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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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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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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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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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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Implants are an excellent option for replacing one or more lost teeth, which like many dental treatments have come a long way technologically in recent years. Implants look and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible consisting of a replacement root made from titanium, with a crown placed on top. Both front and back teeth are suitable for implants however front teeth influence your appearance, therefore implants for the front teeth can be designed to give you a new look whereas your back teeth are less important to your appearance, but their mechanical function is very important. As such, the implants and replica teeth are designed accordingly

What happens when I get a dental implant?

Step 1 is the implant placement:
The titanium /alloy implant is surgically placed and left to fuse with the jawbone. Very few dentists have the training and experience to carry out this complicated procedure. In most cases, these dentists also carry out the second step.

Step 2 is the implant restoration:
The replica tooth or crown is fitted on top of the fused implant. Most dentists can carry out this procedure.

Can my dentist place a dental implant?

Many Maven Dental practices are experienced in the second step of the implant process which is implant restoration. That is, they will refer their patient to a another highly qualified dentist to place the implant, but the patient will then return to the original practice to have the replica tooth fitted to the implant. 

However, it is becoming increasingly common for general dentists to seek further education in implantology to become proficient at carrying out the whole procedure themselves to further develop their skillset, but also for patient comfort and convenience. If your dentist is able to carry out the whole process for you it will make the whole process better for you, as you will only have to see one dentist who you will have personal support and ongoing assistance from. Contact your closest Maven Dental Group dentist to enquire about their implant offerings. 



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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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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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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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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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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. Cosmetic dentistry provides a solution that improves the appearance, though not necessarily the function of an individual’s teeth. Many people report that they are unhappy with how their teeth look.  This has been known to affect confidence, and can impact on quality of life. Cosmetic dentistry allows for people to not only be happy with their smile, but proud of it.

What dental treatments can I have done to make my smile better?

There are dental treatments that can be carried out to address practically every aspect of your smile and teeth, including but not limited to: 

  • Whitening to remove staining or yellowness

  • Crowns and bridges to fill gaps or cover chipped teeth

  • Dental implants to fill gaps

  • Porcelain veneers to completely reshape your teeth

  • Teeth straightening to realign crooked teeth

  • Gum lifts to modify the look and shape of gums

  • Tooth reshaping to create uniformity of teeth

Cosmetic treatments vary in time, cost, durability and aim and the suitability of each varies from person to person, so we encourage you to speak to your dentist to see what solutions they can offer you.

Can my dentist do cosmetic dentistry?

In recent times, cosmetic dentistry has become much more accessible to the public, formerly something only available to the rich and famous. The majority of general dentists in Australia now offer at least some cosmetic dental treatments and take great pride and pleasure in transforming smiles and improving people’s self-confidence. While there are specialists in the field, called Prosthodontists, who have spent additional time at educational institutions to further their skills, a lot of the time your general dentist will be able to carry out cosmetic procedures. 



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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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After Hours Appointments

After Hours Appointments

Sometimes it can be difficult to fit in a dentist appointment around your busy life. That is why many of our dentists and dental practices offer their patients early morning, late nights, after hours and Saturday appointments - to make your life easier!

Search for a practice near you, where you will find information on opening hours.

 



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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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Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS)

Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS)

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on 1 January 2014 and provides access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3 million children Australia-wide aged 2-17 years.

The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.

The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.

Many of our practices accept the CDBS, search a practice near you to find out if your local dentist is one of them.

 



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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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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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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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Same Day Appointments

Same Day Appointments

When available, most of Maven Dental Group’s practices are happy to offer patients same day appointments, or offer patients spots where cancellations have been made. However, due to the busy nature of dentists they can never promise these will be available so it’s safest to book ahead.



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Sedation

Sedation

If you are a nervous patient, or concerned about discomfort, then sedation may be the solution for you.

Many patients find a visit to the dentist to be a nerve-wracking experience. To help these patients feel at ease, or to enable patients to undergo more complex dental treatments, many of our practices offer sedation services. Sedation involves the use of anaesthesia to put a patient into a calm, restful state – similar to sleep, but remaining conscious.

For patients with sensitive gum areas, our Dentists and Hygienists are happy to discuss these problem areas and, provide a solution to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your appointment that is not sedation specific.

There are a few different types of sedation available at our dental practices, however each practice is different so you will have to check with your local dentist beforehand to confirm.
 
Inhalation Sedation

  • Involves breathing in Nitrous Oxide Gas (also known as ‘happy gas’ or ‘laughing gas’)
  • Decreases pain sensitivity and gives the patient a pleasant level of sedation
  • Patients remain conscious and able to co-operate during the procedure
  • The effects wear off very quickly after treatment
  • There are no after effects

Oral Sedation

  • Sedative that is administered in tablet or liquid form, usually taken one hour before your appointment
  • Lasts between two and six hours.
  • Patients usually have little memory of the treatment once completed.
  • For safety reasons, patients must have someone to collect them and take them home after their appointment.

