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Important Tips for Whiter Teeth

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If you’re about to have your teeth professionally whitened — or you just tend to get heavy stain buildup — there are a few things you can do to help reduce the amount of discoloration on your enamel. Most are fairly straightforward and easy to follow, helping you enjoy brighter teeth that are easier to maintain.   Schedule Regular Cleanings Having your teeth cleaned and polished every six months will remove superficial stains to reveal brighter enamel. Allowing that buildup to set on your smile for too long will give it time to soak into the tiny pores inside your … Continue reading

Dental Crown Care and Maintenance

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You got a new dental crown to protect and repair your tooth. But dental crowns, like natural teeth, need care too. With the right maintenance routine, you can help your new “cap” last for several years.   Floss Around Your Crown Daily It’s crucial to floss around your crown, but most people think that flossing will pull their restoration off. Not so. Your new crown is permanently cemented in place. With gentle flossing, a well-fitting crown isn’t going anywhere. Take care not to force the floss in and out. Instead, wrap it in a “C” around your tooth and slide … Continue reading

Four Reasons to Invest in Dental Veneers

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Thinking about changing the way your smile looks? If you’re considering different cosmetic dentistry treatments in Port Melbourne, dental veneers may be exactly what you’re looking for. Here are four great reasons why dental veneers may be the best cosmetic treatment for your situation:   Veneers Give Big Results in Little Time Dental veneers are a cosmetic treatment that works quickly. After your initial consultation with our Port Melbourne dentists, the process usually consists of two appointments. At your first visit, we’ll prep your teeth and then take impressions of them. We’ll send the information to our lab, along with … Continue reading

What is Tartar?

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Dental calculus — or “tartar,” as most people refer to it — is a hard substance that builds up on your teeth. It’s formed out of soft dental plaque biofilm that calcifies in place when it’s set on the tooth for too long. Regular brushing and flossing is important for daily plaque removal, but there are often small amounts of buildup left behind. After about 24 hours, the soft plaque hardens into tartar. Once tartar is attached to a tooth, it can’t be brushed or flossed away. Only a dentist or hygienist can clean it off. Our Port Melbourne dentists … Continue reading

Treating Cracked Teeth

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Do you have a visible or suspected crack in your tooth? Diagnosing cracked teeth isn’t always as easy as you might think it is. The way they’re treated depends on the severity and location of the crack.   Bonding or Filling “Craze lines” are a type of surface crack that doesn’t usually cause structural damage to your teeth, but you may notice them in the mirror (especially since they tend to pick up stain.) Small cracks like chipped enamel can be bonded or filled over if needed for aesthetic purposes.   Dental Crowns Moderate cracks in your tooth can’t be … Continue reading

How do Orthodontic Trays/Aligners Work?

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If you’re looking to straighten your teeth without braces, then our Port Melbourne dentists may recommend a removable, translucent tray system that uses aligners. Compared to traditional metal orthodontics, aligners are free of any fixed wires or brackets. Yet, they’re predictable, efficient, and comfortable for our adult and teen patients. Here’s how they work: Strategic, Digitally-Mapped Pressure Clear aligners are mapped out virtually before treatment ever starts. That means PMD Dental Care can see your proposed results before you start wearing the aligners. Using specific techniques, each tooth is “moved” in the computer software and the corresponding alignment trays are … Continue reading

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