What we can do for you?
At the Balnarring Dental Centre there is almost nothing in dentistry we do not do. We do it all, from muscle relaxants to preventative care and full cosmetic make-overs. Rather than tell you the thousands of things we can do for you, here is a list of common issues we can solve. We have the best professionals that are highly trained, gentle and experts in solving these common dental problems.
If you have any of these issues please call us on 5983 5348 and allow us to resolve them for you.
We often take our pearly whites for granted… until something breaks and then it is the only thing we can think about. Teeth undergo a lot of wear and tear through daily use while eating, chewing and talking. In addition to this some of us also grind or clench our teeth or have lots of dental fillings which weaken the teeth and reduce their lifespan. Broken teeth may or may not hurt depending on the type and size of the fracture and how close it came to the nerve. Regardless of the size, if left untreated it will eventually lead to further damage to the tooth structure and the nerves. Soon enough the tooth becomes infected and sore.
Missing a tooth?
Pulling teeth out used to be a common dental procedure which left many people with missing teeth and afraid to return to the dentist. Thankfully we now have the technology and skills to preserve teeth so you can keep them for life. Having a missing tooth is a bit like having a player missing from a sports team. The other team members will continue to play and may even win, but they have to work that much harder to get there. Having missing teeth, means that the other teeth take a lot more pressure from daily chewing, and are more likely to break. Unfortunately many people find themselves in a vicious cycle of having more and more teeth removed, but it all started with just having one missing tooth.
We often get asked about crooked teeth because not only do they look out of place, they can also contribute to plaque traps between teeth. This, in turn, leads to dental decay, gingivitis, bad breath and premature tooth wear, not to mention they are a nightmare to floss.
Scared of the dentist?
Fear of visiting the dentist is not uncommon and is often a result of childhood trauma and anticipation of possible pain. When you visit the Balnarring Dental Centre we take this seriously and do everything we can to help you overcome your fears. We pride ourselves in being caring and gentle with every person we see.
A sore tooth means the body is telling you something is wrong and needs urgent attention. Leaving the ache and hoping it gets better on its own does not work with teeth like the rest of the body. This is because teeth have delicate nerves inside them and once they are damaged the tooth begins to dye. If you find the ache goes away and then comes back again it may mean that the tooth has already died and now the body is starting to reject the tooth, causing an infection.
Teeth become discoloured with time due to age, diet and habits such as tobacco use. On the other hand some of us are born with darker teeth but that does not mean they have to stay discoloured for ever.
Many of us had mercury or metal fillings when we were younger. Technology has changed dramatically since then and we now have many more dental material options to choose from. Just like other metals, metal fillings erode with time leading to hidden dental decay and cracks in teeth. It is no wonder that most people are now choosing to replace their unsightly metal fillings with tooth-coloured fillings.
Dental decay and cavities can often present as black spots on teeth. Dental cavities will not always hurt or feel sensitive because it depends on how close they are to the nerve of your tooth. Unfortunately by the time they give you a toothache it may be too late to have a conservative filling.
Calculus build-up appears as yellow or dark stains on teeth and is rock hard. No matter how hard you try it will not come off with a toothbrush or floss and that is because it consists of hardened bacteria colonies. It begins as soft furry plaque and hardens with time, leading to gingivitis, gum disease and bad breath.
Cracks in teeth?
Teeth can crack due to weakness in the tooth structure, a bit like a house with damaged walls that crumbles under extreme weather. Heavily filled, worn or root-canaled teeth have been scientifically proven to be more prone to fractures and cracks. Once the crack begins it is similar to a chip in a windscreen and can split even with just a slight bump in the road. At any moment the tooth can split in half, even while eating something soft and innocent.
Jaw pain or headaches?
By the time you are feeling jaw pain you are fatiguing your facial muscles and possibly causing irreversible damage to the jaw joints. The jaw joint is similar to the knee joint as it has a thin layer of cartilage between two bones. If you imagine jumping up and down on concrete thousands of times a day every day you can imagine the damage and wear the knee joint would take. This is what happens if you clench or grind your teeth. Most of the time however this pain is not present until the damage is extreme. Headaches in the temple regions or between the eyes can be an indication of muscle over-work that may be caused by teeth clenching or grinding. In fact most people that clench and grind their teeth will swear black and blue that they don't. Research has shown that a night or day of clenching or grinding equates to 7 days of normal use. So your teeth can be seven times as old as you are.
If you have discovered that your gums bleed while brushing or flossing it is a good idea to have them thoroughly checked. Some people assume that this may be normal or that their gums are bleeding because they have flossed or brushed too hard. Unfortunately this assumption is incorrect because healthy gums do not bleed even if you brushed or flossed too hard.
Bad breath is usually a result of plaque or bacteria build-up on teeth. As bacteria sits on the teeth and gums it leads to gingivitis and bad breath.
Teeth are worn over time due to normal use, habits such as teeth grinding or clenching, as well as due to having missing teeth and deep or heavy bites. Teeth wear can lead to misshaped looking teeth, sensitivity or nerve damage.
Snoring? Wish you were able to sleep in peace
Wish you could sleep in peace? Snoring reduces the quality of sleep you and your partner need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. One of the most common causes of snoring is the tongue in the back of the airway. It vibrates as you breath in and our causing the distressing snoring sound that keeps you awake all night long. In severe cases this can restrict airway into the lungs and can cause sleep apnea which has been shown to increase medical risks and decrease life expectancy.
Wrinkles are a sign of ageing and occur due to increased muscle activity. As the muscles get stronger they wrinkle the skin causing deep lines. This may be an indication of underlying stress and muscle tension.