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Why do Bone Levels Matter?

man getting his bone levels checked

Have you ever heard our Port Melbourne dentists discussing the bone levels around your teeth? You may have wondered if bone height and quantity is important when it comes to your teeth. After all, your gum tissues help hold them in, too. But your bone is foundational to a healthy, stable smile. You could compare it to setting a post down into cement. The deeper and more coverage there is around the pole, the more secure it will be to support a fence. But if the cement base is shallow, the post can start to rock or lean when force … Continue reading

Top 3 Causes of Tooth Pain

woman with tooth pain

Not all toothaches are created equal (or due to cavities.) If you’re experiencing tooth pain, the type of discomfort and how frequent it is can be a good indication as to what’s causing it. Although this isn’t a comprehensive list of toothache causes, here are the top three sensitivity issues that we see in our Port Melbourne dentist office. Receding Gums When your gumlines recede — or pull back down the tooth — your roots become exposed to the external environment around them. They weren’t made for that. In fact, they’re covered in tiny pores and nerve endings, which are … Continue reading

Benefits of Getting a CBCT Scan

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In years’ past, basic dental X-rays were all that your Port Melbourne family dentist had to diagnose issues like bone loss, abscesses, and tooth decay. That meant using two-dimensional images to plan treatments like fillings and dental implants. Simply put, it was only a piece of the diagnostic puzzle. Today, we’re fortunate to have access to 3D imaging where we can virtually capture a multi-dimensional image of your teeth, jaws, and surrounding oral anatomy. It’s all possible with a ten second scan called a CBCT. If you’ve ever had a pano (full-mouth X-ray) taken, the process of getting a CBCT … Continue reading

Autologous Somatic Cell Jaw Repair

Jaw damage, bone fractures, and extensive osseous loss because of periodontal disease (or missing teeth) can affect everything from your oral function and speech to your facial profile and tooth retention. With a process called “autologous somatic cell” treatment, we use innovative research to harness the healing properties of natural cell tissue to aid in the regeneration of bone. Autologous somatic cells use your body’s own blood cells, platelets, and growth factors to help regenerate bone structure so that there’s a steady foundation available to anchor new dental implants into your mouth. When key proteins are incorporated into specific areas … Continue reading

Your Routine Oral Cancer Screening

Did you know that getting an oral cancer exam was a crucial part of every dental checkup we perform at PMD Dental Care in Port Melbourne? Since oral cancer is such a dangerous disease, it’s crucial to intercept it as early as possible. Sadly, it’s often hard to detect. That’s why so many people who have oral cancer never realize there’s even an issue until the disease has reached an advanced stage. As your Port Melbourne dentists, we can help break the cycle in oral cancer diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes. By screening your mouth at least twice per year, it’s … Continue reading