CORONAVIRUS COVID-19: As a result of the COVID-19 Government Alert Level 4 lockdown we've had to temporarily close our dental practice. We know this is a difficult time for everyone right now and hope you stay safe during these unprecedented few weeks. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our patients and our team. Once the current situation changes we will re-open our practice.

Until then, if you need emergency dental treatment or relief of pain, please call us on 0508 625 368 to book a tele-dentistry consultation. The on call dentist will call you on your cell phone for your appointment. If you require a prescription for pain relief or antibiotics we can email it directly to your pharmacy.  If your dental issue is deemed to be an emergency we will triage you according to your Covid-19 status and arrange referral to the appropriate emergency clinic.

If you would like to send us any photographs to aid your tele-dentistry consultation please email them from your phone to [email protected] after you have booked your appointment.

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Laser treatment for gum disease

Scaling and Root Planing has long been the gold standard in periodontal treatment... but studies are showing that non-invasive Laser-assisted Periodontal Therapy provides additional benefits over Scaling and Root Planing alone. 

But how does it work!?

Laser energy is transmitted through a thin fiber which is easily inserted into deep periodontal pockets, targeting inflammed tissues and bacteria. Studies have shown reductions in gingival bleeding, reductions in tooth mobility and reduction in loss of attachement around the tooth, and most importantly increased patient comfort during the post-operative healing phase!!!

How will your hygienist use it during your appointment?

The hard tissue side of the pocket (tooth and root surface) is first debrided with ultrasonic scalers ...

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Assessment and Maintenance of the Periodontal Patient

Lia, Jessie, and Holly attended Dr Micheal Smith's presentation "Assessment and Maintenance of the Periodontal Patient" on Friday night. It was a great evening lecture covering when to refer a periodontal patient to a specialist and case selection relating to dental implants. It was great to hear that some of the key health factors such as gum disease and diabetes don't necessarily mean that a patient can't opt for an implant to be placed- as usual it comes back to disease stabilisation and active maintenance with a periodontist/dentist/hygienist to mitigate the risks these diseases present to implant placement.

Take home message for patients- Gingival bleeding equals active disease.... If you have ...

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.