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Wisdom Teeth Surgery and Removal: What to Expect In Older Teens & Young Adults

Wisdom Teeth Surgery and Removal: What to Expect In Older Teens & Young Adults

Learn more about the before, during, and after process of wisdom teeth extraction

Wisdom teeth are a weird and wonderful milestone. When these additional teeth begin to protrude through the gums, it can be painful and uncomfortable, at which point you may need a wisdom teeth specialist.

Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common dental procedures people undertake in young adulthood. While not a problem for all people, wisdom teeth can be troublemakers for many, especially if there’s not enough space for them.

If you have started to experience pain as your wisdom teeth emerge and need advice and extraction, we can help. Contact us today at Hawthorn Road Family Dental clinic to arrange a consultation or request your next appointment online.

When will wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that grow at the very back of your mouth behind your molars. Wisdom teeth are commonly expected around the ages of 18 to 24 years. At this age for some, they partially or fully break through the gum. For others, they will stay inside the gum and not be an issue.

As with any type of teething, the emergence of wisdom teeth can make it painful to chew or swallow. It may also involve swelling and perhaps gum inflammation. It’s important you check in with your dentist if this starts, so they can assess whether you need to have them removed.

Reasons for wisdom teeth removal include:

  • Not enough space in the mouth
  • Pressure on nearby teeth, bone and root structures
  • Growing sideways or trapped beneath the gum
  • Infection or inflammation

What can I expect during wisdom teeth removal?

If one or more wisdom teeth start causing problems or pain, they may need to be extracted. Depending on whether they have already come into the mouth or are still deeper inside the jaw, surgery may be necessary.

The procedure itself involves the widening of the tooth socket and the loosening of the tooth with dental forceps. The tooth is then extracted and the incision is closed with dissolving stitches.

Wisdom teeth are typically removed under local anaesthesia. This blocks the pain during the extraction and you remain awake. General anaesthesia may be used for more complex procedures which occurs in a hospital. In this case you will be asleep during the procedure.

What happens after I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Most people have swelling around their mouth or cheeks after surgery and can’t fully open their mouth for several hours, or perhaps a few days.

There can be some pain after the wisdom teeth are removed, and using painkillers is common while the mouth heals. Sometimes holding an ice pack against your cheek is advised to help reduce swelling.

The healing process can be affected by activities and diet, post-surgery. The dentist or surgeon may suggest things like avoiding hard foods, hot drinks, fruit juices, smoking, and strenuous activities, until the mouth has healed.

Sometimes the gums can become infected post surgery, so it’s important to follow post-removal instructions and properly take care of your mouth while it heals.

At Hawthorn Family Dental we offer exceptional care, consideration and support, at all stages of the wisdom teeth removal process. Our dentists are approachable and offer easy to understand advice, so you can make the best decisions for your dental health.

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It is important to keep track of your wisdom teeth’s progress and have your teeth checked regularly. If left untreated, wisdom teeth can cause a number of issues in the mouth so it’s best to know your options as early as possible.

To make an appointment for wisdom teeth assessment and treatment contact Hawthorn Family Dental in Caulfield today. Our highly skilled dental practitioners will provide friendly and professional advice.

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How dental fillings help protect your teeth from further decay

Learn how restorative dentistry today, can protect your teeth tomorrow

Restorative dentistry is the repair of your teeth, so they stay in shape, function properly and continue to look great. Tooth decay and damage affects even the most diligent brushers. A tooth filling or implant can be daunting but delaying treatment can mean more problems down the track.

Our advice? Nip it in the bud. It’s often a quick fix and your smile will thank you. Whether you require a dental filling, implant or general check-up, Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic is here to assist. Contact us today and speak with our friendly staff to arrange your next consultation.

What is restorative dentistry?

Even though our teeth are astoundingly strong, they are not indestructible. Regardless of our age, tooth decay and damage is almost inevitable. Restorative dentistry refers to the procedures used to repair or replace your teeth. The aim is to protect your natural teeth as much as possible and promote all round oral health for years to come.

Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic offers a range of treatment options for restoring worn, decayed, damaged or missing teeth including:

At our state-of-the-art clinic in Caulfield, we offer the latest in technology, equipment and expertise to suit your individual needs.

Does restorative dental work benefit my teeth and oral health in the future?

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Looking after our teeth and restoring them when necessary is a lifelong process. The beauty of restorative dentistry lies in the mitigation of long-term problems. Restoring a decayed, damaged or missing tooth can provide benefits such as:

  • Relief from pain or discomfort
  • Improving the appearance of your teeth
  • Protecting the structural integrity of your teeth
  • Protecting the function of your teeth

You can think of restoring your teeth like restoring a house. If you fix minor issues as they arise, they are less likely to snowball into larger, more costly problems. And, just like our house, we want our teeth to be structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing, too.

What happens if I don’t seek treatment when my teeth are in a deteriorating state?

