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Opening Hours : Monday to Saturday from 8am
  Contact : (08) 9276 3177

Morley Dental Centre’s top tips for avoiding tooth decay this Easter:

Easter Opening Hours

Easter is fast approaching as 2018 flies by!

Easter is a time to enjoy an indulgent treat (or before if you can’t resist temptation!)
 
It is however an important time to stick to good oral hygiene habits. Decay can occur during this time of year when food and drinks containing high amounts of sugar are consumed. The plaque on our teeth is full of bacteria and once this mixes with the sugar, acid is created which attacks the surface of teeth leading to decay.

Morley Dental Centre’s top tips for avoiding tooth decay this Easter:
 
1. Don’t forget your daily routine
Brush twice a day – morning and night with a fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day. 
                   
2. Avoid snacking all day
Try to limit treats to after a meal this will reduce your teeth’s exposure to acid and harmful  bacteria

3. Wait to brush
Wait 30 minutes after eating to brush. Tooth enamel is strong but with acid and brushing it wears away. Allowing 30 minutes before brushing lets saliva do its job of neutralising the acids caused by sweet treats.

4. Drink plenty of water
Drinking water during and after your Easter treats helps to wash away the sugars that create acids and cause decay. The fluoride in tap water also helps protect your teeth.

Following these tips can help you maintain optimal oral hygiene through the Easter break.

Our Easter hours are:
Good Friday 30th March Closed
Saturday 31st March 8am – 4pm
Sunday 1st April Closed
Monday 2nd April Closed
Tuesday 3rd April 8am – 6pm

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Spoil yourself this Christmas

Why not spoil yourself this Christmas with a brighter smile?

SDI In surgery whitening ($750) provides results in just one visit. You also receive custom made trays to take home so as you can maintain results. Staining and discolouration can reoccur over time from different lifestyle choices.

Secondly home whitening ($300) are custom made trays which are worn at home with an SDI whitening gel for a short time every day until desired colour is achieved (approx 7-10 days).

An oral health assessment prior to undergoing whitening treatment is essential.

For more information phone 9276 3177

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Another year is almost over!

There is still time to make the most of your health fund entitlements.

Most health funds have a ‘use it or lose it’ policy which means your entitlements do not carry over to the next calendar year.

By deciding to do some or all of your dental treatment before the 31st of December 2017 you will get the maximum rebate for the calendar year.

Already had dental treatment this year?
One of our Front Office Coordinators can provide you with a quote on remaining dental treatment so as you get the most out of your health fund.

We accept all health funds and are an HBF preferred provider.
Call us on 9276 3177 or click on ‘Appointments’ tab to make an appointment. 

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Wisdom teeth and what to do about them

What are wisdom teeth:

Wisdom teeth are the third/last molars on each side of the upper and lower jaw. They are the last teeth to erupt- usually in late teens / early twenties. How they erupt differs with individuals.

Why do we get wisdom teeth:

The human diet historically was very abrasive to teeth, under these circumstances the wisdom teeth may have been useful to replace worn and missing teeth.
Now with modern day ‘softer’ diets and good oral hygiene teeth do not wear out as quickly therefore there is often no room for the wisdom teeth.

What does it mean when wisdom teeth are impacted:

Wisdom teeth that do not erupt and remain covered by gum tissue or bone are called impacted.

Problems caused by impacted wisdom teeth:

• Infection
• Crowding
• Pain
• Cysts
• Ulcers
• Food trapping
• Cavity / Decay

A number of these problems can occur because it is very hard to clean all the way back there!

Reasons for removal:

• There is not enough room for them in your mouth.
• You require orthodontic work.
• The teeth or tooth has started to cause any of the above problems.

It is important to remember, while some impacted wisdom teeth cause problems, some do not therefore may not require removal depending on how they are impacted.
The best option is to have an x-ray taken in late teens/early 20’s to assess the situation of the wisdom teeth, at this age the teeth roots are usually not fully formed and are therefore easier to remove than at an older age.

The removal process:

Your dentist will recommend the best treatment for you. They may refer you to an Oral Surgeon to have treatment. You also may decide to have some form of anesthesia such as sedation anesthesia (twilight) or general anesthesia.
An incision will be made to open your gum to expose the wisdom tooth. The tooth may then be divided into segments so it can be removed easily and safely. The gum may require stitches that will be removed in the days following treatment.
After surgery, swelling and tenderness can be expected along with some bruising. Pain medications prescribed by your dentist should help ease the discomfort. It is important to take it easy following surgery and eat only soft foods.

