We are the oldest existing practice in Avondale Heights & have been part of the community for over 30 years.
We are located at 45 Military Rd in Avondale Heights.
Are thin tooth coloured porcelain shells carefully crafted to bond to & cover teeth. This may be done to mask unsightly teeth, & to change the colour &/or shape of teeth.
Veneers are excellent for treating chipped, discoloured, misaligned or misshapen teeth or gaps between teeth.
Veneers are a very conservative method to do this treatment with very little tooth preparation required.
If the tooth underneath is strong enough, veneers can be a simpler & cheaper alternative to crowns & are long lasting.
Porcelain inlays & onlays are tooth coloured fillings that are used to repair moderately damaged back teeth. These are bonded directly to the teeth & provide an aesthetic & strong solution to broken down back teeth.
Crowns are used to fully cover a tooth to provide strength & aesthetics. They are traditionally made from Porcelain however the newer ones can also be made from Zirconia. They may be used similarly to veneers however they are often used where the tooth may be weakened through large fillings, root fillings or extensive wear & veneers are not appropriate.
Bonding is used to improve small irregularities & breakages of front teeth. They are made from Composite resin & are not as strong as veneers or crowns however they are a much cheaper alternative & can last several years before replacement. They are simple to do & are relatively easy to repair.
Bleaching or whitening of teeth has proved to be a simple& safe way to lighten teeth in a non-permanent way. It is commonly done at home where the dentist takes an impression of the teeth & a thin plastic tray is made to precisely fit individually.
Wearing the tray for at least 30 mins to 2 hrs per day every day for approximately 2 weeks will gradually lighten the teeth. Some people may also prefer to wear it at night while they sleep.
It is important to understand that in some people the teeth will lighten more than for others. For some people there is also an increase in sensitivity.
However for most people, a more than pleasing result can be obtained.
It is also possible to bleach or whiten teeth in the surgery where a gel is placed over the teeth & over a short period of time the chemical reaction of the gel will whiten the teeth.
Approved tooth whitening products are safe to use.
People who are missing teeth are now able to replace them by having dental Implants.
Dental Implants can be done for a single missing tooth all the way to replacing every tooth in the upper & lower jaws. They have become an important part of modern dentistry & millions of Implants have been placed throughout the world.
Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone & generally after an adequate healing time a prosthesis will be fitted.
Implants are made from titanium which is well accepted by the human body.
Although Implants have a very high success rate a small number may fail. Increasing age, Osteoporosis, Diabetes & smoking are risk factors for failure, however some Implant failures have no obvious cause.
There are a variety of uses for dental Implants. They can be used to replace a single tooth, to replace several teeth with an Implant supported bridge, to give greater support to a denture so that it won’t move & to replace all teeth with a fixed prosthesis.
As we age there are numerous things that affect our teeth & mouth.
It is more common as we get older to be placed on a variety of medications. The side effects of some include dryness of the mouth. Without adequate saliva this can lead to an increase in dental decay. It is therefore important to have regular dental examinations so that these issues can be addressed.
Tooth wear & sensitivity can also be problems. There are now a number of options that can be looked at to restore worn teeth & also to control & maintain sensitivity problems.
Many elderly patients are wearing dentures. At Avondale Heights Dental Clinic we have had over 30 years experience in looking after patients with dentures. Whether complete dentures or partial dentures, it is important that dentures are regularly checked for fit & comfort & it is important to realise that dentures need to be replaced every 5-8 years as there are constant changes in the mouth through gum shrinkage.
There are a number of illnesses that are more commonly found in the elderly such as Diabetes & Osteoporosis that can have effects on both the teeth & the treatment that can be provided. It is important that the dentist is informed of any changed medical conditions or medications.
Where mobility may be a problem we are on the ground floor with a wide corridor that enables wheelchair access.
Looking after the teeth of children, we feel is vitally important to provide a basis for the care & maintenance of their teeth for the rest of their lives. This may be related to giving advice about diet, oral hygiene, whether orthodontics may be necessary or actually providing treatment. This may be in the form of providing fissure sealants to provide protection against decay, providing topical Fluoride application or if necessary to place fillings where decay is found. Another aspect for children is to ensure that if contact sports are played that a properly fitted mouthguard is made to provide protection against any forceful contact that may break or dislodge a tooth.
At the moment the Government has introduced a new scheme that takes over from the previous Teen Dental for eligible patients. This is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule which covers eligible children aged 2-17. It covers a range of dental services but does not include Orthodontics or Cosmetic procedures. We are more than happy to treat those eligible patients.