Dental Care for the Whole Family

Our Core Values

Honesty - Integrity - Respect - Value

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By articulating our core values, we wish to show you the type of dental practice we aspire to be.

Before you learn about the services we provide, please learn about how we intend to provide them.
If your values align with ours, then we may be the practice you are searching for.


HONESTY

We will at all times be honest in our dealings with you. We expect that you will be honest with us.

INTEGRITY

We will always do the right thing.
We will not cut corners or take the easy path.

RESPECT

We will show you respect and courtesy.
We expect this in return.

VALUE

We will complete our duty to you diligently, and ensure that you receive value from our services.

General Dental Practice

What Can You Expect from a General Dental Practice?

General Practice Dentists are trained to treat a wide variety of dental conditions. However, no two dentists are the same. Their approach treatment, their experiences they have throughout their practising lives shape the dental care you will receive. Our dentists share a similar philosophy, but will do things slightly differently.

Our dentists are will often discuss treatment options to ensure that even if you are being cared for by someone other than your regular dentist, your treatment experience will be similar.

Service Details

Check Ups

Effective diagnosis of oral disease requires a thorough examination of the entire mouth including your teeth, gums, soft tissues, bone, joints and muscles. Specifically each individual tooth is examined and any existing fillings checked for wear or break down. An examination of your gums provides us with information about the health of your gums. Bleeding gums and excessive gum pocket depths are an indication of active disease which may lead to the loss of support for your teeth.

The relationship between the upper and lower teeth, and the condition of the jaw joints and muscles are also examined for any problems. Importantly the mouth is checked for any signs of oral cancer as oral cancer is responsible for 1% of cancer deaths in Australia each year. Additional diagnostic tests are often needed, with the most common being radiographs (x-rays). This can allow us to see early decay or other problems under the gum line.

For more complex conditions, plaster casts of the teeth, photographs, and saliva testing may be prescribed. Careful recording of these examination findings provides a permanent record of your oral health and provides a baseline against which any changes can be checked in the future.

Even if we are conducting a limited oral examination for a specific problem or a toothache, a similar approach will be taken.

Following the examination and diagnosis it is necessary to make a plan to manage whatever conditions, if any, have been diagnosed. There are usually several alternatives to any situation and discussion is essential to find a plan which suits your dental needs and desires, as well as your budget.

It is our practice policy to openly discuss the cost of treatment. Individual treatment planning can be a brief discussion of a few minutes when treatment needs are minimal or involve lengthy consultations including further diagnostic tests and written reports. Specialist dentists, such as orthodontists and oral surgeons, may also need to be involved in complex cases.

A full treatment plan can be printed to take away should you desire.

What is Preventive Denstistry?

Preventive Dentistry covers all facets of dental care that work to prevent dental disease.  

Dental Hygiene

Cleaning your teeth effectively is the best way to prevent cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, periodontitis, and many other dental disorders. It also helps to prevent bad breath (halitosis). Oral hygiene is necessary for everyone to maintain the health of their teeth and mouth. Healthy teeth have minimal or no plaque deposits, and therefore have fewer cavities because of decay. Healthy gums are pink and firm, and do not bleed when you brush or floss.

Regular tooth cleaning by a dentist is important to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult for you to reach on your own at home. Professional cleaning includes scaling and polishing. This involves the use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth. At Robelle Dental Centre, we recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months, and a routine examination at least every year for adults. For children and teenagers whose lives are continually changing, 6 month examinations are preferred. 

For some dental conditions, we may recommend more frequent cleaning and examination to ensure your optimum oral health.  We can contact you via letter, telephone, email or even SMS to remind you of your check up.

Of course, to keep your mouth at its best, our professional services require regular and effective brushing and flossing at home.

Mouthguards

Each year hundreds of preventable injuries occur because the sporting participant was not wearing a mouthguard. Not only does this cause pain and suffering to the individual concerned, but treatment can be expensive and continue on for many years.

We recommend the fitting of a custom mouthguard for all contact sports, and believe parents and sporting bodies should follow an 'No Mouthguard - No Play' rule. After taking impressions of your mouth, plaster casts are made and the mouthguard material moulded to the exact shape of your teeth.

Mouthguards are available in a wide range of colours to meet team, school or individual needs. If well cared for, a mouthguard will last the entire season, perhaps even two or three.

Fissure Sealants

Some people develop naturally deep pits and fissures (grooves) in the back teeth (molars and premolars). This makes cleaning very difficult and these teeth are prone to becoming decayed.

