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What is the Average cost of Cosmetic Dentistry in Melbourne Australia?

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What is the Average cost of Cosmetic Dentistry?

Consider the value of a good smile in your life. Having a smile you can be proud of can give you a renewed confidence in yourself and your appearance. People are likely to consider that you are more attractive, younger-looking, and even smarter or more successful because you have taken excellent care of your smile. Our patients often view a smile makeover as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – we do too. You’ll want to be sure that you get dental veneers made of high-quality material, that fit comfortably and perfectly, and that transform your smile in exactly the way that you envision.

Do it once, do it right – the importance of seeking quality dental care

High-quality dental work can be costly, but the greatest costs come from having to do the work more than once. We see patients every week who have started or completed treatment elsewhere, and who end up coming here to get the work repaired or re-done.

When considering cosmetic work such as porcelain veneers, the quality and longevity of the work performed is of the utmost importance. We encourage our patients not to compromise when it comes to getting the high-quality dental care they deserve.

The price for a Cosmetic Dentistry can vary greatly from patient to patient based on the unique details of his or her custom treatment plan.

The total cost of your smile makeover will be determined by a variety of factors:

  • Any dental work needed to improve your oral health
  • The cosmetic treatments that are included in your smile makeover treatment plan
  • Any custom restorations that you require
  • The type of material your restorations will be crafted from
  • The complexity of your case
  • Anesthesia or sedation expenses

At the end of your consultation, you will be presented with a full price quotation for your smile enhancement plan.

Financing Options

We offer a number of dental financing options that enable you to pay over time.

 

 

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I was given a cheaper Cosmetic Dentistry Fees in Melbourne

We see a lot of patients shopping over the phone for best price and based decision as to the treatment cost over the phone enquiry and estimated cost given by them by an office receptionist. But those over the phone figures could just be an estimate of fees, someone can throw in a small figure or fees just to get them into their door, but that it isn’t the correct fees.

Price-shopping for cosmetic dentistry over the phone would be like comparing Apples over oranges. The dental costs provided over the phone shopping could be based on approximate prices and should be used as a general guide only and do not factor any complexities or variances that may arise on an individual basis.

As every patient has individual needs the only way to get an accurate dental costing is to have a thorough examination and consultation and discuss your goals and also your budget.

 

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 How is Pricing Determined for Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?

When looking for quality dental work in Melbourne, you want to be sure you are getting the best deal. The price you are quoted for a service can vary greatly from practice to practice. A savvy customer knows the importance of finding the balance between a fair price and ensuring that you receive skilled and experienced care from your provider.

Ensuring that your dental work fits well, look natural, and is long-lasting requires skill and experience.

Experience and talent can cost somewhat more up front than the services of a less skilled dentist. However, it saves time, money, and discomfort to do the job right the first time, with high-quality materials and modern techniques. Make sure you place your trust and your teeth in reliable hands to get the best work at the best price.

Fix & Straighten Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth

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There are many ways to correct the appearance of crooked teeth. If you don’t have the time or the inclination to wear braces or Invisalign, you may be able to resolve your crowded smile in a matter of weeks, rather than years. If you simply want a straighter looking smile, you may be able to accomplish this cosmetic goal with dental veneers in a process called “Instant” Orthodontics.

 

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Some adult patients are reluctant to have a conventional orthodontic treatment as recommended. They feel that wearing awkward metal braces for a number of years is too high a price to pay for straight teeth. They want immediate results to correct misalignment of their overcrowded front teeth and other conditions such as protrusion. Some patients want to close the gaps in between their teeth, recontour poorly shaped teeth, or correct their open bites or cross bites.

Fix & Straighten Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth

 

 

Placement of dental veneers is sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they can be used to cover a variety of dental problems involving teeth in the “smile zone

 

 

For many patients of our practice, instant orthodontics has provided an outstanding alternative to braces. Not all orthodontic issues, however, can be resolved with porcelain veneers. The best candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers include those who

 

 

Instant orthodontics use a dental veneers, which can be made of either Porcelain or a Composite Veneer.  These materials are thin shells of specially crafted dental materials.

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 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

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Most tooth bonding will last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on which teeth are bonded and how well you care for them. There is ongoing research about the products used in the dental bonding process, with hopes of further improving the materials most commonly used.

 

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 

The cost of teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of veneering materials and the the type of treatment you choose.

It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces

 BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 
Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING
Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING
 
 
 

 

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Feeling self-conscious and insecure with your crooked, crowded or overlapped teeth and your smile? Looking for the Best Cosmetic Dentist in Melbourne for Smile Makeovers with Dental VeneersVOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE Dentist have the passion, expertise and dedication to provide exceptional Cosmetic Dentistry treatment. Call 9629-7664 to book for your FREE mini cosmetic consult

 

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What Dental Treatments are Considered Cosmetic Dentistry?

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What Dental Treatments are Considered Cosmetic Dentistry?

Dr. Castro views any procedure that makes you look and feel better as cosmetic. It depends on your individual needs. If you lost a front tooth and need an implant or bridge, this can be viewed as cosmetic. Many of the procedures listed below provide both a health and cosmetic benefit:

  • Teeth Whitening — One of the simplest ways to improve your smile is with teeth whitening. With our Laser Sapphire Teeth Whitening, Dr. Castro can help you to remove stains and rapidly brighten your smile in one office visit. The process is simple – a gel is applied to your teeth that is then activated by a special light. This allows oxygen to penetrate deep into the tooth, lifting stains and creating a brighter, whiter smile. If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, Dr. Castro can take an impression of your teeth and create a custom-made tray for you to use. We will provide you with professional whitening products to use with the form-fitting tray, helping to ensure excellent results. LEARN MORE
  • Composite Bonding — Cosmetic dental bonding is a very common and very effective way to fill in small gaps between the teeth, restore chipped teeth, and improve an array of other dental issues. It requires very little preparation and Dr. Castro can typically perform cosmetic dental bonding procedures in just one office visit, providing results that beautifully renew the appearance of your teeth.LEARN MORE
  • Porcelain Veneers —If you have crooked, chipped, or stained teeth, porcelain veneers can help to renew your smile quickly and easily. Porcelain veneers can also be used for people with gaps between their teeth, or to reshape or lengthen the appearance of your teeth. These durable shells are custom-made to fit snugly and comfortably over the visible part of the affected teeth. Once bonded to your teeth, veneers can last decades, and provide you with beautiful, natural-looking results and a balanced new smile. LEARN MORE
  • Porcelain Crowns — If your tooth is extensively damaged due to a cavity or injury, you may need it to be covered with an all-ceramic porcelain crown. The end results of crown placement look just like those that can be achieved with veneers. The main difference is that a crown also wraps around the entire body of a tooth. Crowns are useful in situations where we need to fix your bite or where veneers will not be as successful. LEARN MORE

 

 

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  • Dental Implants — If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants can help restore the overall appearance and health of your mouth. Dental implants are anchored to your jawbone with a strong titanium post that acts like a natural tooth root. A wonderful alternative to traditional dentures, dental implants look and feel so natural that you may have trouble distinguishing them from your original teeth.
  • Porcelain Bridges — Another option for replacing missing teeth is with an all-ceramic porcelain bridge. They are a good alternative in situations when you’re not a candidate for an implant. Bridges are permanently cemented to the adjacent teeth with crowns for stability. LEARN MORE
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings — Tooth-colored fillings are becoming the standard for filling cavities. This type of filling offers greater aesthetic benefits and reduces the health risks associated with the amalgam mercury fillings of the past. Using the same durable ceramic material used in porcelain dental veneers and crowns, tooth-colored fillings are composed of a composite resin and bonded to the teeth. They not only serve to better your dental health by treating cavities more effectively, they also look great and are made to blend with your surrounding teeth.LEARN MORE
  • Cosmetic  Gum Surgery — Dr. Castro often performs gum recontouring in conjunction with the porcelain veneer procedure. The laser allows him to reshape the gum tissue to give it a more uniform and balanced appearance.
  • Tooth Contouring & Reshaping — Minor changes to the shape of teeth can be made by recontouring the enamel. This procedure is painless and gives you immediate results!If you are interested in learning more about our cosmetic dentistry procedures, we invite you to further explore our informative website or schedule a consultation with Dr. Castro

 

 

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 What will my New Smile Look Like?

Test Out Your Future Look With a ‘Trial Smile’

Achieving a more attractive smile is often a big investment. And, like other big investments, it’s always advantageous to have the opportunity to “try it out” beforehand — especially something as visible and public as your smile.

We’ve come a long way in giving people ways to preview their smiles before the permanent restoration is in place. Computer imaging is one of the more effective ways of doing this. But what if you could actually see for yourself in a mirror rather than on a computer monitor or printed page what your new smile will look like? Now you can with a “trial smile.”

To create a trial smile, we temporarily apply  a laboratory fabricated composite resin, a tooth-colored dental material, directly to your teeth. Not only will you be able to see your smile as it will appear, you’ll also be able to get a sense of the texture and depth of the new dental work, something you can’t quite capture with two-dimensional computer imaging. And while you won’t be able to wear the trial smile home permanently, we can certainly take photos for you to show friends and family for their opinion.

Trial smiles are also beneficial in helping us plan your smile makeover. By viewing how you interact with your new look — facial expressions, speech and, of course, smiling — we can fine tune the amount of tooth preparation necessary, as well as the color, shape and texture of the permanent restorations.

Incorporating a trial smile into your treatment will involve an additional expense, but only as a relatively small part of your overall treatment cost. But the benefit it can bring in helping us achieve a smile that’s both attractive and satisfying to you is well worth the cost. “Trying out” your smile ahead of time can give you added peace of mind that your new look is just what you expected.

Fix & Straighten Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth

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 Cosmetic Digital Imaging to Preview your future Smiles

 

Maybe you’re wondering what a new smile would look like?

The days of “hoping” that you get a great looking result from your procedure are over, thanks to our SNAP smile design simulation software.

With SNAP, you are able to see your new smile before you decide to spend the money on a cosmetic procedure. Here are just a few of the reasons that cosmetic dentistry patients of love getting a digital smile makeover with SNAP technology:

  • Patients are able to see how they will look with a variety of cosmetic options. Our  patients get digital simulations  to evaluate before making a decision. If you’re on the fence between teeth whitening and veneers for instance, this digital smile makeover technology can help you make the best decision for you.
  • By having a digital simulation of what your smile will look like, you can get the opinion of your spouse, family or friends before undergoing any procedures.
  • As dentists, we also love this technology because it allows us to better communicate expected outcomes for each and every patient.

At an extra cost during your Consultation, we can take photos of your smile and do a SNAP imaging of you smiles.  Alternatively, you can email us a picture, and we will digitally change your smile in the image before sending it back to you. This helps us design your new smile to your exact specifications and allows you to virtually sample our cosmetic dentistry services.

It’s easy!

  • Find a picture of yourself smiling!
  • Email it to us
  • We will transform your smile
  • You’ll receive your new smile via email!

Want to know what your new smile will look like before ever having to come to our office? Great, all you need to do is email us a picture of your smile or come for a Cosmetic  Consultation

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Trial Smile Design

The trial smile is a provisional temporary smile that is placed on prepared teeth. It allows you to “test-drive” your new smile before you commit to making long-term changes.

This extra stage in the smile design process ensures that the outcome of your dental treatment will meet your expectations.

Dr Castro will  go to great lengths to ensure that the Trial Smile is exactly what the patient has requested.

The first step is to take impressions of your teeth and gums

Using these images of your mouth, Dr Castro can recommend the most appropriate treatment – or combination of treatments – for you to get the smile you want.

The trial smile also allows for you to make small changes after the initial smile design treatment planning. This occurs at a review appointment, often a week after the trial smile has been placed.

The trial smile is customised and hand-crafted by using dental composite materials and has a very realistic look.

The items to review include the shape of teeth, the size of teeth, the axial inclination of teeth, the shape of the embrasures, the position of the reflective line angles, the reflective or deflective properties of the teeth, the golden proportion of teeth and the width of the buccal corridor.

