Proudly Moonee Ponds’ cosmetic dental professional

 

Get the best of care

Moore Street Dental is a complete provider of general and cosmetic dental services. As Moonee Ponds’ local family dentist, we’re able to provide dental care for everyone, from the youngest children to the elder family members. General dentistry and emergency dentistry are just some of the services we offer at our Moonee Ponds clinic.

Make Moore Street Dental your family dentist and enjoy a beautiful smile for years to come.

New Patients

 

At Moore Street Dental, we are always welcoming new patients to the clinic and aim to give you the best oral health outcome.

Please download our new patient forms (Patient History Sheet) and our new patient information sheet (Legalities of Examination) by clicking on the links below.

Please complete your form and bring with you to your appointment. If you are unable to download this form, you can complete the form at the clinic. Please arrive a few minutes early to fill out paperwork prior to scheduled appointment.

Forms

General Dentistry

 

Moore Street Dental is your family dentist for all general dentistry. Our team in Moonee Ponds are experts at providing/treating:

Regular check-ups allow us to monitor any changes to your dental and oral health. This includes signs of decay or caries that are visible, gingivitis (gum disease), sores, ulcers lumps or cancerous lesions in the mouth, tongue cheeks and lips. Your dentist will also look for signs of grinding, tooth erosion, stability and discolouration of existing restorations, stability of existing crowns/veneers/bridges/implants and alignment of teeth between upper and lower jaw.
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In addition to an examination, X-Rays are taken in the diagnosis and management of problems that cannot be seen during a routine examination. Bitewing and Periapical ( small xrays ) are taken in the surgery. Usually taken every 2 to 3 years they can detect:
    • Hidden caries between teeth, or not visible underneath existing fillings
    • Periodontal Disease
    • Abscesses

OPG (Full mouth xray) Our standard of care is to arrange for all new patients to get an OPG Xray. These are bulk-billed through an imaging centre whenever possible and are very imortant in helping us to make a full assessment of your oral health. Usually taken every 4 to 5 years they can detect:

    • Impacted teeth
    • Oral cancer, cysts, infections or early detection of an abscess
    • Bone Structure, abnormal growth and new growth of permanent teeth
    • Trauma and fractures of teeth, bone and jaws
X-ray equipment must comply with Australian standards and follow strict guidelines. Every precaution is taken to minimise exposure to radiation with high standard equipment, lead aprons and high speed exposure settings. We use modern digital x-ray technology in our practice which significantly reduces radiation dose and minimises any risks to patients and staff. Please advise your dentist if you may be pregnant prior to x-rays. While the risk to your unborn child is extremely low during pregnancy, we still aim to minimise exposure and will only take x-rays if absolutely necessary.
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Gum disease is described as red, inflamed tissue supporting the teeth caused by a build-up of plaque and calculus. Often swollen gums can bleed when they are brushed or flossed during brushing. Professional cleaning and scaling by your dentist will remove the plaque and calculus from above the gum line and in shallow pockets below the gum line. It is recommended to have 6 or 12 monthly professional cleaning by a dentist to maintain healthy gum tissue. Gums and teeth may be tender and sensitive for a week after cleaning but this should diminish over a short time.

New research is showing close links between gum disease, cardiovascular disease and other chronic inflammatory disease. As such, it is even more imperative that we manage any gum problems early, to reduce the risk of more serious conditions.

This is an advanced stage of gingivitis that has been left untreated. Causing deep pockets, gum recession and damage to the bone that supports the teeth resulting in loose teeth that may eventually fall out over time. A referral to a periodontist may be required for assessment of the severity and management of periodontal disease at advanced stage.
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The aim of root canal treatment is to save a tooth from extraction that has been damaged due to injury, disease or decay or the result of an abscess. Root canal treatment is successful in most cases and great results can be achieved to prolong the longevity of the tooth once root filled.

The procedure involves removing the pulp with special files, cleaning the canal/s over several visits, taking x-ray images to check the length of the root canals, and a final appointment to fill the canals and seal the pulp chamber with a temporary restoration. Usually an endodontically-treated tooth has an increased risk of fracture and the protection of a porcelain crown is typically recommended.

