Examination & Preventative Care Fillings Endodontics (Root Canal) Periodontics
In the old days of Dentistry, i.e., for over 100 years, the most commonly used filling material was amalgam with is an alloy of silver, mercury and other small metals.
In recent years; due to the growing health concerns with the use of mercury, there has been a shift in the choice of material being used as filling material. The white or composite filling material is a resin based material that undergoes a polymerization reaction when exposed to special light (UV light) which hardens the material and enables it to be polished giving it a look that is as good as your own natural teeth structure.
The white filling material have become more affordable and is better than old silver fillings as they are bonded to the existing tooth structure rather than compacted thereby reducing the risk of fracture of the tooth with time. They also do not leave unsightly silver stains on the teeth and the surrounding tissues.
Endodontics (Root Canal)
If decay (cavity) has been left unchecked in a tooth, it can reach the innermost layer of the tooth, called the pulp and the ‘Nerve’ of the tooth. The pain experienced in this situation is because of the nerve dying and the bacteria progressing to the end of the root to reach the blood stream. This is one of the classic indications of the nerve death root canal treatment. There are other ways the nerve can die needing root canal therapy. These can include:
- Large fillings
- Tooth crack or fracture
- Deep cavity
These days most root canal treatments can be completed in one visit and most people have commented that it is pain-free, just like getting a routine filling and many even doze off during the procedure.
Snoring and Sleep Apnoea
Sleep apnoea is a disorder caused when breathing is disrupted during sleep, either through a partial or total temporary cessation in the ability to breathe. The most common type of sleep apnoea is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, which arises when the tongue and throat tissues relax during sleep, blocking the airway.
Sleep Apnoea can impact your health in many different ways: headaches, dizziness, day-time sleepiness, clumsiness, depression, anxiety and poor memory are perhaps the least serious. Research suggests that Sleep Apnoea may play a contributing factor in the development of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
It is estimated that 60% of snorers also suffer from Sleep Apnoea. They may wake gasping or choking and experience poor quality sleep. Luckily Sleep Apnoea is a treatable condition and for many patients this treatment may be as simple as wearing a dental appliance at night which is also effective for the treatment of snoring. Others require treatment with a Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine (CPAP).
No one is too old or young to suffer from Sleep Apnoea . If you are a snorer, or suspect you or a loved one may be suffering with Sleep Apnoea , make an appointment for a sleep evaluation consult.
It could save your life.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults. It is an infection of the supporting structures (periodontal ligaments and alveolar bone) surrounding the teeth. Once bone loss has occurred, this is irreversible; however with deep scaling from our hygienists and good personal oral hygiene habits, periodontitis can be halted in progression.
Did you know that periodontal disease can indicate an increased risk of cardiac and cardiovascular events? There is significant scientific evidence to show a relationship between periodontal disease and other systemic (general body) conditions. Recent findings have strongly suggested an association between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, adverse pregnancy outcomes and osteoporosis.
In addition, severe periodontal disease leads to sensitive teeth, elongated and flared teeth, formation of gaps between teeth, mobile teeth and eventual tooth loss. This, in turn, means dentures or more complicated dental treatment.
Don’t ignore bleeding gums as it is a tell-tale sign and symptom of more serious disease – both oral and systematic.