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All You Need to Know About Dental Veneers

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on All You Need to Know About Dental Veneers

If you want to improve your smile, your dentist may advise you to get dental veneers. The following will help you learn what veneers are, their applications and the procedure for getting them. Basics of  Dental Veneers Dental veneers, also referred to as porcelain veneers, are thin shells of tooth colored elements made for covering your tooth’s front surface to give you an improved appearance. Dental veneers change the shape, length, size and color of your front teeth. Dental veneers may either be made from resin or porcelain materials. Veneers made from resin material are thin and do not require a large portion of the tooth surface to be removed before placement. Porcelain veneers are thicker than resin and require a bit more tooth surface to be removed during placement. However, porcelain is better than resin in terms of resisting stains and reflecting light. Applications of Dental Veneers Veneers are used for fixing: Discoloured teeth Worn down teeth Broken or chipped teeth Misaligned, irregularly shaped or uneven teeth Teeth that have gaps between them Procedure for Getting Dental Veneers Diagnosis and Treatment Planning During this phase of treatment, you will have the chance to explain to your dentist what you want to achieve, e.g. correct misaligned teeth, hide discoloured teeth or fill gaps between teeth. Your dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth; they may make impressions of your teeth or take x-rays, to determine whether veneers are right for you. Preparation Some enamel will be trimmed off your tooth’s surface. The trimmed off enamel will be proportional in thickness to the veneer that will be applied to your tooth. Before this procedure, your dentist may give you some anesthetic for the pain. Next, an impression or model of your tooth shall be created. The model will help in the construction of a veneer that is a perfect match for the shape and size of your tooth. Bonding Before your dentist permanently cements the veneer to your tooth, they will place it temporarily to check its color and fit. Your dentist will repeatedly trim the dental veneer to achieve the right fit. He or she will clean, polish and etch your tooth to make it rough for bonding with the veneer. Your dentist will then apply special cement to the veneer and place it on your tooth. After placing the veneer on your tooth, your dentist will pass a light beam over the veneer to harden it. Finally, your dentist will remove excess cement, evaluate your bite and make any necessary adjustments to the veneers (such as additional trimming). For more information about dental veneers and whether they’ll work for you, contact a local cosmetic dentistry...

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Why the cost of Invisalign may seem a bit high

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why the cost of Invisalign may seem a bit high

The perfect smile is elusive to many people due to many reasons that can include accidents or just the normal morphology of their teeth structure. Dentists came up with ways to straighten these teeth so that the patient can have the perfect smile. These ways include the older use of braces and the relatively new use of Invisalign. The latter has been quoted as slightly more expensive as compared to the use of braces with the average cost ranging from six thousand to nine thousand dollars, according to Invisalign. The practice, however, does rightfully warrant its price due to its various advantages as compared to the traditional braces. Inconspicuous One of the chief reasons as to why people choose Invisalign over metal braces is the fact that they are transparent. This means that they fit neatly over your teeth and no one would be the wiser as regards to their existence, except you and your dentist. Braces, on the other hand, are very visible and can impact on self-confidence since the wearer would be extremely conscious of their presence whenever they talk or attempt to smile. Freedom and flexibility Invisalign gives the wearer freedom to eat whatever they want. Unlike braces where one has to abstain from certain foods like nuts, corn and candies among others, one can eat anything with the Invisalign on. Normal brushing techniques can apply because the Invisalign can be removed whenever desired. With the braces, one has to floss and brush extremely well since they offer many facets where food residue can accumulate and lead to various other dental issues like decay or plaque. The Invisalign dental aligners eliminate all this. These aligners are also more comfortable than the traditional braces treatment. Braces can lead to sores and general discomfort due to the brace wires rubbing against the inside of the cheek and the gums. Teeth can also break if the braces are fitted too tight, whereas the Invisalign is fitted just right according to the client’s morphological specifications. Wide range of defects The Invisalign also has the big advantage that it has the ability to correct a variety of dental cases that include improper spacing as well as misalignment of the rows of teeth. The aligners are made by a computer program working off the specifications of your dental morphology. This makes it able to efficiently iron out the small kinks in your dental...