What will it cost to have wisdom teeth removed:

Cost of treatment can be determined following a consultation with your dentist and oral surgeon and will vary depending on which type of anesthesia best suits you.

Your dentist can answer any questions you have prior to the surgery to ensure you are happy and comfortable with the treatment required.

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Sleep Apnoea – What you need to know.

Do you snore loudly?
Do you suffer from daytime fatigue?
Do you wake feeling tired?
If you answered yes to any of the above you may suffer from Sleep Apnoea, keep reading to find out more!

 
Sleep Apnoea is when the soft tissues including tongue relax too much / collapse against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway leading to reduced airflow or completely blocking the airflow. Sleep Apnoea can cause interruptions in breathing throughout the night, each episode varying in length, an episode ends when the person wakes briefly with a gasp – usually the person has no awareness of these episodes.

Sleep Apnoea can impact your health and quality of life. It can lead to significant medical conditions such as heart disease, increased blood pressure, strokes, depression and diabetes. With the right support it can be managed.

Things you should know
  • With Sleep Apnoea your breathing during sleep is reduced or may stop
  • You can suffer Sleep Apnoea without having trouble breathing during the day.
  • You may have no idea it is happening.
  • It can be associated with other medical problems.
  • It can be treated with the help of a medical professional.

 

Risk Factors

Studies show that excess body weight and large alcohol consumption are among the triggers that cause Sleep Apnoea. Age, gender, smoking and family history can also play a part. Males are two times more likely than females to experience Sleep Apnoea.

Symptoms

It is important to know a person who suffers from Sleep Apnoea does not remember the episodes of Apnoea and waking during the night. A spouse or family member may witness the gasping or trouble in breathing.

A main symptom is excessive daytime fatigue.

Other symptoms may include but are not limited to:
Loud snoring
Disturbances in breathing
Pauses in breathing
Dry mouth / throat
Waking not feeling rested
Morning headaches
Increase in weight
Poor concentration and memory loss
Anxiety or depression

Diagnosis

The first step to finding the treatment that will best suit your needs is to have an overnight sleep study. This is done either in a hospital or at home.  Your GP must refer you to a Sleep Specialist Clinic for this study.

Treatment
Following assessment from your Dentist and Sleep Disorder Specialist the best treatment will be advised.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a small air pump that is worn during the night, it is designed too hold your throat open. It stops snoring and the machine noise is minimal (quieter than your snoring!)

Oral Appliances also know as Mandibular Advancement Device are designed by highly trained Dental Technicians and fitted by a Dentist. It is not suitable for all cases- it looks like a double mouth guard covering both your upper and lower teeth, it then clips together to hold the jaw forward keeping the airway open. These devices are particularly useful for snoring and mild Sleep Apnoea.

Surgery is available however it is generally the last resort. Different surgical procedures include removal or tonsils or reducing tongue size.

Regular exercise, loss of excessive body weight, avoiding alcohol can also offer relief of symptoms.

It is important to talk to your Dentist or GP for more information and a full assessment.

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Children’s Oral Health

With the school holidays almost over it is the perfect time to make sure your children have healthy oral hygiene habits!

 

Kids teeth are susceptible to the same conditions as adult teeth. A great way to prevent cavities (holes in their teeth) is to limit sugary beverages and provide healthy meals and snacks. Even though baby teeth fall out research shows that children who have cavities in their baby teeth are more likely to develop cavities as an adult.

When should children start seeing a dentist?

It is a great idea to get your child familiar with coming to the dentist at an early age. It is recommended they see a dentist by their first birthday.

Why is diet so important?
Exposing teeth frequently to sugary / starchy foods can lead to cavities. The bacteria in our mouths feed on these foods and this creates acid which eats away at tooth enamel. Between meals and snacks the saliva washes the acid away. If your child is always eating there is no time for the acid to get washed away.

For awesome child friendly meal ideas check out www.iquitsugar.com/recipe/

Baby and permanent teeth need to be brushed twice daily with fluoride toothpaste (which should not be swallowed) after breakfast and before bed. Children under the age of 8 need a parent to help brush to make sure all their teeth are cleaned properly. Flossing is also important to start as soon as two teeth are touching to remove plaque and debris from between the teeth, which if left causes cavities. Flossettes can make flossing easier so if you struggle with normal floss give them a try.

Tips for keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy

  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush.
  • Visit the dentist once a year.
  • Offer fewer snack throughout the day.
  • Healthy snacks are best – fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese and water.
  • Buy foods that are sugar free or unsweetened.
  • Use flossettes to make flossing easier.

If your child plays sport it is essential that they wear a mouth guard. If your child experiences a dental injury contact us immediately so as a dentist can examine and treat as soon as possible.

