5 Benefits to keeping your natural teeth

Your natural teeth can last for decades and even your entire life if they’re cared for properly, which can be beneficial to your health, wallet and self-esteem…

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Here at New England Dental Group in Armidale we are dedicated to preserving your natural teeth, whether it be through preventative dentistry or restorative dentistry such as crowns or root canal therapy. Our doctors have special interest in the preservation of your natural teeth, and we have years of dedicated experience dealing with accelerated conditions that can potentially result in extraction. We have the best dentists in the business as they have both meticulous and caring service. When it comes to the teeth you want somebody who is precise as this is the only way you will be able to keep your teeth well into your old age.

There are a number of benefits to keeping your natural teeth which should motivate you to maintain your natural smile.

1) The function of your bite will be much better

The function of your smile will be far better with your natural teeth than with prosthetic teeth. Dental implants and bridges are still very effective; however nothing beats your natural tooth because nothing fits in your mouth so well. When you bite together ever small discrepancy in the shape of your tooth will interact with other teeth, enhancing the way you bite and the cosmetic appearance of your smile.

2) No hassle of removable dentures

If teeth are not cared for properly, as we get older they can later require extraction or they can simply fall out due to dental disease such as periodontitis. While there are a number of reasons why your teeth could fall out, it is concurred among the elderly that they’d far prefer their natural teeth to their dentures. This is because dentures can often create problems due to the fact that they can be loose or ill-fitting in the mouth.

3) The cosmetic appearance of your smile will be unaffected

By keeping your natural teeth you can rest assured that the cosmetic appearance of your smile will stay the same. It is much more beneficially to softly enhance your smile through cosmetic dentistry, rather than completely replace your teeth is this enables you to maintain feeling and a more realistic smile.

4) Your smile will be more resilient to problems such as decay and periodontitis

When we open your tooth for root canal therapy, or expose the inner part of your gums for dental implant insertion this can expose the delicate tissue in your mouth. This tissue is susceptible to bacteria which can reproduce rapidly in your mouth, resulting in plaque infection and in worst case scenario periodontitis. By keeping your natural teeth you will be able to avoid dental pain and severe conditions, whilst maintaining your natural smile.

5) It will be cheaper in the long run!

Although dental implants and bridges are strong and resilient alternatives to your natural teeth, they still require investment. This is money that could be saved for other investments such as holidays, or refining your natural teeth with cosmetic treatments such as veneers or teeth whitening.

Enquire about the preventative dentistry available at New England Dental Group in Armidale today by contacting us here.

Periodontal disease can cause havoc in your mouth

Endodontics and restorative dentistry can save your teeth from the effects of gum disease

Periodontitis is an extremely dangerous dental disease which affects many older Australians. It is a severe gum infection caused by dental plaque and tartar on the teeth which stems from neglecting your dental hygiene regime. In order to combat this very harmful condition the team at New England Dental Group in Armidale utilise preventative dentistry techniques so that your plaque does not get out of hand or develop into gingivitis or periodontitis.

Preventative dentistry is the key to maintaining a healthy mouth

Preventative dentistry involves diligently subscribing to a standard dental hygiene routine and regularly visiting your dentist at New England Dental Group so that we can monitor your health and any changes in your mouth. There are a number of ways to improve your dental hygiene to avoid periodontal diseases and plaque including:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing once before bed
  • Using a mouthwash after every time you brush your teeth

Mouth wash is an underrated prevention technique and a very effective one when it comes to decreasing the amount of plaque in your mouth. Small prevention techniques such as these are even more important as you get older as years of wear and tear can weaken the enamel and make the roots and dentine of your teeth more susceptible to infection and damage. If the nerves of your teeth (otherwise known as pulp) become infected you may require endodontic therapy to prevent extraction.

Endodontic therapy can treat a damaged tooth before it becomes unsalvageable

In order to preserve a tooth that has become damaged by harmful bacteria we will most commonly perform root canal therapy. Root canal or endodontic therapy involves the removal of damaged pulp inside of the tooth. This pulp will then be replaced with a material named gutta percha which is a filler material used to fill in the space the pulp once occupied. This material and the tooth will then be sealed with a tooth-coloured crown which will make the restoration look exactly like a natural tooth. In the event your tooth cannot be saved by endodontic therapy we will need to extract the damaged tooth and replace it with a dental implant or bridge.

