Announcements & Information

 Announcements & Information

 

January 2017

We wish our patients a very happy 2017 and look forward to treating you this year.

Our team enjoyed a short break following a busy year and celebrated the close of the 2016 working year with a traditional Greek

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth. They are designed to blend in with other teeth and are a long-term solution for restoring your smile.

They are one of the biggest advances in dentistry in 40 years.

Dental implants are made of titanium and other materials compatible with the human body.

They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw where they function as normal teeth.

Treatment

  1. A space must be ready in the mouth to accept the implant. This space may be previously existing or require an extraction of a decayed tooth.
  2. First the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone using a drill.
  3. The bone is threaded using an implant screw for a perfect fit in Step 2.
  4. An abutment is placed whilst bone around implant heals (osseointegration). This takes time (several months) for adherence of implant to bone.
  5. Impressions are made so that implant cosmetic work is customised and fits perfectly.
  6. A crown is placed on top, of the size, shape, colour and fit customised for the implant.
  7. Adjustment and healing.Phase 1 of treatment is the most discomforting aspect of the surgery though anaesthetic is given. Some pain is expected and a soft diet is recommended till healing.Chronic iummnosupressing illnesses like diabetes or leukemia may interfere with healing after surgery. Smoking and alcohol decrease the effectiveness and the success rate of implants.Implants are expensive and most dental insurance companies don’t cover the costs. However, for missing teeth, implants are a viable, long-lasting solution so think of it as an oral investment.High levels of oral hygiene are required for implant integration and maintenance. Regular check-ups and consistent brushing and flossing ensures success.

For any dental inquires, do not hesitate to contact 97502080.

 

Please refer to this video for a step by step demonstration of dental implant procedures:  http://drannabelbraganza.wordpress.com/category/dental-implants/

 

December 2016

This month our Principal Dentist Dr Chris Papastavros and oral hygienist Ari Kontominas attended a seminar on sterilisation measures for the entire team, with particular focus on endodontic practice. The seminar was an excellent opportunity to consolidate sterilisation practice and colleague experiences at Fernando’s Restaurant in Leichhardt.

 

How Stress Affects Your Mouth

Stress affects the whole body including the mouth (teeth and gums).

 

Potential impacts include:

  • Mouth ulcers (including cancer sores and cold sores)
  • Grinding or clenching
  • Less care with oral hygiene
  • Stress eating
  • Worsening of gum disease
  • Dry mouth
  • Chipping of teeth (from chewing nails, pens, ice in nervousness)
  • Depression

Mouth Sores

Cancer sores are small ulcers with a white, greyish or red appearance. Experts don’t know what causes them but a drop in the immune system can spur them on. The immune system drops when sick, stressed, fatigued or dealing with an allergic reaction.

Avoid irritating them by not eating spicy or hot foods, not consuming acidic foods or drinks. Over-the-counter anaesthetics such as Bonjela may soothe their

discomfort.

 

Cold sores

Cold sores are caused by HSV and are contagious. They are fluid-filled blisters appearing around the lips. Emotional upset, stress, infection or skin abrasion can bring on a coldsore. Cold sores heal on their own but over-the-counter remedies and antiviral medicines can be used to treat it from the first tingle.

 

Teeth Grinding

Stress causes clenching and grinding, both during the night and day (often subconsciously). This will cause tension in the temporomandibular (jaw) joint and may result in ear and neck pain. A night guard may need to be worn whilst sleeping if this is an ongoing problem.

 

Gum Disease

The development of periodontal disease worsens with stress. Those with emotional anxieties decrease efficiency and frequency of brushing and flossing, reducing the oral condition. This means the mouth contains more bacteria accelerating gum disease.

 

Dry Mouth

When the mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, as occurs during stress or tension, and this decreases the pH in the mouth to accelerate decay. Dry mouth is a common symptom of depression.

 

Stress Eating

Stress can force us to turn to comfort eating. Many comfort foods are rich in sugar and carbohydrates which promote tooth decay. Tooth decay leads to poor oral health and the need for much dental restoration. Stress can also lead to smoking or alcohol use which also promotes tooth decay.

 

When stressed we can suggest exercise, counselling, mediation, massage or implementing other relaxation techniques.