The trial smile allows our patients the time to decide if their new smile is exactly how they want it before the final placement of the veneers or implants. Any adjustments can be made quickly and easily.

Once the patient is satisfied with the look then digital photographs, impressions, and measurements are made of the trial smile and sent to the ceramist to help guide the look of the final smile.

Your personalised treatment plan will be specifically designed for you to get maximum results with minimum intervention.

Fix & Straighten Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth

 

 

Placement of dental veneers is sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they can be used to cover a variety of dental problems involving teeth in the “smile zone

 

 

For many patients of our practice, instant orthodontics has provided an outstanding alternative to braces. Not all orthodontic issues, however, can be resolved with porcelain veneers. The best candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers include those who

 

 

Instant orthodontics use a dental veneers, which can be made of either Porcelain or a Composite Veneer.  These materials are thin shells of specially crafted dental materials.

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 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

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Most tooth bonding will last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on which teeth are bonded and how well you care for them. There is ongoing research about the products used in the dental bonding process, with hopes of further improving the materials most commonly used.

 

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 

The cost of teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of veneering materials and the the type of treatment you choose.

It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces

 BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 
Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING
Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING
 
 
 

 

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Feeling self-conscious and insecure with your crooked, crowded or overlapped teeth and your smile? Looking for the Best Cosmetic Dentist in Melbourne for Smile Makeovers with Dental VeneersVOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE Dentist have the passion, expertise and dedication to provide exceptional Cosmetic Dentistry treatment. Call 9629-7664 to book for your FREE mini cosmetic consult

 

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The Top 4 Procedures in a Smile Makeover

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 The Top 4 Procedures in a Smile Makeover

A beautiful smile is something many people desire, but few naturally have. The good news is that smile makeovers exist that can transform your smile without major surgery or lengthy treatments! This cosmetic dentistry solution can whiten, straighten, replace, or enhance the overall look of your teeth. Better yet, though most smile makeover treatments are cosmetic, certain procedures can improve tooth function, too, resulting in a healthier and more attractive smile. What are the most common procedures you can expect from a smile makeover?

Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular components of a smile makeover. With in-office and take-home options, this solution can provide dazzling results in as little as one hour. Additionally, your dentist is available to help you choose the best shade of white for your smile and monitor your whitening process for the best results.

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are another versatile and popular procedure in a smile makeover. These thin shells of porcelain cover over the front surface of your teeth, hiding imperfections like gaps, chips, stains, or improper size. Porcelain veneers can transform the look of teeth, often in just two appointments.

Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns improve the look and function of a tooth by “capping” it with a custom-made restoration that restores the size, shape, and strength of a damaged tooth. Dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth by attaching a row of dental crowns that span the empty tooth socket.

Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is the application of a tooth-coloured composite resin on the teeth. The composite resin is moulded and smoothed to match the surrounding teeth, improving the appearance of your smile. Composite resins are ideal for restoring decaying teeth and making cosmetic improvements. They help to conceal discolouration, fill minor gaps, correct crooked teeth and brighten your smile!

Dental bonding can be done in a single visit and is ideal for fixing minor imperfections. If you feel shy about your smile, we can provide you with this affordable cosmetic solution with dental bonding treatment.

 

 

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What to Expect in Smile Makeover Treatment?

Patients who desire a brighter, more beautiful smile, but are short on time find a cosmetic smile makeover the best option to enhance their smile.  Dr Castro have the passion and expertise in creating beautiful smiles without long-term procedures or invasive treatments helps patients discover the smile of their dreams in less time.

Advantages of Cosmetic Smile Makeovers

With cosmetic dentistry, restoring a patient’s smile, the benefits increase the everyday life of those who receive treatment.

  • Preserve Natural Teeth – With any of the minimally invasive treatments offered by a cosmetic dentist, the focus is to preserve as much of the patient’s natural tooth as possible.
  • Convenient Care – Minimally invasive smile restoration options allow patients to enhance their smiles without multiple lengthy visits.
  • Dramatic Results – Patients are often pleased with the results of their minimally invasive smile makeover procedure.

 

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Some adult patients are reluctant to have a conventional orthodontic treatment as recommended. They feel that wearing awkward metal braces for a number of years is too high a price to pay for straight teeth. They want immediate results to correct misalignment of their overcrowded front teeth and other conditions such as protrusion. Some patients want to close the gaps in between their teeth, recontour poorly shaped teeth, or correct their open bites or cross bites.

Fix & Straighten Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth

 

 

Placement of dental veneers is sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they can be used to cover a variety of dental problems involving teeth in the “smile zone

 

 

For many patients of our practice, instant orthodontics has provided an outstanding alternative to braces. Not all orthodontic issues, however, can be resolved with porcelain veneers. The best candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers include those who

 

 

Instant orthodontics use a dental veneers, which can be made of either Porcelain or a Composite Veneer.  These materials are thin shells of specially crafted dental materials.

  1.  

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

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Most tooth bonding will last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on which teeth are bonded and how well you care for them. There is ongoing research about the products used in the dental bonding process, with hopes of further improving the materials most commonly used.

 

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 

The cost of teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of veneering materials and the the type of treatment you choose.

It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces

 BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 
Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING
Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING
 
 
 

 

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Best Cosmetic Dentist Melbourne - Top Cosmetic Dentist in Melbourne Australia - Dr Zenaidy Castro VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE

 

 

Feeling self-conscious and insecure with your crooked, crowded or overlapped teeth and your smile? Looking for the Best Cosmetic Dentist in Melbourne for Smile Makeovers with Dental VeneersVOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE Dentist have the passion, expertise and dedication to provide exceptional Cosmetic Dentistry treatment. Call 9629-7664 to book for your FREE mini cosmetic consult

 

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What to Expect If You Have a Dead Tooth?

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What to Expect If You Have a Dead Tooth

 

A dead tooth can result from tooth decay or an injury or accident, but you can’t always tell if a tooth is dead just by looking at it. It’s important to know the potential warning signs so that you can see a dental professional as soon as possible to get their diagnosis.

Knowing the signs of a dead tooth — and what to expect if you do have one — can make the process seem less scary and unsure.

Read on to learn everything you should know about this condition and its causes, symptoms and treatment options.

1. What Are The Causes?

A tooth is considered to be dead or “non-vital” if there is no longer any blood flow to it. This can happen as the result of tooth decay, or as the result of trauma to the tooth.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay first results in cavities, and untreated cavities can cause a tooth to die. Untreated cavities will eventually reach the pulp layer of a tooth, which allows bacteria a way in.

Healthy pulp will do its best to fight off any infection that the bacteria brings, but eventually, the pressure inside the pulp will become too high. The blood supply to the tooth will be cut off. That results in the tooth’s death.

Tooth Trauma

Even if you maintain the best dental hygiene, it is still possible for your tooth to die.

A sports injury or hard fall can cause blood vessels to burst and the blood supply to your tooth to be cut off. That kind of physical trauma can cause the nerve or other living tissue in your tooth to die.

2. What Are The Signs?

You should know what a dead tooth looks like, but it’s also important to realize that you may not see any physical difference even if your tooth is actually dead.

Signs of a dead tooth can include:

  • Pain, which can range from almost unnoticeable to excruciating
  • A bad taste or bad smell resulting from an infection
  • Swelling
  • A change in the tooth’s colour; a dead tooth will often darken

If you’re experiencing any kind of tooth pain or discomfort, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. An x-ray is often helpful in revealing whether or not a tooth is dead.

Keep in mind that only a dental professional can accurately diagnose a dead tooth, and the sooner you are diagnosed the better it will be for you in the long run.

3. What to Expect If You Do Have a Dead Tooth

If you are diagnosed with a dead tooth that your dentist cannot repair, you should be aware of the treatment options available.

Extraction

Extracting or removing a tooth that has died is a relatively simple relatively painless form of treatment.

You should expect to receive either local or general anesthesia for the procedure, depending on your preference or the recommendation of your dentist.

In most cases during extraction, the tooth will be gripped tightly and then pulled from the gums. In the event that this is not possible because of how impacted the tooth is, the tooth will be broken up into pieces before being removed.

Following the surgery, you will need to rest. The extraction site may bleed, so be prepared with gauze that you can change as it becomes saturated with blood.

An ice pack may be helpful in minimizing the pain. You should stick to soft food and avoid drinking from a stray for several days after your procedure.

Root Canal

If it’s at all possible, a root canal is a preferred way of treating a dead tooth because it allows your dentist to save the tooth instead of having to pull it.

During a root canal, your dentist will aim to remove any infection from your tooth and your tooth root. After removing the infection, the area will be thoroughly cleaned as sealed in an attempt to prevent any further infection from happening.

Your dentist will then fill your tooth permanently.

A root canal can be a lengthy procedure, but any resulting pain usually disappears quickly.

4. Prevention

After experiencing and being treated for a dead tooth once, you will want to do everything in your power to prevent it from happening again.

While accidents and injuries to your tooth are impossible to predict and difficult to prevent, there are ways to reduce your chances of having a tooth die.

From an oral hygiene perspective, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. You should floss at least once a day.

And, of course, see your dentist for teeth cleaning and checkups on a regular basis.

When playing sports or participating in an intense activity, wearing a gum shield or mouth guard can go a long way in helping you avoid tooth trauma.

There’s no guaranteed method that will allow you to avoid ever experiencing having a tooth die, but preventative measures can go a long way in reducing your risk.

Want to Know More About Protecting Your Oral Health?

One of the best ways to prevent a minor toothache from becoming an even bigger problem is to regularly schedule dentists appointments.

Our dentists can provide you with the services necessary to maintain a healthy mouth. They are there to give you the best treatment available when issues do arise.

We believe in educating our patients on good oral hygiene and prevention habits, so they can effectively protect their mouth health in between visits with us.

If you are looking for a Gentle Dentist in Melbourne for your Cavity or Tooth Decay treatment and Dental filling, Call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE on 9629-7664 to arrange a booking.

 

 

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Identifying and Treating a Dead Tooth

Overview

Teeth are made up of a combination of hard and soft tissue. You may not think of teeth as living, but healthy teeth are alive. When the nerves in the pulp of the tooth, which is the inner layer, become damaged, such as by injury or decay, they can stop providing blood to the tooth. That can cause an infection and cause the nerve to die. This is also sometimes known as a non-vital tooth.

Read on to learn how to identify a dead tooth and what you should do if you see signs that your tooth is injured.

What are the signs of a dead tooth?

A dead tooth is a tooth that’s no longer receiving a fresh supply of blood. For many people, discoloration may be one of the first signs of a dying tooth. You may also experience pain in the tooth or gums.

Healthy teeth are usually a shade of white, though the colour can vary depending on your diet and oral hygiene. For example, if you regularly consume foods that are staining, like coffee, blueberries, or red wine, or smoke, your smile may appear off-white or light yellow. This discoloration will likely be uniform, however.

If you have a tooth that’s discoloured because it’s dying, it will be a different colour than the rest of your teeth. A dying tooth may appear yellow, light brown, gray, or even black. It may look almost as if the tooth is bruised. The discoloration will increase over time as the tooth continues to decay and the nerve dies.

Pain is another possible symptom. Some people don’t feel any pain. Others feel mild pain, and still other people will feel intense pain. The pain is often caused by the dying nerve. It can also be caused by infection. Other signs of infection may include:

  • bad breath
  • bad taste in your mouth
  • swelling around your gum line

If you experience any symptoms of a dying tooth, it’s important to see your dentist right away.

What causes a tooth to die?

Trauma or injury to your tooth is one possible cause for a tooth to die. For example, getting hit in the mouth with a soccer ball or tripping and hitting your mouth against something can cause your tooth to die. A tooth may die quickly, in a matter of days, or slowly, over several months or years.

A tooth can also die as the result of poor dental hygiene. That can lead to cavities, which when left untreated can slowly destroy your tooth. Cavities begin on the enamel, which is the outer protective layer of your tooth. Left untreated, they can slowly eat away at the enamel and eventually reach the pulp. That causes the pulp to become infected, which cuts off blood to the pulp and, eventually, causes it to die. You’ll likely experience intense pain once the decay has reached the pulp.

