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Need Root Canal Treatment? No Worries!

Root canal treatment has such a bad reputation. The reality is that for most people, having a root canal is no more stressful than getting a filling done. With today’s technology, most patients come away impressed with how fast and easy the procedure is. And most importantly, how pain free they are, both during and afterwards.

It is very likely that the dread around having a root canal is more related to the pain in the tooth that caused it. In most cases, the symptoms that point to a root canal is a very painful tooth ache.

If you have a very infected or abscessed tooth, when you bite down on it, it will hurt like crazy. So even thinking of a dentist touching the tooth, much less drilling on it, would be the last thing a patient would want. The reality is that infections are usually handled with antibiotics before the root canal and anesthetic virtually ensures a pain-free procedure.

Despite their bad reputations, our patients are often so relieved to have had the root canal therapy, because their tooth pain went away.   Root canal treatment is highly successful; the procedure has more than a 95% success rate. Many teeth fixed with a root canal can last a lifetime.

What exactly is a root canal?

Your teeth have ‘roots’ that anchor them into your jawbone. Inside each of your teeth there is a mixture of blood vessels and nerves called pulp. Pulp sits inside a space called the pulp chamber and this extends down into the roots of the tooth. The pulp chamber within the root is called the root canal.

Why might I need root canal treatment?

If your tooth is damaged, bacteria can get inside it. This causes irritation, pain and swelling. If the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected, this can spread into the pulp inside the root canal. The aim of root canal treatment is to prevent your tooth from being taken out by removing the damaged pulp and treating the infection.

You may need root canal treatment for a number of reasons, including:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Repeated dental treatment on the tooth
  • A cracked tooth
  • A broken crown
  • Cracked or loose fillings
  • Gum disease
  • An injury, such as a blow to your mouth

If an infection isn’t treated, it can spread further and cause an abscess, which is a collection of pus. This can be painful, tender and can cause swelling around your tooth and jaw.

Sometimes your tooth may look darker in colour than your other teeth, which means that the nerve inside your tooth is dead or dying. Without treatment, the infection may spread further into your jawbone and you may need to have your tooth removed.

Preparing for root canal treatment

Your Tower Dental dentist will examine you and ask about your symptoms, including any pain you’re having. They may also ask you about your medical history and any previous treatment you’ve had on your teeth. Your dentist will take an X-ray of your tooth. This can help to show which tooth is causing your pain and needs treatment, and how far any infection has spread. These examinations are necessary for your dentist to make sure that the tooth is not too badly damaged for root canal treatment.

Although some root canal treatments can be completed within one appointment, most are done over two or more sessions with your dentist. Root canal treatment is usually done under local anaesthetic. This completely blocks pain from your tooth and jaw area, and you will stay awake during the procedure.

What are the alternatives to root canal treatment?

Sometimes, damaged teeth can’t be repaired with root canal treatment. This is usually if your tooth is badly damaged or if you have severe gum disease which prevents your tooth from healing or being well supported after treatment. If this happens, your dentist may suggest you have the tooth removed (extracted).

What happens during root canal treatment?

Once the area is numb, your dentist will place a thin rubber sheet inside your mouth. This is called a dental dam and covers everything except the tooth being worked on. It helps to keep the area around the tooth clean and stop the spread of any infection.

Using a drill, your dentist will make a hole in the top of your tooth and remove the pulp. They will clean out the empty hole using small instruments and a liquid to irrigate and disinfect the inside of the tooth. The instruments help to make the canals a more regular shape to enable the tooth to be filled and cleaned more precisely. The irrigating liquid makes sure that all infected material is flushed out.

Once the tooth is clean, your dentist will fill and seal it. Unless the dentist is sure that all infection has been removed, they will put in a temporary filling. You then have a second appointment to have the tooth permanently filled.

If your tooth is badly worn or is at risk of further damage, your dentist may suggest having a crown fitted. This is an artificial cap that fits over your tooth. You’re more likely to need a crown if you’re having one of your back teeth treated, because these are used for chewing.

Having root canal treatment can be uncomfortable because you have to sit still with your mouth open for longer than you’re used to. Your dentist will make you as comfortable as possible before the procedure starts.

What to expect afterwards

After a local anaesthetic, it may take several hours before the feeling comes back into your jaw and face. Take special care not to bump or knock the area. You may need pain relief to help with any discomfort after the anaesthetic wears off and for the next couple of days. You can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Always read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine and if you have any questions, ask your pharmacist for advice.

Recovering from root canal treatment

When you next need to see your dentist in Balwyn will depend on the reasons for your treatment and how the procedure went. Your dentist may ask you to have further X-rays and check-ups to make sure that the tooth is secure and you’re healing well.

Some people need to have further root canal treatment if the tooth cracks or more decay develops.

After your treatment, it’s important to take care of your repaired tooth. These tips will help to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash, if your dentist recommends it
  • Clean in between your teeth every day, either using floss or inter-dental brushes
  • Don’t smoke
  • Try to limit sugary foods and drinks and only have them at mealtimes
  • See your dentist regularly for check-ups

Side-effects of root canal treatment

You may have some slight tenderness around the tooth that has been treated, but usually this lasts for only a short time. If you have severe pain or any pain or discomfort that gets worse, see your dentist. The area around your tooth may also be swollen and bruised. This should get better within two weeks of your treatment.

Complications of root canal treatment

Complications are when problems occur during or after treatment. All medical and dental procedures come with some risk. But how these risks apply to you will be different from how they apply to others. Be sure to ask for more information if you have any concerns.

Most root canal treatment is successful, but sometimes further problems can occur. Possible complications include:

  • Damage to the root canal or the tissue surrounding the tooth
  • Infection
  • Damage to the nerves around the tooth

If your root canal treatment doesn’t work, you may be advised to have more treatment. This is called re-treatment. You might also need re-treatment if your symptoms return years after you’ve had root canal.

If you have any oral health concerns and you would like to speak with one of our friendly dentists, please call our Balwyn clinic on (03) 9817 7144.

At Tower Dental we specialise in all areas of children’s dental, cosmetic dentistry, dentures, crowns, root canal and teeth whitening procedures. 

 

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments To Transform Your Smile

Cosmetic dentistry is a diverse field that covers a lot of different dental needs. Due to various reasons, teeth can become stained, crooked or change color. This branch of dentistry improves the appearance of teeth regardless of what caused the change.

Whiter teeth

One of the most common uses of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the color of teeth. As teeth age, their natural white color fades. Plaque can build up as enamel erodes, causing the yellowing of teeth. Drinks like coffee and soda can also stain teeth over time. However, there are several options available to improve tooth color. The most effective method depends on how damaged the teeth are.

Whitening and bleaching

The most straightforward and affordable options are whitening and bleaching. The main difference between these methods is that bleaching penetrates the teeth, while whitening only brightens the surface of the teeth. While there are home versions of both approaches, it is best to consult with your Tower Dental dentist before beginning the procedure. There may be underlying causes that could make either choice ineffective.

A vital step of either process is to ensure that teeth are thoroughly clean before the application takes place. If there is still an excess of plaque on the teeth, the bleach will not hold to the tooth, resulting in a quick fade back to the stained look. Bleaching and whitening are fast solutions but must be frequently repeated to maintain the desired effect.

Enamel abrasion

This method is another way that cosmetic dentistry can help whiten teeth, and it can fix more aggressive stains. The process is similar to microdermabrasion for faces. Pumice removes deeper stains that show through after bleaching and whitening by removing the outer layer of enamel from teeth.

Cracked teeth

Another common reason for cosmetic dentistry procedures is to fix cracked and chipped teeth. There are several options available for this, including enamel bonding and veneers. While dental bonding and veneers can help create whiter teeth, their primary purpose is to fix cracked and chipped teeth.

Enamel bonding

Enamel bonding is an excellent solution for chipped teeth or dark stains. This process uses the same material as fillings. It is flexible enough to mold to teeth, filling in chips and coating the teeth. Inlays and Onlays are similar to bonding, but they are applied directly to teeth after fixing tooth decay.

Veneers

Veneers are another common procedure in cosmetic dentistry. They are extremely flexible because of their level of customization to the individual’s mouth. They can be used to correct color, cracks, and gaps in teeth. A drawback to using veneers is that a dentist will have to file down teeth to make an impression that results in the perfect fit. This process will take multiple appointments, and patients are usually given temporary veneers while they wait for their custom ones to come back from the lab.

Crooked teeth

Cosmetic dentistry can also correct crooked teeth. There are several commonly used procedures to help straighten teeth.

Braces

Braces are one of the most traditional ways to fix crooked teeth. They use wire and brackets to push teeth into proper alignment over time. While useful and budget-friendly, these are the least cosmetically appealing option for correcting crooked teeth. Braces are visible for the duration of the process, which can take around two years to complete.

Invisalign

A more aesthetically pleasing solution in fixing crooked teeth is using Invisalign braces. A person concerned about appearance may choose this alternative, as the trays are much less noticeable than braces. Customized to the individual needs of each patient, patients change the trays that fit over the teeth every couple of weeks. As teeth conform to the shape of the trays, they eventually become correctly aligned.

Which cosmetic dentistry option is right for you?

Cosmetic dentistry is used to treat a variety of problems and create bright, happy smiles. No matter what the issue is, there is an option available to fix it. Our dentists in Balwyn are well versed in the best solutions for your individual needs.

If you have been thinking about having a cosmetic dentistry treatment , why not come and talk to us to see what we can offer. To arrange a consultation with one of our dentists, please call our Balwyn clinic on 03 9817 7144.

Have A Question About Orthodontic Treatment? We Have Your Answers Below.


Q: Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?

A: Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialised training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.


Q: Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?

A: No, it is not necessary for patients who wish to be seen on a private basis for their consultation.


Q: At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?

A: It is recommended that a patient is referred at the first sign of an orthodontic problem, this can be as young as 9 years old. Orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at this age.


Q: Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?

A: No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.


 

Q: What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

A: Upon arriving, each patient, and parent if relevant, will be seen by the Orthodontist. We will take the necessary photographs and X-rays to allow us to make a proper diagnosis. The Orthodontist will then complete a brief, but thorough, exam.


Q: What will I learn from the initial examination?

A: There are four essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:
Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
What must be done to correct the problem?
How long will the treatment take to complete?
How much will the treatment cost?


Q: Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?

A: Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment. Your Orthodontist in Balwyn will advise you on the best treatment plan for you.


Q: How long will it take to complete treatment?

A: Treatment time obviously depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 24 months.


Q: How much will braces cost? Are financing options available?

A:  It is not possible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the initial examination.
 


Q: How often will I have appointments?

A: Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients wearing braces will be seen every 4 to 8 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more or less frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
 


Q: Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?

A: Yes you can, our practice hours cater for school children and working professionals.


Q: Can I drop my child off for an appointment?

A: Yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check with reception before dropping off their child. Very young children and children deemed vulnerable must be accompanied at all times.
 


Q: Do orthodontic braces hurt?

A: Yes. The teeth can ache for the first day or two after the braces had been fitted or adjusted. We describe it as having a “headache” in your teeth. Patients may take the painkillers they would normally take for a headache.
 


Q: Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?

A: Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment.
 


Q: Can I still play sports?

A: Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports. Our Balwyn practice sells orthodontic mouth guards, which protect the teeth and braces. After your treatment you may request a professional mouth guard to be made. Your orthodontist can advise you of the current cost.
 


Q: Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

A: Yes! Regular check-ups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.
 


Q: Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

A: Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a verbal list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: chewing gum, hard sweets, raw vegetables and all sticky foods. You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.
 


Q: How often should I brush my teeth while wearing braces?

A: Patients should brush their teeth at least 3 times each day – using a normal tooth brush and an interdental toothbrush.
 


Q: What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?

A: If your braces are causing extreme pain or if something breaks, you should call Tower Dental. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside time for you. Do not attend the practice without an appointment – all appointments are tightly scheduled and we may not be able to see you.
 


Q: Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

A: Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient's growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.
 


Q: Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

A: A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is "too old" to wear braces!
 


Q: Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?

A: Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.

 

Top Ten Tips For Keeping Your Children's Teeth Healthy

With kids now back at school our dentists at Tower Dental wanted to make sure that any bad habits which developed during lockdown are changed as a more normal routine returns. Many of us have understandably let children graze on foods which are bad for their teeth over the last few months.

It’s been difficult on them not seeing friends, enjoy their normal outdoor time and also having to be home-schooled. So, rewarding them more frequently or letting them raid the biscuit jar seemed like an easy distraction. It’s very similar to summer holidays when it was found that children end up consuming up to five times more sugar than they would do at any other time of the year.

All this snacking can have a detrimental effect on our children’s mouths, so we wanted to share our top ten tips for keeping them dentally healthy.

  1. Reduce their sugar intake. This is a very obvious first step. Rather than chocolate or biscuits think about giving them fruit, cheese, nuts or healthy snacks.
  2. Following on from the above, always check the contents of their lunchboxes for hidden sugar. Many ‘healthy’ yoghurt drinks and smoothies which boast of being full of vitamins are actually crammed full of sugar.
  3. Persuade your kids to drink more water. A glass after they eat can be highly effective in rinsing the mouth of any lingering residue and will help to neutralise any remaining sugars.
  4. Milk is a friend to teeth. Whilst not all children are fans of it milk is low in acid, rich in calcium, phosphorus and casein. This winning combination of minerals and proteins work to strengthen teeth and bones and even aid the repair of damaged tooth enamel.
  5. If they will only drink sweeter juices try and encourage them to use a straw. This directs the liquid to the back of the mouth and limits exposure rather than allowing drinks to bathe the teeth in sugar unnecessarily.
  6. Try to avoid letting them brush their teeth within an hour of drinking sugary drinks and juice. This allows the enamel to recover and reharden before vigorous brushing.
  7. Use an age-appropriate fluoride toothpaste and brush teeth twice daily without fail.
  8. Maintain a routine of visiting us regularly. We dentists can spot potential issues before they become larger problems, plus we are able to provide a more thorough clean than you or your children may be able to achieve.
  9. Disclosing tablets are useful in showing up areas you or your children may be missing as part of your dental cleaning routine.
  10. Take a look on your phone for fun dental apps, including ones to time their brushing and spot hidden sugar. These are fun and interactive and can help children really enjoy learning about their dental health.

If you have any particular concerns please call our Balwyn clinic on 03 9817 7144.

What Is The Difference Between A Periodontist & A Dentist?

 In the simplest terms, a dentist treats the teeth, gums, and other areas of the mouth while a periodontist only treats the gums and the bone supporting the teeth. The periodontist typically sees severe, complex cases that require a specialist rather than having the patient see a general dentist.

Periodontics is the dental specialty focusing exclusively in the inflammatory disease that destroys the gums and other supporting structures around the teeth. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal, or disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. As specialists in periodontal disease, they are experts in the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. They are also trained in cosmetic periodontal procedures.
 

What do periodontists do?


Periodontists treat cases ranging from mild gingivitis to more severe periodontitis. Periodontists offer a wide range of treatments, such as scaling and root planing (the cleaning of infected root surfaces), root surface debridement (the removal of damaged tissue), and regenerative procedures (the reversal of lost bone and tissue). When necessary, periodontists can also perform surgical procedures for patients with severe gum disease. Additionally, periodontists are trained in the placement, maintenance and repair of dental implants.

Other surgical treatments a periodontist can perform include:

  • Laser treatments
  • Regenerative procedures to encourage new bone and tissue growth
  • Dental crown lengthening, removing excess gum tissue 
  • Dental implants to hold a replacement tooth or bridge
  • Periodontal pocket reduction procedures -- also called osseous surgery -- to help limit the space around your tooth’s root where bacteria can form

While some techniques are specific to treating gum disease, others are available for cosmetic purposes as well. Periodontists often offer plastic surgery services like:

  • Dental crown lengthening to fix a gummy smile or an uneven gum line
  • Gum grafts to reduce the appearance of long teeth from age-related recession or prior gum disease
  • Ridge augmentation to restore the natural curve of the gums and jaw after replacing a lost tooth with a fake, or artificial, tooth

Reasons to See a Periodontist

Your general dentist may be able to treat some gum problems. But if you have gum disease that’s getting worse, a complex case, or the risk of tooth loss, your dentist will refer you to a periodontist. If you notice any of these common gum disease signs and symptoms, make an appointment with your dentist to see if you should visit a periodontist in Balwyn. 

Swollen or puffy gums

Plaque and tartar-forming bacteria can also cause inflammation, which is often the first sign of gingivitis. When it goes untreated, this inflammation can make pockets form around your teeth. This raises your risk of infection that can lead to tooth loss. 

Swollen gums often make your teeth look smaller. They may be dark red rather than a healthy light pink. In the early stages, you can treat this inflammation with a deep cleaning at your dentist and taking care of your oral hygiene at home.

What to Expect at the Periodontist

When you visit a periodontist, you should tell them about any symptoms you’re having. They may ask for personal information like health conditions and medications you take. 

The periodontist will then:

  • Review your medical history to identify any factors that could be contributing to your symptoms
  • Perform an oral exam to check for gum bleeding and look for plaque and tartar buildup
  • Measure your gum pocket depth, or the space between your gums and teeth
  • Take X-rays to check for bone loss

These tests help them create a periodontal treatment plan. Your periodontist, a dentist, or dental hygienist may all be part of your treatment. Antibiotics or a thorough cleaning can often control early stages of gum disease. More advanced cases may require surgery.

Your periodontist may also recommend lifestyle changes and at-home treatments to help keep gum disease in check and prevent further issues.

Gum disease treatments

The gum disease treatment option we choose for our patients will depend on the severity of the progression of the disease in their gums. Some of the most common periodontal treatments that we use include:

  1. Dental cleanings: During a routine dental cleaning, we remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline. If we suspect a patient has gum disease, we will recommend more frequent dental cleanings.
  2. Scaling and root planing: Scaling and root planing is a deep-cleaning and nonsurgical procedure done under local anesthesia. Plaque and tartar are scraped away from both above and below the gumline. Rough spots on the tooth root are made smooth with planing by our periodontist. Smoothing these rough spots helps to remove bacteria and provides a clean surface for the gum to reattach to the teeth.
  3. Flap surgery/pocket reduction surgery: For more advanced stages of periodontal disease, surgery may be required. During this surgery, the gums are lifted and tartar is removed. Irregular surfaces of a damaged bone can also be smoothed where disease-causing bacteria may be hiding. After this is performed, the gums are then placed so that tissue fits snugly around the tooth. This will reduce the space between the gum and tooth, which reduces the chance of bacteria from spreading again.
  4. Bone grafts: This uses fragments of a patient’s own bone, donated bone, or synthetic bone to replace bone that has been destroyed by gum disease. This promotes regrowth of bone, which helps to make the teeth more stable. Soft tissue grafts are also used to fill in places where gum recession may have occurred.
  5. LANAP® laser gum surgery: Our periodontist may choose this gum disease treatment for patients who may not be able to endure the alternative surgery. It is less invasive, requires little to no downtime, and reduces the chance of tooth sensitivity post-op.

Seek gum disease treatment as soon as possible

Gum disease will continue to worsen when left untreated. At Tower Dental in Balwyn, we help our patients to improve their gum health and to avoid re-infection with various gum disease treatments. Call us today to schedule an appointment with a skilled periodontist.

Our Patients Say It Best!

We are always delighted when we receive positive feedback from our patients!

Jacquie Holt

“We had an excellent experience at Tower Dental. Dr Dana Mohebbati-Arany and her team were great. It was my 3 year old son's first dentist appointment and the entire staff was so nice and patient. They let my son sit in on my appointment so he could see what they were doing so he knew what to expect for his cleaning. It was the best first dentist experience I could have asked for for my son”.

P D

“Can't fault the team at Tower Dental. They are very friendly and put me at ease immediately. I had a couple of fillings and didn't feel a thing. I love the renovations - very modern and comfortable waiting area”.

Jason Lim

“Thanks to Dr Byun and the team at Tower Dental for the service! He was very caring and honest, and explained what needed to be done clearly. The whole process was pretty amazing. Fully recommend them for any dental work you need to be done”.

Lauren Shingleton

“I recently took my children to Tower dental, they saw Senthini who is new to the practice and is a delightful lady. She made the experience such a great experience for my initially nervous children but they left afterwards so happy and can’t wait to go back! Senthini your chair side manner is fabulous thankyou so much and Danni and Simen who were also really wonderful! Highly recommend this dentist and the practice as a whole, staff are lovely!

We have received many 5 star reviews on Google and we are so grateful to our patients who take the time to leave us online testimonials. We are very proud of our 5 star rating on Google from our incredible reviews! We encourage all our satisfied patients to leave a review online.

 

 

Why Oral Health Care Is Important For Older People

Whilst there are certain benefits to growing old, such as having the time to pursue our hobbies and spend time with the grandchildren, it can also be a challenging time, especially where our health is concerned.

Our oral health is no exception to this, and the wear and tear on our teeth, along with other factors, can present a real challenge to keeping our teeth and gums healthy.

Oral health is a significant factor affecting older peoples’ quality of life, overall health and wellbeing. Tooth loss, tooth decay (dental caries), gum disease (periodontitis), dry mouth (xerostomia) and oral cancers are commonly experienced by older people.

Management and/or prevention of these conditions can be achieved by:

  • routine oral health assessment
  • oral health care planning
  • support with daily oral care
  • referral to a dental professional.

Quality of life and oral health

Poor oral health affects an older person’s ability to chew and eat a variety of foods. This causes poor dietary intake and weight loss.

Discomfort from poor oral health disrupts sleep and the ability to relax. It also affects an older person’s appearance, self- esteem and self- confidence as well as their ability to talk and communicate effectively.

General health and oral health

Oral health and disease are closely related to general health and disease. The mouth acts as a portal for disease with tooth decay and gum disease sharing links with many of the chronic medical conditions experienced by older people such as cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and respiratory diseases. Oral cancers are mostly diagnosed in older age groups.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a high risk factor for gum disease and oral infections such as thrush. Poor diabetic control aggravates gum disease. The systemic inflammatory response caused by gum disease exacerbates diabetes and increases the risk of cardiovascular complications.

Aspiration pneumonia

Aspiration pneumonia is linked to poor oral health. It is a cause of preventable hospital admissions and death of older people. With the accumulation of dental plaque and bacterial colonisation of teeth, gums and tongue as well as dentures, the mouth serves as a reservoir for recurrent lower respiratory tract infections. This is made worse by the presence of tooth decay, gum disease, dry mouth and difficulties with swallowing.

Dry mouth

Dry mouth is a common side effect of many of the medications prescribed for older people. It is an uncomfortable condition. Dry mouth affects a person’s ability to speak, taste, chew and swallow food. It increases the risk of tooth decay, oral infections and aspiration pneumonia.

If you are in the later years of your life, or are a carer for someone who is, why not talk to our Tower Dental dentists about oral health care, and let us help you or a loved one live later years in comfort.

 

 

Are You Cleaning Your Teeth Correctly?

Keeping teeth clean

One of the most obvious things that we can do to keep our teeth healthy is to clean them regularly. Even if we consider that we already do this, there are still often ways that we can improve on it. We can start by asking ourselves the following questions:

  1. How old is the toothbrush you are using?
  2. Do you clean all of the tooth and surrounds, or just the flat surface?
  3. How long do you brush for?
  4. Do you rinse your mouth after brushing?
  5. Do you use dental floss?

If the answer to question 1 is more than 3 months, you need to change it. Worn bristles are less effective at removing food and bacteria. For question 2, you should clean all parts of the tooth, including around the gum line, an area often neglected. For answer 3, you should be brushing for at least 2 minutes each time. For 4, if you have been taught that way, it is time to change. You should spit but allow the toothpaste to remain in the mouth. This allows the fluoride more time to help strengthen your teeth. Finally, for question 5, if you don’t use floss, you really should. It is a great way of keeping the spaces between your teeth, where food can get trapped, clean.

The above might seem like small changes or additions to your daily cleaning regime, but they are important ones that can make a significant difference and will help to keep both your teeth, and your gums healthy.

6 Reasons You Should Take Care of Your Teeth

We know taking care of our teeth is important, but sometimes daily brushing and flossing can feel a little monotonous. If you’ve noticed you’ve been a little lax with your at-home oral care or it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist, we’ve got just the thing for you.

