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DENTISTRY

ABOUT US

Bridge Dental has been servicing the Murraylands since 1946. The practice has a strong focus on community and also has a satellite practice in Bordertown (Bordertown Denture Clinic). The practice and clinicians are committed to provide quality treatment solutions within a state-of-the art facility. Our friendly team of dentists and staff will do all they can to ensure your time with us is as relaxing and comfortable as possible in our modern and spacious facility.

Our aim at Bridge Dental is to provide you a high level of care throughout all stages of life. Our team is constantly updating their knowledge base and skill set in order to provide you and your family with the majority of dental services that they may need. We want our patients to enjoy the benefits of good teeth and good oral health, throughout their lifelong dental journey.

We can appreciate that some patients travel up to 250 km to visit us and we are committed to value your time. We offer a wide range of services with a gentle, caring approach. From ceiling mounted televisions to a designated recovery room, we try and make the visit as pleasant as possible. With an on-site laboratory, there are a range of services than can be provided in one day (for instance most crowns, veneers and denture repairs).

On-Site Laboratory

We participate in government schemes

Including Veteran’s Affairs, SA Dental schemes (GDS/ EDS/ PDS) and Medicare Child Dental Benefits Scheme.

Dentist

Denture Clinic

We accept all major health funds via HICAPS.

Monday – Friday

8am-5pm

OUR SERVICES

Bridge Dental has a dedicated group of dental professionals who provide a wide range of both preventative and restorative dental services for patients of all ages, including:

  • Examination and treatment planning
  • Children’s Dentistry
  • Scale and clean
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Fillings
  • Root canal therapy
  • Extractions (tooth removal)
  • Crown and bridge work
  • Dentures
  • Nightguards for grinding and clenching
  • Sports mouthguards

Should you require a service that we do not offer, we are able to refer you to a network of specialists with whom we work closely to ensure you receive the best possible care.

A dental implant is a titanium support which is inserted into the jaw in the position of a missing tooth/teeth. It is a quality, long-term solution to replace missing teeth.

Dental Implant

How dental implants can be used:

  • 1 implant can replace 1 or 2 missing teeth.
  • 2 implants can replace 3 or 4 missing teeth. An Implant retained bridge replaces a few teeth missing next to one another.
  • 4 to 6 implants can support an entire arch of an implant retained denture or porcelain bridge. It replaces entire arches of missing teeth, often where the denture has poor stability or function.

Benefits of dental implants

When replacing one or two teeth the great benefit of implants is the finished crowns feels just like your natural teeth and are easily cleaned and maintained. The benefits of replacing a denture with an implant supported denture or bridge is that it improves your quality of life by improving your appearance, your ability to eat and your health. Provided you have a good oral hygiene regime (which your dentist is happy to discuss with you), and have regular check-ups, your dental implants can last 30+ years.

Placement of a dental implant is a staged process and all relevant information will be discussed before treatment commences.

Don’t let a previous bad dental experience prevent you from seeking dental treatment. We offer nitrous oxide (happy gas) as an option for anxious patients of all ages. It helps to make the appointment more comfortable. It is a safe option with a relatively quick recovery and adult patients can usually drive themselves home.

Alternatively, we have a visiting qualified anaesthetist that allows us to offer you treatment under IV (conscious) sedation. This enables you to have dental work done with minimal stress. Under conscious sedation you will remain conscious, however you will have limited to no recollection of your dental treatment and will be attended to by a registered nurse during your immediate recovery. A Medicare rebate is available to help cover the cost of IV (conscious) sedation.

Veneers – Dental veneers are a modern technique that can be used to change the shape, alignment and/or colour (shade) of teeth towards the front of the mouth. They’re essentially a thin shell of either porcelain or composite (white filling) material that is bonded to the front of the tooth to improve its appearance. The procedure to place veneers causes minimal discomfort and in some instances can greatly improve the appearance of front (anterior) teeth. Veneers are custom made to suit your individual needs. Call Bridge Dental and book a consult to discuss if this is a suitable option for you.

