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What to expect when getting porcelain veneers 

Everyone is after the perfect smile, with a number of treatments on the market that can help you to achieve that, from whitening kits to professional procedures. However, one of the most popular methods to achieve gorgeous pearly whites is through the use of veneers.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are specifically shaped to fit over the front surface of your teeth in order to provide a perfect white colouring. Think of them like false nails but for your teeth. There are a number of reasons why people invest in veneers. Some do it for the colour alone, as they look to trade in their faded or yellowing natural tone for a shiny veneer white. However, veneers can also be used to cover chips, close small gaps between teeth, and even reposition teeth in certain situations. They can also be specifically shaped for your mouth in order to provide symmetrical teeth, keeping a consistent height and shape for your dream smile.

How are veneers made?

Veneers are either made from think layers of porcelain or from resin composite materials. This is because they are far less prone to staining than natural teeth, leaving you with a pearly white colour for longer. The porcelain or resin material is then shaped to your teeth using a mould taken from your mouth.

How long do veneers take to make?

It usually takes between two and four weeks for the dentist to be given your veneers from the laboratory after measurements have been sent off. Therefore, the process from start to finish is not a lengthy one.

Are veneers done in stages?

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Veneers always take at least two visits to fully fit. On your first visit, your dental professional will examine your teeth, prepare them, and match the correct colour and shade for your mouth. The preparation often includes the removal of an outer enamel layer in order to make space for the veneers. Sometimes, a local anaesthetic may be used for the enamel removal, but this is often not necessary. The preparation process may make your teeth feel less smooth between visit one and two, but this process is so minimal that temporary veneers are not needed. During your second visit, the dentist will show you an example of a veneer over the top of one of your teeth to ensure you are happy with the colour, shape, and overall look. They will then fit the veneers during this second visit. They do this by using bonding agents (special adhesive) in order to stick the porcelain straight on the front of the teeth. Often, about a week after the veneers are fitted, your dentist will have another appointment with you to check in on things. At this stage, they will polish them and ensure they is fitting correctly, before asking you if you are happy with the veneers. However, it is always wise to give your mouth time to get used to the veneers, and only minor adjustments can be made after fitting anyway.

How long do veneers last?

This is definitely something that your dentist will tell you during the process, however, the vast majority of veneers should last you many years. Having said that, just like normal teeth, veneers can chip and break, so you do have to be careful. Small chips can be repaired by a dentist, but more serious damage may result in a new veneer fitting.

So do veneers ruin your teeth?

Despite what some people might think, porcelain veneers do not harm a person’s natural teeth. The whole point of a veneer is to make your teeth appear more beautiful without harming their natural health. Of course, you must still keep a good standard or oral hygiene as you would with a normal set of teeth. A pearly white exterior is no reason to slack on brushing or flossing.

Can I brush in the same way?

It is recommended that you still keep up your oral hygiene routine after having veneers fitted. Brush and floss your teeth in the same way; the veneers need to be cleaned too.

Does the process hurt?

A numbing agent is often used in the veneer process itself, so a patient should feel nothing more than a numbness in their mouth. When just two to four veneers are bonded to a patient’s teeth, there should also be little discomfort once the numbing wears off. If you are getting more than eight veneers fitted, then you will likely experience some aching and soreness in your gums and jaw. However, this can often be combated with some over-the-counter medicine. 

What can I eat after having veneers fitted?

The situation is different depending on the patient and their personal bite. However, for the first few days after your veneers are fitted, it is recommended that you stick to softer foods to be on the safe side and to avoid pain. However, after you have had the veneers fitted for a few weeks, you should be able to go back to your normal diet. In these first few weeks, people often advise that you avoid things such as ice-cream, apples, boiled sweets, popcorn, ice, and any extremely hard foods.

Do I need to change my habits?

The vast majority of us have a bad habit when it comes to our mouths. Whether this is biting your nails, chewing on straws and forks, using your teeth to open things, chewing on clothing, biting your mouth, or anything else, you should make a big effort to stop. All of the above can put stress on your veneers, something that is best avoided if you want them to last for the long-haul.

What happens if a veneer falls off?

This is extremely rare, but also should not cause panic if it does occur. All you have to do is save the veneer and contact your dental professional. They will arrange for an appointment to re-attach the veneer at the soonest convenience. The only thing you may find is that the exposed tooth is a little more sensitive than normal without the veneer attached.

Where should I go for porcelain veneers in Melbourne?

Abbotsford Dental has been providing top quality dental care for the people of Melbourne for years now. Their dedicated staff, led by Dr Frank Nikakhtar are experienced in the art of veneers and would be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.