Diagnosis

A dying tooth may be identified during a routine dental appointment that includes X-rays. It may also be identified if you see your dentist because of pain or concerns over discoloration.

You should always see your dentist following any tooth injury, or if you have any signs of a dying tooth. That way your dentist can begin treatment as soon as possible.

 

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Treatment

It’s important to treat a dying or dead tooth as soon as possible. That’s because left untreated, the bacteria from the dead tooth can spread and lead to the loss of additional teeth. It could also affect your jawbone and gums.

Your dentist may treat a dead or dying tooth with a procedure known as a root canal. Alternatively, they may remove the entire tooth.

Root canal

With a root canal, you may be able to keep your tooth intact. During the procedure, the dentist makes an opening into the tooth and then uses small instruments to remove the pulp and clean out the infection. Once all of the infection has been removed, your dentist will fill and seal the roots and place a permanent filling in the small opening.

In many cases, you may need to have a crown following a root canal. This may be a good option if the enamel was damaged or if the tooth had a large filling. With time, a tooth that had a root canal can become brittle. That’s why crowns are usually recommended for posterior teeth (due to grinding and chewing). A crown is a covering that’s specifically moulded to your tooth. Your dentist will file away part of your existing tooth and then permanently fit the crown over the tooth. A crown can be made to match the colour of your surrounding teeth so that it’s not noticeable.

If your doctor determines that you don’t need a crown, you may be able to use tooth bleaching to treat any discoloration to the affected tooth. This is usually seen on anterior teeth only. Alternatively, your dentist may recommend covering the tooth with a porcelain veneer. Talk to your doctor about the different aesthetic treatments available.

Removal or extraction

If your tooth is severely damaged and unable to be restored, your dentist may recommend completely removing the dead tooth. During the procedure, the dentist will completely remove the tooth. Following the extraction, you can replace the tooth with an implant, denture, or bridge. Talk to your dentist about your options. Some questions you should ask are:

  • Will it need to be replaced over time?
  • How much will it cost? Will my dental insurance cover it?
  • What’s recovery like?
  • Will I need to do anything different to take care of the replacement tooth?

Pain management

If your tooth is causing lot of pain, there are something’s you can do at home while you wait for treatment:

  • Avoid hot beverages. They can increase inflammation, which can make your pain worse.
  • Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).
  • Avoid eating hard things. The force of biting down on them may aggravate the damaged nerves.

It’s important to see your dentist right away. Home treatment should not be used in place of professional medical treatment. Instead, you should use these methods while you wait for your appointment.

Tips for prevention

Preventing a dead tooth isn’t always possible, but there are some things you can do to reduce your risk.

  • Practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once a day.
  • See your dentist every six months. Preventative dental care can help stop problems before they start. Your dentist can also identify early signs of tooth decay and treat them before the decay reaches your pulp.
  • Wear a mouth guard. If you’re participating in contact sports, like hockey or boxing, always wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth from trauma.
  • Maintain a healthy diet. Avoid eating a lot of sugary foods, which can increase your risk for tooth decay.
  • Drink water, especially after eating. Water can help wash away bacteria from your teeth between brushings.

If you are looking for a Gentle Dentist in Melbourne for your Cavity or Tooth Decay treatment and Dental filling, Call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE on 9629-7664 to arrange a booking.

 

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What are Dead Teeth?

Did you know that teeth are actually living things? That’s right, this means it’s also possible for teeth to die. Tooth death most often happens due to physical trauma, such as s deep cavity or cracked tooth. Dead teeth can be reclaimed through the use of root canal therapy, but to fully understand how this works it’s important to first know the anatomy of a tooth.

The end of the tooth that you can see in an open mouth is called the crown, while the base of the teeth that lies buried in gums and bone is called the root. Each tooth has three basic layers. The outer layer is called the enamel, and the inner layer around the root is called cementum. Inside these layers you find the last layer, the dentin. Underneath the dentin lies the pulp, which is made up of nerves, blood vessels and other tissue. People often refer to the pulp as the “nerve.” This is not technically accurate, since nerves and blood vessels are only partially in the tooth and partially in the bones and gums through the roots.

The pulp can get harmed if the layers of the teeth get cracked or rot away, and this can lead to infection caused by liquid pressure, gasses, pus, or invading germs. This will result in swelling and a good deal of pain, signalling the death of your tooth.

How long can a dead tooth stay in your mouth?

Teeth that are referred to as “dead” are called so because there is no more blood flowing to it, hence it cannot sustain life. You’ve got various terms for dead teeth, including “non-vital tooth,” or “necrotic pulp.”

Once a tooth dies, it’s only a matter of time before it falls out of its own accord. It is not a wise decision to allow this to happen, however, as it can harm your other teeth and jaw and can actually be pretty dangerous. Depending on the type and extent of the damage, it may be days, weeks, months, and sometimes even years before the tooth falls out. This doesn’t mean you should wait around for it to happen, and it’s strongly recommended you go to your dentist and get the tooth dealt with as soon as possible after noticing the death of your tooth.

It’s generally not possible to tell if a tooth is dead by simply looking at it, and it’s always better to get a dentist to give you a proper diagnosis instead trying to guess or figure it out yourself. Yet another reason to go for regular dentist check-ups.

Two sure signs that you should go and get your teeth looked at by a dental professional include discomfort or pain, and if your teeth are changing in colour or getting darker.

Pain will often mean that the pulp is infected or the tooth nerve is dying. Many people think that once the nerve is dead you won’t feel anything. This is not the case, as the pain doesn’t come from inside the tooth, but from nerve endings on the tooth’s exterior. These are referred to as the periodontal membrane.

If you are looking for a Gentle Dentist in Melbourne for your Cavity or Tooth Decay treatment and Dental filling, Call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE on 9629-7664 to arrange a booking.

 

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Is It Better to Pull Your Tooth or Save It?

If you have an infected tooth that is causing you a great deal of pain, pulling it out may seem like a no-brainer. But wait! Pulling an infected tooth is not always the best choice. There are many benefits to maintaining your natural teeth if possible. In the end, it is your personal choice, but it is important to have all the facts before making such an important decision.

To Pull or To Save Your Tooth: The Benefits of Saving It

What are the benefits of saving your real teeth? Endodontists, dental specialists who focus on saving teeth, have some answers to this question.

  • Natural Teeth Are Stronger. Your natural teeth will function much better than artificial ones and are much easier to keep clean. It is true that artificial teeth are better now than they have ever been before, but they still can’t match your natural teeth in terms of function.
  • Avoid Shifting Teeth. When you have a tooth pulled, the gap it leaves behind makes it possible for your other teeth to shift. It may not happen right away but over time, this shift can cause issues with your bite alignment. This can be the beginning of a domino effect that leads to pain, nutrition issues, and an overall decrease in your quality of life.
  • Maintain Your Appearance. Having a tooth pulled also pulls the roots that support your jaw. This causes a gap in the bone that makes many people look much older than they really are.
  • Avoid Loss of Confidence. If your pulled tooth leaves a gap in your smile, it will most likely have a negative impact on your self-esteem. Dentists often see patients who refuse to smile because they are embarrassed by their teeth.
  • Decreased Pain. Following a tooth extraction, most patients are in pain for days, especially if they suffer from dry socket. When the tooth is preserved with a root canal, the infection is eliminated, there is no risk of dry socket and the pain is relieved much more quickly.
  • Fewer Dentist Visits. Once a tooth has been extracted, you may need to follow up with implants, a bridge, a crown or another dental device. This means more visits to the dentist, more expenses and, often, more pain.
  • Fewer Expenses. Pulling the tooth may seem like the cheaper option but it often costs more time and money. There are also physical and emotional costs associated with choosing not to replace your tooth.

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To Pull or Save Your Tooth: How to Save It

There are many reasons that you should try to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible. However, infection and tooth decay can make this difficult and you may have to choose between preserving your tooth or pulling it. If you want to save the tooth, you will normally have a root canal, in which the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected to get rid of the infected interior. The tooth is then filled with a substance that strengthens and protects it, allowing it to function like all your other teeth. In addition to saving your tooth, you have a faster recovery and faster relief from the pain.

To Pull or Save Your Tooth: When to Pull It

Saving your tooth is always preferred but there are circumstances in which you have no choice but to extract it. If the tooth is cracked, especially below the gum line or in more than one place, there may be no way to save it. If it is too weak to be fixed, it may be best to pull it out.

If your dentist tells you that you need a tooth extracted, ask whether a root canal may be an option. Having this conversation can help you answer this important question before making any decisions

 

 

What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal treatment (RCT) or endodontic treatment is a procedure that dentists use to treat infected, or dead, teeth. A root canal procedure involves removing the dead or dying material, then ‘filling in’ the root canals inside the teeth. Without a root canal treatment, abscesses may form when the tissue around the tooth becomes infected.

Reasons for root canal treatment

A tooth becomes infected when bacteria enters the nerve (pulp) of the tooth. This can occur due to:

  • Dental decay, (this can include decay around existing fillings)
  • Leaking fillings, (a filling is said to be leaking when the side of the filling doesn’t fit tightly against the tooth)
  • Trauma

Usually, you will become aware of an infected tooth due to toothache – and you should visit your dentist for a check-up as soon as possible. If an infection is left untreated, this can lead to a dental abscess; which is a collection of pus in the bone underneath the infected tooth.

Root canal treatment process

Root canal treatment (RCT) should be initiated as soon as possible after a tooth infection is diagnosed. Before your dentist commences RCT, your tooth will need to be x-rayed so that the anatomy of the root can be assessed. At this stage, your dentist may decide that the procedure would be best performed by a specialist endodontist.

Simple, single-rooted tooth RCT can be completed in about an hour, whilst multi-rooted teeth and more complex cases may take several dental visits to complete.

RCT is often performed under local anaesthetic on teeth, which are isolated from saliva and soft tissue by a sheet of rubber placed over the tooth called a ‘rubber dam’. Once the rubber dam is in place, your dentist will drill directly into the tooth to gain access to the root canal system in the centre. He will then look for the entrance to the root canal(s). Once all of the canals have been found, they are cleaned and shaped using various instruments. The length of the canal(s) is determined by x-rays and/or an electronic device.

The canals are then permanently filled to prevent bacteria from re-entering the canal system. A final x-ray will be taken to check that the canals have been filled completely and to the correct length.

Root-filled teeth are more likely to fracture than healthy teeth and you will usually require a crown to protect and reconstruct your tooth after the root canal treatment has been done.

After RCT, you may experience a little discomfort for a few days, but this should then disappear, leaving a tooth which feels normal, just like its neighbours.

 

 

 

 

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All about Dental fillings Part 2

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Is a Lost Filling a Dental Emergency?

Our dental office understands that losing or breaking a filling can be scary. It may even be a little painful. But many times a lost filling isn’t a dental emergency. However, with that said, it’s still important to treat it appropriately and in a timely manner. We’re here to walk you through the steps you should take if you do lose a filling and what you can do to help protect yourself.

Pick Up the Phone

The very first thing you should do if you lose or break a filling is call your dentist. Explain what happened, any symptoms you have, and if you’re in any pain. Sometimes our dental office has appointments available and may be able to see you the same day. If not, make sure you get the earliest appointment possible. If left untreated, a lost filling can result in more decay and damage.
During the appointment your dental team will examine the area and check for any other damage.

They’ll then make a recommendation for the best treatment for you. Treatment may be another filling or it could be a dental crown. If the area is large, a crown is usually the treatment of choice.

Take it Easy

While you’re waiting for your appointment you should try your best to avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the filling once was. This can help keep food and bacteria out of the space left by the filling.

Clean it Well, Clean it Often

After you do eat, rinse your mouth out with warm salt water to rinse away any lingering food particles. You can also gently brush the area with a toothbrush if it doesn’t cause pain.

Take Some Medicine

Pain reliever can work wonders in relieving any sensitivity or discomfort that may come along with losing a filling. Use what typically works best for you and follow the dosage instructions on the label.