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Could dental treatment lift you out of depression?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Could dental treatment lift you out of depression?

In Australia alone, there are three million people suffering every day from depression or anxiety. This is a huge number, and the issue is extremely complex. Neither the causes of depression nor of anxiety can be boiled down to one thing, and the causes will also differ from person to person. But with that said, there is a growing body of evidence supporting the idea that dental health is linked to mental health. This means that making an appointment with your dentist at the first sign of tooth pain, or investing in orthodontic treatment could actually make you feel better on the inside., as well as giving you aesthetically pleasing teeth. Smiling will promote your happiness. Many people think that when you are happy, you smile. Yes, this is true, but it also works the other way around. Proactively choosing to smile will also make you a happier person. A study conducted by Dr Robert Zajonc found that smiling has a direct effect on activities in the brain associated with happiness. The science behind it is that a cooler brain leads to happier feelings. Smiling cools down the blood that is sent to the brain, and the result is a wave of happiness. But, of course, you would be less likely to smile if you felt self-conscious about your teeth. This is a great reason to visit a cosmetic dentist and feel more confident with your smile. Stop your teeth grinding. One of the main reasons that people grind their teeth is because of anxiety. And unfortunately, these people are caught in a difficult situation because anti-anxiety medications that abate the effects of anxiety can actually increase teeth grinding. This means that an alternative route to try is dental treatment. Dentists can identify teeth grinding (which is also known as bruxism) and supply patients with mouth guards to stop them grinding their teeth, enabling them to take anti-anxiety medication safely. A connection between dental health and depression. A recent survey of more than 10,000 participants also found that a person’s dental health is directly related to their level of depression, so the more dental problems a person has, the more depressed they are likely to be. Scientifically, this is thought to be the case because depression is linked to inflammation and poor dental health can also be a source of inflammation. This means that visiting your dentist could be a way of managing...

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Uncommon Treatments You May Require From a Dental Clinic

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Uncommon Treatments You May Require From a Dental Clinic

Many people consider their smile their most attractive asset. However, chronic teeth problems will not only affect your aesthetic appeal, but can also have adverse effects on your overall health. Common visits to dental clinics tend to include teeth cleaning, filling in of cavities and more. Here are some of the uncommon treatments you may require to ensure that your teeth and overall health remains in good condition. Laser dentistry There are several reasons why one may need to undergo laser treatments at a dental clinic. For one, this procedure is used to scale teeth that are encased with hard tartar. Since this tartar cannot be eliminated by regular brushing, and if left undeterred can ultimately change the shape of your teeth, the dentist will us a laser to eliminate it. Laser treatments are also recommended for individuals who may not be able to have general anaesthesia to undergo surgical procedures at the dental clinic. You may also find a dental clinic using laser treatment when filling in cavities, as this works best for individuals who may be prone to excessive bleeding during a regular cavity filling procedure. Air abrasion Air abrasion is another treatment that works in the same lines as laser treatment. Thus, if the dental clinic does not have laser technology available, the dentist may opt for air abrasion for scaling the patient’s teeth or removal of hardened tartar. Another application of air abrasion is as a pre-treatment before one undergoes cosmetic dental procedures. Apicoectomy This type of treatment is opted for when one undergoes a root canal and it was not successful. One of the common reasons for unsuccessful root canals is if the infection was much deeper than previously diagnosed. With the apicoectomy, the dentist will remove the tips of the tooth and cut away some of the patient’s gum to ensure the offending root is exposed and treated accordingly. Temporomandibular joint treatment The temporomandibular joint refers to the hinge that connects your skull to the temporal bones that are located in your jaw. Problems with this hinge can lead to a myriad of symptoms such as tenderness in the jaw, inability to open and close your mouth properly, pain while chewing and more. If left unchecked, temporomandibular problems could lead to migraines, shoulder pain, earaches and more. Before undergoing TMJ treatment, the dentist will have to take x-rays of your jaw to pinpoint where the problem lies.  TMJ treatment requires oral surgery to ensure that the hinge is remedied, thus restoring its function. For more information, contact a local clinic like Bruce Stevens...