Here are 6 motivating reminders that will spark your interest in oral health and inspire you to get back on track.

1. A great smile is the best confidence booster.

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. A great smile you share confidently with others is a confidence booster, especially within social settings and relationship building.

In addition to a bright, white smile, healthy teeth and gums also mean fresh breath. Brushing and flossing twice a day, especially after meals, and seeking quick treatment for any decay issues will ensure your breath is as pleasant as possible.

2. Gum disease 

Your gums naturally recede as you age, exposing tooth surfaces and roots to bacteria that can cause decay. Regular dental exams and teeth cleaning, as well as daily toothbrushing, flossing and using a non-alcoholic fluoride mouth rinse, will help keep decay under control. Your dentist also may also recommend deep cleaning of your teeth to remove plaque that can develop under your gums.

3. Increases life expectancy – Research shows that people who have all their teeth at age 74 have a greater chance of reaching age 100. Those who have lost five teeth by age 65 are at higher risk of premature death.

4. Promotes quality of life – People who have lost teeth can experience bite misalignment that creates problems when eating or pronouncing words clearly. So often those with missing teeth smile only with their lips or avoid talking with people in small group conversations.

5. You may detect osteoporosis early

Don’t neglect your regular dental visits, which are also an important part of oral care—they may uncover a silent sign you have osteoporosis According to the NIH, dental X-rays may have benefits as a screening tool for osteoporosis, because the bone loss that occurs with the condition also affects the teeth and the bones around the mouth. Catching osteoporosis early may benefit dental health because, according to the NIH, women with osteoporosis are three times more likely to experience tooth loss. There may also be a link between osteoporosis and periodontal disease because bone issues make people more susceptible to oral bacteria.

6. If you’re pregnant, you’re brushing for two

If you’re pregnant you’re eating for two, but did you know you’re brushing for two as well? Your oral health affects your pregnancy and even the future oral health of your baby.  

Stick to a strict at-home oral care regimen, keep an eye on those sugar cravings, and see our Tower Dental Dentists often during your pregnancy. By keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as possible during your pregnancy, you’re setting your baby up for success.

Whether you are young or old, looking after your teeth and gums is important. Even if some damage has already occurred, our experienced Tower Dental team can help you to restore functionality through treatments such as crowns, veneers and even dental implants.  Don’t forget too that we also offer a wide range of cosmetic treatments so that you can have teeth that are not only healthy, but nicer looking too!

We are here to help you to look after your teeth through guidance and treatment. For more information about booking an appointment at our Balwyn practice, please call Tower Dental on (03) 9817 7144

 

Why You Should Never Skip Your Dental Check-Up

Even though many of us might think that our teeth are in good shape, regular visits to the family dentist are very important. Regular care and prevention of diseases in the mouth are the best possible care you can give your teeth. Tackling problems early on will save a lot of bother in the long run – it might save your tooth from an extraction or root canal therapy. It is important to visit your dentist at least once, but ideally twice, a year to get your teeth checked and cleaned.

Why are check ups so important?

Some patients who are at higher risk of problems may be requested to have their teeth and gums checked more frequently.

The key role of a check up is to look for any problems that you might have with your teeth, gums and the oral cavity in general. By having them at regular intervals, and with good oral care at home, any problems that we find are likely to be treatable with a relatively minor procedure. If you miss appointments, these problems are almost certain to worsen and any treatment you might eventually need to have are likely to be more extensive.

The following are some of the things that our Tower Dental dentist team will look for when they examine your mouth.

Tooth decay

Most of our patients are likely, at some point, to have been told that they need a filling due to tooth decay. Some may have probably expected this but ignored early symptoms such as a slightly throbbing tooth, hoping that they were wrong. In many cases though, we detect small areas of decay that are causing no discomfort at all to the patient, but, left another six months, would almost certainly do so. As we detect these small areas of decay early, they can usually be treated with a filling, often quite a small one. These can now also be provided in a natural looking white filling material to make them less visible.

Checking Beneath The Surfaces.

Most of the problems affecting our teeth are visible on the surface, and you can even notice them by just looking in the mirror. A major part of visiting a dentist every six months is getting your jaw and teeth x-rayed so that they can identify what is happening beneath the surface.

Some common problems include impacted teeth as seen with the wisdom teeth that may be painful when they emerge. You could also be suffering from jaw injuries and bone swelling among others. All these things are hard to notice without an x-ray, and they could be the cause of other problems with your teeth. These problems with the jaw and tooth structure are major issues, and a dentist can recommend the best corrective procedures for treating them as soon as possible.

Gum issues

Although most of you will look after your teeth reasonably well, some of you may do less so with your gums. This is unfortunate as good gum health is as important as healthy teeth. Indeed, if gum disease is not detected and treated early enough, there is a real risk of tooth loss as the supporting bone becomes damaged and less able to secure the tooth in place. In most cases, any instances of gum disease that we detect can be managed through treatment and guidance by our hygienist using non invasive methods. Where the gums have been badly infected though, you may require a more invasive treatment known as ‘root scaling’ or a ‘deep clean’. This has to be carried out by a suitably qualified dentist and not the hygienist.

General oral health

Whilst teeth and gums are our main areas of concern, the fact that we examine the oral cavity at close quarters puts us in an excellent position to see the soft tissues of the mouth including the cheeks and tongue. If we have any concerns about the condition of these, such as the detection of sores or lumps, we are likely to refer you to your GP for further investigation. In most cases, these will probably turn out to be non serious issues, but it is important that you do have this investigated further so that any more serious issues, such as mouth cancer, can be treated as soon as possible, where present.

A dental check up may not seem like the most important thing in your life, but skipping yours could lead to a ruined smile if you don’t rearrange. Please make sure that you do your best to keep up to date with yours. For more information about booking an appointment at our Balwyn practice, please call Tower Dental on (03) 9817 7144

 

 

The 10 Most Common Dental Emergencies and How to Treat Them

Just like any other health issue, dental emergencies happen without warning. Patients usually have no time to get ready for this. That’s why, the vast majority of people feel at a loss not knowing what to do when this situation occurs.

When a dental emergency happens, every minute is crucial. Knowing how to deal with this problem will help you save much time and alleviate your condition quickly. If you experience tooth pain or other uncomfortable sensation, you should visit your dental emergencies Kew clinic as soon as possible. The dentist will examine you carefully and provide an effective solution. But how do you know that you are dealing with a dental emergency?

Let’s talk about the most common dental emergencies. Hopefully, it will help you understand when you should seek medical help without any delays.   

Toothache

Severe toothache is always a reason to call your dental emergencies Balwyn professional. Tell the doctor all your symptoms. Ask if you can take a painkiller to ease the symptoms while you are waiting for an appointment.

You can rinse your mouth with warm water. Try to floss the area to see if there is any food stuck between the teeth. Food remnants may cause irritation and pain, respectively. An ice pack may also ease your dental pain. Keep in mind that you should never use a hot-water bottle. It will only make things worse.

Cracked or broken tooth

If you notice that your tooth is cracked or broken, don’t worry. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the affected area. You can take medication to relieve pain. After that, contact the dental emergencies Surrey Hills clinic and make an appointment with your doctor. Depending on the situation, the dentist will use a filling or crown to fix the damaged tooth.   

Knocked out tooth

A tooth can be knocked out due to an accident or injury. This is definitely an unpleasant and painful experience. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your tooth is lost forever. If you act quickly, you’ve got a chance to save it. So, what should you do with the knocked out tooth until you get to the dental emergencies Hawthorn clinic?

Take the tooth and rinse it with water if it’s dirty. If possible, try to put the tooth into its socket immediately. If you can’t do that, place the tooth into a container with milk and try to see the dentist within 30 minutes after the injury.

Abscess

An abscess is a very serious condition when pus builds up inside the teeth or gums. If left untreated, a dental abscess can cause severe complications. In fact, there is little you can do, but see your dental emergencies Mont Albert specialist as soon as possible. While waiting for the appointment, rinse your mouth with salt water.

The dentist will make an incision to let the pus out. After that, your Tower Dental dentist will perform a root canal. This procedure will help reduce the risk of infection and save the tooth. But if the tooth can’t be saved, the dentist will pull it out. The doctor is likely to prescribe antibiotics if the infection has already spread to other teeth or jaw.

Lost dental filling

A lost dental filling can become an emergency situation if it causes inflammation and pain. You can fill the cavity with sugarless gum to prevent the infection from getting in. See your doctor to fix the problem. The dentist will remove decay if there is any and put in a new filling.

Bleeding

If you notice blood in your oral cavity, don’t hesitate and contact the dental emergencies Camberwell professional. Describe all your symptoms in detail. In most cases, bleeding comes from the gums after brushing or flossing and is the first sign of gingivitis.

But if you have severe bleeding that doesn’t stop, visit the dentist as soon as possible to prevent the situation from getting worse. Try to reduce blood flow with a cold compress until you get to the dentist. Remember that bleeding in your oral cavity is not normal.

Crown is falling out

If you wear a crown that comes off, the first and most important thing that you should do is to find the crown and take it to your doctor. Contact the dentist and ask what else you should do before you get to the dental emergencies Deepdene clinic.

The doctor may recommend reinserting the crown. You will have to clean it and use an adhesive to put it back. Sugar-free gum and toothpaste can be successfully used for this purpose. Be careful when you eat something until you get a new crown.

Broken braces

Eating sticky, hard or crunchy food is the main reason for braces to break. It may also happen when you play sport. That’s why dentists usually recommend wearing a mouthguard during such activities. If a wire protrudes from the braces, do not cut it. You can swallow it by accident causing more serious problems.

Broken braces can cause discomfort or even pain. In this case, your teeth straightening treatment will not be effective. The best thing you can do is to visit your dentist to get the braces fixed.

Dislodged tooth

A dislodged tooth is the tooth that has been displaced within its socket due to injury. Keep in mind that this tooth can’t be left untreated. Otherwise, you run the risk of developing infection and damaging other teeth. Contact your dental emergencies Hawthorn specialist right away. Put a cold compress and take a painkiller before you get to the clinic. Try to reposition and stabilize the tooth. Don’t panic if you fail to do that, your Tower Dental dentist will help.

Broken jaw

If you suspect that your jaw has been broken, seek immediate dental care. Apply ice on the face to reduce swelling. You can also take a painkiller to ease pain. The treatment will largely depend on the severity of the fracture. Minor fractures usually heal on their own. For more complicated fractures, surgery may be required.

If you suffer a dental emergency, don’t be scared. Visit your dentist to get professional help.

7 Signs You Need to See Your Dentist Immediately

As the saying goes "prevention is better than cure". Visiting a dentist helps prevent different types of oral health problems. It’s incredibly important to visit your dentist on a regular basis. Normally, a person has to visit a dentist for regular checkups and cleanings at least 2 times a year.

There are situations when you may need to go to a dentist immediately. You may have dental issues that require fast and effective solutions.

If such issues arise, you need to see a dental professional as soon as possible. The big question is – when is it time to see your dentist? Let’s get the answer right away!

Today, we’ll talk about the situations when it’s necessary to see a dentist Hawthorn specialist urgently. Here are the signs that you need to go to a dentist immediately. 

1) You Have Gum Problems

There are different types of gum problems. Have you noticed that your gums started bleeding?  Or, maybe, you have bright red or swollen gums? In fact, such problems can arise for various reasons.

You may have gum problems if you brush your teeth too hard. Such a situation may also arise when food gets stuck in your teeth.

Swollen, sore or inflamed gums often mean that you have a dental problem. It can be a sign that you have dental issues, such as:

  • abscess
  • bone loss
  • gum disease    

These types of dental problems require a quick and effective solution. Otherwise, the things will get worse. No matter what type of problem you have, don’t delay your visit to a dentist in Surrey Hills today.

Go to a dental professional if you see blood coming from your gums or if you have noticed that your gums are red or swollen.

A dental professional will analyse your gums carefully and recommend you the best treatment for your gum problems. Also, you will get recommendations that you need to follow to keep your gums healthy.

There are mild and severe forms of gum disease. It’s pretty easy to treat mild gum disease. When treating mild form of gum disease, you have to maintain good oral hygiene and visit your Tower Dental dentist regularly.

It’s more difficult to treat severe gum disease. Such a disease requires a special type of dental treatment. The treatment includes deep cleaning and scaling appointments. Also, it takes more time to treat severe gum disease.     

2) You Have Bad Breath

Bad breath is another reason why you should visit your dentist in Mont Albert. Sometimes bad breath is caused by acid reflux and nutrition problems that require changes to a diet. In this case, you need to get a consultation of a gastroenterologist.   

It’s also important to note that bad breath can be caused by a gum disease. If you find yourself in this situation, you need effective dental treatment.  

Visit a dental clinic immediately if you have bad breath. Your dentist in Camberwell will determine if your bad breath is caused by gum disease, they will then provide you with the treatment that you need.

3) Visit a Dentist during Pregnancy

Pregnancy affects oral health. Hormones change during pregnancy. So, some issues may arise while you are pregnant. There is a direct link between low baby weight and dental issues.

That’s why it’s so important to see a dentist for checkups while you are pregnant. During your visit to a dentist in Deepdene, a professional will examine your oral health carefully. If any dental problems are found during the inspection, your Tower Dental dentist will fix them.

4) You Have Dry Mouth

Saliva plays a very important role in keeping teeth healthy. Saliva lubricates the mouth and keeps it healthy. If you have enough saliva in your mouth, food particles will be washed away and acids will be neutralized.

On the other hand, dry mouth can be a big problem for oral health. That’s why you should go to a dentist in Deepdene if your mouth feels dry.

People, who take antibiotics, have a dry mouth problem. A professional will recommend you a dental treatment that works for you and allow you to restore moisture and keep your teeth healthy.

5) You Experience Toothache 

Toothache can be caused by different types of dental problems. Among the dental problems that can cause severe pain are: abscess, broken tooth, damaged filling and others.

And of course, the urgent help of a dental professional is required if you experience severe toothache.

Don’t delay a visit to a dentist. Your dentist Kew will determine the causes of tooth pain first and then solve your dental problems.

6) You Have a Broken, Cracked or Chipped Tooth

Broken, cracked or chipped tooth is an unpleasant look. It’s a problem that needs to be fixed quickly and efficiently. A problematic tooth has to be replaced as soon as possible. Go to a dentist and get a treatment immediately.

7) Your Filling or Dental Crown Has Fallen Off

As you probably know, the main goal of fillings and dental crowns is to protect teeth from infections. Fillings and dental crowns help prevent different types of dental problems.

Let’s say that your filling or dental crown has been lost. If this unpleasant situation happens, you need to get immediate dental help. In this case, a dental filling or dental crown has to be replaced.

We have just described some situations when it’s necessary to visit a dentist immediately. Do you have one of these symptoms? If so, please visit our Balwyn Tower Dental clinic today.

What to Expect When Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Out

The vast majority of people develop four wisdom teeth. They usually appear between the ages of 17 and 21. Some people do not have wisdom teeth at all. In fact, you can live a healthy life without those teeth. They serve little purpose and in some cases may even do more harm than good. 

When your wisdom teeth start to erupt, you may feel some discomfort. But if you experience pain, you should see your wisdom tooth removal Surrey Hills professional immediately. The doctor will examine your situation carefully and decide whether you should keep the tooth. 

In extreme cases, the dentist may recommend to take your wisdom tooth out. Let’s dig deeper to find out the main reasons for wisdom tooth removal and what you might expect during and after the procedure.

Reasons to Get Your Wisdom Tooth Out

Your wisdom teeth can cause serious dental and oral problems if there is not enough space for them to grow. You may feel severe pain if a wisdom tooth is trapped in the jawbone or under your gums. If that happens, your dentist will definitely insist on getting that tooth out. Otherwise, you will run the risk of developing serious complications. For wisdom tooth removal near Mont Albert please call our clinic today.

The doctor will also recommend removing a wisdom tooth located in the wrong position that allows food to get stuck. If that tooth is left untreated, it creates the ideal conditions for the growth of cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth. As a result, swelling, stiffness and pain occur in your jaw. 

So, your dentist will tell you to get rid of the tooth if it causes pain, infection, cysts, gum disease or damages the neighboring teeth. If you realize that your wisdom tooth removal is inevitable, there is no need to panic. The best thing that you can do is to prepare for the procedure and try to stay calm. For wisdom tooth removal Kew we’re only a phone call away.

 

Getting Ready for Your Wisdom Tooth Removal

This type of surgery is usually done by an oral surgeon or dentist. You should meet with the wisdom tooth removal Camberwell professional and discuss the upcoming procedure. Do not forget to tell the doctor about any health problems that you have. If you take any drugs on a regular basis, tell the doctor about it as well. 

Don’t feel embarrassed if the surgery frightens you. It’s normal to be afraid. Communicate with the doctor openly and ask all the questions that you have. It will help you to calm down and relax. Discuss what type of anesthesia would be the right option for you. You can be numb or even asleep during the procedure. If you are planning to get the surgery done in the nearest future, take some time off from work. 

If you have kids or pets, think who will be able to take care of them while you are away. The good news is that most patients can get back home right after the surgery. 

How the Surgery is Done

The procedure usually takes about 45 minutes or even less. During the surgery your wisdom tooth removal Deepdene dentist will use one of the following types of anesthesia – local, sedation or general anesthesia. The choice depends on the complexity of the extraction and your overall health.

Local anesthesia is an injection of medication made into the gum near the site of the extraction. After the injection, the area gets numb and you feel no pain as a result. However, you will stay awake during the whole surgery.

Sedation anesthesia is used to suppress consciousness during the tooth removal procedure. Your dentist will give you a medication by an intravenous injection. It will make you feel relaxed and drowsy. The surgery will not be painful due to this type of anesthesia. 

In particular situations, your wisdom tooth removal Hawthorn dentist may offer general anesthesia. You will either inhale medication or get an IV injection. You will be asleep during the whole procedure. The doctors will closely monitor your breathing, blood pressure, temperature and the overall condition. Patients usually wake up about an hour after the surgery. 

When the anesthesia is given, the doctor makes an incision in your gum or bone to get the tooth out. Some wisdom teeth are very hard to extract. So, your wisdom tooth removal Balwyn dentist may divide the tooth into several fragments to get it out. Once the tooth is removed, the doctor cleans thoroughly the sight of the extraction and stitches the wound. After that, the dentist usually gives the recommendations on how to take care of the wound to promote its healing.

What Happens After Surgery

Each patient is unique. So, everyone has different reactions to anesthesia. If you had local anesthesia and feel well, you are likely to get back home as soon as the procedure is over. When you wake up after the general anesthesia, you should ask someone to help you drive home as you may still feel drowsy. 

During the first 3 days after the tooth removal surgery you should put an ice pack on your face to reduce swelling. Do not forget to drink a lot of water. Avoid drinking alcohol, coffee and soda. Drinking too hot beverages is not recommended as well. Take painkillers that your wisdom tooth removal Mont Albert dentist prescribes. 

Eat soft food such as soup, rice, pasta or yoghurt. Avoid hard foods that may scratch the wound and prevent it from healing properly. Plus, you shouldn’t rinse your mouth and clean your teeth during the first 24 hours after the procedure. Doctors do not recommend their patients to smoke at least several days after the surgery. Keep in mind that smoking can significantly increase the risk of complications.

Patients usually wonder if they can drive a car after the surgery. If you received a local anesthetic during the procedure, you will be able to drive immediately. If a sedative was used, you should avoid driving for 24 hours. In case you had general anesthesia, do not drive for at least 48 hours. 

As you can see, wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure. By following your dentist’s instructions, you will be able to recover soon and return to everyday life.   

How to Overcome Dental Anxiety

If the thought of going to your dentist sends a shiver down your spine, you are certainly not alone. Some people avoid visiting their dentist in Balwyn because of that strong fear. Unfortunately, this behavior may lead to serious dental problems in the future. As a result, a meeting with your dentist will become inevitable. 

In fact, every dentist Kew wants his patients to feel calm and relaxed during the visit. You should never fall into despair if you suffer from dental anxiety. This condition is just like any other type of anxiety. You can cope with it and even get rid of this unpleasant feeling. 

Do you want to finally stop being afraid of the dentist? The good news is that there is something you can do to overcome dental fear. So, what should you do to fight fear that prevents you from visiting your dentist Camberwell professional?

Admit your problem

Most people who refuse to visit dentists constantly find different excuses. They do not want to believe that fear stops them from meeting with a doctor. These people complain that they are too busy and finding enough time to address their dental problems is just impossible. Are you one of such patients who visit a dentist only when pain occurs? Are you ready to go to your dentist Hawthorn specialist only when pain becomes greater than fear?

You will never be able to fix the problem until you admit that it exists. The same can be said about dental anxiety. You should admit that you suffer from this condition and have to ease it somehow. After you recognize the problem, try to understand what exactly makes you fearful.

Determine the cause of your dental anxiety

Some patients, who visit dentist Surrey Hills clinic, experience fear of pain. They are very scared and think that the pain will be unbearable. In most cases, all those patients had bad dental experience in the past. And now they are quite sure that it will repeat again. 

Other patients are afraid of shots. Some people may even faint at the very sight of a needle. Patients suffering from dental anxiety think that the anesthesia will not work well and they will still feel pain. They may also believe that the anesthesia will cause the unwanted side effects. The loss of personal space and control can contribute to dental anxiety as well. 

Have you ever thought what exactly scares you when you think about visiting your dentist? Once you know the reason, you will be able to address it. What is the next step you should take?

Be honest with your dentist

Your doctor definitely wants you to get the care you need. So, when you schedule an appointment with your dentist Mont Albert professional, don’t forget to mention that you have dental anxiety. Ask the doctor if you can just meet and describe your fear. Communicating openly will help you relax and forget about your anxiety at least for a while.

Get used to the tools

When you step over the threshold of your dentist Deepdene office, you are likely to see a tray full of sharp metal tools. This sight can make you feel very uncomfortable. But what can you do in this situation?

Ask the doctor if you can hold the tools to get accustomed to them. It would be great if the dentist explains what each tool is used for. You will notice how your fear gradually subsides and you become ready for the procedure. 

Bring a friend or relative with you

If you don’t feel comfortable to visit your dentist alone, bring a friend or a relative with you. Keep in mind that a person who accompanies you should not be afraid of dental procedures. It will help you calm down and get the help you need so much.  

Distract your attention

If the sounds of suction tubes and drills make you nervous, try to distract your attention from the procedure.  Use noise-cancelling headphones. You may also listen to music. Pleasant music will help you relax and reduce significantly the frightening sounds.

Squeezing a stress ball is another great way to distract your thoughts during dental treatment. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a happy place. It must be the place where you feel safe and relaxed. 

Try not to concentrate too much on what your dentist Balwyn professional is doing. In this way, you will let the doctor do his job and stop being scared. You will also understand that there is nothing to be afraid of.

Use different techniques to relax

Controlled breathing exercises, visualizations and meditation are very effective methods when it comes to coping with dental anxiety. These techniques can slow down your heartbeat and help you calm down. 

Deep breathing exercises can relieve tension in your muscles. You should start by counting your breaths. Inhale slowly and then exhale the same number of times. You can do these exercises while waiting for your appointment or sitting in the dental chair.     

Take a break

When sitting in the chair at your dentist Hawthorn office, use hand signals to communicate with the doctor. When you need a break, you can signal your dentist to stop the procedure. It will help you lower stress and stay calm during the appointment.    

Explore sedation dentistry

In some extreme cases, dental fear turns into phobia. If you feel that no techniques or methods can change the situation for the better and help you relax during a dental procedure, consider sedation dentistry. It is the use of medication that helps patients suffering from severe dental anxiety relax during their dentist Camberwell treatment. There are different types of sedation. That’s why, you should contact your dentist who will help you make the right choice.

A regular dental check up is extremely important not just for your oral health, but for the overall health as well. So, don’t let fear stop you. Find the best way to fight it.  

 

 

   

 

The painless and quickest way to straighten your teeth - Invisalign

People have always been searching for effective ways to get a beautiful smile. Crooked teeth are one of the main reasons why patients seek help from orthodontist Hawthorn professionals. 

