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Mouthguards

Mouthguards

A mouthguard is an appliance that is made to fit your mouth and offers protection for your teeth, jaw joints, soft tissue and neck against injuries and may even help reduce concussion when playing sports like football, boxing and hockey or participating in high impact activities. They literally offer a protective barrier around the teeth to prevent injury to the individual as well as others. Mouthguards are recommended for active people, as sport is one of the most common causes of dental injury.  

Do dentists make mouthguards?

Many, if not all dentists make mouthguards. A mouthguard is a great preventive measure to avoid serious dental injury, which is why dentists are so passionate about the use of a properly fitted mouthguard. Although mouthguards are available off the shelf in chemists and even supermarkets, having a custom fitted mouthguard is invaluable to a player as it can often be the difference between it working as it is supposed to and not working at all or falling out! A custom fitted mouthguard is also much more comfortable to wear. On appointment your dentist will take an impression of your teeth using a soft, gooey material. Then a replica model is made of your teeth. A soft plastic form is then applied to the model of your teeth and creates the mouthguard.

Why do I need a mouthguard? 

Injury prevention is the number one reason to wear a mouthguard. If you play a sport or are involved in activities where your mouth or face could be in danger, it is smart and safe to wear a mouthguard. One little slip-up can cause serious damage which could affect you for the rest of your life. Many serious dental injuries are caused by tooth trauma and your teeth are an important asset. Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard when necessary will help you protect them.



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Crowns

Crowns

A crown is a cap, commonly made from porcelain or ceramic, which is used to rebuild and strengthen a weak or broken tooth. Crowns can also be used to improve your smile by changing the shape and colour of your existing teeth. Crowns are commonly used to replace a piece of tooth that has chipped off, recreating the aesthetic of a complete tooth.

What are crowns made of?
If a crown is required for a tooth at the front of your mouth, your Maven Dental Group dentist will match the existing colour of your teeth with a porcelain tooth. Sometimes you may choose a lighter colour. Further back in your mouth, a crown can be made of porcelain, however your dentist may recommend a gold crown because of its strength and longevity. Every case is different and your Maven Dental Group dentist will discuss all of the options available to you.

What is the procedure to place a crown?
All decay and weak areas of a damaged tooth are removed and your dentist takes an impression of the tooth. This impression is sent to the laboratory for the technician to form a model of your tooth. There are many stages to forming the crown and in a few short weeks it is returned to the dental practice. During this time a temporary crown will be cemented onto your tooth to protect it. On the next visit your new crown will be bonded into position and will be ready to use straightaway.

Having a crown fitted can significantly improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth. With a Maven Dental Group crown fitted, you will be able to smile with confidence, content in the knowledge that no-one will be able to tell that your teeth were ever anything less than perfect.



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Bridges

Bridges

A bridge is a solution for a missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges ‘bridge’ the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The crown replacing the missing tooth is joined to crowns made to fit over the neighbouring teeth. In this way, the bridge, made up of three crowns, is supported by the teeth either side of the gap. Sometimes more than one missing tooth can be replaced in this way.

What is the procedure of having a bridge fitted?

During your first visit, the teeth adjacent to the gap are prepared. These teeth are recontoured by removing a portion of enamel, leaving them in a cylindrical shape, to allow room for a crown to be fitted over them. Then, impressions of your teeth are made and are sent to the laboratory for the technician to form a model of the bridge. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your bridge is being made.

At your next appointment, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new one will be checked and adjusted to achieve a proper fit. Then the bridge is permanently cemented into place.

How do I know if I need a bridge?

If you have one or more missing teeth a bridge may be the solution for you. Bridges are important for both functionality and cosmetic reasons, as a missing tooth can affect how you chew and basic oral function, as well as cause you to feel self-conscious about smiling, laughing and talking. In this way, having a bridge fitted is a simple and effective way to address both issues helping you to feel better about your oral health in general. A bridge is also a less invasive and more cost effective way to fill a gap compared to an implant, however is not expected to have the same durability.



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Fillings

Fillings

Often there are no symptoms of caries or tooth decay! However symptoms that you may need a filling (also known as restorations) can include but are not limited to sensitivity of the tooth to pressure or sugary foods, toothache or pain (can be a sharp or throbbing pain), a hole in the tooth that you can see or feel, or floss that keeps tearing in a particular spot.

