It is important to have your teeth and mouth checked by a dental surgeon at least once a year, for some patients we recommend six monthly visits.
Your dentist can identify problems that may have just started to occur and may be able to advise preventative treatment. A smaller problem is easier to treat than a larger one, and usually less costly.
There are various health problems and diseases that have symptoms that can appear orally. Your dentist is trained to look for and identify these problems.
Healthy teeth and gums are vital for people with diabetes, as high blood sugar can cause tooth and gum problems, so it is... more
Taking care of your teeth and gums is extremely important. Our Dental hygienists can assist you in this. Dental hygienists treat gum diseases, which are becoming increasingly common and help people to maintain good oral health by educating them about how to prevent oral disease through care of their teeth and gums. The importance of good oral health is proving to have considerable influence over a persons general health and individuals who have regular (often 6 monthly) preventive dental hygiene treatment are overall healthier for it. Gum disease is usually initiated by the presence of plaque (sticky film on the teeth) around the teeth... more
We now have a fully digitalized Xray system. The Xray is taken as usual but the image is stored in the computer. Your dentist or hygienist can then view it on screen in the surgery, they can Zoom in and out on the image, we can also email the images to specialists. If you would like a copy of your Xrays we can email them to you.
We are also able to take OPG X-rays (shows all the teeth in one image) and CBCT X-rays (3-D image of the tooth) using the Carestream 9000 3D. These are very useful for dentists to detect the presence or absence of... more,
Information for patients about Cone Beam CT (CBCT) scan
What is a CBCT scan?
CBCT is a new type of X-ray examination for dental patients which produces 3-dimensional images of your teeth and jaws. It is also sometimes called “Digital Volumetric... more
The biting surfaces of back teeth are shaped like "hills and valleys' known as cusps and fissures. Toothbrush bristles are unable to get into the narrow fissures to remove plaque and bacteria which produce acid when sugar is eaten, causing decay.
To help prevent decay, the fissures are sealed over with a fissure sealant, which is a plastic coating. This means your back teeth (molars) will be less likely to need fillings at a later date
Placing a fissure sealant is a painless procedure as there is no cutting away of tooth tissue - no drilling.
The grooves (fissures) in the surface of the back teeth are major sites for... more
Mouthguards can be brought at a chemist or custom made at your dental surgery.
Chemist bought mouthguards range from very cheap to quite expensive “boil and bite” types.Custom made mouthguards are made on a model constructed from an impression taken in your mouth. They should fit snugly and therefore will tend to stay in place firmly during sport. They may not be as thick as the expensive pre-made types.
Talk to our dentists or hygienists as to which type is more suitable for you.
If you have tooth decay your dentist will remove the damaged enamel/dentine and will replace it with a restorative material.
A “filling” can be any size. Dentists use different surfaces to describe the area of the tooth that requires restoration. You may hear them say you need a “two surface filling”. The size and depth of the restoration will dictate the materials used and the length of the appointment time required.
There are many and varied types of “filling” materials now available.We usually use a tooth coloured composite filling material. Also available are Glass Ionomer, or hybrid types of filling materials and we may... more
Why is Root canal treatment necessary?
Root canal treatment is required when the pulp of the tooth has been damaged. A number of conditions can lead to the irreversible damage of the pulp; decay, deep fillings, trauma, tooth fracture, infection. Sometimes there is no apparent cause. The only option to root canal therapy is the extraction of the tooth
What happens during Root Canal treatment?
Your dentist, or endodontist will make a small access hole in your tooth or filling. They will then use small files and sterile solutions
to clean out the root canals of your tooth. Teeth usually have one to four canals. A... more
All the practices will see patients that require assistance from Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) and Studylink. A quotation for any work required will be provided and upon approval of the quotation treatment will be commenced.
Capital Dental is a registered provider for Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). It is important to register with ACC any dental and/or facial injury no matter how small or trivial it is. All you need to do is come into any of the Capital Dental practices and fill out the correct forms. Once the injury is registered, ACC would be able to assess the compensation that you are entitled to. It is important to note that this compensation ranges from anywhere between 55% to 80% of the total cost of the treatment and the balance of the cost needs to be covered by the patient.
At Capital Dental we encourage new patients to come by, meet our staff, and talk and discuss through any specific dental issues. We’re ready and willing to help you with any dental assistance you may need. If you have children, bring them in as well. We hope to make each and every patient’s experience here a great one, so come on in for your consultation; we can promise you won’t regret it.
Adolescent oral health is extremely important and often this group misses out. It is important to note that all basic dental care including preventive treatment is FREE up until age 18. We are happy to take on adolescent patients for yearly dental check ups.
We at Capital Dental understand that being a student often means having less cash. That's why we offer a 20% discount to all Victoria University students. Just present your current student ID at reception and you'll be good to go!
Please note that this discount does not apply to specialist treatment or for purchases of products.
