When you’re looking for a new dentist, we know how difficult it can be to find the perfect practice. A simple search engine hunt may bring up some names of practices, but that’s not what you’re looking for, right? You want to know that you are going to a dentist Canberra who is passionate about dental treatments and giving you the treatments that meet your specific needs. At Deakin Dental, we’re a super friendly practice that prides itself on making a trip to see your dentist Canberra a fun experience, rather than a chore. From the moment you enter the building, we want you to feel at ease and our friendly staff are here to help you relax and feel at home.
What can I expect when I come to Deakin Dental?
If you are visiting Deakin Dental for the first time, we will give you a one hour examination. This is an in depth consultation with our dentist Canberra where we will discuss your goals for your smile and where we will find out about you. We will take a full medical and dental history, so we’ll be getting to know you really well on this first visit! We will also examine your mouth and check for signs of oral cancer, as well as looking at your jaw joint, muscles, tissues and, of course, your teeth. But, we won’t stop there. We will also do an in-depth bone and gum examination, as well as a complete dental chart of your mouth, so we have got the full picture of your individual mouth – we’re all different after all! Finally, we will also take digital X-rays and photographs of your teeth and mouth. No wonder it takes an hour!
From all of this information gathering, the end product is a treatment plan. This will be devised based on the discussions we have with you and the examinations that have taken place. This treatment plan is therefore completely tailored to your needs with your goals in mind for your smile. We want you to feel at ease that whatever treatment is recommended, it will be suggested as a result of your input, as well as your specific dental needs which have been ascertained through thorough examinations.
How is Deakin Dental different?
When you come for your treatment, you may fancy watching a favourite T.V. show or listening to some great music. Here at Deakin Dental, we are all about making you feel at home, so we offer these options! For nervous patients, we also have NuCalm to help you relax and feel more at ease and we will never rush a treatment if you are feeling nervous. Our philosophy is all about a patient-centred approach and we want you to get the treatment you need in the way that suits you. If we need to take a lot longer, you can binge watch a box set and we get you the treatment you need!
What do I need to do?
If you want to come and see us, book in for a new patient consultation. We will provide you with some forms to complete before coming to see us and we look forward to welcoming you to our dental family!
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.
If you have never been a fan of flossing your teeth, it can seem like an easy step to avoid when performing your dental hygiene regime especially when going to bed. But it is an important step which, if avoided, can lead to quite serious issues.
We admit that flossing your teeth correctly can be tricky; many patients complain that they have cut their gums while flossing or that they cannot clean their back teeth using this technique. We sympathise and, should you come to our team at Deakin Dental, we can show you how to floss your teeth without injuring yourself and can show you tips to get to your back teeth.
At Deakin Dental, our dentist Canberra is all about the prevention of dental problems and, with the wealth of issues that flossing helps to prevent, we aim to teach as many patients as we can about the advantages of this rather simple hygiene technique. We can show you in our surgery how to clean your teeth correctly using floss, so you can utilise it in your daily dental routine. Simple!
So, what are some of the advantages of daily flossing? Read on to find out!
Removes hidden plaque
As we mentioned earlier, our dentist Canberra is all about preventing dental issues.
As one of the key benefits of flossing is the removal of hidden plaque between your teeth, it is easy to see why we are so eager for our patients to give it a go!
Hidden plaque can lead to a myriad of dental issues, especially between the teeth, which may then lead to our dentist Canberra needing to perform fillings, root canals or in extreme cases, extractions.
By removing the hidden plaque, you reduce these issues.
Cavities are never fun and, as we mentioned before, our team often has to perform these restoratives in between teeth as a result of not flossing.
To prevent cavities and keep your teeth looking and feeling strong, floss twice a day to remove plaque and bacteria.
Reduces risk of gum disease
Cavities aren’t the only thing that plaque and excess bacteria can cause in your mouth.
Should you have too much plaque, you may develop gum disease, such as gingivitis. While brushing can reduce this, to be safe, we recommend flossing to remove those hidden areas of plaque and to remove stubborn patches of bacteria.
Reduces bad breath
Bad breath is never something that is wanted and, as you may have guessed, it is usually linked to having excessive levels of bacteria in your mouth.
As we have established, daily flossing will reduce the level of bacteria, thus eliminating bad breath.
Better cardiovascular health
Oral plaque has been linked to cardiovascular disease multiple times in studies, so flossing to remove plaque will typically benefit your heart and general health altogether.
At this stage, we will note that if you are struggling with traditional flossing, we can recommend interdental brushes as an easier alternative, which offer all of the same benefits as flossing.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.
