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Emergency Dentistry

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Emergency dentistry is an important part of dentistry, as sometimes dental treatment can be needed straight away, rather than in a scheduled appointment. Therefore, it is important to have an emergency dental surgery to hand, so that if you are in trouble, then you will be able to immediately contact your practice. Spa Dental Sydney has a fantastic emergency dental department that will be able to help you with any problems that you may have. If the problem cannot be solved on the day that you call, then it can be treated for pain and alerted of the problem, meaning you will be able to go home feeling relaxed.

Toothache 

A toothache can be caused by many different issues. One of the main issues that can cause a toothache is a cavity. Cavities are caused by tooth decay, which is in turn caused by bacteria producing acid on the teeth, and subsequently decaying the surface of the enamel. Areas where brushing is harder to reach can be the cause of cavities, such as the molars at the back of the mouth. Therefore, it is extremely important to have good dental hygiene, and ensure that the teeth are bacteria free, and any excess food is removed. This can be achieved by brushing twice a day and flossing once per day.

Untreated cavity

A cavity can emerge if your dental hygiene is poor, and if left untreated, and the conditions remain the same or worsen, then the teeth will continue to decay. Therefore, a good dental hygiene is extremely important, and it is never too late to begin maintaining a dental hygiene routine, as you may prevent more serious problems from occurring. Untreated cavities can become painful, and if they are left to decay into the tooth, then they can become sensitive and painful, as the dentine is becoming exposed.

If the cavity is left even longer, then it has the possibility of reaching the dental pulp chamber. This is a critical moment, as once the pulp has been infected, then the entire tooth is at risk, and without treatment, can cause a great deal of complications to your oral health. Pulp is a tissue that sits inside the tooth and contains all the nerves and blood vessels that supply the tooth with nutrients. As the pulp is never exposed, it is extremely vulnerable, and once it has been breached with infection, it is destroyed very quickly.

Root Canal

In this situation,root canal treatment is the best course of action. Root canal treatment involves the entire removal of the dental pulp, and the drilling out of any infected tooth. The tooth is then filled with a temporary material to secure the tooth but wait to see if all the infected tissue has been removed. If even a small amount remains, the tooth can become infected again, which would result in a repeat treatment. Once the tooth has been ensured of a successful treatment, then a permanent filler can be administered.… Read More..

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The Argument for Water Fluoridation in the Interests of Dental Health

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Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral in water that a growing body of evidence suggests its addition to community water supplies aids in promoting decay-resistant teeth. The Australian Dental Association and the National Oral Health Plans endorse fluoride as a champion in the war against tooth decay. The introduction to supplementing fluoride via water supplies in Australia dates back to the mid 1960’s. Alternative ways to increase exposure to fluoride is its inclusion in dental products such as toothpastes and gel applications and rinses used in dental clinics.

However, despite its efficacy in preventing the development of dental cavities, there still are those who adhere to false beliefs around fluoridated water. These fallacies range from fluoridated water linked to medical health issues such as cancer to negatively impacting cognitive function to musculoskeletal pain. Adverse health effects may be a cause of concern when levels of fluoride are found above safe levels in the water supply. There is little chance of that as relevant authority bodies ensure that this supplementation is kept within the fluoridation range for each state as recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) which is typically 0.6-1.1mg per litre.

The concern that these erroneous beliefs exist is made even more disconcerting considering the prevalence of dental diseases such as tooth decay in Australian society. The most recent Oral health and dental care in Australia report suggests that 14.4 percent of Australians aged 35 to 54 have decayed or missing teeth. Once permanent teeth are missing or lost, a patient experiences a decline in quality of life. Dental decay can adversely impact on psychological, cognitive and physical health giving rise to challenges such as difficulties in eating and speaking and destroying self-confidence levels. Patients can either choose to live a poor quality of life or opt for tooth restoration treatments such as single tooth or multiple teeth dental implants in Melbourne, all-on-four and same day teeth implants.

 Fluoride’s role in fending off cavities

Fluoridated water works in a number of ways in defence of tooth enamel against the attack of harmful bacteria and acid found in the mouth. Acid is produced from sugars contained in foods and drinks consumed and this acid is responsible for the demineralisation process (stripping away of vital calcium and phosphate from enamel) – the means by which tooth enamel is dissolved or destroyed.

·         Repairs the demineralisation process

Fluoride encourages remineralisation of the outer layer of teeth.

·         Strengthens mineral structure

Boosting the mineral structure of teeth is especially important for developing teeth and fluoride serves this function well.

It should be noted that fluoride alone can’t stand against the onslaught of cavity-causing bacteria. Patients are still required to maintain a proper dental hygiene practice of brushing and flossing at least twice a day.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic dentistry is the practice of improving a patient’s smile using a variety of techniques and treatments. Often general dentistry can be a form of cosmetic dentistry, such as white fillings, however, cosmetic dentistry is a separate form of dentistry which is committed purely to creating your best smile in Southampton.

Smile makeovers

If you are not sure what cosmetic treatment you would like, but want your smile to be improved, then many dental practices will offer a smile makeover treatment. The makeover will consider several of your features, such as your mouth shape and skin tone, and give you advice on what the best form of treatment would be. The aim of a smile makeover is to look at your entire appearance, and help your smile complement the entirety of your face.

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the main treatments in cosmetic dentistry, as it is extremely low risk with a high reward. Teeth whitening treatments can be done at home too, both from online treatments and treatments given by a dentist. They can also be done in a dental practice and can also be administered to a specific tooth. This means that if you have one or a few teeth that are discoloured, then you don’t have to worry about affecting the other teeth in the process.

