The real truth about root canal therapy

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What you have heard about root canal therapy may not true…

Root canal therapy is commonly misconceived to be a painful dental treatment. Fortunately that is not true!

At Perfect Teeth in Cairns root canal therapy should bring no more discomfort than that of a regular filling. Our team pride ourselves on being exceptionally gentle and caring when it comes to treating decaying teeth. If you have missed your six monthly appointment, or if you have a tooth that is sensitive, do not hesitate to book your appointment as soon as possible. Swift treatment can mean the difference between having root canal therapy to save your natural tooth and needing to have the tooth extracted.

Why do I need root canal therapy?

If you are experiencing severe pain in your tooth due to the tooth’s pulp becoming damaged or infected, you may need root canal therapy. While a tooth coloured filling can often be suitable to treat decay, if the decay has spread it is likely that you will require root canal therapy to remove all of the damaged pulp.

Root canal therapy can help you retain a natural tooth that is heavily decayed, instead of losing the tooth. Once a tooth is lost, it cannot grow back.

What should I expect from root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is a procedure that restores a tooth by removing the damaged tissue and restoring the integrity of the tooth structure. Once the damaged pulp is removed the tooth will be supported with a strong and durable filling.

It is not uncommon for a tooth that has received root canal therapy to become brittle, however in order to counteract this we can restore the strength of your tooth with a dental crown if a filling is not suitable. Your root canal treatment will most likely be performed over two appointments. During root canal therapy you should experience no more discomfort than you would while receiving a regular filling.

Comprehensive care at Perfect Teeth

We are devoted to providing you with ultimate dental care combined with stellar service at Perfect Teeth in Cairns. At Perfect Teeth we are on the forefront of advancements in dental technology, and endeavour to bring every one of our patients an easy and comfortable dental experience.

If you require gentle care for root canal therapy our team can make you feel relaxed and comfortable.

For more information on tooth coloured restorations or to book an appointment at our Cairns Redlynch dental practice, please contact us.

 

 

 

Boost your confidence by filling the gaps with dental implants

implants Boost your confidence by filling the gaps with dental implants

Suffering from tooth loss? You’re not alone.

Australians all over the nation have experienced tooth loss due to decay, trauma and a number of other issues. Losing teeth can make people feel self-conscious as it’s such a personal loss and can often be hard to mentally recover from. If you’re finding your missing tooth is causing these kinds of emotions, give us the chance here at Perfect Teeth to help nurture you and your oral health.

Tooth loss isn’t only linked to your self-image but it can cause devastating damage to your oral health if left untreated. Take some time out of your day today to understand the implications of tooth loss and how we here at Perfect Teeth located in Cairns, can help you recover your dazzling smile.

Dental Implants – the treatment

Replacing a single tooth and multiple teeth both follow a similar method:

Our dental professionals will prepare your mouth and then we will carefully insert the titanium screw-style tooth root replacement into the jaw-bone. This will likely take a while to heal before moving on to the next step (generally between three to six months).

Secondly, once the titanium rod is osseo-integrated (accepted as a biological root) one of our dentists will secure a natural-looking tooth coloured crown over the top: creating an aesthetically pleasing and full smile!

Where the patient requires more than one tooth replaced in a row, our professionals may suggest a fixed bridge or, where the tooth loss is extensive, a full arch implant restoration. These options allow the patient to not only have a full mouth of teeth, but also restore youth to their facial structure and appearance.

This style of tooth replacement has been in practice by dentists globally for many years and has a statistical success rate over a 10 year data gathering period of 98% – 99%.

Replacing your teeth – the sooner the better!

Leaving gaps in your smile may seem like a harmless thing for your body. Since the tooth isn’t in its place anymore, shouldn’t it just heal on its own accord?

If you chose to not replace missing teeth you could be putting your oral health in further risk!

The following are only some of the oral health problems and other detriments you may be subjecting yourself to:

  • Difficulty cleaning teeth – increasing the chance of further tooth loss
  • Higher risk of gum disease as the gum is left exposed to all manners of bacteria in the mouth
  • Loss of facial structure, prematurely aging the patient
  • Loss of jaw-bone density – the jaw bone exists to support teeth so if the jawbone is left unused it will deteriorate
  • The teeth to either side of the gap may shift and angle awkwardly

What cosmetic dental implants can do for your appearance

By using dental implants for restoring tooth loss, you’re able to provide a stable foundation to cease the degenerative process of the jawbone. This restores the facial structure giving you back your youthful grin and features.

