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What is a Root Canal?

The term “root canal” is directly linked to the process of cleaning the canals inside the tooth’s root. The ultimate goal of a root canal is to save a tooth that is severely infected, rather than disposing of it completely. This dental procedure will remove the dead or dying nerve tissue and bacteria from inside a tooth so that you can preserve the tooth and reduce the risk of removal.

With modern technology helping root canals to be a painless and smooth treatment, the ‘painful’ stigma that surrounds root canals can be put to bed. More often than not, root canals will take up to two trips to the Cranbourne dentist; it’s easy!

What are the Symptoms of a Root Canal?

  •             Severe and persistent toothache
  •             Swelling in your face or cheek
  •             Foul-smelling and foul-tasting breath
  •             Swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck
  •             Sensitivity when chewing
  •             Pain in your jawbone, neck or ear

Often the common cause of needing a root canal is a cracked tooth, a deep cavity or a tooth that has undergone repeated dental treatment.

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What is the Root Canal Procedure?

  1.         The dentist at Cranbourne dental centre will insert a numbing gel (anaesthetic) around the bad tooth – it’s common to feel a slight prick as the needle is inserted.
  2.         When your tooth has become numb, your dentist will use a very tiny drill to remove a small portion of the top of the tooth and expose the pulp¹.
  3.         The infected pulp is removed with a set of instruments called files.
  4.         The canals (pathways that run through teeth) are cleaned with disinfecting solution to remove bacteria and any remaining parts of the pulp. Medicine may be applied to the area here, to prevent further infection.
  5.         Now the tooth is clean, it may be filled and closed. Often this will be with a temporary filling until your next appointment when you receive the permanent crown.

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¹.Pulp is essentially the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue of the tooth. It supplies blood to the tooth whilst it is also the reason you feel sensations such as temperature on your teeth.

How to take care of a Root Canal?

With care and attention, a tooth that has undergone a root canal can remain healthy for the rest of your life. Ensure you are visiting Cranbourne dental centre every six months, brushing twice-a-day with a deep clean toothpaste that fights germs, flossing once-a-day and avoiding chewing on hard foods that can cause teeth to break.

Need to book an appointment? Just give us a call (03) 5995 1000

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At Cranbourne Dental Centre, we strive to ensure all our clients can attain high quality and accessible dental care.  For children, there is the ‘Child Dental Benefits Schedule’ (CDBS) which is an initiative that allows for up to $1000* for basic dental treatments. 

Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible, the patient must be aged between 2-17 for at least 1 day of the calendar year.  They must and also be eligible for Medicare, Family Tax Benefit A, or other relevant Australian Government payments.

To be able to receive the benefits for your child, eligibility will be granted if you are their parent/guardian, or if you’re an approved care organisation responsible for the child.

If you are unsure whether your child is eligible for CDBS, you can contact the Department of Human Services.

Which Services Are Eligible For the CDBS?

  1. Dental check-ups and teeth cleaning
  2. Fissure sealants and fillings
  3. Dental x-rays
  4. Extractions
  5. Root canals 

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How To Claim?

Treatment is bulk billed through Medicare

  • Eligible children pay $0 – no out of pocket costs
  • No wait list – your child will have the next available appointment

To be able to claim CDBS with Cranbourne Dental Centre, simply make an appointment with us and inform us of the service required and mention that you would like to use CDBS. We will then require you to sign a consent form agreeing to the services and the cost.

At Cranbourne Dental Centre we offer bulk-billing, which means patients will not need to submit a claim with us under the CDBS.

One thing to note with the Child Dental Benefits Scheme is that it is not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and will not be paid for any services provided in a hospital operating theatre.

Need to book an appointment? Just give us a call (03) 5995 1000

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At Cranbourne Dental Centre, our team of Professional Dentists offers the service of Dental Fissure Sealants. This service targets the pits and fissures within the grooves of the tooth. Generally, this is the permanent back teeth, as it is a hard to brush, prime opportunistic area for decay to build. Fissure sealants are coatings applied to the grooves in the tooth, designed to prevent the intrusion of bacteria and other debris into the deep crevices on the tops of your teeth.

