General & Preventative Services
Research shows that the simplest way to reduce dental disease such as gum disease (which includes gingivitis and periodontal disease) is to have your teeth cleaned professionally at least every 6 months. This removes the build up of calculus, commonly called tartar or plaque which is that furry feeling you get on your teeth and surface staining caused by things like tea and coffee. Hygiene visits address other concerns such as bad breath and rough areas on your teeth.
A regular check up is the corner stone of good preventive care. With regular check up we can pick up any problems with your teeth like cavities, chipped/worn fillings and broken teeth early before they lead to bigger problems such as pain and infection. For your convenience we always combine a check-up into the same visit as a clean.
At Vivid Dental we pride ourselves on being proactive and during these regular visits we can address other issues that you may have or discuss procedures that you may be interested in such as orthodontics and teeth whitening.
At Vivid Dental, we understand that many people feel nervous about visiting the dentist
Tools to assist our nervous patients include Nitrous Oxide (happy gas) and The Wand are available at Vivid Dental. These options can make your dental treatment more comfortable, and ease you into overcoming your fears. Often nervous patients choose to simply have a dental check-up in their first appointment. This means we don’t have to undertake any actual treatment, our dental team will just examine and assess your teeth and gums, and take X-Rays if you feel okay with it. Then, our team can organise a treatment plan for you – and talk you through each step.
You’re in Control. Often people’s fears about dental treatment stem from a lack of control. The noises, the vibrations, the tools – they can all be very daunting if you feel that you aren’t in control of the situation. That’s why we want you to be in control. At Vivid Dental, we want you to tell us what you are okay with, what you aren’t okay with, and what we can do to help. If you need a break every few minutes, that’s perfectly fine. If you’d like us to put the radio up louder for you, we’d love to. If listening to your iPod would help – go for it! You are in control of your dental treatment – you choose the pace and the options we can use to help.
Nitrous Oxide (often called happy gas or laughing gas) is a safe, temporary way to feel relaxed and during dental treatment. You will remain completely conscious and awake, but feel relaxed, happy and slightly drowsy. Administered easily, with a comfortable mask over the nose, the patient inhales the harmless gas through deep, nose breaths. Within minutes, the patient should feel “warm and fuzzy” – the way you may feel after a glass of wine. When treatment is finished, the patient breathes oxygen and the affects of the happy gas immediately wear off. Patients can return to work, drive, eat and drink, and perform normal daily tasks after using gas.
The Wand is a technological advancement in the way we administer dental anesthetic injections. A machine that houses the injection and anesthetic itself, The Wand slowly drips anesthetic into the gum, painlessly and easily. For those who are particularly uncomfortable with injections, this tool is hugely beneficial.
Aches and Pains
If you find you have dental problems between visits or if you have not been to the dentist for a while we are always here to help you find out what the cause is and direct you down a path to recovery. We always try to make a trip to the dentist as easy and comfortable as possible.
Snoring and Sleep problems
Do you or your partner snore at night? A lot of snoring issues are related to the mouth and this is something we can help you with to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Snoring can also be a part of a larger health issue called sleep apnoea that causes daytime tiredness and high blood pressure. If you think this could be affecting you, contact us to discuss this further.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.