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Frequently Asked Questions

How can cosmetic dentistry help improve the appearance of your smile?

Cosmetic dental treatments offer various solutions for a more beautiful and confident smile. If you want to improve your smile or feel self-conscious about your teeth, cosmetic dental treatments can dramatically change the way your teeth look and feel.
Our cosmetic dentist in Woodville can provide you with these types of general dental treatments, as well as many others:

Composite resin (tooth-coloured material).

Fillings are designed to repair and restore teeth back to their original state after cavities have formed as a result of decay. Composite resin filling material is also used to repair chipped, broken, or discoloured teeth. This type of filling material is also very useful to protect sensitive, exposed tooth surfaces like on the roots caused by gum recession and aging.

Teeth Whitening

involves bleaching of the teeth that have been stained or discoloured by age, food, drink, and smoking. The darkened teeth due to injury or medications can also be bleached. At St Clair Dental we have two types of whitening procedures to offer you. Zoom whitening is done in the chair so you can see the results on the same day.
Take home whitening kits are also available to maintain (top up) Zoom whitened teeth or for those who have sensitive teeth and wish to apply the bleaching material in the comfort of their own home.

Porcelain Veneers

are tooth-coloured pieces of very thin ceramic that are custom made and placed over front teeth to improve the appearance. They are a very popular choice to correct discoloured, damaged, poorly shaped, or misaligned front teeth. Veneers require removal of a minimal amount of tooth structure (enamel only) from the tooth surface to re-create an incredible smile.

Dental Implants

are the ultimate option to replace either one or more teeth that have been removed or are missing from birth. An implant consists of 2 parts; an artificial root in the form of a titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jaw bone. Dental implants then have a porcelain crown that attaches to the screw to provide a strong solution with full function again.

Dental implants can also be used to fully rehabilitate your mouth if you happen to have several missing teeth with the addition of a removable dental appliance such as denture that magnetically clips to the implant screws as a stable and durable option to replace many missing teeth.

What can I do about old unattractive or discoloured fillings?

As we age over time, so do the fillings that were placed many years ago during younger years. Tooth coloured and silver fillings that have been in place for over 20 years can become unattractive and may cause you to feel self-conscious when you laugh, talk or smile. Various options are available for replacing old, unattractive, or discoloured fillings especially if spaces start to appear around the edges of old fillings. This is dental concern when it happens because it creates an environment where plaque and bacteria can become trapped and growth leading to tooth decay. The condition of old fillings should be professionally monitored and evaluated incase replacement is required to ensure the health of that tooth and adjacent teeth around it.

How can I tell if I have gum disease?

Plaque and tartar that accumulates on the teeth over prolonged periods of time can be harmful to your gums (soft tissue) and results in inflammation known as “gingivitis.”

Gums, like other soft areas of skin are very sensitive to bacteria respond to the irritation of plaque and tartar by turning red, become swollen and puffy and will generally also bleed. Bleeding is the body’s way of trying to flush out the germs. If you notice your gums bleed when brushing, do not stop brushing for any amount of time. Increase your tooth cleaning routine to 3 times per day to remove plaque more effectively that is causing the gingivitis. Always clean your teeth gently with a soft bristle brush & do not scrub them hard, as may tear the delicate soft tissues that gums are.

Gingivitis is reversible. With warm salty water mouth rinses, 3 times per day and more regular thorough cleaning (try doing so for a little longer 3-4 minutes) you can improve this condition yourself. Untreated gingivitis may progress to “periodontitis” which is a much more severe form of gum disease that can be very damaging. Advanced forms of this gum diseases causes the gums to pull away from the teeth thereby forming infected pockets. If gingivitis or periodontitis is left untreated, the gums, bones and tissue supporting the teeth may be destroyed and cause the teeth to get loose and may not be able to be saved.

Persistent bad breath due to bacteria in the mouth, spacing developing between teeth, loose teeth, pus around the teeth and gums, receding gums (loss of gum around a tooth), tenderness, or discomfort to the gums are all tell tail signs of periodontal disease.
Developing a meticulous personal oral hygiene routine, having a nutritious diet that includes lots of green vegetables and source of vitamin C, can help reduce the risk and impact of developing periodontal disease.
If any of these signs and or symptoms seems familiar to you, your mouth will need professional attention. We understand at times that for various reasons, you may have avoided visiting a dentist, though gum disease is a serious medical condition and does require regular professional attention.
Periodontal disease can cause complications and seriously impact other medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, kidney diseases, liver diseases, lung infections, gastric reflux, pre-term babies, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis. If you or someone you care about has one or more of these pre-existing medical conditions, it is very important that they visit a dental professional to help gain control over and improve their oral health.
Call (08) 8445 1246 or click here to schedule an appointment with a gentle dentist in St Clair to start treating your gum disease.
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