Dear valued customer.
Due to the current critical times of COVID-19 spread. The ADA NSW has announced level 3 restrictions on dental procedures. All routine dental procedures shall be deferred until further notice.
Only EMERGENCY situations will be dealt with in our surgery.
Feel free to contact us to discuss your dental complaint.
Straight dental Care wishes you all a safe life free of dental pain.
We are one of the highest experienced family dental surgery in Hinchinbrook NSW. Our Dental Practice was established in 2015.
We are devoted to providing you with a standard of excellence in the personalized and gentle dental care you deserve. Whether it is restoring function or enhancing your natural smile, we use the most tried and proven procedures and use only the very best dental materials available. When there is lab work required, including crowns, bridges, and dentures, we work in conjunction with our trusted local dental laboratories to provide you with the best quality and Australian made products.
Dr Wisam Murad
BDS - M Sc Ortho.
Dr. Wisam Murad has been practicing dentistry for over 27 years. We have been providing dental care to many patients of all ages in a professional relaxing approach with respect to all individual needs in a warm and caring environment.
Dr. Murad has been specialized in Orthodontics since 1995 qualified from Baghdad University -IRAQ and has a wide range of orthodontic approach philosophies, makes you feel relaxed while you received highly professional orthodontic treatment.
Our dental assistants and receptionists have a combined dental experience over six years together with our practice manager Sonya. Our team is dedicated to providing you with the best personalised care to make your dental visit pleasant and comfortable.
Our Dental Practice
At our dental practice, making appointments preferably to be done through phone calls or in persons,, we appreciate that your time is precious. Our surgery runs 95% on time so you will rarely have to wait for your appointment. On the odd occasions like in emergency admittance, there might be a wait, we will keep you fully informed.
Is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy? This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and dental cleanings.
Scaling tartar buildup
Polishing with prophylaxis paste
tooth pits and fissure sealants
Regular thorough dental examinations allow for any potential problems to be identified and rectified in their early stages before they become serious, painful and costly dental problems.
Scale and Clean:
Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with a professional dental clean.
Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums. This inflammation is known as gingivitis which can lead to periodontal disease.
Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay. After a scale and clean, a high concentrate fluoride is applied to the surface of teeth. After the treatment, we will advise patients not to rinse for 30 minutes to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride.
Dental x-rays are essential diagnostic tools that provide valuable information, sometimes not visible during a regular dental exam. Following an examination, Dr Murad will advise you if there is a need for further examination with the use of x-rays.
Dental hygiene is the name given to the regular maintenance of your teeth and gums, in order to prevent dental problems. Basically, it means a systematic approach to caring for your teeth and gums and is something that involves both you and your dentist.
Ideally, this routine should be carried out on a daily basis to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. This can take the form of brushing the teeth twice a day, and flossing, as well as dental cleanings. A dental cleaning is undertaken by your dentist or dental hygienist and is more commonly known as a ‘scale and polish’.
Your dentist will advise you on what preventative measures to take, but they will include using a suitable toothbrush, flossing to remove any food debris and rinsing the mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash.
As an extra measure, coating the teeth with fluoride or using fluoride based toothpaste can help to strengthen and protect them. You will notice that the toothpastes available at your supermarket or chemist contain fluoride which is proven to protect against tooth decay and disease.
There are several ways of ensuring that your teeth and gums stay healthy. These include brushing, flossing, the application of fluoride and mouthwashes. Another factor is following a healthy diet which is low in sugar yet high in fiber.
Keeping your teeth clean and therefore healthy is important but how many of us follow a dental hygiene routine? How many of us actually bother to brush our teeth twice a day and floss as well? We know that we should see the dentist every 6 months for a checkup but in reality, we don’t always do so.
There may be variety of reasons for this. Fear of the dentist, treatment costs or feeling like your life is too busy to bother with this are all contributory factors.
However, if you don’t follow a dental hygiene routine or are half-hearted about it then the consequences can be much worse. Tooth decay, dental cavities, periodontal gum disease and halitosis (bad breath) are just some of the problems that can arise.
So, the answer is to take care of your teeth and gums on a regular basis. And, if possible, start this from an early age. If you have children then encourage them to brush their teeth as soon as they are able. If they are very young – as in infants then you can do this for them by using a soft cloth to clean their teeth.
Teeth whitening lighten teeth and help to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look.
We use the latest technology in teeth whitening system and can be accomplished in a onetime session in the surgery or prepare a customized trays to be used at home.
Stained or discoloured teeth are a major problem for many people. We all start out with beautiful, white teeth but over time, our teeth begin to discolour as a result of many factors. These factors include tea or coffee drinking, food especially curries and nicotine stains as a result of smoking.
