Trower Dental

Dental Services in Casuarina

Oral Health Care

Trower Dental has a range of dental services that are all geared towards improving and restoring your oral health. Our goal is to make your dentist appointment as soothing and as comfortable as possible. This allows you to feel relaxed on all your future visits to our clinic.

We have a range of budget-friendly options for patients who are in need of immediate dental assistance. Our team of dentists are all ADA-trained and are equipped with the right knowledge and skill to take care of your gums and teeth.

Talk to our friendly staff at Trower Dental today to know more about the services we provide. We serve patients in Casuarina and the greater Darwin region.

Nervous Patient
At Trower Dental one of our main goals is to make our patients feel more at ease and comfortable during dental treatment. From your first contact, it’s obvious that Trower Dental is not your average dental practice. When you walk through our front door it is our goal to make you feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. All of our staff will focus on your comfort and respect your feelings and concerns during your dental appointment. We understand that a visit to the dentist can cause some people to experience stress and anxiety. At Trower dental, all our dentists are very experienced with providing dental care to nervous patients and offer a range of services to help manage anxiety. We look forward to caring for you with genuine kindness, empathy, attention and dental excellence at all times.

Hypnotherapy
We have on staff a fully accredited, Australian-trained hypnotherapist with experience
in many areas relating to anxiety, gagging, breathing difficulties, habit control including
clenching and grinding.

Nitrous Oxide Therapy (“Laughing” Gas)
Nitrous Oxide is available at Trower Dental and is very effective in alleviating patient anxiety. It is a gas that is inhaled before and during dental procedures to reduce pain and induce a happy euphoric feeling. It eases patients’ apprehension and makes dental treatment a more comfortable and pleasant experience. Patients will often feel a bit light headed and may “get the giggles” (hence the name happy/laughing gas). It is safe to use for both adults and children.

It is safe to drive after using nitrous oxide sedation. Your happy gas will be gradually reduced at the end of your appointment, and then you can relax in one of our patients lounges for 10 mins prior to leaving.

General Anaesthetics
Our dentists are accredited with both the Darwin Day Surgery and the Darwin private hospital to provide treatment under general anaesthetic or sedation if required.

INJEX Needle Free System
Trower Dental offers needle-free injections for the comfort of our patients. The lightweight and easy to use INJEX needle-free system administer local anaesthetic into the dental tissue without a needle. Gentle, safe and just as effective as a needle injection. If you wish to receive Injex for your dental treatment, please inform our receptionist when you make the booking.

Oraqix
Oraqix is a needle-free subgingival (below the gumline) anaesthetic for use in adults requiring localised anaesthesia in periodontal pockets during scaling and/or root planing procedures.The anaesthetic is delivered to the treatment site without the use of a needle and anaesthetises the site within 30 seconds for a period of approximately 20 minutes. Oraqix provide our patients with pain-free dental cleans without having to experience the discomfort of a needle or prolonged numbness.

Not all teeth are suitable for bleaching, which is why our dentists are required to conduct an initial assessment and thorough prophylaxis so we can be sure that bleaching is indeed the best option for your teeth.

We have two main bleaching procedures we use on our patients. You can choose to have a take-home bleaching kit, which includes a gel of custom composition and strength. This treatment can take anywhere from 15-45 minutes a day for up to two weeks. Patients can also choose a light-activated gel applied in our clinic for more immediate results. Some common side effects of bleaching include gum irritation and tooth sensitivity.

Cosmetic Dentistry — Trower Dental Dentists in Casuarina, NT

Cosmetic Dentistry
Whether it is just one chipped tooth or a full cosmetic dental makeover, your smile needs to be long lasting and safe for the rest of your body. The creation of your smile is an integrated effort between you, the dentist and the dental technician.
Whatever your circumstance or budget , at Trower Dental we strive to help you achieve the smile you want.

Teeth Whitening
Whiter, brighter teeth can improve the aesthetics of a smile, make you look younger or help you look your best for a special occasion. Quick, easy, affordable and non- confronting, teeth whitening is the least invasive way to improve your smile and one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments available.
At Trower Dental we offer two, effective teeth whitening options.

In-Office or “Zoom” Whitening
The Zoom WhiteSpeedTM system is the quickest and most convenient way to immediately achieve the new, bright smile you have always wanted in just one appointment. Zoom in-office tooth whitening is a procedure designed to lighten the colour of your teeth using a combination of a light reactive hydrogen peroxide gel and a specially designed visible LED lamp. The Zoom teeth whitening procedure involves using the gel and lamp in conjunction with each other to produce maximum whitening results in the shortest possible time. The process takes under two hours and can lasts for years. All Zoom procedures completed at Trower Dental also include a complimentary prescription strength home maintenance kit to help you maintain your new smile and keep it looking its best.

