Dixon Dental provides a wide range of dental services, so we can meet the majority of your dental needs right here.
We also have a network of local specialists we can refer you to, if required.
Our Treatments include:
Oral Cancer Examination
Brushing and Flossing Instruction
Veneers are very thin, tooth coloured shells that fit exactly over the front surface of your teeth to improve the appearance of your smile.
They will cover stained or discoloured teeth, correct misshapen teeth and teeth that are chipped or broken. They may also be able to fill in gaps between teeth that are widely spaced.
There are two types of veneer.
Porcelain veneers are made in a dental laboratory to the exact shape of your tooth. They are strong and look very natural and also resist staining.
Composite veneers can also look very natural. They are made directly onto your tooth by the dentist, they are more prone to staining than porcelain veneers but they are easily re-polished if that should occur. The cost of a composite veneer is generally less than that of a porcelain veneer.
Depending on your needs and and your problem one type or another may be preferable. At Dixon Dental your dentist will be able to advise the best option for you.
A dental crown or cap fits exactly over the natural tooth to save and strengthen a natural tooth that has been damaged in some way.
They are frequently placed over back teeth to create a strong chewing tooth but when placed on front teeth they also improve the appearance of the smile.
Making a crown is a highly skilled job. The dentist must shape the tooth and take very accurate impressions. The crown is then made in a dental laboratory to the exact specifications of the dentist. The crown will then be seated and cemented in place by the dentist who will ensure that it fits exactly into your bite.
Crowns may be tooth coloured or made of another precious metal. If they are near the front of the mouth and can be seen when you smile they will be made to match the colour of your surrounding teeth, if they are at the back of the mouth they may be gold. Each type has certain advantages which your dentist will explain to you.
Although there is a perceived concern about root canal treatment it is a routine procedure here at Dixon Dental.
Root Canal Treatment relieves pain caused by an infection, abscess or damage to the root pulp. It is often the only option to save your tooth and with local anaesthetic and with a cover over the tooth you should be quite comfortable.
The procedure is separated into two visits. The first will clean out the canal and the second places the filling and restores the tooth with either a filling or a crown. After treatment the tooth feels exactly like any other tooth except that it will not feel hot and cold.
If you have one or more missing teeth you may be able to have a bridge made to fill in the gap in your smile.
Unlike a denture a bridge is permanently fixed in place. It is cemented to one or more of your natural teeth .
Bridges can be very long lasting if looked after. The bridge and the other teeth must be kept clean and healthy as the crown relies for its stability on the health of the surrounding teeth and bone. It is also not a good idea to crunch on very hard material such as ice as doing this can weaken the bridge.
The main aim of orthodontics is to correct crooked and malaligned teeth. When people think of orthodontics they often think of braces, and having braces is certainly one option, but today there are other options and the benefits of orthodontics go far beyond simply straightening teeth.
Good orthodontics using braces or a choice of various removable appliances, aims not only to straighten teeth but also treats the health of the jaw joint, improves facial symmetry and facial growth and improves the ability to breathe correctly.
What Age should you have orthodontics?
Orthodontics can be successful at any age but as a child the jaw and facial bones are still growing and treatment will be faster and less complex as a general rule. It is a good idea to bring your child in for an assessment at about age 3 to 5 to pick up potential problems. If your child is older than this it is certainly not a problem as treatment can begin at any age.
It is quite routine for adults to have orthodontic treatment with very good results.
Because each person is thoroughly assessed with study models, scans and computer analysis before treatment begins you will know what to expect with regards to treatment time, outcome and cost before you start.
Paul has been doing orthodontics for about 30 years. He has completed many orthodontic courses and done hours of study and successfully treated both children and adults during this time.
Paul is not a specialist orthodontist. He is a general practitioner with a special interest in orthodontics. He always advises that should you wish you are welcome to get another opinion.
While no one wants to have any tooth extracted, it is occasionally necessary. If there are options to save the tooth your dentist will certainly explain this to you. The choice of whether to have an extraction will be yours.
