Monthly Archives: February 2016


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Bridges are used to fill gaps permanently where teeth have been lost.  I explain dental bridges as being just like a bridge across a river.

There are two poles either side of a hanging structure.  The poles are the teeth both side of the gap, which are crowned, and the hanging structure is the false tooth.

Depending on the size of the gap, Bridges are a very successful fixed (meaning not removable like dentures) restoration.  The idea is that the gap is filled with a structure that is indiscernible form the other teeth surrounding the structure.

In certain circumstances, implants are a better alternative to Bridges.  This may be because the gap is too wide.  Or the teeth either side of the gap are considered to be virgin teeth, and to crown them would compromise the good condition of the natural tooth structure.

Dental Crowns

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Dental Crowns (sometimes referred to as Dental Caps) are single unit covers that are placed over heavily broken down, filled or root treated teeth. They look and feel just like real teeth.  A crown literally wraps around the tooth just like a hat wraps around a head, thus strengthening the underlying tooth structure by holding it all together.

In certain situations, it is more preferable to crown front teeth rather than place porcelain veneers to achieve a desired cosmetic result.

For example, Dental Crowns can be used to cosmetically enhance the appearance of a tooth, as they are able to cover colour irregularities.

Crowns are made in a dental laboratory buy a Technician who uses moulds of the patient’s teeth taken by the Dentist.

Dental Crowns can be made from a variety of different materials, depending on the tooth involved, its position in the mouth, and sometimes on the preferences of the patient.  These materials include zirconia and porcelain, porcelain bonded to metal (this combines the strength of metal with the natural appearance of tooth coloured porcelain), or even gold alloy.

Porcelain Veneers

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The veneers are made from a strong and very durable ceramic (porcelain) that a dental technician builds up to match the shape and colour requirements of the patient. The veneers are very thin, cover the front surface of the tooth to cover any flaws and blemishes.

We use porcelain as it is a hard wearing and a non-porous material. A shade can be created to match the surrounding teeth or improve the overall colour of teeth. Porcelain veneers are often used in cosmetic situations where the front teeth are heavily broken down and/or filled.

The porcelain veneers not only improve the physical look of the teeth, but can also improve the strength of the teeth. The ceramic used is bonded to the underlying tooth structure. The bonding is literally super-gluing the ceramic to the tooth and the glue forms a medium between tooth and ceramic which adds strength both to the teeth but also to the porcelain veneer.

In preparation, a very thin amount of tooth structure is removed. Impressions are then taken, which are sent to a professional lab technician to make the porcelain veneer. At the second appointment, the veneer is tried in and, if perfect in shade and fit, it is bonded to the tooth surface. Porcelain Veneers enables the dentist to reshape, rebuild, straighten and modify teeth, without the need for orthodontics. If well maintained, they will last for many years.

Root Canal Treatment

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Has your dentist ever told you that you need root canal treatment?  If so, you’re not alone. Many teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal  treatment.   Root canal treatment can relieve your tooth pain and save your smile.

What is Root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a complex and precise dental procedure that shaping, disinfecting, and replacing a tooth’s damaged or infected pulp with a filling.

Damage to the pulp may be caused by untreated dental decay, decay beneath a filling, tooth damage due to trauma, tooth grinding (bruxism) or gum disease. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

To understand a root canal procedure, it helps to know about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development.

Symptoms of tooth pulp damage or disease

A diseased tooth pulp may cause inflammation or infection.

The symptoms of a damaged or diseased tooth pulp may include:

  • Unprovoked or spontaneous pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold drinks and foods
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Loosening of the tooth
  • Swelling of the gum near the affected tooth
  • Oozing of pus surrounding the affected tooth
  • Facial swelling
  • Sometimes, tooth pulp may become damaged or diseased without presenting any symptoms. In these cases, the problem is usually diagnosed by special tests or x-rays during a dental check-up or treatment for other dental concerns.







