Whether you are guilty of ignoring them or they are just coming through, one of the worst things you can do is to overlook the appearance of your wisdom teeth.
Our team here at Redbank Plains Dental provides wisdom teeth removal services for Redbank, Springfield, Springfield Lakes, Redbank Plains, Camira and Goodna along with any other suburbs around and in-between.
Excavating the mystery behind wisdom teeth doesn’t have to be boring! The following article sheds light to why they’re called wisdom teeth, why we have wisdom teeth and why everyone says you need them removed.
Why are they called wisdom teeth?
They don’t give you a sudden spurt of wisdom on their arrival; wisdom teeth are named because of the age you are at when they appear which is typically between 17 and 25, a period known as an age of wisdom. Generally people have their wisdom teeth removed while they’re young because as we get older the recover speed of patients is a little slower, making the risks of infection and other problems higher.
What do they do?
Back in the age of prehistoric times, mankind had stronger and larger jaws. The appearance of wisdom teeth helped the process of chewing and offered some replacements when teeth fell out – which was likely not uncommon in those days, as dental care and knowledge of dentistry was scarce and uncertain.
Moving forward with modern medicine and evolution’s changes in jaw size, we now have the problem of impaction and lack of space for teeth. As there isn’t enough room for the teeth to grow healthy and normally, they tend to partially erupt, grow in a different direction or remain trapped underneath the gum or bone. So how can we solve this problem?
Firstly, if you don’t already know, find out if you have wisdom teeth
Not everyone will develop a set of third molars, but the average person has 4 – two at both ends of the top jaw and two at both ends of the bottom jaw, although it is possible to have more. The most obvious way of finding this out is to come in and see us at Redbank Plains Dental where we can assess your third molars and find out if you need treatment and what treatment plan would best suit you as a patient.
In some cases, patients may experience the following symptoms:
- Strained jaw
- Pain when chewing
It’s also common for patients to feel no symptoms at all this is why it’s important to stress the need for dental assistance because although symptoms may not be overly apparent, your wisdom teeth are likely to still require monitoring to make sure they don’t become decayed or diseased.
Your wisdom teeth removal treatment
Needing teeth removed is a hard thing to hear, but here at Redbank Plains Dental we practice dentistry with care and precision, making sure our patients have the most effective and straightforward treatment plans.
What to expect after the treatment
Everyone experiences different levels of pain and discomfort after treatment. Some symptoms could be:
• Puffy cheeks from swelling – often peaking from 48-72 hours after treatment
• Bleeding gums
• Difficulty eating
There could also be other symptoms like infection but depending on the patient, your dental professional will ensure you are fully up to date with any post treatment care and information that you may have about the treatment.
Want to find out more?
Here at Redbank Plains Dental we offer a comprehensive approach to our patients individual treatment needs. To find out more about your wisdom teeth and whether they are impacted, undeveloped or in need of extraction book a consultation with us today.
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September 9, 2013
After Your Natural Tooth, a Dental Implant Is the Best Thing for Your Oral Health
Unlike other forms of restorative dentistry, a dental implant is a comprehensive tooth replacement treatment. Whereas other restorative treatments restore the crown (the part of the tooth visible above the gum line) dental implant treatment also replaces the tooth root.
The dental implant acts as a tooth root and then the prosthetic tooth that is attached acts as the crown. The benefits of which are healthier teeth, gums and jaw:
Healthier teeth and gums: when you lose a tooth the teeth on either side start to migrate into the gap. This can cause red, swollen gums as well as a misaligned bite.
Healthier jaw: misaligned bite can cause problems with jaw joints and muscles. Also when you lose a tooth, the bone that holds the tooth root starts to slowly dissolve. This can mean further problems for your other teeth. Jawbone shrinkage can also give your cheeks a sunken, hollow appearance.
Dental Implants Are Healthier and Long-Term Are More Cost Effective…
Dental implants are healthier because they look after your teeth, gums and jaw unlike any other form of restorative treatment. Cost-effective long-term because they will last longer than dentures or bridges meaning you won’t spend as much money replacing the prosthetic tooth attachment.
