What is a root canal treatment and why would I need one?
Root canal treatment is required when the root or nerve of the tooth becomes infected and the nerve pulp must be removed to prevent further damage to the tooth, gum and sometimes even the jawbone.
Pain, deep cavities, tenderness during eating, dramatic tooth discolouration and sensitivity to hot and cold foods are all indicators that you may require a root canal and should contact the Woodgrove Dental team for diagnosis.
This procedure involves removing the nerve pulp, cleaning the remaining nerve and filling the root with a sealant to reduce the risk of any further infection. A covering is then placed over the crown to reinforce the tooth’s structure which can become more fragile following root canal treatment.
Although root canals are notoriously thought to be painful, modern technologies and anaesthetics allow the treatment to be conducted with very little, no more painful than that experienced in other dental treatments.
What are dental implants? Can they benefit me?
Dental implants are the closest artificial replacement to real teeth and are an effective substitute when teeth are lost or broken.
If you’re missing several teeth, dental implants can be a great alternative to bridges as they are free-standing and don’t require other teeth to support them.
Dental implants are created by constructing a crown around a titanium post inserted into the bone, achieving a completely functional, natural-looking replacement for natural teeth.
With proper oral care including brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups, the success of your dental implants will be long-lasting and keep you smiling for decades!
Read more about dental implants.
How often should I go to the dentist?
We advise check-ups with the Woodgrove Dental team every six months. Regular check-ups ensure we can monitor your dental health and detect any problems early before they become serious and expensive to treat.
Can’t I just get my teeth cleaned without an examination?
We are required by the Dental Practice Board of Victoria to keep thorough records of all our patients’ dental health, so an examination is necessary even before a standard teeth cleaning. The examination also helps us detect any problems that may exist in their early stages but are not yet causing you pain. Some issues such as root canal therapy can be detected in its early stages through these routine examinations, and can be treated before they become painful and costly to repair.
Do I have to have my wisdom teeth out?
Whether or not you need to have your wisdom teeth removed depends on a number of factors.
In some cases, the size of the jaw and teeth match perfectly so wisdom teeth can erupt naturally without causing any trouble or requiring surgery.
For patients with large teeth and smaller a smaller jaw, the mouth may not have enough room to allow for the wisdom teeth to erupt and will need to be removed. Similarly, if wisdom teeth are impacted and growing the wrong way, they’ll also need to be removed.
Sometimes orthodontic treatment in early teens involves removing the four premolars, which allows room for the wisdom teeth to erupt naturally without any issues.
In any case, an examination from the Woodgrove Dental team can determine whether or not your wisdom teeth require removal.
Read more about wisdom teeth.
Will I ever need dentures like my grandparents?
Thanks to modern dental technologies and diligent oral care habits, your natural teeth can be retained for life meaning you won’t have to wear dentures like your grandparents might!
Modern procedures like crowns, bridges dental implants can create a natural-looking permanent smile so your teeth remain strong and last for decades.
It’s important to maintain good dental hygiene and visit the Woodgrove Dental team for six-monthly check-ups to maintain healthy teeth and gums that will have you smiling naturally for a lifetime.
Why is a scale and clean important before tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is most effective when applied to clean teeth that are void of plaque, calculus and other stains. A scale and clean ensures teeth are in prime condition to alow the whitening gel to work most effectively.
Read more about tooth whitening.
What is an Oral Health Therapist?
At Woodgrove Dental, we’re proud to have Jamilla on board as our Oral Health Therapist meaning she is dually qualified in Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene.
As an Oral Health Therapist, Jamilla aims to educate our patients on how to best take care of their teeth and gums to prevent oral health issues. Jamilla may undertake dental hygiene planning, dietary counselling and smoking cessation and advise the application of fluoride and fissure sealants as preventative measures.
Jamilla is able to provide Dental Therapy to children and young adults (patients under 25). She is able to conduct examinations and determine diagnosis, take dental x-rays, prepare cavities and tooth fillings and extract baby teeth.
As an Oral Health Therapist, Jamilla can also perform Dental Hygiene services for patients of all ages. This includes conducting dental examinations, root planning, scale and clean of the teeth, x-rays of the teeth and jaws, diagnosing gum disease and developing dental care plans for patients.
Read more about Dental Hygiene Treatment.
How important is proper dental care for baby teeth?
Although baby teeth are only with us for a relatively short amount of time, they play an important role in speech development and the growth of our adult teeth. Baby teeth guide the facial bones as they grow and change, ensuring that adult teeth are guided to and erupt in the correct position. Premature loss of baby teeth can have a significant impact on speech development and it is therefore important that baby teeth receive the same level of care as the teeth we plan to have for life.
Will Dental Insurance help with payment?
Rebates for dental insurance claims are determined by each individual insurance
provider. For common dental procedures, these rebates rarely cover more than 60% of
the costs and often cover less than half the fees incurred for more complex treatments.
Although, dental insurance may assist some patients in offsetting the fees of more
expensive procedures, they may not be of such value when covering the costs of more
routine treatments. Please feel free to contact us to discuss which insurance plans may
prove most beneficial according to your specific dental requirements.