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The Veneer and crown replacement specialists!

 

Despite our best efforts our teeth can still suffer from unseen unfortunate circumstances. Maybe a nasty sporting injury or an unforeseen accident has left your smile looking not exactly how you might wish it would. Or, perhaps there’s something about your smile that you would really like to change, something that’s always been there; something that is affecting your confidence? That’s where we can help!

 

Third Avenue Dental is Perth’s veneer and crown replacement specialists.

 

We don’t want your experience to be an anxious one, so we take the right steps to ensure comfort without compromising efficiency. We aim to deliver dentist appointments that you actually want to go to..but, how do we achieve this? We’re glad you asked! Our experienced team makes sure that your experience isn’t one to be dreaded, rather, a comfortable and enjoyable one.

Want to know a little more about Third Avenue Dental’s superior veneer and crown replacement services? Look no further! See our services below:

 

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What is a crown replacement?

A crown replacement is a dental cap that is placed over a weakened tooth to prevent further fracturing and decay.  Crowns can also be used to protect a tooth after a root canal or they can replace a misshaped/discoloured tooth. Crowns are more of a whole tooth replacement.

How do we replace a crown?

To design and fit a crown onto your tooth will require multiple appointments (2-3 is recommended!). It will need to be shaped and fitted. You want to make sure that your dentist is highly skilled and experienced as it is a complicated procedure that demands the highest level of professionalism and experience. On the final appointment, you will be fitted with your replacement.

We pride ourselves on our superior crown replacement services, and our expertise is derived from years of practical experience and it catered to crown replacement.

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Veneers

What is a veneer?

Veneers are thin porcelain covers for your teeth that are used as smaller patch replacements. Covering smaller imperfections that are perhaps more noticeable to the naked eye. including

  •      Chipped teeth
  •      Broken or fractured teeth
  •      Crooked or misaligned teeth
  •      Gaps between teeth

 

Chipping a tooth can be very daunting, such a dramatic and swift change to your face is scary. Luckily fixing it is what we do best. Third Avenue dental can fix a chipped tooth with just one affordable quick appointment.

 

Don’t stress about having to cover your mouth or avoiding food. Make an appointment with Third Avenue Dental with the assurance that your smile will be restored to its normal form by the time you leave.

 

Prevention

All dentists may sound like a broken record, but hear us out…solid dental hygiene is key! it will prevent further deterioration. Also the habit of regular cleaning will stem into other areas of your life making you more aware of your mouth health. Brush twice a day and floss regularly and make sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular check-ups.

 

Remember to protect your teeth if you’re engaging in any contact sports such as rugby or basketball. Injuries can happen at any time and a mouth guard is the best way to protect your teeth.

 

If you need help with choosing the right product that fits your mouth comfortably, the team at Third Avenue will be able to guide and help you. Get in touch with the Third Avenue team today!

 

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What is Sleep Dentistry? (And Why It Might Work For You!)

We all know someone who is completely afraid of going to the dentist.

We know that some of you will ignore a toothache until the pain becomes intolerable. We want you to be motivated to take excellent care of your teeth and enjoy your recommended/regular six-month check-ups.

Here at Third Avenue Dental, we offer dental care to soothe any nerves you may have about your visits…

For those of you who avoid the dentist chair, Sleep Dentistry might be the option for you. It is a method of administering a controlled amount of sedative medicine before or during a dental procedure, helping to reduce any dental anxiety and create a calm experience for the patient. From standard cleanings to root canals or wisdom tooth extraction, there is a form of sedation that will alleviate your fears!

 

There are several levels of sleep dentistry. Including:

 A minimal level of sedation- you may awake but feel relaxed.

 Conscious or moderate level of sedation- you may not remember anything

 Deep level of sedation- you are awakened but on the edge of consciousness.

 General Anaesthesia- a complete unconscious stage.

 

At Third Avenue Dental, our patients’ comfort is our priority, and we offer a range of services in sleep dentistry, ranging from IV sedation to oral conscious sedation, laughing gas or inhalation sedation to ease them into the experience.

We’ll get into each type of sedation methods in a moment, but first, here are a few other reasons why sedation dentistry might be right for you:

-Complexity of procedure

-Psychological or Physiological reasoning

 

What Kind Of Sleep Dentistry Should I Choose?

There are a variety of forms of Sleep Dentistry, and choosing the right one for you is important as well as makes sure that you are as comfortable as you can be when the time comes to have the procedure. They include:

 

Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide) is a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen that you breathe in through a mask placed over your nose to help you relax. Our dentists control the amount you receive. This form of sedation tapers off quickly.

