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We’ve Come A Long Way: how advances in dentistry make maintaining your dental health much more pleasant

We’ve Come A Long Way: how advances in dentistry make maintaining your dental health much more pleasant

With advances in dentistry coming so far, we look at three of the newer dental care procedures and techniques that Somerset Dental Care have brought into our practice.

Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings are the new ‘white’ or ‘tooth-coloured’ fillings that have replaced older silver/metal (amalgam) fillings. These fillings are preferred to alternative filling materials due to their more natural appearance, and can be altered to be a near-identical shade of your teeth.

Composite fillings are made of resin. They are strong, durable, and reasonably priced. They also bond or glue to the cavity, which strengthens the tooth and insulates the tooth from extreme temperature changes.


Invisalign is a nearly invisible braces treatment that features removable aligners that you can take off when necessary. Each aligner is individually made for you. The aligners are changed every two weeks to move your teeth gradually and comfortably, therefore minimising pain. There are many braces options available but none as comfortable or as flexible as Invisalign.

Invisalign is perfect for…

  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Widely spaced teeth
  • Crossbites
  • Overbites
  • Underbites

Invisalign is the popular choice among adults who want to completely transform their smile. This feature makes Invisalign very comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, but best of all – will give an end result of straight teeth.

Endodontic Treatment

Endodontic Treatment, more commonly known as 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, which is the soft tissue in the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.

The most common cause of dental pulp disease is a crack or a deep cavity in the tooth. Bacteria can get inside the tooth through these cracks or cavities, causing the dental pulp to become infected. Pus from the infection can build up at the root tip of the tooth forming a ‘pus-pocket’, or an abscess, inside the jawbone. If an abscess is left untreated, it can damage the jaw and cause serious complications such as septicaemia.

Treatment can 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.

Speak to the expert and friendly team at Somerset Dental 1300 707 046 today for advice on what treatment is best for you to deliver that perfect smile.


Dental filling or dental crown – Are they really that different?

Dental filling or dental crown – Are they really that different?

Fillings and crowns are both highly effective dental procedures that can fill a cavity or repair a cracked tooth. However a tooth filling or crown can be recommended for different treatment paths and one isn’t necessarily better than the other for your specific dental problem.

A tooth filling is effectively a dental restoration that fills in a missing portion of tooth – possibly from a cavity – to restore the tooth to its original shape – and to restore strength to the tooth. The size and shape of the tooth are paramount in determining if a filling will be effective long term. If it is a large tooth with a large hole, the inherent strength of the tooth is in question and a tooth filling may not be the right procedure.

A dental crown may be needed to ensure the tooth will not crack or be damaged again in the near future. A dental crown effectively cups the tooth, protecting the filling on the inside of the tooth giving extra strength from the outside.

There can be a number of different reasons why we might suggest that a dental crown should be considered for a tooth. These include greater strength, increased longevity, better tooth protection as well as allowing the dentist greater control over the tooth’s ultimate cosmetic appearance.

While a dental filling is usually a one visit procedure, 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 your smile. If you are unsure of whether a dental crown or tooth filling is right for you, call the team today to organise a consultation – call 4648 0909.