Glamsmile Porcelain Veneers


How do I know if I can get Glamsmile Veneers?

Each persons’ mouth is very different so it is best to come in for a consultation for the Dentist to assess your teeth. There are not many people who are unsuitable for the Glamsmile Veneers. If there is decay on some of your teeth you might need to complete treatment for that first as Veneers need to be adhered to healthy teeth. You might have skew, recessed teeth or gaps – we can still offer Glamsmile as a solution to these situations as they are custom made to your mouth.

Do they damage my natural teeth?

No the Glamsmile Veneers are designed to no need much adjustment and shaving to your natural tooth surface. Depending on the desired result please talk to your Dentist about how much adjustment you wish to have or avoid. Generally most people need the smallest amount of buffing- in other words your natural teeth will be the same if you ever had them removed in the future.

What result should I expect?

Each patients results will be dependent on their own biological factors. We strive for the best possible result for each patient

What result should I expect?

Each patients results will be dependent on their own biological factors. We strive for the best possible result for each patient

How many Veneers do I get?

Our Glamsmile Package comes with 6 Porcelain Veneers and a variety of other inclusions which are included in the package

What if I can’t pay upfront for the Glamsmile?

We offer a variety of options for payment including Interest free payment plans* T&C’s apply. We will explain all your options when you come in for a consultation

 

Porcelain Veneers


What are porcelain veneers?

A natural looking solution for change of shape or shade of your natural teeth. A porcelain shell is custom made for you to achieve your desired aesthetic.

How many appointments would I need?

The tooth or teeth are prepared for the Veneers at your first appointment and then you come back to have them fit at a second appointment. They give a natural mouth feel and function within just two visits, ask your Dentist if this is a solution for you.

 

Composite Veneers


What are composite veneers made of?

They are made of composite material which is what Dentists use for fillings and restorations of teeth.

Are they strong?

Composite veneers in most cases are strong enough although it depends on your care and lifestyle. They are not as strong as Porcelain Veneers, they can chip or fracture more easily.

Why do people get composite veneers?

They are an affordable option. They are a good quick fix for people wanting to cover the natural tooth surface due to colour or damage.

Pros and Cons of Composite veneers

Pros

  • Affordable
  • No minimum amount required
  • Easy and quick solution
  • Most dentists can perform this service

Cons

  • They are strong but can chip and break if you are not careful
  • They do stain over time dependant on your lifestyle

 

Crowns and Bridges

What is a dental crown?

A Dental Crown is made from Porcelain, there are other types such as Gold. They are used to protect and strengthen a tooth. The porcelain crown is a cosmetically pleasing solution as it blends in with your natural teeth colour shade.

Why do I need a crown?

You might need a crown if you have a tooth that has a large filling and its strength is compromised.
If you have had a Root Canal treated tooth it is always advisable to get this tooth crowned as it helps to protect and strengthen the tooth.
You might consider a crown for cosmetic reasons to change the colour or shape of a tooth that bothers you.

What is a dental bridge?

A bridge is a solution for someone who has a missing tooth or teeth. Using Crowns we can create a bridge which will make it look like you have natural teeth where you once had a gap.  Having a bridge will prevent your natural teeth from moving due to any gaps and missing teeth which could cause aesthetic changes to your smile.
There are different types of bridges depending on your situation. Your Dentist will go through your options and find the most suitable one for you.

 

Maryland Bridge


A Maryland bridge technique can be done at Maven Dental Yokine, this is a different type of bridge which requires less grinding of the natural tooth surface of the surrounding teeth to the Gap. It is not suitable in all cases but is an option your Dentist can assess for you if you wish.

Can I change the shape and size of my teeth?

There are many ways a Dentist can help you change the look of your teeth. We can do cosmetic work to close gaps, make teeth longer/shorter or to change the colour. Some of the options would be crowns, bridges, veneers/composite veneers, implants, whitening treatments as well as chip repair and adjustments to your gums and tooth edges.

