Are you ready for graduation UNE students?

You’ve got your graduation cap but what about your smile? Make the photos memorable and get ready for your career with New England Dental Group, Armidale.

Graduation is a great and exciting time for all students.

So you have your graduation outfit and cap but what about your smile? Here at Armidale’s New England Dental Group, we’ve got the perfect solution – cosmetic dentistry.

There are only a handful of life’s moments that earn a milestone and ranked highly up there with the first kiss, last day of high school and getting married, would generally be the day you received your graduation certificate. You’ve worked hard for years and now it’s time to reap the benefits so make the moment count – distinguish yourself from the rest of your peers with a set of show-stopping pearly whites.

Our cosmetic treatments designed to enhance your smile

Here at New England Dental Group we offer cosmetic treatments that can be permanent or temporary depending on how you want to enhance your smile.

Teeth whitening

As discussed in the previous article “what do you really know about tooth whitening? Get the facts here!” we discussed the different myths and facts associated with whitening treatments. New England Dental Group practice safe and trusted teeth whitening programs with the Erskine Designer White teeth whitening system.

Why would I want teeth whitening?

As we grow older, our teeth become more and more susceptible to staining. This could be from:

  • drinking coffee
  • drinking wine (white or red)
  • smoking cigarettes
  • eating foods with natural dyes

These factors are just some and the fact of the matter is, even with regular check-ups and brushing and flossing – if you continue to consume those products, your teeth may become stained regardless.

Teeth whitening prescribed by our New England Dental Group professionals can help to resolve these detrimental stains in a fast and effective manner.

How teeth whitening treatment works

Using a series of custom designed trays from your own teeth impressions filled with an active whitening agent, the treatment works by gradually whitening your teeth over time. During your consultation, our dentist will ensure you know all the specifics you need for your teeth whitening plan prior to your treatment to ensure the treatment is suitable for you.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers offer a more permanent solution and can resolve a vast selection of cosmetic dental issues. Often these are used for the imperfections that cannot be treated by whitening products or otherwise may require costly and timely orthodontic treatment to resolve.

Why would I want veneers?

Veneers can cover a range of different cosmetic dental problems such as:

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Discolouration
  • Out of shape teeth (too long, wide, short or narrow)
  • In some cases, misaligned teeth
  • Damaged teeth
  • Gummy smiles

Veneers provide a mask for your smile that has the ability to completely renew your smile. The treatment looks natural and can last for years – giving your smile that symmetrical and stain resistant smile.

How veneers work

The treatment generally requires 2 separate stages:

  1. After assessing your eligibility for the treatment and deciding on your treatment plan, our dental professional will carefully remove a wafer thin amount of the tooth’s natural enamel. This is to ensure there is enough room for the veneer to bond comfortably without reducing functionality for the patient.

 

After this, in between your appointments your veneers will be custom fabricated to suit the smile you desire, and will be ready to be bonded in your second appointment.

 

  1. The second appointment will involve the gentle bonding of the veneers to your existing teeth. Once the veneers are perfectly fitted and tailored to suit you, your new smile should be ready for show!

Your veneers are made out of materials to greatly imitate the natural appearance of your teeth so the treatment can go by without the notice of your friends.

Getting the job, post-grad style

Enhancing your smile is one of the most socially acceptable, easiest and least expensive ways to cosmetically assist your natural self. According to the AACD Smile Survey conducted in 2012, 48% of the participants agreed that the smile is the most likely to be remembered characteristic when you first meet someone.

Updating your smile doesn’t only have to be about the graduation photos – do it for your new career as well. To find out more about New England Dental Group located in Armidale and our cosmetic treatments to help you finish up your studies in style, book a consultation with us today.

What do you really know about tooth whitening? Get the facts here!

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As one of the most popular dental cosmetic treatment available, tooth whitening offers an inexpensive and effective way to shave years off the patient’s age and help them not only look good, but feel a renewed sense of confidence as well. 

As a treatment, tooth whitening offers fast and effective satisfaction rates. With the prospect of whiter teeth as a quick cosmetic fix, a handful of tricky home-whitening treatments and other products have surfaced to swing consumers away from practiced and safe dental treatments performed by a dentist.

