Hygiene care

At Dental Care @ Berri we believe in a preventive approach to dental care. It is much smarter and more economical to prevent dental disease like tooth decay and gum disease rather than waiting until you have symptoms like pain, bad breath or loose teeth and then having to treat it.

We recommend for all of our patients to have a hygiene appointment on a regular basis. This is usually every six months, but can be more or less often determined by your dental and overall health needs. This appointment is performed by a dental Hygieneist or Oral Health Therapist (OHT) who is specifically trained and qualified in the prevention of dental diseases.

At each hygiene appointment, our gentle and caring Hygieneists/ OHTs will assess the condition of your teeth and gums and check for any concerns. They will remove the plaque and tartar buildup from above and below your gums and around your teeth. This buildup contains thousands of bacteria, some of which causes the gums to become swollen and if left to grow can eventually lead to gingivitis (red, swollen and bleeding gums) and occasionally more serious gum disease. Some bacteria also play a role in tooth decay. Your Hygieneist/OHT will remove the buildup that you can’t get to with your toothbrush. This allows the gums to become healthy again and helps to prevent dental disease.

Our hygiene team are dedicated to making your hygiene appointment comfortable and will listen to your concerns. They are fantastic at helping our patients improve their home dental care routines and work with you in a positive and supportive manner to find the best oral health products for you individually.

Our hygiene team often finish your appointment with a remineralising treatment. Using an application of fluoride or Tooth Mousse helps to lower your risk of tooth decay by replenishing the minerals in your teeth which are lost every day from eating and drinking. Your Hygieneist/OHT will discuss with you the best option for your needs.

Gum Disease

Gum disease (periodontitis) is a condition where the bone surrounding the tooth starts to shrink away. If left untreated this can lead to loose teeth and eventually premature tooth loss.

At Dental Care @ Berri, our hygiene team checks for signs of gum disease at every hygiene appointment. Once it is diagnosed, treatment to remove the cause of the gum disease is usually carried out by our hygiene team over a series of appointments.

Gum disease is a chronic disease and the loss of bone cannot be reversed. With regular ongoing professional maintenance, the disease can be managed and gum health maintained for as long as possible.

Oral Cancer Screening

At every hygiene appointment, our practitioners will check for all pathology including any early signs of oral cancer. All of the tissues of the mouth are checked including the tongue, lips, the floor of the mouth, cheeks and palate. There is an increasing prevalence of oral cancer in the Australian population and the effects of this can be devastating and potentially fatal.

If you are concerned about something in your mouth or neck which doesn’t seem normal or you have a sore that isn’t healing, we recommend for you to make an appointment with us so it can be checked. In some cases, it’s best to monitor these areas and sometimes a pathology sample needs to be tested, or seen by an oral surgeon.

Early detection of oral cancer helps to improve the patient’s survival rate and this is another great reason to have regular examinations with our team.

Fissure sealants

Fissure sealants are a cost-effective tool in the prevention of tooth decay in the grooves and fissures of your teeth. The sealant is a plastic material which fills in and seals the deep grooves of teeth, which may otherwise collect and trap plaque bacteria, leading to decay. The placement of sealants is a painless and non-invasive procedure. Sealants are most beneficial straight after the adult back teeth erupt but are often applied to adults with deep, difficult to clean grooves.

Sports Mouthguards

It is very important to protect the teeth while playing certain sports where there is a risk of an impact to the face or head. Sports that typically require its players to wear a mouthguard include football, hockey, soccer, karate and combat sports, lacrosse and even basketball.

Professionally made sports mouthguards are custom made to fit your teeth, so they don’t fall out easily and they give you the best protection from injury. They can also be adjusted, if necessary, as your child grows.

There is a wide selection of colors and colour combinations to choose from, including team colours for most sports teams.

Preventing tooth wear

Dental Erosion

Dental erosion occurs due to sugars and acids in a person’s diet. When acidic foods and drinks are consumed, the acid causes the enamel of the teeth to become weaker and wear away. If the patient tends to grind their teeth, the wear is exacerbated and if it continues the surfaces of the teeth become flat and sometimes even crater-like. If left untreated, the wear can cause so much damage that the tooth becomes sensitive and eventually the nerve of the tooth can become damaged.

The best way to avoid tooth erosion is to avoid food and drink which is particularly acidic such as soft drink, sports drinks, wine and citrus fruits. If you do have these types of food or drinks, rinse with water afterwards and avoid brushing your teeth for at least half an hour.

People with a dry mouth are more likely to suffer from erosion, so it’s very important to keep well hydrated with water. There are also other products to prevent erosion which can be recommended by our team.

