At Riverside Dental Warkworth, Dr Mahi and team offer a comprehensive range of dental services to promote and maintain your oral health through the use of the latest techniques and equipment available. For your comfort we offer televisions to watch while getting your treatment, wheel chair accessibility, flexible finance options, and after-hour appointments in the evenings and weekends.
Please find below the list of treatments Dr Mahi and team provide at Riverside Dental Warkworth.

Regular dental examinations are an important part of preventative healthcare. You’ll receive a comprehensive examination on your first visit, including having digital x-rays and photographs of your teeth and gums taken.

Digital Radiographs
Radiographs will allow the dentist to do a thorough tooth-by-tooth evaluation, uncovering any problems not seen by the naked eye – such as cavities or bone loss.

Digital x-rays
expose a patient to less radiation than traditional dental x-rays, reducing radiation exposure up to 80%. Other advantages of digital radiographs are- images available within seconds, electronic storage and simple digital transfer to you or a specialist clinic, and image enhancement to better aid in diagnosis.

Digital Photographs
We do have all the state-of-the- art equipment to take intra-oral and extra-oral digital photographs of your teeth and gums.

Advantages of digital photographs
- Diagnosis and treatment planning
- Enhanced patient education and communication - Insurance and ACC verification
-Specialist consultation/referral Laboratory communication

The composite fillings are the white fillings that are most widely used, for the reason that it restores the natural appearance of the tooth structure. They are used in restoring the fractured, decayed and chipped teeth, closing gaps between teeth or making the teeth appearance more straighter in certain cases. Composite resin fillings offer patients metal-free dentistry, which allows light to flow through and reflect off the teeth, leaving a more natural appearance. These fillings are bonded to the surrounding tooth structure and provide for better hold and strength of your teeth. They are available in a range of shades which can be used cosmetically to closely match with the colour of the tooth to make the restoration blend-in well with the natural tooth. Composites are very effective if they involve only one or two surfaces of the tooth and are small in size.

Dissatisfied with the look of your old "silver" fillings?
These unsightly mercury alloy fillings can be removed and replaced with composite resin restorations in a safer way.

Speak to one of our team members today for more information.

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What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount replacement tooth or a bridge into that area.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants can help improve the appearance and function of your smile by allowing your dentist to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. Dental implants can help to:
- Provide a secure anchor for crowns, bridges or dentures.
-Protect adjacent teeth from shifting.
-Resolve bite issues or jaw joint pain.
-Improve chewing and speaking.
-Restore facial tissues and appearance.
-Maintain jaw bone levels to minimize the appearance of ageing no need for the adjacent teeth to be prepared as we do for bridges Implant supported denture feels more comfortable and stable compared to traditional dentures.

How Dental Implants work
Dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone to serve as an anchor for a tooth replacement and allow it to heal usually 3 to 6 months after surgery. During the healing process, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum. Once it is healed, your dentist will attach a tooth replacement, such as a dental crown, bridge or denture, to the implant to create the look and function of a natural tooth.


How we can help YOU?

Unfortunately emergencies do occur! There could be a sudden onset of pain, an old filling could come out or you could suffer an accidental injury. In these instances and many more, we are here to help. Dental problems if left untreated can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. Dr Mahi and team provide extended evening and Saturday office hours, typically means that we will be able to see you for your dental emergency usually on the day of your phone call. We accept all emergency patients whether you are registered with us or not. Contact us and we can make an appointment for you ASAP.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, you are not alone. Anxiety and nervousness in relation to dental procedures is more common than you might think and the reasons are many. Dr Mahi and team provides Oral and IV sedation which can ease your mind and help you feel more relaxed during procedures. Oral and IV sedations are widely used in the dental and medical professions. It is a way of helping patients relax during procedures that causes anxiety. During both Oral and IV sedation procedures Dr Mahi and team uses one of the latest patient monitor, to continuously monitor your pulse, blood pressure, carbon dioxide exhaled and blood oxygen levels throughout the procedure and it is mandatory to use the appropriate patient monitor during the procedure. It is important to note that patients that are undergoing oral or IV sedation are required to have a travel companion to helpensure that they get home safely and to look after them for the rest of the day.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is given in tablet form at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment, you will have received a prescription prior to your appointment. The medication used creates a feeling of relaxation, and drowsiness and has an anti-anxiety effect. Local anaesthetic is used to ensure there is no pain. You are not put to sleep during oral sedation; however, many patients are relaxed to the point of falling asleep. You will be aware of the dentist working on you, however, and it is important to not be expecting to be totally asleep. We will talk to you and check that you are comfortable during the procedure. You will normally have very little or no memory of the procedure. To be fully asleep you need a general anaesthetic, in a hospital setting with an anaesthetist.