Try Temporary Filler

Many pharmacies carry temporary filling material made with zinc oxide. Using this to block up the gap in your tooth will not only help keep food out, but can ease pain too. Just remember that this is a temporary fix.

Even though dental fillings are incredibly strong and can last for years, sometimes things happen that can cause them to fall out. If this happens, schedule an appointment now.

 

 

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My Dental Fillings Will Last A Lifetime, Right?

While we all wish that dental restorations lasted forever, unfortunately this isn’t the case. Dental fillings are a common restoration that is used to restore a tooth that has had a cavity. Perhaps you’ve just recently had a tooth filled or you’ve had one filled in the past, but one popular question that we gets a lot is, “How long will my dental filling last?”

While we can never provide you with a definitive answer on how long your particular dental filling will last, we can tell you that a filling is not designed to last forever. Plus, there are several factors that may prolong or reduce the life of your filling.

The type of material used to create your filling will play a small part in the longevity of your restoration. While tooth-coloured (composite) fillings can last for several years, amalgam (metal) fillings usually last about 12 years, on average. Amalgam fillings tend to last longer than composite fillings because the material is more durable and better at resisting damage from repeated jaw pressure and chewing forces over the long term.

Of course, maintaining good oral health is a major part of keeping your fillings and mouth healthy. Besides keeping up with your at-home oral care routine (make sure you are flossing daily and brushing at least twice a day), you should be visiting our Findlay general dentist for routine visits. During these visits, we can examine your fillings to make sure that they are still healthy and intact.

Fillings can also become damaged. If you notice that a filled tooth has suddenly become sensitive to hot or cold, or if you can see a visible crack in the filling, it’s time to make an appointment with us. And when it comes to caring for your smile at home, using fluoridated toothpastes and rinses can help prevent cavities in the future and help strengthen your tooth’s enamel so that your filling lasts as long as possible.

 

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How to Handle Sensitive Teeth After a Filling

What will I feel after a filling?

Dentists often numb the area around the affected tooth before doing a filling. As a result, you probably won’t feel anything during the first hour or two after your appointment. Once the numbness wears off, you might notice some unusual sensations in your mouth.

These include:

  • pain in your teeth, especially when breathing in cold air, drinking hot or cold liquids, and eating hot or cold foods
  • tenderness in your gums
  • pain in the teeth surrounding the filling
  • pain when clenching teeth
  • pain in the affected tooth when eating, brushing, or flossing

What causes tooth sensitivity after a filling?

Several things can cause tooth sensitivity after a filling.

Pulpitis

Before filling a cavity, your dentist removes the decayed part of your tooth with a drill that releases heat. In rare cases, this inflames the pulp, which is the connective tissue that forms the center of your teeth, causing pulpitis. If your dentist doesn’t remove all of the decaying tissue, it can also cause an infection in the pulp of the affected tooth. When this happens, you might notice your gums swelling or a pocket of pus near the tooth.

There are two types of pulpitis. The first is reversible pulpitis, where the tooth will be sensitive but the pulp will heal and get better. The second is irreversible pulpitis, where the pulp is unable to heal and your tooth will then need root canal treatment.

Change in bite

Sometimes a filling can cause the affected tooth to be taller than your other teeth. This can make it painful to close your mouth due to extra pressure on the affected tooth. In some cases, biting down can even crack the filling, so contact your dentist as soon as you notice a problem with your bite.

Multiple tooth surfaces

You might also feel pain or sensitivity from having two different surfaces in your mouth. For example, if one tooth has a gold crown, and the tooth above or below it has a silver filling, you might feel an odd sensation when they touch.

Referred pain

It’s also common to feel pain in the teeth surrounding the affected one. This is due to a phenomenon called referred pain, which involves feeling pain in an area other than the source of the pain.

Allergic reaction

Sensitivity after a dental filling could be an allergic reaction to the materials used in the filling. You might also notice a rash or itching nearby. Contact your dentist if you think you might be having an allergic reaction. They can redo the filling with a different material.

How to manage tooth sensitivity

You can help to reduce sensitivity by:

A problem with your bite is the most common cause of sensitivity. Contact your dentist as soon as possible if you think there’s a problem with your bite, which you may not notice until after the numbness has worn off. They can adjust the filling so it better matches your other teeth.

If you have pulpitis that doesn’t resolve on its own after a few weeks, you may need a root canal.

If you are looking for a Gentle Dentist in Melbourne for your Cavity or Tooth Decay treatment and Dental filling, Call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE on 9629-7664 to arrange a booking.

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How to Recognize Symptoms of Dental Filling Failure

Our dentist may recommend dental fillings if you are suffering from a small or moderate cavity and need to have the tooth repaired. While the placement process for dental fillings involves hardening the filling and cementing it to the tooth using a dental adhesive, the passage of time can still affect the quality of your filling. Over the years, the bacteria that naturally builds in your mouth can cause your dental filling to fail and weaken the dental adhesive that keeps it in place.

We encourage you to know the symptoms of a failing dental filling so that you can qualify for conservative treatment due to early detection.

For example, you may be alerted to your dental filling going bad if you feel a sharp pain in the tooth whenever you use it to bite down and chew food. The filling could also undergo a change in texture that you may notice, especially if the filling was placed close enough to your tongue for you to feel it.

If you see that the tooth enamel surrounding the dental filling has started to turn a slight gray shade, this could be a reason to be concerned, as it may result from bacteria invading the area where the tooth enamel and the filling meet. The development of a new cavity in the tooth may cause the filling to become loose and even fall out or result in tooth decay reaching the interior structure.

Depending on your situation, our dentist may be able to repair your compromised filling by placing a larger filling after removing more of the tooth enamel. However, if the tooth has been affected by new tooth decay that weakened its health, a dental crown may be a more effective option. Tooth decay that has reached the pulp and tooth root may only be treatable with root canal therapy because the decayed material needs to be removed to restore the tooth.

 

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What Do I Do If My Dental Filling Falls Out?

Oh no! You’re minding your own business when suddenly, you bite down and feel something shift in your tooth. A second later, you’re probing your mouth to find a dislodged dental filling.

Don’t panic. Although losing a filling is a serious matter, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. The first is to call the dentist right away and set an appointment for help.

If it’s late and you can’t reach your dentist, take these steps:

1. Remove the Filling and Keep it Safe

Unlike a lost tooth, a lost filling does not need to be immersed in milk to preserve it. Simply wash it off and protect it by placing it in a Ziploc-style bag. It may or may not be reused later on.

2. Gently Clean Around the Affected Area

Carefully brush the affected tooth to remove food debris that may have become lodged in the newly-exposed material. Be very gentle at first. Avoid any areas you discover that cause pain.

3. Use Dental Cement to Secure the Hole

Most pharmacies offer several varieties of dental cement. This is usually used by placing a small ball of the cement in the hole left by the filling, then using a moist cotton swab to tamp it down. Do not use dental cement if contact with the hole in your tooth causes pain.

4. Treat Any Discomfort While You Wait

A missing filling could cause no discomfort at all or it can be very painful – especially when the nerve is exposed. You can temporarily numb the area with over the counter medication. Just remember … even if there is no pain, it’s still important to get treatment as soon as you can.

5. Avoid Worsening the Situation

Be careful about putting pressure on the damaged tooth. Try your best to chew on the opposite side of the mouth. Avoid foods, such as apples, that require you to bite down hard. This could cause additional chipping and cracking while the tooth is weakened.

6. Be Alert to Signs of an Emergency

If symptoms are mild, it is okay to wait 2-3 days for treatment. Your dentist will replace the lost filling.

Contact our after-hours emergency dental services if:

  • Tooth pain becomes worse or more persistent
  • The tooth sustains more damage (e.g. cracks)
  • The area begins to bleed or discharges fluids

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How Do You Prevent A Dental Filling From Falling Out?

Do you have a dental filling that’s about to fall out? Are you searching for information about how to care for your dental filling? If so, please continue reading below.

Even though dental fillings are an effective treatment for tooth decay, they rarely last forever. However, there are steps you can take to prolong the longevity of the filling.

How To Prevent A Dental Filling From Falling Out?

There are many steps to take to prevent a dental filling from falling out. Here are some steps to take in this regard.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss accordingly. Use a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Limit your intake of sugary snacks and stick to healthy foods.
  • Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to prevent the accumulation of bacteria.
  • Opt for water instead of acidic drinks like soda and juices.
  • Limit foods that stain the teeth such as tobacco, tea, and coffee.
  • Avoid chewing ice and biting hard foods.
  • See a dentist once a year for an annual check-up

 

 

Which filling material is best for my teeth?

There are many choices for dental “fillings” – the material used to restore your teeth when or if you get a cavity.

A filling is designed only to ‘fill’ a cavity and to seal off further invasion by bacteria. Advances in technology, as well as shifting priorities for consumers, have driven preferences for different materials.

Ideally, dental filling material should have the following qualities, in order of importance:

  • Dimensional stability (doesn’t change shape over time)
  • Physically strong (is able to resist wear and breakage)
  • Cosmetically appealing (looks like a tooth)

I think it’s important to know the differences between the types of filling materials. That way, if you need a restoration, you’ll understand how each material will behave, how long it will last, and how it will look.

Dental amalgam

Dental amalgam gets a bad rap. People are concerned that the mercury in the amalgam material will enter the bloodstream (although the mercury levels detected have never been proven to cause illness). Most people don’t like the way it looks either, as its dark colour contrasts strongly with the natural colour of the tooth.

The main reason dental amalgam is bad for your teeth however, is because the material is not dimensionally stable and continually expands with time.

I’ve found in my practice that nearly all large amalgam restored teeth fracture over time, and sometimes the tooth will split beyond repair.

Composite resin

Did you know that what is commonly referred to as ‘white’ fillings is a plastic material? The technical term is composite resin and this material is dimensionally unstable – it doesn’t maintain its shape.

When a dentist places a composite resin filling in your mouth it’s in putty form, or a semi-liquid. It is then cured with a high-intensity blue light, and the putty solidifies and hardens.

This process is called polymerisation and with it comes shrinkage – the filling becomes smaller than the cavity it sits in.

Dentists strive hard to reduce this shrinkage but it’s what causes the decay to come back. The primary goal of the filling, the seal, is compromised over time and bacteria gets back in.

It’s not long, in my experience around 2-7 years later, before you need another filling in the same tooth –– but this time a little bigger and a little bit deeper. This causes damage even faster than the old amalgam fillings took to break your tooth.

Porcelain

In my opinion, porcelain (sometimes called dental ceramics), is the best filling material you can use for a restoration. If well-looked after following treatment, it will restore your oral health for the long-term, decades even, with good care. It’s also the most cosmetically appealing of all the materials.

Because it’s designed precisely to fit your tooth, made outside the mouth, then glued in, there is no opportunity for shrinkage as with plastic fillings.

The downside is it is that porcelain is not cheap and these fillings take longer to make.

Porcelain fillings are made outside of the mouth, either by a dental technician or CAD-CAM (Computer Aided Design – Computer Aided Manufacturing) system, and then cemented in. This new technology means that porcelain restorations can be made and cemented during the same appointment – so less time and less injections.

Gold

Before the introduction of dental porcelain the best restorative material was gold. It has similar qualities to porcelain, in that it’s very stable and very strong.  However as the price of gold increases each year, it is expensive to manufacture and because it looks ‘gold’ it lacks the cosmetic appeal.

Unlike porcelain, gold restorations have to be done over two appointments and are made by a dental technician, so it is also less convenient.  For these reasons, it’s rarely used today, but occasionally it is used when really high strength is required.

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Why Are Some People More Cavity-Prone?