Along with these intervening methods come piles of rumours associated with the treatments, so here at New England Dental Group located in Armidale, we want to offer you the opportunity to discover some quick facts and myths linked to teeth whitening treatments.

  • Teeth whitening products are all the same

There is a full range of different products that people can purchase to whiten their teeth, ranging from minimal whitening like toothpastes to home whitening kits and dentist prescribed whitening treatments.

Products differ in strength, compound, methodology, treatment timeframe and a heap of other variables that may affect the degree of whitening you can achieve with a product.  Make sure you look into the different products thoroughly before buying them because if you’re whitening your teeth without the assistance of a dentist it’s important to make sure you are getting the right treatment for you.

  • Whitening works for everyone

A common misconception is that everybody, no matter the reason for discolouration can get their teeth whitened. Patients may find that the cause of their discoloured teeth is actually a deeper issue and may need treatment rather than whitening. Also where crowns and veneers are involved, the materials used are not capable of being whitened but in being so are also generally resistant to staining.

In cases like ether of these, having a professional opinion on whether your teeth can be whitened from a dentist may be able to avoid costly product purchases that could otherwise be made redundant.

  • Whitening causes damage to your enamel

Honestly, plenty of things can be damaging to the enamel, but as long as the product you purchase for your whitening treatment has the Australian Dental Association tick of approval and is used as instructed, your whitening treatment will not damage your enamel.

Chemicals and different treatment opinions available to you on the internet and over the counter could potentially contain agents that may damage your oral health so try and stick to professional treatments and opinions to avoid any harmful products accessible in the market today.

  • Household products can whiten teeth

Eating the right foods like fresh vegetables and fruits daily can improve your oral health and assist in removing plaque from your teeth. Because the plaque is coming off, your teeth can naturally whiten as a result. Also baking soda is a common remedy suggested for tooth whitening but as a fairly concentrated and abrasive product, baking soda used too vigorously and often can cause damage to the gums.

Really the easiest way to maintain your oral health and whiten your teeth without a treatment is to brush your teeth twice daily and floss of an evening. This way you can lay a good foundation for your whitening treatment with plaque removal. When considering natural remedies to whiten your teeth, make sure you consult with a dental practitioner first in case you are doing more damage than good which can often be the outcome.

What treatment is available to me?

Here at New England Dental Group in Armidale we offer treatment plans with the Erskine designer white teeth whitening system which follows a method using a series of trays made from impressions of your teeth filled with a whitening agent. This treatment is safe and effective, offering great results and comes with a respectable and highly regarded dental opinion on the matter of whitening.

There are many other rumours and facts about tooth whitening that could be helpful for you to know while considering your treatment. So when you’re due for your next check-up or just wanting to get a brighter and whiter grin, book a consultation here at New England Dental Group and make sure you take the time to enquire about our tooth whitening treatment today.

What to do in a dental emergency

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Do you have a dental emergency?

Here at New England Dental in Armidale, we understand that accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. However, we also know that most patients are not aware of what to do in dental emergency such as when they lose a tooth or experience trauma to the mouth.

In this article we aim to address these issues to ensure you are aware of the action steps you need to take before visiting us for professional treatment.

First it important to realise that a dental emergency cab in the form of any of the following:

Toothache

When you are suffering from a toothache, please follow these steps:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to remove debris.
  • If your gums are swollen place a cold compress to the outside of the cheek (do not use heat).
  • Avoid aspirin as it thins the blood, instead take Nurofen or Panadol to relieve pain
  • Do not place aspirin on the gum or aching tooth. This causes soft tissue to burn.
  • Always seek dental treatment as soon as possible.

Soft tissue trauma and bleeding

Trauma and bleeding to the lip, cheek or gums caused by physical activity such as sports should be treated as follows:

  • Apply a clean bandage to the wound. Apply firm pressure for at least 10 minutes, and stay seated upright.
  • If bleeding persists please call 000 for medical assistance.If your mouth is not bleed heavily, rinse your mouth with warm salty water until the wound has healed to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Swelling and pain can be relieved by applying a cold compress to the site.

Knocked out tooth

Do not touch the bottom of the tooth where the nerves and pulp are exposed. Handle the top of the tooth (crown).

  • Immediately replant the tooth in the socket and hold tooth in place, its important not to to let the tooth dry out.
  • If unable to replant the tooth, keep it moist by immersing it in milk (not water) and sealing it in plastic wrap.

