How Often Should You Get a Check-up?

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At Aperture Dental, we firmly believe in the importance of regular dental check-ups for all our Sunnybank Hills patients.

It goes without saying that the best way to deal with any dental concerns is as soon as possible. Diagnosing any issues early is key in treating them effectively. Some people brush and floss every day and think ‘why see a dentist?’ and the answer is a simple one, you are not a dentist. Nobody is qualified to diagnose themselves, especially in a field as specialised as dentistry. Periodic dental check-ups are the sure-fire way to ensure you maintain your oral health and we are passionate about providing you with the very highest standards of care and treatment to help you achieve that.

By coming in regularly we can not only help to correct common dental problems but also ones that may otherwise go under the radar. Gum disease, for example, has very mild symptoms and patients may only become aware of its effects once it’s too far down the line to treat. At Aperture Dental we will give you a thorough examination and stop any problems at their source.

Your Comprehensive Dental Examination

Your comprehensive dental check-up will start with us getting to know you and your dental history, so we can gather enough information in order to tailor a treatment plan that will best suit your needs. Upon registration, you may be asked about your medical history and some personal details as well as any allergies, conditions or medications you may be taking. As part of your comprehensive dental check-up, we will investigate not only your teeth but everything that pertains to your oral health including

·       gums

·       jaw joints and muscles

·       tongue

·       cheeks

·       palate

·       signs of disease or infection

Additionally, we will also observe your tooth’s shape, size and shade as well as your smile line and gingival biotype. We might take a few photos and x-rays for our records and to properly examine the details of your smile. We will then discuss the nature of your treatment plan and set-up any future appointments that may be needed, as well as the cost of the treatments that you’ll receive from Aperture Dental.

We will provide you with scaling and polishing, fluoride treatment, fillings or impressions. If not, we will simply make another appointment and begin your treatment.

Scaling and Polishing Treatment

When you visit us for your routine six-monthly dental check-ups and as part of your initial examination, chances are you’re going to need a professional cleaning. This includes a scaling and polishing treatment that will have your teeth looking and feeling as clean as they can be.

Scaling is usually required when there is a build-up of calculus which is a hardened form of plaque that stubbornly sticks to your teeth and under your gums. It’s not easily removed by brushing if at all and is normally found on the inside of your lower-front incisors and upper-back molars. If this is your first dental check-up for a while, the session may take a little longer than usual but once it’s done we can clean your teeth relatively easily. After your scaling is done we can move onto polishing your precious pearly whites and we do this to remove any remaining plaque. Teeth polishing can also be used to remove any stains and is done by using an instrument very similar to an electric toothbrush.

When you come to the practice for your check-up we will make sure that you are as comfortable as possible and will take the time to listen to any other questions or concerns you may have. Click here to book in your dental check-up and clean with our team today!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

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It's that time of the year again to celebrate all our wonderful mothers who come into our practice! To appreciate them, we have set up a Photo Booth within our clinic to take pictures of mums and their families when they visit us.

Not only that, you get to have that photo printed out and placed in a photo frame to bring home! 

Got an appointment? Make sure you bring your mum or your family along with you and don't miss out!

This will go on for the whole month of May 2018, so share this out to your friends and family too!

More information? Visit our Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/ApertureDental/

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Is ZOOM! The Best Teeth Whitening Treatment?

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Here at Aperture Dental, we want you to be able to flash a bright toothy grin: and our range of teeth whitening treatments are designed to give our Sunnybank Hills patients just that.

We are passionate about providing you with the very best dental care that improves your oral health and your general wellbeing. By taking the time to understand your expectations and needs, we provide you with a range of solutions tailored to give you results that will make you smile.

As we say here at Aperture Dental, we strive to be a practice that combines science, heart and art, this, of course, extends to our teeth whitening treatments too.

So which one is best? Let’s find out.

Teeth Whitening Treatment by Aperture Dental

There are so many things that contribute to our teeth becoming stained and many of them are unavoidable. Some of the most common reasons our teeth discolour include consuming our favourite food and drinks, ageing and smoking. The term whitening is actually misleading as the process involves the removal of stains deep within the tooth itself as opposed to recolouring the tooth as is suggested. The process is also known as bleaching and can be used on either one tooth or an entire set.