Your Maven Dental Group dentist will check if you need fillings as part of a full examination which would include x-rays if necessary. If a filling is required, your dentist will remove decay from inside the tooth, and fill the cavity with one of a wide range of filling materials. See below for a list of common filling options.

It is important that you regularly see a dentist because not all decay and problems give rise to any symptoms or pain. In fact most start silently in the early stages and if picked up early can mean a simple, cost effective and less invasive treatment instead of a more expensive and complex procedure if left untreated.  Prevention is key so ask yourself when you last had a full dental exam and x-rays and call your local Maven Dental Group practice for an appointment if it has been longer than 12 months. 

What types of fillings are there?

When new cavities need attention, or old fillings need replacement, you have a number of choices for the type of filling to be used:

Composite or white fillings
Composite fillings are by far the most popular fillings in Australia because of their excellent natural appearance and strength. A composite filling is selected to match the colour of your teeth as closely as possible. They are almost impossible to detect and are an excellent replacement for stained, chipped or leaking fillings.

Inlays or onlays
Can be gold or porcelain. Porcelain is a ceramic material that is matched to the tooth colour to provide a cosmetic result. It is a material designed for use on back teeth, and is cemented into the tooth cavity with a special, powerful adhesive that increases the strength of the bond. The porcelain filling is extremely strong and wear resistant. It can last indefinitely, provided you do not get a new cavity underneath it, or abuse your teeth.

I have a black filling, can my dentist replace it?

If you have a black filling it is most likely amalgam, which a majority of dentists can replace in one simple appointment. Whether you would like your amalgam filling replaced for health, functionality or cosmetic reasons, you will love the look and feel of your tooth once you have it replaced with a white material. 



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Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a popular and affordable choice to brighten your smile. In-practice whitening is quick, easy and effective. Your Maven Dental Group clinician will be able to advise you of your suitability and options for teeth whitening.  These options range from professional, custom-made take home whitening kits to in-practice procedures*. Individual results can vary but most people notice a change within a short period of time.

*Please contact your local Maven Dental Group practice to confirm service availability (in-chair/take home).

In-chair teeth whitening
 
Can a dentist whiten my teeth?

Yes, there is a teeth whitening procedure that is performed in the dental chair. It is the fastest and most effective way to whiten teeth and usually takes around one hour to complete. In-practice whitening is the best option for those wanting ‘instant’ results.

What happens when I get my teeth whitened at the dentist?

Your clinician will first apply a protective gel to the gums, followed by the application of the whitening gel to the teeth. The gel (which contains Peroxide) is then left on the teeth or some systems require activation by a special LED light (one is not better than the other, just a different gel), and the resulting reaction gently penetrates the tooth to lift deep stains and discolourations. This process varies in length of time, depending on factors such as individual goals for whitening and what can be achieved in the appointment.

How long does teeth whitening last?

This will depend on many factors, including the lifestyle and habits. However, it can take a few years before the discolouration returns to the level it was before treatment. Some whitening systems also have touch-up kits available to top up the whitening at home, which helps to preserve the level of whitening for longer. 

Take home teeth whitening

Can I whiten my teeth at home?


Maven Dental Group clinicians offer various brands of whitening systems in a take home formulation. Here's how it works.

Your first step is to make a teeth whitening appointment with one of our Maven Dental Group practices nationwide. At this appointment your dentist will discuss your options with you and either start the process or return you for another visit. To get started, an impression of your teeth will be taken so we can make your custom whitening trays. Within days, your complete whitening kit will be available for your collection. Your kit contains two new custom-made trays (one for your top teeth and one for your bottom teeth), syringes of whitening gel and easy-to-follow instructions.

Once you have collected your kit, you will be able to get started by following the instructions provided. Usually you will simply apply a small drop of gel inside each tooth impression in your two trays, place the trays on your teeth, then relax – read, watch TV, surf the internet – while the whitening gel does its job. After your whitening session, remove and rinse your trays, and complete your home care instructions. Repeat this over the next week or two, or as advised by your dentist until you achieve the level of whitening you desire.

The snug fit of your custom-made tray combined with professional grade, quality whitening gel that you can only get from a dentist, provides you with an amazing result that an off-the-shelf supermarket kit simply cannot offer.



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Hygiene Services

Hygiene Services

Maven Dental Group hygienists are highly trained clinicians who are enthusiastic about educating patients on the most effective ways to keep their teeth and gums healthy and long-lasting. They will advise you on all aspects of dental hygiene, including the use of toothbrushes, electronic aids, dental floss and inter-dental brushes.