It’s worth considering the immediate and long-term implications of untreated tooth decay and damage. In the short term it might mean pain, discomfort, avoiding certain foods or sensitivity. But long-term it might mean infection, further deterioration and worse-case scenario losing a tooth altogether.

For example, if a cavity is left untreated it will almost certainly get worse. The decayed part of the tooth can spread and eventually effect the root of the tooth. This may lead to a blackened or dead tooth, which can then fall out.

When decay spreads to the supporting tissues of your teeth this is known as periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases are unpleasant and may involve:

  • Gum recession
  • Inflammation around the tooth
  • Dental abscesses and infections
  • Deterioration of bone, gum and tissue

The good news is that regular dental check-ups will allow your dentist to detect cavities in their early stages. Early detection and early treatment will usually mean a tooth filling is all that is required. This way the more serious problems can be averted.

What are the costs of restorative dentistry?

When deciding on a course of action for restorative dentistry, an initial consult will enable us to consider whether and what type of treatment is necessary. We can also discuss the associated costs of the various options and your budget.

We understand each patient is unique and the individual services required may vary. At our Caulfield clinic we take the time and care to tailor our services to fit your personal aesthetic, functional and budgetary needs.

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Hawthorn Road Family Dental is a family friendly clinic committed to affordable and accessible oral health care. Our highly qualified and technically experienced practitioners are dedicated to helping patients overcome their dental concerns.

Take control of your oral health today and call or email us to book your next appointment. Alternatively get in touch via our website to arrange a consultation.

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How To Care For Your Porcelain Veneers

You love your new natural-looking smile and investing in porcelain veneers was a worthy investment. Want to keep smiling for as long as possible without landing up back at the dentist? Make sure you give them the proper care to prevent wear and tear from damage.

  • Avoid biting on hard items

Biting on inedible items such as pens can wear down your porcelain veneers and cause irreparable damage over time. Take note of any unconscious biting habits you might have and actions that can crack your teeth.

  • Treat your veneers to a professional polish and clean

A professional polish every few months will preserve the lifespan of your veneers. Dentists use high-quality products and utilise specialised equipment and cleaning techniques to ensure a thorough clean.

  • Reduce drinking teeth-staining drinks and using tobacco products

Certain foods and drinks increase the chances of your teeth and veneers staining. These include red wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks. Cigarettes and tobacco products are also commonly found to stain veneers.

  • Opt for high-quality whitening toothpastes

A non-abrasive toothpaste that includes a natural whitener as a key ingredient (such as baking soda) is effective for protecting your porcelain veneers from discolouration.

  • Have a night-time mouth guard fitted to prevent you from grinding your teeth

Grinding your teeth during sleeping is a cause for concern as it wears down your veneers, leaving the underlying area at risk for contact with harmful bacteria. Protect your veneers from the effects of grinding by having your dentist provide you with a night-time mouth guard.

  • Wear a mouth guard when playing sports

Certain sports (rugby, basketball) and activities put your veneers at risk. Wearing a mouth guard protects your mouth and teeth from potential trauma and the expense from having repair any damage caused.

  • Maintain an effective brushing and flossing routine

Even with veneers, without proper brushing and flossing, your mouth is still at risk of developing gum disease. Take care not to be aggressive in brushing or flossing as this can chip the veneer. A dentist can advise on suitable products to use and techniques to apply.

A regular check-up at the dentist is necessary to ensure your porcelain veneers are in excellent condition. Our dentists at Hawthorn Road Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic will provide you with care tips so that you can enjoy your porcelain veneers for a long time. Contact us today!

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How Restorative Dentistry Procedures Can Bring Back Your Smile

Convinced you’ll never smile again? Modern restorative dentistry procedures give back hope to those who thought they’d never be able to once again show off a brilliant smile. A range of treatments can not only restore a confident smile but improve your oral health and the function and appearance of your teeth.

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry, is the term used by dental professionals to define the practice of studying, diagnosing and assessing damaged or missing teeth and their supporting structures. With the help of the latest imaging technology, a dentist can determine the ideal restorative dental procedure to restore the functional and aesthetic requirements of the individual.

Here are some of the most commonly used and effective restorative dentistry procedures you could benefit from:

  • Dental fillings

If the damage to your teeth is mild, you may only require a filling or two. Dental fillings seal off your tooth cavity and protect it from further decay. They can be made with a range of materials, ensuring you find the exact colour match for your teeth.

  • Dental implants

Have you stopped smiling because you’re embarrassed about a few missing teeth? Dental implants are fast becoming the first go-to restorative procedure to fill in gaps left by lost teeth. This is mainly because the benefits are natural looking and long lasting. Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw to act as a substitute for both the root and tooth.

  • Dental crowns

Dental crowns are used to cover teeth that are broken, damaged or heavily stained. These are made of tooth-coloured porcelain material so that they appear natural looking. Once your dentist has cleared away decay, a dental crown is placed over the top of the tooth.

  • Inlays and onlays

Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or cracked and fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged to need a crown. They are durable, and prolong tooth life, preventing the need for more dental treatment in the future.