  • Crowns are porcelain caps that are cemented onto your natural tooth
  • Bridges are a solution for gaps due to missing teeth
  • Dentures are a solution for gaps due to missing teeth
  • Veneers are porcelain shells that cover the front surface of your teeth
  • Composite veneers is bonded to the front surface of the tooth to change shade or reshape
  • Implants are a permanent surgical solution for either one individual tooth replacement or to support bridgework or dentures.
  • Whitening treatments – we offer intensive in chair whitening and take home custom kits
  • Chip repair to restore your function and appearance of damaged teeth
  • Gums can be adjusted through laser treatment
  • Your teeth edges can be adjusted/buffed/shaved to smooth and make them appear undamaged
  • Prestige Clear Aligners are clear plastic customised trays worn sequentially to move your teeth to achieve a straight smile.
  • Mouth Splints / guards
  • Snore guards

Please enquire with your Dentist as to which of the above would be a good option for you. They range in cost and time depending on which option.

 

Implants


What is an implant?

A modern solution to restore missing teeth. This solution aids in bone loss prevention and has a natural looking result. We have an implant specialist dentist who can give you a quote for this service. Please enquire at your next appointment.

Does it hurt?

You will be numbed for the appointments.

How long does it take?

There are a few appointments you will need to attend as for each patient the process can differ. This is because some patients might require bone augmentation due to a lack of bone volume in the implant site.

How much does an implant cost?

This varies from case to case. Please enquire with us when you next visit so our implant specialist can provide you a treatment plan.  Please see our payment options for 18 months interest free for dental procedures.

What is a Cone Beam scan and why is this necessary?

This is a specialist x-ray required for the implant specialist to determine if you are a suitable candidate for an implant to be placed. It gives the Dentist a clear view of your bone anatomy and density on which to make a decision.

 

Dentures


What is a denture?

There are a few types of denture, a full or partial denture. Depending if you require full replacement of all your teeth or just a few missing ones.

Why should I get a denture?

To fill in your gaps/missing teeth. A denture will also help to prevent your existing teeth from moving in the future as this can cause your smile to change.

Why is my denture hurting me?

You might need to have an adjustment. Your Dentist can do this for you when you book an appointment.

 

Endodontic Treatment – Root Canal


Why would I need a Root Canal treatment?

A Root Canal is performed on a tooth that has extensive decay or damage to save that tooth from extraction. It is always much better to restore or save a tooth in the long run to avoid teeth moving and bone loss/atrophy in that area.

How much does a Root Canal treatment cost?

This can range as it is dependent on the number of canals to be treated and how many sessions you require. Please ask your dentist for a quote prior to commencing treatment. Most health funds will pay out rebate for this treatment under Major Dental cover – check with your Health fund if you are eligible for claiming.

We offer payment plans to help you with your Dental costs. Please see our payment options for 18 months interest free for dental procedures.

Why do I need a crown after the Root Canal is finished?

This is necessary to strengthen the compromised tooth as it might fracture in the future if it isn’t properly protected.

Why am I being referred to an Endodontist?

We might refer you to a specialist if your Root Canal treatment is especially complicated and would benefit from a specialist. This would be on a case by case basis.

 

Prestige Clear Aligners


What are Prestige clear aligners?

They are a system of clear plastic customised trays worn sequentially to move your teeth to achieve a straight smile.

Is the result permanent?

Yes if you maintain either the use of a retainer or wire retainer post treatment. Your teeth have a memory – so if you do not use a method of retention your teeth may move back. This is the case with any orthodontic work.

How much does it cost?

This is different for each patient dependant on the required number of trays. We can provide an estimate after we receive the results from the laboratory.  They will determine the number of trays required. The diagnostic models are chargeable.

Why would I do this over braces?

Simply for the reason as they are very discreet. They are a clear plastic and won’t be very obvious to those around you whereas braces are very noticeable.

How do I know if this treatment would work for me?

You would need to meet with one of our Dentists for an assessment consultation where we could take diagnostic models and get the Laboratory to assess your case. They will send us a result of yes or no, how many trays, a quote and a digital representation of your possible result which you can review with your Dentist prior to confirming if you wish to proceed.

 

Oral Hygiene


What happens at my Check-up appointment?

You will have your comprehensive scale and clean, an examination by a Dentist to assess your oral health and a fluoride treatment. This is a comprehensive preventative care appointment and will find any possible decay before it becomes more serious. If done on a regular basis as advised every six months we should be able to pick up any issues you are having before they become more serious. It is best to treat early decay before it turns into needing a Root Canal treatment as this can be more expensive.

