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We recently had an eight year old female patient visit our dental clinic with her father. She was a bright healthy young girl. This is a real example of a patient visit, her name is withheld for privacy. It is not meant as dental advice, but rather an example of the difference between different dental clinics and their services.
One dental issue this young patient was facing was that as her baby teeth were falling out, and being replaced by adult teeth, there was not quite enough room for the top teeth to come through.
The middle two adult teeth were obviously larger than those they were replacing, and they are coming down with a space between and not exactly straight. This is a quite common occurrence. One of the teeth next to the top front teeth has pushed through and is also coming in okay. The problem is with the last remaining tooth, which is still in the gum.
It can be seen, this is only due to the lack of space currently available for the tooth.
This patient had been to another dentist nearby and the recommended treatment included removing teeth to make more room. The parents of this patient were quite concerned about the invasive and irreversible decisions the other dentists were strongly suggesting.
As an experienced family dentist, there were other options that could be presented. Removing a tooth can have many affects on a young person’s dental health. Sometimes yes, it is necessary, but for this patient … really?
One option in this case was to simply wait for some months to see what happens. It is possible that the teeth will shift in the mouth naturally and her new tooth will come into place. A plate could be used to “pull” the front tooth across to make room for the tooth in waiting. These are obviously much less aggressive techniques that could provide a better solution.
Her father was quite relieved and so was she! She was lucky to have good nutrition and healthy teeth and gums which were then well cleaned and protected in the meantime by a non toxic tooth sealant.
There is often more than one way to treat dental issues. This may depend on the patient’s budget or lifestyle choices. Both of which are respected by our friendly Sippy Downs dentists.
This patient was also eligible for the CDBS support payment from the Medicare. This meant there was no cost for the patient.
If you would like to get a second opinion about treatments such as extractions, dental implants of Invisalign on The Sunshine Coast, then contact us for an appointment today.
All material in our blog is of a general nature and is not specific dental advice. If you would like that, then we would encourage you to visit our dental clinic on The Sunshine Coast.
Getting regular dental check ups more often than not, help to prevent minor dental issues from becoming larger problems. In turn, having regular check ups will often save patients money in the long term, as they help prevent larger dental procedures being required.
Depending on your age and general dental health, most dentists will recommend a dental check up between every six months or yearly appointments. There are many factors that can influence this. For example, if you have had a dental procedure, such as a filling or crowns or so on, then a more frequent check up might be scheduled, to make sure that the dental work completed has settled in well.
There is no proven research or guideline that we know of, that states how often a check up should be scheduled. Most reports conclude that patients have different oral health needs and risk factors, and this should be reflected in how often a dental check up should be scheduled.
Regardless of your choice in frequency, one thing can be agreed. That is that regular dental check ups are a good idea. Many health insurance funds include a subsidised dental check up, yearly, as part of their extras cover. It can be assumed they do this, because if their clients have regular check ups the lifetime insurance costs for them are reduced.
During a check up, your dentist has the chance to catch early signs of tooth decay, gum disease or oral cancer. If any issues are found, then ways to treat them can be discussed and planned before the problems have become more serious.
Your dental hygienist can also perform scaling or cleaning treatments during a check up at the dentist. They will remove hardened plaque from your teeth, especially along the gum line. This helps prevent gum disease in many cases.
While performing these tasks, your dental team can also identify ways in which you might better maintain your dental health. This might include brushing techniques, choice of toothbrush and flossing methods and so on.
If you would like to schedule a dental check up in Sippy Downs, then feel free to contact us today.
We are asked a lot of questions about brushing teeth every month in our dental clinic. Usually by parents hoping to pass the best information on to their children. It makes sense as good brushing habits can help to prevent tooth decay, along with many other oral hygiene issues as well.
By far the most common questions is “how often should I brush my teeth each day?”. Usually asked while the child is in earshot.
The most common answer that we provide is, for most people, your teeth should be brushed twice a day. And you should brush for about two minutes each time. Both of these points can be equally important in the long term health of a patients teeth. This is quite convenient because the most regular times that people to brush their teeth, is first thing in the morning after waking up, and shortly before going to bed at night.