Have you been noticing a dull ache on one of your teeth for a while now? Or have you been playing sports and have chipped a tooth?
While the image of a dental emergency usually involves a person in a great amount of discomfort visiting a dental surgery in the middle of the night, there are many more situations that can warrant emergency dental care. And, as you can imagine, if it presents away from that standard image, many patients can be confused as to whether they need to book a same-day dental appointment to have the issue resolved.
Luckily, our team at Deakin Dental can help.
At Deakin Dental, we are proud of our emergency dentist in Canberra who will aim to help you to overcome any dental discomfort you are having. We know that dental emergencies are not 9-5, and so, we are able to offer emergency appointments to all who need them on the same day that we are contacted. That way, you can get on with your day pain-free and without incurring any sleepless nights! Perfect!
So, what are some of the lesser-known conditions that require a trip to our emergency dentist in Canberra?
Chipped or cracked teeth
We mentioned this earlier but if you have recently chipped or cracked a tooth, you need to see our emergency dentist in Canberra.
Why? Because damage to the enamel can enable harmful bacteria to get into your tooth, causing decay and infection. And as a trip to our team to fix such an issue usually results in a comfortable composite filling, there really is nothing to be lost from calling us.
Lost filling or crown
A common occurrence, a loose or lost restorative requires a same-day trip to see our team. Much for the same reasons as having a chip or a crack in your enamel.
If you have lost a large filling and the pulp of your tooth is exposed to the air, this can cause discomfort. And so, rather than risk that, call our team for a same-day visit.
Any sudden or gradual swelling to the face, under the jawline or in the mouth needs to be examined by our team at Deakin Dental.
Even if it is painless, such swellings could be the first sign of an abscess formation or could point to issues with erupting wisdom teeth.
Nothing is more worrying than finding a lump in your mouth during a regular brushing session. Should this be the case, you should call our team. While it is unlikely to be cancer, having it examined by our team will enable a fast diagnosis, which, in the event of the big c, will increase the chances of a full recovery.
A loose tooth will also need to be seen by our emergency team.
This will allow us to identify the underlying cause and, if possible, secure that wobbly tooth via a bridge to a stable nearby tooth. Good for your oral hygiene and your smile!
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.
When most people hear the words dental emergency, they will usually picture someone with a swollen face or someone who is in discomfort. And they aren’t wrong!
While many dental patients will be able to identify a persistent discomfort in their mouths as a sign of a dental emergency, there are many other conditions that require urgent attention from a dental team that often go overlooked. And as you can imagine, if an issue with your teeth or gums goes untreated, it can get worse and can be more invasive to correct, which is something we would all prefer to avoid!
So how do you know if your current condition requires urgent medical treatment?
At Deakin Dental, we like our patients to be educated on all things related to their dental health and so, our dentist Canberra and our dental team are always on hand to answer any queries you may have over the phone. If you have concerns that you need an urgent appointment, simply contact us and we will be happy to advise you.
But back to the key point; is that sensation on your gum a dental emergency? Here are 5 conditions that will require same-day treatments.
Any swelling to the mouth, face or underneath the jaw is going to need to be seen by our emergency dentist Canberra.
As swellings can be indicative of anything from an abscess to an impacted tooth, it is vital that you see our team promptly for a diagnostic assessment and to relieve any associated discomfort too!
As you may have guessed, a sure-fire sign that you need an emergency dental check-up is discomfort. And as you may have also guessed, the sensations may vary; it may feel like a bruise, a burning sensation, sensitivity or a dull ache which is getting gradually worse.
If you have any discomfort in your mouth, please contact our dentist Canberraso we can conduct triage to assess the urgency.
Broken or chipped teeth
A broken or chipped tooth may not seem like something that needs an urgent appointment with a dental team, but any chips or cracks to the surface enamel on your tooth needs filling. And promptly!
Delaying the process can allow decay and bacteria to get underneath the enamel, leading to discomfort and infection. Our team will repair any chips or cracks with colour-matched composite, so you will be left with an aesthetically pleasing result if you come to us with a cracked tooth.
Lost fillings or crowns
Much like a chipped tooth, a missing filling or crown requires urgent repair to prevent infection or further decay.
Many people have mouth ulcers, but if you have recurrent ulcers in the same part of your mouth, or if they grow larger than a 5 pence piece, you need to see our team urgently.
While it may be unlikely, such presentations may be indicative of oral cancer, so please contact us if you have any ulcers, lumps or bumps that have sprung up.