Intravenous (I.V.) Sedation

  • Involves a small injection of sedative in the patient’s arm.
  • Soon after the injection the patient feels drowsy and relaxed, but will remain conscious throughout the treatment.
  • The level of sedation is much easier to control than with the Inhalation and Oral Sedation.
  • Patients usually have little memory of the treatment once completed
  • Suitable for the majority of patients, however some medical conditions may eliminate this as an option
  • For safety reasons, patients must have someone to collect them and take them home after their appointment

General Anaesthetic

Some dentists may offer general anaesthetic to patients who would prefer to be completely unconscious during treatment. This can either be carried out by having an anaesthetist visit their practice to administer the anaesthetic or booking out a theatre at the local hospital or specialist facilities. This is for extreme cases as sedation and pain-free dentistry is so effective, however more anxious patients may prefer it.

 



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Snoring and sleep apnoea appliances

Snoring and sleep apnoea appliances

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea occurs during sleep when some of the muscles in the airway and throat relax. When this happens the soft tissue in this air space may collapse and close, obstructing the airway. An apnoea event occurs when there is obstruction of the airway for ten seconds or longer.

Can a dentist fix my snoring?

There are three main treatment methods for obstructive sleep apnoea. These are continuous positive airway press (CPAP), surgery and oral appliances.

  • CPAP is very effective at treating obstructive sleep apnoea, but long term compliance is a problem for some people as it can be difficult to sleep with. It is made of an air pump and mask which are joined by a tube that delivers air under low pressure into the open airway, which makes it easier to breathe. 
  • Surgery can be quite effective in many cases where suitable.
  • Oral Appliance therapy is a simple and effective way to treat sleep apnoea. The appliance is designed to position the lower jaw forward and help prevent the collapse of the soft tissues that obstruct the airway during sleep. It is best suited to people who have good dental health and who do not have a pre-existing problem with their jaw joint.


What types of oral appliances are there?

A simple and common way to treat snoring and sleep apnoea is through the use of oral appliances, commonly called Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS). These appliances are similar to a mouthguard and reposition your jaw so your lower jaw is pushed forwards, making it easier for your airways to function while you are asleep, which in turn, will also stop your snoring. As you will be required to wear these in your mouth while you sleep it is essential that they are comfortable as well as effective, which is why it is crucial that a dentist fits your splint as over the counter devices can be uncomfortable and inconsistent. 

 



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Teeth straightening - Non Specialist

Teeth straightening - Non Specialist

A number of Maven Dental Group practices located throughout Australia offer teeth straightening treatments for adults and children of varied ages. A select number of our dentists are experienced in providing teeth straightening options and can treat patients with a range of problems, such as crowded or crooked teeth, natural gaps, missing adult teeth, protruding front teeth and painful, clicking jaws. Straightening your teeth is often for cosmetic reasons, to achieve a straight, uniform smile, however crooked teeth can often interfere with your bite, negatively affect your facial shape and create pockets that are hard to reach with a toothbrush, causing hard to avoid decay. 

Can a dentist straighten my teeth?

Despite not being qualified orthodontists, dentists who have pursued additional training and qualifications in this field are able to administer clear aligners, such as Invisalign, and fit braces. Recent software has made applying braces much simpler, leaving the shaping of each bracket to the computer and then manufacture to the lab. Speak to your dentist to ascertain whether they are confident in teeth straightening, and if not they will be able to refer you to an orthodontist.

What can be used to straighten my teeth?

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 than 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 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, however, with the constantly updated technologies incorporating 3D imaging and specialised software to calculate and computerise the end result of the orthodontics, helping both patients and orthodontists choose the best and most effective treatments for each individual.

 



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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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TMJ Disorders

TMJ Disorders

Jaw pain, along with a number of other symptoms such as radiating pain in the face, jaw, or neck, jaw muscle stiffness, limited movement or locking of the jaw, painful clicking, popping or grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth and a change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together could be a sign of TMJ disorder.

What is TMJ disorder?

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is pain and dysfunction of the muscles that move the jaw and joints which connect the lower jaw to the skull. People who suffer from TMJ will experience pain, restricted movement and joint noise during any movement of the jaw. 

Can my dentist fix jaw pain?

There are a few different methods dentists use to treat TMJ once it has been diagnosed. 

Appliance Therapy (Splint or Mouth Guard)
Typically the first line of treatment provided by your dentist will be the use of a splint. The TMJ splint is worn to reduce stress on the jaw, allow the muscles to function optimally and/or to cover the deflective interferences affecting the bite so that the lower jaw can be repositioned into the socket properly. If a splint helps relieve the pain, it is possible that your bite or parafunction was causing the problem.