While brushing and flossing are certainly helpful, there’s more to this situation than meets the eye! Here are several factors that may contribute to a high cavity rate:

  • Diet – “Sip all day, get decay.” If you sip, graze or snack on anything sugary throughout the day, your chances of getting cavities increase by quite a bit.
  • Dry Mouth – Saliva not only washes away plaque and bacteria, it neutralizes the acids that can attack your teeth. Without it, you’re much more likely to decay.
  • Genetics – From a genetic standpoint, some people are more susceptible to the strain of bacteria that cause cavities. Unfortunately, this factor is out of your control!
  • Tooth Anatomy – If you have crowded teeth, it’s much harder to access some of the areas where plaque and bacteria are hiding. If you brush and floss regularly but still miss these areas, a cavity can easily form.
  • Gum Recession – When the gums recede, the root of the tooth is exposed, which isn’t covered with protective enamel like the rest of the tooth. This exposed area is much softer and can easily develop a cavity.

What Can You Do To Reduce Your Risk?

Here is how you can counteract some of the factors that may be acting as strikes against your oral health.

  • See your dentist regularly – With regular checkups, your dentist can determine which factors are problems for you and can help you address those issues specifically. They’ll also have a chance to catch any potential cavities when they’re small and easy to fix.
  • Brush and floss – Brushing twice a day and flossing once will go a long way towards prevention!
  • Reduce sugars –Sugars are everywhere, and can include things like coffee with sugar, soda, dried fruit or juice. Try to minimize these kinds of foods, and be sure to consume anything sugary in one sitting instead of grazing or sipping throughout the day.
  • Use the right products – Your dentist can prescribe a special, high-fluoride toothpaste that can make a big difference. They can also discuss dry mouth products, electric toothbrushes, and hygiene aids that can help.

Now that you know a little more about why cavities form and how to prevent them, your luck at the dentist is about to change!

 

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Most tooth bonding will last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on which teeth are bonded and how well you care for them. There is ongoing research about the products used in the dental bonding process, with hopes of further improving the materials most commonly used.

 

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The cost of teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of veneering materials and the the type of treatment you choose.

It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces

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All about Dental fillings Part 1

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Many people feel scared about dental procedures, especially because they think that they will hurt. This is normal, but you actually have nothing to be afraid of. While many people wonder “are dental fillings painful?”, the reality is that they are rarely as bad as people may think.

During a filling you are unlikely to feel a thing. A filling does not happen in areas of the tooth where there are nerves, so you shouldn’t feel any more pain from the procedure than you would feel from cutting your hair. No nerves = no pain. Of course, some people have more sensitive teeth or require deeper fillings that come closer to the nerve. That’s why an anesthetic is used to numb your mouth during the procedure. A numbing gel generally allows the dentist to give an anesthetic injection pain-free that ensures the area will not feel anything. It’s an extra precaution to ensure that you don’t experience any pain from a filling.

Sometimes people do, however, feel an ache from the injection or the procedure after the anesthetic wears off. This sensation rarely lasts long, and by the next day, you should feel good as new or even better. After all, your dentist removes the decay in the tooth exposing you to pain. The filling protects you, so you won’t feel that pain anymore.

 

 

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What to Expect After Getting a Filling

he numbness caused by your local anesthesia should wear off within a couple of hours. Until then, it’s best to avoid drinking hot or cold liquids, and eating on the side of your mouth with the new filling. Some sensitivity to hot and cold is normal in the first couple of weeks after getting a tooth filled. If it persists beyond that, or you have any actual pain when biting, it could signal that an adjustment to your filling needs to be made. Continue to brush and floss as normal every day, and visit the dental office at least twice per year for your regular checkups and cleanings. And remember, tooth decay is a very preventable disease; with good oral hygiene and professional care, you can make your most recent cavity your last!

 

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Do’s and Don’ts After Dental Filling

While a dental filling to treat a cavity is a very common dental procedure, after a dental filling many patients may experience some mild to moderate pain and discomfort.

In here we offer helpful tips on what you should do and not do after a dental filling and how to know if you need to go back to see your dentist about the discomfort you are experiencing.

Pain After a Dental Filling

One of the most common reasons you may experience pain after a dental filling may be because the dental filling itself could be too high. While your dentist does their best to get the filling height right the first time, you may notice that as you start to move your jaw, speak, and chew, the filling may not quite feel right. Contact your dentist about having the filling smoothed or reshaped. This is very important because if the filling is higher than the rest of your teeth it is at a higher risk of cracking.

Pain in Teeth Beside the New Filling

After a dental filling, some people may experience pain in the teeth beside their tooth that received the filling. This is normal and does not indicate there is anything wrong with your teeth. Most of the time, the tooth with the new filling is just passing along signals to the neighbouring teeth. You should notice this pain decrease within one to two weeks.

Sensitivity After A Dental Filling

It is common to experience sensitivity to air and to cold or hot food (or drink items) for up to three weeks after a dental filling. You may also notice increased sensitivity from the pressure of biting on the new dental filling, particularly if the dental filling is for a deeper cavity. To avoid sensitive teeth after a filling, you can try using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. We also recommend that you avoid very hot or cold foods and for the first few weeks, try and chew you food on the other side of your mouth. If the sensitivity does not go away after two weeks, please contact our dentist office.

Toothache After A Dental Filling

Should you still experience toothache type symptoms after your new dental filling (such as throbbing, sharp pain or constant pain) it may be a sign that the decay is quite deep into the pulp of your tooth. If this is the case, a root canal may be needed. Contact your dentist if you think this may be the problem.

Dental Filling Sharp Edge or Discomfort

As mentioned, you may notice that once you start moving your jaw and/or once the anaesthetic wears off, the new dental filling is not as comfortable as it was when you were in the dentist’s chair. You may also notice the filling is too high or that there are some sharp edges that need to be smoothed out. Contact your dentist for a quick follow up to make sure it is addressed ASAP.

Treating Future Cavities with Dental Fillings

It is possible that you may end up with another cavity in the future. If you find your teeth are particularly sensitive after receiving a dental filling you can speak with your dentist about alternative dental filling options. Each person responds differently to different types of metal fillings. Your dentist can also use additional preventative measures such as a base, liner, or desensitizing agent.

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What to Eat After Dental Filling

 

Many patients ask us, “What can I eat after a filling”? It really depends on the type of filling you received. White fillings that are made of composite will harden instantly under the blue light used by your dentist. This hardening will allow you to eat and drink immediately after the procedure. Metal dental fillings do not harden immediately and often dentists will recommend waiting at least 24 hours following the dental filling before eating any solid foods. In order to avoid biting your cheek, tongue, or lips, you will probably want to wait until the local anesthetic wears off before trying to eat.

Foods to Avoid After Dental Filling

It is best to avoid any hard, chewy, or sticky foods after a dental filling for up to two weeks. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity you may also benefit from avoiding hot or cold drinks and foods. There is no need to wait to brush your teeth after a dental filling. You can continue brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day.

Use Over the Counter Painkillers If Needed

You can use acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help with any physical discomfort you may be feeling after a dental filling.

How Long Before You Can Eat After a Filling?

You may have heard that you should avoid chewing in the area of a dental filling for at least 24 hours after having a cavity repaired.

However, after filling a cavity, your dentist will have specific instructions for you to follow regarding when and what to eat.

Certain types of fillings may affect your wait time. We share some recommended tips for eating following a tooth filling.

The type of filling may affect wait time

Your wait time may be different based on the type of filling you get.

  • Amalgam (silver) filling. This type of filling takes about 24 hours to completely harden and reach maximum strength. Your dentist will likely recommend waiting for at least 24 hours before chewing on the side of your mouth where the filling is located.
  • Composite (white/tooth-colored) filling. A composite filling hardens immediately once a dentist puts a blue UV light on your tooth. You can usually eat as soon as you leave your dentist’s office. However, your dentist may recommend waiting for at least 2 hours before chewing on the filling if you’re still numb.

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Other variables that can affect eating after a filling

Along with waiting for your filling to properly set, other things that can affect eating post-filling include:

Local anesthetic

Your dentist will most likely administer a local anesthetic to reduce pain during the filling procedure.

Eating before this numbing agent has worn off may cause you to accidentally bite your tongue, cheeks, or lips. Numbing typically wears off in 1 to 3 hours.

Postoperative discomfort

It’s not unusual to have some discomfort after having your tooth filled, which may affect your appetite or desire to eat.

Your dentist may recommend an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen to make you more comfortable.

Gum tissue discomfort

During your procedure, the gum tissue near the tooth being filled may become irritated, resulting in soreness. This may affect your comfort level in chewing on that side of your mouth for a few days.

You can rinse with warm salt water to help your gums feel better (1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in 1 cup of warm water).

Heightened sensitivity

Teeth may be sensitive to heat and cold for a few days to a week or two after getting a dental filling.

Your dentist will likely suggest that you avoid very hot or cold food and beverages. If the sensitivity doesn’t go away in a few weeks, talk to your dentist.

Different bite

Sometimes your bite may feel different after a filling, as if your teeth don’t come together like usual.

If you don’t get used to the new bite in a few days and your bite still feels uneven, call your dentist. They can adjust the filling so your teeth bite together normally again.

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Is There Sensitivity After a Filling?

While there may not be sharp pain after a filling, your tooth may be a little sensitive for a week or so after the procedure. Common sensitive tooth triggers, such as hot and cold foods, air temperature, and the pressure of biting can make you feel a mild ache. Don’t worry. This isn’t an indication of anything bad. All it means is that your mouth is adjusting to the filling.

Some people immediately adjust to the fillings, but other mouths take some time to get accustomed to its presence. People who need a little more time to acclimate to the filling can experience some sensitivity when doing certain activities like eating or drinking. This should resolve itself within several weeks and can be minimized by avoiding particularly hot or cold foods for the first few days after treatment.

If you are feeling anxious about getting a filling, it may help to speak to one of our dentists in person. We are happy to answer all your questions and honestly explain what you can expect from the filling procedure. In the end though, a filling will always hurt less than letting a cavity grow. Don’t neglect your health due to your fears. Our dentists will make getting a filling a breeze.

 

 

How Often Does My Filling Need to be Replaced?

A filling is used to treat an area of decay. It stops it from spreading and restores the tooth’s strength. Although a filling will last for several years, it won’t last forever. Depending on the type used, here’s how long you can expect your restoration to last:

  • Amalgam Fillings

The most traditional fillings are those made from a mixture of metals. Amalgam fillings are durable and effective, which is why they have been used for well over 100 years. On average, you can expect a metal filling to last for about 15 years before needing to be replaced, but the length of time can vary based on several factors, such as if you grind or clench your teeth.

  • Composite Fillings

Tooth-coloured fillings are made from a mixture of fine glass and plastic particles. They are customized to match your enamel to blend in when you smile. Although they aren’t made from metal, they are durable. They generally last 10 to 12 years before needing to be replaced.

 

 

Why Does My Filling Need to Be Replaced?

 

 

  1. There are several reasons why your filling may need to be replaced over time. Most often, it is the result of daily wear and tear. As you chew, your filling is placed under a great deal of pressure. Over time, it can cause it to crack, leak, or fall out. If your filling no longer protects your tooth as it should, it can cause bacteria and tiny food particles to become trapped underneath it. You’ll need to have the filling replaced to prevent new decay.

    If you have a composite filling, it’s normal for it to discolour over time. As a result, it can stick out like a sore thumb. You can have it replaced to ensure it continues to blend in seamlessly when you smile.

    Are There Signs My Filling Needs to Be Replaced?

    If your filling is not functioning as it should, you may experience some sensitivity or pain. It’s best to contact us right away to have your tooth examined. They will determine if it’s time to have your filling replaced to continue protecting your smile.

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Why a Dental Filling Can Deteriorate

Seal – the seal between the tooth enamel and the dental filling may weaken, allowing bacterial debris and food particles to seep under the filling. This may result in further decay which can lead to infection of the tooth pulp. If it has progressed to this stage, you may develop an abscessed tooth–a painful infection between the gums and tooth or on the tooth root.

Crown – a large filling may not be able to be restored again, depending on whether the decay is great or small, and if the tooth lacks enough structure to support a new filling. In this case, you may need a crown instead.

Pressure – pressure on the filling, whether from chewing or bruxism–grinding and clenching the teeth–can cause a filling to chip, crack, or wear down. And if it is painless, you may not even notice the tooth has fractured or cracked. This is why dental checkups are important, your dentist can spot the issue early when it is most easily and least invasively treated.

