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On many occasions, people are often told the reasons for toothache is due to cavities which can be a daunting reality for people. Toothaches can sometimes begin very suddenly. They can also cause pain and discomfort that can be mild or severe which may also affect your head, jaw and ear.

However, our professional Cranbourne dentists understand there are other reasons causing pain to come from your pearly whites. To pinpoint the problem and avoid unnecessary stress we have provided several reasons you may be experiencing dental discomfort.

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Reasons for Toothache Include:

1. Sensitive Teeth:

Sometimes you might have pain from your teeth when your teeth are exposed to cold air, foods and liquids. This could mean your teeth have become sensitive linked to stimuli such as cold temperature. Mild sensitivity can be related to receding gums or a worn-down tooth.

2. Brushing your Teeth too Hard:

It is understandable you want to try get your teeth as clean as possible. However, by applying increased pressure or brushing over-aggressively it can cause more problems and discomfort. Intense brushing can strip away the structure of the actual tooth and the gums that cover the root of your tooth.

3. Severe Sinus Infection:

During flu or allergy season, you may suddenly develop a sinus infection that asserts a level of pain to your teeth. The reasons for toothache is because the roots of certain teeth sit right by the sinuses. The pressure that comes from the sinus infection can impact your tooth pain.

4. Grinding or Clenching Your Teeth when Sleeping:

Also known as bruxism, can occur without you knowing it in your sleep. An imbalance in the meeting of your teeth when they grind can cause tooth pain. Over time, it can lead to tooth sensitivity and pain. The ways to treat this type of pain could involve using a night guard, after evaluation by your dentist.

5. Cracked Tooth:

This can be caused by many things due to trauma to the mouth. This can be anything from biting down on a hard object or receiving some kind of blow to the face. Severe bruxism may also be a reason for your toothache. The symptoms of a cracked tooth could include a sharp pain when chewing or biting. It would be helpful to visit your dentist so they can restore the tooth before the crack worsens.

Overall:

The reason for toothache could have an easy or simple-to-treat cause or it can become more complicated. Therefore, it can be best to be prepared and speak to your dentist for a proper evaluation. By following up with your regular dental care appointments every six months to avoid any serious problems.

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Gum disease is an infection of the gums and surrounding tissue which is caused by plaque build up on the teeth. There are two stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. The leading cause of gum disease is lack of dental hygiene including brushing and flossing teeth.

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The Two Stages Of Gum Disease

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Initially, gums may feel swollen and appear increasingly red. During brushing, the gums may even appear to bleed, thus becoming painful and uncomfortable.  If gingivitis is not treated correctly, it may transition to a more severe form of the disease, periodontitis.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is the second stage of gum disease where the infection spreads to the supporting bone and fibre which hold the tooth in place. At this stage, the damage caused may be permanent, thus causing further problems down the track.

At this severe and advanced stage of gum disease, the gum is weakened to the point where a small gap may form between the tooth root and the gum. This gap is called the ‘periodontal pocket’, where bacteria can get trapped, causing even more irreversible damage to the gums and teeth.

In the worst case scenario, teeth may become loose and fall out, or in severe cases, be extracted by a dentist.

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How To Know If You Have Gum Disease?

Gum disease can occur at any stage of life. Symptoms to look out for may include:

  • Inflamed, red, swollen gums
  • Increased sensitivity or pain in gums, especially when brushing teeth.
  • Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing
  • Receded gums, making particular teeth appear ‘longer’
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth

How To Treat Gum Disease

It is important if you do recognise any symptoms of gum disease, to seek professional help as soon as possible. At Cranbourne Dental Centre, we inspect the plaque and tartar build up, and clean where needed. In the case of gingivitis, we will instruct on the correct dental hygiene technique.

In the case of periodontitis, further action may be required. Non-surgical treatment includes antibiotics to treat any infection and root planning; this includes smoothing over root surfaces, discouraging any further tartar and bacteria build up.

Surgical treatments include gum pocket reduction surgery, reducing the size of any open gum tissue. Soft tissue and bone grafts are another option, to reinforce damaged tissue or bone, to reduce further damage in the future.

