Year: 2020

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What’s the Difference Between Veneers, Crowns and Bridges?

Dental veneers, crowns and bridges are common dental treatments that can help you get your dental health back on track and boost your confidence. But which treatment is the right one for you? While your local dentist will determine whether a veneer, crown or dental bridge is the right treatment for your dental requirements, it’s advantageous to understand the differences, the processes, what’s involved and how each treatment could benefit you.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures performed today, with porcelain veneers the popular variety. Unlike crowns and dental bridges, veneers are a strictly cosmetic dental procedure that involves your dentist fitting a thin shell over the front and sides of the tooth. This covers a wide range of dental imperfections and is suitable for:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Stained teeth.

As they’re a cosmetic dental procedure, dental veneers won’t improve your oral health or restore eating functionality, however, many people find them instrumental in boosting their confidence by restoring their smile.
Main benefits: Hiding minor imperfections in teeth and boosting self-confidence with a more attractive smile.

Crowns

Dental crowns are a treatment used to cover a damaged tooth (saving it from extraction) and are an effective means of preventing further damage to the tooth and restoring eating functionality. They’re also used as a cosmetic procedure to improve appearance and can be used to cover cracked, chipped or discoloured teeth. The process is quick and simple; the crown is fitted and cemented over the damaged tooth and is used in cases where a damaged tooth can’t be restored with a filling.
Main benefits: Saving the tooth from extraction, preventing further damage to the tooth, restoring eating functionality (if affected) and covering cosmetic imperfections.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are the most extensive dental treatment of the three. While dental veneers cover imperfections like cracks or chips and dental crowns are fitted on top of a single tooth, a dental bridge fills the spaces left by one or more missing teeth. Filling the spaces left by missing teeth helps people eat better (and enjoy eating), prevents facial misalignment (sunken cheeks, for example) and can boost self-confidence with a restored smile.
A variety of dental bridges are available, with the most common type consisting of a crown at both ends of the bridge that are placed over the teeth either side of the gap. Other dental bridges involve a more extensive process and require dental implants which hold the bridge in place. These dental bridges are used to fill the spaces left by multiple missing teeth and can even be used to replace the entire row of teeth on the upper or lower jaw. 
Main benefits: Filling spaces left by missing teeth, restoring eating functionality, maintaining facial shape and boosting confidence by restoring a natural smile.
To book an appointment at our family dental clinic or find out more about veneers, crowns, dental bridges and the other dental services we offer, please contact King Street Dental Group on 03 9841 8033 or book an appointment online

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The 5 Most Common Causes of Dental Cavities

A cavity is a hole that forms in a tooth as the enamel (the hard outer coating) and dentin (the inner layer) decays. Cavities are one of the most common dental conditions and everyone is at risk, from infants to children, teenagers and adults. The damage worsens if untreated and can lead to further dental problems, like periodontitis and other types of gum disease.

Cavity Treatments

Depending on the severity of the cavity and your dental health, a few options are available. The most common treatments for cavities are fillings and crowns, however, if the decay is more extensive or the surrounding area is affected due to infection or gum disease, a root canal or tooth extraction may be required. Consequently, if you have a cavity, you need to see a dentist. Here are five of the most common causes of cavities.

Plaque

Plaque, a sticky film that covers your teeth and hardens into tartar, is caused by not cleaning your teeth properly, consuming a lot of sugary foods and drinks, or as is the case for many children and teenagers, a combination of the two. Plaque forms when starches and sugars aren’t removed from the teeth and bacteria turns them into plaque, which in turn hardens and becomes tartar. Tartar can’t be removed with a regular toothbrush, only with special dental tools, which is why regular dental checkups are so important to preventing cavities.

Diet

It isn’t only foods that are high in refined sugar, like soft drinks, ice cream and sweets that can cause tooth decay, as even natural foods like milk, honey and dried fruits that cling to your teeth can cause cavities. That doesn’t mean you should avoid these foods altogether, though you should be aware and brush your teeth or chew (sugar-free) gum afterwards.

Snacking

Snacking on chips, cookies, juice and sugary drinks throughout the day is a leading cause of calories. However, it’s important to understand that snacking on anything without brushing your teeth, chewing gum or rinsing your mouth out with water afterwards to remove food can cause cavities. Having said that, if you need a snack, a healthy snack is the way to go.

Dental routine

As plaque forms quickly, it’s vital to brush your teeth soon after eating or drinking to prevent a cavity that needs a filling or crown, but there’s more to a good dental routine than regular brushing. If you’re to avoid cavities, you need to floss regularly and go for regular checkups at your local dentist to have your teeth properly cleaned.

Health

People with poor general health are more susceptible to dental problems like cavities and tooth decay, especially those with gastroesophageal reflux disease or heartburn, or eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia. These conditions bring stomach acid into the mouth which destroys the enamel on your teeth and interfere with the production of saliva.
Regular dental checkups, healthy diet and good dental routines are the best ways to avoid cavities. To book a checkup at our family dental clinic or learn more about our services, contact King Street Dental Group today on 03 9841 8033 or book an appointment online

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