Dental off Chapel | 6 Chatham St. Prahran VIC 3181


Prevention of dental disease is a very important aspect of your care at Dental off Chapel. The two most common dental diseases are caries (decay) and periodontal (gum) disease. Some of the strategies we suggest are:

Regular Check-ups
Early detection of decay and gum diseases means simpler and less extensive treatment. The progress of these problems can be halted and hopefully reversed.
We will provide you with information to help you understand your oral health better, and ways to maintain health and prevent disease. We will spend time showing you how to care for your teeth with oral hygiene techniques tailored to you. Diet is also very important as a factor in both decay and tooth erosion. We will discuss your diet and suggest possible modifications that may be useful.
The application of fluoride in the surgery, and recommendations of appropriate re-mineralising products to use at home, will help to combat decay and erosion.
The judicious use of x-rays is an important part of the diagnostic process and helps detect problems early.
Fissure Sealants
These are thin coatings that fill the grooves in molars (back) teeth, and help protect them from plaque and acids. This reduces the likelihood of decay in these teeth.
These prevent injury of teeth and jaws when playing sport. At Dental off Chapel we strongly encourage children and adults playing contact sports to wear a mouthguard.

Ageing, smoking, and certain beverages such as tea, coffee and red wine can, over time, discolour your teeth. Bleaching is a simple non invasive way to improve your smile. It utilises a peroxide based gel to lighten your teeth. At Dental off Chapel we generally recommend the take-home bleaching method. After assessing your teeth we have customised trays made which are used to hold the bleaching gel against your teeth. Studies have shown that this provides the most effective, long lasting result.
Bonding is another modern, non invasive technique which is used to improve small irregularities in teeth such as chips and small gaps between teeth. A resin filling material is bonded and moulded on to the tooth. It is then shaped and polished to give a life-like appearance.
Veneers are custom made thin shells of tooth coloured material that are bonded to the front of teeth to improve their appearance. They are used to correct colour, shape and alignment of teeth. Veneers can be made of porcelain or resin composite.
Fillings are used to treat decayed teeth by removing decay and restoring the area where the decayed material is removed. Fillings are also used to repair worn, cracked or broken teeth. There are many modern filling materials including composite resin. Each material has different properties which lend themselves to different applications and we will explain these options in detail.
A crown is a tooth shaped cap which fits over the tooth and is made of porcelain, metal or porcelain fused to metal. Crowns are often a solution for cracked. or broken down and worn teeth. They can also be used to strengthen weak teeth and improve the appearance of teeth.
Bridges and Implants
Bridges and implants are used to replace missing teeth. Conventional bridges consist of crowns on the teeth either side of the missing tooth , linked by a false tooth to fill the gap. They are usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Maryland bridges consist of porcelain teeth supported by a metal framework which is bonded to a tooth adjacent to the missing tooth. They are an excellent and relatively non invasive option for replacing front teeth. Dental implants have become a very predictable method of replacing missing teeth. A titanium post is placed in the jaw in the site of the missing tooth. After the bone has healed around the implant, it is restored with a crown, bridge or denture. We refer patients requiring dental implants to our network of excellent specialists.

Diagnosis of Facial Pain and Joint Disorders
Facial pain may be due to causes such as cracked teeth, caries, gum disease and impacted wisdom teeth. One of the common causes of facial pain is excessive clenching of teeth (Bruxism). This often occurs at night, and can result in pain and sensitivity in teeth, facial pain and headaches, excessive wear of teeth, as well as stiffness and pain in jaw joint (TMJ) and associated muscles. We will often work with a physiotherapist to help provide relief and recommend exercises. Sometimes an occlusal splint (night guard) is helpful.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment, otherwise known as endodontic treatment, is an option for teeth with a diseased tooth pulp. This can be as a result of caries (decay) or trauma. At Dental off Chapel endodontic treatment may take one or more visits. This involves cleaning and medicating the root canal(s) of the teeth with the aim of eliminating infection. Once this is achieved, the root canal system is sealed and the tooth is restored. Complex cases may require referral to a specialist endodontist.
Periodontal Treatment
Gum disease is caused by plaque building up on teeth. This plaque build up causes inflammation which manifests as bleeding, redness and swelling of the gums. The initial stage is called gingivitis which may progress to periodontitis where the inflammation spreads, and spaces form between the tooth and gum. These spaces, called periodontal pockets, are difficult to clean, and as the disease progresses, the bone supporting the teeth is slowly lost. At Dental off Chapel we assess your periodontal status. We professionally clean your teeth to remove plaque and calculus (hardened plaque). We also provide comprehensive advice on your oral hygiene techniques to reduce plaque build up.
Children’s Dentistry
Children’s dental health is a high priority at Dental off Chapel. We believe that children should have their first dental check up by the time they are three years old, or even earlier if specific concerns arise. Regular checkups allow us to detect dental problems early and help children become familiar and comfortable in the dental surgery. Regular checkups also allow us to monitor growth and development of the teeth and jaws. Timely advice on oral hygiene, diet and fluoride will help prevent decay. Other preventive measures such as fissure seals can be utilised.
Emergency Treatment
Dental emergencies can occur at any time. At Dental off Chapel we endeavour to treat your emergency dental problems as soon as possible. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, try to place the tooth back in its socket and see a dentist as soon as you can. If you cannot replace the tooth in its socket, store it in milk or cling wrap until you get to the dentist near South Yarra. A deciduous (baby) tooth should not be placed back in the socket as this may damage the erupting permanent tooth underneath.
Special Needs Dentistry
Dr. Helena Waks, at Dental off Chapel, has an interest in this discipline. She has experience over many years of treating patients with intellectual disability or who are affected by other medical , physical or psychiatric issues.