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5 days ago

What is wisdom teeth?

Dentist Auckland NZ, Drury

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that start to come through between 17-30 years. In some situations, this is quiet troublesome and often requires urgent attention to be sort. The removal of wisdom teeth is a relatively common procedure performed by qualified and experienced dentists or oral… View moreWisdom teeth are the third set of molars that start to come through between 17-30 years. In some situations, this is quiet troublesome and often requires urgent attention to be sort. The removal of wisdom teeth is a relatively common procedure performed by qualified and experienced dentists or oral surgeons.

You will require an examination and diagnostic tests such as X-rays or cone beam CBCT scan .

Why do I have to get my wisdom teeth removed?

Your wisdom teeth may be erupting in the wrong direction and orientation, which can damage other teeth or structures in the jaw

Your jaw may be too small to accommodate all your teeth leading to excessive crowding and therefore reducing the chance of your wisdom teeth coming through. We call this impaction— and can be potentially harmful to adjacent bone or teeth

If your wisdom tooth does not fully erupt it makes it more difficult to clean and especially bacteria that can get lodged in, causing infection

Pathology such as a cyst ( fluid-filled sac) may form around the unerupted wisdom tooth, which can lead to infection and injury to the adjacent tissues including nerves, blood vessels and bone.

There are times when it is prudent to have the wisdom teeth removed before symptoms develop. But, as with all medical procedures, its benefits must be weighed against the risks which could include complications. Your dentist would provide more information specific to you.

The Extraction Procedure

The treatment can be done pain free by experienced clinicians possibly with only a local anaesthetic that numbs the area and stops you from experiencing any pain; however often multiple wisdom teeth are being extracted at one visit and other additional options such as sedation or a general anaesthetic may be administers. Your dentist can discuss what type of anaesthesia that's best for you before the procedure.

After the Procedure

The recovery period after wisdom tooth surgery lasts between 1 to 7 days depending on the severity of the procedure and the patient’s own biological and physiological response. During this time, you rest and nutrition is advised to encourage healing. Taking regular pain medication as prescribed. It's normal to experience some bleeding the surgical site. However soon after the surgery this is usually controlled by apply gentle pressure by biting with guaze pads and avoiding rinsing or spitting. Also lying with the head elevated rather than flat. In the first 24 hours after the procedure the use of ice packs on the side of the cheek of the procedure for a few minutes at a time may help reduce swelling. Rinsing the mouth with warm salt water several times a day can also help relieve discomfort and keep the wounds clean.

You should keep up with nutrition and eat soft foods for a few days after the extraction and then progress to a normal diet as tolerated.

Continue brushing carefully and follow up with your dentist is important if there are any concerns.

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5 days ago

Can your favorite drink harm your teeth?

Dentist Auckland NZ, Drury

The drink is the main solution to satisfy thirst whether it is coffee juice, wine or water.

Despite the satisfaction, it leaves you, have you ever thought it can damage your teeth?

Here are some facts you may want to consider when choosing your drink.

Wine - Wines are acidic and some of it … View more
The drink is the main solution to satisfy thirst whether it is coffee juice, wine or water.

Despite the satisfaction, it leaves you, have you ever thought it can damage your teeth?

Here are some facts you may want to consider when choosing your drink.

Wine - Wines are acidic and some of it contains high sugar level which causes potential damage on the enamel of the tooth.

Water is the safest drink you can have. Proper hydration can stimulate saliva production which prevents tooth decay. Coffee. Anything in excess can harm your teeth. One cup of coffee a day will not cause any harm to your teeth provided it’s sugar-free.

Milk is not just good for your bones, it’s also good for your teeth. It is full of vitamins and minerals that can make your teeth strong and prevent them from decaying.

Fruit juice. Commercial fruit juice is usually acidic and high in sugar which can potentially damage your tooth enamel. Try to limit your consumption or you can dilute a concentrated juice to lessen its impact on your teeth.