It is also a good time for the Hygienist and Dentist to find any possible gum problems you might be having. It is very important to keep your gums healthy as they support your teeth in your jaw.

Why do I have to have x-rays done?

Please advise your dentist if you are pregnant!
This is an important step in your preventative care appointment as it allows the Dentist to check for non-visible decay between the teeth which they might not be able to detect otherwise. It can also show problems beneath the gums, the roots of the teeth and bone. Sometimes it is necessary to take an x-ray to determine the size and depth of a required filling even if you know a filling is needed.

Are Dental x-rays safe?

Please advise your dentist if you are pregnant!
Dental x-rays are a common and necessary part of modern Dentistry treatment. They do contain very tiny amounts of radiation, along with other things we come in contact with throughout our lives such as the sun, soil, appliances, our mobile phones etc.

The type of x-rays we do at Maven Dental Yokine are digital which uses machinery which limits the area that is exposed to that tiny amount of radiation. This new technology is quick and shortens the exposure time. We also have available in all our surgeries lead lined aprons which we can drape over you if you are concerned.

Our x-ray machines are monitored and kept up to service as required by the ADA.

Why is it called a Scale and Clean?

Generally speaking because the calculus which has built up on your teeth is removed with a Dental piece called a Scaler, your teeth are then polished and cleaned. Professionally we call them Preventative Dental care appointments.  With regular check-ups and we can make sure we address any decay or issues you might be having early on so they do not progress to more serious problems.

Why should I have the fluoride treatment?

The fluoride treatment is done after your scale and clean to reseal the enamel and to help with any sensitivity. It is best practise to get this service done as part of you preventative care appointment.

The fluoride will strengthen the enamel and make it less prone to cavities. If you do not wish to have fluoride please advise your Hygienist at the start of your appointment.

What is root planing?

This is a scaling of the root of the tooth below the gum line. This is done on patients where they have calculus build up below their gums on certain teeth or in certain areas of the mouth. It is very important to do this as it will help maintain gum health and prevent gum loss.

How often should I visit the Dentist?

We recommend six monthly visits for your general check-up and cleaning to maintain your oral health and to pick up any issues early.

How can I maintain a healthy mouth?

The most important factors are having your check-up regularly, getting your scale and clean done, brushing twice a day and flossing every day. If you have any problems, address them as soon as possible as your teeth do not heal by themselves, the problem will continue to get worse.

What happens if I don’t take care of my mouth and teeth?

Your oral health has a proven impact on your general wellbeing. If you lose teeth through decay or damage and don’t replace them with either implants, dentures or bridges then it can result in bone atrophy (loss). Bone loss can cause your teeth to move and change your smile.

If you do not get a regular scale and clean the calculus build up on your teeth can cause gum loss, which can lead to bone loss. This ultimately could lead to your teeth becoming mobile/wiggly and may need to be extracted eventually as a result.

If you have decay and do not get it fixed it will continue to decay as teeth cannot heal themselves. This can lead to deeper decay within the tooth and result in you needing a Root Canal treatment to save the tooth, or you might develop an abscess.

What are fissure sealants?

Fissure sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is adhered to the chewing surfaces of the molars where the tooth grooves are deep. This helps to prevent decay due to food getting stuck in these grooves and from bacteria collecting in these areas. It is a good idea to get the fissure sealants done as soon as the permanent molars grow in as this will help to prevent decay in the early years when it is quite common.

They can be effective for years, although it is definitely best to have them checked at your regular check-up as they can chip or need repair.

What type of toothbrush is the best to use?

A soft toothbrush is recommended for most people as it is just as effective at cleaning and gentle enough not to erode the enamel or cause damage to gums.

 

Children’s Dentistry


When should I start bringing my child to the Dentist?

You can start whenever you feel comfortable – the earlier the better. Bring them to your next appointment to have a ride in the chair. This will make it a positive experience for them in the future.

We have a qualified dental therapist here at Maven Dental Yokine who is able to do a full assessment of your Childs mouth and teeth. Or any of our Dentists can do an examination for them too. It is important for you to start early with their check-ups to make sure there are no issues with their development and to educate you and your child on proper oral health care.

What can I do to care for my Childs’ teeth?

