Preventive Dentistry and Gum Care in Avondale, Auckland
It is our goal to help patients achieve the best oral health possible so that the only dentistry they need is preventive care to keep their smiles looking and feeling their best. As the longest operating dental centre in Avondale, we are committed to tailoring dentistry to the individual needs of our patients.
Dental Exams and X-Rays
The foundations of our preventive services are regular dental exams and x-rays. This is time dedicated to our patients to update their oral health records and discuss any changes.
During an exam, we carefully evaluate the following:
- Each tooth
- Gum tissue
- Bite (occlusion)
- Jaw health
- Medications/medical history
- Current dental restorations
We also periodically take x-rays to identify oral conditions that are not visible.
These can include:
- Bone loss
We use digital x-rays at Avondale Dental Centre for the safety of our patients. Digital x-rays emit up to 80 percent less radiation than their film counterparts. These high-resolution images give us a detailed view of teeth and bone.
Dental Cleans and Periodontal Treatment
Healthy gums are essential not only for a healthy smile but also for overall systemic health. Recent research has identified that periodontal disease has a negative impact on nearly every system in the body and has been linked to:
- Heart disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Low birth weight in babies born to mothers with periodontal disease
- Respiratory illness
- Certain types of cancer
Even if you brush and floss your teeth diligently, a dental clean removes tartar from areas that your toothbrush cannot reach. Inadequate home or professional hygiene can lead to the development of periodontal (gum) disease.
Each dental cleaning is designed for individual patient needs. From a basic scale and polish to periodontal cleanings that eliminate infection and tartar from beneath the gums, our hygienist will help you get back on track with a fresh, clean smile.
We use laser dentistry to remove diseased tissue and promote healing. Laser dentistry improves healing times and comfort for periodontal surgery.
Other Preventive Treatments
In addition to a regular check-up and clean, we offer cavity prevention and oral appliances when necessary.
Fluoride application – Fluoride hardens enamel and assists with remineralisation of the teeth. Commonly used for children, some adults may also benefit from this decay-preventing treatment.
Fissure sealants – Deep grooves in the teeth provide bacteria with a place to collect and reproduce. Fissure sealants fill in the deep grooves in teeth and protect from decay by creating a barrier.
Nightguard for bruxism – Clenching and grinding the teeth causes severe damage when left untreated. Fractures, wear and sensitivity are all common side effects of a teeth-grinding habit. A night guard protects teeth by placing a barrier between upper and lower teeth and allowing painful jaw muscles to relax.
Sports mouth guard – Sports expose teeth to a number of hazards. Wearing an athletic mouth guard will add additional protection from painful accidents.
Ready for a Healthy Smile?
Whether it has been six months or six years since your last dental visit, Avondale dentists Dr Najar, Dr Crum and Dr Nekrutenk are available to provide personal, compassionate dental care to help you achieve optimum oral health.
Contact our Avondale dental clinic to arrange a booking or for any questions you might have about our services.