Intra-venous sedation
IV conscious sedation is the most powerful and effective sedation technique available to general dental practices. Dr Mahi will introduce intravenous drugs into the bloodstream usually through a vein in your arm to help you relax and adopt a carefree attitude, even when faced with situations that would normally be quite stressful. Because you are so deeply relaxed, you may end up falling asleep during the procedure. IV sedation provides anti-anxiety affect in anxious patients and allows the sedation dentist to administer local anaesthetic and proceed with a normal course of treatment without having the patient experience any emotional or physical distress. It is not uncommon for patients to have complete or partial memory loss for the period of time immediately after the intravenous drugs take effect, right until the end of the appointment.

Regular preventive care is the best way to keep your mouth healthy and comfortable and to avoid dental and medical treatment.

What is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry encompasses professional dental care and practicing good hygiene at home. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. There are several different methods that fall under this category, some as basic as brushing and flossing, and others as advanced as laser gum therapy.


-Brushing at least twice a day not only remove food and bacteria, but it also stimulates the gums, which promotes good periodontal health.

-Flossing at least once a day is necessary to remove debris from between the teeth that brushing cannot reach.

-The regular use of mouthwash can reduce the amount of acid in the mouth, clean hard-to-reach areas, and deliver minerals to the teeth. Dr Mahi can recommend the best type to meet your unique needs.

-Hydration is the key to achieving overall optimal health. Not only does water flush out some harmful sugars and bacteria, but your body simply functions more effectively when it is properly hydrated.

-Minimize consumption of sugary and acidic foods which can weaken the enamel over time, and lead to cavities and a host of other problems.


In order to ensure optimal health, even meticulous oral hygiene needs to be combined with professional, in-office care. Exams, cleanings, and oral cancer screenings represent the most basic preventive measures.

-Regular Dental Exams and Hygiene Treatments
We encourage all our patients to have regular check-ups and hygiene treatments so that any early signs of tooth decay or gum disease are recognised and treated before they seriously undermine your health. During hygiene treatments, dentist or hygienists will remove plaque and tartar from along the gum line to prevent the accumulation of harmful bacteria. The recall interval is determined by the health of your teeth and gums. As diagnosed in the first visit, you might be at mild, moderate or increased risk of dental or gum disease.

-Fluoride Varnish
The professional application of concentrated fluoride varnish is very beneficial to reverse early decay, so that fillings may not be needed. This is done at your recall visit to certain areas which we have planned to monitor.

-Fissure Sealants
These are special plastic protective coatings which are applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth with deep fissures. This form a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria away and thus reducing the risk of developing decay.

-Home Care Products
We have a range of home care products such as tooth mousse, fluoride toothpaste, mouth washes, interdental brushing and flossing systems. We can discuss with you and recommend a home care plan that best suits your needs.

-Night Guards
A large number of people clench or grind their teeth, mostly subconsciously in their sleep. This habit can cause unexplained sensitivity, headaches, tender jaw muscles, fracture and premature wear of the teeth, disorders of the jaw joint etc. We can prevent the damage caused by this habit, by constructing a custom-made night guard for your teeth. A Night Guard is a custom designed protective plastic appliance you wear over your teeth to protect them during sleep when you clench or grind unconsciously.

-Custom-made Sports Mouthguards
Mouthguards are resilient appliances that provide protection for your teeth while you can enjoy playing your favourite sport safely. Dr Mahi and team can custom make them for you in a variety of materials and you can choose the colour. When playing sport, if you are hit in the mouth or jaw, a mouthguard acts as a cushion that redistributes the force of the blow, so the impact is absorbed more evenly. A mouthguard also provides a barrier between your teeth and the soft tissue in and around your mouth.

