At Rye Family Dental Care, we're conscious that some health funds will only cover general dentistry services and treatments. Below are some of the dental treatments we offer that are classed as 'major' by some of the private health funds. We always recommend that our patients contact their private health insurance provider to find out about their exact coverage.
Dental veneers (also known as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to improve their appearance. They can improve the colour, shape, and mask crooked teeth without orthodontics.
Crowns And Bridges
Crowns or ‘caps’ are custom made restorations that repair badly damaged, chipped/ fractured teeth, broken down fillings, discoloured or weak teeth to their natural shape and colour. A crown covers a weak tooth above the gum line. There is no limitation to what part of the mouth they can be used in and are also used to reshape teeth and improve the general appearance of your mouth.
Bridgework is used to replace one or more missing teeth. This is done by fixing the replacement to two crown teeth on either side of the gap. Bridges are normally made of precious metal, however if the bridge will show then porcelain is bonded to the base.
Although bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene they can last for up to ten years or more.
A dental implant provides support and/or retention of a crown, fixed bridge, fixed denture or removable denture in the absence of teeth. They are typically made of titanium that is a bio-compatible material that bones attach (osseointegration) to, to lock the implant in place. Our surgery offers implant crowns and/or bridges that are then custom made to the osseointegrated implant. This is the forefront of dental technology.
Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)
Endodontics saves teeth that would otherwise have been extracted as well as acting as a preventative measure and treatment for dental pulp disorders. Signs of pulp damage can include pain, swelling, sensitivity to varied temperatures and discoloration of the tooth.
Endodontics, which is also commonly known as Root Canal Therapy, can be treated at our practice through various appointments. The treated area can function normally and can be maintained with routine dental checks and proper oral hygiene measures.
Periodontal disease affects the gums, bone and supporting structures of the teeth and is a major causing factor of premature tooth loss. Both adults and children should be routinely checked for gum disease.
Gum disease can be controllable, some factors that can contribute to gum disease include smoking, stress and dental neglect.
In addition gum disease can be a contributing factor to other health issues you may have including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and premature births.
Symptoms to watch out for include:
• Permanent teeth that are loose or changing position
• constant bad taste in your mouth or bad breath
• Pus between teeth and gums
• Receding gum line
Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth and can be taken out and put back into your mouth. Partial dentures are for partially missing teeth, and clip onto some remaining teeth. Full dentures are for when all the teeth are missing, and rest on the remaining gums. They are they most economic option for replacing missing teeth.
Grinding Guards are worn to guard against tooth wear and joint damage in those that clench/grind during the night, by allowing the muscles and ligaments to rest. It is different to a sports mouthguard because it is made of a more durable material and the dentist ensures the bite is harmonious, whereas a mouthguard is not as accurate and technical, hence cannot serve in place of a grinding guard for patients who clench/grind. Clenching and grinding is a subconscious habit that most patients are not aware of, which can occur during the day and/or at night time.
Surgically assisted extractions are sometimes required for impacted wisdom teeth, or badly broken down teeth that would unlikely come out with conventional extraction techniques. We offer some aspects of surgically assisted extractions, however complex and difficult extractions are still best done by specialists. Consultation and dental/jaw radiographs (X-rays) are required to assist in appropriate treatment planning and triage.
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If you are concerned about your oral health or any of the major dental procedures listed please do not hesitate to speak with our team. Initial examinations and consultations are required before any major dental treatment begins.