As Bendigo’s leading practitioner of General Dentistry, Martin Vale Dentistry offers a range of services designed to meet all your dental health needs.
A partial denture is one which replaces one or more teeth but not all of them. A removable implant-retained denture is supported by abutment(s) integrated into the bony tissue. Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of a patient’s teeth. Implant Supported Denture are dentures that are supported by implant abutments.
SomnoDent is an Oral Sleep Apnea Appliance consisting of two dental plates, which look similar to a sports mouth guard. SomnoDent is custom made to fit your mouth and should be worn at night whilst you are sleeping. Using a titration key, the SomnoDent can be gradually adjusted to bring your lower jaw forward, opening up your airway. Treatment is painless and non-invasive. SomnoDent therapy is reversible and can be used in conjunction with other treatment modalities.
What are wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth, which usually happens when you are between 16 and 23 years of age. When there is insufficient gum space for normal eruption, these teeth become “impacted” – that is, they remain below the gum line, or not quite clear of it, because they cannot fully emerge. Why do they need to be removed? Impacted wisdom teeth can cause: • infection of adjacent gum tissue • dental decay of adjacent teeth • crowding of front teeth When should they be removed? It is well documented that removal of wisdom teeth in young adults (below the age of 25) is associated with less post-operation pain and swelling than in older adults. Therefore, if it is determined that your wisdom teeth are likely to cause problems, we will usually recommend that you have them removed earlier rather than later. Will I be awake or asleep during the procedure? This will always be your choice, although recommendations will be made during your consultation appointment and your options will be assessed. How much will it cost? At Martin Vale Dentistry we will give you an itemised quotation during your consultation appointment. This will include an estimate of hospital and anaesthetic fees if required. You may then wish to contact your health insurance fund to assess your general dentistry out-of-pocket expenses.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal or endodontic treatment is a process whereby inflamed or dead pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth, enabling a tooth that was causing pain to be retained. Dental pulp is the soft tissue in the canal that runs through the centre of a tooth. Once a tooth is fully formed it can function normally without its pulp and be kept indefinitely. After removing the pulp, the root canals are cleaned, sterilised and shaped to a form that can be completely sealed with a filling material to prevent further infection. The treatment can take several appointments, depending on how complex the tooth is, and how long the infection takes to clear. Subsequently a crown or complex restoration to restore or protect the tooth may be a necessary recommendation, as a tooth after undergoing treatment may be more likely to fracture. As an experienced general dentistry practice Martin Vale Dentist Bendigo are experts in root canal therapy.
A grinding splint is a custom fabricated personalised guard used to protect and prevent wear of your teeth. Grinding or bruxism is the excessive grinding of the teeth and/or excessive clenching of the jaw. Bruxism is an oral parafunctional activity it is not related to normal function such as eating or talking. Bruxism is a common problem: reports of prevalence range from 8–31% in the general population. Bruxism may cause minimal symptoms, and therefore people may not be aware of the condition. Several symptoms are commonly associated with bruxism, including hypersensitive teeth, aching jaw muscles, and headaches. Bruxism may cause tooth wear, and even the damage or breakage of teeth and dental restorations such as crowns and fillings.
• Amalgam free practice for 25 years • Amalgam separators • Energy saving – Carbon foot print • Digital X-ray. As your general dentistry professional we provide you with the latest technology backed by quality service.
A mouthguard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums. A mouthguard is most often used to prevent injury in contact sport. Our staff are very experienced in developing mouthguards in addition to all your general dentistry needs.
For all your General Dentistry needs contact us today on (03) 5443 5006.