Biocompatible To Better Bond with Your Jaw…
The actual dental implant itself is made of a biocompatible titaniun. The dental implant is surgically inserted into your jaw where the tooth root is missing. Because of its biocompatible nature, there is little chance of your jawbone rejecting the foreign material.
A dental implant treatment takes as many as three appointments to complete:
1. The first appointment
This will be a consultation with a Redbank Plains Dental dentist about what a dental implant treatment involves and what you’ll need to do, and what to expect over the treatment time.
2. The second appointment
This appointment is where the biocompatible dental implant is surgically inserted into your jaw. Additionally, the impression for the prosthetic tooth will be taken. Once the jawbone has healed around the implant the prosthetic tooth can be attached. While the implant is healing a temporary cap will be placed over the gap to protect it.
There will be a period of months between your second and third appointment. This period is where your jaw will heal around the dental implant. How long it takes to heal will depend on your body’s ability to heal, your oral health and whether the implant is in your upper or lower jaw.
3. The Third Appointment
The Third appointment is where the prosthetic tooth is attached to your dental implant. This can be either a crown, bridge or dentures depending on what your needs are. A prosthetic tooth attachment can last up to 10-15 years, although it does depend on how well you look after your oral health.
There are a great many benefits to dental implants over traditional restorative methods. Some have already been mentioned, but there are others that make dental implants the most popular restorative treatment for missing teeth.
- Strong and sturdy: unlike dentures dental implants won’t slip and slide in your mouth
- You can eat normally
- You are able to speak normally.
For more information on the dental implant treatment offered at Redbank Plains Dental, or to book an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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July 27, 2013
Wisdom Teeth Are an Evolutionary Relic That Many People Are Still Stuck With
Do you belong to the unlucky 70% of the world’s population who still have wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are a third pair of molars that used to have a purpose other than needing to be extracted. Back when humans were hunter-gatherers and wisdom teeth were necessary.
But they are a painful reminder of that much simpler time:
A time when humans were hunter-gatherers and technology was thousands and thousands of years away. A time when our teeth were used to rip into raw meat and plants without the use of cutlery.
Your Wisdom Teeth Are Like Your Appendix…
Like your appendix wisdom teeth are redundant. Also like an appendix, some people are never bothered by their wisdom teeth, however these people are the minority. Their wisdom teeth can eventually cause problems, even if they come through painlessly.
As the needs of humans changed, our jaws evolved to suit our diet. Unfortunately our teeth did not keep up and scientists theorize that it’ll be thousands of years before no one has wisdom teeth.
But who can wait that long?
The ‘Wisdom’ In Wisdom Teeth and Why Wisdom Teeth Removal Can be Beneficial For You…
Wisdom teeth are called that because of when they erupt. This is usually between 17-25. In theory this is when people go from adolescence into adulthood and so become ‘wiser’.
Extraction can be beneficial because wisdom teeth are often a painful experience. The best extraction is early extraction. By visiting the dentist regularly x-rays can be taken of your jaw and teeth.
Through early detection, wisdom teeth removal is a much less painful process then waiting for them to start erupting. It is also better for your oral health to get them out early and avoid harming any of your other teeth.
How Redbank Plains Dental Can Help Look After Your Oral Health…
Removing wisdom teeth before they become a problem is a good start.
At Redbank Plains we offer a range of general, preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry options to help you and you entire family. Some of the general dentistry treatments we offer are:
- White Fillings
- Cleans and Scaling
- General Check-ups
- Root Canal Treatment
- Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom Teeth Are The Exception To The Rule…
The general rule for tooth extraction is that it is used as a last resort. Modern dentistry is geared towards helping you maintain optimal oral health. There’s no substitute for one of your natural teeth. That is why dentists perform root canal treatments; place a crown over a tooth or place a filling. To protect your tooth.
Fun fact: there are those who’ll only have one wisdom tooth instead of the full set. It is rare, but it has happened.
For more information on wisdom tooth removal, or to book a consultation at our Redbank Plains dental practice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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May 30, 2013
Redbank Plains Dental can completely reinvigorate your smile with our range of cosmetic treatments designed to make an alluring and radiant smile…
We combine a scientific approach with gentle and caring dentistry to provide you with the absolute best when it comes to dental service. We understand that appearance isn’t everything but when it comes to having a brilliant smile, it can be a wonderful asset that inspires your own personal confidence.