 

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Dr Nam Nguyen has joined our team!
Nam is an experienced Dentist with a special interest in Oral Surgery and Implantology. He is currently studying to become an Oral Surgeon at the University of Notre Dame.Nam was born in Vietnam and in 2012 founded VNsmiles which provides non-profit dental care to orphaned children with disabilities. Nam returns to Vietnam regularly to provide his skills to those in need. Along with volunteering, studying and working here at Morley Dental Centre, Nam and his wife have recently welcomed a baby girl! (talk about busy!)

Having Nam as part of the Morley Dental Centre team allows implant surgery and other oral surgery  to be done here in an environment that you are familiar and comfortable with. Our Dentists and Nam work closely together to provide the best treatment for you.

                                                                   Nam and his team ready for surgery.
What is a dental implant? 
Dental Implants are an artificial tooth root generally made out of titanium that is inserted into the jaw bone to replace missing teeth. Attached to the implant is a crown that is designed to closely mimic the look, function and strength of a real tooth.
Why choose a dental implant?

  • An implant is a long term solution to replace missing teeth (with proper care and good oral hygiene can last a lifetime).
  • Non invasive – there is no need to touch the teeth on either side of the implant unlike a bridge.
  • Allows you to smile with confidence – natural looking.
  • Prevents bone loss in the jaw – this may reduce the risk of adjacent natural teeth becoming loose.
  • Smile with confidence and prevent the formation of hollowed or collapsed cheeks that can occur after tooth extraction.
  • Eat what you want.
  • Improve speech and comfort.

Are you suitable for a dental implant?
Your regular dentist will need to perform some diagnostics tests to confirm that you are suitable, this will be done in consultation with Nam. From here they will design the most suitable treatment approach for you. The tests will involve:

  • Dental examination
  •  Photographs
  • Dental x-rays
  •  CT scan of your jaw bone (not done onsite)
  • Cast of your mouth.

This will be followed by a consultation with Nam to finialise the treatment plan and provide you with a quote.

Any existing dental health problems usually need to be treated before implant treatment. Problems such as decay and gum disease are best treated prior to implant treatment to ensure the success of the implant.

As with all treatment there are possible rare complications, Nam and your dentist will outline everything you need to know and answer any questions you may have.

If you would like to find out more about replacing you missing teeth please call 9276 3177.

 

 

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Teeth Whitening

Wanting a brighter smile?

Daily choices affect the colour of our smiles, coffee, tea, wine, food and other beverages can result in staining and discolouration.

Here at Morley Dental Centre we have two options to boost the colour of your smile.

1. In surgery whitening ($750) provides results in just one visit. You also receive custom made trays to take home so as you can maintain results.

2. Home whitening ($300) are custom made trays which are worn at home with a whitening gel for a short time every day until desired colour is achieved (approx 7-10 days).

We recommend supervision from one of our experienced dental team as some products can irritate your gums or cause sensitivity if used incorrectly. An oral health assessment prior to undergoing whitening treatment is essential.

For an appointment phone 9276 3177

*Note: An examination must be completed with a Dentist prior to whitening.

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Save your smile, wear a sports mouth guard!

Mouthguards

AFL, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Basketball, Skateboarding, Hockey, Cricket, which sport do you play?

Are you wearing a mouth guard?

Playing sports (not only contact) put you at risk of dental injuries. A custom fitting mouth guard helps protect from injuries like concussion, a broken jaw, fractured or knocked out teeth and cut lips and tongue. A custom fitting mouth guard absorbs and spreads the impact of a damaging blow while allowing you to breathe and speak as normal.

The difference between over-the-counter and custom made by your dentist?
A custom made mouth guard is designed to fit your teeth and mouth exactly which balances your bite and fits firmly this provides protection against an impact.
Over-the-counter mouth guards tend to make breathing and speaking difficult but most importantly they are loose which decreases their effectiveness at protecting against an impact.

To make the most of your custom made mouth guard:
1. Keep out of the sun.
2. Wash in cold water after use.
3. Keep in container provided by us.
4. Bring in at your yearly examination to be checked by your dentist.

Adult mouth guards should last several seasons if looked after correctly, however keep in mind children grow quickly so they will require a new one more frequently.

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Happy Easter from the Morley Dental Centre team!

Over the Easter break our hours will be:

Friday 14th: CLOSED
Saturday 15th: 8am – 1pm
Sunday 16th: CLOSED
Monday 17th: CLOSED
Tuesday 18th: 8am – 6pm

For a dental emergency please call
Perth Central Dental 9222 5900
or
Lifecare 9221 2777

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