White fillings (composite) are commonly used nowadays due to their aesthetically pleasing nature. Amalgam, or silver fillings as they are commonly called, are continually being rejected due to their unsightly appearance and mercury component. Amalgam fillings are metal fillings. Metals expand and contract with hot and cold foods and drinks, and your tooth does not flex with these changes, causing micro-cracks. Over a number of years, these micro-cracks turn into more prominent cracks, and eventually, your tooth may break off.
White fillings do not expand and contract with hot and cold foods and drinks, and are ideal for front and back teeth. At our Browns Plains practice, we colour match white fillings to your tooth so that no matter where you need a filling, it will always look aesthetically pleasing appearing like a natural tooth.
When you get a toothache, the first thought is that you will need to have a tooth taken out. This may not always be the case.
Here at Dental Aspects, we try to help ease your pain. The cause of the pain is diagnosed with our latest technology to give you a few different options on how you would like us to proceed. It is always best to keep your own natural teeth rather than taking it out, however in some instances, this may not be the best treatment option for you.
Wisdom teeth commonly cause discomfort in many people, especially young adults. In certain cases, wisdom teeth can grow in unusual ways, causing pain and inflammation. Wisdom teeth require a full mouth X-ray before they can be removed, and referral to a specialist is sometimes necessary.
Many people have very unpleasant experiences with root canal treatments in the past, and based on past experiences, would rather have a tooth extracted than saved. Using our latest technology, the discomfort associated with root canals is minimized; encouraging you to save your tooth in the event it may require this treatment.
An unhealthy tooth requiring a root canal treatment
Root canal treatment is usually required when the tooth is nearly or completely dead. You might experience symptoms such as a hard lump in the mouth (that may or may not be yellow in colour, resembling a pimple), tender when chewing or biting, or most commonly continuous, aching pain that sometimes spreads to other parts of the mouth. When a tooth reaches this stage, the treatment options are limited to either root canals or extractions. It is always best to keep your natural teeth in your mouth as it helps with talking, chewing and helps maintain correct bone height and jaw structure. Losing teeth may be the more affordable option, however in the long run you may suffer more, and will regret your decision. If you think you may need a root canal treatment, talk to our dentist, who will address your concerns and explain all your treatment options with pros and cons of each.
As part of our continued education program, the dentists at Dental Aspects are currently undergoing training in the latest treatment of Temporo-Mandibular Disorders.
The TM Joint (TMJ) refaers to the joint that attaches the lower jaw to the skull, and is responsible for opening and closing the mouth, chewing, talking and so forth. If you grind your teeth, suffer from headaches or a stiff neck, popping or clicking jaw joints, or back pain, then you may currently suffer from an undiagnosed TMJ dysfunction or bruxism.
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