Talk to us today to know more about what is best for your teeth!

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5 days ago

COVID -19 Coronavirus AUCKLAND FAMILY DENTAL EMERGENCY DENTIST RESPONSE TEAM

Dentist Auckland NZ, Drury

Whilst most dental clinics are closed during the Covid-19 related lockdown our oral health care providers are challenged to meet the demands of emergency dental services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are trying to make phone contact and triaging our patients and if possibly delaying the need … View more
Whilst most dental clinics are closed during the Covid-19 related lockdown our oral health care providers are challenged to meet the demands of emergency dental services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are trying to make phone contact and triaging our patients and if possibly delaying the need for treatment unless urgent or emergency dental treatment.

What is “urgent care” and “emergency” dental treatment?

Patients should have access to dental emergency triage and advice via telephone and should only be seen in person if their pain cannot be controlled by medication, or if they have orofacial trauma requiring urgent management.

“Urgent care” includes treatment for:

• dental or soft-tissue infections without a systemic effect
• severe pain that cannot be controlled by medication or the patient following self-help advice
• fractured teeth or pulpal exposure
• adjustment or repair of dental appliances where patient health is significantly impacted.

“Dental emergencies” include:

• trauma-including facial/oral laceration and/or dentoalveolar injuries, such as avulsion of a permanent tooth
• oro-facial swelling that is serious and worsening
• post-extraction bleeding that the patient is not able to control with local measures
• dental conditions that have resulted in acute systemic illness or raised temperature as a result of dental infection
• severe trismus
• acute infections that are likely to exacerbate systemic medical conditions such as diabetes.

We take pride in our infectious controls.

We have personal protective equipment. Items used for emergency care:

N95/FFP2 masks
Surgical masks
Face shields
Gowns
Gloves
Hand sanitizer

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5 days ago

Root canal symptoms: do you think you need a root canal?

Extreme pain or discomfort in your teeth could indicate rotting teeth. But pain is not the only signal that you may require root canal treatment.

Root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, can be life-changing. It saves teeth damaged by decay, disease or injury from being extracted.

So, how… View more
Extreme pain or discomfort in your teeth could indicate rotting teeth. But pain is not the only signal that you may require root canal treatment.

Root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, can be life-changing. It saves teeth damaged by decay, disease or injury from being extracted.

So, how do you know if you need a root canal? Are there telltale signs? Read below. Remember, best to leave it to a dentist to make a call on the best course of treatment for your discomfort.

Sensitivity to heat and cold

If it hurts when you sip a coffee or have ice cream, your teeth are sensitive. Generally, you’ll feel a dull ache. Sometimes the pain can also be sharp. However, if the pain persists for a long time, even after you’ve stopped eating or drinking, this could be a sign of a deeper issue than sensitive teeth. Visit your dentist and get a thorough examination done.

Discolouration of your tooth

An infection in the pulp of your tooth may affect blood supply and cause it to become discoloured. Trauma to the tooth or breakdown of internal tissue can damage the roots and give it a greyish-black appearance.

There can be other reasons for tooth discolouration; best to let your dentist decide the cause and treat appropriately.

Swelling in gums


Swelling or tenderness in your gums can sometimes be an indicator of a root canal. Its swelling comes in various forms and types. Whether it looks normal with some kind of tenderness or is an obvious lump that can be easily seen or felt, it often means that root canal surgery may be needed. If left unchecked, in some cases, the swelling can even expand to the patient’s face or neck.


Typically, a swelling that leads to a root canal is quite pronounced and lasts for days or weeks. It is most likely situated in front of the root tip and causes the problem tooth to feel taller than the neighbouring ones.

Loosening teeth
Infection can affect tooth mobility, making it feel looser. Acidic waste products from nerve death can soften the bone around the root of a dying tooth, causing mobility issues.

