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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

Denture FAQ

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Are you thinking of getting dentures or wearing your first pair? Although simple and straightforward, dentures do require some special care and maintenance to ensure they last as long as possible. Here are some of the most common denture questions we get at our Port Melbourne office. Do I need to take my denture out every night? Yes. Sleeping in your denture could lead to accelerated bone shrinkage and infections on your gums. Let your mouth rest each night as you soak your denture in an approved cleanser or water.   What should I clean my denture with? Use lukewarm … Continue reading

Dental Crowns vs. Bridges

Dental Crowns

You rely on your teeth for everything from talking to being able to eat a balanced diet. But when your smile is affected by decay or missing teeth, you’re not always sure what the next best approach is to return your oral health back to optimal levels. Our Port Melbourne dentists offer comprehensive restorations like porcelain crowns and bridges; but which is right for you? Crowns Cover and Protect Sometimes called “caps,” dental crowns are a protective restoration that covers a tooth all the way to the gum line. They are not for replacing missing teeth, as there needs to … Continue reading

How Orthodontic Aligners Offer Tremendous Advantages to Adults

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Are you considering braces or another orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth? At PMD Dental Care, we offer comprehensive adult braces in the form of Invisalign and Clear Correct. Both of these removable alignment tray systems offer significant benefits to our adult patients. Easier to Fit into Your Schedule Both of our clear braces systems are changed out on a bi-monthly basis. This allows us to send your aligners home with you in advance, rather than you have adjustments made in our Port Melbourne practice once a month. Just stop by every 6-8 weeks for a quick check and to … Continue reading

3 Benefits to Getting Dental Implants

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At PMD Dental Care, we know that modern dental implants are the best way for our patients to replace their missing teeth. But do you have all of the information that you need to make a decision about the future of your smile? Here are three reasons why Port Melbourne implants are the superior dental restoration option.   Implants Last a Lifetime In most cases, a well-cared for dental implant will last for the life of the patient. Implant failure rates are very low, making them a wise investment and cost effective compared to other types of teeth replacement options … Continue reading