Mosman 3D Dental

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Dental Procedures

The dedicated and highly professional team at Mosman 3D Dental will make it their priority to ensure you and your family is provided with quality dental care every time you visit the practice.

 

The team at Mosman 3D dental can take care of all your dental needs and will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable while answering any questions you may have.

 

Services that we offer at our practice include:

General Dental

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Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential for keeping your teeth and gums healthy, as well as your overall health. The professionals at Mosman 3D Dental offer expert advice on oral health care for patients of all ages and dental histories.

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TMJ Treatment

If you grind your teeth, suffer from frequent headaches, dizziness, back pain or popping jaw joints, you may be one of the many undiagnosed TMJ Dysfunction sufferers. The TMJ Joint ( Temporomandibular Joint ) refers to the two joints located...

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Custom Mouthguards

At Mosman 3D Dental we are able to make custom fitted mouth guards to ensure your teeth are protected. Our dentists can make custom-fitted mouth guards that offer far more protection and comfort than standard varieties. Given standard mouthguards don’t fit as accurately as custom-made mouth guards.

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Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Your wisdom teeth are your final teeth to emerge through your gums and tend to come through between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge part way or remain completely trapped underneath the gum line-also known as being ‘impacted’.

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Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics)

Root Canal Therapy involves the removal of the pulp (called the nerve) from within the tooth and then sealing the cavity. The pulp lies in the tooth centre within a thin canal extending from the crown of the tooth through to the tip of the root.

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White Fillings

Composite fillings are used to restore decayed teeth. Unlike metal fillings, white fillings are much more natural-looking. Although they are called “white,” they’re actually a “tooth-coloured” resin that mimics the look of a natural tooth.

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Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea is where the sufferer goes without air for 10 seconds or more during sleep. Treatment will depend largely on the individual sufferer and the extent of the issue. Find out more about how Mosman 3D Dental can help. 

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Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential for keeping your teeth and gums healthy, as well as your overall health. The professionals at Mosman 3D Dental offer expert advice on oral health care for patients of all ages and dental histories. Let us help you find out how to boost your oral (and general) health, as well as avoid preventable dental problems in the future.

Why is oral hygiene important?

Keeping your teeth clean and free from bacteria is important for more than just an attractive smile. By keeping plaque at bay, your teeth will stay healthy for longer and you’re less likely to need fillings, crowns and other dental treatments.

 

Poor oral hygiene can also impact other parts of the body, particularly the heart.

 

You will also be at a reduced risk of gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss and bad breath.  An estimated 80% of Australian adults will be affected by gum disease at some stage in their life. Gum disease results from a build up of plaque, which leads to inflammation and infection of the gum tissue, jawbone and can eventually lead too tooth loss if untreated.   

Preventative care: how can you avoid dental problems?

One of the most important aspects of our practice is a preventative care program. Through regular visits, we are able to diagnose potential oral health issues in their early stages. This enables us to prevent them from developing further, allowing you to achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

 

Taking care of your teeth and gums is also one of the most effective ways to combat plaque and oral diseases. Our dentists will advise you on good oral hygiene practices, including:

  • Regular tooth brushing at least twice a day, using dentist-recommended toothpaste
  • Cleaning the spaces between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes
  • Rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash to prevent gum disease
  • Avoiding foods and drinks that are high in sugar or acidity

Check-ups: what's involved?

Your oral hygiene check-up will include:

  • Evaluation of the health of your gums
  • Scaling and polishing of the teeth
  • Instructions on correct tooth and gum care
  • Application of decay-preventing agents

What about oral hygiene for kids?

Oral hygiene should be a concern at all stages of life, even for babies and young children whose teeth are still developing. Parents should assist their children with brushing their teeth as soon as their first tooth appears. Our Mosman dentists can teach older children the proper way to brush, and advise them on which foods and drinks to avoid for the good of their oral health.

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Wisdom teeth removal

Your wisdom teeth are your final teeth to emerge through your gums and tend to come through between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge part way or remain completely trapped underneath the gum line-also known as being ‘impacted’. The Mosman 3D Dental team are able to assess your wisdom teeth and advise if they are likely to cause you any problems in the future.

 

if your mouth and jaw are too small to accommodate the new teeth, they may not be able to break through the gum - when this happens, the teeth become impacted. An impacted tooth can lead to infections and other problems. Another potential issue is that the wisdom tooth may be growing at an angle that can push against other teeth, causing overcrowding and pain.

When your dentist takes x-rays of your jaw during your mid-teens, they’ll be able to tell you if it looks like your wisdom teeth may become an issue. If that's the case, our dentists will then discuss options for removal.

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TMJ

If you grind your teeth, suffer from frequent headaches, dizziness, back pain or popping jaw joints, you may be one of the many undiagnosed TMJ Dysfunction sufferers. The TMJ Joint ( Temporomandibular Joint ) refers to the two joints located in front of the ears, and is located where the upper and lower jaw meet. These joints attach the lower jaw to the skull and are important in several ways. The TMJ Joint is responsible for performing functions such as opening and closing the mouth, chewing, swallowing, breathing, talking and yawning.

 

TMJ Dysfunction is the name given to conditions affecting this joint. Instigated by bad bite TMJ Dysfunction can be extremely painful and cause chronic facial pain for sufferers. The key contributor to TMJ Dysfunction is stress. Stress causes the patient to clench down on the jaw, which compresses the jaw points and eventually results in bad bite. A popping sound on opening and closing your mouth is a very common occurrence in TMJ Dysfunction. In such cases the patient’s jaw disc is generally dislocated.

