Modbury Dental and Medical

Dental Procedures

The Premier Modbury Dental and Medical – A dental procedure is any activity or process whereby a dentist works on a patient’s mouth to resolve a dental problem or concern. Common dental procedures include fillings, tooth extractions, installing crowns or bridges, fitting dentures, aligning teeth through the use of dental braces, surgery or treatment for gum or periodontal disease.

The prescribed procedure depends on the diagnosis and the severity of the dental problem. For example, if the patient has dental cavities, depending on the size or extent of the cavity, the dentist may recommend a filling, crown, root canal or extraction.

Those who need to undergo a dental procedure will find this to be a useful resource. Below is some helpful information on oral healthcare and certain dental procedures.

Oral Health Care

Everyone wants to have a healthy smile. However, it’s a goal that people need to work toward because all too often, people take their teeth for granted and end up neglecting their dental health.

This is where oral health care comes in. Oral health care pertains to routine or everyday habits that help keep the mouth clean and free of disease and other problems. It is critical to maintaining healthy teeth, gums and even the tongue.

Certain oral problems like bad breath, dry mouth, tooth decay and cold sores can be prevented and treated with proper oral health care practices.

Some general guidelines for oral health care include:

  • Brushing teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing at least once a day
  • Reducing the amount of sugar intake
  • Maintaining a diet that’s rich in fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Staying hydrated
  • Avoiding cigarettes and other tobacco products
  • Getting teeth checked by a dentist at least twice a year

Proper dental care is essential for a healthy smile. For people who have been neglecting their dental health, the best time to adopt the basics of oral health care is now.

Pain-Free Dentistry

The thought of going to the dentist usually makes a lot of people anxious or afraid. This fear sometimes stems from the pain associated with certain dental procedures such as fillings or extractions experienced during childhood.

However, advances in dental technology have led to the development of micro-dentistry, which is also called minimally invasive dentistry or pain-free dentistry.

This philosophy and practice are designed to provide minimally invasive early detection and the pain-free treatment of dental problems like cavities, tooth decay and gum problems.

The focus of pain-free dentistry is on helping patients maintain dental health and beautiful teeth whilst ensuring as much of the natural tooth structure is preserved. This helps minimise the necessary restorative dental work needed for the teeth.

With pain-free dentistry, a dental clinic is now a place where people can have a painless and stress-free experience.

Here at Tea Tree Dental, we provide the following services to make people’s dental visits comfortable:

  • The waiting area with comfortable chairs, reading materials and a television
  • Virtually painless injections administered after the application of a numbing gel on the site
  • IV sedation tailored to each patient’s medical condition and history
  • Relaxing eambience to keep the patient feel completely at ease during the procedure
  • Quick, efficient and minimally invasive procedure with faster recovery times

With pain-free dentistry, people have more reasons to smile as fear and anxiety may become a thing of the past.

“The Modbury Dental and Medical offers more than just dental services.”

TMJ Dysfunction

The function of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is to serve as a sliding hinge that connects the jawbone to the skull. There is one joint for either side of the jaw. The TMJ functions primarily to enable people to speak, move their mouth, chew, bite, yawn, etc.

TMJ dysfunction or disorder can cause pain in the jaw joint, as well as in the muscles that aid in jaw movement. The problem with TMJ dysfunction is that the exact cause can be difficult to pinpoint.

Pain in the TMJ area could be due to any number of factors, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Jaw injury
  • Damaged cartilage disc
  • Strain on the jaw
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Infection
  • Bruxism (teeth clenching or grinding)
  • Genetics
  • Dental surgery

It’s important to note that experiencing one or a combination of the above factors is not necessarily indicative of TMJ dysfunction. For example, some people suffering from bruxism can experience jaw pain. However, not everyone who has bruxism develops jaw pain or TMJ dysfunction.

The pain and discomfort TMJ dysfunction patients suffer are usually temporary and can be alleviated with nonsurgical therapy and self-managed care. Dentists typically recommend surgery only when all conservative approaches have failed.

People who suspect that they have TMJ dysfunction should be on the lookout for the following signs and symptoms:

  • Tenderness or pain in the jaw area
  • Pain on either side or both of the temporomandibular joints
  • Headache or migraine, neck ache or backache
  • Facial pain
  • Locking of the TMJ
  • Painful or difficulty with chewing
  • Throbbing pain in and around the ear area
  • Earaches combined with buzzing, ringing sounds or numbness in the ears
  • Unusual noise, such as a clicking sound or grating sensation while eating, talking or opening the mouth

TMJ dysfunction affects more women than men – which continues to confound dentists, so experts are looking into any possible hormonal links to the disorder.

People experiencing pain that never seems to go away or who are unable to use their jaw properly or completely should consult a doctor or see their dentist right away.

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Reconstructive dentistry is a set of dental procedures designed to:

  • Repair damaged teeth
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Resolve jawbone and gum damage
  • Correct problematic jaw joints and faulty bites
  • Replace old or worn-out dental work
  • Treat specific diseases of the mouth

Depending on the dental problem, each of these reconstructive procedures can be performed independently. However, full mouth reconstruction may be recommended for someone suffering from multiple oral health concerns or those who’ve lost most of their teeth due to decay, trauma or oral cancer.

A full mouth reconstruction involves replacing or restoring all or a majority of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. The procedure may be performed by a general dentist or oral surgeon.

For more complicated cases, the expertise of other dental specialists, such as an orthodontist and endodontist, may be required. The procedure can be quite expensive, as it is both a lengthy and serious surgery.

Full mouth reconstruction not only improves  health but also the appearance of the teeth, gums, and jaw. Based on an evaluation of the extent and severity of a patient’s dental issues, a full mouth reconstruction can include the use of the following:

  • Full or partial dentures
  • Dental bridges
  • Dental crowns
  • Veneers
  • Dental implants

People who think they can benefit from full mouth reconstruction must provide their dentist with complete details of their medical history, including information on any medications they are taking.

Contact Us

Modbury Dental Clinic

966 North East Road,
Modbury, SA, 5092

Phone: (08) 7226 3559