Complications if left untreated

If tooth pulp infection is left untreated, complications could include:

  1. Spreading infection – once the pulp becomes infected, it loses its ability to fight the spread of the infection. This can cause a severe infection or a painful abscess.
  2. Localized bone loss – the infection may spread around the ends of the infected root canal and cause bone loss in the jaw.
  3. Loss of tooth – the tooth may have to be removed, which interferes with the person’s ability to bite and chew.

How does root canal treatment save the tooth?

During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.

Modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.

Root canal treatment is used to save teeth that would otherwise need to be removed.

Advantages of root canal treatment

Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:

  • Efficient chewing
  • Normal biting force and sensation
  • Natural appearance
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
  • Maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work


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A tooth can break for a number of reasons, whether it has been fractured by eating something hard, a decay-induced break or trauma related such as a blow to the face. A lot of the time, a patient may not experience any pain if a tooth has broken, however the protective enamel of the tooth which has fractured away now exposes the vulnerable tooth structure which is susceptible to bacterial infection, which can ultimately lead to pain, root canal therapy and potentially loss of the tooth all together.

Generally, if a tooth has sustained a chip or break, the dentist will assess the damage, advice of an appropriate course of action and repair the tooth on the day of the appointment. Sometimes a tooth will require more of a long term restorative option, such as a structurally supporting porcelain inlay, or crown, where another appointment may be required.

There is usually always a choice as to what treatment option is best for each individual, and this can be discussed at the time of the appointment.

Here at Sunshine Family Dental, we have steered away from amalgam as a restorative material and instead offer White Composite Resin and Glass Ionomer Cement (GIC) as direct restorative material. Apart from these two materials, there are other options available.

Call (03) 9312 0263 to arrange an appointment to discuss your dental needs.

Teeth Whitening

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Philips Zoom Whitening

Pola SDI

Custom Tray

The quest for the perfect pearly whites is one that has been around for decades and the technology that has been developed to fulfill this has come along way. Here at Sunshine Family Dental, we offer variety of different whitening treatment options. This consists of an initial dental consultation to establish whether your teeth are suitable for this type of treatment, if your teeth are suitable for treatment we will then discuss the available options. Book your whitening appointment now!

No matter what treatment you use there is a chance that your gums and teeth can become more sensitive because of the chemicals being used in the procedure, especially if you already have sensitive teeth, however with a professional consultation the chances of this happening are significantly reduced. Whilst teeth whitening may not be a permanent treatment it can last up to several years, which can be extended by a regular maintenance program with occasional top up sessions and the avoidance of foods and drinks known to cause staining to your teeth, such as red wine, tea or coffee.

Dentists are currently being faced with a new phenomenon called ‘Bleachorexia’ which refers to those that have an obsession with bleaching their teeth in order to get a whiter smile. If you over bleach your teeth they can become brittle and chalky because of the bleaching agent, Carbamide Peroxide, which can lead to hypersensitivity, gum irritations and even translucent blotches appearing on the teeth. Many patients ignore the guidelines set out by their dentist and bleach their teeth more frequently than is recommended which is why these problems often arise, in moderation and with the correct guidelines followed teeth whitening can be safe and effective. Chlorine Dioxide, another ingredient found in many of these treatments has also been know to leave patient's teeth brown or discoloured after the initial process. Achieving the white as snow perfect smile many celebrities have is actually near impossible as they are often the result of porcelain veneers and not teeth whitening treatments or products, however if you’d like to see what results our safe teeth whitening treatment can offer then pop in for a consultation.

Mouth Guard

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Australian research has shown that sports injuries account for about one-third of all traumatic injuries to teeth. Failure to wear a custom-made mouthguard can double the risk of damage to teeth from sporting injuries. Over-the-counter mouthguards available through pharmacies are generally ill-fitting and can restrict normal speech and breathing. The best protection is obtained by a custom-fitted mouthguard available through a dentist.

Custom mouthguards are accurately moulded to a person’s teeth and are more comfortable and secure to wear. Investing in a custom mouthguard costs less than a pair of sporting shoes – a small price to pay to avoid the expense and heartache of repairing damaged teeth and gums.