Another factor is that of genetics: some people do find that their teeth are prone to staining more than others. Others notice that their teeth start to yellow or darken with age.
We may think of staining on just one level but there are in fact, 3 levels of stains:
Surface level or superficial stains: these can be removed using a good whitening toothpaste or via a scale and polish by your dentist.
Deep rooted stains: these are stains which, over time, have worked their way into the structure of the teeth. Often caused by eating, drinking and smoking.
These cannot be removed by a scale and polish or whitening toothpaste and so require a professional approach.
Developmental or inherited stains: these are largely genetic in origin. For example, if someone has been taking a course of tetracycline antibiotics during tooth development then these can, unfortunately, result in greyish looking teeth.
Some teeth whitening treatments can help but often the only solution is to have cosmetic bonding or a porcelain veneer.
Whatever the reasons or level of stain, discolored teeth are a cause of embarrassment and self-consciousness for many people.
But, if you are one of these people who dread smiling because of the state of your teeth then teeth whitening can help. It can also give you that pearly white smile so often seen on celebrities, models and film stars.
The most recognized form of oral surgery is tooth extraction. Reasons for tooth extraction can include:
impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth
teeth beyond repair either from tooth decay, root fracture, or trauma
primary teeth that have failed to fall out, preventing the eruption of permanent teeth
orthodontic treatment plans, which may require the removal of some teeth to reduce crowding and achieve the optimum result.
Why is wisdom teeth removal necessary?
Some of us are unaffected by them, others develop painful conditions that require their immediate removal. It is not always a wise decision to keep your wisdom teeth. Find out why they may need to be removed, and where to find them in your mouth.
Wisdom teeth are extracted because:
They are erupting in to an abnormal position, such as tilted, sideways or twisted.
They are trapped below the gum line due to lack of space.
An infection has developed from trapped food, plaque and bacteria, known as pericoronitis.
The way the patients teeth bite together has changed, causing misalignment of the jaws.
The erupted wisdom tooth lacks proper hygiene, because it is hard to reach, resulting in tooth decay.
After any elected methods of sedation have started to take effect, the oral surgeon or dentist will start the procedure by:
Numbing the tooth and tissues in the area of the mouth, where the wisdom teeth are located, with local anesthetic.
Any tissue and bone that is covering the tooth will be removed with the appropriate surgical instruments.
Extraction instruments are used to loosen the tooth from any connective tissue in the tooth's socket.
Once the tooth is loose enough, the dentist removes it with dental forceps.
It may be necessary for the dentist to use stitches to close the tissue to aide in the healing process. Follow all of the instructions after surgery for a full recovery.
Dental implants are a popular choice for patients who have missing teeth, often as a result of an accident or injury. Patients who have to wear dentures or a bridge are also suitable for dental implants.
An implant is a metal rod, often made from titanium which acts an artificial tooth root and forms an attachment for a replacement tooth.
Implants are strong, long lasting and indistinguishable from natural teeth. They look and behave in exactly the same way as ‘real teeth’ and can hold a single tooth or several via an over denture or bridge.
They do require the same amount of care and attention as natural teeth. This means daily brushing and flossing plus regular checks up with the dentist.
General dentistry covers a wide range of procedures. This includes the initial consultation and diagnostics such as x-rays, and wax moulds for replacement teeth.
In terms of treatments, your general dentist will offer some or all of the following:
Fillings: teeth can be filled with a variety of materials which include gold, amalgam, mercury, porcelain and composite resin.
Crowns: these are artificial teeth or ‘caps’ which can be fitted over broken or damaged teeth. These will maintain their structure and protect them from further damage.
Bridge: this is a structure which contains an artificial tooth or ‘pontic’ which is anchored to a couple of crowns. These crowns fit over the natural teeth on either side of a gap which help to secure the false tooth in place and so ensure a natural looking appearance.
Root canal treatment: this procedure is carried when the tissue or ‘pulp’ within a tooth becomes infected. This procedure can be performed by a general or specialist dentist.
Dentures: these are basically a set of false teeth. If you have quite a few teeth missing, as a result of an accident or disease then dentures can help. They are removable false teeth which look and behave in much the same way as natural teeth.
Dental cleaning: this can take the form of a ‘scale & polish’ or advice on brushing and flossing.
Bonding: this is the name given to the procedure in which a type of resin is used as a ‘glue’ to stick a material, such as a veneer to a tooth. Often used to treat stained or damaged teet
Cosmetic dentistry is the name given to the procedure in which the dentist fixes a tooth colored material to the front of a tooth to improve its appearance. It can also be used as a means of repairing a damaged or defective tooth.