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-mouth-14/your-healthy-mouth/stress-teeth

http://www.1800dentist.com/how-stress-can-affect-your-oral-health/

 

October & November 2016

In November, the Greenacre Dental team attended the Inner West and Greater Sydney Dental Conference at the Coronation Club, Burwood. The conference presented an informative lecture on cutting edge Gum Recession therapies, especially gum grafting. Pictured below are dentists Dr Papastavros & Dr Dinh with dental assistants Grace, Julie & Sevi. coronation-gum-recession

We also extend our congratulations to our oral hygienist, Ari, who has completed his Postgraduate Coursework studies at the University of Adelaide. Ari will now be able to complete restorative dental work on adult patients as a result of his newly acquired Graduate Certificate of Oral Health Science.

 

Acid Wear

Acid wear or erosion is a form of tooth wear affecting the tooth enamel. The enamel is the outer surface of the tooth. Foods and drinks like fruits, soda, juice, wine, coffee and energy drinks soften this surface by demineralising it and making it susceptible to decay and damage. Aggressive brushing can also lead to wear.

 

Impact

Acid wear can reduce the thickness of tooth enamel which changes the tooth’s texture, shape, strength and appearance. It also leads to sensitivity. Sensitivity is an indicator of advanced erosion. Once sensitivity occurs, it is important to protect the tooth and dentin (underneath layer).

 

Causewear

Saliva helps neutralise the mouth’s acidity to restore pH and balance following food or drink consumption. But saliva works slowly and acid attacks quickly, reducing the chance for repair. Hence wear overcomes the body’s natural response to save damage from food and drink.

 

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is confirmed by physical; examination by a dentist or hygienist, as well as taking of dietary history.

 

Risks

  • Soda swishers (not using a straw)
  • Frequent snackers
  • Patients with diets consuming high levels of fruit, juices, coffee or energy drinks
  • Patients with eating disorders
  • Patients with gastric problems including reflux or heartburn
  • Patients who brush aggressively
  • Drug users

Management

  • Dental professionals encourage the following
  • Reducing acidic food and drink consumption where possible
  • Using a straw to drink acidic beverages
  • Drinking plenty of water following acidic consumption
  • Brushing teeth twice a day (before breakfast and before bedtime)
  • Brush in a soft circular manner around the whole mouth with a soft brush

 

 

 

September 2016

September brought the close of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs NRL season. Dr Chris Papastavros, a sponsor of the team, attended the end of season function at the Dockside Pavilion, commemorating the achievements of individual players and the team in 2016. Dr Papastavros, Dr Dinh and our hygienist Ari also attended the annual Meriden School Golf day, representing the Greenacre Dental team once again.

bulldogs-dockside-pavDr Chris with two daughters and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs First Grade players David Klemmer and Josh Renyolds at the End of Season Function.

 

Odontophobia – Dental Fear

Most people have a slight dental fear – so don’t feel alone if you’re feeling the same.

Dental phobia is an extreme fear of all things dental related which leads to avoidance of the feared situation or activity. Exposure may promote anxiety, panic, hysteria and impacts on other aspects of your life.

Anxiety and fear are normal emotions experienced whilst at a dental surgery particularly if it’s your first time or you’re having a tricky unfamiliar procedure done to you. However dental phobia is a much stronger fear which makes you to avoid the situation altogether, instead of feeling burdened and overwhelmed in the surgery.

Dental phobia is usually caused by horrific experiences (80% of cases) and most likely trauma from previous experiences.

 

Fears include:

  • The dentist
  • Embarrassment of the oral condition
  • Pain
  • Loss of control whilst in the dental chair
  • Needle phobia
  • The drill or other tools

dental-phobia

Simple solutions

  • Communicate with the dentist; letting them know you’re scared will make them more focused to you emotionally
  • Attend regularly appointments to familiarise yourself with the environment and procedures
  • Close your eyes and try to relax (tensing up makes things worse)
  • Listen to your iPod
  • Ask for a step-by-step explaination of procedures or equipment used
  • Ask for sedation either by local anaesthetic or sedating gas
  • Seek help from a therapist if this fear is impacting your life.

 

August 2016

In Greenacre Dental news, our hygienist Ari has commenced postgraduate studies at the University of Adelaide in a Graduate Certificate of Oral Health Science. This will enable him to deliver restorative therapy to adult patients, in addition to his current role working closely with children. Principal Dentist, Dr Chris Papastavros, has been overseeing and mentoring Ari’s clinical practice, including a two day session at the University of Adelaide (pictured). The team is very excited to see him finalise his studies at the end of the year and introduce this new role at the practice in 2017. We wish him the best of luck with the remainder of his studies!

ari-chris-adelaide

 

Oral Health & Diabetes

Diabetes is where the body cannot maintain healthy blood glucose (sugar) levels required for energy. Unhealthy levels can lead to short and long term health complications. Insulin, a hormone in our bodies, converts glucose into energy for use. Some diabetes do not have insulin (Type 1) or cannot produce enough (Type 2), preventing energy conversion. Instead glucose stays in the body, keeping blood sugar levels high. Medications are required to manage this condition.

