At Ballarat Family Dental we offer a comprehensive range of dental services to ensure patients have easy and convenient access to great value, high quality dental care.

Risk assessment and preventative dental services

We all agree that prevention is better than cure and the same rings true for our oral health. At different stages of life, lifestyles may change. This will inevitably have an impact on the oral health. Our aim is to evaluate and inform you of your risks and provide you with the appropriate preventative dental services so that we can help you maintain the integrity and health of all the oral tissues from the teeth, gums, oral soft-tissues, salivary glands and to the underlying bone.

Fissure Sealants

Fissure sealants are like "plugs" that are placed into the grooves on the biting surface of molars and some premolars. They serve to protect and prevent the fissures and grooves from developing decay. Fissure sealants can be placed at any age, although they are usually placed at around the time the permanent molars erupt at approximately 6-7 years old for the first molars and 12-13 years old for the second molars.

Crowns, Bridges, Implants and Dentures

Traditionally called a "cap", crowns cover the entire biting surface and circumference of the tooth. They serve to restore heavily filled, root canal treated or trauma related injuries to teeth. Crowns can be made in gold for strength and durability or in porcelain for aesthetic purposes. These days we try to minimise how much of the tooth we actually cut away (the biomimetic approach to dentistry). This means that we would regularly restore a broken down tooth with an only or inlay or a veneer rather than a fully covering crown.

Bridges are made to fill in missing teeth between teeth. It is when teeth on either side of a gap are crowned and an anchored false tooth is connected to the crowns. Bridges are cemented permanently in the mouth. The materials used for bridges can be all ceramic, all metal or porcelain fused to metal.

Dentures are removable prostheses that are designed to replace missing teeth. They can be used as provisional solution until a fixed, more permanent solution is completed. They can also be the final solution to replacing the missing teeth.

Implants are independent tooth or teeth replacements not reliant on any other tooth in the mouth. A dental implant is a two stage process where a metal screw is placed in the jawbone by a Periodontist (gum specialist) or Oral Surgeon. This is then given time to heal and a crown or bridge can be placed on top of the implant. Dental implants are often an ideal way of replacing a missing tooth. Implants can also be used to support a removable denture.

Veneers are composite, ceramic/porcelain restorations which cover the visible surface of a tooth or teeth. They are mostly placed for cosmetic purposes; they can help fill in gaps or even-out mild crowding without the need for braces. They are also part of our armamentarium for providing a comprehensive and biomimetic approach to restoring the broken down mouth.

Complex dental treatment

In circumstances where there is a history of extensive dental disease from tooth decay, gum disease, acid erosion, tooth wear and fractures, a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive approach to the successful rehabilitation of your smile is usually warranted. In most cases there are various options which can be taken to achieve the desired outcome. We take the time to consult with you to help you decide which of these options would best suit your needs from a functional, aesthetic and budgetary perspective. Quotations for all the options of the Treatment Plan are made available.

Root Canal Treatment

This is the process of removing a dead or dying nerve from a tooth that has become decayed beyond self-repair or as a result of trauma. Root canal treatment is a 3 stage process.

Stage 1 – Removal of infected nerve tissue and placement of medicament.

Stage 2 – Clean and remove any remaining debris in canal and shape canals preparing it for stage 3.

Stage 3 – Root canal is filled and sealed.

Finally the tooth needs to be restored in a manner to prevent any fractures as a result of the general weakening of the tooth. There are many restorative options available ranging from standard filling to a full crown.

Tooth whitening

We provide home application tooth whitening kits. Whilst we can provide in the chair tooth whitening procedures, we believe this approach is not cost-effective as you are paying for access to the dental chair. Also the whitening solutions are higher in concentration and have the potential of creating greater post-application pain and sensitivity. Ballarat Family Dental offers affordable toothwhitening options whether you are looking for brighter pearly whites just for that special date or for something more long-lasting. We recommend all teeth whitening treatment to precede with a thorough dental check up so that your case can be assessed and appropriate informaton and expectations can be discussed. For further information, speak to our friendly dental team about the options and costs.

Extractions including wisdom teeth

There are many reasons why a tooth needs to be extracted. This could be for a child or an adult. In all circumstances we require an X-ray of the tooth in its surrounds to identify any pathology and structurally-sensitive areas which need to be considered when planning the extraction. For the teeth that need a surgical approach, a comprehensive assessment of the area and a surgical consent form must be signed, thereby ensuring all the risks and treatment options have been discussed and properlyunderstood by our patients. At times, certain extractions may call for a referral to an Oral Surgeon to ensure appropriate management and absolute comfort for the patient. Before any extractions, all viable options will be discussed.

Tooth coloured and amalgam fillings

Most people want their fillings to be tooth coloured nowadays and with the advancements made in the materials available , we are able to accommodate your aesthetic needs without compromising on the longevity of the filling or the strength of the tooth. In saying that, the good old amalgam filling still has its place in dentistry. To know what is most appropriate, speak to the dentist about your options when you visit us and let us know if you have a particular preference.

Mouthguards and night splints

Playing active sports has the potential to cause trauma and injury. A mouthguard is a removable rubber or polyvinyl shield worn over the upper teeth to protect the teeth and jaws from traumatic injury during these sporting activities. A customised well fitting mouthguard is the only way to adequately protect yourself.

Nightsplints are worn to protect the teeth from bruxing habits and can sometimes alleviate muscular pain and migrains associated with such habits. Speak to us about nightguards if you suspect you may be grinding or clenching.

Emergency appointments

It is our top priority to make sure our patients are well cared for should ever an emergency arise. Unfortunately, toothaches and accidents are never well timed. We provide an after hours appointment booking service so that even when the surgery is closed, we are still here to give you a peace of mind as soon as possible. You can send us a message and we will call you back as soon as possible to organise the next available appointment for you.

Special Needs Patient

We are dedicated to providing quality dental care to all of our patients regardless of their physical or mental capabilities. There are many patients described as having special needs. These would include those with autism, developmental disorders, sensory issues, and any physical or behavioural impairment. Dr Becky Chen has had experience working with children with special needs and their families. Based on the specific needs of your child, we will offer different appropriate treatment options. This may include treatment under local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, or general anesthesia. There are times where it will be absolutely necessary to connect the special needs patients with appropriate specialists.

Relative and General Sedation

Dr Becky Chen is qualified to provide relative sedation to patients of all ages, should they need it. This is an effective tool for patients of any age who do not cope well at the dentist due to anxiety. For all dental procedures, the patients will be walked through every step by the staff. However, due to a myriad of reasons, a handful of patients will still feel quite anxious. For these circumstances, the option of either relative sedation or general aeasthesia at the Day Procedure, Wendouree will be offered.