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Do veneers damage your teeth?

When embarking on the quest for the perfect smile, many people are now investing in dental veneers over other professional services on the market. Not only can veneers offer a perfect and even white colour, but they can also be used to reshape, reposition, and improve the symmetry of a person’s smile.

What are veneers?

Veneers are made up of one of two things. Either a thin layer of porcelain or a layer of resin composite materials, simply known as composite veneers. These thin layers are directly fitted to the front of a person’s teeth in order to provide a better colouration as well as mimicking the shine of a natural tooth. Many people compare dental veneers to false nails for your mouth. This process can be used to improve the colour of one’s teeth alone, or then can also be used to fix chips, gaps, and crooked teeth. The aim of the game is to provide the client with a perfect set of straight, symmetrical, and pearly white teeth. 

How long do veneers last?

Veneers last far longer than some people believe. It depends on what kind of veneer you invest in and how well you look after them, but each veneer should last you a number of years. Veneers made from resin composite material usually last a person between five and ten years, providing they are kept clean and not put under unnecessary stress such as nail biting and chewing on items like clothing, straws, and forks. On the other hand, porcelain veneers last a good deal longer, with each tooth being good for between ten and twenty-five years. So, if you are thinking about longevity, then porcelain veneers are definitely the way to go.

How much do dental veneers cost?

When it comes to cost, prices can vary depending on a number of different factors. Each dental professional will likely charge a different price, depending on their reputation, location and quality of materials. Costs may also vary from patient to patient depending on what you are looking for and how much work needs to be done to achieve your desired smile. It also depends on how many veneers you are looking to have fitted. Some people only go for the teeth at the very front of their mouth, while others like to have the veneers running far further back. The average price changes against depending on whether you go for composite veneers or porcelain veneers. The difference in price largely comes down to how long the dental veneers last, with some porcelain versions lasting double the length of the composite equivalents. In terms of value for money, porcelain veneers are the way to go if you are looking at something that will last for the long-term.

Collingwood dentist Veneer SpecialistDo veneers ruin your natural teeth?

Many people believe that veneers damage your real teeth, however, this is simply not true. This idea may come about from the process in which your dental professional prepares your teeth for the veneers. This involves removing a thin layer of enamel to make room for the dental veneers to be fitted to the front of the tooth. This process can leave the teeth feeling a lot less smooth than they normally would, but this should not be mistaken for dirt or a lack of health, it is just part of the process. In actual fact, the purpose of a veneer is to improve the visual appearance of your teeth without compromising on their natural health. Having said this, the idea of healthy teeth beneath a set of veneers does rely on a good standard of oral hygiene. You must undertake the same process of cleaning as you would for your normal teeth, including brushing and flossing twice a day. However, the veneers themselves will cause no direct harm to your teeth.

Can permanent veneers fall off?

This is extremely rare and will likely never happen to you, but it is possible for permanent dental veneers to fall off. Having said that, even if this does occur, it is important not to panic. Having a veneer fall off is nothing major, it simply means that a dental professional will re-attach it for you. Contact the dentist you used to get the original veneer treatment and explain what has happened. Keep the veneer itself safe and take it with you to your appointment to have it reattached. You may want to change your diet slightly between the veneer falling off and your appointment as you could find that the exposed tooth is a little more sensitive than usual. The important thing to stress is that this is rare, but not the end of the world if it happens either.

Are veneers painful?

This is one of the most popular questions people have when it comes to veneers, and the simple answer is no. In some cases, a local anaesthetic will be used when it comes to removing the enamel in the preparation phase, but this is usually not necessary. When it comes to actually attaching the veneers themselves, a numbing agent of some kind is usually used beforehand. This ensures that all the patient feels during the treatment is a slight numbness around their mouth and gum. This avoids all sense of pain as the veneers are attached. If you have only had a few veneers fitted at a time, you will likely only feel a mild ache once the numbness wears off. If you have had eight or more fitted, you may feel a more noticeable ache or soreness. This should not last for too long and can be with medicine that can be bought over the counter.

Do veneers stain? Can they be whitened?

Veneers are far less prone to staining than your natural teeth, which is the main allure of them as a treatment. Essentially, your teeth will remain whiter for longer. Veneers usually do not need whitening and traditional treatments of this kind will have no effect on them. Veneers can be replaced over time if needed.  

Do you have to replace veneers after a certain amount of time?

You should maintain a good level of oral hygiene to ensure you get the best out of your veneers, but they can be replaced after a number of years. Composite veneers last between five and ten years, while porcelain veneers last between ten and twenty-five years.

