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Welcome to Baker Dental Group

As a long established Parkes dental practice, Baker Dental Group provide high quality dental care through a wide range of quality services and all within a comfortable, relaxed and professional environment. We are proud of our commitment to gentle, personalised and informative dental care for the whole family. We strive to always find a solution to fit your individual needs and budget.

Speak to us today about the wide range of dental services we offer from general dental to implants and orthodontics.

‍We except all healthfund’s with on the spot claiming, CDBS bulk billing patients, pension vouchers and Veteran affair gold cards.

We have interest free finance available and Afterpay.

Same Day Cerec Crowns

A four step process, everything from preparation to cementation is done in just a single appointment, over a few hours. No impressions, temporary crowns or second appointment needed.
After the preparation off the tooth is complete, using an intra oral camera we scan the tooth. The computer then gives us a 3D Image of the prepared tooth and allows us to design the crown. Once the final design is done, the milling machine will cut a replica of the design out of a ceramic block, the milling duration can around 15 minutes for a single crown, then your crown is ready for cementation.
In addition to crowns we use the CEREC for bridges, veneers and inlay/onlays.

Advantaged with CEREC


The CEREC Method

After the consultation, a camera captures the area to be treated.
The dental prosthesis is then created as a 3D model on the computer
The restoration on the computer is subsequently milled from a ceramic block.
The finished ceramic restoration is inserted just a little while later.

Advantages with CEREC

No unpleasant impression material

Say goodbye to biting on impression material for several minutes, having a numb mouth and jaw ache. Your dentist now has a camera that can capture your full dentition in seconds and then transfer this to the computer.

Say goodbye to messy impressions. Using the CAD CAM, 3D images are captured in seconds and transferred directly onto the CEREC computer.

No temporary restoration

Unlike traditional crowns you wont be walking away with a temporary tooth, you will leave with the final product.

Great aesthetics results

Using the CEREC cutting edge technology the crown is designed specifically for you and your mouth making it comfortable. The technology allows us to make modifications to achieve your desired look especially when doing veneers. In addition to the design using the technology, we colour match using hand staining techniques.

CROWNS BRIDGES AND VENEERS

CROWNS

The best solution for severely damaged teeth

A crown is sometimes referred to as a dental cap. It is a restoration that covers the entire tooth structure using a ceramic material made extra orally and bonded using dental cement. Crowns are often recommended for decayed or damaged teeth to add extra strength and prevent any future issues. Crowns are also placed on dental implants.

VENEERS

Able to re create an entire smile

Veneers are a thin shell placed on your anterior teeth (front teeth) custom made to achieve your desired look.
To achieve the best aesthetic outcome it would be recommended your front 6-8 teeth be veneered.
Veneers are often made from porcelain or ceramic and a more cost effective option is composite resin.

BRIDGES

A perfect solution for missing teeth

A bridge is usually made up of a false tooth (Pontic) and crown's on either side acting as anchors to the false tooth. Bridges are recommended for both aesthetic and functional cases. They are a more cost-effective option to implants, and can be an alternative to some partial denture cases.

CERAMIC FILLINGS-INLAYS AND ONLAY

The best alternative to gold, amalgam, and composite resin fillings.

Restorations made from ceramic also known as inlays and onlays are a higher quality alternative to composite resin fillings.
They are often used to replace large amalgam and gold filling due to their strength and aesthetic. They are similar to a crown however they do not cover the entire tooth structure like a crown.




GENERAL AND PREVENTIVE DENTAL

All aspects of general dentistry, using the most up to date materials and techniques, are carried out by our team of dentists here at Baker Dental. Our focus is on prevention. This means providing sound advice so that problems do not arise in the first instance. It also means identifying and treating potential problems, before they progress. Our ethos is to provide a balanced assessment of all the options, allowing patients to choose the most appropriate treatment for themselves and their budget.

We recommend routine check up’s and strive to make this affordable with our packages.

DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into the jawbone to replace missing natural roots. A crown is then attached to the implant to replicate the look and function of a real tooth. Implants can replace one or several missing teeth, and in some cases can be fitted with special clips to hold a partial denture in place or even retain a full denture.

From a single tooth, to replacement of a whole arch of teeth, Dr Hang Xu has placed many implants and provides the full range of options. Biohorizon and Strauman – two of the world’s biggest implant companies – are used.

With good oral hygiene, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, and we recommend regular maintenance visits in order to maximise their life span.

CHILDREN DENTISTRY

At Baker Dental our smallest patients sometimes require the most attention. We are dedicated to ensuring that our younger patients have a positive experience when they visit our surgery because we understand the stress that dental visits and procedures can create for both our younger patients and their parents and carers.

The team at Bakers aim to educate when it comes to oral hygiene and believe that preventative measures and good habits in the younger years, will reduce the need for major dental work in the years to come. We also aim to build your childs confidence in the chair, to do this we recommended regular visits.

Baker Dental offer treatment under the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). For those that are eligible, you can claim up to $1000 for each child over 2 consecutive calendar years. This generally covers basic dental services such as check-ups, X-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings and extractions.

If you would like more information or an appointment for the children contact our surgery to discuss. We always aim to accommodate families with late night appointments and Saturday appointments.

WHITENING

Everyday things such as tea, coffee, the occasional red wine, all contribute to staining over time – If you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth, professional whitening can help you regain a natural white smile. Teeth whitening is an effective way to easily lighten the natural colour of your teeth.

We recommend booking a check-up and professional clean before teeth whitening, this will ensure you get the best result as your teeth and gums will be clean, healthy, and free of external staining, as well as giving you a chance to discuss the best whitening method for you!

Our professionals are trained to whiten your teeth in the surgery chair, where you see results in one sitting, this method is both a gentle and efficient way to whiten teeth without unnecessarily removing natural tooth structure.  The in chair package kit also includes customised trays and whitening gel to maintain your new pearly whites at home.

Baker dental also offers customised whitening kits to take home, where you can achieve your white smile in the comfort of your own home.

ORTHODONTICS

Dr Hang Xu has been providing patients orthodontic treatment since 2015. Including expansion plates, Invisalign, traditional metal braces and white ceramic braces. Dr Xu believes in addressing potential cases as early as possible to ensure to most appropriate treatment plan is put in place. In some cases early detection and action can prevent future orthodontic treatments.

WISDOM TEETH

Everyone dreads the thought of getting wisdom teeth out, but you can feel comfortable knowing that if our practitioners can't look after your case that you will be referred off to a highly experienced and trusted oral surgeon.

DENTURES

At Baker Dental we are aware that many people wear full or partial dentures, and that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find someone who has the skills needed to make these both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing!

Whether your needing your first set of dentures or your looking to replace your existing set we have you covered, we aim for quick turn around times to ensure you have your finished product as early as possible. We use trusted Australian labs that have been producing quality work for years.

Baker Dental are fully equipped and trained to repair dentures onsite, this means you aren’t left without your denture while it is sent off to a lab, we see you and fix it within the day. You cant beat that service!

COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Having a smile your comfortable with gives you a world of confidence and here at Baker Dental we want to achieve that with you. We offer a large range of cosmetic options, including porcelain and composite veneers, whitening, orthodontic treatments such as traditional braces,

We can propose a treatment plan tailored for you and your budget.

ROOT CANAL THERAPY

Troublesome tooth? Relax, there’s no need to lose it!
Root canal therapy can save it for you!

The most common reason for needing Endodontic treatment is infection. In most cases the dental pulp, (soft tissue inside the canal or channel that runs through the root of your tooth), has been damaged due to deep decay allowing bacteria to reach it. Unfortunately, once this happens a simple filling will no longer “fix” the tooth. Once the pulp has become inflamed or infected you may experience some symptoms such as:

·      Continuous pain

·      Extreme and/or prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold

·      Pain or discomfort when chewing

·      Discolouration of the tooth

·      Facial swelling

Sometimes you may have no symptoms at all, which is why regular dental check ups are so important.