You’ll probably even find that your dental implants help improve your speech and consumption – eliminating any awkward speech impediments that may have developed since the loss of a tooth.

 Your smile is a blessing to all around you, so take care of it! Boost your morale and oral health by booking in a dental implant consultation with our fantastic team of professionals here at Perfect Teeth in Cairns, because we care about the future of your oral health.

How to treat an infected tooth

pain How to treat an infected toothAn infected tooth is primarily caused by severe tooth decay, trauma to the tooth, such as when it is broken or chipped, and gingivitis or in more serious cases, gum disease.

At Perfect Teeth in Cairns we can safely and effectively protect your teeth with our aesthetically pleasing tooth coloured fillings….

If you are suffering from a cavity, here at Perfect Teeth in Cairns we can protect and save your natural teeth with either a simple filling, or in more serious cases, with root canal therapy.  Before you worry, let us put you at ease: Root canal is commonly misconceived to be a painful dental treatment; however it should bring no more discomfort than that of a regular filling!

Determining which type of dental treatment to employ largely depends on whether damage has reached the nerve/pulp, which in this case, root canal therapy may be the best solution.

Protect your teeth with tooth coloured fillings

Patients with mild infections can benefit from tooth coloured fillings to protect their natural teeth

At Perfect Teeth we understand that the aesthetics of your smile can be important, which is why we utilise tooth coloured restorations (as opposed to silver amalgam fillings) so you can gain the dental treatment you need without compromising the appearance of your smile.

The old, conventional method of filling dental cavities was to use amalgam restorations, which have since been scrutinized for fear of toxicity.

If you currently have amalgam fillings, we can also safely and effectively replace it with tooth-coloured restorations that are comprised of a nontoxic natural looking composite resin material.

Know the warning signs – but are there any?

You may not know if you need fillings in your teeth. As small to medium holes in teeth are asymptomatic, giving no pain. In fact, decay can sometimes eat out two-thirds of the tooth from the inside and you would have no idea it is happening. This is why it is imperative to visit us here at perfect teeth in Cairns every six months for your regular clean and examination to detect these cavities before they even show symptoms..

However, some warning signs which indicate you need to see a dentist for a proper X-ray and oral examination include:

  • A change in the colour on some of your teeth, indicating early decay.
  • If your teeth are sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet food and drink, you may need fillings
  • persistently sensitive teeth
  • Toothache that lasts for more than a few minutes at a time

Save your natural tooth with endodontics (root canal therapy)

Patients in more severe cases of infection may benefit from endodontics, also known as root canal therapy, to save their natural teeth. If you are experiencing severe pain in your tooth due to the tooth pulp becoming damaged or infected, you may need root canal therapy. At Perfect Teeth we believe a better understanding of root canal therapy helps lessen patients’ concerns.

A root canal treatment is a procedure that restores a tooth’s damaged or infected pulp, by removing the damaged tissue and restoring the integrity of the tooth structure by filling the void with a strong and durable filling. It is not uncommon for a tooth that has received root canal therapy to become brittle, to counteract this, here at Perfect Teeth we can restore the strength of your tooth with a dental crown.

Know the warning signs:

  • Your tooth turns dark in colour – The by-products of the necrotic pulp that leach into the porous tooth layer cause this discoloration.
  • Pain when eating or with pressing on the tooth. The infected that has spread out the root tip causes the supporting structures (gum and bone) to be affected.
  • You have a ‘draining fistula’ – a pimple on the gum that is filled with pus
  • bad taste or bad odour in the mouth

Your root canal treatment will most likely be performed over two appointments and you should experience no more discomfort than you would while receiving a regular filling. For patients with anxiety, we also offer sedation dentistry such as Nitrous Oxide, local or general anesthetic, to put you at ease throughout the entire process.

For more information on tooth coloured restorations, root canal therapy or to book an appointment at our Cairns Redlynch dental practice, please contact us.

