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Services

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Services 

ACC and emergency 

Cambridge dentist is accredited by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) to provide a wide range of dental treatments caused by an accident. We are on 24 hour stand-by to ensure our patients are well looked after. This service may involve immediate pain relief and repair tooth structure after the accident, or it may also include long term treatment options and follow-up.

Everyone in New Zealand is eligible to receive injury cover through ACC. In the case of dental injuries caused by an accident, a sporting injury or as a result of dental treatment, ACC may be able to help towards your treatment costs. It is easy to file a claim, simply come into one of our branches where one of our dentists can assess the injury and help you fill out the necessary paperwork.

WINZ emergency treatment 

People that meet the necessary criteria may be eligible to receive a Special Needs Grant from work and income for the cost of emergency dental treatment. Call into Cambridge Dentists for a WINZ quote free of charge.

Orthodontics 

Orthodontics is a long-term treatment for straightening crooked teeth while adjusting the teeth bite. It provides the solution for abnormal teeth-jaws relation (malocclusion). The orthodontic treatment results in a healthier bite function, better access to dental cleaning and physical appearance.

A course of the orthodontics treatment could take up to 1.5 years or more for its completion, moreover, your ongoing home care of the braces is essential to the result of the treatment. Our dentists have a strong interests in orthodontics and will be able to design a suitable plan and proper care for your individual needs.

Composite white fillings 

The majority of our restorative work is done using tooth colour fillings. Compared with traditional silver fillings they are bonded directly to the tooth, making the tooth stronger than it would be with a silver filling. Because they are bonded directly to the tooth, composite resin fillings require less drilling. Another advantage is they are in tooth colour appearance. A range of shades are available so that the colour of your teeth can be matched very closely, making them almost impossible to see.

New patients 

This package is for those patients who are new to our dental practice in Southland. This examination covers an overall assessment of your dental health. We begin by discussing with the patient how he/she feels about their teeth and continue with a full oral and dental examination under high magnification. This also includes an assessment on gum disease. We include a full set of x-rays, as well as dental photos, for before and after reference. A quotation and treatment plan are always provided at our dental practice. The time allocated for a comprehensive examination is 30 minutes.

Family services 

All adolescents aged up until 18 years old are eligible to receive a free annual check-up and basic routine dental care at Cambridge Dentists.

Oral sedation - if you are extremely nervous or feel anxious about having a dental procedure done then we can offer you some relief with oral sedation. Oral sedation helps you to relax and makes you less responsive to the external stimuli, such as the sound of the drill and the smell of medications. The administration of an oral sedative helps ensure the dental 
procedure to going smoothly and also diminishes any sense of panic for the patient.

Painless injection system 

STA is the latest computerised dental injection technology that offers single tooth numbing. This means the patient can leave the dental practice without a numb lip or tongue. This system enables the dentist to numb the patient with minimal pain and discomfort. STA injection is actually a computerised controlled drip system which delivers the anaesthetic solution at a very low rate, making it virtually undetectable to the patient. “For anyone afraid of needles or injections, I can’t say enough good things about this system.”

Root canal

If the dental decay has gone too deep and then causes inflammation of the dental pulp, you may experience toothache or tooth abscess. In this case, it’s likely that a root canal treatment is needed for saving the diseased tooth.

The dentist will start RCT after a thorough check of the tooth and surrounding tissue. To control the pain and inflammation, the dentist will extract the pulp, dress the medication in the canals and then seal with temporary filling. It usually needs a week's time to allow the medication to work in the canals.

On your next visit, the dentist could further clean and shape the affected roots with dental files. Again the tooth is then temporary filled with medication dressed in canals. This treatment may continue for more than one visit until the root canals are infection free.

Once the root canals are cleaned and infection free, it’s ready to proceed with the root canal filling down to the tip with permanent filling. If the size of the restoration is large, a crown may be suggested to protect the filling and tooth structure in the near future.

Tooth whitening

This is a safe and effective way of enhancing your natural teeth. Our approved system gives a great result after only two weeks and can last for years with an occasional ‘top up’ treatment. Cleaning is recommended prior to using the Custom-tray System.

Gum disease

Gum disease treatment is the supportive treatment for removing the plaque and calculus from root surface below the gumline. Plaque bacteria and calculus (tartar) can constantly build up around the necks of your teeth in sulcus so regular dental cleaning (scale and polishing) is recommended to prevent the bacterial infection of the gums.

Gum disease is the infection from gum tissue. It begins from gingival sulcus inflammation (Gingivitis) as tooth brushing won’t be able to reach into the sulcus.

Gingivitis is painless so many people could ignore it and then the untreated problem turns into periodontal disease as the infected gums begin to recede because of bone reabsorption and the tooth loosens. If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, further surgical gum disease treatment may be suggested by dentist.
Do you have any of the following symptoms?
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gum on brushing
  • Red or swollen gum
  • Receding gum
  • Teeth are loose
If so, it’s likely that you need to make an appointment with your dentist for scale and polishing or gum disease treatment (subgingival scaling or surgical interactions ) for your teeth.

Denture repair 

Our close relationship with a local lab allows us to maintain the highest level of quality dental prosthesis. We offer same day denture repairs and relines. We pride ourselves on our prompt service.

Dentures

Dentures are the removable replacement for your missing teeth. They are custom-made by a dental technician from impressions taken of your mouth. You dentist will need to check or treat the gum and remaining teeth to ensure they are ready for dentures.

There are several types of the base for partial or full dentures: acrylic, valplast, and metal. Your dentist and dental technician can help you to determine a suitable denture for your needs.

The acrylic denture has a flesh-coloured plastic base and it fits over the gum. It is usually built reasonably thick and is shaped to accommodate the gum and tongue. The partial denture may have added clasps or clips for fitting around your remaining teeth.

Cast metal dentures or metal frameworks are casting from chrome which is rigid and thin. It has a different fitting system from acrylic denture; the metal plate is cast to fit and attached to the teeth so it reduces the force resting over the gum and the appearance is less bulky.

Valplast denture is another option for getting a denture. It is unbreakable and has a flexible nylon base. It is usually made for partial dentures so it is much comfortable than acrylic denture when fitting over the gum.

The process of making a suitable denture for a patient requires the cooperation of patient, dentist and dental technician. Your dentist or dental technician will assist you with the impression, choosing the colour and shape of your teeth, assessing the bite and adjusting the denture base for ensuring your teeth are functional.

A denture could be natural looking but can never feel exactly the same as having your own natural teeth. It takes a while for a patient to get used to wearing a denture in terms of speaking and eating. Your dentist and dental technician can provide you the necessary denture adjustment and techniques of using your denture. However, to ensure proper chewing and prevent jaw problems, your denture will still need to be cleaned, relined, rebased or remade when necessary.

Dental products

Interdental brushes - these are designed for cleaning between teeth and around dental appliances. They can easily remove plaque and debris from where a regular toothbrush cannot reach.
GC Tooth Mousse - this helps remineralisation, allowing prevention from dental decay and making teeth stronger. It’s easy to use and leaves a great taste.
SDI Pola for whitening treatment at home - Pola Whitening can give your teeth on-going protection from decay while providing an effective result for whitening at home.
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