The Bondi Dentists are highly experienced experts in a number of specialist dental services. We also have an extensive collaborative network of partners that can address most needs. We offer professional advice and work with a range of service providers to offer you on the best and most appropriate course of action to care for you.
Temporomandibular (or TMJ) disorders are disorders of the jaw and jaw joints that can lead to other medical symptoms such as headaches & migraines, muscular pain in the jaw, neck or shoulders, grinding teeth, ringing or blocked ears, arthritis in other joints or the inability to open your jaw properly, amongst other things. It is possible to have a TMJ disorder for a long time without realising it. This is because some of the symptoms, such as headaches, may seem unrelated to your jaw joints and muscles.
A thorough dental and medical history and evaluation by our dentists will help to pinpoint the cause of your TMJ disorder. Diagnosis is always the first step in planning a personalised treatment programme.
Snoring is typically caused by poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue. During sleep the muscles relax causing the tongue to fall backwards towards the throat, restricting the airway and causing the throat tissues to vibrate when breathing. Snoring is the sound that is caused by this vibration. Sleep Apnoea (or OSA) is a serious condition when the tongue falls back so far that it blocks the airway, causing sufferers to cease breathing for several seconds. When this happens, the body triggers muscle spasms which cause you to awaken from a deep sleep, resume normal breathing and fall asleep again. This process can occur several times throughout a night without you even realising.
This broken sleep can result in excessive fatigue during the day, irritability and memory problems. OSA is more likely to affect middle-aged men than women and other risk factors include being overweight, having high blood pressure, having risk factors for heart failure or stroke and being a smoker.
Sleep Apnoea is a dangerous illness and a referral to a specialist sleep physician will be made, for proper assessment, before our dentists will recommend treatment. Our dentists can treat mild to moderate Sleep Apnoea with the use of a custom-made dental appliance that helps bring the jaw forward, preventing the tongue from falling backwards and blocking the throat.
Smile on 4
The Bondi Dentists Smile on 4 system is a cutting-edge dentistry solution that means the end of loose dentures. Smile on 4 gives our patients the convenience of dentures to replace multiple missing teeth, with the security of implants to hold their dentures in place.
Our dentists use special x-rays that use computer imaging to produce a 3D view of the jawbone. This allows an experienced dentist to see exactly what is happening beneath the gums and within the jaw. Your dentist can then insert implants into the jawbone, being careful to avoid any nerves or veins.
The top of the implants poke out above the gum because there is a small ball on the implant end which clips into a corresponding socket on the bottom of the denture.
The denture is now held in place just like you had your own tooth. The denture snaps into place in the morning and you take it out at night to give your gums a rest.
Complex Dental Rehabilitations
Having an attractive smile that lasts a lifetime depends upon healthy and functional teeth and gums. The Bondi Dentists focus on all aspects of your mouth not just the look of your smile. Serious dental conditions can be indicators towards, or the result of more serious medical conditions. Our patients’ ongoing health and happiness is central to our practice and we specialise in developing treatment solutions that take a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment, recovery and rehabilitation, no matter how complex. Only after careful evaluation will our dentists make a diagnosis and formulate a comprehensive treatment plan for you.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
The human mouth comprises many tissues, both soft and hard. Soft tissues include the gums, tongue, inner cheeks, and lips. Hard tissues include the teeth and jawbone. There are also connective tissues that hold the various structures of the mouth together, as well as nerves and blood vessels. The relationship between the upper and lower teeth and their relationship with the jaw joints are referred to as occlusion, or the bite. The healthy functioning of the human mouth depends on all of these systems working together in harmony. When all components do not work together in balance, oral health becomes compromised.
When multiple oral health problems exist, full mouth reconstruction may be advised. Also known as full mouth restoration, full mouth reconstruction can include any combination of the following:
- Restorative dental treatments
- Implant dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Temporomandibular treatment
- Bruxism/Teeth Grinding treatments
- Oral surgery
- Periodontal treatments
Appropriate and expert referrals for best solutions
Our duty of care is first and foremost to our patients. If we identify that a patient requires a specialised dental procedure that is beyond the scope of our practice, or requires collaboration with another specialist, we have built relationships with a large network of colleagues over many years, and will refer patients to the best candidate to ensure that you get the best results for your dental problem.