Restore your smile to its natural healthy state. Our teeth play such an important role in our lives, so it’s vitally important we take good care of them. If you have suffered damage to your teeth it’s important you take the appropriate steps to repair them. Take the opportunity to repair your smile with one of our restorative dental treatments.
Visually appealing alternatives to amalgam fillings. Here at Caroline Springs dental we place ourselves at the forefront of dental advancements. And because of this we only use the very best material with our treatments. Modern dentistry recommends the use of composite fillings, why?
Traditional amalgam fillings are composed of mercury. Some people believe that this material can be harmful and leak into the mouth when chewing. Amalgam fillings are also a less desired treatment for a number of other reasons:
- By being just packed into the tooth there is no complete seal, this means decay has the opportunity to sneak into the tooth underneath the filling.
- The amalgam material contracts and expands in response to temperature changes in the mouth, this can cause the natural tooth to crack
- They are less visually appealing as they do not blend in with the original colour of the smile
WHY CHOOSE COMPOSITE FILLINGS
Composite fillings are a much more environmentally friendly material, 100% free from toxic mercury. The fillings do not change in response to temperature changes in the mouth. The composite fillings also provide a visually preferred look being exactly colour matched to the previous colour of the teeth.
Composite fillings are a great way to repair minor damage. If you have extensive damage to your mouth, you may require inlays or onlays or a different dental solution to repair your smile.
If you have chipped or broken-down teeth, our dentists may be able to use a crown or bridge to restore your dentition and smile. A crown is made of porcelain material. This crown is attached to permanently to the tooth to help in improving strength, function and appearance. Each crown is tailored specifically to fit each individual smile.
WHAT DO CROWNS DO?
- Improve appearance or alignment of a tooth
- Help protect worn or cracked teeth
- Re-enforce a tooth that has previously required root canal treatment
- Provide strength to teeth that have previously had decay
Once a tooth is strengthened by a crown, its full function is restored and helps occlusion (biting and chewing). A crown can enhance your smile.
DENTAL BRIDGE – A dental bridge is a permanent fixture used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge requires the support of surrounding teeth. As you may have guessed, it is literally used to ‘bridge’ the gap left by missing teeth.
WHAT DOES A DENTAL BRIDGE DO?
- Can replace one or several missing teeth
- Helps prevent further tooth loss
- Helps prevent further tooth movement
Bridges and crowns are both individually crafted and tailored to fit each specific smile. They should produce a visually seamless look and work well with the mechanics of the mouth.
A root canal treatment is performed when the internal pulp chamber of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. An inflamed or infected tooth can cause severe pain and swelling. There are various reasons why this occurs such as decay extending to the pulp chamber, a crack, extensive deep restorations and trauma to the tooth. This allows bacteria to the internal pulp chamber causing infection. In order to salvage the tooth, root canal treatment can be performed.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
A number of symptoms can signal that root canal treatment may be required. These can include:
- Toothache and sensitivity
- Pus and infected gum surrounding the teeth
- Persistent swelling of the gums
- Swollen cheeks and face around the mouth
Pain and discomfort is often present when tooth pulp infection is badly affecting the tooth. In the early stages of root tissue infection, there may also be a dull persistent aching, or a more severe pain when biting.
HOW OUR DENTAL CLINIC CAN HELP?
Often the patient is distressed and in considerable pain. A prompt response from one of our dentists can relieve the distress and pain. It is important to act quickly and remove the infected area in order to avoid complete tooth loss and further damage. Root canal therapy is the removal of the infected tissue in order to relieve pain, stop further infection and ultimately save the tooth.
WHAT WE DO
Treatment involves the removal of the inflamed tissue, full preparation of the canal system and obturation (filling). This process ensures that bacteria are prevented from multiplying in the canal spaces. Prognosis is usually very good and success rate are generally high.
IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
While most people link a root canal procedure with extreme pain, this should not be the case. Modern pain reducing dental advancements mean that a root canal procedure should not necessarily generate pain and discomfort. It is important to first assess whether or not root canal treatment is the most appropriate course of action. A dental professional is the most qualified person to make this call.
WISDOM TEETH – Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that eliminates pain and discomfort caused by impaction or development if wisdom teeth.
DO I NEED MY WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?
Wisdom teeth can pose a variety of problems, weather it’s an acute issue or one we foresee further down the track. In many cases, there is not enough space at the rear of the jaw for your wisdom teeth to erupt, causing the teeth to become impacted and wedged together. It is recommended to remove your wisdom teeth for the following reasons:
- Infection: When an impacted wisdom tooth starts to push through the gums, an infection can start around the top of the tooth. Infection and inflammation (swollen red gums) can cause pain, swelling and jaw stiffness.
- Crowding: A wisdom tooth may push nearby teeth out of their correct position; however, they are not believed to be associated with crowding of the lower front teeth.
- Cysts: Sacks of fluid called cysts can form around the tooth and may displace the tooth. The cysts can destroy bone and damage surrounding teeth and gums.
- Damage to nearby molars: An impacted wisdom tooth may keep pushing against the molars next to it. This often leads to serious damage to both teeth.
To Note: Any dental procedure carries risks which also may depend on your general health. This will be discussed with you prior to any dental intervention. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner such as your dentist or your doctor.
If you would like to learn more about how Caroline Springs Dental can help you, or to book an appointment, please contact us. Caroline Springs Dental is conveniently located in Caroline Springs and is only a short commute from Burnside, Burnside Height, Albanvale, Kings Park, Taylors Hill, Deer Park, St Albans, Sunshine & Sunshine North.