ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AFFORDABLE FAMILY DENTISTS ?
We combine the latest technology with the best people, and the most advanced techniques with the finest service and care. At Spring Orchid Dental – We Care More and Cost Less!
BOOK A DENTIST
We have made booking in for a dentist as seamless as possible with our book online feature.
This means you can book online for an appointment after hours, on the weekend or even on a public holiday – 24/7. There is no need to taking time to call your dentist from work, you now can book in for an appointment online at any time at the convenience of your mobile phone.
Online appointments are best suited for general dentistry treatments like check-up and cleans, dental emergencies and consultations. We have put together a list of treatments we offer when booking online.
- Check-up and clean
- Emergency – Broken Tooth / Filling / Tooth Ache / Pain
For more complex treatments (crowns, bridges, dental implants etc.) it is best to call in for an appointment so that your dentist can allocate the appropriate amount of time for your case. However, more complex treatments will usually require a consultation visit before any dental work is carried out.
Our online booking system is easy to use and popular with patients. Simply choose your dentist, select a time, enter your details and you’ve got your next dental appointment sorted. But if you have any questions or concerns, just call the clinic on 08 6166 8999 and we’ll be happy to help you over the phone.
Book an appointment online and we’ll send a text message reminder straight to your phone. Pick and choose the best time that suits you, from our live appointment booking calendar…
At Spring Orchid Dental, we offer booking spots for emergency dentists, however, it can be beneficial to call in for an appointment so that you can be seen to right away. This is especially important if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.
Furthermore, in a dental emergency where a tooth has chipped or become dislodged – getting to the dentist as soon as possible can increase the chances of your tooth being saved.
For your peace of mind when you book for a dentist with us, we have introduced additional measures at this time to ensure patients and staff stay safe.
Patients are being asked to report and not attend their appointment if they have any of the following symptoms.
DENTAL OPENING HOURS
|9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
OPENING HOURS TO SUIT YOU
We understand many people commute to work and have busy lives, so we’ll help you fit your appointment into your busy schedule and will always ensure a minimum waiting time for appointments. If you can not make it to see us during typical opening hours, talk to us and we will find a more flexible opening time to best suit you
DENTAL EMERGENCY HOURS
If you think you’re having a dental problem that needs urgent attention, call us at Spring Orchid Dental.
Our dentist can help you through unexpected difficulties, such as a knocked out or broken tooth or sudden tooth pain. Seeking immediate care is always best when it comes to dental issues so that we can quickly determine the cause and think of a strategy to fix it.
DENTAL EMERGENCIES DURING OFFICE HOURS
If your dental emergency occurs within office hours, contact us to ensure prompt management of your concern.
Our friendly dentists are able to assist with emergency dental care and we’ll do everything we can to see you as soon as possible. We help you to get relief from pain due to any dental emergencies by providing you well deserved care and preventing it from worsening.
DENTAL EMERGENCIES AFTER HOURS
For after hours emergency treatment, we will endeavour to accomplish pain relief and provide advice as soon as possible. In extreme cases, especially severe facial swelling, management by a hospital emergency department may be required.
FOR YOUR DENTAL APPOINTMENT
Enjoy your dental experience with our e-Services.
At Spring Orchid Dental, we strive to improve your experience everyday through great service and innovation. For your dental appointments, our eAppointments, eForms and eSignature facilities now allow you to enjoy a premium contemporary customer experience utilising the latest technology.
Our pride is in making life easier and more convenient for our patients. For your convenience we have a Patient Medical History eForms facility which covers all the important things we need to know about you.
With our Patient Medical History eForms, you can fill it out either in the practice on a tablet or at home online. Our eForms is responsive so you can also fill it out on your smartphone on the train or on the bus.
If you already have an account with us, you can Sign in to fill your form by clicking on “Sign in with Facebook” or “Sign in with Google” or you can create an account and sign in with your mobile number.
CREATE AN ACCOUNT FOR eFORMS
If you wish to sign in with your mobile number instead of using a Google or Facebook account. You will need to Create an account with your Mobile number first.
In “Sign Up”, enter Patient Details and Click “Accept Terms and Sign up!”
Once you have successfully created your account, with your Mobile number, you can sign in to your account by clicking on “Sign In”
Please take the time to answer the questions truthfully and as completely as possible. This way we are able to provide the best dental treatment plan for you on how to treat you effectively and efficiently during your visit.
Help us keep your patient details up to date – our eForms are now easily accessible to you at home or when you come in to visit us.
Here at Spring Orchid Dental we understand that the information you are providing for us is sensitive. It is our duty to ensure you that all your information will be treated with the utmost care and professional confidentiality whether it is submitted online or in person.
It’s important to have your patient records up to date. Our eForms makes that process easier by providing you the opportunity to update records at your convenience 24/7. In the surgery, you can now update your information on a tablet in our practice waiting room. Your updates are mapped back to our patients record automatically with no possibility of errors.
DENTAL APPOINTMENT POLICIES & PROCEDURES
In order to provide you with the best and most efficient care possible for your deappointments at Spring Orchid Dental in Bassendean, please follow the pre-appointment directions of our patient coordinators and practitioners. Please follow any preparation requirements and complete any required paperwork asked of you before your visit.
Please familiarize yourself with the dental appointment policies and procedures at Spring Orchid Dental.
As a courtesy we send an SMS reminder two weeks before your confirmed booking and again the day prior to your appointment time. You need only respond to the first message.
Our SMS system only reads acknowledgements of the appointment reminder, and can’t read other responses so please call us if you have any questions about your appointment or would like to look at rescheduling options.
At Spring Orchid Dental we do endeavour to always book appointment times appropriate for the treatment and to meet your individual needs. However, sometimes things do happen that lead to our dentists running behind schedule. If your dentist is running behind, we will send you an SMS message or call to advise of the anticipated length of time of the delay. We understand that your time is important too, and do not wish to inconvenience you further.
Similarly, we respectfully request an on time arrival for your scheduled appointment. We understand that events can occur outside your control that may lead you to arrive late for a scheduled appointment. Please contact us should you anticipate not arriving on time and we can discuss options with you for the reduced appointment time. We never want to risk compromising the quality of your care, so these options may include, reducing the amount of treatment planned, or rebooking.
As a practice the Dentists at Spring Orchid Dental are often booked in advance, leading to limited appointment availability. We maintain a priority list should you have not been able to secure your preferred appointment, or should your appointment be booked further in advance than is ideal. You will be contacted via SMS or by phone should a suitable time become available.
Most of our patients like to pre-book their active maintenance appointment (exam and professional clean) well in advance so as to suit their preferred appointment day and time. We will remind you of this appointment one to two weeks in advance.
We respectfully request that you provide 48 hours notice should you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment time. If less than 48 hours notice is provided, this may lead to forfeiture of any deposits in place to secure your appointment.
WE ARE A QIP ACCREDITED DENTAL PRACTICE
What Our QIP Accreditation Means for You
If you’ve been looking for a dentist, it can be overwhelming to decide what dental practice to choose. You want dentists with considerable experience and who offer a range of services. Also, you want to make sure that you and your family will be in good hands— that you’ll be safe and secure. Our Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) accreditation provides patients with that assurance.
QIP is Australia’s leading healthcare accreditation organisation for dental practices.
The voluntary accreditation of private dental practices is based on the incorporation of a set of National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. Attaining these standards means that a dental practice has proven to be of the highest calibre when it comes to providing quality patient care within Australia.
Specifically, to obtain QIP accredited status, dentists self-assess against the pertinent criteria in the NSQHS Standards 1-6. These include infection prevention, procedure matching, medication safety and patient identification.
Once a dentist has completed their self-evaluation, an independent reviewer will inspect the practice. The reviewer does so to determine whether 100% of the actions itemised in the standards have been satisfactorily met.
When selecting an accredited practice, a patient can expect a reduction in both clinical and general risks. You also can enjoy matchless peace of mind. How? By knowing that all staff members are educated and engaged in implementing dental systems and improving dental processes within their practice. By choosing a QIP accredited dental practice such as ours, you can be confident that you are receiving treatment that is aligned with the highest national standards of care.
You can feel confident about entrusting your family’s oral healthcare to our capable team. Contact us today to book an appointment or to find out more about our QIP accreditation.
We provide great incentives for new and existing patients, as well as regular promotions on many of the services to make dental care accessible to the community.
Our discount is not applicable for use in conjunction with any health insurance claim.
Our Promotions do not extend to items in the Services and Products already approved by the Dental Health Services (DHS).
WHITENING PREP SPECIAL 10% OFF
Detailed consultation with our Spring Orchid Dental Dentist, who will use their years of experience to advise you on the best whitening treatment to suit your level of staining, considering any dental concerns you may have. A gentle polish is carried out to remove excess plaque and calculus from the surface of the teeth. This is to get your teeth ready for an effective Teeth Whitening Treatment, specially tailored to your needs and concerns. (Please note that your teeth whitening treatment is only effective if the above is completed)
Consultation with 2nd Opinion by Appointment
Assessment of your teeth
One-on-one discussion with our Dentist
Professional scale and polish
Not all patients are suitable candidates for teeth whitening, and results vary for each individual. Please contact Spring Orchid Dental staff to discuss if you are eligible for teeth whitening and what results may be achievable for you.
Please refer to our Teeth Whitening for more information
ABOUT WHITENING PREP SPECIAL
Spring Orchid Dental would like to welcome you to our practice with this exclusive introductory offer. Contact our friendly team to arrange a consultation and claim your exclusive offer.
Please ensure that you mention this offer when arranging your appointment or if you book online today.
Spring Orchid Dental is committed to keeping our fees as low and as affordable as possible. During your consultation you will meet the dentist, discuss any concerns you may have, and discover what treatment options are available for you.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This offer is valid for new and existing patients.
One consultation per person.
To be eligible, patients must mention this offer when booking an appointment with Spring Orchid Dental.
Please check with your health insurer for details about your cover entitlements.
This offer is non-transferable and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Price and conditions subject to change.
CHAIRSIDE WHITENING SPECIAL 40% OFF
Detailed consultation with our dentist, who will use their years of experience to advise you on the best whitening treatment to suit your level of staining, considering any dental concerns you may have. This is followed by our Spring Orchid Dentist Teeth Whitening Treatment, specially tailored to your needs and concerns.
Please note that our Teeth Whitening Treatment is only effective after a detailed consultation with our dentist, and a gentle polish is carried out to remove excess plaque and calculus from the surface of the teeth. (your teeth whitening treatment may be rescheduled for another day if you require a full scale and polish)
One-on-one discussion with our Dentist.
Professional single visit “In Office” Chairside Whitening, providing fast and effective performance.
Complimentary follow up with the dentist for review.
If you are due for your dental check up or are not sure whether your teeth are suitable for an in-chair teeth whitening containing Hydrogen Peroxide, you can speak to one of our dentists on your visit.
Not all patients are suitable candidates for teeth whitening, and results vary for each individual. Please contact Spring Orchid Dental staff to discuss if you are eligible for teeth whitening and what results may be achievable for you.
Please refer to our Teeth Whitening for more information
* OFFER IS BASED ON 12 TO 16 TEETH.
ABOUT CHAIRSIDE WHITENING SPECIAL
Spring Orchid Dental would like to welcome you to our practice with this exclusive introductory offer. Contact our friendly team to arrange a consultation and claim your exclusive offer.
Please ensure that you mention this offer when arranging your appointment or if you book online today.
Spring Orchid Dental is committed to keeping our fees as low and as affordable as possible. During your consultation you will meet the dentist, discuss any concerns you may have, and discover what treatment options are available for you.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This offer is valid for new and existing patients.
One consultation per person.
To be eligible, patients must mention this offer when booking an appointment with Spring Orchid Dental.
Please check with your health insurer for details about your cover entitlements.
This offer is non-transferable and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Price and conditions subject to change.
ABOUT OUR DENTAL SERVICES
At Spring Orchid we know how important your smile is, our goal is to ensure the health of your teeth and gums, by offering you a comprehensive list of dental treatments. From simple general dentistry such as filling in gaps, fitting veneers and crowns, to surgery and complex restorative procedures such as dentures and implants, the expert team at Spring Orchid offers an extensive variety of top treatments to give you the care you deserve.
Dental emergencies are quite frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is almost always required to alleviate pain and to ensure the teeth have the best possible chance of survival.
Sometimes teeth become fractured by trauma, grinding or biting on hard objects. In other cases, fillings, veneers, crowns and other restorative devices can be damaged or fall out of the mouth completely.
If there is severe pain, severe toothache or sensitivity, abscess, swelling, it is essential to make an appointment with the dentist as quickly as possible. In most cases pain is an indicator that something has gone wrong and needs urgent attention.
What do I do in case of a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies should be addressed at the earliest possible convenience and are best managed by your dentist.
Delaying treatment may not only make it more complex, but may also unnecessarily increase your discomfort. The pain caused by dental emergencies almost always gets worse without treatment, and dental issues can seriously jeopardize physical health.
What is considered a dental emergency?
Here are some common dental emergencies and tips on what to do until you can get to our emergency dentist service in Bassendean.
Toothache: Rinse the mouth out with warm water and floss the area to remove any debris. If pain persists, contact our emergency dentist in Bassendean immediately.
Knocked out tooth: Make an appointment to see our emergency dentist, the sooner a knocked out tooth is re-implanted the more likely it is to embed itself back into the gum.
Gum abscess and swelling: Contact our after hour emergency dentist immediately. We will be able to prescribe some pain relief and or antibiotics to settle the infection, and devise a treatment plan once the area has been assessed.
Broken Tooth: Any obvious damage to a tooth should be treated as soon as possible. Chips or fractures can affect the living tissue inside the tooth, causing problems in the future. Our emergency dentists in Bassendean can prevent the damage from getting worse.
Wisdom tooth pain: Apply an ice pack to the outside of the face to reduce swelling for just 20 minutes. Repeat as required. Additionally, you can rinse your mouth out with warm salty water every 2 to 3 hours.
Emergency Dentist Bassendean – We are here when you need us!
TOOTH KNOCKED OUT FOR ADULTS
If a tooth has been knocked clean out of the mouth, it is essential to see a dentist immediately. When a tooth exits the mouth, tissues, nerves and blood vessels become damaged. If the tooth can be placed back into its socket within an hour, there is a chance the tissues will grow to support the tooth once again.
Call the dentist.
Pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it under warm water. DO NOT touch the root.
If possible, place it back into its socket – if not tuck it into the cheek pouch.
If the tooth cannot be placed in the mouth, put the tooth into a cup of milk, saliva, or water as a last resort. It is important to keep the tooth from drying out.
Get to the dentist, quickly and safely.
The dentist will try to replace the tooth in its natural socket. In some cases, the tooth will reattach, but if the inner mechanisms of the teeth are seriously damaged, root canal therapy may be necessary.
TOOTH KNOCKED OUT FOR CHILDREN
What do I do if my child knocks their tooth out?
Immediate management will optimise the rate of success in all dental trauma cases. Always attempt to retrieve the tooth if it has been knocked out completely. If emergency medical help is at hand ie. first aid at a sports carnival, consult them for help.
First determine whether it is an adult or baby tooth.
In the case of a baby tooth being knocked out, do not replace the tooth into the socket. Keep the tooth if you can find it and contact us for an emergency appointment, simply to ensure that it is in fact a baby tooth, the surrounding teeth remain sound and the soft tissue damage is not severe.
In the case of a dislodged adult tooth. If the tooth can be retrieved and is not contaminated, replace the tooth in the socket as soon as possible – ensure you have it the right way round! If the tooth has been contaminated with debris, rinse for ten seconds under cool running water and replace the tooth in the socket. In either case contact us immediately for an emergency dental visit as soon as possible.
If the tooth can not be repositioned at the time of the accident. Keep the tooth stored in whole milk or alternatively tucked in the cheek of the patient, careful not to swallow the tooth, and contact us immediately for an emergency dental visit.
If the tooth is partially dislodged, and no longer in its normal position, contact us as soon as possible for an emergency dental appointment. Any delay in treatment will negatively affect the chances of success.
WHY IT COMES OFF
Usually, a crown or filling comes loose while eating. Once it is out of the mouth, the affected tooth may be incredibly sensitive to temperature changes and pressure. Crowns generally become loose because the tooth beneath is decaying. The decay causes shape changes in the teeth – meaning that the crown no longer fits.
WHAT TO DO
What do I do if my temporary crown comes off?
If a crown has dropped out of the mouth, make a dental appointment as soon as possible. Keep the crown in a cool, safe place because there is a possibility that the dentist can reinsert it. If the crown is out of the mouth for a long period of time, the teeth may shift or sustain further damage.
When the dentist is not immediately accessible, here are the steps to take:
Apply clove oil to the tooth to alleviate pain.
Clean the crown and affix it onto the tooth with dental cement. This can be purchased at the local pharmacy.
If the crown is lost, smear the top of the tooth with dental cement to alleviate discomfort.
DO NOT use any kind of glue to affix the crown.
Get to the dentist, quickly and safely.
The dentist will check the crown to see if it still fits. If it does, it will be reattached to the tooth. Where decay is noted, this will be treated and a new crown will be made.
A temporary crown is a provisional cover that protects the underlying tooth structure from sensitivity while the permanent crown is being made. In addition to this the temporary crown keeps the relationship of the surrounding teeth in place so no tooth movement can occur.
To avoid any movement of the adjacent teeth or tissues we strongly recommend a lost temporary is replaced as soon as possible.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY TEMPORARY CROWN/BRIDGE/INLAY/ONLAY (‘TEMP’) FALLS OFF?
Temps are held on by a weak cement, so it is quite common for temps to fall off.
Your temp not only protects the tooth, but also helps stop other teeth from moving while you wait for your final product.
If your temp falls off please make an appointment for it to be re-cemented.
The teeth are strong, but they are still prone to fractures, cracks and breaks. Sometimes fractures are fairly painless, but if the crack extends down into the root, it is likely that the pain will be extreme. Fractures, cracks and breaks can take several different forms, but are generally caused by trauma, grinding and biting. If a tooth has been fractured or cracked, there is no alternative but to see the dentist as quickly as possible.
Where a segment of tooth has been broken off, here are some steps that can be taken at home:
Call the dentist.
Rinse the tooth fragment and the mouth with lukewarm water.
Apply gauze to the area for ten minutes if there is bleeding.
Place a cold, damp dishtowel on the cheek to minimize swelling and pain.
Cover the affected area with over-the-counter dental cement if there is no way to see the dentist immediately.
Take a topical pain reliever.
The nature of the break or fracture will limit what the dentist is able to do. If a fracture or crack extends into the root, root canal therapy may be the only effective way to retain the tooth. In the case of a complete break, the dentist will usually affix the fragment back onto the tooth as a temporary measure.
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A CHIPPED/BROKEN TOOTH?
First of all, don’t panic. Often a chipped or broken tooth is not a dental emergency, and can usually be repaired.
If you have broken an upper front tooth from trauma, call us as soon as possible as there may be additional problems from the trauma. If you still have the broken piece of tooth, please bring it with you as it may be possible to re-bond the piece back onto the tooth.
Chipped/broken teeth may also be a sign of underlying tooth decay, so please organise an appointment so we can assess your teeth.
We will do our best to fit you in as soon as possible, however there may be a wait depending on the circumstance. The dentist may place a temporary filling initially and get you to return for further treatment – your dentist will discuss this with you.
When a tooth has been dislodged or loosened from its socket by trauma or decay, it might be possible to save it. If the tooth remains in the mouth and attached to the blood vessels and nerves, there is a good chance root canal therapy will not be necessary.
An emergency situation is unannounced, we are here when you need us most. At Spring Orchid Dental our experienced team is well trained in handling emergencies. It is important to call the dentist immediately to make an appointment. In the meantime, use a cold compress and over-the-counter medications to relieve pain. The dentist will reposition the tooth and add splints to stabilize it. If the tooth fails to heal, root canal therapy may be required.
Are you planning a vacation outside Australia?
Don’t have your vacation ruined by a toothache. Prior to traveling abroad a thorough dental examination is important especially if traveling to developing countries or remote areas without access to safe dental care.
Emergency dental care abroad may be hard to find, uncomfortable, expensive, or even dangerous. Most of us take for granted the high Australian standards for infection control and safety. We seldom think about the fact that sterile instruments, gloves, disposable needles and safe water are not always routine in parts of the world. Dentists practicing in Australia are held to high standards of care and must follow infection control guidelines for disease prevention. The standards for educating and licensing dental professionals also vary in foreign countries. In Australia, dentists have been educated in accredited schools and have taken national and state boards prior to receiving a license to practice.
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
Schedule an appointment with your dentist giving adequate time to complete any necessary dental treatment. Pressure changes especially during air travel can cause pain in an untreated tooth.
Have decayed or cracked teeth treated.
Congested with sinus problems? It may be from or affecting your teeth.
