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.

The easy answer is yes, but without assessing the status of your tooth, we cannot say for certain. Most times a broken tooth can be fixed with a filling or a crown, but in extreme cases (where there is very little tooth structure remaining), an extraction of the tooth is the most viable option.

Book an appointment to see one of our dentists as soon as possible. They will assess your tooth and discuss the best option/s available for you!

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.

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

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.

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.

Even when a tooth is crowned, it is still vulnerable to decay and infection if proper oral hygiene isn’t done. Although the crown itself cannot get decayed, the tooth underneath it can. If left undetected, the decay can grow and eat away at your tooth. When it gets close to the nerve, you can start to feel pain.

Other times, if a crown is done incorrectly, it can start to cause strain on the remaining tooth structure, resulting in pain.

Consult your dentist who will take an x-ray to see what is going on underneath the crowns surface.

There are a few factors to why your tooth may have chipped in the first place. This is important to find out before repairing the tooth. The chip may have been caused by an incorrect bite (your teeth are not resting the way they are supposed to), or perhaps you grind your teeth at night? It could also be caused by a crack line or fracture of the tooth, or even a decay!

Depending on the cause of the chip, there are a few different options your dentist may provide- a filling, a crown etc. Speak to your dentist to ensure you are receiving the best treatment for YOUR situation.

An implant is a great way to fill in any gaps due to missing teeth. They are permanent fixtures that, once healed, you treat as a regular tooth!

A surgeon will place a titanium screw into the bone. For the next 3-6 months, the surgeon will have regular visits with you to monitor and make sure that your bone is growing and “latching” onto the screw/implant. This process is called Osseointegration. Once integration is final, you are referred back to your general dentist where they put a crown on top (this is the part that makes it look like a tooth!). With proper hygiene habits, this implant can last a lifetime!

A dental bridge is one of a few options generally available for a missing tooth. A solid crown in place of your tooth is supported by the teeth either side, creating a bridge. The effect is a seamless and functioning tooth!

Dental plaque is a matrix; there is a combination of food and bacteria. When food is stuck to the teeth and gums, it creates a favourable environment for bacteria to thrive. Plaque is seen on the teeth as a sticky yellow or white substance. If it is not removed (via brushing or flossing) it will solidify and become calculus, trapping the bad bacteria to your teeth.

Mouth rinse alone is not enough to remove the food, stains and bacteria from our teeth. Just like with soaking dishes, manual scrubbing is the only way to properly remove any build up. If the food is not properly removed from all surfaces of your teeth, it will attract bacteria which can cause calculus build up, decay and gum disease!

There are many types of mouth rinse formulated for different purposes. Speak to your dentist about whether a mouth rinse will aid your oral hygiene routine.

There are many factors that can make dental treatment seem expensive. The equipment that is necessary for dental procedures are unfortunately quite costly in Australia, and these expenses need to be accounted for.

Looking directly at a bill, dental treatment isn’t more expensive than your typical doctor’s visit, the only difference is that doctors appointments are claimable by Medicare. In Australia, Medicare does not cover dentistry, so this may make your appointment seem expensive.

Having poor oral hygiene can affect your overall health. When you have painful or missing teeth, it can effect our eating choices meaning we are not having a good balanced diet.

Without keeping your mouth clean, the likely outcome is decays and/or gum disease. Treatment for these issues can become quite costly, so prevention is always better than a cure! We recommend you see your dentist every 6 months for a scale and clean, as well as brushing twice a day, and flossing once a day.

Around 2 years of age is generally when you should start to take your child to regular dental visits. These visits can be quite daunting so the first few appointments may only be desensitising them to make dental visits positive. A great alternative to making an appointment for your child, is to bring them along to your dental appointment. Bring another adult that can sit with them and keep them calm!

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