 

Oral Conscious Sedation is in the form of a prescribed pill that is taken about an hour before your dental procedure. With this form of sleep dentistry, you remain conscious and completely aware of your surroundings in a very calm and relaxed state. Many patients find their experience to be anxiety free!

 

IV Sedation allows you to sleep deeply in an unconscious state where you will not be awakened until the effects wear off or medication is used to reverse it. A certified dental anaesthesiologist then administers the anaesthesia.

To out more about your sleep dentistry options, to see if you’re eligible or simply to submit a dental enquiry, book a consultation with your dentist at Third Avenue Dental Centre today!


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A Guide To Getting Dental Implants

If your smile doesn’t have a few gaps in it, you’re actually a rarity: Most Australians are missing at least a few teeth, and as Australians get older, their number of teeth tends to steadily shrink. Unfortunately, missing teeth aren’t just an aesthetic problem. Tooth loss actually has larger implications for your oral health, and even your overall health.
That’s why many people choose to replace their missing teeth with dental implants. Implants are a safe, proven way to correct for tooth loss. Each implant is rooted into your jawbone, just like a real tooth, and has an attractive, durable crown so it blends right in. Implants work just as well as real teeth, look just like real teeth, and best of all, they can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
The dental implant procedure doesn’t have to be an arduous process, and can be achieved in four pretty simple steps;

Register For A Consultation

Before anything else, our dentist will consult with you about your goals. We will also perform an oral exam to make sure that your oral health is good enough for implants. If you have gum disease or other dental problems, it may be recommended that you resolve these problems before moving forward with implants.
Then, with the help of state-of-the-art scanning technology, a comprehensive model of your teeth will be created. This model is the key to the digital dental implant difference — it takes the guesswork out of the implant process, so that your dental implant can be installed quickly and precisely.

Develop A Surgical Plan

Using the 3D model that was created from the scans, we will come up with a surgical plan and then perform a few mock surgeries. This will allow the dentist to completely optimize the procedure, and carefully and precisely design your restorations. Best of all, this can be done in between visits, reducing the amount of time that you’re actually sitting in the dentist’s chair.
This even allows us to show you a 3D simulation of your surgery before it happens, so you’ll know exactly how it’s going to work.

Surgical Guide

Using the surgical plan, your dentist will print a unique surgical guide that is custom created based on the dimensions of your mouth. This guide is the key part of the process that enables a quick, accurate implantation.

Implants & Procedure

Finally, it will be time for the actual procedure. While a traditional implant surgery can take over two hours, digital dental implants can be placed in around fifteen minutes, thanks to the accuracy and efficiency of the 3D printed surgical guide. Plus, digital dental implants are placed with no incision, which means less discomfort and an easier healing process.

 

To out more about your implant options, to see if you’re eligible or simply to submit a dental enquiry, book a consultation with your dentist at Third Avenue Dental Centre today!

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How to care for your dentures

This month at Third Avenue Dental, we’ve decided to take some time to give you a few pointers on exactly how to treat your dentures.

We understand that denture care and maintenance is a tedious and odious thing to do sometimes, which is why we have compiled some easy-to-follow steps so that you can keep a clean mouth and denture unit!

What’s the point of dentures?

Dentures are essentially a rendered replacement for damaged, broken or missing teeth.

When first placed in the mouth, your dentures can feel weird and may take some getting used to, but don’t fear- this is completely normal! As you probably are not used to having them in your mouth and they are not natural teeth, making the whole experience a little bizarre until you are completely used to them.

Your mouth may take some time to acclimatise to the new denture(s) however, be aware that this a normal process.

Be sure to be careful and take extra care when eating, as you may experience some sensitivity in the beginning. Try starting with soft foods like custards, yoghurt or steamed vegetables and take it easy on the hard candies and chewy food.

Try as well to utilise the natural teeth you do have, taking the potential strain off your new artificial teeth, and chew slowly and take smaller bites as to decrease the risk of damaging them

Taking out and putting in your dentures

Your dentist will make sure to show you exactly how you should be putting in and remove your new dentures.

Take the time to get comfortable with the process, ensuring you are able to demonstrate the removal process yourself as you can’t take your dentist home with you!

Be sure never use excessive force or try to pull or push your dentures in too hard- this will only cause damage and will likely result in another trip to the clinic.

Can I sleep with my dentures in?