Crooked teeth do not just make you feel embarrassed about your smile. If left untreated, crooked teeth may result in more serious problems with your oral health including gum disease, bite disorders and tooth decay. So, straightening crooked teeth is really crucial. But what are the options you can use to achieve that purpose?

Our Tower Dental dentists specialists apply different methods to solve the problems of crooked or overcrowded teeth. Invisalign is one of them. It is an efficient solution to create a fabulous smile. 

Like dental veneers Hawthorn and dental implants Hawthorn treatments, Invisalign has gained huge popularity among patients within a short period of time just because it is the fastest and safest way to straighten your teeth. 

Are you interested in using Invisalign aligners? We would like to walk you through the main advantages of Invisalign and help you understand how you can benefit from this teeth straightening technique. 

Invisalign aligners are invisible

Invisalign aligners are made of medical grade plastic. That is why they are almost invisible. Invisalign is a great option for people who want to fix crooked teeth and avoid the necessity of wearing the traditional metal braces. Aligners are custom-made to fit exactly your teeth. 

With Invisalign trays, you will be able to smile confidently without attracting the unwanted attention from the other people. As a result, the procedure of straightening your teeth will bring you pleasure and satisfaction. 

Invisalign aligners can be successfully used not just by teens and adults, but by kids as well. So, if you notice that your kid has crooked or uneven teeth, do not postpone your visit to childrens dentist Hawthorn specialist. 

Invisalign is safe and comfortable

Invisalign aligners are an easy, quick and painless way to treat crooked teeth. They usually take less time to fix the problem in comparison with metal braces. 

Invisalign is a non-invasive procedure. The trays are removable. It is a major reason why patients like them so much. You will be able to remove the aligners any time you want to brush or floss your teeth. 

As you can see, Invisalign will never prevent you from taking proper care of your oral health. Cleaning your teeth with braces can be difficult because of the metal brackets and wires in them. Due to this reason, more people opt for Invisalign Hawthorn treatment. 

You should wear aligners for at least 22 hours per day to achieve the best possible result. However, you should always remove them during meals. If you wear the Invisalign trays properly, it will take you only 12-18 months to fix the crooked teeth.

Invisalign saves your time

We all live in a fast-paced world and are constantly busy with our everyday duties. So, finding enough time for dental visits can be really hard. If you choose to get Invisalign aligners, you will be able to save much time. Getting Invisalign trays will enable you to spend less time at your orthodontist Hawthorn office. You will have fewer appointments and visit your doctor every 6 weeks only.

Invisalign improves dental health

Your overall health largely depends on dental health. That is why, keeping your teeth healthy is so important. Crooked and crowded teeth are more difficult to clean. It’s very hard to brush and floss such teeth properly. As a result, bacteria that remain in oral cavity lead to gum disease causing tooth infections, loosened and shifting teeth, jawbone deterioration and even tooth loss. 

In order to prevent gum disease and reduce the number of periodontist Hawthorn office visits, crooked and crowded teeth have to be fixed. Invisalign aligners can do this job very well and improve your dental health significantly.

Invisalign aligners correct bite problems

There are different types of bite problems including overbites and underbites. An overbite is a condition when teeth in the upper jaw protrude beyond teeth in the lower jaw. It usually occurs due to genetics, underdeveloped bones or poor oral health. There is also a condition when the lower teeth protrude beyond the upper teeth. It is usually called an underbite. The reason for an underbite is lower jaw overgrowth or insufficient upper jaw growth. These bite issues can be effectively corrected by wearing Invisalign aligners.  

Invisalign trays allow patients to eat any food

A lot of teeth straightening options require food restrictions. It can be tough to avoid eating foods that you really like. During Invisalign Hawthorn treatment, you will never face this problem. 

You can remove the aligners and eat whatever you want. However, drink and food leaves residue on your teeth. So, it is strongly recommended to rinse your teeth before putting the Invisalign trays back.

Eating food with your aligners on can cause serious damage to them. Bacteria can rapidly grow on Invisalign aligners leading to discoloration and degradation. Our teeth are very strong. If you chew something with your aligners on, you run the risk of bending, cracking or even breaking them.  

Keep in mind that smoking may cause staining and discoloration of your aligners as well. Avoid smoking when your aligners are still in.  

Invisalign boosts self-confidence

Have you ever noticed how many people cover their mouths when they laugh? Some people try to smile with their mouths closed. It all happens just because those people don’t think they have beautiful smiles. Teeth problems make people feel awkward.

Invisalign Hawthorn treatment will definitely help you increase your self-esteem and regain confidence by giving you a better smile. You will definitely agree that it’s much easier to communicate with people and stay confident if you know that your smile looks amazing.

With crooked or crowded teeth, smiling is probably the last thing you would like to do. But there is no need to feel embarrassed any longer. Due to Invisalign Hawthorn treatment you will get a perfect smile and finally stop hiding from the other people. Straighten your teeth with Invisalign and start living a new life!

 

        

   

 

Is Bonding as Good as Veneers?

Are you searching for an effective way to improve your smile? Luckily, there are many options you can choose from - teeth whitening Camberwell, implants, crowns as well as bonding and veneers. All of these methods are great dental solutions that help people who feel uncomfortable with their teeth get a brilliant smile. 

Today, we would like to talk about two extremely popular options – bonding and dental veneers Camberwell treatments. We hope that the information you are about to read will help you understand how each treatment method works. As a result, you will be able to choose the technique that suits you most. 

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure used to fix some minor cracks on your teeth. During the procedure, your dentist Camberwell professional will apply soft composite resin to your teeth. The resin bonds to the teeth making them look natural again. The dentist can help you choose the color of the bonding material that will perfectly match your teeth. Dental bonding is a great way to restore your damaged teeth and get a fabulous smile.

The pros and cons of bonding treatment

Dental bonding is a great choice for patients who do not need extensive treatment. Bonding can effectively repair decayed, cracked or chipped teeth. This dental procedure improves significantly the shape and length of your teeth. Plus, dental bonding provides a perfect opportunity to improve discolored teeth and close small gaps between your teeth. 

As you can see, a great number of people opt for dental bonding due to many reasons. This type of treatment can be done in a single dentist Camberwell visit. This is really good news for people who are very busy and just cannot spend too much time on dental treatment procedures. 

In some cases, bonding doesn’t require the removal of the tooth surface. This dental technique does not only restore the appearance of your teeth. It also strengthens them. Bonding provides long-lasting effects and can serve for many years with proper care. Bonding is less expensive in comparison with dental veneers Camberwell treatment. 

Despite the fact that bonding can be so beneficial, it has some disadvantages as well. Dental bonding is not stain-resistant. It will probably darken over time. Plus, bonding is not as strong as dental veneers. 

Bonding materials are fragile and can easily break or chip. So, you will have to be very careful while eating hard foods. If you choose to have bonding on your front teeth, keep in mind that it will last only 4-8 years. 

This technique is not likely to work well if you have severe tooth damage or decay. In this case, you will have to find a better option. Have you ever heard about dental veneers Camberwell treatment? So, let’s discuss veneers and when they can be successfully used.

What are veneers?

Dental veneers are a popular choice for patients with such problems as misshaped teeth, chipped teeth or a gap between teeth. Veneers are thin coatings placed on your teeth with an adhesive. Dental veneers are usually made of porcelain. The material used for making veneers is hard from the very beginning. Your Tower Dental dentist technicians create veneers that fit each tooth individually. This dental treatment helps people get a fantastic smile they have dreamed of for so long.

Placing porcelain veneers requires some preparation. Dental veneers Camberwell professionals will remove a small amount of tooth enamel. This procedure creates enough room for dental veneers. 

After that, the dentist makes a mold of your prepared teeth. The dentist also helps you choose the most appropriate veneer color. The mold is sent to the lab where veneers are created. 

It usually takes several days to get the job done. Once the veneers are ready, the dentist places them and makes sure they fit well. As a result, veneers look natural making your smile even more attractive. However, you should remember that patients usually need a few days to get used to the veneers.   

The pros and cons of porcelain veneers

Veneers have a lot of advantages over the other types of dental procedures. They are natural-looking, highly stain-resistant and durable. Due to these qualities veneers will last for more than 15 years making you extremely happy with your brilliant smile. When it comes to dental veneers Camberwell treatment, keep in mind that during the procedure less tooth enamel has to be removed in comparison with putting crowns.

Despite the fact that veneers are made of durable material, they can break or chip under pressure. So, patients should avoid chewing on hard objects in order to prevent this unpleasant situation from ever taking place.

Some people suffer from bruxism. This is the condition when you clench or grind your teeth. In this case, patients are recommended to wear mouthguards to protect their veneers at night.

Do not forget that you still can get cavities around and under your veneers. That is why you should keep the veneers clean by brushing and flossing them on a daily basis. So, what is a better option for you – dental bonding or veneers? 

Choosing between bonding and veneers

In fact, your choice largely depends on your needs and expectations. There are several factors you should consider to make the right decision. For some patients the most decisive factor is cost. Dental veneers are more expensive. At the same time, veneers are more durable and last longer than dental bonding. Dentals veneers take more time to be placed.

Both dental techniques will make your smile fantastic. But there is another thing you should take into account. Once you get dental veneers Camberwell treatment, you will not have an opportunity to go to back to your natural teeth again.

Do you want to have a healthy looking, beautiful and bright smile? Analyze all the options available and choose the one that will be the best fit for you. It’s time to stop feeling embarrassed about your teeth. Don’t hesitate and make the first step towards

10 Things To Look For In A Dentist

Dentistry is an investment in the future of your family's smiles. And, like any investment, you'll want to do a little research before making a final decision on dental work. These guidelines can help you choose the practitioner who's right for you. 

1. Look at their reviews

Take a look at testimonials on your dentist’s website. There you will find out more about the patient experience and how they felt about their care. This can give you a good idea about what you should expect if you choose treatment from that particular dentist. Also ask around the neighborhood or a local physician for recommendations. Ask who they see for dental care and what they like about their dentist Camberwell.

  1. Investigate the doctor's training.

The best dentists didn't just go to dental school; they also completed extensive post-graduate training programs. In addition, the best dentists regularly attend continuing education classes to stay up-to-date on new procedures and materials.

  1. Start with a consultation.

Going in for a consultation is a great way to learn more about a dentist and dental practice. Consultations are generally inexpensive, and are sometimes even offered for free. Talk to the dentist Surrey Hills before you commit to anything. Remember, it's your job to make an educated decision.

  1. Communication is key.

It's essential that you be able to talk to your dentist - and that your dentist Mont Albert will listen to you! There's a lot of dialogue that needs to go into an individual long-term treatment plan. If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed, then that's probably not the right dentist for you.

  1. Look at before and after photos.

Take a look at the dentist's portfolio before you make up your mind. Pay specific attention to cases that are similar to yours. Make sure that the photos are of actual work done by the dentist, not just stock photos.

  1. Don't pay too much - or too little.

Some dentists charge more by marketing themselves as high-end luxury dentists offering cosmetic smile makeovers. Other dentists try to make up for poor materials and shoddy work by offering low prices. Beware the extremes.

  1. Aim for convenience.

This does not always mean proximity to your home. The dental office could be close to your work or your child’s school. Other than location, you should also consider office hours. It will be hard to schedule appointments for a dentist Hawthorn who only works when you are on the job too. Instead, you might consider a practitioner who provides late hours once a week or even a few odd hours on the weekend to accommodate your needs.

  1. Do they have extensive experience?

One of the most important things to consider about a new dentist is his or her past treatment experience. As with any skill, a doctor’s ability to provide efficient and comfortable care will improve with practice. To avoid treatment complications that could arise from an inexperienced eye, ask your potential dentist Balwyn how many patients he or she has already successfully treated. For your piece of mind our Tower Dental dentists have treated thousands of patients.

  1. Check for Cleanliness and Professionalism

One of the simplest ways to ascertain a quality dentist from a poor one is to assess the hygiene, cleanliness and general professionalism of their practice. It’s important to choose a dentist Kew you feel comfortable with, so during your first visit to the surgery, consider the following:

Do the premises appear clean and tidy? Is the equipment sanitised before each use, and is the treatment room clean, well-lit and organised?

Do the dentists, nurses and hygienists wear gloves and protective gear when administering treatment?

Are members of the dental team willing to answer your questions and offer further advice and information?

We are more than happy to give you a short tour of the surgery and introduce members of the dentistry team— particularly if you’re nervous or anxious about receiving dental treatment. This makes it possible to assess the cleanliness of the practice before committing to treatment, so you can make a better-informed decision on whether we’re right the dentist for you.

  1. Look for a practice that specializes in general and/or family dentistry.

Unless you have special dental care needs, a general or family dentist will be able to monitor your overall oral health and hygiene. Should you later require the services of a dental specialist, your dentist will be able to refer you to a qualified specialist.

 

 

Dental Implants or Dentures?

Tooth loss is a widespread problem that affects a lot of people. No doubt, you would feel very frustrated if this unpleasant situation happened to you one day. 

The reality is, tooth loss can easily undermine your self-confidence. Dental emergencies Kew professionals are always ready to help you alleviate your condition. But what are the options when it comes to replacing a missing tooth? 

In fact, you have got two options to choose from – dental implants and dentures. Let’s dig deeper to find out the core difference between the two methods. Hopefully, it will help you understand which treatment can be more beneficial to you. 

What are dentures?

If you think about dentures Kew, keep in mind that dentures are removable objects. They are used to replace missing teeth but dentures can replace the gum tissue as well. 

Dentures can be complete or partial. Complete dentures replace all the teeth in the jaw. If you have lost most of your teeth due to some reason, getting complete dentures would be a great option for you. If you still have some of your natural teeth, getting partial dentures will be enough.  

Pros and Cons of wearing dentures

The main reason why you may opt for dentures is the price. Dentures are less expensive in comparison with dental implants. If you have experienced dental bone or gum loss, getting dentures would be a smart decision. In this case, installing dental implants will be impossible just because the implants have to be placed in the jawbone. 

Fitting dentures is quite an easy process. It requires no drilling. Plus, it doesn’t take too long to get the dentures done. About four visits to your dentist would be enough. And you will have a brilliant and beautiful smile again.

Dentures have cons as well and will not suit every patient. As the structure of your face and gums changes with age, you may need to adjust or replace your dentures. At first, you may feel uncomfortable wearing the dentures. Patients usually need some time to get used to them. The difficulties you are likely to experience include increased salivation, problems with speaking and chewing. 

It’s worth mentioning that dentures need daily care just like your regular teeth. Patients, who fail to take proper care of their dentures, run the risk of developing oral infections. Dentures tend to wear down with time. As a result, they may break. A fractured denture is one of serious problems that dentist Kew professionals have to deal with. When this situation occurs, seek immediate dental care.

If you are not sure if you will be able to get used to wearing dentures, consider dental implants. 

 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanents solution used to replace missing teeth. They are artificial tooth roots inserted into your jawbone. Most people choose dental implants due to the fact that they look and feel like natural teeth.  

If you think about getting dental implants, keep in mind that this process includes several steps. At first, your dentist will place the implants into the jawbone. After that, the implants will bond with your bone becoming a strong base for supporting dental crowns. 

In some cases, dental crowns Kew treatment can become an effective solution. Crowns are known to be caps that are usually placed over damaged teeth. Your doctor may recommend crowns if dental fillings Kew option doesn’t solve the existing tooth problem. In order to support your crowns, an abutment or connector is placed on dental implants. If you consider dental implants, visit your Tower Dental dentist Kew. An experienced and highly qualified dentist will develop a treatment plan that works best for you.        

Pros and Cons of dental implants

In fact, dental implants provide a wide range of benefits. The implants are fracture-resistant and extremely durable. They can serve you for 20 years or even longer. Plus, dental implants are easy to take care for. Implants improve your smile making you feel more confident.

Dental implants are very convenient. They will not prevent you from eating your favorite foods. They improve your oral health significantly. Despite a great number of positive advantages, dental implants are not recommended for everyone. 

It is possible to insert dental implants only if a patient has healthy gums and jawbone. Otherwise, you will have to look for other options. 

When it comes to dental implants cost, we should mention that it is higher in comparison with the cost of dentures. So, what is a better option for you?

Things to consider when choosing between dental implants and dentures

In fact, choosing the best solution for you depends on several important factors including your preference, price, oral health and remaining teeth. Our highly experienced dentists will analyze your situation carefully and help you make the right choice. 

Both dental implants and dentures support your facial muscles. They help you chew food. Obviously, it is impossible to eat without teeth. Plus, they increase your self-esteem giving you a fabulous smile.

However, the key differences between the two treatments can influence your final choice. As it was mentioned above, dental implants can last years. Dentures have to be replaced from time to time. 

Dental implants will help you preserve your jawbone and reduce the risk of losing even more teeth. Dentures do not possess the same ability. Ill-fitting dentures can cause you a lot of trouble. They contribute to developing pressure sores and bone loss. 

Dentures have to be thoroughly cleaned on a daily basis. Otherwise, they will quickly lose their initial look. Dental implants are much easier to maintain. Brushing and flossing would be enough. Dental implants will also make you feel more comfortable and enjoy your smile.

Choose the dental treatment that will suit your needs and replace missing teeth effectively. Having a stunning smile can change your life in many different ways. You will look more attractive with your new smile.  

So many people have implants or dentures annually. Join those happy people and start enjoying your life to the fullest!     

Our Best Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

Many people dream about a beautiful, healthy and happy smile. Such a smile boosts a person’s confidence. 

Cosmetic dentistry makes it easy for patients to have a smile of their dreams. There are different types of cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve your smile.    

Would you like to have a better smile? It’s necessary to fix dental issues to make this happen. You can improve your teeth as well as gums with cosmetic dentistry in many different ways.      

It all begins with an initial dental consultation. You need to see a cosmetic dentist Balwyn professional for check-up first. 

Your dentist in Balwyn will examine your teeth and analyse the situation carefully. After that, your Tower Dental professional will recommend the cosmetic dentistry procedures that work best for you.

Today, we’ll tell you about some of the most effective cosmetic dentistry treatments. We’ll describe the most common cosmetic dental procedures and explain in which situations they can be used.

So, let’s get started.  

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is an effective solution to a discoloration problem. During this procedure, the teeth are cleaned and stains are removed. And of course, you will get a much better smile if you choose to do teeth whitening.     

Dental Veneers

Do you have chipped, gapped or stained teeth? In this case, you will hardly be able to have a big happy smile. Dental veneers Balwyn would be an effective solution to your dental problems.

Dental veneers are an excellent option if teeth whitening Balwyn doesn’t help solve a discoloration problem. Dental veneers look natural like your regular teeth. So, they can be used to replace your problematic teeth. 

However, veneers don’t always help solve dental problems. Dental veneer treatment doesn’t work well for severely crowded teeth or crooked teeth. These types of dental problems need to be addressed to an orthodontist Balwynprofessional.             

Dental Implants

Let’s say that you have badly damaged teeth or missing teeth. Dental implants Balwyn treatment will become an effective solution to your problem. 

Dental implants take several months. Minor surgeries are preformed during the procedure. Finally, you’ll have permanent teeth with a root and crown.

Your teeth will function like natural teeth.  With dental implants, you will find it easy to eat food. But most importantly, you will get a beautiful and happy smile that you deserve.    

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding (also known as tooth bonding) helps patients keep their teeth healthy and gives them a happy smile. It is a procedure that helps solve different types of dental problems.

Dental bonding is the right type of a treatment for broken, chipped and cracked teeth. Do one or several your teeth have minor chips and fractures? Or, maybe, you have deeply stained teeth? If so, you can take advantage of a dental bonding procedure to correct your teeth. This type of dental treatment works well when it’s necessary to fix small chips or cracks on teeth.  

You can also make use of this procedure if you have discolored teeth. During the procedure, a thin coating is painted on your teeth. This helps protect your teeth from cavities.

The same material is used both in dental bonding and dental fillings Balwyn procedures. The material used in dental bonding is composite resin. This material is soft. So, dental professionals find it easy to give the material the necessary shape.

During the dental bonding procedure, tooth-colored resin is applied to the surface of teeth. This procedure helps repair damage and keeps your teeth healthy. Composite resin can be molded into any shape easily and quickly. The material can be polished to take the necessary shape.

Dental bonding is painless procedure that doesn’t require any surgeries. The treatment doesn’t take too much time. It takes approximately a half an hour to complete one tooth.

Another big advantage of dental bonding is that this cosmetic dentistry treatment is a cost-effective solution. If you analyse dental payment plans in Balwyn, you’ll see that dental bonding is an inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure. Such a treatment is an affordable alternative to veneers and dental crown procedures.      

Invisalign Braces

Braces are widely used by childrens dentist Balwyn professionals. However, this dental treatment is suitable for kids and adults. Invisalign braces are a cosmetic dentistry procedure that helps adults solve their dental problems and get a beautiful smile.

Invisalign Balwyn treatment has many great benefits for patients. Invisalign braces can be used to correct misalignment effectively. The main benefit of Invisalign braces is that they are invisible. That means that no one will know that you are wearing braces.          

Enamel Abrasion

Some foods and drinks as well as bad habits negatively affect dental health. Drinking coffee, soda as well as wine and smoking result in stains and cause discoloration problem over time.    

Enamel abrasion is one of the best ways to solve the problem of discoloration. This cosmetic dentistry procedure works well when a need to remove superficial stain arises. 

On the other hand, enamel abrasion procedure may not help you get rid of some types of stains. Intrinsic stains or stains inside the tooth can’t be removed this way. A dentist will analyze your situation carefully and advise you upon a stain removal method that works best for you.    

Tooth Shaping

Some teeth are too long and dental professionals have to take advantage of tooth shaping to reduce their length. Tooth shaping is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that’s used when a need to change the shape and size of teeth arises.

Get the Best Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment

Do you have dental problems that need to be fixed? Or, maybe, you want to improve your smile? Contact your Tower Dental dentist in Balwyn and get a dental consultation as soon as possible.

Our dentists will analyse your situation carefully and advise you of an effective solution to your dental problems. Finally, you’ll get a cosmetic dentistry treatment that will help you accomplish your goals!

Sports Mouthguards- Get Yours Custom Fitted Today

Did you know that worldwide, 20% of people will experience a traumatic dental injury every year and sports are a leading cause of fractures and avulsions to the natural teeth? If you love participating in sports, recreationally or competitively, you know how important it is to protect your body from injury. Finding the right gear to protect your teeth is just as important as wearing helmets, kneepads and shin guards.  A sports mouthguard is the most effective way to minimise the risk of injury to your teeth, gums, tongue and cheeks.

Taking Steps To Ensure A Proper Fit For Your Sports Mouthguard 

The fit of your mouthguard is the most important factor when it comes to being properly protected; but how do you check the fit? Here are four easy tips to see if your mouthguard fits correctly:

1. Your Mouthguard Should Be Comfortable

You may have read somewhere that mouthguards need to completely cover all of the upper teeth. But that is actually false and part of the reason why your mouthguard is making you gag.

In order to keep you from gagging, your mouthguard must avoid the soft palate — the fleshy, flexible part toward the back of the roof of the mouth. That means your mouthguard must end between the end of the first molar and midway through the second.

And don’t worry, a mouthguard cut properly actually provides better protection, as too much material towards the molars actually makes the mouthguard more uncomfortable without providing any additional protection. That material also makes it difficult to open and close your mouth. Your guard should fit snug against your upper teeth, without needing to bite or clench the mouthguard.

2. Don’t Bite Or Clench

This one is pretty straight forward, if you have to bite or clench to keep your mouthguard in place, your mouthguard does not fit properly.

Your mouthguard should stay securely and tightly on your upper teeth without falling out or shifting.

3. Protecting Your Roots

While your mouthguard shouldn’t completely cover your entire upper jaw, it must fit over part of your gums.

Your mouthguard helps to protect your gums from lacerations, and more importantly, shields the roots of your teeth. Just because your teeth are covered by your guard doesn’t mean the roots are fully protected and teeth can’t be dislodged by contact.

4. Say That Again?

Another way to check the fit of your mouthguard is to simply talk. Your mouthguard shouldn’t interfere with your speech or breathing, so if you can’t speak or breathe clearly, your mouthguard isn’t the right fit.