Dental Fissure Sealants are generally looked at as a procedure directed at children to prevent cavities; however, at any age, dental sealants can be recommended as a preventive measure.

Some key benefits of dental sealants may include:

  • Dental fissure sealants are very easy to apply and can be applied quickly in one session.
  • A pain-free experience to apply.
  • By implementing dental sealants, patients can look forward to spending less money in the future on procedures as they will have already taken the preventive measure.

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How are Dental Fissure Sealants applied?

  1. To begin with, one of our Dental Professionals at Cranbourne Medical Centre will clean the given tooth which is receiving the dental sealant.
  2. Once the tooth is cleaned, an ‘acidic gel’ is applied to the tooth, to ensure the sealant can effectively ‘grip’ onto the surface.
  3. Teeth are then cleaned, rinsed and dried, ready for the sealant to be applied. The sealant is then applied.
  4. The sealant is then applied to the tooth with a brush, and the formula will bond with the tooth and will then harden to become the sealant. In some cases a curing light is used to speed up this process; this can depend on the particular sealant.

How Long Do Fissure Sealants Last?

Fissure Sealants can last a number of years, usually up to 10, and will continue to prevent against cavities and decay. It is important however that Sealants are checked up on in bi-annual check up appointments to ensure against any potential wear or chipping.

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Invisalign and Fastbraces are both popular options for those wanting to straighten their smile. It can be difficult to know which option is right for your unique needs. Our Cranbourne dentists can break down the unique advantages and drawbacks of each treatment to help you make this decision.

Orthodontic care is rising in popularity with nearly two-thirds of Australians considering treatment to fix crooked teeth. Teeth alignment can help boost self-confidence by giving you that perfect smile. Seeing an orthodontic specialist can also identify and prevent dental issues due to misaligned teeth, including:

  • Pain and issues from jaw misalignment
  • Bacteria build-up between teeth as it’s easier to get food stuck in crooked teeth. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if not properly addressed.
  • Wearing down of protective enamel due to misaligned teeth, which can lead to cavities.

When it comes to getting braces, dentists at our Cranbourne medical centre understand everyone has different needs and priorities. We offer both Invisalign and Fastbraces treatment options to our patients to accommodate their requirements.

Invisalign

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As opposed to traditional braces with metal brackets, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to fix crooked teeth. By wearing the aligners in sequence, Invisalign progressively guide teeth into alignment.

It’s the most discreet option for braces as they can be virtually invisible. The aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours per day, and can be taken out whenever you choose. This is particularly useful if you are attending a special occasion or taking photos. It also leads to fewer eating restrictions as you don’t need to worry about damaging the braces. Invisalign is comfortable to wear as it doesn’t have any metal that may cut the mouth.

However, this method is often less effective for severe orthodontic problems. For serious cases of teeth misalignment, wearing Fastbraces may lead to better outcomes.

Fastbraces

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Fastbraces uses a modern triangular metal brace design to align the root of the teeth along with the visible crown. This treatment is much faster than other treatment options and is often more affordable as a result. Like traditional braces, our Cranbourne doctors tighten your Fastbraces over time to move teeth into the correct positions.

As Fastbraces uses metal brackets and wires, it may cut or rub the inside of your mouth. You must also be careful when eating to avoid damage to the braces.

The verdict

Ultimately, your choice in braces comes down to what you regard as your top priority. Invisalign is a great option for those seeking a discreet fix for minor teeth misalignment, whereas Fastbraces will help you achieve a perfect smile in a shorter timespan. Visit Broad Oak Medical Centre in Cranbourne for a professional consultation to choose the most suitable treatment for you.

Need to book an appointment? Just give us a call (03) 5995 1000





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