Preventive Dentistry

We all know prevention is better than cure. Maintaining good oral health is important to your overall health and that of your teeth and gums. The foundation of preventive care is based on a good diet and oral hygiene. We would like you to keep your natural teeth for the rest of your life.dentist hornsby preventive dentistry

At Dentist Hornsby Our aim is detect and deal with any issues before they become a major problem.

Our preventive dentistry program includes:

  • Active maintenance care which includes regular dental examinations assessing for decay, gum disease, crowding and oral cancers.
  • Topical Fluoride: Professionally applied fluoride can actually halt the development of early decay.
  • Developing a thorough oral hygiene routine which would involve brushing twice a day and flossing daily

Why you should regularly have a dental clean?

  1. To remove the plaque bacteria – otherwise this will continue to grow and cause infection around the tooth and eventually loss of teeth (a condition commonly known as gum or periodontal disease). This is the cause of most adult tooth loss, and often goes undetected as it is usually painless and has few symptoms until the final stages.
  2. To prevent bad breath or malodour – these bacterial colonies on the crevices of teeth and gums, and surface of the tongue and throat, are the main cause of bad breath! Many people experience this, but it is often left untreated or accepted as normal.
  3. To maintain good oral health – research studies have found links between periodontal disease and a higher incidence of developing serious illnesses and conditions, like heart disease, diabetes, and the delivery of pre-term low birth weight babies.

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Custom Fit Mouthguards

Anyone who participates in a sport that carries a risk of contact to the face should wear a mouthguard, whether it be during training or whilst playing.

A mouthguard will help absorb the shock experienced by a blow to the face, which could result in an injury to the mouth or jaw. A heavy collision can lead to chipped or broken teeth, internal damage to a tooth, tooth loss, injuries to the soft tissue of the mouth and in severe cases; a broken jaw.

Injuries like these can lead to long and potentially expensive treatment to restore teeth and the mouth back to normal function and appearance.

A custom-fitted mouthguard is made by a dentist taking an impression taken of your teeth. The mould is then sent to a technician where the mouthguard is custom fabricated. Custom fitting allows the dentist to accurately assess your mouth and provide the best fit, size, coverage and thickness in a mouthguard made especially for you.

The dentist can also make an assessment of any risk factors you might have and recommend the best type of mouthguard appropriate for your sport

Pain free dentistry and sleep dentistry

Our caring and understanding dentists and staff are the first steps towards making your dental experience as comfortable as possible. In some cases, simply listening to your choice of music through headphones, watching television or a music video may have a calming influence.

Others may prefer to have Penthrox administered. Penthrox is the leading emergency pain relief used by the St Johns Ambulance. Penthroz is a wonderful adjunct to any dental procedure and allows a more relaxed state. It is safe with no side effects at low doses used in dentistry. Local anaesthetic injections are expertly administered with topical numbing gel in as painless a way as possible to ensure no discomfort is felt during a procedure. For those patients who are extra anxious and would prefer not to know what is happening, intravenous sedation or “twilight sedation” can be administered by a qualified and experienced medical practitioner; this is called sleep dentistry.

If you are having sedation

  • You must fast from midnight, a small amount of water is OK
  • You cannot drive for the rest of the day.