Jaw pain

  •  Apply a cold compress to the jaw or take anti-inflammatory medication to relieve short term pain.
  •  It is important to visit us here at New England in Armidale when you experience jaw pain as it can be related to a number of dental issues such as TMD (misaligned jaw) or an infected tooth.

Avoid professional dental care as soon as possible

Just like any other emergency, it is vital you seek help as soon as possible. By waiting you could be subjecting yourself to further complications.

At New England Dental in Armidale, our emergency dentistry service ensures we can help you when you need it most. We are open 7 days and keep a flexible schedule in case of dental emergencies. If you require urgent dental treatment, we do keep emergency time set aside in our day to accommodate your needs. If you have found yourself in a dental emergency please contact us on 02

Tooth coloured fillings vs amalgam fillings

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Many patients avoid visiting the dentist due to their belief that unattractive amalgam fillings will be used. Here at New England Dental in Armidale we have some great news!

Amalgam fillings are a thing of the past. With modern advancements in materials, today tooth coloured fillings are strong, durable and provide further reassurance of safety in comparison to amalgam.

The truth about amalgam

Amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings, is a material that contains approx. 54 percent mercury with other metals, including silver, copper and tin, which has been used for over 150 years to seal and protect the back molars. Although amalgam has been used in dentistry for a long period its popularity is decreasing as a result of recent studies and findings.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Australian Dental Association, amalgam does not contain harmful levels of amalgam to have an affect on the body, stating that it is safe for adults and children over 6. However, sophisticated tests conducted over the past decade have changed this view; research results finding very small amounts of mercury, in the form of vapour, are released as the amalgam filling wears. These findings have promoted further studies into the effects of amalgam fillings.

While some dentists still use amalgam as a material of choice for dental fillings, here at New England Dental we believe it’s better to be safe than sorry. As such, we do not offer amalgam at our practice, and instead provide composite resin material as a safe, nontoxic and effective alternative.

Composite resin restorations

Our tooth coloured fillings are made of a safe composite resin material that restore the curvatures and shape of the tooth for a natural looking appearance. Composite is made from acrylic resin that is expertly applied to surface of the tooth and matched to the exact shade of your natural tooth. The material is sculpted to the tooth and then set with a special light. From here , the new restoration is then refined and polished to blend with your natural teeth.

The benefits of composite resin

  • Composite is a relatively strong material, providing good durability in small to mid-sized restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure;
  • Composite may generally be used on either front or back teeth;
  • Fillings are usually completed in a single visit (with exceptions noted below);
  • Moderately resistant to breakage;
  • Low risk of leakage being bonded only to enamel
  • Does not corrode and generally holds up well to biting force
  • Moderately resistant to further decay
  • Frequency of repair or replacement is low to moderate

At New England Dental in Armidale, we strive to ensure only the highest level of quality care is given to our patients in addition to the highest, ethical standards are adhered to by each member of our team.

We can also replace old amalgam fillings with composite resin to provide a natural-looking and virtually undetectable solution to protecting your teeth and smile.

For more information on our tooth coloured fillings or to book an appointment please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Root Canal: It’s not too late to save your infected tooth!

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At New England Dental we believe that prevention is better than cure, which is why we provide root canal therapy to save a patient’s wobbly or infected tooth.

It should come as no surprise that keeping your natural teeth is always the more preferred choice than prosthetic replacements.

When would you need root canal therapy?

When your tooth is causing you discomfort due to an infection or inflammation of dead pulp, root canal therapy, technically known as Endodontics,  may be the perfect solution to save your teeth. Root canal therapy is the most preferred choice over an extraction and quite rightly so. If you could save your tooth why wouldn’t you?

Dead pulp is the root cause of inflammation and infection

Dental pulp, acts as the central nervous system of your tooth. Dental pulp is the soft tissue in the canal that runs through the centre of a tooth. Once a tooth is fully formed it can function normally without its pulp. When this pulp becomes infected or inflamed you can expect serious pain, not just in the tooth but also in the jaw.