Dentures aren’t designed to stay in your mouth overnight, so make sure that you take them out before you go to bed each night.  This will allow your gums and mouth to rest and relax, further contributing to your oral health.

Taking out your dentures at night will also reduce the risk of grinding your teeth during sleep, preventing further need for denture replacement.

Dentures need to be cleaned very regularly, as they sit in your mouth, the collect bacteria and plaque just like your natural teeth, however brushing them vigorously can also cause damage, so be sure to clean them with liquid soap and a soft, fine-bristled toothbrush.

Once clean, you can leave your dentures to dry on a paper towel in the bathroom or on your nightstand (to scare the kids!), or in a cup of cold water to rest overnight.

Cleaning and upkeep

As your dentures are not natural teeth, they require a little bit of a different process when ensuring their cleanliness and maintenance.  It is recommended that they are cleaned using soap or dish detergent, as regular toothpaste can sometimes cause damage to any metal or plastic components due to its coarse texture.

Make sure all food scraps and plaque are cleaned off your dentures every day.

Be sure to brush the parts of your gums, the roof of the mouth and your tongue- anything that comes into contact with your dentures to ensure the highest level of oral hygiene.

For particularly concentrated build-up of plaque or tar on your dentures, soak them in white vinegar overnight, and rinse and wipe in the morning, making sure that all of the build-up and debris has dissolved.

Dentures should be well fitted and comfortable when you chew and your breath should be fresh. See your oral health professional if you have any pain or problems with your mouth or dentures or if you need further information on denture cleaning and care.

 

In the event that your denture(s) is damaged, do not attempt to repair yourself as this can likely cause expensive damage to the denture unit. Contact us on (08) 9370 4965 or visit our website at www.thirdavenuedental.com.au to arrange an appointment time.

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What Actually Happens to Your Teeth When You Get Them Whitened?

Teeth whitening has become a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment, as nothing makes you more confident than a picture-perfect sparkling white smile.

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When you’re teeth are well cared for, they will most likely be a healthy, slightly off-white colour. However, certain foods, medications, and lifestyle habits like smoking can cause your teeth to discolour. It’s also not uncommon for your teeth to start to discolour naturally as you age or if you have suffered some form of mouth trauma.

 

Luckily, there are steps you can take to re-invent your smile and minimise the appearance of any natural discolouration. Professional and at-home teeth whitening treatments are the go-to option if you want a whiter smile. But, what do these teeth whitening products actually do to your teeth? We explore!

 

The Real Reason Your Teeth Change Colour

 

When you’re born, your teeth have a natural, fresh layer of enamel that protects them from the outside world. This enamel starts to form when a baby is still just a foetus, and is what gives new baby and adult teeth their white colour.

 

As you get older, this white-coloured enamel starts to wear away. As it does, it reveals the darker tissue that surrounds the nerves and blood vessels in your teeth. Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent this, as even people who adhere to the best oral hygiene practices will inevitably start to lose their natural enamel. As the erosion takes place, your teeth will start to take on a dull grey colour or yellow tinge.

 

Staining also plays a big part in the discolouration of teeth. For instance, regularly drinking coffee, tea and soft drink can stain your teeth, even if you brush and floss, as required. Tobacco, antibiotics (especially when taken by children), and excessive fluoride exposure can also have harmful, lasting affects on your teeth.

How Does Teeth Whitening Actually Work?

 

Most teeth whitening treatments involve the application of some form of hydrogen peroxide solution. At-home treatments usually contain lower doses, while professional dental treatments will have slightly higher concentrations.

 

For at-home whitening, your dentist can provide you with a customised mouth tray (they make this from a mould of your teeth), and a whitening gel. All you need to do is apply some of the gel to the tray and wear it for a few hours each day. Similar treatments to this can be administered in a dental clinic with bleach that has a higher concentration of bleach (roughly 45 per cent).

 

 

Some more advanced whitening techniques even involve what’s generally referred to as a ‘laser light’, where a gel will be applied to your teeth before a light beam is positioned to shine directly over the gel. As you lie back in your seat, the light will penetrate the gel to whiten your teeth. This is made possible because as the light hits the gel it turns into a free radical oxygen that penetrates beneath the enamel on your teeth and attacks the colour pigments. This oxidation process vapourises the pigments within the dentin layer and brightens the tooth from the inside out. For this type of treatment, you will likely need to wear a special shield to protect your gums, but treatment will only take around an hour, and in most cases, your teeth would have whitened by up to ten shades in just one treatment.

