At Dulwich Dental, we offer a large range of services. We deliver high-quality care using experience, innovation and dedication. We take the time to discuss your treatment options and to answer any of your questions along the way, before drawing up your personalised oral health plan.
Along with our clinical expertise and professionalism, we pride ourselves on an excellent customer experience – we strive to make your time with us as comfortable and calming as possible.
To find out more about our services, book an appointment with our friendly team or jump to a specific service:
To keep your teeth and gums healthy, we recommend routine dental exams and hygiene appointments (that is, an appointment where a hygienist professionally cleans your teeth and removes plaque and tartar). The frequency of these appointments will depend on your personal circumstances and any risk factors that might be at play; however, for many people, the right frequency will be a check-up and clean every six months.
While we do everything we can to keep your teeth and gums in good shape, your oral health also depends on your at-home oral hygiene. This includes brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Our hygienists and other dental professionals can advise you on techniques and tips for keeping your teeth and gums clean, as well as a personalised treatment plan that’s tailored to your individual needs.
Your usual dental check-up can help us spot symptoms of periodontal disease, while a professional clean can help you remove the tartar and plaque that may be difficult to reach with brushing and flossing at home.
In its early stage, gum disease is known as gingivitis and is typically caused by the long-term effects of plaque build-up and deposits. If plaque is left unchecked, it can harden and turn into tartar. Bacteria found in plaque and tartar produce toxins which can irritate the gums and cause swelling, inflammation and redness. Symptoms of gingivitis can include red or puffy gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing, sore gums or bad breath and a sour taste in the mouth.
If gingivitis is left untreated, it can develop into a more serious condition known as periodontitis.
This condition can cause the gum to come away from the teeth and formation spaces or “pockets.” Subsequently, these small spaces can become infected and result in bone loss, ligament destruction, abscess development and eventually tooth loss. While we can’t regenerate the bone or tissue that might have been lost, we can provide treatments that stabilise the disease and help stop it from progressing further.
Gum disease is quite common and many people experience it in some form throughout their lives. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, please contact our team to arrange a consultation.
Mouthguards can play a very important part in protecting your and your children’s teeth during sports and other physical activities. At Dulwich Dental, we make custom-fitted mouthguards to protect your teeth, gums and jaws during any physical activities that involve a high risk of impact to your face. We also provide mouthguards for your children, which is particularly important as their jaws are still in the developmental stage.
Custom-fit mouthguards have several advantages over non-custom options:
Bonus: we offer a custom-fitted mouthguard to match the colours of the majority of Australian Sporting Teams!
Even with a great oral hygiene routine and regular check-ups, many people end up needing a filling at some stage in their life. This is usually the result of tooth decay or trauma, such as an accident which has resulted in a damaged tooth.
White fillings are popular with many of our patients. These fillings are made from bonded composite materials which can be altered to match the colour of your existing teeth. White fillings provide a durable solution to tooth decay or injury, with an added bonus that they tend to be much more natural-looking than older types of fillings.
Dulwich Dental can also replace any amalgam (silver) fillings you may have. These can sometimes make it harder to spot tooth decay because they come up opaque on x-rays and can also cause the tooth to crack or chip depending on the size of the amalgam filling.
If you think you need a filling or would like to have a silver filling replaced, contact our experienced team for an appointment.
At Dulwich Dental we believe that retaining your own teeth is better than extraction. That’s why we aim to save and restore your teeth whenever possible.
Dental professionals use endodontic treatment (sometimes more commonly known as “root canal therapy) to salvage severely infected teeth which would have likely required extraction in the past. Your teeth contain so-called “pulp” (the root) of the tooth, which can become infected if decay isn’t addressed. A dental pulp infection or other issue requiring root canal therapy can cause a number of symptoms, including:
If you have a toothache or experiencing persistent dental pain, root canal therapy may be a solution.
During a root canal treatment, the infected or irritated nerve tissue which sits in the pulp gets removed. After administering a local anaesthetic, a dentist or endodontist gains access to the root canal. The site is then sterilised and sealed with a white filling to lower the risk of any further infection and discomfort. If required, we may also fit a crown to restore full functionally and a natural appearance.