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Should you whiten your teeth?

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should you whiten your teeth?

Teeth whitening has become a big trend in America, perhaps in part due to the dazzlingly white smiles of Hollywood we see plastered all over the screen. In Australia teeth whitening is also gaining in popularity. However there are a few factors to consider before you jump on board with the craze. While the general consensus is that professional whitening services are relatively safe teeth whitening really isn’t for everyone. So should you whiten your teeth? It depends on how you’re planning on going about the procedure, as well as the health of your mouth and the results you expect.  At home kits for teeth whitening can be bought relatively cheaply but not all solutions are created equal. Over the counter products must contain 6% or less hydrogen peroxide and 18% or less carbamide peroxide to be legally sold within Australia. Professional dentists will use a solution with much higher percentages so the procedure will be faster and more effective. Professional dentists will also mold the solution tray to the shape of your mouth, which should reduce gum sensitivity. Teeth whitening solutions can cause irritation, especially if your gums are already in poor condition. Teeth may also be more sensitive after treatment with some patients experiencing considerable discomfort. This is one of the reasons the health of your teeth should be assessed by a professional before using a teeth whitening solution. Teeth whitening may also produce unsatisfactory results in some patients. Teeth that have been capped or that have fillings and other preexisting dental procedures will not whiten evenly. The solution used on your teeth targets the enamel of real teeth only, so synthetic materials will remain discolored. This could lead to spots or patches of yellow staining on otherwise bright, white teeth. Women who are pregnant and adolescents are highly discouraged from using any teeth whitening solutions. Don’t forget that these chemicals can be dangerous if used incorrectly. If you are pregnant and considering a teeth whitening procedure, or if you are very young, consider holding off for a year or two.  Unfortunately teeth whitening does not last forever and most people will need to repeat the procedure within a couple of years to regain their pearly whites. But there is a danger in over whitening your teeth! Whitening your teeth too regularly could cause considerable damage to your teeth and gums and may even turn your teeth an unappealing off white color. Keep in mind that only a professional dentist should advise you on your suitability for teeth whitening procedures. If in doubt, make an appointment to discuss teeth whitening with your dentist at a place like Revesby Dental Centre, even if you plan on using an at home whitening...

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The Benefits of Using Home Teeth Whitening Kits

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Benefits of Using Home Teeth Whitening Kits

Your teeth gradually become discolored or stained if you smoke or take beverages like coffee on a regular basis. Tooth whitening is one way to restore the original color of your teeth. You can buy a tooth whitening kit and use it at home or you can have your teeth whitened at the dentist’s office. This article discusses some of the benefits of whitening your teeth using a home kit. Monetary Savings One of the biggest advantages of using a home tooth whitening kit instead of doing it at the dentist’s office is the affordable cost. At-home teeth whitening kits are more affordable than having to pay a dentist to perform the whitening procedure. There are different teeth whitening kits on the market so you can choose the one that will deliver the results you want without exceeding your budget. Convenience You can order the teeth-whitening product online and have it delivered to your home. The home teeth whitening kits enable you to whiten your teeth at your convenience. You do not have to call your dentist in order to make an appointment. You do not have to drive to the dentist’s office in order to have your teeth whitened. This convenience may explain why at-home tooth whitening kits are very attractive to many people. Privacy Some people are uneasy about being seen going to a dentist’s office in order to fulfil an appointment to have their teeth whitened. This is particularly so for individuals who have to get permission in order to take a day or some hours off work in order to see the dentist. At-home tooth whitening kits provide a discreet way for people to get a better smile without letting others in on what they are doing. Control Many people love taking charge of matters affecting their health. Such people enjoy having control of the teeth-whitening process. This is because you can decide when to stop using a whitening product or when to change from using one product and change to another. All this is done without seeking the permission of anyone. At-home tooth whitening kits give you that control. Any product affecting your health needs to be used with caution. That is why it may be wise to involve a dentist even if you want to use an at-home teeth-whitening kit. Talk with a dentist at a clinic like Collins Dental Image to learn what the best kit for you is or even if at-home whitening is an option for you. This will save you from experiencing negative effects like tooth sensitivity stemming from overuse of whitening...