As we mention above however, the brushing time should ideally be for around two minutes, preferably a little more. The reason we recommend this, is that it will often take a few minutes to remove all the plaque, which is one of the major reasons for brushing in the first place. f you brush for a shorter time than this, it will be difficult to do a good job of removing the plaque.
So you are not just an annoying parent for monitoring the amount of time your children spend brushing!
A study that was completed in 2009 stated that a lot of people only brush their teeth for around 45 seconds. When they increased the brushing time up to two minutes, these same people managed to remove over 26% more plaque, just from the extra brushing of their teeth.
Many dentists do recommend that brushing after each meal is ideal. However, this is not always practical with everyone's busy lifestyles. So, when are the best times to brush your teeth each day then?
Conveniently, it is In the morning and before bed at night. If you brush well before bed, it obviously gives you eight or so hours with a clean fresh mouth Not only this, brushing can form part of a routine that helps a lot of people prepare for bed, and helps them ensure a better nights sleep too.
When it comes to brushing in the morning, for most people there are really two choices. They are either before breakfast, or after breakfast.
If you brush very soon after eating, it can cause one problem, especially if you are eating acidic foods or drinks. These may include popular breakfast foods such as such as orange juice. Some acidic foods have the ability to soften the enamel layer on teeth. This makes the enamel more susceptible to damaged caused by brushing, especially if you are a strong brusher.
If you like to eat acidic breakfasts, then brushing beforehand might be a better option for you. Another choice is to wait an hour or so after breakfast before brushing. We understand however, that might not be possible as you are off to work and school drops offs and all the rest.
Just as important as how often you brush, is “how you brush”. This will be discussed in different blog posts on our website in the future.
Getting the frequency right, and mastering some brushing techniques, along with regular dental check ups, will give you the best chance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums for a long time to come.
All of this information is of a general nature. As everybody is different, so too, every body is different. This includes your teeth. If you would like personal dental advice, it is always best to visit a dentist near you, such as our dental clinic in Sippy Downs.
Is There Anything Invisalign Can't Do?
Invisalign braces are great. They have made the experience of having braces and straightening teeth a lot more pleasant for many people across Australia. Maybe because of this, people seem to think that Invisalign braces can fix any cosmetic or orthodontic dental issue. This however, is not the case.
Below are some instances where invisalign braces, no matter how well applied, may not be able to solve dental issues :
1. Tooth Shape. Some teeth can be small, round or severely pointy and they do not fit in the aligners correctly. In this case, regular braces may be a better solution..
2. Tooth Position. If teeth are too twisted, or tilted more than say 45 degrees, Invisalign may not be able to move them as far as needed.
3. Filling Large Gaps. Generally, Invisalign can't fill a gap larger than about 6mm. An implant, or other cosmetic dental solution may be required to fill large gaps.
4. Intrusion and Extrusion. Invisalign are more effective at moving the front teeth than molars. Getting all teeth at the same height is not a strong point of Invisalign.
5. Midline Movement. The midline between your two front teeth can generally only be shifted by about 2mm by Invisalign braces.
6. Previous Dental Work. If patients have bridges or crowns, they may cause Invisalign not to be a viable option.
7. Teeth Extraction. If teeth need to be removed during treatment, then Invisalign may not be very effective.
As with all the content on our website, this is general information and may not apply to specific patient circumstances. It is best to speak to a dentist about the options you may have, if you wish to straighten your smile or your child's smile.
We offer free consultations to assess the viability of Invisalign braces and other orthodontic or restorative dental techniques.
One particular sector of the market we enjoy serving is the elderly. Buderim has seen a recent influx in retirement-aged residents, as it is close to the beach, has all the modern conveniences on could hope for and affordable homes. There are also a lot of dentists in Buderim. So how do you choose?
We believe some of the most important considerations when choosing a dentist are the quality of service provided, the atmosphere of the clinic (how you feel when you are there), convenience and price. So, is it worth leaving Buderim for a dentist in Sippy Downs or other surrounding suburbs?
Let’s take a look at these points before you make up your mind.
A common way to choose a service these days is to search for reviews on Google. We currently have a 5-star rating, which is as high as possible. Experience is another important part of quality assurance. Dr Doug Leishmann and his team have many years’ experience at many different dental procedures. You can count on them for great advice and quality dental care.