What is root canal treatment and how can it save your tooth?
Your dentist will remove the decay and access the infected dental pulp. During the root canal treatment, the infected pulp is removed and the canals are cleaned, disinfected. Special dressings and temporary fillings are placed inside your tooth between each visit to help settle the surrounding tissues and destroy bacteria. This process relieves the inflammation and pain that you may have experienced; it is important to note that during this procedure little or no pain is generally experienced as the tooth is usually anaesthetised (numb).

The next step is to fill the roots of the tooth, sealing them off to prevent re-infection.

Root canal therapy can take several appointments, and depending on the complexity of the individual tooth may need to be referred to a specialist to be completed

What happens AFTER treatment?
After your Root Canal has been completed, you will need to restore it with a more permanent solution – your dentist will discuss this with you further, however generally a crown is the preferred option over a filling in most cases.

GUMS AND PERIODIC TREATMENT

Gum disease is the number one reason people in developing countries lose their teeth. A lot of the time people don’t even realise that they have gum disease as the early signs and symptoms are not always obvious. Some of the symptoms are bleeding gums and bad breath.

Dental hygienists are trained to treat this disease and educate people on how to keep their teeth.

To maintain healthy gums and teeth it is essential to brush your teeth twice a day and to floss or use interdental brushes (pixters) everyday. The key is to clean both the gums and teeth.

Education from a hygienist is the key to keeping your teeth.

Baker Dental Group has their hygienist, Jemima, coming to Parkes every Monday and Tuesday to advise clients on improving their oral health.

Call (02) 6862 1391 to make an appointment to see Jemima.

Same Day Cerec Crowns

A four step process, everything from preparation to cementation is done in just a single appointment, over a few hours. No impressions, temporary crowns or second appointment needed.
After the preparation off the tooth is complete, using an intra oral camera we scan the tooth. The computer then gives us a 3D Image of the prepared tooth and allows us to design the crown. Once the final design is done, the milling machine will cut a replica of the design out of a ceramic block, the milling duration can around 15 minutes for a single crown, then your crown is ready for cementation.
In addition to crowns we use the CEREC for bridges, veneers and inlay/onlays.

Advantaged with CEREC


The CEREC Method

After the consultation, a camera captures the area to be treated.
The dental prosthesis is then created as a 3D model on the computer
The restoration on the computer is subsequently milled from a ceramic block.
The finished ceramic restoration is inserted just a little while later.

Advantages with CEREC

No unpleasant impression material

Say goodbye to biting on impression material for several minutes, having a numb mouth and jaw ache. Your dentist now has a camera that can capture your full dentition in seconds and then transfer this to the computer.

Say goodbye to messy impressions. Using the CAD CAM, 3D images are captured in seconds and transferred directly onto the CEREC computer.

No temporary restoration

Unlike traditional crowns you wont be walking away with a temporary tooth, you will leave with the final product.

Great aesthetics results

Using the CEREC cutting edge technology the crown is designed specifically for you and your mouth making it comfortable. The technology allows us to make modifications to achieve your desired look especially when doing veneers. In addition to the design using the technology, we colour match using hand staining techniques.

Emergency Treatment

What should I do in an event of a dental emergency?
Please call the practice immediately so that we can arrange an appointment as quickly and conveniently as possible for you.

What should I do to cure a toothache?
If you are suffering from a painful toothache, something is wrong that requires attention. Contact us immediately to organize an appointment as quickly and conveniently as possible for you. Painkillers such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol are recommended; do not exceed the maximum dose.

What should I do if I have a swelling?
Swellings are caused by an infection. Contact us immediately to receive treatment or antibiotics.

What should I do if I have fractured my tooth?
Fractured teeth can usually be restored so there is no need to panic. If the tooth is painful, avoid hot or cold and avoid eating or biting on that side i.e. relieve the tooth from extremes of temperature and pressure. Painkillers such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol may help. Pain-free treatment is usually available by contacting us quickly.

