Author Archives: Steven Ha

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Category : Services

Background

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.

Check-up

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.


Extractions

Tags :

Category : Services

Extracting teeth is viewed as a last resort in modern dentistry and usually only occurs as a result of chronic disease or trauma.

Reasons for pulling teeth

Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. Common reasons include a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Other reasons include:

  • A crowded mouth
  • Infection
  • Risk of infection
  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease

What to expect

Before pulling the tooth, your dentist will give you an injection of a local anaesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If the tooth is impacted, the dentist will cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth and then, using forceps, grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that hold it in place. Sometimes, a hard-to-pull tooth must be removed in pieces.

Once the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. The dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite down on it to help stop the bleeding. Sometimes the dentist will place a few stitches to close the gum edges over the extraction site.

Sometimes, the blood clot in the socket breaks loose, exposing the bone in the socket. This is a painful condition called dry socket. If this happens, your dentist will likely place a sedative dressing over the socket for a few days to protect it as a new clot forms.


Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Category : Services

What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) started in January 2014 and provides access to benefits for eligible children. The CDBS, which is funded by Medicare, is means tested and requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment.

Benefits for dental treatment are limited to $1,000 per child over 2 consecutive calendar years. If not all of the $1,000 is used in the first year, the remaining balance can be used in the second year, if your child is still eligible.

Dental treatment that is covered by the CDBS includes examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Not included is orthodontic or cosmetic dental work. At Sunshine Family Dental, we are especially trained to offer caring treatment to children and teenagers between the ages of 4 and 17. Our dentists perform routine dentistry (i.e. fillings and extractions of baby teeth) and refer to specialists where appropriate.

Am I eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?

You can confirm your child’s eligibility and balance amount by accessing your Medicare online account at my.gov.au or calling the Medicare general enquiries line on 132 011.

What’s next?

Call Sunshine Family Dental on (03) 9312 0263 to make an appointment and let us know that you are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

At the time of the appointment, we will discuss your child’s treatment and any associated costs with you before providing the services. After this has been discussed, you will need to sign a consent form.

When the dentist has provided the services agreed for your child, we will bulk bill the treatment directly with Medicare (given that you have enough Child Dental Benefit left to cover the full treatment costs).

More Information:

For more information about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule please refer to the following government websites:

https://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/childdental

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/child-dental-benefits-schedule


Cosmetic Dentistry

Category : Services

Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person's teeth, gums and/or bite. It primarily focuses on improvement dental aesthetics in colour, position, shape, size, alignment and overall smile appearance.

Porcelain Veneers

Dental Crowns

Build Bridges


Check Up

Check Up

Tags :

Category : Services

Total preventive care involves the early diagnosis and treatment of dental issues that could potentially cause problems in the future.

Early diagnosis usually results in more conservative treatments, saving both time and money. Total preventive care involves education about simple and effective preventive treatments.

We tailor individual preventive treatment for our patients. Tailoring can be re-assessed as our patient’s circumstances change over time.  This can be achieved by all of our patients by following our protocol:

  • Six-monthly check-ups
  • Regular fluoride application, oral hygiene instruction and dietary advice to help maintain a healthy mouth
  • Annual x-rays, taken to check in between teeth and around existing restorations, where it can be difficult to diagnose visually
  • X-rays, taken to check any pre-existing treatment to the nerves of the teeth, and possibly to gain a better understanding of the facial structures
  • An explanation of dental treatment and options available, with an approximate longevity indication, so patients can make an informed decision

WORKING HOURS

Monday          : 9am – 6pm.
Tuesday          : 9am – 6pm.
Wednesday    : 9am – 6pm.
Thursday        : 9am – 6pm.
Friday              : 9am – 6pm.
Saturday         : 9am – 5pm.
Sunday           : 9am – 5pm.

OUR LOCATION

SUNSHINE FAMILY DENTAL
232A Hampshire Rd
Sunshine VIC 3020

Tel: (03) 9312 0263
Mob: 0490 769 724