Dentures are still one of the most commonly used methods to replace missing teeth. When dentures are fitted correctly, they are comfortable and pain free. Dentures are chosen on a case-by-case basis and there are various types of dentures available. A partial denture replaces just a few teeth and a full denture is used for replacing an entire upper or lower arch.
If you wear a denture, it is still important to look after your oral hygiene. Our hygienist can show you how to keep your dentures clean and your gums healthy. If you wear a partial denture, make sure you remove it prior to brushing your natural teeth. When you are not wearing your denture, such as at night, soak it in a cleanser solution or in water.
It is important to continue having regular check-ups with us so we can monitor your gum tissues for signs of change. When teeth are missing, your gum-line and facial bone structure can change, this means your dentures will need to be periodically adjusted to ensure they stay in perfect position with your gums.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy is perceived as an uncomfortable and painful procedure, which many people delay having. However the main purpose of root canal therapy is to relieve pain caused by an infected nerve. The tooth is saved and restored back to its full function and appearance.
Infection can be caused through an accident where the tooth has received a heavy blow or from deep decay. If left untreated, an abscess may develop increasing pain and the likelihood of the tooth needing to be removed.
Advancements in dental technology, in conjunction with the use of specially developed fine instruments, the Brunswick Dental Group team can remove the infected pulp, seal and protect your root canal chamber with tiny cone shaped fillers and restore your tooth with a high quality porcelain crown.
Some common causes of nerve infection include:
- Severe decay
- Fracture of the tooth from an accident
- A cracked or missing filling that has been left untreated
Root canal therapy has a success rate of over 95% and with the administration of anaesthetic, is a procedure that can be completed with no discomfort. Depending on the severity of the infection, your current oral health and several other influencing factors, you may require several dentist appointments.
Root Canal Treatment
Tooth Coloured Filling
Tooth coloured fillings are an aesthetic alternative to amalgam (silver) fillings.
In the past amalgam was the strongest material available to fill cavities. With major advancements in technology, tooth coloured fillings (aka resin fillings) are now available.
This advancement allows the Brunswick Dental Group team to place restorations that are strong, durable and virtually invisible to the eye. These tooth coloured fillings are suitable for small to medium restorations in the front and back teeth and importantly they can be completed in one appointment.
The procedure involves:
- The removal of the decayed or fractured tooth substance
- The cleansing and etching of the area for placement
- Shade selection
- The incremental addition of the resin material
- The curing of this material with a blue light
- The adjustment and smoothing of this restoration
On completion you will have a restoration that is virtually invisible. You should care for this just like you would for your natural teeth.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
We have all had bad breath at some point, particularly after a night of dining on foods with large amounts of garlic and onion. This is termed transient bad breath as it is only caused until the foods responsible are in our system and can usually be masked with breath mints, gum and mouthwash.
Bad breath, clinically called halitosis, is a common problem made worse by the fact that most people are unaware of their condition. It can be the cause of great embarrassment both socially and professionally.
Fortunately, help is available. The Brunswick Dental Group team is able to perform a simple fresh breath analysis test and prescribe treatment that can resolve your situation.
Although bad breath can be attributed to a variety of causes, in most cases, it is the result of a build-up of oral bacteria on your tongue and along the gum-line. Some of these bacteria produce sulphur compounds, which is often the cause of bad breath. If you suffer from bad breath, our oral hygienists can offer you advice on effective brushing and flossing techniques and demonstrate the best method for cleaning the front and back area of your tongue. Often by adopting a thorough oral hygiene routine will remove much of the odour causing bacteria. A thorough oral exam by one of the Brunswick Dental Clinic team can determine if the cause is related to an infection such as gum disease.
No matter what the cause of your bad breath, the Brunswick Dental Group team will find a solution that soon has you speaking with confidence.