Types of malocclusion

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Dr Jesse Becker

Malocclusion is a common type of dental developmental anomaly that your dentist can help correct. Malocclusion can present in many forms. There are two main categories: tooth-related malocclusion (such as crooked, rotated, small or malformed teeth, and spaced teeth) and skeletal-related malocclusion – either overbite (prognathism), or underbite (retrognathism). Overbite is when the upper arch is positioned Read more...

Do I have to get a chipped tooth fixed?

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Dr Maliha Siddiqui

General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

The enamel that covers our teeth is the hardest, most mineralised tissue in our body. Despite this, abnormal wear and tear or traumatic injury may result in a chipped tooth or a broken tooth. Chips or fractures of the teeth can range from minor (when involving only the outer enamel layer) to severe (when involving Read more...

What are the advantages of root canal therapy vs tooth extraction and implant?

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Dr Artika Soma

Specialist Endodontist
Endodontic Care
BDS (Otago), DClinDent (Otago)

Comparing root canal therapy (or endodontics) with tooth extraction and implant is like comparing a real limb with an artificial limb. It’s a no-brainer.  Unfortunately, the fallacies tend to drown out the facts when it comes to weighing up the relative merits of these treatments. I would like to clarify some of these fallacies to Read more...

What is a tooth abscess? Should I have it treated? If so, how?

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Dr Adam Sibio

General Dental Care
BBiomed (dist), DDS (Melb

There are two main types of tooth abscess: 1 periapical 2 periodontal. A periapical abscess arises at the root tip of the tooth and is generally due to infection of the nerve pulp that runs through the tooth. A periodontal abscess is an associated swelling or collection of pus in the surrounding gum tissue. Periapical Read more...

My child has a knocked out baby tooth: What do I do?

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Chatelle Wehi

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (LaTrobe)

You were carefully watching your child at the playground but then in the blink of an eye, there was a fall, a bleeding mouth and a missing baby tooth. This can be a heart-stopping occasion and it happens very frequently. As we know, kids will be kids and this does mean accidents happening. Luckily, the Read more...

I’ve heard a lot about acid wear. What is this and how can I avoid it?

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Dr Stephen Do

General Dental Care
BHSc (Dent), MDent (La Trobe)

What is acid wear? In the context of dentistry, acid wear is the loss of tooth structure caused by exposure to certain acids in the mouth. These acids start off by dissolving the outer surface of the tooth, called enamel. If the erosion progresses further into the middle layer of the tooth, known as dentine, Read more...

How do I know if I need a filling?

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Dr Adam Sibio

General Dental Care
BBiomed (dist), DDS (Melb

In general, a dental filling is used to restore tooth structure that is lost, decayed or damaged. In many instances, patients realise that they need a filling because either their tooth has sustained dental trauma, or they can see dental decay or tooth structure loss, or they can feel decay or a broken or worn-down Read more...

Why would my dentist refer me to an orthodontist?

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Dr Stephen Do

General Dental Care
BHSc (Dent), MDent (La Trobe)

An orthodontist is a specialist dentist who prevents the occurrence of, or treats, inappropriately positioned teeth and jaws. As part of any comprehensive oral examination of a child or an adult, dentists perform an orthodontic assessment and may make a referral to an orthodontist based on their findings. In children, orthodontic problems can usually be recognised Read more...

What is holistic dentistry?

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Dr Adam Sibio

General Dental Care
BBiomed (dist), DDS (Melb

What is holistic dentistry? Holistic dentistry (biological dentistry) is an alternative method to conventional dentistry, which revolves around the assertion that the body should be treated as a whole, and any one change has the ability to impact the entire unit. Conventional dentistry generally deals solely with the head and neck region, with the major Read more...

How does tooth decay develop?

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Dr Stephen Do

General Dental Care
BHSc (Dent), MDent (La Trobe)

Tooth decay is a dental disease process in which oral bacteria produce acids that remove minerals from the tooth. It may also be known as cavities, holes or caries. For dental decay to occur, the decay-causing bacteria need to be in contact with the teeth and have a source of food. Bacteria are able to attach Read more...