How strong are veneers?

Veneers are pretty strong and resistant to staining, but they should still be treated with care. Maintain good oral hygiene and do not put them under stress with bad habits such as nail biting.

Where should I go for porcelain veneers in Melbourne?

The team at Stanley Street Dental have been providing top quality dental care for the people of Melbourne for years. Their dedicated staff, led by Dr Frank Nikakhtar are experienced in the art of veneers and would be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.

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Need a smile makeover?

Does your Smile Need a Makeover?

At Abbotsford Dental, we understand the importance of oral health, of oral functionality, and the way those two aspects of your life can significantly impact how you feel about the world. It may sound trivial on paper, but if you’ve ever had a toothache or someone has made you feel self-conscious about your teeth and how they appear, then that notion can certainly disappear rather quickly. The truth is, your teeth matter. Obviously, you want them to work well and allow you to eat and drink without any pain or interference, but beyond the functional side of good oral health, there are certainly things the Abbotsford Dental team can do to improve your smile.

That’s why we’re now asking the question…Does your smile need a makeover?

Don’t stress if the answer is ‘yes.’ In fact, and if you are unhappy with your smile, you’re not alone. Millions of people around the world have visited cosmetic dentists to repair a chipped or broken tooth (or teeth), brighten the unsightly effects of stained teeth, or undergone modern dental procedures to straighten their smile. Abbotsford Dental not only boast an expert and well-experienced team of dental practitioners, but we also have some the latest and most efficient the technology when it comes to general, restorative, and cosmetic dental today. In fact, there are a wide range of treatments that our team can help you with, to achieve the look you’ve always wanted. Below are a list of options and services Abbotsford Dental offer, as part of improving your oral health and giving your smile a professional makeover.

Teeth whitening

Over time, it is almost inevitable that your will change colour, and there are a number of reasons why. From cigarettes and cigars that leave nasty deposits of tar and nicotine behind, to coffee and wine which contain pigments that can darken the teeth, and even some fruits and vegetables that contain acid that eats away at your enamel, allowing the darker dentin to show through, can be the culprit. Our professional teeth whitening services here at Abbotsford Dental can reverse these effects and restore your teeth to their pearly white state.

Veneers

Dental Veneers | Dentist AbbotsfordVeneers are an option if your enamel is too thin, your discoloration is due to trauma, or you have other tooth issues, in which, traditional teeth whitening may not be an option. But that doesn’t mean you’re destined to live out your days with yellowed or stained teeth. Not at all.
Abbotsford Dental provide high-quality veneers in which bonds thin porcelain shells to the front of your teeth, and where each veneer is individually sculpted to fit your individual teeth. Not only can this procedure make your teeth look whiter, but veneers can also disguise tiny chips or even small gaps between your teeth.

Dental Bridging

Sometimes a tooth has more than just a little chip; maybe it’s broken or worn down due to grinding or overuse, leaving gaps. Some people are even born with small or misshapen teeth. In cases like these, dental bridging may be the solution to fixing your smile. Bridging is the process of using a prosthetic device that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants in order to cover unsightly gaps and unwanted spaces. Gaps in your smile can be embarrassing, but over time, they can also cause your other teeth to shift, which can ultimately lead to a poor bite and diminished smile.

Crowns and fillings

Modern dentistry has advanced a lot in modern times. Instead of a metal tooth or metallic fillings, we now have much more natural and safer alternatives. In fact, Abbotsford Dental can now replace your older fillings with white composite material that looks more like your natural teeth, once again, restoring the beauty to your smile.
Broken, misshapen, or cracked teeth can also be replaced with natural crowns. Your Abbotsford dentist will shape your damaged tooth into a secure base and will then bond a composite tooth sculpted to fit perfectly. Not only does this improve the appearance of your smile, but it also gives you a natural bite and sharpens your speech.

Dental implants

Sometimes, a smile can become a little less attractive if you’ve lost a tooth or teeth unexpectedly. If that is the case, Abbotsford Dental can arrange quality dental implants to replace a single tooth or even a whole mouthful of teeth, if necessary. Beyond just the look, dental implants also help protect your jaw from the bone damage that occurs following the loss of your tooth. They also function just like your normal teeth.
So, if you’ve been wanting to get some professional dental work done or give your smile a makeover, why not contact us today or make an online appointment? If you’re in the Abbotsford, Fitzroy, or Collingwood area, feel free to drop into our clinic also. Your smile makeover will be ready in no time

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Do you need teeth cleaning? Yellow teeth | Abbotsford Dental before and after images

Do Your Teeth Need Cleaning?