 

Tooth coloured fillings vs amalgam fillings

amalgam shutterstock 134949536 Tooth coloured fillings vs amalgam fillingsAt Perfect Teeth in Cairns we place great emphasis on educating patients about everything dental, from simple brushing and flossing techniques to explaining complex dental procedures in an easily digestible language.

In this article we explore amalgam fillings and tooth coloured fillings so that you can make more informed decisions about your dental health.

Dental amalgam fillings

The old, conventional method of filling dental cavities was to use amalgam restorations, which have since been scrutinized for fear of toxicity.

The word “amalgam” when referring to dental fillings means a mixture of two or more metals in which mercury is a component. Dental amalgam contains 54 percent mercury with other metals, including silver, copper and tin. Dental amalgams have commonly been referred to as “silver fillings” because of their appearance. It is one of the oldest filling materials and has been used (and improved) for more than 150 years.  Although amalgam has been used in dentistry for a long period of time and whilst it is still occasionally used, its popularity is decreasing.

While medical boards such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) have not ruled out the use of dental amalgam, stating that they conclude it safe for adults and children over 6, in recent years, sophisticated tests have changed this view. Very small amounts of mercury in the form of vapour can actually be released as the amalgam filling wears.

Many individuals and groups who have raised this concern has prompted further studies which are currently underway.

Disadvantages of amalgam

  • Amalgam scrap (waste left over after repairing a cavity) contains mercury and requires special handling to protect the environment;
  • Amalgam can darken over time as it corrodes. This does not affect the function of the filling, but many people find it less attractive than tooth colored materials;
  • Placement of amalgam requires removal of some healthy tooth;
  • In rare cases, a localized, allergic reaction such as inflammation or rash may occur
  • When heated, it becomes a gas.

At Perfect Teeth, we can replace old amalgam fillings with tooth-coloured restorations that are completely non-toxic, safe, natural-looking and virtually undetectable. For more information about our safe and attractive tooth coloured alternative please reads on….

Tooth coloured restorations

Our tooth coloured fillings, comprised of a safe composite resin material, generally offer a superior aesthetic result because of their safety and appearance.  These aesthetic restorations will restore the curvatures and shape of the tooth and shading can be matched to the existing teeth.

Composite is a mixture of acrylic resin that is expertly applied to the curvatures and shape of your teeth and can be matched to the shade of existing teeth. We sculpt the material to the tooth and then harden it with a special light before we refine and polish the restoration.  In addition to fillings, composite can also be used for inlays/onlays, veneers or replace a portion of a broken or chipped tooth.

Advantages of composite resin

  • Composite is a relatively strong material, providing good durability in small to mid-sized restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure;
  • Composite may generally be used on either front or back teeth;
  • Fillings are usually completed in a single visit (with exceptions noted below);
  • Moderately resistant to breakage;
  • Low risk of leakage being bonded only to enamel
  • Does not corrode and generally holds up well to biting force
  • Moderately resistant to further decay
  • Frequency of repair or replacement is low to moderate

At Perfect Teeth located in Cairns, we understand that the aesthetics of your smile can be important. If you require a filling then our tooth coloured restorations offer the dental treatment you need without compromising the appearance of your smile.

For more information on tooth coloured restorations or to book an appointment at our Cairns Redlynch dental practice, please contact us.

 

The importance of wisdom teeth removal

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Are you deciding whether to remove your wisdom teeth? Are you anxious about the process? At Perfect Teeth in Cairns, we want to help you learn all about the procedure, why it’s important to remove your wisdom teeth and to put you at ease about the entire process.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also known as molars, can be found at the very back of your mouth and are usually the last teeth to develop. These teeth were once used to help our ancestors catch and consume prey. Now, our modern jaw structure rarely provides room for wisdom teeth, and this can lead to issues such as cysts, tooth decay, tooth erosion and infection.

A leading dentist for over 20 years, Dr Chong has honed his skills in all areas of dentistry, including wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom tooth surgery is performed using general anaesthetic and is conducted as a day surgery, offering complete peace of mind.

Why is it beneficial to remove wisdom teeth early?