Dental implants are known as your second adult teeth

Dental implants are the permanent solution to missing teeth as they are secured with a synthetic root, or titanium screw which is inserted into the gum and jaw. Over time this titanium implant will meld with the jaw bone creating a permanent and strong support for your synthetic tooth. The implant will be covered with a porcelain crown so that your natural smile is not affected by an unsightly gap or metal implant.

Our friendly team are fully qualified and dedicated to your dental health

At New England Dental Group our patients are our priority. In order to make sure you receive the best treatment possible we maintain high dental standards and employ dentists with a breadth of dental training and experience. We are also dedicated to clear communication with our patients in regards to your dental procedures. Our patient focus will ensure that you are fully informed about all aspects of your treatment.

If you are interested in finding out more about the restorative and preventative dentistry options available at New England Dental Group in Armidale, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Fix your chips and cavities with New England Dental Group’s resin restorations

Resin restorations are versatile and can be used to install fillings as well as fix small chips or discrepancies in the teeth

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Resin is a premium and versatile dental tool which can be used to both seal holes within the teeth and fix chips and misshapen sections of tooth. Tooth-coloured resin can also be used as a preventative measure which combats periodontitis and a myriad of other mental disorders involved with endodontics. Not to mention that they are much more cosmetically pleasing when compared to amalgam fillings which is the ‘antique’ treatment for cavities.

Resin restorations as prevention against root canal treatments

New England Dental Group in Armidale believe resin restorations are a premium preventative measure which can be used to combat the effects of plaque which can lead to cavities and periodontitis. Untreated cavities can expose the roots of the teeth and the nerves which can cause pain and serious damage. In the event that your roots get infected your dentist at New England Dental Group will have to remove the damaged tissue which can sometimes result in tooth loss depending on the severity. Therefore to avoid this easily avoided dental complication you should get regular check-ups with your dentist who will fill in any holes that may cause problems.

Benefits of Tooth-coloured resin

Tooth-coloured resin is a much more aesthetic solution than amalgam composite. The porcelain material of the resin enables it to blend flawlessly with your natural teeth creating a clean and clear smile which no one would ever suspect had fillings.  Your dentist may also be able to fix small chips in the tooth with this tooth-coloured resin as it provides a strong and solid sealant that can last up to ten years. Tooth-coloured composite also does not stain your teeth like silver fillings do which means that you’ll have whiter teeth all year round.

Replace your outdated silver fillings with our resin restorations!

Many people are opting to replace their amalgam fillings due to the possible health defects caused by them. Amalgam fillings have been in use for over a millennium and as such have gone under a lot of investigation in regards to their effectiveness and safety. It is still undecided upon whether or not amalgam fillings are safe as there is dispute in the dental community about whether or not the concentration of mercury is high enough to cause any damage. Here at New England Dental Group we prefer to use porcelain fillings as there are no possible side effects and they also look a lot better in the mouth – eliminating any unsightly flashes of silver while smiling.

You’re never too old to fix your teeth

A great smile is a wonderful asset at any age and as such you should never put off fixing your teeth because of your age. We have a lot of patients who are 50 years old or older who are opting to finally fix imperfections in their teeth. Confidence is not limited to any age so why don’t you come and see New England Dental Group about fixing your teeth today. If you have old amalgam fillings you can also elect to have them replaced by flawless tooth-coloured fillings.

If you would like to find out more about our range of resin restorations please visit New England Dental Group in Armidale or book an appointment by contacting us here.

An implant may be the difference between one lost tooth and a whole lot of missing teeth

By replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant you are doing your oral health a great service

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Replacing one lost tooth can make all the difference in your oral health because replacing a tooth will ensure the strength and density of your jaw will stay at its best, and a dental implant will prevent your teeth from twisting into the gap left by a missing tooth. When you lose a tooth it can affect your gums, your jaw, your teeth and it also can affect eating. On top of that missing teeth can put your bite out of alignment and that can cause temporomandibular joint dysfunction, a serious and debilitating disorder that carries with it a whole host of problems.