Schedule a cleaning, especially if you have any type of periodontal (gum) disease or bad breath.
Sensitive teeth should be checked before you travel.
Complete all root canal treatments.
Don’t let a dental emergency dampen your vacation. Be sure to have your teeth in great shape prior to leaving home.
In case you cannot reach our dental clinic straight away, try out these easy home remedies to alleviate some discomfort prior to your appointment.
Your situation may vary and the below is not to be considered medical advice. Depending on how severe your jaw, oral or dental pain is you may need to see a dentist immediately.
Do you suffer from a broken filling, a sports accident that requires a dental procedure urgently? If your affected tooth is related to a crown, bridges or dentures then contact us now.
Gargle salt water
Salt water helps remove bacteria from your mouth area and may lessen swelling. Insert involving a quarter and half of a teaspoon of salt to warm water and gurgle for five or more seconds. Be careful not to swallow water.
Have a painkiller
Dental pain relief medicine like aspirin can alleviate the pain when it is deflecting or you are finding it tough to sleep. Painkillers should just be consumed rather than applied directly to the teeth, since the acidity may burn off gum tissue.
Apply ice to the damaged tooth
Put a cold compress or ice pack from the cheek to help alleviate the pain. Do not apply ice directly to your tooth, as toothaches frequently cause increased sensitivity to temperature.
These home remedies offer you rapid relief from toothaches however, the result is just momentary. To eliminate the pain permanently, your dentist should see to the cause, not the symptom.
General dental check ups ensure that your teeth remain healthy for years to come.
Dental checkup is something we should not delay. The team at Spring Orchid Dental recommend our patients visit our practice every six months for their dental check-up where their teeth are checked by the dentist. This way, if any issues are picked up, they are generally minor and can usually be fixed before they turn into something more serious and expensive to deal with.
This active maintenance is to prevent and reduce the amount of dental work you may need in the future.
Not only are regular dental check-ups beneficial for keeping your teeth looking good, there are also numerous overall health benefits.
Benefits of regular dental check-ups:
Prevent the build-up of plaque which causes bad breath.
Potential dental issues can be quickly identified before they progress to a more serious and painful oral concern that could require surgery or permanent treatment options.
Gum disease, which causes painful toothaches and can lead to infection of the gum and jawbone, can be prevented.
Cavities and broken fillings can be addressed. If left untreated, these can result in the need for root canals, gum surgery or the needless removal of your teeth.
Potential oral cancers can be identified which can be highly curable if treated early.
You can avoid painful Emergencies with regular dental checkups. Like many other parts of the body our teeth and gums do not repair themselves so we do have to take extra care.
At all times your comfort and happiness is our priority. General dental treatments are usually straightforward – relax and unwind as we care for your teeth with the latest techniques to keep your smile looking its best and to prevent future dental problems.
As you can see, a good dental exam and cleaning involves much more than simply checking for cavities and polishing your teeth. We are committed to providing you with the best possible care, and to do so, will require regular check-ups and cleanings.
STEPS IN A COMPREHENSIVE DENTAL EXAM
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your dental visit, your teeth are cleaned and checked for cavities. Additionally, there are many other things that are checked and monitored to help detect, prevent, and maintain your dental health.
Knowing the status of any current medical conditions, new medications, and illnesses, gives us insight to your overall health and also your dental health.
“Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer."
Oral Cancer Exam
According to research, new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year. Many of these cases result in the death of the patient. The good news is that oral cancer can easily be diagnosed with an annual oral cancer exam, and effectively treated when caught in its earliest stages.
Oral cancer is a pathologic process which begins with an asymptomatic stage during which the usual cancer signs may not be readily noticeable. This makes the oral cancer examinations performed by the dentist critically important. Oral cancers can be of varied histologic types such as teratoma, adenocarcinoma and melanoma. The most common type of oral cancer is the malignant squamous cell carcinoma. This oral cancer type usually originates in lip and mouth tissues.
There are many different places in the oral cavity and maxillofacial region in which oral cancers commonly occur, including:
- Salivary Glands
- Oropharyngeal Region (throat)
- Reasons for oral cancer examinations
It is important to note that around 75% of oral cancers are linked with modifiable behaviors such as smoking, tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption. Your dentist can provide literature and education on making lifestyle changes and smoking cessation.
When oral cancer is diagnosed in its earliest stages, treatment is generally very effective. Any noticeable abnormalities in the tongue, gums, mouth or surrounding area should be evaluated by a health professional as quickly as possible. During the oral cancer exam, the dentist and dental hygienist will be scrutinizing the maxillofacial and oral regions carefully for signs of pathologic changes.
The following signs will be investigated during a routine oral cancer exam:
Red patches and sores– Red patches on the floor of the mouth, the front and sides of the tongue, white or pink patches which fail to heal and slow healing sores that bleed easily can be indicative of pathologic (cancerous) changes.
Leukoplakia– This is a hardened white or gray, slightly raised lesion that can appear anywhere inside the mouth. Leukoplakia can be cancerous, or may become cancerous if treatment is not sought.
Lumps– Soreness, lumps or the general thickening of tissue anywhere in the throat or mouth can signal pathological problems.
Oral cancer exams, diagnosis and treatment
The oral cancer examination is a completely painless process. During the visual part of the examination, the dentist will look for abnormality and feel the face, glands and neck for unusual bumps. Lasers which can highlight pathologic changes are also a wonderful tool for oral cancer checks. The laser can “look” below the surface for abnormal signs and lesions which would be invisible to the naked eye.
If abnormalities, lesions, leukoplakia or lumps are apparent, the dentist will implement a diagnostic impression and treatment plan. In the event that the initial treatment plan is ineffective, a biopsy of the area will be performed. The biopsy includes a clinical evaluation which will identify the precise stage and grade of the oral lesion.
Oral cancer is deemed to be present when the basement membrane of the epithelium has been broken. Malignant types of cancer can readily spread to other places in the oral and maxillofacial regions, posing additional secondary threats. Treatment methods vary according to the precise diagnosis, but may include excision, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
During bi-annual check-ups, the dentist and hygienist will thoroughly look for changes and lesions in the mouth, but a dedicated comprehensive oral cancer screening should be performed at least once each year.
If you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer, please ask your dentist or dental hygienist.
Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
Our intra-oral digital camera enables us to easily and comfortably inspect your mouth at your regular checkups, and also lets you see what your dentist sees.
Dental Intra-oral cameras are tiny digital cameras that fit comfortably in your mouth and enable your dentist to show you an enlarged image of your teeth on a computer screen. The camera is located in the tip of the Intra oral wand and transmits real-time video for you and your dentist to review. The wand is covered with a disposable plastic sheath, similar to an electronic thermometer, to keep the procedure sterile and comfortable.
Spring Orchid Dental, perfect intra-oral images provide the ideal communication tool optimal support your next dental visit. With bright LED or halogen light sources, the intra-oral digital camera allows us to diagnose tooth ‘cracks’ that are difficult to see with the naked eye.
Our KaVo ERGOcam 5 intraoral camera creates detail images with the greatest resolution and excellent colour reproduction, delivering precise, true-to-life images with each shot, where increased vision means increased detection and more effective treatment.
“Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions."
Xray as a diagnostic tool
Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Dental X-rays serve as an essential diagnostic tool, providing your dentist with information that otherwise would be impossible to ascertain.
During your consultation we can also perform an x-ray to help identify any potentially harmful conditions that may be in the early stages of development, such as decay. It is essential to detect underlying issues before they become severe and complex to treat.
By assessing the health of the teeth, gums and soft tissues externally and internally with an x-ray we can ensure that your smile is healthy.
Our state of the art Digital X rays technology allows high resolution which means better image and considerably less radiation exposure. As a result we get better image and less repetition of x rays.
Dental x-rays may reveal:
Abscesses or cysts.
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Decay between the teeth.
Poor tooth and root positions.
Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
OUR STATE OF THE ART DENTAL X-RAY
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Our state of the art Digital X rays technology allows high resolution which means better image and considerably less radiation exposure. As a result we get better image and less repetition of x rays.
ABOUT XRAY IMAGING
An x-ray image, or radiograph, is produced when a very small amount of radiation passes through the body and strikes a sheet of sensitive film or a detector placed on the other side of the body. The ability of x-rays to penetrate tissues and bones varies according to the composition and mass of what is being imaged. Your teeth, which contains calcium, absorbs most of the radiation and results in white images on the x-ray film. Low mass organs such as the lungs, which are filled with air, allow nearly all x-rays to pass through and strike the film or detector resulting in a black image. You will not feel any discomfort during the procedure.
DO I REALLY NEED X-RAYS? AREN’T THEY HARMFUL?
Due to advances in technology, dental X-rays deliver radiation at very low doses which is localised to the area of the dental film. Dental X-rays may be required at your first visit to our practice, if you present with an emergency dental complaint, or periodically to compare to baseline records.
Several types of dental X-rays are available, all used for different purposes. Information obtainable from such films include an overview of the jaw and jaw joint, bone levels surrounding the teeth, areas of decay or infection and, location or presence of teeth.
Are dental x-rays safe?
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. You will be exposed to a very small amount of radiation when you receive an x-ray. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.
Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be, you should tell your doctor or radiographer before the test is performed, as special precautions may have to be taken.
These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, fast film that cuts down the exposure time of each x-ray. At Spring Orchid Dental, we use advanced digital x-ray equipment to ensure you are exposed to the minimum amount of radiation needed to obtain adequate images.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.
Who will perform the xrays examination?
The examination will be performed by our qualified dental staff who were trained in the taking of x-rays and other diagnostic dental images.
Are there any side effects to xrays ?
Side effects from general or dental x-rays are incredibly rare. During your examination you will be exposed to a very small amount of radiation. The benefits of detecting disease are believed to far outweigh any potential risks from receiving such a small dose. Spring Orchid Dental have rigorous protocols to ensure that the radiation dose given is the lowest possible dose to produce diagnostic quality images.
How long will the xrays examination take?
General and dental x-rays are typically very simple procedures and most examinations would be completed within 10 – 15 minutes. In most cases you do not have to make an appointment to have a general x-ray but depending on how busy the clinic is, you may have to wait before having your examination. In some instances you may need to make an appointment for a dental x-ray.
When is the best time to have the xrays examination?
As there is little or no preparation required for general or dental x-rays they can be performed at any time during normal clinic hours.
Orthopantomograms, better known as OPGs provide a panoramic or wide view x-rays of the mouth which displays all the teeth of the upper and lower jaw on a single film. It demonstrates the number, position and growth of all the teeth including those that have not yet surfaced or erupted. It is different from the small close up x-rays dentists take of individual teeth.
An OPG may also reveal problems with the jawbone and the joint which connects the jawbone to the head, called the Temporomandibular joint or TMJ. OPGs can be used for a variety of purposes from assessment of impacted wisdom teeth, checking development of teeth in children, planning of orthodontic treatment, for a general overview of the teeth and the bone which supports the teeth, and as general screening as part of your dental check‐up.
You may be asked to remove jewellery, eyeglasses, and any metal objects that may obscure the images. You will be asked to stand with your face resting on a small shelf and to bite gently on a sterile mouth piece to steady your head. It is important to stay very still while the x-ray is taken. You will not feel any discomfort during the procedure.
The scans are quick, simple, and require no preparation. The OPG rotates once around your head, taking just 10 seconds to complete the scan. All you are required to do is remain still for the duration of the scan.
The images are viewed and interpreted by our dentists and results can be collected 2‐3 working days after the scan, or alternatively you may take an image back to your referrer unreported. If you choose to take the image with you, a report will be sent to your doctor electronically.
Please bring any previous imaging with you on the day of your examination. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask us!
OUR FULL FEATURED PANORAMIC X-RAY (OPG)
Featuring cutting-edge innovations, our orthopantomograms (OPGs) machine combines extensive diagnostic capabilities and superior image quality into powerful tool for your dental diagnosis.
Our OPG offers a wide variety of imaging programs for different radiographic needs. It also selects the correct exposure formats to minimise the radiation dose for all types of patients and diagnostic purposes.
Easy patient positioning
Open patient positioning and side entry minimise errors caused by incorrect patient positioning by allowing the operator to monitor the patient freely from both the front and side. Side entry allows easy access for all patients – standing or seated. Patient positioning is assisted by triple laser beam system, which indicates the correct anatomical positioning points.
Autofocus – for perfect panoramics every time
The unique Autofocus feature automatically positions the focal layer using a low-dose scout image of the patient’s central incisors. Landmarks in the patient’s anatomy are used to calculate placement, enabling practically error-free patient positioning and dramatically reducing the need for retakes. The result is the perfect panoramic image, every time.
Optimal imaging programs
Child mode for optimal paediatric imaging
In child mode, the imaging area and exposure values are reduced in all programs and also the focal layer can be narrowed in the panoramic program. The patient dose is reduced remarkably.
OUR 3D SKULL CHARTING
Delivering world’s best 3D dental clinical charting technology.
At Spring Orchid Dental, our 3D skull charting technology takes notation and recording to a totally new level and with life like graphics. Now our dentists can notate not just the teeth, but the gums, tongue, cheek – in fact our dentists now can write notes of observations over all of the mouth. This means more precise communication with specialists on all facets of the health of your mouth. Also, the easily recordable, accessible and detailed account of your oral health gives you peace of mind. Patient friendly graphics where you can see the treatment plan in a way that makes sense to you and assists in your own understanding of your dental needs and care requirements. A leap forward in dental practice innovation.
Gum checkup is very essential for your better oral health.
Gums are the foundation of teeth along with bone. Healthy Gums are essential for healthy teeth for life.
Gum disease affects most people at some stage in their life. it can be detrimental for your teeth.
The two stages of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontists.
Poor Oral hygiene
Medical conditions such as diabetes
Soft tissue Infections
Gum Disease have family link as well so if any of your family members have gum disease or lost their teeth at early age you may be at risk too. Get your gums and teeth assessed to prevent or early intervention of gum diseases.
Medical Link: researches have shown that people suffering from some medical conditions are more prone to Gum disease.
Diabetes is one of main culprit. However if your Diabetes under control, oral hygiene is good and you are having regular checkups and professional clean you are at reduced risk.
Swollen, Bleeding gums, pain on chewing or brushing, Hot and cold sensitivity, loose teeth, Bad breath.
Bad Breath: can be embarrassing. Most of the people suffering from bad breath are not aware of their conditions. It can be a really good indicator of underlying Gum disease.
Careful and regular check up and cleaning can help prevent gum disease.
Getting treatment early can help save teeth that are at risk from gum disease and other problems.
Feel free to contact us to discuss further or more information.
Designing your personalized treatment plan
After the oral examination, any treatment recommendations will be discussed, and rationale given to support these.
Sometimes you may require comprehensive dental care, involving several stages or complex treatments. All of our dentists will happily provide a comprehensive treatment plan which details the proposed care of your mouth.
When available, options will be discussed with you and will be given in written form. We’ll also provide item numbers and explain the price of the proposed intervention, making it clear from the outset how much any dentistry treatments are likely to cost, so there are no surprises later on.
All of this will help patients to make an informed decision about their dental care plan, and direct us in our delivery of service. If the treatment plan changes at any stage, the fees will be adjusted accordingly, and the patient informed, so there’s complete transparency all the way.
Health rebates for dentistry treatments
To assist our patients in claiming health rebates for treatment, we provide a printed copy of their dental treatment plans at the initial dental consultation. This can then be passed on to their health insurance company so the gap in payment can be worked out, along with the balance that needs to be settled.
Although our dentistry fees are subject to change on an reasonable basis, once we’ve agreed on a cost, this will remain the same within a specified period. As long as the fee still applies to your current oral condition, we will always honour it.
If funding your dental treatment becomes difficult, you may like to consider a payment plan. You can find information about payment plans here at Spring Orchid Dental.
Fissure sealant is to protect our natural teeth from decay. Our natural teeth have grooves and fissures on biting surfaces. Decay can start in these deep grooves.
Tooth brush bristles do not reach the deepest part of pits and fissures. This can lead to tooth decay. Children and adolescent are most vulnerable. A pit and fissure is more likely to decay compared to other tooth surfaces.
Prevention is better than cure so protecting teeth with sealant prevents tooth decay in future. Fissure sealant fills deeper fissure and grooves making them less vulnerable to decay and creating physical barrier to stop food and bacteria from reaching the most vulnerable parts of your tooth.
Fissure sealant procedure is noninvasive, easy, comfortable and pain free.
Regular 6 month checkups ensure ongoing maintenance and vigilance on loss of fissure sealant and decay. A lost sealant can be easily replaced.
Please contact us to book a consult and discuss more about fissure sealant to make sure your little ones teeth are protected against tooth decay.
SCALE & POLISH
– PROFESSIONAL DENTAL CLEANING
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:
Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
– SCALE & POLISH
Scale and polish involve regular removal of tartar and calculus helps in preventing tooth decay and gum diseases.
At Spring Orchid Dental with regular checkups we aim to provide:
Thorough removal of calculus and plaque
Oral hygiene instructions
Researchers have shown that fluoride helps in strengthening enamel and reduces decay in oral cavity.
Fluoride is applied usually after regular scale and polish visit.
– FLUORIDE APPLICATION
Fluoride application varies with individual’s requirements. Depending on individual needs especially high risk patient we may have to repeat procedure often.
Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.
– FLUORIDE WORKS IN TWO WAYS
1. TOPICAL FLUORIDE
Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay. We gain topical fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. Dentists and dental hygienists generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups.
2. SYSTEMIC FLUORIDE
Systemic fluoride strengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums. We gain systemic fluoride from most foods and our community water supplies. It is also available as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician. Generally, fluoride drops are recommended for infants, and tablets are best suited for children up through the teen years. It is very important to monitor the amounts of fluoride a child ingests. If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, a condition called fluorosis (white spots on the teeth) may result.
Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay. Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:
Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
Exposed and sensitive root surfaces.
Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications.
Recent history of dental decay.
Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay!
It is important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed (electric dental toothbrushes, special cleaning aids, fluorides, rinses, etc.).
Your eating habits play a very important role in your dental health. Please talk to our dentists to discuss any concern you may have with your diet.
WHAT IS PERIODONTAL (GUM) DISEASE?
The term “periodontal”means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis and gum disease) is a common inflammatory condition which affects the supporting and surrounding soft tissues of the tooth; also the jawbone itself when in its most advanced stages.
Periodontal disease is most often preceded by gingivitis which is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue. Gingivitis occurs when there is a build-up of plaque and tartar along the gum line. A bacterial infection affects the gums when the toxins contained in plaque begin to irritate and inflame the gum tissues. Often the only sign (if any) is occasional bleeding when brushing. Once this bacterial infection colonizes in the gum pockets between the teeth, it becomes much more difficult to remove and treat. Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that eventually leads to the destruction of the connective tissue and jawbone. If left untreated, it can lead to shifting teeth, loose teeth and eventually tooth loss.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the developed world and should always be promptly treated.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease is often COMPLETELY PAINLESS, and sometimes the only warning signs may be bleeding gums, bad breath, receding gums or in more severe cases, teeth becoming loose. More often than not, patients have no idea there is even a problem!
SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?
If you suspect that you may have gum problems, the first step is to book in for a consultation with one of our dentists. A thorough assessment of your teeth and gums will allow us to determine if there is an issue of concern.
It is important to note that smoking, diabetes, certain illnesses and hormonal issues can cause gum disease to progress at a much more rapid rate.
CAN IT BE TREATED?
If you are experiencing occasional bleeding when brushing, you may likely have mild gingivitis. Luckily, this is completely reversible and can be managed with a home care program of correct brushing and flossing, along with regular visits to our friendly dentists.
More advanced cases once identified can also be treated, however the damage done in Periodontitis is usually irreversible. The focus becomes on preventing the progression of the disease and minimising any further damage.
Spring Orchid Dental has a dedicated team of dentists who specialise in looking after general gum health and treating gum disease issues, they spend the time to carefully and thoroughly scale and clean the teeth and gums and provide oral care advice as needed.
When left untreated, gingivitis (mild gum inflammation) can spread to below the gum line. When the gums become irritated by the toxins contained in plaque, a chronic inflammatory response causes the body to break down and destroy its own bone and soft tissue. There may be little or no symptoms as periodontal disease causes the teeth to separate from the infected gum tissue. Deepening pockets between the gums and teeth are generally indicative that soft tissue and bone is being destroyed by periodontal disease. Unfortunately if left to progress, this eventually causes teeth to become loose and fall out.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON PERIODONTAL DISEASE TYPES:
inflammation within supporting tissues cause deep pockets and gum recession. It may appear the teeth are lengthening, but in actuality, the gums (gingiva) are receding. This is the most common form of periodontal disease and is characterized by progressive loss of attachment, interspersed with periods of rapid progression.
This form of gum disease occurs in an otherwise clinically healthy individual. It is characterized by rapid loss of gum attachment, chronic bone destruction and familial aggregation.