Yellow or unclean teeth are not easy to hide. Unless you strive to keep your mouth closed or laugh in an unnatural way, most people will be able to see the discoloured state of your teeth or soiled and damaged enamel, whether they are looking or not. Not only is there an aesthetic component of having unclean teeth, but teeth that require professional cleaning can also eventually cause bleeding gums and bad breath.

Two things that none of us want.

As a result of yellow or unclean teeth, you can easily become self-conscious, insecure, and even depressed, but here at Abbotsford Dental, we are confident that when it comes to dental treatments that will brighten your smile and restore your confidence, you will be afforded the best and highest level of care in the Abbotsford, Collingwood, and Fitzroy areas.

For more information about the types of treatments and procedures and whitening kits we provide when dealing with yellow or unclean teeth, head on over to our teeth whitening page under the services tab.

If you’re wondering what professional teeth cleaning can actually provide, then let us here at Abbotsford Dental run you through the benefits.

1. Prevent cavities

The whitish and mostly unpleasant film that builds up on your teeth is called plaque and as well as appearing a little off-putting, it is also the leading cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended or if you decide not to get your teeth professionally cleaned regularly, it can lead to cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing or flossing to an extent, but a professional clean by our team here at Abbotsford Dental will ensure your overall oral health.

2. Prevent nasty Tooth Decay or even Loss

Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. Scary stuff. Luckily, the chance of this happening to you can be greatly reduced through regular dental cleanings here at Abbotsford Dental, combined of course, with good oral hygiene habits.

3. Brightens your smile

Checkup and Clean Abbotsford DentalAt Abbotsford Dental, we are all about a holistic approach to your oral health. We know that many like to indulge from time to time, or have certain daily habits that can affect your teeth, and as such, it should come as no surprise that drinking coffee, tea and wine or using tobacco can stain your pearly whites. That’s why we recommend regular professional teeth cleaning, as it can remove built-up stains and leave you with freshly polished teeth. The result? A whiter, brighter smile!

4. Freshen your breath

Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath. Even if you brush and floss regularly, booking a professional tooth clean here at Abbotsford Dental is a great way to keep your mouth healthy and odour-free.

5. Boost your overall health

Again, and with a focus on a holistic approach, the team at Abbotsford Dental promote healthy lifestyle choices as part of maintaining a healthy oral cavity. Studies have shown, in fact, that a connection between oral and overall health with the use of regular dental cleanings, may help lower your risk for some diseases, like heart disease and stroke. As an interesting side note, many medical conditions can often be detected in their early stages by your dentist during a routine oral exam. How about that!

6. Save money in the long run

At Abbotsford Dental, we want you to have a healthy smile, healthy gums, and strong and impressive teeth for as long as possible. So although it may seem like a luxury or something that is often ignored, having your teeth professionally cleaned at least once every six months will keep you on that path.
For these advantages and more, feel free to get in touch with us or even make an appointment, or if you are in the Fitzroy, Abbotsford, or Collingwood areas, then why not drop into our Abbotsford Dental clinic today to discuss the benefits of professional teeth cleaning.

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Do you have missing teeth?

Do You Have Missing Teeth?

Options For Missing Teeth

No one likes the idea of missing teeth. It sounds wrong, unnatural, and even scary, and if you can picture yourself in front of the mirror with gaps in your otherwise healthy smile, then you can probably relate to those very feelings. There are many reasons why someone would have missing teeth, so if you do enter our doors here at Abbotsford dental with missing teeth or a holey smile, we will do everything in our power to restore your confidence and overall oral health.

Before we can do anything, you will be put through an in-depth examination before the options are easily explained and offered.

And there a few.

Before making a decision, it is best to know what they are and what they offer. Here is the list:

1. Leave it Alone

Straight forward, right? Just leave it. Let it be a gap. Don’t. Do. Anything. This has always been an option for people with missing teeth, as you yourself might know someone who has gone down this very path. Although we don’t recommend it, some people prefer leaving a gap in their smile and don’t necessarily mind the issues that inevitably come with it. Maybe they aren’t committed to the idea of paying for a particular treatment, and have always believed the gap or gaps in their teeth aren’t a serious problem. After all, it is your prerogative. Here at Abbotsford Dental, however, we have always believed (and it is backed by research) that missing teeth over a prolonged period of time can be quite detrimental to the oral health and overall biting strength of an individual. The jawbone can also start to weaken and this can lead to the remaining teeth shifting to cover for the missing teeth in ways that will only complicate things in the future.

