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Fillings

WHEN DO WE NEED A FILLING?

When our tooth gets damaged due to decay caused by bacteria, or fracture due to trauma a filling is required. The filling helps the tooth to get back to its normal form and function. If the filling is not done on time, it may lead to further breakdown of the tooth. By sealing areas where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps in preventing further decay.

HOW DOES THE DAMAGE OCCUR?

The many foods that we eat daily expose our teeth to materials and substances that have a negative impact on their overall health with time. One way to cut down on the damage caused is by making sure that you follow a regular brushing schedule. Brushing your teeth two times a day, for a minimum of three minutes is highly recommended.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT AND AFTER THE FILLING APPOINTMENT?

On the day, the dentist will perform a few tests to try and determine the extent of the damage. The dentist will then remove all the decay and place a filling. He may or may not numb you depending on the extent of the damage and your preference.

After your filling appointment, you should expect some sensitivity which should go away in a day or two.

At Niddrie Dental Clinic we offer some of the best quality dental fillings. Our staff is highly trained in specialized techniques that allow them to perform your filling efficiently and professionally. If you’re looking to get to the best dentist for nervous patients, then you’re on the right page. Our dentists are gentle and caring to all our patients and take their time with every procedure. We have affordable pricing on many of our procedures, and we are open on the weekends as well. Book Online or call us today at (03) 9374 2244.

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Root Canal Treatment

CAN A TOOTH BE SAVED WITH A ROOT CANAL?

Most teeth can be saved with a root canal treatment. However, if the tooth is left infected for a long time, the decay may have progressed below the gum level, making it impossible to restore the tooth after the root canal. In that case, the best option would be to take the tooth out.

IS IT PAINFUL?

The answer is no; Root canal treatment is done under Local Anaesthesia (numbing), and because the dentist will take out the infected nerve in the first visit you will be out of agony at your first appointment itself.

WHY ARE THERE STORIES ABOUT ROOT CANAL BEING PAINFUL?

Sometimes if you have left the tooth untreated for a long time, you can develop an abscess or rarely an angry nerve which may take additional anesthesia to calm.

WHAT DOES A ROOT CANAL TREATMENT INVOLVE? WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR APPOINTMENT?

A root canal treatment is usually done in three stages. On your first visit, the dentist will numb the tooth and remove any decay and the infected nerve. He will then place medicine and put a temporary filling on top.

On your second visit, the dentist will shape and measure the canals and use solutions to flush out any bacteria before filling the canals at your third visit.
On your third visit, he will then place fillings to fit your perfectly shaped canals and put a permanent filling on top. It is very important to attend each appointment on time. If left too long between stages the tooth can get reinfected which means additional visits to the dentist!

DO I NEED TO PUT A CAP/CROWN AFTER THE ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

Ideally yes, after a root canal treatment your tooth is fragile and weak to support your daily chewing and grinding activities. It is always better to spend some extra money and get a crown made than to one day have the tooth fractured and had lost all the effort, and money spent on saving the tooth.

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Kids Dental Care

HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY CHILD BE VISITING THE DENTIST?

6 monthly visits are recommended.

WHEN DO BABY TEETH START FALLING OUT?

Generally, around the age of 6-7 years, they start to fall out. Do not worry as it happens gradually and by the age of 13 years, all the baby teeth should be gone.

SHOULD I PULL OUT MY CHILD'S TEETH IF IT'S LOOSE?

Encourage your child to remove the teeth however, if it’s painful or unable to remove it easily, you can call us at 93742244 to book an appointment.

ARE X-RAYS SAFE FOR MY CHILD?

We understand that many parents may be worried if the X-rays are harmful to their child but it’s safe. Our dentist will only take X-rays if needed and minimize your child’s exposure to it.

WHAT ARE FISSURE SEALANTS?

Fissure sealants are thin coatings placed over pits or grooves on the tooth to help form a protective layer. This prevents food from getting trapped in those areas hence, reducing the risk of tooth decay.

DOES MY CHILD NEED ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

Our highly qualified dentists are trained in both fixed orthodontic and Invisalign treatment. They will do an assessment and guide you to know if or when any orthodontic treatment is required.

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Wisdom Teeth Removal

WHAT ARE WISDOM TEETH?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth positioned in the upper and lower jaw. They are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth around the age of 18-21 years. In several individuals, the wisdom teeth are not visible because they have become impacted (stuck) under the gum tissue.

DO ALL WISDOM TEETH REQUIRE REMOVAL?

When a wisdom tooth erupts easily through the tissue without compromising the neighboring tooth, the wisdom tooth may be retained in the mouth with little concern as long as the person can brush, floss, and clean it thoroughly. Wisdom teeth are known to play up out of the blue, sometimes in the middle of the night. In that case, our emergency dentist may be able to attend to you. Give us a call on (03) 9374 2244.

WHEN DOES WISDOM TEETH NEED TO BE REMOVED?

  • Wisdom teeth are extracted when the tissue around your wisdom tooth is inflamed or infected. The symptoms of this infection are red, inflamed gum tissue behind the last visible molar, bad taste/smell, pain when biting on back teeth, and sometimes pus oozing and draining from the area.
  • The wisdom tooth can also erupt at an angle such that the neighboring molar can become difficult to keep clean. This complex positioning can cause decay to the adjacent tooth.
  • If the third molar has erupted through the tissue but is without opposing teeth, extraction may still be considered.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO AVOID AN INFECTION?