Next is convenience. Everyone is busy these days, so we know it is important. Now, when it comes to convenience, we don’t just mean easy parking or shops nearby. Although this can be found at our clinic in Sippy Downs. Convenience also extends to the services offered. Not all dentists can provide specialist services. There are a lot less dental implant clinics or orthodontists in Buderim than there are general dentists for example. Having to go to specialists for different dental treatments can mean a trip to Maroochydore or other areas. Being able to count on the dentist you trust for all dental procedures is a big bonus.
Diamond Dental Care and Implant Centre is also known as being great for those with anxiety about visiting a dentist. Our whole team from reception to the dentists themselves focus on making patients in our clinic feel at ease.
All of this is offered at a fair price that might not be available in a clinic in Buderim where the rent could be higher for example. We also offer holistic dental solutions such as amalgam-free fillings and fluoride-free treatments for those that prefer these choices.
The choice of whether it is worth leaving Buderim (it's just a short drive down the hill anyway) to visit our dental clinic will always be up to you. But we are confident if you do come to visit us, you will appreciate the effort we go to, so our patients feel cared for, every time they visit.
If you have not been to Sippy Downs recently, then you will probably not recognise this fast-growing suburb any more. Over the last decade, it has grown from a hardly heard of the suburb, “which side of the highway?”, to a thriving community.
There is more housing being added all the time. From apartments to accommodate students at the University of The Sunshine Coast, retirement resorts, boutique homes and everything in between. From a commercial point of view, household names such as you now call Sippy Downs home. The Chancellor Park Marketplace is getting bigger and bigger and with the completion of roadworks coming up, getting around will be even more of a breeze.
While all of this development has been going on, our dental practice has also been growing. We have become the dentist of choice for more families from the area, along with surrounding suburbs without a dental practice, such as Chevallum and Palmview.
It is becoming more convenient than ever for patients from the surrounding suburbs to visit us for check-ups and dental procedures. The traffic in Buderim is reaching city levels, so coming to Sippy Downs makes more sense than ever.
Of course, it is not just convenience that should help you choose Diamond Dental Care and Implant Centre as your preferred dental clinic on the Sunshine Coast. We also provide quality dental care, with a wide range of dental procedures all available in our clinic.
If you are someone who gets anxious at the thought of visiting a dentist, then you will appreciate the effort we go to, to make sure our patients are as relaxed as possible. It is one of the things we are famous for and even off sleep dentistry for the very anxious.
As Sippy downs continue to grow all around us, we will continue to serve the community with quality dental care, at a convenient and friendly location. We look forward to welcoming you soon, if you need a new dentist on the Sunshine Coast, or if you are an existing patient too.
As we all know, Buderim is the largest suburb as far as population goes on the Sunshine Coast. It is also one of the older suburbs and plays a huge role in the local economy. People choose to live there because it has a great central location, it is close to the coast, is elevated and has a great sense of community.
Many of our dental patients come from Buderim. It is a short drive away and coming down to Sippy Downs is often a bit of a relief, away from the hustle and bustle of Main St. So while we are not in Buderim we are a popular choice as family dental check-ups and also for more complicated dental procedures.
Buderim retains quote a local feel, even though it is such a large suburb. There are many community events there, and it has a real family-oriented vibe. In recent years, there has also been a growing amount of retirement villages open in Buderim, again adding to the supportive local feel.
All of the suburbs around Buderim are also growing, as the fight for flat land begins to dry up on the hill. Sippy Downs, Forest Glen, and Kunda Park are all becoming extensions of Buderim, as the heart of the Sunshine Coast population. This area is much less touristy than the coastal suburbs.
Being a family dentist Buderim mums and dads have chosen to look after their teeth and those of their kids, we really feel part of that community. It is great to see children grow up in the area, with such a wonderful lifestyle available to them.
Along with the University of the Sunshine Coast, there are lots of schools nearby, and we treat children from almost all of them. Sippy downs is definitely growing fast, and it has a different feel to Buderim. Much more relaxed, with wider streets and less traffic.
The café scene here is not as vibrant as Buderim, but parking is a lot easier to manage.