This form of periodontal disease most often occurs in individuals suffering from systemic conditions such as HIV, immunosuppression and malnutrition. Necrosis (tissue death) occurs in the periodontal ligament, alveolar bone and gingival tissues.
Periodontitis caused by systemic disease
This form of gum disease often begins at an early age. Medical condition such as respiratory disease, diabetes and heart disease are common cofactors.
Periodontal disease is diagnosed by your dentist or dental hygienist during a periodontal examination. This type of exam should always be part of your regular dental check-up.
A periodontal probe (small dental instrument) is gently used to measure the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and the gums. The depth of a healthy sulcus measures three millimeters or less and does not bleed. The periodontal probe helps indicate if pockets are deeper than three millimeters. As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets usually get deeper.
Your dentist or hygienist will use pocket depths, amount of bleeding, inflammation, tooth mobility, etc., to make a diagnosis that will fall into a category below:
Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. Plaque and its toxin by-products irritate the gums, making them tender, inflamed, and likely to bleed.
Plaque hardens into calculus (tartar). As calculus and plaque continue to build up, the gums begin to recede from the teeth. Deeper pockets form between the gums and teeth and become filled with bacteria and pus. The gums become very irritated, inflamed, and bleed easily. Slight to moderate bone loss may be present.
The teeth lose more support as the gums, bone, and periodontal ligament continue to be destroyed. Unless treated, the affected teeth will become very loose and may be lost. Generalized moderate to severe bone loss may be present.
Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Your dentist and dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.
Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth!
If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings.
If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. It is usually done one quadrant of the mouth at a time while the area is numb. In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing). This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink. Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric tooth brush may be recommended to help control infection and healing.
If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean. Your dentist may also recommend that you see a Periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone).
TREATMENT PROCEDURES FOR PERIODONTAL DISEASE
There are many surgical and nonsurgical treatments the periodontist may choose to perform, depending upon the exact condition of the teeth, gums and jawbone. A complete periodontal exam of the mouth will be done before any treatment is performed or recommended.
Here are some of the more common treatments for periodontal disease:
- Scaling and root planing– In order to preserve the health of the gum tissue, the bacteria and calculus (tartar) which initially caused the infection, must be removed. The gum pockets will be cleaned and treated with antibiotics as necessary to help alleviate the infection. A prescription mouthwash may be incorporated into daily cleaning routines.
- Tissue regeneration– When the bone and gum tissues have been destroyed, regrowth can be actively encouraged using grafting procedures. A membrane may be inserted into the affected areas to assist in the regeneration process.
- Pocket elimination surgery– Pocket elimination surgery (also known as flap surgery) is a surgical treatment which can be performed to reduce the pocket size between the teeth and gums. Surgery on the jawbone is another option which serves to eliminate indentations in the bone which foster the colonization of bacteria.
- Dental implants– When teeth have been lost due to periodontal disease, the aesthetics and functionality of the mouth can be restored by implanting prosthetic teeth into the jawbone. Tissue regeneration procedures may be required prior to the placement of a dental implant in order to strengthen the bone.
- Ask your dentist if you have questions or concerns about periodontal disease, periodontal treatment, or dental implants.
It only takes twenty four hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into calculus (tartar)! Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention.
Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend that you have regular maintenance cleanings (periodontal cleanings), usually four times a year. At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy. Plaque and calculus that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line.
In addition to your periodontal cleaning and evaluation, your appointment will usually include:
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
- Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
- Examination of tooth decay: Check all tooth surfaces for decay.
- Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, cheek tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- Oral hygiene recommendations: Review and recommend oral hygiene aids as needed. (Electric toothbrushes, special periodontal brushes, fluorides, rinses, etc.)
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
- Good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control!
HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE GINGIVITIS OR PERIODONTITIS (GUM DISEASE)?
Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages. Unlike tooth decay, which often causes discomfort, it is possible to have periodontal disease without noticeable symptoms. Having regular dental check-ups and periodontal examinations are very important and will help detect if periodontal problems exist.
Periodontal disease begins when plaque, a sticky, colorless, film of bacteria, food debris, and saliva, is left on the teeth and gums. The bacteria produce toxins (acids) that inflame the gums and slowly destroy the bone. Brushing and flossing regularly and properly will ensure that plaque is not left behind to do its damage.
Other than poor oral hygiene, there are several other factors that may increase the risk of developing periodontal disease:
Smoking or chewing tobacco – Tobacco users are more likely than non-users to form plaque and tartar on their teeth.
Certain tooth or appliance conditions – Bridges that no longer fit properly, crowded teeth, or defective fillings that may trap plaque and bacteria.
Many medications – Steroids, cancer therapy drugs, blood pressure meds, oral contraceptives. Some medications have side affects that reduce saliva, making the mouth dry and plaque easier to adhere to the teeth and gums.
Pregnancy, oral contraceptives, and puberty – Can cause changes in hormone levels, causing gum tissue to become more sensitive to bacteria toxins.
Systemic diseases – Diabetes, blood cell disorders, HIV / AIDS, etc.
Genetics may play a role – Some patients may be predisposed to a more aggressive type of periodontitis. Patients with a family history of tooth loss should pay particular attention to their gums.
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Red and puffy gums– Gums should never be red or swollen.
Bleeding gums– Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
Persistent bad breath– Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
New spacing between teeth– Caused by bone loss.
Loose teeth– Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
Pus around the teeth and gums– Sign that there is an infection present.
Receding gums– Loss of gum around a tooth.
Tenderness or Discomfort– Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.
Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
IS THERE A CORRELATION BETWEEN HEART DISEASE AND PERIODONTAL DISEASE?
Many people are unaware that having periodontal disease (the destruction of gum tissue and bone that hold our teeth in place) can affect your overall health.
Periodontal disease is one of the most common infections – often more prevalent than the common cold! Periodontal disease is not only the number one reason people lose teeth; it can also affect the health of your body!
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection, and in its earliest stages, it’s called gingivitis. It starts when an accumulation of plaque (a colony of bacteria, food debris, and saliva) is NOT regularly removed from the gums and teeth. The bacteria in plaque produce toxins/acids that irritate and infect the gums, eventually destroying the jaw bone that supports the teeth. When periodontal disease is not treated it can eventually lead to tooth loss!
There are numerous studies that have looked into the correlation between gum disease and major medical conditions. These studies suggest people with periodontal disease are at a greater risk of systemic disease. They also indicate that periodontal disease can allow oral bacteria to enter the bloodstream and travel to major organs, beginning new infections. Research suggests that periodontal bacteria in the blood stream can:
Contribute to the development of heart disease
Increase the risk of stroke
Compromise the health of those that have diabetes or respiratory diseases
Increase a woman’s risk of having a preterm, low-birth weight baby
While there is still much research to be done in order to fully understand the link between periodontal disease and systemic diseases, research has shown that infections in the mouth can wreak havoc elsewhere in the body.
To ensure a healthy, disease-free mouth, we recommend the importance of regular dental check-ups and cleanings, which include a periodontal evaluation. Also, diligent home care and a proper diet can help reduce plaque and bacteria in the mouth.
Remember the mouth body connection! Taking care of your oral health can contribute to your overall medical health!
WHAT IS PERIODONTAL DISEASE AND HOW CAN I AVOID IT?
Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease and often begins as gingivitis. Periodontal disease in its early stages is characterised by red, swollen or puffy gums which can often bleed upon brushing of flossing. Periodontal disease is cause by bacteria called ‘plaque’ covering your teeth and penetrating the gum line. Factors such as diabetes, stress, pregnancy and some medications can also increase the likelihood of developing gum disease. Contact our dentist if you feel like you may be suffering from gum disease.
WHY DO MY GUMS BLEED?
The most common cause of bleeding gums is plaque build-up on the teeth, resulting in gum inflammation (gingivitis).
Bleeding gums is usually a sign that your oral hygiene technique may need some improvement.
If your gums are bleeding, try brush to the gum line of every tooth twice daily and floss once a day.
Bleeding gums may also be a result of gum disease (periodontitis) or other less common causes.
Please book an appointment for a check up and clean so that we can assess the health of the gums.
Spring Orchid Dental is a Mercury free practice!
The traditional grey amalgam metal fillings which contains mercury/silver can dull your beautiful smile. Mercury is also an environmental concern and for this reason, nowadays with advancement of dental technology (our technology) we have an alternative to unsightly Silver/Mercury fillings.
Most common type of filling procedure we perform here at Spring Orchid Dental is white fillings/tooth coloured fillings/composite fillings.
At our state of art Spring Orchid Dental we place aesthetic tooth coloured fillings in front and back teeth.
With the help of tooth coloured material we match the shade of filling with your natural tooth shade and help you in smiling again with confidence.
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, or to build worn out teeth etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Closing space between two teeth.
Cracked or broken teeth.
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb. It is normal to experience some hot, cold & pressure sensitivity after your appointment. Injection sites may also be sore. Ibuprofen (Motrin), Tylenol or aspirin (one tablet every 3-4 hours as needed for pain) work well to alleviate the tenderness.
If pressure sensitivity persists beyond a few days or if the sensitivity to hot or cold increases, contact our office. You may chew with your composite fillings as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off, since they are fully set when you leave the office. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.
If you need a filling DO NOT DELAY! Call us at Spring Orchid Dental to book an appointment. We will help you in achieving the desired results you want.
Over the years, there has been some concern about the safety of amalgam (silver) fillings. An amalgam is a blend of copper, silver, tin, and zinc, bound by elemental mercury. Dentists have used this blended metal to fill teeth for more than 100 years. The controversy is due to claims that the exposure to the vapor and minute particles from the mercury can cause a variety of health problems.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), up to 76% of dentists use silver containing mercury to fill teeth. The ADA also states that silver fillings are safe and that studies have failed to find any link between silver containing mercury and any medical disorder.
The general consensus is that amalgam (silver) fillings are safe. Along with the ADA’s position, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization, the International Dental Federation (FDA), and others support the use of silver fillings as safe, durable, and cost effective. The U.S. Public Health Service says that the only reason not to use silver fillings is when a patient has an allergy to any component of this type of filling. The ADA has had fewer than 100 reported incidents of an allergy to components of silver fillings, and this is out of the millions of silver fillings placed over the decades.
Amalgam restorations are a viable long lasting option in certain cases where “white fillings” are not recommended. Replacement of amalgam restorations though not essential, may be indicated in cosmetic areas, due to recurrent decay, failure of the filling or the tooth.
Although studies indicate that there are no measurable health risks to patients who have silver fillings, we do know that mercury is a toxic material when we are exposed at high, unsafe levels. For instance, we have been warned to limit the consumption of certain types of fish that carry high levels of mercury in them. However, with respect to amalgam fillings, the ADA maintains that when the mercury combines with the other components of the filling, it becomes an inactive substance that is safe.
There are numerous alternatives to silver fillings, including composite (tooth-colored), porcelain, and gold fillings. We encourage you to discuss these options with your dentist so you can determine which option is best for you.
The main goal of root canal therapy is to relieve pain and “save” a tooth which has been damaged due to decay or infection which cannot be filled with simple filling. Usually pain disappears after the first appointment.
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
It’s always a first choice to save a natural tooth. Losing a tooth may lead to gaps, un-aesthetic, loss of function, and a replacement can be really expensive. Without Root canal treatment you may lose the compromised tooth forever.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
If a tooth has been badly damaged by decay that has reached the nerve, has an abscess, or is causing severe ongoing pain, chances are it will require root canal treatment.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS FOR POSSIBLE ROOT CANAL THERAPY:
An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
Sensitivity to hot and cold.
Severe toothache pain.
Sometimes no symptoms are present.
Swelling and/or tenderness.
REASONS FOR ROOT CANAL THERAPY
Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
Injury or trauma to the tooth.
This is the number one question asked by patients when informed that a root canal treatment is needed. One of the major misconceptions about root canal treatment is that it’s painful. The answer is NO, root canal should not be a painful experience at all.
Today, techniques and technologies have come a long way that most root canal treatments performed under normal local anaesthetic in the chair are simple and completely painless.
However, if a tooth is found to be severely infected, it is often necessary to prescribe a course of antibiotics before commencing any treatment, to ensure that the anaesthetic works adequately. Your dentist will advise you if this is needed.
A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by a dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist).
Root canal is completed in stages, (usually 3), with appointments spread out several weeks apart. To briefly summarise, the steps involved in root canal are as follows:
Visit 1: Once we have explained the procedure to you with associated benefits and risks, and after gaining Consent from you, your tooth is anesthetized and isolated:
While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. The treatment starts with the removal all decay and damaged nerves, An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be treated with the placement of an antibiotic, analgesic paste to relieve pain and infection. A temporary filling is placed to seal the tooth.
Visit 2: Usually 1 weeks later, the remaining dead tissue of the tooth will be removed, Cleaning and shaping the canals inside the tooth roots, placement of further antibiotic paste and temporary filling.
Visit 3: Final cleaning and sealing up of all canals inside the tooth roots. the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.
After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.
You will be given care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.
If tooth decay is right next to the pulp, the pulp may not be strong enough to make healthy dentin. If this happens, the pulp may need to be removed by a participating dentist or endodontist, or the whole root may have to be removed by an oral surgeon.
Some dental procedures can cause bacteria in the mouth to enter the bloodstream and cause infections in other parts of the body. People who have difficulty fighting off infections may need to take antibiotics before and after dental surgery. Such people include those who:
Were born with heart defects.
Have damaged or artificial heart valves.
Have liver disease (cirrhosis).
Have an impaired immune system.
Have a history of bacterial endocarditis.
Have artificial joints, such as a hip that has been replaced.
After treatment is completed, in most cases the tooth will require a ceramic crown soon after. The reason for this is to ensure that the tooth does not break or fracture, as often the remaining tooth enamel is very thin and weak following the procedure.
If root canal is not an option for whatever reason, extraction and replacement with a dental implant is often the next best option. Our dentists will guide you through all the pros and cons of each option so you can make an informed decision that you are comfortable and happy with.
While every treatment carries some risk of failures, root canal is usually a very successful treatment. It may last years if completed properly. Some cases are referred to specialists (Periodontists) to achieve the best outcome.
Please consult our professional team for more information on root canal treatments.
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Dentures are “false teeth.” they are an excellent choice for tooth restoration if you decide to have your natural teeth removed as you come to a time when you can be better served by brand new teeth than your natural teeth or if you’ve lost all or some of your natural teeth, whether from disease, tooth decay or injury.
BENEFITS OF DENTURES
Dentures not only replace your missing teeth but also your smile. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be able to eat and speak—things that people often take for granted with their natural teeth.
- Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
- Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.
TYPES OF DENTURES
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch.
Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch.
YOUR CHOICES OF COMPLETE DENTURE
A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.”
A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
BELOW ARE EXAMPLES OF COMPLETE DENTURES
BELOW ARE EXAMPLES OF COMPLETE DENTURES
Ideal for: Patients that have no teeth or intend to have all teeth removed to whom life like aesthetics are important.
Benefits: The most accurate and life like match for natural teeth.
Cosmetic dentures are built by hand using premium materials and curing techniques to deliver the most accurate and lifelike restoration of and even improvement of your natural smile. Using staining and glazing techniques that allow for layers of colour to be built up in the tooth and gum coloured materials the finish is natural and lifelike when compared to the more solid colouration of other denture solutions.
Ideal for: Patients with no teeth or who intend to have all teeth removed and where a semi-fixed denture is more suitable or preferable.
Benefits: As a semi-fixed denture this solution is more stable and feels much more natural in the mouth.
Implant retained dentures are supported by and attached to implants. An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
How Does It Work?
There are two types of implant-supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. In both cases, the denture will be made of an acrylic base that will look like gums. Acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are attached to the base. Both types of dentures need at least two implants for support.
STANDARD ACRYLIC DENTURES
Ideal for: Patients with no teeth or who plan to have all teeth removed.
Benefits: With all teeth removed the mouth is a more stable place for a denture which means greater comfort over time.
A regular denture rests on the gums, and is held in place by suction. These dentures are trimmed to be a comfortable fit and are easily removed for cleaning.
Ideal for: Patients that are concerned about going without their smile after tooth extraction during the period when the gum bone resorbs and changes shape before a permanent denture can be fitted.
Benefits: Fills the period between tooth extraction and permanent denture placement with a smile!
This is a temporary smile which allows your gums to heal after tooth extraction. Once your gums are healed we can get a good impression of your gums in their new shape and produce a comfortable fitting denture of your choice. These dentures can be retained as a spare set in case you damage your permanent dentures.
Ideal for: Patients who still have and intend to keep some of their natural teeth
Benefits: Combines the thinness of Chrome in areas which are not visible with the aesthetics of gum coloured Valplast to achieve the best of both worlds in terms of fit and appearance.
If you want the best of both worlds, Chrome dentures are thinner and consequently more comfortable and less noticeable in the mouth but are made of chrome – which does not blend well with teeth or gums. Valplast on the other hand is visually un-noticeable in the mouth but is slightly thicker than chrome, which means it is more noticeable in your mouth in terms of fit and feel. Combining these two materials allows us to give you the best of both worlds by using the chrome in areas which are not visible but where a comfortable fit is most important and the Valplast in areas which are visible and do not demand thin materials to deliver comfort.
Ideal for: Patients who still have and intend to keep some of their natural teeth.
Benefits: Allows the patient to keep some of their natural teeth which means no surgical procedures and the flexible gum-coloured fitting .
When considering a removable partial, many people find the Valplast® Flexible Partial Dentures to be a comfortable option, and the final restoration can be made very quickly. While the cost may be higher than a partial made with visible metal clasps, the results of the flexible partial are excellent, and patient satisfaction is very high. The Valplast® Flexible Partial involves only non-invasive procedures, and gives you confidence in your restoration while talking, eating and most importantly, smiling!
Valplast flexible partial dentures cost less than dental implants and dental bridges and they require no surgery or invasive procedures. Compared to traditional metal partial dentures, Valplast® offers better aesthetics, comfort and durability.
GETTING NEW DENTURES
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks.
Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, colour, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.
At Spring Orchid Dental, we take pride in providing highly personalised service to our clients producing the finest quality dentures natural and real. We spend time knowing your needs and the dental products that suit you the most. Your teeth are very important to us as they are to you.
Our dentists possess extensive knowledge of the relationship between the teeth, muscles and bones to come up with dental restorations that improve not only the appearance, but also the overall function of the oral structures ensuring we customize the best smile for you.
Our laboratory support team is equipped with the newest and finest appliances to deliver the most superb service and products. We only utilize what is effective and modern when it comes to technology to ensure that our patients are happy and satisfied. At Spring Orchid Dental, we are not only concerned with improving our clients’ appearance, the material that we use for making your dentures are of the highest quality to provide cutting edge safety, maximise comfort and quality of life.
We also offer other services like denture relining and repair and cleaning. Our dedicated staff is always present to guide you and discuss every possible option.
You should care for your dentures as you would your teeth. Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque. Even with dentures you should continue to see your dentist on a regular basis.
Furthermore, dentures should be relined every 3-5 years because the bone will resorb (change shape and reduce) which will lead to a smaller gap between nose and chin and increased reliance on muscle rather than bone to support the denture – which actually speeds up resorption. There are many options around how to restore your teeth and your dentist will be the best placed to advise over which is most suitable.
When you take your dentures out, stand over a folded towel or bowl of water. This way if you drop them, they will not break.
Store dentures in lukewarm water or denture-cleaning liquid overnight. Do not put them in hot water, and do not let them dry out.
Replace your dentures about every 5 years. Using your dentures daily “wears them out,” and you will need to replace them.
Clean your dentures every day. Cleaning helps prevent dentures from becoming stained and helps your mouth stay healthy.
Rinse your dentures to remove loose food particles.
Wet the brush, and brush your dentures with a denture cleanser such as Polident or Efferdent. Do not brush with toothpaste. It can scratch your dentures. You may be able to use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid. Do not use household cleansers, which may be too rough, or bleach.
Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage. Use a brush designed for cleaning dentures or a toothbrush with soft bristles. Do not use hard-bristled brushes, because they can damage the dentures.
Examine your gums daily before you put in your dentures. Let red,swollen gums heal before you wear your dentures again. If the redness does not go away in a few days, call your dentist. White patches on the inside of your cheeks could also indicate poorly fitting dentures.
Give your mouth at least 6 hours of rest from your dentures every day. Your mouth heals more slowly as you age and needs time to recover from the friction of wearing dentures.
Don’t put up with dentures that are too big, click when you eat, or don’t feel good. It takes time to get used to dentures. But if they are still giving you trouble after the first few weeks, talk to your dentist about fitting them again. Don’t try to “fix” your dentures yourself.
DENTURE RELINES & REPAIRS
As we age, our mouths change and this can cause dentures to loosen. This can cause difficulty chewing and painful rubbing. If you are experiencing discomfort or loose fitting dentures, we can reline and repair to make them work properly.