Filling falling out – if a filling is old, or the tooth has decayed or fractured, it may fall out. You can lose a new filling if the cavity wasn’t thoroughly cleaned out and prepared, or there was biting and chewing trauma to the tooth.

Fillings, like a natural tooth, can deteriorate over time. Take good care of your teeth, and your dental fillings should last as long as possible.

Why Does My Filling Still Hurt? Common Reasons for Tooth Pain After Fillings

 

Most people get tooth fillings to relieve discomfort, so when you experience pain within months after getting a filling it can be concerning. While tooth sensitivity is common up to four weeks after a filling procedure, pain that occurs after that window should always be evaluated by your dentist. If you’re asking yourself, “Why does my filling still hurt?” the following reasons for tooth pain after fillings may help you pinpoint the problem and treat it properly.

What are the Causes of Tooth Pain After Fillings?

The tooth filling process requires your dentist to administer a local anaesthetic so he or she can remove diseased tissue. This process stimulates the nerves. Unfortunately, after the numbing agents wear off, you will feel sensitivity. This is especially true if your tooth decay was deep or covered a large area of your tooth. But if your filling still hurts several weeks or months following the procedure, you could be dealing with any of the following issues.

Pulpitis

When an inflammatory reaction occurs inside the pulp of your tooth it can cause pain from a condition known as pulpitis. You may find yourself with pulpitis after getting a tooth filling because of dental drilling. If this is the case, this type of pulpitis can be reversed and will usually go away on its own. Sometimes pulpitis can occur if decayed tissue is left behind and then covered with a filling. This can cause an infection which will need treatment. If pulpitis is very severe, root canal treatment may be recommended.

Allergic Reaction

Pain after a dental filling can be caused by an allergy to the tooth filling materials used during the procedure. If this happens, your dentist may recommend replacing the filling with a different material.

High Filling

If filling material is placed too high, it can cause an uneven bite. This can make things painful when you chew or bite down. High fillings cause your tooth to push down a lot harder, making your periodontal ligaments tender. The good news is that your dentist can easily treat a high filling by grinding it down during a follow-up dental visit.

Referred Pain

If you experience pain in teeth that surround the tooth that has a filling, this is called referred pain. This condition is quite common for people who receive tooth fillings. Referred pain causes pain signals to appear in other teeth and usually goes away on its own after a few weeks. If the pain occurs longer than four weeks, contact your dentist for a dental exam.

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How Long Should a Tooth Hurt After a Filling?

If you just had your filling placed, it will be sensitive once the anaesthetic wears off. You may experience sensitivity to hot or cold foods, chewing, and changes in air temperature. It is very common to have tooth sensitivity like this after a filling, but discomfort should go away within two to four weeks. It’s important to remember that if pain is present after that, you should contact your dentist.

Tooth Filling Pain Remedies

While tooth sensitivity will occur after a filling, you can reduce your risk of both pain and ongoing sensitivity by trying the following remedies.

  • Take ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers
  • Stay away from very hot or very cold foods for a couple of weeks
  • Temporarily avoid acidic foods like citrus fruits, citrus drinks, yogurt, wine, and coffee
  • Chew on the opposite side of your mouth
  • Temporarily stop eating really hard foods
  • Gently brush and floss your teeth using soft, circular motions
  • Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth or ask your dentist about desensitizing toothpaste
  • Use extra-soft floss

Remember: The above information points are to be used as general guidelines and should not be substituted for medical advice. If you feel that your tooth pain following a filling isn’t normal, contact our skilled dentists right away for a dental exam. 

Is Your Tooth Still Sensitive After A Filling?

These days, a trip to the dentist is fairly uneventful.

Patients report comfort levels far exceeding those in the recent past; pain relief medications are more effective and take effect more rapidly; and materials used in treating patients are more adaptive to tooth structures than ever before.

Each of these improvements is designed to provide patients with the best clinical outcome and a degree of comfort previously unheard of. However, for a small percentage of patients, post-appointment pain can still crop up and linger for days or weeks on end.

But why?

It’s Good to be You — Sometimes

Excluding rare instances of product malfunction or dentist error, the main reason a tooth likely hurts after a filling has to do with many highly individual factors in your mouth.

The structure of your teeth, past dentistry, personal habits (like clenching and grinding), and even the durability of the blood vessels, tissues, and nerves within your teeth, play a part in whether you remain pain-free after your anaesthetic wears off.

What Causes the Pain?

  • Heightened sensitivity: If you have sensitive teeth, a trip to the dentist is probably going to make them feel worse for a while. That’s mostly because prior to your visit, your teeth have, in a way, been hiding out underneath a bunch of plaque and tartar. Not good for the health of your teeth, for sure, but that gunk can mask sensitivity when it covers recessed areas. Once your hygienist removes that barrier, you’re going to experience more sensitivity. Toothpaste for sensitive teeth can help – so please ask your dentist for recommendations.
  • Material used: When filling teeth today, many dentists tend to gravitate toward the use of composite materials. They’re flexible and durable, insulate the tooth from extremes in temperature, and bond so efficiently that less of the tooth needs to be removed to place the filling. That said, despite their proficiency in dealing with temperature, composite fillings can cause increased sensitivity when the filling is deep, or if it’s placed on an area of the tooth that experiences greater flex. For example, a filling completed along the cheek or tongue side of the mouth may hurt for longer than one completed on the biting surface, because of the unique stresses the tooth experiences at that location.
  • Pulpitis: Just as any surgeon will tell you that all surgery is risky, all restorative work is traumatic to teeth. When a tooth requires a filling, the extended vibration and heat from the drill can cause the pulpal tissue within the tooth to swell. This can result in a condition known as pulpitis. In most cases, the swelling that results from this overstimulation is transitory, and fades as the tooth heals itself. Occasionally, though, the tooth fails to deal with the trauma, and the result is irreversible pulpitis. When this happens, the unfortunate remedy is often a root canal procedure.
  • Uneven Bite: The most common cause of pain after the placement of a filling is a “high” or uneven bite. This occurs when a filling placed on the biting surface of your tooth is uneven with the opposing tooth. When this happens, your bite might feel a bit “off.” The good news is, it’s not really anything to worry about. All you’ll have to do is revisit the dentist and they’ll smooth out the filling so it fits more naturally with its opposing tooth.

How Long Will the Pain Last?

This is the million-dollar question – and the most difficult to answer.

The short answer is: It depends. It depends on your overall health, the health of your teeth, and the exact reason for the pain you are experiencing.

In the vast majority of cases, pain that exists after a restoration tends to dissipate within a few days.

However, if pain persists beyond a week, you should call your dentist to inform them of your symptoms. Depending on the type of work you had done, your dentist may decide to perform additional X-rays, or suggest you wait a bit to see if things settle down with the passage of time.

Believe it or not, it’s not unheard of for some patients to experience discomfort for months after a filling is placed. The key is to be in communication with your dentist so you can monitor the situation correctly.

While certainly not ideal, maybe you can find some comfort in the idea that you are as unique as you’ve always thought you were!

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Why Does My Child Keep Getting Cavities?

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Why Does My Child Keep Getting Cavities?

All children can be at risk for tooth decay and many factors can contribute to the incidence of tooth decay. According to the CDC, tooth decay (aka Dental Caries) remains one of the most common childhood diseases. It is important to seek regular dental care (6 month check-ups/examinations) so that a dentist can evaluate your child for preventive care, evaluation of caries risk, and examination of teeth and other oral structures. In this segment, we will discuss some of the sources, causes of dental decay and some preventive measures you can employ to help prevent dental decay.

We want to reiterate the importance of seeking regular dental care (6 month check-ups/examinations) so that your child’s dentist can evaluate your child’s teeth and other oral structures in the mouth. If the dentist finds that your child does have cavities/dental caries, your dentist will discuss with you treatment options in effort to address your child’s oral health. It is important to note that cavities that aren’t properly treated or managed have the potential to lead to more serious infections and pain which could impact the quality of life for your child including – speech development, learning, eating, pain, infection and general well being and overall health. Untreated decay can lead to more serious and debilitating illness and pain. We want to help ensure that every child experiences a childhood free of dental disease and illness through high quality preventive and restorative dental care!

If your child has dental decay, or has repeat incidence of dental decay, here are some things to know and consider:

Cavities are caused by bacteria

Unfortunately, tooth decay is rather common in children – it is preventable with excellent oral hygiene and diet practices, however, dental caries still remains one of the most common diseases that affects children of all ages. By the age of 4, more than 1 in every 4 children has at least one cavity. Some children do get cavities much earlier, so it’s very important to schedule your child’s first dental visit by their first birthday – to discuss prevention practices, dietary practices and other recommendations to help ensure your child has protective measures in place to help prevent tooth decay from developing. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of children who are ages 2 to 11 develop a cavity in their baby (primary) teeth.

The group of germs (bacteria) that play a major role in development of tooth decay are called mutans streptococcus. These bacteria feed on sugar and produce acid that in time, will dissolve minerals on the outermost layer of the tooth, known as enamel. As decay progress, the inner layer of the tooth will also become affected – this layer is known as the dentin. When caries progresses even further, the nerve and blood vessels of the tooth can become affected. It is important to have best preventive practices in place at an early age.  It is also important to have regular dental examination for a dentist to examine for any signs of decay that might be present and to address accordingly. Regarding tooth decay, the first sign that minerals are being lost, a process known as ‘deminerilization’ is the development of white/chalky spots on the teeth. In time, as these areas break down, a cavity may form. These same bacteria are also responsible for contributing dental plaque—a soft, sticky, yellowish film that builds up on teeth and can further cause tooth decay and /or lead to gum disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, and other infections, health concerns) if not removed regularly.

How does a dentist know there is a cavity?

At each dental visit, the dentist will examine your child’s teeth, tongue, gums, and other soft tissues and oral structures. As the dentist examines the teeth, he or she will be evaluating each tooth for potential signs or presence of dental decay. To facilitate a thorough examination, your dentist may recommend certain dental radiographs be taken (also known as x-rays). Dental radiographs provide a view of your child’s teeth and surrounding bone that a dentist would not otherwise be able to see by visual examination only. With dental radiographs in addition to clinical examination, your dentist may be able to detect early signs of dental disease and offer preventive recommendations or treatment recommendations based on their findings.

 

 

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Does Tooth Decay in Milk Teeth Affect Permanent Teeth?

Looking after our children’s baby teeth (also known as milk teeth) is just as important as looking after their adult teeth (permanent teeth).

Many of us think something like, “Well, they are temporary, they can’t really be that important, right?” or “Why worry about them when they are going to fall out anyway?”

The Australian Dental Association has released a report card called The Oral Health Tracker (the Tracker) that shows the current national status of the oral health of both adults and children here in Australia.

In 2018 an alarming 34.3% of children aged 5-6 years of aged have experienced decay in their baby teeth.

6.8% of children aged 5-14 years of age experienced a toothache, while 9.3 children out of every 1000 were hospitalized with dental problems that could have been prevented if they had visited a dentist sooner.

Why worry about temporary teeth?

Many parents wonder why, if baby teeth are going to fall out, they should be taken care of?

There are multiple reasons to take care of temporary teeth. Temporary teeth play an important part in speaking, eating, and even how we breathe.

Most importantly, for dental health, temporary teeth mark out space for the permanent adult teeth that will follow, helping them come in straight and regularly distributed.

Here is a closer look at the functions of baby teeth:

  • Primary teeth make space for adult teeth and, when they erupt, guide them into the proper position in the bite. Early loss of primary teeth increase the chances of the child needed orthodontics.
  • Dental pain from cavities can adversely affect chewing, leading to the possibility of poor nutrition. If cavities are unaddressed, an infection may set in and reach other areas of the body and the brain. This sadly can sometimes be fatal.
  • If baby teeth develop an abscess or infection tooth development can be retarded, leading to damage to the permanent tooth below.
  • The tongue, lips, and cheeks work together to help us speak. If baby teeth are lost prematurely, it can lead to permanent problems with pronunciation.
  • Self-esteem – Decayed teeth are unattractive and can decrease a child’s confidence and self-esteem.

