Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is it safe to have dental work performed overseas?

When you need expensive work on your teeth, sometimes it is tempting to look overseas for a cheaper alternative.

You may be saving money on a procedure but be aware it is a gamble – there have been many disaster stories. If something goes wrong, you may end up paying more for the repair work and end up with a denture or implants.

Complex procedures such as crowns and bridges cannot be rushed, they take time and often this is something you don’t have a lot of while you’re travelling.

In Australia, dentistry is heavily regulated and there are strict follow-up procedures should something go wrong.

Before you embark on an overseas trip please feel free to give us a call for advice on overseas dental work.

 

What is the cause of bad breath?

Do you suffer from bad breath, or halitosis? It is a common oral health problem.

Halitosis may be caused when the waste produced by bacteria in the mouth, nose or stomach comes into contact with the air. When bacterial plaque is not removed from the teeth or gums, it continues to grow and ultimately leads to halitosis, tooth decay and gum disease.

Good dental hygiene prevents halitosis that originates in the mouth. Regular brushing and flossing will remove food debris. Antiseptic mouthwash inhibits bacteria growth. Gentle tongue scraping will also help, but do it gently to avoid damage to the tongue.

Diet plays a significant role. Certain foods such as fibrous vegetables promote saliva flow, which limits the growth of halitosis. Staying hydrated also helps, however juices and drinks high in sugar and acid encourage bacterial growth.

Smoking, medications, diabetes and other conditions may cause problems.

Speak with us in confidence and we will find a solution – it is something we help our patients with every day.

 

Grinding in your sleep?

Regular teeth grinding (or bruxism) is more common when we sleep, and can have a negative effect on tooth enamel, bone, gums and the jaw.

Often grinding or clenching teeth is a way of dealing with anxiety or stress. It can also be a side-effect of certain medications that stimulate our brain, contributing to grinding.

One remedy is to provide you with a custom-fitted bite plate, which acts as a bumper guard. These are much more comfortable to wear, and more durable, than over-the-counter night guards.

We will determine whether your grinding is due to misaligned teeth, stress, or medications, and discuss options with you to keep your teeth in optimum condition and allow you a good night’s sleep.

 

Abnormal bites

Your teeth should fit nicely and evenly together when you bite or chew. This is called ‘occlusion’. Signs of malocclusion include: excessive tooth wear, tooth breakage and loss, previous root canals, tooth sensitivity, headaches, neck muscle pain, jaw pain and joint noises.

If you suffer from any of these problems, speak with your dentist at your next consultation to find a solution. Even though your teeth appear ‘normal’ you may still need an adjustment.

We will create x-rays, photographs and impressions of your teeth and carefully examine the position of your teeth, muscles and jaw to determine the best way to modify and improve your ‘bite’.