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2 Year Anniversary!

on Monday, 24 November 2014.

A sincere thank you to our staff, patients and business partners

It has been 2 years since Dr. Han Deng and his team began managing Plympton Dental Clinic after transitioning from its previous owner. It hasn't been an easy road especially with a young team but our enthusiasim and diligence have pushed us through during difficult times and the business is definitely on the way up! We would like to share some quick interesting facts since we began:

  • We've seen almost 1,000 new patients alone (excluding any existing patients that have been the practice before November 2012)
  • We've extended opening hours and have been open on almost every Saturday morning since the start of 2013.
  • We've upgraded computers, softwares, TVs on ceilings, laser whitening system, surgical implant motor and assorted implants. 
  • We're doing treatment that wasn't offered previously in the practice including surgical wisdom teeth removal and surgical implant placement
  • We've opened our sister clinic Queen Street Dental in late 2013 which is now celebrating their 1 year anniversary

Team at Plympton Dental Clinic

The above picture was featured in the Messenger in early 2013 after we just took over.

We would like to say a big thank you to every single one of our patients and business partners for your contribution to our business and hopefully we have been of help to you and your family/relatives/friends. Dr. Deng would like to thank all of his staff for their dedication and commitment to Plympton Dental Clinic and hope to maintain the team for many years to come. 

Acid Wear (Dental Erosion)

on Tuesday, 29 July 2014.

A common dental problem with severe consequences

For many years dentists have blamed hard toothbrushes and grinding/clenching for worn teeth. A common factor that is left out is our diet. While most only focus on the sugar contents of food and drinks, the acidity of these foods can have just as much of an effect on our teeth. 

The biggest difference between acid and sugar is that acid will erode away tooth structure on the surfaces that it touches while sugar is actually metabolised by bacteria into acid and then eat away at the tooth. As a result, areas of decay from bacteria is usually found in different locations on a tooth compared with acid erosion. Acid erosion only happens to the teeth and surfaces that are exposed to the acidic substance. This article will not discuss dental decay in detail as it is a complicated process and should not be confused with acid erosion

The most common cause of dental acid erosion is from acidic foods and drinks. Many of these types of foods/drinks are perceived as healthy and essential as part of nutritious diet which further increases their prevalence.

Common examples of acidic foods/drinks:

  • Citrus fruits/juices - oranges, lemons, limes, mandarins, grapefruits etc...
  • Carbonated soft drinks - anything that is fizzy e.g. Sparkling water, Cola, Sprite, Fanta etc...
  • Wine (any colour of wine) 
  • Beer
  • Energy drinks - V, Redbull, Mother etc...
  • Spirits/hard liquor - Vodka, Tequila, Gin etc...

The list can go on, essentially anything that has a pH of less than 5 can wear down teeth. 

Another important factor that is commonly ignored is digestive fluids from reflux and vomitting. These fluids are extremely acidic (used to break down food) and will erode teeth a lot quicker than other foods/drinks in the diet. It is easy to spot these issues dentally as the surfaces that are worn are often those on the back surfaces of teeth meaning the source is coming from within the digestive tract outwards rather than vice versa. It is best to see a medical professional to have these conditions managed in order to avoid chronic dental erosion. 

Acid wear has serious dental consequences and it is usually not a stand alone issue as those with acid wear often grind their teeth thus wearing down teeth even faster. If detected early and managed correctly, the long term consequences can be minimised.

Common signs of acid erosion on teeth include:

  • Very shiny and smooth surfaces on teeth, often flat or cratered
  • Yellower teeth due to wearing down of the enamel layer
  • Short teeth with flat edges which progressively worsens as years go on
  • Sensitive teeth to cold stimulants

There are many ways of managing these issues from a dental point of view but the key is to reduce or stop the acid exposure. Once the acid levels are low, dental erosion will be minimised and treated teeth will have much better longevity. Another helpful accessory is having a nightguard for protection of teeth during grinding/clenching during sleep. 

Common dental treatment for eroded teeth:

  • De-sensitisation/protective coating
  • Fillings to cover worn surfaces or fill up craters
  • Veneers/crowns for building up worn down teeth
  • Oral rehabilitation - building up of numerous teeth to regain teeth height and improve aesthetics

If dental erosion is a problem for you please feel free to contact us for more information and do not hold off on seeking advice as most severe cases could have been prevented years ago. 

 

New fees for checkups and cleans

on Thursday, 15 May 2014.

Maximum gap of $49!