We don’t want that. ‘It also puts unwanted stress on the jawbone, which can obviously lead to long-term pain and persistent discomfort. Again, it’s up to you, but it isn’t recommended.

2) Bridgework

Dental Bridges Abbotsford DentalTo build a bridge or to not build a bridge. That is the question, at least when it comes to missing teeth, and as a factor perhaps, when making a decision, bridgework is a traditional method and has been around for many years.

Sounds like a winner, right?

The idea of bridgework is to set up posts on either side of the gap as ‘anchors’. This then allows the dental professional set up a fixed and sturdy bridge between them and put in a replacement tooth, thus solving the problem of your pesky, incomplete smile. While this form of treatment can lead to issues with chewing while decreasing the strength of your bite (and making it difficult to floss) you can rest assured that your jaw and surrounding tissue is going to remain sturdy, durable, and safe.

3) Implants

No, it’s not a Hollywood style of implant, but merely a dental technique used where a post is drilled into the jawbone before a replacement tooth is put in. That’s it. It sounds painful, with the drilling and all, but it is relatively straightforward procedure. This is also a good way to restore the feeling or your natural teeth, and and feel confident and capable when biting down again, just like you used to. The only downside with this form of treatment, however, it that it is costly. If you are on a strict budget, perhaps implants aren’t for you.

4) Composite Bridgework

This is a different form of treatment to traditional bridgework, and even though they share a similar name in their description, they shouldn’t be placed in the same category. Composite bridgework, in fact, looks at using composite resin materials for the eventual bridge. This means the natural teeth on either side of the gap will not be ground down to a post. Instead, the resin material is going to be used to assist with the process, so if the bridge doesn’t work, it is easier to remove it and still have functional teeth.

5) Removable Bridge

A removable bridge gives everything away in its title. “Removable”. As in you can take it out.

The piece or “flipper” as it is also known, can be placed in or out of your mouth whenever you feel like it. The idea here it minimise the pressure being put on the jawbone as you heartily chew down on your roast dinner. However, and concerning its removable nature, such a form of treatment can become difficult to keep in place as it can become uncomfortable, loose, and even painful.

So, if you have missing teeth, get in touch with our team here at Abbotsford Dental today.

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What Cause Bleeding Gums? Gingivitis Periodontitis

Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush?

No one likes the sight of blood, especially in our mouths.

It looks frightening – becomes an unsightly mess and makes us worry.

Occasionally, however, a little bit of bleeding from your gums is normal and even expected, especially when we are vigorously brushing or flossing our teeth. It’s not necessarily something we should panic about, but if your gums bleed regularly or without you really doing anything to unsettle them, it may require further inspection here at Abbotsford Dental. After all, and without trying to alarm you, bleeding gums could be a symptom of a number of dental issues, but most commonly, a clear sign of gum disease. On the other hand, and to back away from such a direct statement, things such as injury or infections can also lead to gum bleeding, so when it comes down to it, you shouldn’t try to self-diagnose or Google it.

It’s always best to let us take a look.

Below, and for some peace of mind, we have collated some relevant information regarding the onset or continuing nature of your bleeding gums, and treatment plans in trying to rectify it. As a side note, and quite unfortunately (at least when it comes to early detection) if your bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease, many are unaware of such a condition, as there isn’t really any pain or discomfort until it becomes more severe. Obviously, if you know what to look for, or have scheduled regular check ups at Abbotsford dental, we will be able to identify any risk factors or gum disease early on in its development, and prevent it from worsening.

Again, bleeding gums are usually the first sign of gum disease, and although it is easy to disregard or write off as perhaps brushing too hard, it should always be seen by a dental professional.

Sometimes, bleeding of your gums will also be accompanied by other, unsettling symptoms. Things such as painful tenderness, red and swollen gums that remain that way over a period of time, an increase in tooth sensitivity, and the onset of bad breath can all signify something amiss.

If my gums are bleeding, does it really mean I have gum disease

As discussed above, yes, it is the most common symptom, but there are other reasons as to why your gums would bleed.

They are as follows:

  • Brushing or flossing too hard
  • Dentures that do not fit properly or have become dislodged
  • A vitamin deficiency
  • Mouth sores
  • Medications such as blood thinners
  • Clotting and bleeding disorders
  • Pregnancy gingivitis (as opposed to regular gingivitis) which can arise from hormonal changes during pregnancy
  • And medical issues such as leukemia, heart conditions, diabetes, or scurvy can also cause your gum to bleed

As you can see, there are quite a few reasons outside the diagnosis of gum disease as to why your gums may bleed, so if you find yourself bleeding often, it is best to visit us here at Abbotsford Dental in order to rule out anything serious. From there, the right treatment plan will be implemented, and we will have you back to full health where your gums are in good shape and rarely bleed.

