Services & Specials
“Our dedicated team will ensure that your time with us is as comfortable and pleasant as possible.”
Dr Tina Lee
- For 12 years and under – Gap Free *preventative treatment all year round
- 13-18 years – *preventative treatment is discounted
- *Preventative treatment is for check up, x-rays, scale and clean, fluoride application and fissure sealants
- Medicare for 2-18 years (if eligible)
- Veterans Affair
- 10% Seniors Discount (10am-3pm weekdays only)
- Free Invisalign & orthodontic consults
Preventative appointments (check up and clean) ensure you enjoy a lifetime of good dental health and keep cavities, gum disease and costly dental treatments at bay. We generally encourage 6-12 monthly visits to allow us to check and clean your teeth as early intervention is best. Sometimes we need to see you more frequently if you have a weakened immune system or gum disease. We also monitor “underneath” with dental x-rays if warranted and check all your soft tissues for any changes (i.e. soft tissue lesions/growths, patches of discolouration, oral cancers etc).
We strive to serve our patients well and will ALWAYS see a patient in pain. We provide an after-hours emergency number and try to accommodate for ‘walk-ins’ where possible. We do recommend you call us first, so there is no unnecessary waiting. Same day appointments are nearly always available. We reserve appointments daily for emergency patients.
Fillings are the most common type of ‘restorative treatment.’ A filling replaces the part of the tooth that has been lost due to decay (bacteria) or fracture. Composite resin is a tooth coloured material composed of glass particles suspended in a resin matrix that come in multiple shades to match a natural tooth colour.
Composite resin can also be used for cosmetic dental procedures such as repairing chipped/broken teeth, closing gaps between your teeth (diastemas) or reshaping teeth.
Inlays and onlays are ceramic restorations that are used to rebuild a tooth that has lost a significant amount of its structure due to decay or trauma. They are similar to dental fillings but rather than being directly placed into your tooth and then set, they are fabricated by a lab technician in a laboratory from a hardened ceramic material. This is then cemented into place.
Inlays fit into the tooth whereas onlays fit over the tooth (called cusp capping) and cover more of the tooth. Onlays differ from crowns in that crowns cover 100% of the tooth but onlays are a more conservative option, covering only necessary parts of the tooth. Both help to protect a heavily filled or broken down tooth.
A crown (sometimes referred to as a cap) is a fixed prosthesis made from ceramic or metal or a combination of both by a lab technician outside of the surgery. Once made, the crown fit is checked and is cemented into place with a special bonding agent. The procedure requires 2 separate appointments (2 weeks apart – the normal turn around time required by the lab). A temporary crown is placed on the tooth for the 2 weeks.
We are in the process of transitioning to scanning all our crown and restorative work with our brand new intra-oral scanner. It provides a more hygienic and comfortable procedure for all our patients and replaces the traditional foul-tasting impression materials which take several minutes to set in your mouth.
A bridge consists of one or more crowns supporting a suspended tooth to fill the gap of a missing tooth. We are proud to say we use a local lab technician who creates consistent beautiful natural looking crowns. We have carefully selected the labs that we work with who are all local (Australian made using Australian materials) and we will never compromise on quality.
- Reasons for crown & bridge treatment include:
- Badly broken down teeth
- Treatment of teeth with cracked tooth syndrome
- To restore the space of a missing tooth/teeth
- Improvement in aesthetics
- Prevent tooth fracture after root canal treatment
The purpose of root canal therapy is to retain your natural tooth and to avoid a missing space due to extraction. We commonly hear from patients, “why don’t you just extract and place an implant?”
While this is a great question and plausible treatment option – retention of natural teeth should always be paramount.
Root canal therapy (RCT) involves removing the dental pulp (nerve tissue) from the central part of a tooth, cleaning and shaping the inside of the tooth roots with special files, and refilling the space with a rubber material. It is generally a multi-appointment procedure. Some reasons for RCT include:
- infected teeth (abscess),
- severe tooth pain,
- badly broken down teeth,
- to help retain a filling or a crown, and
- cracked tooth syndrome.
We perform dental extractions for a number of reasons:
- Tooth decay – if the decay is severely advanced, the tooth has fractured beyond repair or the nerves and blood vessels in the tooth have been infected and are unsuitable for root canal treatment.
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Orthodontics (braces) – to make space
- Periodontal (gum disease involved) teeth that become mobile due to bone loss/deterioration
- Certain medical conditions may require teeth to be extracted
All our straight forward extractions are performed with local anaesthetic in the dental chair.
Complex surgical extractions (e.g. impacted wisdom teeth) are referred to a local oral surgeon.
We provide gentle dental care to children in all stages of development, including those children with special health care needs. Our goal is to create a warm and child-friendly environment and to build a sense of trust. We strive to make the experience as positive as possible as we understand every experience at this stage can set the child up for life.
We are proud to be an Invisalign provider.
Invisalign are virtually invisible braces which are a great and discreet way to correct misaligned teeth. They consist of a series of clear plastic aligners that your teeth are gently realigned into a new position. Each new aligner moves your teeth a small amount so that gradually they achieve the same result as metal braces. Since the plastic aligners are clear, they are essentially invisible, so no one other than you need to know that they are there at all. They can be removed at will for eating and brushing.
Traditional braces are offered as well.
Free consultations for both are available with Dr Chris on Mondays/Thursdays and every second Saturday.
Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular ways to improve your smile by lightening the existing shade of your natural teeth. It is a non-invasive treatment which does not involve drilling or removing the tooth surface. We provide you with custom made trays plus a complete whitening kit with instructions for you to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home.
There are many reasons why your teeth can become discoloured:
- Drinking tea, coffee or red wine
- Food with strong colourings
- Natural act of ageing
- A tooth damaged by trauma
- Some teeth are naturally pigmented or stained as they develop
- Certain medications
Only natural teeth respond to tooth whitening. Crowns/bridges/dentures/implants/tooth coloured fillings can not be whitened.
Mouthguards are the most effective protective device to help prevent injury to the mouth whilst playing contact sports. A mouthguard does not only protect your teeth, it can also cushion blows to the mouth or jaw therefore preventing damage to the jaw bone, neck or brain. We provide custom made mouthguards at difference thicknesses depending on the level of contact/play involved and the age of the patient.
A night guard/occlusal splint is a custom oral appliance to protect your teeth from the effects of grinding (bruxing) and clenching. Even if you are unaware of the habit, your dentist may notice during your oral exam because excessive wear on the back molars and enamel loss both indicate bruxism. Long term grinding can cause headaches, jaw pain, tooth fractures and subsequently tooth loss.
A night guard is worn during sleep and prevents the teeth from scraping against each other. By addressing bruxism early, you can prevent widespread damage to your teeth.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth or to support full dentures. Implants and the crown above it remain permanently fixed. They are a great alternative to dentures or bridges and look and feel like natural teeth.
We refer the initial placement of implants to a specialist. The specialist places the implants and once the implant has integrated into the jaw bone, we see you back in the surgery for the placement of the crown.