How long does a dental check-up take?
A comprehensive dental check-up should include a thorough medical and dental history, a close examination of the head, neck and mouth and a detailed conversation about your current dental health and the future of your mouth and teeth. Often your dentist will also take radiographs and run tests to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. In order to achieve this in an appointment, your dentist should schedule around an hour if you are new to the practice. This can be done in a shorter appointment if you are a regular patient.
How do muscle relaxants for teeth grinding work?
Muscle relaxant injections for teeth grinding work by relaxing the jaw muscles. This helps to minimise the night time grinding and clenching.
The effects last around for 5 to 6 months before you need another treatment.
What does a dentist do for a cracked tooth?
Simple cracks or chips that are best described as ‘rough’ or ‘sharp’ edges are easy to fix with basic filling materials. Larger cracks are the challenge and cause many a headache for both dentist and patient as we try to work out what is going to happen.
It’s the teeth that are sore to chew on, sensitive to hot or cold or the crack exposes the nerve of the tooth that are hardest to determine what will be the long-term outcome.
Essentially there is only one real outcome available.
Cracked teeth are not like bones and the crack will only get larger until it finally splits the tooth in half. This is not good.
To stop a crack propagating we need to structurally brace the tooth together.
With the current materials available the only ones strong enough are the ones we use for dental crowns. Ceramic, porcelain or gold.
Filling materials will get you out of trouble but these are a resin plastic so they bend and can allow the crack to continue. They also only bond for around 5 years so once this bond breaks down we are back to the start again and the tooth will continue to crack in half. The old amalgam fillings can work but a lot of patients are not keen on this material.
The best advice is to take your time moving through the different phases of treatment. Make sure that the tooth is stable before you invest further money. You may decide to place a filling and review the tooth over the next couple of years before placing a definitive crown then.
This way you have the best chance of making sure that the treatment you receive will be a success.
How to fix a chipped tooth?
Simple cracks or chips that are best described as ‘rough’ or ‘sharp’ edges are easy to fix with basic filling materials. Often, if these are not sensitive to hot or cold they are able to be completed without any needles or too much drilling either.
Essentially the white filling materials we use adhere or glue to your tooth. What we need to do is make sure the surface is clean and dry so that the glue will stick.
Larger cracks are the challenge and cause many a headache for both dentist and patient as we try to work out what is going to happen. Please see the cracked tooth FAQs
How to stop grinding my teeth?
Ways to stop grinding teeth include using a splint and muscle relaxant injections. In some cases, a combination of the splint and muscle relaxant injections is the best solution.
Reducing stress and anxiety have also been known to help stop teeth grinding.
Does a mouth guard help bruxism?
A traditional mouth guard won’t help bruxism, but a dental splint (a.k.a night guard) can. A splint is worn at night to stop your teeth grinding and clenching; which helps reduce the pain and discomfort of bruxism.
Can dental implants fall out?
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.
Can everyone get dental implants?
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.
How long do dental implants take to heal?
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.
What are the symptoms of oral cancer?
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.
I grind my teeth. Could this cause any oral health problems?
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.
Do you offer treatment for migraines?
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 pre-emptively treat your condition.
Do you do white fillings?
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!
My health fund referred me to a "preferred provider" for a better rebate. What should I do?
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 the 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.
Do you treat kids?
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 in Simon's work treating orphaned children in Vietnam via the East Meets West Foundation Dental Program.
I am dental phobic. Can you help me?
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 gentlest experience they've ever had in the dentist's chair has been with Bite Dental.
Do you do whitening and cosmetic dentistry?
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.
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