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Wisdom Teeth Removal Treatments Explained

Wisdom teeth, the third set of molars, are four permanent teeth that grow at the back corners of the mouth. At times, they may come with problems that necessitate a visit to your nearest Absolute Smiles dentist and eventual extraction.

If your wisdom teeth erupt way too far back in the mouth, there isn’t enough space for them to grow and they get trapped between the gums and the jawbone. When they are impacted, they become painful, prone to infections and other dental problems. Coming in at an awkward angle that makes them press against other teeth is another reason for extraction. Your mouth may also not be big enough to accommodate an extra set of molars.

Other times, your dentist may recommend extraction of your wisdom teeth to avert potential problems in the future such as damage to other teeth and surrounding bones. Development of cysts around the teeth, cavities, and gum disease are other instances when the procedure may be recommended.

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What you need to know about Smile Makeovers

Today, many people know a lot of things about facial makeovers but very few know about smile makeovers. Happily, it is possible to get a smile makeover from your local dentist.

A great smile is what gets you noticed, especially if you are meeting someone for the first time. So, if you have some issues with your dental, getting a smile makeover is the best option. Below are some of the things you need to know about the smile makeover.

What is a Smile Makeover?
A smile makeover is one or several cosmetic procedures that are used by the dentists to enhance the smile. However, a smile makeover to one individual may be completely different to another person. This means your friend’s smile makeover might be different yours. For instance, someone may want to have a celebrity smile, while the other just want a simple enhancement. So, whether you have crooked teeth or broken teeth, a smile makeover can give you a beautiful smile.

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Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

For a lot of patients concerned with how their smiles look, porcelain veneers are just what the doctor ordered. For decades, porcelain veneers were called “tooth caps” and have been used to provide cosmetic solutions to a plethora of dental maladies.

Porcelain veneers can be used to cover gaps between the teeth. They can also hide chipped teeth. But a talented dentist can also used them to hide misaligned teeth and cover up discolourations. They look natural and can last for a number of years.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin strips of ceramic material that are bonded together with a special adhesive and then bonded to the surface of the tooth. They are used for all sorts of purposes, many more than listed above. These include: chips, cracks, gaps, spaces, misalignment, deep stains, asymmetry or even to “refresh” teeth suffering from wear and tear.

Porcelain veneers are custom made for each tooth, providing an individual solution that looks exactly like the regular teeth. To learn more, call our Bassendean dentists today on (08) 9279 7956.

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Dental Implants Vs Dentures

Losing teeth can be a very distressing situation for anyone. Considerations such as natural feeling teeth, confidence to chew and time needed to achieve your new smile are all part of your smile assessment process.

Teeth permit adequate chewing, speech, improvement of self-confidence through a good looking smile. Your choice of tooth replacement includes, dental implants and dentures. This article seeks to compare the two options for replacing missing teeth from a dentists perspective.

Dentures can be defined as removable appliances that are used to replace missing teeth and even portions of the gum tissue. At Perth-Dentures we have 2 choices:

a. Complete Dentures
b. Partial Dentures

Complete Dentures
Complete dentures comprise of all the teeth in both the upper, lower jaws and normally rest on the gums directly.

Partial Dentures
Partial dentures fill in gaps present when a good number of natural teeth are still intact. They use clasps as support around existing teeth.

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Is This the Future of Dental Implants?

The technology isn’t fully there yet, but the future of dental implants looks quite promising thanks to a research team on the other side of the world, at the University of Groningen, located in the Netherlands. Researchers there are developing a tooth made of antimicrobial plastic which destroys the bacteria which cause tooth decay. The tooth will be printable on a 3D printer.

Dental Implants Research

The research team started out with dental resin polymers that are already in existence. They then embedded antimicrobial quaternary ammonium salts into the polymers. Bacterial damage to tooth implants has been a problem in the dental industry; this format could eradicate it.

The salts embedded within the 3D-printed teeth use opposing positive and negative charges to make bacteria die due to bursting of the cellular membranes. While the salts kill microorganisms, they aren’t harmful to us. The research team coated the new teeth in tooth decaying bacteria for a period of six days. When they measured the bacteria, they found that the teeth had killed 99% of the bacteria in six days. To learn more, call our Bassendean dentists today on (08) 9279 7956.

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The Pros and Cons of Wisdom Teeth Removal

For years, many dentists have recommended automatic wisdom teeth removal as soon as they erupt to prevent problems with them down the road. Wisdom teeth erupt around the age of 17. Because they tend to impact, causing pain and damage to adjacent teeth, dentists used to remove them as soon as possible to prevent the possibility of impacted wisdom teeth.

