What are veneers?

Veneers are a thin layer of material that sits on the front surface of the tooth to change it’s appearance. They can be used to improve the appearance of the teeth including colour, shape and position by coating the surface in a thin layer of porcelain or composite.
Porcelain veneers are prepared and fitted over two appointments, they are more robust, have a high lustre and require less maintenance however they may still chip or break with certain habits such as a heavy bite, fingernail biting and grinding.
Composite veneers are more cost effective and can be completed in a single appointment (depending on the number of teeth), they are colour matched to each patient’s needs using several shades of composite material for a great aesthetic result. This material requires some maintenance and polishing and is slightly more prone to chipping than porcelain.
To find out whether veneers are suitable for you feel free to make an appointment with us on (02) 4324 1181.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

The signs and symptoms associated with gum disease will vary from person to person but may include:
– Tender gums
– Red or purple appearance of the gums around the teeth
– Bleeding when brushing or flossing
– Bad breath (halitosis)
– Swollen or spongey looking gums
– Recession
– Suppuration (pus)
The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis and at this stage considered reversible. The gums may show some of the symptoms including bleeding and inflammation however with a thorough cleaning and a good home oral care regime it may be rectified with no long-term repercussions.
If left unchecked or continued poor oral hygiene gingivitis may progress to periodontitis at this stage not only the visible gums (gingiva) are affected, but also the underlying structures and bone (periodontium) that hold the teeth in place. The destruction of these structures is irreversible and may lead to tooth mobility and even tooth loss.

Is it time for a dental check-up?

Smiling pretty woman is having her teeth examined by dentist in clinic. Image: Bigstock.com

It is advised by dental professionals that patients come in for regular 6 monthly check and cleans.
In these appointments as well as checking the teeth for signs of decay or gum disease, the dentist will screen for oral disease including indicators of; infections (fungal and bacterial), early signs of oral cancers or abnormal tissues; even diabetes can show symptoms in the head and neck region. Other things that may be examined include your jaw joint (TMJ) and chewing muscles (muscles of mastication) to check for any abnormalities.
By this time most patients will also require a scale and polish to remove any build up of plaque and calculus from the teeth and prevent any gum disease from progressing to an irreversible stage or periodontitis. Regular visits make these appointments more comfortable and efficient for patients.
Check with your health fund to find out whether they will cover two dental check-ups per year and book in to help prevent disease.