The material of your mouthguard should be limited or removed entirely from the free flow space in your mouth — the area behind the back of your front teeth and on the inside of your molars. This allows you to speak, breathe and even drink without removing your guard.

When it comes to the fit of your mouthguard, it simply needs to be comfortable. If your mouthguard is uncomfortable in any way, you have the wrong mouthguard and are not properly protected.

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Choosing a mouthguard if you wear braces

Not all mouthguards are created equal.  Most braces mouthguards are "one size fits all" - they are often loose fitting and offer little protection. Some can actually damage the brackets by forcing the teeth into one uniform size. This can put a lot of pressure on the brackets, causing them to snap off.  

A custom fit mouthguard will provide the best protection for a player's teeth and braces. A mouth guard that fits exactly to the shape of their teeth remains secure and provide protection to every corner and curve of the teeth that a one-size-fits-all just can't get to.

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Cleaning and maintaining your mouthguard 

You can use a lot of things to clean your mouthguard with including mouthwash, toothpaste and soap and water. Try to stay away from very abrasive substances as this may damage your mouthguard.

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How do I take care of my mouthguard to keep it clean?

In addition to cleaning your mouthguard, you can follow certain tips to keep it clean.

To care for your mouthguard:

  • Let your mouthguard dry completely after cleaning it. This will help minimize bacterial growth.
  • Store your mouthguard in a durable vented container when you’re not using it. The vents will help it dry.
  • Clean your storage container every few days.
  • Avoid exposing your mouthguard to hot water, hot air, or excessive sunlight. High temperatures can warp your mouthguard, making it less effective.
  • Store your mouthguard away from pets that might chew on it.
  • If your mouthguard falls on the ground or floor, clean it before putting it back in your mouth.
  • Brush and floss your teeth before and after wearing your mouthguard.
  • Never share your mouthguard with anyone.
  • Bring your mouthguard to your dental checkups. Your dentist can give it a deep clean.

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When it comes to choosing a mouthguard a customised mouth guard will provide you with the best protection and most comfortable fit. A custom fitted mouth guard designed by your dentist achieves the most precise fit, using an exact impression of your teeth. 

Talk to your Tower Dental dentist in Balwyn about steps you can take to protect you and your family’s oral health while playing and exercising.

 

How To Manage Sensitive Teeth

When you have sensitive teeth, certain activities, such as brushing, eating and drinking, can cause sharp, temporary pain in your teeth. Sensitive teeth are typically the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. Sometimes, however, tooth discomfort is caused by other factors, such as a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, a worn filling, or gum disease.

If you're bothered by sensitive teeth, visit your dentist in Balwyn. They can identify or rule out any underlying causes of your tooth pain.

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Common causes of sensitive teeth resulting from dentin exposure

  • Overaggressive brushing or brushing with a hard bristled toothbrush
  • Too many acidic foods and beverages
  • Teeth grinding
  • Tooth decay or physical injury to the tooth
  • Recent dental procedure

Always see your dental professional for tooth pain that is severe or consistent and lasts for more than a day or two, but if you have the sharp, shooting pains commonly felt with tooth sensitivity, use products that are designed to block the tubules and relieve the pain including toothpaste for sensitive teeth and gums.

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What can I do to manage sensitive teeth?

There are a number of options for treatment of sensitive teeth:

  • Brush and floss your teeth twice a day to prevent gum disease - Plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth can make your gums pull back. Sometimes, disease can set in. It can destroy the bony support of your tooth. Don’t smoke. It can lead to gum disease. To treat it, your dentist may do a deep clean of your teeth, called planing or scaling, that scrapes tartar and plaque below the gum line. You could also need medication or surgery to fix the problem.
  • Be sure to clean all parts of your mouth, including between teeth and along the gumline

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  • Use Only Soft Toothbrushes - One easy tip to utilize for sensitive teeth relief is changing out your toothbrush. If you use a toothbrush with stiff bristles, you could be making your condition worse.  Stiff bristles and abrasive toothpastes are hard on enamel, leading to more microscopic holes and eventually more sensitivity. They can also worsen gum recession, leading to exposed dentin and sensitive nerves.  Try a soft bristled tootbrush and make sure you brush gently to preserve the surface of your teeth and to maintain gum integrity.
  • Avoid acidic foods and drinks. Soda, sticky candy, high-sugar carbs -- all of these treats attack enamel. Instead, snack on:
  • Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Plain yogurt

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These will moisten your mouth and help fight acid and bacteria that can eat away at your teeth. Saliva is one way your mouth deals with them. You can also drink green or black tea or chew sugarless gum. If you do eat something acidic, don’t rush to brush. Wait an hour or so to strengthen before you scrub.

  •  Use Toothpaste Made for Sensitive Teeth - Using toothpaste that is specifically designed for treating tooth sensitivity can be helpful for symptom relief. Most of these toothpastes contain an ingredient that temporarily fills tiny holes in your enamel and dentin. This reduces the amount of exposure your teeth’s sensitive nerves will receive.

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While there are many effective over-the-counter methods of treatment for sensitive teeth, it’s always a good idea to consult with your dental professional if you experience ongoing sensitivity as it could be a sign of more serious problems.

If your teeth are sensitive, don’t presume that it is just ‘one of those things’. Make sure to have it checked by one of our experienced dentists who will recommend the most appropriate treatment for you.

Please feel free to contact us at our Balwyn dental practice on (03) 9817 7144, we look forward to seeing you!

 

 

 

A Brighter Whiter Smile Is Yours To Keep

Teeth whitening is a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that provides excellent results making it the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world. At Tower, we offer a full range of professional teeth whitening solutions for patients in Balwyn and Deepdene. If you have stained teeth and want to whiten and brighten your smile, why not speak to one of our friendly reception team to setup a cosmetic appointment with one of our dentists.

Is teeth whitening safe?

There are numerous options available when it comes to whitening teeth – from bleaching kits and toothpastes, to in-chair treatments and holistic remedies. Hydrogen peroxide bleaching products have been around for decades. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) has also said that hydrogen peroxide whiteners are safe and effective.

If you do use them, here’s how to do so safely:

  1. Look for the ADA seal of approval. You’ll find it on whitening toothpastes and teeth bleaching products that have been found safe and effective in independent tests.
  2. Follow the instructions. Some products are designed to be used once a day, while others can be used twice a day. To protect your teeth, be sure to follow the product’s instructions.
  3. Ask your dentist if these products are right for you. Bleaching products work best on teeth that have yellowed with aging, or teeth that are stained from food and drink. But brown or gray discoloration could signal problems that a bleaching kit won’t fix. It’s also important to tackle concerns like gum disease or cavities before starting a bleaching treatment. Your dentist can also recommend the best product for you, and make sure you’re doing it right.

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Reasons for darkened and discolored teeth

There are many reasons why your teeth may darken. Some we can’t control, such as age or accidents when we are young that may disturb our tooth enamel’s development. That’s why it’s important to discuss any plans you have for whitening your teeth with your dentist. He or she will be able to tell you if your tooth discoloration is simply staining caused by lifestyle factors — such as drinking too much coffee — or may be more a matter of dental health. Although whitening is usually done for cosmetic reasons, your dentist can guide you on what options you have for treating the type of staining you have. The good news is that in many cases reversing teeth stains is within our reach. That makes pursuing a healthy white smile worthwhile.

Tooth stains caused by lifestyle and environmental causes:

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  1. Drinks: The most common drinks that stain teeth include coffee, tea, soda, wine, and acidic fruit juice.
  2. Tobacco products: Smoking and chewing tobacco stains teeth. Choose now to quit smoking, not just for your oral health, but your overall well-being.
  3. Poor oral hygiene: Forgetting to brush and floss gives stain-producing substances from tobacco and certain beverages enough time to discolor your teeth. Rinsing with mouthwash that contains chlorhexidine or cetylpyridinium chloride could also result in staining.
  4. Excessive fluoride: In small doses, fluoride is an important tooth protector, but in high doses, it can cause your teeth to discolor. Elevated exposure may come from high fluoride content in the local water supply or excessive use of fluoride toothpaste, rinses, and supplements.
  5. Disease: Some diseases affect either the tooth enamel (the hard outer surface of your teeth) or the dentin (the material under the enamel), resulting in tooth discoloration. Some medical treatments also affect tooth color, including chemotherapy and radiation of the head and neck.
  6. Medications: Tetracycline and doxycycline are antibiotics that can discolor children’s developing teeth. Certain antihistamines, antihypertensive drugs, and antipsychotic medications can also stain teeth.

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  1. Dental restoration materials: Metal amalgam fillings obviously darken the tooth they fill, but they can even cast a gray color across the rest of your teeth, especially if the filling contains silver sulfide.
  2. Trauma: Getting hit in the mouth may disturb enamel formation in children’s developing teeth or disrupt blood flow to a particular tooth, causing it to “die” and turn gray.
  3. Old age: The outer layer of enamel naturally becomes worn away as you age, revealing the yellow color of dentin beneath.
  4. Genetics: If you’re born with naturally dull or thin enamel, your teeth may simply lack the bright shade of white that others can achieve.

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Does teeth whitening affect your enamel?

Contrary to popular belief, your tooth enamel is safe, teeth whitening doesn’t damage your tooth enamel.

The main portion of the tooth, the dentin, is the portion of the tooth that’s responsible for your teeth’s color. The teeth are first coated with a whitening solution on the front surface of the tooth. The solution will then travel through the tooth enamel to the dentin. The stained tissue in the inner layer will begin to lighten. 

Teeth whitening Hawthorn

Dental whitening products only remove surface stains that are in the microscopic pores of your teeth. The bleach does not penetrate deeply within the tooth.

At Tower Dental, our dentists are passionate about providing every patient the best cosmetic dentistry experience possible. Our entire team is fully committed to help provide you with a whiter brighter smile. Whether you have slightly stained teeth or significant staining, the Tower Dental cosmetic dentistry team is here to help support you through your journey to a whiter and brighter smile. For further information on teeth whitening call us on (03) 9817 7144 to book your appointment today. We are conveniently located in Balwyn, only a short drive away from Deepdene, Kew, Mont Albert, Camberwell, Surrey Hills and Hawthorn.

  

What You Need To Know About Dental Veneers in 2021

Dental veneers are an excellent option for beautiful teeth without undergoing major odontology. They supply solutions to misaligned and chipped teeth, fill in any gaps between teeth, including providing white shells for discolouring. If treated correctly post-treatment, i.e. brushing twice per week and flossing when possible, they'll be long-lasting too. Porcelain veneers can last up to fifteen years and composite veneers up to seven years.


There are a range of options for dental veneers depending on your needs, the sort of look you would like, your budget, and more.


You need to do your research and to ascertain all of your options before you get veneers applied to your teeth because they’re essentially permanent, not to mention a sizeable investment.  However when you think of the transformation and confidence you can gain after getting veneers, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. 

In this guide we’ll cover everything you need to know about getting veneers so you can make an informed choice.

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What Are Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells or coverings fabricated from porcelain or various forms of composite materials that are placed over the visible parts of your teeth.
These teeth overlays cover the front of every tooth they're applied to and appear rather like natural teeth (only better) and are meant to enhance the look of your smile.
Dental veneers are customised to match the color and general shape of your existing teeth so that they look rather like new and improved versions of your own teeth.
If you have got noticeably chipped, broken, or worn teeth, or stains on your teeth that can't be fixed by bleaching or whitening treatments, then veneers may be an honest choice for you.
Veneers may mask grayness or other discolourations caused by root canals and drug treatments like tetracycline or excessive fluoride, or maybe cover over an old tooth filling that has discoloured or are more obvious than you’d like.

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What Do Veneers Look Like?
Properly crafted, customised, and applied dental veneers look similar to better or enhanced versions of your natural teeth.
What’s more, dental veneers may help improve the design and shape of your smile by altering the look of and therefore the positioning of your teeth, causing smaller teeth appear bigger, close any gaps, fix any unusually pointy teeth, and make your whole smile more even.
If you have got a gray or discoloured tooth from previous damage or injury, dental veneers can help fix that.
Dental veneers may help correct  teeth that have bulges, craters, or have uneven surfaces or edges.
Veneers are an excellent option for somebody who doesn’t have extensive damage to their teeth, but wants to perfect their natural smile in a relatively non-invasive way.

How Do Veneers Work?

Basically, a veneer is a thin wafer of porcelain that is permanently bonded to a tooth to mask its natural color, shape, or positioning in the mouth. You can get a veneer for just one tooth or multiple teeth. You also have the option to get either get partial veneers (they don't cover your entire tooth) or full veneers (they cover the entire front of your tooth), it really just depends on your needs and budget. It is advisable not to cover every tooth with a veneer, just those that are problematic and potentially the neighboring teeth.
Your Tower Dental dentist can make the recommendation on what number individual veneers you wish and match their shape and colour to the natural teeth the veneers are surrounded by.
Many people prefer to only veneer their front teeth (top or bottom or both) since those are the foremost visible.
Sometimes your dentist can slot in individual tooth veneers like puzzle pieces if much of your smile is already the way you wish it; each veneer is coloured to match your existing teeth for a seamless look.

Dental Veneers Mont Albert


Dental veneers Surrey Hills


Types of Dental Veneers
There are several different kinds of tooth veneers or dental veneers available.
The right material for you depends on the issues you would like to address.
Porcelain veneers are considered to be the simplest at resisting stains and mimicking the light-reflecting shine of natural healthy teeth, while resin composite veneers are less costly and might be a decent alternative, but will not always last as long as porcelain veneers.
In fact, porcelain veneers are considered to be the original or traditional form of veneers, but composite tooth veneers and resin tooth veneers can also be a viable option depending on your goals and what your dentist recommends.
Another and simpler option for  veneers is to ask your dentist if no-prep veneers will work for you.
There’s no drilling, sanding, or grinding or major numbing involved in getting no-prep veneers, but they'll alter the color and appearance of your teeth.
That said, if your teeth are seriously chipped or damaged texturally, or structured or pointed in an exceedingly way that needs some reshaping before veneers can really make a difference, no-prep veneers might not work for you.
It is also possible to induce a mix of no-prep and traditional porcelain veneers at the samr time, which may be beneficial since even some less invasive veneers can speed up your recovery time and lessen the potential damage to your underlying tooth enamel; ask your dentist what might work best for your teeth and your dreams for your smile.


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When Should You Get Veneers?
If you’ve sustained traumatic injury, discoloured teeth from previous drug treatments, excessive fluoride exposure, chipped or broken teeth, gaps, teeth that are too small or pointy, or other problems that end in a smile that you’re not happy with, veneers are a great option for you. You may also need a brand new set of thinner veneers if your old veneers are looking thick and unnatural.
One thing to bear in mind of is that if you’ve recently had an injury to your mouth such as a broken tooth you must let it heal before getting veneers done.

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Dental Veneers Kew

Advantages of Dental Veneers
Some of the advantages of veneers are that they're relatively non-invasive and far less painful than braces or other orthodontics.
They are also not totally permanent so that they may be adjusted as your face changes as you age (a set lasts around ten years), and that they are totally customizable so you'll be able to likely achieve your ideal natural looking smile.
Unlike more invasive or extensive dental procedures like porcelain crowns or teeth caps, teeth veneers also don't require extensive shaping of your gums or existing teeth to put in, in order that they are considered to be a more conservative option and comparatively low risk since they will be removed (with some albeit likely minimal damage) or altered or replaced at a later date.
If you select to get rid of your veneers later, your underlying teeth should still be healthy and functional afterwards, provided there have been no complications with the veneers while they were in your mouth.
Getting veneers on your teeth may also be the best solution if you have got stains or discolourations on your teeth that resist or can't be treated by bleaching or whitening treatments, or if you have got crooked teeth or gaps in your teeth and you wish  to avoid the pain and less than desirable appearance of braces, Invisalign, or other orthodontic devices.

Disadvantages of Veneers
Once veneers are applied, they're there to remain – for several years at least and removal will be painful. Since your teeth are sanded or grinded down slightly to stick the veneer to the tooth, removing them will affect the design and feel of your teeth if you don’t get a brand new set installed.
Another thing to bear in mind is that porcelain veneers don't seem to be easy to chip but if they do chip or crack, you’ll have to remove the chipped veneer and replace it with a brand new one, this can get costly.
They can be damaged if you grind your teeth, and therefore the underlying tooth or teeth beneath the veneer can still decay, necessitating the requirement for a crown, cap, dental implants or mini dental implants in the future.
You still need to take care of your veneers like natural teeth with good brushing, flossing and regular dental cleans.
Once you get veneers on your teeth, they will initially be more sensitive to hot and cold foods or liquids for a brief period of time.
If you would like to whiten or bleach your non-veneer covered teeth, you’ll want to do that before you get dental veneers placed, since once they're installed you can't alter the color or shade of the porcelain or material.

How to Get Veneers?
Getting dental veneers is a process that involves multiple steps.
Once you and your Tower Dental dentist in Balwyn have determined that veneers are an excellent course of action and an appropriate solution for your teeth and smile, you’ll have a series of appointments.
Getting tooth veneers usually requires a minimum of three separate visits to your dentist spaced out over a month or longer; there'll likely be follow-up appointment(s) down the road to make sure that you are comfortable and happy later also.
Note that if you would like to whiten or bleach the teeth that won’t be veneered, you must do this before you get your temporary veneers so as to make sure that your dentist can match the color perfectly.

Appointment One: Dental Veneer Diagnosis & Planning
The first appointment is for diagnosis of your dental problems and treatment planning.
Your dentist will start the preliminary steps by discussing your objectives and providing examples of smiles. Your dentist will also discuss your desires and preferences and any limitations that you may have.
They will also examine your smile and face from every angle, make impressions of your bite, ask you to form various facial expressions, take pictures from the front and side, and even study how you talk to ensure that your newly updated teeth don’t affect your voice or speech patterns.
At this primary appointment, your dentist will take X-rays of your mouth so as to establish any issues with your mouth, then create a mold or impression of your teeth that which they will then use to form your new veneers to make your perfect new smile.
It may take anywhere from a week to a month to have your temporary veneers ready for your next appointment.

 


Appointment Two: Getting Temporary Dental Veneers
The second appointment is for the review of your customised veneers.
You’ll have temporary veneers made out of liquid composite to wear for several days or longer to get you used to your new look – and you’ll be ready to give your dentist feedback before the permanent ones are placed.
At this appointment, your dentist will trim the temporary veneers to suit your teeth exactly and paint them the color or shade that seems the foremost suited to match the remainder of your existing teeth.
During the time you wear your temporary veneers (which is often 2- 3 weeks), you should have feedback and make any changes before the veneers are cemented to your teeth at the third appointment.

Generally, dentists aim for a 0.5-millimeter reduction of every tooth before placing a full veneer, partial veneers may require less and no-prep veneers don't require any sanding, grinding, or drilling in any respect (just thorough cleaning and polishing).

Appointment Three: Placing the Dental Veneers
Finally, the third appointment is when your teeth veneers are installed. Before the veneers are literally glued into place, your dentist will place them over your teeth and make any final tweaks or adjustments to the form, fit, and even the color. When you and your dentist are both happy with the design of the veneer on each tooth, they'll then be glued into place.
The veneer procedure itself takes several hours and it's performed under an anesthetic agent or numbing agent, it also involves carefully deep cleaning the teeth before bonding the porcelain veneers onto your teeth.
Next, the dental bond is applied and an UV is added to bind and harden the adhesive that attaches your veneers to your teeth.
Finally, any excess cement is removed and final adjustments are made as your dentist evaluates the planning and placement of the veneers, ensuring they fit along with your bite and are comfortable and attractive.
After that you're  able to debut your new smile!
You will be able to talk, eat, and otherwise behave normally once the anaesthetic and numbness wear off, although your jaw and mouth area is also sore for several days.
You’ll have a follow-up visit after several so as to ensure everything is healing nicely and your gums and bite are responding properly to the new additions to your teeth.

Does Getting Dental Veneers Hurt?
While the initial consultation and examination is painless, the temporary veneers may cause a little soreness as your mouth and jaw adjust, the procedure itself may be uncomfortable, but you'll have anesthetic and numbing agents, and your dentist may offer a sedative if you wish it.
Afterwards, your gums and jaw are also tender and sore for several days or even a week while you adjust to your newly veneered teeth; if the pain is acute or persists for an extended time, you must contact the dentist who applied the veneers as soon as possible.


How Long Do Veneers Last?
Properly installed porcelain veneers can last for up to a decade or maybe longer if you're taking excellent care of them.
Gum tissue tends to tolerate porcelain quite well, especially since it's very the same as the feel and strength of your actual teeth.
Veneers are quite strong – nearly as strong as your actual teeth, if you're taking care of them properly and keep certain precautions in mind.
If your dental veneers crack or get damaged somehow, contact your dentist immediately to assess the damage and have them repaired or replaced.
Broken veneers can harm the enamel and base of the tooth underneath, so it's important to address any issues straight away.

Taking Care of Your Veneers
Caring for your veneers may be relatively simple and the same as taking care of your own teeth in terms of brushing, flossing, and other standard dental hygiene including regular cleanings, but there are some special caveats.
You’ll want to be especially careful eating hard, tough, or chewy foods, especially initially. What’s more, you’ll have to protect your investment by always wearing a mouthguard when playing contact sports, wearing a retainer or splint at night time to shield your veneers, especially if you grind your teeth, and avoiding chewing on pens, crunching on ice, or biting your nails.
Finally, bear in mind that you should attempt to reduce the consumption of wine, coffee, and other foods or drinks which will stain your teeth because your veneers can get stained.

 
Alternatives to Veneers
If you don’t think that veneers are for you, there are another options which will provide an identical result.
Bonding may be a way of closing gaps between two or more teeth by literally bonding them together, so if your primary reason for wanting dental veneers is to close the gaps between your teeth, bonding is also a decent alternative to consider.

 
What is the difference between dental veneers and teeth caps or crowns?
Crowns are applied to a chipped tooth or broken teeth so as to create the tooth appear whole; if you have a severely broken, chipped, or otherwise damaged tooth you'll have to get that tooth or teeth repaired additionally to getting veneers over the highest of a crown or similar solution.
If you have further issues like discolouration or misshapen teeth, you'll potentially get dental veneers additionally to crowns.
Of course, always consult your dentist so as to figure out the simplest solution that will call for the best possible results and therefore the smile that you deserve.

Dental Veneers: Before & After
When you are trying to find a cosmetic dentist to craft your ideal teeth and smile, you should ask for before & after photos so as you can see what their craftsmanship is like.  
Our dentists in Balwyn can provide before and after images that show the front and each side of their patients’ faces (smiling and not smiling).
You should also take a look at our eviews online for social proof of satisfied patients.


The Cost of Porcelain Veneers or Dental Veneers
Veneers can vary in price depending on other complications or amount of teeth that you need covered with dental veneers.
Dental veneers can cost from around $1,000 to $2,000 per tooth depending on the material you select.

Porcelain veneers and composite veneers or resin veneers may additionally have varying rates.
 


Are You Thinking of Getting Dental Veneers?

Remember that the foremost important thing is to do your research, examine all of your options, and remember that there is no  single smile fits all solution. If you’re looking for experienced dentists who will transform your smile with veneers then call Tower Dental today!

The Ultimate Guide To Dental Crowns in 2021

We reside in an age where money can virtually buy anything, including a brilliant smile. Dental crowns have long been an answer to reviving a damaged tooth or crooked smile. These tooth-shaped caps help restore your teeth and confidence. Some of us will need a dental crown or two in our lifetime and when this happens we’ll have plenty of questions. We hope this brief guide will help you understand the various kinds of dental crowns available and the costs.

Let’s begin with the primary question.

How Do I know I need A Dental Crown? 

Generally, there are a number of the common causes for getting a dental crown, they are:

1. To repair a weak or decayed tooth 

 2. To revive an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down

3. To hide and support a tooth with an oversized filling when there's not a lot of tooth left

4. To carry a dental bridge in situ

5. To hide crooked or severely discolored teeth

6. To hide an implant

7. To create a cosmetic modification

Dental Crown Balwyn

What Does Getting a Dental Crown Involve?

