Family & General Dentistry

Out team at the Chapel Park Dental are specialists in all areas of general and
family dentistry, along with expert knowledge in providing all aspects of dental
care to facilitate and achieve and the perfect oral health for the entire family.

  • Dental check ups
  • Digital Dental x-rays
  • Tooth coloured fillings
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Dentures – Partial / complete - metal and normal acrylic (plastic)
  • Denture repairs
  • Root canal treatment
  • Fissure sealants
  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Scale and polish
  • Free WINZ quotes
  • ACC accredited 

All children under 18 receive free dental treatment. This accentuates to promote
healthy habits early and reveal to kids that the dentist isn’t something to be
afraid of, but an essential part of growing up into a healthy adult!


Dental Fillings

At Chapel Park Dental we use composite resin, or white filling, that is coloured to
match your tooth.

Most adults may experience cavities at some point in their life time. Cavities
occur as a result of tooth decay, if left untreated, can entirely damage teeth
leading to a decline in oral health. Though cavities are common, but easily fixed
if detected at an early stage.

A filling seals the hole caused by a cavity, preventing decay from spreading to
the rest of the tooth and eventually into its pulp (nerve). Our experienced dental
care providers know how to quickly, easily, and comfortably remove decay from
a tooth before it progresses. We then can use fillings made of metal, which
appear either silver or gold, or tooth-colored fillings made of porcelain or
composite material that bond with the tooth to retain strength and aesthetics.

Shortly after receiving a filling, you’ll be able to eat, speak, brush, and floss as
usual. To prevent any similar episodes, we will work with you to create a dental
plan that includes regular checkups and scaling (cleanings).

We will devote time to explain and illustrate specific instructions for the best at-
home oral care practices, which is usually done at no extra costs.

Tooth fillings are normally scheduled after a thorough and complete dental
examination if one or more of your teeth are diagnosed with cavities. Fillings can
normally be completed in a single visit.


Root Canal Treatment

If there is persistent pain in the area around a single tooth, you may need a root
canal to prevent from the infection getting worse. Though root canals have a
bad reputation, it is the best possible solution to relieve pain and retain the
tooth. Without treatment, loss of the tooth is likely, because infection occurs
once decay reaches the pulp tissue inside the tooth. Fortunately, the dental plan
designed by you and our staff typically allows us to catch decay and perform
root canals in a timely manner by check ups at regular 6 monthly intervals.

Our dentists can save your tooth by gently removing damaged tissue and nerves
and by carefully cleaning and sealing the tooth to protect it from bacteria. In
most cases, receiving a root canal feels like receiving a filling — and we offer
comfortable options that eliminate pain and induce a serene, relaxed state while
we perform this simple procedure, to help achieve this different payment
options can be discussed at the first appointment.


Bridges & Crowns

Crowns (also known as caps) cover the entire tooth, there by rehabilitating the
teeth to the original size and shape. Porcelain crowns that are the same colour
as the tooth are the most common these days although Gold Crowns are the
best for your back teeth.

Why You Need Dental Crowns

Dental crowns give you the benefit of protecting your tooth and its structure in a
way that is not possible with some other treatments. For example, fillings will
not provide adequate protection if the surface area involved is huge.

Dental crowns, especially when using porcelain, are durable and strong. It is very
highly likely that crowns will last you for many years without the need for
treatment or replacement.

In addition, the porcelain variety is also aesthetically superior. They match your
original tooth colour completely, meaning that the material blends with adjacent
teeth. No one will be able to tell that they are not your original teeth.

Dental crowns may be suitable in the following circumstances

  • Fractured or broken teeth
  • Heavily Decayed Teeth
  • To improve your smile
  • Fractured fillings/ repeated fractures
  • After a tooth had a Root Canal completed

Porcelain Dental Bridge

Dental bridges are fixed and permanent solutions to missing teeth, giving you
back your smile as well as normal teeth function. Dental bridges are suitable in a
variety of scenarios and give distinct advantages that make them worth your
consideration.

Why You Need a Dental Bridge

First of all, your smile will be restored to perfection by restoring the gaps of
missing teeth. You won’t have ever worry about hiding your smile and once
again be able to show your teeth with pride. The confidence you gain can be
extremely huge.

In addition, dental bridges do plenty of behind the scenes work. They maintain
the shape of your face by supporting surrounding muscles and keep adjacent
teeth in their proper positions. Preventing the drifting of teeth into empty spaces
can avoid trouble in the future.

