General Dentistry

Check and Cleans

During your appointment, one of our friendly team dentists will perform a thorough assessment of key areas within your mouth, including teeth and gums. We also screen for early signs of potential diseases. In some cases, X-rays may be taken to obtain a more comprehensive view of your oral health. The clean component of your appointment will involve a descale, polish and fluoride treatment.

This removes cavity-causing bacteria such as plaque, helping to prevent potential issues such as infection, inflammation, or irritation. The application of fluoride treatment works to reverse early signs of tooth decay, plus it strengthens the enamel by making it more resistant to acid wear. During your six monthly check and clean appointments, our friendly dentists will also offer oral hygiene advice, whilst providing you with a tailored treatment plan if necessary.

Fillings

A Composite filling commonly known as a “white filling”, is a resin-based material that can be conducted whilst you are in the chair, immediately after the decay is removed. When complete, a white (composite) filling can look very natural and are ideal for small to medium cavities due to its strength and colour matching to your surrounding teeth.

If 50% or less of the tooth structure is remaining, it may no longer be possible to fill the tooth, however instead of replacing the large amount of missing tooth structure, a crown may be a preferred option.
Tooth Fairy & Co is an Amalgam (Silver fillings) free practice.

Crowns

A crown is basically a ‘cap’ that covers the entire visible tooth surface, recreating its appearance as well as its stability. Before placing your crown, any cracked or decaying enamel is removed and an impression of the tooth is taken, a custom white crown is then made of durable aesthetic materials and bonded over the tooth. The entire process takes approximately two visits to complete.
Crowns act as a remedy for a number of dental issues and help to restore a tooth that is suffering from any of the following:

  • Loss of structure and strength due to root canal therapy
  • A large crack or chip
  • A large filling
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Tooth wear

Bridges

Unlike single-tooth crowns, bridges span across gaps left by missing teeth, anchoring each end of the bridge over a healthy support tooth. The ends of the bridge have a functional crown, where a pontic (false) crown or two is bonded between them.

X – Rays

Dental X-rays allow our dentists to see what’s happening below the surface. By taking X-rays, your dentist is provided with a comprehensive assessment of the health of your mouth.
Tooth Fairy & Co also uses OPG’s (panoramic x-ray) to provide a full view of the mouth and jaw bones.

Minimizing amount of radiation exposure to our patients becomes paramount and at Tooth Fairy & Co, we use digital x-rays which require a much lower X-Ray dosage to achieve the same result.
When taking an x-ray we shield the patient with a lead lined apron for added protection.

Mouth Guards Custom Fitted

Mouthguards can protect you from some serious sporting injuries, such as broken jaws, fractured, cracked or knocked-out teeth, cut lips and tongues.

Dentures

Teeth influence how we look, how we speak, how we eat, and their absence greatly affects how we perceive ourselves and how others see us.

Partial Dentures

In the event that some of your natural teeth still exist and only a few are lost, partial dentures are recommended. These are available in acrylic and chrome cobalt variants. Just like complete dentures, these are also available in fixed and removable forms.
Removable partial dentures are designed around a metal frame, over which artificial teeth are placed. This metal frame uses the support of existing natural teeth to stay securely in place when you speak, eat and smile.

Complete Dentures

These are made after all the teeth have been removed, both in the upper and lower jaws. The complete dentures will fit just like your natural full set of teeth, and you will be able to do almost everything that you could have done with your natural teeth – in terms of eating, speaking and smiling with confidence. They can be fixed or removable.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

When wisdom teeth align properly, and the gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, or even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt.

If wisdom teeth are poorly positioned and impacted, they can cause problems. When partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result can include swelling, stiffness, pain, illness and abscess.

The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumours or cysts form around the wisdom tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved.

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, the team at Tooth Fairy & Co can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be future problems.

Gum Disease

Periodontal disease or gum disease is one of the most prevalent diseases and is the leading cause of tooth loss along with tooth decay in adults. Gum disease rarely causes pain, common symptoms are swollen red gums that may bleed easily along with bad breath. Tobacco users present the most significant risk for gum disease and makes it more severe and more difficult to eradicate.

Gum disease can be divided into two main stages – gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis is usually readily cured through correct oral hygiene techniques and periodontal treatment by your dentist or hygienist, however, if left untreated, it will progress to periodontitis which causes destruction of the bone supporting your teeth.

Periodontitis can be stabilized through regular periodontal treatment by your dentist or hygienist, but correct oral hygiene techniques and regular treatment is essential as the disease can reoccur at any time.

Sleep Apnoea

Snoring is a common problem in many individuals and occurs when the lower jaw and tongue become relaxed when the person is asleep, this narrows the airway and restricts breathing ability, causing air to vibrate over the soft palate to create a loud, fluttering sound.

If the tongue falls back over this narrowed airway and interrupts normal breathing levels, sleep apnoea may develop. Sleep apnoea is a serious condition that causes a person to unknowingly stop breathing for short periods of time, leaving suffers fatigued by day as a result of poor sleep quality. In advanced cases, reduced air intake can impact on oxygen levels, possibly acting as a precursor to heart attacks and strokes.

At Tooth Fairy & CO we make A mandibular advancement splint to treat sleep Apnoea.

Grinding and Clenching

Grinding and clenching can lead to excessive use of the teeth and jaw muscles. As such, it’s not uncommon to start to see signs of:

  • Broken, flat or worn-down teeth
  • Jaw pain and joint disorder, such as TMD/TMJD
  • Frequent headaches
  • Broken fillings and crowns

Treatment option for grinding and clenching include wearing an oral splint appliance, medications to relax your muscles, relaxation techniques or even cognitive behaviour therapy.

Root Canal

When a tooth becomes infected, the inside nerve must be taken out in order to preserve the tooth. The treatment is called root canal therapy because inside the root are small canals that house the pulp (nerve). The pulp must be removed or the surrounding tissue will also become infected and you might lose the tooth entirely.

After removing the pulp, your Tooth Fairy & Co doctor will seal the tooth and cover it with a crown, in order to protect and strengthen it. This procedure is completed in normally one or two visits by either your general dentist or your endodontist, a root canal specialist.

  • The most common symptoms that may occur are:
  • Throbbing toothache or other facial pain
  • Change of tooth colour (darker)
  • Lingering sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Noticeable facial swelling
  • Gum soreness or tenderness
  • Bad taste in mouth
  • Abscess-leaking of fluid
  • Sensitivity to touch or pressure, as when biting

Dental Implants

Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural.

Dental implants are permanent tooth restorations that can be used to replace one missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Dental implants are natural looking because they are surgically placed in the jawbone.

Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement tooth feel more natural.

Amalgam Removal

Many people come to see us to request removal and replacement of their amalgam fillings for health reasons, because of concerns regarding the safety of mercury-based fillings, or for cosmetic purposes, as they do not like the appearance of black, dark fillings and discoloured teeth.

We offer an extremely comprehensive amalgam removal service following exceptionally strict protocols to ensure we minimise any potential mercury exposure to the patient and our team members such as :

  • Wide safety goggles over the eyes to protect during mercury removal from mercury vapor & mercury particulate
  • In order to minimise your exposure to the mercury vapour all amalgams are replaced following strict protocols that involves the use of rubber dam and/or high volume suction
  • Special burs: Diamond burs grind the tooth. They are smoother and take longer to cut than tungsten carbide burs. They will therefore produce far greater levels of mercury when drilling. At Tooth Fairy & CO we always use tungsten carbide burs which shatter the amalgam into large lumps when drilling.