Sippy Downs will always be closely linked with Buderim. We hope our side of the hill will grow to have the positive, family-focused feel that Buderim has too.
Below - a photo of the beautiful Waterfall within the Buderim Forest Park.
Sports injuries, accidents and tooth decay are just a few of the reasons we might lose a tooth. Thanks to modern dentistry, however, we don’t need to settle for having a gap in our smiles for the rest of our lives. There are a few ways to fill that gap, and one of them is with dental implants.
Partial and full dentures have been a common solution for missing teeth for many years, but they have their disadvantages. They are prone to slipping and falling out if not properly secured, and they can lead to jaw pain and soreness in the gums. They also do not stimulate the jaw bones, so patients with dentures tend to suffer bone loss.
Implants, on the other hand, are metal posts surgically placed in the jawbone under the gums and are basically a new root for a replacement tooth that looks and acts like a natural tooth. The only advantage dentures have over implants is that they are cheaper. It’s important to fill in the gap with an implant as soon as possible so the bone doesn’t erode and the surrounding teeth don’t collapse into the hole causing alignment and bite issues.
The health of the underlying jaw bone will determine a patient’s eligibility for implants and which type they will receive. In a patient with healthy bone, an endosteal implant will be used. This is simply a titanium post surgically placed into the jawbone. After a healing period, the patient will have a second surgery in which a crown is placed on top of the post.
For patients with
Check out this video to see how implants are made:
Implants And Braces?
In most cases where a patient needs orthodontic treatment as well as implants, the braces come first, because once an implant is in the jaw, it won’t move. On rare occasions, if the braces only need to shift the front teeth and the missing teeth are located in the back, the implant can be placed before or during orthodontic treatment!
Come Talk To Us About Implants!
Getting dental implants is nothing to be worried about! 3,000,000 people in the United States alone have at least one dental implant and that number continues to grow. If you need a dental implant, just talk to us! We’ll evaluate your situation and develop the perfect plan to get you the smile you deserve.
Keep taking care of those teeth!
If you have experienced tooth loss, you are not alone. In fact, Australia failed in the recent National Oral Health Report done by Aust. Dental Association (ADA) and the Aust. Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC). Here’s the good news: there are solutions for you.
While there are other tooth replacement options, dental implants have many advantages over other treatments. They are called “implants” because an artificial tooth root is placed, or implanted, in your jawbone. It is then covered by a natural-looking tooth replacement. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that incorporates an artificial root, allowing them to function much like natural teeth.
There Are Many Benefits to Choosing Implants
Here are five major benefits to consider when deciding between dental implants and other tooth restoration options:
Unlike dentures, you don’t need to take them out to eat or clean and there’s no need to reapply them with adhesive. Implants also provide a permanent solution to tooth loss–they are built to last a lifetime if they are well taken care of.
Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth so you can look and feel your best. They also function like real teeth, meaning you can bite naturally and eat the foods you love without hesitation. Implants also don’t interfere with
You can take care of your teeth
When you lose teeth the jawbone deteriorates, causing your face to appear sunken over time. Implants act as an artificial tooth root, stimulating the jawbone and promoting bone growth. This helps maintain the natural shape of your face and jaw.
Some treatment options, like a dental bridge, require grinding down other healthy teeth to support the bridge. Implants replace lost teeth but do not require any alteration of your existing healthy teeth.
Don’t Let Tooth Loss Keep You From Smiling
You should never let tooth loss keep you from a healthy, beautiful smile. If you have experienced tooth loss, come and talk with us today. Diamond Dental Care and Implant Centre in Sippy Downs is considered by many the best dentist on the Sunshine Coast when it comes to Dental Implants. Our process consists of consulting about what tooth restoration options will be best for you, your lifestyle and health before indicating any measures.
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Our patients' smiles make it all worthwhile!
Dental Implants are permanent false teeth designed to look just like your other teeth. They’re a popular alternative to dentures or bridges, and they are considered to be “one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years.”
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Unlike dentures and bridges, which don’t feel or look entirely real and must be removed and cleaned outside of your mouth daily, dental implants are surgically affixed to your jaw. In place of the roots your native teeth have, the new tooth is held in place by a surgical screw. The crown is carefully selected to match the shape and colour of the surrounding teeth, so it blends right in.
