Australians don’t always feel confident about their smiles, and when you don’t feel good about something, you don’t necessarily take care of it. About half of Australians failed to see a dentist in the past year, but that kind of dental neglect can take a serious toll on your dental health. Between 2016 and 2017, 70,000 Australians were hospitalised due to dental problems.
Keeping your mouth healthy might just help keep your overall body healthier. That’s what general dental treatment is all about. It involves a wide range of dental treatments, but at its centre is the routine, essential everyday dental care that keeps your teeth healthy, prevents gum disease and stops tooth decay.
Common general dental treatments include:
Oral dental exams to detect early signs of dental problems and keep your teeth and gums healthy
Professional dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar from teeth
Dental sealants to protect the chewing surfaces of teeth
Oral cancer exams to spot early symptoms of oral cancer, which is most treatable with early detection
Dental fillings to restore decayed teeth and stop the progression of cavities
Root canal therapy to remove infected tissue and save diseased teeth
Dental extractions to remove teeth that are decayed or damaged beyond repair or to prepare for other treatments, such as orthodontics
Dental implants to replace lost teeth with a restoration that looks, feels and functions much like a natural tooth
Dental crowns and bridges to replace lost teeth
Dentures to replace lost teeth
Orthodontic treatments to straighten crooked teeth and correct misaligned jaws
Teeth whitening to erase stains and improve the overall look of a smile
Starting orthodontic treatment feels a little different to most of our patients. Some patients are excited about the potential changes and the prospect of a beautiful smile. Other times we meet patients who are fearful of dental treatment and nervous about orthodontic care. Usually, our patients fall somewhere in the middle of the two extremes. (more…)