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How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Gum disease is completely preventable and with a few easy steps, it is easy to reduce your likelihood of any infection.

  • Brushing teeth at least twice a day, for on average 2 minutes.
  • Using a soft toothbrush to reduce pressure and replacing their toothbrush every 3-4 months.
  • Better yet, an electric toothbrush is a fantastic option to increase efficiency and cleanliness
  • Flossing once a day to remove hard to see and reach plaque buildup.
  • Consuming a healthy diet and reducing sugar intake
  • Regular dental check-ups
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Tooth decay occurs when damaged areas in the teeth develop into small holes that have to be treated with fillings or dental crowns and bridges. It can be painful and very costly to sort out so it’s something that we all want to avoid. In saying this, with so much information out there, it can be hard to know what foods actually cause tooth decay.

Most of us are well aware of the dangers of added sugar, including the damage that it can cause to our teeth. This being said, there are many other culprits that can cause tooth decay which are often overlooked.

As a leading Dental Clinic in Cranbourne, we know all about tooth decay and while poor dental hygiene plays a huge role, these popular foods are also a big risk factor:

  1. Sugar

Of course this first food is the most well known, but we couldn’t do a list of foods that cause tooth decay and not talk about sugar. Although it tastes great, constant exposure to sugar from snacks such as sweets and chocolate can be extremely damaging to your teeth.

A  small sweet treat might seem harmless but regularly snacking on sweets is worse for your teeth than having one larger sugar fix occasionally. Our Cranbourne Dental Centre team recommend that you try and limit your sugar consumption to just once or twice a week instead. Either way, just be sure to rinse your mouth out with water after consuming any added sugar.

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  1. Dried fruit

Dried fruits have so many great nutrients and they make for a really transportable and calorie dense snack. However, overindulging on too much dried fruit can also play a big role in tooth decay. Dried fruit contains its own special type of sugar called fructose and this combined with the fact that these sweet treats tend to stay stuck on the teeth, means that it’s better to keep them as a once in a while treat.

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  1. Sugary drinks

Sweet drinks are one of the biggest causes of tooth decay and they are something that a lot of us consume without really thinking about it. While soft drinks like Coke are the obvious culprits, there are lots of other drinks that contain sugar too including: fruit juices, alcohol, coffees and sports drinks. Given that these drinks are so high in sugar, and could lead to severe implications for sensitive or weak teeth, our Cranbourne Dental Clinic staff recommend that our clients try to stick to water.

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  1. Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes taste great but they’re not necessarily the best foods for your teeth. While they contain loads of nutrients that are great for your health, citrus fruits high acidic content can erode the enamel on your teeth, meaning that they are more prone to decay. So while you shouldn’t stop eating citrus fruits altogether, try limiting your intake of citrus fruit, eat the whole fruit rather than the juice and rinse your mouth out with water after consuming.

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  1. Starchy carbohydrates like bread, pasta, crisps

When you think of foods that are bad for your teeth, bread probably isn’t something that comes to mind. However, what a lot of us forget is that starchy carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, crackers and crisps are actually broken down into sugar when eaten. Not only is this bad news for your waistline, but it also means that any of these remaining foods stuck in your teeth could be a contributing factor to tooth decay. To prevent this limit your starchy carbohydrate consumption and make sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly twice a day.

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  1. Pickles

Lots of us like adding foods like gherkins into our lunchtime sandwiches however, the high sugar content of these foods can leave your dental health in a bit of a pickle. Most pickled foods use vinegar to preserve it which has a high acidic content. This combined with a high sugar content means that these foods are a risk factor for tooth decay.

However, it has been found that calcium can help to neutralise the harmful acidic effects so there’s even more reason to enjoy some cheese with your favourite pickles.

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  1. Low-fat foods

Low fat sounds healthy, right? Well, low-fat often means high sugar as many companies pack in the white stuff to make the food taste better. This is common in popular foods such as low-fat yoghurts and drinks so be sure to read the labels thoroughly when doing your food shopping.

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There’s no reason that you can’t enjoy a treat every so often but it pays to be mindful of the food that you’re eating in order to avoid dental health problems like tooth decay. Preventing tooth decay in this way will decrease the chance of a tooth getting infected and therefore decrease the chance of a tooth needing root canal treatment.