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Often the best way to save teeth that have been severely weakened is with an artificial crown or bridge. Crowns and bridges are often made of porcelain, gold and metal alloy. Porcelain is strong and can match your natural tooth colour. Gold can be used for molar teeth which need to endure harder grinding forces. Metal alloy is used for strength and durability.

A crown fits over the prepared existing tooth, sometimes with a post and core and replaces the natural crown. A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth and is anchored to the adjacent natural tooth.

Normally two visits are required, where the first visit involves initial impressions of upper and lower teeth, preparation of the tooth or teeth by removing a thin layer from all surfaces of the tooth. Another impression of your teeth is taken and a temporary crown or bridge fabricated and temporarily cemented into the space. The impressions are sent to the ceramist who will manufacture the crown or bridge. The second visit involves cementation of the crown or bridge. Your dentist will first check the colour and fit prior to final bonding.

Good oral hygiene is required to maintain the longevity of your crown or bridge. Regular flossing, with extra attention around the margins and “superfloss” is available for under bridges.

A crown or bridge may be dislodged by a strong force. If this happens, please contact the clinic and an appointment will be made to re-cement your crown or bridge. Please advise reception if your crown or bridge has been lost or damaged/broken.
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Dental implants are artificial tooth roots firmly secured in the jawbone with an attached crown on top to replace missing teeth.

The metal root (implant) is surgically implanted into the jawbone usually by an implant or oral surgeon. The artificial crown is attached to the top of the implant with an abutment fixture.

Your dentist can ascertain the success of an implant.
Procedure involves 3 separate stages:

  1. Insert of implant surgically into the jawbone by an oral surgeon and healing time of approximately 3 – 6 months.
  2. Insert of abutment on the implant, and impressions taken to fabricate the crown.
    Attachment of crown to abutment.
  3. Some implants are not successful and factors that can contribute to implant failure are bone density and strength, location of implant, general health and oral hygiene commitment.

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Direct Restorations in Teeth

 

Tooth coloured or Composite Fillings are made of durable plastic and glass particles. Having a similar colour and texture to natural teeth makes its use more attractive for restoring front teeth that are visible in a smile. Whilst not as strong as amalgam, it is more versatile and often less drilling is involved. It bonds strongly to the surrounding tooth and set by cured light.

These materials are getting better over time, and more durable. They can be used in most situations to restore teeth, but there will be the odd occasion where your dentist will discuss the alternatives.

Amalgam is made from a combination of silver, tin, copper, mercury and other metal components. It is strong and durable and often used on molar teeth that have heavier grinding forces. In teeth which have a lot of grinding force and pressure on them, amalgam can be a better material. Amalgam use is reducing over time due to concerns over mercury content. While many of these concerns have been found to be unjustified, if you do have them, we will endeavour to use tooth coloured material if at all possible. Ultimately the decision on material is up to you, the patient.
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A sealant is a protective plastic coating applied to the pit or deep crevice of the biting surface of molar teeth. The sealant forms a hard protective shield, which keeps food and bacteria from getting into the crevice of deep areas that are difficult to reach with your toothbrush. Fissure sealants usually last for many years and are checked at recall appointments to ensure they are still intact. It is often recommended to apply fissure sealants to permanent molar teeth that have just erupted in the mouth.

Cosmetic dentistry

 

Our dentists are highly skilled practitioners of all cosmetic dental procedures. We get excellent results through:

 

If you have discoloured or damaged teeth, let the team at Moore Street Dental transform your smile, and gain renewed confidence. You’ll be amazed at the difference we can make.

Discolouration of teeth can be caused by various factors, such as smoking, medications and food such as coffee/tea, or red wine.

Take home bleaching: At the first appointment, impressions are taken of upper and lower teeth in order to fabricate customised bleach trays which fit around your teeth comfortably. At the second appointment, instructions will be given as to how to apply solution correctly along with take home bleach solution (Polanight 18%).

Advantages: Bleaching is ideal for undamaged teeth that need lightening in colour. Trays can be re-used in the future.