It’s time to smile again.

Gum Disease Treatment

Do You Have Bleeding Gums?

Do You Have Bleeding Gums?

If it is the case that you have the beginnings of gum disease, don’t stress, for our dentists know exactly what to do. The most effective form of treatment is to remove the plaque from your teeth, first and foremost, in order to prevent it from returning. Plaque, as you may be aware of, is a kind of bacteria that causes gum disease over time, by wearing your enamel and overall oral health into the ground. When dental plaque builds up, it turns into a hard and gluey substance that binds to your teeth, which not only looks unappealing and sounds awful, but is ultimately a damaging process that contributes greatly to dental complications. This is known as tartar, and tartar can lead to gum disease over time when you don’t clean your teeth properly and rid them of it. Again, you should see your dentist at the Abbotsford Dental Clinic with the first signs of any abnormal gum bleeding, and they will subsequently take care of any plaque or tartar present. It may sound dramatic, but if you act quickly and efficiently, visiting us here at Abbotsford Dental may prevent your gum disease (if that’s what it is) from developing into gingivitis or periodontal disease.

They, naturally, require further treatment.

Luckily, we can prevent those two scenarios from happening, and even if your gum disease is in an advanced stage, your dentist will recommend the appropriate treatment, such as periodontal therapy or dental surgery to maintain and control the issue.

There really is no excuse to ignore bleeding gums so come in and talk to us today.

Tips to prevent and stop bleeding gums

Like any form of preventive dental care, there are things you can do at home to ensure you are mostly free from the plight of bleeding gums, plaque build up, or even the development or tartar and infection.

Here are just a few

  • Brush properly with a soft toothbrush. Brush for 2 minutes and at least twice a day, especially after heavy meals
  • Floss once a day. Make sure to floss beyond your gum line to reach even more plaque in hard to reach places
  • Use a cold compress to control the bleeding in the short term
  • Use salt water and hydrogen peroxide to rinse the mouth in order to keep the area and surrounding tissue clean
  • Be mindful that tobacco will aggravate and even worsen gum bleeding
  • Limit your sugar and carbonated food and drink intake and strive to eat a balanced meal
  • Have your dentures aligned when required

Visit our General Dentistry in Abbotsford to find out more.

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Do You Have Bad Breath

Do You Have Bad Breath?

What you need to know about bad breath

Bad breath is not something you want. Ever. It is noticeable. Embarrassing. And something that reflects poorly on your health, both orally and overall. There is also being the butt of other’s jokes, and no one likes to be made fun of. With all that being said, a bad breath is everywhere. In the young. In the elderly. – When was your last Checkup & Clean?

And in tight spaces where it really makes itself known.

There is a list of reasons why someone would experience bad breath, but most of them revolved around the premise of good, oral hygiene (or lack there of.) It’s that simple. No matter the cause though, even if its because you have let certain oral standards slip, bad breath can drive a wedge between you and your partner, your family, and create uncomfortable and embarrassing social interactions.

So let’s do something about it……

Here are the facts on Bad breath

Like any condition, information and awareness are important. Together, they can form the catalyst for prevention and treatment, if of course, bad breath has found a home in your mouth.

  • Bad breath affects over 25% of the population. So don’t feel alone.
  • The most common cause of bad breath is halitosis which can be caused by poor oral hygiene that accumulates and forms bacteria.
  • Particles of food and foreign substances in the mouth provide bad smelling bacteria if they are not cleaned properly or cleared.
  • The importance of being properly hydrated can not be understated. Being hydrated not only helps your overall health, but reduces the population of foul smelling and odor causing bacteria in your mouth.
  • Ultimately, the best way to avoid the worst of bad breath is to practice good, proper oral hygiene. If you are flossing, brushing, and keeping well hydrated, you will greatly reduce the effects of such an unpopular and embarrassing condition

Treatment

Having bad breath from teeth or gums

Having bad breath from teeth

At Abbotsford Dental, our holistic approach to both dental overall health is a key factor when battling bad breath. A simple alteration in your lifestyle or daily habits can completely rid your mouth of nasty odors, and protect you from the development of gum disease as well as keeping your teeth and oral cavity in good health.

Regular visits to the Abbotsford Dental Clinic will also reduce the likelihood of developing bad breath as a result of bacteria, tooth decay, and infection. It is thus recommended that you should visit us least twice a year.

As part of our commitment to holistic health, our dentists may recommend a specific course of action in order to provide the best care available. They are there to help you and get you back on the right path, so if this is the case, feel free to ask any questions.

