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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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Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of general and specialist dentistry that provides treatments and services to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. 



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Invisalign

Invisalign


The Invisalign System is a nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth and improve your smile without traditional braces. Invisalign treatment works through a series of clear, comfortable and removable aligners. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position. 
If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign is your answer. Invisalign treatment straightens your teeth through a series of clear, comfortable and removable aligners. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position.

How old are people with Invisalign?

Invisalign is the virtually invisible and hygienic alternative to braces that can help you achieve a proper bite and a straight teeth comfortably. Everyone from teens to seniors can reap the benefits of Invisalign, but due to its discrete appearance, has been extremely popular among adults who might not feel confident wearing braces.  Using advanced 3D software, Invisalign even allows you to see the end results of treatment before you even start. Invisalign won’t interfere with your lifestyle – and has even been proven to be as effective as traditional braces for treating a wide variety of orthodontic issues.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Having straight teeth isn’t just important for children, but for adults as well. The older generation did not have access to orthodontics in the same way the current generation does – the process has been hugely popularised and streamlined. This means even at an older age, adults can now straighten their teeth for both cosmetic and oral health reasons, quicker and more effectively than they ever could have imagined. In fact, it is getting increasingly common for adults to opt for Invisalign, with some orthodontists even focusing on the adult demographic.

Can my dentist provide Invisalign?

More and more dentists are staring to offer Invisalign, as the software and laboratory support does most of the required work, as opposed to the more technical process of fitting traditional braces. As mentioned, Invisalign entails a series of mouth moulds which dentists are more than accustomed to doing for similar procedures such as mouthguards and dentures. From here, the mould is sent to the lab so the retainers can be manufactured. So while orthodontists are obviously more qualified in the entire teeth straightening experience, many general dentists are able to provide you with Invisalign.



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Prosthodontics

Prosthodontics

The term “prostho” means replacement and “dontist” means dealing with teeth. Prosthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the design, manufacture, and fitting of artificial replacements for teeth and other parts of the mouth. Basically, it is a specialisation that focuses on complex cosmetic dentistry, for aesthetic, oral health and functionality purposes. 

What is a prosthodontist?

Prosthodontists expertly restore and replace teeth. They have trained three additional years after completing their dental degree. Essentially, prosthodontists are recognised experts when anything needs to be replaced in your mouth. This can range from a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth and gums in the mouth. While many other dentists can do some or all of these treatments, prosthodontists are the specialists dedicated to this type of care from diagnosis, creating a treatment plan and carrying out expert treatment.

What treatments do they offer?

  • Restoring damaged teeth using veneers and crowns
  • Replacing missing teeth with dental implants 
  • Whitening stained or discoloured teeth
  • Reshaping irregular teeth
  • Provide a whole smile makeover using a combination of techniques

These treatments are often necessary for oral health and functionality, as a missing tooth or oral trauma obviously affects the way the mouth works for eating, speaking and structure. In these cases it is essential that individuals have these issues addressed to avoid further, even more severe problems in the future, as well as getting back to enjoying a comfortable and pain-free lifestyle. Many procedures are also for cosmetic purposes, as missing, jagged or crooked teeth which can cause people to lose self-confidence and avoid smiling or speaking. Being such a central focal point of the entire mouth and body, it is not unreasonable to feel this way, however a prosthodontist can provide solutions and treatment for all these problems so you can regain your confidence.

Why should I see a prosthodontist?

Although general dentists are able to carry out many of these procedures, prosthodontists have completed three full years of supervised specialist postgraduate training and study at a dental school, within a university setting, to achieve a high level of expertise in the field. Additionally, as their service list is more specific than a general practitioner they is able to concentrate on these specific treatments without distraction, enabling them to perform the best work possible. 



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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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Emergency Dental

Emergency Dental

A dental emergency is an acute oral health disorder that requires dental attention, including broken, loose or removed teeth, toothaches and injuries to the lips, gums or cheeks through trauma, infections and post-surgery complications. If any of these issues should occur, it is essential that you contact your dentist immediately so you can make an appointment to prevent long term loss or complications. If you have experienced tooth and mouth pain at some point, you know it can be intrusive and sharp pain. Maven Dental Group practices are extremely well-equipped to handle dental emergencies and your local practice will treat yours with skill, care and efficiency.

I’ve knocked out a tooth, what do I do?