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Visiting a Cosmetic Dentist to Protect the Health of Your Teeth and Your Mouth

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Visiting a Cosmetic Dentist to Protect the Health of Your Teeth and Your Mouth

Visiting a cosmetic dentist can improve your smile and your overall appearance, but such a dentist can also help to protect the health of your teeth and your mouth. There are certain cosmetic procedures you might consider that can make you look better, but which can also reduce your risk of oral infections, gum disease, cavities, and other oral health concerns. Note how and why a cosmetic dentist can actually protect the health of your teeth and mouth: 1. Bleaching Having a cosmetic dentist bleach your teeth does not actually protect your oral health, but choosing to have this done by a professional versus using products you find on supermarket shelves can be a protection. Whitening products that you buy at the pharmacy may contain silica, which is very abrasive and which can wear away at tooth enamel. They may also contain alcohol, which can dry your mouth. Saliva helps to wash away food particles and bacteria in the mouth, so when you have chronic dry mouth, you might be prone to cavities from these food particles and bacteria. Having a cosmetic dentist bleach your teeth rather than using these products can therefore be much safer for your overall oral hygiene. 2. Implants Dental implants are false teeth that screw into the gum line for a permanent replacement. These can protect teeth next to the open area of the gums from shifting into that space and in turn, coming loose. An implant can also be easier to care for than a bridge, which is a set of dentures with just one or a few teeth. You brush and floss the implant when you take care of the rest of your teeth. A bridge needs to be removed to be thoroughly cleaned and if you overlook this job every day, it can be easy for bacteria and germs to build up in the area of the bridge, leading to cavities and potentially gum disease. 3. Caps When teeth are chipped or broken, this can mean exposing the dentin or soft tissue underneath the tooth’s surface. When this part of the tooth is damaged, you may need a root canal. A broken tooth can also have an open pocket in which more germs and bacteria rest, leading to a cavity. Putting a cap over a broken or chipped tooth can protect its surface so that you have less risk of added damage. Contact a company like Prime Dental Pty Ltd. if you have other questions or need more...

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4 Reasons to Choose Dental Implants

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The loss of teeth can occur due to dental decay, gum diseases and mechanical injury. In the past, the treatment options provided for missing teeth were limited to bridges and dentures. Now, there are dental implants which provide a more reliable and permanent solution to the problem. These orthodontic devices are replacement roots which provide a foundation for dental prosthesis. Here are the main reasons why you should choose dental implants to replace your lost teeth. Appearance Dental implants and attached crowns are designed to match the structure of your natural teeth therefore your original appearance can be restored. They are built to fit into the gaps perfectly which prevents the adjacent teeth from drifting into the space. Such an occurrence will lead to repositioning of the teeth and subsequent misalignment. Additionally, the implants will improve your smile and even allow you to boost your self-confidence. Durability The dental implants provide a long-term solution to missing teeth. The root component is surgically inserted into the jawbone and then it is allowed to integrate with the bone structure. The bond formed is intimate and permanent in ideal conditions. The implant is typically made from titanium which is resistant to mechanical damage, rusting and corrosion. This means that it will remain inert after its fusion with the jaw. Other treatment alternatives like dentures and bridges are removable and replacements will be required periodically. Your dental implants can provide service for your entire lifetime if you care for them appropriately. Functionality The functionality and performance of the dental implants and prosthesis is virtually identical to that of natural teeth. After completion of the treatment, you will be able to eat any type of food you desire. An alternative like dentures will limit your options because the base will press uncomfortably on your gum. Moreover, the removable type can slide when chewing, causing embarrassment and pain. Also, dental implants feel like normal teeth so you will not have difficulties with speech. Dentures are hard to get used to so the wearer may slur words when the devices are new. Oral Health Dental implants promote good oral health by protecting the jawbone. Loss of teeth causes the degradation of the bone because the structure is no longer required for support. The implants will fuse with the bone and promote its growth so as to provide sufficient support. Dental implants also allow you to resume your normal oral care practices such as brushing and flossing. In addition, implants and the supported crowns are invulnerable to dental...