There are two basic types of implant: endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal implants are surgically attached directly to the jaw bone with a titanium post, and the entire implant structure (apart from the crown itself) is hidden under the gums and looks and feels just like any other tooth. Subperiosteal implants consist of a metal frame that fits onto the jaw bone rather than screwing into it, and these are a good option if you lack the bone structure necessary for endosteal implants.
Watch the video below to see how titanium implants are made:
Who Are They For?
If you’ve lost teeth due to injury or disease, dental implants could restore your smile more effectively than other options. However, not everyone with missing teeth is a candidate. Just as with real teeth, oral health is crucial to successful implants. Before you get an implant, you need good, strong bone and healthy gums to support it, and once it’s in, you have to keep it clean by brushing and flossing.
But What About Braces?
If you don’t already have your implants but need orthodontics to straighten your teeth, it’s usually best to do braces first. Because implants are screwed into your jaw bone, they will not move, which can make them excellent anchors to help move your other teeth where they need to go—but only if they’re in the right place
If you’re thinking about getting dental implants or know someone who is, we can answer any questions you may have about them. We’re here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!
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Many family and friends gather together on a weekly basis to watch their favourite teams go head to head. And while people come to watch the game, we all know what they’re really there for… the food! Traditional game day snacks may be delicious–think wings, sliders, nachos, pizza–but they are certainly not the healthiest for our bodies or our teeth for that matter.
Make Healthier Choices On Game Day
For all you sports fans out there, you’re going to have a lot of games to watch and, as a result, a lot of unhealthy finger food you may be planning to eat. Making healthier choices for the big game is easy… and well worth it! As dedicated childrens dentists in Sippy Downs, we are all about helping kids on the coast look after their teeth.
For more smile-friendly snacks, try these healthy alternatives to traditional game day food:
You could even try this healthy spinach and artichoke dip at your next watch-party!
Here’s another fun fact: including apples and strawberries in your snack game plan can actually help whiten your teeth! These fruits contain malic acid which removes surface stains from your teeth and whitens enamel.
In addition, nuts, celery, carrots and again, apples, are great finger foods that work as natural toothbrushes. That’s right! Because of their abrasive texture, they naturally remove bacteria and plaque. They also increase saliva production, helping to wash away food particles and bacteria in your mouth. So the next time you want to just eat the wings and leave the celery, think again.
Eat Right For A Winning Smile
We know you want your team to win the big game, but it’s even more important to have a winning smile! What are your
Also, look out for our post on half time snacks that might be better for your kids teeth, and muscles than the traditional oranges.
Happy watching to all our sports fans!
It's important that you look under the bonnet to ensure you make the best choices for you - not for your Health Fund.
We believe in providing you with transparency in the Quality and Care we provide you at Diamond Dental Care.
It's therefore important to understand what your options are in regards to Preferred Health Fund Providers and Health Funds options.
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We have your interests at Heart.
Diamond Dental Care will never compromise on the quality of your total Oral Health. We provide you with the Care, Quality and Choices you deserve for long term Oral Health.
Don't just take our word for it. Diamond Dental Care's belief is in line with that of the Australian Dental Association, who states:
"Health Funds set their rebates at a level that suits their commercial needs. Those rebates are not related to any recognised fee scale"
Many Health Funds are owned by private enterprises, and as such are required to make a reasonable return on their investment. Ideally, Health Funds want customers who pay their premiums to claim as little as possible. To do this, Health Funds contract Dentists who can ensure Health Funds remain profitable.
Dental practices who are dictated by health funds often reduce their quality of service, offer
The Australian Dental Association has been actively advocating that you as consumers of Private Health Care get better visibility of what your fees are going towards and what your true entitlements are. With increasing fees and declining benefits, it's important that you can make informed decisions about the value you receive from Health Funds.
Diamond Dental Care provides flexible payment options to ensure you receive the dental treatment you need and deserve. We are also passionate about providing quality care using advanced technologies executed with extreme precision, and adhering to strict infection control protocols to ensure delivery of the highest standard in patient safety.
No matter who your health fund is you will receive the length of appointment and level of care at Diamond Dental Care. Your friendly, local dentists in Sippy Downs.