Are Dental X-Rays Dangerous?
It is natural that many people are wary about any x-rays as there is a stigma attached to them regarding exposure to radiation. Not too long ago, every member of the Spa Team wore a radiation sensor device/badge everyday at work for a seven month period. Each month the badges were sent to the radiation testing lab to be assessed. A detailed report was sent to us showing all the readings and the level of radiation was so minimal that there nothing to be concerned about.
Today's patients now receive lower doses of radiation than in the past. This reduction in dose is due to better equipment, faster x-ray films and increased use of digital radiography.
US Studies have revealed that the levels of radiation to which patients are exposed with a single dental x-ray is 0.0067% of the level of exposure from a mammogram or 0.5% of the level of exposure from an aeroplane flight from the equivalent of Sydney to Perth.
As you know, we only take x-rays when it is necessary to do so as X-rays are a vital diagnostic tool in dentistry and assist in providing information about a patient's oral health such as early-stage tooth decay, periodontal disease, infections, problems in surrounding bone or some types of tumours; revealing potential problems in the teeth that simply cannot be observed by the naked eye.
Is dental treatment expensive?
Regular visits to the dentist for preventive care is still the most cost effective way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. In the event of more complicated treatments, quality dental care does have associated costs. We can personalise your treatment to fit your budget and we can also offer payment arrangements if needed.
I have a missing tooth – should I have the gap closed?
Your teeth support and rely on each other. When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can shift out of their normal position. In most cases it is important to try to replace any missing teeth in order to balance the way your jaw bites. If you have several missing teeth, the remaining teeth are under more pressure, which can lead to broken fillings, affect jaw balance and bite problems.
Do children before the age of three need their teeth cleaned?
The first baby tooth will erupt at age between 4-9 months. It is important that a daily cleaning routine should be established. A soft cloth or a soft baby tooth brush can be used to gently rubbing the erupted teeth and gums. Parents should assist the child to clean their teeth up to the age of 7 years old to ensure that it is done properly. Are electric toothbrushes better than the manual brushes? If you brush incorrectly, it doesn’t matter what kind of toothbrush you use. Using the manual toothbrush with good knowledge of how to brush can do just as well as using a power toothbrush. Flossing is just as important as brushing teeth. Food trapped between teeth is the major cause of tooth cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.
How does root canal therapy save the tooth?
Treatment often takes from one to three visits. To save the tooth, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed from the root canal by careful cleaning and shaping of the canal. The canals are then sealed completely to prevent re-infection. Will I feel pain during or after the procedure? With modern techniques and anaesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure. For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. We will advise you as to the best pain relief available.
Why did I lose a tooth?
Tooth decay is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. That is why it is very important to treat dental issues early to prevent a bigger issue later on. We recommend regular dentist visits to help maintain your natural teeth for life. Your dentist plays a pivotal role in your dental education and will instruct you on correct brushing and flossing technique. For more information on how you can care for your teeth better, why not call us today on 3133600 to find out more.
What causes tooth discoloration?
The most common causes of staining include aging along with consumption of staining substances. These substances include coffee, tea, colas, tobacco and red wine to name a few. Certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discolouration. For more information on how you can care for your teeth better, why not call us today to find out more.
What causes tooth decay?
Sugar is the main cause of decay and it is found in many foods we eat and beverages we drink. Bacteria that have settled on a tooth thrive on sugar. Unfortunately when bacteria and sugar get together a chemical reaction occurs that produces acid, which eats away at the enamel of the tooth leading to decay. It is for this reason that it is very important to have regular check ups at the dentist. For more information on how you can care for your teeth better, why not call us today to find out more.
How often should I visit the dentist?
To maintain your oral health it is recommended you visit the dentist every 6 months. For more information on how you can care for your teeth better, why not call us today to find out more.
What are dental implants?
A Dental Implant is a device designed to permanently replace missing teeth. Dental Implants restore full functionality and appearance with a natural looking tooth. The replacement of missing teeth is important to a patient’s oral health and overall well being. For more information on any of our cosmetic procedures why not call us today to find out more.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is the process of removing stains and discolouration from teeth to produce whiter, more natural looking teeth. Their colour is improved through a bleaching process to make them look “whiter” and “brighter”. For more information on any of our cosmetic procedures why not call us today to find out more.
Can teeth whitening work on smoker's teeth?
Teeth Whitening can be very effective for teeth that have been stained by smoking or by consuming staining substances such as coffee, tea, or red wine and also whitens teeth discoloured by certain medications. For more information on any of our cosmetic procedures why not call us today to find out more.
Why do I need a crown?
A Dental Crown is often the best solution to replace large, worn fillings, to repair a tooth that has cracked or has a very large cavity, or for a tooth that has undergone Root Canal treatment. The crown covers and provides increased protection of the natural tooth beneath it. Crowns are also used to improve the appearance of natural teeth that are malformed, wrongly positioned or discoloured. For more information on any of our cosmetic procedures why not call us today to find out more.
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