Having greater confidence can make you a much more brave and empowered person in the office and in your personal life. Here at Redbank Plains Dental we are passionate about our patients’ wellbeing and we understand the power of a perfect smile.
Hide common imperfections with our cosmetic dental solutions
We can transform an unsightly smile into a smile to be proud of using our range of high-quality treatments. We have dental procedures that can conceal and treat problems such as:
- Teeth that have been worn down due to bruxing and wear and tear
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Enamel loss
- Missing teeth
- White flecks or small pigmentation issues
If you suffer from one of these common problems you should see one of our diligent and effective dentists today to get on your way towards a better, more refined smile.
Crowns maintain a healthy balance between effective cosmetic and restorative dentistry
Crowns can be useful to conceal chips or cosmetic cracks in the tooth. A crack in the tooth can be an extremely damaging complication that can threaten the health of your mouth. Your dentist may choose to install a crown to conceal a cosmetic crack or prevent the crack from extending further down the tooth which can be a painful experience. Veneers are also an effective cosmetic solution to similar problems such as chips or misshapenness and your dentist will consult with you about which option would best benefit you.
Composite bonding is a quick and efficient way to hide pigmentation
White and brown pigmentation is common in teeth, and it can occur during development, by irregularities in the teeth or due to excessive intake of foods that stain the teeth. Composite bonding will involve your dentist painting a customised, tooth-coloured resin onto the section of the tooth that has been affected. This can be used to hide white flecks on the teeth that are caused by an excessive fluoride intake during the development of your adult teeth. We also use a similar technique to composite bonding to install tooth-coloured fillings. We can also replace your old and stained resin fillings with new ones if they have become a cosmetic concern for you.
A white smile can be the cherry on top of our dedicated and thorough dentistry
Out of all of the cosmetic possibilities, the most common desire is a white smile. Here at Redbank Plains Dental we offer teeth bleaching to all of our patients so that they can finish off their cosmetic treatment with a gleaming and vibrant smile.
Redbank Plains Dental is dedicated to providing thorough treatment over a number of decades. We aim to keep our patients for life, that’s why we’re so committed to maintaining our patients’ relationships and our high quality of service.
If you would like to find out more about our cosmetic dentistry here at Redbank Plains Dental please do not hesitate to contact us.
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April 30, 2013
Sometimes we don’t have a choice when it comes to mending our teeth…
While cosmetic dentistry can often be a luxury and a choice, there is a more complicated side of dentistry that is often required when you’ve been injured in an accident or you’ve experienced a form of tooth decay. Redbank Plains Dental is passionate about prevention, however sometimes our patients either don’t report their pain, they have a sudden injury or they are new patients who are sick of pain from periodontitis.
Periodontitis is another word for gum disease and it can be a detrimental illness for dental and general health. Recent studies have found that periodontitis results in an increased risk of cancer and heart disease so that just shows that our recommendations for your oral health do not go in vain. Periodontitis is a painful and destructive illness which can detrimentally affect the health of your mouth as it caused by severe plaque which infects the teeth and gums. The infected teeth often have to be pulled and the gums have to be scraped of all signs of plaque residue. Once the gums and teeth have been cleaned, in the event that we do have to remove your tooth we will recommend you complete the treatment with a dental implant to full restore your brilliant smile.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a restorative procedure which utilises the use of a titanium screw in the jaw to make a synthetic ‘root’. Once this biocompatible titanium screw has been secured you will have what looks like a metal bolt where you tooth used to be. A little later your dentist will be able to secure a prosthetic tooth – or porcelain crown to the top of the implant so that you can once again smile with confidence. No one will ever guess that you have a synthetic crown in your mouth as the porcelain will be colour-matched to the rest of your teeth to ensure subtle and perfect blending.
I’d like to know my other options?
Sometimes dental implant surgery can be a lot for our patients to take in, however we have to maintain that you simply cannot leave a gap where your tooth used to be as the rest of your natural teeth will shift while trying to close the gap. This will cause even more dental problems and increased dental costs down the track.