Extractions are often performed when a tooth is unable to be restored due to decay, periodontal disease, or trauma. However, extractions may be required to reduce crowding and reoccurring gum infections often caused by wisdom teeth. The treatment involves the patient having local anesthetic injections to eliminate pain and reduce sensation. The process is usually straightforward however, some teeth are more difficult to extract than others due to the tooth’s position, shape, and angle. In the circumstance a tooth may be buried beneath the gum line, the gum is required to be cut away and the bone to be removed with a surgical drill. Once the tooth is removed a bite pack is used to apply pressure to the socket to reduce bleeding. Stitches may be used to return the gum to its normal position. After the treatment, we recommend to avoid touching the area, vigorous mouth washing, or using straws to drink. This is to prevent the blood clot in the socket from being dislodged as bleeding can restart and a dry socket may develop. These can be very painful and delay the healing of the socket. Smoking is also to be avoided for at least 24 hours as it increases healing time. We advise hot salt water mouth baths 24 hours after the extraction. Your dentist will provide specific advice depending on your treatment.

Inside a tooth is a fine space called the root canal. The root canal contains the dental pulp which consists of nerves and blood vessels. If the dental pulp becomes diseased or dies a toothache or an abscess may occur. In the past these problem teeth were extracted but now your dentist can offer your root canal treatment to care for these teeth.

Why is root canal treatment necessary?
Root canal treatment is most often needed for the relief of pain. A number of conditions can lead to irreversible damage of the dental pulp.

-Tooth fracture
-Deep fillings

Is root canal treatment painful?
Local anaesthetic and modern painkillers are used to provide comfortable treatment. Usually painful symptoms improve once treatment is started.

How is a tooth restored during root canal treatment?
It is very important that any restoration adequately seals the root filling from infection by bacteria from the mouth. Teeth requiring root canal treatment often have large fillings or extensive damage and will require a crown to restore them properly. These teeth are also weaker and the added protection of a crown is recommended.

How successful is root canal treatment?
If the root canals are able to be fully cleaned and sealed and the tooth properly restored then treatment has a very high success rate. The treatment may take several visits to complete with temporary fillings and dressings placed in the tooth between visits. Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed when an infection is present.

What complications can occur during root canal treatment?
Because the root canals are very fine and curved in some teeth, it may be difficult to clean the canals completely. Occasionally a piece of a file may break off in the root canal due to the strain placed on these fine instruments. Sometimes these are retrievable but they may also be sealed in the root canal as part of the filling. Pain or discomfort may occur between appointments due to ongoing tenderness of the tissues around the tooth, or a flare-up of an abscess, or a hair-line crack in the root.

An abscess or ongoing pain will rarely persist following root canal treatment. If this occurs the tooth will require some further treatment. Occasionally a surgical procedure may be required if discomfort persists. In some cases your dentist may refer you to a specialist endodontist for this treatment.

What is the cost?
Your dentist will be able to give you an estimate after a thorough examination. The cost will depend on the difficulty and the time spent treating the tooth.

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Most commonly known as “invisible braces”, Invisalign is an advanced technology where series of custom made removable clear aligners are worn to achieve a straight result. These aligners are moulded precisely to move the teeth into the desired position without the pain and discomfort of regular braces. This is due to the design involving minimal attachments that hold onto the teeth, reducing irritation to the gums and lips. Not only does it look unnoticeable, Invisalign provides a hygienic solution to straightening teeth. As the aligners are removable at every stage of treatment, there is less availability for decay to result as the aligners are taken out when eating, drinking and brushing. Not only is this beneficial for oral health, but for the aesthetics aspect as they are transparent and can easily be removed for special occasions. The aligners are worn for 23 hours a day for a duration specified by your dentist depending on the results you would like to achieve. This also may depend on the current condition of the teeth and the amount of movement required for alignment.