If you or a member of your family are unfortunate enough to have a tooth forcefully dislodged, there are a few simple steps you can follow for the best chance of recovery. 

  • Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment.

  • Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. Touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) can damage cells necessary for bone reattachment.

  • Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub.

  • If possible, gently place the clean tooth in the socket to keep it moist. It is important not to let the tooth dry out.

  • If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk or saliva.

Once you arrive at your dental practice, your dentist and support staff will be able to support and do everything they can to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.

Do I have to make an appointment for an emergency?

Many dentists are understanding towards the nature of emergency appointments and therefore know that emergencies are unpredictable. If you should find yourself needing emergency dental treatment it is advisable to call your local practice first so appropriate time can be made for you, however if you are at risk of losing a tooth or you are in extreme pain, they will generally fit you in as a priority. 



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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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Orthodontics

Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the dental specialty or branch of dentistry which treats the prevention and correction of irregularities in the teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatments like braces help move teeth that are crooked or that do not fit together correctly. By fixing these problems, orthodontics can also help keep your mouth healthy. Crooked teeth can be harder to clean, putting you at risk for cavities and gum disease. Put simply, orthodontics can straighten your teeth, correct your bite and can improve your facial profile (shape). 

What can I do to get straighter teeth?

Orthodontic treatment has become more and more accessible in recent years, and the methods of teeth straightening are progressing dramatically with technological developments, creating an entire experience that is quicker, more effective and less invasive than in the past. These include:

Metal braces/Traditional braces
These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word "braces." However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious "metal-mouth" braces that many adults remember. 

Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-coloured or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-coloured wires to be even less noticeable.

Lingual Braces
Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside (back) of teeth.

Invisalign
Invisalign consists of a series of custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 2 weeks.

This is a very basic description of current orthodontic processes. With constantly updating technologies incorporating 3D imaging and specialised software to calculate and computerise the end result of orthodontic treatment, helping both patients and orthodontists choose the best and most effective treatment has never been easier!

Do I need an orthodontist to straighten my teeth?

Orthodontists are specialists in their field. They have completed both a general dentistry degree and a masters degree in orthodontics (an additional 3 year course at university). An orthodontist only performs orthodontic treatment which means that they have more experience and a higher level of knowledge because this is what they do all day, every day.  Some general dentists are qualified to perform Invisalign and fit braces. These dentists have undertaken additional professional training and studies to be able to provide orthodontic solutions in some cases.  Modern technology has also simplified the process of applying braces, having a computer design each bracket and a laboratory manufacture it to specification. Speak to your dentist if you are interested in straightening your teeth and they will be able to work with you on the best treatment solution for you and if necessary will organise a referral to an orthodontist.



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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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Exam and X-rays

Exam and X-rays

A dental examination and x-rays are very important to help your dentist determine the health of your teeth, gums and mouth. Your dentist will examine your entire mouth and gently explore the state of your teeth and gums, talking you through the process step by step. 

Why do I need a dental x-ray?

Your dentist will take x-rays of your mouth to assist with the initial diagnosis in the exam. A selection of our practices offer panoramic x-rays also known as OPG’s (Orthopantomogram), which show a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and jaw joints, and reveal problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumours), infections and fractures.
If you have any dental problems, it is always best to contact your Maven Dental Group dentist for an exam and x-rays, so they can provide you with a treatment plan that is unique to you.

What kind of x-rays are there?

Digital X-Rays
Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. Digital x-rays are essential, diagnostic tools that provide information not visible during a visual dental exam. Your clinician will use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden problems and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

This technique uses a sensor or small digital film that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping your clinician detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation by 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.

Bitewing X-Ray
Bitewing x-rays show the upper and lower back teeth and how the teeth touch each other in a single view. These x-rays are used to check for decay between the teeth and to show how well the upper and lower teeth line up. They also show bone loss when severe gum disease or a dental infection is present. Most, if not all dentists have this technology available.

Panoramic X-ray
(Available at selected Maven Dental Group practices)
Your clinician may use an OPG to get a general overview of your mouth, especially those hard to reach areas.

This image allows your clinician to see: 

  • Any changes in your bone that supports your teeth (checking for signs of periodontal disease)

  • All of your teeth from the crown to the bottom of the root (checking for abscesses, fractures, impacted wisdom tooth positions or ill-fitting restorations)



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Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery

Oral Surgeons are dental specialists with specific training and expertise in the surgery of the mouth, face and jaw, including the removal of the teeth. Dental graduates must study for an additional minimum of five years to become an oral surgeon, which includes the following procedures, plus specialist training in sedation techniques and working under general anaesthetic.

