YOU’RE IN GREAT HANDS AT PLAZA CENTRAL DENTISTS
We take time to listen to our patients’ needs, wants and wishes. Whether you are looking for regular dental check-up’s and cleaning (hygiene) visits, cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of your teeth, replace missing teeth or more comprehensive dental care to restore rotten or broken teeth we are here to help. Dentistry should be affordable for all and we offer interest free payment plans for all our dental treatment options.
We believe that the most important part of dental care is regular examination of the teeth, gums and the soft tissues including screening for oral cancer. This is essential in helping to us to diagnose existing disease, treat dental problems early and help you prevent others from occurring. At Plaza Central Dentists Maroochydore, we ensure that our check-ups are comprehensive and include:
- A check of the lymph nodes, jaw joints, skin around the mouth and lips including any muscular tenderness, clicks/pops around the jaw joints and signs of jaw joint degeneration
- A thorough check inside the mouth including the lips, cheeks, floor of the mouth under the tongue and surface of the tongue checking for signs of oral cancer and other diseases
- A full charting of the existing teeth, any missing teeth, existing dental work including fillings, dental crowns, bridges, dentures, implants including teeth damaged by tooth decay, cracks or fractures
- A full examination of the gums checking for signs of gum disease (gingivitis or advancing periodontal disease)
- A full X-ray examination of the teeth looking for signs of tooth decay, abscesses, infections, health of the sinuses and other issues within the jaws that are not visible without X-rays.
- A full set of clinical photographs of all the teeth as a permanent base line record
- We provide a full written treatment plan including associated costs and options for a payment plan
Nearly all dental disease such as tooth decay (rotting teeth) and gum infections (gingivitis) are preventable. They are often linked to poor brushing habits or a high level of sugar & acid in the diet. Catching tooth decay and gum disease early is the key to maintaining good oral health and keeping down the cost of dental care. We recommend regular six monthly examination and cleaning for our patients. During a new patient or six monthly examination, every part of the mouth is examined and oral cancer checks are carried out. Gums are screened for signs of infection and teeth are carefully examined for signs of tooth decay. Dental problems found early can be treated before they become painful or troublesome. We have developed a low cost dental plan to help make regular six monthly visits to the dentist for examinations and cleaning simple, easy, and affordable. Find out more about our Dental Care Plan
Not everyone is lucky enough to born with a naturally white set of teeth. In fact, most people’s teeth are naturally a creamy yellow colour. Along with the normal colour of teeth, discolouration and staining from food & drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine, smoking, side effects of medication as well the natural effects of ageing can leave your smile looking less attractive. Teeth whitening can help to reverse some of these effects by providing a safe and effective way to lighten and brighten teeth without damaging them. We provide both an ‘In-office’ one hour and ‘At-Home’ whitening option for patients wanting to improve their smiles. Our tooth whitening options are safe, effective and affordable. We also provide an interest free payment option for all of our treatments. Teeth whitening costs $360 for our very effective home whitening option and $550 for our One Hour power whitening which also includes our at home kit.
The mouth is a warm, moist environment which is a perfect place for bacteria (germs) to grow and feed on the food we eat that gets trapped between our teeth and gums, especially sugary foods. Bacteria mixing with dietary sugars form a sticky coating on teeth known as plaque. An overgrowth of plaque is the the main cause of tooth decay (rotten teeth), gum disease (gingivitis) and the build of up scale/tartar (thick layers of bacteria stuck to teeth). Knowing which tools to use and how to remove these harmful bacteria through twice daily cleaning at home is an essential first step. Regular six monthly scaling and cleaning visits allow us to remove stubborn stains, clean in between the teeth, under the gums and remove scale/tartar which is more difficult to do at home. Bacteria growing under the gum line can begin to irritate and eventually cause the bone around the roots of teeth to become diseased. This is known as advancing (periodontal) disease and is the main cause of tooth loss in Australia. Learning how to stop teeth rotting and gums becoming infected is the key to keeping teeth healthy for life. Our cleaning visits cost $145.45. We also have the services of an Oral Health Therapist/Hygienist to carry our regular cleaning for patients.
When a tooth has extensive or deep decay (deep cavities) which is close to the nerve, or a tooth that is cracked, broken, or injured, the delicate nerve at the centre of teeth become irreversibly damaged leading to an abscess. We often call this a ‘dead tooth’. Teeth that are dying or dead often don’t cause pain or have any signs or symptoms. It is only when bacteria growing inside the tooth overwhelm our bodies own defence that they become acutely painful. Pain can often occur when eating or changes in temperature from warm or hot food and drinks. There are only two ways in which a ‘dead tooth’ can be treated. It is either removed (extracted) or root canal treatment carried out to stop the pain and save the tooth. Many people shudder at the thought of root canal treatments. However, root canal treatment carried out carefully and methodically can be a pain free procedure and has a high success rate of over 90%. Root canal treatment is a delicate and complex procedure which is carried out over one or two visits. As the tooth is usually weak and at risk of breaking during normal use, they are often fitted with a crown after treatment is completed. Crowns, also known as caps cover the entire tooth surface and allow the tooth to be used normally without risk of breaking. Not all teeth are suitable for this treatment and careful examination and treatment planing is required. For very complex or difficult cases, we have an option to refer patients to a root canal specialist known as an Endodontist. To help you keep your teeth for longer, our root canal treatments cost between $650 – $950. Interest free payment plans are also available to help you budget for treatment.