Disadvantages: Some blemishes on the tooth surface or grey discoloured teeth may not bleach well or improve in appearance. Some white fillings may need to be replaced after bleaching and sensitivity after bleaching can occur.
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Tooth coloured or Composite Fillings are made of durable plastic and glass particles. Having a similar colour and texture to natural teeth makes its use more attractive for restoring front teeth that are visible in a smile. Whilst not as strong as amalgam, it is more versatile and often less drilling is involved. It bonds strongly to the surrounding tooth and set by cured light.

These materials are getting better over time, and more durable. They can be used in most situations to restore teeth, but there will be the odd occasion where your dentist will discuss the alternatives.

Porcelain veneers are thin tooth coloured shells, bonded to the front surface of the tooth. Veneers are commonly used for treating chipped, discoloured teeth or irregularities of the tooth structure such as a gap between front teeth. Normally two visits are required, where the first visit involves preparation of the tooth by removing a very thin layer from the surface of the tooth. This allows room for the veneer to be bonded into place. An impression of your teeth is taken and sent to the ceramist who will manufacture the porcelain veneer. The second visit involves cementation of the veneer. Your dentist will first check the colour and fit prior to final bonding.
Often the best way to save teeth that have been severely weakened is with an artificial crown or bridge. Crowns and bridges are often made of porcelain, gold and metal alloy. Porcelain is strong and can match your natural tooth colour. Gold can be used for molar teeth which need to endure harder grinding forces. Metal alloy is used for strength and durability.

A crown fits over the prepared existing tooth, sometimes with a post and core and replaces the natural crown. A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth and is anchored to the adjacent natural tooth.

Normally two visits are required, where the first visit involves initial impressions of upper and lower teeth, preparation of the tooth or teeth by removing a thin layer from all surfaces of the tooth. Another impression of your teeth is taken and a temporary crown or bridge fabricated and temporarily cemented into the space. The impressions are sent to the ceramist who will manufacture the crown or bridge. The second visit involves cementation of the crown or bridge. Your dentist will first check the colour and fit prior to final bonding.

Good oral hygiene is required to maintain the longevity of your crown or bridge. Regular flossing, with extra attention around the margins and “superfloss” is available for under bridges.

A crown or bridge may be dislodged by a strong force. If this happens, please contact the clinic and an appointment will be made to re-cement your crown or bridge. Please advise reception if your crown or bridge has been lost or damaged/broken.
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Dental implants are artificial tooth roots firmly secured in the jawbone with an attached crown on top to replace missing teeth.

The metal root (implant) is surgically implanted into the jawbone usually by an implant or oral surgeon. The artificial crown is attached to the top of the implant with an abutment fixture.

Your dentist can ascertain the success of an implant.
Procedure involves 3 separate stages:

  1. Insert of implant surgically into the jawbone by an oral surgeon and healing time of approximately 3 – 6 months.
  2. Insert of abutment on the implant, and impressions taken to fabricate the crown.
    Attachment of crown to abutment.
  3. Some implants are not successful and factors that can contribute to implant failure are bone density and strength, location of implant, general health and oral hygiene commitment.

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Other Assessments

 

Common symptoms may include difficulty in opening the mouth/jaw, pain when chewing and yawning, clenching or grinding of teeth, pain around ears. TMJ disorders are best treated conservatively, commonly with an occlusal splint to relax the jaw muscles.

Cracked teeth often start in the top of the tooth and run downwards. They commonly occur in molar and premolar teeth which have heavier grinding forces. Cracks may not be visible making diagnosis difficult and may not be discovered until a variety of symptoms present.

Bruxism is excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth that is not a part of normal chewing movements. This often occurs at night while asleep and over time will wear down and flatten tooth surfaces, cause stiffness and pain in the TMJ joint and possible break or damage teeth.

An occlusal splint worn at night can be fabricated to prevent further wear of tooth surfaces.

Dental erosion is the loss of tooth enamel, exposing the dentine and leading to sensitivity and pain. Common causes are frequent exposure to acidic foods, drinks, medications that increase gastric reflux, conditions such as bulimia, morning sickness, chronic dehydration and overuse of some antiseptic mouthwashes.
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