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Impacted Tooth Can Cause Dental Problems



It is not just wisdom teeth that can become impacted and cause dental problems. Any tooth can have difficulty in emerging through the gums -- with the result it will become impacted and can have serious dental consequences.

Problems caused by an impacted tooth:

  • Infections of the gum from bacterial build-up
  • Crooked, crowded or misaligned teeth
  • Damaged tooth roots

An impacted tooth can be difficult to identify. It is diagnosed by a dentist who can determine the best method of treatment for your specific situation.
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How Your Dentist Is Curbing COVID-19


To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and to protect their health and that of their patients, dentists are taking extra precautions at their practices. Below are some of them.

Key takeaways:

• All patients must wear face masks and also be screened before the consultation.
• Dentists are using personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields, gowns and gloves.
• Dentists are encouraging their patients to maintain social distancing as well as offering virtual consultations.

Talk to your dentist about what can be done to keep your teeth healthy during these trying times.

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Are You Due for a Professional Teeth Clean?


Professional teeth cleaning is a gift to your oral health, as you’ll have stains and plaque removed -- the basis of healthy teeth and gums. There are some signs to be aware of if you have skipped a regular cleaning.

Key takeaways:

- Puffy, red gums can indicate early signs of gum disease.
- Sensitive teeth can suggest damaged tooth enamel.
- Bad breath can be due to a build-up of plaque.

Your dentist may recommend that professional teeth cleaning is carried out every six months.
"teeth cleaning helps remove the plaque that builds up in your oral cavity to prevent disease and protect both the health and appearance of your smile!"

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How Technology is Improving Dental Implants


CBCT scans (cone beam computed tomography) take colour 3D images in seconds. These advanced images show your dentist the precise location for a dental implant.

Key takeaways:

- CBCT scans reveal bone quality and show the position of any tooth roots where an implant is required.
- Precise measurements mean dentists can make a smaller incision so healing times are faster.
- CBCT scans have less exposure to radiation than traditional X-rays.

If you need to replace any missing teeth, talk to your dentist about dental implants and cone beam technology.
' technology is changing the field of dentistry."


Why You Should Get A Wisdom Tooth Removed


Wisdom teeth may get removed if they erupt abnormally and result in major oral health complications. So what are these complications and how do they affect your smile? You can have your wisdom teeth removed if:

• Causes pain and swelling in your gums and jaw.
• Severely decayed and infected.
• Begun pushing against other teeth, as this will lead to crooked teeth.

Talk to your dentist if you suspect your wisdom tooth is becoming a problem.


Can You Reverse Gum Recession?


Gum recession is a result of gum disease, with the gums pulling away from the teeth. Your dentist can advise on how to prevent gum disease and treat early signs of gum recession.

Key takeaways:
-  Gum recession is reversible when the signs of gum disease are caught and treated early.
-  Using an electric toothbrush and flossing daily can help prevent gum recession returning after treatment for gum disease.
-  Left untreated, severe gum recession may require a graft to restore the affected gum tissue.

"Any gum recession that occurs is likely to lead to more gum recession as a result of exposed tooth roots and irritation. This is why catching gum disease early is so important, as it can increase your chances for successful gum recession reversal."

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Is Jaw Popping Something To Be Concerned About?


Jaw popping can be caused by a misaligned jaw joint, which needs to be treated by a specialist. However, there are other reasons that can cause this problem.

Key takeaways:
-  Habits like nail biting and teeth grinding can put the jaw joint under additional stress.
-  Chewing gum frequently can have the same effect.
-  Jaw popping can be a symptom of underlying conditions, like an improper bite or arthritis.

Frequent jaw popping shouldn’t be ignored, whether it's just an annoyance or a painful problem. Your dentist can help find the root cause of this problem.

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