Occlusal Equilibration
Many TMJ cases can be corrected with occlusal equilibration which involves selective reshaping of the biting surfaces of the teeth and is often the best choice for eliminating deflective interferences so that the jaw can close properly.

Once the lower jaw is able to close properly into position within the temporomandibular socket, your pain may be relieved immediately. Pain relief typically is achieved when the muscles are able to function properly.

Botox Treatment for TMJ
Once reserved for lessening the tell-tale signs of aging, such as annoying wrinkles and frown lines, Botox injections are being used more frequently in some dental offices as "off label" treatments for more troublesome maladies such as TMJ. Scientific studies have shown that patients who received the injections experienced significant improvements in pain, function, ability to open their mouth and levels of tenderness to palpation.

 



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Veneers

Veneers


Porcelain veneers are an ideal solution for chipped, uneven, or discoloured teeth. The teeth are prepared by removing a small amount of the front surface of the tooth (about 0.3 to 0.5 mm — the thickness of a fingernail) to allow space for the porcelain. A thin sliver of porcelain or composite resin is then permanently cemented to the front teeth. Two or three visits to your clinician will be necessary. An appointment typically takes from one to two hours.

Good dental hygiene will extend the life of your veneers, however they do require extra care to ensure they are not damaged by hard foods. In some cases, they may require protection from excessive grinding.

What Types of Problems Do Dental Veneers Fix?

Veneers can almost fix anything, whether you have a crooked smile, misshapen teeth or just generally aesthetically unappealing teeth. Using veneers to fix these problems is a quick and very effective dental solution.

Veneers are routinely used to fix:

  • Teeth that are discoloured 
  • Teeth that are worn down
  • Teeth that are chipped or broken
  • Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped 
  • Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)

What are the benefits of veneers?
There are a multitude of reasons why veneers are an amazing cosmetic option if you’re dissatisfied with your teeth. 

  • Veneers do not change colour over time, staying resistant to materials that are known to stain teeth such as coffee, smoking and red wine
  • They can cover virtually any imperfection, including gaps, chips and stains
  • They can alter the length, shape, proportion, surface texture, colour and brightness of your teeth
  • They are durable and scratch resistant
  • They are individually crafted by your dentist, so can be made to look extremely lifelike so nobody can even tell they’re not your real teeth
  • They take much less time than orthodontics 
  • They don’t affect your mouth’s function 

How long do veneers last?

Veneers are extremely durable, with quality veneers lasting over a decade, sometimes two or three decades, and remain virtually unchanged the entire time.

 



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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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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

When or if wisdom teeth come through, many people’s mouths do not have the room for the tooth to develop normally, causing the tooth to develop irregularly or in an awkward direction. Many people experience serious pain when this happens, which results in the necessity for it or them to be removed.

Some of the symptoms of wisdom teeth development include:

  • Pain and tenderness in the gums and jaw
  • Headaches
  • Swelling or redness in the gums
  • An unpleasant taste in the mouth when you bite in the area of the wisdom teeth
  • Bad breath

Can my dentist remove my wisdom teeth?

In many cases, wisdom tooth extraction is fairly simple and can be extracted like any other tooth, which a general dentist is definitely qualified to do. However if the tooth has grown in an irregular manner, for example it has turned sideways and is pushing into the neighbouring tooth (impacted), this can be difficult to extract and while general dentists can decide whether they want to perform the extraction, many refer on to an oral surgeon.  

Why do people have their wisdom teeth removed?

  • Infection may develop in the gum flap overlaying the tooth, or decay may develop in the tooth due to it being hard to reach with a toothbrush
  • Impacted teeth may damage the teeth beside them
  • Wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean, making them prone to decay and infection
  • Should the tooth fail to erupt, a cyst may form and, by gradual enlargement, endanger the health of the nearby bone and teeth

These problems can be prevented by the timely surgical removal of the teeth.

How are my wisdom teeth removed?

A cut is made in the gum to expose the whole tooth. Some of the surrounding bone may need to be removed, and sometimes the tooth may be divided into pieces to assist in its removal. The area from which it has been removed is cleansed, and stitched to restore the normal contour of the gum and to help keep food out of the socket. The stitches used may dissolve or may require removal at a later date.

Will I feel pain during the operation?

The dentist will assess the difficulty of extracting the wisdom tooth and discuss your options. A wisdom tooth can be removed with a simple local anaesthetic to numb the area, so no pain is felt during the procedure. We can also offer sedation to help you feel more relaxed during the surgery or ensure you have limited memory of the procedure. If general anaesthetic is required, then this is done by a specialist in a hospital.

How will I feel after the operation?

After the operation, you may have pain and swelling which may last up to one week. A painkiller will be prescribed to help you with the pain. The swelling will make it difficult for you to open your mouth wide, and you will need to eat soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing.

 



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18 Months Interest Free* Payment Plans

18 Months Interest Free* Payment Plans

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Bupa Australia Pty Ltd

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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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