I’m looking to get a dental bridge to replace a tooth. What are the different types and how do I choose?

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Dr Mihika Vajpayee

General Dental Care
BSc, DDS (Melb)

Dental bridges are appliances that “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They are made up of one or more crowns for the teeth adjacent to the gap, along with a false tooth or teeth attached. These anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and the false teeth are called pontics. The latter can be Read more...

My mouth is always dry – why is this and does it affect my teeth?

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Dr Adam Sibio

General Dental Care
BBiomed (dist), DDS (Melb

Dry mouth (or xerostomia) is a common complaint in dental patients, with many possible physiological and pathological conditions being the cause. Dry mouth associated with reduced functioning of the salivary glands can be a major nuisance in a patient’s day-to-day life. Also, the reduced saliva levels can be associated with disease of the hard and Read more...

What are the different types of dentures (partial vs full vs implant retained, metal vs plastic)?

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Dr Stephen Do

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

  A denture is a removable prosthetic device used to replace missing teeth and associated gum loss. Dentures are also known by other names – such as false teeth, plates or flippers. Dentures can be either partial (replacing one or more teeth) or full (replacing all teeth in one jaw or both jaws). What are Read more...

What are ceramic braces?

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Dr Hashmat Popat

If you are thinking about having your teeth straightened with braces, as a specialist orthodontist I have good news for you! Braces don’t have to be associated with traditional metal smiles. Ceramic braces could be the ideal way for you to enhance your smile without anyone else noticing how. Ceramic braces are sometimes also called Read more...

Do receding gums grow back?

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Dr Constantine Ong

Specialist Periodontist
Periodontal Care
BDS (Brist) MFDS RCS (Eng) MClinDent (Lond) MRD RCS (Eng)

Most patients’ reason for seeing a specialist in periodontics – or gum specialist, also known as a periodontist – is a concern about receding gums. Receding gums don’t ordinarily grow back without dental treatment. However, there are several things you can do to prevent gum recession and others that we clinicians can do to treat Read more...

I am suffering from bleeding gums. What could be causing this?

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Dr Nima Bazrafshan

Specialist Periodontist
Periodontal Care
DClinDent (Melb)

We have bacteria in our oral cavities, mouths. In the presence of food debris and saliva, these microorganisms can form a very specific coating that sticks to teeth surfaces and the inner layers of gum. This sticky structure is “plaque”. Tooth brushing, using interdental brushes and dental floss can remove plaque. If plaque is not Read more...

Are e-cigarettes bad for my teeth?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

With the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, many lifetime smokers have seen switching their regular tobacco cigarettes for the “vaping” version as a way to counteractharmful health consequences. However, a new study has shown that e-cigarettes aren’t any better for your oral health than conventional cigarettes. The University of Rochester (UR) Medical Center study suggests Read more...

What can I eat and drink following jaw surgery?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Good nutrition is important following facial surgery to help healing. After your surgery, chewing and swallowing may be difficult due to swelling, pain or less jaw movement. After your surgery, the doctor will advise you on what type of diet is required. Depending on your surgery, you will start on a fluid or puree or Read more...

What is teeth whitening?

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Dr Lan Ngo

General Dental Care
BBiomed (Melb), DDS (Melb)

Whitening lightens the colour of your teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration, making it one of the most popular dental cosmetic procedures on offer. It’s important to know, however, that whitening is not a one-off process. It needs to be repeated over time to maintain brightness. What causes tooth discoloration? The outermost layer Read more...