Free WINZ Quotes - Work and Income New Zealand

If you are on a low income or benefit, Work and Income (WINZ) may be able to help pay towards the cost of dental treatment, especially if it’s urgent. Riverside Dental Warkworth is registered with work and Income, and our experienced dentists are happy to provide you with a quote, free of cost to take to WINZ office. Work and Income generally pay up to $300 towards urgent dental treatment, which is non-recoverable and may be able to pay more depending on your situation.

These are the steps to follow if you want to apply for WINZ dental benefits:

Step 1:Our dentists will fill in “Emergency Dental information form” with treatment quotation on it.

Step 2:ou May apply for the benefit online through myMSD portal where you will be asked to upload the form that you received from us. If you cannot apply online there will be an option for you to book an appointment to go to WINZ office and meet a representative of the MSD.

Step 3:Once your claim is processed, WINZ will give you a payment card with money loaded onto it to use for our services at Riverside Dental Warkworth.

You have 3 working days to pay the dentist before it expires.

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What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?
Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices which are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.

A crown is used to entirely or partially cover (on-lay) a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth and has a life like appearance. Other crown materials include gold and metal alloys, porcelain bonded to a metal shell and acrylic etc.

Your dentist may recommend a crown to:
-Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
-Protect a weak tooth from fracturing or has crack in it
-Restore a fractured tooth
-Cover a dental implant
-Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
-Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment.

A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to choose, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

How are Crowns and Bridges Made?
Before either a crown or a bridge can be made, the tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly. After reducing the tooth/teeth, your dentist will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge. If porcelain is to be used, your dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the color of your existing teeth. Using this impression, a dental lab then makes your crown or bridge, in the material your dentist specifies. A temporary crown or bridge will be put in place to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown or bridge is being made. When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary crown or bridge is removed, and the new crown or bridge is cemented over your prepared tooth or teeth.

How Long do Crowns and Bridges Last?
While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. A bridge/crown can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also see your dentist and hygienist regularly for check-ups and professional cleaning. To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.

Dental Hygienists play a vital role in helping maintain healthy teeth and good oral hygiene. They accomplish this through regular check-ups, the use of preventative methods, and educating patients on oral hygiene strategies best suited to them. As they provide a thorough examination of the oral tissues and assess any potential for periodontal disease, Hygienists can help identify an issue before it arises and becomes problematic. Treatment may vary depending on the condition of oral hygiene. Most visits consist of a thorough clean to remove calculus, plaque and stains. If required, sealants and fluorides are applied to help protect the teeth to prevent further damage. Your hygienist will provide personalised methods to help maintain oral health and education surrounding any issues that may be present. They may also give specific instructions when cleaning or recommend products that may be of use. Recalls are usually 6 months for a hygienist scale and polish, however, this may differ depending on your oral health.

Space maintainers
Children may need space maintainers if they lose a tooth early or have a baby tooth extracted due to dental decay. A space maintainer is an appliance that is custom-made by a dentist or orthodontist in acrylic or metal material. It can be either removable or cemented in a child's mouth. Its purpose is to keep the space open to allow the permanent tooth to erupt and come into place. Baby teeth are important to the development of the teeth, jaw bones and muscles and help to guide permanent teeth into position when the baby teeth are lost. If a space is not maintained, then teeth can shift into the open space and orthodontic treatment may be required. Not every child who loses a baby tooth early or to dental decay requires a space maintainer; however, a professional consultation with your dentist or orthodontist should be conducted to determine if using a space maintainer is needed.

Types of Space Maintainers
There are two types of space maintainers for children, removable and fixed.

- Removable space maintainers are similar to orthodontic appliances and are usually made of acrylic. In some cases, an artificial tooth may be used to fill a space that must remain open for the unerupted tooth.

- Fixed space maintainers are four different kinds- unilateral, crown and loop, distal shoe and lingual.

Wearing the Space Maintainer
Once the space maintainer is made by the dentist or orthodontist, it may take the child a few days to get accustomed to wearing the appliance whether it is removable or fixed. It is important to keep the space maintainer clean by maintaining proper oral hygiene in order to keep the gum tissue healthy and free of dental plaque. The child should be seen by the dentist or orthodontist on a regular basis to monitor the progress of treatment with the space maintainer.