After the at risk tooth has been cleaned, the fissure sealants resin is flowed into the fissues of the tooth and then set. This prevents bacteria from colonising the area to produce plaque acid and tooth decay. The aim of this treatment, is to prevent tooth decay in the first place.

Cosmetic Dentistry

The objective for aesthetics in dentistry is to produce a natural smile with a healthy appearance of teeth and gums. The main components of dental aesthetics are shape, alignment, lip and cheek support, colour, translucence and fluorescence as well as surface texture and superficial gloss.

Over the years, we have learnt from many of our patients that their goal of treatment is improvement, not necessarily deliver a 'Hollywood' smile. Gum health is also very important. Stained and discoloured teeth can have their colour changed with bleaching which can be done at home or in the dental office, whichever you would prefer. The replacement of old stained restorations can provide immediate aesthetic improvement.

Sometimes, veneers, made from porcelain or tooth coloured filling materials, can be used to change colour and alignment as well as shape and length. Crowns can also be used for this purpose. Other procedures, including surgery to your gums, may be needed to deliver the best aesthetic result. Orthodontic treatment may be required to achieve satisfactory alignment. It is important both you and your dental team reach an understanding of the aesthetic objectives during the treatment planning phase.

What are fillings?

The replacement of missing tooth structure caused by disease or trauma is possible in almost all situations, and this is termed a dental restoration, or filling. The aim of restorative treatment is to return appearance and function – including speech and chewing – to as normal as possible.

The dentists at our practice restore teeth with a number of available materials, including amalgam, tooth coloured materials such as composite resin, or glass ionomer cement, gold and porcelain inlays and crowns.

I've heard amalgam isn't safe?

Despite what you may read on the Internet, amalgam remains a mainstay for fillings. All available research has demonstrated it to be safe, effective, strong and durable. It is a powdered alloy of silver, tin, copper, with trace amounts of zinc and indium mixed with amalgam to make the powder set. It does have limitations, including its colour, which is the main reason patients would prefer something that looks natural.

Crowns, Bridges and Other Considerations

If the entire tooth is missing then replacement with an implant, bridge or denture can be considered. When several teeth, or even all teeth are missing then implants, or a denture, can be used to restore appearance and function.

Endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy, can help save badly broken down teeth or teeth which have an infected pulp. In most circumstances, we would recommend the tooth be restored with a crown to increase its longevity.

Endodontic treatment is often referred to as root canal treatment or RCT. This is a procedure designed to save your own tooth despite the pulp being irreversibly damaged.

Under local anaesthetic, the diseased parts of the tooth are removed, and the remaining tooth structure to the root tip are cleaned and disinfected.  The procedure is usually completed over a couple of appointments, with a temporary filling material used in between visits.

Once the root canal has been filled, the tooth is ready for the final restoration.  A filling is used at this stage, however for back teeth we recommend the fitting of an artificial crown.

What is so good about dental implants?

In a very short space of time, dental implants have moved from experimental, university only offered treatments, to adoption within many general dental practices. We are very pleased that this technology has become predictable and available for our patients, and that we are able to offer our patients dental implant therapy.

With dental implants, the entire tooth is replaced with something artificial. The root of the tooth is replaced with a titanium implant screwed into the jaw. An articifical crown is then attached to the implant fixture.

Unfortunately, not all spaces can be treated with implants. A thorough assessment of the dimensions of the gap, quality and quantity of bone can make implant treatment more complex and costly. If implants are not well cared for, then they can also develop a condition call peri-implantitis and they may fail. Patients with a heavy bite have been known to fracture the implant hardware. We strongly recommend a thorough assessment and detailed conversation with our dentists should you desire this treatment modality.

Why would I need to consider braces?

Orthodontic treatment is dental treatment designed to improve the alignment of your teeth. Not only does it improve the appearance of crooked teeth, but for many patients it greatly improves the function of the teeth and jaws as well.

Even everyday tasks, such as flossing and brushing can be improved with orthodontic treatment. Many general dental practitioners choose to complete simple orthodontic treatments, and our dentists may be able to manage simple malocclusions for you.

Severe crowding and jaw discrepancies will require the care of an orthodontist, the specialist dentist who has completed three additional years of university training. Fortunately, Dr Laura Barbagallo from Exact Orthodontics at Indooroopilly is consulting with us once a month.

Though a referral is not necessary, we do recommend a check up for patients considering orthodontic treatment.

