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Intense Wisdom Teeth Pain? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Wisdom teeth are the final set of teeth to erupt inside your mouth. The time they do depends on your family history and gender, but usually occurs sometime during your mid teen years to your late twenties. The most common reason people get these teeth taken out is because of the unbearable pain that comes with it! Here’s what you need to know about this situation: How to Manage the Discomfort Most of the pain you’re feeling is due to the pressure and swelling caused by your wisdom teeth. Your feeling of discomfort is quite similar to that of a … Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know About Gum Recontouring

Are you self-conscious about how your gums frame your smile? What if there was a way to change that! Our patients are most familiar with cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening, bonding or veneers.  But we also offer an option called gum recontouring that allows you to adjust your gumlines to reveal a healthier smile. See Visible Results in One Session! During gum recontouring treatment, your gumline is evened out as it moves from one tooth to the next with the help of a new, drawn out margin. With this process, our dentist will ensure you still have a … Continue reading

First Filling? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Over the years our patients have had a much lower risk of tooth decay thanks to the emergence of more advanced preventative dentistry. Despite all your care however, a cavity may still occur when you least expect it. If you’ve found out you have tooth decay for the first time and you’re wondering what it’s like to get your very first dental filling, here’s what you need to know: Filling Material The type of material used for your filling largely depends on the location and size of your cavity. Usually, dental fillings are made using tooth-colored composite material. For larger … Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Tooth Decay in Children

Baby teeth may be far brighter and whiter than their permanent replacements but did you know that they’re more susceptible to tooth decay? This is because the outermost protective layer of baby teeth (known as the enamel) is not as strong or resilient as the enamel surrounding your adult teeth. When one of your primary teeth develops a cavity, the infection can spread quite fast. The decay will spread deep in to the tooth, reaching the nerve. This will give way to a very painful abscess that can potentially spread to the adjoining primary teeth, or even the permanent teeth … Continue reading

Have Healthy Teeth? Checkups Are Still Important!

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Always had great teeth and it’s been years since you hit any kind of dental obstacles? This might have you thinking there’s no real need to schedule an appointment with your dentist, but before you realize it you’ll have consecutively skipped your appointment for years. While you may think your present oral health saves you a visit from the dentist, here’s why it’s absolutely necessary to schedule a checkup every 6 months at Port Melbourne Dental. Prevention is better than the cure The biggest advantage of these 6-month checkups is that they help common dental problems become entirely preventable. This … Continue reading

Why You Should Consider Fluoride Treatment

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Ever noticed your dentist applying fluoride after a professional cleaning? This treatment doesn’t just apply to kids; there are several advantages of this process that applies for older patients as well. Here are some of them: Resists Sensitivity Have you noticed an increase in tooth sensitivity as of late? This could be towards changes in temperature, when trying a new toothpaste or even drinking your morning coffee. When you notice sensitivity, this is an indication of your tooth responding to stimuli or that your gums are receding. In this instance, fluoride serves as a desensitizing treatment to minimize any discomfort … Continue reading

Easiest Cosmetic Dental Treatments Worth Considering!

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Wondering which cosmetic dental treatments will give you the most comprehensive results?  Sometimes, a complex smile makeover isn’t necessary! A few well-placed procedures might be all you need to boost your smile. If you’re looking for quick, affordable and comfortable choices, here are our top 3 recommendations! Teeth Whitening Professional teeth whitening is an effective and safer method when compared to over-the-counter kits. Store-bought products are often made up of weaker solutions in order to be applicable for everyone. Hence, they don’t work as efficiently as a professional treatment would. Maintenance will also be far easier with professional treatment because … Continue reading

4 Main Causes of Cavities

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Do you find yourself prone to cavities? You don’t have to just cut down on your candy to reduce your risk of cavities, there are several other reasons why you may be experiencing tooth decay more than most. Here are four main causes of cavities to watch out for! Sport drinks It isn’t just fizzy drinks you need to be on the lookout for! There are plenty of other drinks, like sports drinks and sodas that are filled with sugar and acids. Since these are liquids, they are capable of reaching every surface in your mouth, which means your enamel … Continue reading

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