Furthermore, dental bridges will restore your capacity to chew and speak
properly. Having several teeth missing can have a severe impact on these two
functions.

Dental bridges may be suitable in the following scenarios

  • Fill space due to missing teeth
  • Facial shape is negatively impacted due to missing teeth
  • Prevent adjacent teeth from moving into empty spaces
  • Improve your smile
  • Your partial dentures are not working for you

Further Information

Both dental crowns and bridges will require multiple appointments. During your
initial consultation, we will take impressions of your teeth in order to construct
the customized materials for your procedure.

On your next visit, we will apply the bridge or crown to your mouth. It’s possible
that they will only be made permanent on a subsequent visit, depending on your
situation. It’s important that you maintain proper oral hygiene in order to extend
the lifetime of your bridges and crowns.


Tooth Extraction

Dental Extraction is a removal of a tooth from the mouth. It is performed for a wide variety of reasons.

  • Tooth decay – If the decay has  already been severely advanced to involve the nerves and blood vessels in the tooth been infected, and are unsuitable for root canal treatment.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth – Sometimes our mouths are just not big enough to accommodate these teeth. The teeth become impacted (stuck), which could  cause infection and pain.
  • Orthodontics (braces) – Teeth could erupt in many different positions, if this happens  and if requirement of space is a criteria to align then extraction may be required so the other teeth can be brought into line.
  • Periodontal disease – Bacterial infection underneath the gum damages the tissues which connects the tooth to the gum; if this disease progresses, the bone anchoring the tooth to the jaw begins to dissolve, resulting in the tooth to become loose.
  • Teeth that have been severely damaged by trauma.
  • Certain medical conditions  that may warrant teeth to be extracted.

We  will examine your tooth and explain the reasons why your tooth needs to be extracted, an x-ray will be taken to help plan the best way to remove the tooth

If an abscess is present your dentist will give you a course of antibiotics before your tooth is extracted.

Your dentist will ask you about your medical history. You must list every medication you are taking even if you have purchased it from over the counter, as some medications can complicate an extraction

Tell your dentist if you are anxious about the procedure as sedation is available. If your dentist does not carry out sedation he will refer you to a practice that does.

How The Extraction Is Carried Out

There are two types of extraction

  1. A simple extraction is performed when the tooth can easily be seen in the mouth. The dentist will give you a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. When the anaesthetic has taken affect and the area around the tooth is numb the dentist will grasp the tooth using a pair of forceps, you will feel pressure but NO pain. The dentist will move the forceps back and forth to loosen the tooth in order to extract the tooth.
  2. Surgical Extractions – This is carried out on teeth which –
    • Cannot be seen in the mouth but are present below the gum.
    • Partially showing through the gum
    • Broken off at gum level.

When the tooth has been removed a swab will be placed at the extraction site and you will be asked to bite on this until the bleeding has stopped and a blood clot has formed. 

A local anaesthetic will be administered to numb the area before a small incision is made in the gum. The gum is pulled back to expose the whole of the tooth or the root. The dentist then uses the same procedure as a simple extraction to remove the tooth, in some cases the tooth or root may have to be cut into pieces to be removed.

Extraction After Care

After the extraction a blood clot forms in the socket were the tooth used to be, this is NOT to be disturbed by vigorous rinsing or poking the site with your tongue or finger as it is a very important part of the healing process.

If the socket does start to bleed after you have left the dental practice, place a clean tissue or handkerchief over the extraction site and apply pressure by  biting down, the bleeding will normally stop within a few minutes. Again do NOT disturb the blood clot. If the bleeding does persist please contact your dentist for further advice.

Your mouth will still be numb for an hour or so after the local anaesthetic, please take care not to bite your cheek or tongue or burn your mouth when drinking hot liquids.

Avoid Smoking and Alcohol for 24 hours as these can have an effect on the healing process

You may be in discomfort after the anaesthetic has worn off,  take a household painkiller (headache tablet) following the manufacture’s instructions. Do NOT take Aspirin as this may cause the socket to bleed.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


Digital Radiography

The use of radiographs (X-rays) has always been controversial due to the dosage of radiation which is incurred during the process of taking a film. At Chapel park we use digital radiography which can provide the highest quality image available for diagnosis whilst only yielding the a very minute possible dose of radiation to the patient.