Increasing retention of old, existing dentures or new dentures that for one reason or another have lost retention.
Sometimes this may be due to recent extractions or alterations in the gum tissue due to other surgical procedures.
Relining of old dentures hoping to avoid the necessity of remaking them entirely.
Gum tissue conditioning that relies on the gentle action of soft tissue materials, such as soft liners, to allow gum tissue to return to a proper state of health prior to the fabrication of new dentures.
If you have tender gums and/or sore spots, a soft reline can be done which can last a year or two. In this case, the denture is simply relined with a soft, pliable substance that makes it easier to wear the denture without pain. However, this may not always fix the problem as other issues may also be wrong in your mouth. It’s always best to consult the specialist to see what is best recommended for your specific situation.
Depending on the damage, it is usually possible to adjust or fix dentures quickly and easily. Spring Orchid Dental can also offer same-day emergency dentures and repairs when necessary.
Most denture wearers experience similar problems with their dentures particularly the lower denture. Loose ill fitting dentures that move around when eating, rub, fall down and are generally uncomfortable. This leads to frustration, embarrassment and anxiety due to a lack of confidence in their dentures.
Today we can offer a real alternative to these problems with the use of a very simple implant procedure to enable your dentures the stability they need to be truly functional. One of our dentists will be happy to discuss this treatment option with you and discuss the advantages of “snap-on” dentures.
A new set of dentures is recommended every 5-7 years because of changes that can occur with the shape of your mouth and jaw. It is important to remember to receive regular bi-annual check-ups to detect any potential problems before they become serious.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
DENTAL CROWNS AND TEETH CAPS
WHAT ARE DENTAL CROWNS ?
A dental crown (or cap) is a custom designed and prepared tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth covering the tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and to improve its appearance. When the crowns are cemented into place it fully encases the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
TYPES OF CROWNS
Crowns can be metal free depending on cases, meaning they blend seamlessly into the natural tooth surface. This means you will never experience the ugly “grey collar” around the gumline of the crown that so many people find appears over time with traditional metal-ceramic crowns.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns give your teeth a life like appearance and can be prepared in any shape, size and colour to match surrounding teeth, giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Porcelain crowns or bridges are highly durable and do not stain over time so provide enhanced aesthetics and will last many years. But like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.
REASONS FOR CROWNS
A dental crown is used to do any of the following:
To restore an already broken or fractured tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth due to trauma.
To protect a tooth weakened by root canal treatment as the tooth becomes brittle after root canal treatment and poses a higher risk of fracture.
To hold a dental bridge in place
To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left due to extensive decay
To cover a dental implant and replace the missing tooth
Cosmetic enhancement to cover misshaped or severely discoloured teeth
GETTING A NEW CROWN
After a first visit for an initial consultation, a crown procedure usually requires 2 separate visits.
FIRST VISIT FOR GETTING THE MOLDS TO MAKE NEW CROWNS
Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) of the tooth as well as the rest of your mouth, to ensure that your new crown will fit and bite in proper alignment with the other teeth in your mouth, that will be used to create your custom crown.
THE STEPS WILL INCLUDE:
1.1 CREATE 1ST MOLDS FOR MAKING TEMPORARY CROWNS
The first mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
1.2 PREPARING TOOTH FOR TEMPORARY CROWNS
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.
1.3 2nd MOLDS FOR MAKING PERMANENT CROWNS
After the tooth is prepared to the final stage where it is ready to be cemented permanently to a new crown. The 2nd molds are then taken, these molds are sent to our dental laboratory where a custom Australian made crown is produced according to our Dentists specifications.
1.4 PLACING TEMPORARY CROWNS
Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.
2ND VISIT FOR PLACING THE PERMANENT NEW CROWNS
Within about 2 weeks, your permanent crown will be ready for you to try, and if it fits you’ll have it permanently cemented in place.
At the 2nd visit, , your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, your new permanent crown will be ready for you to try, it will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. and if it fits you’ll have it permanently cemented in place, as soon as it is completed you will have a brand new, functioning tooth.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
Your visit will short and very comfortable, We won’t ever rush you out of the office, and you can rest assured that Spring Orchid Dental treatments will give you a reason to smile again.
CROWN TREATMENT SHOULD NEVER BE DELAYED!
Putting off treatment for a dental crown can allow weak tooth enamel to break apart, exposing the nerve or even fracturing the tooth beyond repair.
If you suspect that your tooth has broken, or you have had a filling fall out, please call our office at your earliest convenience. The quicker you seek out treatment, the more likely you are to be able to preserve your tooth. Call Spring Orchid Dental today, and let us help you repair your teeth so that you can get back to enjoying a healthy smile!
HOW LONG WILL MY CROWN LAST?
With the recommended care and maintenance your crown will last many years. We recommend regular continuing care and good oral hygiene between visits. In some cases we will recommend a splint to further protect extensive crown work.
HOW MUCH DOES A DENTAL CROWN COST?
At Spring Orchid Dental we believe in providing quality Dentistry at an affordable rate. We are proud to offer some of the cheapest crowns within the Bassendean area. The average cost can range between $1500 and $2000. Please check our Promotions for information on our current offers.
ABOUT DENTAL BRIDGES
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. It consists of multiple units of crowns joined to replace a missing tooth (or a gap) in the centre. Not only does a dental bridge restore smiles and chewing functions, but it also serves an important purpose of preventing moving or Misalignment of existing teeth.
PORCELAIN FIXED BRIDGES
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
REASONS FOR A FIXED BRIDGE
- Fill space or replace missing tooth
- Maintain facial shape.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Restore chewing ability.
- Helps with better speech and articulation by replacing missing teeth.
- Restore your smile.
- Alternate option or upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
- Dental bridges are used with dental implants to replace missing teeth
- Dental bridge is an alternative option to implants when looking at replacement of missing teeth, Bridging is a “fixed” option, meaning it cannot be removed from the mouth like a partial denture for example. For this reason, it remains a popular option with patients who are unable to consider implant treatment.
WHAT IS NEEDED FOR A DENTAL BRIDGE?
The most important thing for a dental bridge is that there be teeth present on either side of the “gap” that is in the mouth. Made of a hard dental ceramic material, the design usually consists of crowns on either side of the gap, which anchor the bridge to these “support” teeth. Connected in the middle of these supporting crowns is the tooth or teeth that are missing (literally bridging the gap!).
At Spring Orchid Dental, an initial appointment is made to discuss your needs and expectations. Our experienced dentist explains the reason to advise on crowns and bridges and provides you with tailored Treatment plans suited to your needs.
We also provide you with an Information Pack, which provides you sufficient information such as benefits, risk, and procedure related to crowns and bridges. We provide you enough time and information to make an informed decision about your health.
Based on your decision a procedure appointment is booked. Again we discuss the treatment process with you in full length.
WHAT DOES GETTING A FIXED BRIDGE INVOLVE?
Bridging can be a great option when time is a factor – depending on the size and complexity, they typically take only two appointments to complete over a 2 week period.
On the first appointment, while the teeth are numb, tooth preparation is done in which the the two anchoring supporting teeth must first be “shaved down” by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown or the bridge, Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) and shade selection is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
This is followed by fitting of the permanent bridge at the second visit where the permanent crown is first checked for shade, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper and perfect fit. Occasionally, your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time once the dentist and patient are satisfied that the crown or bridge can be inserted permanently.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
At Spring Orchid Dental we pride on quality and longevity of our crowns and bridges, but it is important for patients to keep up excellent oral hygiene habits once a bridge has been placed, as any problem with even just one of the anchor teeth can result in serious damage and eventual loss of the bridge. This is why, when it is feasible, implant treatment is considered to be the superior option for tooth replacement.
AFTER CROWN AND BRIDGE APPOINTMENTS
Crowns and bridges usually take two or three appointments to complete. On the first visit, the teeth are prepared and molds of the mouth are taken. Temporary crowns or bridges are placed to protect the teeth while the custom restoration is being made. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely worn off.
Occasionally a temporary crown may come off. Call us if this happens and bring the temporary crown with you so we can re-cement it. It is very important for the temporary to stay in place, as it will prevent other teeth from moving and compromising the fit of your final restoration.
To keep your temporaries in place, avoid eating sticky foods (gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to brush normally, but floss carefully and don’t pull up on the floss which may dislodge the temporary but pull the floss out from the side of the temporary crown.
It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. Mild pain medications may also be used as directed by our office. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.
HOW LONG WILL MY NEW DENTAL WORK LAST FOR?
This really depends on many factors, mainly biological. Scientific studies tell us that ceramic treatments can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. However, teeth that are crowned and veneered can still decay underneath if they are not properly cleaned and looked after. Diet can also play a big role, with high acid and sugar diets creating problems. For these reasons it is very important that you keep up your regular maintenance visits so that the teeth and gums can be thoroughly checked and cleaned, prolonging the lifespan of your dental work.
Porcelain crowns and veneers do NOT stain and will NOT change colour, however those who have had their natural teeth whitened need to be aware that results WILL fade over time and will require some maintenance in the future.
In patients with a very heavy bite, and those who grind or clench their teeth (particularly at night whilst sleeping), ceramic work can become damaged in the same way as natural tooth enamel. For this reason it is important to identify these types of habits beforehand, so that measures can be taken to protect the teeth, ensuring your work lasts as long as possible.
Looking and feeling natural; dental implants can give you something to smile about.
Dental implants are essentially replacement tooth roots which provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth that can be made to match your smile.
Implants are a permanent solution that will mimic your natural teeth and provide a fully functional replacement for missing teeth.
REASONS TO CONSIDER IMPLANTS
- Missing single tooth
- Missing multiple teeth
- Loose and uncomfortable dentures
- Difficulty in chewing or speaking
BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
– Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures.
– Restore or enhance facial tissues.
– Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
– Restore a patient’s confident smile.
NOT AFFECTING ADJACENT TEETH
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth. Dental implants do not sacrifice adjacent teeth since neighbouring teeth are not employed to support an implant. Healthy teeth are left untouched!
IMPLANTS ARE FOR SINGLE OR MULTIPLE MISSING TEETH
Dental Implants are an excellent solution to replace single, multiple missing teeth or stabilisation of dentures for aesthetics and function.
CAN RESOLVE JOINT PAIN & BITE PROBLEMS
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion, dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence. They are secure and will not click or wobble like removable dentures.
LOOK AND FUNCTION
Dental implants replace missing teeth and are designed to look like and function in a similar way to natural teeth without compromising any of the remaining teeth. Implants replace both the ‘root’ and the ‘crown’ of the tooth in positions similar to those teeth that have been lost. The jaw bone bonds with the implant, anchoring it to the bone.
The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
STRONG AND DURABLE
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
HIGH SUCCESS RATE
The success rate for dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Dental Implants have changed the world of dentistry. Let it change your life too. If you are suffering from loose, painful dentures, you have difficulty in chewing due to uncomfortable dentures or missing teeth; the Spring Orchid Dental team has the right answer for you.
HOW DENTAL IMPLANTS WORK
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone.
The implant supports a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor.
Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
IMPLANTS AT SPRING ORCHID
What does getting dental implants involve?
TIME AND VISITS
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months. In more complicated cases, the process can take up to 12 months to integrate a successful treatment plan.
IMPLANT PLACEMENT SURGERY
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself into the bone for up to six months.
POST PLACEMENT SURGERY
Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
FITTING ARTIFICIAL TEETH
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.
PAIN FREE DENTAL IMPLANTS
At Spring Orchid Dental, we offer you pain-free dental implants, which have the latest technology, best quality, and affordable prices.
SUCCESS RATE OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Success or failure of implants depends on the health of the person receiving it, drugs which impact the chances of osseointegration and the health of the tissues in the mouth.
The amount of stress that will be put on the implant and fixture during normal function is also evaluated. But in general, implants have a high success rate and can be used to replace a single tooth, a few teeth or as an alternative to a full set of dentures.
IMPLANT RETAINED DENTURE
An implant retained denture is a fixed type of denture, meaning it is more stable. Dental implant restorations are so natural-looking and feeling that you will forget you ever lost a tooth!
Do you do implants?
Yes. Our dental implant procedures can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to fabricate an implant-supported denture or bridge. Unlike a conventional crown or bridge, a dental implant replaces both the tooth and its root. It looks and feels natural, and it’s strong and durable.
The dental implant doesn’t rely on surrounding teeth for support, and no healthy tooth structure has to be lost in the process.
DOES INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?
In general, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance at this time. Coverage under your medical plan may be possible, depending on the insurance plan and/or cause of tooth loss. Detailed questions about your individual needs and how they relate to insurance should be discussed with your dentist and insurance provider.
For appointment from our Implant Specialist call us !
WHAT IS A DENTAL INLAY?
An inlay restoration is a custom made filling made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. It is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist.
INLAYS REPAIR TEETH WITH LARGE FILLINGS
Inlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings. Also, they are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays.
INLAYS ARE DURABLE
As with most dental restorations, inlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement. They are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
REASONS FOR INLAY RESTORATIONS
Broken or fractured teeth.
WHAT DOES GETTING AN INLAY INVOLVED?
An inlay procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom inlay and a temporary restoration.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling materials. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an inlay restoration. A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your inlay is made by a dental laboratory.
At your second appointment, your new inlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and comfortable bite.
You will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new inlay.
ONLAYS FOR DAMAGED TEETH
Damaged teeth can be restored with onlays, crowns and bridges. Advancements in materials technology in dentistry mean that we can now provide patients with teeth that look, feel and behave exactly like natural teeth. When a tooth is damaged, the damaged areas can be removed by the dentist. An impression of the damaged area is taken at this point so that a dental laboratory can manufacture the right restoration for you.
An onlay restoration is a custom made filling made of composite material, gold, or tooth-coloured porcelain. Porcelain onlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth. An onlay is sometimes also referred to as a partial crown. Porcelain onlays are made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented onto the tooth by your dentist.
ONLAYS AS A CONSERVATIVE TREATMENT ON CHEWING SURFACES
Onlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Onlays are an ideal alternative to crowns (caps) because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of onlays. Onlays are essentially identical to inlays with the exception that one or more of the chewing cusps have also been affected and need to be included in the restoration.
HOW LONG DO ONLAYS LAST ?
As with most dental restorations, onlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement. They are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
REASONS FOR ONLAY RESTORATIONS
Broken or fractured teeth.
APPOINTMENTS FOR ONLAYS
An onlay procedure usually requires two appointments.
1. FIRST APPOINTMENT FOR ONLAY MOLDS
Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom onlay and a temporary restoration.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling materials. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an onlay restoration. A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your onlay is made by a dental laboratory.
2. SECOND APPOINTMENT FOR CEMENTING ONLAYS
At your second appointment, your new onlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place. A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.
You will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new onlay.
PROBLEMS FROM MISSING A TOOTH
TEETH SHIFTING INTO GAPS
When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone that helped support that tooth begins to atrophy, causing the teeth on either side to shift or tip into the open space of the lost tooth. Also, the tooth above or below the open space will start to move towards the open space because there is no opposing tooth to bite on.
EVENTUAL PROBLEMS FROM TEETH SHIFTING
These movements may create problems such as decay, gum disease, excessive wear on certain teeth, and TMJ (jaw joint) problems. These problems and movements do not result immediately, but will eventually appear, compromising your chewing abilities, the health of your bite, and the beauty of your smile.
AVOID GAPS FROM DENTAL EXTRACTIONS
With many state-of-the-art dental treatments and prevention options available in dentistry today, there are fewer reasons for having to extract (remove) teeth. When something does go wrong with a tooth, we try to do everything possible to restore the tooth to its original function. Removing a tooth is the last option because we know that removal may lead to severe and costly dental and cosmetic problems if the tooth is not replaced.
REPLACING A TOOTH
Losing a tooth can be a very traumatic experience and it’s very unfortunate when it does happen. Injury, accident, fracture, severe dental decay, and gum disease are the major reasons for having to remove a tooth. If teeth are lost due to injury or have to be removed, it is imperative that they be replaced to avoid cosmetic and dental problems in the future.
A RANGE OF TREATMENT OPTIONS
There are a range of treatment options to suit any budget. From the very simple removable plate to the brand new tooth feel of a dental implant. In all options we aim for maximum longevity and cosmetic appeal. Pop in for a quick chat to see what is available to you.
This type of bridge is a good solution for replacing one or more missing teeth, especially in complex dental situations where other replacement options are not possible. They are usually made of tooth-colored, artificial teeth combined with metal clasps that hook onto adjacent natural teeth. Removable bridges are the most economical option for replacing missing teeth but might be the least aesthetically pleasing. This is because the metal clasps on the appliances are often impossible to completely conceal.
This type of bridge is generally made of porcelain or composite material and is permanently anchored (cemented) to a natural tooth adjacent to the missing tooth site. The benefit of this type of bridge is that it is fixed (not removable), and it is very sturdy. The disadvantage is that in order to create a fixed appliance, two healthy, natural teeth will have to be crowned (capped) to hold the bridge in place.
This type of tooth replacement is used when most or all of the natural teeth are missing in one dental arch. Dentures are removable artificial teeth that are made to closely resemble the patient’s original teeth.
Are a great way to replace one or more missing teeth. They can also provide great support for ill-fitting dentures. A dental implant is an artificial root that is surgically placed into the jaw bone to replace a missing tooth. An artificial tooth is placed on the implant, giving the appearance and feel of a natural tooth. Implants are very stable, durable, and are the most aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement option.
If you are missing teeth, ask us if they need replacement and what options are available to you. Together we will select the best replacement option for your particular case.
Prevention and early treatment are always less involved and less costly than delaying treatment and allowing a serious problem to develop.
I HAVE SMALL, GAPPED TEETH, IS THERE A WAY TO FIX THIS?
Yes, small, gapped chipped or worn teeth can be fixed by a few cosmetic procedures. One effective one is porcelain of composite veneers which are thin shells, placed over your existing teeth to enhance their appearance. Additionally crowns may also be suitable. If you are interested in either of these options, contact our experienced dentists for a consultation.
ABOUT CHILDREN DENTISTRY
Making a visit to the dentist fun and establishing good habits for life.
Children Dentistry is a very essential aspect of early age prevention of any decay in children teeth, it’s important to keep kids educated about their oral health.
CARING FOR YOUR KIDS TEETH AT SPRING ORCHID
Children are very welcome at Spring Orchid Dental. From our highly experienced children’s dentist and hygienists that put your child at ease, to our DVDs, iPads, party bags and toys that make your child look forward to a trip to the dentist!
Spring Orchid Dental prides itself in developing life long relationships with our patients, starting from infancy. We firmly believe in building lasting relationships with our patients and their families. We’ve got a great team of children’s dentists, hygienists and staff that make visiting the dentist fun!
WHEN SHOULD I FIRST BRING MY CHILD TO THE DENTIST?
We recommend you bring your child with you from an early age, preferably when their first tooth starts to appear. This can be done when attending your regular appointments. This way your child becomes accustomed to coming to the dentist and becomes familiar with the surrounding environment.
When they’re old enough they will have a ride in the chair, have their teeth counted and eventually have an comprehensive examination and their teeth cleaned. The age with which your child will be comfortable doing this is very individual.
As they get older our hygienists are experts at teaching your child how to look after his/her teeth and will help to establish good habits for life.
WHEN SHOULD I START BRUSHING MY CHILD’S TEETH?
As soon as teeth appear, a baby toothbrush with tap water should be used at night after the last feed. Children’s (low fluoride) toothpaste can be introduced at 18 months and brushing should increase to twice daily by 3 years of age. As their manual dexterity is still developing, children require assistance with brushing and flossing until about 8 years of age.
DO YOU SEE CHILDREN?
Yes. We are happy to see children, in fact, many of our younger patients are now parents themselves and bring their children to see us as well. We see many family members who go back several generations. We firmly believe in building lasting relationships with our patients and their families. We’ve got a great team of dentists and staff to make coming to the dentist fun.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY CHILDREN VISIT THE DENTIST?
The general industry recommendation is every 6 months, and this is particularly true while the teeth and mouth are still developing.
At what age do I start bringing my child to the dentist?
The Australian Dental Association recommends a child’s first check-up at 1 year of age. We recommend you bring your child with you from an early age preferably within 6 months of the first tooth appearing. Often young children are not very cooperative at that age, but they can still be brought along to parents’ appointments to gain familiarity with the environment.
Initially, this can be done when attending your regular appointment. This way your child becomes accustomed to coming to the dentist and, when they’re old enough, have a ride in the chair and see pictures of their teeth on screen.
From around age 3 years most children are cooperative for a full check of the teeth.
Early dental visits are essential to preventing dental problems. Starting at an early age when no treatment is needed also helps to form good dental habits and reduce the risk of dental phobias developing.
It is important to check your child’s teeth at home. If you notice any abnormalities such as white patches, dark spots or holes in the teeth then please book an appointment for assessment.
