General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Mooloolaba
More than 30 years ago, Fenton Dental was established with the goal of bringing comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry treatments to patients in Mooloolaba and throughout the Sunshine Coast.
While they treat dental health issues such as gum disease and perform extractions where required, their team focuses on preventative care and education. If patients have concerns about the appearance of their smile or are missing teeth, Fenton Dental’s team will discuss the best options with patients—whether it be a bridge, veneers or a dental implant.
Fenton Dental’s dentists may suggest a porcelain or metallic crown for teeth that have lost a significant amount of material—whether it’s from tooth decay, direct impact, heavy wear, jaw clenching or grinding. This aesthetic piece fits over the existing tooth to reinforce it against further damage or wear.
In order for the crown to be secured, the dentist will shape and prepare the existing tooth. The process is completed over 2 visits, with 2 weeks in-between (patients will be fitted with a temporary crown between visits). A crown looks just like a regular tooth and is permanently fixed into the gums.
Crowns require extra care and attention during a regular oral hygiene routine. They should be brushed and flossed 2 to 3 times a day to avoid decay where the crown and tooth join. With proper care and attention, crowns can last up to 15 years on average. The dentist will let patients know how best to care for their dental prosthetics.
Fenton Dental only use Australian laboratories for dental prosthetics and lab work.
If patients have a tooth missing, or a severely damaged tooth which cannot be repaired, then a dental bridge might be suitable. It is a prosthetic device made from strong porcelain material that consists of a full tooth and 2 crowns. While durable and long-lasting, the prosthetic also closely matches the look and feel of a natural tooth.
A dental bridge requires 2 healthy teeth either side of the gap for the crowns to be fitted over. If these teeth have previous dental work or historical fillings, they can be reinforced at the same time. Once in place, a bridge does not need to be removed or adjusted like dentures and works like a real tooth.
Please note bridges aren’t always suitable, and a dental implant may be more appropriate. The dentist will discuss any alternatives with patients.
A dental implant is a manufactured replacement for recent extractions and individual missing teeth where there are no suitable anchor points either side. They can also be used to support unstable dentures and can be used in conjunction with bridges for major restoration work.
The implants consist of 3 components:
- A titanium implant used as an anchor point
- An implant abutment used to connect the implant to the crown
- An implant crown fitted to accurately replicate a natural tooth
Dental implants are secured directly to the bone of the jaw. Therefore, the dentist will require a series of scans to aid positioning and ensure there is enough healthy bone structure. A bone graft may be required in some circumstances.
As this is significant surgery, Fenton Dental will complete a comprehensive consultation and planning process before any treatment is conducted. The dentist will provide this detailed treatment plan so that patients are aware of the risks and costs involved.
When there is no further recourse and a tooth must be extracted, the dentists at Fenton Dental do their best to make the procedure as fast and pain-free as possible. They utilise advanced dental anaesthetic to reduce feeling in the area of extraction, and also use specialised techniques to minimise bleeding.
Clear verbal and written instructions are given to each patient after the extraction, so they are aware of how to care for the gums around the extraction site. This is to help prevent any complications post-operation.
Their dentists can also extract teeth for orthodontic purposes, if requested by a referring specialist orthodontist.
Porcelain veneers are a more conservative approach to improving the look of chipped, decayed, discoloured or oddly shaped front teeth. At Fenton Dental, they can help find a permanent cosmetic solution, while maintaining as much healthy tooth structure as possible.
Veneers, like crowns, are made of a natural-looking and durable ceramic material which fit over an existing tooth. However, veneers are custom-made and bonded to the front, visible, side of the teeth, reducing the need to trim and shape the tooth structure. At Fenton Dental, they start with a comprehensive consultation process and provide patients with a treatment plan.
Local laboratories are used to create the veneers, which are made to precisely fit over existing teeth. In some cases, they may ask patients to visit the lab directly, so they can complete a colour and shape match—to ensure the perfect final result.
In order to save their patients further pain, discomfort and cost, and to ensure their ongoing oral health, Fenton Dental’s dentists provide a full diagnostic service, including x-rays. Catching common problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease before they progress ensures any intervention is less invasive and expensive. In their early stages many of these conditions don’t show any symptoms that a patient may notice.
Fenton Dental recommends check-ups and in-chair teeth cleans be conducted at least once every 6 months. For patients who have had dental work, such as fillings or crowns, they also suggest having a routine dental x-ray completed once every 2 years. Their dentists often also take photographs to help illustrate their diagnoses.
Root Canal Treatment
If patients are experiencing severe tooth ache, sharp hot or cold sensitivity, or have a recurring pimple or ulcer on the gums, then the soft tissue inside the tooth may have become infected or inflamed. This can be caused by some forms of dental disease and may require a root canal treatment to alleviate the symptoms.
At Fenton Dental, these treatments are completed over 1 to 3 appointments, with a few weeks to recover in-between—depending on the severity of the condition. The process involves clearing out the infected pulp from inside the tooth and replacing it with inert filling material.
