Dental Cleans and Exams
At Bell Hill Dental, our philosophy is that every day can be a joy when you love serving patients as much as we do. Dr Elaine Neill has served the Dunedin community since 1995, and for over 25 years, has provided the highest quality dentistry and service for our patients. Our treatments are individualised and live up to the highest standards in technology and practice without sacrificing the warmth and reassurance of a clinic and staff who strive to be the best in service, comfort and follow-up.
Our First Assessment Is Peerless
When you visit our clinic as a new patient, your initial assessment will begin with a thorough examination of your whole mouth, including oral cancer screening, periodontal (gum) health assessment, your bite and, of course, your teeth. Then, our team will provide you with a personalised, customised treatment plan that we can cover together, achieving your oral health goals in a timeframe that works for you.
Our thorough approach when we first meet you is a signature of our service and commitment to your oral health. Our goal is to offer you a friendly, welcoming environment with treatments in an on-time, stress and pain-free environment tailored for your individual circumstances.
At the end of this assessment, we will present a therapy plan with options intended to provide for future oral health, if not a healthy mouth for life. First, we will organise our recommendations into urgent treatment and medium-term advised treatment. Then, we will discuss your long-term smile and oral health goals. Everything in our plan is in plain English, fully involving you in all treatment decisions, as well as discussions concerning costs and payment options. Any time you wish to examine your treatment plan, we are happy to answer any questions that may arise.
Healthy Gums Are the Foundation of Good Oral Health
Gum disease is an infection in the tissues enclosing and supporting your teeth. Its primary cause is plaque, an increasing film of bacteria that accumulates on your tooth surfaces and may reach areas below the gum line. Plaque eventually hardens into tartar, which irritates and infects the gums. You may not even be aware of the progression of gum disease, but you could be suffering from gum disease if you see these signs:
- Irritation, redness, and swelling of your gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
- Chronic and unmanageable bad breath
- Loose permanent teeth with signs of separation
- Gum recession
The only way to know that gums are healthy is with regular dental exams and cleans, and diligent home care.
Bell Hill Dental Hygienists Are Qualified Professionals
We are lucky to have three of the most experienced hygienists in Dunedin in our hygiene department. Dental Hygiene is a vital part of our commitment to total care for our patients. Good oral health is based on the foundation of healthy gums.
Our hygienists are registered health professionals that seek to prevent periodontal (gum) diseases, provide treatment for existing gum problems, and assist people in maintaining an optimum level of oral health through down-to-earth treatment and advice on home care.
They will guide you through individualized instructions to help you prevent gum disease and tooth decay, and are meticulous at scaling and polishing. They administer and advise on tooth whitening and apply preventive agents to teeth and gums to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
With correct home care and regular monitoring, our dental hygienists can help you maintain your teeth for the rest of your life.
General Dentistry in Dunedin
Other dental services we provide include: restoring broken and decayed teeth with either amalgam or white amalgam-free restorations, root canal therapy, crowns, bridges, mouthguards and dentures. We are also experienced in cases of dental trauma and are all registered to provide ACC treatments.
The most important thing to know is that your treatment will always be prompt, precise and provided to the highest standards.
Treatment Without Judgement
The team at Bell Hill Dental in Dunedin understand that multiple factors impact the current state of any patient’s teeth. We know life throws a lot at us, and we appreciate the years that your teeth have been functioning for you. We all go through times when we care for our teeth and health in not ideal ways. The important thing is to take that first step to book an appointment to put it right again and ensure optimal oral health.