HOW DO I GET MY CHILD TO BRUSH?
Our dentist and hygienists will be able to assist you with tips and tricks to assist you to clean your child’s teeth and as they get older, develop the right habits to clean their teeth themselves. Different children respond to different tactics so you may need to experiment. There are a number of smartphone apps available that may assist in making brushing fun.
Cosmetic bonding is a wonderful treatment for minor procedures if your teeth are chipped, broken, stained, or cracked, bonding may improve how your teeth look if they have excess space between them.
Our dentists can literally coat the teeth with special materials that allow us to smooth out rough surfaces, change colours, correct chipped teeth, alter contours, replace discoloured fillings or close spaces.
The dentist can usually do this procedure in a single office visit by applying an etching solution followed by tooth-coloured materials, sometimes composite resins, directly to the tooth’s surface where needed. We also use bonding materials to fill small cavities or to protect the exposed root of a tooth.
Although the materials used for cosmetic bonding are stronger and last longer than ever before, and bonding can last for several years, it is more likely than other types of restorations to chip or become stained or just wear down.
CONTOURING & RESHAPING
A painless procedure that helps to straighten crooked, chipped, cracked or overlapping teeth, often in combination with bonding or veneers.
Veneers are ultra-thin coatings that are bonded onto the front teeth to change the colour or shape of your teeth.
This is an ideal solution for people who want to achieve that perfect smile they have always wanted. Veneers last longer than bonding and provide a superior appearance. They are also less expensive than crowns and is the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions
As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
There are two forms of veneers – porcelain (constructed in the lab) and composite (sculpted and placed by hand in the surgery).
Many reasons to choose veneers are:
Correct peg laterals/short teeth
Reshaping of teeth to desired shape
Smile design or makeover to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
Discolored or permanently stained teeth
Fractured, chipped or worn
Thin teeth or Enamel
To close the gaps from unwanted or uneven spaces.
Teeth that are too small or large
Porcelain Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and colour) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.They are a beautifully simple way to correct minor malalignment of teeth, close up gaps or cover up discoloured teeth that won’t respond to bleaching.
Porcelain can also be an alternative to crowns if it’s just to change shape or colour of teeth and require minimal preparation hence preservation of your natural tooth structure
Patients who have misshapen or broken teeth can also take advantage of porcelain laminate facings. This service can literally change your smile in a week or so. This procedure is relatively simple and comfortable and is much less invasive than past techniques.
COMPOSITE VENEERS OR BUILD UPS
Veneers are lamination of white resin material over minimally prepared teeth to alter shape, size and colour of your teeth. It’s a fast, usually single sitting, easy, painless and cost effective procedure to achieve your desired smile.
At Spring Orchid Dental we have an eye for aesthetic, details and beauty. We consider your needs and suggest the best possible option to you
WHAT DOES GETTING PORCELAIN VENEERS INVOLVE?
Getting veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (colour) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.
Porcelain veneers are made in a laboratory, so you need a second visit to the dentist to have them inserted.
On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.
Why whiten your smile?
Your smile is often someone’s first look at your personality. A smile can convey a lot: happiness, success, friendliness, and empathy. It’s important for your first impression to be a warm, beautiful smile.
When you have white teeth, people will simply notice your beautiful smile, versus the individual components. However, if you have stained, dingy, or dull teeth, that is probably all someone will be able to see.
In many cases, patients seek whitening services for a specific event. Perhaps you are heading to a wedding, or an upcoming reunion. A newly whitened smile can help you feel confident and attractive. The best part is with proper care; your whitened smile can last for a long time.
Age and dull teeth
But as you get older, you may notice that your smile isn’t as sparkling white as it was in your younger years. In fact, you may even notice that your smile is beginning to look a little dull or yellow.
Even people who practice excellent oral hygiene and stay regular with dental visits may not completely avoid the effect of the aging process on teeth.
Teeth stain from exposure
Tooth enamel is porous which means it will absorb stain-causing molecules present in certain drinks and foods.
Stains can often sneak up on us over time. Years of exposure to certain foods, beverages such as coffee and tea, medications, and habits like smoking can slowly turn our smile from dazzling to dingy. Since discoloration is nearly impossible to avoid, teeth whitening has become one of the most sought after cosmetic dental solutions that we offer.
Other reasons for teeth staining
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
Yellow, brown stained teeth.
GOOD ORAL HEALTH
In order to receive whitening treatments, you must have good oral health. Any issues with cavities or gum disease will need to be addressed prior to starting treatment. In addition, patients with multiple restorations such as crowns or fillings may not be good candidates,
REPLACEMENT OF OLD FILLINGS AND CROWNS
Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. As restorations do not respond to whitening treatments. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
AM I A CANDIDATE?
Teeth with yellow-toned discolouration tend to get the best results with whitening.
Teeth with brown-toned discolouration don’t respond as well.
Teeth with grey-toned discolouration often don’t respond to whitening at all.
Tetracycline (antibiotic) staining cannot be bleached out of teeth and will require other cosmetic options, such as porcelain veneers.
LACK OF BLEACHING POWERS
We understand that you have options when it comes to choosing how to whiten your teeth.
If you’ve ever been in the whitening section of the supermarket and pharmacy, you know there are many options for toothpastes, gels, and other products that promise a polished, sparkling white smile.
The problem is with the bleaching agent. Over-the-counter methods do not have the bleaching power of professional methods. There’s a good chance you’ll be disappointed in the results and you will visit our office looking for professional alternatives.
WHITENING TOOTHPASTES FAILS AT DEEP STAINS
The truth is whitening toothpastes and gels can work to a certain extent. These products typically contain some sort of abrasive to remove the stains from the top layer of the enamel. While they can effectively remove surface stains, they cannot tackle the deep stains or whiten teeth beyond their natural shade.
WHITENING STRIPS CAUSE UNEVEN WHITENING
Most patients are disappointed with the results from whitening strips. These options are one size fits all, which means patients are often left with uneven whitening. In addition, contact with the gums can also cause increased sensitivity or irritation.
FOR A MORE BEAUTIFUL SMILE
Who doesn’t love a bright, beautiful, radiant smile?
Teeth whitening is a relatively new procedure that brightens and whitens your natural teeth. It is a non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
SIMPLE, COMFORTABLE AND FAST
Many of our patients have expressed an interest in having a brighter, more attractive smile. Teeth whitening is one of our most popular cosmetic procedures at our practice and is very simple!
Our patients have been surprised that cosmetic dentistry can make such a dramatic difference in their smile, both comfortably and in only a few appointments.
CHOICE OF IN-OFFICE OR HOME WHITENING
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. Using a chemical process, your dentist can bleach your teeth in one of two ways. He/she can do an in-office procedure, or provide you with a system to use at home.
To learn more about the best method for whitening your teeth, contact Spring Orchid Dental today.
- SUCCESS RATE HIGH BUT VARIES
Teeth whitening has about a 90% success rate, however it can be unpredictable and results will vary from one individual to the next, depending on the level of discolouration. It’s very important to have realistic expectations from the outset – whitening will go a long way to brightening your smile but the results cannot be guaranteed.
- MAINTENANCE BLEACHING IS REQUIRED
It is also important to understand that results are not permanent, and newly whitened teeth will fade quicker and can become stained again if you continue exposing them to the same substances that originally stained them depending on lifestyle factors such as diet (red wine, tea and coffee for example), smoking and so on. This means touch ups are required to maintain your results long term.
- STILL REQUIRE DAILY ORAL HYGIENE
Keep in mind, because whitening products are not meant to clean teeth, it is still important to continue practicing daily oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
HOW DO I MAKE MY TEETH WHITER?
There are many ways to make teeth whiter, from the very simple yet effective home bleaching to more complex procedures involving veneers and crowns. Bleaching is used when the shape and position of the teeth is correct and we just want the colour improved. Sometimes just making an appointment for a clean and polish can remove stains that have built up on teeth and in between the teeth. If you are unsure of what you require just make a short consultation appointment and we can discuss the options that would be relevant for you.
I HAVE ONE DISCOLOURED TOOTH WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
The ultimate treatment choice depends on many things but we have techniques where a single tooth can be lightened in colour to match the adjacent teeth. Placement of a single veneer can improve shape as well as colour and make your tooth blend seamlessly with its neighbours. For a tooth which is dark and out of position a single beautiful all porcelain crown can correct all issues and create a smile that you will be proud of.
Amalgam has been the cheapest and durable filling material over the years. Some research has shown that the amount of mercury you are exposed to from your fillings is less than the amount that most people are exposed to in their daily environment or in the food they eat so there is no reason to believe that removing amalgam is necessary for the good of your health and amalgam allergies are very rare.
REASONS FOR REPLACING AMALGAMS
However, amalgam replacement should be done when the fillings are worn or broken. Another reason to replace amalgam is to achieve preferable aesthetics – many people do not like the appearance of amalgam fillings.
REPLACING AMALGAMS AT SPRING ORCHID
When you wish to replace your amalgams, Spring Orchid Dental can assist with the removal of old worn out and cracked Amalgam/Silver Fillings and offer choices with composite tooth coloured fillings and other options to suit your need.
DENTAL FILLING SIZES AND MATERIALS
The choice of what materials to use really depends on the size of the existing filling.
SMALL TO MEDIUM FILLINGS
Small to medium amalgams can often be replaced with a simple composite filling. Composite filling is a white resin filling material.
Larger amalgams, or those that are under a lot of load (for example, on back molar teeth) will usually require what is known as a “ceramic inlay” or “porcelain filling”.
Examples of Dental ceramic uses include porcelain fillings/inlays and crowns.
Dental ceramic is aesthetically appealing and virtually Invisible and blend seamlessly with the natural tooth colour
However tooth colored fillings do need maintenance over time and good oral hygiene habits for longetivity.
WHEN IS TOOTH EXTRACTION NEEDED?
One of the main goals of modern dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible — a lifetime, we hope. That’s why we’re always reminding you to brush, floss, and come in for regular examinations and cleanings. But sometimes, one or more of the teeth may need to be extracted (removed). This may become necessary for several reasons.
A sharp blow to the mouth in sports, for example — might cause a tooth to chip or crack. Your dentist would like to save the tooth via a crown, a root canal, or both. But sometimes, depending on the damage sustained, it just isn’t possible. Disease or decay may also make it impractical to save a natural tooth. Extraction may be the final step required to prevent a cracked or decayed tooth from causing further damage.
IMPACTED WISDOM OR BABY TEETH
There are other good reasons for extracting a tooth, in the case of crowding or an impacted wisdom tooth, or baby teeth that don’t fall out on their own, sometimes interfere with other nearby teeth, nerves or important structures in the mouth; they may need to be extracted to prevent trouble from occurring later.
During orthodontic treatment, one or more teeth may need to be removed to alleviate the condition known as crowding: That’s when the dental arches (jaws) simply don’t have enough space to accommodate all the teeth.
DIAGNOSIS AND ASSESSMENT
First, a radiographic (X-ray) examination allows your dentist to see the tooth’s exact position and anticipate any possible complications. Your medical and drug history is also evaluated, so your dentist can assess your general health and establish your options for anesthesia.
ANESTHESIA OR SEDATION
Simpler tooth extractions may be performed under local anesthesia such as a numbing shot, with or without additional sedation like nitrous oxide or oral medication. More complex (or multiple) extractions may require conscious sedation that’s administered intravenously (into the bloodstream).
Once you’ve been anesthetized, the tooth can be removed. You might think that teeth are set into the bone like a stone in concrete — but that’s not the case! They’re actually attached by a series of fibers called the periodontal ligament. By carefully manipulating these fibers, most teeth can be dislodged without too much difficulty. Afterwards, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics and/or recommend over-the-counter pain medications for a few days.
STOP THE BLEEDING
After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That’s why we ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.
After the blood clot forms, it is important not to disturb or dislodge the clot as it aids healing. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities will dislodge or dissolve the clot and retard the healing process.
Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours as this will increase blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.
2. PAIN RELIEF AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION
After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours. Use the pain medication as directed. Call the office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working.
- ANTIBIOTICS AFTER TOOTH EXTRACTION
If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluid and eat nutritious soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable. It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.
After a few days you will feel fine and can resume your normal activities.
If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.
ERUPTED WISDOM TEETH PAIN
Erupting wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain, inflammation and contribute to crowding as they push their way into the arch, often with limited space available.
“Impacted” wisdom teeth can become infected, and sometimes may even start to cause damage to the neighbouring tooth.
CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY FOR WISDOM TOOTH PAIN
A large percentage of people will often experience ongoing problems with their wisdom teeth at some point.
If you suspect you are having wisdom tooth problems, our dentists are on hand to assess the situation, and take an on-the-spot digital panorama scan to make a proper diagnosis.
IN CHAIR REMOVAL
Problematic wisdom teeth can sometimes be removed simply in the chair, or more commonly, whilst you are sleeping under sedation. We can organize all aspects of this treatment to ensure it is as stress-free as possible.
When deemed suitable for removal by your dentist, the procedure is often simple and made as comfortable as possible with the use of adequate anaesthesia and relative analgesia or “happy gas” where required.
REFERRAL FOR EXTRACTION
There is a big variation in the degree of difficulty associated with the removal of individual wisdom teeth, which can be determined by your dentist.
In particular cases there may be an argument for referral to an oral surgeon for treatment either under local or general anaesthetic.
These are improved techniques to ease the discomfort and achieve successful dental anaesthesia.
The Dental Anaesthesia for Sedation Dentistry is “Improved techniques to ease the discomfort and achieve successful dental anaesthesia”.
THE SPRING ORCHID DIFFERENCE
Are you scared of dental pain and does that make you nervous?
It's a normal feeling for children and adults to feel anxious and nervous when they attend a dental appointment as past experiences play a significant role in dental phobias, but Dentistry has evolved over the years, and it’s much more comfortable now.
At Spring orchid Dental, we aim to make you feel comfortable and at ease before, during and after your dental treatment.We believe in gentle dental care and we are here to help find a solution to resolve that ingrained dental fear in your mind from your past experiences. With our sedation dentistry, you can feel the experience of pain-free dentistry.
If you have feelings of stress or pain, you can use a strong pain reliever called Penthrox for immediate relief.
Penthrox (Methoxyflurane) is a medicine used to reduce pain but also can cause sedation. When inhaled Penthrox provides immediate strong pain relief and decreases the anxiety level for patients during their dental treatments.
HISTORY OF PENTHROX
For over thirty years Penthrox has been used in dental clinics and has been a popular pain reliever in Australia. The inhaler looks like a green whistle, it is commonly referred to as the “green whistle” and used for immediate pain relief in emergency situations by paramedics.
HOW PENTHROX WORKS
The Penthrox inhaler simply uses a 3 millilitre vial of Methoxyflurane, this is a clear colourless liquid with a characteristic fruity smell that becomes a vapour or gas once it has been poured into the Penthrox inhaler,
Although penthrox does not eliminate all pain it can substantially reduce its effects.The dose provides around thirty minutes of pain relief, its effectiveness depends on how much the patient inhales the gas. You can increase the effect just by inhaling deeper through the Penthrox inhaler.
PENTHROX IS SELF ADMINISTERED
Under supervision, Penthrox is a hand held and self-administered inhalant,by the patient during their dental treatments procedures, who can use it as required and controls the level of sedation depending on the rate of intake, therefore feeling more in control, comfortable. and relaxed.
PENTHROX AND ITS SAFETY
Penthrox is safe and can be used in most cases to relieve anxiety during your dental treatments.
The inhaler is so easy to use, that children as young as five years old often use it. The maximum dose is six millilitres in a 24 hour period.
MORE ABOUT PENTHROX
If you need any dental treatment done at Spring Orchid Dental under sedation dentistry, or interested in using Penthrox to calm your dental treatment nerves, please call us to book your dental consultation appointment or speak to our qualified dentist at your appointment at Spring Orchid Dental.
ORAL SEDATION DENTISTRY
For severe Dental phobias prescription relaxation medication can be arranged. With liaison with your GP, our dental team can prescribe some oral sedation to you so that you are relaxed and calm at the time of your dental appointment.
OTHER DENTAL SEDATION OPTIONS
There are several other anxiety management techniques available at Spring Orchid Dental that can be used instead of, or in conjunction with Inhale Sedation.
Manage your dental phobia
During your first appointment we’ll start by simply listening to your concerns, allowing you to talk us through your previous treatment, experiences and concerns. Your Dentist can then discuss and identify your main fears related to dentistry and then implement strategies to overcome and manage your anxiety and in severe cases, dental phobia.
Things which will help with your dental phobia
• Calm and comfortable environment.
• Relaxing, serene environment.
• Soothing Music – You are welcome to bring your music collection to use while we provide the treatment.
• Friendly First visit for kids.
• Information primarily compiled for people with dental phobias or anxiety with various options.
Confront your dental phobia
We offer stress balls to hold in your hand to squeeze and manipulate during dental treatment. Staff members are also available for “hand holding” and will comfort you with soothing reassuring words during your appointment.
Spring Orchid Dental Dentists and Staff will never make you feel like your dental fears, anxieties or phobias are an inconvenience to us. It is our goal to take the fear out of dentistry.
Seniors are more likely to suffer from oral health issues that may result from the natural aging process.
Proper dental care for seniors involves unique considerations.
Seniors are more likely to suffer from a host of oral health issues that may result from the natural aging process, the inability to receive proper oral care due to financial constraints, and/or the inability to provide dental hygiene care to themselves.
These factors combined leave many seniors at risk of ignoring tooth decay and tooth infection until there is no alternative but tooth extraction.
SENSITIVITY, DISCOLOURATION AND ROOT PROBLEMS
Prior to tooth loss, seniors may experience tooth sensitivity or tooth discoloration due to loss of tooth enamel and dentin (hard, calcareous tissue beneath the enamel) or root deterioration because of gum recession.
GUM DISEASE AND BONE PROBLEMS
Seniors are also more prone to periodontal disease (gum disease) that results from improper dental hygiene, poor diet, ill-fitting dental appliances, and diseases such as cancer or diabetes.
In fact, the supporting bone structure for the teeth, including the jaw, may shift, which can play havoc on a senior’s bite and may contribute to tooth decay.
DRY MOUTH AND GUM INFLAMMATION
Seniors are also more likely to suffer from inflammation of gum tissue, dry mouth syndrome (often caused by medications), or thrush (a fungal disease causing ulcers and whitish spots on membranes of the mouth due to its effect on the immune system).
- Brush, floss, and mouthwash properly to maintain dental hygiene, as instructed by your dentist.
- Look into special toothbrushes to clean hard-to-reach areas of the mouth.
- Know the warning signs that indicate your mouth, teeth, or gums may be in jeopardy, including tooth sensitivity, teeth grinding, pain, mouth sores, bumps, swelling, loose teeth, jaw popping or clicking, as well as difficulty quenching thirst, swallowing or chewing (dry mouth syndrome).
- Visit your dentist, as often as he or she recommends, for regular dental checkups.
- Maintain dental appliances such as dentures and dental bridges properly.
- Consider seeing your dentist before and after any surgery.
- Tell your dentist about any medications that you are taking or changes to medication.
DENTAL CARE CHANGES WITH AGE
It’s an indisputable fact – our bodies change as we get older and so does our need for dentistry. These changes take different forms in different people, depending on our inherited physical traits, our lifestyle and nutritional habits, and our medical conditions.
Age brings changes in oral health and your need for dental care, too. There are some specific areas where seniors need to pay close attention to protect and extend their oral health.
Plaque is an invisible layer of bacteria that forms on our teeth, and can trap stains at any age. But as we get older, plaque builds up more quickly and is harder to remove. At the same time, the tissue that lies underneath the tooth enamel, called “dentin” is changing, and those changes can make teeth appear darker. Finally, decades of consuming coffee, tea, or tobacco leave stains that build up over time.
Daily brushing and flossing are important, particularly first thing in the morning and just before bed, to combat the plaque that builds up overnight. You may also want to consult your dentist about using commercial rinses that remove plaque.
Many seniors experience a reduced flow of saliva, sometimes as a side effect of medications such as painkillers or decongestants. For some, the lack of moisture inside the mouth can lead to sore throats, a burning sensation, hoarseness, or difficulty swallowing. In addition, if you leave dry mouth unattended, it can damage teeth, since saliva’s natural rinsing keeps bacteria washed away from teeth and gums.
Sugar-free chewing gum and hard candy will stimulate natural saliva, and artificial saliva and oral rinses will provide much-needed relief.
Ask your dentist which commercial products are the best for you.
If your gums begin to recede, the portion of the tooth that used to be below the gum line is now exposed. Roots are softer than tooth surfaces and are susceptible to decay; they are also likely to be sensitive to hot and cold beverages and food. Most people over age 50 suffer from some form of dental care disease.
Make sure you take good care of teeth and gums with daily brushing and flossing. A word of caution: your gums may be starting to thin. Brush thoroughly but gently to keep from tearing your gums.
