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Preventing Damage from Bruxism

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Do you tend to clench and grind your teeth? Bruxism is often a subconscious habit that’s due to anything from stress to sleep apnoea. But it can be tremendously damaging to your smile and existing dental or cosmetic work. Taking steps to limit the wear caused by bruxism is more effective than trying to treat it after damage has already occurred. It can also save you the pain of developing TMJ disorder, headaches, and muscle pain. Wear a Splint When You Sleep A professionally fitted bite splint places a small area of buffer space between your upper and lower teeth, … Continue reading

Four Causes of Bleeding Gums

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Your gums seem to always bleed when it’s time to brush or floss. Seeing “pink in the sink” has become a normal part of life, so much that you’re not worried by it anymore. But bleeding gums can be an indication of serious oral health conditions that contribute to tooth loss or medical conditions (diabetes, pneumonia, and infertility are just a few examples.) So, when it comes to bleeding gums, is there only one cause? Usually, no. But here are some of the most common reasons why our patients struggle with the problem: Tartar/Plaque/Periodontitis The most prevalent reason for swollen … Continue reading

Four Things to do When You Brush Your Teeth

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You’ve been brushing your teeth for years…but are you doing it correctly? Here are four important steps we want each of our Port Melbourne dental patients to check themselves on. Angle Your Brush Toward the Gumline Your brush should be angled about 45-degrees into the gums, rather than at a 90-degree angle against your teeth. This makes it possible to lift away soft biofilm tucked just under the margin of the gingival tissues.   Make Short Strokes Wide sweeping movements tend to bend your toothbrush bristles, making them ineffective over the curves of your teeth. Instead, aim the brush towards … Continue reading

Do I Need a Root Canal?

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You’ve had a tooth bothering you for a while now. You keep hoping that all it needs is a filling — or at most, a crown — but with the changes and swelling you’ve started to notice, it’s a root canal that you’re expecting to hear about from your dentist. The good news is that our patients don’t have to worry about their root canal hurting or being a traumatic experience. In fact, it’s designed to be the opposite. Endodontic (root canal) treatment serves to lessen discomfort and preserve infected teeth, instead of having to remove them. So, at what … Continue reading

Five Reasons to Straighten Your Teeth

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A straighter smile is a characteristic of healthy, beautiful teeth. But for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to have properly aligned bites as a result of good genetics, we often turn to a dentist. But is there more to having straight teeth than just the confidence or aesthetics that goes with it? Absolutely. Here are five considerations you may want to keep in mind if you’ve been trying to decide to talk to our dentists about orthodontic treatment. Reduce Your Risk of Cavities Crowded teeth tend to be the first ones to get cavities, because of how tightly … Continue reading

How to Clean Your Implant Supported Dental Bridge

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An implant supported dental bridge is a fixed restoration used to replace missing teeth.  A traditional dental bridge uses your natural teeth as anchors.  But if you have several missing teeth, then our Port Melbourne dentist may recommend one that uses implants as the anchors.  An implant is placed within the bone to serve as an artificial root.  A crown, or in this case, a bridge, is then attached to it. With implants, there is no natural tooth to decay, but they can lose bone support if not cared for properly.  Since dental implants are placed directly in the bone, … Continue reading

How To Care For Your New Dental Implant

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If you’re faced with the decision to extract a non-restorable tooth and decide to replace it with a dental implant, then you’ve made a wise decision! This artificial titanium “root” placed within the bone is the next best thing to a natural tooth. The portion of the implant that extends out of the gum is called an “abutment.” It’s this piece that is connected to the implant and supports a fixed dental crown (artificial tooth is adhered to the post.)   A Smart Investment in Your Smile’s Future Dental implants are a great investment to extend the health of your … Continue reading

Reasons to Consider Getting a Root Canal

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Once nerve damage occurs in a tooth, your dentist at PMD Dental Care in Port Melbourne may decide that the most appropriate way to restore it is to undergo root canal therapy.  During this procedure, the infected nerve tissue will be removed from inside the nerve canal.   Why Not Just Pull My Tooth?  You should consider root canal treatment because it will ensure salvation of your natural tooth.  It is the only way to eliminate the infection other than permanently extracting it.  However, the latter treatment leaves a large space between your teeth. Occasionally the structural tooth is so … Continue reading

Do I Have a Cavity?

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The second you feel a toothache or “twinge” coming from your mouth, the first thing that usually pops into your head is “do I have a cavity?” Find out if there is a Cavity While not all cavities can cause pain or uncomfortable symptoms, there are several common signs that you can look for. If you notice any of the following, be sure to let our Port Melbourne dentists know: Sweet Sensitivity. A soda, flavoured coffee, or after dinner dessert that causes tooth sensitivity is a red flag for tooth decay. Teeth usually are not sensitive to sweets unless there’s … Continue reading

Gum Disease Symptoms and Treatment

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Did you know that periodontal (gum) disease causes more adult tooth loss than cavities do? Our Port Melbourne dentists are committed to helping you and your family reduce the risk of gum disease and save your smile through therapeutic and preventative techniques. Signs to Look For The following symptoms are all classic signs of an active periodontal infection. Gums that are swollen and tender Bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth Receding gumlines (“long teeth”) Tooth sensitivity or mobility Soreness when you chew Bad breath Problems with food getting stuck between teeth Visible tartar buildup and staining across the … Continue reading