Check-up and Clean
Fissures are the grooves and pits in your teeth where decay is most likely to begin, mainly on the top of molars. Fissure sealants are filling material containing fluoride which are applied to prevent early decay and cavities. This quick and painless process reduces food and bacteria adherence.
After your check-up and discussing your preferences, we’ll create a personalised plan which includes:
- Treatment options
- Information sheets or brochures
- Fees and payment plans
- Advantages, disadvantages, risks, and benefits of procedures and materials
- Prioritising and staging treatment over time to minimise time and financial impact
- Advice on future maintenance
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a check-up and clean take?
A thorough check-up and clean usually takes between 30 minutes to an hour.
Are x-rays safe and do I need them?
Digital X-rays are safer and more precise, with lower radiation exposure than traditional methods. They offer clearer images, aiding in early decay detection, diagnosing hidden issues underneath fillings and crowns, and identifying sore teeth.
Did you know that dental X-rays expose you to less radiation than everyday sources? Dental X-rays are typically under 10 microsieverts, while daily background radiation is about 4 microsieverts, with annual background radiation in Australia at 1500 microsieverts. We also encounter minor radiation doses from daily sources like food, electronics, and household devices, which enhance our lives. The advantages of these conveniences outweigh the downsides, just as they do for routine dental X-rays.
We provide additional protection to all patients with lead aprons. If you are pregnant and have a sore tooth or other dental issues, rest assured that X-rays can be safely performed to aid the dentist in diagnosing the problem.
How often should I visit the dentist?
Most people should see their dentist every six months. These regular check-ups help maintain oral health and catch problems early. Depending on your needs, we might suggest more frequent visits.
Regular dental check-ups are important for cleaning and spotting issues like cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer early, making treatments less invasive and cost-effective.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is an inflammation caused by plaque which can progress to affect the gums, teeth, and supporting tissues. The three stages are:
Gingivitis – reversible inflammation caused by plaque build-up at the gumline. Bleeding during brushing may occur, but damage can be reversed at this early stage.
Periodontitis -irreversible damage to supporting bone and fibers. Gum pockets may form, trapping food and plaque. Proper dental treatment and improved home care can help prevent further damage.
Advanced Periodontitis – severe destruction of supporting tissues, causing teeth to shift or loosen. Aggressive treatment may be required, or teeth may need removal if not salvageable.
How can I maintain good dental health at home?
Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and consider using mouthwash to fight bacteria. Eat a balanced diet with less sugar and avoid tobacco.
Why does cleaning my teeth cause my gums to bleed?
Irregular cleaning between your teeth may lead to bleeding gums, especially if done infrequently. The bleeding suggests a need for more frequent flossing rather than stopping. If bleeding persists despite regular flossing, consult your dentist to ensure proper technique and rule out other causes. Healthy gums typically do not bleed.
Why do I need to floss?
Flossing helps clear out food and bacteria between teeth to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. While traditional string floss is common, other options include flossettes, interdental brushes, electric flossers, or water flossers.
Should I use mouthwash?
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