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To pull or not to pull – do I need a tooth extraction?

To pull or not to pull – do I need a tooth extraction?

Tooth extraction is a procedure where a tooth that’s causing pain gets removed from its place in the gum. While many people need a tooth extraction, only few know much about it. To learn whether you need a tooth extraction, chew over this helpful guide.

There are several reasons why dentists will consider a tooth extraction. The most common is when a tooth is impacted, which stops it from growing normally. This is often why many dentists recommend wisdom teeth removal. Another is to make room in the mouth for proper tooth alignment. And one more is when teeth are badly damaged and impossible to repair.

How do I find out if I need an extraction?

Visit Somerset Dental Care for a simple dental exam that will show signs of possible problems. If your dentist suggests a tooth extraction, have the procedure as soon as possible. Leaving the tooth can cause pain, infection, and misalignment. And if your wisdom teeth are the trouble, the only way to avoid discomfort is wisdom teeth removal.

Next, your dentist will X-ray the area to see what treatment you may need.

Once the tooth extraction is over, expect some swelling and pain. This swelling is completely normal and actually part of the healing process, but you can reduce it by using warm compresses to relieve the soreness.

In the first few days after the surgery, choose softer foods and be gentle when brushing near the area of extraction. And throughout the recovery process, be sure to follow your dentist’s directions to avoid any complications that could interfere with your healing and health.

To get the Somerset Dental Care you deserve, call us today on 1300 707 046, or make an appointment.

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Pulp Fiction – can a tooth function without pulp?

Pulp Fiction – can a tooth function without pulp?

Having a toothache can be one of the worst pains imaginable. And leaving it too long only means the pain can become unbearable. So why does tooth pain occur?

The pulp inside your tooth is the tooth’s alarm system. When something goes wrong, such as decay or trauma, the pulp sends out a warning, which you experience as intense pain.

Dental pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue that provides the tooth with nutrients for keeping the tooth alive, healthy, and functioning. As soon as the tooth has fully matured, it no longer needs the pulp to survive.

That means a tooth can function without pulp.

The tooth can get nutrients from surrounding tissue. That’s why the pulp can be removed without causing harm to the infected tooth. This is known as root canal treatment.

During treatment, Somerset Dental Care remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth are cleaned and filled. Once we have cleaned and sealed your tooth, we recommend to protect your tooth with a crown, keeping your tooth in place long term.

Root canal treatment requires three to four appointments, and sometimes if there are many roots to the tooth, you may be referred to an Endodontist, a specialist in root canal therapy.

If you’ve got a terrible toothache, then don’t leave it too long, call Somerset Dental Care on 1300 707 046 and make an appointment today.

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Can teeth get the winter blues?

Can teeth get the winter blues?

With the winter weather here, there is an increased chance for many that they will experience some form of tooth pain as a direct result of the cold. Tooth sensitivity is a common complaint in winter because the drop in temperatures can make the pain we feel from existing issues more severe.

People whose teeth are sensitive feel pain when they eat or drink things that are very cold, hot or sweet, or when brushing. Classic examples of this kind of temperature-induced sensitivity are eating ice cream or biting into an ice-block. Simply breathing-in the cold air on a frosty Macarthur morning can be enough to exacerbate any underlying sensitivity issues.

There are a number of reasons we may feel pain or sensitivity in our teeth when exposed to colder conditions. The problem area that generally causes sensitivity is near the gum margin where the tooth nerve may be exposed because of a receding gum line. This condition requires specialised intervention, as offered by the knowledgeable professionals at Somerset Dental.

We can provide support and relief to those suffering dental pain and sensitivity through a range of services to suit your individual needs. Contact Somerset Dental today on 02 4648 0909 to put an end your teeth’s winter blues.

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Somerset’s Perfect Smile Service: Invisalign

Somerset’s Perfect Smile Service: Invisalign

Somerset Dental provide an extensive range of services that can transform your smile. One way we achieve these excellent results is through the world-renowned Invisalign treatment system.

Invisalign treatments are held to be the industry standard for non-invasive and practically invisible realignment techniques. Invisalign treatments can quickly achieve successful results in correcting crooked, over-crowded or misaligned teeth.

The superior design and realignment capacities of Invisalign treatments make them the ideal solution for those who are looking for a quicker and less obtrusive orthodontic treatment option. The beauty of the Invisalign system is that it is completely appropriate for those who don’t feel comfortable with the negative impact traditional wire braces can have on their appearance. Because Invisalign is virtually unnoticeable, it is easy for a patient to undergo treatment and still carry on with life as normal.