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Reasons for and Against Sedation Dentistry

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Sedation dentistry offers people an alternative method of receiving dental care which is effective at reducing pain and the anxiety that people typically experience. However, it does come with a few drawbacks such as potential side effects and incompatibility with certain types of medication. Are you considering sedation dentistry but are not sure if is the right choice of treatment for you? Then consider the reasons for and against sedation dentistry to make an informed decision. Reasons for Sedation Dentistry To find out why an increasing number of people are opting for sedation dentistry, here are some of their advantages: Shorter Appointments: dentists have come to an agreement amongst each other that dental procedures completed with sedation dentistry are executed significantly faster than without. The reason for this is the ability to get on with the treatment without interruption from the patient. For example, at times the gag reflex can get in the way, or the patient might wish to take a break due to pain or discomfort. Reduction in Pain: if like most people you are concerned about the pain you will experience at a dental office then opting for sedation dentistry is a logical choice. Simply put it is the most pain-free way of receiving dental care. Affordable Pricing: sedation dentistry is not significantly more expensive than the traditional means of receiving dental treatment. This is true in part because some dentist prefer that their patients choose sedation dentistry due to the speed and ease with which they can then complete treatments.To make an informed decision regarding sedation dentistry read on for some reasons against it: Reasons Against Sedation Dentistry Incompatible with Some Medication: if you are on certain types of medication then you will not be permitted to receive sedation dentistry due to the danger of serious side effects. Therefore, when receiving sedation density you will be asked to disclose your medical history to the dentist. Side Effects: when it comes to sedation everyone is different in terms of how their body reacts to the sedative. In some cases mild side effects could be incurred as a result of receiving the sedative. However, in most cases there are no side effects, and when there are they are too mild to result in any meaningful health concerns. Not Insured: some dental insurance providers separate sedation dentistry from their coverage. This means you might not be able to choose sedation dentistry as part of your insurance plan. However, you could check into the matter with your insurance provider in order to get it added onto your insurance plan. For more information, contact Hornsby Denture...

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What to Expect When You Need a Root Canal

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

For many people, two of the most terrifying words in the history of mankind are “root canal”. A root canal is a procedure that often needs to be done when there is no other way to repair a severely damaged tooth that is decayed right into the root or nerve. Many people dislike going to the dentist, but when they hear that they need to have this type of procedure done, the sense of dread really intensifies. If your dentist has told you that you need a root canal, don’t let yourself get too stressed out about it. In fact, you should learn more about it. The more you know, the less likely you are to be afraid. The Procedure The first thing the dentist will do is numb the area that is going to be worked on. This will be done with a local anesthesia, and you will be conscious for the procedure. Next, they may attach a dental dam, which will keep saliva away from the tooth being worked on. Once the area is numb and the dam is in place, the dentist will start to repair the tooth. An opening will be drilled into the tooth, and the dentist will use this hole to get inside the tooth and clean out the decay. Then, the dentist will clean the tooth’s root to make sure that there is no more bacteria inside, and remove the nerve. At this point, the dentist will either finish the root canal, put in a temporary filling to allow this part of the procedure to heal before going on to the next step. The final step is when the dentist fills the canals with a filling material, and then covers this with a traditional dental filling. You May Need a Crown Once a root canal has been done, the original integrity of the tooth is compromised and it is much weaker. The tooth may end up brittle, and will break easily. Your dentist such as Denison Dental Surgeries may suggest having a crown or a cap installed over the root canal. This will completely restore the tooth to its original appearance. A crown can be costly, but it will save you from needing additional dental work in the future. Future Dental Work In most cases, root canals are successful, and you won’t require any further work. But, there is the chance that you could end up with an infection again. You will either need to have a new root canal, or it may be best to have the tooth removed and have a bridge made to replace the tooth with a false...

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