 

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But it’s not just about keeping teeth safe:

  • Childhood cavities are linked to malnutrition – low vitamin D, low calcium, and albumin concentrations, as well as elevated PTH levels.
  • Childhood cavities are linked to eating disorders
  • Childhood cavities are associated with Iron deficiency anaemia
  • Childhood cavities are linked to extremes of failure to thrive and obesity

Common symptoms and signs of decay include:

  • Dark spots on the teeth
  • Brown spots on the teeth
  • Pain around the teeth
  • Swelling around the teeth
  • Bad breath

If decay is not properly treated, symptoms will continue to worsen, baby teeth can be lost, and even permanent teeth can be affected.

Here’s what you can do

  • Instil excellent dental hygiene habits. Teaching your children good dental habits is a key part of parenting. You want to put your children on the path to good oral health and instilling good daily dental habits is one of the best ways to ensure this.
  • Make brushing and flossing fun!One proven way to get your children in the habit of brushing their teeth twice a day is to lead them by example.Let your kids see you brush your teeth every morning and night. In fact, make it a habit of brushing and flossing with them. This makes sense, as until your kids reach six or seven, they will need your assistance with brushing and flossing.Electric toothbrushes can add fun to toothbrushing, just make sure they are being used correctly and for the same necessary two minutes each time. There are also many apps available now that will make toothbrushing fun for everyone.
  • Toothbrushing.Begin brushing is as soon as the first baby teeth appear. Even before that, a parent or caregiver should use a clean, damp washcloth to gently wipe the infant’s gums to reduce bacteria build-up.

Starting at age 2, a brushing routine should be established using a smear of fluoride toothpaste. For toddlers, parents can use a child’s size soft toothbrush with water and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

Children need help brushing until at least age 6, at which point they can take over brushing by themselves and also learn to floss.

Until this age children are simply not dexterous enough to manage sufficiently by themselves. A good guide is that if they are able to tie their own shoelaces or a bow, then they can brush their own teeth.

Reward your children for brushing their teeth

Purchase, print out, or make your own calendar. Every night or morning after your child has finished brushing his teeth, reward the effort with a sticker on the calendar to mark a successful cleaning.

If your child fills up a full month of the calendar with stickers, reward them with something like a bonus in allowance or a toy.

Regular Dental Visits

We recommend bringing children in for regular dental visits so that we can monitor their overall all oral health and hygiene habits. We can catch problems early and give tips and advice on how to improve cleaning techniques at home.

These appointments are always a lot of fun for the children and help to establish a trust and relaxed approach to treatments that older adults sometimes dread.

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Do Baby Teeth with Cavities Need to be Treated?

Everyone has primary (baby) teeth, and most people (around 60%) experience some level of tooth decay that affects baby teeth. But, baby teeth are temporary, and not as important as adult teeth, right? Wrong. Primary teeth don’t last forever, but they are not expendable and untreated cavities can cause serious immediate harm, and negatively affect how a young mouth develops.

YES – Cavities in Baby Teeth Must be Treated

Tooth decay is 5 times more common than asthma, 4 times more common than childhood obesity and 20 times more common than childhood diabetes. Tooth decay is an acid attack on tooth enamel that can lead to cavities – which are essentially holes in teeth. Cavities on baby teeth are treated with fillings, which help prevent the cavity from worsening or spreading.

When tooth decay is not treated by dental professionals, or with proper oral care, teeth can become riddled with cavities. Children with cavities affecting their primary teeth face many risks that affect their overall development.

Teeth Damaged by Cavities can:

– Impact children’s nutrition, and impede them from eating healthy food.

– Cause overbites, and bite alignment problems that require oral appliance to fix.

– Hinder adult teeth from growing in straight and healthy.

– Impede proper speech, and negatively affect self-esteem.

– Cause severe tooth pain, that worsens without treatment.

– Lead to infections that affect nearby teeth, and cause more cavities.

Baby teeth may be temporary, but their impermanence does not mean that they are not important. Children with cavities on their primary teeth face oral health challenges now, and in the future they mature into adults.

Symptoms of Baby Teeth with Cavities

It’s pretty easy to spot the symptoms of tooth decay and cavities, but only a dental professional can accurately diagnose and treat cavities in baby teeth. If your child exhibits any of the following, then schedule a visit with our office as soon as possible so we can treat the root of their oral health issues.

 Common symptoms of cavities in baby teeth:

– Pain in the tooth when chewing, or brushing.

– Pain below the gum line that is localized around on tooth or area.

– Increased sensitivity to temperature extremes, like hot or cold beverages.

– Visible holes, discolorations, or dark spots on teeth.

– Persistent bad breath that is not alleviated by consistent brushing or mouthwash.

How to Prevent Tooth Decay and Cavities

Cavities are the most prevalent childhood disease, but it’s also the most preventable. You can empower your child to prevent cavities and tooth decay by helping them get into a proper oral health routine, which means brushing twice per day for two minutes at a time, and flossing once per day. You can take easy dietary measures to prevent cavities, too. Try removing sugary beverages from their diet, and substitute them for water, which is one of the most powerful tools in the fight against cavities.

Does Your Child Have a Cavity or Tooth Decay?

Visit our office if your child experiences persistent tooth pain, or pain in their gums. They may have severe tooth decay or cavities that need to be treated It’s impossible to diagnose a cavity by yourself, and only trained dental professionals can accurately diagnose and treat cavities. We treat children of all ages, and help families get their oral health on track by giving them the tools and knowledge needed to keep a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.

 

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Dental Sealants

Indentations on the top of the molars typically hold onto more food particles and plaque and so are more vulnerable to ending up with cavities. Dental sealants, an effective aspect of preventive dentistry, are used to protect the teeth from damage resulting from decay. These thin preventive coverings are created from an invisible or white liquid that is brushed onto the occlusive surfaces of the back teeth. Once dried, dental sealants can defend these teeth and create a more even surface that is easier to keep plaque-free. Dental sealants don’t just stop cavities, but they could also lessen your family’s needs for tooth-coloured fillings or other corrective services down the road.

Who Is a Candidate for Sealants?

Youths in the age group 6 – 12 are usually more likely to develop decay on the occlusive surfaces of their permanent molars, so they are ideal candidates for dental sealants. In addition, those older than 12 might also consider getting sealants, for example, patients who have a hard time keeping up with optimal oral hygiene practices or who have a history of tooth decay. Receiving dental sealants is a straightforward, easy treatment that typically requires no anaesthesia. Set up a visit so a member of our dental staff can talk with you to find out if you might benefit from this simple and efficient option.

What Is the Sealant Process?

Prior to treatment, will need to evaluate the teeth to determine if dental sealants are the correct service for you or your child. To get your mouth ready for sealants, a professional on our staff will polish the enamel to get rid of any buildup, food particles, and germs from the crevices. The dried, and a fine film of sealant product is then distributed uniformly into the fissures with a tiny brush. An innovative curing light will be positioned on top of the tooth; this will strengthen the sealant covering in approximately 10 – 20 seconds. As soon as each sealant is set, our professionals will assess your chewing surfaces for alignment and provide you with tips on how to best care for your sealants.

Caring for Dental Sealants

your dental sealant appointment, you or your little one will be able to get back to your normal activities. During the next few days, it is vital to stay away from eating tacky or hard foods to help keep the sealants in good shape as they harden into your molars. also recommends individuals to develop a good oral hygiene regimen, such as flossing and brushing your teeth at least two times every day. When cared for properly, dental sealants should stay in place for a number of years.

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Will Insurance Cover Dental Sealants?

Because sealants are largely applied as a preventive dental procedure, many dental insurance programs will cover them for kids or adolescents up to a specific age.

FAQ ABOUT DENTAL SEALANTS

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are thin coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) that help to prevent cavities.

Is a dental sealant a better option than a filling?

Sealants are a quick and painless way to prevent cavities. A tooth without a cavity is healthier and stronger than a tooth that has a filling or an untreated cavity. Sealants are less expensive and easier to apply than a filling.

When should children get dental sealants?

Sealants prevent the most cavities when applied soon after permanent molars come in. This is usually around age 6 for the first molars and age 12 for the second molars.

Do dental sealants hurt?

Getting a sealant is easy and does not hurt. The tooth is cleaned, rinsed, and dried. Next, the dental sealant is painted on the tooth. The dentist may shine a light on the tooth to help harden the sealant to form a protective shield.

How long do dental sealants last?

Dental sealants have shown to still work approximately nine years after placement. However, sometimes they do fall off. If a tooth loses a sealant, the protective shield is gone and the tooth can get a cavity. That is why it is important to maintain regular dental appointments so they can be checked. The good news is that missing sealants are easy to replace.

How do I know if I need a filling?

Your dentist can detect whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled. During a checkup, your dentist will use a small mirror to examine the surfaces of each tooth. Anything that looks abnormal will then be closely checked with special instruments. Your dentist will probably also take x-rays of your entire mouth or a section of it. The type of treatment your dentist chooses will depend on the extent of damage caused by decay.

How much does a filling cost?

This depends on the type of material, the location of the tooth, and what other concerns you might have. We recommend you call one of our locations to make an appointment and see us today.

How do I care for a filling?

Dental fillings require the same level of care as your regular teeth. Brushing, flossing, and other normal preventative treatment, along with biannual checkups will ensure your fillings last for years to come.

If you are looking for a Gentle Dentist in Melbourne for your Cavity or Tooth Decay treatment and Dental filling, Call VOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE on 9629-7664 to arrange a booking.

 

 

For many patients of our practice, instant orthodontics has provided an outstanding alternative to braces. Not all orthodontic issues, however, can be resolved with porcelain veneers. The best candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers include those who

 

 

Instant orthodontics use a dental veneers, which can be made of either Porcelain or a Composite Veneer.  These materials are thin shells of specially crafted dental materials.

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Most tooth bonding will last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on which teeth are bonded and how well you care for them. There is ongoing research about the products used in the dental bonding process, with hopes of further improving the materials most commonly used.

 

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The cost of teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of veneering materials and the the type of treatment you choose.

It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces

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CAVITIES WITH KIDS

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How can I help prevent dental decay/cavities in my child’s teeth?

There are certain measures you can take to help prevent or reduce the incidence or development of dental caries.

  • Regular brushing and flossing: Brushing in the morning and before bed actually removes plaque – which can serve as the reservoir for bacteria, sugar. Flossing does the same and gets in between teeth – areas where tooth brush bristles are not able to reach.
  • Begin oral/tooth cleanings when teeth erupt.
  • Non-Fluoride tooth paste available for children under 2 years of age
  • For High caries risk patients: by 2 years of age. (Parent supervision of age appropriate amount of paste –rice size/smear).
  • Recommend parent/caregiver brush teeth until child is approximately 6 years of age and is able to demonstrate thorough brushing.
  • Recommend brushing twice per day
  • Bed time most critical time to brush
  • Fluoride: fluoride toothpaste helps to restore minerals that were lost due to acid producing bacteria. Fluoride on tooth can also limit the activity acid that’s created. Fluoride that is ingested (foods/beverages) — most commonly from fluoride-treated water that we get from our water faucet in our homes, and sometimes via foods that were processed with fluoridated water. This also helps to strengthen teeth (potentially helping to strengthen permanent teeth that may be still developing under the baby teeth).
  • Fluoridated Tooth Paste: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has the following recommendations regarding the use of Fluoride tooth paste.

 

 

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Fluoridated toothpaste (generally 0.1% F; 1,000 ppm F) should be used twice daily as a primary preventive procedure. Brushing twice daily has greater benefits than brushing once per day. It is important that a parent or other responsible adult, dispense the appropriate volume of toothpaste, based on child’s age, onto a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. The parent should also supervise the frequency of brushing, and assist/participate in performing brushing teeth for young children.

  • For children less than 2 years of age, use only a ‘smear’ of fluoridated toothpaste is recommended
  • For children aged 2 through 5 years. A ‘pea-size’ amount of toothpaste is appropriate. To maximize the beneficial effect of fluoride in the toothpaste, rinsing after brushing should be kept to a minimum or eliminated altogether.