The main causes of infected and inflamed dental pulp are:

  • Gum disease
  • Cracked teeth
  • Wear and tear of teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth site

Signs that you have an infection include:

  • Sensitivity to hot food or cold beverages
  • Spontaneous tooth pain
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Loosening of the tooth
  • Facial swelling
  • Persistent abscess on the tooth
  • Puss oozing around the tooth

Root canal treatment – restore your tooth function 

During your appointment at New England Dental group, Dr Henzell will inspect the tooth site as well as your entire mouth to detect any other underlying issues. If Dr Henzell finds that the best course of action is to perform root canal therapy, he will then advise you of your options to ensure you are happy and are fully aware of the procedure and expected outcomes.

What happens during root canal therapy?

The actual process of root canal therapy can take up to three visits, depending on how complex the tooth is, and how long the infection takes to clear.

The process involves disinfecting the internal portion of the tooth (pulp), extracting any remnants of decay and infection, then filling the internal structure with a sealant to prevent further infection and restore your tooths function.

How long does it take to heal my tooth after root canal therapy?    

Once the infection is removed and the tooth is sealed, most patients can expect a healthy and functioning tooth within 1 -2 weeks. In some cases, a crown may need to be placed to ensure strength of the natural tooth

If you look after your teeth and gums, your root canal treated tooth may last a lifetime. However, here at New England Dental we always do our best to educate our patients about the importance of maintaining good oral care. It is important to ensure you regularly schedule your check up and professional clean with us every six months, and be sure to follow a consistent oral care routine at home. If you look after your teeth and gums, your root canal treated tooth may last a lifetime.

If you believe your tooth may be at risk of infection or require a root canal please call 02 6771 2283 to book an appointment.

Stop grinding the night away: invest in a splint today!

 

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Are you or a loved one grinding teeth at night? Did you know that most cases of teeth grinding (80%) occur subconsciously during sleep?

If you answered yes to the above, you may we suffering from TMD. However don’t fret you are not alone. Here at New England Dental in Armidale we have helped a variety of patients by properly diagnosing, managing and treating TMD.

What is TMD?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) causes serious pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint (Temporomandibular joint) that connects the upper jaw (maxilla) to the lower jaw (mandible). The muscles that encompass the jaw joint control the position and movement of the jaw. When the jaw joint is relaxed, balanced and functioning properly (giving us the ability to bite and chew, talk and yawn), the lower jaw glides smoothly moving up, down, and side-to-side. However, when the jaw is misaligned – where the jaw muscles, ligaments, discs and bones are not working as they should, this could potentially be a sign of TMD.

What are the symptoms of TMD?

As TMD has a variety of signs and symptoms which can also be related to other health issues, which can make it difficult to determine whether patient’s symptoms are directly related to their temporomandibular joint. 

At New England Dental we conduct a thorough clinical examination of your jaw and mouth to diagnose your symptoms, taking a complete medical and dental history with appropriate X-rays. If needed, A CT scan may also be utilised to provide very detailed images of the bones involved in the joint and an MRI scan can show issues with the joint’s disk.

While we recommend visiting us for a professional diagnoses, if you have a combination of the following symptoms you may be suffering from TMD:

  • Pain or strain behind the eyes.
  • Headaches approximately 80% of patients with a TMJ disorder suffer from headaches.
  • Spasm and/or tightening in the back of the neck, shoulders, or face.
  • Neck pain and ear aches – 40% complain of facial pain or neck pain.
  • Fullness of the ears, a sensation of clogged or muffled ears.
  • Pain upon yawning, opening the mouth widely or chewing.
  • Locked jaw or a sensation of your jaw feeling “stuck” for a moment.
  • A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together ( your bite feels unconfutable).
  • Crepitus popping or grating sounds in the joint.
  • Dizziness, approximately 40% of TMD patients report dizziness or loss of balance.

How to treat TMD?

Patients can rest assured that there are certainly a variety of self-care techniques and non-invasive treatments which you can implement to dramatically reduce your symptoms.

As TMD can be caused by Bruxism (clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth) or stress, wearing a night guard, commonly known as a mouth splint can help control muscle tension and reduce the pain.

Wear a bite plate or splint to reduce the pain…

At your appointment here at New England Dental we will mould a custom-made splint to fit your mouth. The splint slips over the upper teeth and keeps them from grinding your lower teeth. Night guards are a great way for ‘bruxers’ to reduce health problems caused by clenching and grinding, but the benefits don’t stop there!

