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There are a number of risk factors for sleep apnoea, some of which may be genetic. Certain anatomical features that are associated with the condition, including a narrow throat, a round head, and a particularly thick neck, are often hereditary. Sleep apnoea may be caused by many other factors, however, so it is not always a genetic problem. The most common cause of the condition in adults is an excess of soft tissue in the throat and mouth, which causes an airway blockage during sleep. In children, the condition is often caused by enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or an orthodontic issue like an overbite.
In many cases, it is possible to treat and resolve the symptoms of sleep apnoea. For adults, we often recommend the use of a dental mouthguard, which works by keeping the soft tissue out of the throat during sleep. Alternatively, we use a CPAP machine, which is generally considered to be the most effective treatment for the condition. In the case of children, we often recommend tonsil removal, and if this not successful, myofunctional therapy is usually very helpful in resolving the issue.
Sleep apnoea is a serious condition, and if left untreated, it can lead to some serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease, which can be life-threatening. Sleep apnoea can also exacerbate health issues like high blood pressure. Studies have also revealed that individuals who suffer from sleep apnoea may be at greater risk of being involved in car accidents. If you suspect that you might be suffering from the condition, we highly recommend that you come in for a consultation so that we can confirm the diagnosis and provide you with a treatment plan as soon as possible.
We recommend that you stick to soft foods while your mouth heals from dental implant surgery. For the first two days following your procedure, it’s best to consume liquids, like blended soups and broths. Yoghurt and ice cream are also good options as they don’t require any chewing. After around the third day following surgery, it is usually fine to start adding soft foods like mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs, which are easy to eat. Remember to drink plenty of water during this time to ensure that you stay hydrated. After around a week you should be able to resume your normal eating habits.
Dental implants are made from titanium, which is a biocompatible material. This means that the implant actually fuses with the bone in a process known as osseointegration. Titanium is used for its ability to maintain the health of the jaw bone, as well as the fact that the material allows the implant to function just like a natural tooth root. A titanium dental implant effectively holds the artificial tooth (the crown) in place and stimulates bone growth in the jaw.
Yes, absolutely. Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth. The visible part of the implant, which is the prosthetic tooth or crown, is tooth-coloured, so it blends in well with your natural teeth, while the titanium root functions like a natural tooth root. Once you have had your implant placed, you can expect to bite and chew normally. Functions like speech, which may have been affected by a missing tooth, will be restored. In fact, you shouldn’t notice a difference between your implant and your natural teeth once you have fully recovered from the surgery.
No, dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. In fact, they are fused with the jaw bone and should last a lifetime as long as they are correctly placed and properly taken care of. In some cases, implants may need to be replaced or repaired, although this is rare. Usually, implants function for many years without any issues. We recommend that you take care of your implants just as you would your natural teeth. This means practising good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing and coming in for dental check-ups on a regular basis.
Although most people are suited to dental implants, we recommend that you come in for a full dental consultation so that we can determine if the treatment is right for you. A good candidate for dental implant surgery has an adequate amount of bone in the jaw to hold an implant. Ideal candidates should also be in good overall health, should be non-smokers, and should not have any chronic health issues. When you come in for a consultation, we will assess your overall oral health and discuss any issues that you might have before recommending the treatment.
Once your implant has been placed into your jaw bone, you will need to wait for it to heal completely before a crown or prosthetic tooth can be permanently placed. This healing process, known as osseointegration, in which the implant fuses with the jaw bone, can take between four to six months. Each patient is different, so the healing period does vary from case to case. When the osseointegration process is complete, you may need another surgical procedure in which an abutment is placed. In this case, you will need to wait around two weeks for your gums to heal before your crown is placed.
Plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria and food particles, and builds up on the surface of the teeth. The bacteria in the plaque, if left unremoved, can cause gum disease and tooth decay. If plaque is not removed by regular brushing and flossing as well as professional dental cleanings, plaque can harden into what is known as tartar. An accumulation of plaque and tartar can cause inflammation of the gums and lead to gingivitis, which is an early stage of gum disease. We recommend that you come in for a dental teeth cleaning every six months to get rid of any plaque that has built up over time.
