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Do You Have Crowded Teeth?

If your teeth are crowded, this can impact your confidence and self-esteem. It can also affect your oral health.

Key takeaways:

  • Crowded teeth are difficult to clean and this increases the risk of gum disease and decay.
  • Teeth enamel can erode quickly due to abnormal wear resulting in tooth sensitivity.
  • Crowded teeth can cause a misaligned bite which results in difficulties in chewing and jaw issues.

If you feel that your crowded teeth are affecting your smile and health, talk to your dentist about treatment options.

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Are Veneers Designed to Last a Lifetime?

Veneers are a very effective way to correct small aesthetic issues with your teeth. Common examples include cracks, stains or gaps. However, will veneers last for a significant period of time? Here are three important observations to note:

  • Most veneers are considered to be permanent in nature, as they are bonded directly to the enamel of a tooth.
  • Veneers still need to be properly maintained.
  • An alternative veneers known as a Lumineers can be removed when needed.

“If you’re interested in having a straighter, whiter, and more attractive smile, ask your experienced cosmetic dentist about veneers.”

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How Modern Techniques Have Improved Root Canal Therapy

Advancements in modern tools and techniques make root canal therapy today a painless procedure. A root canal is now very similar to having a cavity filled by your dentist.

Key takeaways:

  • The tools a dentist uses for a root canal today are specially designed for the procedure and are high-precision to minimize the impact on your teeth.
  • A local anesthesia is used to numb the tooth prior to a root canal to make the procedure painless, although the area may feel sore afterwards.
  • It is far more common today to apply a dental crown after a root canal to help protect the tooth from further complications.

“In addition, dentists now have microscopes to properly see inside the tooth and ensure it is fully cleaned out before sealing the chamber. The contemporary instruments dentists use also allow them to finish the root canal in a much shorter period of time and with higher success rates.”

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How Dental Crowns Can Boost Your Smile

Dental crowns help protect your teeth and enhance the appearance of your smile. Dental crowns are used in a variety of procedures, and your dentist can advise on how a crown can restore the natural appearance of your teeth. Planning a special event such as a wedding or an anniversary? Dental crowns are a fast solution for helping you to feel comfortable and look your best.

Key takeaways:

  • Dental crowns protect a tooth after a root canal and offer an alternative treatment when a cavity is too large for a traditional filling.
  • A dental crown is custom-made to match the colour of your teeth and is used in cosmetic dentistry to restore damaged or uneven teeth.
  • A dental implant with a crown fixed on top provides a sturdy replacement for a missing tooth.

“Dental crowns are often made from porcelain or ceramic, and are strong, effective replacements to protect your teeth. They make your tooth stronger and prevent infection, bacteria, or food particles from entering vulnerable spaces in your teeth.

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Symptoms You Can See On Your Tongue!

Our tongues can tell us a lot about our health and general well-being. So how can we check our tongues for signs and symptoms of illnesses? 

Key takeaways:

• A red or shiny-looking tongue could signify that you lack enough iron or Vitamin B.

• A tongue with creamy white patches could indicate that you have a condition called oral thrush.

• A tongue that feels fuzzy or appear yellow can be the result of poor oral hygiene.

Visit your dentist regularly and when brushing your teeth, remember to gently clean your tongue.

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Does Your Smile Reveal Your Age?

As we age, our smile can suffer — as chipped, stained or missing teeth can make you appear much older. Some people become self-conscious, avoid smiling or having photographs taken. 

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to keep your teeth healthy. There are also cosmetic options you can consider if you need to restore your smile.

Key takeaways:

– Reduce enamel erosion by reducing the sugary foods you eat — and remember to brush twice a day.

– Your teeth remain strong if you look after them — so maintain a regular schedule of check-ups with your dentist.

– Be careful with crunchy or hard foods, ice or sweets, as they can cause a chipped tooth

– See your dentist for advice if you grind your teeth

If your teeth and smile seem to have aged, ask your dentist about professional teeth whitening, or suitable cosmetic options like veneers to restore your youthful smile.

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Custom Mouthguard or Store-Bought?

custom mouth guard for children

Mouthguards are common sporting equipment and are useful in protecting teeth and gums from damage. Available in most sports shops, they are relatively inexpensive — but there are distinct advantages to be had in paying a little more for a custom-made mouthguard. 

There are many benefits in having a dentist construct a customised mouthguard as they:

  • Are more comfortable to wear as they are created to match your teeth and bite
  • Offer a higher protection level against the effects of impact on the teeth
  • Can considerably reduce the risk of getting a concussion

Custom-made mouthguards are also very helpful for people who suffer from teeth-grinding as they are a perfect fit for each individual mouth.


Need to Know: Mini Dental Implants

mini dental implants

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, but traditional dental implants may not be a suitable option for everyone. Mini dental implants may provide a solution if cost or bone density is an issue. 

As the name suggests, mini implants are much smaller than traditional implants and the method of attachment is non-invasive. This means that healing time is faster and fewer trips to the dentist are needed.

Key takeaways:

  • Mini implants are suitable for people who have a lower bone density in their jaw.
  • Mini implants are less expensive that traditional dental implants.
  • Mini implants can be inserted in a day, so you have results very quickly.

Mini dental implants have the same benefits over dentures that traditional implants have. They provide a secure and permanent option to replace missing teeth. Ask your dentist if mini dental implants are a suitable option to restore your smile.

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Caring for Temporary Crown

caring for temporary crown

Your dentist will likely install a temporary crown while you wait for a custom-made dental crown. Dental crowns take around two weeks to make, and in the meantime a temporary crown is used to help protect the tooth.

Key takeaways:

  • When possible, avoid chewing on the side of the mouth where the temporary crown is, as the cement used is not as durable.
  • Try to avoid sticky or hard foods like candy, gum, nuts and crunchy bread, which risk dislodging your temporary crown.
  • Continue to gently brush your teeth, preferably using a manual toothbrush rather than an electric toothbrush as it can be gentler.

“If you have any issues with your temporary dental crown, or if your crown becomes loose or even falls out, don’t wait to call your dentist, and don’t try to make it until your appointment for the placement of the permanent crown.”

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The Relationship Between Orthodontics and Sleep Apnoea

relationship between orthodontics and sleep apnoea

Sleep apnoea is a chronic condition in which airways are blocked intermittently during sleep — greatly reducing oxygen flow to the body and brain. 

It’s a serious condition that can lead to heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Loud snoring is a primary symptom of sleep apnoea.

Do you suffer from sleep apnoea? If so, an orthodontist or dentist may be able to help. There are times when this condition can result from teeth that become temporarily misaligned during the overnight hours. 

As a result, the position of your tongue changes and temporarily impedes your breathing. There are still a handful of options to consider. Let us examine some possibilities:

  • An orthodontist can provide a sleep apnoea screening.
  • Mouthguards can be used to adjust the position of your teeth.
  • A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine may help to keep your airways open.

“Remember that your orthodontist can screen you for sleep apnoea.”

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