Take- Home Whitening Kits

Aside from in-chair whitening sessions, we also offer do-it-yourself whitening kits you can use at home. In this teeth whitening kit, we provide you with all the materials you need to make your teeth look several shades lighter. All of our kits contain custom whitening trays, whitening gel dispensers and professional teeth whitening products. These can be used for 30 minutes each day, for approximately two weeks and we are confident you will be happy with the results.

It is important to see a dentist prior to commencing teeth whitening. Your Dentist will ensure that your teeth are suitable and select the most appropriate whitening option for you. A professional clean prior to proceeding with whitening is recommended to ensure that the teeth are not obscured by calculus deposits and the gums and teeth are healthy. This will allow for optimal whitening results.

A Trower Dental you can be assured that you will only be treated by a fully qualified professional. You will always receive the highest quality service. We look forward to brightening your smile and making you look and feel great.

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Veneers
Custom-designed dental veneers are a permanent way of transforming uneven, discoloured and damaged teeth to create a more pleasing, aesthetic and natural smile. Dental veneers are crafted from an incredibly fine material, fitting seamlessly over your natural teeth and is a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s size, shape and colour. There are two types of veneers – Porcelain or Composite Resin.

Porcelain/Ceramic Veneers
Porcelain veneers are custom-made porcelain laminates that are applied and bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are used to mask teeth that are crooked to cover up gaps, stains and chips.
The process begins with a consultation with our qualified cosmetic dentistry expert where you will discuss the desired look you would like to achieve. Various tools and procedures will be employed by your dentist to see what is achievable and ascertain that the results achieved will align with what you envision to ensure that you will be completely happy with the final results. These tools include:

  • Digital smile design – allows for designing and previewing dental treatment using
    specific computer programs.
  • Mock up – is a smile simulation constructed from acrylic applied directly over the teeth to temporarily change the shape and colour of your teeth

Once you are completely happy with how your teeth will look and feel we will will proceed with preparation of the teeth. The enamel on the teeth is prepared gently to be fitted with veneers to maintain the same tooth thickness. Next, a digital impression using the Primescan intraoral scanner, along with DSLR photography will be taken to capture detailed and accurate record of your teeth colour, size, shape and positioning. The scans and photographs will be digitally sent to an Australian dental laboratory, where special techniques are used to custom design and construct a veneer that will perfectly fit and match your tooth.

Temporary veneers will be placed on your teeth while your veneers are being made. At your next visit, the permanent veneer will be tried in prior to cementing. This way, we can ensure that you are happy with the colour and shape of your new teeth. Once you are satisfied with the results, we proceed with the permanent bonding of your custom veneer.

Composite Resin Veneers
For cosmetic dentistry patients looking for a smile makeover with a smaller price tag, composite veneers are a good alternative. Composite veneers are made using a special high quality resin material that is coloured to the shade of your natural tooth structure. This type of dental veneer is usually used to fix tooth imperfections like small chips or cracks in the teeth or as a conservative alternative to porcelain veneers. Composite veneers have the advantage and convenience of being completed in a single appointment visit.

The composite material is placed in layers and hardened by a special light. It is then sculpted to the perfect shape to blend seamlessly with your surrounding natural teeth. Composite veneers can offer comparable improvement to your smile as porcelain veneers. However, more care and maintenance is required with composite resin as they are less durable and can chip and stain more readily therefore you may need to replace / repair them more often.

Crowns, bridges and implants are used to restore missing and worn teeth and for fixing overbites and underbites. We provide a try-in of restoration work before everything is finalized, so you can see how you look with your new set of teeth.

Veneers and bleaching are ideal for improving the appearance of your front teeth, while crowns can help strengthen badly damaged teeth. However, you may also require a combination of veneers, crowns and orthodontic treatments depending on the condition of your teeth.

We will gladly show you a mockup of procedures you will be having for an idea of what your teeth will look like after. We can also make necessary adjustments according to aesthetic preferences as needed. We have a 2 10-year guarantee for all structural components.

Trower Dental provides state-of-the-art cosmetic solutions for patients who want to address issues such as discolouration, broken, chipped, cracked, missing and crooked teeth. Specifically, we offer the following cosmetic dentistry options:

  • Chrome dentures
  • Acrylic dentures
  • Immediate dentures
  • Implant-retained dentures

Partial and full dentures are recommended for patients with missing teeth or teeth that cannot be saved. Dentures are more cost-effective compared to implants and bridges.

Trower Dental has a selection of denture designs including flexible, metal-free, biocompatible, cast-chrome dentures and implant-retained dentures. Our dentures are individually-designed to give our patients the most comfortable fit and most aesthetically-pleasing look.