What if I have lost a crown?
Keep your crown safe so it can be re-cemented as soon as possible to avoid damage or the need for root canal treatment. Contact us immediately.

What if I have knocked a tooth out?

  • The tooth needs to be re-implanted into its socket immediately.
  • Try not to handle the tooth root to protect the fibres around the root surface.
  • If possible, place the tooth back into the socket and splint in place with silver paper.
  • DO NOT place the tooth in water.
  • DO place the tooth in cold milk or on one side of your mouth between your teeth and cheeks
  • Contact us immediately

Preventive Dentistry

Initial Consultation

The first people you will meet will be our friendly reception staff, who will ask you to complete a medical form.

Our dentist needs to be aware of your general state of health as this can often impact upon the condition of your teeth and gums and may effect medication such as anaesthetics and antibiotics we may use for you.

At your consultation you will have the opportunity to discuss any dental concerns you may have or how you would like your teeth improved.

Your dentist will give you a full oral assessment to help accurately plan which treatments would be best for the health of your mouth. During this examination we will be looking at -

  • Teeth and the way you bite
  • Original restorations  – Filling, crowns, veneers etc
  • The health of your gums and surrounding bone around each tooth
  • Your tongue, throat, cheeks & lips for signs of oral cancer
  • Jaw joint evaluation

Dental X-rays will also be taken of your teeth to check for -

  • Decay inside the tooth or between the teeth.
  • Abscess or cysts on the roots of your teeth.
  • Root positions
  • Bone loss

Once the examination is complete the dentist will dicuss the findings with you.

We will then create a treatment plan with alternative options for you, including all the benefits and risks of each procedure and the costings. This will allow you to decide what is best for your long term dental health

Sports Mouthguard

Mouthguards are made from a plastic material called Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA). EVA is strong and tough and can be easily moulded to fit precisely over your teeth and gums.

Mouthguards are the most effective protective pieces of equipment to help prevent injury to the mouth - protecting the teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. A mouthguard does not only protect your mouth, it can also cushion blows to the mouth or jaw therefore preventing damage to the jaw, neck or brain.

Having a dentist take special impressions will create a guard to perfectly fit your mouth, teeth and gums, providing ultimate protection. The procedure is very simple; your dentist will take moulds of your teeth both upper and lower. They will be sent to the dental laboratory where our technician will fabricate your custom made guard.

Bad Breath

Bad breath (or halitosis) is an unpleasant odour which can occur from time to time or be long lasting.The main cause of bad breath is in the mouth. We have millions of bacteria that live in the mouth, particularly on the back of the tongue and these bacteria feed on the food debris that accumulates in the mouth and between our teeth. The bacteria give off a sulphur compound and it is this that creates the bad odour. Smoking and drinking alcohol contribute to the unpleasant odour. There are other conditions which affect the airways and stomach that can lead to bad breath too.

Improving your oral hygiene is the most effective way to eliminate bad breath. Brushing teeth and tongue twice a day using fluoride toothpastes, as well as flossing, will remove the bacteria  which generally removes the odour.

Aesthetic Dentistry

Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening has become one of the most popular ways to improve your smile by lightening the existing shade of your natural teeth. This is a simple and effective treatment which can be carried out by your dentist or at home. Tooth whitening is non-invasive treatment which does not involve drilling or removal of the tooth surface.

Bonding

Dental bonding, also known as composite bonding, has been used in dentistry for many years. It is an excellent way to repair cracked, chipped and discolored teeth as well as replacing silver amalgam fillings. Dental bonding can also be used to close gaps and reshape misaligned teeth, providing a straighter, more uniform smile.

Bonding is probably the most conservative of all the cosmetic dentistry. It involves minimum alteration to the original tooth enamel, and is reversible if none of the tooth enamel is removed. The results are seen immediately.