The solution is simple…

As soon as you lose a tooth, or have to have it extracted dentists everywhere will strongly recommend you get a dental implant to replace it—and soon. This is for your own benefit and for the continued healthy state of your oral health. Your oral health is also important to the rest of your general health. Did you know that poor oral health can cause further problems with your general health? A missing tooth can lead to gum disease and gum disease can release bacteria into the rest of the body: oral health issues have been linked to cancer, stroke, diabetes, heart attacks and heart disease. While scientists are not 100% sure as to the exact links, they are certain of the links and that oral health has been known to detrimentally impact people’s lives.

Just think, so many illnesses and problems can be solved by just replacing that one missing tooth. Filling that gap can be the difference between health and illness. Not only will a dental implant help prevent a host of problems they are also a strong and durable solution that will last a lifetime.

…An artificial tooth root

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, this is one of the reasons dental implants are great for your oral health. As a result of a lost tooth, the jaw bone can lose its density and if there isn’t enough jaw bone mass a dental implant can become a painful procedure: so the quicker you get an implant the better it will be for you. Why is getting a dental implant as soon as possible a necessity? If you leave it for too long you may need a bone graft to enable the dentist to be able to insert the dental implant.

The way the dental implant works is that one of our dentists here at New England Dental Group will surgically insert the implant into the jaw. Once the implant has bonded with your jaw it will act as a root for either crowns or bridges to be attached. The beauty of this is that once the crowns or bridges are attached your smile will be renewed, but more than this the artificial tooth will look and feel like your natural.

One dental implant can make such a difference to your oral health, but as always we recommend you come in to our dental practice to have a discussion with one of our dentists to discuss your options.

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

 

Why root canal treatment is as easy as a regular dental check-up

Fear of root canal treatment should be a thing of the past

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Back in the day when root canal treatment started there may have been cause for fear, but nowadays with anaesthetics readily available (and safe) root canal treatments are as safe and routine as a dental check-up.

To say that it is as routine as a regular check-up is not to detract from the importance of root canal treatment or even to say that it is easy. More that as dental science has evolved the way in which root canal treatment is performed is much easier and pain-free for the patient.

At New England Dental Group in Armidale we are committed to providing you with the best dental service available…

Despite myths to the contrary, root canal treatments are all about saving the tooth (or teeth).

Myths…

Root canals are painful:

This is not true. A local anaesthetic is given to alleviate pain and the whole point of a root canal is to remove the infection which will alleviate the pain.

Root canals do not work and the tooth will inevitably have to be removed:

As noted above, root canal treatment is all about saving the tooth. Because nothing can replace a natural tooth (except dental implants…and bridges, but at the end of the day, your natural teeth are better)

Root canal treatments are expensive:

Well, root canal treatment is a preventive dental treatment. One way to think of it is like this: weigh up the cost of a root canal treatment against tooth extraction and a crown or bridge (clearly we are not saying anything is wrong with getting crowns or bridges but if you can avoid them with a root canal treatment, then why not?).

Why would you need a root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment becomes necessary when an infection has developed inside the tooth; the infection is also known as ‘pulp’, causes lots of pain and can lead to tooth loss.

5 signs of root canal infection:

  1. Spontaneous tooth pain
  2. Sensitivity to cold drinks and hot food
  3. Facial swelling
  4. Loosening of the tooth
  5. Puss oozing around the mouth

The treatment…

A root canal treatment involves disinfecting the internal portion of the tooth, extracting any decay and infection. Once the decay and infection has been removed the internal structure of the teeth is filled with sealant.

After the infection’s removed and the tooth sealed it will be about two weeks you can expect a functioning healthy tooth. Depending on the severity of the root canal treatment you may require a crown to ensure the strength of the natural tooth.

At New England Dental Group we use state-of-the-art dental technology and materials to provide our patients with the best, most precise treatment available. With our use of anaesthetic (such as nitrous oxide (happy gas) and local anaesthetic) you can relax during your dental experience feeling calm.

