DENTAL PROPHYLAXIS – SCALING AND POLISHING
Dentists at Health Precinct will first assess your teeth, gums, soft tissues such as cheeks, tongue and glands. Restorations will be checked for their integrity and dentures for their fit. Diagnostic radiographs may be taken if need be to diagnose clinically undetectable decay. Issues that need attention will be discussed to make a mutually acceptable treatment plan.
Plaque/ Materia Alba/ Calculus/ stains usually gets deposited on teeth. Plaque is known to encourage bacterial growth that can potentially cause swollen/ inflamed/ bleeding gums and caries. It’s best to keep plaque under control to avoid dental problems. Proper brushing and flossing techniques can help maintain teeth. Minimizing sugar intake between meals play a major role in balancing the pH of saliva, a critical factor in controlling plaque and dental decay.
We use modern ultrasonic scalers to remove the calculus deposits, plaque and stains. All maintenance appointments will end in a good polish to get your teeth shining. Complimentary active fluoride treatment is given to patients that get scale and polish to reduce sensitivity and strengthen enamel against caries. The Australian Dental Association and other dental literature recommends a professional clean every 6 months to avoid development of gum infection and complex expensive treatment. Kids eligible for CDBS can have their exam, cleans, X-rays and Fluoride treatment bulk-billed.
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS AFTER A GOOD CLEAN
PIT and FISSURE SEALANTS
Pit and fissure sealants are safe and effective in preventing dental decay in permanent teeth. Placement of sealants in children and adolescents who have high caries risk following due clinical assessment. A fissure sealant is a material that is placed in the pits and fissures of teeth in order to prevent or arrest the development of decay. Sealants are effective and reliable in keeping the food and bacteria out of pits, grooves and fissures on the teeth. Sealants are a cost-effective, non-invasive preventive treatment that can be applied by dentists on children with high caries risk.
The process is usually quick and straightforward taking only a few minutes per tooth. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned and prepared with a special solution and dried. The liquid sealant is then applied and allowed to set hard- by shining a blue light on to it. It is pain free and does not need any numbing.
Ideally, fissure sealants should be placed very soon after the eruption of molar teeth in children with high caries activity. Placement of sealants should not be limited to just after eruption, but considered in the light of current caries risk of both the individual and the tooth surface. Sealants are usually known to last for many years, but we need to check them regularly to make sure they are intact and no decay has started under them. Replacement of lost or failed fissure sealants should be considered after clinical assessment.
Sealants prevents teeth from getting decayed, but it is still vital that kids keep their teeth clean. Using fluoride tooth paste will also help protect your kid’s teeth from decay.
Kids eligible for CDBS can have their fissure sealants bulk-billed.
Air Abrasion makes your de-staining appointment more comfortable. Technology involves the use of a special hand piece that propels a thin beam of air-water with abrasive powder to eliminate stains, clear grooves and prepare tooth for fissure sealants. Because the tip of the hand piece does not physically touch the tooth, there is no vibration, no heat generation and lesser need for anaesthetics.