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Inlays & onlays – the conservative tooth restoration

If you have a tooth that is moderately decayed, chipped, cracked or fractured, a porcelain inlay or onlay may be all you need to repair and restore your affected tooth.

Inlays & onlays are ideally suited for teeth that are too decayed or damaged to receive a filling treatment, yet still have sufficient healthy tooth structure to avoid the need for a full crown treatment. This means that your dentist removes a minimum of your remaining natural tooth. As part of this conservative approach, your dentist is also limiting the use of more invasive dentistry techniques to solve your tooth’s problems.

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The benefits of inlays & onlays:

  • Tough, stable and durable – Inlays and onlays are bonded permanently to your teeth, and can last for up to 30 years.
  • Strengthens your tooth – Protects weak areas, and strengthens your remaining tooth structure by up to 75%.
  • Conservative approach – A minimally invasive tooth restoration treatment.
  • Perfectly colour-matched – You won’t be able to tell the difference between the inlay or onlay and your natural tooth.
  • Two visit treatment – At your first visit, your tooth is prepped and an impression is taken. When you return, the prosthetic is fitted, verified and then permanently bonded.
  • Customised precise fit – Inlays & onlays are made and fitted so precisely, that no harmful oral bacteria can enter between the prosthetic and your natural tooth at the time of insert.
  • Easy to clean – Since inlays & onlays are fitted so precisely, and follow the contours or your natural tooth, cleaning and maintaining oral hygiene are a breeze.
  • Longer tooth life – Your restored tooth will last much longer, and with proper oral care you can avoid further dental treatment.

At Choice Dental, we provide inlay and onlays as a conservative dental tooth restoration option – without the costs of a full crown treatment. For more information or to book a consultation, contact our friendly reception on (07) 3809 3320.


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How oral bacteria can affect the rest of your body

On 20 March 2018, World Oral Health Day focused on the theme “Healthy mouth, healthy body”. Why? Because having a healthy mouth is a crucial part of maintaining good overall health and well-being. If you have healthy teeth and gums, you can chew and digest your food well, and your body is able to absorb the maximum nutritional benefits.

The mouth-body connection is also important since poor oral health is associated with other general health disorders, such as osteoporosis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But one aspect of oral health that is often overlooked is the impact oral bacteria may have on the rest of your body.

Oral bacteria can invade other parts of your body

Your mouth houses a large community of about 600 bacterial species. Some are good, a lot are bad. That’s why we brush our teeth and tongue – to get rid of them. If there are too many bacterial microbes colonising your mouth then their by-products can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
But it doesn’t stop there. If your immune system has been compromised, due to age, poor nutrition, illness, disease or the side effects of medication, bacterial organisms can start invading other parts of your body.

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What parts of the body can oral bacteria affect?

  • Heart – Oral bacteria that enter the bloodstream can affect blood vessels or cause blood clots. This can increase general inflammation which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
  • Lungs – Oral bacteria aspirated from the mouth, as you breathe in, can cause an anaerobic infection of the lungs which can lead to a higher risk of pneumonia, especially in the elderly.
  • Joints – Oral bacteria that enter the bloodstream are a contributing factor in the cause and development of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Bones – The presence of both oral bacteria and oesteoporosis can accelerate the weakening, breakdown and loss of alveolar bone in the jaw.

The best ways to control oral bacteria

It is essential to control oral bacteria by taking good care of your teeth and gums. Brushing twice daily, flossing once a day and visiting your dentist for regular checkups are the best ways to control oral bacteria, and reduce your risk of developing other general health disorders.

References:

Brennan-Calanan, R., Genco, R., Wilding, G., Hovey, K., Trevisan, M., & Wactawski-Wende, J. (2008). Osteoporosis and Oral Infection: Independent Risk Factors for Oral Bone Loss. Journal of Dental Research, 87(4), 323-327. doi:10.1177/154405910808700403

Harvard Health Publishing. (2015, May 20). Heart disease and oral health: role of oral bacteria in heart plaque – Harvard Health. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/heart-disease-oral-health

Ogrendik, M. (2009). Rheumatoid arthritis is linked to oral bacteria: etiological association. Modern Rheumatology, 19(5), 453-456. doi:10.1007/s10165-009-0194-9
Terpenning, M. (2005). Geriatric Oral Health and Pneumonia Risk. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 40(12), 1807-1810. doi:10.1086/430603


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World Oral Health Day 2018 – Think mouth, think health!