If you are unhappy with the way your smile looks, then our friendly team here at Deakin Dental offer a number of treatments to suit your needs. Our cosmetic dentistry options can really help to bring your smile back or get the look you’ve always wanted!
What do we offer?
Whether you are just looking for a cleaning and whitening, or a full set of veneers, we can cater to this. We understand that not liking the way your smile looks may have a huge impact on your confidence and happiness, and our cosmetic treatments may be able to help.
Your dentist in Canberra will use fillings to fill in any cavities you may have due to tooth decay, which can help to maintain the durability of those teeth. Tooth decay occurs when there is bacteria that has reached deep into the tooth and caused it to weaken. These cavities can be painful and sensitive so this is why filings are important. The fillings we offer are a white colour, meaning that when you have them it will not affect how your mouth looks to others, which is a great benefit for our patients. Once we have completed the filling, any pain or discomfort you may have been feeling from your cavity should hopefully go away.
There are many reasons as to why we might recommend a crown for you, whether it be for aesthetics or your tooth’s health. If your tooth is weak due to decay, then a crown can be beneficial as it has the ability to hold together parts of a cracked tooth or protect a tooth from breaking. You can also have a crown for aesthetic reasons, such as severely discoloured or a misaligned tooth. This can really help to improve your confidence and help your smile to appear straighter.
Our dentist in Canberra can offer you this treatment if you have one of multiple missing teeth. This consists of a fake tooth/fake teeth being attached to an abutment that is inserted in your jawbone. You can have a bridge that holds up to 4 fake teeth, depending on how strong the surrounding teeth are. This treatment can really help to transform your smile, for a more affordable price. Bridges are also very durable, meaning that you can eat normally without having to worry about them coming out.
Dental veneers are tooth-coloured porcelain shells that your dentist in Canberra will attach to the front of your teeth to improve appearance. You can choose how many veneers you want, and which teeth to have them on. This can be a great help if your teeth are chipped, discoloured, broken or smaller than average. It is common for our patients to focus more on getting veneers on their top front teeth as these are the ones other people see the most. The porcelain material that is used brings many advantages, including it’s stain-resistant properties, the natural look of it and the fact that gums usually adapt to it well.
Disclaimer: “All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.”
When it comes to dental procedures, there are typically two that ring alarm bells; orthodontic braces and root canals.
And while there are a few others that are far from popular, if you are told by a member of our team that you need a root canal, you may be a bit puzzled if you are then told that we need to refer you onto an endodontist.
Differing from a general dental professional, an endodontist specialises in performing treatments such as root canals and can be of great benefit if you have roots which are slanted or misshapen, surprisingly common in our experience! So if we need to refer you on, don’t worry as we just have your best interests in mind.
At Deakin Dental, we are proud of our level of patient care and our dentist Canberra will make sure that you feel as comfortable as possible while we work on your teeth. We will also aim to answer any questions you may have in a jargon-free manner, to help you choose which treatment option is the right one for you. We want you to always be happy with any decisions made.
But why else might our dentist Canberra refer you onto to an endodontist? Read on to find out.
Exceedingly uncommon but still regular enough to potentially warrant specialist care, there are instances where a root canal performed by a regular dental practitioner will fail.
While our dentist Canberra will always provide the highest level of care to all of our root canal patients, endodontic procedures can fail due to small amounts of infected material being left in the pulp. Or, in the odd occurrence that the crown or filling falls out, bacteria can once again get access to the canal and the infection can reoccur.
And so, a steady hand is required to ensure that each part of the root is filled and that the entire area is cleared of debris.
Abscesses can repeat and if they do, you may need to be seen by a specialist.
Endodontists can more accurately assess what is causing the abscess to reform and can treat it more successfully than our general dental team can, as it is their area of expertise.
If the root canal needs to be performed on an upper wisdom tooth that is slanted, this may prove too complex for our team to oversee successfully.
Once again, the specialist expertise and equipment of an endodontist can see a root canal to this area goes off without a hitch, meaning a better long-term result for you.
During an X-ray, our team may discover that the infected tooth has an odd root shape, making a root canal more complicated for our team to perform.
Like the tooth position problem from before, an endodontist can more precisely account for this occurrence, providing you with a tooth that is restored and no longer gets infected.
If our team at Deakin Dental refers you to an endodontist, rest assured that it is to provide you with the best outcome.
Whether you need an extraction due to impaction or decay, it can be a somewhat daunting experience.