Dental Emergencies

Despite best efforts, we know that both toothaches and accidents can and do happen. In these situations, we will try to accommodate your appointment quickly whenever possible. If this is not possible, we will provide you with advice and help to find another dentist in the general area who may have time available.

What should I do if I knock a tooth out?

If the tooth is dirty, clean the tooth in milk. If that is not available for a few seconds wash the tooth with water or have the patient suck it clean. Try to only touch the crown. Reimplant the tooth in the socket if possible. If the tooth cannot be placed back in the socket, wrap it in plastic wrap or place it in milk or in the patient's mouth inside their cheek. Contact us as soon as possible, preferably within 30 minutes. If after hours, contact the emergency department of the local hospital.

I have a persistant toothache, what should I do?

A dull, throbbing painful tooth is unlikely to get better by itself and we recommend arranging an appointment as soon as practicable. In the meantime, over the counter pain relieving medications may be taken. Do not place pain relievers, especially aspirin on or near the tooth. Continue to keep your mouth and teeth clean, removing any obvious debris. If swelling is present, using a cold compress on the swelling may help, but seek medical or dental advice quickly.

What should I do if I break my tooth?

Clean the tooth with warm water, and save the pieces if possible. Keep the fragments moist and we may be able to bond them back into place. Contact us to arrange an appointment as soon as practicable.

What is Oral Surgery?

Minor oral surgery includes the removal of teeth and biopsies for oral pathology, up  to more complex surgery such as wisdom tooth removal that may include removing bone and sectioning the tooth. Most simple procedures can be completed at our practice under local anaesthetic.

The profession of dentistry has come to learn that your own teeth are your best teeth. However, we recognise that there are clinical indications when teeth need to be removed. Your teeth could be severely decayed, have fractures that cannot be restored or gum disease has destroyed the bone and ligaments that are needed to hold teeth into your jawbone. In these situations, extraction of the tooth is recommended.

Depending on a several conditions that your dentist will talk to you about, we ask that you give consideration to some form of replacement. This can be something simple as a denture or more involved such as a dental implant.

Do you look after children?

Currently Greater Springfield is a young area, and the single largest demographic in the area is children. We care for a large number of families, and we like to introduce children to the dental environment with their parents from an early age. We will like to complete a dental assessment around 2 years of age.

But aren't they just baby teeth?

Yes, and this is the reason to start dental care early. We would like to establish good habits early, and avoid dental disease if possible. Some children have dental developmental problems that are often much easier to manage if identified early. Tooth decay progresses faster in children's teeth due to their relatively smaller size, and again is easier to treat when detected early.

Baby teeth also have a vital role to play in the development of the jaws and speech. Untreated tooth decay can lead to pain, abscess formation and potential damage to the developing adult dentition. All the more reason to have regular dental check ups from childhood.

Why would I consider dentures?

Dentures are still a very valuable appliance for many patients. We can design a denture for a single tooth or one to replace all the teeth in someone's mouth. They are easy to fabricate and easy for patients to maintain. They do come with some issues, such as food getting caught underneath them, but even now they remain a mainstay of dentistry to replace missing teeth.

What is Gum Disease?

As the name suggests, gum disease is a dental condition that affects the soft tissues that support your teeth.

If you ever have bleeding gums when you brush, you are experiencing one type of gum disease. This is known as Gingivitis and is very easy to treat. It is caused by bacterial plaque creating a low grade infection along the gum line. Remove the plaque by simply improving your brushing on the bleeding areas, and the gums will often health themselves. If it has been a long time between professional visits, then a professional clean to remove tartar build up may also be needed.

Periodontitis is a moderate to severe form of gum disease. It involves the destruction of the supporting ligaments and bone that hold a tooth into the jaw. It is often a painless, chronic disease that many patients do not know they have. It is also a disease that is very difficult to treat, and like many chronic diseases it is managed rather than cured.

What does treatment entail?

This usually involves professional cleaning below the gum line, usually under a local anaesthetic and regular monitoring and review. Additional cleaning techniques and tools are often prescribed for a patient with periodontitis. Some patients need specialist treatment including gum surgery to help manage the condition.



Our Fees

We don’t do cheap dentistry as this style of treatment often costs patients more in the long term. We believe we deliver exceptional value for the price of our services, as we feel your dental health is too important to compromise.

As an indication of our fees, most first appointments at our practice will cost between $200 and $300. We accepted Cash, EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard and American Express. We also work with HICAPS and you can claim your health insurance rebate and only need to pay the gap amount.

 
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