With the latest release of the federal budget, it is clear that accessing dental care for Australians is going to become more difficult with increases in dental fees, higher premiums for health insurance, and decreased funding for public dental services. We at Plympton Dental Clinic have decided to re-structure our fees for dental examinations and teeth cleaning (the most important aspects of preventative dentistry) so it will be more accessible for individuals regardless of age, income, or health insurance status. Having your teeth checked and cleaned regularly (every 6-12 months) is one of the most crucial practices to having a healthy mouth (and thus body)

We are now charging a maximum of $49 for a dental checkup, teeth cleaning, and fluoride (if necessary) for anyone with extras cover (regardless of health fund). We are also providers for Australian Unity, HCF, and CBHS so members will have $0 gap for checkups and cleaning. Usually for members on other health funds, most commonly BUPA or medibank, typical gap payments for checkups and cleaning ever 6 months will range between $80-150 from our experience.

Another incentive we are offering is $99 checkups and cleaning for all individuals WITHOUT health insurance. Typically these individuals are left out from promotions or "special offers" offered by dental clinics as there are no rebates available for the dental business. The standard fee for a checkup and clean at Plympton Dental Clinic is usually $202 but now it is reduced to only $99 to take the financial pressure off for those who want to have regular maintenance but avoid coming in due to cost concerns. There are no hidden costs with these offers, no vouchers, coupons, or gimmicks and will be available all year round. The only extra cost that may be incurred is any necessary x-rays. For those who have not had x-rays for over 2 years may require a set of 2 x-rays on their first visit to complete a comprehensive examination and they will incur an extra cost of $25 per x-ray (a total of $149 if 2 x-rays are required on the first checkup and clean visit).

We hope this new fee schedule will help promote oral health and encourage people to have regular maintenance for their teeth as it is a very important part of overall health and quality of life. Please feel free to contact us for any further questions or visit our facebook or twitter page for any updates.

New Website

on Tuesday, 04 March 2014.

New and improved website is now up!

Welcome to our newly re-designed website with new blog features, more information on dental treatments, and more clinical photographs to help explain the type of work that we do on a daily basis. We also have facebook, twitter, and google plus pages with more photos and regular news. Be sure to visit our sister clinic's website at www.queenstdental.com for other dental photos and information. Feel free to use our email system for any questions, feedback, or appointments and we will respond as quickly as possible. 

The Power of Dental Implants

on Thursday, 26 February 2015.

Multipurpose & versatile

Dental implants are becoming more readily available worldwide as the gold standard of replacing missing teeth. Their superior longevity and functionality allows dentists and specialists to utilise them for many different purposes ranging from simple replacement of a singular tooth to replacing a whole arch of teeth in edentulous individuals. 

Dental implants can:

  • Replace missing teeth from previous extractions
  • Replace broken teeth that have not been extracted yet
  • Support existing dentures for additional retention
  • Support bridges to replace multiple missing teeth in a row

A common misconception to the patient is that one implant equals to one tooth. This may not be the case as implants can support more than one tooth at a time (12 teeth can be successfully placed onto 4 dental implants!). Even if there are no existing teeth, implants can help drastically improve the retention of loose dentures (usually the lower denture) without the need of natural teeth. 

The case in the photo shows a single implant with 2 porcelain teeth being placed in the top left hand side to fill in the black gap to improve aesthetics as well as increasing chewing capabilities on that side. 

Why choose us in Adelaide for Dental Implants?

on Sunday, 06 April 2014.

High Quality, Competitive Pricing, Complete Treatment Planning

Why choose us in Adelaide for Dental Implants?

Over the past 10-15 years, dental implants have become one of the best options for replacing missing teeth. Even though they have been around for decades, it is only in recent times that they have become popular due to their high success rates, versatility, comfort, and longevity. They are fast becoming the gold standard in replacing teeth and at Plympton Dental Clinic in Adelaide we understand this. 

Our team at Plympton Dental Clinic offer complete dental implant treatment from start to finish. This means that we take care of the whole process, from surgically placing the implant in the jaw bone to putting on the final crown or bridge. Often general dentists inexperienced in this field will refer patients to have the implants surgically placed by specialists such as periodontists, prosthodontists, or oral surgeons and would then make the crown or bridge themselves. This often results in extended treatment times and consultations, multiple visits to different practices located far away from each other, and additional costs. 

Our principal dentist (Dr. Han Deng) has undergone frequent dental implant training since graduating from Adelaide University. He has travelled around Australia working closely with dental implant company Neoss (www.neoss.com) over the past few years to practice and further develop his skills in implant dentistry and maintains a close relationship with Neoss representatives and local specialists. As a result of this relationship, Dr. Deng can offer dental implant treatment at very competitive prices compared with other dental practices in Adelaide. He believes conservative treatment is best whenever possible as it leads to less discomfort for the patient, quicker healing, greater longevity, and lower treatment costs. He also believes communication is key hence all details will be explained in person so patients understand what they're getting. Feel free to ask as many questions as you'd like!

Please visit our implants page for more detailed explanations and step by step pictures of the whole process. Our prices for a single tooth dental implant and crown start from $3500 (before any health rebates) and we have guarantees on our work. This price is only a guide and a consult with Dr. Deng is absolutely necessary before any accurate quotes can be given. 

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