 In most cases, if you would like a custom-made dental crown, you need to be prepared to go to your dentist a couple of times. It's not something a dentist can perform in just one appointment, unless you decide for a CEREC® crown, which allows you to place the crown in one visit. The process could also be different for every kind of dental crown. In general, getting a crown goes like this:

• Your dentist will prepare your tooth, which may involve the removal of decay, a root canal, or both.

• He or she takes a mold in order that the crown fits the precise shape of your tooth.

• A temporary restoration is fitted to guard the tooth until the crown is prepared. You must take special care of this temporary cap and avoid eating hard or sticky foods to protect it from cracking.

• After a couple of weeks, your dentist will have the crown ready.

Dental crowns Hawthorn

What style of Dental Crown Should I Choose? There are 5 Main Types 

  1. Gold crowns

 Gold is simply one of the best materials for restoring damaged teeth. It’s extremely durable and may last for several decades if properly maintained. It also causes minimal wear to adjacent teeth.  However gold restorations have diminished in popularity as more life- like materials are the choice of many. Most people are opting for porcelain specifically, a kind of fired ceramic glass that mimics the planning and color of teeth.

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  Main ADVANTAGES of gold crowns:

• They are strong and highly resistant

• They last a long time if properly cared for

• Less proportion of your natural tooth has to be removed

• They wear quite slowly, similar to the natural enamel

• They are ideal for posterior restorations (back teeth), especially second molars

Main DISADVANTAGES of gold crowns:

• Poor aesthetics: They obviously don’t appear as a natural tooth

• Gold alloy crowns can affect some people and produce some side effects like swelling

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  1. All Porcelain Dental crowns

This is definitely the foremost popular variety of crown used nowadays. They're entirely made of porcelain material.

Dental crowns Camberwell

Some ADVANTAGES are:

• Porcelain or ceramic crowns provide the most effective and most natural look. They match your surrounding teeth in shape, size, and color.

• The most suitable choice for front teeth restorations.

• They are bio compatible: which means no metal is used, ensuring they are toxic-free.

However, the DISADVANTAGES of porcelain crowns are:

• They aren't as strong as metal crowns. Porcelain crowns can last a protracted time, but they need to be taken care of.

• Patients that suffer from bruxism should go for gold or Porcelain Fused-to-Metal Crowns PFM

• They could also be more costly than other sorts of crowns, like metal crowns.

  1. Porcelain Fused-to-Metal Crowns (PFM)

 Porcelain fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns are another widely used sort of dental crowns. They are both very strong and aesthetically pleasing. 

The main ADVANTAGES of PFM crowns are:

• They provide great aesthetics and sturdiness

• They’ve been around for over 50 years. We know they work well.

• They are more cost effective than porcelain crowns

However, the DISADVANTAGES of PFMs include:

• The metal in these crowns may cause a gray line at the gumline. this could not give the 100% aesthetic look that porcelain crowns provide.

• For those who clench their teeth, this kind of crown may grind more easily against the opposing teeth.

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  1. Zirconia Crowns

Zirconium may be a relatively new material that mixes the strength of metal with the aesthetics of porcelain crowns. High translucent zirconia and layered zirconia crowns  have became a more popular choice lately.

The main ADVANTAGES of zirconia crowns are:

• They provide great aesthetics

• They are strong and long-lasting making them less likely to chip or break.

• The process may be less time consuming because zirconia are often cut and shaped at the dental office. There’s no need to send them over to a dental lab. 

 • They are biocompatible: as metal free crowns, they're unlikely to cause hypersensitive reactions.

The main DISADVANTAGES of Zirconia Crowns include:

• Their strength can make the teeth they bite against grate easily. • Solid Zirconia are often difficult to alter

  1. E- MAX: Lithium Disilicate Crowns

The newest kind of crown in dentistry today is the E -Max. It's a kind of all-ceramic crown manufactured from lithium disilicate (which is additionally light and thin).

The main ADVANTAGES of E-max crowns are:

• Great aesthetics. They look great in your mouth.

• They are durable and really strong.

• They provide a good choice both front and back teeth.

The main DISADVANTAGES of E-Max Crowns include:

• They can be dearer, especially to the dentist (who may or might not transfer that cost to you)

• Some dental professionals have reported failures using E-Max for posterior teeth, especially when doing multiple units. 

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What is the price of Dental Crowns?

Now that you just have a better understanding of the various options for dental crowns, lets discuss the price of the various varieties of crowns. Ordinarily, all porcelain crowns are normally more costly than metal ones.  Generally speaking, crowns can range from $500 to $2000, or more. The range depends on whether or not you have insurance, what your policy actually covers, the dental fees charged by your dentist and the possible added procedures needed to complete treatment. To get an approximate,  you may spend between $400-600 for an indirect resin crown (a budget-friendly low term solution), which is essentially a restoration that's not made in a lab, but by your own dentist. Consider it as an oversized filling made in your dentist’s lab. The pros of this procedure are lower cost and less time in the chair (usually one visit). The cons are durability.  But it's not meant to last years and years like crowns do.

So what's the typical Cost of a Dental Crown?

Bear in mind every practice is different and we suggest you call our clinic to verify but the general costs are as follows: 

• The cost of Gold crowns can range between $2000-$2,500

• All-porcelain crowns can range between $800-$3,000

• Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can cost $500-$1,500

• Zirconia Crowns and E-max crowns cost approximately the same as all- porcelain crowns.

 If you have insurance, about 40% of the crown may be covered. But everything will depend on the kind of insurance you have and your particular case.  As with most things in life, you shouldn’t make a healthcare decision based solely on cost. Our dentists are highly experienced and are happy to answer all your questions. A dental crown is a long-lasting restorative treatment, it should be considered more of an investment than expense. Choosing the cheapest dentist may result in poor quality treatments which, in turn, will mean extra money, longer and more discomfort in the future.

If you have any questions relating to dental crowns please call our clinic today on (03) 9817 7144.

Prepare A Teeth Cleaning Schedule for 2021

After the year that we’ve had, it’s time to make 2021 a year for improvements in our health, diet and life.  Establishing a dental plan and scheduling your dental visits and teeth cleaning twice a year should be on your list of things to do in 2021.

Why See the Dentist Twice a Year?

According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) you should see your dentist for a professional cleaning and examination every six months. Scheduled times are set at specific intervals because tooth decay develops in a predictable pattern. Unfortunately, when the outer layer of your tooth, known as the enamel, is worn away by dental decay, it cannot grow back.  The longer plaque stays in place, the more it will calcify onto your teeth. Once plaque transforms into tartar, it can only be removed by dental professionals.

Depending on the condition of your teeth and gums, you may need to see your dentist more than twice a year. That’s why it’s important to have a scheduled visit with our dentists at Tower Dental to see what they recommend for YOUR teeth. Scheduling dental examinations every six months is an essential part of healthy living.  In between scheduled visits, it’s important to continue to brush and floss every day and pay attention to your oral health.

Other Important Reasons to See Your Dentist Twice a Year

  • Oral Cancer Detection – Oral cancer is easily treatable in the early stages. If not diagnosed, it can quickly progress and become life threatening. Saving your life should put regular dental exams at the top of your list of resolutions.
  • Head, Neck, and Lymph Node Checks – Besides checking your mouth for oral cancer, your dentist will also check your neck, jaw, and lymph nodes, for any swelling, lumps, or other irregularities. If an abnormality is found it could be a sign of a major health issue, and you will be referred to the appropriate medical professional. Swollen lymph nodes do not necessarily hurt, but our dentists can recognize signs of certain kinds of cancer or other diseases that require immediate attention. Regular dental checkups could prevent you from a serious disease if identified early. 
  • Gum Disease – Plaque and tartar buildup cause tooth decay and erode the mouth’s gum tissues. Tartar buildup causes the gums to pull away from the tooth, commonly known as gingivitis. As it progresses, tissue that attaches gums to the teeth breaks down and is formally known as gum disease. At this point you’re likely to have swelling, bleeding, or soreness in the mouth. Gum disease doesn’t only attack the gums, it also causes deterioration of the bone that holds teeth in place. It is common at this point to see teeth working loose or falling out and drastic treatment methods will have to be taken. Treatment of gum disease can include surgery, extremely deep cleaning, and medication. With regular dental appointments, our dentists are able to catch problems, such as gingivitis, where treatment can be initiated before it progresses to that state. If you are concerned and wish to see a periodontist near Kew, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Camberwell or Mont Albert, call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists today.
  • X-Rays Find Problems in Your Mouth That Are Not Otherwise Detected – Another critical reason to see your dentist every six months is getting your teeth and jaw bone x-rayed. Damage to the jawbone can be detected along with any bone decay, swelling, cysts, or tumors, all of which cannot be seen with the naked eye. Finding these or any other major oral issues as soon as possible is critical in order to properly treat them. Especially with destructive diseases that show little to no symptoms but progress quickly, up-to-date x-rays and twice-a-year checkups are the best way to keep on top of your oral health.

Are Dental Checkups Worth the Effort?

Skipping dental appointments may not seem like a big deal, but oral issues can develop and progress extremely quickly whether or not you notice it. By keeping on top of your dental cleanings and checkups you’re doing yourself a big favour in the long run.

From all of us at Tower Dental, please have a safe New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make it a Pearly White Christmas by Taking Care of Your Teeth during the Festive Period

Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family and indulge in some of your favorite treats. But during this festive time of cheer and goodwill, it’s important to remember that you will need to pay extra attention to your teeth.

Here are a few things you can do to care for your teeth during the sweetest season so that you don’t have to pay too many visits to your dentist in the New Year.

It’s not so much about how much sugar we eat or drink; it’s more about how long it sits in your mouth. If you are eating and drinking sweets and sugary drinks then do it at mealtimes. This is when we produce more saliva that will help to neutralise the acid that is produced by bacteria in the mouth and it will also help to rinse away food particles and sugary substances.

  • Caramels and toffees will stick to your gums and the small grooves of your teeth. It’s difficult even to get rid of these sweets with regular brushing and flossing. The sugar will feed the bacteria in your mouth and generate huge amounts of plaque that can lead to tooth decay.
  • Eating hard and boiled sweets can often lead to chipped teeth, not something you want over Christmas. When you chip a tooth, it can allow plaque to reach the nerve endings of your teeth causing discomfort and requiring treatment. When acid or sugar enters your mouth it takes tooth enamel roughly half an hour to recuperate from it. If you suck on a boiled sweet then you do not give the enamel time to recover.
  • Sour sweets have become more popular recently and they are not at all tooth friendly. The flavouring in sour sweets contains a high level of acid which is just as bad for your teeth as sugar and can lead to tooth decay.
  • Fruit juices and sugary drinks need to be consumed in moderation too. Again the high sugar content will generate acid in the mouth contributing to tooth decay. Drinking through a straw can help as it will keep the liquid away from your teeth.
  • Alcohol consumption can increase the risk of oral cancer and this risk is increased significantly when combined with tobacco. It is thought that because alcohol dehydrates the cell walls in the mouth carcinogens can permeate the tissue more easily. It can also increase your risk of gum disease which destroys gum tissue and bone and is the leading cause of tooth loss and gum infections.

Maintain healthy teeth by following some simple steps:

  • Don’t neglect your oral hygiene. This is easily done by falling into bed after a few drinks or a long day and simply forgetting to brush your teeth. One night of missed brushing won’t significantly affect your teeth but repeated missed brushings will have an impact on your oral health.
  • During festive times try and brush your teeth three times a day and don’t forget to floss or use interdental brushes at least once a day.
  • Make sure you have a nice new toothbrush – you should replace them every 3 – 4 months.
  • Chew sugarless gum, which creates more saliva production and helps to wash away sugar and harmful acids.
  • Drinking water regularly will also help to wash away sugar, harmful acids and food particles.
  • Avoid snacking between meals.

After the year we’ve had we all deserve to sit back and enjoy time with family and friends. From all of us at Tower Dental, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and safe New Year.

We look forward to seeing you in 2021!

 

 

 

Our Most Popular Treatments of 2020

Over the years we’ve built a reputation for delivering real value and service in Balwyn. Our staff are experts in their field and are also some of the friendliest dentists you’ll ever meet!

We have been offering our patients the best in cosmetic and general dentistry for several years. We use the latest technology and advanced pain-free techniques to help you achieve the results you’ve always wanted, in the most comfortable of environments.

Whether you’re looking for a confident smile, dental implants to replace missing teeth, or cosmetic treatments such as tooth whitening, we can help.

We’ve listed some of our most popular treatments below, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us today.

 

Comprehensive Hygiene

We add more sparkle to your smile! Our comprehensive hygiene treatments are gentle, thorough and easy solutions and we can swiftly improve your smile by removing staining and deposits from your teeth. An appointment with our dental hygienists includes detailed oral hygiene instruction with a demonstration of brushing and interdental techniques.

Practical tips are also shared on how to create an effective daily cleaning routine, making the most of your time and effort. We will tailor the appointment to your smile, highlighting any areas where your oral hygiene could be improved.

Orthodontics

We offer a comprehensive list of orthodontic treatments to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Braces are a proven way to achieve healthy tooth alignment. Our clinicians have a wealth of experience, garnered from around the world, which means we can give you the very best in advanced orthodontic treatments; such as Invisalign® clear aligners and metal and ceramic braces.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a quick and simple method of enhancing your look - restoring a brighter, whiter, youthful smile and strengthening your confidence.

Our teeth whitening treatments are safe and effective, and come with professional advice. Our dental team will be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment and, if appropriate, will advise you on the best teeth whitening system for your smile.

For your convenience, you can have teeth whitening at the practice or with a professional kit to use at home under professional supervision.

For teeth whitening in Balwyn and Kew, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Mont Albert, Deepdene or Camberwell , call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists today.

Dental Implants

Missing one or more teeth may affect your confidence and your ability to eat, speak and laugh like you used to, which is why replacing missing teeth is so important for both your oral health and self-esteem. Sculpted to your individual needs, dental implants from Tower Dental look and feel natural, recreating your own smile.

Dental implants can also help you look younger as they are placed in the jaw and function like tooth roots, halting further bone loss and supporting the lips and mouth; this prevents the shrinkage that causes premature facial sagging while giving the face a softer, more youthful appearance.

For dental implants in Balwyn and Kew, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Mont Albert, Deepdene or Camberwell , call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists today.

Veneers

If you are concerned about misshapen, chipped or discoloured teeth, veneers can offer a long-term cosmetic solution.

Porcelain veneers can change the colour, shape and length of your teeth and completely transform your smile! We use ultra-thin, state-of-the-art veneers to deliver amazing results, with a natural finish.

For veneers in Balwyn and Kew, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Mont Albert, Deepdene or Camberwell , call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists today.

Crowns & Bridges

Crowns and bridges are a fixed solution to missing or damaged teeth. These treatments use appliances to return your smile to its natural state.

A crown is used when the tooth structure is damaged or fractured. Used correctly, crowns can improve your smile, strengthen weak teeth, and restore your ability to chew. They are also used on back teeth after root treatments to reinforce the tooth.

A bridge is used when one or more teeth are missing, which - as the name suggests - bridges the gap.

For Crowns and bridges in Balwyn and Kew, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Mont Albert, Deepdene or Camberwell , call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists today.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment  is a procedure used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth. Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth.

For root canal treatment in Balwyn and Kew, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Mont Albert, Deepdene or Camberwell , call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists today.

Invisalign Treatment

From simple shifts to the most complex cases, Invisalign clear aligners can treat a wide range of cases. Meet with your Invisalign-trained doctor for an assessment, they’ll help you figure out costs and which payment terms work best.

For Invisalign in Balwyn and Kew, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Mont Albert, Deepdene or Camberwell , call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists today.

 

Dentures

You don’t need to suffer from uncomfortable and ill-fitting dentures, or worry about which foods you can eat with the many options for teeth replacement at Tower Dental Balwyn.  If you want the best results for your dentures, get in touch with smile.com.au today and enjoy quality and affordable dental cover.

For dentures in  Balwyn and Kew, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Mont Albert, Deepdene or Camberwell , call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists today.

 

Children’s Dentistry

Excelling in children’s dentistry, Tower Dental  is the best choice for kid’s dental care. With years of experience behind us and a number of satisfied patients, we’re proud to be a leading dentist for children in Balwyn.

We’re committed to providing a service that ensures our patients are comfortable, happy and secure while we work towards achieving their teeth goals. From educating children on better dental habits and hygiene through to ensuring they’re keeping their teeth clean at regular visits to our clinic, we’re proud to provide qualified and experienced children’s dental care.

For childrens’ dentistry  in Balwyn and Kew, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Mont Albert, Deepdene or Camberwell , call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists today.

Dental Emergencies

Whenever a dental emergency arises, you will want to see a dentist as soon as possible.

When possible, e will make time for you by staying late or shifting appointments to focus on relieving your pain and anguish when the worst happens.

For dental emergencies in Balwyn and Kew, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Mont Albert, Deepdene or Camberwell , call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists today.

Sports mouthguards

A custom made sports mouthguard is the best way to protect your teeth from trauma during contact sports. Trauma to the teeth can cause chips and fractures of the dental enamel, or worse, cause a fracture or avulsion of the tooth (tooth knocked out). A custom guard spreads the loads of any impact across the other teeth and bone, so they can withstand injury. A custom guard is moulded to your individual teeth for greatest force dissipation.

For sports mouthguards  in Balwyn and Kew, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn, Mont Albert, Deepdene or Camberwell , call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists today.

If you have any questions relating to any of the above procedures, please call our clinic today on (03) 9817 7144.

Are You A Red Wine Drinker? Try These Easy Tips to Keep Your Teeth White

Red wine is a popular drink to have with dinner, at parties, and on special occasions. Unfortunately, red wine can also be damaging to your teeth. Teeth can turn a soft purple color after you drink red wine. Over time, this type of drink can cause your teeth to become more brown, blue, dingy gray, or purple.

This discoloration happens because red wine contains acids, tannin, and natural dyes, all of which can leave the teeth etched and stained. Fortunately, you can do several things to care for your teeth and prevent stains from occurring. 

Brush Teeth Before Drinking

The tannins in the wine cling onto any plaque on your teeth. Brushing before, of course, gets rid of the bad stuff, and decreases the chances of you getting that unsightly wine mouth. While it may seem like common sense to brush after as well, don't do it. The acidity in the wine will leave your teeth extra sensitive, so brushing at that point can damage the enamel. 

Use a Straw
Drinking red wine from a straw helps the wine bypass the teeth and go straight for the tongue. Red wine isn’t a beverage that is commonly consumed with a straw, so if you feel a little silly using one, consider switching to red-wine based sangria. This beverage is commonly consumed through a straw.  

Stick To High Fiber Foods While Drinking

If there's anytime to get your veggie fix in, it's on wine night. High fiber foods like cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes require a lot of chewing, which produces saliva. The food itself and the extra saliva naturally scrub the stains away.

Eat Cheese
You already knew that cheese and red wine tasted great together, but you may not know that cheese can protect your teeth from stains. Cheese covers the teeth with a waxy coating that fills the pores and prevents stains. Hard cheese also helps protect the teeth by wiping the enamel clean.  

Chew Sugarless Gum
If you don’t have a toothbrush on hand when you’re having red wine, sugarless gum is almost as effective. Chew sugarless gum to keep your teeth clean and free of food before drinking red wine. 

Reapply Your Lip Gloss

Petroleum-based lipglosses will act as a barrier to the tannins, so touch up your lips after each glass. In case you're wondering, lipstick doesn't have the same superpower. 

Drink Water With Your Wine
Sparkling water can help wash wine down and prevent your teeth from becoming stained. To do this effectively, take a drink of wine and then a drink of sparkling water. Swish the water around in your mouth before swallowing.

 

Use Teeth Wipes
Teeth wipes are cloths that can help wipe away food and red wine stains while you’re consuming red wine. Teeth wipes come in a convenient package that can be transported in a bag or stuck in the glove compartment. Keep them on hand for moments when you’re thinking about having a glass of red wine.  

Be Cautious With Tooth Whitening Products
There are many tooth-whitening  products on the market. Some of these products are minimally effective, while others damage teeth by stripping away the enamel, leaving teeth more sensitive and vulnerable to stains. If you’re thinking about using a tooth-whitening product on your teeth, run it past your dentist first to ensure that it’s safe for your teeth. Alternatively why not book Teeth whitening  in our Balwyn clinic today. We also offer teeth whitening near Kew, Surrey Hills, Hawthorn & Camberwell.

And Please Do Not Do The Following:
People can do a variety of things to help keep their teeth white while drinking red wine. Some of these methods work, others don’t. 

Don’t Switch To White
Some people believe that switching to white wine can help protect their teeth from stains and discolorations. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. While white wine won’t stain your teeth purple like red wine, its high acidity can still contribute to tooth staining. White wine can increase the number of holes and pores in your teeth by eating away at the enamel, making your teeth more vulnerable to stains.

Don’t Suck on Limes, Lemons, or Use Baking Soda
Many people believe that they can prevent red wine from staining their teeth by sucking on a lime or by brushing their teeth with lemon juice and baking soda. Limes and lemons both have a high acid content that can damage teeth in the same way that white wine can damage teeth. In addition, baking soda is abrasive and can scratch away tooth enamel, leaving teeth more vulnerable. 

See the Dentist Regularly
Seeing the dentist regularly can help protect your teeth from stains. Your dentist can clean your teeth and whiten the enamel safely to prevent your teeth from staining. If you regularly drink red wine, see your dentist at least twice per year to remove stains. 


If you have questions about how to protect your teeth from red wine stains, contact your Tower Dental dentist in Balwyn today.

Our top tips for a healthier mouth

In order to ensure your teeth and gums stay in tip-top health, we have put together a list of health tips, with a little help from the Australian Dental Association 

Help prevent dental problems from happening by following these helpful tips:

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • The best time to brush is last thing at night, before you go to bed.
  • Cut down on how much sugar you have and how often you have it.
  • Keep sugar consumption to mealtimes. This will reduce the time your teeth are under attack.
  • Use interdental brushes or floss to clean in between your teeth – before brushing.
  • Sugar-free chewing gum can help produce saliva and neutralise the plaque acids in your mouth.

We look forward to seeing you and your family soon.

For a dentist near Balwyn, Kew, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Surrey Hills, Mont Albert & Deepdene, please call Tower Dental today!

Family Dentistry Something For All Ages

From baby to grandparent, Tower Dental helps families to have healthy teeth and beautiful smiles. 

Our Balwyn dental practice has been here for over 20 years now. In that time, we have treated thousands of patients including some that came to us when they were very young and are still registered with us well into their later life.

As the practice has evolved, we have also increased the number of treatments that are available so that you can not only have healthy teeth, but a wonderful smile too, thanks to the range of cosmetic dental treatments that we have available.

Although we all need general oral health care throughout our lives, there are some problems that can arise at various ages. In today’s blog, we are going to take a look at some of the problems, and potential treatments for them, as we go through life.

Babies and very young children

We always advise that you bring your children to see one of our child friendly dentists at around the age of one year old. It is unlikely that there will be any problems at this age but it does help them to get used to being in a dental practice. It is thought that this helps to reduce anxiety about visits which will stand them in good stead in the future.

Young children

Once your child’s teeth start to come through, it is important that they are monitored. There can be a tendency to pay less attention to these as they will eventually fall out quite naturally anyway. Good health in ‘milk teeth’ is important though. Apart from not wanting your child to suffer from a painful toothache, premature loss of a first tooth can cause the adult teeth to erupt in a crooked manner. This could then require the use of orthodontics to straighten them.

Later childhood

Once a child has started to get their adult teeth, it is essential that they are looked after as there will be no more teeth to come through if these fall out. We all know that children like sweet things and will probably find a way to get them even if we don’t allow them in the house. Regular monitoring and any minor restorations will hopefully help them to grow up with healthy teeth.

Teenagers

The ‘tricky period’. During this stage we tend to lose at least some control over our child’s life. Given that they will have more control over what they eat as well as possible harmful additions such as smoking and alcohol in their later teens, it is important that they are seen regularly. Do try your best to encourage them to attend.

