THOMPSON Dental provides general dentistry to families in Auckland.
We are passionate about dental health and committed to achieving and maintaining optimum oral health care for our patients. Our practice is kept up to date with the latest technology, techniques and information to keep your smile in the best possible health.
general dentistry for regular dental check-ups
Routine dental health care is core to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. We recommend patients have a dental check-up every six months and although this isn’t always possible, we encourage you to visit us as regularly as you can. Quality dentistry will keep your teeth healthy and can prevent negative dental development associated with adverse medical and social problems.
Whatever the reason may be for not having regular checkups, we will always treat our patients with understanding and respect and invite you to consult with us to discuss your dental needs.
Looking for a gentle dentist? Our trusted dentists take great care to ensure that every dental visit is a comfortable and positive experience. We also offer sedation dentistry to patients with dental anxiety.
general dental services
We offer a wide range of general dental services including:
- composite fillings
- dental cleaning (see oral hygiene)
- oral surgery
- root canal treatment
- routine check-ups
- safe removal of amalgum fillings
We have a great deal of experience making quality dentures and use the best laboratories in New Zealand.
Thompson Dental specialises in cosmetic dentistry, follow this link to read about our full range of cosmetic dental services.
Prompt and painless emergency dental treatment.
We keep daily appointments available in case of dental emergencies!
Dental Emergency Services:
- broken bridges, crowns, implants or veneers
- broken or chipped teeth
- denture repairs
- teeth knocked out
what to do in an emergency
Work and Income provides dental benefits to some New Zealand patients who may require financial assistance.
WINZ quotes and enrolment forms are available on request.
Our Auckland dental surgery offers various oral surgery procedures, however, our aim is to help our patients keep their teeth for life. Sometimes there is no choice but to surgically remove a tooth due to dental trauma or disease. We offer options for replacing any lost teeth.
Root Canal Treatment
Probably the scariest-sounding treatment in dentistry, however with modern techniques this is carried out comfortably with high success rates.
We often have patients falling asleep during the procedure!
Although we do not encourage surgical extractions as an easy treatment option, there remain situations when a tooth cannot be saved and an extraction is the only or expedient solution.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Over the last few thousand years with changing dietary habits including cooking food, jaw size has decreased but tooth size hasn’t. This is why we get the problem of impacted wisdom teeth – there just isn’t the space in the jaw for them. Impacted wisdom teeth can get infected, decayed, or damage the tooth in front.
pain free dentistry
Assuring you of pain-free dentistry, our goal is to make each of your dental visits a comfortable experience.
If you experience dental phobia and feel anxious or nervous about visiting the dentist, or may even harbour guilt about not attending for a long period, we will do our best to make you feel relaxed and welcome, and have various techniques to overcome anxieties you may experience when undergoing dental procedures.
Dental sedation is a safe and pleasant technique that will help you relax during dental procedures.
“… he was also so gentle and I felt really safe…”
Oral Health before Dental Anxiety
If you experience dental phobia you are not alone! Many people fear dental visits – dental anxiety and dental phobia are extremely common. It has been estimated that 9% to 15% of people avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. To avoid it, they’ll put up with gum infections, pain, or even broken and unsightly teeth. The reality is that most dental procedures aren’t painful and studies show that patients who have visited the dentist more regularly were less anxious as a result.
oral hygiene service
maintain oral hygiene for a lasting smile
Our professional oral hygienist, Sam Sutton, provides customised care to ensure your smile best reflects your personality, boosts your confidence and keeps you smiling.
You may contact us to make an appointment with Sam or you can simply make an appointment right now through our online booking system.
Daily brushing and flossing will keep dental tartar to a minimum, but professional cleaning will remove tartar in places your toothbrush and floss have missed. Regular visits to our oral hygienist are an important part of your programme to prevent gum disease.
Bleeding gums, bad breath, unpleasant taste in your mouth?
Chances are you have some form of gum disease (periodontal disease).
periodontal disease (gum disease)
The main cause of multiple tooth loss is periodontal disease (gum disease). Healthy gums are the foundation of a healthy mouth. Gum disease is caused by plaque which breaks down the attachment between the teeth and gums, causing the loss of the bone supporting the teeth. Gum disease is usually painless but tell-tale signs are bleeding gums and bad breath (halitosis).
Recent studies have shown the bacteria in plaque can enter the blood stream through inflamed, unhealthy gums which can lead to serious health problems affecting the heart and potentially other organs. Gum disease is preventable through a combination of good home care, diet, and routine hygiene visits.
Health implications associated with gum disease
Recent research shows a clear link between periodontal disease and the following medical conditions:
- cardiovascular disease risk, with increased risk of stroke and heart attack
- premature birth with low birth weight babies
- uncontrolled diabetes in adult diabetics
- increased risk of pneumonia, particularly in elderly patients
periodontal treatment (gum treatment)
Thompson Dental offers a detailed diagnostic assessment for periodontal disease which includes an evaluation of pocketing, bleeding and bone loss.
Digital recordings are logged to monitor progress which are compared to previous results displayed on computerized charts.
Therapeutic gum treatment includes:
- antibiotic pocket therapy
- reattachment procedures
- root planning
Preventative gum treatment includes:
- decay risk assessment profiling
- fluoride treatments to remineralise teeth and aid in decay resistance,
- maintenance for adults and children through our periodontal care programme
- regular reminders, ongoing support and encouragement
We supply a wide range of prevention aids including brushes, floss, gels, mouthwashes etc.
tips for personal home care
If you have any pain when brushing or flossing, or have any questions about how to brush properly, please feel free to contact us.
Position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet, gently move the brush in a circular motion several times using small, gentle strokes. Use light pressure to push the bristles between the teeth, but not so much that you feel any discomfort. When you have cleaned the outside surfaces of all your teeth, follow the same directions to clean the inside of the back teeth.
To clean the inside surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth, hold the brush vertically. Make several gentle back-and-forth strokes over each tooth. Don’t forget to gently brush the surrounding gum tissue.
Clean the biting surfaces of your teeth using short, gentle strokes. Change the position of the brush as often as necessary to reach and clean all surfaces.
Flossing your teeth
Periodontal disease usually appears between the teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach and flossing is a very effective way to remove plaque from those surfaces.
Start with a piece of floss about 30cm long, lightly wrap most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand and wrap the rest of the floss around the middle finger of the other hand.
Hold the floss tightly between the thumb and forefinger of each hand. Gently insert the floss tightly between the teeth using a back-and-forth motion. Do not force the floss or try to snap it in to place. Bring the floss to the gum line then curve it into a C-shape against one tooth. Slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel light resistance. Move the floss up and down on the side of one tooth. Remember there are two tooth surfaces that need to be cleaned in each space. Continue to floss each side of all the upper teeth. Be careful not to cut the gum tissue between the teeth. As the floss becomes soiled, turn from one finger to the other to get a fresh section.
After brushing and flossing rinse vigorously with water to remove plaque and food particles.
soft tissue laser treatment
We offer soft tissue laser therapy with state-of-the-art diode laser equipment which is ideal for :
- healing mouth ulcers
- trimming unwanted lumps and bumps inside the mouth
- re-contouring the gum line
- soft tissue surgery
- tooth whitening
- treating periodontal disease