Please note that we practise gentle dentistry, with the option of sedation, for all treatments.

Preventative dentistry

  • Regular check-ups. When it comes to your oral health, an ounce of prevention is worth at least a pound of cure. Most dental problems are easier (and less expensive) to fix when they are picked up early at twice-yearly inspections. In some cases, such as with oral cancers, early detection can even be life-saving.
  • Professional cleaning. We recommend twice-yearly scaling and cleaning to eliminate the built-up plaque and calculus that isn’t removed by brushing and flossing. This keeps your teeth and gums healthy and removes some surface staining. We can also prepare your teeth so that your home bleaching is more effective.
  • Halitosis. If you suffer from chronic bad breath, we can assess the possible cause(s) and advise on treatment.
  • Sealants. Often, the surface of a tooth contains tiny grooves that are impossible to clean with a toothbrush. Tooth decay can start in these grooves. Sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to tooth to smooth out grooves and prevent decay.
  • Mouth guards. We produce custom mouth guards to protect teeth during sporting activities. We also make mouth guards that are used at night to improve airflow or prevent teeth grinding.

Gum disease management

  • Inflamed or infected gums – known as gingivitis, or periodontitis when it affects the bone underneath the gums – affect most of us at some point in our lives. If it becomes serious, it can cause teeth to become loose and need to be removed. Most gum disease is caused by long-term accumulation of plaque on the teeth. We can help you reverse and prevent gum disease.

Cosmetic dentistry

  • Teeth Whitening. We offer laser whitening in our clinic. It takes under an hour and gets excellent results for most people. We also offer home bleaching kits, which can be used on their own or in combination with laser whitening. Regular professional cleaning will also keep your teeth looking good by removing surface stains.
  • Veneers. Dental veneers are used for cosmetic reasons: to change the shape, colour, length or size of teeth. They are wafer-thin, custom-made shells that are permanently bonded to the front of your teeth.

Fillings and root canals

  • Fillings. We work with a range of filling materials, including tooth-coloured composite fillings, and will help you choose the filling material that will be most appropriate in your circumstances. When you have a filling, your gums and teeth will be numbed with a local anaesthetic near the site of the filling. Once the area is numb, we remove the decayed or damaged part of your tooth and apply the filling material. The filling may need curing with a hand-held light depending on the material used. The new filling will be shaped and polished before you leave to ensure your bite is unaffected and the filling feels comfortable in your mouth.
  • Root canals. A variety of things can cause a tooth's nerve and pulp to become inflamed or infected, including untreated decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth or trauma to the face. Root canals remove the damaged parts of the tooth and infected root. The remaining tooth is often restored using a crown.

Prosthetics for damaged or missing teeth

  • Inlays, onlays and crowns. All of these treatments are prosthetics that restore or replace damaged or missing teeth. They look and act like natural, healthy teeth. Inlays generally replace existing fillings and sit inside of the tooth. Onlays and crowns fit around the outside of a tooth. An onlay will cover only a portion of the tooth while a crown will cover most or all of a tooth. Crowns are usually used when a tooth has a very large filling or a root canal.
  • Bridges. Bridges are used when a tooth is missing. It’s not healthy to leave damaged teeth – or gaps – in the mouth because it can cause movement in your remaining teeth, which can damage your bite and lead to gum and temporomandibular joint disorders. Bridges are an artificial tooth that is secured in place by crowns attached to the healthy teeth on either side. Bridges are often used as an alternative to implants.
  • Dental Implants. Dental implants are artificial teeth that are attached to your jawbone via small titanium posts that act like roots. Single dental implants are often known as ‘crowns’, while multiple dental implants can support ‘bridges’. Dental implants are a permanent solution, offering excellent stability and durability, much like natural teeth. People who have lost most, or all, of their teeth may opt for what’s known as the ‘All-on-4’ technique, which allows an entire row of teeth (upper or lower) to be supported by four dental implants (as opposed to one for each tooth).
  • Dentures. Dentures are still the most cost-effective way to replace missing teeth in order to retain facial shape and get an acceptable cosmetic result. A full denture replaces all your natural teeth on ether or both jaws, while a partial denture replaces only some teeth and is kept in place by clasps around your remaining natural teeth.
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