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When Should You Wear a Mouth guard?

Your smile can be protected and maintained using different dental techniques and appliances- mouth guards being a common option. Mouthguards come in various sizes and shapes, each usually distinct to suit a specific purpose. At PMD, we recommend the below mouthguards based on your specific needs and smile! Bite splint These are smaller mouthguards, usually designed for use during the day time. This splint usually covers only your front teeth, but it helps individuals suffering from bruxism (clenching and grinding) to naturally relax their TMJ muscles as well as facial muscles in order to prevent any additional strain on their … Continue reading

4 Reasons to Consider Sedation Dentistry

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Sedation is frequently used in a lot of dental procedures! At Port Melbourne Dental, we understand that some patients find a visit to the dentist to be a stressful experience, which is why we try our best to ease your mind and offer a smooth dental experience during treatments. Here’s why you should opt for sedation the next time you visit our clinic! Lessens anxiety This applies to patients who suffer from dental phobia. For such patients, the smallest of stimulation from sounds to smells and certain equipment can induce a high degree of anxiety. Our best method of ensuring … Continue reading

Experiencing Toothaches? Here’s Why!

Severe toothaches can give way to excruciating amounts of pain if you don’t opt for professional help. The causes behind your toothaches, however, can vary depending on the severity of your issue and the symptoms you’re displaying. Here are some of the most common reasons you’d experience a toothache: Receding gums Gum recession tends to expose the roots of your tooth. The roots don’t have a protective layer such as the enamel covering them, so they’re much more sensitive to external elements. Any change in temperature or even a substance touching an exposed root is enough to cause immense pain. … Continue reading

3 Reasons You’re Experiencing Cold Sensitivity

Sensitivity to cold foods and beverages is quite a common issue in oral health. While sometimes this condition is fleeting and easily fixable, there are times that your cold sensitivity is an indication of a more serious issue that needs professional help. When you come for your checkup at Port Melbourne Dental, we can help you identify the cause of your cold sensitivity and how to best fix it! Here are 3 common reasons as to why you may be experiencing cold sensitivity: Gum Recession Your roots are highly sensitive since they aren’t covered by a protective enamel like the … Continue reading

3 Reasons Why You Might Need a Dental Crown

Unsure of whether you need a dental crown or not? We understand not wanting to go through the hassle of a dental procedure unless absolutely necessary but we recommend getting a dental crown in the below 3 situations! An Unstable Filling Getting a filling for your tooth often depends on having a strong supporting structure to hold the restoration. As such, we don’t use fillings for large areas or to build teeth as the moment a large amount of pressure is put on it, it’ll likely break. So, in the instance a large filling is used on a tooth with … Continue reading

Whitening Vs Veneers: Which is the Best Choice For You?

Have you been looking for ways to get that perfect smile? If you’re looking for a brighter, whiter smile, there are two options in particular that are quite popular. Teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are often common choices when looking to improve smiles. Teeth Whitening Are your teeth already the right size and shape? If you have a well-aligned set of teeth with no gaps, whitening is definitely the option to be rooting for. You can either come to our clinic or we can even give you instructions to carry this out at home! Essentially, the whitening process in the … Continue reading

Have Crooked Teeth? They May Cause These Problems!

We don’t recommend receiving orthodontic treatment for crooked teeth merely based on the appearance of a misaligned smile. Crooked teeth are actually responsible for a number of problems that can be quite costly and painful to fix if you don’t catch them early on! Here are just a few problems you can expect: Gum Disease When your teeth are crooked, it can be really hard to clean the entire surface of your mouth properly. This means there is a lot of bacteria left untouched that accumulates over time. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque left on the … Continue reading

Fillings or Crowns: Which is the Best Choice?

Are you dealing with a tooth that is broken, worn down or has a cavity? You might be wondering which dental treatment would work best for your situation. You can either opt for a traditional filling or for something more comprehensively restorative like a dental crown! At PMD, we easily offer both options but which one you need will depend on the following factors: Severity of Damage In either case of a cavity or a cracked, worn down tooth, the severity of the damage plays a big role in deciding whether you need a filling or crown. Crowns are used … Continue reading

Dental Crown Care and Maintenance

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You got a new dental crown to protect and repair your tooth. But dental crowns, like natural teeth, need care too. With the right maintenance routine, you can help your new “cap” last for several years. Floss Around Your Crown Daily It’s crucial to floss around your crown, but most people think that flossing will pull their restoration off. Not so. Your new crown is permanently cemented in place. With gentle flossing, a well-fitting crown isn’t going anywhere. Take care not to force the floss in and out. Instead, wrap it in a “C” around your tooth and slide it … Continue reading

Caring for Your New All-on-Four Implants

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All on Four dental implants are one of the tooth replacement treatments available at PMD Dental Care in Port Melbourne.  This treatment replaces all of your upper or lower missing teeth with four dental implants that are inserted within the bone. A bridge of artificial teeth is attached to them, across the entire arch.   But undergoing this process doesn’t mean that you can do away with your previous oral hygiene routine. To ensure that your implants last a lifetime, you’ll have to be dedicated to cleaning them properly. Though there are no teeth to decay, your dental implants can … Continue reading