What's so great about Dental Implants?

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The thought of losing a valuable tooth (or teeth) due to a health condition, accident or tooth decay can be quite stressful.  It’s natural to be concerned about the impact it may have on your appearance and the impaired ability to chew and enjoy food.

You can rest assured that our team at The Dental Lounge @ Robina has a great solution for your predicament.  Let’s take a brief look at the options available for replacing missing teeth.    

  • A Bridge – it’s exactly what it says – it’s particularly useful for replacing multiple teeth in a row, fitting over the teeth on either side of the gap to create a solid connection to the jaw.
     

  • Dentures – for many years dentures (false teeth) have been the solution to replace an entire arch of missing teeth.

    However, while both options above achieve the practical aspect of dental functionality and uniformity, they are unable to support the jawbone where the original tooth (teeth) were anchored.  Over time the bone can deteriorate, weakening the area and surrounding teeth causing changes in facial contour (sunken), oral health issues and possible speech problems.
     

  • Dental Implants - are the preferred long-term option for tooth replacement. They are aesthetically designed to seamlessly blend naturally with your other teeth, provide long-term strength and stability for chewing, plus preserve bone structure.

    Dental implants are fitted by anchoring a medical grade titanium post (an artificial root), directly into the jaw bone at the site of the missing tooth (or teeth).  A ceramic crown is then placed on top of the post, which appears and functions just like a strong healthy tooth.  

    (Note: If you need a full set of teeth the process is slightly different whereby Implant teeth are permanently attached to several posts, but not one for each tooth. This still provides the teeth stability without causing unnecessary surgical trauma).

In conclusion, whenever possible, we recommend dental implants as the best option for replacing teeth providing long-term satisfaction and durability.

Dr. Mah is our resident go-to dentist for Dental Implants here at The Dental Lounge.  He is passionate about using the latest technology and materials to achieve amazing results for our patients. If you are looking for the best solution to replace your missing teeth or would like to chat to our friendly staff about our dental services, please give us a call and allow us to give you the confidence to smile again! 

The Dental Lounge @ Robina, ph. (07) 5580 8855 or click here for location details and business hours. 

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How to maintain strong and healthy teeth throughout your life!

Oral Health Hygiene

Strong, healthy teeth cannot be taken for granted. A proactive approach to dental care is 
vital throughout our lives and as the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a 
pound of cure.” 

This is easily achieved by following a good dental routine, including a healthy diet and 
regular visits to the dentist. Here are some simple tips to help you look after your teeth and 
gums.

Tooth Brushing

  • Brush thoroughly using fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes twice a day, mainly after meals and last thing at night.
  • Use a soft toothbrush which should be changed every three to four months or when bristles start spreading or discolour. 

Floss

  • As brushing cannot reach between the teeth and under gums, daily flossing is the only way to clean these areas and lift away debris. 

Diet

  • Limit acidic drinks (e.g. soft drinks, cordials, fruit juices, wine, etc), plus sugary and starchy foods. These cause plaque build-up which produce acids and bacteria that weaken tooth enamel, causing decay (cavities) and teeth sensitivity.
  • If you are going to have sugary unhealthy foods or drinks, where possible tack them onto a meal so your mouth has to fight the acid attacks less times.
  • It’s a good idea to give teeth a 4-hour break between meals.
  • Sugar free gum is also good as it helps to fight acids.
  • A diet rich in crisp, fresh fruits and vegetables can help to clean your teeth as you chew them throughout the day.
  • Drinking water after meals or snacks also helps cancel out the acid effect more quickly.

Protect your teeth from injury

  • Wear a mouthguard or full-face helmet when playing sports. In the unfortunate event your tooth is knocked out, if possible hold the tooth back in place, or wrap the tooth in plastic or place it in milk and seek dental advice immediately.
  • Avoid using your teeth to remove bottle tops or open packaging as you risk chipping or possibly breaking your teeth.

Regular Dental Checks - be sure to visit your dentist or hygienist for a routine check-up at 
least every six months. This visit normally includes:

  • Teeth clean and scale
  • Thorough assessment of your oral health
  • Exams and diagnostic x-rays for diagnosis and intervention
  • Oral Hygiene advice if required
  • Recommendation of further dental treatments if needed
  • Click here to view our comprehensive range of dental services

Your Child’s Dental Health

  • Until a child can tie his or her own shoes, they need your help with daily brushing and flossing, especially those areas where their back teeth (molars) touch.
  • We recommend children should see a dentist as soon as their 1st or 2nd birthday. Here at The Dental Lounge @ Robina, we go out of our way to ensure children have a fun positive experience, which sets them on the path to healthy dental habits. 

Our team believes that the vast majority of dental problems are preventable, and we are committed to keeping you and your children’s smile healthy for life. Contact us today to make an appointment, The Dental Lounge @ Robina – phone (07) 5580 8855.

 

Oral Health Hygiene

Twilight Sedation – Stay awake, relax and feel no pain!

Are you one of those people who put off going to the dentist, sometimes for years due to the fear of possibly having to undergo painful dental procedures?  These fears may have been well-founded in years gone by; however, dentistry has come a long way.

Our team at The Dental Lounge understand the anxiety some people experience when it comes to visiting the dentist and are pleased to offer an anxiety-free solution known as ‘Twilight-Sedation.’  While other practices also provide this form of sedation, our uniqueness is that we are the only dental practice in Queensland providing intravenous sedation administered by a highly trained in-house specialist anaesthetist, as opposed to a dentist who has attended a 2-day workshop.

