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Why You Shouldn’t Postpone Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy may be recommended by your dentist to save a badly damaged or infected tooth. You should always go ahead with the treatment as soon as possible.

Key takeaways:

  • Postponing treatment could cause the infection to spread to gum tissue or to other teeth.
  • Oral infection can also spread to the bloodstream and cause heart conditions.
  • The longer you wait to have treatment, the more difficult it will be to restore the affected tooth; you could lose the tooth.

Also, the sooner you get your tooth treated, the sooner you’ll be pain free.

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What Causes Jaw Pain?

Discomfort, tightness or pain in the jaw can have a number of causes and should always be investigated by a dentist when the problem becomes a regular occurrence. 

Although problems with the jaw can be caused by issues with the teeth such as misalignment or crowding the three biggest contributors to jaw pain are usually found to be:

  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) – caused by an incorrect bite, misaligned teeth or dental trauma
  • Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) – which occurs during sleep
  • Stress – causes jaw tension and pain

Stiffness, tightness and soreness of the jaw often point to a larger problem and effective treatment by your dentist or doctor can only begin when the underlying cause is explored and determined. Read more about jaw problems at

What Is A Tooth Infection?

Teeth get infected due to several varied reasons. It left untreated, an infection can lead to tooth loss or cause damage to other parts of the oral cavity such as gums. Below are some of the key things you should know about an infected tooth.

Key takeaways:

  • A tooth infection can be caused by decay, gum disease, cracks or fractures.
  • Symptoms include toothache, gum inflammation, tooth sensitivity and jaw pain.
  • Treatments include extraction, root canal treatment or cosmetic dentistry.

Call your dentist today, set up an appointment and get your infected tooth taken care of.

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What is Laser Dentistry?

Laser dentistry has been developing since the 1990s. It involves a targeted beam of light to perform dental procedures in the mouth.

Key takeaways:

– Lasers can work on precise areas, creating little pain or bleeding.

– Lasers can safely remove gum tissue, tumours and can even be used in teeth whitening.

– Your dentist will provide protective eye wear for the procedure.

Talk to an experience dentist to find out more about laser dentistry.

“…laser dentistry has been around for a few years… find a dentist with experience that can perform laser dentistry for your next procedure!”


What Can You Do About A Chipped Tooth?

Having a chipped tooth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile, but with cosmetic bonding your dentist can restore the affected tooth very quickly. 

Key takeaways:

  • Bonding involves a tooth-coloured resin the dentist shapes to fit your tooth. The process generally requires just one dentist visit. 
  • This is a painless procedure not requiring any anaesthesia.
  • Bonding can prevent the chip from developing into a crack, which can result in complications.
  • It’s a long-lasting solution that doesn’t require special care or maintenance.

Talk to your dentist for a detailed explanation of the procedure and how it can benefit you.

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How Is Diabetes Related to Gum Disease?

Diabetes is a medical condition that causes the body to not produce or use insulin or blood sugar properly. Diabetes often affects other parts of our body such as our mouths and this relationship often results in gum disease as explained below.

Key takeaways:

  • Diabetes encourages the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth which often results in gum disease.
  • High blood sugar can make gum infection harder to treat.
  • Diabetes can also cause dry mouth which often leads to gum disease.

Brush and floss your teeth twice a day and visit your dentist regularly.


When Wisdom Teeth May Only Partially Erupt

For most people wisdom teeth come through in the latter stages of their teen years. If wisdom teeth only partially emerge or become trapped beneath the gumline, they will require treatment from your dentist.

Key takeaways:

  • In human evolution, the jaw has become smaller over time and often there is not be enough room for a wisdom tooth to come through properly.
  • Being hard to clean, a partially erupted tooth can lead to an infection which is why it is vital it is assessed by a dentist.
  • Extraction is often the only option, but this is a straightforward procedure which should cause minimal discomfort.

“Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, and infection. For some people, impacted wisdom teeth may “push” against the neighbouring teeth, affecting tooth alignment.”

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You Need to Know: Plaque

Plaque is a combination of saliva, food debris and bacteria. If left to build-up, it can form a hard substance called tartar. Plaque and tartar can damage teeth and gums, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.

Key takeaways:

– Brush and floss twice a day to help remove plaque.

– Tartar needs to be removed professionally by a dentist.

– Bad breath can also be a sign that plaque is building up. 

Regular dental check-ups can prevent plaque build-up and damage to your teeth.

“Even with regular brushing and flossing, plaque can still affect your smile.”

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Advantages of Mini Dental Implants

A dentist will often suggest a dental implant as a remedy for broken or missing teeth but, in certain cases, there is the option of using mini dental implants. As with full implants, the dentist will need to ascertain there is sufficient bone density in the jaw to support the implant. Once this has been confirmed mini implants offer several advantages over the full version:

  • Less invasive surgery required
  • More suitable for smaller teeth
  • Lower cost

Because mini implants do not require a screw drilled down into your jaw, healing is much faster than with full implants and you can find out more at

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