General Treatment

Check and Clean

At Dental Solutions Oatley, we believe prevention is key. A dental checkup and cleaning are all part of the maintenance process we recommend to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth in a healthy and stable condition. At your dental check-up and clean appointment, you can expect a thorough examination of your entire mouth, a gentle yet detailed clean, polishing of your teeth for that sparkling smile, intraoral photos used to track any changes that may occur over time, and a fluoride treatment to help prevent cavities.  

    • Children – Introducing Children to the dentist at an early age is a great way to ensure a positive and healthy relationship with their oral health that will lead to Adulthood. At Dental Solutions Oatley, we strive to foster this positive relationship; this is why we are proud supporters of the NSW Government Child Dental Benefit Scheme and offer No Gap checkups and clean when the child is covered by a private health fund. Children who are not covered by a private health fund will receive a discounted rate on checkups and cleans.
    • Adults – Regular checkups and cleans as an Adult are vital to ensure stability in both oral and whole body health. Did you know that dental health impacts other parts of the body, including the cardiovascular system and gut health? This is why 6 monthly checkups and cleans are recommended to help keep you on track as your body changes.

Fillings

A filling (also known as a dental restoration) is used to repair a tooth (or teeth) to their natural shape and function. Like any part of the body, teeth change over time and show signs of wear, such as decay, a chip, or a crack. During the procedure, the dentist will remove the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth and then fill the area with a composite or ceramic material to restore the tooth’s function and shape. Both composite and ceramic fillings are strong durable materials that are colour matched to your personal tooth shade, ensuring a seamless transition.

Getting a filling can help to prevent further decay and damage to the tooth and can also help relieve any pain or sensitivity you may be experiencing. The procedure is typically done under local anesthesia, so you don’t feel any pain or discomfort during the process.

There are many different types of dental fillings, and deciding which material is best for you can be discussed with your dentist. 

Root Canal Treatment

Dental root canal treatment (also known as endodontic treatment) is performed to help save a tooth that has become infected or damaged at its core.  If the intervention of an infected tooth starts early, root canal treatment can be used as an alternative to removing a tooth completely.

Root canal treatment takes place over several visits. The amount of visits required is dependent on each individual case as every patient reacts to treatment in their own way. Dental Solutions Oatley will guide you through this process, taking care to ensure you are pain-free and comfortable from start to finish. 

Crowns

Much like the name suggests, a dental crown is like a hat that fits on top of a pre-existing tooth to hold everything in place to restore its shape, size, and strength when a tooth is too damaged for a filling to prevent further decay. Crown treatment requires two appointments; the first appointment is to prepare the surface of the tooth for the crown by reshaping the tooth surface. You will leave this appointment with a temporary crown cap in place. The second appointment is when the final crown is fitted into place.

A crown can be made from a range of different materials, from ceramic to gold, with each material having its own strengths and weakness; our doctors will help guide you.

Sport Mouthguards

Sport mouthguards are a must for any child or adult who participates in physical activity and are wanting to protect their smile from injury. Our custom-made sport mouthguards are made in-house by your dentist and from medical-grade plastics to ensure a tough yet flexible and comfortable fit.

During your appointment, you can expect a quick bite into impression material trays, and your dentist will do the rest; our reception team will then be in touch when your sports mouthguard is ready to pick up. Available in a range of colours with a protective case to ensure sanitary wear every time, we recommend updating your sports mouthguards after every season or six months to ensure the best fit and protection possible.

Periodontics Treatment

When it comes to maintaining good oral health, taking care of your teeth is only part of the picture. Your gums are just as important. In fact, healthy gums are the foundation of healthy teeth. 

    • Periodontal work focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum disease and is recommended when gum tissue becomes infected. This infection can present as swelling of the gums, recession of gums, bleeding of gums, loosening of teeth, and loss of bone surrounding the jaw, which holds the teeth in place.
    • To help combat periodontics diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis (also known as gum disease) 6 monthly checkups and cleans assist your dentist with controlling the condition and suggesting periodontics treatments when necessary.
      • Cleaning – Periodontic cleaning is recommended when patients are in the stages of developing gum diseases or are well advanced into gum disease. Unlike regular 6 monthly checkups and cleans, periodontics cleaning involved your dentist charting the relationship between each tooth, its related gum, and supporting bone. Once charting is complete, tartar buildup is removed from the entire length of the tooth and its roots. During this appointment, patients can expect a pain-free experience as a general anesthetic is administered to numb the site before any treatment begins. Follow-up treatment may be needed depending on each patient’s individual needs, your Dentist is able to discuss these options as necessary.
      • Gum grafting – Gum grafting is a surgical, dental procedure that falls under the umbrella of general treatment. It treats gum recession, a common condition caused by gingivitis and periodontitis (gum disease). Gum recession occurs when the gums pull downward away from the tooth, resulting in exposed tooth roots. This condition can lead to tooth sensitivity, bone loss, and potential tooth loss if not treated promptly. During the gum grafting procedure, which is performed under local anesthesia to ensure a pain-free experience, tissue is typically harvested from the palate (roof of the mouth) and then carefully secured to the area affected by the recession. This technique aims to restore the gum line and provide additional support for the tooth. If you have any concerns or require more information, your dentist is well-equipped to discuss gum grafting treatment in further detail as part of the general treatment plan.

Extractions

Sometimes people require tooth extractions as part of their general treatment plan. The reason for tooth extractions vary from person to person, but common reasons include severe gum disease, a deeply infected tooth, wisdom tooth pain, denture work, and orthodontic work. At Dental Solutions Oatley, we understand that having a tooth removed can be a scary thought; this is why we handle every tooth extraction from a stubborn baby tooth to an adult molar with gentle care ensuring our patients’ experience is as calm and comfortable as possible. 

    • Wisdom teeth extractions – Wisdom teeth can cause painful difficulties for many patients, and sometimes the removal of problematic wisdom teeth are necessary to ensure future oral health and comfort. Wisdom teeth can cause infection, grow out too far, causing jaw pain, become impacted (stuck on nearby teeth or bone), and create food traps between the neighboring tooth promoting tooth decay.

At Dental Solutions Oatley, we understand every patient has different needs that must be met to ensure they have a comfortable experience. This is why we have a range of treatment management systems available, including local anesthetic (numbing injection), general anesthetic (hospital treatment), sedation (in-house), and nitrous oxide (also known as happy gas). Your dentist will be able to discuss these different options with you and recommend a treatment management system to best suit your individual case.

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