Diabetics who are poorly controlled i.e. their blood sugar levels are high with or without medication to manage, are at higher risk of tooth problems including infection and gum disease. The first signs and symptoms of diabetes occur in the mouth, which shows how important healthy teeth & gums are for diabetics.

Diabetics are at higher risk of:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Fungal infections
  • Mouth ulcers

Uncontrolled glucose levels cause dry mouth and less saliva flow which stimulates plaque build-up and lower resistance to infection. This results in unwanted decay, gum disease and fungal infections. Diabetics also take longer to heal which may accelerate mouth ulcers and periodontal disease.

 

What Diabetics can do to prevent or reverse these problems?

  • Stick to an appropriate diabetic-orientated diet – avoiding sugars!
  • Take medications are prescribed to control blood glucose levels
  • Brush teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Use interdental brushes daily (if needed)
  • Seek help immediately if you notice something wrong with your teeth.
  • Visit your dentist twice a year minimum
  • Consume plenty of water and sugar free gum to stimulate saliva production.
  • Avoid or quit smoking

 

Helplines

  • Call us! 9750 2080
  • Your local doctor
  • Diabetes Australia 1300 536 588
  • Quitline

 

July 2016

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns, also known as caps, are placed over a restored tooth to improve its size, shape or appearance. It is usually needed to restore a broken, replaced or worn down tooth; protect a weakened tooth from breaking further; to support another tooth (filling or part of a bridge); or cover a discoloured tooth.

crown 1

When tooth decay is too deep, so it’s close to the nerve, it may be risky to add a crown. Either root canal treatment or extraction is better suited. Crowns work just as well as a normal, healthy tooth. If it does become loose, it can be recemented easily at a dental surgery.

 

Crowns can be made available in a variety of materials including porcelain, ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal, metal, resin or temporary (used before the permanent tooth can be placed).

 

Crown preparations involve 2-3 appointments. The 1st examines and prepares the tooth including x-rays, impressions, cleaning of the tooth and placement of temporary crown. The 2nd appointment requires the placement of the permanent crown. The 3rd may be required for reglueing or reviewing the permanent crown.

crown 3A crown sits on top of a tooth. First the tooth is trimmed back as seen in panel 1 and the made cap is placed over the top of the tooth panel 2 and 3. Finally using strong materials like glue and cement, the crown is stuck down securely to the tooth surface.

Precautions with your new crown: avoid chewy, sticky or hard foods initially and floss by sliding the string out the side of the tooth rather than lifting.

Crowns last 5-15 years if maintained properly with excellent oral hygiene and oral habits.

June 2016

This month the Greenacre Dental team attended the Bulldogs vs Sharks home game at ANZ stadium. Unfortunately, the sponsored side lost to the current table champs however the entire staff enjoyed a very pleasant evening in the Ambassadors Room. Currently Dr Chris sponsors the number 15 interchange jersey for the Canterbury Bulldogs squad.

13335752_10156902785990262_8789459217582487062_nCourtesy of Dental Assistant Julie Truong, A snapshot of the corporate style evening attended by the Greenacre Dental  staff.  

A TIMELINE OF TEETH

Baby Teeth /Primary Teeth

Tooth development begins from before a baby is born. Primary teeth are almost completely formed at birth and remain buried under the gums. Usually their eruption occurs after six months old and is an uncomfortable process.

Parents should begin brushing their children’s teeth from after 18 months old. Primary teeth help hold the spaces for permanent teeth. Early brushing develop good oral hygiene practices and routine.

Baby teeth are usually lost after 6 years old and all permanent teeth have erupted by 12. Losing teeth is a right of passage usually performed at home by “wiggling” it out. However some children will need dental expertise to remove a tooth.

 

Baby Teeth Basics

  • Prevent early childhood caries by stopping bottle feeding (including milk, sugary liquids like juice) after 1 year old.
  • Stop or avoid pacifier use as soon as possible
  • Start brushing baby teeth after 18 months
  • Wean your child off thumb sucking after the age of two (otherwise crowding occurs)
  • Take your child to the dentist by age 2 for their first visit.

baby teethBaby Teeth and When They Likely Fall Out.