It’s the 20th of March again, and we would like to wish all our patients a great World Oral Health Day! This week is a time to reflect on our oral care habits, and to renew our oral health goals.

For 2018, this year’s theme is about the health link between our mouth and bodies. The World Dental Federation wants everybody to understand how your oral health affects your general health, and vice-versa. It is important to safeguard and maintain our oral and general health at all times – because a healthy mouth and body go hand in hand.

The mouth and body link

While oral health problems and disease – including tooth decay, cavities and gum disease – are usually prevented and managed through good oral care and hygiene, they can also be negatively affected by other general health conditions.
If these other general health conditions are not treated and managed properly than oral health complications may result. By the same token, if you have poor oral health, it may impact on the health of the rest of your body.
General health conditions that have been linked to oral health include respiratory diseases, nutritional deficiencies, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

Shared risk factors

Oral health diseases also share common risk factors with other general health conditions and diseases. Some of these risk factors are biological and genetic and cannot be controlled. However, there are risk factors that are created by our behaviour and lifestyle choices. They include an unhealthy diet, excessive alcohol use, smoking, no exercise and poor oral care.

Take control

You can take control by making the correct choices in order to protect your mouth and body by:

  • having a healthier diet with loads of fruit and vegetables, and avoiding foods high in refined sugar and carbohydrates
  • limiting consumption of alcohol
  • practicing good oral care and hygiene, incl. brushing twice daily
  • not smoking
  • wearing a preventative mouthguard when playing contact sports
  • visiting your dentist (and doctor) for a check-up once or twice a year

Practicing good oral care and minimising your risk are important ways to avoid oral disease and associated general health conditions. Just as your eyes are a window to your soul, your mouth is a mirror to your general health and well-being. Happy World Oral Health Day!

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When do you need a dental crown?

When your tooth has a minor cavity, the go-to treatment is usually a filling. But if your cavity has progressed to the point where there is too much damage or decay for a filling treatment to be successful – yet you still have sufficient healthy tooth structure – then an inlay or onlay treatment can be used to restore your tooth.

However, what if your entire tooth is severely damaged all the way to the gum line, and there isn’t too much of it left to support a filling, inlay or onlay? Well, a dental crown may be the solution.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are actually prosthetic teeth. They look and function just like a real tooth, and are designed to fit over the remaining tooth’s root structure. Once fitted and bonded into place, crowns can last for up to 30 years, depending on the wear and tear that the crown is subjected to. For example, if you have tooth grinding issues or like to munch on hard foods like ice, you may reduce the life of your crown significantly.

Good oral care and hygiene is an important factor also, to prevent any decay around the gum line that may compromise the crown’s stability.

Clinical research supports their use, and test results show that crowns have a higher success rate than other tooth restoration treatments, in terms of appearance, durability and function.

Dental crowns are an effective dental solution for a range of severe tooth issues, including:

  • Teeth severely damaged by tooth decay
  • Worn or eroded teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Strengthening and rebuilding teeth after root canal treatment
  • Modifying or enhancing the cosmetic appearance of teeth
  • Capping dental implants or bridges

 

What are dental crowns made of?

Brwons-plains-Choice-Dental-crows-materialsTypes of crowns are usually classified by what materials they are made of. These include all-porcelain, porcelain fused-to-metal, metal alloys, resin and stainless steel. When choosing which type of crown is best for you, you and your dentist need to consider factors such as durability, strength, cost-effectiveness, temporary vs permanent restorations and cosmetic enhancement.
 

Contact us

At Choice Dental, we can help restore your damaged and decayed teeth back to their original appearance, health and function with dental crowns. If you would like to find out more information about crowns, or to book a consultation with one of our dentists, call us on 07 3809 3320.

✔ READ MORE ABOUT OUR DENTAL CROWN TREATMENTS ON OUR “CROWNS AND BRIDGES” PAGE HERE: https://choice-dental.com.au/services/crowns-and-bridges/


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Does your smile have a missing tooth?

Having a tooth gap because of a missing tooth is problematic enough. But if you are missing a tooth at the front of your mouth, it may be quite obvious to others when you smile or talk.

