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Broken tooth

20 Jul , 2015  

What options are there to fix my broken tooth? There are various options to restore a broken tooth. If the tooth is symptom free or mildly cold sensitive then the tooth can be restored by one of 3 options: Amalgam (silver coloured) filling Composite (tooth coloured) filling Crown Each option has advantages and disadvantages, follow the link […]

Dental toothache

Pain relief

13 Jul , 2015  

How does pain relief (analgesics) work? Toothache results from pain transmitted from damaged (inflammed) tissues along nerve fibres to the brain. Analgesics work to interfere with this pathway. Analgesics can: –Affect the central component and the emotional aspects of pain, the brain’s perception of pain (e.g. opioids and antidepressants) –Work at the site of injury […]

Composite filling

Composite filling

13 Jul , 2015  

What is a composite filling? A composite filling, or tooth-coloured filling, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small to medium size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer […]

Dental toothache


12 Jul , 2015  

Tooth pain

What causes toothache? Dental Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Dental pain results from stimulus to the tooth’s pulp chamber which houses the tooth’s nerve fibres. The degree and type of the stimulus will depend on the severity of pain. Examples of pain stimuli: Dentine exposure causing […]

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Oil Pulling benefits

4 Jul , 2015  

Dental benefits of oil pulling

Can oil pulling protect and whiten my teeth? Oil pulling is a hot topic in dentistry at the moment, with claims made in news reports and on social media that the practice can do everything from whiten teeth to protect against heart disease. But what is oil pulling? And can it really deliver the benefits […]

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Dental Caries

29 Jun , 2015  

What is Dental Caries? Dental caries is also know as tooth decay is a sugar dependant disease. Bacteria that are found in dental plaque produce an acid when metabolising dietary carbohydrates. The acid then causes enamel demineralisation (the loss of calcium and phosphate ions). This process is reversed when the pH rises again. Caries is […]

All Dental Topics,Tooth removal

Tooth removal

28 Jun , 2015  

Why does a tooth need to be removed? Tooth removal is generally required when bacteria have entered the root canal system and a root canal is not advised or financially not viable. Bacteria can enter the root canal system via a crack, a deep cavity, and periodontal disease. When a root canal is infected, there […]

All Dental Topics,Dental veneers,Invisalign,Metal braces


15 Jun , 2015  

What is a diastema? A diastema is a gap between the upper 2 front teeth (central incisors). It can vary in size. What causes a diastema? A diastema can occur from general spacing in the upper jaw (small teeth or large jaw), from a frenum (fold of skin) extending from under the upper lip to […]

All Dental Topics,Dental veneers,Tooth alignment

Dental Veneers

25 May , 2015   Video

What are dental veneers? Dental veneers are a conservative dental procedure used to improve the appearance of front teeth. Dental veneers are very thin shells of either composite resin filling material, or the more durable ceramic (porcelain), which are bonded to the prepared teeth. The YouTube video demonstrates ceramic (porcelain) veneers. Dental veneers have the advantage of […]

All Dental Topics,Dental toothache,Gum problems,Periodontist

Periodontal disease

18 May , 2015  

What are periodontal diseases? Periodontal (gum) diseases are chronic infections of the structures which surround and support the teeth. Periodontal disease begins with an accumulation of dental plaque (sticky, colourless film of bacteria that forms on teeth). The early stage of the disease is called gingivitis and the signs of this disease can be subtle. […]

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