Check Up & Clean
Regular maintenance is the key to a healthy mouth.
6 monthly appointments
Periodical check up and cleans save time and stress in the long run by diagnosing and treating dental problems before they become more serious. 6 monthly dental visits are recommended for a detailed examination and thorough clean of your teeth. This approach reduces the cost of dental treatment in the long run.
A 6 monthly check up and clean appointment with Dr. James B will include
Scale and polish
X-rays if necessary
Diagnostic Tests & X-rays
An examination may also include dental X-rays (bitewing radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures. X-rays are recommended to be taken every 2 years, depending on your risk status for potential oral health problems.
Oral Cancer & Soft Tissue Check
During the examination, checks for oral cancer and soft tissue conditions will be assessed.
What's the difference between calculus and plaque?
Plaque is a soft biofilm composed mainly of bacteria that sticks to your teeth naturally when you eat and drink. The bacteria in plaque feed off the sugars in your diet and if left untouched will start to cause cavities in your teeth and gum disease. It’s important to remove plaque regularly to prevent the buildup and formation of cavities. Always brush and floss effectively to clean all the surfaces of your teeth where plaque could be hiding.
Calculus is a form of hardened plaque which accumulates over time when plaque isn’t cleaned off effectively. It tends to accumulate in hard to reach areas (in between your teeth.) It also accumulates in areas where the saliva in your mouth pools (like your lower front teeth) saliva plays a big role in hardening plaque into calculus. Once the calculus has hardened on your teeth it can’t be removed with brushing alone and must be done at the dentist. Calculus is a big contributing factor to gum disease (gingivitis)
Prevention is always better than a cure.
3 in 10 Australians aged 25-44 have untreated tooth decay and the same number either delay or avoid a visit to the dentist due to cost. (AIHW-2017)
Did you know that you can prevent tooth decay with good oral hygiene and regular check up appointments at the dentist? When you visit the dentist routinely we can spot tooth decay in the early stages and offer treatment to prevent decay from getting worse. It’s not ideal finding yourself in a situation where you may need a root canal or extraction.
Treatment of Gum Infections
Periodontal disease is the inflammation and infection of the gums, caused by a build-up of plaque which then hardens to become calculus.
Early stage of gum disease
Bacteria in plaque and calculus can damage the gums and cause gingivitis. Gingivitis can usually be treated successfully through removal of the plaque and calculus by your dentist, followed by keeping a good oral hygiene routine (that is brushing and flossing every day).
Advanced stage of gum disease
The advanced stage of gum disease is called periodontitis. It can cause serious damage to teeth, gums and bone that supports teeth. If periodontitis is left untreated, pockets form between the gums and teeth, the gum may recede from the teeth and this may result in teeth becoming loose and needing extraction. The purpose of periodontal treatment is to stop or slow down the progression of gum disease.
Professional Deep Clean
During an examination Dr James B. will assess the health of your gums and determine if you have established gum disease. The only way to treat this is by having your teeth cleaned regularly by a dentist, hygienist or specialist as well as maintaining a good oral hygiene routine at home. The deep gum cleaning at the treatment is usually completed over 2 to 4 visits at the dentist and is monitored at 3 - 6 monthly review appointments.
Swipe your healthcare fund and just pay the gap. All private health insurers are accepted. While this procedure is usually covered, the level your plan may cover can be checked by providing you with itemised codes of your treatment.