Frequently asked dental questions

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Here is a list of most frequently asked questions:

In general, there are two types of dentures – complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are those that replace all your teeth. These usually rest on the gums which cover your jawbones, or for a more stable option, the complete dentures are attached to dental implants. While still removable, dental implants can help with both the function and aesthetic of your complete dentures. In contrast, partial dentures are used to replace some but not all teeth. These can also either rest upon the gums in place of the missing teeth, as well as attached to dental implants to improve stability.

After you receive your dentures, it’s common for patients to need to learn how to use them properly, which includes eating. It may take some time to relearn to eat certain foods as a result. For example, soft foods are less of a challenge, however hard and sticky foods that require a lot of chewing may take a while to become comfortable with. After a while you should be able to eat most foods normally, with the one major exception of chewing gum, which can cause a number of complications.

Whether you have partial or complete dentures, it’s vital to take good care of them to maintain their function and aesthetic. There are a few things you can do to ensure their longevity. Just like normal teeth, dentures require daily brushing – usually with a soft brush and a special type of toothpaste – to remove any food particles, plaque or other deposits like leftover denture adhesive. This helps to avoid staining and risk of gum disease. It also helps to rinse and soak your dentures overnight, as this helps to keep them clean and maintain their shape. Lastly, scheduling regular dental check-ups helps to keep a close, professional eye on the health of both your dentures and your mouth.

Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating can produce more saliva in your mouth. This can help to neutralise acid attacks that can cause decay.

The sugars in the foods and drinks we consume are taken up by bacteria in the mouth. It produces acids which attacks the outer layer of your tooth enamel causing decay.

Water is calorie free and has no ingredients to worry about. In most areas of Australia, tap water contains fluoride which helps to prevent tooth decay.

Some of the benefits of consuming water includes:

  • Drinking water can prevent dehydration
  • Helps to maintain body fluid
  • Can prevent the formation of kidney stones

Custom fit mouthguards are fitted to your teeth and better conform to both your bite as well as the structure of the jaw. They also offer a greater protection from being not only thicker but also having a cushioning structure.

Yes, we can do sports mouthguards to fit both adults and children. If you would like more information, feel free to contact us.

Yes. With our mouthguards, they are made to fit your mouth so it doesn’t affecting either breathing or talking.

Taking care of your teeth is more than just brushing and flossing. For total care, it’s important to visit a dentist every six months for a regular check-up and professional cleaning. The first step in this process is to find a dentist with whom you feel comfortable and then schedule an appointment.

At your first visit, your dentist will take details health history and then provide the following:

  • A thorough cleaning. The dental hygienist will scrape along and below the gum time to remove any plaque build-up and tartar that caused gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. They will then polish and floss your teeth.
  • A full dental examination looking for signs of disease or any other problems
  • X-rays which can diagnose problems that would otherwise go unnoticed. Things such as impacted teeth, jawbone damage, abscesses, tumours or cysts and decay between the teeth.

If your gum is swollen around a tooth or in your face or cheek, then the chances are that you have a tooth infection or that it is a sign of gum disease. This is a dental emergency that needs immediate attention because you will need to go on antibiotics to manage the infection and prevent it from entering your blood stream. Swelling can also be caused by a cracked tooth or a root canal problem. Either way, the prognosis of the tooth is not good if the infection reaches this point, so it is imperative that you urgently book an appointment with Access Dental. Try to avoid alcohol and tobacco as they can make your swollen gums worse.

In the unfortunate event that your tooth is completely knocked out, the first thing that you need to do is find the tooth. Be sure to pick it up by the top or around the sides. Avoid touching or picking it up by the roots as much as possible. Carefully rinse it off without scrubbing it but rather to remove any dirty from where it fell. If you are able to, then try to place the tooth with the roots down in the socket where it came from and gently bite down to hold it in place. If this doesn’t work or is not possible then place the tooth in a cup of milk and contact Access Dental immediately because with this type of emergency, time is of the essence.