If you do need to have a tooth removed you will be given an anaesthetic so that you will not feel any discomfort. If required there are also other options such as twilight sedation which you can discuss with your dentist.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt at about age 17. It is certainly not inevitable that you will need your wisdom teeth removed.
Wisdom teeth are just the same as any other tooth and can be functional and useful. They will generally not need to be removed if they are healthy, not causing pain and are able to be cleaned routinely every day.
If they are painful or are causing constant problems removal may be an option. Wisdom teeth that are fully erupted are, in general, no more difficult to remove than any other tooth. If you are concerned you should discuss the problem with your dentist. You can be assured that you will be given options so that the procedure is pain free and as comfortable as possible.
A denture is a removable appliance that is used when all or some of the teeth are missing.
Full dentures are used when all the teeth are missing and a partial denture is used when some of your own teeth remain.
Dentures look very natural and will allow you to eat and smile with confidence.
A denture can never be as good as your own teeth, and they certainly will feel different for a time but they gradually become comfortable and will feel natural to you.
Dentures improve the appearance of the face, not only because they replace missing teeth, but because they support the facial muscles. When teeth are lost some of the surrounding bone is also lost allowing the facial muscles to sag. This creates an aged appearance. Well made dentures can correct the bite and create a more youthful look.
Making dentures is a skilled task. the dentist will assess your individual needs and assess what type of denture would suit you best. He will then take very accurate impressions of your jaws and an off-site Dental Laboratory will make the denture to the specifications of the Dentist.
There are three types of denture:
Conventional full dentures: where any remaining teeth are removed, and healing is allowed to occur before the denture is fitted. This can take some weeks or months and you will be without teeth during this time.
Immediate full dentures: where the denture is inserted at the same visit at which remaining teeth are removed. The advantage of this is that you are never without teeth. The denture will need to be relined in the coming months as the jaw bone changes shape as it heals and the denture will loosen.
Partial dentures: When you have remaining intact natural teeth a partial denture is recommended. There are two types of partial denture; metal frame and plastic frame dentures. Your dentist will explain the advantages of each according to your needs.
Dentures take some getting used to and will need to be adjusted in the initial weeks and months. Denture adjustments are part of the service and do not incur any additional cost.
Professional Cleaning .-Even if you brush and floss perfectly on a daily basis you may find that you still get a build-up of calculus on your teeth. Some people are more prone to this than others. It is important that you have your dentist remove this build-up regularly to maintain the health of the teeth and gums.
On a Daily Basis it is important that you brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes and that you floss at least once a day, preferably at night.
The best brush has a small, soft head. A soft brush will avoid damaging the tooth enamel.
Flossing every day is vital as bushing alone cleans only 60% of the tooth surface. When you start flossing you may find that the gums will bleed. Do not be alarmed, you are not damaging your gums, it is just that the gums are inflamed from having a build-up of food left on them. If you floss daily for a week or so your gums will heal and instead of being red and inflamed they will be pink and healthy.
Flossing, especially the back teeth, does take practice. If you find that flossing is just too difficult you should try inter-dental brushes or pre-threaded floss on a handle. If you come into Dixon Dental you will find a wide range of brushes, floss and inter-dental brushes at very competitive prices. We also have available environmentally friendly brushes and floss in recyclable paper packs and with bamboo or cornstarch handles.
Many people clench or grind their teeth at night, often causing broken teeth, jaw pain and headaches. This is also often associated with snoring.
There may be a number of reasons for this but the most common reasons are difficulty breathing at night and pain that causes lightened sleep.
Breathing difficulty at night is referred to as sleep apnoea. It is an issue that needs thorough investigation and correct diagnosis.
Paul has done many courses and spent many hours studying in this area and will be able to advise you on how best to proceed. He is not a specialist sleep physician but he will advise you if he thinks that your problems need referring to a specialist in the area.