Young adults

It is often around this age when our children that are now growing up sometimes regret not looking after their teeth and may become more conscious about their appearance. As their facial features have fully developed by this age, we are able to offer a wide range of procedures that can really improve the way that their teeth look. Orthodontics may be worn to straighten uneven teeth and dental implants can also be used to replace missing teeth at this age.

Middle age

It is usually in this period of our life when we notice that our teeth are no longer as white as they once were. This is due to the dentin part of the tooth darkening in colour and showing through the enamel. This can only be improved by using a whitening treatment that lightens the dentin, helping to restore your smile. Where teeth are badly stained, such as through smoking, porcelain veneers may be a more appropriate and sustainable option.

Late middle age/older age

Society has changed over time and many of us in our 50s, 60s and beyond no longer consider ourselves to be ‘old’. We may accept some restrictions on things that we can do, or even want to do, but many of us will socialise well into our later lives. If we do this, we will want to look our best and teeth whitening is very popular as are dental implants. In fact, many patients who have opted for dentures earlier in life, rather than having teeth implants, often switch so that they are able to eat a wider range of food, something that is important to help us stay healthy as we grow older.

Whether you are young, old or somewhere in between, Tower Dental has something for you. From general family dental care to make sure that your teeth and gums stay healthy, to restorative and cosmetic treatments that enable you to have strong functional teeth and a great looking smile.

For a dentist near Balwyn, Kew, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Surrey Hills, Mont Albert & Deepdene, please call Tower Dental today on (03) 9817 7144.

How Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health

Do you know that over 80% of modern diseases have a direct link to stress in some form or another?

 With a statistic so high, it’s easy to understand how stress can also have a significant negative impact on our oral health. At Tower Dental, we recognise many signs of stress within our patients based on what we see in their mouths. Repetitive coping mechanisms almost exclusively linked to stress and anxiety such as cheek biting or teeth grinding is not something that anyone else would necessarily know about, but do you know how to deal with these issues? We can help you with so much more than just your teeth. Read on for some advice on how to treat signs of stress within your mouth.

Stressed people may find that they grind their teeth or clench their jaw when asleep at night, known as ‘bruxism’. This can lead to generalised wear of the teeth but perhaps most noticeable may be the edges of the teeth becoming more translucent or worn over time. Bruxism can also lead to sleep disorders, headaches, jaw pain, and permanently damaged teeth. We can provide you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth while you sleep and help relieve the other symptoms too. In very severe cases of teeth grinding, the nerves of the teeth can be exposed, and root canal treatment may be required to remove the nerve from the tooth. Cheek biting can benefit from treatments such as acupuncture or hypnosis in more extreme cases.

If you notice that your gums are bleeding, don’t ignore it. Bleeding gums can be a symptom of gum disease, which itself is exacerbated by stress. Our body’s ability to fight off infection can become compromised during stressful periods, which makes us more susceptible to gum infections. Stress is also an important factor for those who suffer from mouth ulcers which can be quite unpleasant. At times of stress, ulcers will be more frequent. They usually disappear by themselves after a few days, however, but it is helpful to avoid aggravating them by eating anything too acidic or spicy. If you are a sufferer then please ask for further advice.

Stress causes more stomach acid to build up than usual, which can lead to reflux and possibly contribute to bad breath or ‘halitosis’. This can have a detrimental effect on our emotional wellbeing, so antacids may take the edge off the problem in the meantime. It has also recently been shown that reflux can contribute to erosion of the enamel on our teeth. Long-term issues may benefit from further examination of the stomach lining by your GP. Poor diet can also lead to an increase in stomach acid. Stress is actually linked to snacking and comfort eating – stressed people, often tired from a lack of decent sleep can automatically crave and ultimately reach for the sugary energy fix to get them through the day. This can be highly detrimental to the health of our teeth over longer periods of time. Please remember to eat a healthy, balanced diet, drink lots of water and exercise regularly. Keeping your body active can really help to channel stress in a positive way.

Lastly, look after yourself properly and don’t neglect your daily healthcare routines. You will suffer from this in the long term. Homecare is critical for maintaining your dental health.

Although we have talked about the effects on oral health, addressing the stress and its causes is clearly most important. Some stressful situations will be temporary; exams, moving house etc. and will resolve as the situation resolves. Other stresses may take longer to resolve. Make time for you and make yourself a priority. When under significant levels of stress, we can get slack in our general hygiene. Sleep is a time when our bodies attempt to rest, recover and repair, so get as much as you can. If you find that you are struggling to sleep, mindfulness and relaxation techniques readily available on the internet can really help with this. Often, poor energy levels caused by a lack of sleep make the smallest of tasks seem like hard work.

Brushing and flossing are essential components of your daily healthcare routine and should not be avoided. Stressed people may also believe that they have no time to visit us for their regular dental examinations – your routine examinations are important and shouldn’t be neglected, so please make time to pop into the practice. Our friendly team is happy to assist you however we can and make your experience with us a positive one.

For a dentist near Balwyn, Kew, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Surrey Hills, Mont Albert & Deepdene, please call Tower Dental today!

Are You Concerned About Traditional Dental Fillings?

The ‘amalgam question’ and answers from our Balwyn dental team.

The use of amalgam in dental fillings has been around for a very long time now. It is a very strong material that offers a high degree of functionality and is long lasting.

From a patient perspective though, it is also very dark in colour, due to the metal compounds used in it, and is therefore highly visible. For some patients too, there is the question of the use of mercury in this material.

In this blog, we look at some of the most common concerns amongst patients regarding the use of amalgam fillings for dental cavities.

Mercury

It is a fact that mercury is a toxin. This does not mean that it is dangerous for dental patients though and the Australian Dental Association has deemed that it is safe as a component of an amalgam filling. For those patients of our Balwyn practice who prefer to avoid the use of amalgam though, we are able to offer an alternative in white dental fillings instead, whether for safety concerns or simply for a more natural appearance in order to enhance a smile.

Removing amalgam fillings

Some patients concerned about the mercury aspect of amalgam have asked us whether they should have them removed. This is, of course, the prerogative of the patient but it is worth noting that removing them may actually be more problematic than leaving them in place in some cases. Whilst we make every endeavour to keep all risks to a minimum, it is important that patients are aware of this so that they can make an informed decision. We will discuss the various aspects with you before any treatment begins.

The alternatives

For many cavities, it is nearly always possible to use a tooth coloured filling. These are made from non metallic sources including glass particles and acrylic resin which can be adjusted to match the colour of the rest of the natural tooth. For this purpose, they are an excellent choice for anyone wanting to have a great looking smile. Indeed in most cases they are sufficiently strong and can be used in all but the largest cavities.

Where much larger cavities, such as those on the rear teeth, need to be filled, the use of amalgam can still be avoided, and inlays or onlays used instead. These offer a higher level of strength than white fillings where larger ones are required.

If you are concerned about your amalgam fillings and you wish to have them replaced, or if you are simply wishing to get rid of the dark appearance of traditional fillings and would like to know more about the cosmetic white versions available at Tower Dental, please call us on (03) 9817 7144.

 For fillings in Balwyn, Kew, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Surrey Hills, Mont Albert & Deepdene, we're only a phone call away.

 

Dentures: Complete Guide to Types, Costs & Benefits

Dentures have been one of the most popular solutions for replacing missing teeth for decades. Our guide will outline the different types of dentures, including how much they cost and the advantages and drawbacks of each. We hope this will help you decide what option is best for your situation. Of course if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Tower Dental clinic in Balwyn.

Dentures Balwyn

How Much Do Dentures Cost?

Full upper and lower standard acrylic dentures cost $2,448 on average, according to the 2019 Australian Dental Association Fee Survey. For either an upper or lower denture, the cost is $1,350 on average.

It’s also important to consider extra factors that may influence the overall cost of your dentures. These may include the type of treatment or the amount of preparation required, the number of appointments you need, the type of specialist used and whether any of your natural teeth need to be removed. 

The type of material you choose can also affect the price. Acrylic dentures range from a standard acrylic through to a hard-wearing, more expensive variety. Middle of the range, upper and lower acrylic dentures can cost on average around $3,500. 

Whichever you choose, you often get what you pay for. It’s important to consider all options when choosing a denture, keeping in mind that poorer-quality materials will tend to wear much faster than higher-quality ones.  

How Are Dentures Fitted?

Your denture will be designed just for you. Your dentist will take an impression of the area with dental putty before the denture is made to make sure it fits well. The impression and precise measurements of your mouth will be given to a dental technician, who will build your dentures to the correct size and shape to make them feel and look as natural as possible.

Before having your denture fitted, you may have more teeth removed. This might be to allow for a full set of dentures to be fitted or because your other teeth are already too decayed or loose to save. You may be able to have full dentures fitted straight afterwards or your dentist may recommend that your gums are left to heal for up to a couple of months. This might mean that the dentures fit better. If you have your dentures fitted straight away, they could need adjusting later to improve the fit. Your dentist will help you decide which option is best for you.

Dentures Deepdene

How Do You Keep Your Dentures In Place?

Partial dentures often have clasps that clip on to the teeth next to your denture and help to keep it in place. Full upper dentures cover the roof of your mouth (palate). A very thin layer of saliva between your palate and the denture creates suction, which keeps it firmly in position. Your facial muscles and tongue also help to keep it in place. Full lower dentures are often more difficult to keep in place because there is less support from your gums. With a little practice, you will learn to balance the denture between your cheeks and tongue.

If you find your dentures slip at first when you laugh or cough, try biting down gently and swallowing and that should put them back in place.

You can use denture adhesive cream (fixative), although most people don’t need to. Some people find it helps with their confidence while they’re getting used to new dentures. It takes time to get used to wearing dentures. They’re not a permanent solution for missing teeth, dentures are removable and shouldn’t be worn at night. Poorly fitting dentures can make your mouth very sore, so if you are concerned about the fit, see your dentist.

Dentures Mont Albert

How Do I Know If I Need Dentures?

If you need dentures, you will probably have experienced significant tooth loss and be missing most or all of your teeth. A partial denture is suitable for those who still have some natural teeth remaining. There are several factors that warrant wearing dentures, even for younger people, such as gum disease, tooth decay, or dental abnormalities such as ectodermal dysplasia. There is no age limit on having a beautiful, healthy smile!

Types of Dentures Available

Whether you are missing one, two or all of your natural teeth, your Tower Dental approved dentist can create comfortable and natural looking complete or partial dentures to restore your smile.

Complete Dentures

Full or complete dentures replace all of the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws -these suit patients who have lost most or all of their natural teeth.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures fill in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth and are attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. These suit patients who have lost just one or a few of their natural teeth and wish to fill in the gap(s) left behind.

Dentures Surrey Hills

Are dentures covered by Medicare?

Medicare does not cover the costs of dentures. However, it may cover the cost of removing your natural teeth before dentures are fitted, if it is deemed medically necessary.

Are dentures covered by private health insurance?

Whether you’re covered for dentures depends on the type of private health insurance you have. Most health insurance extras policies offer the options of general and/or major dental cover. General dental usually includes a level of cover for more minor procedures such as check-ups, cleans, fillings and X-rays. Major dental insurance, on the other hand, often provides a level of cover for more significant procedures such as dentures, endodontic services (root canal therapy), crowns, veneers and bridges. 

Many health insurance policies have a limit of one upper and one lower denture every three years. Dr Repairs, re-aligning and general maintenance of dentures typically have different limits within a policy, so please check with your provider. 

Waiting periods for dentures can vary, but an insurer will generally require you to be with the fund for a minimum of 12 months before you can claim. However, some insurers offer dental health cover with no waiting periods.

Once your dental practitioner supplies you with a quote, it could be worth contacting your insurer to find out about your limit, your waiting period and your overall out-of-pocket expenses before proceeding. 

If you’re aged 65 or over and a pensioner, you may be eligible for free dental care via a state or territory government program.

Dentures Camberwell

Is It Painful To Get Dentures?

It is normal to experience a small amount of irritation but this disappears as your mouth becomes adjusted to your dentures. You may experience pain and discomfort where you have had teeth extracted, however, the severity of pain varies. As dentures are tailored to your personal specifications, you can have your dentures adjusted through the normal healing process to guarantee a comfortable fit.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

If cared for properly, dentures are expected to last up to 5-8 years before needing replacement. During this time, they wear out and your mouth changes shape. This is why your dentures will eventually need to be relined or remade to remain as safe, comfortable and natural looking as possible.

Dentures Hawthorn

Benefits and Problems

Benefits

  • Improved appearance. Dentures can help increase self-confidence and self-esteem, replacing missing teeth or teeth that may have been worn or decayed, while providing the correct support for the cheeks and lips.
  • Improved ability to eat and speak. Properly made dentures can help improve speech and enable patients to comfortably eat a greater variety of foods.
  • Affordability. Dentures tend to be the most affordable solution for replacing missing teeth and treatment is the least invasive option.

Problems

  • Difficulty eating certain foods. While dentures can restore a person’s ability to eat, certain foods, particularly those that are hard or sticky can still present a problem. Eating these foods could cause pain, may dislodge the dentures or will even risk breaking them.
  • Difficulty speaking. Initially dentures can cause problems with speech. Patients may find their dentures click or whistle. These issues generally disappear once a patient becomes accustomed to wearing their dentures.
  • Discomfort. Dentures can feel very strange initially and although patients may soon get used to them, the overall comfort and fit of this appliance can be an issue. This can remain a problem, particularly as the gums and jawbone will change shape over time, increasing the likelihood of dentures becoming ill-fitting.
  • Care and maintenance. Dentures must be kept meticulously clean to maintain the health of the gums. They can also be quite fragile and if broken must be professionally mended.

Caring for Dentures

Dentures are quite fragile and will break if dropped so try to handle them over a basin of water or a clean towel. It’s important to remove your denture for daily cleaning. Use a denture brush as this will be softer than an ordinary toothbrush which is too hard and likely to damage your denture. Clean your denture with mild dish soap or a cleanser specifically designed for dentures. Ordinary toothpaste and household cleaners are much too harsh and could scratch the surface of your denture. Don’t try to sterilize your denture with boiling water as the heat could distort it. Once it is clean and while it is not being worn, soak it in a proprietary cleaning solution or in plain water to help keep it fresh and to maintain its shape.

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Denture Alternatives

Dental bridges are a possible alternative treatment to a partial denture. A bridge is attached to adjacent teeth and it’s important these teeth are strong and healthy enough to support the restoration.

Dental implants  are self-supporting, using titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone to hold a crown, bridge or implant supported denture. Both of these options are more expensive than dentures but can offer better aesthetics and a more permanent and stable solution to tooth loss.

As with all dental procedures it’s important to do your research and ask as many questions as possible. If you would like to discuss your options with us please feel free to call us, we’ll be more than happy to answer all your questions.

For dentures near Balwyn, Kew, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Surrey Hills, Mont Albert & Deepdene, please call Tower Dental today!

20+ Celebrities with Veneers

Every time we see a celebrity, whether it’s in a magazine or a movie, one of the first things we notice is their smile. That in fact can be said for all of us. Our smile can say a lot of things, but how can us normal folk replicate a celebrity smile? Two words, dental veneers. While teeth whitening and teeth straightening offer amazing results, there is nothing that says celebrity smile like dental veneers. Luckily for the rest of us dental veneers are a mere phone call away.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are essentially a casing of porcelain that is used to enhance the teeth by attaching it to them. Veneers can help bridge the teeth gaps, give a length to the otherwise shorter teeth and disguise your crooked smile. The procedure is quite straightforward. The tooth is drilled and the porcelain is attached to the tooth to enhance the look. More for praise is the fact that it is highly customizable and gives your teeth a permanent fix.

For your enjoyment we have created a list of celebrities who transformed their drab smiles into their million-dollar smiles we know and love.

  • Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise’s smile has had a lot of help along the way including teeth straightening and whitening.  

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  • Zac Efron

Zac didn’t start off with bad teeth but from the pictures you can see he’s definitely had dental procedures including dental veneers.

  • Nicolas Cage

The drastic improvement dental veneers have had on Nicolas Cage’s smile speaks for itself.  

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  • George Clooney

He is considered to be one of the most handsome men in the industry but not everything was picture perfect when he landed on our big screens. Several dental procedures including teeth straightening and dental veneers has kept this leading man smiling for good.

  • Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey’s smile is wide and infectious. This wouldn’t be possible without the help of dental veneers.

  • Morgan Freeman

When people think of Morgan Freeman they more often than not think of his hypnotizing voice. While that may be true Morgan has quite a bit of dental work, thanks to dental veneers not only is he sporting a dazzling smile but he looks younger as well!

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  • Demi Moore

Demi Moore, undoubtedly, looks better than most actors half her age but it takes some work particularly in the dental department. Dental veneers have transformed her smile making her look more stunning than usual!

  • Celine Dion

Before Celine Dion was famous, she had misaligned and stained teeth. A set of dental veneers later and this songstress is continuing to sing like an angel!

  • Niall Horan

As a part of one of the most popular boy bands, One Direction, Niall Horan’s smile needed some work.  With a little help from braces and dental veneers he continues to make teenage girls swoon.

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  • Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus was everyone’s sweetheart when she came on Disney channel as the sweet and charming Hannah Montana. However, her crooked smile wasn’t as charming. Her gorgeous smile is all thanks to dental veneers.

  • Cardi B

Cardi B sang about her smile transformation in her song Bodak Yellow , “got a bag and fixed [her] teeth.” Her $40,000 dental veneers are proof that sometimes money can buy happiness!

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  • Meghan Markle

So who really thought that there might be veneers behind that million-dollar royal smile? As a young girl, Meghan had braces but rumors are that she got veneers to get them fixed.

  • Cheryl Cole

There’s no denying that Cheryl Cole from the British version of The X Factor is stunning but her smile after dental veneers is something else.

  • Victoria Beckham

This former Spice Girls member is known for her haute couture style and fashion. She is one of the most famous Spice Girls that our generation has ever known. However, as a kid, she had nothing glamorous going on with her teeth. Naturally, she had to join the list of the celebrities with perfect teeth and it was in the 90s when she opted to get the veneers done for herself. Look at her now!

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  • 50 Cent

50 Cent had to pay a little more than 50 cents for his smile transformation but it was completely worth every cent!

  • Gray Busey

Gary Busey is known for some wild antics and none more so than his oversized dental veneers. The reason for his cosmetic alteration was  a result of motorbike accident in the late 80s which severely damaged his face. While he corrected the rest of his face, he opted a set of oversized teeth which only he can pull off.

  • Keith Urban

Keith Urban looks handsome as ever but before he looked like this, he had a gap in his teeth which is quite evident in his early photos. His teeth now look aligned and whiter. While we can’t confirm dental veneers created his gorgeous smile, we think he’s worth adding to this list.  

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  • Chris Rock

Chris Rock, like many actors and actresses of his time, was also insecure about how he looked. The greatest of all his insecurities were his crooked teeth which he thought formed an upside-down V shape. We don’t see anything to be insecure about here, his dental veneers look amazing!

  • NeNe Leakes

Nene Leakes became famous by featuring in the show Real Housewives and quickly became a household name. As soon as she peaked in her career, she decided to get her teeth done which she said was her desire for so long. She spent a whopping 50 thousand dollars on the set to make sure her teeth are sparkling as bright as her career. This made her teeth look even more aligned and she sparks her picture-perfect smile all the time. I bet it was worth it for her.

  • Joe Biden

 The news is that he spent a whopping 20 thousand US dollars on his ceramic veneers before he got ready for his campaigns. His teeth now do look better aligned and shinier than they were ever before. 

  • Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo, an inspiration to millions of boys and girls. However, as amazing as he was on afootball field, his teeth were not as perfect as his athletic ability. Some dental procedures including dental veneers and we can continue to marvel at this perfect specimen of a man.

  • Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas has always had a great set of teeth but the discoloration that comes with age was a problem. He decided to nip the bud and got himself porcelain teeth which really gave him a beautiful smile. It seems like he couldn’t be any happier because he is often seen flashing his pearly whites.

  • Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale is a natural beauty but her smile let her down. She has said in past interviews that her veneers have blended really well with other features of her face totally transforming her look.

  • Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman had a lovely smile but her teeth were rather small. Dental veneers have transformed this Hollywood beauty from girl next door to leading lady.

How can I transform my own smile?

If you are unhappy with your smile or probably think that your teeth could look better, you should consider dental veneers.  

If you have any of these, you may want to consider veneers:

  • If your teeth are broken, cracked, chipped because of an accident. Veneers can help restore the natural shape of your teeth.
  • If stained teeth are a major problem then veneers will instantly transform the color of your teeth.  
  • Any gaps whether big or small can be addressed with veneers.

With all dental procedures it is advisable to see your dentist for a thorough consultation. At Tower Dental we want you to love your smile, if you’re thinking about transforming your smile, please come in and see us.

 

Oral Care For Infant & Kids

INFANTS

While most babies don't start getting teeth until they are six months old, infant dental care is important from the very beginning. Our dentists in Balwyn recommend an initial visit before the child's first birthday to make sure teeth and gums are cared for and cleaned properly.

It is a good idea to get in the habit of cleaning your baby's gums soon after birth. Although there may be a little fussing at first, your infant will get used to having the mouth cleaned like other parts of the body. Many children grow to enjoy tooth brushing as part of their daily routine.

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During your baby’s first year, there are a few conditions to be aware of, including:

Teething
Between 3 and 9 months, your infant's baby teeth will begin to emerge (erupt) into the mouth. Teething may make your child irritable or fussy and may cause restlessness, drooling or loss of appetite. However, it has not been shown to cause any other childhood symptoms.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby bottle tooth decay — also called "early childhood dental caries" — is one of the most important issues in infant tooth care. This condition is caused by frequent exposure, over time, to sugary liquids, which can seriously damage a baby’s teeth and overall oral health.

Pacifier Use
Sucking is a normal part of development that is comforting to children well into their first years of life. In fact, sucking often brings comfort even after a child no longer needs to get nourishment from a breast or bottle. During a child's first few years, sucking habits probably won't damage his or her mouth. But frequent and long-term sucking can cause problems. This is especially true if the habit continues after baby teeth start to fall out.

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Thumbsucking
Thumbsucking is a natural  reflex for little ones — babies even do it in the womb. It's soothing, and many kids stop on their own around ages 2 to 4.

Thumbsucking is certainly nothing to worry about with infants, and might even help them fall asleep more quickly. Problems can arise when kids do a lot of active sucking, especially when their permanent teeth start coming in. Your  Tower Dental dentist can offer advice on how to monitor the situation.

TODDLERS

Teething is generally thought of as a part of babyhood, but teeth are still coming in for many toddlers. Some molars might not even come in until after they are 2 years old. You might find cool, refrigerated teething rings helpful — or you can check with your pediatrician about whether over-the-counter pain medications could be appropriate.

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Toddlers bodies are changing, but so are their temperaments. They're starting to have their own ideas about what they want to wear, eat, and do, which can make convincing them to brush tricky. As with all things, try to make tooth-brushing a fun activity to increase your level of success.

During the toddler years, you'll want to keep an eye on issues such as:

Tooth Brushing
Toddlers should brush twice a day with the help of an adult. They can use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste starting around 2 years old, when they can brush without swallowing. Special toothpaste and toothbrushes with their favorite characters and kid friendly flavors can help get them excited about brushing, too.

Toddler Cavities
This is a great time to start taking your toddler to the dentist regularly to check for cavities. Twice yearly is standard, and a pediatric dentist is a great option if there's one in your area, since they are pros with small children. Toddlers might even have cavities, and baby teeth do need fillings, just like permanent teeth.

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Nutrition
Toddlers can be picky eaters, but don't give up. Try serving vegetables lots of different ways, and offer milk with meals to help combat acids that can erode enamel. A diet low in processed sugar can help keep toddlers cavity free, and lots of fruits, veggies and water are good for everyone's oral health, including toddlers.

KIDS

As your child grows, continue to take good care of their baby teeth. While they do eventually fall out, baby teeth play an important role in helping your child bite and chew food, and speak clearly. Baby teeth also save space for the permanent teeth, and help guide them into place.