Veneers

A veneer is a thin layer of tooth coloured material which is placed over your natural tooth to mask the underlying enamel.

Veneers are designed to enhance the appearance of your teeth by -

  • Masking permanently stained teeth.
  • Closing Diastemas – spaces between your teeth.
  • Straightening misaligned teeth.
  • Improving the appearance of damaged or broken teeth due to decay or trauma.

Crowns

A crown is a tooth shaped cover which fits over the existing structure of your natural tooth to protect and restore the tooth’s function.

Crowns can be used to -

  • Strengthen teeth which have been weakened by decay or a large filling.
  • Protect fractured, cracked and worn teeth.
  • Improve the shape, alignment and shade of a tooth.
  • After root canal treatment, to help strengthen the tooth.

Each crown is individually handcrafted by our dental technician to create a healthy, natural look.

Invisalign

Invisalign is the modern way to get the beautiful straight teeth you've always wanted — without braces. Schedule a consultation with our team so we can determine if Invisalign is right for you.

Restorative Dentistry

White Fillings

Fillings are the most common type of ‘restorative treatment’. A filling replaces the part of the tooth that has been lost because decay has caused a cavity in the tooth or because the tooth has broken. One option in restoring the tooth is to have a white filling, commonly known as  a ‘Composite Filling’.

Many people have fillings, the majority being grey metal called ‘Amalgam’. Fillings do not just have to be practical, they can also be aesthetically pleasing and thus many patients no longer have the desire for amalgam fillings because they are visible : with most white fillings, no-one would know it was there.

Silver Fillings - Amalgam

Fillings are the most common type of 'restorative treatment'. A filling replaces the part of the tooth that has been lost either because decay has caused a cavity in the tooth or because the tooth has broken. One option in restoring the tooth is to have an Amalgam filling however with high quality tooth coloured fillings available, amalgam usage is now declining.

  • Amalgam - Sometimes referred to as a silver filling. This is an alloy which is made up using Mercury, Silver, Tin, Copper and Zinc.
  • It is extremely durable and able to withstand the grinding and chewing of the molar teeth over long periods of time.
  • They are less expensive than white fillings

Inlays/Onlays

Inlays and Onlays are restorations that are used to rebuild a tooth that has lost a significant amount of its structure due to decay or trauma.  Similar to dental fillings but rather than being directly placed into your tooth and then set, they are fabricated in our dental laboratory and then cemented into place.  This is known as an ‘indirect procedure’. Inlays fit into the tooth whereas onlays sit on top of the remaining tooth structure.

Crowns

A crown is a tooth shaped cover which fits over the existing structure of your natural tooth to protect and restore the tooth’s function.

Crowns can be used to -

  • Strengthen teeth which have been weakened by decay or a large filling.
  • Protect fractured, cracked and worn teeth.
  • Improve the shape, alignment and shade of a tooth.
  • After root canal treatment, to help strengthen the tooth.

Bridge

A bridge is one of the options to replace one or more missing teeth. It is a permanent fixture which is anchored to the adjacent natural tooth or teeth (the abutment) to ‘bridge’ the gap where the tooth (or teeth) is missing (the pontic). This also prevents the adjacent natural teeth from drifting.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are the latest innovation to replace a missing tooth or a number of teeth. An implant consists of an artificial titanium rod which is placed directly into the jaw bone and acts as a replacement for the root portion of the natural tooth. The implant is made using pure titanium which allows new bone cells to grow around it: the implant then integrates with the newly formed bone which firmly locks it into place. This process is called ‘Osseointegration’.

Orthodontics

Conventional Braces

Orthodontics is when the teeth are straightened or moved in order to improve the appearance of your smile by correcting the alignment of your teeth and the way you bite together. An incorrect bite can lead to long term dental problems and even jaw and head pain. By straightening the teeth, you also help to prevent tooth decay and gum diseases as straighter teeth are easier to clean.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a virtually invisible orthodontic treatment used to improve the appearance of your smile by correcting the alignment of your teeth and the way you bite together. Unlike traditional fixed braces which are cemented to your teeth for the duration of your orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is clear, removable and comfortable which no one will know you’re wearing.