Crack or chip in teeth
Contact sports or eating hard food are the most common ways to get a cracked or chipped tooth. This could expose nerves and lead to infection, possibly even spreading if it enters the bloodstream. A root canal, if your dentist recommends, could prevent the infection from spreading.

Pain
One of the key indicators of infection in the teeth is pain. It may be persistent or may go away and return in some time. The toothache can be dull or even sharp. It may even spread around your jaw, face and to your head.

However, not every toothache is a signal that you need a root canal. It could even be gum disease or a cavity. Perhaps it is a referred pain from an infected sinus or an impacted wisdom tooth.

No matter what the cause, it’s a good idea to see your dentist if you have tooth pain, especially if the pain is persistent. Early diagnosis and treatment for tooth pain typically leads to a better outcome

Conclusion

An infection inside your tooth’s pulp and root can be painful. If you have a toothache, that is persistent, or see any of the above symptoms, see a dentist get the right diagnosis and treatment.

Early treatment of any infection can help curtail its spread and bring much-needed relief.

9 days ago

Confused about getting dental implants? Here’s what you need to know…

Dentist Auckland NZ, Drury

Getting dental implants has all sorts of horror stories attached to it, but, in reality, it is a simple process and not very painful.


Not many people will know about dental implants until they lose a tooth and need to replace it. The anticipation of the unknown makes people nervous.


In this … View more
Getting dental implants has all sorts of horror stories attached to it, but, in reality, it is a simple process and not very painful.


Not many people will know about dental implants until they lose a tooth and need to replace it. The anticipation of the unknown makes people nervous.


In this blog we throw the light on what dental implants are and what to expect when you get them.


What are dental implants?
A dental implant procedure is when an implantologist surgically places an artificial tooth that is permanently fused in the jawbone. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. Once in place, natural-looking crowns can be fitted on top of them.


Previously, fixed bridges or dentures were used to replace lost teeth. However, these rely on the health of neighbouring teeth and jaws. Dental implants are a more robust replacement to these procedures.


Why dental implants are good?
For more confident smiles -- don’t let a broken tooth get in the way of your smile again! Dental implants look good and are more aesthetically pleasing than dentures or fixed procedures.

They are good for the health of your adjacent teeth. Unlike bridges or dentures, they don’t need to be anchored to the teeth next to them. No more decay of otherwise healthy teeth.

More reliable as you are unlikely to forget them anywhere or need replacement.


What to expect during and after a dental implant?


You’ve probably heard about pain and long recovery time from dental implants. However, not everything you have heard is true.


With fewer nerves, this procedure is less painful than getting a root canal and more like getting a filling. Your jawbone has very few nerves running through it, fewer than your teeth. That is why getting a dental implant isn’t as bad as it sounds.


Also, the mouth is the fastest healing part of your body, so any swelling of the gums is relatively fast to heal. To counter the little pain almost every surgical procedure has, local anesthesia or sedation is given. Your dental specialist will discuss the best option for you.


One thing to be aware of is that getting dental implants is a long procedure. You will work closely with your dental team over a two to six months period to make and implement your dental implant treatment plan. Much of this treatment time is for healing and to allow the new bone to grow in your jaw.


How much do dental implants cost?
Dental implants cost in NZ vary depending on what you’re having done. From a single tooth through to a full set of implants, there is a range of costs. Every mouth is different too—some require tooth extraction, some people need bone grafts into the jaw, so the complexity of the surgery depends on the situation.


The cost of one dental implant and crown is between NZ$6000 and NZ$7000. This cost includes all the basic surgical requirements of your implant. However, the cost of dental implants shouldn’t put you off. It is a permanent solution that offers the best smile, self-confidence, and freedom to live your life how you want to.


At Auckland Family Dental, a number of finance options are also available, so the cost does not keep you away from the treatment you need.


Where can I get dental implants?
If you have lost a tooth and need it replaced, talk to the team at Auckland Family Dental. They have six clinics across the city and a highly experienced team to help you with a treatment plan that is right for you.

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