Tweed Coast general & Family dental services for patients of all ages
At Smile Street, both our Coolangatta and Murwillumbah clinics employ a large team of qualified dentists and dental nurses that offer a wide range of oral health and cosmetic services. Whether you need a comprehensive check-up and clean, or emergency dental treatments, we can help.
Many of our services are eligible for payment assistance from the Medicare Child Dental Benefit Scheme, Department of Veterans Affairs or through NSW Health Vouchers.
Check-Ups, Cleans & X-Rays
At Smile Street, we recommend a check-up and clean at least once every six months, in conjunction with a thorough at-home routine, to keep your smile healthy. During a dental check-up, each patient receives a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth in order to identify minor problems, and address them before they become major issues. If it is your first appointment at Smile Street, the dentist may ask about your oral health history and any concerns you have about your teeth.
Plaque or tartar build up will be removed with a special ultrasonic scaler and hand scaler, followed by a polish procedure to shine the teeth. Our team makes every effort to make this process as relaxing and free of discomfort as possible.
Your dentist may recommend dental radiographs, also called x-rays, depending on your oral exam, dental history and any risks for developing cavities. Dental radiographs provide information on your jaw alignment, identify any impacted wisdom teeth, infections or lesions, any decay underneath the fillings and/or between teeth.
After the examination, the dentist will go through all the treatment recommendations and options as well as general advice on maintaining good oral health.
Gum disease is caused by plaque and calculus on your teeth and beneath the gums. If not removed, these will cause your gums to become red and swollen, leading to recession of the gums and exposed roots. The two main stages of gum disease are known as gingivitis and periodontitis. Leaving either of these untreated can eventually lead to bone loss around teeth, resulting in loosening, possible infections and subsequent tooth loss.
The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush twice daily and floss once daily. A six-monthly check-up is the best way to identify any problems before they become more serious. A professional clean will also help remove plaque and calculus in any areas that are hard to reach with your home oral care routine.
In order to prevent bacteria and decay from spreading in an affected tooth’s structure, a dentist can utilise a filling to repair the damage. At Smile Street, we restore your teeth with tooth-coloured composite or porcelain material. We remove the bacteria and damaged tooth structure and repair it with a biocompatible material. This filling restores the tooth back to its original shape and function.
If you leave the decay for too long though, the filling may be very deep and eventually the tooth may require a root canal therapy or extraction. So, don’t leave it too long to get that tooth fixed!
When there is no tooth structure to be salvaged, or there is a pre-existing gap in the smile, a dental implant can be used to fill this space. The implant itself is a biocompatible titanium fitting place in the jaw bone which acts as a replacement the root of the tooth. A custom-made porcelain crown is then attached to the top of the implant.
If you are missing all of your teeth and wear a full denture, by placing multiple implants strategically, we can still restore your smile and you will not have to put up with a loose, uncomfortable denture.
To determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for implants, please consult with our dentists to see if this procedure is right for you. They will conduct a comprehensive exam and scans to determine your bone quality and quantity in the target area. Tooth decay and gum disease should be treated prior to any implant work. Any patients who smoke need to stop a long period before the treatment, and for a time after the implant is fitted.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal treatment (RCT), also known as endodontic treatment, is only recommended for a tooth which has been so badly damaged due to decay, disease, infection or trauma that it would otherwise be extracted. It is specifically designed to deal with damaged or infected pulp—the soft tissue at the centre of the tooth.
The initial treatment is to remove the infected or diseased nerve tissue and relieve pain. The root canal is then cleaned, shaped and disinfected. The final step is to fill the root canal, so a bacterial tight seal can be obtained.
In most cases, we recommend the addition of a crown to protect the weakened tooth from possible future fractures. With modern anaesthesia and latest endodontic technology, a root canal procedure is virtually painless.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
There are a lot of factors that can require your wisdom teeth, or third molars, to be removed. These teeth emerge in your late teens to early twenties, and often our jawline doesn’t have the space to accommodate them. Generally, your dentist will monitor these throughout this period to see if they will be a concern.
Without enough space, the teeth will come through on an angle pushing on the adjacent tooth, or become impacted under the gums. This can cause considerable pain and irritation to the gums and cheek or difficulty opening your mouth. Partial eruption and impaction of the third molars can frequently lead to recurring infections and removal may be the only solution.
Depending on the complexity of the case, your dentist may decide to remove them in-chair under local anaesthetic at our Coolangatta or Murwillumbah clinics. For more serious cases, we may refer you on to a specialist oral surgeon, who will perform the operation while you are under general anaesthetic.
For growing children addressing the underlying causes of crooked teeth early is essential. Waiting until all their adult teeth have come though before taking action can result in irreversible damage. The Myobrace® System is a preventive pre-orthodontic treatment which aims to encourage natural growth and development of teeth in children aged between 5 and 15, often eliminating the need for braces or extraction of teeth. Treatments involve using a series of intra-oral appliances which can be removed at any time. The devices are worn for one to two hours each day plus overnight while sleeping, and are used in conjunction with daily exercises.
- Corrects poor oral habits
- Develops & aligns the jaw
- Straightens teeth
- Optimises facial development
- Improves overall health
- Promotes healthy eating habits
Myobrace® appliances are designed to deal with poor oral habits such as thumb-sucking, mouth-breathing and tongue thrusts, by teaching children to breathe through their nose, rest the tongue correctly in the roof of the mouth, swallow correctly and much more. They also expand the arch-form while exerting light forces to align the teeth and jaws, providing in more room for adult teeth to emerge naturally and straight. The appliance used will depend on the age of the child, their orthodontic problem and their current oral habits.
In addition, Myobrace® Activities—a patient education program—requires the child to perform a series of breathing, tongue, swallowing, lip and cheek exercises in conjunction with wearing the appliances. These are designed to correct any bad oral habits which cause incorrect dental and jaw development.