A single tooth is usually whitened when it has experienced trauma, is decayed or is being root-treated. So, when a single tooth is treated the bleach is placed within the tooth as opposed to around and whitens the tooth from the inside out.

After this, the bleaching agent can be sealed until the tooth has been sufficiently whitened. When whitening all your teeth at once, our take-home treatments make use of a customised tray that is inserted for an hour a day over the course of two to three weeks at your own discretion. These bleach trays are a more cost-effective method and come with the added convenience of being able to be applied at your leisure.

They do, however, take longer to show results and will be more gradual but they will be noticeable. If you don’t see any change in the brightness of your teeth after these methods, it is possible that you may need to consider veneers or crowns.  

ZOOM! Whitening from Aperture Dental

Aperture Dental is thrilled to be able to offer our patients a revolutionary teeth whitening treatment from Phillips called ZOOM! Whitespeed. After an initial consultation that gauges your suitability for the treatment, we can get to work on brightening your teeth. ZOOM! Whitening is only available from selected dental practices to ensure patient safety and comes with a range of potency to match your sensitivity and your lifestyle.

The treatment makes use of an in-office lamp system with a variable intensity setting that can be customised to maximise the patient's comfort for the duration of the procedure. The system also desensitises your teeth as well as protecting your enamel.

It is supervised and clinically proven to be an effective whitening treatment that will brighten your teeth by up to eight shades! And, if you thought that there wasn't any way that we could possibly make it more comfortable then you’re wrong - we have an entire movie collection for you to choose from while you’re having your teeth whitened.

The entirety of the procedure is around two hours and the bleaching agent used is several times stronger than that of the bleach used in the take-home whitening trays. This means that your teeth are able to be brightened more and in a much shorter period of time.

The system also desensitises your teeth as well as protecting your enamel. It is safe, supervised and clinically proven to be an effective whitening treatment that will brighten your teeth by up to eight shades! To make an appointment for ZOOM! Whitening and to see if you’re a suitable candidate, click here.

Need to Replace Missing Teeth?

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Aperture Dental in Sunnybank Hills offer dental implant treatments that can restore your smile and your dental health

Anyone who has ever lost one, or many teeth can testify to just how traumatic it can be. Dental implants are the most effective way to replacing your missing teeth. To smile freely is one of life’s small pleasures and there is no reason why anyone should have to censor their moments of joy. Here at Aperture Dental, we are passionate about making a positive, tangible difference to your smile, oral health and your general wellbeing.

What Are Dental Implants and How Do They Work?

The common wisdom has always been that you should take care of your teeth because you only get one set of them in your adult life. While this is very true, and we should always do our very best to maintain our dental health, there are a variety of factors that can lead to the loss of teeth over time. Essentially, a dental implant will replace your original tooth in both an aesthetic and functional capacity. The implant will also serve to improve your dental and general health.

The implants themselves are what takes the place of the root of the missing tooth. It also provides the platform for the crown to be attached as the on top to replace the visible part of the tooth. Dental implants are incredibly durable and are built to last. They function like a normal tooth in every way possible. Dental implants can also have a positive impact on the bone structure of your face and even prevent the signs of ageing.

You see, when the bone in your jaw is missing a tooth, that area won’t receive sufficient stimulation and will eventually begin to dissolve as a result of this inactivity. This can cause your face to sag and cause other areas of the face to cave inward and give you a dramatically older appearance. Dental implants will also allow you to eat all your favourite (and healthy) foods as you will be able to chew and digest them properly, thus increasing your capacity for general wellness.

How Does Dental Implant Treatment Work?

During your initial consultation with us, we will conduct several imaging investigations in order for us to fully assess the quantity and structural integrity of your jaw bone. These exams will also show the position of other vital structures in the treatment area. This will be done using an orthopatomogram (OPG) to gather information by x-ray and a cone beam CT which will show a 3-dimensional representation of the area. Naturally, we will also delve into your medical history to ensure there are no complications that may affect your ability to heal or bleeding.

