We dedicate ourselves to making sure you are relaxed and as comfortable as possible while receiving high-quality dental care during your visit to our practice.
Preventative Dentistry is focussed on the prevention of dental disease, inclusive of gums and teeth. Prevention starts at home but continues with the dental team to promote and maintain oral health. Prevention helps to avoid serious and costly dental issues from arising down the track.
We believe that regular check-ups are important, for this reason we send our patients recalls and reminders when they are due for their dental examinations. The frequency of each patients dental examination is determined on an individual basis and the focus is to help each patient maintain a healthy, functioning mouth.
General Dentistry encompasses all treatment to achieve disease free, healthy teeth. It is an accepted and scientifically proven fact that a healthy mouth is fundamental to general health and overall wellbeing. At Port Pirie Dental and Specialist Centre, our aim is to work with you to establish and maintain a healthy mouth for life.
Cosmetic Dentistry has progressed significantly and allows smile improvement through the use of aesthetic materials and innovative techniques. A beautiful smile enhances your confidence and opportunities in life, and there are numerous options available to consider in order achieve this.
There are certain times when teeth need to be extracted.
This can be due to:
Some teeth are relatively easy to remove while others can be extremely difficult.
An x-ray is taken to assess the best method for the extraction, and this will be discussed with you.
The extraction can be performed under normal local anaesthetic, under oral sedation or under conscious intravenous sedation.
The aim of root canal treatment [or endodontic treatment] is to save a tooth which has had the nerve [pulp] damaged by decay or injury.
Root canal treatment is possible in situations where the tooth can be eventually restored and return to normal function. In some situations however, root canal treatment is not an option and the tooth needs to be extracted.
A dental filling is placed to close a hole in a tooth, or to repair a fractured tooth and restore it back to natural form and function.
When a tooth has decayed, the dentist cleans out the decay and creates a hole which is then plugged using a dental filling material.
There are various filling materials which can be used:
Sometimes, when the decay is deep or there has been tooth fracture, it can harm the nerve of the tooth. Despite the dentist’s best efforts, the nerve can die after a filling is done. This all depends on the health of the nerve initially, the patient’s age and other attributing factors.
A dental implant is a permanent, artificial tooth that is used to replace a missing tooth.
Dental implants are the closest possible replacement to natural teeth. They look, feel and function just like natural teeth. They allow you to speak and eat with comfort and confidence, and are generally a better alternative to dentures or bridges.
Since dental implants integrate into the jaw bone, they prevent bone loss and gum recession that normally accompanies the loss of a tooth.
Generally, implant placement has two phases:
Implants can last many years, however the maintenance of good oral hygiene and regular professional reviews and care, are critical for long term success.
Dr Yohan Thomas is our in-house Prosthodontist.
A prosthodontist is a dentist who specialises in the field of dentistry that relates to rebuilding natural teeth and restoring missing teeth with prosthetic replacements. This may involve a routine procedure such as making a crown for a damaged tooth or it could involve more complex procedures, such as full mouth reconstruction of extensively damaged dentitions involving the use of Veneers, Bridges, Dentures, Dental implants.
A Prosthodontist is responsible for executing those treatments, as well as co-ordinating treatment that may be required by other specialists.
Several years of specialist training and recognition by the Dental Board of Australia as a Specialist in Prosthodontics places Dr Thomas in the optimal position to manage the more challenging cases such as those with significant functional or aesthetic problems.
If you are contemplating dental treatment which may require the use of dental implants, the extensive use of veneers as part of a smile ‘makeover’, and treatment that involves major changes of the dentition are strongly encouraged to seek the advice of Dr Thomas in order to obtain the most appropriate, comprehensive and individually tailored solution to their dental needs.
The caring staff at Port Pirie Dental and Specialist centre will make you feel welcome and comfortable, making us a true family dentist in Port Pirie.
Port Pirie Dental and Specialist Centre has been welcoming patient’s in the exact same location for over 30 years providing gentle, dental care for your family in one location.
Our dentists have a reputation for being professional, friendly and having a caring attitude.
At Port Pirie Dental & Specialist Centre we aim to provide you with the highest standards a dentist can provide, specifically designed to meet your individual needs. We believe that taking the time to discuss dental procedures and treatment options will lead to a less stressful experience.
We treat you with compassion and gentleness, and provide you with a holistic and thorough assessment. It is our belief that each individual should feel that they have had their dental needs met in a caring and professional manner.
We are grateful for the continual confidence that our patients show by the many referrals of family and friends. We believe this is the highest compliment we can receive and it continues to inspire us to be an extraordinary dental practice. So if you or someone you know is in need of quality dental care, please get in touch.
Port Pirie Dental & Specialist Centre uses state of the art equipment such as intra-oral cameras and computerised digital radiography (x-rays).
Our sterilisation procedures are of the highest standard as demanded by the Australian Dental Association.