Your fillings are getting older, too. They can weaken or crack, or your tooth may decay around the edges of the filling. As a result, bacteria can seep into your tooth, causing more decay.
Regular check-ups will give your dentist the chance to keep an eye on your existing fillings.
Daily cleaning and good nutrition are critical for healthy gums. When gums become infected and diseased, they set off a chain reaction that can result in losing teeth or weakening the jawbone. Either condition creates more problems for your health and increases your medical costs.
Contact your dentist if your gums become red or begin to bleed.
What you put into your mouth has a direct impact on the health of your mouth — and the health of the rest of your body. As you age and your lifestyle changes, keep your nutritional goals in mind. Balanced meals are one the best ways you can contribute to your own good health.
The dentist will check your mouth, teeth, and jaw for any problems. You should also mention any sores, swelling, or pain you might be experiencing. Regular checkups enable the dentist to spot problems early. Early resolution of problems will help you keep your natural teeth.
Good dental care, regular check-ups, and good nutrition are the keys to really keep you smiling in your golden years! At Spring Orchid Dental, we are proud to assist you in various aspects of dental care for the more life experienced patient.
MOUTHGUARDS FOR SPORTS DENTAL INJURIES
Mouthguards can protect you from sports dental injuries, are Your Kids Protected With a Mouthguard for Sports?
SPORT AND DENTAL INJURIES
Sport, leisure and recreation activities are the most common cause of dental injuries. Between 30-50% of these injuries are preventable. A blow to the mouth can cause damage to the teeth and gums which may require extensive dental treatment for the rest of a person’s life. A blow to the lower jaw may also result in concussion. Many of these injuries are preventable with a sports mouthguard. The Australian Dental Association (ADA )recommends that anyone who participates in a sport that carries a risk of contact to the face should wear a mouthguard.
SPORTS WHICH NEED A MOUTHGUARD
This includes sports such as:
- Ice hockey
EXAMPLES OF DENTAL INJURIES
Below are a few examples of dental injuries:
- Cut lips, gums, cheeks or face
- Injuries to the tongue
- Chipped, broken or knocked out teeth
- Concussion or being ‘knocked out’
There are several types of mouthguard available on the market. The ADA also recommends that your mouthguard be fitted by a dental professional, rather than use an over-the-counter, ‘boil and bite’ mouthguard.
- Over-the-counter mouthguards don’t give you the same level of protection.
- ‘Boil & bite’ or ‘stock’ mouthguards are available cheaply from chemists and sports stores. They generally offer a poor fit, discomfort and make breathing and speaking difficult.
Well-fitting mouthguard by dentists
- Obtaining a well-fitting mouthguard is only possible using an impression of your teeth taken by a dentist.
MOUTHGUARDS BY DENTISTS AT SPRING ORCHID DENTAL
How long does it take to make my mouthguard?
From the date of your impression you will have a mouthguard within a week.
Is it painful to have a mouthguard fitted?
Being fitted for a custom mouthguard involves visiting a dentist, who will take an impression of your teeth using a putty-like material. The process is quite quick and should involve very little discomfort.
My child has braces, is a mouthguard still suitable?
Children with braces or other fixed orthodontic devices may be able to wear a mouthguard, however this will depend on their specific needs. Mouthguards for children with braces must be designed with care, and we recommend that you visit our practice, our Dentists will be able to advise you.
It is generally recommended that children with removable orthodontic devices do not wear these whilst playing sport.
MANDIBULAR REPOSITIONING DEVICE (MRD) FOR OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNOEA (OSA) AND SNORING
Did You Know That Mandibular Repositioning Device (Mrd) Is Designed For Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (Osa) And Snoring?
About Mandibular Repositioning Device
A mandibular repositioning device (MRD) is sometimes used to treat obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and snoring. The device pushes the tongue and jaw forward. This makes the airway larger and improves airflow. The MRD also reduces the chance that tissue will collapse and narrow the airway when you breathe in. You wear the device every night to prevent breathing problems.
Fitting a Mandibular Repositioning Device
A dentist or orthodontist who has experience with these devices must fit the MRD to your mouth. You may need go back to your dentist for regular checkups to make sure the device continues to fit well.
An MRD used by a child with sleep apnoea must be refitted periodically as the child grows.
As a local dental care provider for our community, we know how important it is that our care and services are affordable and accessible to all.
We keep our fees as low as possible to allow our patients to afford their much needed treatment, and we work with our health funds and government agencies to ensure that you receive the maximum benefit available to you. To that extent we are always typically below local average prices.
Our dentists will be privately billing for non bulk billing eligible services. This means that full payment is required on the day of treatment.
If you are with a health fund, any eligible benefits can be claimed from your health fund yourself, or this can be instantly claimed from our HICAPS facility.
Prior to any treatment occurring you will be informed of the treatment that will be provided,
We will always give you an itemized estimate of treatment fees so you’ll know exactly what will be involved including any out-of-pocket costs (or gap payments) and the billing and payment arrangements for these services.
Where possible, we will give you several treatment options to suit financial, personal and cosmetic preferences.
Should you have any additional questions about your treatment once you get home please contact us and we will be happy to discuss, or visit our website for further information.
WE ARE MEMBERS CHOICE PROVIDERS FOR
All other health fund members are welcomed and can be quoted for exact rebate.
If you have private health insurance (extras cover) we can help you determine any insurance benefits which you may be entitled to claim. We encourage you to speak to one of our experienced reception staff directly with any financial related inquiries. For larger treatment plans, such as orthodontics, implant treatment, crowns, root canal treatment,you may be eligible for either payments during the duration of treatment or for a payment plan.
Please consult your accountant or financial advisor before deciding if private health extras insurance is appropriate for you
We encourage patients to re-evaluate their insurance plans on a yearly basis to determine if private extras insurance suits their needs. This is due to financial considerations related to increasing premiums and stagnant or poor rebates.
Many plans also promote the use of certain products or services which may compromise the quality of our dental care. Our primary goal is to provide the best possible dentistry available, no matter what your insurance coverage may be.
If you have decided to join a private health fund for the extras cover, it’s important to read the fine print of the terms and conditions as these are some of the common issues:
- There are limits on what you can claim for dental treatment and for some classes of dental treatment.
- Some types of dental treatment are not covered by your policy.
- In some health funds you cannot claim for treatments such as orthodontics until you’ve been a member for several years.
- There are waiting periods for most if not all types of claims. Some of these waiting periods can be as long as 12 months, which means you may need to be a member for over a year before you can make some claims.
- Some dental treatments may only be covered if you have the most expensive choice of policy
- Some health funds will direct you to clinics which they own and you may not be made aware of this. The dentists in these clinics are forced to charge cheaper fees and so they have to cut their costs which can mean cheaper and inferior materials, crowns, bridges and implants made overseas in third world countries, inexperienced or untrained staff, limited facilities and limited choices of treatment modalities. You may also not have your choice of dentist.
- For the majority of health funds the benefits expire at the end of the calendar year so if you have not used the dental benefits which you are entitled to, you will lose them by the 31st of December.
- When you sign up with a health fund you give them the right to access all of your medical and dental records.
- You cannot claim for any known or unknown pre-existing conditions. So for example, if you’ve had gingivitis or gum disease in the past and then join a health fund, you may not be able to claim for this type of treatment.
You may be eligible to claim back some of your treatment costs through your health fund. It all depends on your plan and provider.
To save you time, at Spring Orchid Dental we have HICAPS facilities so that we can quote directly before a procedure when your healthfund card is swiped through, you can claim directly from your health fund and only pay the difference at the time of your treatment. The decision on how much rebate is received from your health insurance company is determined by your level of cover, any waiting periods and the health insurance company’s business rules.
WE ARE A PROVIDER OF CHILD DENTAL BENEFITS SCHEDULE (CDBS)
$1,000 FREE Dental Treatment for Eligible Kids via the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Scheme
To assist our patients in these tough economic times, Spring Orchid Dental does accept Child Dental Benefits Schedule patients. We can assist you with verifying your child's eligibility and remaining balance.
We will also be Bulk Billing eligible patients so there are no out of pocket expenses. We can process the claim with your Medicare card details through our HICAPS facility.
PROTECT YOUR CHILD’S DENTAL HEALTH
As parents, you spend much of your time worrying about your children and looking out for their health and wellbeing as best you can. It goes without saying that ensuring your children have enough fruit and vegetables in their diet and plenty of healthy exercise can contribute substantially to promoting better health. However, have you thought about how you can protect the health of your child’s teeth and gums as well?
Eligible families now have access to benefits for basic dental services their children need through the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), an initiative from the Australian government.
Child dental benefits schedule (CDBS) now replaces the Medicare Teen Dental Plan.
The CDBS replaced the Medicare Teen Dental Plan (MTDP), which ceased operation on December 31, 2013. The new CDBS Scheme commenced on 1 January 2014 for all eligible families.
Under the new schedule, children aged between 2 and 17 are able to receive a capped benefit entitlement to go towards the cost of basic dental services in Australia. Families must meet a means test to qualify for the benefit, which will involve having received a Family Tax Benefit Part A or other relevant Australian government payment.
Below is a summary of the most frequently asked questions about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, for more information please see the Department of Human Services Website
For more information or call the Medicare general enquirIes line on 132 011.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE CHILD DENTAL BENEFITS SCHEDULE ?
A child’s eligibility for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule is assessed by the Department of Human Services. A child is eligible if they are aged between 2-17 years at any point in the calendar year and receive a relevant Australian government payment, such as Family Tax Benefit Part A, at any point in the calendar year.
The Department of Human Services assesses a child’s eligibility from the start of each calendar year and sends a notification via mail to the child or the child’s carer. Most children will be informed of eligibility at the beginning of the year. However you can contact the Department of Health to determine your eligibility also. Medicare will handle the distribution of the benefits to families, so if you are looking to take advantage of it, it’s a good idea to ensure your contact details are all up to date.
For further information with regards to eligibility please refer to the Department of Human Services website.
Once a child has been assessed as eligible, they are eligible for that entire calendar year – even if they are turning two that year, turn 18, or stop receiving the relevant government payment.
WHAT TYPES OF DENTAL SERVICES ARE COVERED BY THE CHILD DENTAL BENEFITS SCHEDULE?
The CDBS covers a range of services such as:
- Check ups and some x-rays
- Fissure sealing
- Root canal treatment
- Partial dentures
The above can be just the assistance that parents need to feel confident their children can grow up smiling.
HOW DOES THE $1,000 CAP ON DENTAL SERVICES WORK?
Eligible children are provided with up to $1,000 in benefits for basic and preventive dental services.
Eligible children have $1, 000 to use on dental treatment over a two year period. The two year period commences at the start of the calendar year, not from the first dental appointment date.
The $1, 000 benefit is available for the full two calendar year period, so any benefits not used in the first year can be carried over into the second year.
Any benefits not used after the end of the second year however, cannot be carried forward for use after the two year period has elapsed.
Eligible children can use their full benefits within the first year if required. However, if this is the case, additional benefits will not be made available for use by the government in the second year.
After an eligible child reaches their $1, 000 limit, no further benefits under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule will be available within the two year period.
Benefits can only be used by the eligible patient. Benefits cannot be shared amongst family members.
CAN I USE MY PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE WITH CHILD DENTAL BENEFITS SCHEDULE SERVICES?
Eligible children with private health insurance are unable to claim benefits from both their Health Fund and the Child Dental Benefits Schedule for the same treatment.
Private health insurance can however be used for additional treatment not covered by the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.
IS SPRING ORCHID DENTAL BULK BILLING OR PRIVATELY BILLING UNDER THE CHILD DENTAL BENEFITS SCHEDULE?
To assist our patients in these tough economic times, Spring Orchid Dental will also be providing bulk billed services under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule so there are no out of pocket expenses.
HOW DOES BULK BILLING WORK FOR CHILD DENTAL BENEFITS SCHEDULE?
Our Dentists will be bulk billing eligible services. This means patients will not pay out of pocket costs for eligible services under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, subject to there being sufficient funds being available within the $1, 000 cap. Prior to any treatment occurring you will be informed of the treatment that will be provided on this day under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, the amount of the $1, 000 cap available, the likely cost of the bulk billed treatment and any other out of pocket expenses. We will obtain your written consent to proceed with treatment.
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule covers a limited range of services and benefits for some services may have restrictions.
Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work, and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital, You will need to personally meet the costs of any services not covered by the Child Dental Benefits Schedule. The cost of eligible services will reduce the available benefit cap and you will need to personally meet the costs of any additional services once benefits are exhausted.
So if you are wondering whether you would be eligible it’s a good idea to visit the Department of Health website to find out more.
We welcome Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) patients.
If you are an eligible member of the veteran community, you are able to access a range of dental services subsidised by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. All Spring Orchid Dentists are registered with DVA and provide eligible dental services with little or no out-of-pocket expenses.
To be eligible for these services you must hold a Gold or White Repatriation Card. Eligibility for dental treatment varies between Gold and White Card holders and there are some restrictions under the DVA Dental Schedule.
These restrictions may be annual monetary limits, pre-approval requirements for some dental services, and/or limitations on the length of time that must elapse before a service can be claimed or reclaimed.
For more information please see the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website or their Factsheet: HSV17 – Health Care
ABOUT DENTAL HEALTH SERVICES (DHS)
We provide Dental Treatment for Eligible Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card holders
Although we are a private dental practice, we also serve patients with Health Care Cards or Pensioner Concession Card referred to us by the Department of Health Services (DHS)
To qualify as a DHS patient, you need to have a current Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, you can register at a DHS centre and apply for treatment as a government patient. (Please note that the closest DHS clinic to us in Bassendean is at 3 Eveline Rd, Middleswan, you can also call them to inquire on 9274 0099).
As a government patient, DHS subsidies you either 50% or 75% of your total treatment fees depending on the items they have allowed for in your treatment, in which there is a remaining 25% – 50% out of pocket gap to be covered by you as the patient.
Examples of Dental Services by DHS which we can assist you with include Emergencies and General Dental Service
A Dental Emergency Could Be
- facial swelling
- bleeding (trauma affecting your mouth)
- an accident involving damage to your mouth or teeth.
- dental pain (e.g. in teeth, mouth, gum, jaw)
- lost filling
- broken denture
General Dental Service
What Care Is Provided?
The service includes routine dental examinations or check-ups, oral health advice, scale and cleaning, extractions, fillings, X-rays, fissure sealants and root canal treatments. Specialist dental services such as oral surgery and orthodontics are not provided and patients are referred for these services.
ABOUT TAX REBATE OPPORTUNITIES
As a family or an individual, you may be entitled to a tax rebate on the combined total of your medical expenses. This includes your “out of pocket’ dental expenses once they exceed a certain threshold in the financial year.*
In the last few years there have been a number of changes to the tax offset, if you have been one of our patients during the applicable tax period and would like to explore if you can claim your rebate on your dental treatment, please contact our clinic for a financial statement provided for this financial year to assist you with your dental rebate.
Alternatively, if you have recently discussed treatment with your Dentist, or have an outstanding treatment plan and qualify for the tax deduction please contact our Front Office Coordinators and let them know if you would like to take advantage of this tax offset and complete your treatment before the end of this financial year.
This article contains information of a general nature only and does not constitute tax advice. It is important you confirm your eligibility for the tax offset by contacting your accountant or the Australian Tax Office.
* Please visit the ATO Website for more information on tax offsets and the recent changes
One of the goals at Spring Orchid Dental is to try to set our fees as reasonably as possible. Our aim is to provide you and your family with access to the same high quality dentistry we would want for ourselves at an affordable price without compromising on quality, service, materials and equipment.
Payment is required at the time of consultation and can be made by cash, EFTPOS or all major Credit Cards. All workers compensation and motor vehicle accident patients are required to pay their accounts at the time of consultation until a letter of liability is produced from their insurance company
Spring Orchid accepts a number of direct payment options
Health Fund Cheque
EFT Debit Card
EFT Credit Card
Credit cards – Visa, Mastercard
FINANCE OPTIONS AND PAYMENT PLANS
Finance options and payment plans are available through our National Dental Plan (NDP) – Australia’s only No Interest Ever! dental payment plan, which allows you to get the treatment you need now and pay later. Learn more about National Dental Plan (NDP) and book an appointment today.
GET THE SMILE YOU DESERVE, TODAY
National Dental Plan, powered by Certegy Ezi-Pay makes the highest quality dental treatment more accessible. With NDP you could start up to $9,000 in treatments today and spread the cost over easy to manage fortnightly payments, best of all, you pay No Interest Ever!
- Start Treatment Now
- Pay Over Time
- No Interest Ever!
Ask your dentist about NDP, call us now or make a booking.
SPREAD THE TREATMENT COST OVER TIME
UP TO $9,000
With National Dental Plan, you can start up to $9,000 in treatments today
NO INTEREST EVER!
NDP is the industry leading payment plan that puts your best interests first. That’s why we built a payment plan that never charges interest.
SIMPLE APPLICATION PROCESS
NDP’s application process is simple and efficient and only takes a few minutes to complete at reception.
ABOUT SPRING ORCHID DENTAL
WELCOME TO SPRING ORCHID DENTAL
Patient comfort with professional, state-of-the-art services at affordable fees are factors that set Spring Orchid apart.
WE ARE ALL ABOUT YOU
As one of the most progressive and diverse dental practices in the community, Spring Orchid Dental is also one of the most welcoming and comfortable.
We combine the latest technology with the best people, and the most advanced techniques with the finest service and care. At all times we strive for technical excellence in the treatment and treatment options we provide whilst providing you with exceptional care and comfort.
Promote and integrate Affordable Quality Care for our wonderful community through the creation of the highest quality, cost effective, sustainable health care services for everyone.
To enhance Affordable Quality Care and access for all in our community.
All our friendly family dentists are professionally trained and are proud members of the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Dr. Sara Nguyen
DR. SARA NGUYEN – DENTIST B. D. SC (UWA)
Dr Sara Nguyen completed her degree (BDSc) from the University of Western Australia in 1998. She is an experienced and gentle dentist dedicated to providing the highest quality of care in a relaxed and friendly environment. She enjoys all facets of general dentistry with special interest in cosmetic dentistry, prevention and being minimally invasive.
Continuing professional development is a passion for her. She frequently attends conferences and hands-on courses both nationally and internationally to ensure she keeps up to date with the latest advancements in dentistry.
She is a member of the Australian Dental Association.
Dr. Reagan Leung
DR. REAGAN LEUNG – DENTIST B. D. SC (UWA)
Dr Reagan Leung completed his BDSc degree from the University of Western Australia in 2016 and has been practicing ever since.
He is a good listener and a perfectionist, and takes great pride in always working to a high standard. Always keen to improve his skills and knowledge, he frequently takes time to attend lectures and seminars for continued professional development.
When not working, Reagan enjoys spending his time reading, drawing and playing tabletop games.
Dr. Ylan Pham
DR. YLAN PHAM – DENTIST DMD (UWA)
Dr Ylan Pham graduated from UWA with her Bachelor of Science (Pathology and Psychology) and Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees.
She is passionate about providing the best possible quality of dental care to all her patients and takes great pride in looking after the smiles of all members of the family. She is very patient and understanding, taking the time to build trust and confidence in anxious patients to make their visit to the dentist as stress-free as possible.
Dr Ylan is a food-enthusiast, and when not working, she is usually planning her next food adventure overseas!
Dr. Millicent Taylor
DR. MILLICENT TAYLOR – DENTIST B.CHD., GRADCERTHPE, MSC., FRACDS
Dr Millicent Taylor graduated in 1995 and is an experienced, gentle and friendly clinician. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry with a special interest in biomimetic dentistry.
She has a strong commitment to continuing education to improve skills and knowledge to enable her to provide a diverse range of treatment options to patients. In addition to her degree in Dentistry, She obtained, amongst others, a Masters degree in New York, USA as well as a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
She was a Clinical Tutor and Associate Professor in Clinical Dentistry at the Oral Health Centre of the Western Australia and the School of Dentistry of the University of Western Australia and won an Excellence in Teaching Award for her commitment in training future dentists in Western Australia.
She is a member of the Australian Dental Association and is a current Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
Excellent care needs excellent people and every person who joins us understands our expectations. Our staff receive a full induction to ensure we all share the same ethos of putting our patients at the heart of everything we do.
Everyone at Spring Orchid is essential to your care but good dental care is about teamwork as much as consisting of competent individuals. A good team relies on good communication and our practice is structured to ensure communication flows easily. From our support team through to our practice team, we grow through good communication.
We are always on the lookout for better ways to serve our patients and to ensure you receive the best care possible, we recruit the best trained dental staff, and maintain the highest standard of continuing education to keep abreast with the latest in dental care, treatments and prevention
We encourage our staff to aim high, and we guide and support those who wish to study further to allow everyone to reach their full potential. This has proven highly successful leading to new skills and services.
