Wright Street Dental Clinic

Payment Options

HBF and HCF Member Plus Providers

We are member plus providers for HBF and HCF, meaning you can receive a fully covered scale and clean per member per calendar year. For all other dental services, your benefit will depend on the level of your cover. We also accept DVA and bulk bill for eligible Medicare Child Dental Benefits children. To find out more about this program please call us on: 08 9479 1970.

Our friendly staff are available to talk you through any questions you may have and help with quotes and instant claims via HICAPS.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Millions of people are affected by bruxism, or teeth grinding. Occasional teeth grinding may not require treatment, but chronic teeth grinding can lead to serious jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems.

Signs & Symptoms of Bruxism
If tooth grinding happens at night, you may not realise you have a problem. We can easily identify signs and symptoms of bruxism through a simple evaluation. Here are some signs and symptoms you can look for:

  • Worn, flattened, fractured or chipped teeth
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles
  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Facial pain
  • Damaged tissue on the inside of your cheek

Treatment for Tooth Grinding
Treatment for tooth grinding varies widely based on the individual diagnosis. We will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause for tooth grinding and create a personalised treatment plan to take care of your needs.

Splint Therapy / Night Guard – A dental splint or teeth grinding mouth guard may be the simplest form of treatment. This type of treatment is appropriate for patients whose teeth fit together properly and who have a healthy TMJ. The teeth grinding mouth guard is worn at night to prevent teeth grinding and protect teeth from wear.
Orthodontics – We may recommend orthodontic treatment to bring your teeth into the proper position and allow them to fit together harmoniously. We offer invisible braces for discreet treatment.

Bite Equilibration – Bite equilibration, or bite correction therapy, involves the dentist making minor adjustments to the teeth to allow them to fit together properly, eliminating stress and pressure.

Restorative Dentistry – For teeth that have been damaged by teeth grinding, We offer a range of restorative dentistry procedures to bring the teeth back to their proper health and beauty. We may use dental crowns, porcelain veneers, or cosmetic bonding to restore teeth.

Brushing and proper diet are most important. We recommend flossing for a child who continues to get decay in between their teeth even after other preventative measures have not worked. If there are spaces in between your child’s teeth, there is no need to floss.
As we age through adolescence and into adulthood, flossing becomes increasingly important and should be starts as soon as teeth touch, so as to prevent gingivitis, periodontal infections and breath problems.

Brushing should be done first thing in the morning and at bedtime – after their final snack.
Make sure your child uses only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. If your child doesn’t like the “tingly taste” of the toothpaste you’re using, keep searching until you find a flavour they like. Make brushing a family affair; young children have not yet developed good coordination so your help with brushing is important. Brush along the gum line and the chewing surfaces using a small circular motion. Most children tend to miss the outer surfaces of the upper-back teeth and the inner surfaces of the lower-back teeth.

Anytime there is a strong chance for contact with other participants or hard surfaces, it is advisable to wear a mouthguard. Players who participate in basketball, soft ball, football, wrestling, soccer, rugby, in-line skating, martial arts as well as recreational sports such as skateboarding and bicycling should wear mouthguards while competing.

Yes, although crowding is common, we need to consider your child’s future oral health. A child with crowded teeth and jaw problems will not necessarily have more problems as they become an adult. However, adults with crowded teeth have more problems (tooth decay, gingivitis, periodontal disease, TMJ problems) than adults with good jaw and tooth alignment.

Because adult teeth are larger than baby teeth, jaw size and growth may not provide enough space. If you still see crowding by 8-9 years when all of the four upper and four lower adult teeth have erupted, the crowding will probably not improve. For most children and adults, crowding is the most common malocclusion. Sometimes a baby tooth is lost early because of lack of jaw space for new adult teeth. If you see crowding request an appointment for us at Wright Street Dental Clinic, Belmont, to examine your child, and discuss options with you.



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