What are some of the procedures that an Oral Surgeon performs?

WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL
It is not unusual for wisdom teeth to become "stuck", wedged in or what we call impacted. They are the last teeth to come through into the mouth and often there is not enough room for them. Most people have four wisdom teeth but up to 10% of the population are missing one or more. When wisdom teeth become impacted they cause a number of problems and in this case, you may be recommended to see an oral surgeon.

SURGICAL DENTAL IMPLANT PLACEMENT
This is the process of drilling into the jawbone to place a titanium screw which will act as your new tooth’s root, ideally for the rest of your life. This is an extremely important part of the procedure as extreme accuracy is required to avoid nerve damage, place at the right angle for correct function and ensure the implant is not drilled in too deep. Placing the titanium implant must be precise to the millimetre, which is why specialist training is required otherwise there can be serious repercussions. 

SALIVARY GLAND PROBLEMS
Most salivary gland problems are caused by a blockage with a salivary stone in the duct or by infection.  These can usually be detected and removed.  Occasionally however, the submandibular gland has to be removed in which case an incision is made just below the jaw bone and the submandibular gland removed.

TMJ DISORDERS
Some people suffer from disorders affecting one or both TMJs (Temporomandibular Joints or commonly referred to as the jaw joint), muscles and surrounding tissues. These disorders often cause jaw pain, headaches and restricted jaw function.

Can my dentist do oral surgery?

There are surgical procedures, such as extractions, which your general dentist may be able to carry out but unless they have had significant continued training in the field, most will refer procedures onto oral surgeons. However, there are dentists who take interest in oral surgery and pursue further personal training to become confident and proficient in oral surgeries and broaden their overall skillset. 

 



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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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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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Open Weekends

Open Weekends

Similar to after-hours appointments, weekend appointments are available for those who have busy Monday to Friday work schedules or have children in school who need to see their dentist. Weekends are also valuable for those in rural areas who might need to travel to see their dentist. Check if your closest practice is open weekends.



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Cerec Restoration

Cerec Restoration

A selection of our Maven Dental Group practices offer Cerec, a revolutionary, state-of-the-art method of creating fillings, crowns and bridges from ceramic material. In very basic terms, this technology uses 3D imaging to analyse the space that needs to be filled, generates the shape using specialist software and then mills the shape out of a ceramic block to the exact dimensions gauged by the diagnostic equipment. It can then be instantly bonded into place, making the process quicker, more accurate, less invasive for the patient and allows for a lot of work to be carried out at once.  

Why is Cerec better than normal fillings?

In the past, a material called amalgam was used to fill in gaps left by decay. You might have some amalgam fillings, or notice others with them as they are very obvious in a person’s mouth due to their black colour. Now, materials such as composite and ceramic are used for fillings as they are more durable, less obvious and do not have any perceived health risks, as the mercury based amalgam may. Composite materials are far better than using amalgam, however this method is performed completely manually by your dentist, meaning human error is possible in the shaping, quality and comfort of the filling. Cerec eliminates this risk which overall increases your comfort and peace of mind.

Is Cerec right for me?

Anyone can take advantage of the Cerec system, depending on its’ availability at your preferred dental practice. As the technology is still quite new, it is not yet a staple of the everyday dental clinic, however as the years progress and the technology becomes more accessible you can expect it to pop up regularly. Fillings are definitely one of the most common dental treatments so any way dentists can streamline and simplify this process will be to the benefit of patients and dentists alike. 



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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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HBF Health Limited

HBF Health Limited

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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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Emergency Appointments

Emergency Appointments

A dental emergency is an acute oral health disorder that requires dental attention, including broken, loose or removed teeth, toothaches and injuries to the lips, gums or cheeks through trauma, infections and post-surgery complications. 

If any of these issues should occur, it is essential that you get to a dentist immediately, ideally within 30 minutes to prevent long term loss or complications. Almost everybody has experienced tooth and mouth pain at some point and knows it can be one of the most intrusive and sharp kinds of pain, but can only be treated by a professional. Maven Dental Group practices are extremely well-equipped to handle dental emergencies and your local practice will treat yours with skill, care and efficiency.

 



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