Underneath your kid's baby teeth, the roots and position of the adult teeth are growing into place. Research shows that children who develop cavities in their baby teeth are more likely to develop cavities as an adult, so be sure to keep in the habit of prioritizing regular dental checkups. It is important to keep your child's baby teeth clean, but once the permanent teeth start to come in you really need to make cleaning them a priority. These teeth will last your child a lifetime.

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During the kid years, you might have questions about:

Brushing & Flossing

You probably began using toothpaste to brush your child's teeth when they were around 2 years old, and started flossing once a day as soon as two teeth touched each other. But with an older kid, they probably want to do it themselves. It's great to give them a turn. Afterwards, you should check their work and brush their teeth a second time. Most children won't be able to brush their teeth well on their own until they are about 8 years old.

Your Child Has Loose Baby Teeth: What Should You Do?

When your child's baby teeth begin to loosen, it can be an uncertain time for them. Some children hate the idea of loose baby teeth and ask their parents to pull them out, while others may be frightened of losing them. Others may be excited to anticipate a visit from the tooth fairy. So, what should you do when your child's teeth begin to wiggle?

When Do Children Lose Their Baby Teeth?

The process of permanent teeth replacing baby teeth occurs over several years. Children begin to lose their baby teeth at about 6 years old. The first adult teeth that arrive are the molars, which erupt from the gums at the back of the mouth without replacing any baby teeth. At the same time, the roots of the baby teeth at the front of the mouth begin to weaken as the permanent teeth grow within the gum. Eventually, the tooth roots become so weak that the baby teeth fall out, leaving room for the new adult teeth to come in.

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As the Mayo Clinic explains, the first baby teeth to fall out are usually the two central bottom teeth at the front of the mouth, followed by the two central top teeth. Though most children lose their first baby teeth at age 6, some don't begin to lose their teeth until age 7.

What to Do When Your Child Has Loose Baby Teeth

The process of losing baby teeth is completely natural, so once you notice your child's baby teeth are loose and wiggly, let it happen. If the teeth are at the front of the mouth and your child is around the age of 6 or 7, there's probably nothing to worry about.

It’s fine to let your child wiggle a loose tooth. When the tooth is ready to go, it should fall out easily and with little bleeding. If your child is desperate to lose the tooth and it just won't come out, the Australian Dental Association advises parents to fold a piece of clean tissue over the tooth and gently squeeze. The tooth should pop out right away.

However, if the tooth doesn't come out with a gentle squeeze, don't reach for string and stay away from doorknobs. According to the Mayo Clinic, losing a baby tooth too early can affect the position of the permanent teeth. When a baby tooth is lost prematurely, a permanent tooth that's already erupted can shift into the empty space and become crooked.

Additionally, contact your dentist if any of the following situations occur:

  • The loose tooth is causing serious pain to your child making brushing or even eating more difficult
  • Excess plaque build-up around the tooth has caused the gums to become red, swollen. or inflamed
  • The baby tooth used to be loose but has since become firm again
  • You can already see the permanent tooth coming in from underneath yet the baby tooth doesn’t look like it is loose yet.

Oral Care After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

If your child's baby tooth comes out cleanly, you can usually just wrap it up in a tissue and put it in a safe place for the tooth fairy. However, if your child has excessive bleeding or a blood condition, we recommend moistening a tea bag or a piece of gauze and asking your child to bite down on it. Tell your child not to pick at the affected area of gum and avoid the spot when brushing for the next two days. In addition, give them soft foods to eat, or mash up their food with a fork.

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If the bleeding continues for more than two hours, contact your dentist.

Tips on Easing Your Child's Fears

As a parent, you may be excited that your child has arrived at the milestone of losing their first tooth, but for the child, it can sometimes be a scary experience. If your child is upset about a wiggly tooth or a gap where a tooth fell out, offer reassurance that nothing is wrong and that everyone loses their baby teeth. Remind your child that the tooth fairy loves baby teeth and gives out rewards for them. Additionally, if a tooth looks like it's about to come out, consider giving your child a small box and a tissue or a similar "tooth kit" to take to school to avoid losing the precious item. 

Losing baby teeth doesn't have to be scary. By following these tips, you can maintain smiles all around!

For More Information about Childrens Dental at Tower Dental or to Schedule a Consultation Call Us at (03) 9817 7144

Affordable Teeth Whitening

At Tower Dental we believe everyone can achieve a dazzling smile. Thanks to Zoom Teeth Whitening treatment, getting that celebrity smile has never been easier or more affordable when compared to veneers. While this teeth whitening treatment has been around for a long time, many people are still not familiar with the technique and technology behind it. It is important to us that all of our patients feel comfortable and informed about all of the aesthetic techniques we use at our clinic.

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Here are some answers to the most common questions about teeth whitening.

What is Zoom Whitespeed Laser Teeth Whitening?

Cosmetic dentists use a whitening process to lighten the discoloration of tooth enamel and dentin that build up over time. The end result is a whiter and brighter smile, returning your teeth to the way they looked before the discoloration.

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Does teeth whitening hurt?

Some people experience minor tooth sensitivity during or after the whitening process. Typically, the sensitivity lasts no more than 48 hours. During this time, it is best to avoid hot or cold foods and drinks. The actual application process is not painful. The vast majority of patients report experiencing no pain during or after the process.

What happens during an in-office procedure?

When Zoom teeth whitening is used, a cosmetic dentist and their team will apply a specially formulated gel to your teeth, covering the gums and soft tissue with a Gingivital Dam Barrier and a Disposable Face Guard. The gel is then exposed to the Zoom Whitespeed Laser to activate the gel and to quicken the drying process. The in-office procedure takes about an hour.

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How does Zoom Teeth Whitening Work?

Only a GDC registered dentist is legally allowed to perform teeth whitening treatments. A 6% Hydrogen Peroxide Gel is used to whiten the stains that have built up on the enamel of your teeth. When the technique is done properly, the stains become almost impossible to see and your teeth look naturally white, we guarantee a minimum of 6 shades on the whitening chart.

Can I benefit from teeth whitening?

Most people can benefit from some form of teeth whitening. However, every patient is different. Patients who are pregnant, lactating, or under the age of 18 should not undergo teeth whitening procedures. Before we perform teeth whitening, our team will conduct an evaluation to see if you are a good candidate.

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Why shouldn’t I just use a product bought online or over the counter?

It is illegal for anyone other than a dentist and their team to perform in-house teeth whitening because of the potency of the gel used in the procedure. Over the counter products will not produce anywhere close to the same results as a professional application. The gel sold in over the counter kits is much weaker and uses different, less effective ingredients or at worse is unsafe for your teeth.

How long does teeth whitening last?

Your teeth will gradually fade over time. However, good dental hygiene and six monthly hygienist’s appointments will help results last longer.  You should avoid foods and drinks that stain your teeth.

Following up your laser treatment will the home kit we provide in clinic, will prolong results.

Some people go years with between whitening sessions. It all depends on your individual teeth, dental hygiene, eating and drinking habits and follow up use with our ‘prescribed’ home kit.

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Are there any side effects to teeth whitening?

There are no known major side effects of teeth whitening. Extensive research has determined that teeth whitening is safe and effective. Sometimes patients may experience mild sensitivity for 24- 48 hours after the procedure is performed.

Will teeth whitening damage my teeth?

Teeth whitening does not damage your teeth. Many dentists and cosmetic dentists believe that teeth whitening is the safest cosmetic dental procedure available so long as it is carried out under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

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Why should I get my teeth whitened?

One of the first things anyone notices about you is your smile. The more comfortable you are with your teeth the more you will smile. People who smile are happier, more confident, and more trusted. Getting your teeth whitened can be especially important to anyone who regularly makes professional presentations or who needs to impress clients as part of their occupation.

For More Information about Teeth Whitening or to Schedule a Consultation Call Us at (03) 9817 7144

 

 

Considering Dental Implants to Transform Your Smile?

As early as 2000 BC, early versions of dental implants were used in the civilization of ancient China. Carved bamboo pegs were originally used to replace the missing teeth at this time.

Dental implants have come a long way since then and revolutionised the dental industry, replacing the need for ill-fitting and uncomfortable dentures. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

One of the appeals of dental implants is that the success rate of the procedure is very high and you can be quite confident of success. That doesn’t mean that they can’t fail though, or that problems can’t arise later on. In nearly all cases however, where this does occur, it is because the patient hasn’t followed the correct aftercare advice and the health of the implant has been compromised. With that in mind, here is some to get the best from the procedure, and long lasting success from an implant investment.

Go local

The first thing that we would recommend is that you avoid travelling overseas for cheaper dental implants. There are many reasons for this ranging from lack of professional experience of the person doing the work to sanitary conditions. In summary, there are a lot of potential risks involved in this approach and we advise you to use a dentist with experience in placing implants, such as our team here at Tower Dental.

Improve fitness

Although dental implants can be placed for most people, and in fact are often placed for older patients, it is a good idea to get a little fitter before your procedure. This will help the blood flow throughout the body, including around you new implant and help to keep it healthier by reducing the risk of infections. You don’t need to join a gym but try to walk or cycle a little more. Every little bit helps.

Cigarettes and alcohol

Both before and after your dental implant placement, you will be asked to refrain from smoking and excessive drinking. This is not an ‘ideal’ but a necessity. Both smoking and excessive drinking greatly heighten the risk of dental implant failure and not just through the risk of periodontal disease. If you really can’t kick these habits at least for a six month period or so (and preferably forever), then you may wish to look at other tooth replacement options instead, such as dentures or a bridge.

Prepare your new diet

Once your dental implants have completed the osseointegration period, where the bone and implant bond together, you will be free to eat whatever you want without worrying if your new implant can handle it. Initially though, you will need to eat a quite selective diet.

In the period directly after your implant placement you will only be able to eat very soft foods, and we would suggest initially, even just sticking to liquid foods. Putting any pressure on a new implant could cause damage to the bone and potentially cause the implant to fail. This dietary restriction doesn’t last long though and very soon you will be able to add foods such as mashed potatoes and well cooked pasta to your diet, gradually building up over a few months towards a normal, complete diet.

Brush up on your oral healthcare

Like natural teeth, dental implants require regular and thorough care. The good news for any of our patients considering this procedure is that it doesn’t require anything that you shouldn’t currently do with your natural teeth. Having said that, before you have your implant placement; it is a good idea to look at how you are cleaning your teeth at the moment. Bear in mind that if you have gum disease, this may delay your implant placement whilst it is treated.

Are you brushing correctly and with a suitable toothbrush? You should be using a brush that is no more than three months old (or before if the bristles are worn) for at least two minutes both morning and last thing at night.

Are you rinsing with water after brushing? If you are, you should stop doing so. Allowing the toothpaste to remain on the teeth and gums afterwards helps to ward off decay and gum disease.

Are you using dental floss? If not, you need to get into the habit of doing this. Removing food and bacteria from between the teeth is essential for a healthy dental implant. Both periodontitis and peri-implantitis are serious threats to a dental implant.

Are you seeing a dental hygienist? If you aren’t, now is the time to start doing so. It is a great way to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible, both through their advice on better home care and also the scale and polish (professional cleaning) that they provide. If you aren’t already, please book your appointment with us today.

Dental implants are ‘the’ modern way to replace a missing tooth, or teeth. We do understand that patients may wish to know more about them, including the procedure and their aftercare, so we are always happy to discuss this with you. For dental implants in Balwyn, Kew, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Surrey Hills, Mont Albert & Deepdene, please call Tower Dental today!

 

Is My Coffee Habit Harming My Teeth?

Melbourne is known for its cultural diversity, excellent dining options and amazing street art. It's also known for being the coffee capital of the world and as we come out of stage 4 restrictions many of us will no doubt find ourselves sipping away at our local favourite coffee shop.  But could this seemingly harmless habit be ruining our smile? Unfortunately, yes.

Whilst coffee itself is not directly harmful to our teeth, the specialty drinks and snacks that often go with it, can be.

The ‘problem’ with coffee

Coffee itself will not cause any actual harm to our teeth. In fact in 2011, researchers reported findings that coffee drinking is associated with a lower risk of depression among women, a lower risk of lethal prostate cancer among men, and a lower risk of stroke among men and women.

The down side is it can stain your teeth and a frequent espresso drinker may find that their teeth become quite badly discoloured over time.  If this is the case with you we can help get your smile back to a dazzling white by having a teeth whitening treatment in Balwyn. If the staining is too heavy however, you may need to consider having porcelain dental veneers fitted instead.

 For teeth whitening near Balwyn, Kew, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Surrey Hills, Mont Albert & Deepdene, please call Tower Dental today!

The real issue with coffee is that few of us drink a non sugar version, and indeed, many of the ‘specialty coffees’ offered in these premises are likely to contain very high quantities of sugar. To take just one example, a ‘Mocha Latte’ in one of the well known coffee chain stores, contains 14 teaspoons of sugar, and that isn’t the worst offender! As we add creams and syrups to our drinks, the amount of quantity we consume increases. If we also add a blueberry muffin from the same store, we add another 10 teaspoons of sugar. In total then, one of these coffees and a muffin will give us 24 teaspoons of sugar, an incredible amount. To put it into perspective, a can of coca cola contains around 9 teaspoons, so our coffee habit there is the equivalent in sugar of drinking just under 3 cans of cola.

If this were an occasional treat, we could perhaps let this go as long as we generally look after our teeth well. As we know though, many people do this almost every day, or at least a few times each week and this habit is likely to lead to a great deal of tooth decay and gum disease.

Whilst our Balwyn dental team can help to restore teeth damaged in this way, it is better to be aware of the damage that our coffee habit can cause and make choices that help to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place.

If you’re worried that your teeth are stained due to excessive coffee drinking or maybe you just need a check up, please call Tower Dental in Balwyn on (03) 9817 7144 today!

 

4 Reasons Why You Need To Drink More Water To Protect Your Teeth

Drinking more water has a number of practical benefits which help improve oral health. Water is unlike any other drink, and is by far the healthiest drink available. Our bodies are made of 60% water, and staying hydrated helps your system distribute healthy nutrients, gets rid of waste, gives your skin a healthy glow and keeps your muscles moving.

Here are 4 reasons why drinking more fluoridated water improves oral health.

1. It strengthens those pearly whites

As a nation we are so fortunate to have clean drinking water readily accessible. The inclusion of fluoride began in the 1960’s and has been proven to be a safe and efficient way to reduce tooth decay in children and adults. Along with good oral hygiene and a healthy diet it can help prevent dental decay.

Water fluoridation has been endorsed by leading organisations in Australia and internationally including the World Health Organization, Australian Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and the Australian Dental Association.

Drinking water with fluoride, is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to help prevent cavities.

2. Washes away the bad stuff!

Water is a great mouth cleaner because it washes away leftover food and residue that cavity-causing bacteria love to eat. The cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth love to eat sugar and produce acid that wears away enamel, which is the outer shell of your teeth. It also dilutes the acids produced by the bacteria in your mouth. Drinking juice, soda or sports drinks on the other hand, can leave unwanted sugar behind.

3. Water prevents a dry mouth

Did you know that saliva is 99% water?  When you are low on saliva, you will most likely experience dry mouth – a condition that makes it hard to swallow and chew because of a lack of saliva. Saliva is your mouth’s first defense against tooth decay. It washes away leftover food, helps you swallow with ease and keeps your teeth strong by washing them with calcium, phosphate and fluoride. When your saliva supply runs low, dry mouth may also put you at risk for tooth decay. By drinking enough water, you help prevent dry mouth and ensure that your saliva is produced at an optimal rate. 

4. It’s Calorie-Free

Sweetened drinks that are high in sugar and calories, create a perfect storm that puts you at risk for cavities and other unhealthy consequences like weight gain. In fact, studies have shown that drinking water can actually help you lose weight. So the next time you need a drink, go guilt-free with water to take care of your body and your smile.

 For a dentist near Balwyn, Kew, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Surrey Hills, Mont Albert & Deepdene, please call Tower Dental today!

 

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Your toothbrush is your first line of defense against the bacteria that cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath and yet it’s probably the most overlooked hygiene item we have. We throw out expired foods, restock vitamins and supplements, and replace our beauty products often, but when it comes to health and beauty, it’s our dental hygiene that doesn’t get as much attention or thought as other areas of our regimen. However, there are important rules and tips you should follow for maintaining optimal dental health.

How often should you change toothbrushes?

You might be surprised to find out that according to manufacturer guidelines and dentist recommendations, your toothbrush should be replaced every 12 to 16 weeks.

There are also cases when you might need to replace your toothbrush sooner. If you don’t replace a toothbrush or electronic toothbrush head when it needs to be, it can affect your dental health and spread infection.

Straight bristles and a clean and easy-to-grip handle are best to navigate the smaller spaces in your mouth. A soft bristle brush will effectively remove old food and bacteria that can collect around the bases of your teeth.

If you follow the standard recommendation of brushing your teeth for 2 minutes twice per day, you’re already taking steps to protect your teeth from cavities.

Brushing your teeth between each meal and after a sugary snack is an extra step you can take to be proactive about preventing tooth decay.

Brushing two or more times per day is still considered standard for a manual toothbrush. At this rate of use, the bristles in your brush will start to fall out and become mangled or twisted within about 3 months.

Once the bristles in your toothbrush start to lose their stiffness, the toothbrush is almost ready for the trash. Without bristles that brush aside food and plaque, your toothbrush quickly loses its efficiency.

Replace Your Toothbrush After an Illness

It is wise to replace your toothbrush after suffering from a canker or cold sore. Your trusty toothbrush can harbor bacteria and the herpes virus for days, which may reinfect you. The same goes for a cold or flu virus. The rule of thumb is to replace brushes after any illness.

Other reasons to change your toothbrush

Viral and bacterial infections such as strep throat are of particular concern and are a good reason to switch your old toothbrush for a new one.

You might want to change out toothbrushes for children more often than every 3 months, as they may mash on a toothbrush head or gnaw on the handle.

Don’t forget to watch your child when they’re brushing their teeth to make sure they aren’t exposing their brush head to any other surface besides their teeth.

If anyone else uses your toothbrush by mistake, get rid of it. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and everyone’s mouth harbors different bacteria than yours.

What Happens If I Don’t Change My Toothbrush Often Enough?

If knowing that bacteria and fungus accumulates on your toothbrush bristles overtime isn’t enough reason to replace your toothbrush more often, there are also a number of other risks and uninviting issues involved with not replacing your toothbrush. One risk includes damaging your gums, as old toothbrushes become ineffective with removing plaque from your teeth, which leads to gingivitis. Left untreated, gingivitis leads to infection, which can cause teeth to fall out.

Even more unappealing, you can get sick from overused toothbrushes, your toothbrush can grow mold, or possibly the least appealing, you can ingest unwanted particles if stored near a toilet.

How often should you change an electric toothbrush head?

Electric toothbrush heads clean the surface area of your teeth by quickly rotating or vibrating. These toothbrush heads still have nylon bristles that can wear after regular use. What’s more, those bristles are shorter, which means that they may fray more quickly.

Plan to change out the toothbrush head on your electronic toothbrush every 12 weeks, or even earlier. Watch for signs of wear and tear on the bristles to know when it’s time to say goodbye to a brush head.

How to take care of your toothbrush

To make the most out of your toothbrush, take care of it the way you would any personal grooming or hygiene tool.

Don’t share your toothbrush with someone else, even members of your immediate family. If your toothbrush is stored in a cup or container with other toothbrushes, try not to let the heads touch each other.

After brushing, rinse your toothbrush completely with tap water. You don’t need to use a disinfectant, mouthwash, or hot water to sanitize it. Trying to “sanitize” a toothbrush in this way can actually spread germs.

You also don’t need a special closed container to keep your toothbrush clean when it’s not in use. Some of these containers can encourage mold growth or spread bacteria.

Takeaway

Your toothbrush is an important oral hygiene tool. To maintain your toothbrush and make the most of its lifespan, use only your own toothbrush and store it upright and let it air dry.

Plan to replace the toothbrushes of every person in your family every 3 to 4 months, and mark your calendar on the date of the purchase so you remember when it’s time to replace them again.

For a dentist near Balwyn, Kew, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Surrey Hills, Mont Albert & Deepdene, please call Tower Dental today!

7 Most Common Teeth Problems and How to Avoid Them

Dental problems are never any fun, but the good news is that most of them can be easily prevented. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating properly, and regular dental check-ups are essential steps in preventing dental problems.

These 7 common dental problems are easy to identify. But are they easy to treat and solve? Find out how to deal with cavities, gum disease, infections, and more.

 

 

 

Bad Breath

Bad breath, also called halitosis, can be downright embarrassing. According to dental studies, about 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath have a dental condition that is to blame.  Gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, dry mouth, and bacteria on the tongue are some of the dental problems that can cause bad breath.

Using mouthwash to cover up bad breath when a dental problem is present will only mask the odor and not cure it. If you have chronic bad breath, visit your Tower Dental dentist to rule out any of these problems.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay occurs when plaque, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and/or starches of the food you eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel.

The likelihood of developing a cavity depends entirely on lifestyle. The better your oral health routine, the less chance you will have of suffering tooth decay. However, older people and children are slightly more at risk, because their enamel is more vulnerable. If a child develops cavities within baby teeth, they will be repaired as soon as the adult teeth emerge, but this does not mean that dental attention isn’t still essential.

The best possible approach to dealing with plaque is prevention. Once you have cavities, there is no real way to reverse them (though new technologies may make this a reality soon). The only option is to fill and repair them, so save your enamel while you still can.

If you are unlucky to develop a cavity, you must have it treated by a dentist. If you leave it to deteriorate, it could progress into an infection or abscess. These conditions cause a lot of pain and discomfort for patients. This is why timely repair procedures are essential, whether they take the form of a standard filling, a crown, or a tooth extraction. The dental code states that extractions should always be a last resort, so it is fairly rare for decayed teeth to be pulled.

The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and going to your regular dental check-ups.

Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar are also ways to prevent decay. Your dentist in Balwyn can recommend further treatments that may help reduce your risk.

 

Gum (Periodontal) Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding the teeth. It is also one of the main causes of tooth loss among adults. Some studies have indicated that there may be a link between heart disease and periodontal disease.

Everyone is at risk for gum disease, but it usually occurs after age 30. Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors. Diabetes and dry mouth also increase your risk. The symptoms include bad breath, red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, and painful chewing.

You should see your dentist if you have any signs of gum disease so you can get treatment to prevent further complications, such as tooth loss.

The two major stages of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. Regular dental check-ups along with brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily play an important role in preventing gum disease.

 

Tooth Infection (Root Infection)

This happens when the root (the bottom part) of a tooth becomes infected and fills up with bacteria. It damages the nerves and the pulp tissue inside the tooth itself, if left untreated, so get to the dentist right away if you think that you might have this condition. A deep crack, fracture, or cavity can lead to an infection.

The most severe root infections cause patients to develop painful abscesses. These appear in the form of very sore facial swellings. However, abscesses usually only occur once a root infection has progressed to a more serious state. If you deal with a painful or cracked tooth quickly, this should not happen.

The only real solution for a root infection is an affordable root canal treatment. This is quite a complex and lengthy treatment, so it takes a couple of hours to complete. It has a reputation for being very painful, but the reality is quite different. As an anesthetic is always used, patients very rarely feel any pain until after the treatment when the tooth is healing.

The root canal procedure involves a dentist drilling a hole in the top of the infected tooth. They then insert a special file and grind away at the inside of the tooth until a clear tunnel to the root has been made. Once the passage is open, a suction tool is inserted and used to remove all of the infected pulp tissue and nerves. Finally, the empty tooth structure is filled with a tough material called gutta percha. This prevents bacteria from entering and gives the tooth strength.

 

Mouth Sores

There are several types of mouth sores and they can be pesky and bothersome. Unless a mouth sore lasts more than two weeks, it is usually nothing to worry about and will disappear on its own.

Common mouth sores are canker sores (aphthous ulcers) that occur inside the mouth and not on the lips. They are not contagious and can be triggered by many different causes. They are only a concern if they don't go away after two weeks.

Fever blisters or cold sores are caused by the Herpes simplex virus and occur on the edge of the outer lips. They are contagious and will come and go but are not completely curable.

Mouth sores are also seen in oral thrush or candidiasis, a yeast infection of the mouth that can be seen in infants, denture wearers, people with diabetes, and during cancer treatment.