Immediate dentures are inserted into a patient’s mouth right after a tooth extraction. This helps patients learn how to speak and eat with their dentures immediately, ensuring a seamless replacement.

Implant-retained dentures are attached to dental implants for a more secure fit. This removes the need for clasps that connect dentures to your natural teeth.

Our team of dentists at Trower Dental work closely with dental implant specialists so we can give you a variety of solutions made for missing or failing teeth. Each option and pricing will be discussed before we proceed with the next steps.

There are two main stages, first is the placement of the implant in the jawbone, allowing for integration. The second stage is restoring your teeth by placing either a crown, bridge or a denture depending on the condition of your teeth.

A full set of natural-looking teeth can be held in place by as few as four implants. These make your implants fit comfortably and do not require daily removal and cleaning.

You will have to undergo a series of scans to help your dentist determine how the implants will be positioned. If your bone structure is insufficient, you might need to have a dental graft in order to secure your teeth for implants.

Childrens Dentistry — Trower Dental Dentists in Casuarina, NT

Children’s Dentistry
At Trower dental, we believe in helping parents build the foundations that are required for a child to maintain and enjoy good oral health, now and in the future. Our goal is to provide a caring and comfortable environment so that dental treatment is not a stressful event for you or your child. Our experienced practitioners are able to support you and your child in developing a programme of care that supports oral health from their first dental appointment, all the way through to adulthood.

First Visit to the Dentist
As a rule of thumb it is time for a dental visit when your baby’s first tooth becomes visible or they reach 12 months old – whichever comes first. If you notice anything you think is out of the ordinary before this time it’s better to be safe than sorry, so book an appointment straight away. The earlier your child visits the dentist the better. Prevention is better than cure and early dental visits will help protect your child from dental problems.

Going to the dentist for the first time can be a strange experience. That is why it is important to make that experience as positive as possible, so that seeing a dentist does not produce feelings of anxiety. Our team is fun, friendly and attentive to make your child’s visit as pleasant as possible.

Recall Appointment
Regular dental check up every 6 months is recommended for children.These important appointments allow our dentist to monitor your child’s oral health and clean the areas where your toothbrush cannot reach. We also help promote healthy gums and teeth by removing plaque that can cause decay, gum inflammation and infection. Our dentists can assist your child with brushing and flossing.

Regular dental visits keep your child familiar with our dentist and encourage a positive attitude in the child towards dentistry. As the child grows, the dentist will assess the progression of teeth eruption and jaw development, as well as
appropriate preventive measures such as regular fluoride applications, sealants placement and reinforcement of good oral health practice can be continually encouraged by the dentist when the child is a regular visitor. Dental problem, if any,
can be detected in the early stages when it is easier and less costly to treat.

Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a government initiative that aims to provide children with basic dental care. The scheme covers eligible children aged 2-17 years old. It is capped at $1,000 per child every two calendar years.

The program offers basic dental care services coverage, which includes services such as:

  • Check-ups
  • Professional teeth cleaning
  • X-rays
  • Fillings
  • Tooth Extractions
  • Fissure Seals
  • Root Canals

At Trower Dental, we bulk bill all CDBS eligible services. This means that you will have zero out of pocket expense.

Our team can provide you with comprehensive information about the CDBS and are able check your eligibility. Alternatively, to find out more or if your child is eligible, please click on this link: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/childdental

Dental emergencies should be addressed at the earliest possible convenience and are best managed by your dentist. Prompt attention to any of these will improve the chances of saving the affected tooth/teeth. It will also avoid permanent damage and the need for more extensive, and expensive, treatment later on.

To cater for unexpected dental visits at short notice, we reserve emergency appointments daily. Our clinicians are skilled at handling all acute situations, including dental trauma, toothache, chipped or broken teeth, infections, denture repairs, impacted wisdom teeth and more.

If your dental emergency occurs within office hours, contact us to ensure prompt management of your concern, we will do everything we can to see you as soon as possible.

For after hours emergency treatment, we provide an on-call service for our existing patients where we will endeavour to contact your dentist to provide advice. See our contact page for emergency numbers. In extreme cases, especially severe facial swelling, management by a hospital emergency department may be required.

Trower Dental understands how oral health can have a significant impact on your body and your overall wellbeing. This is why we have a wide selection of materials and costs that will fit your budget as well as your preference. We are an amalgam-free clinic and we provide amalgam removal procedures for patients who want to switch to porcelain or resin.