By providing a caring environment where professional needs are nurtured in a supportive way, we engender loyalty. At Spring Orchid, we don’t expect loyalty, we earn it.
Every customer should expect good service.That’s why we are committed to providing the best service and support to our patients: by continuously improving our people, policies and processes. With our patients’s feedback, we aim to be consistently best in class.to help make sure we meet your expectations every time you deal with us.
Within Australia, the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (ACHR) applies to the entire healthcare system, and it allows patients, consumers, families, carers and healthcare providers to have a common understanding of the rights of people receiving healthcare. The rights included in the ACHR relate to access, safety, respect, communication, participation, privacy and comment.
Spring Orchid Dental will always endeavour to advise patients about their rights and the way our practice operates. Part of the process of providing this information to patients and/or carers is providing access to our Charter of Patient Rights.Spring Orchid Dental has developed the following charter of patient rights consistent with ADA recommendations.
SPRING ORCHID DENTAL’S CHARTER OF PATIENT RIGHTS
Spring Orchid Dental aims to provide patients with appointments to meet their treatment needs. It is requested patients make an agreed appointment time and date to assist the scheduling process, notifying the practice where this appointment cannot be met. To assist you in providing us with this information we contact patients by:
- Telephone call reminder
- SMS / Email reminder
The cancellation policy of Spring Orchid Dental requires 24 hours’ notice for cancellation of an appointment. Should the patient cancel without the required notice period, it is at the Senior Management’s discretion as to whether a cancellation fee is to be charged, and if so, what this amount may be.
In the event we are unable to accommodate a patient’s request for an appointment at a specific time/date, consultation with the treating dental practitioner will be sought.
Spring Orchid Dental aims to provide appropriate dental services in a safe, secure and supportive environment. We encourage patients and staff to raise any concerns they may have. If a concern is raised, all staff and management are required to address the concern as soon as possible. For further information about our commitment to safety refer to Spring Orchid Dental’s Work, Health & Safety manual.
All patients are required to complete a full medical and medication history as accurately and completely as possible, to allow staff to identify any circumstances that may increase the risks associated with dental care.
In the unlikely occurrence of an adverse event, dental practitioners at Spring Orchid Dental have a responsibility to be open and honest in communications with the patient involved, and families or carers if applicable.
It is the responsibility of the registered dental practitioner, in accordance with the Dental Board of Australia’s Code of Conduct for Registered Health Practitioners, to explain to the patient what happened and why, as well as offering support and advice with regard to how the situation can best be resolved or managed.
Upon recognising the occurrence of an adverse event, our dentist will follow our Open Disclosure Process, which aligns with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare’s Open Disclosure Framework, as outlined below:
- Act immediately to rectify the problem, if possible, including seeking any necessary help and advice
- Explain to the patient, in sufficient detail, so the patient understands what has occurred, including the anticipated short-term and long-term consequences.
- Acknowledge any patient distress and provide appropriate support
- Develop a future management plan for the patient if required
- Ensure that the patient has access to information about the process for making a complaint
Sufficient detail is to be recorded in patient records to reflect the information provided to the patient about the incident, associated risks and likely consequences. The dentist will notify the occurrence of the adverse event to their professional indemnity insurer, consistent with the clauses of their policy.
Spring Orchid Dental values all patients as a unique person and hope that at all times we can provide dental treatment in a manner that is respectful of their culture, beliefs, values and personal characteristics. Patients are asked to reciprocate this respect by being mindful of all staff at Spring Orchid Dental and other patients.
Spring Orchid Dental respects the patient’s right to receive adequate information to make informed decisions regarding their health and healthcare. Consequently, all staff should continually demonstrate a commitment to providing patients with accessible and understandable information about their treatment and treatment options, including costs, proposed medications and risks involved. This should also include maintaining suitable evidence that patients are fully informed about their proposed treatment and have been a partner in the development of their treatment plan. Such evidence will be monitored through Spring Orchid Dental’s review processes.
We do expect patients to actively participate in decisions and choices about their treatment and dental needs. For extensive treatment plans we also encourage a patient to involve their family or carer in the decision making process.
The initial examination of a patient shall be considered ‘implied consent’ to that procedure based on the booking of an appointment, attendance, and the patient allowing the physical examination to occur. Any subsequent treatment shall require the patient to make an informed decision and consent to the treatment either verbally or in writing depending on the procedure and associated risks.
INFORMED CONSENT PROCESS
The initial examination of a patient shall be considered ‘implied consent’ to that procedure based on the booking of an appointment, attendance, and the patient allowing the physical examination to occur. Any subsequent treatment shall require the patient to make an informed decision and consent to the treatment either verbally or in writing depending on the procedure and associated risks.
The dental practitioner who is to perform the treatment is responsible for the following informed consent process in line with the Dental Board of Australia’s Code of Conduct for Registered Health Practitioners.
A patient will be:
- Told (or receive information in some other way) what procedure is being proposed
- Told (or receive information in some other way) about the possible risks and benefits of the treatment in a form or manner they can understand
- Informed of the risks and benefits of all options
- Afforded the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers that meet with their satisfaction
- Afforded sufficient time (if needed) to discuss the plan with their family, carer or advisor, especially for complex treatment plans
- Fully informed of and comprehending the cost of treatment
- Able to use the information provided to them to help them make a decision they believe is in their best interest, in the absence of any coercion from the dental practitioner
- Afforded the opportunity to communicate their decision to the dental practitioner either verbally or in writing
Spring Orchid Dental requires all dental practitioners provide relevant documentation to the patient about the proposed treatment. The practice also requires dental practitioners to use their clinical judgement to determine where written consent is required from the patient and/or carer.
Dental practitioners shall take into account additional considerations regarding guardianship arrangements for consent matters when dealing with vulnerable patients.
Sufficient detail is to be recorded in patient records to reflect the information provided to the patient associated with their treatment options and the treatment plan, which is ultimately agreed upon.
INFORMED CONSENT DOCUMENTATION
All informed consent documentation used by the practitioners at Spring Orchid Dental is reviewed at regular intervals and any updates to these documents are designed to improve patient understanding and the quality of care provided.
CONFIDENTIALITY – PATIENT CLINICAL RECORDS
As a provider of health services, we are bound by the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988 to protect your privacy and keep your personal information confidential.. A patient can expect that their personal health and other information will be collected, used, disclosed and stored in accordance with relevant laws about privacy, and that this information will remain confidential unless the law allows disclosure or the patient directs us to release the information.
In order to provide you with the highest standard of dental care, Spring Orchid Dental is required to collect personal information from you. We will only collect information that is necessary to provide our services and carry on our dental practice.
We collect the following types of personal information from patients and prospective patients:
- Name and contact details;
- Age, date of birth and gender;
- Dental history and previous dentists;
- Medical history;
- Details about your current health and medications; and
- Health insurance details.
- We collect personal information from you if you ask us to claim directly to your health fund when you are paying your account (through HICAPS). This includes your credit card details if you pay by credit card.
We collect personal information in several ways. You may be asked by us to complete a patient questionnaire and give us information we need to provide dental services to you in a safe and appropriate manner. This information includes your details of your dental and medical history and your current health. You may also be asked to provide personal information verbally to our dentists or other staff members.
We may also collect personal information about you from third parties if you have agreed that they can provide us with this information. For example, we may collect information from:
- Your health insurance provider;
- Medicare; and
- Other dentists, dental specialists or other health practitioners (including your General Practitioner).
- If a person is unable to provide us with personal information which we need to provide them with dental services (for example if the patient is a young child or lacks the capacity to provide these details) we will require this information to be provided by the patient’s legal guardian or another person who is legally entitled to act for that person.
Personal information such as name, address and health insurance details will be used for the purpose of addressing accounts to the patient, as well as processing payments and writing to the patient about any issues affecting their treatment.
- To maintain and administer your patient file;
- To invoice you for our fees;
- To process your health insurance claims;
- To contact you for follow up services and check-up reminders;
- To collect unpaid invoices; and
- To send information to you about our dental practice.
It is necessary for the dentist to obtain from you details regarding your general health and past medical or surgical events to assess whether we can safely provide you with our dental services;
THIRD PARTY DISCLOSURE
We will disclose your personal information to third parties if you have agreed that we can do so. For example, we will disclose your personal information if you ask us in writing or provide us with your written consent to disclose your information to a third party; in an emergency situation, if you have nominated relatives or next of kin as emergency contacts; to other dentists, dental specialists and healthcare providers or require it from them if, in our judgement, it is necessary in the context of the patient’s treatment, or for the purpose of seeking a second opinion or a referral; and to laboratories and dental specialists (within Australia or overseas) to provide advisory services relating to your treatment. In this event, disclosure of personal details will be minimised wherever possible.
We may also use parts of a patient’s health information for research purposes, in study groups or at seminars as this may provide benefit to other patients. Should that happen, a patient’s personal identity would not be disclosed without their consent to do so.
We may also disclose specific personal information (your name, address, contact details and amount owing to us) to debt collection providers engaged by us if you do not pay our invoices within the required time.
LEGAL OBLIGATION TO DISCLOSE
Other than as set out in this section, we will only disclose your personal information without your agreement if we are legally required to do so. Under the Privacy Act, we must disclose your personal information if we are directed to do so by a government or regulatory body (including Medicare) or a statutory body (eg a court or a tribunal) with legal powers to obtain your information.
Patient history, treatment records, x-rays and any other material relevant to treatment will be kept and remain in a secure environment.
We provide ongoing training to our staff to ensure the personal information which we hold about you is kept confidential.
We keep hard copy and electronic records of all patients’ personal information. We take steps to protect these records against loss, misuse, unauthorised access, use, modification or disclosure. We ensure that hard copies of records are kept in locked files and there are security processes in place regarding computer access. We take steps to ensure that electronic data is backed up.
We, or our contracted data storage providers, may use servers, systems and cloud computing providers outside Australia. We use our best endeavours to ensure that our storage providers are required to comply with Australian Privacy laws.
After a period of 7 years (or in the case of a person under 18, until the person turns 25) we may securely destroy or de-identify your records in accordance with Australian laws.
We take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we collect from you is accurate, up-to-date and complete. These steps include maintaining and updating your personal information when you attend the practice and
amending information when you let us know that any of your information has changed.
To enable us to provide you with the best service, it is important that the information we hold about you is accurate and up-to-date. You will need to provide us with any changes to your personal information (including change of address, name, telephone number and health providers) to enable us to update your records.
Under the privacy law, patients have rights of access to dental information held about them by this practice. We welcome a patient to inspect or request copies of their treatment records at any time, or seek an explanation from the dentist. The following procedure has been developed to ensure that all requests for access are dealt with as efficiently as possible:
REQUEST FOR ACCESS
All requests for access (other than straightforward requests for copies of test or treatment results made to your dentist during your consultation) should be made in writing using (where available) a Request for Release of Dental Records Form.
Requests for access will be acknowledged within 5 working days of the receipt of the request.
Where it is not possible for access to be granted within 30 days, the patient will be notified/advised when and if access will be granted.
In some circumstances, your request for access may be denied. These circumstances include:
- If we no longer hold any personal information about you;
- If your request is frivolous or vexatious;
- If the information requested relates to existing or anticipated legal proceedings and would not Normally be disclosed as part of those proceedings;
- If providing access would be unlawful; and
- If denying access is required or allowed by law.
Where access is refused, the patient will be advised in writing of the reasons for refusal. This will include any information about other means by which access may be facilitated.
A patient will not be permitted to remove any of the contents of their dental file from the practice, nor will they be permitted to alter or erase information contained in the dental record. However, if any of the information we have about a patient is inaccurate, a patient is encouraged to ask us to alter their records accordingly, in writing.
Generally, patients will be required to collect their records in person. However, in some limited circumstances patients may request in writing that records are provided to another person.
If a patient, or authorised person, is collecting a copy of dental records, they may be required to provide identification. Where possible this should be photographic identification.
We may charge you a reasonable fee for access to some types of information requested by you. This charge will be limited to the cost of recouping our costs for providing you with the information. Charges may include document retrieval, photocopy, the costs of duplication of X-rays and models, and delivery costs to you.
Spring Orchid Dental will always endeavour to advise patients about their rights and the way our practice operates. Part of the process of providing this information to patients and/or carers is providing access to our Charter of Patient Rights.
We reserve the right to make changes to the Policy from time to time without notice and suggest that you check the website periodically for updates.
A patient’s evaluation of the care received at our practice is an extremely important form of feedback that provides valuable information about the services we provide. We encourage patients to provide both positive and constructive feedback.
All staff will be provided with training and support that will assist them to identify, report and appropriately respond to complaints and other constructive feedback. At Spring Orchid Dental we classify constructive feedback into three categories:
1. Enquiries: low level matters where an explanation or clarification of circumstances satisfies or resolves the patient’s concerns. No further risk or future action against the dental practitioner or practice is indicated
2. Notification: a complication or incident that has not caused the patient to make any complaint or claim, but has the potential to become a complaint or claim in the future. The dental practitioner involved will consult their professional association in these matters for guidance on handling the incident and whether notification to the professional indemnity insurer is required. The dental practitioner’s management of such complications or incidents will be compatible with the practice’s open disclosure process.
3. Complaint or Claim: matters in which a patient, or person on behalf of the patient, has made a verbal or written complaint to the practitioner or to a statutory or legal body, regarding some element of treatment that has been provided by the dental practitioner to the patient. The dental practitioner involved will consult their professional association and their professional indemnity insurer prior to responding to the matter.
Like the rhyme goes, we’ll never let it rest until our good is better and our better best. At Spring Orchid, we’re all about continuous improvement and regular reviews of our service standards and practices. Your feedback helps us find better ways to work with you and develop services that better suit your needs.
If you have a compliment, enquiry or would like to make a suggestion about how we could improve our services we would like to hear from you.
Spring Orchid Dental values all of our patients feedback! Please take a moment to complete our patient feedback form and let us know about your in-practice experience
- Login into your account with us via this link http://springorchid.com.au/book-now/
- Enter your account either with you mob number or with your Facebook / Google account
- Select the Patient Feedback form to write your comments
You can also leave your name, email address and phone number and one of our friendly staff will get in contact with you. All of the feedback we receive is handled in the strictest of confidence.
YOUR COMPLAINTS MAKE US BETTER
If you’re unhappy with our service we want to fix it. When things haven’t gone to plan, resolving your issue is our priority. In this case, please contact your Spring Orchid representative directly. We appreciate your time and strive to quickly and accurately provide answers to your questions
In the event of a patient complaint, all staff at Spring Orchid Dental should use the following complaint handling policy:
- Provide an open environment for a patient to share their dissatisfaction with us directly, whilst respecting the patient’s right to have a concern heard by an independent third party such as the Dental Board of Australia or Health Consumers' Council (WA), WA Ombudsman
- Resolve the complaint at the lowest level possible
- A patient will be required to place serious complaints or requests for refunds in writing
· Notification to and advice sought from professional associations and professional indemnity insurers is encouraged
Spring Orchid Dental will acknowledge and respond in a timely manner, either verbally or in writing, in respect to the seriousness of the complaint. We aim to respond to all complaints within 5 working days. All complaints will be recorded in the complaints register.
All complaints will be reported and reviewed by the Senior Management of the practice. Spring Orchid Dental expects responsibility for the management of practitioner related complaints will lie with the dental practitioner about whom the complaint is related. The dental practitioner involved will respond to the complaint upon receipt of advice from their professional association and/or their insurer.
Spring Orchid Dental is committed to continuous improvement in safety and quality. The Senior Management will analyse data/feedback and take action where required. Any review actions/outcomes will be communicated to staff. In addition, incidents and analysis of incidents are reviewed by Senior Management.
As a practice for the family, our dentists are dedicated to caring for everyone from the youngest members to the oldest through a healthy partnership built on professional ethic, caring and respect. This partnership can allow our team to ensure that you feel comfortable when discussing the potential treatments available to you and understand that we will always suggest the most suitable treatment for your dental health, as well as making you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout your treatment.
We understand how uneasy some patients can feel about their dental visits and we know that we can make a difference by providing a relaxing and positive experience.
Many of our new patients find their first appointment at Spring Orchid Dental to be very different to other dental experiences.
From the time you enter our comfortable and inviting waiting room, it is our goal to make you feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
Our modern facilities include all the convenient amenities for your convenience:
ENJOY OUR DENTAL LOUNGE
If you haven’t updated your medical and dental history with us, we will invite you to complete your medical and dental history eForm in the comfort of our patient lounge. We will be present to provide assistance to any query you may have in the filling of your eForm.
You can use our comfortable waiting lounge with free wifi to connect to the internet if you wish to be online during the visit.
You can also enjoy our vaiousTV programs, some music, a newspaper or the latest magazines catering for a range of interests with a great cup of complimentary tea or coffee specially prepared by us.
STATE OF THE ART DENTAL TREATMENT AREA
Our state of the art treatment, sterilization and OPG facilities are meticulously designed and built to Australian Standard for your comfort and convenience.
As you are invited into one of our treatment rooms for your consultation, one of our main goals is to make our patients feel more at ease and comfortable during dental treatment.
At Spring Orchid Dental, you get to experience dental treatment units with technologies that work flawlessly, reliable and produce convincing results with a well-thought-out,utomated hygiene system, ergonomic features for the dentist, assistant and patient.
- 3.1 ERGONOMIC CHAIRS
- 3.2 DOUBLE-JOINTED HEADREST WITH ROTARY WHEEL
- 3.3 PATIENT SEAT ELEVATION
- 3.4 Safer for Children or If You Have a Back Pain
The first thing you will experience with our technologically advanced treatment units are the comfy chairs. As a comfortable dental chair helps to calm and relax you. Day after day, patients experience just how relaxing a visit to us can be with our Kavo chair and treatment units. This is afforded by the ergonomic seat recess in the patient’s chair and the integrated lumbar support.
DOUBLE-JOINTED HEADREST WITH ROTARY WHEEL
Optimal continuous adjustment for all positions. Plenty of freedom for the knees and exact adaptation to the back of the head, for children and patients with a curved spine.
PATIENT SEAT ELEVATION
Adjustment of the dental chair to the patient’s height and indication permits very convenient, individual positioning of the patient: No stretching effect, no compression of the stomach muscles, full lumbar support.
For treating children, the seat can be easily moved into a flat lying position thanks to the patient seat elevation.
Safer for Children or If You Have a Back Pain
The chair may comfortably accommodate children or patients with back problems, simply by employing the unique, integrated seat-height adjuster, since comfortable patients naturally move less. This makes it easier for both the dentist and assistant to concentrate on their work. Safety and efficiency are therefore enhanced.
– Enhanced sitting comfort thanks to the soft upholstery with an ergonomically shaped seat recess and integrated lumbar support
– Whether child or adult, the unique seat adjustments allow every patient to lie in relaxed comfort in every treatment situation.
We’re prepared to listen to what you want, we’ll take the time to identify any potential problems with your oral health. We’ll ask you previous dental history and current dental status. About what you think of the dental care you’ve received in the past, what’s worked for you and what hasn’t. We’ll ask you about any concerns you may have about your teeth, gums or smile and if there are any aspects you’d like to improve.
Upon examination, if particular treatment is required or requested, we’ll prepare a clear treatment plan, and take the time to fully explain all of the available options, how they may differ and everything that you should know about these options
All of our treatment plans are tailored to each individual patient’s circumstances, so you’ll always receive exactly what you need when you visit our practice. Whether it’s a basic filling, or a full smile makeover, we’ll talk you through each part of the process, so you’ll be fully informed when it comes to making decisions about your care for the best possible outcomes.
Treatment plans that work for you
Enhance your experience through understanding your dental needs.
Have you ever found it sometimes difficult to understand the treatment and procedures proposed to you? Our Dental Education tools are designed to give you a true understanding of your dental needs, From the moment you visit our practice website to when you step into our practice reception and even by your chairside, We have focused on informing, educate and enhance your experience to improve the communication between you and your dentist. This produces improved treatment understanding, treatment outcomes and ultimately your great satisfaction as our happy patients.
Be an informed patient ! Enhance your experience through understanding your dental needs.
OUR PROFESSIONAL DENTAL ADVICE
Our priority is to listen to your concerns about your dental needs and discuss with you so that you are well informed of the pros and cons involved in any procedure, a decision by you with a clear understanding of what’s required of a particular procedure, how much it costs or any possible extra costs involved before making any treatment. We also advise on priority treatment and spending based on your concerns, in view of the overall interest of your dental health and well-being.
Unless especially requested by the patients, our professional ethic has always been to provide dental care of minimum invasive and impact to our patient’s natural dental state. As such our staff are restricted from offering dental options that could be cosmetic in nature but maybe invasive or irreversible to your teeth profile.