Risk Factors

There are certainly clear and everyday things that can be substituted or removed completely from your lifestyle to control the odors in your mouth from becoming unpleasant.

Some of them are as follows:

Smoking: Is probably the most obvious, and more and more people are lighting up than ever before. It’s in movies. In the culture. And has been for generations. At Abbotsford Dental, we will never pass judgment or ridicule you for your choices, but we will offer you clear and precise information about how smoking in particular can deteriorate your gums and mouth while causing an instant case of bad breath.

Certain Foods: Garlic, seafood, and even wine, can certainly linger on the breath and send those around you searching for the nearest nostril peg. Luckily, there are ways to minimize this issue, while still allowing you to enjoy yourself and have a good time. Using mouthwash throughout the day or after a certain meal and chewing sugar-free dental gum both go a long way in reducing the odors of certain foods. The reason why garlic and onions (among others) cause an unpleasant smell is due to the process of certain bacteria that breaks down your food. Foul-smelling by-products are unfortunately the result, so again, mouthwash and gum are certainly your friend here.

Dental Cleanliness: Simply? This boils down to how thorough you are when it comes to keeping your teeth and mouth clean and free from plaque build up. If you don’t necessarily care or are too lazy to keep up a daily routine, then understandably, your breath will certain reflect that.

If you are worried or embarrassed about bad breath, feel free to express this in the consultation and our dentists will do everything they can to assure you you are in good hands.

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Are Your Teeth Crooked?

Are Your Teeth Crooked?

Treating Crooked Teeth

At Abbotsford Dental, we know that crooked teeth are not only noticeable, but they can also lead to trouble down the line. In, fact crooked teeth can be both a cosmetic issue and a dental predicament that can worsen and become a health problem over time. Obviously, the visual aspect of having teeth that don’t align properly will be the first reason you consider having them corrected, but keep in mind, a prolonged period of crooked teeth can certainly lead to unwanted dental complications. Both children and adults can suffer from the plight of crooked or misaligned teeth or a bite that doesn’t align, but the good news is that the Abbotsford Dental team can easily treat anyone with such a dental complaint, and restore your teeth and smile to a healthier, brighter (and much straighter) version.

What Causes Crooked Teeth?

At Abbotsford Dental, we consider all the possibilities and outcomes that revolve around the issue of crooked teeth. That being said, the main and perhaps fundamental reason that teeth become crooked in the first place, is because of the way that your adult teeth grow in after your baby teeth have fallen out. During this otherwise exciting time, the adult teeth that grow in first without other teeth to keep them aligned can appear in ways you don’t want them to. Then, as more and more teeth appear, they end up working against each other where they are all vying to push their way through the compromised gaps, which means they do not always grown in ‘straight’ or as they should.

It happens.

Do you need Alignment for Crooked Teeth?If crooked teeth are plaguing you later in life, many adults can succumb to a similar concern, but this time…in reverse. When there is tooth loss or missing teeth, either from trauma or a professional extraction, your remaining teeth will naturally start to shift to fill the gap that is left behind. More room to move? Yep, you guessed it. Crooked teeth as a result of unwanted shifting and internal maneuvering.

Sometimes, the unpleasantness of a TMJ disorder that affects the movement of the jaw and the surrounding muscles can lead to crooked teeth, as can a cleft palate. These are more unique problems, but at Abbotsford Dental, we can work closely with you to discuss your options.

Are Crooked Teeth that Big of a Deal?

In short, yes.

Crooked teeth can lead to some nasty and unwanted issues and side effects that can be mostly avoided. There are treatments available and professionals ready to work on your crooked and misaligned smile, and that’s what we’re here to do. At Abbotsford Dental, in fact, we know that when your teeth are healthy and properly aligned, they can be taken for granted perhaps, in the way they allow your to speak clearly and unencumbered, while also performing other day-to-day activities such as eating. Teeth that are noticeably crooked, however, obviously can threaten such normal and everyday functions, while not providing the right support or structural balance. This ultimately can lead to muscle and jaw strain, two things you should never have to experience as a result of crooked teeth. You may also find that you are at a greater risk of things like toothache, increased sensitivity, the onset of gingivitis, and continuing tooth decay because, and understandably, it is harder to keep crooked teeth clean and properly cared for.