Cosmetic bonding

Cosmetic bonding is a similar level to teeth whitening in terms of risk and application; however, this will need to be administered by a professional dentist. Cosmetic bonding uses a specific tooth-coloured resin to repair and reconstruct certain parts of the enamel and restore a natural look to the teeth. If you have slightly chipped or cracked teeth, then cosmetic bonding can be a fantastic option if you do not feel like your teeth need to be replaced.

Veneers

Veneers are another great option that may be the answer that you are looking for. If your roots and gums are healthy, but perhaps the crowns of your teeth are chipped or cracked, or maybe just unsightly, then veneers could be an option. Veneers are made from porcelain, which not only provides a fantastic look to your teeth aesthetically, but also significant damage protection, as porcelain is extremely durable.

Veneers are attached directly onto the enamel with an adhesive. The enamel is first drilled away slightly in order to provide a rougher surface for the veneer to bond with. It also provides a small amount of space for the veneers to fit into the mouth, so that they will look like your natural teeth.

Braces

Braces are another great option for your teeth, as they do not require any surgery, but can give you extremely straight teeth. Braces are available in many forms, and each has a specific set of benefits. If you are looking for effective results, then fixed braces are the most effective form of braces that you can find. However, many adults will go for Invisalign or other invisible braces, which means they can correct … Read More..

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What is Endodontics and When Do You need it?

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We are a throwaway society where we replace things we have no use for, but it is a mistake to apply similar logic to your teeth.

We lose our teeth every day as a consequence of accidents or lifelong neglect. While we can always refer to tooth replacement methods to replace broken and decaying teeth, is it not better to try and preserve our natural teeth? The alternative is to live out the rest of our days using artificial ones that do not quite measure up.

Endodontics in Birmingham loosely translated means ‘inside the tooth’, referring to tooth-saving surgeries that treat infected pulp. The inside of the tooth  – the pulp – compromises of the soft parts of a tooth, namely blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. When your pulp becomes infected, you will experience pain and discomfort that cannot be relieved with a painkiller.

You might think the tenderness of your pearly whites spells the demise of your tooth. But before you resort to extreme measures like tooth extraction, make an appointment with an endodontist to see whether it is possible to manage your pain while salvaging your tooth.

What is endodontics in Birmingham?

An endodontist studies endodontics. Endodontics is a specialized field that in layman’s terms, is referred to as ‘tooth-saving dentistry’.

There are several types of endodontic treatments that help to manage your pain by finding the source, but root canals are the most commonly performed procedure.

The surgery has a bad reputation with people fearing the prospect of having to undergo it.  However, root canals are more common than you think with millions of people receiving this operation every year. While a root canal procedure should not be underplayed, it can be compared to that of a standard filling.

The surgery involves removing the infected pulp that is causing you harm, disinfecting the sight of bacteria and resealing the space so that germs cannot enter the area.

A fully-developed tooth does not need the pulp to survive because it receives nourishment from the surrounding tissue, and so can survive without it.

What are the benefits of root canal surgery?

Apart from the obvious that it saves your tooth, a root canal can improve your quality of life in the following ways:

  • You can chew or bite without feeling pain or sensitivity
  • You can enjoy food – hot, cold or hard – without harming your tooth
  • You save money, knowing you will not have to replace your teeth with dentures, bridges or dental implants.

Can I go to my general dentist for these types of treatments?

If you are in extreme pain, you may have no other options but to see your local dentist. In these circumstances, he or she might refer you to a qualified oral health practitioner trained in endodontics.

While your dentist may have received postgraduate training for pain management, he or she does not perform root canals every day. An endodontist performs root canals and other similar treatments daily.

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How to Choose a Family Dental Clinic

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When moving to a new area, families will undoubtedly prioritise registering with suitable health care providers. This will include both a local GP and dentist in Kings Hill. When deciding which dental clinic will most suit their needs, there will be many factors parents will consider. Choosing the appropriate family dental practitioner can be made easier when contemplating the following.

Does it matter if the clinic is local?

There will be times when a family may be in need of an emergency dental appointment, and there could be treatments that require regular follow-up appointments or the need for a patient to be accompanied home by a friend or relative, owing to sedation methods used. In all these instances, it is better for the dental clinic to be as close as possible to a patient’s home. Patients researching local clinics should ascertain the distance from their home or place of work and the ease of access by car and by other modes of transport, should they find themselves unable to drive to the dental practice.

Can they provide treatments for the entire family?

Parents will want the best dental care for their children and this could mean having access to orthodontics and regular dental appointments to maintain their children’s oral health. However, parents may also want to be able to have easy access to treatments for themselves, including cosmetic treatments such as teeth-straightening and teeth-whitening. Should this be the case, then parents will want to find a practice that can provide check-ups and treatments for the entire family.

Does the dental clinic make the family feel comfortable?

Attending a dental appointment can be daunting for many people, especially children that are not familiar with dental appointments, and people with dental phobias. A clinic that allows patients to attend the clinic and speak with the dental staff about any concerns they may have is one that can make patients feel more comfortable about attending appointments. Many clinics offer telephone or face-to-face consultations prior to committing to any kind of treatment and this can help to make parents and children aware of the different treatments available and how they are conducted.

Do they provide other types of aesthetics treatments?

It is now usual for reputable dental clinics to offer facial aesthetics in addition to cosmetic dentistry treatments. Adults that have previously received Botox or facial fillers elsewhere could find the convenience of being able to have these treatments administered at their local dental practice another reason to choose a particular clinic. As these types of treatments need to be administered every few months to maintain their results, it would make sense to choose a clinic that can be easily accessed and has the appropriate accreditations to conduct such treatments.

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