In the event that you have lost more than one missing tooth your dentist at Redbank Plains Dental may suggest or give you the option to have dentures fitted to your mouth. Removable dentures are often full mouth, although they can also come in smaller inserts fitted for around 3 teeth spaces. Lots of people worry that dentists use generic dentures that will look oddly large in their mouth or just won’t look ‘right’. We can assure you that here at Redbank Plains Dental we tailor your dentures to fit your mouth with everything from size to colour. This means that you’ll be able to have a flawless smile with the convenience of being able to remove it.
If you would like to find out more about our restorative procedures or more about our general dentistry please book an appointment with us at Redbank Plains Dental by contacting us here.
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March 29, 2013
Recent studies have revealed a strong link between your oral health and that of the entire body…
Many oral diseases have been linked to serious health risks throughout your body, making oral hygiene and maintenance a key priority for those who not only want a healthy smile, but a healthy body and lifestyle.
Oral Disease in Focus: Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue of the mouth, and at our dental practice located in Redbank Plains we have noticed it is particularly prevalent amongst:
- The elderly
- Those who excessively consume cigarettes and alcohol
- People who consume an unhealthy diet
- Those who maintain poor oral health habits
Whilst this disease presents a range of oral health complications such as gum recession and even tooth loss, it has also been linked to a range of serious health threats throughout the body. These include:
This is thought to be due to the fact that periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease are both a result of chronic inflammation. The most serious forms of periodontal disease (periodontitis) have even been revealed by some studies to be a risk factor in the development of heart disease, which is why it is vitally important to seek treatment of gum disease whilst it is in its early stages.
In the same vein as the link between periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes is another inflammatory condition that has been connected with this oral disease. Existing periodontal disease has been shown to be a risk factor to the development of diabetes, whilst patients with diabetes also have an increased risk of developing this gum disease. Patients with diabetes must take extra care whilst maintaining their oral health as they are at an increased risk of developing oral disease than that of the general population.
The chronic inflammation connected to periodontal disease can lead to restricted blood flow, which in turn can contribute to impotence amongst men. In fact a study has revealed that men in their 30’s with periodontal disease are three times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than their counterparts with healthy gum tissue.
Studies have revealed a link between oral health and dementia. The findings revealed that elderly people who only brushed their teeth once a day were 65% more likely to develop dementia disease than those who brushed their teeth at least twice per day.
Researchers have found that around two thirds of patients who suffer from arthritis also suffer from periodontal disease, and this is thought to be a result of chronic inflammation.
How can I protect my smile against periodontal disease?
There are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself against gum disease:
- Brush your teeth twice a day. This should be performed with a soft bristled tooth brush ensuring that you brush along all of your gum line with gentle rotations.
- Floss your teeth every single day.
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Reduce or eliminate your consumption of cigarettes and alcohol
This should be supplemented by regular visits to our dental practice located in Redbank Plains for a regular oral health check-up and professional clean. During your visit our dental professionals will check for potential threats to your oral health such as periodontal disease and take appropriate action to prevent these diseases from damaging your oral and overall health.
To find out more about the general, preventive, cosmetic and restorative dental services we offer at Redbank Plains Dental, or to arrange an appointment with one of our friendly dental professionals, please contact us.
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December 17, 2012
A study at the University of Melbourne has shown that children under the age of 2 should see a dentist regularly
The study showed that while visits to other healthcare professionals was high, children seeing dentists before the age of 2 was very rare despite dental decay being among the most common chronic diseases of early childhood.
The benefits of early prevention are:
• Mouth cancer
Oral cancer checks are highly important as patients experience a much greater survival rate if this disease is treated in its early stages.
• Prevention of gum diseases
Gum diseases (such as periodontitis and gingivitis) and other tooth problems can be prevented through further education about the importance of brushing and flossing.
• Prevention of dental emergencies
Regular visits to a dentist can aid in reducing the chances of broken teeth, broken jaw bone, tooth aches and other assorted teeth problems. The early warning signs of which, with regular visits to a dentist, could be identified.
At Redbank Plains Dental we believe prevention is better than a cure, and as such we are focused on early prevention so you can maintain healthy teeth. During your child’s first visit our dentists perform a comprehensive check-up to ensure your child’s optimal dental health.
For more information or to make a booking at our dental practice in Redbank Plains please contact us.
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