Removing your wisdom teeth early means less trouble later. A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. Wisdom teeth typically erupt around the age of 17-25, and at Perfect Teeth in Cairns and Redlynch we recommend wisdom teeth be removed at an early age (around 16-20) when the roots are not yet fully formed. This allows us to expertly remove wisdom teeth with ease and with minimal post-surgery pain or downtime.

Those patients who do not remove their wisdom teeth may be leaving themselves susceptible to infection. Your jaw may not be large enough for them, and they may become impacted. When this happens, your wisdom teeth are unable to break through your gums. In some cases, your wisdom teeth may break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. Food and germs can get trapped under the flap which can lead to infection and cysts and can also cause damage to nearby teeth.

What is recovery like?

Each person is different and as such each person responds differently to dental treatments. However, most patients generally recover only after a few short days following surgery. You may experience some minor discomfort such as swelling at the tooth site and bleeding but this generally subsides within 24 hours. Over the counter pain relief such as ibuprofen can help reduce any discomfort. Avoid taking Aspirin as it can thin the blood which nay promote unnecessary bleeding around your wisdom teeth area.

Sedation dentistry to relieve your fear of the dental chair

Many Australians refrain from visiting the dentist because they are too frightened of undergoing painful and uncomfortable dental treatment. At Perfect Teeth in Cairns we understand this intense fear of the dentist and dental treatment, and want all of our patients to feel completely at ease while in our care. This is why we have implemented sedation dentistry techniques so any anxious patients can receive the treatment they require without fear, pain or discomfort.

We also utilise our sedation techniques, which consist of local or general anaesthetic or Nitrous Oxide, to aid those patients who are time-poor and require all their dental treatments within the one appointment.

Sedation dentistry is also used for intrusive dental surgery, for example wisdom teeth removal, or other lengthy and invasive procedures. At Perfect Teeth we understand that bringing you the best in dental treatments means providing procedures that are virtually painless and effective, and we endeavour to stay on the forefront of advancements in dental procedures in order to supply this to you.

To discover more about wisdom teeth extraction, sedation dentistry or to book an appointment at our Cairns or Redlynch Dental Practice please doesn’t hesitate to contact u

Play it safe with a custom fitted mouth guard

December mouthguards Play it safe with a custom fitted mouth guard

 

Did you know dental injuries are the most common types of facial injuries accumulated during participation in contact sports? In fact, according to the youth sports foundation, more than 5 million teeth will be knocked out in sporting activities this year!

Is your child scoring tries on the footy field? Slam dunking on the basketball court, or kicking goals on the soccer field?

At Perfect Teeth in Cairns and Redlynch we want your children kicking goals, scoring tries and slam dunking their way to a healthy set of teeth. We care just as much about preventative dental care as we do about restorative dental treatments. We want to ensure our patients are looking after their teeth and mouth and following good oral care to ensure they have something to smile about.

A custom-fitted mouth guard can reduce the risk of dental injuries; however, unfortunately many athletes, sporting enthusiasts and active children choose not to wear mouthguards. Studies have shown that in football, if athletes are wearing a mouthguard that only .07% of all injuries are involved with teeth.

Here at Perfect Teeth we offer custom fitted mouth guards to protect teeth, lips, tongue and jaw from injury and potentially future dental treatments. Not only are dental injuries painful, can cause disfiguration, or result in time off work or school to recover, but they are also expensive to treat. In fact, studies have proven that the costs to restore missing teeth can be 20 times the preventative cost of a custom laminated, professional grade mouthguard.

Tell me more about custom fitted mouth guards…

A sports mouthguard is a removable rubber or polyvinyl shield worn over your teeth, most commonly the upper teeth, to protect the teeth and jaws from traumatic injury during sporting activities. A custom-fitted mouth guard will protect against potential dental injuries such as:

  • Cut lips
  • Cut gums
  • Cut cheeks
  • Cuts to the tongue or face
  • Chipped teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Knocked out teeth
  • Broken jaw.

Custom fitted mouth guards are often considered one of the best protection methods for the teeth, lips and jaw due to their close fit, comfort and cushioning (shock absorption) effect.

Your mouth guard should be comfortable yet tight-fitting; allow normal breathing, speech and swallowing; should not cause gagging and will be thick enough to provide protection against impact.