There are two simple steps to good oral hygiene and healthy teeth and gums; regular visits to your Maven Dental Group dentist and dental hygienist, and good home care.

Poor oral hygiene can lead to a number of health concerns, some of them extremely serious if left untreated.

Some signs to look for are:

  • Bleeding gums

  • Swollen and inflamed gums

  • Loose teeth

  • Receeding gums

  • Bad breath

What will happen if I have poor oral hygiene?

Research shows a clear link between periodontal disease and the following medical conditions:

  • Cardiovascular disease. Increased risk of stroke and heart attack
  • Premature birth with low birth weight in babies
  • Increased risk of pneumonia, particularly in elderly patients

How often should I see my dentist or hygienist?

For most people, to maintain healthy teeth and gums, it is recommended you visit your clinician and dental hygienist twice a year.

What will my dentist or hygienist do?

Your dentist and dental hygienist will examine your mouth to assess the overall health of your teeth and gums and to look for any signs of disease (see below for more information).

He/she will then do a professional clean and polish using a combination of modern techniques. This process removes any bacterial deposits and plaque from above and below the gum surface. Once the plaque has been removed, your teeth will be polished, leaving them feeling smooth and fresh.

Your dentist or dental hygienist will then show you how to care for your teeth at home, and will recommend the correct products for you to use.



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Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

Inside a tooth is a fine channel called the root canal which contains the dental pulp which consists of nerves and blood vessels. If the dental pulp becomes diseased or dies, a toothache or an abscess may occur. In the past these problem teeth were extracted, but now root canal treatment can save the tooth.

How do I know I need root canal treatment?

Not all types of teeth pain are indications for a root canal. But signs of infection severe enough to require a root canal include:

  • Serious tooth pain when eating or when you put pressure on the area
  • Tooth pain, throbbing and/or sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers after the hot or cold stimuli have been removed
  • A small, pimple-like bump on the gums near the area of teeth pain
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling in the gums near the area of teeth pain
  • Facial swelling

Why does pulp become diseased?

There can be a number of reasons for the pulp becoming diseased:

  • Decay
  • Deep cavities
  • Trauma
  • Tooth fracture
  • Extreme wear
  • Crack or chip in a tooth
  • Sometimes there is no apparent cause

Symptoms may include pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, tooth discolouration, and swelling or soreness in the gums surrounding the tooth.

Why have root canal treatment?

The aim of root canal treatment (also called endodontic treatment) is to save a tooth that has been badly damaged due to decay, disease or injury. Many millions of teeth each year are saved from extraction by having root canal treatment.

Your own teeth are better than artificial teeth because:

  • They are more efficient for biting and chewing
  • They are stronger

It is better to have a tooth in place because teeth can move out of their normal position and tilt into the space left by a missing tooth. This can make chewing and biting difficult, and can lead to further decay and gum disease around the tilted teeth.

What happens during root canal treatment?

To improve the chances of success, root canal treatment should start as soon as possible after a problem is identified. A hole is drilled through the top of the tooth to access the root canal. The infected pulp is removed and the space is disinfected. The canal is then shaped with fine dental files, washed with a sterilising solution and sealed with a final filling. This treatment can take several visits to complete. If there is an infection present, antibiotics are sometimes prescribed.

Can my dentist perform a root canal?

A qualified dentist can carry out this treatment, as can an endodontic specialist.

 



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HICAPS

HICAPS

HICAPS is an easy way to process health fund payments across Australia saving time for patients and your health provider. 

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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental implants, or tooth implants as they are sometimes referred to, are an excellent option for replacing one or more missing teeth.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth, comprised of a titanium root (post) and crown, which is used as a replacement for a missing tooth/teeth. These implants are designed to look and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible, and help to restore the mechanical function of your mouth.

Types of dental implants
There are two types of dental implants that are often used, conventional (full) implants and mini implants. Both offer the same function, however as the names suggest, they differ in size. Typically mini implants are used in the case where there is insufficient jaw bone for a full implant to be placed. Each patient is different, and as such your dentist will assess your individual circumstances to determine which implant is the best option.

Dental implant procedure

The process of getting a dental implant involves two main steps, the implant placement and the implant restoration.

