There are a lot of reasons why your teeth can hurt. It can be from the teeth themselves, or it can be from the gums. Or it can be referred pain. Come and see us and do the tests. A general dentist may not be able to fix the problem, but we are trained to go through our process to identify the issue
Just like our skin colour, everyone’s skin color is different. But our teeth do discolour with age. The food we eat, the things we drink, the colours do get absorbed into our dentines and get locked in there.
Sensitivity can be many factors. It can be a sign of gum disease, where the gums wrapping around the tooth have shrunk away. It could be decay. Decay and gum disease are the two most common reasons why people’s teeth are sensitive.
A very common question. A lot of times people just got used to the idea that their gums bleed, but it is not normal. It is indicating that the gums are inflamed and there can be underlying gum disease. The gums are the foundation that holds the gums in place.
Our teeth actually move all the time. They are held together by some little ligaments/fibers. Every day from our chewing, external pressure, our teeth can move. The only way to guarantee that they do not move is to have retainers.
Wearing them 2-3 times a week will ensure your teeth won’t move anymore. Even with people who have not had braces before, once they pass a certain age, they will start to notice that the teeth start to bunch up – which is called crowding.
We all have different color skin, whitening does provide a treatment option to get it whiter. However, what is white enough for you, maybe different to what is white enough for someone else. The first step to achieve this is to use tooth whitening, it will get the whitest without causing damage to your teeth.
However, if you are not happy with the results, some people look at having veneers done (which is a thin line of ceramic which covers the outside surface of your teeth, which makes it look a lot whiter.
Unfortunately, no. As we get older, our body starts losing elastin, which is why we start getting wrinkles. When it happens in our mouth, our teeth start rotating, so it tends to get worse as we age
Definitely. People with severe gum disease can actually end up losing enough bone and supporting structure that your tooth is actually held in by a little bit of tissue.
Just imagine our teeth a little bit like Lego blocks. They would need to be interlocking in a certain way. When they don’t, naturally your teeth would want to be interlocking. Either your jaw will twist to accommodate until it locks, or we end up grinding our teeth down so eventually, they lock. Neither are good options because 1) When our jaw twists to one side, it is not balanced, like a door with a door hinge not installed properly. That’s one factor for experiencing TMJ jaw pain. In terms of wearing our teeth down so we do interlock, that causes other issues too, to the extreme where the nerve can become exposed, which is where you need root canal treatment, which includes all the teeth that are involved. This is a full mouth reconstruction.
There are a few different factors. There can be large underlying decay, and it can go unnoticed. The shell on the outside, because it is so thin, it starts to crumble away. However, there are other potential issues. Some people have an incorrect bite, so their teeth are not resting in the right place. From that grinding action, that can chip away at our teeth. Also for some people, when those teeth form, they may not have formed properly.
The first step would be to see a dentist, have a full comprehensive check-up, clean, appointment, and the dentists will be able to look at everything, and find out what is happening. Most of the time, if the teeth are falling out, it is due to advanced gum disease.
We all have two sets of teeth. The first set is for the ages 1-12 which are called primary, or baby teeth. Most of the time we do have the adult ones there to take its place. But once they are gone, we don’t have another set.
Teeth cleaning is not like taking a shower, where it just removes things from the outside. It is more like if you have a boat, it is like scraping the barnacles off the boat, where they stick to the boat but they can cause damage to the boat. A period clean makes sure that we get rid of this tartar build-up.
Some issues we have in our mouth can go undiagnosed and do not cause pain until it is too late. Some people say – one day I sneezed and my tooth fell out. Statistically, people lose more teeth from gum disease than decays. It is only by prevention that we can make sure that we don’t get this issue.
Everyone does it a little bit differently. At our clinic, because of our background in radiation therapy, so we really do emphasize prevention. We do cancer screening tests as part of our protocol. We will do a cancer screening test, we will check for any abnormalities in the jaw bone, check lymph nodes to make sure there’s no swelling everywhere, then we check the bite, the jaw joint movements, and how the teeth are resting together. All these factors often go unnoticed, doing these check-ups lets us pick any of these up early. And then we check the teeth, checking for any signs of wear, decay, crack-lines, anything that can cause an issue potentially 5-10 years time. Then we check out the supporting structures. Without those, our teeth will just fall out.
Then after the clean, we go through how people should be cleaning their teeth. What they need to watch out for. Unless being taught by a professional, we all have different ideas on how teeth should be cleaned, and it may be wrong. When we carry through those checkpoints, I find that quite often, my first-time patients are often surprised that this is part of a check-up and clean, because some of their previous experience, they are used to dentists only focusing on the teeth.
So the way we do it is proper. Even though it slows us down.
This is a good question. Without looking at the actual status, we can’t tell you if it can be fixed or not. The easy answer is yes, it can always be fixed.
We need to take a closer look at what’s happening there. Sometimes there could be decay underneath the crowns. Some patients tend to think that once a tooth is crowned, it’s invincible, but the fact is that it needs more attention. Sometimes a tooth should not have been crowned in the first place, and if that is done, then the crown fails. There are many factors that can cause a tooth to hurt after a crown has been done, and it needs to be assessed.
Sometimes a tooth with a filling chipped because the bite is wrong, how the teeth are resting is not right. Sometimes it chips because the patient grinds at night. This kind of tooth should really be served better with a crown
A titanium screw is placed into the bone, and then we wait for the bone to grow and latch onto the implants. This process is called osseointegration. And once it integrates, then we put a crown on top. It gives us the same function as a normal tooth.
When we have a missing tooth – there are three options to replace it. First is a small denture in that area that you take in and out. Option 2 is implants, and Option 3 is a bridge.
How a bridge works is three crowns that are supported by two teeth, with the crown in the middle being solid.
Dental plaque is a matrix there is a combination of food and bacteria. This creates a favorable environment for bacteria to live in. For people who rely on cleaning by using mouth rinse alone, the formation of this plaque means that the bacteria is untouchable by the mouth rinse. So the only way to really be able to clean our teeth properly is with flossing and brushing, and that will physically scrape all those off, then you get to the proper tooth surface.
And then if you want to use a mouth rinse, that’s when mouth rinse will become effective.
There are many factors because of this. The equipment we purchase is expensive, as well as all the dental expenses in Australia is quite high. Dentistry is not covered under Medicare, so all the expenses need to be accounted for. Compared to a family doctor, where most of their treatments are rebatable by Medicare.
If you really compare, it is not more expensive than a doctor for a medical appointment, it is just that medical treatment is covered under medicare.
Good oral hygiene prevents decay and gum disease, which becomes costly. As prevention is better than cure, dental hygiene is important.