  • Full or partial dentures

Dentures are a cost-effective, non-permanent restorative method for those who need to replace numerous missing teeth or a full mouth of teeth. With the support of dentures, patients can eat their favourite foods once more without the worry and distress of them falling out as they are purposefully shaped to fit your mouth.

Let our experienced dentists at Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic give you your smile back. We provide high-quality oral care, from restorative dental implants to preventive dentistry. Schedule a consultation today and look forward to your renewed smile.

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Why you Should Get Invisalign Aligners Instead of Braces

For many who do not have a naturally straight smile, you might be considering having orthodontic work to correct it and been recommended braces. Nobody wants ugly braces that make you look like you have a pair of metal chompers for teeth. Moreover, food particles can easily get stuck in them and are generally much harder to clean.

What is Invisalign?

 Invisalign aligners are invisible custom-made orthodontics that help in rectifying various degrees of misalignment instead of using traditional braces. It is a clear computer generated mould created from the impression of the patient’s teeth making them unique to each individual. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, a patient may be required to use them for approximately 20 hours a day for a period of six to over eight months (or as recommended by your dentist).

Here are some great reasons to get Invisalign aligners instead of braces:

  • Comfort

Unlike traditional orthodontic braces that consist of uncomfortable metal wires causing irritation to the gums and teeth, Invisalign aligners are made up of gentler plastic material. Your dentist will ensure they are adjusted to fit your mouth to minimize pain and discomfort but minor adjustments are made to address the misalignment.

  • Food restrictions

Traditional braces have lots of nooks and crannies where food particles can get lodged and give rise to other dental issues. This is one of the reasons why patients are discouraged from eating certain foods making the experience even worse. With Invisalign, you can continue to eat all of your favourite foods while clean your teeth as normal. These braces are removable which means there is no trapping of food substances in them. Just make sure to give them a quick clean after each meal and put them back on immediately.

  • Barely noticeable

As they are made from clear plastic, the aligners are barely visible and won’t impact your personal appearance. People will hardly know you’re wearing them! Now you can laugh and smile with confidence no matter where you are or when posing for a picture with friends or family

  • Reduced treatment period

On average, it takes around 12 months to produce the desired results. This is, of course, depends on your teeth not being severely damaged. Braces can sometimes take up to 2 years to straighten teeth.

  • Completely removable for easier cleaning

Invisalign aligners are designed to be easily removable whenever you need to take them off, especially when brushing and flossing. Run them under lukewarm water, brush your teeth as normal and you’re done! This helps in maintaining regular oral hygiene and fewer visits to the dentist. However, it’s recommended that you wear them for 20-22 hours a day to ensure they provide the optimum results.

  • Reduced damage to teeth and gums

Since there are no sharp edges or protruding bits of metal that may scratch the delicate gum and cause damage, you don’t need to be too cautious and can focus on living life.

Think this might be the ideal option for you? Get Invisalign aligners and experience the amazing benefits of stress-free maintenance, the ability to eat confidently and a relatively quicker period to restore a new winning smile.  Make an appointment with one of our experienced dental practitioners and drive down to Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic today!

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What Is A Root Canal And Why Might You Need One?

Have your teeth been giving you trouble lately? Perhaps you can no longer have coffee or ice cream without feeling pain. Some teeth might feel sore when touched, and you might see swelling in the gums near the offending area. All signs point to you requiring endodontic treatment – more commonly known as a root canal. While this is a term that fills most people with dread, learning what causes it and how much the procedure has advanced will give you the confidence to book an appointment with your dentist.

  • Causes of root canal pain

Unchecked damage, disease and decay can erode the outer layers of your teeth, causing your inner tooth pulp and roots to become exposed and infected. When this happens, the exposed nerve will cause discomfort until the infected pulp is removed and a crown or restoration is placed over it. Once this is done you’ll be able to eat, bite and chew freely as you did before.

Many things can lead to you needing a root canal treatment, but only a dentist will be able to tell you exactly what you can do. Diagnosis is usually done with an X-ray, and if it indicates that treatment is needed, your dentist will discuss your options with you before proceeding.

  • What’s the procedure like?

An emergency root canal may require two or more visits depending on the complexity of the case and the infection. Your tooth’s crown will be opened, and the infected pulp removed. The resulting gap will be cleaned and shaped before being filled with cementing material. At this point, you might need to get a crown or complex restoration to protect your tooth and prevent fracturing.

  • Don’t delay treatment!

Most people are more apprehensive about the root canal itself than the actual inflamed tooth. This is because, in the past, root canals had a reputation for being drawn out and very painful. Like all dental services, it’s very different today compared to what it was like years ago. The actual procedure doesn’t take very long and is only performed under anaesthetic. Once the procedure is over, you might feel some pain while it heals, but it will be nowhere as bad as how you felt before your treatment.

At Hawthorn Road Family Dental Clinic, we perform root canal procedures as well as other general dentistry services. Contact us to book an appointment today.

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