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction or TMJD occurs when your temporomandibular joints cannot move properly. This causes discomfort in your ears, jaw, neck and head. You may also find it hard to move your jaw freely. TMJD can be caused by a lot of factors. This includes the following:
  • Jaw-related injury or trauma
  • Bruxism (jaw clenching) and teeth grinding
  • Uneven bite
  • Osteoarthritis and other joint diseases
Our treatment approach at Trower Dental is focused on relieving pain and other symptoms and preventing these symptoms from recurring. We use a combination of massage, acupuncture, bite and airway assessments. We will provide you with a night guard or an occlusal splint depending on the condition of your jaw.

Achieving and maintaining good oral health is easy with a Comprehensive Dental Examination by the team at Trower Dental. Your comprehensive examination will consist of closely assessing each tooth for the early signs of decay and your gums for any sign of periodontal disease. We will check that your teeth fit perfectly when you bite together and provide treatment recommendations if problems or potential problem is detected.

Your comprehensive examination will enable you to get to know the surgery, staff and dentist. We may take a series of intra and extra oral photos and a full set of x-rays, a panoramic OPG and others if required so we can closely examine your jawbone and tooth roots. These highly detailed x-rays are used to help us screen for pathologies and anomalies and develop treatment plans. Additionally we will also complete an oral cancer screening and assess your TMJ (jaw joint) and airway for breathing.

Following your examination you will receive a professional scale and clean. This treatment removes any plaque and tartar build-up from your teeth and below your gum line where your toothbrush and floss can’t reach. If required, you will also receive a whitening treatment using PROPHYJET or EMS AIRFLOW to remove stains from your teeth and rejuvenate your smile.

After we have completed your comprehensive examination we will then have an in-depth discussion with you about any treatment you may require and explain in detail your options. If you haven’t had a check-up for a while, call and schedule your professional dental examination with the team at Trower Dental.

White Fillings
Traditional fillings are silver coloured and made from an amalgam of mercury, silver, tin and copper. Such fillings do not match the colour of your teeth, and many dislike the fact they can give your teeth an unnatural look when you smile or laugh. White fillings, by contrast, are made from an extra-strength white tooth-coloured material that provide a way to restore your teeth to their original appearance.High quality tooth coloured materials are more biocompatible than amalgam fillings, require less preparation and minimise the amount of natural tooth that needs to be removed.

White fillings are colour matched to your tooth enamel, making them indistinguishable from your surrounding teeth so you can speak and laugh with confidence without having to worry about unsightly grey fillings. At Trower Dental we are experts in providing affordable white fillings. We are always careful to treat our patients as individuals, and we will provide an individual assessment of your teeth in order to ensure that a white filling is suitable for the location of your filling, and for you.

A dental crown is a type of dental restoration that is permanently bonded over a tooth. As its name implies, a crown acts as a ‘cap’ or covering for your tooth.

A crown is recommended to fix a tooth that is

  • Cracked
  • Broken
  • Extensively repaired or filled
  • Heavily discoloured
  • Following root canal therapy

A crown can successfully restore strength and function as well as aesthetically enhance your smile.

A dental crown will:

  • Restore your oral health
  • Restore the appearance of your smile
  • Improve function (biting, chewing and speaking)
  • Prevent teeth on either side of the space moving out of alignment

Root Canal Treatment
We are fully aware that root canal treatment (RCT) is viewed by some as a stressful, painful and scary treatment, and that some patients may suffer anxiety at the thought of it. However, with modern technology and techniques employed by all our dentist at Trower Dental, RCT is often pain-free, routine and a straight forward procedure. In fact, not only does RCT provide immediate significant pain relief but many of our patients report that RCT causes no more discomfort than having a filling done.

The purpose of root canal therapy is relieve pain, treat infection and remove disease and ultimately preservation of the tooth. This is done by carefully removing the infected pulp and cleaning and disinfecting the nerve canals with an antibacterial preparation. By taking out the tooth’s pulp tissue, the infection is prevented from spreading and affecting other areas in your mouth. The sterilised empty canal is then filled with an inert, biocompatible material, and sealed with adhesive cement.This is an important step that helps in blocking out bacteria to preventing future contamination and infection. After completion of RCT, a crown is recommended to give extra protection and strength to the tooth.