Other uses include acting as an inlay or ‘white filling’, filling in any unsightly gaps in the teeth, reshaping a crooked tooth and acting as part of a smile makeover.
This treatment can be used in a variety of ways but whichever procedure you have the aim with all of them is an improved smile.
Some examples of cosmetic dental procedures:
Tooth colored anterior teeth restorations.
E max crowns
Inlay – Onlay restorations.
Prosthetic dentistry means the replacement of missing teeth, soft tissues or all teeth through a variety of artificial methods. Prosthetic dentistry also comprises the replacement of damaged teeth with crowns, i.e. replacing the visible part of the tooth.
Teeth can be missing because of many reasons, such as due to dental decay, destruction of connective tissue or trauma. Congenitally missing teeth are not very rare, either. Prosthetic dentistry means the replacement of missing teeth, soft tissues or all teeth through a variety of artificial methods. Prosthetic dentistry also comprises the replacement of damaged teeth with crowns, i.e. replacing the visible part of the tooth.
There are both fixed and removable dental prostheses. Fixed prosthetic solutions include crowns and bridges that are cemented to the mouth. Removable prostheses include full and partial dentures.
A badly damaged tooth can be fixed by crowning. If there is extensive decay in a tooth and it has been filled several times or if the tooth has darkened, for example as a result of root canal therapy, crowning is a good treatment alternative. Crowning both strengthens the tooth and improves its appearance. The tooth that is to be crowned is ground into a small support pillar on which the crown will be built. A dental technician produces an individual crown according to the patient's occlusion based on casts made by a dentist, and it will be cemented to the tooth pillar. The crown can be made of gold, various metal alloys or ceramics, for instance. If the tooth is missing altogether and replaced with an implant, the crown is fixed onto the implant.
One or several missing teeth can be replaced with a bridge, partial denture or implant. A bridge is fixed onto the teeth next to the missing tooth, and they will be crowned. Also, a gap resulting from several teeth missing can be covered using a bridge. In the same way as crowns, also bridges can be made from a variety of materials.
There are 3 types of dental bridge:
Maryland Bridge: also known as a resin bonded bridge. It was first developed at the University of Maryland – hence the name, and is often used to fill a gap between the front teeth. It consists of a pontic, made from porcelain which is fused to a metal framework. This framework takes the form of two ‘wings’ which appear each side of the pontic.
These wings can be attached to the back of your natural teeth by means of a resin. This enables the bonding of the bridge to the rear of your teeth.
Traditional fixed bridge: this is the most popular type of bridge. It involves the fixing of a pontic between two porcelain crowns which are fastened to your natural teeth or dental implants. The pontic can be made of ceramic or porcelain fused to metal and cannot be removed by the patient.
Cantilever bridge: these tend to be used when there are natural teeth on just the one side of a gap. As a result of this it is suitable where there are natural teeth on one side of a gap.
A bridge can be made from porcelain fused to metal, porcelain only or solid metal such as gold.
Unlike a bridge, a partial denture is a removable prosthetic solution. A partial denture can be, for example, a plate made of acrylic plastic or metal to which artificial teeth are fixed. When the partial denture is installed into the mouth, the gaps caused by missing teeth are covered by the teeth in the denture.
If all teeth are missing, a complete denture is used as the prosthetic solution. A complete denture is a removable device that replaces all the teeth. A complete denture can also be bonded in the mouth using a few implants. In these cases, it can still be removed for cleaning by oneself.
Getting used to dental prostheses can take some time at first. In addition, there is continuous adaptation of tissues going on in the mouth, which can result in decreased fit of the prosthesis. The fit of the prosthesis is checked with regular visits to the dentist, and the prosthesis can be adjusted if necessary. Good oral hygiene always prolongs the durability of dental prostheses. Properly cleaned, a dental prosthesis can last a lifetime.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with problems relating to your ‘bite’ or ‘malocclusion’. If you find that you have crooked or misaligned teeth; or that there are too many teeth in your jaw (overcrowding) then you will need some form of corrective device known as a brace.
This can also form part of a ‘smile makeover’. If you have temporo-mandibular joint disorder (TMJD) then you may require oral surgery as well as a brace. Your orthodontist will discuss this further with you.
There are many different types of braces which include clear aligners, Damon, and Lingual braces.
You may think of braces as those ugly looking wire-metal devices worn only by children and teenagers. However, technology has moved on and the more modern types of braces are both comfortable and visually appealing. For example, there is an innovative form of brace called ‘invisible braces’ or ‘clear aligner which is a transparent type of brace that is comfortable to wear and unobtrusive. Often known as ‘clear braces’.