Wearing a night guard can also help:

  • Improve breathing.
  • Ease aching in neck and shoulders.
  • Reduce headaches.
  • Reduce tension in jaw muscles.
  • Protect teeth and dental work from damage caused by clenching and grinding.

It is important to note that many of our patients here at New England Dental have had success with the use of a splint/night guard. One thing we can most certainly recommend to help reduce the pain is to avoid stressful situations which can cause teeth grinding—this can often trigger TMD symptoms.

While TMD is not life threatening it can most certainly cause you a lifetime of suffering. Through appropriate diagnosis and treatment, here at New England Dental Group in Armidale we make it our number one priority to ensure you are able to enjoy the quality of life you deserve by reducing your unnecessary pain and discomfort caused by TMD.

If you are interested in finding out more about our night guards to help relieve pain associated with TMD please do not hesitate to contact us.

Is it the Armidale chilly wind that’s keeping your teeth sensitive this summer?

Is the Armidale chilly wind keeping your teeth sensitive this summer

Armidale is renowned for its chilling winds that cause most people on a sunny day to reach for a winter coat and beanie to cover themselves…

Those who reside in the New England area understand why many of the Armidale residents know the ‘true meaning’ of cold; because of Armidale’s geographical situation unfortunately we receive an onslaught of chilling winds on even the warmest day. With this wind comes another type of ‘chill’ – toothache and sensitivity. Cold temperatures are a common cause for tooth sensitivity but could your teeth be chattering in the Armidale winds for another reason rather than the brisk coldness? At New England Dental Group in Armidale we understand how temperature can stimulate tooth sensitivity and how this sensitivity can be improved to reduce your discomfort and toothache.

What is tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is the heightened ability to feel sensation in your tooth to the point that it aches or feels uncomfortable. Tooth sensitivity has been known to be an indication of your oral health and wellbeing of your teeth and if you are experiencing reoccurring tooth sensitivity then it might be time to consult one of our experienced dentists on what could be causing your sensitivity. Those people who suffer from the following conditions can suffer tooth sensitivity

  • Gum disease (gingivitis/periodontitis)
  • Tooth decay
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive conditions (Gastritis/Irritable bowel syndrome/Chrohn’s disease)
  • High acidic diet
  • Receding gums
  • Pulpitis
  • Bruxism (grinding and clenching)
  • TMJ Dysfunction

Those who experience teeth sensitivity may find that simply improving their oral hygiene and receiving appropriate dental treatments will help. However, it is possible to incur sensitivity through genetics and even from the sheer chill of dropping temperature.

Why do teeth become sensitive in cold temperatures?

Teeth become sensitive in temperature changes because inside each tooth are bundles of nerve endings that give the tooth sensations and stimulate the tooth in order to keep them healthy and alive. Inside this inner layer of the tooth (known as the tooth pulp) is also blood vessels and soft gum tissue to supply blood to the tooth and to keep it rooted to the jaw bone and the gum line.  The nerve endings supply sensation to the outer layer of tooth known as the dentine which makes up for the majority of your tooth. The outermost layer of tooth is called the enamel which is made of some of the strongest substances in the body and it protects the tooth from bacteria and from over stimulation when eating high and low temperature beverages and food. When the enamel is worn the dentin becomes more sensitive because it has less protection and this is when cold winds can begin to make your teeth feel sensitive.

At New England Dental Group we can help you improve your tooth sensitivity…

There are many ways that we can improve the sensitivity of our teeth. Discovering the reason why you are feeling this sensitivity is incredibly important for discovering the best recovery method for you. At New England Dental Group our experienced dentists will work with you to help discover the cause of your sensitivity. For an at home preventive method, you may find that toothpaste that caters for sensitivity could help improve your symptoms. These tooth pastes will often contain a derivative fluoride (a naturally occurring mineral) that is used to harden and strengthen tooth enamel. It is also crucial in order to keep your tooth enamel as strong as can be to keep a strict oral hygiene to ensure that bacteria and plaque does not destroy your tooth enamel. Wearing a scarf around your neck and mouth can also help with the sensitivity until you begin to find a method that works for you. At New England Dental Group we are here for you in your time of need, no one should suffer through tooth sensitivity.