Teeth Whitening – Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that helps to lighten teeth by removing stains and discolouration. Teeth whitening products contain peroxide (Carbamide or Hydrogen peroxide). You can whiten your teeth with over-the-counter treatments, but professional treatment will likely lead to more effective results without damaging your tooth enamel. A higher percentage of peroxide is usually required to obtain good results, and only registered dental practitioners can dispense these. Some products available over the counter (as well as online and in shops) can be very abrasive. It is best to whiten your teeth under the supervision of a registered practitioner.

Facial Injectables – At Bridge Dental we offer facial injectables as part of your comprehensive treatment plan. Facial injectables include anti-wrinkle treatment (for instance Botox or Dysport) and dermal fillers. These treatments are aimed to improve lines and wrinkles and to enhance soft tissues (for instance lip fulness or downturned corners of the lips). Dentists’ training is all about the face. A thorough understanding of facial structures and anatomy is gained over the course of their education and with this expertise it allows dentists to make procedures more comfortable (with for instance delivering effective anaesthesia). Injectables for wrinkles help to relax muscles to fight the ageing process. Deep wrinkles can be improved, but it often takes multiple treatments before they start to disappear. It is more effective to intervene early (often in a patient’s 20s, 30s or 40s) before wrinkles are deeply set.  By starting anti-wrinkle treatments with facial injectables early, you prevent the muscle contraction which causes wrinkles to form in the first place. Anti-wrinkle treatments are often used in the upper face (frown, forehead and crow’s feet) and usually lasts 3 – 4 months (after multiple treatments the effect can last for up to 6 months).

Fillers can be used to fill out under deeper skin folds or deficient tissue such as thin lips, also adding to skin health. Dermal fillers used at Bridge Dental contain hyaluronic acid. This substance occurs naturally in the body and helps to hydrate and provide volume to the skin. Treatment usually lasts for 12 months, but can last up to 18 months. Don’t hesitate to contact the team at Bridge Dental if you are interested in discussing these options further.

With an on-site Dental Prosthetist, Bridge Dental is proud to have a designated denture clinic on-site. The benefit to the patient is that the clinician you consult with, is also the person that does most of the work behind the scenes with the aid of his team of technicians. Most work does not have to be sent away, resulting in quicker turnaround times and avoiding communication errors. The aim is to provide the patient will all possible treatment options, including acrylic and metal frame dentures, implant-retained dentures, relines and same day denture repairs and modifications. We also encourage patients to have a yearly oral health check and cancer screening done, even if they are edentulous (have no natural teeth). We also encourage patients to have their denture/s professionally polished and cleaned once a year.

Bridge Dental offers a comprehensive dental laboratory, manufacturing acrylic, metal and porcelain prosthetics. This means that all dentures and most crowns, veneers and bridges are made on-site. We have the latest technology available including digital denture design, 3D printing of dentures and milling of crowns/bridges/veneers (CAD-CAM). It all leads to shorter turnaround times and some treatments can even be completed on the same day (most veneers/crowns).

At Bridge Dental we are happy to offer Invisalign treatment to suitable patients. Invisalign ® treatment is a series of clear plastic removable orthodontic aligners that gently move patients’ teeth.  

We also have a visiting specialist orthodontist, Dr Andrew Tindall that visits our clinic every second Wednesday. View his website here.

Each day we reserve a number of appointments for emergency care. If you experience any sort of dental emergency during our normal consulting hours just phone us as early in the day as possible (reception staff are available from 8am – 5pm every weekday) and explain your problem.

We have a denture clinic in Bordertown, SA. The clinic is located at 44 Benjamin Street and the clinic operates on alternate Thursdays. Please contact (08) 8532 2511 for any queries or appointments or visit the Bordertown Denture Clinic Facebook page.

OUR CLINICIANS

Dr Mart-Marie Bissett

Principal Dentist

Mart-Marie has been part owner and principal dentist of Bridge Dental since 2013. Originally from South Africa, she and her family have called Murray Bridge home since 2011. She enjoys the relationships that are built up with patients over time and are interested in all aspects of dentistry. She has a special interest in surgical treatments, including dental implants. After obtaining her Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in 2002, she has also completed post-graduated diplomas in both Cosmetic Dentistry and Implantology. As a mum of two young children, she understands the needs and the challenges to provide treatment to our younger patients.