However, recent evidence has come to light that it isn’t necessary to remove wisdom teeth unless they become symptomatic. This was recently expressed in the British Dental Journal. According to the Journal, leaving wisdom teeth in saves patients a lot of money due to so many wisdom teeth that never impact or cause problems.

The British recommend that wisdom teeth be left in, monitored and only taken out when they cause problems.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Rates in Australia
In Australia, 527 Australians out of 100,000 had wisdom teeth removal performed in hospitals during 2008-09. This represents seven times as many as in the UK. Though all of the numbers aren’t available, the British researchers recently estimated that if Australia used the approach currently used in the UK, it could save Australians as much as $420 million to $513 million per year. To learn more, call our Bassendean dentists today on (08) 9279 7956

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What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

If you are thinking about dental implants, you may have heard a lot about them already. Unfortunately, there is a lot of faulty information out there. Dental implants can be life-changing for some people, but they aren’t for everyone. We would like to tell you some facts about dental implants so you can decide whether they are for you or not.

In previous generations, dentures were the only remedy for tooth loss. A lot of people still feel stigmatised by having dentures. In addition, upper dentures cover up the palate, making it much more difficult to taste food. When dental implants came along, they were seen as a “breath of fresh air” by dentists and patients alike.

What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is best described as a replacement “root” made of titanium or a similar metal. It is shaped like a screw and fused into the jawbone, where it substitutes for the real root. The “tooth” is a dental crown that is made to fit into the dental implant. There are some things you need to know before getting a dental implant or a series of implants, though.

Dental Implants Get an “A” for their Success Rate
Dental implants have a 95% success rate. Most patients have one or more implants with no complications. There are two factors that contribute to the probability of a successful dental implant: the dental health of the patient and the expertise of the doctor performing the procedure.

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The Facts About Sedation Dentistry

Are you afraid to go to the dentist? Are dental visits unpleasant for you, no matter how painless the procedures are and how many concessions are made to try and make you comfortable? If this sounds like you, we have a great solution: sedation dentistry.

We can provide three different levels of sedation, with the lowest being a mild sedative and the highest being sleep dentistry, in which you are given a sedative that renders you totally unconscious.

A lot of Australians avoid trips to the dentist and some put off work altogether because they can’t stand going to the dentist. This can be due to a number of causes. Among many older Australians, they may have gone to an “old school” dentist who didn’t bother to try and make their experience pleasant.

Many Australians still have PTSD from early trips to unenlightened dentists when they were children. When they even think of the dentist, it can make them shake and get sick to their stomach.

If you are traumatised from previous trips to the dentist, we can help you with one of these three levels of sedation.

Minimal Sedation
Minimal sedation involves giving you an oral sedative that allows you to be fully conscious of what is going on around you. You are able to breathe normally and all of your bodily functions will remain normal. This is combined with the local anaesthetic that “numbs” the area we are going to work on.

We may combine the oral sedative with nitrous oxide or ‘laughing gas’. While you will remain conscious, you may not remember everything. The memory will be as if you ‘dozed off’ a few times.

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Porcelain Veneers: Minimum Invasion, Maximum Smile

Porcelain veneers are a popular option for people who want to make their smile nicer but don’t need extensive dental work to do it. They are pieces of material that are coloured to look like a tooth and are bonded to the front part of your tooth. They can be used to change the colour, shape, size or length of a tooth.

While they are called Porcelain Veneers, they are often made of resin instead of porcelain. Porcelain is the preferred material in many cases because it can best mimic the subtle variations in shades of tooth colour. However, resin is often preferred because they are thinner and you don’t have to remove as much of the tooth’s surface to adhere them.

What are the Main Problems Solved by Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are often the best solution for teeth that are discoloured due to a number of conditions. Teeth that are chipped, broken or worn down are easily covered by porcelain veneers. They can also be used for teeth that are irregularly shaped, uneven or misaligned. They are often used to fill gaps between teeth.

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Dentures, Do You Need Them and What is Involved

Some people do require dentures and some do not. Here are a few tips from our dentists on whether you need dentures or not and what is involved in getting dentures.

Look for an Experience Dentist who has Dealt with Dentures

First off it is important to visit a dentist who is experienced in handling dentures. Most people make the common mistake by going to your typical next door neighbour dental clinic and find out that they have to be referred off to another dentist who is experienced with denture patients.

Look at the online reviews of the clinic and ask people within your network to recommend a dentist with denture experience. Nothing beats word of mouth. Once you are happy with the dentist that is going to help you with the dentures, ask him or her for any before and photos of previous denture patients to see the quality of their work.

The next step is to get an examination provided by the dentist. From the examination, the dentist will advise if you require dentures or not. There could be a possibility that you may even need dental implants.

To learn more, call our dentists in Bassendean today on (08) 9279 7956

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