Toothbrush Abrasion

Toothbrush abrasion occurs when someone is heavy handed with their toothbrush or is using a brush with hard bristles or is using an incorrect brushing technique. The toothbrush damage causes wear on the side of the teeth, often appearing as a sharp groove just above the gumline. If left untreated, the wear can progress towards the nerve of the tooth and start to cause sensitivity, particularly to cold and touch.

Once the wear has become significant, it may be necessary for the wear to be covered and protected using a white filling material. This prevents further damage to the natural tooth and stops any sensitivity caused by the wear.

To avoid toothbrush abrasion, we recommend to use a toothbrush with soft bristles or a powered brush and to brush in a gentle circular motion. Try to reduce the force you apply to your teeth when brushing by using your opposite hand or gripping your brush more lightly.

Attrition and Bruxism

Attrition is the abnormal wearing of the biting surfaces of the teeth due to an irregular bite or jaw habits. It may be caused by clenching and grinding teeth (bruxism) and is particularly noticeable if some teeth are crooked or crowded. Attrition often looks like the cusps and biting surfaces of the teeth have been worn down flat.

To avoid attrition be aware of any clenching or grinding habits and try to stop doing it during the day. If you are grinding at night you may require a nightguard to stop the damage to your teeth. Stress reduction is also an important factor for many people. Other effects of bruxism may include an earache, jaw aches, headaches and migraines and trouble opening and closing. Continued bruxism can lead to problems with the jaw joint known as the TMJ. Daytime awareness helps to reduce bruxism during the night. During the day, your teeth should not touch together apart from when you are eating.

Comprehensive Oral Examination

The team at Dental Care @ Berri believes the starting point to the best dental care is a comprehensive oral examination. Your initial visit will take approximately one hour so we can be thorough and be sure to take the time needed for high-quality comprehensive care. To achieve this, your initial appointment will consist of a complete evaluation including:

  • A medical and dental history review
  • Necessary digital x-rays needed to ascertain your dental health status
  • A periodontal (gum) examination
  • Examination of the teeth
  • Bite and TMJ evaluation
  • Oral cancer screening including a head/neck examination

We utilise the most modern and up to date technology like intraoral cameras and digital radiographs to help us accomplish this thorough examination and to be able to explain our findings to you in a way that is easy to understand.

If we determine that you have more complex dental needs, we will invite you to return for a complimentary consultation appointment. Your treatment options and associated costs will be clearly described before any treatment begins.

Our dentists firmly believe that decisions concerning treatment are made with you. We feel it is our job to tell you what you can do, but your job to tell us what to do. We encourage questions during treatment and we will ask for your input as treatment progresses. As you become involved with the treatment you will have the tools to reach the best dental health possible.

Benefits of the Comprehensive Oral Examination

  • Establishes a baseline of where you are at with your oral health. If there is a change of progression of disease we can monitor it. Major problems can be avoided or minimized.
  • You know exactly the condition of your dental health. We can present to you a lifelong dental health plan to meet your immediate and future needs. You can choose to do what you want to do, but your decisions are based on knowledge.
  • Allows us to develop a master plan for your dental treatment together. Then we can work within your budget and schedule to accomplish your plan.
  • It helps you keep your teeth for life. Dental disease is like heart disease in that it is usually only noticed when it has reached an advanced stage. Just because you don’t feel any pain doesn’t mean you are dentally healthy.
  • It is far healthier and less expensive in the long-term to maintain your teeth and gums and prevent the causes of tooth loss than it is to neglect your teeth, suffer pain and eventually undergo costly repairs to restore your dental health.
Digital X-rays

The digital era has brought us exciting new technology including digital radiography. Our office uses digital technology, and all x-rays taken are digital. With this technology, we use computerised equipment and software to capture x-ray images of your mouth and teeth.

Digital radiography allows us to see areas that are not visible to the eye, such as between the teeth and under the surface of the teeth. Seeing these areas on a regular basis allows for earlier detection of problems such as tooth decay, so we can prevent the decay from getting larger, rather than waiting for it to become a cavity and then requiring a filling.

Advantages of using digital radiography

Digital x-rays have many advantages when compared with old fashioned film-based machines, including:

  • Reduced radiation exposure (up to 50% less than traditional systems)
  • Enhanced ability to refine image quality
  • Instant viewing (no waiting for films to develop)
  • Environmentally friendly (no toxic chemical development)
  • Images can be stored electronically and emailed to specialists

White fillings

Also known as composite resins or porcelain inlays, white fillings allow teeth to be filled, restored and rebuilt, delivering strong, durable, functional and natural-looking results. The filling material bonds to your natural tooth and the colour can be tailored to suit your existing teeth.