Wisdom Teeth
Normally, people develop four wisdom teeth at the back of the mouth—two on the top jaw and another two on the bottom jaw. They are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth, usually emerging between the ages of 16 and 23. Wisdom tooth pain
is most common in younger adults when there is insufficient gum space for normal tooth eruption. An impacted wisdom tooth is one that grows out at an angle, or does not fully emerge from the gum line. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause

  • Pain, infection, swelling and bleeding of surrounding gums and jaw
  • Dental decay to adjacent teeth
  • Pressure and crowding of front teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Headache or jaw ache
  • Unpleasant taste when eating

If left untreated, wisdom teeth can cause more serious problems. Indications for the removal of wisdom teeth include:

  • Infection of adjacent gum tissue
  • Dental decay of damage to nearby teeth
  • Crowding of front teeth
  • Pressure pain or root resorption
  • Cysts (in rare cases)

At Trower dental we have extensive experience with wisdom teeth removal and are confident that we will be able to help you in a gentle anxiety-free way. After taking a panoramic X-ray (OPG) your mouth we will assess what treatment will be best for you, and can arrange options for the wisdom tooth to be removed with as little pain as possible. We understand that having this treatment can give rise to extreme stress, fear and anxiety in some. Rest assured that here at Trower Dental, not only will we take care of your oral health, but will always consider your comfort and well-being and offer you a comprehensive range of resources, equipment and specialist skills to help manage your discomfort and anxiety.

Sports Mouthguards
Sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury. Every year thousands of people, including children, are treated for dental injuries that could have been avoided or minimised by wearing a mouthguard.

When a mouthguard is not worn, the likelihood of fracturing or having the tooth knocked out is doubled. Wearing a mouth guard will

  • Cushion teeth against impact
  • Prevent neck and jaw injuries
  • Protect against jaw joint and soft tissue injuries
  • Reduce concussion
    There are two main types of mouthguards
  • Custom-fitted mouthguards made by dental professionals
  • Over-the-counter (boil and bite) mouthguards, which are not custom fit

Sports Medicine Australia and the Australian Dental Association recommend custom- fitted mouthguards. These mouthguards are more comfortable and provide sufficient and consistent thickness around the teeth. Remember, the cost of an injury to the mouth far exceeds the cost of a custom-fitted mouthguard.

Occlusal Splints and TMJ Treatment
Tooth grinding and clenching (called bruxism) may happen during waking hours but mostly occurs during sleep. In some cases bruxism is self-diagnosed but in many cases it is diagnosed by others (such as a partner who hears the grinding during the night) or by a dental professional. Bruxism can be associated with pain and problems with your jaw and the surrounding muscles in your face that control it. These symptoms are grouped together under the label temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) or TMJ disorder.

Whilst the main cause of TMD is unknown, there are various factors that can aggravate and influence TMD, such as:

  • Missing teeth
  • Sleep disorders (such as retells leg syndrome and sleep apnoea)
  • Emotional and physical stress
  • Smoking, Alcohol, Caffeine and some prescription or recreational drugs
  • Conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Trauma such as fractures or dislocation of jaw
  • Post orthodontic treatment (incorrect jaw position)

Many individuals suffer from bruxism without a clear cause. This can lead to many issues including:

  • Tooth sensitivity and pain
  • Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joints
  • Jaw locking or moves out place
  • Headaches
  • Facial, neck, shoulder or back pain
  • Pain or tenderness in and around the jaw joints especially upon waking
  • Worn tooth surfaces
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Broken or loose fillings.

These symptoms need careful evaluation and may be treated by a combination of therapies. Many people will gain much relief by being provided with a bite guard, known as an occlusal splint, for night time wear.

Unmanaged, bruxism will lead to long-term irreversible wear and damage and the need for complex treatment. Depending on your particular case and the suspected cause, your dentist may also refer you to physiotherapy, pharmacotherapy,
psychotherapy or even an oral medical specialist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon for TMD.

Occlusal splint
An occlusal splint or night guard, is a removable dental appliance custom made from acrylic to fit the upper or lower arches of your teeth. In most cases it is worn when you are sleeping. The main objective of an occlusal splint is to create a barrier between the biting and grinding surfaces of the teeth, protecting against further wear and damage. In cases of TMD, occlusal splints aim to reposition the jaw and adjust the bite to alleviate discomfort.

Occlusal splints come in various designs, including soft or hard, full coverage or partial coverage and those for either the lower jaw or the upper jaw. Taking your preferences into account, your dentist will advise which material and design will provide the greatest relief based on your individual case.

Holistic Dentistry
Holistic Dentistry is a contemporary approach to dental treatment, factoring in the patient’s overall health and wellbeing – not just their teeth. We recognise the profound connection between the mouth and the other parts of the body. As such
the the aim of Holistic Dentist is to understand how treatments of the teeth, mouth and jaw can affect the individual’s overall health as well as recognising that the mouth can reflect certain conditions and identify potential risk factors for the development of other health conditions.

Our Holistic Dentists at Trower Dental enjoy working with medical and health practitioners in providing integrated health management for their patients whether they have been diagnosed with metal allergy, heavy metal toxicity or sleep disordered breathing. Having this interdisciplinary team approach contributes to better health outcomes. We endeavour to offer the best services currently available, and do so with a strong social and environmental conscience.