Permanent Teeth  

  • Loose, sore or missing teeth are a concern for people – if affected, its time to consult with a dentist. It may be signs of trauma, gum disease, decay or failed dental work, and may possibly lead to everlasting tooth loss. Implants or dentures may be your only possible alternative for gappy spaces.
  • Primary tooth eruption begins once baby teeth are lost, after the age of 6. Permanent molars come in from behind where primary teeth were. Wisdom teeth usually eruption after all permanent teeth have come up, usually after 17 years old.
  • Permanent teeth are meant to last with us for life following their eruption. Once decayed or removed, teeth will not regrow.

 

May 2016

Caffeine

Caffeine is considered completely safe to consume. However large amounts of the substance can cause damage to the appearance and health of teeth. Caffeine containing drinks like sodas, energy drinks, coffee and tea can cause staining, enamel damage and clenching

Staining

  • Caffeine leaves staining on teeth in a yellowish-brown colour
  • Cutting down caffeine consumption prevents or eliminates staining
  • Drinking from a straw can minimise staining
  • Drinking or rinsing with water can also reduce staining.
  • Scale and cleans performed by dentists (as well as the upmost oral care at home) can improve staining.

 

Enamel Damage

  • As enamel wears off, the tooth becomes expose and vulnerable
  • Large caffeine consumption can lead to enamel degradation – degradation can weaken teeth to accelerate decay and form cavities.
  • Limiting caffeine consumption prevent enamel damage.
  • There is no way to grow back your tooth enamel

 

Clenching

  • Caffeine can reduce sleep and increase stress levels.
  • With increased stress and disruptive sleep patterns, clenching or bruxism increases.
  • Clenching leads to jaw and ear pain, cracking or breaking of teeth and difficulty chewing or opening the mouth.
  • When clenching becomes unbearable or severe, it impacts on other aspects of daily life and mouth devices may be necessary. Dentist can assess bruxism and make the appropriate devices.

 

How does coffee stain teeth?

Tooth enamel contains microscopic pits and ridges in the tooth that hold onto food and drink we consume. Dark coloured drinks, usually drinks with caffeine, become embedded into the cracks begin to stain the surface. Eventually the staining becomes permanent.

What about milk in coffee?

Lighter coloured coffee i.e. containing milk can cause less staining than black coffee however it won’t make your teeth any whiter either.

Strategies to avoid complications?

Giving up caffeine drinks may not be suitable for some people however drinks containing large amounts of additional sugar such as soft drinks or energy drinks are strongly recommended to not be consumed. Nevertheless, consuming coffee or tea at break times and then rinsing with water is more suitable than sipping continuously throughout the day. Also using a strong whitening tooth paste and maintain excellent oral care i.e. brushing and flossing can improve caffeine’s detriments. Regular visits to the dentist will eliminate staining.

 

April 2016

We wish our patients a very happy Easter! Don’t splurge too much on the chocolate though!

 

Receding Gums

Receding gums occur when the gum and bones in the mouth begin to move away from the teeth. Gums do naturally recede with age but other factors may aggregate or accelerate recession.

Factors include forceful brushing, inadequate or infrequent brushing, bruxism and gum disease.

If left untreated gum recession can expose tooth roots leading to sensitivity, pain and tooth decay. It can even cause tooth loss.

 

Symptoms

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages
  • Food getting easily stuck between teeth and gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Redness or puffiness on the gums
  • Bad breath
  • Exposed tooth roots (brownish in colour).

receeding gums

There is no cure for receding gums only steps to take to prevent it. For example:

Reduce plaque build up

    • Receding gums are often caused by gum disease which begins with dental plaque sticking to teeth and surrounding gum tissue. Good oral hygiene habits will combat this.

Brushing properly

    • Brushing too hard or with the wrong brush can cause recession. Use a soft brush, a gentle technique and circular motion for right brushing.

Consider a night guard

    • Bruxism or grinding can cause gums to recede. Wearing a night guard will combat this.

Biyearly dental checkups

See your dentist every six months to prevent recession and monitor your gums.

 

Treatment

    • Customising treatment to prevent further recession (to affect underlying bone)
    • Scaling and root planning to remove dental bacteria
    • Fighting disease and further bone loss
    • In some instances gum grafting and surgery is required, as is treatment or consultation by a periodontist (gum specialist).