Outside of dentistry she enjoys spending time with family and friends and likes to go camping. She also enjoys to cycle and is involved in projects to improve life especially for the elderly living in poverty.

Dr Willem Bissett

Dental Prosthetist

Willem has been part owner and managing director of Bridge Dental since 2013. He obtained his Advanced Diploma in Dental Prosthetics from RMIT (Melbourne) in 2014. He originally qualified as a dental technician and has also obtained an MBA and a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration for Rushmore University. He is passionate about solving denture issues and to also bring the latest available technology to Murray Bridge so that patients have modern solutions available. He is currently undertaking further studies in sleep apnoea.

In his free-time he likes to cycle and has joined the local cycle club for weekly rides exploring the country areas surrounding Murray Bridge. He can also enjoy a good movie.

Dr Kirollos Alam

Dentist

Kirollos obtained his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide and brings up to date knowledge to the practice. His approach to dentistry is holistic, tailoring treatment to each individual patient according to their needs.  

Kirollos is experienced in all aspects of general dentistry ranging from cosmetic restorations and general oral care, to root canal treatment and extractions, enabling him to deliver efficient and comfortable patient-centred care to his patients. Kirollos has a special interest in aesthetic fillings and finds it very rewarding to improve his patients’ smile. He is calm-natured and gentle so if you are feeling a bit nervous, he will help put you at ease.

In his free time, Kirollos enjoys sports and nature, so he combines both by practicing archery in the hills. He also enjoys playing chess.

Dr Harry Kim

Dentist

Harry joined Bridge Dental Clinic in 2019 as a contractor after completing his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide. He focuses on making every dental visit as comfortable as possible through his gentle approach and friendly manner. Trust with patients is what he values the most and his motto as a dentist is ‘to treat every patient like family’.

Dr Harry has a special interest in aesthetic dentistry – making your smile look beautiful. He regularly spends his time in continuing professional development courses to keep his knowledge and skills up-to-date with the current research and technology. Dr Harry is also a certified ‘Invisalign Go’ provider.

Outside of dentistry, Dr Harry plays soccer and baseball. He also enjoys visiting Sydney regularly where he spent most of his teenage years.

Dr James Kim

Dentist

James completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide. Before he began his journey in the dental field, he was working as a fully qualified Pharmacist. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 2014, but found himself driven away from pharmaceuticals due to his interest in teeth.

James enjoys all aspects of dentistry, but finds his strengths in restorative work and root canal therapy. He finds great satisfaction in helping his patients diagnose their dental pain, and advise them on their path to treatment.

Outside of the practice, James enjoys travelling, hitting the gym and catching up with his friends.

Dr Francis Wong

Dentist

Francis graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2015 and joined the Bridge Dental team in 2016. He has a special interest in restorative dentistry and dental surgery. Passionate, approachable, and caring are just some of the characteristics that he would describe himself as a dental practitioner. “I will always endeavour to make patients feel as comfortable as possible, from start to finish, and seeing them leave the dental chair with a smile on their face is one of the most rewarding part of my job”.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife – usually involving good food and traveling – and playing video games.

FAQ

Bridge Dental accepts dental extras from all major health funds. We process the benefits from your health fund immediately and reduce your account accordingly. We are, however, not a health fund network provider (sometimes called ‘preferred providers’).

Dentists who become providers for health fund networks, such as Bupa ‘Members First’, Medibank ‘Members Choice’ and HCF ‘More for Teeth’, enter into a contract where they offer services as dictated by the insurance company.

At Bridge Dental we are committed to offering you the treatment that is best suited to you and your oral health. We believe that decisions relating to your treatment should be between your treating dentist and yourself, they should not include the interests of a third party (the insurance company) whose primary focus often is to make a profit. Most members choose to contribute to a health fund to ensure some choice over their treatment provider. The health fund network schemes may undermine this choice with respect to your dental care.

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) does not support health fund network provider contracts. Further information is available from the ADA website.