Amalgam Removal
Fluoride Free Alternatives

Laser Dentistry
The term “laser” is an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”. In dentistry, lasers allow dentist to treat teeth and gums efficiently by directing an invisible energy beam onto problem areas. The use of laser prevents the need for instruments like scalpels and drills for dental treatments. Laser dentistry also has a shorter and less painful healing time.

At Trower Dental, laser dentistry is included in the wide range of high-tech services we offer. During a consultation our dentists will assess your suitability for laser dentistry and will discuss your treatment options. Using the latest technology available in dentistry, we provide the highest quality of dental care throughout all procedures, so you can be assured that the best people, with the best equipment, will perform your laser dentistry.

Photobiomodulation (PBM)
At Trower dental through the application of dental laser, we offer the innovative treatment of Photobiomodulation (PBM) Therapy. There is a large body of published clinical evidence for the effects of PBM on musculoskeletal pain. Study of pain show that PBM improves the speed and quality of tissue repair, reduces inflammation and has an analgesic action.

The European Society for Medical Oncology suggests using PBM to reduce the incidence of oral mucositis and its associated pain, in patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy. There is growing evidence that PBM works well on a range of oral pathologies and is beneficial for orthodontic procedures and orofacial pain syndromes.

These include improvements in

  • Tooth movement
  • Osseointegration of implant
  • Post extraction pain
  • Paresthesia
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Dentine Hypersensitivity
  • Trismus
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Aphthous ulcers
  • Gum disease

Replacing missing Teeth
Missing teeth can result in altered chewing ability and also affect your confidence when you smile. When missing teeth are left untreated, spaces created by missing teeth can lead to teeth rotating or shifting out of alignment, resulting in a bad bite. This results in unbalanced forces which can cause additional pressure and strain to the teeth leading to to risk of remaining teeth becoming damaged, chipped or fractured.

Trower dental offers multiple options to replace missing teeth. Therefore, regardless your social, financial or physical circumstance we will have a suitable solution for you to replace your missing tooth.

Dental Implant
Dental implants have been developed since the late 1960’s and have been used extensively for the replacement of missing teeth. Acting as an artificial tooth root, they are fused into the jawbone to replace natural teeth that are missing. A completed dental implant has three main components: (i) A titanium implant: a metal root (ii) An abutment: a post and (iii) A Crown.

The benefits of Dental Implants are:

  • Helps to withstand greater biting forces than dentures
  • Gives you an option that feels and looks most natural
  • Can improve the appearance of ‘hollowed’ cheeks that can occur after a tooth is extracted
  • Are firmly secured into the jaw
  • Do not require support from adjacent teeth
  • Can be cleaned with normal cleaning routine at home, unlike dentures which require removal at night

There are three stages involved in dental implant treatment – (i) Planning (ii) Surgery and (iii) Restoration.

At Trower Dental, we plan and restore dental implants. For the surgery stage, we refer our patients to be taken care by a dental implant specialist surgeon to have treatment including tooth removal, socket preservation and bone grafting and surgical placement of the dental implant.

Planning for Dental Implants
The planning process begins with diagnostic tests to confirm that you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. This also helps us plan the best treatment for you. The process includes a dental examination, photographs, digital teeth impression and 3-D (CBCT) scan of your jaw.

Restoration of the Dental Implants

After you dental implant has been placed the surgeon with review you after a period of approximately 6-8 weeks to make sure that the dental implant has healed and integrated into the jaw bone. Once the surgeon is satisfied with the placement and integration of the implant you are ready to have your dental implant restored with a crown at Trower Dental. The restoration stage is relatively fast and pain-free and often will require no local anaesthetic. At this stage, a digital impression using the Primescan intraoral scanner, along with DSLR photography will be taken to capture detailed and accurate record of your teeth colour, size, shape and positioning. The scans and photographs will be digitally sent to an Australian dental laboratory, where special techniques are used to custom design and construct an implant crown that will perfectly fit and match your tooth. After a couple of weeks you can return to have your finished implant crown inserted.

Dental Bridge
Dental bridges are appliances that “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They are made up of one or more crowns for the teeth adjacent to the gap, along with a false tooth or teeth attached. These anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and the false teeth are called pontics. There are various types of bridge suitable for various different circumstance.

Conventional Bridge Conventional bridges are used when there are natural teeth present on both sides of the gap created by the missing tooth. They involve reshaping the teeth on either side of the gap to make room for bonding crowns on them, with a pontic in between to replace the missing tooth.

Cantilever Bridge
Cantilever bridges are used when there is an adjacent tooth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. The pontic is supported on only one side, rather than on both sides, by one crowned abutments. Since this type of bridge is supported on only one side, it may act as a lever leading to complications such as fractured teeth or loosened crowns. Therefore, this type of bridge is only suitable and recommended in limited circumstances.

