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Why You Should See a Dentist Every Six Months

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You’ve probably always heard that you need to schedule a dental checkup twice per year. But if you don’t normally have dental problems, is it ok to skip?  Here are several reasons why your six-month dental visits are more important than you may realize.    We’re Screening for Oral Cancer Oral cancer is a deadly disease, in that most people aren’t aware of their condition until symptoms are severe. As your Port Melbourne dentist, we’re constantly evaluating your oral tissues for changes between appointments. Earlier diagnosis of precancerous tissue can save your life.    Gum Disease Can be Intercepted Earlier … Continue reading

Types of Implant Restorations

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When you’re replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, you have a number of different options to choose from.  The biggest misconception about implants is that most people think you need one for each tooth that’s missing; not so! Thanks to the variety of implant options available, we can use them in pairs to support multi-tooth restorations. Their strength and durability is such that you won’t have to compromise the strength of your bite whatsoever.  Here are some of the most common implant restorations you may want to consider:   Single Crowns Traditionally, single teeth are replaced with an individual … Continue reading

Do I Have a Cavity?

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Tooth decay is one of the most common reasons to search out a dentist in your area. If you haven’t been seeing a dental provider in a while, a cavity could change that. At PMD Dental Care, we frequently receive appointment requests because of toothaches and symptoms of decay. Although there’s no way to know whether you have a small cavity without seeing a dentist, here are some common signs to be on the lookout for:   Sensitivity to Sweets Sweet sensitivity is a tell-tale sign of tooth decay. If your teeth hurt when you’re drinking something sweet or eating … Continue reading

Five Advantages of Dental Implants

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Today’s dental implants are the go-to solution for our Port Melbourne patients with missing teeth.  If you’re not familiar with what implants have to offer, here are five benefits of investing in this state-of-the-art treatment.    They Resemble Real Teeth Unlike restorations that fit over other teeth or clip in and out, implants have a “root” like design that rests in the bone and supports an individual dental crown. Next to other teeth, implants fall right in line with your smile.    Implants Are Made to Last for Life When properly cared for, an implant can last for the rest … Continue reading

How Gum Disease Affects Your Health

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At PMD Dental Care in Port Melbourne, we help our patients take steps towards stopping gum disease when it’s in the earliest stages of gingivitis. Why? Because periodontitis doesn’t just affect your smile – it can affect your health and quality of life.    The Oral-Systemic Connection Oral biofilm can spread from infected areas inside of your mouth directly into your cardiovascular system. As a result, it lodges within blood vessels, your heart, and raises inflammation throughout the body. It also suppresses your immune system, making it more difficult to overcome other types of medical conditions.  Studies show that the … Continue reading

Is Tooth Recontouring Right for You?

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If you’re curious about minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments that can make a big impact on your smile, you may want to ask our Port Melbourne dentists about tooth recontouring.    What is Tooth Recontouring? When you smile, look at the edges of your teeth. Are they fairly even and uniform? If they aren’t, recontouring can smooth out the edges so they’re smoother and better aligned from one side of your smile to the other. This process can be especially helpful if you have irregular tooth shapes, past damage, or edges that show some chipping or wear.  The best part is that … Continue reading

Symptoms of Abscessed Teeth

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An abscessed tooth can cause the most painful toothache that you’ve ever experienced. But dental abscesses can also be pain-free, because the nerve of the tooth has died.  If you’re not sure whether you have an ongoing abscess, our Port Melbourne dentists want you to look out for these other common symptoms:   A Fistula on Your Gums Fistulas look like small pimples. They may come and go or be various sizes. They’re caused by infection draining out the tip of your tooth root and seeping through the bone until the bacteria reach the surface. Even if the fistula drains … Continue reading

What to Do if You Chip a Tooth

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It’s something that a lot of people have nightmares about: chipping a tooth. Whether you accidentally bit down on something too hard or got bumped in the mouth, when you break a tooth, everything comes to a screeching halt.  First and foremost, take a deep breath. No matter how bad your chipped tooth is, our Port Melbourne dentists can help you take care of it. Once you’ve eased your mind, however, there are a couple of important things that you need to do.    Store Your Broken Tooth Fragment Tiny slivers of chipped enamel can’t be bonded back into place. … Continue reading

How to Get the Most Out of Your New Crown

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If you’ve recently gotten your first crown or replaced an old one, there are specific steps you can take to help it last as long as possible. With great care, your oral health investment will be functional for many years to come.    Floss Your Crown Daily The margins around your new crown need to be kept very clean. Brush them as you would your natural teeth, but floss them daily too. When done properly, flossing will not pull your crown off. However, not flossing could cause your crown to come out prematurely.  To floss around a crown, gently slip … Continue reading

Why You Should Whiten Your Teeth

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Teeth whitening is something that people do for a variety of reasons. Some are obvious, others are personal, but there’s no one situation that makes teeth whitening the right option for everyone. At PMD Dental Care, we offer professional teeth whitening in Port Melbourne to help our patients make the most of their smiles. You may want to consider this simple cosmetic procedure if you fit any of the following categories:    An Upcoming Smile Makeover Teeth whitening is usually the first step to a smile makeover. In some situations, lightening the colour of your teeth may be a more … Continue reading