For some, a gap in their smile has character, but for others, it may be an embarrassment to the point where they become self-conscious, and try to suppress their smile and other facial movements. If you are in the latter category, then it may be time to start smiling freely and confidently once again.

Fortunately, our dentists can help you with a range of tooth replacement solutions.

Depending on your suitability for treatment, you can choose from the following dental options:

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  • Dental implants* look, feel and function just like a natural tooth. Implants are a fixed, permanent solution for missing teeth. They are comprised of a titanium post which is surgically inserted into your upper or lower jaws where your missing tooth was, and a crown which is attached onto the post. Essentially, getting an implant is the equivalent of getting a brand new tooth.

  • Dental bridges are prosthetic porcelain dental appliances that are reinforced with metal and are used to replace missing teeth. A bridge is basically made up of a prosthetic tooth that matches the tooth you have lost. Hollow crowns are attached to each end (or side) of the prosthetic tooth. These crowns actually support the prosthetic tooth in your mouth, and are placed over the teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth once prepped act as abutments (or anchors) for the bridge appliance.

  • Partial dentures are a removable dental appliance that can replace one or more teeth in the upper or lower jaw. They can be made to fit precisely into the gap or may be attached to surrounding teeth via metal clasps. Partial dentures are usually soaked in a cleaning solution as you sleep at night, and are ready for you to wear when you wake in the morning. They take a little while to get used to, and may need checking and adjusting every six months by your dentist.

To find out more about how we can replace a missing tooth in your smile, call our friendly team on 07 3809 3320.

*AHPRA advises that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


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Types of tooth sensitivity symptoms

When most people think of tooth sensitivity, they think of teeth that are sensitive to hot or cold foods and beverages. For most, the go-to solution for this type of tooth sensitivity is to gently brush with desensitising fluoride toothpaste. While this treatment option is excellent, not all cases of tooth sensitivity respond to it. That’s because there may be other causes, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Here are some common types of tooth sensitivity symptoms, and their links to underlying oral health issues:

    • Sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet or sour foods and drinks – this is the most common type of tooth sensitivity. It usually means that wherever the sensitivity occurs, the enamel in that area is worn, and the dentin and nerve within the tooth are exposed. There are several brands of desensitising toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Try using a soft-bristled brush and fluoridated mouthwash, and avoid sweet or acidic foods and beverages. If symptoms persist, visit your dentist. Other causes include tooth decay, recessed gums and tooth grinding, which all require different dental treatment.
    • Lingering sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet or sour foods and drinks – if your sensitivity lasts longer a long time, like minutes or hours, book a dental visit as soon as possible. You’ve probably got more serious oral health issues at stake, such as a tooth pulp infection, an abscess, deep decay or physical trauma. In the case of dying or dead tooth pulp tissue, root canal treatment may be required to save the tooth.
    • Post-dental treatment sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet or sour foods and drinks. Dental treatment can irritate tooth pulp tissue, and teeth whitening treatment may result in increased tooth sensitivity – though only temporarily. Try mild pain medication, and if sensitivity lasts longer than a few days, see your dentist.
    • Acute pain when biting down and chewing on food. This type of sharp stabbing pain may mean you may have a chipped or fractured tooth that is moving against your tooth pulp and nerve. Other possible causes are tooth decay and a loose filling. Seek dental attention as soon as possible, to have your dentist diagnose the problem before the condition worsens.
    • Acute, lingering, non-specific pain in an area that includes more than one tooth. If you can’t pinpoint the source of pain in a localised area, and if the pain is constant and spreads, you may have a tooth infection with infected tooth pulp. See your dentist as soon as possible. In the case of dying or dead tooth pulp tissue, root canal treatment may be required to save the tooth.

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    • Constant strong pain and swelling in an area of gum that is sensitive to touch and pressure. Your tooth pulp may have an infection or abscess that has spread into the surrounding periodontal tissue. See your dentist as soon as possible. Over-the-counter pain medication can help minimise the pain until you are treated.
    • Dull ache in the upper teeth and sinus pressure. The sinus area shares the same nerves as your upper teeth. As such, the source of pain and discomfort in this area may be difficult to identify, since you can mistake one for the other. That means upper tooth pain may be a result of sinus congestion from a cold or flu. However tooth grinding and clenching (bruxism) may also be a possible cause. Consult either your dentist or doctor to diagnose your condition, if symptoms persist.