What is the importance of a custom fitted mouth guard over a boil-and-bite mouth guard?

Boil and bite guards don’t fit as accurately as custom made mouth guards. Boil and bite guards are often too thin in critical areas where protection is needed and then too thick in others. More often the guard will need to be cut to actually fit your mouth. They are often not as comfortable and frequently interfere with breathing and speaking. Bulky guards that don’t fit well and don’t stay in place can cause distraction, and can lead to interrupted breathing and swallowing.

Who should wear a mouth guard?

Players of all ages involved in sports and activities where they are at risk of an injury to the face should protect their teeth with a properly fitted mouthguard. However some people’s dental structure puts them at a higher risk of dental injury over others, and should definitely be wearing a mouth guard during sports and activities. These ‘high risk’ dental structures include: e

  • Protrusive (‘buck’) front teeth
  • Inadequate lip coverage over the front teeth
  • Participation in sports or leisure activities that carry a high risk of collision or falls

Here at Perfect Teeth in Redlynch and North Cairn we want to help our patients keep their teeth for life.

For more information about how we can help protect your valuable teeth during contact sports please call us today on (07) 4039 4999 at our Red Lynch practice or (07) 4031 3555 at our North Cairns practice

Poor oral health can incur a variety of health problems for the digestive and respiratory system.

Untitled Poor oral health can incur a variety of health problems for the digestive and respiratory system.

At Perfect Teeth we believe that a holistic approach to dentistry can benefit not only your teeth but your entire bodily health…

Not many people realise how intricately related your teeth are in determining the health of the rest of your body. The connection might seem a little hazy at first but if you consider how the body survives day after day you’ll come to realise that our dental health comes hand in hand with breathing and eating and drinking. Our ability to eat and breath in order to survive would not be possible without a clean bit of oral health. At Perfect Teeth we have two practices, one in North Cairns and one in Red Lynch and at both practices we find that many of our patients that are experiencing oral health are often experiencing respiratory and digestive health problems also. If we consider the two functions of the body we can clearly see how abnormalities in the teeth, poor oral health and dental complications can cause further problems for the digestive and respiratory systems that both require the use of the mouth in some way or another.

The digestive system allows the body to gain nutrients from food and drink…

In the event of weakened teeth and poor oral health we find that many patients begin to experience oral health problems. This is due to the fact that the teeth are the gateway to the digestive system and are in fact the starting line to the digestive process. When food and drink begin the digestion process, the food starts off in the mouth and is chewed into a digestible paste for the body to digest with ease. Patients who experience poor oral health such as severe plaque build up can experience problems because the food being digested will contain plaque substance. Crooked, weak and sensitive teeth can also cause digestive problems such as digestion because the teeth are unable to work at full capacity and in turn the patient will find it difficult to chew their food. This can cause the patient to swallow their food and drink prematurely; this means that the body will have to work harder to ensure that the food is broken down in the stomach before pushing the food into the intestines. Indigestion, gas, irritable bowls and stomach aches can occur when your digestive process is breaking down complex food such as proteins (meat), wheat, fats and breads that have not first been properly chewed. Pain and irritation caused from prolonged chewing should be notified by one of our Perfect Smiles dentists so we can determine the underlying dental problems.

The respiratory system can cause problems to the health and development of your teeth…

Our ability to breathe determines our development, health and survival; that is why we have two ways in which to draw and exhale air into the body:

  • Oral passageway
  • Nasal passageway

The nasal passageway is the main means of drawing air into the body in a controlled and balanced way that allows the lungs to safely intake air. The oral passageway is the second way to circulate air (if we were to become sick and our nasal passages became blocked) we would be unable to breathe. Many patients who predominately breathe through their mouth’s as infants into adulthood can find that their oral development can be negatively affected. ‘Mouth breathers’ as they are commonly referred, can develop crooked teeth, can possibly be more prone to oral health problems and can find that they have difficulty with their respiratory system. When the body inhales air via the mouth, the air is filters through one large passageway (rather than two via the nose) and the intake of air can be quite harsh on the lungs.

