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Periodontics

Periodontics

A Periodontist is a dentist who specialises in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) diseases, ranging from gingivitis to advanced periodontitis with bone loss.

What are the signs of periodontal (gum) disease?

Periodontal (or gum) disease is a process that starts with a biofilm that adheres to the surface of your teeth. Gums first become red, then inflamed and swollen. Later, the bone that supports the teeth is eaten away. In the terminal stages, this leads to tooth loss.

What’s to lose?

Periodontal disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. However, this disease is avoidable. Consistent periodontal care including examination and x-rays, as needed, are key to your oral health.

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bright red or purplish gums
  • Gums that feel tender when touched
  • Gums that pull away from your teeth (recede), making your teeth look longer than normal
  • New spaces developing between your teeth
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

The Stages of Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis
A mild inflammation of the gums, which may occasionally bleed when you brush and floss. No bone loss has occurred, so it is totally reversible.

Periodontitis
This is the next stage of periodontal disease. Here the gums separate from the tooth allowing bacteria to invade. The toxins they produce cause additional inflammation and bleeding. Much more damaging is the bone loss that occurs, as it is irreversible damage. With early intervention and proper care, this loss can be maintained non-surgically, preserving your teeth.

Advanced stages
In the terminal stages of periodontal disease, pronounced loss of gum attachment, bone loss, pus accumulation and eventual tooth loss are exhibited. In its earlier stages, surgical intervention may be recommended. In latter stages, there is no cure except for extractions.
 
Periodontal Treatments

Examination
Your dentist or hygienist will measure the degree of any breakdown of the gums using a probe.

Routine scaling and polishing
Your teeth are cleaned of all hard and soft deposits using ultrasonic and hand scalers. For patients with sensitive areas, our clinicians are happy to discuss these problem areas and provide a solution to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your appointment.

Periodontal Therapy
The root surfaces of the teeth are cleansed of all deposits allowing inflammation to decrease and arresting bone destruction. Local anaesthetic may be used.

Surgery
Some situations require a surgical intervention to re-establish optimal health. In these cases, you may be referred to a specialist.



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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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Veterans Affairs Accepted

Veterans Affairs Accepted

All of Maven Dental Group’s practices accept Department of Veterans' Affairs, whose mission is to support those who have served in the defence of our nation and commemorate their service and sacrifice. Department of Veterans' Affairs supports veterans, war widows/widowers, eligible defence and police force members, and their dependants and carers, with commemoration, compensation, health care and income support.

Key DVA health initiatives include:

Coordinated Veterans’ Care Program (CVC) – CVC aims to improve the wellbeing and quality of care for chronically ill gold card holders.

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) – This service provides free and confidential, nation-wide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and anger. Support is also available for relationship and family matters that can arise due to the unique nature of military service.

Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE) – This initiative raises awareness about men’s health issues by encouraging all members of the veteran and ex-service community to share the responsibility for managing their health.

Veterans’ Home Care (VHC) – The Veterans’ Home Care (VHC) program provides low-level home care services to eligible veterans and war widows and widowers.

The Right Mix – A website providing drinking assessment tools, guides to low-risk drinking, and alcohol-related information for veterans and health professionals. 

At Ease – The At Ease website is designed to help you, or someone you know, recognise signs of mental health problems and act to improve and maintain health and wellbeing.

 



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Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Our practices recognise wheelchair access is important to many patients so endeavour to make their surgery as wheelchair friendly as possible with ramps or lifts. While most of our practices are wheelchair accessible, if you or a family member depend on a wheelchair for mobility, search your closest dental practice to double check their practice is wheelchair accessible.



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Free Parking

Free Parking

Many of our practices offer free and easy parking, search our practices to find out if your closest dentist offers free parking so you can work it into your next dental visit.



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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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18 Months Interest Free* Payment Plans

18 Months Interest Free* Payment Plans

Smile with 18 Months Interest Free* on dental procedures over $600. Interest free* payment plans help thousands of Australians achieve their dental goals each year. Whether it's for orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry or any kind of oral healthcare, payment plans can give you peace of mind knowing that your dental work is taken care of. 



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