Keeping Crooked Teeth Straight

Enter the orthodontist

Orthodontics, although a mouthful, is a specialized field of dentistry that specifically deals with the issues surrounding your questionable tooth alignment, correcting your bite, or misaligned jaw. They are here to help straighten your teeth first and foremost, and as such, both adults and children can benefit from the available treatments they provide. At the Abbotsford Dental Clinic, there are several treatments that reside within this specialized field of dentistry, which include the introduction of orthodontic retainers, braces, and aligner trays. At Abbotsford Dental, we understand the stigma involved with braces, and historically, there was perhaps a justified reason. Braces in more primitive eras of dentistry were highly visible, painful, and ultimately, an uncomfortable form of orthodontic treatment. Modern braces, however, as most things that benefit from new technology and research, are a far more efficient and less intrusive form of treatment, and much more comfortable, while looking less noticeable and easily concealed.

So, essentially, you’re having your teeth aligned while the world is none the wiser. That’s a good combination!

Aligner trays are another discrete and mostly comfortable way of treating your crooked teeth, and since they can be easily removed, they are quite convenient when it comes to the practices and continual nature of good, oral hygiene habits.

Another option that is often overlooked as well, for whatever reason, is the implementation of veneers. If you have crooked teeth but your dentist at Abbotsford Dental is confident that they are merely a cosmetic issue, then they may recommend porcelain veneers to not only provide a smooth and well-aligned look for your teeth and smile, but to restore your confidence with moving forward.

The important of Regular Check Ups

It is a good idea for children to have regular dental check ups, because crooked teeth can often be prevented if their new adult teeth are monitored and properly managed. Regular dental check-ups also have a wide range of benefits for adults too, as they can go a long way in preventing tooth loss and decay, and things that ultimately result in your teeth being crooked. This protocol of being vigilant and aware of your oral health will ensure that your teeth and mouth will remain healthy and free from complication in the years to come.

If you play sports, we at Abbotsford Dental highly recommend you wear a mouth guard to prevent any potential damage to your gums and teeth. By following this simple step, it will help prevent any unnecessary tooth loss, or the possibility of chipping or breaking your teeth. Dentist-fit and professionally custom-built mouth guards offer a far better range of protection than the standard boil and bite that are found in chemists and even supermarkets, and at Abbotsford Dental, we can easily construct you a personalized mouthpiece for ultimate protection.

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Are You in Pain Now?

Need an Emergency Dentist?

Come and visit us here at Abbotsford Dental

Although it might not be an emergency that has your scrambling for the phone or through our doors here at Abbotsford Dental, pain and dental discomfort are things that still need to be properly addressed.

If you’re reading this right now, perhaps you are indeed, sitting in front of your computer or on your phone holding the side of your mouth, wondering the best course of treatment or action.
The good news is, the Abbotsford Dental Clinic is ready when you are.

Obviously, if the pain is unbearable, or it is indeed a dental emergency, it is good to know that the Abbotsford Dental Clinic will be able to assist you and offer immediate, pain-relieving assistance.

Why am I in so much pain?

Dental Emergency Abbotsford Dentist NSWWe at Abbotsford Dental will never trivialize dental pain. We understand perfectly how excruciating it can be, and the desperate need for relief and subsequent treatment. Tooth decay, infection or tooth abscess, a cracked tooth, gum disease, and the notorious and sudden nature of needing a root canal procedure, can all leave your mouth feeling miserable and inflamed and in dire need of a dental professional.

At Abbotsford Dental, we are equipped and ready to tackle your dental problems head on, and that definitely includes relieving any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing right at this moment.

Other Services to Relieve Tooth Pain

If your filling has fallen out, your dental implants need to be looked at or readjusted, if you’re having issues with your dentures, or if you require a form of cosmetic surgery to improve the quality of your life, then one simple phone call to the Abbotsford Dental Clinic will ease your mind and begin proceedings to have you healthy and pain-free again. If you have been needlessly suffering or tolerating a damaged or painful smile, or have tried to ignore dental issues, then perhaps it’s time to come in for a visit and see what we can offer you.

Pediatric Dentistry and More

When we talk about tooth pain and treatment plans, possible dental problems and gum-related issues, we are of course including your children in such a wide and accommodating dental care approach. Our Emergency Dentists at Abbotsford Dental are more than happy, and more than qualified and professionally equipped to work closely with children, allowing our clinic to provide a family-orientated service that both you and your children will comfortable in visiting.

Finally, at Abbotsford Dental, you can rest assured and breathe a little easier knowing that we are always ready to help and ease the burden of tooth pain, especially for those in the Abbotsford, Collingwood, and Fitzroy areas. We cater to a wide range of dental and emergency dental needs, for both you and your children, and will go to the next level every time in order to ensure you leave our clinic happy, healthy, and with a big, beautiful smile.

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