At Perfect Teeth we can help your regain your bodily health with holistic dentistry…

The digestive and respiratory system are intricately linked with your dental health and at Perfect Teeth we are dedicated to helping our patients restore their smiles and their health. Our holistic approach to dentistry allows us to offer orthodontic treatments, preventive, cosmetic and restorative treatments to help patients make a change for the better.

 

Teeth Whitening Myths – The Little White Lies Spreading About Teeth Whiteners

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It’s time to set the record straight about teeth whitening treatments to avoid myths about what teeth whitening does to your mouth.

The worry and wonder surrounding cosmetic dentistry and more specifically teeth whitening, continues to grow, that’s why here at Perfect Teeth in Redlynch and North Cairns we want to set the record straight when it comes to whitening your teeth.

Myth #1 – I can get oral cancer form teeth whitening products

It is a common misconception that teeth whitening treatments cause oral cancer. Professional treatments from a practicing dentist take the health of your teeth as a key priority when considering the solutions used to whiten teeth. Many professional teeth whitening treatments use small amounts of hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide to ‘whiten’ the teeth. Legally, these amounts do not exceed the limit of 35% and studies show that these natural chemicals do not indirectly cause cancer.

Myth #2 –It Doesn’t matter what product I use they are all the same

Some at home teeth whitening kits and gels have been known to cause sensitivity, enamel erosion and gum irritation. This is why using store bought teeth whiteners can sometimes be dangerous; at Perfect Teeth we have professionals assisting you with the best treatment for your teeth. Our expert dentists will find the source of your tooth discolouration and deliver the proper tooth whitening treatment to respond to your discolouration and safely whiten your teeth.

Myth #3 – Teeth whitening products will cause damage to my nerves

This misconception that teeth whitening products will cause damage to your teeth is false! There are regulations and protocols put into place for professional teeth whitening to ensure that the amount of chemicals used in teeth whitening cause no damage to the nerves.

Myth #4 – Teeth whitening treatments are time consuming

At Perfect Teeth we know everyone is busy so to make it easy and less time consuming we also provide an at-home tooth whitening treatment which also allows you to be in full control of how bright your smile is or in-chair teeth whitening kits that can take as little as an hour to see results.

Myth #5 – If I have crown, veneers, or caps won’t my teeth whiten to a different shade of white

Most crowns, veneers and dentures are stain resistant and will not need a tooth whitening treatment. Many people will get the tooth whitening treatments before they get cosmetic or restorative treatment so the tooth can be colour matched. However if your natural teeth are looking discoloured Go Dental can assess your teeth and work to whiten your natural teeth to the allow them to blend with your caps and crowns.

Is a teeth whitening treatment right for me?

Teeth whitening are a perfect option for anyone dissatisfied with the appearance of their teeth. Discoloured teeth are often distressing to your self-esteem, here at Perfect Teeth we work with our patients to ensure we can come up with realistic goal and achieve the smile you want.

Prevention will help sustain your smile

The cause for discolouration is an effect of many variables however we encourage patients to make smart lifestyle choices by limiting the consumption of teeth staining drink and food. Teas, coffees and red wines are just some of the dietary changes we discuss with our patients to ensure nothing gets in the way of maintaining that perfect smile.

Here at Perfect Teeth in Redlynch and North Cairns we want to help you achieve a natural looking smile, this is why we encourage patients to seek our professional advice when it comes to using teeth whitening products. With our help we can brighten and refresh your look with our fast and effective teeth whitening treatment.

Perfect Teeth delves beneath the surface of your smile

Untitled 1 Perfect Teeth delves beneath the surface of your smile

Orthodontics is not just a cosmetic treatment, it assists in improving the smile and function of your mouth…

Orthodontics is an in-depth treatment. Although the obvious result is cosmetic as the first thing that people will notice is your new straight smile, this corrective treatment reaches beyond simply the look of your teeth. Orthodontics such as braces can fix a number of physical issues which affect your smile such as the position of your jaws in relation to one and other, the axial tilt of your teeth and even how your mouth and face rests when you’re not talking or eating. The team at Perfect Teeth in Redlynch and North Cairns understands the importance of treating crooked teeth at the source as well as ensuring you have a perfect smile.

How does Perfect Teeth peer into the development of your pearly whites?