- 1. HIGHEST DENTAL CLINICAL STANDARD
- 2. ULTRASONIC CLEANING
- 3. AUTOCLAVE DENTAL STERILIZATION
- 4. DENTAL STERI TRACKING
- 5. STATE OF THE ART DENTAL TREATMENT UNIT
HIGHEST DENTAL CLINICAL STANDARD
At Spring Orchid Dental we uphold rigorous standards when it comes to maintaining a safe and sterile environment for all our patients.
With health and safety as our highest priority, we adhere strictly to the Australian Dental Association’s Infection control protocol in all aspects of our practice and meet all of Australian Standards on dental hygiene compliances and guidelines.
We ensure all our instruments during treatment are either single use and disposed of accordingly, otherwise effectively sterilized before and after use.
By following the stern methods Spring Orchid Dental endorses, we are able to efficiently avoid the spread of infections and diseases.
Our infection control starts with the design and execution of every minute detail in the practice from the ceiling to the floor.
After each patient’s treatment, all of our used instruments go through a thorough antibacterial hot wash, hand scrubbed, and ultrasonically cleansed before they are placed into our state of the art autoclaves where they are sterilized under high temperature and pressure before they are ready for our shield wrapping process.
Shield wrapping of all equipment from the autoclaves allows instant protection of these instruments from potential infection throughout their handling or storage.
All instruments that are not disposable are placed in an “Autoclave” steriliser, the same high temperature pressure steriliser used in hospitals, killing all viruses and bacteria that could otherwise be spread.
For steri-tracking, a barcode is attached to every protection bag of our instruments, each corresponds to a successful sterilisation cycle according to the parameters from the autoclave of where they were sterilised and has met the strictest Australian sterilisation standard.
This barcode is scanned into our database to register and identify each individual instrument.
Only before any procedure during your treatment that the shield wrapping be scanned into our database register and unwrapped to identify the time they were finally unwrapped and for which patients they were used on.
All protocols are only as effective as the people who practice them, as such all our staff are well trained and accredited with step by step manuals, our ethos is to protect our patient’s safety and wellbeing above all.
Enhanced Automated protection. Reliable hygiene.
To prevent contaminated water from being drawn back into a typical dental treatment unit, all instruments and motors in our chairs have an intelligent, reflux prevention systems. These systems reliably protect the entire water supply and hence you, our patient.
Rinsing program according to RKI guidelines.
The Robert Koch Institute has specified the standards that a dental treatment centre must meet, to reliably prevent the spread of infection. The automated rinsing program of our treatment unit meets, or exceeds these standards before starting work and after each patient. The water block meets DVGW requirements. The free water inlet of our dental treament units prevents contaminated reflux into the practice water supply system. our dental treatment centre thereby also meets the stringent requirements of the German association „ Deutsche Vereinigung des Gas- und Wasserfaches e. V. (DVGW)“.
Time savings in hygiene – main features and advantages for you:
- State-of-the-art hygiene standards (according to RKI)
- Automatic hygiene functions to save time
- HYDROclean function to prevent coagulation of protein in the internal suction lines
- Optional, permanent and intensive disinfection for continuous reduction of algae and other micro-organisms
- Removable parts for faster and improved hygiene
- Safety for dentist, assistants and patients
Preventive Dental Care is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions.
Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth.
Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
Your dental health can be greatly improved by following a regime of basic preventative dental care. It is always worthwhile to go over the basics so here are a few simple rules:
- Brush twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Visit a dentist every 6 months.
- Remove trapped food after meals (swill with water or use a toothpick).
- Don’t snack all day on refined carbohydrates.
- Floss at least once a day.
Most of the dental problems are detected too late. That’s why at At Spring Orchid Dental, we genuinely believe and live by the motto
“Prevention is much better than cure!”
A beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating patients.
Your personal home care with dental brushing and flossing plays an important role in achieving that goal. Your personal home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.
Why should you Properly Brush and Floss?
Brushing and flossing are of paramount importance to oral hygiene. Though bi-annual professional dental cleanings remove plaque, tartar and debris, excellent homecare methods are equally valuable. Proper brushing and flossing can enhance the health of the mouth, make the smile sparkle and prevent serious diseases.
Reasons why proper brushing and flossing are essential:
- Prevention of tooth decay– Tooth decay is one of the leading causes of tooth loss, and its treatment often requires complex dental procedures. Tooth decay occurs when the acids found in plaque erode the natural enamel found on the teeth. This phenomenon can easily be prevented by using proper home hygiene methods.
- Prevention of periodontal disease– Periodontal disease is a serious, progressive condition which can cause tooth loss, gum recession and jawbone recession. Periodontal disease is caused by the toxins found in plaque, and can lead to serious health problems in other parts of the body. Removing plaque and calculus (tartar) from the surface of the tooth using a toothbrush, and from the interdental areas using dental floss, is an excellent way to stave off periodontal problems.
- Prevention of halitosis– Bad breath or halitosis is usually caused by old food particles on or between the teeth. These food particles can be removed with regular brushing and flossing; leaving the mouth healthier, and breath smelling fresher.
- Prevention of staining– Staining or the yellowing of teeth can be caused by a wide variety of factors such as smoking, coffee and tea. The more regularly these staining agents are removed from the teeth using brushing and flossing techniques, the less likely it is that the stains will become permanent.
The Proper Way to Brush
The teeth should be brushed at least twice a day; ideally in the morning and before bed. The perfect toothbrush is small in size with soft, rounded-end bristles and no more than three months old. The head of the brush needs to be small enough to access all areas of the mouth, and the bristles should be soft enough so as not to cause undue damage to the gum tissue. There are approved electric toothbrushes whereby rotating or oscillating heads are more effective than other toothbrushes.
Here is a basic guide to proper brushing:
- Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle where the gums and teeth meet.
- Use small circular motions to gently brush the gumline and teeth. ensuring that you alwaysfeel the bristles on the gums.
- Do not scrub or apply too much pressure to the teeth, as this can damage the gums and tooth enamel.
- Brush every surface of every tooth, cheek-side, tongue-side, and chewing surfaces. Place special emphasis on the surfaces of the back teeth.
- Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
- Use back and forth strokes to brush the chewing surfaces.
- Brush the tongue to remove fungi, food, debris and bacteria to freshen your breath.
- Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.
The Proper Way to Floss
Daily flossing is a great way to remove plaque from the interdental regions (between the teeth) and under the gum line. Flossing is an especially important tool for preventing periodontal disease and limiting the depth of the gum pockets. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
The interdental regions are difficult to reach with a toothbrush and should be cleansed with dental floss on a daily basis. The flavour and type of floss are unimportant; choose floss that will be easy and pleasant to use.
Here is a basic guide to proper flossing:
- Take 30-40cm of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 5cm of floss between the hands.
- Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
- Work the floss gently between the teeth toward the gum line.
- Curve the floss in a U-shape around each individual tooth and carefully slide it beneath the gum line.
- Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gum line. Gently move the floss up and down,.
- Carefully move the floss up and down several times to clean the side of each tooth and to remove interdental plaque and debris.
- Do not pop the floss in and out between the teeth as this will inflame and cut the gums.
- Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.
It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.
Use other dental aids as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist: Interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc., can all play a role in good dental home care.
If you have any questions about the correct way to brush or floss, please ask your dentist or dental hygienist.
In addition to our own website, there are other sites on the Internet that provide interesting and helpful dental information.
Because we are committed to improving the oral healthcare knowledge of our patients, we are providing the following selection of links to other sites you might find interesting and informative. We have grouped some of the links into various categories to provide quick access to the topics of greatest interest to you.
If you have a suggestion for a new link, please send us an email, as we are always looking for good resources to pass along to our valued patients and visitors to our website. We hope you find these sites helpful!
GENERAL DENTAL WEBSITES
The following links provide some good general information on dentistry.
ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY
Website address: http://www.knowyourteeth.com/
The AGD’s consumer information site “Know Your Teeth” provides information on more than 50 oral dental health topics.
AUSTRALIAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION
Website address: http://www.ada.org.au/
Provides information for the general public including dental care articles, dental insurance information, and information for students interested in dentistry.
Website address: http://www.floss.com/
Contains a wide variety of dental health information, including articles on women’s dental health issues, child dental care information, halitosis (bad breath) section, and new dental product information.
ORAL HEALTH CARE & PRODUCTS
Links to sites providing helpful information on oral health and home care products patients can use to maintain optimum oral health.
Website address: http://www.colgate.com/
Trusted resource for dental health information and oral care products.
Website address: http://www.crest.com/
One of the world’s most trusted brands in dental products.
Website address: http://www.sonicare.com/
Learn how the Sonicare toothbrush creates an indescribable clean feeling, the benefits you can expect, and even take a factory tour.
SPRING ORCHID DENTAL & OUR COMMUNITY
QUALITY DENTISTRY FOR EVERYONE
At Spring Orchid Dental, we are advocates of high quality dentistry for everyone in the community, our aim is to provide you and your family with access to the same high quality dentistry we would want for ourselves at an affordable price without compromising on quality, service, materials and equipment.
RELAX, YOU’RE AT SPRING ORCHID DENTAL!
While we all know of the importance of keeping our mouths healthy and free of disease, the very high cost of dentistry relative to average earnings today has resulted in patients living with pain or deferring essential dental treatment. For many of us, dental care has become a luxury rather than a necessity.
Spring Orchid acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as traditional custodians of the nation and acknowledges their continuing connection to this land and the community.
THE BASSENDEAN COMMUNITY'S Family DentistS
As family dentists we provide dental care services to people of all age groups. Our dentists do not only serve families with children and our patients do not actually need to have children to see us. Common procedures of a family dentist include checking gum health, minimizing plaque build-up around the teeth, filling cavities, and stopping tooth decay.
As a preventative field, family dentistry provides services mostly related to oral hygiene, preventing dental problems from occurring, and catching oral problems in the beginning stages before they transform into a more serious issue. Many professionals, such as the Australian Dental Association (ADA), advise that you schedule a dental check-up with your family dentist twice per year.
One of the benefits of seeing a family dentist regularly (the recommended twice per year) is dental problems are often caught before the patient experiences symptoms. This can save you pain and prevent more costly treatments. You will also stay up-to-date with the best tips for taking care of your teeth and gums.
Family dentists sometimes conduct an Xray to check for cavities, jaw problems, and other tooth health issues. If a cavity is found, your family dentist may give you a dental filling to prevent it from escalating into a more serious problem. When a cavity gets worse, you could end up needing more complicated procedures like root canals, dental implants, and crowns. If a dental X-ray is needed, dentists minimize radiation exposure for children through lead aprons and high-speed film.
DENTAL CARE IN YOUR LANGUAGE
Do you speak another language other than English? A dental visit is now made easier with a dentist who can understand and communicate with you in your language. With Spring Orchid Dental, you can request for a dentist who can speak in Cantonese, Vietnamese, English or Afrikaans.
Có phải bạn đang tìm nha khoa Chất lượng Tốt với Giá Phải Chăng từ những Nha sĩ Tận tâm, Nhẹ nhàng và Thân thiện ?
Chúng tôi kết hợp công nghệ mới nhất với con người giỏi nhất, và kỹ thuật tiên tiến nhất với phục vụ và chăm sóc tốt nhất. Tại Nha khoa Spring Orchid Dental - Chúng tôi Quan tâm Nhiều hơn với Giá Hợp lý hơn!
CHÀO MỪNG BẠN ĐẾN VỚI SPRING ORCHID
Là một trung tâm nha khoa tiên tiến và đa dạng nhất trong cộng đồng, Spring Orchid Dental kết hợp công nghệ mới nhất với những con người giỏi và những kỹ thuật tiên tiến với đạo đức nghề nghiệp cao nhất. Tại mọi thời điểm, chúng tôi luôn nỗ lực để đạt được sự xuất sắc về kỹ thuật trong các lựa chọn điều trị và cùng lúc mang đến bạn sự chăm sóc thân thiện và tận tâm, nhẹ nhàng nhất với giá giá cả thật hợp lý.
Tận tâm - Chất lượng - Giá cả hợp lý
Các Nha Sĩ Tại Spring Orchid Dental
TRẢI NGHIỆM SỰ KHÁC BIỆT
HÃY LIÊN HỆ
HÃY LIÊN HỆ
Chúng tôi khuyến khích bạn liên hệ với chúng tôi nếu bạn có bất kỳ câu hỏi hoặc ý kiến nào. Vui lòng gọi cho văn phòng của chúng tôi hoặc sử dụng mẫu liên hệ nhanh dưới đây và chúng tôi sẽ trả lời bạn ngay.
6/85 Walter Road East Bassendean, WA, 6054, AUSTRALIA
08 6155 8999
Giờ mở cửa :
Thứ Hai & Thứ Ba: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thứ tư: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Thứ Năm & Thứ Sáu: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Thứ Bảy: 8:30am – 1:00pm
SPRING ORCHID DENTAL 牙医診所
牙医 Sara Nguyen
B. D. Sc
牙医 Reagan Leung
B. D. Sc
牙医 Millicent Taylor
B.Chd., GradCertHPE, MSc., FRACDS
- 恢复牙齿,補牙,取牙根,全牙缺失治疔,牙冠,搭橋,种牙 (Implant)。
- 技术支架为儿童和成人提供隐形裝置 (Invisalign)。
- Spring Orchid Dental 是一家声誉卓著的牙科诊所， 专注于治疗和手术， 采用最先进的技术，配备所有现代化设备和经验丰富的牙医。
- 工具按照澳大利亚牙科协会（ADA）标准进行消毒。注册获得国家质量安全协会 （NSQHS）质量先进性能（QIP）认可。
- 您有医疗保健卡或养老金优惠卡以及牙科健康服务（DHS) 的推荐。
- HBF 和 NIB 等私人保险类型，通过 HICAPS 方便支付。
周一，周二，周四和周五： 上午9:00 – 下午5:00
周三： 早上9:00 – 晚上7点
周六： 上午9:00 – 中午12:00
地址： 6/85 Walter Road East, Bassendean, WA 6054
电话： 08 6155 8999
如遇紧急情况，请致电 0468 791 668
ARE YOU LOOING FOR A DENTIST NEAR YOU ?
If you are looking for a dentist near you, then Spring Orchid Dental is conveniently located at the corner of Ida Street and Walter Road East in the North Bassendean Shopping Complex, right in the heart of the Bassendean / Eden Hill precinct. Not only is our complex a popular destination for the locals, it’s also easy to get to.
Spring Orchid Dental is also within easy commute and is an ideal dental practice if you are looking for a dentist near the following suburbs:
With Perth’s fantastic public transport network linked directly to Bassendean, getting to Spring Orchid Dental from anywhere across metropolitan Perth isn’t difficult.
YOUR DENTAL VISIT PARKING IS EASY
There is plenty of free parking for your dental visit at our complex.
For people with disabilities/ prams and wheelchair users, designated parking is also available for our less physically able patients and provides easy access to the practice by a gentle ramp.
AMPLE FREE PARKING
WALTER ROAD PARKING
GET IN TOUCH
We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. Please call our office or use the quick contact form and we will respond as soon as possible.
As a 100% Australian owned company, Spring Orchid Dental proudly supports Australian industry and we aim to provide you with the highest-quality, Australian-made products. We offer our patients top quality Denture Services, Crowns, Bridges, Mouth guards, and other requirements with great customer satisfaction.
Australian made and approved Dentures
We use only Australia’s best dental laboratory expertise, operating independently, but sharing a common theme, ‘to provide the highest level of quality dental laboratory services.”
By using our local Australian dental laboratories, we offer real confidence for the workmanship of all of work for your peace of mind. Our dentists are able to take shades and match existing teeth right at your appointments and our patients also benefit from services such as quick Denture Repair with the support of our local technicians.
Local construction of dental work ensures a high level of control over materials, techniques and artistic results. All products are 100% Australian made, approved and regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and manufactured to TGA standards, no work is outsourced to unregulated markets.
WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
Upon visiting this web site you may provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected on an individual basis and Web site use information collected on an aggregate basis as you and others browse our Website. This is typically what happens as you browse websites and is by no means out of the ordinary.
- Personal Information You Choose to Provide
When you register for any of our products, services or newsletters you will provide us information about yourself. Such information may consist of your Name, Mailing address, Email address, billing address, Business and home phone number.
Should you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses. We provide the same protections for these electronic communications that we employ in the maintenance of information received by mail and telephone as standard practise.
- Website Use Information
In very similar ways to other commercial Web sites, our Web site utilises a standard technology called “cookies” (see explanation below, “What Are Cookies?”) and web server log files to collect information about how our Web site is used. Information gathered through cookies and Web server logs might include the date and the time you and others visit our website, the pages viewed, time spent at our Website, and the Web sites visited just before and just after our Web site was viewed.
HOW DO WE USE THE INFORMATION THAT YOU PROVIDE TO US?
Essentially, we use personal information for purposes of administering our business activities, providing our products and services you request, possible processing of your payment, our marketing and promotional efforts and improve our content and service offerings, and customize our site’s content, layout, services and for other legal determinations.
Such information may be shared with others on an aggregate basis. Personally identifiable information or business information will under no circumstances be shared with any third party except as required by lawful means.
On very odd occasions, we may use the information we collect to notify you about important changes to our Website, new services, and special offers we think you will find valuable. You may inform us at any time if you do not wish to receive these offers by emailing us at the link provided on the newsletter or clicking on the unsubscribe link in the email sent to you.
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you view a Web site of any nature, that web site’s computer asks your computer for approval to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies. Each Web site can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a Web site to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites. It’s standard for web browsers to accept cookies. Nevertheless, if you prefer not to receive cookies, you may alter the configuration of your web browser to decline cookies thus delivering no information.
UNDERSTANDING HOW WE USE IP ADDRESSES
An IP address is used by your computer every time you are connected to the Internet. Your IP address is a number that is used by computers on the network to identify your computer. IP addresses are automatically collected by our web server as part of demographic and profile data known as “traffic data” so that data (such as the Web pages you request) can be sent to you. This process is standard and occurs every second of every day online.
HOW CAN YOU ACCESS AND CORRECT YOUR INFORMATION?
You may request access to all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain in our database by emailing us at our email address and listening on our contact us page.
DO YOU CONSENT?
AN IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING CHILDREN
Children are not authorized to use our services unsupervised. We ask that children (under the age of 18) do not submit any personal information to us. If you are a minor, you can use this service only in conjunction with permission and guidance from your parents or guardians. Please do not use this web site if you are under age.
ACQUISITION OR CHANGES IN OWNERSHIP
Should this web site (or a substantial portion of its assets) be acquired, your information would be considered part of those assets, and may be part of those assets that are transferred to the new or part owner as an acquisition of the business or web site.
This website is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied. Spring Orchid Dental makes no representations or warranties in relation to this website or the information and materials provided on this website.
Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing paragraph, Spring Orchid Dental does not warrant that:
this website will be constantly available, or available at all; or
the information on this website is complete, true, accurate or non-misleading.
Nothing on this website constitutes, or is meant to constitute, advice of any kind. [If you require advice in relation to any [legal, financial or medical] matter you should consult an appropriate professional.]
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
Spring Orchid Dental will not be liable to you (whether under the law of contact, the law of torts or otherwise) in relation to the contents of, or use of, or otherwise in connection with, this website:[to the extent that the website is provided free-of-charge, for any direct loss;]for any indirect, special or consequential loss; or
for any business losses, loss of revenue, income, profits or anticipated savings, loss of contracts or business relationships, loss of reputation or goodwill, or loss or corruption of information or data.
These limitations of liability apply even if Spring Orchid Dental has been expressly advised of the potential loss.
Nothing in this website disclaimer will exclude or limit any warranty implied by law that it would be unlawful to exclude or limit; and nothing in this website disclaimer will exclude or limit Spring Orchid Dental liability in respect of any:
death or personal injury caused by Spring Orchid Dental negligence;
fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation on the part of Spring Orchid Dental; or
matter which it would be illegal or unlawful for Spring Orchid Dental to exclude or limit, or to attempt or purport to exclude or limit, its liability.
By using this website, you agree that the exclusions and limitations of liability set out in this website disclaimer are reasonable. If you do not think they are reasonable, you must not use this website.
You accept that, as a limited liability entity, Spring Orchid Dental has an interest in limiting the personal liability of its officers and employees. You agree that you will not bring any claim personally against Spring Orchid Dental officers or employees in respect of any losses you suffer in connection with the website.
Without prejudice to the foregoing paragraph, you agree that the limitations of warranties and liability set out in this website disclaimer will protect Spring Orchid Dental officers, employees, agents, subsidiaries, successors, assigns and sub-contractors as well as Spring Orchid Dental.
If any provision of this website disclaimer is, or is found to be, unenforceable under applicable law, that will not affect the enforceability of the other provisions of this website disclaimer.
ACQUISITION OR CHANGES IN OWNERSHIP
Should this web site (or a substantial portion of its assets) be acquired, your information would be considered part of those assets, and may be part of those assets that are transferred to the new or part owner as an acquisition of the business or web site.