Maryland Bridge
Maryland bridges (resin-bonded bridges) are considered a conservative alternative to traditional bridges. These bridges consist of a single pontic that is held in place by a metal or porcelain framework (wing). This framework is bonded onto the back of the tooth adjacent to the missing tooth. Minimal alteration of the adjacent tooth is required – your dentist will need to remove only a very small amount of tooth from the back surfaces of these teeth to make room for the wing. Often this treatment is recommended as a short to medium term solution (for example in a growing patient, or as an interim treatment before having a dental implant placed).
etime, making it worth the investment.

To help you choose your ideal bridge option, your dentist will plan your treatment depending on the number and location of missing teeth, presence and health of the adjacent teeth as well as quantity and quality of your jaw bone (in implant cases).

Composite Resin Bridge
Composite resin bridge is a more affordable fixed (do no require removal like a denture) solution to replace missing teeth. This type of bridge is constructed directly in the mouth in a single dental visit. The procedure is often done in comfort without local anaesthetic. Composite bridges uses fibre re-inforced filaments bonded to the teeth on either side of the missing teeth and require little or no tooth modification. Composite resin bridge has limitation with durability and strength
and is at higher risk of chipping, breaking and staining requiring repair and or replacement. Therefore, this option is only limited for very select scenarios and is often only recommended as a short term solution.

Implant-Supported Bridge
Implant-supported bridges are the most stable means of tooth replacement. Often, one dental implant is placed for every missing tooth. However, for multiple missing teeth, an alternative treatment option is a pontic suspended between two
implant-supported crowns. Patients who are considering an implant-supported bridge must have enough healthy bone in their jaws to support the implants. X-rays, CT scans and other tests may be required to investigate the quality and quantity of the bone. The procedure is expensive, invasive and time consuming, with a long recovery time and post-treatment sensitivity. However, the outcome of this treatment option can last a lifetime, making it worth the investment.

To help you choose your ideal bridge option, your dentist will plan your treatment depending on the number and location of missing teeth, presence and health of the adjacent teeth as well as quantity and quality of your jaw bone (in implant cases).

Dentures
A denture is a removable prosthetic device used to replace missing teeth and associated gum loss. Dentures are also known by other names – such as false teeth or plates. Dentures can be either partial (replacing one or more teeth) or full (replacing all teeth in one jaw or both jaws).

Partial denture
These can be made from one of three different materials: acrylic, metal or flexible resin.

Acrylic resin partial denture
Acrylic is a rigid resin material. In dental prosthetics it is pink for the base and gums and tooth-coloured for the replacement teeth. The partial denture is often held in the mouth through the use of metal clasps which grip onto surrounding natural teeth. When in place, the metal is partially or fully covered by your lips.

Metal partial denture
This is a denture with a metal base, usually made of an alloy containing cobalt and chrome. The portion of the denture used to replace the gums is made of pink acrylic material, and the part used to replace teeth is tooth-coloured. Metal clasps are usually attached to the metal base. A major advantage of using metal for the base is the ability to make it both thin, less bulky, more comfortable and strong. Another design advantage over acrylic dentures is the provision of greater support, which minimises impact on your existing teeth.

Flexible Valplast Partial Denture
This is also pink in colour, but is made using a thinner and flexible resin which can facilitate insertion into the mouth. It comes with metal free clasps and is less bulky and noticeable than other partial dentures. Flexible dentures can not be adjusted or repaired are do not last as long as acrylic or metal dentures but they may be a useful option for some patients.

Full denture
A full denture is an acrylic denture that replaces all of the teeth in one jaw or both jaws. This means that the denture rests on your gums and does not use clasps. For some patients, full dentures may need to be held in place with adhesive. Full dentures can be made either to look like an ideal dentition or to mimic your natural teeth. A little time is usually required to get used to eating and speaking with them.

Over-denture
An over-denture is a denture that is made to fit over existing teeth or roots, or over dental implants. An advantage of over-dentures over full dentures is that the teeth or implants act as a secure anchor.

Immediate denture
An immediate denture is one that is prepared in advance of tooth extraction, then placed on the same day as the extraction procedure. This ensures that the patient does not spend any time without teeth. However, the immediate denture cannot fit as accurately as a denture made after teeth have been extracted. It can sometimes be made to fit well with adjustments, but in most cases it is used as a temporary denture, with a new one being made several months later.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The frequency of your visits will be tailored to your requirements. this will all be discussed and quoted with you at your initial appointment.

Although our digital x-rays minimise any exposure to radiation, we recommend avoiding x-rays during the first trimester and if possible throughout your pregnancy.