This type of sedation is not like a full general anaesthetic administered by an anaesthetist in a hospital.  You remain awake; however, your state of mind is extremely relaxed.  It’s often described as like dreaming in a calm and sleepy way, not really noticing the dental procedure that’s taking place.  We find that many people are so relaxed that they do often fall asleep for the majority of the procedure, however this is not a guarantee.

Benefits of Twilight Sedation:

  • Reduces anxiety
  • The patient remains conscious and is still able to respond to instructions given by the dentist  
  • Minimises the need to perform dental care in a hospital setting, which uses general anaesthesia
  • Aids patients who suffer from a gag reflex during dental procedures
  • Gained confidence during future visits to the dentist!

Beneficial for the following treatments:

  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Dental Implants
  • Fillings
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Complex or multiple dental procedures can be completed in one visit 
  • And, other treatments as recommended by your dentist.

If you suffer anxiety, perhaps due to past negative dental experiences, or just want to enjoy the benefits of the latest pain-free procedures available – Twilight Sedation could be the option for you.  Alternatively, if this level of sedation seems unnecessary for your specific treatment, we can provide other options.

A vast majority of dental problems are preventable, and our team at The Dental Lounge is passionate when it comes to providing the most comfortable dental treatments possible, using the latest technology in restorative and preventative dentistry to help you achieve  optimum oral health.  Click here to view our services.  

So, don’t procrastinate, be proactive and contact us today to make an appointment, The Dental Lounge, Robina - phone (07) 5580 8855. 

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Whitening, Does it Damage My Teeth? All About Whitening

Teeth Whitening

When it comes to teeth whitening there are many questions and misconceptions being thrown around. So how do you really know if whitening is for you?

The first question that is often asked is does whitening really work? In short the answer is yes….. for most people. Results however vary from individual to individual so no guarantee can be made about how much whiter you will actually go, as different types of enamel react to the chemical solution differently. In saying this however whitening alone may not work for some people. This may be the case if you have in restorations on your teeth such as crowns, fillings, etc. This is because any non-natural tooth structure cannot whiten. In this case options include mixing whitening and updating old restorations to match your new whiter shade or using crowns, veneers or even fillings to achieve the bright smile you’ve been dreaming of.

The next question that is often asked is which whitening option is best for me? There are two main kinds being home whitening and in chair whitening. Both have their pros and cons. First let’s talk about in chair (Zoom!) whitening. This option is often the most popular as the results achieved are instant and you walk out of the practice already close to your optimal lightened shade. Aside from the slightly more expensive cost of the in chair whitening the main reason it isn’t always the best option is the unpredictable sensitivity different people may experience. If sensitive teeth is something you experience, take home whitening kits may be the better option for you. Take home whitening requires a longer commitment to reach your optimal shade of white as the solution we are allowed to send you home with is not as strong as the one we can use when you visit us at our practice. This option is good for people with more sensitive teeth as you can control how often and long you whiten for and take it as slowly as your teeth may require.

But what about other whitening options you might ask? Whitening toothpastes and over the counter “whitening” remedies are very abrasive and work by scrubbing away stains and enamel to remove superficial staining. Even though this may work to remove some of the stains left by coffee, tea, etc. it doesn’t actually whiten your teeth and can cause permanent and irreversible damage and sensitivity by scrubbing away the protective outside layer of your tooth.

Although both of the above options work for most people it is still best to see your dentist to find out which will work best for you.

Save Your Teeth (You're Gonna Need Them)

Your Awesome Teeth...

Did you know that human teeth are naturally as strong as stainless steel?  They are made to stand up to an entire lifetime of wear and tear.  Our teeth are functional, (the first step in digestion is chewing food), but also aesthetic — our teeth play lead role in a beautiful smile.  Given their importance, it is only normal that we want to look after our teeth as best we can.

Acidic Roots of Tooth Decay

Interestingly, as strong as a tooth is, it is surrounded by microscopic enemies.  The human mouth is host to an astonishing variety of bacteria. These bacteria feed themselves on the remains of our food, especially sugary food. I explain the process to my 5-year-old in the following way: the bacteria live on our teeth, eat sugar, and poop out acid.  This acid makes holes in our teeth, the bacteria go in a little further, and the cycle continues.

Another threat to our teeth is soft drinks.  The carbonic acid in soft drinks slowly dissolves our teeth. The acid in soft drinks, such as Coke, is also strong enough to remove burnt residue on pots and pans, clean car batteries, or (and this one is telling) dissolve a tooth left sitting in a glass of Coke after two days.  The enamel and dentine of our once strong teeth are made soft and weak by exposure to this acid.

DIY Tooth Decay Prevention

Now that you know some of the causes of tooth decay, the standard dental advice seems obvious: we should cut down on the amount of sugar and soft drinks in our diet. Brushing our teeth removes thebacteria that attack them, and the fluoride in the toothpaste actually helps strengthen the teeth. Flossing is also essential, because by physically scraping the surfaces where teeth meet, (in places where brushes can’t go) the floss actually removes the bacteria in these areas and minimises our risk of decay or gum disease in these areas.   A final resource is tooth mousse.  Applied after brushing, tooth mousse actually helps to re-mineralise the teeth, providing the ingredients needed to build the teeth back up after they have started to become porous from acid attack.

When to See the Pros

A dentist can quickly spot key signs of tooth decay. X-rays are also used to reveal the state of the teeth in areas beyond what is visible to the naked eye.  Decay that is in its early stages can sometimes be treated with a fluoride varnish that makes the teeth stronger and protects them from acid attack. Early decay in molar grooves can sometimes be treated with fissure sealants.  6-monthly check-ups allow your dentist to spot early signs of decay, when remedies are more straightforward (and less expensive).  If you believe you have tooth decay at the moment, the sooner you get in to see us, the easier the remedy will be.

Tooth Anatomy

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