In a regular dental practice, oral extractions and general dental surgery are quite common and can be performed for several reasons. Typically it is used as a means of extracting teeth in preparation for orthodontic treatment or to relieve the pressure caused by an impacted wisdom tooth. As dental implants have grown in popularity, many people are undertaking dental surgeries to have them fitted, meaning more people than ever before are asking our team questions about surgical procedures.
At Deakin Dental, our dentist in Canberra has performed numerous dental surgeries; everything from simple extractions to more complex cases such as wisdom tooth removal. Also trained in the fitting of dental implants, our team will try to ensure that your extraction or surgical procedure is performed without a hitch, allowing you to recover without any secondary complications.
But what are some of the most commonly asked questions that our dentist in Canberra answers about dental surgeries and extractions? Read on to find out!
Will I be given a sedative?
If you are a nervous patient, then the idea of undertaking an extraction may seem daunting.
Our dentist in Canberra will be able to offer you either nitrous oxide sedatives (laughing gas) or intravenous sedation which will help you to feel more relaxed during the surgery.
If you are undertaking IV sedatives, you will need to bring a family member or friend along to escort you home and you should refrain from operating heavy machinery for 24 hours.
Will I need stitches?
Potentially, depending on the underlying surgery being performed, our team may decide to apply stitches to ensure a faster healing time. They may need to be removed after a few weeks by our team or they may be dissolvable.
Is there extra care needed for wisdom tooth removal?
If your wisdom teeth are removed, you may need to use over-the-counter pain relief for a while, as this surgery is quite uncomfortable.
Try to keep the area clean with saltwater and if you suspect you have a dry socket at any time following the extraction, contact our team for an emergency appointment.
My mouth keeps bleeding after the surgery- what should I do?
If your mouth bleeds for longer than 20 minutes (with the application of gauze and pressure), you need to contact our team for an emergency appointment. We will stop the bleeding by using either a surgical glue or we may need to apply stitches.
How long will it take the extraction site to heal?
This will depend on the surgery that was performed to extract the tooth; if it was a simple extraction, the site could take up to 2 weeks to completely heal.
However, if the tooth was below the gum line and a surgical extraction was required, this could take up to 4 weeks to heal completely and may require stitches. With oral implant fittings, the site can take between 3-6 weeks to heal.
Dental care and dental visits should not feel like a chore.
When you are reminded that it is time to attend your biannual check-up, you shouldn’t feel apathy or dread. A trip that revolves around dental hygiene can and should be fun!
No, we aren’t joking! And at Deakin Dental, we aim to make every trip that you make to us as relaxed and enjoyable as possible.
At Deakin Dental, our dentist in Canberra we will take every care to ensure that you and your family are looked after in our surgery. We offer a comprehensive introductory package for all new patients, allowing you to get the most out of your first check-up with us. Coupled with the advice we offer all of our patients relating to dental care, what more could you want in dental surgery?
Of course, this isn’t all we have to offer new patients at Deakin Dental! Here, our dentist in Canberra runs down some of the other advantages of joining our surgery.
We know that from time to time, your teeth may run on their own schedule.
And, should you wake up with a throbbing tooth or lost filling, our emergency dentist in Canberra will make time for you by staying late or altering our appointment schedule to get you out of discomfort.
After all, we want to make sure you are able to carry on with your day-to-day life as usual, and if that means we stay late after regular hours, so be it!
In recent times, more services have become available online in light of the events surrounding social distancing.
And, while you can’t really get a tooth filled online, our team at Deakin Dental is proud to be able to offer our patients a range of online PDF guides, which cover an array of different areas in dentistry.
Everything from a guide on root canal treatment to tips on bleaching your teeth at home, we have written jargon-free guides to help you better understand these procedures.
While we will always try to make your trip to our surgery fun, we know that for some people a trip to a dental surgery can set off an anxiety response.
Therefore, our team takes great pride in looking after those who need a bit of encouragement to get into the dental chair, by offering you music to listen to, a television to watch or sedative options.
At Deakin Dental, we have removed the annoyance of sitting in a waiting room with a clipboard filling out a form whilst trying to remember your medical history from scratch.
Using our website, you can download and complete the new patient forms, along with your medical history and simply send them to us when you are done.
Regardless of whether you are a new patient or have been with us before, our team will always aim to make you feel comfortable and welcome when you come to Deakin Dental.