 

March 2016

This month our team headed Practical Infection Control and Dental Sterilisation Course in Petersham. The team brushed up their infection control knowledge and viewed some new sterilisation procedures. It was an interesting day all round! The 2016 NRL season has kicked off: Dr Chris Papastavros has proudly sponsored player 15, one of the interchange players, from the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs! Dr Chris attended the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Pre Season launch at  Flemington Markets.   Stay tuned for more !

2016 Greenacre Dental Bulldogs Corporate

Sleep Apnoea & Snoring

Sleep apnoea is when people stop breathing in their sleep for up to a minute at a time. It is caused by a blockage in the airways that occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses and closes.

 

Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea include constant fatigue, choking or gasping when waking up suddenly, insomnia, dry mouth and sore throat.

Risk Factors of Sleep Apnoea include snoring, being overweight, history of heart disease, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, family history of snoring or sleep apnoea, high blood pressure.

apnea

Treatment

Some dental treatments can help cure sleep apnoea.

Most people don’t realise they have sleep apnoea but often the diagnosis of other conditions prompts its identification. Simple changes such as shifting sleep positions, setting up a bed routine, losing weight or quitting smoking can help control sleep apnoea.

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)  a mask and headgear that works by blowing pressurised room air into the airway in order to keep it open.
  • Oral appliances – which push the lower jaw forward and prevent the tongue from falling back
  • Surgery – removing the cause of the blockage to open the airway.Snoring can easily become a habit for some people but it should not be accepted. Chronic snoring can lead to serious health problems.

 

Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft palate and uvula (back of throat) during sleep when the airway is obstructed. Obstruction may arise from allergies, alcohol, adenoids, enlarged tonsils, nose polyps or when sick or tired.

Treatments/Management  for Snoring

  • Oral appliances
  • Nasal strips
  • Oral surgery (to remove adenoids, tonsils or nasal polyps)
  • Losing weight
  • Sleeping on your side (instead of back or stomach)
  • Avoid sleeping tablets.

What is the difference between snoring and sleep apnoea? Studies have shown more sufferers are fatigued, decreasing their ability to concentrate whilst driving, working or operating machinery. Research shows it can also lead to a heart attack or stroke during sleep.

How can my dentist help?  A dentist can usually spot the oral signs of sleep apnoea or snoring. They may refer you to a sleep physician who can observe your heart rate and sleep interruptions. Opposed to many other conditions which require medication, sleep apnoea (and snoring) require prescribed physical and mental therapy, and sometimes surgery.

Why should I worry about sleep apnoea? Sleep apnoea stops a person’s breathing for more than 10 seconds, 60 -100 times a night. Snoring is usually punctuated by breathing whereas sleep apnoea features gasping, choking or silence.

 

February 2016

Benefits to Braces

Many parents often pose the question “Why does my child need braces?”

Crooked teeth or improper jaw alignment lead to more serious problems including difficult chewing, advanced tooth decay, wearing of tooth surfaces, insufficient chewing function or stress to gums and bones. It can even further misalign your jaw leading to chronic headaches and neck pain.

braces

We will explain some of the advantages to orthodontic treatment.

TEETH PROTECTION

  • Improved force distribution to teeth (decreased wear)
  • Correct improper jaw relationship
  • Reduces stress on oral condition e.g. jaw, facial muscles, bones
  • Decreases likelihood of premature dental problems e.g. replacing or creating fillings
  • Optimises other dental treatment e.g. fillings, crown

 

IMPROVED FUNCTION

  • Increased ability to clean teeth
  • Symmetrical face profile
  • Long term improved oral health
  • Reduce risk of protruding teeth

 

IMPROVED EATING

  • Maintenance of proper chewing, digestion and speech
  • Increase nutritional control e.g. certain foods can’t be eaten during braces

 

SOCIAL BENEFITS

  • Attractive smile
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Teaches responsibility for young people to care for their appliances

 

January 2016

We’d like to wish all our patients and staff at Greenacre Dental a very prosperous and happy New Year! To conclude 2015, the Greenacre Dental team celebrated a beautiful traditional Christmas dinner at the Lantern Club, Roselands (below left). It was a wonderful occasion for all working members of our surgery to unite and reflect on the last 12 months of a successful year! Bulldogs Captain and loyal Greenacre Dental patient, James Graham, presented Dr Chris Papastavros with his framed jersey including a personal message of thanks (below right).

