Examination, digital x-rays, teeth cleaning and preventative services
Comprehensive examinations of teeth, gums, and oral tissues are very important in detecting dental problems and maintaining oral health. We recommend having a regular examination and teeth cleaning every six months to ensure health gums, fresh breathe, and detection of small cavities or fractures. X-rays are not needed every 6 months but is recommended every 2 years to check areas that are not visible to our eyes and to monitor existing teeth, bone, and old fillings. Children should also have their teeth checked every 6 months starting from a young age as baby teeth can develop large cavities within a short period of time and disease progression is a lot quicker than that in adults.
Dental fillings are necessary to repair decayed or broken tooth structure in order to prevent sensitivity, food impaction, damage to tongue and oral tissues from sharp edges of the teeth, and toothaches. We use modern dental filling materials such as tooth coloured composite resin, glass-ionomer cements, and porcelain. Amalgam fillings are no longer used routinely but is still available if necessary. We offer amalgam replacement options as well and this should be discussed with our dentists first prior to commencing.
Dental crowns, bridges and veneers
Dental crowns, bridges, and veneers are laboratory made dental restorations from porcelain and/or metal alloys that provide maximum protection, strength, longevity and aesthetics compared with ordinary dental fillings. They are the treatment of choice for badly worn teeth or those with multiple large fillings that are prone to breaking. They can also be used to correct misaligned teeth (when appropriate) as well as replacing missing teeth. These are the treatment of choice for the true “Hollywood Smile”.
Teeth whitening, if done correctly, is a safe and effective procedure to lighten the colour of teeth. It can be done in-chair at the clinic or at your own leisure at home. At Kilburn Dental we offer both options using quality whitening products such as Philips ZOOM! to achieve great results. An initial consult is very important to determine your suitability and decide on which whitening option is the best for you. We aim to minimise side-effects such as sensitivity and would only recommend using scientifically proven whitening ingredients.
Dental implants are the new gold standard of replacing missing teeth in the 21st century due to their superior comfort, function, strength, and longevity with proper maintenance. They are made from high grade titanium and are placed within the jaw bone to mimic tooth roots. It is fixed (not loose or removable like dentures) and very strong and can be used to replace a single tooth or a whole arch of teeth. Unlike most general dental clinics, we can provide the entire implant proccess (in most cases) at our clinic without the need to see specialists thus offering better pricing and less hassle with travel and appointment times. Please note all implant-related treatment is classified under "major dental" so please check eligibility with your health fund.
Dentures have been used to replace missing teeth for a very long time. They are often the most cost effective way of replacing multiple missing teeth and can provide great aesthetics. The main downside of dentures is that they are removable and hence will move when being used. Their popularity have gone down significantly with the introduction of dental implants but are still useful in certain situations. We have our on-site prosthetist on Thursdays who can fabricate dentures, mouthguards, and nightguards/snore guards
Root canal therapy
Root canal therapy is often done to save infected teeth from being extracted and to relieve dental pain from a toothache. It usually requires multiple sessions to complete and is highly precise in order to achieve success. It must be noted that not all teeth can be saved with root canal therapy thus a proper examination and accompanying x-rays are needed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Our dentists will discuss the pros and cons and assess each tooth individually during your initial consult. If our dentist cannot achieve success, a referral to an endodontist specialist will be recommended.
Teeth extraction (including wisdom teeth)
When infected or painful teeth cannot be saved, they are usually extracted. Teeth extractions can range from simple and quick to difficult surgical procedures that may require removal of gum, bone, and tooth structure. This is often the case with lower wisdom teeth which are impacted inside the lower jaw. X-rays are essential for teeth extractions and can be done at local radiology centres (e.g. Benson Radiology) that will be bulk-billed under Medicare