After feeding you can wipe their gums with a warm damp cloth to keep them clean. Your toddler can have their teeth brushed twice per day, just make sure to use less toothpaste than you would, follow the manufacturers recommendations on the pack.

What things should I avoid?

Avoid letting your baby fall asleep with a bottle. Do not allow your baby to drink anything other than milk or water from a bottle as this can cause decay.

Avoid using too much toothpaste as some children might have difficulty spitting it out. You can use a milk teeth toothpaste if you would like to use less fluoride although a normal toothpaste is also fine in smaller amounts.

 

Teeth Whitening


What kind of whitening do you offer at Maven Dental Yokine?

We offer two different whitening treatments.

The first is a take home kit made with customised plastic trays that will fit your teeth exactly. You whiten for two weeks, 30 mins a day. Your whitening will be boosted with a stronger dental solution when you have your initial appointment to collect your trays/kit. Additional gels can be purchased anytime from our front counter for you to maintain your result using your custom trays every 6-18 months.

The second treatment is an in chair specialist whitening done by our Dentist. This session take about one and half hours to complete and would have the best result for you. It is necessary to have an assessment prior to booking this appointment as not everyone is suitable for this treatment.

Why should I whiten my teeth?

If you are concerned with the colour of your teeth then these treatments can help lighten the current shade. This will result in a brighter whiter smile.

How do I know if it will work?

Everyone’s current shade is different so it is important for us to assess if this treatment would be suitable for you and what results might be possible.

What if I get sensitivity?

If you experience sensitivity during your whitening process or after the in chair procedure you can use sensitive toothpaste to try help. If this is not enough then we have a stronger solution called Tooth mousse available for purchase which is specifically for patients with chronic sensitivity.

You could skip a day or two also to see if this helps if you are whitening with the home kit.

Which treatment will suit me better?

This depends on your desired result, your particular shade and also how disciplined you will be in doing the take home kit. If you feel it is too much bother then maybe the in chair whitening session is more suitable.

How much is the treatment?

The treatment cost varies as our preferred funds regulate our pricing for patients. Please enquire with your practitioner as to the pricing, the take home kits are less expensive, both treatments do qualify for partial rebates dependant on your health fund agreements.

How long will it last?

This depends on your lifestyle. We do say that the whitening result should last six months to a year in general. Drinking red wine, coffee, tea or green tea greatly increases the re-staining of your teeth.

Why are my teeth yellow?

There are many reasons for yellow shaded teeth, it might be the natural shade of your enamel, the result of staining due to lifestyle choices or it could also be the result of medication or biological factors.

How often can I whiten my teeth?

We suggest every six to twelve months to maintain your whitening result. This is different for each patient as your result longevity depends on your lifestyle factors, such as smoking and drinking red wine or highly coloured foods like curry.

Will whitening toothpaste whiten my teeth?

Yes to a degree, the concentrations of whitening agent in these toothpastes is not very high so the result is not as good as if you were to use the professional dental products for whitening.

Will my Scale and clean make my teeth whiter?

Your Hygienist will remove any surface stains gained from lifestyle choices such as cigarette smoking. If you would like a better whitening result you could consider the professional whitening treatments we offer. Talk to your dentist in regards to if these would give your desired result at your next appointment.

 

Sleep Apnoea


What is Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep Apnoea is a condition whereby a persons’ breathing is disrupted during sleep. It is formally known as OSA – obstructive sleep apnoea, apnoea means the absence of breath. Obstructive sleep apnoea means that your breath or airflow is obstructed for more than 10 seconds at a time while you are sleeping. It is very common for people not to know they have this condition, due to it occurring while you sleep.

What are the main symptoms of having Sleep Apnoea?

There are both day and night symptoms to take note of:

Daytime symptoms of OSA –

  • A headache in the morning
  • Always feeling tired and falling asleep during common activities such as relaxing on the couch and watching TV
  • Not feeling refreshed when waking up in the morning after a nights sleep
  • Night-time symptoms of sleep apnoea:
  • Snoring is the most common symptom. This is usually always present in people who suffer from OSA, the type pf snoring that happens most nights and is load and disturbing to others. It is important to note not all snorers suffer from OSA.
  • Not having a restful sleep. Often waking up during the night, tossing and turning.
  • Long periods with no breath and startling with a gasp or snort, choking possibly can also occur arousing the person from their sleep.
What is the cause of Sleep Apnoea?

