Dental Hygiene & Preventative Dentistry
When Oral Hygiene deteriorates a condition commonly called gum disease can occur. This affliction is also known by many names depending on its level of severity. Gingivitis, Periodontitis & Periodontal Disease are some of the other names. This condition is caused by an infection in the gum and can lead to multiple symptoms including:
- Red, swollen or bleeding gums,
- Bad breath,
- Increased sensitivity,
- Gum recession and shrinkage,
- this condition can even lead to bone loss or infect teeth if left untreated.
The micro-organisms which cause the oral inflammation can also be spread through the body via blood circulation, potentially leading to many other medical conditions, such as;
- heart issues,
- cariovascular diseases,
The most common dental hygiene treatment is a Dental Clean (also known as a Scale and Polish). This treatment involves an ultrasonic scaler (although hand scaling can be completed on request), using a combination of vibrations and water to remove all the plaque and calculus from the teeth and gums. After the scaling a polish is then also provided to the teeth, further removing any staining and giving the patient that clean mouth feeling. Depending on the level of oral hygiene this treatment may be repeated, 3monthly, 6monthly, yearly or as required.
In more severe cases of gum disease, a more advanced clean might be required. This treatment is known as Root Planing. Root Planing is usually only required when the infection in the gum has caused the gum to recede, causing pockets and in some cases the underside of the teeth to be exposed. This treatment usually requires a local anaesthetic and involves a deep clean underneath the teeth and into the gums. These treatments are usually completed in 2 or 4 appointments 1 week apart, and may have to be repeated in three months time. If the patient keeps up with their dental hygiene at home however, regular cleans may be the only further treatment required.
Oroqix® is a new local anaesthetic designed specificailly for use with dental hygiene appointments. This gel is applied before the Clean or Root Planing and is actually removed by the cleaning process. This method removes the need of a needle and has the added bonus of a shorter numb feeling time after the treatment has been completed.
Most of the Dental Hygiene treatments provided at Robertson Dental Innovations are provided by our Dental Hygieniest/Therapist Glenys Shelton, however our Dentist will complete the treatments on request.
Other preventative treatments provided at Robertson Dental Innovations include:
Fluoride & other Remineralisation Treatments:-
These treatments apply a gel or a liquid to the teeth or the gum. The surface absorbs the nutrients from the gel or liquid, strengthening and/or healing the tooth and gums.
This treatment involves placing a protective barrier over the grooves (fissure) on the top of the molar teeth. This barrier helps protect the hard to brush places on the teeth from potential cavities.
Oral Hygiene Instructions:-
These types of “treatment” are usually conducted as part of an exam or check-up. The Dentist (or Dental Hygienist/Therapist) provides information to patients as required. Examples include reviews of brushing/flossing techniques, simple dietary advice and help with cessation of smoking.
For further information on Dental Hygiene & Preventative Dentistry at Robertson Dental Innovations, please see Our Services and Downloads pages, or contact our reception staff on (03) 5444 4924 (Dental Innovations on Sternberg) or (03) 5442 8640 (Dental Innovations on Condon).
We also have dental payment plan options from Smile Choice, ask the reception team for more details.