Early dental decay is often not painful and you may not be aware of it. If decay is left undiagnosed and untreated it spreads deeper into the tooth. This can lead to a dental infection, with symptoms including tooth ache, sensitivity to hot and cold, pain on eating, and sometimes inability to sleep due to pain.

It is much simpler (and less expensive) to treat early decay than it is to treat a dental infection. Even better, regular visits to a dentist can help you to avoid dental decay.

Current research suggests that the frequency of check-ups should be based on a careful review of a patient’s risks, including their medical and dental history, oral hygiene, dietary habits and so on. Most patients should visit the dentist at least once a year and if there are growth and risk factors at play, some patients may need to visit every 3 – 6 months. After your initial visit, a recall schedule will be recommended. Even edentulous patients should visit at least once a year. Dentures don’t need replacement every year, but it is still worthwhile to have the dentures assessed (fit) and possibly professionally polished every year. It is also important to have an oral health assessment done, to screen for instance for oral cancer.

Dentures don’t need replacement every year, but it is still worthwhile to have the dentures assessed (fit) and possibly professionally polished every year. It is also important to have an oral health assessment done, to screen for instance for oral cancer.

Good oral health should be a lifelong goal and it is important to start with not only education, but also good experiences at the dentist from an early age. Most adults that are anxious about dentistry, had some bad experience at the dentist as children, we aim to prevent this as far as possible. We often start seeing children as young as only a year old, to start building a relationship. We are also happy to help with advice and care of babies, there are often questions, especially with the eruption of 20 baby teeth often before the age of 2!

The federal government’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) offers a great opportunity to improve kids’ oral health.

Eligible children aged 2-17 years can access up to $1013 in benefits over a two-year period for basic dental services including check-ups, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals, extractions and partial dentures.

Eligibility is based on certain government benefits such as Family Tax Benefit Part A. If you’re uncertain about your eligibility phone our reception team who can help you check.

Eligible children can thus receive gap free treatment until they reach the $1013 cap.

Our reception staff are able to tell you the cost (more or less) for and emergency consult/treatment or an initial check-up, x-rays, and a scale and clean. If you need further treatment your dentist will prepare a treatment plan for you and explain the costs of this treatment.

We require payment in full on the day of your treatment and accept cash and credit/debit cards. You can also use your health care rebate to pay towards treatment, claims are made on the day of treatment via HICAPS.

If you feel concerned about your ability to pay, especially where your treatment plan requires services over an extended period, talk to us about possible payment plan. We don’t want you to delay or forgo treatment to the detriment of your oral health. At present we have options available via Zippay and Zipmoney for patients to utilise.

If you have a Health Care Card or your income (after tax) is less than $45000 per year you may be eligible for the community-based Dental No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) which offers interest free loans between $300 and $1200 to fund dental treatment. Call Uniting Communities on 1800 615 677 to let them know that you are interested in applying for a Dental NILS loan.

Yes, any dental benefits from your health fund will be processed immediately and your account will be reduced accordingly.

We also accept all current government dental schemes including the General Dental Scheme, the Pensioner Denture Scheme, the Emergency Dental Scheme, Veterans Affairs and the child Dental Benefits Schedule.

Each day we reserve a number of appointments for emergency care. If you experience any sort of dental emergency during our normal consulting hours just phone us as early in the day as possible (reception staff are available from 8am every weekday) and explain your problem.

We are able to offer a range of treatments that can be completed on the same day, for instance most crowns and veneers. Before the laboratory was available, work had to be sent to outside laboratories and it would usually take two weeks to complete these treatments. We can also offer denture relines and most denture repairs as a same day service.

Bridge Dental offers professional whitening. Although there are some options available to purchase products in supermarkets, pharmacies or even online, it is safer and treatment more effective if done under the supervision of a registered dental professional. Please see more information about this service here.

Anti-wrinkle treatment (for instance Botox or Dysport) and dermal fillers are cosmetic options to improve wrinkles, lines or give tissues a fuller appearance. We have dentists trained specifically to provide this treatment. Learn more about this service here.

Our dentists are focused on providing caring and gentle treatment solutions. We have options available to provide treatment using nitrous oxide (‘happy gas’) or under conscious (IV) sedation. Learn more about this service here.