The main cause is that the upper airway tissues are blocking the flow of air into the lungs. The relaxation of the airway tissues in some people can be more than normal and as such contribute to the blocking of the breathing. This will normally result in the person snoring and waking abruptly through snorting and gasping for air as the body’s natural response. Waking would then alleviate the blockage which then enables the person to again fall asleep and the cycle continues, it can happen hundreds of times a night. Understandably the person will feel considerably exhausted and lethargic from their disturbed night’s sleep.

What can I do to treat my Sleep Apnoea?

There are a few recommended lifestyle changes you can make to address the condition: quite smoking, losing weight, avoiding alcohol and sedative medications, changing the position of sleep if this seems to help, wearing a Splint especially made to help the airway remain open.

Night oral appliances which are custom made for you are designed to bring the jaw forward to enable the airway to remain open for airflow into the lungs.

The use of a nasal mask which helps to push air through your nose and mouth during sleep. This is a solution which not all people find comfortable and can be difficult to get used to but can be necessary in some cases.

If I do nothing to treat my Sleep Apnoea, what will happen?

The condition has a bad effect on the person’s heart due to the lack of oxygen getting into the system caused by disrupted breathing. Sleep Apnoea can cause heart failure, rhythm problems with the heart as well as hypertension. The lack of sound sleep can cause the person to experience tiredness and lethargy. This can cause problems in everyday life such as impaired memory function personality changes, uncharacteristic behaviour and intellectual impairment.

 

TMJ / Teeth Grinding


What is TMJ / TMD (temporomandibular disorder)?

The temporomandibular joints are located where the two jawbones meet at the sides of your face. When anything goes wrong with the free movement of these joints and either causes restriction in movement or pain in these areas this is considered to be temporomandibular dysfunction disorder.

What are the symptoms of having TMJ or TMD?

The main symptoms that bother people who suffer from TMJ/TMD are: paid in the area where the joints meet, chronic headaches/migraines, pain in shoulders and neck is common, there are a full range of symptoms to consider if none of the already mentioned apply.

Clicking/popping of the joints/jaw, worn and chipped teeth, cracked/fractured teeth, pain and sensitivity in the teeth or particular areas within the mouth, restricted movement of the jaw – difficulty opening mouth and many more.

If you feel you might suffer from TMJ / TMD please ask your dentist when you come in for your next examination check-up.

What is TMJ / TMD caused by?

The main causes for this painful condition are: grinding/clenching of the teeth, arthritis or injury to the joints, misaligned bite, looseness of the jaw or even poor posture can contribute to TMJ.

When people clench their teeth or grind at night it causes a lot of stress and pressure on the teeth and surrounding tissues. It is important for you to discuss with your dentist if you feel you might have this condition and whether a night splint might be of help to preserve your teeth and reduce jaw pain.

 

White Fillings


What is a filling?

Fillings are used to restore a tooth that has decay present or has been damaged. There are different types of fillings for different requirements/situations/patients. The Dentist will use the most appropriate type for your mouth and teeth. It is important to come regularly to maintain your oral health and to identify any early issues or decay.

Why do I need to get a filling?

Your teeth are the only part of your body which does not renew or heal itself, due to this unfortunately the decay that is present in your tooth will continue to spread and it will result in needing more serious treatment if left.

Getting a filling on a damaged tooth can restore the look of the tooth and function as well as prevent decay in that area.

What if I don’t want to get a filling?

If you do not wish to have a filling in a tooth that has decay it will continue to decay and eventually the bacteria will reach the nerve of the tooth which will then require a Root Canal treatment to save the tooth. Ultimately you could lose your tooth through requiring an extraction if you do not get the recommended treatment, this can happen at differing rates dependant on the person.

We have very experienced and gentle Dentists here at Maven Dental Yokine and we will make your treatment as comfortable as possible for you, we even offer injection free numbing if this is something that makes you nervous.

What types of fillings are available?

There are a few types available – the Dentist will decide on the most suitable for your situation. We use the most up to date materials, some people might have metal alloy fillings called Amalgam. Most Dentists now recommend to get these replaced both for aesthetic reasons as well as for possible health concerns. Amalgam is a metal allow containing silver, some small amount of mercury and other metals.