Our focus is adult preventative care, so you can preserve your teeth now and into the future; and that is one part of the reason we are behind the benefits of root canal treatment. It is an ideal way to maintain your natural tooth and a healthy smile.

To discover more about our root canal treatments, or to book an appointment at our dental practice located in Armidale, please do not hesitate to contact us.

White teeth extend beyond your smile

Many studies have found a correlation between white teeth and overall attractiveness

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A study conducted recently found that a white smile has an influential impact on positive social interactions, both socially and professionally! It’s true; your smile is a dominant feature of your face, which means your smile is what most people first notice about you. Why leave it broken, chipped or stained? Especially when it has been scientifically proven that a white smile can help lead you to success!

The research followed several fabricated job interviews and found that those who had their teeth whitened prior to the interview were 58% more likely to be hired and 53% more likely to be given a larger salary! The results of the study speak for themselves, and just prove that the benefits of white teeth extend far past a pretty smile.

Discover your potential with the help of New England Dental Group…

At New England Dental Group in Armidale, we remain on the forefront of dental technology and are proud to bring you the very latest in tooth whitening technology! We make it our mission to supply you with results you love, and is why we use the Erskine Designer White Teeth Whitening System in our practice.

By using this system we are able to tailor your whitening treatment specifically to your needs, by making a mould of your smile we can create a tooth whitening tray formed to your individual needs. One this is completed we are able to give you your whitening treatment to take home, with detailed instructions on how you can achieve optimal results.

What we can help you achieve…

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Stay away from over-the-counter alternatives…

Our trained and skilled dental professionals are highly experienced in diagnosing the source of your tooth discolouration. Sometimes tooth discolouration can be caused by a damaged nerve or pulp tissue inside the tooth, which would render over-the-counter tooth whitening products absolutely useless!

Don’t hide away your smile any longer…

At New England Dental Group we provide a wide variety of different dental treatments that can be tailored to your specific needs. Whether your teeth are:

  • Missing 
  • Loose 
  • Chipped 
  • Worn 
  • Discoloured
  • Decayed 
  • Broken
  • Weak

We are able to help you achieve a beautiful smile by restoring and rejuvenating your teeth.

What we offer…

Our priority is to keep your smile healthy, strong and durable so it can last a lifetime. We target painful or humiliating dental issues to help you achieve a beautiful and fully functioning smile for life. Our preventive and restorative dental solutions include:

  • Preventative Care
  • Tooth Coloured Fillings
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Veneers and Crowns
  • Crown and Bridgework
  • Implant Dentistry
  • Root Canal Therapy

Benefit from dental experts who have extensive experience and knowledge in dental care, and who endeavour to combine their high quality treatments with an unsurpassed level of care.

To discover more about our tooth whitening treatments or to book an appointment at our Armidale dental practice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

New ‘tooth tattoo’ detects bacteria in the mouth!

Scientists have created a revolutionary thin film that can help dentists detect decay and periodontal disease!

Scientists have taken dental technology to the next level – creating a unique ‘tooth tattoo’ that can assist dentist in identifying and diagnosing periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay by giving readings of bacteria quantities in the mouth! The ‘tooth tattoo’ is not actually tattooed to the tooth, but rather temporarily adhered to the tooth so the sensor can read the patient’s saliva and indicate the levels of bacteria nesting in the mouth.

Bacteria in larger quantities can lead to severe oral issues…

Having bacteria in the mouth is normal and actually healthy. However, it is when this bacterium is not kept under control that it can accumulate and cause more serious dental conditions. If proper care is not taken, the bacteria can build up and cause oral plaque, which eats away at tooth enamel and causes tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

Maintain the health of your mouth with New England Dental Group…

At New England Dental Group in Armidale, we endeavour to ensure all our patients leave with beautiful, healthy smiles and believe that prevention in definitely better than a cure. That is why we urge all our patients to maintain optimal oral health routines at home – so any work achieved in the chair doesn’t go to waste!
Visit our Armidale dental practice for a thorough dental examination which includes:

  • Oral cancer screening
  • X-rays
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Tropical fluoride treatment
  • Periodontal (gum) management
  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Sports mouthguards (if required)
  • Night guards (if required)
  • Dietary advice
  • Fissure sealants, and
  • Fresh breath management

For more information on our dental treatments or to book an appointment at our Armidale dental practice, please contact us.

