Frequently asked dental questions

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Here is a list of most frequently asked questions:

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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