Blemish Free Smiles Now Possible With New England Dental Group

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Are your teeth looking less than their best? Perhaps it is time to consider the cosmetic treatment options available at New England Dental Group…

Our teeth are designed to draw attention, they let others know how we are thinking and what we are feeling and are insightful in regards to our personalities and attitudes. To us, teeth appear best when they are symmetrical and blemish free, this is a standard that is socially appreciated and often those who suffer from oral blemishes are unfortunately considered to have less attractive smiles. If we have damaged teeth, it can derail from our appearance and damage our self-esteem. At New England Dental Group in Armidale we offer patients cosmetic treatment options to ensure that everyone has a reason to smile with happiness and confidence.

Weakened teeth are more at risk of developing blemishes…

Essentially teeth together form a mechanism, a series of parts that work together to function for multi-purposes; to eat and to vocally and physically communicate. Together with the tongue, jaw and soft tissue components in the mouth, the teeth form in unison to allow function. Unfortunately, serving the purpose of eating leaves teeth open to all types of foreign bodies and particles. If this ‘bacteria’ is allowed to linger, the humid conditions inside the mouth become perfect for them to spread and conquer the mouth; eroding tooth enamel, eating gum lines and causing halitosis (bad breath).  Weakened teeth ensue, and it is at this point that teeth become susceptible to developing aesthetic problems.

Common aesthetic problems for weakened teeth are cracks, blemishes and discolouration…

At New England Dental Group, we find that many of our patients suffer from noticeable blemishes, cracks and discolouration that ultimately affect their self-confidence and smiles. That is why we offer cosmetic treatment options, to help improve and enhance their imperfections for a more rejuvenated and aesthetically pleasing smile. With the leadership of our head dentist, Dr Henzell, we can apply his knowledge and understanding of teeth to ensure that our patients receive the best treatments, resulting in longevity and functionality. In tackling discolouration, cracks, chips and craze lines, we offer Tooth Whitening and Veneers.

Discover a lighter smile with our tooth whitening treatments…

The colour of your teeth can stand out significantly when they are darker and dull; that is why many of our patients invest in tooth whitening treatments to brighten and whiten their smiles. At New England Dental Group we offer patients professional tooth whitening treatments that show visible results. We offer in-chair or take home treatments, depending on the preference of the patient. Our Erskine Designer White Teeth Whitening System can effectively enhance and improve the shade and even the colour of your teeth.

Cover the cracks and create a new smile with porcelain veneers…

Some imperfections are not as easy to treat with tooth whitening treatments, and for those blemishes that physically alter the appearance of a tooth we, at New England Dental Group, recommend veneers. If you have teeth that are crooked, cracked or damaged, then veneers are the perfect treatment to reinvigorate your smile. Veneers are thin shells of ceramic materials that are created in the image of your original tooth. Ceramic is naturally translucent and will look and feel exactly like a real tooth. The veneers are bonded to the front of the damaged tooth and are so thin that you’ll hardly know they are there.

At New England Dental Group we want our patients to leave with a brand new smile on their faces…

Leave enhancing your smile to the experts to ensure you get the results you desire. The teeth and gums are very sensitive areas on the body, therefor proper care and consideration must be implemented in their maintenance and enhancement. At New England Dental Group we offer our patients treatments they can trust to improve their smile and the appearance of their teeth.

Fix Your Smile and Restore your Chewing Ability

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There’s Only One Restorative Treatment That Replaces the Whole Tooth

Dental implants are the best restorative treatment currently available because they replace the whole tooth.  There are also a number of benefits to dental implants over bridges and dentures. While bridges and dentures are an effective way to looking after your natural teeth by replacing the crown of a missing tooth, they neglect your jaw.

The Importance of Your Jaw for Your Oral Health…

When you lose a tooth, the bone that ‘holds’ the tooth root starts to dissolve. After a year or so the level of jawbone deterioration can start to cause serious oral health problems. Some of the health problems that are associated with bone loss include:

  • Tooth loss
  • Gum disease
  • Your cheeks will have a hollow, sunken appearance
  • Malocclusion (misaligned bite)

Gum (periodontal) disease has been linked to several other severe health issues. Gum disease has been linked:

  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Heart disease

This is because chronic inflammation and bacteria can travel through your bloodstream affecting the rest of your body. One study put forth the idea that bacteria caused by gum disease can travel through the cranial nerve and contribute to the plaque that is responsible for Alzheimer’s.