Choose a healthy, attractive and environmentally friendly tooth filling option at New England Dental Group

Traditional amalgam fillings have been found to be unsightly, ineffective and unhealthy

Comprised of an alloy containing 50% mercury, these traditional dark grey fillings have been found to present a range of disadvantages when compared to the contemporary filling materials we use in our Armidale dental practice.

The disadvantages of traditional amalgam fillings

  • Some health experts believe that mercury vapour is released into the mouth when chewing, which is thought to be a risk to your overall health
  • The high mercury content in amalgam is an environmental hazard, and has been banned in environmentally conscious countries such as Sweden and Norway
  • Amalgam expands and contracts in response to temperature changes within the mouth, and can cause your natural tooth to split and crack
  • Amalgam fillings are simply packed into the void caused by decay and do not form a complete seal. This means that decay can still continue to develop beneath the filling
  • This type of filling material is dark grey and does not blend with the natural shade or texture of your natural tooth enamel. These fillings can even stain your natural tooth structure

At New England Dental Group located in Armidale, our tooth coloured filling material is a healthy, durable, attractive and environmentally friendly filling option

Our contemporary filling material is completely free from mercury, and can be colour matched to the exact shade and texture of your natural tooth enamel. This type of filling material does not expand or contract in response to temperature changes within the mouth, and forms a complete seal protecting your damaged tooth from decay.

If you are worried about your existing amalgam fillings, it may be worth thinking about replacing these with our contemporary filling material.

To discover more about our amalgam free fillings, or to arrange an appointment at our dental practice located in Armidale, please contact us.

Supermodel loses two front teeth in car crash

Recently retired supermodel Paula Hamilton swerved off the road and into a pole to avoid hitting a deer and its’ faun.

In a bid to avoid a mother deer and its’ faun on the road, retired supermodel Paula Hamilton swerved off the tarmac and straight into a lamppost which resulted in losing two teeth. Paula maintains that she would do it again if it meant saving the lives of those deer.

Although Paula has many options to fix her teeth, she refuses to get treatment, stating that her looks aren’t that important and even though she is in huge amounts of pain it was worth it to save those animals.

Tooth trauma solutions

If you have lost teeth from decay or trauma and now suffer from a gap-ridden smile, at New England Dental Group in Armidale we understand it can be devastating to your confidence. For this reason we offer dental implant treatment, which provides a stable, durable and permanent solution to missing teeth!

Imagine your smile whole again…

Do you long for an aesthetically pleasing smile, one that allows full bite pressure and function? Dental implants offer these solutions and more, proving to be an incredibly efficient and effective treatment that can last the rest of your life.

Re-claim your confidence today with dental implants from New England Dental Group, where we endeavour to look after your teeth for life.

Let Your Smile Lead You to Success

Studies show an aesthetically pleasing smile helps create success

It has been said that whiter teeth are viewed more favourably for first impressions, and now it has been proven. Numerous studies undertaken in America have indicated a direct link between an aesthetically pleasing smile and success. Our smile plays a dramatic part in how onlookers see and understand us.

Over the counter crackdowns…

Over the counter home teeth whitening kits have had an increase in bans across Australia, pertaining to customer complaints and disaster stories. This is why at New England Dental Group in Armidale, we strongly urge you to see a dentist about your tooth whitening options, as many people do not understand how to use the products and as a result over bleach their teeth which leave them tender and sensitive.

Teeth whitening treatment with us

If you are embarrassed by your smile because of discolouration, don’t let it get you down. We have a fantastic and easy treatment that can indeed be administered at home, without the worry of over bleaching.

Impressions are made of your teeth to develop a custom mouth tray, which the whitening treatment will sit in. Depending on your individual condition application periods will vary, and we will let you know exactly how long and how often you should leave your whitening tray in for. We will also give you an information booklet and can be contacted at the practice if you have any queries.

At New England Dental Group our main focus is your smile, and aim to provide you with the best result possible every time.

For more information on our treatments or to book an appointment, please contact us.

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