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Why do Bone Levels Matter?

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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 … Continue reading

Top 3 Causes of Tooth Pain

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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 … 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 … 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

What to do if You Knock Out a Tooth

Knocked out teeth. They happen in bathrooms, on the ball field, and even from getting bumped in the mouth by an elbow or grandchild. Whatever the cause, it’s important to act fast! If you knock out a tooth, follow these important steps:   Locate the Tooth Are you in a place where the tooth can be found? You might think it’s a lost cause, but acting quickly is essential. It never hurts to look.   Only Handle it by the Crown Do NOT touch the root of the tooth. It’s covered in hundreds of tiny fibres that could help to … Continue reading

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

Dental Veneers

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