The flexibility of the Invisalign system allows you to take them out when you eat, meaning you can more efficiently clean your teeth before replacing your Invisalign aligners.

The professional team at Somerset Dental can comprehensively advise on whether the Invisalign treatment system is appropriate for you. Contact Somerset Dental today to discuss your needs and establish an effective treatment plan tailored to your circumstances.

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Emergency Dental During the Summer Holiday Period

Emergency Dental During the Summer Holiday Period

It is inevitable that if an emergency is going to take place, it will do so at a particularly inconvenient time. Often we experience dental emergencies when the likelihood of getting an immediate appointment is virtually impossible.

Many of our clients have experienced this exact scenario and have been able to access flexible and convenient relief from their dental emergencies with Somerset Dental. At Somerset Dental, we pride ourselves on our commitment to patient care and this extends beyond the normal appointments schedule.

With the summer season comes a dramatic increase in physical and social activities. This also increases the risk of a dental emergency occurring. Whether it is a tooth accidentally knocked out in the backyard cricket game, or a tooth ache that is exacerbated by sugary, hot or cold foods (in copious amounts), Somerset Dental can help alleviate your dental pain to get you back to your summer fun quickly.

Our emergency dental services cover a range of the most common issues including broken, chipped or knocked out teeth, tooth aches, sore gums, ulcers, or lost fillings. Our dedication to caring service can quickly relieve your pain for the immediate time, as well as prepare for any other more extensive dental work that may need to be done to comprehensively treat your emergency.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, or unsure if you what you are dealing with is an emergency, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly staff as soon as possible on 02 4648 0909.

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Degenerative Drinks: Damaging To More Than Your Teeth

Degenerative Drinks: Damaging To More Than Your Teeth

It is common knowledge that there are a substantial number of drinks on the market that are highly damaging to general dental health. What can be surprising to some however, the far-reaching consequences that over-indulging on these can have not only on your teeth but your entire life.

So how does a drink end up damaging your teeth? There are two key areas; tooth decay caused by sugar, and dental erosion caused by acidity.

Tooth decay is predominantly caused by the bacteria that forms in plaque, leaving a damaging layer over your teeth. The bacteria in the plaque layer are essentially being super charged by feeding on the sugar in sweet drinks, accelerating their damaging effects. The more you drink, the more energy you give these bacteria to attack the enamel on your teeth.

Dental erosion is caused by the high acidity levels found directly in some drinks and foods.  The acidic levels found in these products dangerously drops the pH level in your mouth, causing your natural erosion defences to be weakened. Erosion attacks the tooth even more aggressively than decay, essentially dissolving the protective enamel crystals and exposing the tooth to further damage.

A perfect storm of degeneration happens when the worst offending drinks contain a mixture of both sugar and a high acidity level. Consumption of such drinks can rapidly increase the risk of painful dental issues, leading to the need for extensive, as well as avoidable, dental work.

The Cancer Council of Victoria have released a list of the most sugary drinks currently on the market, showing how our common beverage choices are fuelling the current epidemic of tooth decay in Australia.

Drink Serving size Grams of sugar (per serve) Grams of sugar (per 100ml)
Coca Cola 375ml 40g 10.6g
Coca Cola 600ml 64g 10.6g
Sprite 600ml 61g 10.1g
Fanta 375ml 42g 11.2g
Solo 600ml 72.6g 12.1g
V Energy Drink 500ml 53g 10.6g
Red Bull 250ml 27g 11g
Mother 500ml 52g 10.4g
Gatorade: Fierce Grape flavour 600ml 36g 6g
Powerade: Mountain Blast flavour 600ml 34g 5.7g
Spring Valley Smart Water: Armour flavour 500ml 33g 6.6g
Vitamin Water: Essential flavour 500ml 27g 5.49g
Lipton Ice Tea: Peach flavour 500ml 26.5g 5.3g

Source: http://www.rethinksugarydrink.org.au/how-much-sugar

Damage to your teeth affects much more than the obvious visual aspects of your health. Any damage to your smile impacts on the way you present yourself to world and your overall self-confidence. Keeping your teeth healthy and protected from damage will help ensure that you never feel uncomfortable to smile.

By limiting your exposure to degenerative drinks as well as committing to a dedicated and consistent oral hygiene routine, you can significantly improve the protection of your teeth. Somerset Dental can effectively advise you on the best drinks to consume in order to avoid these issues. Luckily, we can also provide comprehensive treatments and oral hygiene plans to help combat any existing signs of tooth decay or dental erosion.

