Welcome to our FAQ Centre. We invite you to view our most frequently asked questions below for further information about our high quality treatments…
Do you have a question about dental health or any of our treatments? Please peruse our list below and if you are still unsure please don’t hesitate to call us on (02) 9267 9526.
What happens if I just ignore getting my teeth cleaned?
When plaque and calculus accumulate on the teeth it can aggravate the gums causing periodontal disease to develop. Supporting tissues around the teeth (gums, periodontal ligaments, bone) then begin to deteriorate. Periodontal pockets form which trap additional plaque. Bad breath often accompanies this condition. Once the bone that supports the teeth is lost it will not regrow without surgical intervention.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria found in plaque. If plaque is not regularly removed it calcifies into a rough, porous deposit called calculus or tartar. By-products of bacterial metabolism irritate the gums making them red, tender, swollen and more prone to bleeding. Eventually the supporting periodontal structures begin to breakdown. The result of this slow process is tissue loss, bone loss and eventual tooth loss.
While biting hard food I broke one of my teeth. What should I do?
If you are not in any pain call the dentist as soon as possible to book an appointment. Try and keep the tooth as clean as possible and avoid biting hard on that tooth. If you have pain you will need to go to your dentist immediately as an emergency.
When a tooth is pushed out of position:
- Attempt to reposition the tooth to its normal alignment using very light finger pressure but do not force the tooth.
- Bite down to keep the tooth from moving.
- Your dentist may splint the tooth in place to the two healthy teeth next to the loose tooth.
My tooth was knocked out - how soon should I see a dentist?
The most important thing is not to wait to receive treatment!
- Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment. Getting to a dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
- Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. Touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) can damage cells necessary for bone reattachment.
- Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub.
- Place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and the gum to keep it moist- it is important not to let the tooth dry out.
- If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk.
What can gum disease mean for a diabetic?
Gingivitis is an infection within the gums caused by bacteria found in plaque. A diabetic’s body doesn’t respond as quickly to infection as a non-diabetic. If the infection persists, it can spread to the underlying bone that supports and anchors the teeth.
It has been shown that diabetics who keep their condition under control and maintain good oral hygiene have a far better chance of combating infections than those who are poorly controlled.
Why do I need X-Rays?
Radiographic or X-Ray examinations provide your dentist with an important diagnostic tool that shows the condition of your teeth, their roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial bones.
X-Rays can help your dentist determine the presence or degree of periodontal disease, abscesses and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumours. X-Rays can also show the exact location of impacted teeth. They can pinpoint the location of cavities and other signs of disease that may not be possible to detect through visual examination (such as changes in the jaw bone structure as a result of systemic disease).
When should my child first see a dentist?
The ideal time for your child to meet the dentist is six months after their first (primary) teeth erupt. This gives your dentist a perfect opportunity to carefully examine the development of their mouth and diagnose problems such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething irritations and prolonged thumb-sucking in their early stages.
I brush my teeth constantly but still have bad breath. What can I do?
Brushing and flossing are definitely the first steps to eliminating bad breath. Brushing and flossing remove bacteria responsible for creating odorous sulphur compounds and the food they feed on. However, bacteria hide not only on and around the teeth but also on the tongue under a layer of mucous. Here they are free to create odours.
You might want to consider a tongue scraper. They’re extremely effective at removing this protective mucous layer from the back of the tongue.
The latest products on the market for bad breath are toothpastes and mouthwashes containing chlorine dioxide. The chlorine dioxide neutralises the odorous sulphur compounds, instead of simply covering up the odour.
I have a number of black fillings, what can I do to improve this?
The black filling material used in your teeth is amalgam. Amalgam has been used for over a hundred years as a filling material but in recent times more advanced tooth coloured filling material has been developed. We can safely replace your unsightly amalgam fillings with our modern filling material that can be colour-matched to the exact shade of your teeth.