What are wisdom teeth, and why are they such a problem?
Wisdom teeth usually appear at the back of your mouth during your late teens or early twenties. Often there is no room for them or erupt (come through the gum) and the teeth fail to emerge property. A wisdom tooth can erupt partly through the gum, or remain trapped below the gum- this is known as an “impacted” wisdom tooth.

Why don’t my wisdom teeth fit my mouth?
There are theories as to why wisdom teeth don’t fit many people’s mouths. Some experts think genetics may play a part – for example, you may have inherited one parent’s small jaw, and another parent’s large teeth. another theory suggests the size of our mouths has decreased over the centuries, because our diet has changed and our jaws don’t need to be as large and strong as they were in prehistoric times. Your wisdom teeth only need to be removed if they cause problems. For example: Wisdom teeth can be very difficult to clean and are prone to tooth decay, gum disease and recurring infections. Cysts and tumors can develop in tissues around impacted wisdom teeth. If your wisdom teeth are unable to erupt, they may cause pressure and damage or crowd the neighboring teeth.

Wisdom teeth removal
Straightforward removal of wisdom teeth may be done in your own dentist surgery. If your case is more complex, your dentist may decide to refer you to an oral surgeon. Surgical removal of wisdom teeth can cause more discomfort that routine extractions.

To find our what treatment is best for you, and the cost involved, please contact us.

Teeth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens stains in the enamel and dentine of your teeth, to give a brighter tooth colour.

What are the benefits of teeth whitening?
Main benefit of teeth whitening is ‘the confidence of a bright white smile’. When you are going on job interview or a first date or making a big presentation or approaching a milestone and want to look your best. Whatever it may be, whitening is an easy way to boost your self-confidence. Knowing your smile looks its best makes you want to smile more and when you smile, the whole world tends to smile right back.

Are all teeth suitable for whitening?
Teeth whitening may be done on live teeth and teeth that have had root canal treatment. Before having your teeth whitened, our dentist will check to make sure your teeth are suitable to be treated. In some cases, treatment may be difficult or ineffective, for example with staining caused during tooth formation by certain antibiotics. Tooth whitening may make your old fillings or crowns look darker after treatment, so it is very important to be checked and advised of this before you proceed. Areas of your teeth may whiten at different rates depending on the location of the stain, hardness of the tooth and the intensity of the stain.

How can your dentist whiten your teeth?
Tooth whitening can be done at home (using a customised tray system designed by your dentist), or in the dental office. Your dentist can provide a more effective tooth whitening system for use at home than the ‘do-it-yourself’ kits available at pharmacies. The dentist makes an impression for a model of your teeth. A thin, custom fitted, clear plastic tray that fits over your teeth is made. At home you place a whitening gel into the tray, and place the tray over your teeth. This is worn for 15 minutes up to two hours daily or at night. Results are usually seen after the first day, but maximum whitening may take 10-14 days. Your dentist will check on your progress. Your dentist can also whiten your teeth at the dental office, using similar ingredients to the home use whitening. Your gums are protected and then whitening gel is applied to the teeth and may be activated with a special light for up to 30 to 60 minutes divided in 15minute sessions. Gel breaks down into stain-fighting radicals that break the molecular bonds making up stains on your teeth. The LED accelerator light shining on whitening gel helps these stain fighting radicals whiten faster. One big advantage of in-office whitening is you can see the result in just one visit.

Can teeth with root fillings be whitened?
Yes. Root filled teeth are treated by placing a bleach inside the tooth. A protective rubber shield is placed over the tooth and the tooth is partly opened into where the root filling has been placed. The inside is cleaned and a bleaching material is placed inside. The tooth is temporarily resealed and left 7 – 10 days. Sometimes two or three applications may be necessary.

Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes. Clinical studies have shown that whitening your teeth with carbamaperoxide or hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for both teeth and gums.

Are there side effects of home or dental office treatment?
Sometimes people will experience increased tooth and gum sensitivity during treatment, which goes away shortly after stopping the treatment. The structure of the tooth is not changed by the process.

How long does teeth whitening last?
Over time your teeth can lose some of their whiteness. Whitening treatments help to reduce existing stains, but through consumption of coffee, red wine and other coloured foods or just through natural aging, your teeth eventually become discoloured again. Maintenance whitening can help combat recurring discoloration.

