There is nothing like the clean & fresh feeling in your mouth after you’ve just brushed and flossed your teeth. Proper teeth cleaning not only gives you a bright smile and fresh breath but also removes plaque. Plaque is one of the main causes of tooth decay and gum disease.
Root Treatment is required when the pulp chamber of a tooth has become infected and inflamed. If left the infection can spread to the surrounding tissues and bone forming abscesses.
The symptoms are:
Start root canal treatment as soon as possible. This usually takes 3 visits.
A crown called a ‘cap’ in layman’s terms is a tooth shaped covering that is custom made to put over a prepared existing tooth that is too weak for normal restoration. They are carefully shade matched to your existing teeth. All our crowns and Bridges are made in an Australian Laboratory and are of a very high standard.
Benefits of Crowns and Bridges:
With the wide range of shades in composite filling material it is so easy to match the filling to your tooth. We use very high quality materials and a process that ensures your fillings will last generally up to 15 years.
A bridge may be recommended if you are missing one or more teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. Porcelain or ceramic bridges are matched to the colour of your surrounding teeth.
Onlays are used to repair a moderately damaged back tooth. They are made of a strong material (porcelain and ceramic) that can withstand the constant biting and grinding of these teeth. Like a crown they are custom made in a laboratory. They don’t require as much tooth to be removed as a crown so they are a great solution for between a normal filling and a crown.
A mouthguard, custom fitted by a dentist, can reduce the risk of dental injuries. Sporting and Leisure activities are still the most common causes of dental injuries. Because custom fitted are shaped to the exact shape of your teeth they are a lot more effective than stock and boil and bite types purchased over the counter.
Full Dentures that fit correctly can not only improve your appearance but assist in proper chewing and biting. Wearing dentures is a new experience. At first you may feel self-conscious but this will soon pass as you get used to them.
Your gums, tongue and facial muscles all need to adjust to your new dentures.
Some simple measures to help:
Over time they will feel like comfortable shoes.
Most people have 4 wisdom teeth and some have none. Often there isn’t enough room in the rear of the jaw for them to come through the gums. The wisdom tooth then becomes wedged in or ‘impacted” as it is commonly referred to. This can sometimes cause all sorts of problems. Infection can develop in the gums and surrounding tissues. Pain can be caused by the pressure of the wisdom tooth on the tooth next to it. If left damage can occur to the adjacent teeth. Cysts can develop around them as well as ulcers. If they are causing these problems it is best to get them removed as soon as possible.
Sometimes if the tooth on X-ray looks difficult to remove and is near a nerve we will refer you to an oral surgeon.