Invisalign uses the latest in computerised technology and three-dimensional modelling to generate a series of clear, see-through trays “aligners” which fit closely over your teeth and are virtually unnoticeable. The clear aligners are specially fabricated to fit your teeth exactly and work by moving your teeth gradually week by week, millimetre by millimetre into a position that gives you a natural-looking, beautiful smile.

Children's Dentistry

Fissure Sealant

Fissure sealant is a tooth coloured liquid which is applied on the chewing surface of adult molar teeth to prevent cavities from forming in early years. Once applied the coating is permanent, and will stay on your teeth for a number of years.

Why do I need fissure sealants?

Your back teeth are known as premolars and molars and have pits and grooves on the biting surface, some of which can be deep and difficult to keep clean with brushing. Food particles can become trapped and this creates a perfect breeding ground for plaque bacteria which if left, will generate cavities. Fissure sealants work by filling the deep pits and grooves making it easier to clean your teeth and thus helping to prevent cavities from forming.

Root Canal

Root Canal Treatment

This dental procedure is carried out when the innermost part of the tooth ‘the pulp’ becomes badly decayed or infected. If left untreated, the tooth will begin to die which could lead to the loss of the tooth.  To save the tooth, the infected pulp needs to be removed to prevent the formation of an abscess. In dental terms this procedure is called ‘Endodontics’

The tooth is made up of

  • Enamel – The hard outer layer of the tooth.
  • Dentine – This forms the core and gives the basic shape to the tooth which supports the enamel, it is softer than enamel but harder than bone.
  • Pulp – Is the central part of the tooth which contains nerves and blood vessels and lies within the root canal

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Adults have up to 32 teeth, of which four are wisdom teeth and these are the last to come through the gum. They are the one's right at the back of the mouth and usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25 although sometimes they can appear in later years.

If there is enough room in the mouth the wisdom teeth will come through (erupt) in a useful position and there will only be minor discomfort as they erupt. However, wisdom teeth can cause problems if there is not enough room in the mouth, as the wisdom tooth erupts at an angle and gets stuck against the tooth in front; the dentist will describe this as 'Impacted'.

The dentist will be able to assess whether there is sufficient room for the teeth to come through by taking an x- ray which will show the position of the root. Once the x-rays have been taken, the dentist will be able to tell how easy or difficult it will be to remove the tooth. The dentist will then determine whether the tooth should be taken out at the Dental Practice or by a Specialist Oral Surgeon.

The dentist will only recommend taking out wisdom teeth if -

  • The teeth are not able to fully erupt through the gum and are causing an infection in the surrounding tissue; this is known as Pericoronitis.
  • There is decay present - wisdom teeth will often decay as it is very difficult to clean them as thoroughly as your other teeth.

Following the removal of wisdom teeth, there is likely to be some discomfort. However, this will vary depending on how difficult it was to remove the tooth; it is not uncommon to experience some swelling for a few days. The dentist will advise on how best to reduce this discomfort and may recommend pain killers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen. A further dental appointment will be necessary for the dentist to check the healing process and remove any stitches.


Dentures

Initial consultation

Your dentist will assess your needs and thoroughly examine your mouth for suitability for dentures, looking at -

  • All your existing teeth, checking for mobile teeth as these may have to be removed prior to having new dentures.
  • Looking at existing restorations, fillings, crowns etc.
  • The health of your gums, to make sure there is no infection present.
  • The way the teeth bite together
  • If you have no natural teeth, accessing your gums and underlying bone.

The procedure will be explained to you and a treatment plan given stating all the stages and the costing.

Generally, from 2 up to 4  appointments will be necessary as dentures are made in stages. The stages are the same whether you are having  Full dentures or Partial dentures. The only exception being an ‘Immediate denture’,  when a tooth is extracted and the denture is fitted immediately to replace the missing tooth. This denture will then have to be adjusted or replaced in 3 to 6 months after the extraction.

