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Dental Crown Care and Maintenance

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Dental crowns are protective caps for damaged, decayed or broken teeth. They help restore the shape, strength and size of your teeth while restoring functionality and enhancing the appearance of your smile. And just like your natural teeth, dental crowns need care, too. These protective caps can last between 5 to 15 years with proper care and maintenance.  Some benefits of looking after your dental crowns include:  Enhances the longevity of your dental crown, helping you maintain your smile for years A well-maintained crown helps keep dental issues at bay  Improves your oral health, keeping your smile beautiful and radiant … 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 directions … 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. When you eat, bacteria in the mouth combine with the food particles to form a thin layer of plaque on your teeth.  Regular brushing and flossing are 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 … 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 patched over … 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