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Benefits of All on Four Implants

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What would you say if you found out it was possible to replace all of your missing teeth with just a few dental implants? “All on 4” is a revolutionary and life-changing dental treatment where our Port Melbourne dentists anchor a full arch hybrid prosthesis on top of as few as four implants in your upper or lower arch. Since today’s implants are so strong and predictable, they’re capable of successfully supporting the weight of multiple teeth. An All on Four prosthesis eliminates the need to wear a removable denture, because a more streamlined restoration is used. All on Four … Continue reading

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Dental X-rays

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Digital radiographs — or modern dental X-rays — are something that most dentists take on their patients about once a year or so, as is the standard of care. Some types of X-rays are needed for specific diagnosis of teeth in certain areas, others are for screening for decay in places you can’t see during an exam, and then there are the ones that are for a broad overview of your entire mouth. Yet, a lot of people decline getting X-rays because they’re concerned about the radiation used to take them. Fortunately, our Port Melbourne dentists have digital technology that … Continue reading

Important Tips for Whiter Teeth

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If you’re about to have your teeth professionally whitened — or you just tend to get heavy stain buildup — there are a few things you can do to help reduce the amount of discoloration on your enamel. Most are fairly straightforward and easy to follow, helping you enjoy brighter teeth that are easier to maintain.   Schedule Regular Cleanings Having your teeth cleaned and polished every six months will remove superficial stains to reveal brighter enamel. Allowing that buildup to set on your smile for too long will give it time to soak into the tiny pores inside your … 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 … 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. Regular brushing and flossing is 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 a tooth, it can’t be brushed or flossed away. Only a dentist or hygienist can clean it off. Our Port Melbourne dentists … 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 … 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

Why You Should See a Dentist Every Six Months

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You’ve probably always heard that you need to schedule a dental checkup twice per year. But if you don’t normally have dental problems, is it ok to skip?  Here are several reasons why your six-month dental visits are more important than you may realize.    We’re Screening for Oral Cancer Oral cancer is a deadly disease, in that most people aren’t aware of their condition until symptoms are severe. As your Port Melbourne dentist, we’re constantly evaluating your oral tissues for changes between appointments. Earlier diagnosis of precancerous tissue can save your life.    Gum Disease Can be Intercepted Earlier … Continue reading

Do I Have a Cavity?

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Tooth decay is one of the most common reasons to search out a dentist in your area. If you haven’t been seeing a dental provider in a while, a cavity could change that. At PMD Dental Care, we frequently receive appointment requests because of toothaches and symptoms of decay. Although there’s no way to know whether you have a small cavity without seeing a dentist, here are some common signs to be on the lookout for:   Sensitivity to Sweets Sweet sensitivity is a tell-tale sign of tooth decay. If your teeth hurt when you’re drinking something sweet or eating … Continue reading

How Gum Disease Affects Your Health

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At PMD Dental Care in Port Melbourne, we help our patients take steps towards stopping gum disease when it’s in the earliest stages of gingivitis. Why? Because periodontitis doesn’t just affect your smile – it can affect your health and quality of life.    The Oral-Systemic Connection Oral biofilm can spread from infected areas inside of your mouth directly into your cardiovascular system. As a result, it lodges within blood vessels, your heart, and raises inflammation throughout the body. It also suppresses your immune system, making it more difficult to overcome other types of medical conditions.  Studies show that the … Continue reading