Having a sore tooth is never a fun experience for anyone. It can cause you to avoid your favourite foods, lose sleep and can even be the cause of bad breath. The longer you leave a painful tooth, the worse it can get. So we advise that the minute you feel tooth pain, that you make an appointment with us at Deakin Dental in order for us to diagnose the source of the problem and help you along the path of undergoing the correct treatment for your issue. At Deakin Dental it is our aim to take away your pain, not hand it out, which is why getting good, general dentistry in Deakin is so important. Coming in for regular check-ups, or as soon as you feel pain, can prevent more serious issues arising. But what happens if you’re reading this and you’re in pain? What could it possibly be?
In order to put your mind at ease about any procedures you may need to fix a sore tooth, we want to explain two procedures that many may find scary in the hope that by shining a light on exactly what we do, we can remove any misgivings you may have.
Cavities and Fillings – a cavity is a small hole in your tooth or between two teeth that have exposed some of the roots which is why you have pain, this inner section of the tooth is full of nerve endings. In order to fill up a cavity, we need to first check if there is any major infection in the tooth. This is done at your initial appointment where we conduct an investigation of all your teeth and possibly take X-rays to see what’s going on inside the cavity. Once we know more about what we are dealing with we may book as the second appointment for you to have that cavity filled.
At the filling appointment, we will first numb the side of your face that we will work on, then using tiny drills and jets of water we will clean the cavity of any debris. The cavity is then filled with a tooth coloured composite bonding material which is shaped to look like the rest of the tooth that needed to be filed away, once we have set this material with a special light you are good to go. The numbing sensation will last for a few hours.
Root canal – this is a very common therapy practised by dentists almost daily and it doesn’t hurt like the movies would have you believe, remember our promise? We aim to take away your pain. A root canal is needed when the inside of the tooth (the pulp) becomes infected, this is incredibly painful and you will be glad of a treatment that fixes it. We will drill the tooth open and flush out all the infected pulp, then we fill the tooth with a synthetic substance and cap it off with a temporary crown until we have a more permanent one made for you. The treatment lasts about 90 min and like with the fillings you won’t feel a thing.
If you’ve any concerns about the health of your teeth, or just want to schedule a routine check up, get in touch with our friendly team at Deakin Dental.
Disclaimer: All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.
There’s no escaping the difficulty in finding a general dentist in Deakin Canberra you can trust. It’s like finding a good doctor, or a decent hairdresser that doesn’t have you walking out with a short back and sides, regardless of what you asked for! Finding a great dentist is important and, here at Deakin Dental, we know this and have made it our mission to treat all our patients like they are one of the family, in our relaxed and fun atmosphere. Read on to find out what we have to offer.
The first step
Locating a general dentist in Deakin Canberra might seem like a guessing game with search engines ready to offer you a myriad of practices. But if you come to Deakin Dental, we won’t treat you like another number. We care about you and your specific needs and we will treat you accordingly. On your first visit, we will take a full medical history, asking you any relevant questions we need to get a full picture. We will also carry out a new patient examination, which is comprehensive and will enable us to understand your dental requirements. We are QIP accredited, so you know we have the seal of approval to take great care of you!
With a range of treatments available we can have a chat about what your options are, based on your wishes and requirements. Most importantly, our friendliness and warm reception should be an experience unlike any other. We also run an eco-friendly practice, using biodegradable products wherever possible, and we recycle paper, cardboard and plastics used. Mercury is filtered out of our water and we go even more green by putting any food waste in our compost. Deakin Dental really is an experience like no other and we’d love you to be a part of it!
What treatments do you offer?
We have an extensive range of treatments including general comprehensive care. We will check your mouth, teeth and gums are healthy with thorough examinations, scaling, advice on flossing and X-rays; we will keep an eye on your general oral health. We also offer sleep dentistry for nervous patients and emergency dental care. To improve the appearance of your teeth if they have been stained through drinking or smoking for example, we have teeth whitening, and we do cosmetic work with veneers, crowns and bridges. Alongside this, we also offer oral surgery, oral cancer screening, paediatric dentistry, mouthguards for sports, and root canal treatments. We even have TMJ therapy. If you have pain in your neck or ears, a tight jaw and maybe headaches and poor posture, we can protect your teeth from grinding or clenching in the night and help you to get an improved quality of sleep with a better posture. Not bad for your local dentist, right?
What to expect
Upon arrival, there will be some forms to complete, but there’ll also be some TV to watch or music to listen to in our relaxing waiting areas. Coming to visit Deakin Dental will be an experience that you will want to have again and again – bring your friends and family along too! So, come and join us; relax, unwind, meet new people and leave smiling your best smile.
*All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.
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