Your dentist may recommend additional at-home topical fluoride regimens utilizing increased concentrations of fluoride if your child has an increased or high risk for dental caries. These may include over-the-counter (0.02% F; 200 ppm F) or prescription strength (0.09% F; 900 ppm F) formulations.

Additionally when your child presents for their 6 month dental check-up, your dentist may recommend an professionally applied fluoride product known as fluoride varnish to further help strengthen and protect your child’s teeth from dental caries!

There are many options for recommended exposure for fluoride including mouthwashes, supplements and treatments at the dental office. Please speak to your dentist to find out what’s the best option for your children.

    • Less exposure to sugary or starchy foods: The more frequently sugary, starchy foods are consumed throughout the day and in between meals, the more bacteria can build up. Remember, the bacteria build up, digest the sugar and produce acid as a waste product. The bacteria feeds on sugar – the acid by-product can lead to loss of the minerals in the tooth surface – leading to dental caries ‘Cavities’.  Try to limit the sugary and starchy (chips, breads, cookies, etc.) snacks your child eats. Starch turns into sugar once eaten. It is especially important to avoid starches and sugars before bedtime!

 

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    • Visit the dentist regularly: Children should have their first dental visit by their first birthday, and then every six months for a cleaning and check-up/examination. The early preventive measures are very important to help prevent decay from forming. If decay is already present – early detection is best to address before the dental caries progresses further potentially requiring more extensive treatment.
    • Dental Sealants: Dental sealants can be an excellent preventive measure. Depending on your child’s age, caries susceptability and caries risk assessment, your child’s dentist may recommend sealants to the chewing surface of molars. In many cases, dental sealants are recommended for your child’s permanent molars. A dental sealant is a flowable plastic type material that bonds to the tooth. It is applied on the chewing surface of molars – it helps to ‘seal’ the deep grooves on the tooth surface which helps to ensure that the tooth has a smooth surface that a tooth brush can more easily clean.

We always encourage you to speak with your child’s dentist to help ensure your child has the preventive measures in place to help reduce the chances of dental caries developing in your child’s teeth. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have!

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There are many ways to correct the appearance of crooked teeth. If you don’t have the time or the inclination to wear braces or Invisalign, you may be able to resolve your crowded smile in a matter of weeks, rather than years. If you simply want a straighter looking smile, you may be able to accomplish this cosmetic goal with dental veneers in a process called “Instant” Orthodontics.

 

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Some adult patients are reluctant to have a conventional orthodontic treatment as recommended. They feel that wearing awkward metal braces for a number of years is too high a price to pay for straight teeth. They want immediate results to correct misalignment of their overcrowded front teeth and other conditions such as protrusion. Some patients want to close the gaps in between their teeth, recontour poorly shaped teeth, or correct their open bites or cross bites.

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Placement of dental veneers is sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they can be used to cover a variety of dental problems involving teeth in the “smile zone

 

 

For many patients of our practice, instant orthodontics has provided an outstanding alternative to braces. Not all orthodontic issues, however, can be resolved with porcelain veneers. The best candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers include those who

 

 

Instant orthodontics use a dental veneers, which can be made of either Porcelain or a Composite Veneer.  These materials are thin shells of specially crafted dental materials.

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Most tooth bonding will last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on which teeth are bonded and how well you care for them. There is ongoing research about the products used in the dental bonding process, with hopes of further improving the materials most commonly used.

 

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 

The cost of teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of veneering materials and the the type of treatment you choose.

It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces

 BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

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Feeling self-conscious and insecure with your crooked, crowded or overlapped teeth and your smile? Looking for the Best Cosmetic Dentist in Melbourne for Smile Makeovers with Dental VeneersVOGUE SMILES MELBOURNE Dentist have the passion, expertise and dedication to provide exceptional Cosmetic Dentistry treatment. Call 9629-7664 to book for your FREE mini cosmetic consult

 

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Why you could be more prone to cavities?

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You may brush your teeth twice or more every single day, floss to make sure you’re reaching every nook and cranny in your mouth, and you might even use an oral rinse to top it off. But somehow you are still getting cavities. Maybe you’ve noticed friends or family members whose oral cleaning routines aren’t as diligent as yours but don’t get cavities nearly as often as you do. Why is that?

Some people are more susceptible to cavities for a number of reasons, not all of which are to do with improper teeth cleaning. Read on to find out what they are.

Diet

The culprit for why you might be more prone to cavities could be as simple as what you’re eating. Eating too many snacks and beverages filled with sugar is a major issue when it comes to your oral health and should be the first place you look to cut down for the sake of your teeth. Unless immediately cleaned with a toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, sugars sit around and between teeth, and along the gum line. These sugars become fuel for destructive bacteria which multiply and erode tooth enamel, which is the protective layer of teeth that protect against decay which leads to cavities.

Sugary foods to avoid include sodas, juices, sweets, and carbohydrates, such as white breads. To combat cavities, replace these foods with crunchy fruits and vegetables that are naturally low in sugars, such as carrots and celery, and drink water to flush away food debris and sugars that may be lingering among teeth. Bring your toothbrush and toothpaste with you to work to brush your teeth after lunch to ensure that no particles or sugars are left behind.

Oral bacteria

There are oral bacteria, or microbes, that are more aggressive than others when reacting with sugars in the mouth. This means that the bacteria that naturally forms in some people’s mouths can be more damaging than the bacteria that forms in other people’s mouths. This destructive bacteria is what breaks down the protective barriers of the teeth and can cause decay down through the root of the tooth, which is how cavities are formed. To combat aggressive oral bacteria, couple your regular brushing and flossing routine with an oral rinse that fights cavities by enhancing the tooth’s natural protection.

 

 

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Dry mouth

If you experience a feeling of dryness in your mouth regularly, this could affect your oral health. Saliva is essential to combat cavities because it washes away destructive food particles, sugars, and bacteria in the mouth naturally. There could be various reasons why dry mouth occurs, including medication side effects, chemotherapy treatments, and sickness. To combat dry mouth and protect your teeth from cavities, rinse daily with an enamel enhancing mouth wash to protect teeth, and try to drink plenty of water throughout the day to make up for the lack of natural moisture in your mouth. Consult your healthcare professional for additional treatment for dry mouth symptoms.

Gum Recession

If gums recede far enough, the roots of the teeth can become exposed past where the tooth enamel naturally covers. This means that the base of the tooth is vulnerable and any bacteria that would naturally build could cause decay much easier, which results in cavities. Brushing lightly with an ultra soft toothbrush away from the gums is important to avoid causing further recession. Couple this technique with fluoridated toothpaste, an enamel enhancing oral rinse, and counsel from your dental professional to ensure that gum recession is not due to a larger health issue.

Tooth shape

Teeth that have naturally deep grooves are more susceptible to cavities because they are likely to catch food particles, sugars, and destructive bacteria easily. These grooves are more difficult to properly clean regularly and are closer to the root of the tooth so any erosion that does happen is more likely to have more destructive results because of its proximity to the vulnerable part of the tooth. Decay in these grooves is much more likely to cause cavities. Ensuring that these troublesome teeth shapes are cleaned fully twice each day and that no food particles are left behind after eating is the best way to combat and prevent cavities.

For further information about any of these issues, and for any other questions you may have about cavities and your oral health in general, consult your dental professional.

 

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Have a Cavity? Learn the Process of Getting a Filling

If you have a cavity and the damage isn’t too extensive, your dentist will suggest you get a filling. Fillings protect teeth from further damage, and they restore them to their natural function. There are four kinds of materials you can choose from for fillings: gold, porcelain, amalgam, and composite resin. The type of material you choose will ultimately determine what the procedure looks like to apply the filling.

Filling a Cavity — The Procedure

No matter the type of material, the procedure for filling a cavity begins the same way. The dentist first makes sure the patient is comfortable. For a filling, dentists will sometimes begin by drying the gum around where they will apply the filling and applying a numbing gel. The gel keeps the patient from feeling The Needle, with which the dentist injects a local anesthetic.

Needles aren’t always required though, For small fillings or if you have higher threshold to discomfort.

After preparing the patient, the dentist will remove decayed tooth material with a high-speed hand piece, commonly referred to as a dental drill. After the dentist uses the high-speed hand piece, they will switch to a low-speed hand piece and then hand tools to remove remaining decay.

After they have removed decay, the dentist will clean and disinfect the area around the cavity.

Amalgam Fillings

For amalgam fillings, the dentist then mixes ingredients that make up the amalgam. When amalgam is first mixed, it’s soft and pliable, which allows dentists to shape it. The dentist then compacts the soft amalgam onto the tooth and carves it into a tooth shape. The amalgam will harden in a few minutes.

Composite Resin Fillings

For a composite resin filling, the dentist will next take note of the patient’s tooth color and select or mix a resin that matches. They may do this before preparing the patient.

After selecting a resin, they’ll wash the affected tooth with acid. The acid forms tiny holes in the tooth into which the resin will take hold and bond.

After applying acid, the dentist will then dry the tooth and prime it with a priming and bonding agent. They will then apply the resin. Once applied, the dentist will shape it and place a UV light over it. The light will cure the resin so it hardens.

Gold and Porcelain Fillings

The procedure for applying gold and porcelain inlays and onlays is much the same. After preparing the teeth, the dentist will take an imprint or scan of the teeth, which they will send to a dental lab. The lab will make and prepare the inlay (a filling placed inside or in the middle of a tooth) or onlay (a filling place on the top or edge of a tooth).

During a second visit, the dentist will place the inlays/onlays using a dental cement or adhesive agent.

All Filling Procedures End the Same

At the end of a procedure, the last thing a dentist will do is to always adjust the filling to make sure it doesn’t hit other teeth. The dentist will have their patient bite down on a piece of carbon paper to determine if the filling is too high. The carbon will rub off in the place where the filling touches opposing teeth. If a filling is too high, the dentist will file it down.

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Can you restored a tooth who suffered Severe Damage from Cavity

 

If a dental filling won’t adequately restore the structural integrity of your tooth, you may need a dental crown. Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials to look like your original tooth. They fit around your tooth to protect it from physical damage and bacterial infection. Your dentist takes measurements of your teeth to ensure that your crown is custom-fitted for your tooth. Your crown will act like a shield against anything that could further hurt your vulnerable tooth. This is the best option for teeth that have sustained damage that a filling cannot fix.

Dental Crowns Have a Variety of Applications for Oral Health.

Dental crowns don’t just protect teeth that have suffered significant cavities. Dental crowns can be used in a range of applications to improve your oral health. Crowns are also used on teeth that need root canals, again to protect a tooth with compromised structural integrity. Crowns are also used on abutment teeth when creating a dental bridge. The crowns hold replacement teeth in place

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Some adult patients are reluctant to have a conventional orthodontic treatment as recommended. They feel that wearing awkward metal braces for a number of years is too high a price to pay for straight teeth. They want immediate results to correct misalignment of their overcrowded front teeth and other conditions such as protrusion. Some patients want to close the gaps in between their teeth, recontour poorly shaped teeth, or correct their open bites or cross bites.

Fix & Straighten Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth

 

 

Placement of dental veneers is sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they can be used to cover a variety of dental problems involving teeth in the “smile zone

 

 

For many patients of our practice, instant orthodontics has provided an outstanding alternative to braces. Not all orthodontic issues, however, can be resolved with porcelain veneers. The best candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers include those who

 

 

Instant orthodontics use a dental veneers, which can be made of either Porcelain or a Composite Veneer.  These materials are thin shells of specially crafted dental materials.

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 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

 Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH PORCELAIN VENEERS

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Most tooth bonding will last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on which teeth are bonded and how well you care for them. There is ongoing research about the products used in the dental bonding process, with hopes of further improving the materials most commonly used.

 

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 

The cost of teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of veneering materials and the the type of treatment you choose.

It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces

 BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING

 
Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING
Overlapping, Crooked, Crowded teeth BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN  VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING
 
 
 

 

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