Children also suffer from sleep apnoea and the symptoms are different for different age groups but generally if you notice any of these symptoms in yourself, your partner or child it is worth investigating.
Regular snoring. Disturbed sleep with frequent waking periods. Day time tiredness or sleepiness. Irritable behaviour. Memory and concentration difficulties. Aggressive behaviour. Morning headaches.
There are various treatments available for sleep apnoea issues and wearing a night guard may be on of the options.
If you think you may have sleep apnoea come in and talk to Paul so that he can put you on the right track for good health.
Custom made sports mouth guards are essential in the prevention of sports injuries.
A properly fitted mouth guard should be comfortable, have excellent fit and retention and have sufficient thickness in critical areas.
A sports mouth guard will protect not only your teeth but also the entire mouth, especially the jaw, by distributing the force of any impact and help to prevent jaw fractures.
A mouth guard should be worn for training as well as for competition as that is frequently when injuries occur.
If you or your child need a mouth guard com in and see us and we will be able to provide a mouth guard that is shaped to exactly fit your mouth.
As we age it is natural that our teeth become darker. This happens because the tooth lays down more dentin internally causing them to be more opaque and making them look darker.
It is important to remember, however that no one has totally white teeth. Babies have the whitest teeth and even their teeth are not paper white.
At Dixon Dental we believe that you can achieve equally good results by bleaching your teeth in the comfort of your own home as if you go through the process in the surgery. At home bleaching is far less expensive to you, and while you may have to repeat the process a few times, most people achieve desired results in only a few sessions. You are also in control of how white your teeth are as you can continue to bleach or stop at any time.
There are two main ways of achieving whiter teeth at home.
Custom made trays and Dental bleaching gel.
At Dixon Dental we think that this is probably the best way to whiten your teeth. First we will construct a custom made, thin plastic tray that exactly fits your mouth, then you use it at home with special whitening gel. There are two advantages to this method. The first is that because the tray is specially made to exactly fit your mouth you will find that the whitening gel remains in the tray better and is less likely to cause any irritation to your gums. The second reason is that you can re-use the trays over and over. You will inevitably find that over time your teeth will darken up again, this occurs no matter what process you use for whitening, but you can simply purchase more whitening gel and if it is months or years later you can re-whiten your teeth using the same tray.
Take Home Bleaching Kit
The kits which we sell here have proven to be very effective and popular. They are certainly the least expensive way to achieve white teeth. In the kit are a number of pre-filled trays that you place in your mouth and leave for the stipulated length of time. You can use as many or as few of the trays as you like until you achieve the desired level of whitening. The trays are not made specifically to fit your mouth so the chance of the bleaching gel escaping and causing irritation is greater and, of course, you cannot reuse the trays. When your teeth darken again over time you will need to purchase another kit. Having said that they do produce good results.
At Dixon Dental we will always endeavour to see you promptly if you are in severe pain with a toothache.If it is after hours you will find an emergency number on our answering machine.
Other problems that may require attention include: a knocked out tooth; abscesses, damage to braces or orthodontic appliances and broken teeth.
Please phone so that the problem can be assessed and you can be assisted.
TMD is the abbreviation for Tempromandibular Joint Disorders.
If you place your fingers in front of your ears then open and close your mouth you will be able to feel the joint.
TMD may affect one or both joints, causing symptoms such as pain or tension, clicking or difficulty in opening and closing the mouth.
Anyone of any age may be affected by TMD. Before any treatment is undertaken it is vital that a correct diagnosis is made. Paul has taken extra training and study in this area and will be able to correctly diagnose your problem and suggest appropriate treatment.
As part of our treatment we are able to offer low level laser therapy. This laser therapy helps ease the discomfort and pain associated with TMD. MLS Laser therapy decreases muscle inflamation at the cellular level, decreases pain and tension in the muscles and improves blood flow to hasten recovery.
If you would like more details about any aspect of dentistry, or if you would like to talk about costs, or item numbers for Health Care Funds, we encourage you to phone our office and talk to our staff who will be happy to assist you.