As a leading dental clinic in Cranbourne, the team here at Broad Oak Medical and Dental Centre know all too well how painful it can be to deal with tooth decay so it’s much better to prevent it in the first place.

If you are worried about tooth decay or are in need of any dental work, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our professional and friendly team today.

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What is a Root Canal?

The term “root canal” is directly linked to the process of cleaning the canals inside the tooth’s root. The ultimate goal of a root canal is to save a tooth that is severely infected, rather than disposing of it completely. This dental procedure will remove the dead or dying nerve tissue and bacteria from inside a tooth so that you can preserve the tooth and reduce the risk of removal.

With modern technology helping root canal treatments to be a painless and smooth treatment, the ‘painful’ stigma that surrounds root canals can be put to bed. More often than not, root canals will take up to two trips to your Cranbourne dentist; it’s easy!

What are the Symptoms of a Root Canal?

  •             Severe and persistent toothache
  •             Swelling in your face or cheek
  •             Foul-smelling and foul-tasting breath
  •             Swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck
  •             Sensitivity when chewing
  •             Pain in your jawbone, neck or ear

Often the common cause of needing a root canal is a cracked tooth, a deep cavity or a tooth that has undergone repeated dental treatment.

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What is the Root Canal Procedure?

  1.         The dentist at Broad Oak Medical and Dental Centre will insert a numbing gel (anaesthetic) around the bad tooth – it’s common to feel a slight prick as the needle is inserted.
  2.         When your tooth has become numb, your dentist will use a very tiny drill to remove a small portion of the top of the tooth and expose the pulp¹.
  3.         The infected pulp is removed with a set of instruments called files.
  4.         The canals (pathways that run through teeth) are cleaned with disinfecting solution to remove bacteria and any remaining parts of the pulp. Medicine may be applied to the area here, to prevent further infection.
  5.         Now the tooth is clean, it may be filled and closed. Often this will be with a temporary filling until your next appointment when you receive the permanent crown.

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¹.Pulp is essentially the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue of the tooth. It supplies blood to the tooth whilst it is also the reason you feel sensations such as temperature on your teeth.

How to take care of a Root Canal?

With care and attention, a tooth that has undergone a root canal can remain healthy for the rest of your life. Ensure you are visiting your dental clinic in Cranbourne every six months, brushing twice-a-day with a deep clean toothpaste that fights germs, flossing once-a-day and avoiding chewing on hard foods that can cause teeth to break.

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At Cranbourne Dental Centre, we strive to ensure all our clients can attain high quality and accessible dental care.  For children, there is the ‘Child Dental Benefits Schedule’ (CDBS) which is an initiative that allows for up to $1000* for basic dental treatments. 

Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible, the patient must be aged between 2-17 for at least 1 day of the calendar year.  They must and also be eligible for Medicare, Family Tax Benefit A, or other relevant Australian Government payments.

To be able to receive the benefits for your child, eligibility will be granted if you are their parent/guardian, or if you’re an approved care organisation responsible for the child.

If you are unsure whether your child is eligible for CDBS, you can contact the Department of Human Services.

Which Services Are Eligible For the CDBS?

  1. Dental check-ups and teeth cleaning
  2. Fissure sealants and fillings
  3. Dental x-rays
  4. Extractions
  5. Root canals 

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How To Claim?

Treatment is bulk billed through Medicare

  • Eligible children pay $0 – no out of pocket costs
  • No wait list – your child will have the next available appointment

To be able to claim CDBS with Cranbourne Dental Centre, simply make an appointment with us and inform us of the service required and mention that you would like to use CDBS. We will then require you to sign a consent form agreeing to the services and the cost.

At Cranbourne Dental Centre we offer bulk-billing, which means patients will not need to submit a claim with us under the CDBS.

One thing to note with the Child Dental Benefits Scheme is that it is not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and will not be paid for any services provided in a hospital operating theatre.