Impressions of both the upper and lower jaw will be made to aid the planning process. We will fabricate extensive stents and guides in conjunction with a temporary prosthesis to fill the gap during the healing process. After three - six months of the implant being inserted into the root, we will check that they are properly in place before attaching your brand-new crown. This will likely happen a few weeks after we have made sure everything is as it should be.

Dental Implants with Aperture Dental

When you come in to see us, we will take the time to listen to your concerns and your expectations in order to achieve your dental goals and exceed your expectations wherever possible. Part of our approach to dentistry is to educate and inform all of our patients, and to provide them with solutions that will put a smile on your face for years to come. We believe that the synergy of art and science and heart is required to give people the kind of quality treatment that makes a lasting difference. Our mission is to strive for the highest quality treatments as well as striving for superior customer service in order to give you and your family the very best care possible.

At Aperture Dental, we are committed to providing our patients in Sunnybank Hill with the highest quality dental care and treatments. We look to form lasting relationships with our patients and to build a connection based on trust and exceptional care.

To make an appointment with us or to find out more about dental implant surgery, please click here.

Looking for a teeth whitening treatment that brightens your teeth up to eight shades?

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Aperture Dental in Sunnybank Hills is offering a treatment that will make your teeth whiter in just one hour! But how long does ZOOM! Teeth Whitening last?

Want to know how you can get your teeth whiter by up to eight shades? Aperture Dental now offer ZOOM! Teeth Whitening which can make your teeth the brightest they have ever been, in only an hour. Made by technology powerhouse Phillips, ZOOM! Whitening is the only in-office whitening lamp which works with a variable intensity that gives you a customised treatment with maximum comfort, and the best results.

It is also designed to minimise sensitivity and to protect your tooth enamel. Supervised by our dentist Dr Erik Fung, the treatment is safe and proven to whiten your teeth up to eight shades! So how long will your teeth stay white following your treatment? First, let’s look at a few important steps along the way.

How do I know If I qualify for ZOOM! Whitening treatment?

There are a few factors to be considered before we can start your treatment and you will need to come into our office for an assessment of your suitability for the procedure. During this assessment, we will look at any existing restorations that you have or are currently undergoing, so as to not compromise them.

We will also check how much dental decay and plaque is present, as well as locating any prosthetics you may have such as dentures, implants, crowns and bridges. The shade of your teeth will also be assessed so we can determine just how much brighter we can get them. Should any of these areas require attention before we can start your treatment, we will have to attend to them in order to give you the best possible results. This is because plaque, decay and calculus all have a significant effect on the effectiveness of any teeth whitening treatment.

What to expect on the day of your ZOOM! Whitening treatment

Firstly, the ZOOM! Teeth Whitening treatment only takes an hour to complete. Secondly, we will ensure that you have your favourite TV show to watch while the treatment takes place. Once you are comfortable we will isolate your teeth with a lip retractor, gauze and a liquid dam all with the intention of protecting the rest of your mouth from the bleaching agents.

After we’ve applied the bleach, the lamp will start to work its magic. What follows is a maximum of four cycles of 15 minutes each. After each 15-minute cycle we will reapply the bleach and start the next one. Should you experience any sensitivity or discomfort you will have a button handy that, when pushed, will stop the treatment immediately. This is unlikely though and when you finish your treatment you will have your photo taken for your ‘before and after’.

How long does my ZOOM! Teeth Whitening result last?

The answer to this question is dependent on quite a few different factors. Any teeth whitening treatment works by reducing the stains on your teeth that are already there, but as we go about out daily routines and consume coloured foods and drinks, discolouration will naturally start to reoccur.

However, if you’re caring for your teeth properly and avoiding leaving heavily pigmented foods which can cause staining on your teeth, you should find your results last you for quite some time. There is also a range of products from Phillips’ ZOOM! Whitening range which you can use in the comfort of your own home to keep your teeth brighter and whiter for longer.

If you are interested in getting your teeth up to 8 shades whiter in just an hour, please get in touch here, so we can set up an appointment and help you start your journey to a whiter, brighter smile today!