And, braces are increasingly worn by adults as well as young people. If you are an adult who has put up with crooked teeth or have problem with your ‘bite’ (the opening and closing action of your jaws) then a brace can help. However, it is still the case that this type of treatment is most effective for children rather than adults.
Why? The teeth are still growing in a child or pre-teen which makes them more responsive to this treatment as compared to an adult. But, adults can still benefit from having a brace fitted although the corrective process takes longer than that for a child.
If you have any problems with your ‘bite’, have crooked or misshapen teeth or find it difficult to chew your food then you probably require orthodontic treatment.
CLEAR ALIGNERS (Invisible braces):
Clear Aligners system is a type of orthodontic appliance that is used to close gaps between teeth and to straighten those that are crooked. Unlike traditional metal-wire braces, the Clear Aligners system is completely clear and virtually impossible to notice when in use. Nonetheless, they are highly effective at correcting dental problems and it generally takes only 6-12 months for the treatment process to be completed.
Treating Dental Problems with the Clear Aligners System:
With the help of computerized technology and three dimensional modeling, the Clear Aligners system is able to correct dental problems without the use of metal-wire or other visible components. By fabricating the device to exactly fit your teeth, it is able to slowly move your teeth into the proper position so you can achieve a more attractive smile. The device can be used to correct a wide variety of dental problems, including:
In more severe cases, such as where a great deal of movement is required or where one or more teeth needs to be removed in order to correct the problem, the Clear Aligners system may not be the right choice. Therefore, it is important to consult with a dentist in order to determine whether or not the Clear Aligners system is appropriate for your needs.
If the Clear Aligners system is appropriate for your situation, the dentist will first need to take an impression of your teeth with dental putty. He or she will also take several photographs of your teeth from a variety of different angles. With this information, a 3D digital model will be made of your teeth and the model is used to simulate how your teeth will be moved to their final position. With the help of the 3D digital model and the simulation, your aligners can be custom-made to fit you perfectly.
The Pros and Cons of Using the Clear Aligners System:
Aside from the benefit of correcting your teeth with a virtually invisible system, there are many other advantages to using the Clear Aligners.
At the same time, there are some potential drawbacks that should be taken into consideration when trying to determine if this method is right for you.
One drawback to using the Clear Aligners system is that it needs to be worn 22 hours per day; however, you will get faster results if you wear the aligner longer than the required minimum number of hours.
The fact that the Clear Aligner can be removed when necessary is one benefit that you will not find with traditional metal-wire braces. Since you can remove the Clear Aligner, you can eat with more comfort and you can brush your teeth more thoroughly than you can with traditional braces.
While the Clear Aligner is highly effective when it comes to treating dental problems, it can take up to 18 months to complete a treatment program. In addition, you have to get your aligners changed every two weeks when you use the Clear Aligners system.
Another benefit to using the Clear Aligners system is that it is more comfortable than using traditional metal-wire braces. The reality is that metal braces can be quite painful and can lead to local inflammation of the gums as well as general irritation to the mouth. Since the Clear Aligners system does not utilize elastic bands or apply a great deal of tightening force to your teeth, it is far more comfortable than braces. Although you may experience some minor discomfort when you first start using the Clear Aligners system, most people find this type of aligner to be quite comfortable.
The cost of the Clear Aligners treatment program is affected by many different factors, including the severity of your case, the skill of your dentist and where your dentist is located.
We will always ensure you are fully aware of the costs in any treatment. We will be happy to provide you with a treatment plan with the costs and item numbers, so you can find out from your health funds what they will pay and calculate what the gap will be for your treatment.
It is important to remember when considering costs that not all treatments are the same, and that good dental treatment doesn't come cheap, so whether you become a patient of ours or not, we recommend that you don't simply choose a dentist based on the cheapest price.
If you would like to know our fees, please give us a call. It would be a pleasure to discuss them with you.
Range of dental treatment cost:
Scaling & polishing $150-$180
Dental fillings start from $150 -$30
X-ray: $50 intraoral - $75 OPG
Tooth extraction from $150-$250
Teeth Whitening from $400-$700
Metal braces from $3000-$3500 per arch
Clear aligners from $4500 per arch
Implant $3500 - 4000 per unit
Porcelain crown $1200 - $1400 per unit
Ceramic Veneer $1000 - $1200 per unit
* Please note treatment cost might vary according to the presented case.
Payment is due on the day of treatment. We offer:
HICAPS - Immediate health fund claims.
CDBS Medicare bulk bill claim for eligible children 2-18 yrs
Hospital vouchers claim for eligible patients.
EFTPOS - Direct debit from your account or credit card (VISA / Mastercard).
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HINCHINBROOK NSW 2168
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