1915267_10156254339210262_842996980287840663_n1459664_10156254339105262_7994437428216544059_n James Graham

10 MYTHS ABOUT CAVITITES

Over Christmas and New years the consumption of ‘bad’ foods rises; particularly, children come to our surgery with many new holes needing lots of restorative work including FILLINGS! Truth is, too many MYTHS about cavities still exist!

  1. Sugar is the prime cause of cavities. In truth, the acid produced by bacteria in the mouth causes the cavities, but bacteria thrive on carbohydrate consumption, and sugar (like potatoes, bread and fruits) contain carbs.
  2. Children are a lot more likely to get decay on adult teeth than baby teeth.This is not true, since children have low standard of oral hygiene and poor brushing technique. To prevent decay in children, they should have low sugary diets, improve brushing and use fluoride toothpastes.
  3. Aspirin placed next to a tooth treats a toothache. Swallowing aspirin can relieve tooth pain but placing aspirin next to a tooth will burn the gumline.
  4. All fillings need to be replaced. Amalgam or composite fillings need to be replaced when it has broken down or another cavity has formed. If these problems do not occur, the filling can be kept for life.
  5. If you have a cavity, you’ll feel it. Tooth decay causes no symptoms. The pain associated to tooth decay comes in the later stages of the cavity’s development i.e. when the decay has reached the nerve. Waiting to experience pain or other symptoms means more extensive dental work is needed than a regular filling. Cavities are also not self-repairing and require immediate attention.
  6. If I brush better, the hole will go away. Unfortunately for that cavity in insolation, the rejuvenation of improved oral hygiene will not treat the hole. A filling is needed to stay decay from growing.
  7. Sensitive teeth equals decaying teeth. Tooth hypersensitivity can be caused by root exposure, gum recession, abrasive brushing or no specific reason at all. Decay does not cause sensitivity.
  8. Cavities result in root canal treatment (RCT). Root canal treatment is needed when the nerve inside the tooth is damaged. Untreated cavities may lead to nerve damage but it is unlikely for a dentist to form a RCT on a brand, new hole.
  9. Clenching accelerates decay formation. Clenching does do destructive things to your teeth such as stresses the jaw and causes tooth fracture or weaken dentin, but does not accelerate bacteria activity to cause hole formation.
  10. Cavities in baby teeth shouldn’t be fixed because they’ll fall out.Untreated decayed baby teeth can cause severe pain, traumatise the permanent tooth or develop into an abscess if left untreated. It can also result in infection that spreads to the rest of the body. So it is best that they are treated or fixed.

 

December 2015

Over the last month, the team has been very busy! The entire Greenacre Dental team attended a First Aid conference in St Leonards, with a specifically tailored  medical and dental first aid information. We can proudly announce the majority of our staff are first aid equipped!

IMG_2607Our receptionist Anastasia and dental assistant Sevi practising their compressions.

 

Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth or third molars are the last teeth to break through the gums. They are located in the far back of the mouth, on the top and bottom.

They usually form late teenage years to early 20’s. Proper positioning is a valuable asset to the mouth, if they are not positioned well, they can become a painful hassle.

Some wisdom teeth can break through the come, some may show only a crown of the tooth, while others remain completely un-impacted.

wisdom

Symptoms

The symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth can vary from mild to severe.

  • Pain and tenderness close to the gums in the back of the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Redness over the area where the tooth surfaces
  • Headaches
  • Swelling around the jaw
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Swollen, tender, red, or bleeding gums
  • Unpleasant breath odor

The impacted wisdom tooth can be the source of the pain, while other times an infection can be to blame. Bacteria in the mouth (which cannot be remedied by brushing) will find its way under gum tissue and can cause pain around the crown of the tooth, even though the tooth is not visible. There are many risks with leaving wisdom teeth in the mouth including pain, adjacent tooth decay or the development of infection and cysts.

 

Removal

Removal involves light or general anesthetic for extraction. If the teeth are impacted, a surgical extraction under GA is required. If the tooth is extracted in the late teens-early twenties, the roots are able to be removed easier, as they have not fully formed.

Surgical techniques and sedative medication allow comfortable and efficient tooth removal. Once determined that the tooth or teeth have become impacted, they need to be removed. This is assessed in the dental surgery using examination tools and x-rays.

wisdom removal

 

 

Archives

Archival Information November 2015 This month we farewelled three of our long-term staff members, Sabah, Olivia and Vanessa. The staff celebrated their time at Greenacre Dental with a farewell luncheon. We wish these young ladies all the best in their future! On that note we welcome three new staff members to our team: Julie, Sevi …

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