Dural Dental Practice has been established as a family practice for over 30 years. It is our privilege to see patients of all ages from the very young to the elderly. We offer general dentistry of the highest quality as well as state-of-the-art specialist treatment.
Our treatment is individually tailored to suit your needs and guided by our philosophy of minimally invasive dentistry and prevention. Our aim is to understand your dental needs, to treat existing problems as appropriate, and provide the highest quality ongoing care and management to maintain beautiful teeth for life.
Regular visits help keep the mouth, teeth and gums in a good state of health and will help retain teeth for life. We advise our patients to come and visit us every six months depending on their individual requirements and encourage children to come and see us from the age of two to help develop a healthy dental routine and provide dietary advice to prevent decay.
Tooth decay (caries) is the destruction of the hard surfaces (enamel and dentine) of the teeth.
Cause: It is caused by bacteria in dental plaque that thrive in sugar-rich, acidic environments.
Consequences: When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack the enamel creating a cavity which continues to progress until the decay is removed and the tooth is filled.
Prevention: To reduce the chance of getting tooth decay you should minimise your sugar and acid intake, brush and floss regularly as advised by your dentist and use a fluoride containing toothpaste. Fluoride is a safe and effective naturally occurring mineral that becomes incorporated into the teeth as they develop and is proven to make teeth more resistant to decay. Fluoride may also reverse early decay making corrective dental treatment unnecessary.
Tooth wear is the loss of the outer surface of the tooth as a result of chemical or mechanical activity in the mouth.
Cause: Modern diets contain high levels of acidic foods and drinks (such as fruit juices, sparkling drinks and sports drinks) which cause the tooth surface to soften and can accelerate tooth surface loss if consumed in high quanities. Other causes of tooth surface loss include eating disorders and stressful lifestyles through stomach acid regurgitation and tooth grinding. Tooth surface loss is also found to be more prevalent in those people consuming high levels of alcohol and in those taking social drugs.
Consequences: The result is shortened, unattractive teeth that feel rough and sensitive. Tenderness of the jaw muscles is a common sign of tooth wear due to grinding.
Prevention / care: Early diagnosis and prevention through careful monitoring are essential to prevent further tooth surface loss. Prevention is based on three main areas:
- Reducing exposure to acidic foods and drinks including addressing any contributing medical conditions
- Developing good oral hygiene practices
- Lifestyle factors- your dentist may advise you to wear an occlusal splint if you are grinding your teeth at night due to stress
Mouthguards and Splints
We provide custom made bite splints to prevent loss of tooth structure as a result of grinding and sports mouthguards to offer the best possible protection for both your teeth and jaw for those who play contact sports.
A fissure sealant is a very thin coating of white filling material that is flowed onto the grooves and fissures of the molar (back) teeth to protect against decay and is usually applied when the teeth first emerge.
No More Nasties: Brushing for Kids!
With a little imagination, brushing can be fun! In this animated video, a child teaches proper brushing tips while fending off the Invisible Nasties living in her smile.
Flossing Upper Teeth
Animation demonstrating proper flossing procedure on upper teeth.