Dental Sealants – What Are They And What Is The Procedure?

What Are Dental Sealants? Dental sealants (also called fissure sealants) are a plastic coating which is placed on the surface of the molar teeth.  Dental sealants are usually placed on the biting surface, but they may sometimes be needed on the cheek or tongue side of the teeth if there are pits … [Read more...]

Diabetes Dental Care – Taking Care Of Your Teeth For Diabetics

Taking good care of your teeth and gums is important for everyone, but even more so for people who have diabetes.  People with diabetes may face more dental problems if their blood sugar levels are poorly controlled. Dental Problems Linked With Diabetes People with uncontrolled diabetes are at … [Read more...]

What’s In An Amalgam Filling And Do Dentists Still Use Them?

It's commonly known that amalgam fillings (also called silver fillings) contain mercury, hence the debate about whether they are safe to use of not.  But what other ingredients are in an amalgam filling? What's In An Amalgam Filling? When an amalgam filling is placed in the tooth, it is soft and … [Read more...]

Fissure Sealants – Preventing Decay

What Are Fissure Sealants? Fissure sealants are coatings that cover the fissures (grooves and pits) of children's teeth to prevent tooth decay.  They are placed on the biting surface of the teeth to protect the fissures which are prone to decay.  These fissures are so small that food and bacteria … [Read more...]

Dental Bridge – Replacing Missing Teeth

What Is A Dental Bridge? A dental bridge is a false tooth attached to crowns on either side of a gap to replace a missing tooth.  A bridge consists of two crowns on the neighboring teeth with a false tooth, called a pontic, between them which bridges the gap.  A bridge can be used on natural teeth … [Read more...]

Wisdom Teeth – Pain, Removal, Recovery And Cost

What Are Wisdom Teeth? Wisdom teeth, often called third molars, are the teeth at the very back of your mouth that grow at around the age of 18 to 25.  They commonly cause problems as our jaws are smaller than they were hundreds of years ago and often there is not enough space in our mouth to … [Read more...]

Root Canal – Symptoms, Procedure, Pain And Problems

What Is A Root Canal? A root canal, also called a root filling, is the process of removing the nerve tissue from the canal which is located inside the root of a tooth.  This is done when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected causing an abscess at the tip of the root.  A root canal can be done by … [Read more...]

Dental Implant Procedure – Surgery And Fitting Of Crown

Explained below is detailed information on the dental implant procedure including the implant surgery and implant crown fitting procedures.  For information on what an implant is go to dental implants. Dental Implant Surgery Your implantologist will firstly administer some anaesthetic to make … [Read more...]

Dental Implants – Replacing Missing Teeth

What Is A Dental Implant? A dental implant is used to replace a single missing tooth or a number of teeth.  It is made up of a titanium screw which is implanted into the jaw bone and then a crown is placed on top of that to make it look like a natural tooth. A crown, or dental cap, is made of … [Read more...]

Occlusal Guard – What Is It And When Should I Wear One?

What Is An Occlusal Guard? An occlusal guard is a horseshoe shaped piece of plastic which is worn over the teeth to protect them against damage caused by clenching or grinding.  It works by creating a physical barrier between your upper and lower teeth so that you bite against the plastic rather … [Read more...]