Our Services

Oral Health Assessment / Comprehensive examination

At Hart Dental we look at the big picture.

The dentist and dental hygienist work closely together to give you an overall oral health assessment or dental examination ‘check up’.   They will check your teeth, gums, lips, tongue and saliva, and perform an oral cancer examination,  assessing and recording information relating to your general and dental health.  They will check previous treatments, potential conditions and discuss treatment options. 

If treatment is required, you will be given an explanation as to why you may have your current condition and given advice and techniques to help minimize further problems.  All patients are offered an itemized treatment plan in writing.

Good oral health is important for your overall general health and well being.

Dental Imaging

Digital intra-oral photographs and x-rays are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventative, by helping a dentist diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient's mouth before they become a problem.

Digital intra-oral photographs 

Intra-oral photographs are taken of your teeth and gums using our small 'tooth cam' as a snapshot in time for your records. They are helpful to look back on in the future to compare or recognize any changes as well as help you understand why we recommend certain treatments. Unlike dental x-rays, these are not necessary for all patients and aren't taken at every visit.

Intra-oral x-rays

X-rays are taken to help with the diagnosis of decay or other dental problems that aren't visible to the naked eye.

Bite-Wing x-rays give a visual of both the upper and lower posterior teeth and shows the dentist how these teeth touch one another which can help determine if decay is present between them. These types of x-rays are recommended to be taken every 2 years unless needed earlier.

Periapical x-rays provide a view of the entire tooth from the crown to the bone structure supporting the tooth which can help the dentist diagnose dental abscesses. 

OPG x-rays give a panoramic view of the teeth, jaws, nasal area, sinuses and jaw joints. This type of x-ray is usually taken if the patient requires orthodontic treatment, implant placement, tooth extractions or to asses the overall health of bone levels. 

Oral Hygiene

Dental hygienists work as part of the dental team, in conjunction with the dentist, in treating patients and provide a second set of eyes to maintain the overall health of your mouth. They use preventative, educational and therapeutic methods for the control of oral diseases to aid individual patients. Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventative dental care (x-rays, fluoride application). They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.

Periodontal treatment and maintenance

The most common types of periodontal diseases include gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. The treatment options depend on the type and severity of the disease. Your dentist and dental hygienist will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment. This can include one to two regular cleanings, scaling and root planning (for more advanced periodontal disease) or a referral to Periodontist who specializes in the gums and supporting tissue.

Restorative Dentistry

Nothing compares to a natural tooth, but if you have suffered damage to your teeth or total tooth loss, we have a range of restorative dental treatments to have you smiling with confidence again.

Chipped, cracked, and broken teeth can not only affect your overall self-confidence, but can affect your oral health. In addition to taking away from your smile, these dental issues can lead to sensitivity, chewing discomfort, cavities, and infections.

Our highly experienced dentists are continually updating their skills and training to offer our patients the most advanced restorative dental treatments supported by the latest technology. Smile with the confidence that you have always wanted!

Tooth-Coloured Fillings (Composite/Bonding)

Aesthetically pleasing and becoming more predictable as a dental material, tooth coloured fillings can be an acceptable alternative to dental amalgam. In recent years cosmetic dental bonding has been used by applying a thin coating of a tooth coloured resin material to teeth. We are able to improve the appearance of a number of cosmetic flaws and in many cases, cosmetic bonding is more conservative, affordable, and predictable as porcelain veneers

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth-coloured porcelain used to cover stains, and flaws such as cracked, broken, or misshapen teeth. The aesthetic outcome for a patient can be life changing and improve their self-confidence.

Dental Crowns

When a tooth has been damaged due to extensive decay, wear, or fractures, a crown restoration may be required. Crowns are now aesthetic, durable, and fabricated completely in ceramic.

Dental Implant Crowns

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that serve as anchors for replacement teeth and are placed by an Oral Surgeon. When a patient is missing one or more teeth, dental implants are the most predictable, stable, and comfortable option. 