Because the tooth has been drilled into, it can potentially become brittle after the treatment. If the tooth is in an area of high biting pressure, they may be at risk of fracturing or breaking. The dentist may then recommend a porcelain crown to help protect it.
Fenton Dental has been providing tooth-coloured fillings for front and back teeth since 1981. These are a great alternative to older amalgam or silver fillings as they require less removal of tooth structure and blend far better with the rest of the smile.
Fillings can be used to repair damaged teeth and fill cavities, protecting the inner tooth from infection or further wear. Correct application of fillings early in cases of tooth decay may eliminate the need for involved cosmetic or endodontic treatments down the line. The tooth-coloured material can also be used to close gaps or change the colour and shape of teeth to improve their appearance.
Their dentists will discuss fillings during check-ups if they find cavities, but they may also recommend more permanent treatments, such as crowns or veneers.
Often, when wisdom teeth emerge during early adulthood, they become impacted against other teeth and cause pain. This is usually due to a lack of room in the mouth and as a result they may need to be extracted.
Fenton Dental assess the teeth with a full mouth x-ray (OPG), before deciding on the action required. Depending on the proximity of the teeth to nerves and sinuses in the jaw, they may refer patients to a specialist oral maxillofacial surgeon. In most cases, their dentists will use in-chair local anaesthetic. However, for multiple extractions, they may discuss the possibility of conducting the procedures under general anaesthetic at a local hospital.
Liaising with trusted local laboratories in the Sunshine Coast region, Fenton Dental provides custom-fitted dentures to patients. Dentures are made from a variety of materials, and they aren’t just for replacing a whole set of teeth. They can be used to replace a single jaw, several in a row, or just one tooth.
Dentures can be held in place with temporary dental cement but are completely removable. Their team can also modify existing dentures by anchoring them to dental implants. This holds them securely and improves the overall fit. Their team will also advise the best method of caring for dentures during the patient’s regular oral hygiene routine.
Fissure sealants can help prevent possible decay in molar teeth. Molars have deep pits and grooves on their surface which can build up with food particles and bacteria, even with effective dental hygiene practices. As it is best utilised on young, healthy teeth, fissure sealants are ideal for children’s dentistry.
The sealants are thin coats of resin which can be applied over these areas, covering the groove and protecting the tooth from decay. The treatment is quick, completely painless and non-invasive:
- Tooth is cleaned & dried
- Etching solution is applied
- Liquid sealant is applied
- Curing light shone on the area
Many Mooloolaba locals are unhappy with the colour of their teeth. A number of lifestyle, medical or genetic factors can result in yellowed or stained teeth. Fenton Dental offers both Phillip’s zoom in-chair and take-home teeth whitening services. These methods are fast and effective, often taking less than an hour to complete.
Whitening is a cost-effective option for patients who are happy with the shape and positioning of their teeth, but still want to improve their appearance. Patients who are unsure if whitening is right for them, make an appointment to see one of their dentists.
The clear alternative to braces, Invisalign is a unique, high-tech orthodontic system suitable for patients of all ages. It is a series of discreet, transparent aligners—similar in shape to a small mouthguard or retainer—which gradually straightens and adjusts the teeth over time. They are known to be more comfortable than braces and can be removed for cleaning when required.
Fenton Dental’s dentists can advise if Invisalign is suitable for each particular patient, so contact reception to book a consultation.
Gum Disease Treatment
Maintaining healthy gums is an integral aspect of oral hygiene that is often overlooked. While a person’s teeth may be mostly clean, plaque can build up on the gum line, leading to gingivitis and periodontitis—the two main stages of gum disease. This chronic problem, if left untreated, results in gum recession and inflammation, tooth mobility, sensitivity and even tooth loss.
The most straightforward treatment for gum disease is a thorough scaling and cleaning by a qualified dentist. At every check-up with Fenton Dental, they perform a comprehensive assessment process for the patient’s gums. This will locate any areas of gum disease and remove the bacteria before more drastic action is required. They also educate patients on proper dental hygiene methods to help them care for their teeth and gums.
For adults and children who take part in contact sports, such as football, boxing or hockey, a mouthguard is essential for protecting their teeth from serious damage. A custom-made guard will always fit more comfortably and function better than an off-the-shelf product. They are designed to absorb the impact in the case of any trauma to the face or jaw area.
Fenton Dental utilise local laboratories to fabricate well-fitting mouthguards moulded to fit the patient’s mouth perfectly. This process is completed over 2 appointments. In the first appointment, they take a mould of all relevant teeth, to be sent to a lab for creation. When patients come back, the dentist will make sure the new mouthguard fits them correctly.
Occlusal Splints, commonly referred to as nightguards, are generally worn during sleep to prevent excessive tooth wear caused by grinding or clenching. A dentist may recommend an occlusal splint if they notice any symptoms of this habit—many patients are unaware that they do it.
Please contact Fenton Dental for more information on any of their services.