Frequently Asked Questions
Inflammation within a tooth’s pulp (it’s central organ), is frequently caused by:
– deep decay in the tooth
– trauma or heavy knocks,
– repeated fillings on the same tooth, or
Individuals can experience very high levels of pain when a tooth’s pulp and nerve centre is inflamed. Root canal treatment is performed by the dentist to relieve pressure within the tooth and eliminate pain.
Several appointments may be required to control the level of infection within the tooth before the root canal system can be sealed and the crown of the tooth rebuilt.
The advantage of this type of treatment is you can avoid losing your tooth. This means that other teeth are not overloaded with work and the adjacent teeth do not tip or fall into the space left by the missing tooth. To replace a tooth, with a false tooth using a bridge or implant, is also a significantly more expensive process.
Radiographs or “x-rays” of your teeth and jaws, provide a lot of information about the state of your mouth such as:
– Small subsurface cavities
– initial signs of bone loss around your teeth ( gum disease)
– faults with existing dental work
The fees for x-rays are minor in comparison to the major dental work that may be needed if dental disease has progressed too far.
The method we provide is a custom-made kit that people use at home. This kit consists of using a bleaching gel, dispensed by syringes into a tray that fits precisely over your teeth. The trays are worn for 30-40 minutes per day for up to 2 weeks. People enjoy seeing their teeth whiten and can expect to become 2-3 shades lighter.
If used correctly the lighter colour can be maintained by doing “top-up bleaching” every 2-3 months.
Foods that are acidic, sticky and sweet can damage teeth. These include:
– Juice, flavoured milk, sports drinks, sweetened cereals, cordial.
– Dried fruit bars, muesli bars, sweet biscuits
– Soft drinks, vinegar, lollies, honey, tomato sauce, wine
Foods and snacks that are tooth friendly:
– Dry biscuits, Pop corn
– Sliced ham, Salmon or Turkey
– Peanut Butter, Vegemite
– Cut-up vegetables
According to the Australia and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry (ANZSPD), for a healthy diet children need 3 pieces of fruit and 5 vegetables a day, a high intake of grain (wholegrain bread and cereal), protein (e.g. meat and fish) and three intakes of dairy products ( e.g. milk, cheese, natural yoghurt)
You should be aware that it is the frequency or number of times that teeth are exposed to sweet, acidic foods that is important, not the amount consumed.
They are inert titanium fixtures or screws that are inserted into a person’s upper or lower jaw in positions where they may be missing teeth.
Once placed there is healing time required (up to 3 months) to ensure the site has healed and the screw is strongly fixated in the bone (osseointegration). Crowns, bridges or dentures can be built on implants and they are great way to permanently replace lost teeth.
Patients who have had implants are often very satisfied when they are completed and can chew and function well without difficulty.
Our practice complies with the following important legislation which protects you as an individual:
-Privacy Act 1988
– the Dental Board of Australia Code of Conduct
– the Dental Board of Australia Guidelines on Dental Records
-Victorian Health Records Act 2001
We take great care in securing and storing information and need to gain your consent for the collection of health information. You have the right to access your health records and transport them to another dental surgery if you wish.
A properly made, vacuum-formed mouthgaurd
-protects the dental hard and soft tissues and reduces the impact of heavy knocks to the face and jaws
-is comfortable to wear so children are more likely to be compliant with its use
-allows the individual to concentrate on their activity and not be conscious of the gaurd dropping down when running, talking
It is very common for people to be nervous about having dental treatment, particularly if they have had a bad experience in the recent past or in childhood The use of modern technology and advanced dental techniques allows us to provide a surprisingly low pain experience at your appointments. A great advance which is used daily at our surgery is the Single Tooth Anaesthesia system or “wand” anaesthesia. This unit delivers anaesthetic much slower than the traditional syringe and needle and patients often delight in reporting that it is virtually painless. This is particularly great for people who have had difficulty “going numb”..
Our team would stress to you that you should not be embarassed about the initial state of your oral health. Our main message we can give is to not delay and give us a call. People often feel much more in control of their dental affairs and empowered once they have had an examination and a carefully constructed plan made for their teeth and smile. An examination takes roughly thirty minutes and includes formulating a treatment plan and scheduling appointments so that we make efficient use of your valuable time.