Brunel Dental Practice

When Are Dental Crowns Necessary?

Dental crowns are artificial teeth, often used to replace or restore your natural teeth. 

Key takeaways:

– A dental crown sits on top of the permanent post used by a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.

– A deep cavity may need a filling and a dental crown to restore and protect the tooth.

– A broken tooth may be restored with a crown.

Your dentist can discuss the benefits of a dental crown at your next dental appointment.

“Dental crowns have allowed people to have natural-looking, secure smiles, and, in many cases, retain their natural teeth.”


Keeping Your Gums in Good Health

Gums protect and support your teeth. Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss so it’s important to care for your gums.

Key takeaways:

– Maintain a nutritious diet to support gum health.

– Protein, calcium, vitamins C, D and iron are important for healthy gums, bone and teeth.

– Regular brushing and flossing remove food debris to keep gums healthy.

Schedule regular check-ups with your dentist who can monitor your teeth and gum health.

“Calcium also keeps your alveolar bone—the bone in your jaw that supports your teeth—strong to resist damage from gum disease.”


How Does A Tooth Infection Occur?

An infected tooth often causes pain and in severe cases, patients may get their tooth removed or receive a root canal. So, how does a tooth infection occur? Here’s what you should know.

Key takeaways:

• When bacteria enter your tooth’s pulp through a chip or crack, an infection can develop. 

• Untreated gum disease can also spread bacteria to your teeth and result in painful infections.

• Cavities can also allow bacteria to enter your tooth’s pulp and cause an infection.

Regular cleanings (every six months or even more frequently) can help prevent tooth infection — or ensure it gets treated early.


Baby Teeth Need Careful Attention

Parents often tend to think of their child’s baby teeth as a trivial inconvenience as they will fall out after a couple of years. This, however, is a mistake as these primary teeth play a pivotal role in what comes afterwards. These early molars are important as they:

  • Fix the position for emerging permanent teeth
  • Pass on dental conditions (weak enamel, decay)
  • Determine developing chewing, eating and speaking habits

Keeping your child’s baby teeth healthy and free of decay is vital for avoiding later problems — and a dentist should be consulted as soon as the first baby tooth appears. 

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Dental Implants: A Perfect Solution

Many people will lose one or more teeth over a lifetime — but there is a perfect solution for almost every situation. Dental implants are the most effective and most popular way of filling the gap, and are the method most likely to be recommended by your dentist. 

An implant consists of a dental crown permanently attached to a post which is surgically embedded into the jawbone. This is a tried-and-true procedure that as given millions of people a beautiful replacement tooth. Once placed by your dentist, an implant is:

  • Permanent
  • Natural looking
  • Solid and robust, functioning just like a natural tooth

Implants look, act, and feel just like natural teeth with the added advantages that they don’t get cavities or need any special care or attention. Read more at

What to Know about Untreated TMJ

TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder refers to a range of problems connected to issues with the jaw. If left untreated, symptoms can worsen over time.

Key takeaways:

– TMJ is associated with teeth-grinding which can damage teeth and cause pain around the jaw.

– TMJ may be connected with headaches, dizziness and tinnitus.

– The cartilage in the jaw may deteriorate more quickly with TMJ creating more problems with how the jaw works. 

If you experience jaw pain, clicking sounds or problems with using your jaw, see your dentist for an assessment.


Hyperdontia: Symptoms and Your Treatment Options

Those who have extra teeth are diagnosed with a condition known as “hyperdontia”. This is a relatively rare condition that can cause problems. Let’s take a look at some important information so that you can find the best solution:

  • Extra teeth may be present on the inside or outside of the gums.
  • Men are slightly more likely to be diagnosed with hyperdontia.
  • Common solutions include the removal of extra teeth and orthodontic adjustments. 

“You can always follow up with your experienced dentist to pursue treatment options for your extra teeth.”

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The Best and Worst Sweet Treats for Children

Most children love sweet treats, but some treats are more damaging to teeth than others.

Key takeaways:

– Gums and sticky toffees can stick to tooth enamel for long periods of time and allow sugar to attack tooth enamel.

– Very hard sweets can cause damage to teeth.

– Dark chocolate has less sugar and some nutritional benefits so is a better choice.

Sugar-free gum has been shown to increase saliva which helps protect teeth against acids which can attack tooth enamel.

“Even if your child isn’t big on candy, it’s important not to miss their regular check-ups with their dentist.”


How Do Other Health Conditions Affect Your Oral Health?

Certain medical conditions can also affect our teeth and compromise our oral health in general. So how does this occur? Keep reading to learn more. 

Key takeaways:

• Pregnancy can increase the amount of hormones in the body and therefore cause gum disease.

• Diabetes causes dry mouth which increases the risk for developing cavities and gum disease.

• Conditions such as HIV and cancer may lower your immune system and result in infections and oral thrush.

Visit your dentist if you have conditions that are compromising your oral health.

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