We use advanced orthodontic x-ray technology to peer into the parts of the mouth that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Sometimes crooked teeth can be caused by more than just a narrow dental arch or genetics. A malocclusion can also be caused by teeth that have not erupted or have become impacted due to the direction of growth. If you are unfortunate enough to have an improperly developing tooth a panoramic dental x-ray (OPG) is the best way for us to see this problem.

We recommend bringing your child to visit us early in order to keep on top of developmental issues, so that they do not cause more severe problems later in life. For example, if you or your child has an overcrowded mouth resulting in an impacted tooth – this tooth could be growing towards their healthy teeth below the gum. Not only will this be very painful once the hard enamel of the tooth hits the nerves and pulp of the healthy tooth, it will also most likely require double extraction.

We will also look at the position of your jaws when performing orthodontic treatment

The position of the jaws can signify a problem that needs to be corrected in order have the perfect smile. A crossbite, overbite or underbite are all symbols of a problem with dentofacial posture, swallowing patterns or simply the position of the jaw. Orthodontics can help align both the bottom and upper jaw which will improve facial profile as well as improve the relationship between the upper and lower teeth. Ideally the bottom arch of teeth should sit just behind the upper arch, and both arch angles should reflect one and other. This improves the function of your bite as well as the comfort and function of your jaw joints (the temporomandibular joint where the cheek bone joins the jaw bone).

The end result will be a set of aligned teeth that reflect your own personal beauty

The team at Perfect Teeth in Redlynch and North Cairns understands the desire to have a smile you’re proud of. We achieve perfect smiles for our patients by using self-ligating braces which are a more cosmetic option compared to traditional braces. This ensures that we can straighten your teeth with the minimal discomfort and effect on your daily lifestyle.

Contact Perfect teeth in Redlynch and North Cairns today to find out more about our orthodontic options including self-ligating braces.

Wisdom Teeth Soon to be a Thing of the Past?

Wisdom teeth are an evolutionary relic that 70% of people are still suffering from

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It turns out humans went from hunter-gatherer to modern processed foods a little too quickly for evolution. Although an estimated 30% of the world’s population won’t ever develop wisdom teeth, the other 70% has to deal with the awkward and painful experience of their wisdom teeth erupting.

There are of course people whose teeth and jaw actually allow wisdom teeth to come through without any hassle: but this is rare and not exactly an indication that the wisdom teeth shouldn’t be removed. If you are unsure, please talk to a Perfect Teeth dentist. Our expert and friendly team are here to help you with your oral health needs.

Do you know why they’re called wisdom teeth?

It has to do with the age range when wisdom teeth come through. When a person reached the late teens early twenties (17-25), they stop being a child and become an adult: in theory a person becomes wiser around this age. This is also the same time that wisdom teeth erupt.

Wisdom teeth and the modern jaw…

For most people, the modern jaw has no room for wisdom teeth. They’re an out-dated and unnecessary biological throwback to hunter-gatherer days. See when humans were hunter-gatherers wisdom teeth were useful for the diet: things like tearing meat apart as well as grains.
You see, the jaw had to change because our brains got bigger and our diet changed. But our teeth have not caught up. Some scientists estimate it could be—at the very least—thousands of years before evolution catches up and no one has wisdom teeth anymore.

That’s a long time. Who knows what society will look like that far in the future. Or, for that matter, what humans will be eating then.

Dealing with the Problem Now…

Unfortunately, wisdom teeth are a problem now, and the problem with wisdom teeth in the modern jaw is that when they try to erupt they can lead to problems such as:

  • Cysts
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth erosion
  • Infection

At Perfect Teeth in Cairns we recommend removing Wisdom Teeth early, it may save you a lot of pain…

At Perfect Teeth we recommend removing wisdom teeth between the ages of 16 and 20. This is usually before the roots are fully formed which allows us to remove the wisdom teeth with ease, minimal post-surgery pain and downtime.

The alternative to early intervention is to wait until they’ve started to erupt. Or until they have already erupted. If this is the case wisdom teeth will be more difficult to remove and the recovery time could be slower and more painful.

For more information on our wisdom tooth removal, or to book an appointment at our conveniently located dental practice in Cairns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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