A heart surgeon recently wrote an article explaining the role of chronic inflammation in heart disease and heart attacks. This is because chronic inflammation causes cholesterol to build-up which can cause heart attacks.

Dental Implants and Your Oral Health…

Getting implant dentistry is an effective way of looking after your teeth, gums and jaw. When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth start to migrate in an attempt to close the gap.

The dental implant is made from a biocompatible titanium, so there is next-to-no chance of your body rejecting the foreign material. On the contrary, because the titanium is made from biocompatible material it is a healthy option.

Did you know in Ancient Egypt they used to hammer bone into your jaw for a tooth replacement? According to archaeological evidence, some cultures even used shell or ivory to replace a tooth.

Modern Implant Dentistry…

With advances in dentistry, implant dentistry is now the most effective, popular and long-term cost-effective restorative treatment for replace a missing teeth. The process for implant dentistry starts with a New England Dental Group dentist assessing your oral health and making sure that there is sufficient jawbone to proceed with the implant dentistry.

If you have sufficient jawbone density, the dental implant is surgically placed into your jaw. It can take as much as six months for your jaw to heal around the implant. Once your jaw has healed around the implant, the prosthetic tooth will be attached and your smile will be restored.

There are many benefits of implant dentistry: No one will be able to tell the prosthetic tooth from your natural teeth. You’ll be able to eat, laugh and smile without feeling self-conscious about the gap in your smile.

For more information about how New England Dental Group can help restore your smile, or to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

How Root Canal Therapy Saves Your Tooth

Contrary to popular belief, a root canal treatment is designed to save your teeth

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Are your teeth sensitive when you chew or bite? Do you have constant pain in one of your teeth? If you’ve answered yes to one or both of these questions you may require root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy is not a painful procedure. It is, in fact, no more painful than getting a modern filling.
If you choose to forgo root canal therapy you run the risk of losing a tooth. This means you go from needing routine root canal therapy to a more involved treatment like a bridge or dental implant.

3 Root Canal Therapy Myths…

We’ve already covered two of them, but let’s look at them in a little more detail.

1. Root canal Therapy ends in extraction

False. Simply put, root canal therapy is the treatment you have in order to save your tooth. With modern medicine the treatment is a straightforward way of dealing with a painful tooth problem.

2. Root Canal Therapy is excruciating

False. We provide local anaesthetic so you’ll feel only minor discomfort.

3. A Root Canal Kills the tooth

False. Root canal therapy cleans the inside of the tooth so that it can heal.

Root Canal Treatment And What It Means For Your Oral Health…

Root canal therapy is usually required when an infection has developed inside the tooth. It is this infection that is causing you all the pain. It is also this infection that can cause tooth loss.

Root canal infection symptoms include:

  • Spontaneous pain
  • Sensitivity to hold or cold drinks
  • Pain with chewing or biting
  • Loosening of the tooth
  • Facial swelling
  • Puss oozing around the tooth
  • Persistent abscess on the tooth

How a New England Dental Group dentist will solve your root canal infection is simple. The treatment involves:

  • disinfecting the pulp (internal portion of the tooth)
  • extracting the decay and infection and
  • filling the tooth with sealant.

In many cases once the infection is removed patients can expect to have a healthy and functioning tooth within a week or two. In some cases a crown may be needed to retain the strength of the tooth.

Dental Crowns and their benefits…

There a number of reasons why you might need a dental crown:

  1. damaged tooth
  2. fractured tooth
  3. root canal
  4. particularly bad filling

After you’ve had a filling your dentist may inform you that your tooth is weak because of how much infected pulp they had to remove. At New England Dental Group in Armidale we would recommend that if this is the case then get a dental crown.

A dental crown can be the difference between saving your natural tooth and having to have it removed. If a tooth has been severely weakened by a filling or root canal therapy then there is chance it could crack if you bite down on something hard.

If your tooth cracks and the crack goes below the gum line, a dentist will more often than not have to extract the tooth.

Tooth loss can cause serious oral health problems.

Which brings us back to why it’s so important to get root canal therapy, or to go see a dentist if your teeth are sore, sensitive or becoming loose.

For more information on our root canal therapy, or to book an appointment at our conveniently located dental practice in Armidale, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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