 

You can also purchase a range of over the counter whitening treatments, but it’s best to ask your dentist for their recommendations if you’re planning on going down this route.

 

To learn more about the different teeth whitening procedures available and how they work, book a consultation with your dentist at Third Avenue Dental Centre today!

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What Can Actually Ruin Your Smile?

Smiling is undoubtedly one of the most powerful gestures on earth. It is also the centre of your well-being and health. As nearly 50% of people notice each other’s smiles, it is pertinent that you ensure that your smile makes a positive first impression of you. In addition, smiles are not only contagious and can lift the mood of those around you. When you have a great smile, you appear younger too. That’s why it is easy to understand why taking care of your teeth and smile is so important. You brush your teeth and floss twice a day. You even use mouthwash on a regular basis. You should, however, also take note of the things that can ruin your smile during your daily routines. Let’s take a look at some of them:

Sweet and fizzy drinks

By now, you might have already that sugar can cause cavities and that’s why it is highly recommended that you avoid foods and beverages which are loaded with sugar. If you crave the occasional soft drink, you should consider drinking it through a straw. This technique helps reduce the contact on the teeth. After drinking, ensure that you rinse your mouth with water.

Letting your mouth stay dry for extended periods of time

You should note that dry mouth can have a negative effect on your teeth. Saliva is needed to help cleanse acids and bacteria from the mouth that can cause cavities. You are recommended to drink lots of water throughout the day. You can also increase saliva production by using mouthwash after brushing.

Drinking too much tea and coffee

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Coffee and black tea contains tannins which can increase the retention of unhealthy bacteria on tooth enamel as well as cause staining. If these are some of your favourite beverages, be sure to drink lots of water during the day to help flush your mouth of the acids. You can balance the acids by adding milk to your drink as well.

Drinking too much acidic drinks like wine

Routine wine consumption can cause enamel staining and decay because wine is acidic. If you love enjoying a glass of wine in the evenings, it’s highly recommended that you rinse your mouth with water after you are done. Also, avoid swishing the wine around in the mouth excessively.

Making sport drinks your go-to thirst quenchers

Medical research has found that many popular sports drinks are highly acidic pH levels. Just cans after cans of soft drinks, these drinks can eat away at the tooth enamel. The negative effects from all the sugars of the drinks compounds, erodes your teeth, and then increases your risk to tooth decay and cavities.

Maintaining a poor diet

Did you know that poor nutrition and diet can lead to a wide range of health concerns including gum disease and tooth decay? You should counter this problem by making sure you get sufficient folate, calcium, Vitamin C, healthy proteins and Vitamin B.

Need help keeping your teeth white and sparkling? No worries. Simply look for a dental clinic & cosmetic dentistry centre in South Perth to achieve the perfect smile you have always wanted!

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Key Factors To Consider For Denture Relining

At dental clinic & cosmetic dentistry centre in South Perth, patients are able to opt for denture relining to make sure that the denture fit into their mouths properly, even after a time period of usage. Denture relining will also help patients to avoid irritation and speech problems that can be caused by instable dentures. Relining in dentistry simply refers to tissue resurfacing. It is done using a new material to fill the gap between the original outline and the new tissue outline of your denture. Here are some of the key factors that need to be considered for a denture relining procedure:

Border examination

For a patient who has not had a denture in the past ten years or so, the borders will need moulding. In case they look nothing like the initial denture impression, this dictates the starting point for a dental professional. What is needed is a functional vestibule. However, if the denture is unstable or tips easily, the dental professional will need to stabilise it before any moulding takes place.

This can be done by triangulating it. Your clinician will repeat this for the lower denture as well. This increases chances of accuracy in the border moulding which saves a lot of time in any adjustments. In this case, the current denture will be the custom tray.

Roughening the borders

For this to happen, the dental professional will need an acrylic bur to create a clean surface for the sake of the adhesive which will be stuck to it. In case there’s a soft tissue liner in the process of healing, make sure that the dental professional removes as much of it as possible.

Placing the adhesive

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The adhesive and any other heavy body material should be segmentally placed. This should be done from right to left then finally the border that follows.

Impression material to use

You must make sure that your dental professional does not overdo with the impression material. Border moulding only requires the thickness from the tube before you can see the initial set. Once the dental professional puts the denture in your mouth, and the moulding of the muscle begins, then it will automatically better its shape. The trick is to not place it immediately after dispensing it, otherwise, it will tip off, forcing the procedure to be re-started.

