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Our Services

We believe that regular visits and preventive care are essential to achieving and maintaining excellent oral health.
Below are the services we offer - if you’d like any more info, feel free to get in touch.


Preventive Care

Preventive Care

It’s really important for kids and teenagers to have check-ups even when nothing seems wrong; we’re aiming for our patients to have healthy happy teeth.

When it comes to regular check-ups and preventive care, depending on your needs, we offer the following services:

Exam – This is a chance for the dentist to have a good look at the teeth and mouth and identify any issues such as cavities and tooth development problems.

Radiographs (x-rays) – Ours are fully digital, meaning that you’re exposed to far less radiation than traditional film x-rays. We have a range of sizes (for pre-schoolers to school leavers) and an OPG which gives us a wide view x-ray of the whole mouth.

Fluoride Application – This is a fluoride varnish which is painted or flossed onto teeth to help prevent cavities.

Fissure Seals – A protective material that's painted into the grooves of back teeth (one of the hardest places to clean) to help prevent cavities. We really believe that sealants (and fluoride) are a great way to keep young teeth healthy!

Prophy – A clean and polish that removes plaque and stains and leaves your teeth feeling and looking great.

Oral Health Education – We’ll answer any questions you have about home care and make sure that you’re brushing and flossing well and regularly. We can offer advice on food and drink (watch the sugar) and eating patterns.

 

Restorative Treatment

Dental Treatment

If treatment is required, there are a range of services that we offer:

Painless Local Anaesthetic – Using our special machine, The Wand™, you’ll hardly notice a thing.

Fillings – We use state-of-the-art, tooth-coloured resin (and no amalgam) to fix teeth damaged by accident or cavities.

Pulp Therapy – Where a cavity has reached into the nerve space of a baby tooth a pulpotomy can save the tooth. This is usually followed by a crown (see below) to protect the the tooth until the permanent tooth is ready to take over.

Root Canal Treatment - This procedure is used to save permanent teeth that have been damaged by an accident or a very deep cavity. We’ll sometimes do this on important baby teeth as well. Click here for more information.

Crowns – Crowns are used to cover damaged baby teeth to protect them from breaking or further cavities until they fall out. We normally use stainless-steel crowns which are the most durable option (and kids love their Princess or Pirate teeth!) but you can ask about our new white Zirconia crowns.

Veneers – Natural-looking composite resin is used to repair discoloured or chipped front teeth caused by large cavities, trauma or developmental defects.

Extractions – When necessary, either due to very deep cavities, tooth infections or for orthodontic treatment, we extract teeth (often with some sedation to make things more relaxing). If a baby tooth is lost ahead of schedule we may suggest a space maintainer to keep other teeth from shifting into the gap.

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Nitrous Oxide

Often known as ‘happy gas‘, nitrous oxide is commonly used with patients who are a bit anxious or fearful during dental treatment. Nitrous oxide has a calming effect and is a proven way to minimise stress and help patients respond more positively to dental treatment.

Nitrous oxide is very safe, the patient remains awake and able to interact throughout the appointment. The gas is administered through a mask that is placed on the patient’s nose; once the gas is turned off the effects wear off very quickly. Kids and teenagers can go back to school afterwards.

Oral Sedation

Patients who are more anxious may require a stronger form of conscious sedation than nitrous oxide. With oral sedation most patients will become less anxious and more relaxed for dental treatment.

Oral sedation is administered as a liquid medicine before treatment and the effects last for a few hours; the rest of the day will need to be spent at home.

General Anaesthesia

For some patients, especially young children, it may be best that treatment is completed in a hospital setting under general anaesthesia. A general anaesthetic puts a child into a deep sleep where they are unable to feel pain or move around. This is the same kind of sleep a child would have for operations such as grommet placement or removal of tonsils.

We have a lot of experience treating children under general anaesthesia, Dr Joanna and Dr Ellen are senior dentists in the paediatric dental team at Christchurch Hospital.

If a general anaesthetic is recommended, Dr Joanna sees patients privately at St George’s Hospital. It is a short day-stay procedure carried out with a Specialist Anaesthetist and the support of highly trained nursing staff.

To find out more about your child receiving dental treatment at St George's Hospital, and the costs, please get in touch with us.