Root Canal

The primary objective of root canal procedures is to elevate the discomfort and pain caused by a severe tooth infection. This occurs when the nerve inside the tooth is infected with bacteria that get inside a tooth through a deep cavity, crack in the tooth or around a leaking filling. This bacteria then aggravate the nerve and infect it. We clean the nerve space and rid the area of bacteria by using instruments to clean and with the use of antibiotics directly within the tooth. Root canals take 2 to 3 visits and in the final stage we seal the nerve space to prevent future infections. Generally teeth that need root canals are badly broken and may need additional procedures such as crown at the end.

What is the aftercare instructions for a root canal procedure?
Generally after a root canal there is minimal or no pain. Usually a root canal is started when the patient is in severe pain so after the treatment the pain is either gone or lessened. Occasionally there can be mild pain for one to two days when biting food. If severe infection, antibiotics may need to be taken but the dentist will advise when needed.

What symptoms should I expect after a root canal procedure?
Usually no pain or mild tenderness is experienced after root canal treatment. Rarely will expect any significant pain, however if this is experienced your dentist at Glen Smiles will provide you with the necessary treatment or medication.

What is the average starting cost a root canal procedure?
Root canal treatment is carried out usually over 3 visits. This includes both removing the infection (first visit), sealing the nerve space (second visit) and filling the top part of the tooth (third visit). General costs depend on the tooth and the location of the tooth in the mouth.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is used to replace missing teeth. It is called a bridge, as the missing tooth is attached on either side to the existing tooth. We generally shave the neighbouring teeth on either side so that the bridge can be attached to the tooth.

When is the treatment needed?
Dental bridge is one of the solutions to missing teeth along with dental implants and dentures. Dental bridges are options where a permanent, non-removable option is needed for replacing teeth. Generally dental implants have a higher success rate and are preferred but occasionally implants cannot be done because of lack of bone dimensions or due to medical condition or medications used. In these situations a bridge is preferred.

What can I expect during the aftercare of this treatment?
Dental bridges generally cause no pain. Cleaning under the bridge is important and may need additional effort or instruments that the dentist will show you how to use. As with any treatment there are potential adverse outcomes that your dentist will discuss with you such as an inflamed nerve or decay to teeth under the bridge. This however is rarely an issue. General success rate of a dental bridge is about 80 % or higher after 10 years.

Roughly how much will it cost to the dental bridge treatment?
Dental bridge pricing varies on the length of the bridge and the design. It will vary from $2000 upwards depending on how many teeth are replaced. However as mentioned with our other treatment, our friendly staff at Glen Smiles will guide you through the process ensuring that the most cost effective approach is taken for you. Also keeping in mind, Glen Smiles does offer payment plans.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the most posterior (behind) tooth in the mouth. Generally it is very common not to have enough space for these teeth. When this happens there is a risk for them to be infected and a high chance that they may need to be extracted. Depending on the complexity they may need to undergo a surgical procedure which is done under a local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic.

Is this a common dental procedure?
It is very common because generally our jaws are too small to accommodate wisdom teeth. Often this lends to the wisdom tooth only partly coming out. In most cases the gum covers the tooth and it is this very gum that can get infected. In other cases, sometimes the tooth can decay as it is difficult to clean therefore increasing infection and causing discomfort within the mouth.

What is the aftercare procedure to this treatment?
The aftercare of wisdom tooth extraction depends on the extent of the procedure undertaken. You may experience some soreness and discomfort for a day or two and some swelling for minor surgical procedure. If a more extensive procedure is undertaken, there may be soreness up to 3 to 4 days. Adequate pain relieve will be given according to procedure undertaken and your dentist will be present for aftercare throughout the process.

How much will this procedure cost?
The procedure will cost depending on the procedure that is undertaken. This will generally range from $220 to $400 for lower wisdom teeth and $150 to $300 for upper wisdom teeth. It is common for upper and lower wisdom tooth on one side to be taken out at the same time with the other side done after the healing of one side. Once again our friendly staff at Glen Smiles will assist you through this process ensuring that we offer you the best price possible. In addition to this payment plans are also offered.