Why should I replace my old Amalgam/metal fillings?

Most people want them replaced to avoid any potential health impacts from the metal and small amounts of mercury present in the Amalgam. It is important to note that there is no evidence suggesting these fillings cause diseases although most people seem to prefer the new white fillings. The newer composite/white or porcelain materials are a lot more aesthetically pleasing as they have a colour which can match your natural tooth enamel much better.

 

Wisdom Teeth Removal


Do all wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed. It is very common for them to cause problems and pain for people and because of this it is becoming more and more common for them to be removed. Your Dentist will let you know if they might cause you problems in the future because of how they are orientated in your jaw.

If they are causing you problems, extraction might be the only solution.

Can I get them removed at the Dentist?

The extraction of wisdom teeth can be completed in chair with a Dentist at a general practise surgery. This depends on the placement of your teeth, if they lie to close to your facial nerves it is best to see an oral surgeon for the extractions. If your Dentist feels your case will benefit from the specialist you will be referred on to them for the extraction treatment.

How will I know when I should get my wisdom teeth removed?

They will either start causing you pain and discomfort or your Dentist will identify prior to this that they might start causing you problems in the future.

How will they be removed?

They can be removed in chair using local anaesthetic or twilight sedation or with the specialist with general anaesthetic.

How long do I have to take off work or school?

This will depend on your individual case and teeth. Your Dentist will give you post-operative care instructions to ensure your recovery goes smoothly and recommend a period it would be best to have off from work or from other commitments.

 

Toothache


Why is my tooth sore?

There are many causes of toothache, it might not even be your tooth that is the problem. Common causes of toothache can be as follows: decay, sensitivity, clenching, gum disease, inflammation, impaction, or a possible abscess. It is important to communicate to your Dentist the type of pain you are experiencing: dull, throbbing or sharp. Does the pain happen when you are eating or drinking or is it constant.

 

Payment and Insurance


What does my Health Insurance Fund cover for me?

If you are a member of a health insurance fund with dental cover it is important to ask them what you are covered for and to what level or percentage. All funds are different and their rebate levels are different depending on your personal contract agreement with them.

There is usually a Gap to pay at most appointments. This Gap is to be paid after the appointment personally by you, or alternatively you could arrange a payment plan.

It is common for your rebate levels to have yearly allowances that might apply. The dental practise cannot offer you advice on fund agreements, you would need to contact your fund directly to enquire on your cover, alternatively we can always process a quote for your treatment plan if the fund allows.

What happens if I do not use my dental allowance within the time period?

Your allowance renews each year, some funds have different times and dates for this – some on 1st of January and others at different times during the year. It is important for you to know when your fund renews its contracts as this will affect your claiming and allowances available. Most funds do not allow for an accumulation of allowances not used, so your allowance does not rollover to the following period. You need to use it or lose it so to speak.

What if I don’t have private health cover?

We would charge our standard fees for service and product and give you a quote for any treatment plans discussed for future treatment or recommended products/work.

Can I do a payment plan?

If your treatment plan or cost of treatment comes to $600 or more in total you can apply for finance through our financial provider called Lombard. Lombard offers 18 months interest free payment plans. Please read the terms and conditions for more details.

 

Anxious Patients


We understand there are people who do not enjoy going to the Dentist and find it very unnerving. It can cause you anxiety and make it a very difficult visit for you. We try our best to make our environment as comfortable and stress free as possible for you.

What do you offer to help me at my appointment?

We offer a few advanced technology solutions to make your visit less stressful:

Injection free numbing, this takes the needle out of the equation for the patients who would rather avoid them. Please advise your Dentist you would like this instead of the normal anaesthetic.

We offer Gas sedation (Happy Gas) for any appointment at Maven Dental Yokine if you request it prior to your appointment, when booking please let us know you would like to have Gas. This will make you feel a little spaced out for the appointment and alleviates any anxiety you might be experiencing. The feeling dissipates very quickly after the appointment and you will be fine to drive.

Sedation services can be booked for treatment completion. We have a sedation technician who can be booked for treatment in-chair that you would like to not be aware of. This is called Twilight sedation, you would need to medically qualify for this type of sedation and payment is made directly to the seditionist prior to the appointment.