White fillings are also a quick and effective replacement option for old amalgam fillings. Traditional metal fillings come with a risk of fracturing your teeth as the fillings expand. White fillings alleviate this risk and can be used to replace any current metal fillings you may have. Furthermore, white fillings are mercury free and, therefore, less susceptible to hot and cold sensitivities, providing a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing restoration.

Crowns and Bridges


A crown is a “cap” which is fitted over an existing tooth to strengthen, restore or improve its appearance. Crowns are typically made of porcelain or ceramic and have a natural, tooth coloured appearance.

Crowns can be used to:

  • Protect a cracked or broken down tooth from further damage
  • Strengthen a tooth that has had root canal treatment
  • Prevent a heavily restored tooth from splitting or fracturing
  • Improve the aesthetics of a heavily restored or discoloured tooth

Two appointments are required for a crown; one for the preparation of the tooth and the second to fit the crown. We only use our most trusted Australian dental lab technicians to ensure you have a high quality, long lasting final result.


For those patients with one or more missing teeth, we can restore the balance of your smile very effectively with a bridge.

A bridge consists of a porcelain or ceramic ‘fake’ tooth to fill the gap, joined to a crown on each adjacent tooth. The result is a long lasting, natural-looking tooth replacement with strong, protected teeth on each side. A bridge can restore normal chewing function and spreads the pressure of your bite more evenly, to protect the rest of your teeth.

Smiles with gaps can be restored to their natural-looking appearance without the need for a dental implant.

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Therapy is a procedure used to save a tooth where the nerve is inflamed, dead or dying. Rather than losing the tooth, root canal treatment can be carried out to save the tooth and make sure it remains free from discomfort. This way the tooth can still be used for chewing. This treatment, like all dental treatments, is usually done very comfortably with the use of local anesthetic.

Common causes for the need of Root Canal Treatment:

  • Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
  • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
  • Tooth decay
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Blow to the tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
  • Repeated dental procedures on a tooth

Most of the time, this is a relatively simple procedure that can be done in one to three appointments by your dentist. A tooth with root canal therapy is a stable tooth, but it does become more brittle and can still develop decay or gum disease around it. To help protect the tooth from future fractures and to seal the tooth, a dental crown is placed over the treated tooth. By doing this, the tooth can be saved and used for years to come.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a relatively quick and inexpensive way of brightening your smile. We offer an at-home bleaching system that is safe and comfortable, and it has been very popular with our patients. The whitening gel is applied to the teeth in upper and lower trays. The whitening gel is applied during the day in 1 or 2 short intervals or overnight, depending on your preference and suitability. Most people achieve great results within two weeks of regular whitening. How often you need to re-whiten your teeth depends largely on your diet and oral hygiene.

It should be noted that some stains and existing fillings will not whiten. Too much whitening can give your teeth a translucent grey look, which will make them look darker and thinner. Our hygiene team is very experienced with whitening and will assess your teeth for their suitability and recommend the best way to whiten your teeth.

Before whitening, we recommend a thorough examination and hygiene appointment to professionally clean you teeth. Any leaking fillings may need to be replaced and your treatment options will be discussed. Results for individuals will vary depending upon the original colour of your teeth and factors such as your diet and smoking status.

Porcelain Veneers

Get that perfect, even smile you always wanted!

Too embarrassed by your teeth to crack a big smile when you feel like it? If crooked, chipped, broken, stained, gappy or uneven teeth are holding you back, you may consider porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made coatings designed to cover the front surface of the front teeth. They are a great way to improve the appearance of your smile and when done well, appear very natural.

Porcelain veneers are a more conservative alternative to crowns since they require less removal of the tooth’s original surface. It is still necessary to remove a small amount of the enamel from your natural tooth so that the tooth can accommodate the veneer in a natural looking way.

With porcelain veneers in place, you can expect a straighter, whiter and more even looking smile.

Porcelain veneers take two to three weeks to make and involve two dental appointments. Between appointments, we will place natural-looking temporary veneers so your appearance will be normal.

Porcelain veneers are perfect for:

  • Closing diastema’s, i.e. spaces between teeth
  • Restoring chipped or broken teeth
  • Covering unsightly, stained or washed-out fillings
  • Whitening permanently stained or discoloured teeth
  • Correcting uneven or crooked teeth

If discoloration is the problem, you may also consider teeth whitening, which we also do in our Berri dental clinic.

Porcelain Veneers are not for everyone

Due to existing tooth conditions, some people are not good candidates for veneers. Patients with tooth decay or gum disease must have these problems addressed first before considering dental veneers. There is also a problem for people who have little enamel left on the tooth in question, as a veneer will not be able to stick to it properly.

People with the habit of grinding or clenching their teeth - known as bruxism - are often not good candidates as this can cause the veneers to chip or break.

In these cases, there may be other better-suited dental treatments to help fix the affected teeth.

