Monthly Archives: May 2018

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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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