At Sunshine Family Dental, our mouth guards are made out of shock absorbing material. Do consider a mouth guard if you or someone you know participates in contact sports such as: AFL, Football, Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Martial Arts, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Wrestling, Baseball, Basketball, Netball, or any other contact sport.

We stand by the adage of “prevention is better than cure” and encourage the use of a mouthguard with all contact sports.

Call (03) 9312 0263 to arrange custom fitting.

Family Dentistry

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It’s important to maintain your children’s teeth as well as your own. Oral care for children should begin as soon as their first teeth begin to erupt, with their first visit to the dentist occurring once they have all their deciduous (baby) teeth usually around 24-30 months of age.

We encourage parents to bring their children along when they are having their regular check-ups.  First visits to the dentist are made fun for the children – we take them for a ride in our special ‘chair’, count their teeth together and reward them for their bravery with stickers.

Six months later we encourage parents to bring their children back to the surgery for a thorough examination and polish of their teeth.

The main goal is to create a preventative mind set by seeing children at a young age and encouraging good habits by teaching both the child and parent the correct techniques of oral hygiene.

At Sunshine Family Dental, we are trained to offer caring treatment to children and teenagers between the ages of 4 and 17. They perform routine dentistry (i.e. fillings and extractions of baby teeth) where needed and refer appropriate specialist as required.

For all your child’s dental needs and enquiries please phone our reception staff on (03) 9312 0263. We are here to help your children keep their ‘Teeth for Life’.


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Dentures are removable solutions for replacing missing teeth. Most people think of dentures as something that their parents or grandparents may wear. While full dentures can be a solution if you have no teeth, partial dentures are also a cost-effective option for replacing one or more missing teeth.






Full dentures

Because no teeth are left, full dentures use suction or various types of adhesive to remain in position. Alternatively, dental implants can also be placed and connected to the denture with clips or magnets as a more secure method of retention.






Partial dentures

When you are missing as few as a single tooth, a partial denture is a cost-effective option. Partial dentures are “clipped” to the remaining adjacent teeth and use these for support.

Denture check-ups

We recommend that you have your dentures checked on a regular basis. When you attend for your six month check-up, we will advise you if your dentures require any modifications such as relining. At the same time, please tells us if your dentures are causing you any problems or pain.

Dentures which do not fit correctly and go unchecked can cause you serious problems. These include damage to your gums, as well as any remaining teeth, in the case of partial dentures. The latter could even result in the loss of teeth due to unforeseen forces arising from the ill-fitting denture. We offer denture repairs in our clinic.

Regular maintenance of your dentures will avoid these problems.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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Biologically, wisdom teeth were designed as replacements for our back teeth as they became worn based on the coarse, abrasive diet of the “cave man”. Today, they form an unnecessary and often problematic part of our dentition.

Wisdom teeth usually don’t “erupt” through the gums until we are in our twenties. They are usually the last teeth to come into our mouth. The majority of us have four wisdom teeth. Quite often, there is little space at the back of the jaw for wisdom teeth to come easily through the gums. If the jaw does not have enough room for the wisdom tooth to come through, the tooth will become wedged or impacted.


It’s always a good idea to ask about the state of play of your wisdom teeth during your check-up.

Some impacted wisdom teeth remain buried and cause no trouble. However, other impacted wisdom teeth may cause severe problems. An impacted wisdom tooth will start to push through the gum and an infection can start around the top of the tooth. Infection and inflammation can cause pain, swelling and jaw stiffness. Swallowing may be painful and the infection can cause bad breath.

Wisdom teeth removal

Removal of a wisdom tooth is a common procedure and troublesome wisdom teeth should be removed as soon as possible before the problems get worse.

If a wisdom tooth is not removed, the following problems may potentially occur:

  • Cyst formation
  • Displacement of surrounding teeth
  • Destruction of bone, gums and other teeth
  • Infected or abscessed
  • Painful ulcer formation
  • Food trap causing cavities

We are very confident in conducting wisdom teeth procedures and we will guide you through the entire process including how to best manage the recovery stage.


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232A Hampshire Rd
Sunshine VIC 3020

Tel: (03) 9312 0263
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