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Why Dental Crowns Keep Your Smile Looking Good

Why Dental Crowns Keep Your Smile Looking Good

Dental crowns are specifically designed to strengthen or restore teeth after possible decay, root canal, or on a tooth weakened by numerous fillings. They can also be used on discoloured teeth and broken teeth.

The primary use of a dental crown is to help you keep your teeth for as long as possible, maintaining a great smile without missing teeth. A dental crown effectively caps or crowns whatever of the original tooth still remains and can make a large difference in a weak tooth crumbling later, maintaining your tooth for function and looks.

Our expert dentists will recommend a crown to provide greater strength, increased longevity, and better tooth protection. A crown also gives the dentist greater control over the tooth’s ultimate cosmetic appearance.

A dental crown can take several visits. As each crown is built around the size and shape of your tooth, we first need to make an impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth. A temporary filling or crown may be put in place while your final crown is being built and on your next visit your final crown will be fitted.

A dental crown costs more than a filling but considering that they are generally longer lasting, improve the strength of your tooth, and can improve the look of a tooth, the benefits are long term.

Somerset Dental Care will recommend a personalised treatment plan for you, recommending the best option for keeping your smile looking good. If you are unsure of whether a dental crown is right for you, call the team today to organise a consultation – call 4648 0909.

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Root Canal Therapy For A Lasting Solution

Root Canal Therapy For A Lasting Solution

Root canal therapy is recommended and necessary when a tooth becomes irreversibly damaged, often from a deep cavity, cracked tooth, or a severe tooth injury.

Endodontic treatment, the procedural name for root canal treatment, fixes problems in the tooth’s soft core or dental pulp. Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulp had to be extracted. Today, root canal treatment can save teeth with compromised or even dead pulp.

Root canal therapy is a process in which a tooth’s pulp is removed when it gets perished. Pulp is a small thread like tissue in the centre of the tooth. Once it gets damaged the dentists removes the remaining space and later clean it, shape it and filled it.

Treatment may require up to three appointments. During treatment, we remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth are cleaned and filled. Sometimes, if there are many roots to the tooth, we might refer you to an endodontist, a specialist in root canal therapy.

To keep the tooth protected, fitting a crown over it is really necessary. With this treatment our dentists can save your tooth which was not possible in earlier times.

If you are concerned about the health of your teeth, our friendly Narellan dentists are available 6 days a week – Monday through Saturday – with quick appointments available for patients with severe tooth pain or problems.

Contact our dental clinic in Narellan on 02 4648 0909.

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5 Common Dental Problems in Children

5 Common Dental Problems in Children

Proper oral care begins during childhood. By encouraging the appropriate habits during your child’s childhood you can prevent dental complications and orthodontic treatments such as braces when they’re older. That’s why it’s important to catch common dental problems in children as early as possible – to ensure that they don’t grow into more substantial issues down the road. So, what are some of the most common dental problems faced by children?

 1. “Baby Bottle” Tooth Decay

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay occurs when a baby’s teeth is in constant contact with sugars from foods and drinks, or when breastfed babies fall asleep with unswallowed milk in their mouth. This can cause tooth decay on your child’s baby teeth which can pause tooth pain and accelerate the pace at which the child’s baby tooth falls out which can lead to issues with the growth of permanent teeth.

2. Lack of Proper Oral Care

Life doesn’t mimic the movies, so we understand that reminding the children to brush their teeth doesn’t always get the job done. However, it’s important to instil a sense of importance regarding oral health at a young age. Ensuring that you keep to a routine when you are brushing your toddler’s teeth and encouraging that routine as they become independent enough to do so is a simple way to ensure your child picks up the right oral health habits.

3. Thumb Sucking

If your child continues to suck their thumb beyond the age of five – when their permanent teeth are due to grow – dental problems in the form of overbites, jaw misalignment, and a malformed mouth roof can occur. Speech impediments may also arise.

4. Tongue Thrusting

Tongue Thrusting is when your child swallows their food or drink by thrusting the tip of the tongue against the lips. This exerts pressure on the teeth which can cause them to misalign which creates an overbite. Much like thumb sucking, speech impediments can arise in children who tongue thrust.

5. Early Tooth Loss

The loss of baby teeth too early can cause a number of issues for the development and alignment of permanent teeth, and usually occurs due to one of the other common issues listed here. The early loss of a tooth can also occur to lack of space in the jaw or an injury from play.

These dental problems are known by dentists, and can be alieved or treated if they are found early during childhood development. For preventative tips from our expert dentists, contact Somerset Dental and receive great dental health advice that will keep you out of the dentist’s chair.

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