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Dentures are prosthetic devices that are moulded to the oral cavity to provide coverage for missing teeth. Dentures can either come as a full or partial denture where they are supported through the surrounding soft tissues within the mouth. They are not a permanent solution to a missing tooth and may be unstable affecting function and comfort as they are made from plastic. However, they are easy and quick to install and are cheaper than most permanent options. These options include implant and bridge solutions. See bridges and implants. Not only are dentures aesthetically appealing, but they provide increased functional aspects for the patient. These include improved chewing ability, clearer pronunciation, and a natural appearance to the face for those with collapsed areas resulted from missing teeth.


Night Guards
A large number of people clench or grind their teeth, mostly subconsciously in their sleep. This habit can cause unexplained sensitivity, headaches, tender jaw muscles, fracture and premature wear of the teeth, disorders of the jaw joint etc. We can prevent the damage caused by this habit, by constructing a custom-made night guard for your teeth. A Night Guard is a custom designed protective plastic appliance you wear over your teeth to protect them during sleep when you clench or grind unconsciously. The Night Guard is made in two appointments. In the first appointment, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends it to the dental laboratory for Night Guard fabrication or makes it on site. In the second appointment, you will try in the Night Guard. The dentist will assess for fit and comfort. If necessary, adjustments can be made.

Custom-made Mouthguards
Mouthguards are resilient appliances that provide protection for your teeth while you can enjoy playing your favourite sport safely. Dr Mahi and team can custom make them for you in a variety of materials and you can choose the colour. When playing sport, if you are hit in the mouth or jaw, a mouthguard acts as a cushion that redistributes the force of the blow, so the impact is absorbed more evenly. A mouthguard also provides a barrier between your teeth and the soft tissue in and around your mouth. Many studies have shown that mouthguards help prevent chipped or broken teeth and protect against cuts to lips, gums, and other soft tissue in the mouth area. Custom-made mouthguards are prescribed and fitted by a dental professional. The process involves making a model of your teeth and then moulding the mouthguard material around the dental model to ensure a close and comfortable fit, which means better protection and more comfort compared to ready-made mouthguards.

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or composite which are placed over the face of the tooth to recreate a natural look. They provide resilience and strength to teeth that may be discolored, uneven, or chipped through altering the size, shape and color. There are two kinds of veneers available, these are porcelain or composite. Both materials provide a similar aesthetic appeal, however the material strength and durability differs between the two. Porcelain veneers are usually most popular as they are the best choice for treating damaged or discoloured teeth. Within the treatment process, a small layer of the front surface of the tooth is removed (around 4mm) to allow space for the veneer to sit. These are then permanently cemented to the front of the tooth and aligned to fill gaps that may be present. Composite veneers are an alternative option that requires less of the tooth surfaced to be removed during treatment. They are created through applying layers of bonded composite to the tooth surface which are then cured and hardened. The veneer is then polished and smoothed to recreate the natural look of the tooth. In comparison to porcelain, the composite veneers are not as strong, therefore they may not last as long.



Free Dental Treatments for adolescents 13-17 years old

Dental care is free for all New Zealand kids until their 18th birthday. Until year 9 children are seen by the school dental service and from year 9 they see a dentist. Dentist can see below year 9 kids for free dental care only when they have a referral letter from school dental nurse or if there are any emergencies. If not parents can choose to pay a private fee for below year-9 kids to get regular check-ups and treatment done by a dentist. Orthodontics (braces) and any dental treatment relating to orthodontics is not covered by this service and privates fees will be charged. For more information, please visit

Unfortunately accidents can happen at any time. No matter how small or large the injury to the teeth or gums is, it is important to have the injury assessed and registered with ACC as soon as possible. This means that in the future if there is any problem relating to the injured tooth, treatment is covered mostly by ACC. Riverside Dental Warkworth is a registered provider for ACC dental treatments. Mahi and team are highly experienced in dealing with all forms of dental trauma and emergency care. Treatment under ACC is often free of charge for children below 18 years except for complex treatments and adults can have an additional surcharge.