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What causes tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is the common term used to describe dentin hypersensitivity (in your teeth) and root sensitivity. Symptoms include sensitivity to a variety of stimuli including:

  • hot, cold, sweet, sour or acidic food and beverages
  • brushing and flossing
  • breathing in cold air

If you experience sensitive teeth, there are a number of ways to decrease sensitivity and improve your oral health, such as a low-abrasive, desensitising toothpaste and fluoride varnishes. To find out what the best treatment is for your tooth sensitivity, you have to identify why your teeth are sensitive in the first place.

In cases where sensitivity occurs in the dentin of your teeth, you may simply need to strengthen your teeth’s protective enamel to prevent tooth sensitivity and enamel erosion. However, tooth sensitivity may be a sign of more serious oral health issues. In any case, if you are suffering from extreme sensitivity, the best way to diagnose and treat this oral condition is to consult with your dentist or hygienist.

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The following factors may cause tooth sensitivity:

  • Acidic foods.
  • Tooth grinding and regular wear-and-tear.
  • Tooth whitening toothpaste.
  • Over-brushing and wearing down your protective enamel.
  • Mouthwashes containing alcohol and other chemicals.
  • Gum disease and receding gums that expose root surfaces.
  • Tooth decay and cavities from plaque and tartar build up.
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Post-treatment secondary infections

Tooth sensitivity is usually a symptom of other oral health issues, no matter how sensitive your teeth are. It is important to maintain good oral care and hygiene to help prevent sensitive teeth issues. Consult with your dentist or hygienist for the best way to treat your sensitivity if it lasts longer than 30 seconds – and enjoy an ice cold drink this summer.


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Sports mouthguards for kids & teens playing sports

Mouthguards are now the norm for kids playing contact sports!

The typical kid or teenager in Australia goes through the most physically active period of their lives while they are at school. Those who participate in organised sport spend 7 hours a week (on average) training and playing in games.

There’s just one down-side. Spending 7 hours a week playing a contact sport, puts them at risk of experiencing a physical impact or blow to either their head or body.

choice-dental-sports-mouthguardWith regard to oral injuries, a blow to the mouth or chin may knock out or fracture a tooth on the playing field – a traumatic experience for the victim. There are further complications that may follow this type of injury, such as recovering from surgery, future oral health complications, unexpected dental fees, and missing out on games until the oral injury has healed.

Fortunately, the risk of oral injury and even concussion can be reduced or prevented by wearing the right mouthguard, and being aware of any safety hazards at your sports venue. Mouthguards are essential safety gear in almost all contact sports and activities, including:

  • Contact sports with the possibility of contact and collision between players, such as rugby league/union, touch footy, soccer, hockey, polo, basketball, netball, boxing, wrestling, judo/other related martial arts, cricket, baseball and volleyball.
  • Non-contact sports involving hazardous equipment/venue and complex physical movement, such as skiing, gymnastics, acrobatics, athletics, cycling, diving and squash.
  • Complex recreational or leisure activities with a high risk of a strong blow, fall or impact, such as rock climbing, mountain bike riding, rollerblading and skateboarding.

Play it safe and make sure your kid wears a custom mouthguard. They can help prevent tooth fractures/chips/dislocations, soft tissue cuts and other types of oral injury.

As well as reducing the risk of oral injury, a proper mouthguard can also give kids and teens more confidence – and less fear – to give it all they’ve got when playing their sport! To get one for your child, visit Choice Dental to have their very own safety mouthguard custom-made at our practice – for a perfect fit and maximum protection.

To read more about the benefits of custom mouthguards in a previous post, click here: https://choice-dental.com.au/custom-made-mouthguards-safer-than-retail-mouthguards/


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What is a dental abscess?

A dental abscess is the most serious type of oral infection. They are usually the result of poor oral health, and a lack of proper oral care and hygiene.

Dental abscesses usually start as minor tooth or gum infections, but end up spreading to tissue and bones of your mouth, throat, jaw or face – if left untreated. They can seriously affect your health causing symptoms of fever, chills, sweats, nausea and/or vomiting in the case of severe infections.
 