In the event that your tooth is sticking out at an odd angle or has been displaced and remains connected to the gum, you can try to push the tooth back in place and gently bite down to keep it from moving. You should then rinse your mouth with warm water and take some form of painkillers. If any of these actions cause you pain, then stop and call us immediately to book an emergency dental appointment.

There are multiple reasons why bleeding during flossing and brushing can happen. It’s important to identify the cause of the bleeding so that you can determine just how severe the issue is. Some of the reasons why you may bleed when brushing and flossing are by using too much pressure or force when brushing or if the bristles of your toothbrush are too stiff.  Changing your toothbrush or improving your technique may be enough to solve this issue. Our hygiene team will be more than happy to discuss proper oral hygiene or recommend a brush that works best for you.

Preventative dentistry is a high priority for Access dental. Routine check-ups, updated x-rays to detect problems early and professional cleanings are the best tools for early detection and prevention. Fluoride treatments can also be recommended for children and adults who are susceptible to tooth decay. Those susceptible to tartar should get more frequent exams and cleanings. Each mouth is different and we customise prevention and treatment plans to match your exact needs and circumstances.

When administered by a dental professional, fluoride is completely safe and won’t cause your teeth any harm. In fact, the mineral is important for developing teeth and actually helps to prevent plaque-causing bacteria from attacking the enamel. Fluoride can be very helpful in preventing tooth decay and cavities, especially when it is applied directly to the teeth by a dentist or oral hygienist. Fluoride treatments are particularly good for children who are at high risk of tooth decay or who already have multiple cavities, as the mineral strengthens the teeth and helps to protect against further decay.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to strengthen the teeth. It plays an important part in preventing tooth decay because of its ability to make teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque. In fact, a fluoride deficiency can lead to tooth decay and cavities as plaque weakens the enamel of the teeth. The mineral can be found in certain foods, as well as in most water sources. There are also fluorinated toothpaste and mouthwashes available, and fluoride treatments can be applied by your dentist.

Although fluoride treatments are generally recommended for children because they are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay, adults can also benefit from the treatment. The treatment can be helpful in preventing tooth decay and strengthening the teeth for people of all ages. The treatment is actually very simple and can be applied in the form of varnish or as a fluoride foam or gel. We also offer fluoride supplements, which are often a good option for adults. When you come in for a consultation, we will discuss the best option for you, depending on your specific needs and preference.

A dental emergency is when a toothache won’t go away, a tooth has cracked or a dental crown has come off. If you are suffering from toothache we recommend you call Access Dental Care to talk to one of our friendly staff about how we can help you.

Brushing and flossing regularly helps keep your teeth and gums healthy: this can go a long way towards preventing gum disease and cavities. Part of looking after your oral health is also consuming less sugary food and drink. This combination along with regular visits to Access Dental Care can help maintain optimal oral health.

They are called wisdom teeth because of when they erupt, which is between 17 and 24. Not everyone’s wisdom teeth cause problems but for the majority of people, wisdom teeth are a painful experience and need to be extracted.

It depends entirely upon your situation. Sometimes bridges are attached to dental implants. Because, you see, the dental implant is the artificial tooth root, the dental bridge is a series of three or more crowns fused together.

At Access Dental Care in Perth we offer Zoom! Tooth whitening as well as take-home whitening kits to suit your needs. Zoom! Tooth whitening can whiten your teeth up to eight shades and be completed in around one hour.

Snoring is often a symptom of a much more severe problem: sleep apnoea.

Sleep apnoea can stop a person’s breathing causing the brain to force the body to wake up. Which can happen hundreds of times a night, without you knowing about it. At Access Dental Care in Perth we custom-make devices to suit your needs: it’s called a Mandibular Advancement Device.

At Access Dental Care in Perth we offer a number of sedation options to make patients feel more comfortable during treatment. Some of the sedation options we offer are:

  • Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
  • I.V. sedation
  • General anaesthetic

Talk to your Access Dental Care dentist today to find out what option is best for you.

