General dentistry

Goldfields Family Dental provides a full range of general dentistry services. We have over 30 years of combined experience in dentistry so you know you are in safe hands. Our general dental services include:

  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Resin Fillings
  • Dentures
  • Extractions
  • Custom-fitted Mouthguards
  • Nightguards
  • Sleep aponea slints
  • Wrinkle relaxers for cosmetic services and for facial pain caused by grinding.

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is necessary when an infection sets into the pulp of the tooth. The nerves and blood supply may become infected and if left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body.

Composite resin (tooth-coloured) fillings

Treating tooth decay is more efficient than ever, thanks to modern and minimally invasive white fillings. Unlike traditional metal restorations, composite fillings match the colour of your natural teeth and require less alteration to your healthy tooth structure. They can be placed throughout the mouth, including smooth surfaces and visible front teeth.

Dentures

Which Type of Dentures Do You Need?

A partial denture can replace a single lost tooth or a grouping of multiple missing teeth in the lower or upper jaw. The device attaches to remaining teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments. The precision attachments are costlier but are nearly invisible for an aesthetically pleasing look. If needed, we can fit the neighbouring teeth with a dental crown first to improve the fit of a partial denture.
A full denture replaces the entire upper arch, the entire lower arch or both arches. If you have any teeth remaining, they can be pulled before your denture fitting. Your gum tissue will then be allowed a healing period before you begin wearing your dentures.

Extractions

Gentle, Careful and Efficient Extractions

The first step is to book an appointment with us so that we can check and make sure that an extraction is the best way to proceed. We’ll keep you numbed during the procedure so that you don’t experience any pain and go through what you can expect afterwards and the proper aftercare.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last to erupt in the back of the mouth. They usually become an issue in the late teenage years or early twenties. Their path, however, may be blocked by existing teeth, soft tissue or bone, making them impacted. Most wisdom teeth extractions can be handled at our practice, though we’ll be happy to refer you out to a specialist if your case is more complex. However we have very experienced dentists that offer sedation and general anaesthetics for wisdom teeth extractions. We’ll be able to determine your particular situation using our OPG X-ray machine.

We’ll evaluate the best way to extract your teeth and proceed, needing about 20-45 minutes in total to complete the extraction. After one week, you will return for a follow-up visit, during which we’ll remove the sutures if necessary. 

Occlusal Splints

Do you suffer from aching teeth and jaws in your waking hours? This could be due unconscious teeth grinding during your sleep.
An Occlusal Splint (also called a bite splint, bite plane, or night guard) is a removable dental appliances carefully moulded to fit the upper or lower arches of teeth worn at night to reduce the amount of grinding pressure transferred to the teeth. It offers relief for the muscles of the jaw and protection of the teeth from wear and breakage.

Teeth grinding and clenching also known as Bruxism generally occurs during sleep and can often go undetected. Bruxism is generally caused by psychological stress, anxiety and tension in your waking life. Bruxism causes chips in the teeth, wear of the biting surface and cracks in the teeth. This wears down tooth enamel, removes the sharp biting surfaces and flattens the edges of the teeth.
Sometimes there is a tendency to grind the molars together, often a partner or family member is first to notice the sufferers condition due to this noise associated with this grinding throughout the night.

Bruxism is one of the world’s most common sleep disorders. Over a period of time, tooth damage will occur and may also cause tooth loss. If enough enamel has been worn, the softer dentine will be exposed. This also leaves you at greater risk of tooth decay and also tooth fracture and in some people, gum recession. Early intervention is advisable.

Symptoms of teeth clenching and grinding can include:

  • Aching jaws and teeth, during waking hours
  • Trouble chewing on food
  • Tension headaches and stress in the temple region
  • Jaw joint (temporomandibular joint) pain
  • Severely worn teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth

Treatment may involve wearing an occlusal splint over night to prevent the teeth in the upper and lower arches from making contact. Alternatively neuromuscular treatment may be required to relax and retrain jaw muscles to rest and function as normal.

Occlusal Splints are straightforward to make: impression paste is used to make models of your teeth, and our technician builds the Splint based on information about your bite that your dentist will provide.

Occlusal Splints may take a little getting used to, but most people find that within a night or two they are completely comfortable wearing their Splint. It is best not to eat or drink with a Splint in place, but most people find that conversation is possible.

Mouthguards

Prevent Trauma and Injury
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) reports that a third of traumatic teeth injuries are related to sport. According to Sports Medicine Association Australia, 50% of children experience a dental injury, making a mouthguard essential for active adults and kids alike. With a mouthguard fitted to your mouth, you can prevent injury from occurring.

A direct impact to the face can affect your teeth, jaw and upper skull, risking fractures of teeth, concussions and more. A mouthguard absorbs some of the impact and lessen the force taken on by your mouth and jaws.

Sleep Aponea Splints

Different solutions for sleep apnoea can be prescribed, depending on the cause of your case. One solution for snoring, and for mild to moderate sleep apnoea, is a custom made dental appliance that you wear during sleep. The appliance helps position your jaw to avoid any vibration (snoring) or obstruction (apnoea) of your airway when you sleep. Dental appliances for snoring and sleep apnoea include Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) or Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), and Tongue Retraction Device (TRD). These open the airway for healthy breathing (and stop the vibrations of snoring or airway obstruction) by either holding the lower jaw and/or your tongue forward.