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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

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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

Benefits of Dental Veneers

Are you hoping to boost your appearance and self-esteem by investing in dental veneers? These porcelain cosmetic treatments can drastically transform the way your smile looks and feels, in as little as two or three appointments. What are Veneers? Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain. We design each one to fit snuggly over your front teeth, to change their shape, size, and colour. When might someone want to consider investing in veneers? Here are just a few reasons: A Faster Alternative to Braces — Sometimes called “instant braces,” dental veneers can mask slightly crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth to … Continue reading

All-on-4 Treatments: What You Need to Know

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Our Port Melbourne implant dentists are happy to offer a revolutionary treatment to our patients, called “All-on-4.” This unique procedure replaces all of your teeth in the upper or lower arch at once, with only four – six dental implants. How Does All on Four Work? Dental implant durability makes them extremely successful when it comes to supporting the weight of multiple teeth. Thanks to this characteristic, we can strategically place four-six implants in your upper or lower jaw, in a way that allows them to reliably secure a denture that’s almost more like an extended bridge. The streamlined hybrid … Continue reading

Are Your Teeth Jagged and Sharp? Find Out Why

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Have you noticed that your teeth don’t look like they used to?  Maybe they’re jagged, sharp, and cutting your tongue.  What caused this change in your teeth and what can be done about it? Improper Bite You may have never noticed this before, but it’s possible that you have an improper bite alignment.  When we bite our back teeth together, the natural bite should show our upper teeth slightly overlapping the lower ones. If when you bite down, you see that your teeth are biting edge to edge, then this is a problem that should be addressed. Over time this … Continue reading

Do I Need Dental Radiographs?

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Getting dental X-rays makes some people feel uneasy. After all, it’s radiation, right? Yes, it is, but the levels of radiation used in dental X-rays are far lower than you would expect! In fact, you’ll get more radiation exposure from doing things like taking a 3 or 4-hour long airplane ride, or spending a day out in the sun at the beach. Now that digital equipment is being used in dentistry, the levels are drastically lower than ever before. The benefits of getting routine radiographs make the tiny exposure amounts far more than worth it. Here’s why: We Can Screen … Continue reading