  • Regular brushing and flossing, using a kids toothbrush or small head toothbrush, help in preventing decay.
  • Rinse after every meal and also rinse with warm salt water rinses to keep the area clean.
  • Routine dental check-ups can help your dentist keep an eye on your wisdom teeth and let you know if they require treatment. Usually, the state of the wisdom teeth changes a considerable measure between the ages of 16 and 23. Thus it is critical that these teeth are inspected by a dental expert regularly to decide the correct diagnosis. Expert dentists at Niddrie Dental Clinic can assist you all the way through.

WHEN TO SEE A DENTIST?

Make an appointment with the dentist if your experiencing pain or discomfort from your wisdom tooth region. The Dentist will have a look and let you know your options. If he suggests to take them out, he will take an X-ray (preferably a full mouth X-ray) to see the position of your wisdom teeth. A general dentist performs most of the wisdom teeth extractions at our clinic. Sometimes you may be referred to a specialist in case of the complex positioning of the wisdom teeth.

We are open for all holidays and weekends, so if you want to get your wisdom teeth removed during the holiday period, give us a call at (03) 9374 2244.

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Dentures

WHAT ARE DENTURES?

Dentures are removable appliances used to replace missing teeth. Dentures help with speech, and chewing, and help give support to your lips and chin as well as improve the appearance of your smile.

There are two types of dentures

  • Partial dentures replace one or several teeth and they can be fabricated using either a cobalt chrome or acrylic base.
  • A full denture replaces the whole set of teeth on the upper or lower arch and is always made of an acrylic base.

WHAT ARE THE STAGES OF GETTING A DENTURE?

Your dentist will assess your needs and thoroughly examine your mouth for suitability for dentures. The dentist will look at:

  • All your existing teeth, checking for mobile teeth as these may have to be removed prior to having new dentures
  • Looking at all existing restorations, fillings, crowns, etc.
  • The health of your gums to make sure there is no infection present.
  • The way your teeth bite together.
  • If you have no natural teeth, assessment of your gums and underlying bones.

It is highly recommended that any teeth with decay or any teeth that require extraction gets treated prior to the denture appointments.

HOW MANY APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE FABRICATION OF DENTURES?

Generally, from 3 up to 5 separate appointments will be necessary as dentures are made in stages.

CAN DENTURES BE MADE QUICKLY AS I DON'T WANT TO STAY WITHOUT TEETH?

There can be an option of an immediate denture, where a tooth/teeth are extracted and the denture is fitted immediately to replace the missing tooth. These dentures are also referred to as temporary dentures and will need to be relined in 3 to 4 months after the extraction with a permanent denture. In some cases, replacement is required. This is an additional cost.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY DENTURES?

To keep your dentures clean and in good condition, you should rinse them after each meal. Brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day using warm soapy water and/or soak them in a denture cleaning tablet such as Polident or Steradent as per instructions.

CAN I SLEEP WITH DENTURES?

We recommend dentures need to be removed at night as this gives your gums a chance to ‘have a rest’.

DO I STILL NEED DENTAL CHECK-UP CONSIDERING I DON’T HAVE ANY TEETH?

Regular dental examinations are important even if you have no natural teeth remaining, we check for any changes in your gums or underlying bone, your tongue, throat, cheeks and lips.

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO WEAR A DENTURE?

Wearing dentures can take a little getting used to, but most people find that they adapt well and eventually forget that they are even wearing them.

WHAT IF I DON’T WANT A DENTURE, WHAT OTHER OPTIONS CAN I CONSIDER?

There are several other options available to replace missing teeth including such as implant placement or dental bridge. These options can be discussed with your dental practitioner.

HOW LONG DO DENTURES LAST?

With proper care and maintenance, dentures can last for several years. However, over time, they may need to be relined or replaced to ensure a comfortable fit.

CAN I EAT NORMALLY WITH DENTURES?

Yes, with practice and patience, you can eat most foods with dentures. However, it is best to start with soft foods.

HOW MANY TYPES OF MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE FOR DENTURES?

Acrylic – This material is mainly used to fabricate full dentures and sometimes partial dentures as well. Acrylic dentures are also used commonly as immediate dentures which are placed right after the removal of teeth. They are not considered as an ideal as well as a long-term solution to replacing multiple teeth.

Metal – Metal Dentures are primarily made of cobalt and chromium and are often called “Chrome Partial Dentures”. These dentures are superior to acrylic dentures regarding strength, durability and feel more comfortable as they can be made in thin sections. Their many advantages make them slightly dearer over acrylic dentures.

Flexible Dentures – Dentures are also made of a thermoplastic material which is more flexible and comfortable however their use is best constrained to replacing one or two teeth. Flexible dentures are however a short-term replacement for missing teeth.

At Niddrie Dental Clinic we use a dental laboratory that makes our dentures locally here in Melbourne itself.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER I GET MY NEW SET OF TEETH?

Dentures are compared to wearing a new pair of shoes. It may seem uncomfortable at first, but they take some time and patience to get used to them. You may need to see your dentist a couple of times or maybe more to get your dentures adjusted. Dentures, also require you to take care of them like your natural teeth.

NEED TO BE SOMEWHERE IMPORTANT AND CAN’T GO TOOTHLESS?

Call us at (03) 9374 22 44 to book an emergency appointment. Our emergency dentist may be able to do something for you as soon as possible! Don’t worry we are open after hours and on weekends*!

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