We do not offer amalgam fillings. They are unsightly and involve too much healthy tooth structure to be removed.  White fillings only require the decayed part of the tooth to be removed, fill the entire cavity (unlike amalgam fillings) and look aesthetically pleasing, we use these instead.

Invisalign is a cosmetic dentistry treatment we offer that consists of a series of clear plastic tray-like aligners that gently move your teeth into the correct position. Invisalign is widely considered a discreet orthodontic treatment as the trays are custom made to fit your teeth and are virtually invisible.

If you have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea we can help you. We provide comprehensive care for those with sleep apnoea, including providing our patients with a specialised Mandibular Advancement Device where necessary. During your appointment we will take you through the possible causes of you sleep apnoea and discuss your treatment options with you.

Cosmetic dentistry is a dental specialisation where we focus on enhancing the cosmetic quality of your smile. We offer the full spectrum of cosmetic dentistry treatments including:

Each of these treatments targets a specific part of your smile including the colour of the teeth, in order to enhance the appearance of your teeth.

Dental caries often occur when the bacteria in your mouth becomes acidic which can dissolve and eat away at the tooth. This is normally triggered by sugar, which is why it is important to limit your sugar intake and brush after consuming foods or drinks that are high in sugar.

Gum disease can be known as gingivitis, for more mild cases, or periodontitis, for more accelerated gum disease. Gum disease normally occurs from a build-up of bacteria in your mouth, which can get caught in the pockets of your gum. This can infect and damage the gum.  A poor diet, a negligent oral hygiene routine or smoking can also cause gum disease.

It is important to treat gum disease as the gums support the teeth and play a central role in the overall health of your smile. Ignoring gum disease can lead to the development of periodontitis, which is a more advanced form of gum disease. When the gums become infected they can affect the teeth, the other soft tissues in your mouth and even the jawbone.

A root canal is a canal in the tooth that runs from the root to the tooth’s pulp. Human teeth often have somewhere between 2 to 4 canals. This canal is connected to the tooth’s pulp, which controls the overall health of each tooth.

Root canal therapy can be necessary when the tooth’s pulp becomes infected. The infection can spread down the canal, which is why it can be necessary to remove the damage past the tooth’s pulp and down into the canal. By removing all the damage we can help safeguard the tooth against further infection.

While brushing your teeth twice a day is extremely important in order to maintain excellent oral health, there are also a number of other things you should be doing in order to safeguard your teeth. It is important to floss daily and avoid the consumption of large quantities of food or drinks with a high sugar content. In addition to these steps, it is also important to see a dental professional every six months to remove the stubborn plaque that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone.

Unfortunately, many of our regular eating and drinking habits can have an impact on the colour of our teeth, causing them to turn a dull grey or shade of yellow. Some common causes of cosmetic discolouration include dark food and drinks like tea, coffee, red wine, chocolate, berries and soy sauce. Other contributors to discolouration and stains include smoking and the use of certain medications, while ageing can also play a role. Fortunately, cosmetic discolouration can often be resolved with a whitening treatment.

Whitening treatments are often a very effective means of getting rid of stains and cosmetic discolouration, but we recommend that you come in for a consultation so that we can determine if the procedure is right for you. Before you have a whitening treatment, we will assess your oral health and conduct a scale and clean. We will also assess the cause of your discolouration. If we discover that your discolouration is caused by decay or an infection, we will not recommend a whitening treatment. Instead, we will recommend a treatment that will help to resolve your oral health issue. If, however, your discolouration is cosmetic, a whitening treatment may be suitable for you.

An in-office whitening treatment usually only takes between one and two hours to complete. In this time frame, it is possible to whiten the teeth by up to eight shades. The procedure itself is fairly simple, and requires three steps. First, a rubber coating is applied to the gums for protection. Next, a whitening gel is applied to the teeth and a laser light is used to active the formula. After an hour or two (depending on your needs and desired outcome), both the gel and the protective coating are removed.

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