Frequently asked dental questions

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Here is a list of most frequently asked questions:

There are two types of dentures – complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are those that replace all your teeth, where as a partial denture only replaces some of your teeth. The full dentures are a more stable option, and are attached to dental implants; however all teeth are missing in this case.

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 learn how to eat with dentures. 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.

Whether you have partial or complete dentures, it’s vital to take good care of them. Dentures require daily brushing with a soft brush and a special  toothpaste – to remove any food particles, plaque or other deposits. It also helps to rinse and soak your dentures overnight. Lastly, scheduling regular dental check-ups helps to keep both your dentures and your mouth healthy.

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 found inside plaque. This bacteria uses sugar to produce acids which attack your teeth, causing enamel erosion and decay.

Our bodies require water to stay healthy and in most parts of Australia, tap water contains fluoride which helps to prevent tooth decay. Some of the benefits of consuming water include:

  • 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, custom mouthguards are made to fit your mouth so it doesn’t affect either breathing or talking.

It’s important to visit a dentist every six months for a regular check-up and professional cleaning. 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. 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 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.

Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown, avoid touching or picking it up by the roots. Carefully rinse it off, without scrubbing. Place the tooth with the roots down in the socket where it came from and gently bite down to hold it in place. Otherwise place the tooth in a cup of milk and contact Access Dental immediately because with this type of emergency, time is of the essence.

If your tooth is sticking out at an odd angle, or has been displaced and remains connected to the gum, you can try pushing the tooth back in place and gently bite down to keep it from moving. You should rinse your mouth with warm water and take painkillers. If any of these actions cause pain, then please stop and book an emergency appointment by calling Access Dental Care.

There are multiple reasons why gums may bleed while flossing or brushing. It’s important to identify the cause of the bleeding so that you can determine the severity of the issue. Common reasons include applying too much force while brushing, harsh toothbrush, or early signs of gum disease.

Preventative dentistry is a high priority for Access dental Care. At-home daily cleaning, 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.

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. 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.

Fluoride is found in tap water, other products and can also be administered directly to your teeth by a dental professional. Fluoride is completely safe and important for developing teeth and actually helps to prevent plaque-causing bacteria, cavities and decay. Fluoride can also help to repair and protect damaged enamel.

Adults can benefit from fluoride treatment as its helpful in preventing tooth decay and strengthening teeth. The treatment is very simple and can be applied in the form of varnish or as a fluoride foam or gel. Fluoride supplements are also often a good option for adults, and can be discussed with the dentist.

Fluoride treatments are generally recommended for children because they are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay, and the fluoride can help strengthen their teeth and remineralise enamel.

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 the dental implant is the artificial tooth root and 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 in-chair can whiten your teeth up to eight shades whiter and treatment only takes about 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 briefly. 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

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, so 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 a specialised Mandibular Advancement Device when 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:

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

Gum disease is known as gingivitis during mild cases, or periodontitis in advanced stages. Gum disease normally occurs from a build-up of bacteria which gets trapped in the pockets of your gum, which causes a gum infections.  A poor diet, a negligent oral hygiene routine or smoking cause gum disease.

It is important to treat gum disease as the gums support your 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, bone, roots and other soft tissues inside your mouth.

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. It’s important to floss daily and avoid the consumption of large quantities of food or drinks with a high sugar content. You should also visit the dentist every six months.

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 the cause of your discolouration. Before you have a whitening treatment, we will assess your oral health, and conduct a scale and clean.

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 up to eight shades. The procedure itself is fairly simple, and requires three steps. Rubber coating is applied to the gums, then a whitening gel is applied to the teeth and a laser light is used to activate the formula.

If you have a question that isn’t answered above, please contact us today.

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