Dental Bridges

If a patient is missing one or more teeth but is not necessarily a good candidate for Dentures or Dental Implants, he or she may elect to have a Dental Bridge. A Bridge is an artificial tooth that is held in place by a Dental Crown on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth. Dental Bridges were far more common in the past before the development of Dental Implants, but still remain a viable option.

Dentures

We provide both complete or partial Dentures. Unlike Dental Bridges or Dental Implants, Dentures are removable replacement teeth. We use the most modern materials and methods to fabricate Dentures, so you can always be assured of a comfortable fit, and the most realistic appearance.

Hart Dental’s crown and bridge work is made here in South Australia, supporting our local business,  we do not use overseas laboratories.

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment can be recommended by your dentist if a tooth has become inflamed or infected. Depending on the cause and difficulty of the treatment, your dentist may perform a root canal treatment or send you to see an Endodontist who specializes in root canals. Root canal treatment is one of the options recommended if the tooth in question is salvageable and valuable.

Children's Dentistry

Keep your children healthy too!

Regular care for children is extremely important for setting a great foundation for a lifetime of good oral hygiene and a healthy smile. Our goal is to introduce your child to dentistry in a caring, compassionate, and non-threatening way. The last thing your child needs is to be afraid to go to the dentist and we strive to do everything we can to introduce them to dentistry in a positive and fun way. We suggest to see your child when they reach 4 years of age unless there are immediate dental needs occurring in your child’s mouth that require an examination or treatment.

Your child's baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth they reserve the correct space in the gums for the eruption of the adult teeth. We suggest oral health assessments, check ups and hygiene visits to detect early child hood caries (decay) and help teach your child and you how to care for their teeth for life.

Dental Therapy

At Hart Dental we have two dental therapists, Fiona and Deb, who are able to examine and treat diseases of the teeth in pre-school, primary and secondary school children under the general supervision of a dentist. The dentistry work performed is varied from identifying the disease risk of the child, providing professionally applied preventative treatments, carrying out simple restorative work in deciduous and permanent teeth, through to the extraction of teeth under local anesthetic as well as early management of trauma.

Sedation Techniques

Intravenous Sedation

Intravenous anesthesia includes I.V. sedation for all types of oral surgery and treatment. A patient may choose intravenous anesthesia for simple procedures depending on their level of anxiety.

Happy Gas

Nitrous oxide is a gas, commonly known as 'happy gas' or 'laughing gas'. Giving nitrous oxide is a way to help reduce a patient's anxiety during dental treatment. Patients breathe the gas through a small nose piece that sits on the nose while treatment in performed.

Tooth Whitening

The quickest, easiest way to effectively whiten your teeth is in-office treatment with Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed. Zoom WhiteSpeed is the only in-office system that has variable intensity settings so each treatment can be customised to maximise patient comfort. The system also includes desensitisers to help minimise sensitivity and protect your enamel. This in-office procedure is safe, effective and clinically proven. A clinical examination and consult is required before treatment to ensure you are a suitable candidate for whitening procedures.

Tooth Grinding Prevention / Treatment

Tooth grinding, also known as "bruxism,"is a condition characterized by constant grinding or clenching of teeth during the day or while asleep. There are several ways to alleviate the effects of bruxism, one of the most common being a night guard which is a clear plastic device typically worn at night while sleeping. Night guards are custom made by a laboratory to ensure a comfortable fit.

Sports Mouthguards

Mouthguards can protect you from some serious sporting injuries, such as broken jaws, fractured, cracked or knocked-out teeth, cut lips and tongues. A custom-fitted lab made mouthguard works by absorbing and spreading the impact of the damaging blow and is far superior to an over-the-counter mouthguard because it's specially designed to fit your mouth. Mouthguards are recommended for contact (rugby, AFL, boxing) and non-contact sports (soccer, cricket, netball).

Contact Us

3/240 Unley Road,

Unley, SA  5061

P: 8271 2488

F: 8172 0226.

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