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Maintaining the health of your teeth

General dentistry encompasses a range of dental services and treatments vital to protecting and maintaining a good standard of oral health. Tea Tree Dental administers these services with the purpose of keeping your mouth, gums, and teeth, healthy and free of pain. In our experience the value of maintaining your dental hygiene cannot be overstated in maintaining the health of your teeth long-term.

Despite this, according to a recent survey conducted by the Australian Dental Association survey of 25,000 people, more than two-thirds of adults (68 per cent) said they have not been to their dentist in the past two years and a quarter of people surveyed have avoided the chair for five years.

The importance of maintaining good oral hygiene

Not only does good oral hygiene help prevent more commonly known issues such as cavities and gum disease, but it can also help keep you healthier overall. Poor oral hygiene has been linked with high levels of inflammation, poor diet quality, and health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and pneumonia.

Regular check-ups every six months with your dentist will help you to stay on top of any possible problems that may develop, including gum disease. Without professional help, gum disease can be difficult to detect before issues like gingivitis take hold.

General dentistry treatments & procedures

During a general dental “routine” appointment, the dentist will typically perform a thorough examination to identify any signs of underlying or obvious disease or other oral health issues. In some cases, minor fillings or extractions may also be necessary. Let’s take a closer look at these fundamental dental procedures we administer during your appointment.

Dental examination

Our general dental routine examinations consist of a thorough examination of your teeth and gums for any signs of gum disease, cracks, chips, or decay. When necessary, we utilise X-rays for a more detailed analysis of your specific circumstances. Along with the X-rays, this examination helps to assess the alignment of your teeth during biting, detection of cavities, evaluate the positioning of all your teeth and jaw, and identify any abnormalities such as bone loss.

Just like people, every mouth is unique and whilst routine examinations do not guarantee the prevention of an oral health complication, they serve as a basis of evaluation for your individual situation. From this point, your dentist can develop a treatment plan to aid in the prevention of problems and enhance your overall oral health.

Tooth loss

If you’ve experienced a knocked-out tooth, immediate action is crucial. Preserve the tooth and contact us immediately for reattachment or assessment to protect the surrounding gum tissue.

Scale and clean

Plaque is a thin film that forms on your teeth made by and containing harmful bacteria. Everyone gets plaque., However, if not brushed away regularly, it can harden into tartar (dental calculus) over time. Tartar can’t be removed by brushing and flossing alone and only a dentist or hygienist can physically remove it, using specialised tools. Tartar left on your teeth will lead to gum disease, bad breath, gingivitis, and other oral health issues.

Fluoride treatment

After your dentist or hygienist clean, you have the option of getting a fluoride treatment. Dentists like to offer this because fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens your teeth’s protective barrier against bacteria. Dental fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by remineralising tooth enamel and making it more resistant to acidic foods and drinks.

Dental X-rays

As mentioned above, we will take x-rays of your teeth during the dental examination to obtain an accurate assessment of any areas needing attention. This provides us with a reference point to accurately monitor your oral health and help detect any issues early.

General dentistry examination
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Other general dentistry treatments

There are other smaller repairs and minor cosmetic concerns that our general dentists can treat for you. These are a little more involved than your annual check-up procedures mentioned above, and if required we will need you to come back for a separate appointment to address the issue specifically.

Dental fillings

If the dentist detects a small hole in a tooth, usually referred to as a cavity, the solution is to remove it, and fill this part of the tooth with a small, solid white composite filling. This will prevent any further deterioration from decay and strengthen the tooth.

Depending on the severity of the cavity, you may receive a local anaesthetic to ensure the procedure is painless. The resulting numbness from the local anaesthetic can last for a few hours after the filling procedure is over.


When gum disease, trauma, or infection damages a tooth beyond repair, it may need to be removed. In such cases, your dentist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area before extracting the tooth quickly and painlessly.

Removing an adult tooth leaves a gap that can be addressed by using a bridge, a dental implant, or a combination of both. As part of Tea Tree Dental’s commitment to patient care, we will discuss your options with you.

Dentists generally carry out an extraction as a last resort so if you suspect a tooth may be at risk of needing extraction, getting advice from your dentist as soon as possible is essential.

Root canal treatment

In cases where a tooth is severely infected and affecting the tooth nerves, a root canal (an endodontic treatment), may be undertaken to eliminate the infection and restore the tooth. If your symptoms indicate the signs of an infected tooth, X-rays are the best means of ascertaining whether the infection has reached the central region of the tooth and affected the delicate pulp tissue. Unfortunately, when the pulp becomes infected, it is incapable of self-healing, and postponing treatment could lead to the demise of the tooth, resulting in its complete loss.

This painless procedure can be carried out by our dentists here at Tea Tree Dental.

Why regular dental visits are essential

Regular visits to Tea Tree Dental every six months are the best way to stay on top of your oral hygiene and potentially avoid any larger problematic issues. It also saves you money in the long run by avoiding costly dental procedures. It’s a classic case of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

However, if any issues do happen to develop, with regular visits and early detection we’ll be able to address the issue before it takes hold. Our holistic approach means we have solutions for all the dental issues that you may face and we will work with you to find the best solution.

If you last visited a dentist a while ago, or are one of those people who have avoided your dentist for over five years, please give us a call us to schedule your first appointment for a general dental check-up.
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Start prioritising your oral care today with Tea Tree Dental, Modbury.