X-Rays

What are X-Rays?
X-Rays are used to see your tooth and the surrounding tissues in more detail. This helps your dentist to diagnose your condition. This helps with diagnosing tooth decay, gum disease, infections in teeth and around them and also in carrying out treatment such as root canals and implant placement. At Glen Smiles we have both traditional 2D X-Rays as well as a full mouth X-Rays machine and a cone-beam CT machine for 3D X-Rays. 

Are taking X-Rays harmful?
Generally dental X-Rays are low radiation and currently used digital systems are have less radiation than older systems. At Glen Smiles we use only digital X-Ray systems. We ensure that the benefit of obtaining the X-Ray outweighs any risks. Generally the radiation from a dental X-Ray is less than that of a 10 hour plan ride even in the case of a full mouth X-Ray. We always aim to minimise radiation exposure. 

Who takes the X-Rays?
Your dentist will take most of your X-Rays from the small ones in the dental chair to full moth X-Rays. In the case that you need a 3D X-Ray a dentist with extra qualification will take the X-Ray. All dentist are adequately trained to take X-Rays and have current radiography licences needed. 

Fillings

Fillings are materials used to fill holes teeth. This can be due to decay caused by having too much sugar, broken teeth due to heavy bite or damage to front teeth. There are many different materials that can be used to fill teeth. Most commonly in the past amalgam (metal) fillings were used but now composite and other white filling materials are used to fill teeth so that they look natural. 

What are the various types dental filling available?
When a tooth needs restoration, there are multiple different options. Usually your Dentist will recommend the best type of filling for you as it depends on the tooth and the circumstance. Generally composite resin fillings are very common for both front and back teeth and look like your original tooth. They also stick to the tooth so do not easily fall out. Previously metal (amalgam) fillings were very common but are less used currently (however some circumstances may warrant the use of amalgam fillings. GIC fillings are a softer material and are used in kids teeth or when someone has a high decay rate as the release fluoride. When are steadier restoration is needed – porcelain crowns are used to protect those badly broken teeth. 

What is the average price of dental fillings?
The average price of a dental filling varies on the size and exact procedure undertaken. Generally the charges vary from $160 to $350 for filling depending on size at our clinic. This is for composite restorations that are common. Sometimes a crown or other procedure maybe needed to fix a badly broken tooth. Irrespective our friendly team at Glen Smiles will assist you through the process, keeping in mind we have payment plans available if needed. If you require further information please book a consultation with us and we will help you on your way to having healthier looking smiles. 

Cosmetic Services

The primary objective of our cosmetic services is to correct a wide range of dental problems including tooth discoloration, cracks and chips, misalignment. Our team prides itself on boosting your confidence through helping you reach a perfect smile. Irrespective of what your cosmetic needs might be, our team is looking forward to helping to attain the smile that you’ve always wanted. 

Dental Crowns
These are covers or caps that are placed over damaged teeth or cracked teeth. This objective of these crowns is to enhance appearance, shape and alignment of the tooth. These dental crowns aim to cover any imperfections and improve the overall appearance of your smile. Crowns can also be used for single tooth replacement as they can straight on top of a dental implant. 

Dentures
Our dentures come in multiple ways- full denture to replace all teeth or partial dentures to fix only the missing teeth. We provide all kinds of dentures including acrylic (plastic) dentures, ones with metal framework, velplast dentures that snap on and implant retained dentures. We use one of the biggest labs in Melbourne to fabricate our dentures so that it will rest comfortably on your gums. We make sure our dentures look as natural as possible so that you can look your best, eat what you want to and talk with ease. 

FAQs

  1. Is professional teeth whitening safe?
    Any of the products and methods we use to whiten teeth is safe through research when used professionally by our experienced and knowledgeable dentists. We will endeavour to perform a thorough examination of your oral health and then create a treatment plan that will deliver results.
  2. Do porcelain crowns look natural?
    The objective of porcelain crowns is to ensure it matches with your natural teeth so that it appears real. Your dental crowns will be created in such a way that it fits seamlessly with your natural smile.
  3. How much does cosmetic dentistry cost?
    Considering the needs of each patient is different we offer a variety of price points. In order to obtain a rough estimate it would be advised that you visit Glen Smiles and receive a consultation with one of our dentists.