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Dental Fissures Sealants Cranbourne Dental Centre

At our Dental Clinic Cranbourne, our team of professional dentists offer the service of dental fissure sealants. This service targets the pits and fissures within the grooves of the tooth. Generally, this is the permanent back teeth, as it is a hard to brush, prime opportunistic area for decay to build. Fissure sealants are coatings applied to the grooves in the tooth, designed to prevent the intrusion of bacteria and other debris into the deep crevices on the tops of your teeth.

Dental fissure sealants are generally looked at as a procedure directed at children to prevent cavities; however, at any age, dental sealants can be recommended as a preventive measure.

Some key benefits of dental sealants may include:

  • Dental fissure sealants are very easy to apply and can be applied quickly in one session.
  • A pain-free experience to apply.
  • By implementing dental sealants, patients can look forward to spending less money in the future on procedures as they will have already taken the preventive measure.

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How are Dental Fissure Sealants applied?

  1. To begin with, one of our Dental Professionals at Cranbourne Medical Centre will clean the given tooth which is receiving the dental sealant.
  2. Once the tooth is cleaned, an ‘acidic gel’ is applied to the tooth, to ensure the sealant can effectively ‘grip’ onto the surface.
  3. Teeth are then cleaned, rinsed and dried, ready for the sealant to be applied. The sealant is then applied.
  4. The sealant is then applied to the tooth with a brush, and the formula will bond with the tooth and will then harden to become the sealant. In some cases a curing light is used to speed up this process; this can depend on the particular sealant.

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How Long Do Fissure Sealants Last?

Fissure Sealants can last a number of years, usually up to 10, and will continue to prevent against cavities and decay. It is important however that Sealants are checked up on in bi-annual check up appointments to ensure against any potential wear or chipping.

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Fastbraces vs Invisalign – Dentist Cranbourne

Fastbraces vs Invisalign? Both are popular options for those wanting to straighten their smile. It can be difficult to know which option is right for your unique needs. Fastbraces vs Invisalign- Dentist Cranbourne break down the unique advantages and drawbacks of each treatment to help you make this decision.

Orthodontic care is rising in popularity with nearly two-thirds of Australians considering treatment to fix crooked teeth. Teeth alignment can help boost self-confidence by giving you that perfect smile. Seeing an orthodontic specialist can also identify and prevent dental issues due to misaligned teeth, including:

  • Pain and issues from jaw misalignment
  • Bacteria build-up between teeth as it’s easier to get food stuck in crooked teeth. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if not properly addressed.
  • Wearing down of protective enamel due to misaligned teeth, which can lead to cavities.

When it comes to getting braces, dentists at our Cranbourne medical centre understand everyone has different needs and priorities. We offer both Invisalign and Fastbraces treatment options to our patients to accommodate their requirements.

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As opposed to traditional braces with metal brackets, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to fix crooked teeth. By wearing the aligners in sequence, Invisalign progressively guide teeth into alignment.

It’s the most discreet option for braces as they can be virtually invisible. The aligners should be worn for at least 22 hours per day, and can be taken out whenever you choose. This is particularly useful if you are attending a special occasion or taking photos. It also leads to fewer eating restrictions as you don’t need to worry about damaging the braces. Invisalign is comfortable to wear as it doesn’t have any metal that may cut the mouth.

However, this method is often less effective for severe orthodontic problems. For serious cases of teeth misalignment, wearing Fastbraces may lead to better outcomes.

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Fastbraces uses a modern triangular metal brace design to align the root of the teeth along with the visible crown. This treatment is much faster than other treatment options and is often more affordable as a result. Like traditional braces, our Cranbourne doctors tighten your Fastbraces over time to move teeth into the correct positions.

As Fastbraces uses metal brackets and wires, it may cut or rub the inside of your mouth. You must also be careful when eating to avoid damage to the braces.

The verdict

Fastbraces vs Invisalign? Ultimately, your choice in braces comes down to what you regard as your top priority. Invisalign is a great option for those seeking a discreet fix for minor teeth misalignment, whereas Fastbraces will help you achieve a perfect smile in a shorter timespan. Visit Broad Oak Medical Centre in Cranbourne for a professional consultation to choose the most suitable treatment for you.

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