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, contact our team to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced dentists.
Wisdom teeth usually erupt during the late teens or early 20’s on either side of the upper and lower jaw. For some people, they cause no complications at all; in other cases, they can cause problems if there is insufficient room in the jaw. If there is not enough room, the wisdom teeth may only partially erupt and make it difficult to properly take care of your dental hygiene which can lead to decay or gum infection.
Crowded wisdom teeth can rub against the cheek and cause discomfort and even chewing problems. They can also push against the other teeth and affect the bite severely. In such cases, it is usually recommended to remove the wisdom teeth.*
For particularly anxious patients or during more complex procedures a general anaesthetic can be administered during the treatment at the local hospital. General anaesthetics carry their own risks, and you should consult with your doctor before making a decision.
TMJ dysfunction is a common problem, but it may not be immediately obvious to you that something is wrong. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw with the skull. We use this joint on a daily basis to perform functions such as chewing, swallowing, talking, yawning, coughing, breathing and sneezing. As a result, a problem within this joint can sometimes cause side effects such as pain, discomfort and fatigue. Common symptoms of a TMJ disorder can include sore or stiff muscles around the jaw and ears, grinding your teeth, clicking or locking of your jaw when you open or close your mouth (hence the common term “lockjaw”), clenching, and difficulty using your front teeth to bite or tear food.
For those with TMJ disorders, the severity of symptoms can vary greatly, which often means the recommended treatments can be just as varied. Treatments may include wearing a splint, plate or fixture either during the day or at night time in order to realign the jaw.
As we age, a variety of substances can affect the colour of our teeth, causing them to discolour or appear more yellow. These factors include smoking, drinking coffee or alcohol such as red wine, and even certain medications. Everyone’s teeth differ, so the shade of your teeth might be caused by a number of different factors – that might even just be the natural shade of your teeth.
Teeth whitening can be one way to remove stains and brighten the look of your smile. It’s important to consult with a dentist before undergoing any type of teeth whitening procedure. Not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening (for example, if the discolouration is caused by medication) or you may need other treatment first (for example, if the discolouration is caused by dental disease).
At Dulwich Dental we offer two types of whitening procedures to suit your needs: an in-chair whitening treatment and a take-home whitening treatment. Typically, the in-chair treatment is a faster option (it can usually be done in a single visit), but we can advise you about your options in your consultation. Get in touch with us today to learn more about teeth whitening.
Crafted from porcelain or composite material, veneers are custom-made “shells” that we can place over your existing teeth. Veneers can change the colour, shape, length or size of your natural teeth. They can also be a great solution for cracked or crooked teeth.
If the veneers are made from porcelain, a thin layer (0.33mm) needs to be shaved off the existing teeth to create room for the veneer. After a detailed discussion with your dentist and numerous digital simulations, your veneers are crafted and bonded to your teeth, providing a durable enhancement for your smile.
Please contact our experienced team to discuss your options.
Dental implants are a fixed way to replace missing teeth. Learn more about dental implants.
Crowns and bridges are common solutions for restoring lost or damaged teeth. These dental restorations are mostly made of zirconia or porcelain, which gets fused to metal for strength; we make them to match the natural colour of your teeth, too. This can make them a reliable and natural-looking option.
There are two different types of crowns. One option is to make a cap which is fitted over a damaged tooth to enhance its existing structure – this is a common solution if you’ve broken a tooth or have recently undergone root canal therapy. Another option is the full restoration, which is affixed to a dental implant* – this basically has the effect of restoring a whole new tooth in function and appearance.
A bridge refers to a dental technique which is used to replace multiple missing teeth. Bridges are made from two crowns that are joined to one or more artificial teeth in the middle to create a “bridge” between numerous missing teeth. Also made from porcelain or zirconia, bridges can be a long-lasting solution for any missing teeth.
Orthodontics involves using appliances or braces to gently move the teeth and jaws into better alignment. We offer orthodontic treatments for both kids and adults – find out more.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.