Many factors, including (but not limited to) beverages such as coffee, tea, soft drink and red wine and certain medications, affect the whiteness of your smile. Tooth whitening is an affordable and effective way to combat common causes of tooth discoloration, while also lifting your self-confidence and improving your appearance.
The two options we offer are in office whitening and take home whitening.
Both have there benefits and result in a nice pearly white smile. To discuss these further please do not hesitate to contact us.
A dental extraction may be required for multiple different reasons.
It may be due to severe decay where there is not enough of the tooth left to restore, for orthodontic reasons or for problematic wisdom teeth,
For teeth that are visible in the mouth a simple extraction can be performed. Only local anaesthetic is needed, the appointment may take between 20-60 minutes. If the tooth is not visible in the mouth such as impacted wisdom teeth, a surgical extraction may be required. If this is the case an oral surgeon may be required to remove the tooth under general anaesthetic.
After the removal of a tooth some bleeding... more
A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant.
A Crown is often needed when a large cavity is present and the ongoing health of a tooth is threatened. They are most typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.
Once a crown has been decided on the dentist will usually take an impression of the tooth involved so the crown can be created outside of the mouth. At a following appointment the crown will be placed and checked to make sure it is a perfect fit.
As different materials can be... more
A bridge is a fixed appliance that is used to replace a missing or extracted tooth, an artificial tooth is directly bonded to an implant or adjacent teeth/tooth.
The idea is that the artificial tooth included in the bridge looks as natural as possible so often a composite,white filling material, may be used. porcelain fused to metal and gold are common materials used to make the bridge.
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one's natural teeth, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Come in and speak to a dentist at Capital Dental and they will help you choose the type of denture that's best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.
Here are tips for caring for your dentures:
1. When handling your dentures, stand over a folded... more
In this age of dental implants it is necessary to plan out treatment procedures before it is performed. This may mean preserving the bone in your jaws to accommodate the proper positioning to achieve the highest possible aesthetic outcome. Together with the local specialist, the placement and restoration of the implant is made simple at Capital Dental.,
What are Fastbraces?
Fastbraces® were developed to straighten teeth differently. Fastbraces® is the revolutionary system of fast, safe, easy and affordable braces that is changing the field of orthodontics. It is a complete, non-extraction system for most cases, which provides patients with outstanding results.
Fastbraces will get your teeth staight in a quicker shorter time frame . Quite often from 3-12 months and in a lot of cases as little as 6 months
1. Shorter time having braces on
2. Often much cheaper than conventional braces
3. Less Pain
4. Fix teeth that are chipped or... more
Again at Capital Dental we pride ourselves as General Dentists to handle most surgical procedures including the removal of one to many teeth including wisdom teeth extractions in our office. We will be sure that you are completely comfortable, if sedation is necessary.
We also have the ability to remove oral lesions for biopsy and tissue recontouring. In some cases where you may need to see a specialist, we work with top oral surgeons in the area.
At Capital Dental we are able to manage dental trauma. We would provide the primary stabilisation and ongoing followups to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved. We are also able to liaise with ACC for treatment injury cover.
If a tooth has been knocked-out
If you have had a tooth knocked out the most important thing to do is keep the tooth from drying out. Please take the following steps:
1. Hold the tooth by the crown (the white part). Avoid touching the root.
2. If the tooth is dirty, wash it briefly (10 seconds) under cold running water and reposition it.
3. Try to replace... more
Dental Emergency can arise from two main causes.
The first being an accident that traumatizes your teeth or structures around your teeth leading to pain and swelling.
The second is due to decay, deep filling, cracks and chips in teeth that allow bacteria and or its toxins to penetrate into the dental pulp. The pulp tissue becomes inflammed and irreversibly changes leading to extreme pain.
If you need an urgent appointment call us at Capital Dental.
Fastbraces® Technology is an innovative orthodontic treatment, specially designed to... more,
A virtually invisible and hygienic treatment, the Invisalign System uses an innovative approach to effectively straighten your teeth. Invisalign treatment uses the unique SMARTFORCE technology to create a series of custom-made removable aligners for you and only you. All you have to do is to wear these aligners, made of a virtually inivisible plastic, over your teeth to gradually move them to the ideal position. Best of all, most people won't even notice you're wearing them so you can keep doing what you love. If you're ready to take the next step, contact us for a free consultation... more
Botox® or Xeomin® are the trade name for Botulinum Toxin, a neurotoxin in the form of a purified protein. The mechanism of action for Botulinum Toxin (Botox or Xeomin) is really quite simple; it is injected into facial muscles but really doesn’t affect the muscle at all. Botulinum Toxin (Botox or Xeomin) works by blocking the transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscle.The areas typically treated with Botulinum Toxin (Botox or Xeomin) for wrinkles are the forehead, between the eyes (glabellar region), around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet) and around... more