We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day in order to maintain optimal oral health and keep the build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth under control. When you brush your teeth, it is important that you brush for a reasonable amount of time. A quick 30-second brushing of your teeth is not enough to properly remove plaque, so we suggest that you brush for at least two minutes each time.
Some of the early signs of oral cancer include sores or lesions in the mouth that don’t heal within two weeks; lumps in the cheek; red or white patches in the mouth; difficulty chewing or swallowing; numbness in the tongue; chronic hoarseness; and swelling of the jaw. If you wear dentures, you may notice that they don’t fit as well as well as they used to, or that they have become uncomfortable in your mouth. If you experience any of these symptoms, we recommend that you come in and see us so that we can perform a thorough check and advise you on the best course of treatment.
Yes, teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can lead to tooth pain and considerable discomfort. If left untreated, the condition can also cause sensitivity as the teeth become abnormally worn down. Teeth grinding can also lead to a range of other issues, including pain in the jaw and facial muscles; ear pain; broken teeth; receding and inflamed gums; and loose teeth. If you grind your teeth, we recommend that you come in and see us so that we can recommend the best course of treatment for your needs and help to relieve any uncomfortable symptoms you may have.
Yes, we do. We are able to administer muscle relaxing injections for the treatment of migraines as well as tension headaches. The muscle relaxant formula is injected into the forehead and neck with the use of very fine needles. We generally recommend that you come in for a treatment every three months or so for optimal results and to preemptively treat your condition.
An oral health exam at Bite Dental Studios involves:
- Detailed review of medications, illness and allergies
- Extra oral examination of skin, lips, jaw muscles and lymph glands
- Check of jaw joints for arthritis, clicking or grinding
- Oral / mouth cancer check
- Full assessment of gum disease
- Measurements of the amount of scale and oral hygiene levels
- Assessment of any previous dental treatment
- A check for wear and grinding of teeth and any cracked or fractured teeth
Simon, Julia and the team love their work and the positive changes it brings to people—so you can rest assured they will listen to your concerns and address them with sensitivity.
The Bite Dental team members are very approachable and take the time to listen and understand what you need and want in order to make your visit as gentle, informative and as comfortable as possible.
Absolutely! At Bite Dental Studios we have a number of white filling options that will make your teeth comfortable, strong and look good at the same time!
This is an important question. Should you receive only the treatments that health funds are willing to pay for?
Dentists who are preferred providers are contracted to the health fund and bound by their restricted regulations.
At Bite Dental Studios, your treatment is dictated by your needs—not health funds rules. This means you get the treatment and quality of care that you deserve—not just what the health funds are willing to pay for.
Yes! Bite Dental is friends with big and little people!
Dr Simon has a young family of his own and understands the importance of looking after teeth from a young age.
For this reason Bite Dental Caps the Gap for kids covered under a health fund to $20—and for those not covered, to $50 for the full examination, check up, clean and any x-rays required.
Bite Dental’s belief in caring for kids is reflected by Simon’s work treating orphaned children in Vietnam via the East Meets West Foundation Dental Program. Our Hygienist Jenna has also volunteered her time helping this worthy cause.
The Bite Dental team have a very gentle approach to dentistry.
We have worked with many phobic patients over the years, often helping them become more relaxed and confident about their dental care. The team sensitively works with you, at your pace, to make you feel ‘in control’ of your dental treatments.
Because we work to your comfort level our treatments are more relaxed and gentle and we can even schedule short breaks if required.
Because of this, our clients often remark that the most gentle experience they’ve ever had in the dentist’s chair has been with Bite Dental.
Yes! Bite Dental performs tooth whitening and cosmetic dentistry.
Simon, Julia and the team work alongside a very experienced ceramist who produces the highest quality veneers and crowns that will have your smile looking amazing.
Talk to us about the best options for you.