Placing venting holes

For the denture base, there should be one hole on the maxillary denture and two more in the tuberosity region. This is important in case there is a flabby tissue on the inner ridge. Venting it will ensure that the tissue is not compressed so much. The holes for the lower denture should be placed on the retro molar pads. One of the holes should be on the midline that cuts across the frontal space.

Light-body material used

Be considerate of how much light-body material is used. The posterior border requires opening pressure and removal of excessive material. Not doing this means the posterior border drops down in the direction of the tongue. Moreover, the thickness of the impression material will be too much. You should be able to feel the difference from before, if your dental professional gets this right.

Completing the procedure

After levelling and seating the posterior border, the dental professional will ask you to gently bite down on the impression material. Your clinician should start by impressing and leaving the upper in place then moving onto to the impression of the lower half. At this point, make sure that you do not open your mouth even a little, and hold up your chin to achieve ideal moulding.

As you can see, the dental procedure has many pressure points that the clinician has to get right. To have denture relining done right, it’s important you opt for a reputed South Perth dental clinic to save you time and obtain the best dental results.

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6 Factors That Can Influence The Success Of Your Teeth Whitening Process

Also referred to as teeth bleaching when a bleaching agent is utilised, teeth whitening is the process of restoring discoloured teeth to their original white hue to make your smile look as good as new. This process is highly effective, and efficiently minimises the appearance of all sorts of discolorations to the surface of your teeth. However, there are a number of factors that can influence the overall result of the teeth whitening procedure.

The Original Colour of Your Teeth

Your teeth’s original colour will ultimately contribute to the final shade. People with teeth that have a greyish shade (usually caused by the antibiotic tetracycline), or brown shades (largely caused by an overexposure to fluoride) often respond badly to most teeth whitening products, especially when compared to those with a yellowish hue. To achieve the desired shade of white, people with either grey or brown hues will need to undergo a number of teeth whitening treatments.

Treatment Duration

If you fail to follow instructions while being treated, the consequences will be less than stellar results. All of the steps in the teeth whitening procedure have a definite timeline that must be followed in order to achieve an optimal result. While in-office whitening can be completed in less than an hour, at-home treatments often require several days, weeks or even months of daily treatments to yield the desired results.

The Type of Teeth Whitening Agent You Should Use

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The teeth-whitening agent you choose will make all the difference when it comes to the effectiveness of your treatment. In-office whitening is a better treatment option when compared to its over-the-counter counterpart, as a shorter amount of time is required to achieve results. Apart from this, better whitening products and tools are used to ensure optimal results. Furthermore, the percentage of whitening agent is more concentrated and higher in in-office treatments, which leads to better results.

Lifestyle Habits

The kind of routine you follow after the whitening process will greatly influence the longevity of your treatment. The use of tobacco products and smoking should be avoided to prevent stains from developing on the treated surface. Acidic and dark coloured drinks such as coffee, wine, tea, and soda also need to be limited to keep any fresh stains to a minimum.

The Condition of Your Teeth

The condition of your teeth will play a large role in how effective, or even possible a teeth whitening treatment is. Teeth with cavities or plaque build up won’t whiten as well as teeth that are free of deposits. Prior to undergoing a teeth-whitening treatment, it is recommended you have your teeth expertly cleaned in order to create a fitting foundation for the tooth whitening products.

Your Teeth’s Surface

Teeth whitening products only work on natural tooth materials, and not on artificial materials, such as caps, porcelain, veneers, and the likes. Surfaces with thicker calcium deposits or enamels also are more difficult to whiten when compared to thinner surfaces. Whitening gels will penetrate thinner tooth surfaces much easier than their thicker counterparts.

If you are not sure which tooth whitening treatment is right for you, simply consult a cosmetic dentist or a knowledgeable general dentist to help you out. The dentist will recommend the best teeth whitening system or option, which will be safe and effective for your teeth. Remember, with the right whitening treatment plan, you can once again smile confidently!

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Why A Tooth Abscess Needs Immediate Dental Attention

Sometimes the tooth gets hurt due to an accident or injury. As a result, bacteria can easily find its way into the tooth’s canal, resulting in an infection. Common signs of tooth infection include swellings, and the prevalence of pus coupled with minor to severe pain. In some instances, the pus may drain out naturally, however, when the pus fails to drain, it may cause a painful swelling. This condition is commonly referred to as tooth abscess. An abscess creates a barrier around an infection, which is your body’s natural response to keep the bacteria from spreading further.