The most common reason for a toothache is a hole in a tooth caused by bacteria (germs) that live on the tooth surface. A hole in a tooth is also referred to as a cavity or tooth decay. Pain usually only occurs when the cavity has become deep enough to irritate sensitive part of the tooth called dentine. Often there there may be no signs or symptoms associated with a cavity and we usually only discover them during examinations or with X-rays. To treat tooth decay, bacteria need removed from the infected tooth surface. The hole in the tooth is cleaned and once the bacteria have been removed, fillings are used to plug the hole and allow the tooth to return to normal function. In the past, fillings have been made from silver (mercury) amalgam. We understand the concerns around the use of silver (mercury) amalgam and we DO NOT use this type of filling material. We use only tooth coloured filling materials known as ‘composites’ Composite materials are glued to the tooth surface which help to keep the tooth strong and looking natural. They work very well when the size of the hole is small. If the size of the hole becomes too big, the composite material may not be strong enough to allow you to chew and eat without the risk of the tooth breaking. In these situations, we provide an alternative option to use stronger ceramic glass materials known as crowns. The size of a filling is categorised by the number of surfaces of the tooth affected by tooth decay. If three or more surfaces are affected, this is referred to as a large or extensive filling.
Dental crowns, also known as caps are often required when a tooth is cracked, broken or has an extensive filling, and is at risk of breaking when chewing. We also use crowns to help improve the appearance of teeth or where the tooth has had root canal treatment. Crowns are made from glass ceramic materials which are incredibly strong, metal free and entirely cover the remaining natural tooth down to the gum line. They are matched to your natural tooth colour and blend seamlessly into the mouth. Crowns act like a crash helmet for your tooth and bring teeth back to their original full strength allowing normal chewing function without risk of breaking. Kept clean and well looked after, crowns can last for 15 to 20 years. Not all teeth are suitable for crowns and this is something that is assessed during the examination visit. Our crowns are made locally in Buderim and cost $995 each.
Veneers are often used as a cosmetic treatment to improve the appearance of the teeth front teeth. Teeth that are chipped, broken, misshapen, severely discoloured or extensively filled can be helped by veneers or a combination of tooth-whitening and veneers. Veneers are made from glass ceramic, much like crowns but only cover the front surfaces and tips of the teeth. They are permanently bonded (glued) to the natural tooth surface. They are usually used where multiple teeth require an improvement in shape, colour or function but they can also be used to treat single teeth, for example where a tooth has become discoloured after root canal treatment. Not all patients are suitable for veneers, especially if there is a grinding or clenching habit present as this may break or chip the veneers. A comprehensive examination and careful treatment planning is always carried out prior to veneer treatment. To find out more, or to book for an examination please contact the practice. The cost of our veneers is $995 per tooth and are made locally at our dental laboratory in Buderim.
It is always sad when a tooth is lost. People often adapt to living without one or more teeth but small changes to the remaining teeth can occur over time leading to unwanted movement or drifting of teeth, food trapping between teeth, changes in speech, aches and pains from the jaw joints, difficult in chewing and poor appearance. There are a wide variety of options to replace missing teeth depending on the number, location and health of the mouth. The practice offers traditional removable dentures (plates) made from plastic or metal to replace multiple missing teeth, fixed bridges (similar to crowns) which use one or more teeth either side of a gap as a way of permanently fixing a replacement tooth and implants treatments to replace the natural tooth root without damage to the surrounding teeth. Fixed bridges and implants are the most life like replacement for natural teeth whilst providing the greatest level of comfort in function. Dentures are a cheaper way to replace lots of missing teeth but they are not always the most comfortable in daily use. To find out more about replacing missing teeth and your suitability for these options, please contact the practice for a comprehensive examination.
SPECIALIST CARE REFERRAL
From time to time, we come across dental problems that are complex or need specialist care. Dentists who have trained for many years and gained the appropriate post-graduate qualifications from Universities both in Australia and Internationally are allowed to be called a ‘Specialist’. There are many different specialist field of dentistry and we work closely with our specialist so that you receive the best care possible.
- Paediatrics (Dr Nymphia Shekeran)- Specialist in all aspects of children’s dentistry
- Endodontics (Dr Jonathan Race) – Root canal specialist dealing with infected, abscessed or dead teeth.
- Periodontics (Perio-Care Cotton Tree)- Specialists treating advanced gum disease including replacing teeth with implants
- Oral Surgeons (Dr Richard Harris at Interface or Dr Ian Young at MIC) – Specialist dealing with wisdom tooth extractions, implants and complex surgery
- Orthodontists (Dr Vas Srinvisan) – Specialists providing braces to straighten teeth
- Prosthodontists – Specialists working with patients who have complex dental issues such as severe tooth wear, jaw joint problems or existing dental care that is failing including provision of dentures and implants.
DENTAL TREATMENT OPTIONS
Plaza Central Dentists Maroochydore provides a full range of affordable dental treatment from check-ups and cleaning, fillings, dental crowns, extractions, tooth whitening, cosmetic dentistry and missing tooth replacement. All our treatments come with interest free payment plans to help you spread the cost of your dental treatment so you don’t have to put off essential dental care.
Dental Check Up (Examination)
Teeth Cleaning and Hygiene
Teeth Extraction and Wisdom Teeth Removal
Root Canal Treatment
Tooth Coloured Dental Fillings
Ceramic Dental Crowns (Caps)
Replacing Missing Teeth – Dentures,Bridges & Implants