Tooth grinding and clenching (called bruxism) may happen during waking hours but mostly occurs during sleep. In some cases bruxism is self-diagnosed but in many cases it is diagnosed by others (such as a partner who hears the grinding during the night) or by a dental professional. Bruxism can be associated with pain and problems with your jaw and the surrounding muscles in your face that control it. These symptoms are grouped together under the label temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) or TMJ disorder. Whilst the main cause of TMD is unknown, there are various factors that can aggravate and influence TMD, such as:

  • Missing teeth
  • Sleep disorders (such as retells leg syndrome and sleep apnoea)
  • Emotional and physical stress
  • Smoking, Alcohol, Caffeine and some prescription or recreational drugs
  • Conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Trauma such as fractures or dislocation of jaw
  • Post orthodontic treatment (incorrect jaw position)

Baby teeth will usually start to come out at around 5 to 6 years old. Keep in mind however that the timing may vary for each child.

An implant is a titanium or ceramic fixture integrated into the bone of your jaw onto which a crown or bridge or denture can be fixed.

Dental crowns can still be subject to fracture and cavities, so it is essential to care for your crown as you would your natural teeth. If properly maintained through good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, crowns can last for many years.

At your first appointment with your dentist, your tooth will be prepared to the desired shape. A digital impression, using the Primescan intraoral scanner, along with DSLR photography will be taken to capture detailed and accurate record of your teeth colour, size, shape and positioning. The scans and photographs will be digitally sent to an Australian dental laboratory, where special techniques are used to custom design and construct a crown that will perfectly fit and match your tooth.

At the conclusion of your first appointment, a temporary crown will be made and placed over the prepared tooth to protect it. Then, at a second appointment a few weeks later, the crown will be fitted and bonded in place using bonding cement.

Crowns perform just like your natural teeth. While they are very durable, you still need to maintain good dental hygiene by brushing and floss the crown just as you do with your other teeth. With regular dental check-ups, proper cleaning and the use of remineralisation toothpastes, you will be able to minimise the risk of decay around your dental crown.

The teeth whitening systems provided at Trower Dental are perfectly safe for use by adults. The structure of your teeth and gums remain the same, only the tooth colour is made lighter. In recent times whitening treatments have become available at beauty therapists and in some shopping malls. Whitening treatments performed by non dental professionals can be dangerous and the results are often substandard. Our qualified dentists and dental practitioner provide the best possible results, leaving you with a smile you can be proud of.

Only your dentist can determine if whitening will work for you. The results from whitening vary from person to person depending on your existing tooth colour, lifestyle factors and oral hygiene. Here at Trower Dental we like to issue all of our Zoom patients with a complimentary prescription strength home maintenance kit to keep your teeth looking bright long after your complete your Zoom procedure.

Unfortunately, crowns and white fillings will not lighten during the whitening process. If desired, these can be replaced with a lighter shade to match your new, whiter smile.

There are a variety of factors that could lead to tooth discolouration. There are two types of tooth discolouration: extrinsic and intrinsic.
  • Extrinsic discolouration is staining confined to the enamel. It is most commonly caused by age, diet and poor oral hygiene. As we age, our tooth enamel can thin and start to reveal the yellow dentin beneath. In addition, diet and poor oral hygiene can cause our tooth enamel to stain, especially if our diet is high in sugars and acidic food and if we don’t maintain good oral hygiene. Teeth whitening treatment is most effective in removing this kind of staining.
  • Intrinsic discolouration is discolouration of the inner structure of the tooth and can be a result of trauma. This could include impact to the tooth when you were a child, such as a fall that damaged the developing permanent tooth; or trauma that involved internal bleeding, which discoloured the permanent tooth. Intrinsic staining usually requires additional dental treatment to achieve whitening.

There are two potential side effects you need to be aware of before having your teeth whitened. The most common side effect of teeth whitening is sensitivity, and this will last 24-48 hours after your procedure. In most cases this is easily managed by taking some painkillers prior to your procedure and as directed for 24 hours after. At Trower Dental, we will provide you with complementary dental products before and after your whitening procedure to minimise sensitivity.

Gum irritation is another possible side effect, although this is very uncommon. In cases where this has occurred it is usually a slight discomfort for around 24-48 hours after the procedure and can be soothed with vitamin E cream.

Results of your teeth whitening procedure will last for a number of years if you follow the professional care advice we give you after every treatment. If you are a regular smoker or drink a lot of tea, coffee, wine or soft drinks then the results will not last as long. If you don’t use your whitening maintenance kit your results will not last as long. It is recommended that you continue to visit your dentist on a regular basis for a professional clean to helps maintain white teeth for longer.