Step 1: Implant placement
The titanium/alloy implant is surgically placed into the jawbone, and left to fuse with the natural bone – creating a strong foundation for the replacement tooth. Depending on the type of dental implant being placed, the healing process will vary and in some cases may take up to 6 months.

Step 2: Implant restoration
A replica tooth or crown is created that best suits your natural teeth (shape, colour and size) and is fitted on top of the fused implant.

While both steps can be performed by dentists, the implant placement phase requires a dentist who has the right training and experience to carry out the complicated procedure. In the event that your Maven Dental Group dentist is unable to perform the implant placement, they will refer you to another highly qualified dentist before completing step two, the implant restoration.

How long will a dental implant last?

The titanium root component of a dental implant can last well over 20 years when properly maintained and cared for. The crown, however, typically lasts between 10 to 15 years before needing to be replaced (as a result of general wear and tear). Maintaining excellent oral hygiene can assist in prolonging the life of the crown beyond the usual 10 to 15 years.

What are the advantages of implants?

Dental implants are a great solution for restoring your smile while still providing you the same look, feel and function of your natural teeth. Unlike other alternatives such as dentures and bridges, implants are a longer lasting solution that allow you to eat, speak and floss like normal. Additionally, being fixed to the jaw bone means you don’t have to worry about the dental implants slipping or falling out of your mouth like dentures.

How long does it take to heal?

Healing time varies from person to person, but in most cases full implants have a three to six month healing period.

Please note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should see advice from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

 



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Children’s Dentistry

Children’s Dentistry

Children’s dentistry is quite literally the dental treatment of children, aged anywhere from toddler to teen. Although children may not need dental treatment that can be as complex as some adult dental treatments, e.g. implants, crowns and bridges etc., it is crucial that your child starts seeing their dentist early in their life to prevent dental related issues from arising. Developing positive oral hygiene habits from a young age can often be the difference between a positive or negative experience with their oral health.

What dental work does my child need?

Most children’s dentistry is preventive. Modern dentistry puts a strong focus on teaching good habits regarding brushing and flossing, seeing your child regularly to monitor and maintain their ongoing oral health and providing fissure sealants or other protective measures. Fissure sealants basically form a protective barrier on your child’s tooth, filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years. Of course if your child is experiencing more serious dental concerns your general dentist can either provide treatment or refer you to a specialist, however these are the most common dental services for children.

What age should my child start seeing the dentist?

Technically, once teeth start coming through in your child’s mouth you can start to take them to the dentist. Firstly, for promotion of great oral health but secondly, to help them create a positive association with their dentist and create a good relationship with the whole team so that they develop a positive outlook to their future dental visits. This will also allow for your dentist to monitor oral function, normal development and cleanliness and if necessary, provide advice on areas to improve. 



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Dentures

Dentures

Dentures or false teeth are constructed to replace missing teeth and are supported by gum tissue. Traditionally, they have been removable, but modern techniques can now provide dentures that are secured in place with dental implants, giving greater stability. They also cover less tissue, allowing for an improved ability to taste compared to older style dentures.

Dentures are custom made to fit your mouth, so they take on the appearance of your natural teeth. Getting your great smile back is easy – your clinical dental technician will work with your dentist to create new or replacement dentures.

Why should I get dentures?

  • To get that great smile back

  • To help you chew the foods that you enjoy

  • To give you confidence when you smile and talk

  • To help you to retain your natural teeth - teeth are like books on a shelf, take one away and they all fall over

Immediate Dentures

Your Clinical Dental Technician will work with your dentist to deliver an immediate denture.
The 5 steps

  • Your Clinical Technician takes an impression of your mouth

  • Your dentist removes your tooth/teeth and fits your dentures immediately

  • Your dentist reviews the healing process and adjusts the dentures during the first two weeks

  • For the next  3-6 months your dentures will be monitored for adjustments and temporary relines

  • A permanent reline is recommended between 6-12 months

Can my dentist fit me with dentures?

You’ll find most, if not all dentists have the ability to fit and place dentures. During your appointment, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth so the dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth precisely, which will make them comfortable and effective. You'll work with your dentist to pick out the right size, shape, and colour for your false teeth and it will then be sent to a dental laboratory that specialises in creating dental materials like this. Once the denture is made, your dentist will insert the denture and make sure it fits properly. If you have any ongoing issues with your dentures, your dentist is always available to answer any questions and monitor the success of your new teeth.



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