The Procedure

Appointment One – Impressions (moulds) will be taken of both your upper and lower teeth. These are then sent to the dental laboratory where the technician will fabricate a ‘special’ tray designed to fit your mouth perfectly and a wax bite block to record the way your teeth bite together.

Appointment Two – Impressions (moulds) will again be taken, using the ‘special tray’ which the technician has made, this helps to achieve a more accurate mould of your teeth and gums. A registration of how your teeth bite together will be recorded using the wax bite block. Both the impression and wax block are sent to the laboratory where our technician will construct a trial denture. The shade of the teeth will also be taken at this stage.

Appointment Three The trial denture; The teeth are now set in wax, for Cobalt Chrome dentures the metal frame work is completed and the teeth are attached to the frame work with wax. You dentures will be tried in to ensure that it fits correctly, is comfortable and the teeth bite together correctly, any adjustments will be made at this stage. Your dentures are again returned to the Laboratory for the final stage of completion.

Appointment Four - your dentures will be fitted.

Your Dentures

It will take a while getting used to new dentures, time and patience is needed. Upper dentures my affect your speech for a few days whilst your tongue gets used to having the denture in place, please persevere as this will soon pass.

Dentures may cause soreness in the first 24 hours, if the soreness persists please contact your dentist as the dentures may need slight adjustments, this can be done at the surgery.

Keeping your dentures clean at all times is important. Rinse them after meals if possible and brush them twice a day using toothpaste or soap and water. Dentures are only to be worn whilst you are awake; they need to be removed at night as your gums need to have ‘a rest’, having this rest keeps your gums healthy. Your dentures can then be sterilised in a denture solution while you sleep, always rinse or brush your dentures before putting them back in your mouth. If your dentures get stains that you cannot remove ask your dentist to clean the professionally at your next appointment.

It is important that you still have regular examinations with your dentist even if you have no natural teeth, as the dentist needs to look for changes in your gums and the underlying bone. Also to check your tongue, throat, cheeks & lips for infection or signs of oral cancer.

Extractions

Dental Extraction is a removal of a tooth from the mouth. It is performed for a wide variety of reasons.

  • Tooth decay – If the decay is severely advanced and the nerves and blood vessels in the tooth have been infected, and are unsuitable for root canal treatment.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth – Sometimes our mouths are simply not big enough to accommodate these teeth. The teeth become impacted (stuck), this can cause infection and pain.
  • Orthodontics (braces) – Teeth can erupt in many different positions, if this happens you may have to have teeth extracted so your other teeth can be brought into line.
  • Periodontal disease - Bacterial infection under the gum damages the tissue which connects the tooth to the gum; as the disease progresses, the bone anchoring the tooth to the jaw begins to dissolve, resulting in the tooth becoming loose.
  • Teeth that have been damaged by trauma.
  • Certain medical conditions  may require teeth to be extracted.

Post Operative Instructions

After the extraction a blood clot will form in the socket were the tooth used to be, this is NOT to be disturbed by vigorous rinsing or poking the site with your tongue or finger as it is a very important part of the healing process.

If the socket does start to bleed after you have left the dental practice, place a clean tissue or handkerchief over the extraction site and apply pressure by biting down, the bleeding will normally stop within a few minutes. Again do NOT disturb the blood clot. If the bleeding does persist please contact your dentist for further advice.

Your mouth will still be numb for an hour or so after the local anaesthetic, please take care not to bite your cheek or tongue or burn your mouth when drinking hot liquids.

Avoid Smoking and Alcohol for 24 hours as these can have an effect on the healing process

You may be in discomfort after the anaesthetic has worn off, taking a household painkiller will help (headache tablet) following the manufactures instructions. Do NOT take Aspirin as this may cause the socket to bleed

If you have any questions or would like to see a dentist for an opinion, make an appointment and contact us today on (02) 6862 1391 or you may prefer to contact us online.