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Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)

Our team at Mosman 3D Dental pride themselves in delivering simple and concise information about all dental procedures offered to patients. Below you will find all the necessary information about Root Canal Therapy at our Mosman Dentist.

Root Canal Therapy involves the removal of the pulp (called the nerve) from within the tooth and then sealing the cavity. The pulp lies in the tooth centre within a thin canal extending from the crown of the tooth through to the tip of the root.

When the pulp becomes severely inflamed, and is irreversible, it will need to be removed. This is done to remove the likely scenario of damage to the surrounding tissues. In more severe cases root canal treatment may not be possible, and the tooth may need to be extracted. Thankfully our Mosman Dentist takes every possible measure to avoid the extraction of teeth.

When is Root Canal treatment necessary? What signs should I look for?

Root canal treatment may be required when the tooth becomes painful, tender to bite on, is particularly sensitive to heat and cold, or may have an obvious large cavity, which extends into the nerve of the tooth, or suddenly becomes dark in colour. Sometimes the pulp of the tooth will die without causing any noticeable pain. Other times the face may become swollen. In some cases it might need referring to a specialist.

What is the treatment procedure for Root Canal Therapy?

Root Canal Therapy is done in three steps; Removing the pulp, replacing the pulp with an obturating sealer and at the end of the procedure placing a restoration such as a crown or composite to cover the treated tooth. This is necessary because all root filled teeth become more fragile, brittle and normally darken. You may choose either a porcelain or gold crown for your tooth. The crown fits around and protects the tooth from splitting.

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Custom Mouthguards

At Mosman 3D Dental we are able to make custom fitted mouth guards to ensure your teeth are protected.

 

Our dentists can make custom-fitted mouth guards that offer far more protection and comfort than standard varieties. Given standard mouthguards don’t fit as accurately as custom-made mouth guards. A custom-fitted mouthguard is made by our dentist using an impression taken of your teeth and a plaster model.

These mouth guards are not only comfortable, they allow you to breathe easily and enjoy your sport and recreation activities without the risk of it being dislodged while you play.

 

Caring for your custom-fitted mouthguard

Your mouthguard needs to be rinsed with cold water after every use, dried and preferably stored in a plastic container. They should also be kept in a cool place. You can also disinfect your mouthguard from time to time with a mouthwash.

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Composite Resin (White Fillings)

Composite fillings are used to restore decayed teeth. Unlike metal fillings, white fillings are much more natural-looking. Although they are called “white,” they’re actually a “tooth-coloured” resin that mimics the look of a natural tooth.

Composites chemically bond to the tooth, which helps in supporting the existing structure of the tooth. As a result, breakage is less likely. The tooth also tends to be better protected from radical temperature changes, which can heighten sensitivity.

One of the biggest advantages is how these fillings look. Because they closely match the colour and appearance of a natural tooth, they’re virtually unnoticeable and help maintain the aesthetic look of your smile. They can also be used to reshape damaged or discoloured teeth.

How are white fillings placed?

Composites are generally placed in layers. Our dentists will use a light that helps harden each layer, and then shape the composite to fit your tooth. To prevent stains, we’ll then polish the composite.

What’s the difference between composite fillings and crowns?

Because of the porous material in composite fillings, they tend to be less durable than a treatment like a dental crown. As such, they are better suited for small caries or damage, while a crown is more appropriate for larger fractures or major tooth decay. Read more about crowns and same-day CEREC technology here.

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Treating Sleep Apnoea

Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnoea.

The difference between sleep apnoeas and normal snoring is that, when you snore, there is generally some sort of obstruction that partially stops airflow during sleep. This results in the tissues of your throat, nose or mouth to vibrate and create a 'snoring' sound. With sleep apnoea, there is a full obstruction that stops airflow completely.

There are two types of sleep apnoea. The first, and significantly more common, is obstructive sleep apnoea, which accounts for 90-96 per cent of all apnoeas, according to the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA). In this case, the upper airway collapses or becomes blocked, causing a period of no airflow. According to the ASA, roughly a quarter (24 per cent) of middle-aged males and 9 per cent of middle-aged females suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea. Far less common is central sleep apnoea, which is caused by reasons other than airway obstruction, such as issues stemming from the brain or weakened chest muscles.

The result of apnoeas means that the sufferer will wake many times during the night, not receiving enough sleep and ending up feeling excessively tired during the daytime. In the long term, the built-up effects of repeated lack of oxygen can result in more serious side effects such as high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, stroke and diabetes.

 

How can I stop sleep apnoea?

Treatment will depend largely on the individual sufferer and the extent of the issue.

Mild cases may be improved with changes such as weight loss, reduced alcohol consumption and changing or limiting medications. Some people may try nasal sprays, while others will be good candidates for nasal surgery to reduce natural obstructions.

At Mosman 3D Dental we offer SomnoDent which is a custom fitted dental device worn while you sleep that fits over your upper and lower teeth. It’s designed to keep your airway open by holding your lower jaw and tongue base forward.   It can look and feel a little like wearing a mouthguard, but can offer a quick and easy fix for apnoea sufferers. Assessment for suitability for SomnoDent must be done by a sleep specialist doctor as only mild to moderate sleep apneics are suitable for this treatment.

To find out more about whether SomnoDent is appropriate for you, make an appointment with one of our dentists today.

Talk to us today about your next check up

To find out more about general dentistry treatments, get in touch with our friendly team for a consultation!

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you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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