Dental abscesses can affect other parts of your body

A severe abscess in the roots and gums of your upper teeth may potentially lead to a brain abscess – due to the brain’s close proximity. If your lower teeth and gums are infected, swelling caused by a dental abscess may constrict or block your airways.

Your heart and lungs also are also at risk of bacterial infection and inflammation caused by oral bacteria from a dental abscess.

If pathogenic oral bacteria penetrate the heart via the bloodstream, it may trigger infective endocarditis. Endocarditis is an inflammation of the heart valves and inner linings of the heart. This condition can permanently damage your heart.

If your lungs are infected by oral bacteria, you are at higher risk of pneumonia and other bacterial chest infections. Clinical research has found links between poor oral health and the development of lung infections and diseases. Researchers have discovered fine droplets containing oral bacteria could be inhaled from your mouth and throat, and transmitted to your lungs.

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The two types of dental abscesses:

  • Tooth abscesses (periapical abscess) occur at the end of your teeth roots when your tooth nerve is dead or dying from infection. The resulting abscess can spread to surrounding teeth and jaw bones.
    Swelling may be experienced around the affected tooth, and in the surrounding areas of the head and neck. Sharp, throbbing pain, chewing difficulties, tenderness and hot/cold tooth sensitivity may be experienced. Emergency dental treatment usually involves prescribed antibiotics and follow-up dental treatment.
  • Gum abscesses (periodontal abscess) develop in spaces and pockets deep between your teeth and gums. The visible signs of a gum abscess include drainage of pus, redness and swelling of the affected area. Extreme pain and difficulty opening your mouth may be experienced.

    Gum abscesses can be drained, cleaned and treated by your dentist or dental hygienist quite easily.

 

Seeking emergency treatment for a dental abscess

Don’t wait until your gums are red, swollen and draining pus before seeing your dentist. If you suspect that you have a dental abscess, call your dentist as soon as possible.

If you experience symptoms of fever, chills, sweats, nausea and/or vomiting seek medical care at a hospital emergency department immediately.


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Dental Implants – the permanent solution to missing teeth

If you have one or more missing teeth, there are good reasons why you should correct the problem. You will be able to chew more effectively and avoid possible oral health complications, such as teeth shift and bone loss. And your smile will be noticed – for all the right reasons!

There are a few dental options for correcting missing teeth. They include bridges and dentures, but the best option is a dental implant. Dental implants are the most natural looking and functioning tooth restoration treatment available. What’s more, they are designed to last a lifetime.

What are dental implants?

Unlike bridges and dentures which are dental devices that are attached to surrounding teeth, or worn by the user, dental implants are the equivalent of having a brand new tooth.

Dental implants feel, appear and function just like a normal tooth. They consist of two parts joined by a post (abutment):

  • The top visible part of the dental implant is the crown. Crowns are colour and shape matched with your surrounding teeth so that they blend right in – completing your smile.
  • The bottom part, beneath the gum line, is an implant which effectively replaces the tooth root with an artificial one. These implants are made from titanium – which is a bio-safe material that integrates with your jaw bone naturally and permanently.

 
In the first phase of treatment, your dentist performs the dental implant procedure by surgically inserting the titanium implant into your jawbone. Then you wait for a few months to allow healing and bone integration. When the implant has bonded firmly to your jaw bone, you are ready for the second phase of your dental implant treatment – the placement of the crown.

The crown is prepared earlier in a dental lab from an intra-oral scan or a dental mould of your teeth. So all your dentist has to do is join the crown to the titanium implant via the connecting post (abutment) in a single treatment session.

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How are dental implants better than bridges and dentures?

Dental implants are firmly integrated into the jaw bone, giving them strength and stability. They also keep adjacent teeth in place.

Bridges, on the other hand, can cause damage to supporting teeth that have the potential to shift. If you’re wearing dentures, they may slip or even fall out as you eat or talk. And then there is the nightly routine of removing dentures before bed!

However, dental implants aren’t for everyone. You need a healthy jaw bone to hold the implant/s so a dental consultation is necessary to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dental implant treatment.

For more information about dental implants, or to book a consultation, call our friendly team here at Choice Dental on 07 3809 3320.


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