Tooth Bonding

Tooth bonding is a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of the front teeth. If the teeth appear discoloured, are uneven, unusually shaped or have a visible tooth defect, a composite resin (plastic) coating can be placed over the front surface of the tooth. The coating bonds to the tooth and is colour matched for a natural appearance.

Tooth bonding may be a suitable alternative to veneers if expenses are a concern, but they can be less durable and care needs to be taken when eating so the material doesn’t chip or fracture.

At Dental Care @ Berri, we understand that your child’s teeth are very important as they hold space for adult teeth, important to chewing, biting, speech development and appearance, and we believe each child is unique and deserves an opportunity of a childhood free from preventable oral disease.

Regular preventative dental visits from infancy, together with early education on healthy eating and tooth-cleaning can greatly reduce the risk of your child undergoing costly and complex dental treatment down the track and can help create a good foundation for a lifetime of good oral health.

As our ongoing commitment to the children of our practice, our gentle and passionate Oral Health Therapists (OHTs) are specially trained in providing quality dental care to children. They strive to create a relaxing and interactive atmosphere during each appointment that tailors to each child’s level of understanding and cooperation. Our OHTs will also provide you with age-specific information regarding the risk factors for your child and the relevant preventive strategies.

Your child’s first dental visit–

The first dental visit should be before your child’s third birthday and is usually short and involves little treatment. It is never too early to bring your child to see one of our friendly dental professionals, even if just for some guidance and advice on their oral health.

To prepare your child for his/her first visit, we recommend to bring them along to your own dental examinations so they can sit on your laps, watch what happens and get used to the environment, including the smells and the sounds of instruments and even go for a ride in the dental chair.

Sometimes it may take a few visits for your child to be willing to lay back in the dental chair on his/her own, so we will work with you to encourage and reward your child during each appointment for progress of cooperation.

Additional first visit tips to parents

1) Bring your child with you to your appointments, for a preview of our practice
2) Prepare your child the same way you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store
3) Role play with your child at home, pretend you are counting teeth then switch roles and let your child play dentist
4) Speak positively about your own dental experiences and avoid using negative words such as HURT, PAIN, NEEDLE, INJECTION etc

What to expect at regular dental examinations from our OHTs:

  • Thorough review of your child’s medical and dental history
  • Most current advice relating to your questions and concerns
  • Thorough examination of your child’s mouth, teeth and gums
  • Radiographs (x-rays) of your child’s teeth if necessary
  • Assessment of the bite (how your child’s teeth will come together) and potential need of orthodontics
  • Highlight the position and amount of plaque and tartar build up
  • Removal of plaque and tartar build up if necessary
  • Specific advice about home care, including toothbrushing techniques, diet and use of fluorides
  • Advice about your child’s overall oral health including teething, oral habits and injury prevention
  • Guidance on what to expect as your child grows and develops in the coming months
  • A rewards bag including oral hygiene products, information and fun goodies!

Dental Implants

Dental implants are often the best solution to replace missing teeth. An implant is a porcelain or ceramic tooth fixed to a titanium screw, which is inserted into the jawbone. The result is a strong, long lasting tooth replacement that restores your normal chewing and biting function and looks like a natural tooth.

The procedure is quite straight forward and it is done over a series of appointments to allow the implant to integrate fully into your jaw. The initial surgical component can usually be performed under local anaesthetic and patients report that the level of post-treatment comfort is similar to other common dental procedures, with a short healing time. This appointment is often performed by an Oral Surgeon.

Once the implant has fully integrated the crown is secured on top and this is done by your dentist in our practice.

In the case of several missing teeth, multiple dental implants can be used as a replacement.

They can also be used to replace partial dentures.

If a patient has no remaining natural teeth, multiple dental implants can be used to anchor a fixed denture. This stops the denture from moving around when speaking and eating.

Many patients have found a renewed outlook and vigour when they achieve a level of dental comfort, function and appearance they haven’t had for years or even decades!


Our experienced dentists can repair or replace your existing dentures and work with you to make sure you can comfortably eat and speak without movement or pain.

Although dentures are not as common nowadays, full or partial dentures can still be a successful option to replace missing teeth, especially when dental implants may not be suitable.

In the case of a damaged or broken denture, we will do our best to make sure you have your denture back in the shortest time possible.

For your convenience, our practice has a well-established connection with accomplished and caring specialist practitioners in the fields of:

  • Orthodontics
  • Oral Surgery
  • Periodontal treatment for advanced gum disease
  • Complex root canal treatment
  • Dental Implants

We have regularly visiting specialists whom we refer to in cases where we believe they can provide a better result for our patients. We work closely with our trusted specialists to provide you a seamless experience.

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