become a surgical extraction. Impacted wisdom teeth usually are the main reason wisdom teeth need to be extracted. This means that there isn’t any room for the wisdom tooth in the patients jaw which can be very painful.

Dental fillings

Dental fillings are where a tooth is either chipped, decayed or discoloured and requires a repair. If a tooth that requires a filling is left untreated it is more prone to further damage, so it is highly recommended to have it checked. At our clinic we use tooth coloured filling materials to repair a tooth so that it blends in with the shade of your natural tooth and surrounding teeth.

Depending on the size of the decay or broken tooth will determine the length of your appointment. Most fillings can take up to 30 mins per filling where the dentist will clean the infected area by removing any decay in the tooth, the tooth is then prepped and restored.

If you are ever unsure whether you may need a filling it is always best to see your dentist to have the tooth professionally checked.

Fissure seals

Dental fissure sealants are a protective layer applied to the grooves, known as fissures, and pits of the back molars. They help to prevent food from emerging into the grooves which can cause decay. A fissure sealant is done using a tooth coloured material and is a quick procedure done by our dentist.

It is recommended that for some patients (usually patients with deep fissures) to get a fissure sealant at an early stage to prevent decay. At 6 years of age we get our first set of molar teeth, therefore from this age you can get this preventative treatment.

A fissure sealant will usually fall off after about 6 months, as it is only a thin layer that will usually start to wear down after time. Therefore, it is a good idea to visit the dentist every 6 months for your routine check up, as the dentist can check the condition of the sealant. Even if a sealant only last 6 months or even years, if it comes out it can still be re applied.

Root canal treatment

A root canal is a treatment required for a tooth that cannot be simply filled as the tooth has become badly decayed or the pulp becomes infected. The pulp consists of specialised dental cells, blood vessels, tissue fibres and some nerve fibres located in the hollow space in the central part of the tooth. If this area becomes infected the tooth would then require root canal treatment, where each nerve (pulp) of the tooth is removed, this involves dental files that clean out the infected area and a filling material is then placed.

Root canal treatment usually requires three appointments and has a has a success rate of about 80%. Once treatment has been completed the treated tooth should last a very long time, that is if you maintain good oral hygiene and generally look after your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

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Pola Light is an advanced tooth whitening system that combines Pola’s award-winning whitening formula, with an LED mouthpiece, for a faster whitening treatment.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the modern, permanent solution to missing teeth. A dental implant is a screw component that interfaces with the bone of a patients mouth. Dental implants help to support a fixed prosthetic crown, bridge or denture.

To find out more about implants and to find out if you are an eligible candidate for this procedure, call our clinic on (02) 4760 2337 to book your consultation today.