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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Crown?
Dental Crowns (also referred to as ‘tooth caps’) cover over and encase the tooth on which they are cemented. Dentists use crowns when rebuilding broken or decayed teeth as well as teeth that have been root filled. It will help protect the tooth below the crown to prevent further breakages and also as a method to improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth.
Crowns are manufactured in a dental laboratory by a dental technician who uses moulds of your teeth made by the dentist. The type of crown your dentist recommends will depend on the tooth involved and your preference. They include porcelain, porcelain bonded to metal (which combine the appearance of tooth coloured material with the strength of metal), gold alloy and acrylic crowns.
Can I protect my mouth if I smoke?
Why are mouth guards recommended?
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign allows you to improve your smile without most people knowing you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. It a system that uses a series of custom-made, clear aligners. These aligners are smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. These aligners gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. The aligners can be removed by patient, allowing for patients to eat, floss and brush normally. Average treatment length is about 18 months.
When is the best age to bring your children to the dentist for the first time?
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Why do dental rebates differ from health funds?
Assessors from health funds determine the level of rebate for individual dental items. There is a balance between the rebate and the level of premium you pay, the type of cover and other factors such as waiting periods, annual limits and promotional offers. Most health funds have fixed rebates for treatments irrespective of the actual fees charged. The rebates are not generally designed to have full cover. Most schemes do not include all treatment items and some may not even be covered.
What is Periodontal Disease?
If this disease progresses to advance stage of periodontal disease (irreversible) gums may recede away from the teeth. This then causes pockets between both the teeth and gums, eventually causing dental bone loss and supportive tissues.
The symptoms of periodontal disease:
. Pain while chewing and brushing
. Bleeding gums when brushing your teeth
. Bad breath or bad taste
. Red, sore and swollen gums
. Loss of teeth
. Build of calculus
. Gum receding from teeth
. Teeth sensitivity to cold and hot
Some people are much more at risk of developing periodontal disease. Smoking is one of the major risk factors, others are diabetes, stress, pregnancy and various medications.