Tooth Erosion

Tooth erosion is the loss of tooth structure and is caused by acid attacking the enamel. Tooth erosion signs and symptoms can range from sensitivity to more severe problems such as cracking. Tooth erosion is more common than people might think, but it can also be easily prevented.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects millions of people. Basically, tooth sensitivity involves experiencing pain or discomfort to your teeth from sweets, cold air, hot drinks, cold drinks or ice cream.

Some people with sensitive teeth even experience discomfort from brushing and flossing. The good news is that sensitive teeth can be treated.

Sensitive teeth can also be a sign of a cracked tooth or a ​tooth abscess, which needs to be treated by your dentist to prevent losing a tooth or getting an infection in your jaw bone.

If you suddenly develop tooth sensitivity, make an appointment with your Balwyn dentist to see if there is a source that needs to be treated.

For a dentist near Balwyn, Kew, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Surrey Hills, Mont Albert & Deepdene, please call Tower Dental today!

Can Gum Disease Increase Your Risk Of Heart Disease, Diabetes and Dementia?

The startling answer is YES, if left untreated, bacteria from infected gums can pass into the blood circulation. Latest research suggests these bacteria may increase your risk of heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and even some forms of dementia. There is more and more evidence that as well as ensuring a healthy mouth and teeth, preventing gum disease may have long-term health benefits, too.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, then you most likely have gum disease. Whether this happens occasionally or every day, it is a sign that your gums are not healthy and it needs to be addressed. From middle age onwards, the main cause of tooth loss is gum disease, not tooth decay!

In its early stages, known as gingivitis, the gums start to become inflamed. This is a superficial condition and easily treated using simple methods. In the longer term, this can progress to periodontal gum disease. The word “periodontal “refers to the tissues and ligaments around your teeth, which hold them in place within the jaw. In other words, the bone, ligament and gum surrounding your teeth are similar to the foundations of your house.

In periodontal disease, infection and inflammation cause the tissues to pull away from the tooth and underlying bone. Having regular dental check-ups and professional scaling/polishing of your teeth helps to detect and treat the early signs of gingivitis and periodontal gum disease before they progress to cause permanent bone damage and eventually tooth loss. 

Symptoms of gum disease to look out for.

The symptoms of gum disease vary depending on the extent of the problem, but can include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, sore and swollen gums
  • Pain or discomfort when chewing
  • Bad breath (halitosis)
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums (your teeth might appear longer)
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together as they gradually move position
  • Loosening of teeth 
  • And of course tooth loss

However it is important to remember that gum disease can evolve over a long period of time completely silently. Unless you have regular dental check-ups, you might be totally unaware of any problem with your gums.

Gum disease causes

Periodontal gum disease is almost always the result of a sticky film of bacteria building up on the teeth. This is known as dental plaque. This eventually hardens to form tartar (calculus) which, unlike plaque, cannot be removed by brushing.  Build up of plaque and calculus spreads below the gum line as affected teeth become increasingly difficult to clean. This is one reason why regular visits to a dental hygienist are so important to prevent periodontal disease. A dental hygienist uses specialist equipment to remove any build-up of tartar, and to clean the natural spaces between your teeth and gums.

Some factors are known to increase the risk of gum disease, such as:

  • Poor tooth brushing and flossing habits – something which is easily improved with professional guidance from our periodontist
  • Having crooked teeth
  • Having defective or leaking fillings or crowns
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Hormonal changes in women during pregnancy, or from using oral contraceptives or during fertility treatments
  • Having a dry mouth: this can be caused by taking medications that reduce saliva flow, such as antihistamines, decongestants or diuretics to treat high blood pressure
  • Some illnesses that reduce your immunity, such as AIDS
  • Family history

Prevention is key when it comes to gum disease. It is easier, quicker and cheaper to keep your gums in great health than to restore them or replace teeth lost to periodontal disease!

  • Brush your teeth twice a day – our dentists can recommend the correct techniques and fluoride toothpastes depending on your age
  • Floss regularly, or use an interdental brush or to remove plaque from between your teeth
  • Have regular routine dental check-ups every six months
  • Have professional dental hygiene cleaning at least every six months
  • If you smoke, do your utmost to stop.
  • If you have a persistent dry mouth, our doctors can determine the cause and recommend any necessary medical treatment, or change of medication.

If you’re worried about the health of your teeth and your gums or you have noticed that you have a few of the symptoms of periodontitis please call us today.

For a Periodontist near Balwyn, Kew, Camberwell, Hawthorn, Surrey Hills, Mont Albert & Deepdene.

 

 

 

 

What is our dental office doing to protect patients and staff from COVID-19?

Even before the pandemic, dental offices were required to maintain pretty strict hygiene practices. All dental practices already follow strict government standards for cleaning and sanitizing everything with TGA-approved disinfectants specially designed for use in a healthcare setting to kill viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Additionally, it has long been standard protocol for our entire dental care team to wear protective gear, including gloves, surgical masks, and goggles for eye protection to minimize the risk of transmitting germs from one patient to another.

These standards are in practice every day, regardless of whether there’s a known outbreak of an infectious disease. 

Now, due to COVID-19, there are additional safety precautions in place, many of them recommended by the Australian Government Department of Health and the Australian Dental Association.  We are continuing to enforce social distancing between all individuals in the office—patients and staff—when not wearing personal protective equipment, and we routinely disinfect common surfaces in lobbies or waiting rooms, including doorknobs, countertops, and pens.

Chairs are placed six feet apart in the waiting room and depending on space inside you may be asked to wait in your car upon arrival. We have removed all the usual magazines, toys, etc in waiting rooms, in their place you will find tissues, hand sanitizer, and extra trashcans.

Staff are also taking many extra precautions, including having illness screenings and daily temperature checks, and being required to change from their street clothes and shoes to scrubs (or vice-versa) before entering or exiting the practice. Dentists, hygienists, and assistants will also wear more robust [PPE] equipment for higher-risk procedures that create more aerosols.

Our screening isn’t limited to staff. Due to the fact that dental workers are more at risk of infection than patients, it is important to make sure that anyone getting treatment is infection-free. You may be asked to fill out a questionnaire the day before you come in and also when you arrive at the office. Everything in place is to minimize the risk of infection for both yourself and our staff.

Finally, the dental procedure itself may look a little different.  Under Level 3 restrictions we’re also using a pre-procedural mouthwash and a dental dam for any procedures generating aerosols.

So, when should you schedule your next dental appointment?

First and foremost, if you're experiencing any type of dental emergency—swelling, uncontrolled bleeding, pain, trauma from an accident, or if you have a dental concern related to an underlying condition (chemotherapy, uncontrolled diabetes, etc.)—it's important to see your dentist as soon as possible.

In the meantime we encourage you to continue with your usual dental hygiene routine by brushing and flossing twice a day. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Its Dental Health Week!

Each year the Australian Dental Association’s major annual oral health campaign takes place in the first full week of August. The focus of this year’s campaign is on the harm sugar does to oral health, aiming to help Australians to ‘get sugar savvy’. The campaign includes recommended daily sugar consumption levels, advice on reading food labels, and spells out the effect sugar has on our teeth.  This information is reinforced with three main sugar messages:
 
1. Consume no more than 6 teaspoons (24 grams) of free sugar per day as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Sugar has a terrible reputation, but it’s not all bad. As a matter of fact, sugar in the form of carbohydrates is the natural fuel source for exercise. But as we know–not all sugar is created equal.

What’s the difference between added and natural sugar?

When we think of sugar we probably think of added sugar which is found in products like soft drinks, chocolate and breads. Eating too much added sugar can cause cavities, an increased risk of heart disease and obesity, which can lead to additional health problems like Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure.

Natural sugars, on the other hand, are inherently found in certain foods. Any food that contains carbohydrates, such as fruit, dairy products, vegetables, and whole grains, has natural sugar. While a bottle of soft drink and a banana both have sugar in them, the natural sugar in the banana is paired with other nutrients and provides more of a nutritional bang for your buck.

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2. Choose foods with less than 10 grams of sugar per 100 grams.

A smart shopper will not only be price savvy when doing their weekly grocery shop, they’ll also read food labels. Have a look at food labels and be discerning when choosing which foods are going to make it make it home with you. Pay particular attention to sauces, things like barbecue (BBQ) sauce can make a tasty marinade or dip. However, 2 tablespoons (around 28 grams) of sauce can contain around 9 grams of sugar. This is over 2 teaspoons worth. In fact, around 33% of the weight of BBQ sauce may be pure sugar. If you’re liberal with your servings, this makes it easy to consume a lot of sugar without meaning to. To make sure you aren’t getting too much, check the labels and choose the sauce with the least amount of added sugar. 

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3. Look out for hidden sugars when purchasing foods and drinks.

While we might think that some foods are safe, think again, here are a list of everyday foods we may need to look out for if we’re reducing our sugar intake:

  • Pasta Sauce
  • Yoghurt
  • Salad Dressing
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Energy Drinks
  • Dried Fruit
  • Iced Tea

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Eating too much sugar is really bad for your health. It has been linked to an increased risk of many diseases, including obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. There are multiple ways to access sugar information as part of Dental Health Week this year. A visit to your dentist is great for face-to-face advice where your questions can be answered. We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

When Should My Child See An Orthodontist?

The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends children visit a registered specialist orthodontist for an assessment between the ages of 8-10 years old. This allows the orthodontist to evaluate your child's teeth and determine if they may need early treatment.

Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.

The check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Or, the orthodontist may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development, and then if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment.

Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.  In some cases, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.

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• Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to:

• guide jaw growth

• lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth

• correct harmful oral habits

• improve appearance

• guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position

• improve the way lips meet

Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile. Because patients differ in both physiological development and treatment needs, the orthodontist’s goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.

For an orthodontist near Hawthorn, Kew, Deepdene, Camberwell, Surrey Hills, Mont Albert, Surrey Hills and Balwyn, call our clinic today!

Are Mercury Fillings Dangerous?

Fillings using mercury were once very common, but are now being superseded by more modern, tooth coloured substances.The question over their safety has been long debated. In this blog we’ll dispel some myths and offer some hard cold facts.

So What Are Silver Fillings?

Although the name implies that the filling is made out of silver, in reality it only has about 32% of this material. The majority of a silver filling (50%) is actually mercury. Your filling also has trace amounts of tin, copper, and zinc.

When mixed together, these components create a hard and durable material called amalgam. Amalgam fillings are widely used because they are strong and so provide durable chewing surfaces. They are less expensive to place than other types of fillings and they usually last longer.

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What Are The Health Effects Of Mercury Exposure?

Mercury is toxic to the central and peripheral nervous systems. It can influence the nervous, digestive, and immune systems as well as the lungs and kidneys. This can result in neurological and behavioural disorders with symptoms including tremors, insomnia, memory loss, neuromuscular effects, headaches, and cognitive as well as motor dysfunction. Kidney effects have also been reported, ranging from increased protein in the urine to kidney failure.

Has Mercury Been Banned In Certain Countries?

Ireland, Finland and Slovakia have announced a timetable that will see amalgam banned over the next few years. They join Sweden and Norway in banning amalgam. Dentists in all the 28 member states of the European Union are forbidden from using the material in pregnant and breastfeeding women, and in children under the age of 15.

What Are Some Other Options To Mercury Fillings?

In recent decades, composite filling materials have become available; these contain quartz or glass in resin (plastic). Composite fillings have cosmetic advantages over amalgam fillings because they mimic the color of natural teeth. They are often the choice for fillings in or near the front of the mouth because they are less visible than amalgam fillings. They are suitable for tooth surfaces which don't experience a lot of pressure or friction, for example, along the sides of teeth or below the gum line. Some dental practitioners offer these fillings to their patients because they do not contain mercury.

Conclusion

In the 1990s, several governments evaluated the effects of dental amalgam and concluded that the most likely health effects would be due to hypersensitivity or allergy. Teeth with amalgam restorations have a low incidence of cusp fracture and recurrent decay. Amalgam restorations have been shown to last longer than composite restorations and can now be bonded to teeth. In addition, amalgam restorations can often be repaired.

The main exposure to mercury from dental amalgam occurs during placement or removal of restoration in the tooth. Once the reaction is complete less amount of mercury is released, and that is far below the current health standard. Though amalgam is capable of producing delayed hypersensitivity reactions in some individuals, if the recommended mercury hygiene procedures are followed the risks of adverse health effects could be minimized.

If you have any concerns about your amalgam fillings please call our clinic on (03) 9817 7144 today.

For all fillings near Hawthorn, Kew, Deepdene, Camberwell, Surrey Hills, Mont Albert and Surrey H

12 Ways To Whiten Your Teeth Naturally

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you and having the confidence to flash your pearly whites shouldn’t be reserved to just those who can afford professional whitening. In this blog we give you some natural ways you can eat your way to whiter teeth!

1. MILK AND YOGURT

Dairy products like yogurt and milk contain lactic acid and the enamel-fortifying mineral calcium, which not only whiten teeth, but strengthen them, too.

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 2. SEEDS AND NUTS

The abrasive texture of sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, and cashews works to remove surface stains, kind of like an exfoliator for your teeth.

 3. APPLES

The crunchy natures of apples act as a natural abrasive that can scrub away teeth-dulling plaque.

 4. CHEESE

Now we have another excuse to eat cheese! Hard cheese is full of calcium, which strengthens teeth and gums. Casein, a milk protein found in cheese, has been shown to reduce the loss of minerals from tooth enamel.

5. CARROTS

The action of chewing raw carrots has a similar effect on your teeth as apples and will help scrub your teeth of plaque. Teeth with more plaque are more likely to develop stains.

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6. ORANGES

The flesh of this sweet, delicious fruit helps neutralize the acid in your mouth that causes decay.

7. BROCCOLI

Munching on some broccoli will increase your fibre intake which can help reduce inflammation in the mouth, while the iron in broccoli provides a wall of protection around your teeth enamel which can help prevent stains and cavities.

8. WATER

H2O keeps you hydrated and smiling bright. Sip and swish between glasses of wine and when eating dark, pigmented foods to prevent staining. Just be sure to drink still over sparkling: Bubbles can erode enamel and harm teeth.

 

9. STRAWBERRIES

Strawberries contain an enzyme called malic acid which is a natural astringent that can remove surface discolouration.

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10. BAKING SODA

Although you can’t exactly eat baking soda, brushing your teeth with toothpaste mixed with baking soda every now and again can remove plaque and brighten teeth. However, don’t use this method too often as it can be abrasive on the enamel.

If you want to know more about our in chair or at home teeth whitening, give us a call on (03) 9817 7144 today!

For teeth whitening near Kew, Hawthorn, Camberwell, Surrey Hills, Deepdene, Mont Albert and Balwyn. 

Top Two Signs You Need Root Canal Treatment

A root canal is usually a simple procedure with little or no discomfort. Surprisingly though most people still dread this procedure and end up putting it off. If left untreated, an infected root canal can lead to a very painful and pus-filled abscess which needs immediate attention.

Root canal treatment involves one to three visits to a dentist and it's important to note that the root canal surgery actually relieves the pain so it's always in your best interest to see a doctor whenever you feel any tooth discomfort.

If you’re currently experiencing tooth pain or extreme sensitivity then read on, we're diving into the top two signs you need to be aware of.

1. Intense Tooth Pain

One of the biggest giveaways that you need a root canal is extreme tooth pain. When you have an infected root canal, the tooth is basically dying and decaying.

The pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp or shooting pain. It can be constant or come and go but pain almost always accompanies the need for a root canal treatment.

If not treated, the infection can spread and create even worse pain.

2. Swollen Gums or Cheeks

One of the most common signs of infection is inflammation. If you have a tooth infection, swelling of the gums will often follow. The need for a root canal isn't always accompanied by swelling but it’s definitely something to look for.

Often root canal patients will report swelling or a gum boil focused near the tooth root, pronounced lumps of swelling, and foul breath.

So What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a treatment used to save a tooth with an infected or dead pulp and prevent the infection from spreading. A root canal saves the affected tooth by cleaning out the diseased pulp and reshaping the canal.

What Causes It?

The main cause of a root canal infection is bacteria that has penetrated the tooth pulp and irritated the tooth's nerves causing an infection. Bacteria can find its way into the tooth in many ways:

●    Cracked or physically damaged teeth

●    Tooth decay (like untreated cavities)

●    Teeth displacements

●    Teeth abnormalities

●    Necrosis

How Do I Know If I Need A Root Canal?

If you need a root canal treatment, you will probably experience the symptoms of pulp tissue damage. These are the most common symptoms of an injured or damaged pulp:

●    Pain when biting down and chewing

●    Oversensitivity of teeth with hot or cold food or beverages

●    Facial swelling

What’s Involved In A Root Canal Procedure?

Depending on the difficulty of the procedure, you may need more than one visit to complete the treatment.


Preparing for root canal treatment

Before having root canal treatment, your dentist may take a series of X-rays of the affected tooth.

This allows them to build up a clear picture of the root canal and assess the extent of any damage.

Root canal treatment is usually carried out under local anaesthetic, a painkilling medicine that numbs your infected tooth and the gum around it.

In some cases where the tooth has died and is no longer sensitive, it may not be necessary to use a local anaesthetic.

Removing the pulp

Your dentist will place a rubber sheet (dam) around the tooth to ensure it's dry during treatment.

The dam also prevents you swallowing or breathing in any chemicals the dentist uses.

Your dentist will open your tooth through the crown, the flat part at the top, to access the soft tissue at the centre of the tooth (pulp). They'll then remove any infected pulp that remains. 

If you have a dental abscess, which is a pus-filled swelling, your dentist will be able to drain it at the same time.

Cleaning and filling the root canal

After the pulp has been removed, your dentist will clean and enlarge the root canal.

The root canal is usually very narrow, which makes it difficult to fill.

Your dentist will use a series of small files to enlarge the canals and make them a regular shape so they can be filled.

This part of the treatment may take several hours, and may need to be carried out over a number of visits.

Your front incisor and canine teeth (biting teeth) usually have a single root containing 1 root canal.

The premolars and back molar teeth (chewing teeth) have 2 or 3 roots, each containing either 1 or 2 root canals.

The more roots a tooth has, the longer the treatment will take to complete.

If the treatment needs to be carried out over several sessions, your dentist may put a small amount of medicine in the cleaned canal in between visits to kill any remaining bacteria.

The tooth will then be sealed using a temporary filling.

If you have symptoms from the infection, such as a raised temperature or large swelling, you may be given antibiotics to help manage and prevent further infection.

Sealing and fixing the tooth

At your next visit, the temporary filling and medicine within the tooth is removed and the root canal filling will be inserted.

This, along with a filling, seals the tooth and prevents reinfection.

Root-filled teeth are more likely to break than healthy unrestored teeth, so your dentist may suggest placing a crown on the tooth to protect it.

In some cases a root-filled tooth may darken, particularly if it's died as a result of injury like a knock to the tooth.

There are several ways your dentist can treat discolouration, such as whitening the tooth using chemicals.

Adding a crown

A crown is a cap that completely covers a real tooth. It might be necessary to use a crown after root canal treatment to prevent the tooth fracturing.

Crowns can be made from:

  • metal or porcelain (or both)
  • a ceramic material
  • powdered glass

The dentist will reduce the size of your tooth and use the crown to replace what's removed.

A mould of your tooth will be taken to ensure the crown is the right shape and size, and fits your tooth accurately.

When fitting the crown, cement will be used to glue the crown to the trimmed-down tooth.

If there's only a small amount of tooth left after the root canal treatment, a post can be cemented in the root canal and used to help keep the crown in place.

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, we urge you to make an appointment with your dentist immediately. The longer you wait to seek medical assistance, the more dangerous and worse your condition can be. If you live in Hawthorn, Kew, Deepdene and Camberwell and want to schedule an appointment for root canal treatment, call our clinic today.

 

 

Have A Dental Emergency? You Need To Act Quickly.

Dental emergencies can be caused by different things, but they have one thing in common – they should be treated immediately.

If you’re experiencing facial pain, swelling or have you lost a tooth due to an accident and aren’t sure what to do, you need to call Tower Dental immediately. We provide emergency dental care. Here are some dental emergencies that require immediate treatment and things you can do to help while waiting to see an emergency dentist near Surrey Hills & Hawthorn.

Avulsed teeth

If you had an accident that led to a healthy tooth being knocked out, then you must act quickly. Seeing an emergency dentist within an hour of the accident, will increase the likelihood that we can save your tooth. This is because as soon as a tooth is detached from your mouth, nerves, tissues and vessels are exposed and can become damaged. Ideally, you should try to reposition the tooth in its socket, but if this is impossible, simply rinse it gently and store it in a container of milk. These measures can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth.

Loose teeth

Whether the result of trauma or gum disease, loose teeth require immediate dental help. Our emergency dentist near Camberwell can still save your tooth because it is still attached to the jaw. To avoid pain and discomfort while waiting to be treated, take a painkiller and avoid touching your loose tooth. If swelling occurs, apply a cold compress gently outside your mouth.

Do not settle for pain

There are any number of situations that might require visiting the emergency dentist near Kew. Even if you are unsure about your problem, contacting the dentist is always a good idea. An experienced dentist will be able to diagnose and identify your problem while ensuring that you stay as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

In extreme cases outside of our normal business hours, please telephone:
The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne
9341 1000. 

The Emergency Department is on
Level 1
The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne
720 Swanston Street
Carlton (opposite Melbourne University).

Alternately, please contact the emergency department of a hospital near you.

DentiCare Dental Payment Plans For All Types of Treatment

At DentiCare they’re all about putting the smile back on your face. They work with more than 3,000 doctors in over 1,500 practices providing dental and orthodontic payment plans to thousands of patients each month to help them reach their oral health goals. Their dental payment plans are a convenient and affordable way for you to pay for the cost of your dental treatment over time. And what’s more you won’t pay any interest or go through any complicated finance contracts. Now there’s no reason for you to delay your treatment. Ask your doctor about how a no interest DentiCare payment plan can get you into treatment straight away.

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility and setting up your payment plan

What type of treatment can I use a payment plan for?

DentiCare Payment Plans can be used for a wide range of general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic treatments. You can use a payment plan for teeth whitening, dental implants, crowns and veneers and most other dental procedures. You can also use a payment plan to cover the cost of your Orthodontic treatment as well including Invisalign and all types of braces.

How do I know if I will be eligible for a DentiCare payment plan?

To be eligible for a DentiCare Payment Plan you need to be over 18, an Australian citizen, employed and not subject to any debt or bankruptcy agreements.

Can I use a DentiCare payment plan in conjunction with my Health Fund?

Yes! Your DentiCare payment plan can easily be adjusted to include your Health Fund Refund. This will be transacted as per usual process at your practice and they will advise us to make the adjustment.

What do I need to be aware of when considering different payment plan options?

When considering any over-time payment option, it’s important to consider manageability of payments. You should also be aware that some payment plans are consumer credit so may charge additional fees, interest (if not paid within an interest free period), account keeping fees etc.

Is a DentiCare payment plan a credit contract?

DentiCare is simple direct debit payment plan – not a credit product. Unlike credit or personal loan options, you won’t be charged interest on your treatment or go through complex credit checks or be asked to provide detailed financial information.

How do I setup a DentiCare payment plan?

  • When your doctor discusses your treatment plan, enquire about a DentiCare Payment Plan tailored to your treatment.
  • Together with your doctor decide on the payment plan details including the deposit, amount and frequency of payments.
  • Complete the simple, direct debit form. There’s no need for credit checks or detailed financial information.
  • You can begin your treatment straight away and your payments begin. Simple. No hassle, no fuss.

What time will my payments be debited?

Direct debits can be processed anytime from midnight on the morning of your scheduled debit date. We suggest having the funds available in the account the night before any due date.

Note: If your direct debit date falls on a public holiday or the weekend, it will be processed the next business day. If for any reason a debit does not occur on a scheduled date, please leave funds available until the payment is debited.

Can I add further treatment to my existing DentiCare payment plan?

Yes, simply talk to your dental or orthodontic provider about adding additional treatment to an existing payment plan

For Dental payment plans in Mont Albert, Surrey Hills, Camberwell, Hawthorn & Kew.