Formation of an Abscess

The amount of time it takes for an abscess to fully develop can vary, but is often very quick with an abscess forming within two days of getting an infection.

This is one of the reasons why you need to act quickly when you get a tooth infection. There are two types of abscess: tooth abscess’ and gum abscess’.

A Tooth Abscess

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A tooth abscess is also referred to as a periapical abscess and mostly occurs inside a tooth. Generally, it occurs after the death of the tooth’s nerve. You can observe this type of tooth abscess by looking at the tip of an infected tooth, which is where the formation occurs before spreading to other parts of tooth.

A Gum Abscess

When there is an infection in the space that exists between a tooth and the gum, a condition referred to as a gum abscess occurs. The condition is also referred to as a periodontal abscess. As you eat your food, particles may get trapped between the teeth and gums, which are the biggest contributors to the development of a gum abscess. In the worst-case scenario, bacteria build-up may extend to the gums and bones.

Dealing with an Abscess

When you get an abscess, you will most likely seek immediate dental attention because the pain can be quite severe. If the condition is not treated immediately, the symptoms can persist for months or even years. An abscess will not go away on its own, so it’s essential you visit your dentist immediately.

If you have noticed swelling on your gum, rinse your mouth with salt water several times a day, as this is an effective method for drawing out the pus and relieving some of the pain before you get to the dentist.

Recommended Dental Treatments

Many gum abscesses will heal after your dentist cleans and treats the infection. A dentist can trace the source of the infection by examining your teeth, and in mild cases, the tooth can be cleaned and treated without any extra dental work. In bad cases, the tooth may have to be removed.

Treating a dental abscess quickly is essential to ensure the pain and damage doesn’t get worst. If left untreated, bacteria can build-up in the gum and pain, which will almost certainly make the pain unbearable.

You can save yourself a lot of trouble and pain by visiting a dentist straight away. Also, keep in mind that using a salt-water solution only helps to draw out pus and reduce pain, but professional dental attention goes a long way to eliminate the tooth abscess for good.

 

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Common Dental Issues You’ll Likely Encounter Before You Turn 30

Given all the gnashing, biting, crunching and chewing that our teeth do on a daily basis, our teeth are surprisingly resilient. Still, daily wear and tear, as well as the natural ageing process, will eventually take a toll if proper dental care is neglected. Also, by the time you hit 30, you will have already gone through several milestones with your pearly whites. Here are some of the common dental encounters you may have experienced so far:

Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are the molars that are located at the very back of your mouth. These teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 to 25. Approximately 80% of the people who have wisdom teeth need to have them removed, as they often have a negative impact on the jaw, surrounding teeth, and bite alignment.

Cavities

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Some people may have gotten their first cavity/cavities when they were kids or as a teenager, while others won’t have any until they hit adulthood. However, by the time you turn 30, chances are you would have experienced at least one cavity.

Unfortunately, regardless of how strict your dental hygiene routine is, cavities can be unavoidable. That being said, you should consult a dentist as soon as you can if there are any cavities that have not been filled yet. If the existing problem persists and there is tooth decay, you might even need a root canal procedure – which is not ideal!

Braces

In Australia, more than 60% of kids wear braces between the ages of 10 and 14 years old. However, many adults, who are well past the age of 30, still seek ways to straighten their teeth with braces. This is usually because their bite alignment and teeth have changed over time, or because their parents couldn’t afford to get them braces when they were younger.

Now that Invisalign has taken off in Australia, many adults are now opting for Invisalign over braces to achieve a straighter smile.

Dental Precautions to Take as You Age

First and foremost, you will want to prevent acid erosion. Sugary and starchy food can be a major threat to your dental health, as they contain carbohydrates that can ferment. When this happens, the bacteria in your mouth will start to produce acids that will inevitably eat away at the enamel on your teeth. This creates tiny pits that can lead to tooth decay. This is why it’s important to try and cut down on sweetened, carbonated beverages as much as possible, because carbonation is one of the biggest dietary contributors to acid in the mouth.

You should also take note of how mechanical your teeth functions are. Your teeth mash, grind and break up food into small pieces to make them easier to digest. In most cases, your teeth are resistant to cracks and chips and they do not become more brittle as you age – contrary to what many people assume. You will just need to take note of what you chew on as root canals or dental fillings are more vulnerable to wear and tear, and can result in chipped or cracked teeth, as they’re not as structurally sound and strong as intact teeth.

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