Salt water vs mouthwash

by Core Dental Group
mouthwash

From time to time I am asked by a patient whether they can use salt water instead of a proprietary mouthwash as an oral disinfectant. Here I describe the uses and relative advantages and disadvantages of the two. Salt water Salt water mouth rinses are an excellent short term treatment when you have wounds in Read More

How long do porcelain veneers last?

by Core Dental Group
porcelain veneers

In cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers are an excellent treatment that can conservatively and inconspicuously augment your teeth’s shape, length, texture, colour, brightness, proportions – or any combination of these – to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. In the right candidate, veneers can last for decades without wear or damage. Like natural teeth, though, porcelain Read More

What to do if a temporary dental filling falls out

by Core Dental Group
temporary dental filling

A temporary dental filling is a non-permanent, or short-term, filling that might be placed for one of several reasons and should be followed at a later date with a permanent treatment. So let’s first look at the reasons for a temporary tooth filling (and the typical follow-up). These include the following. A recent toothache, where Read More

What causes TMJ pain and how is it treated?

by Core Dental Group
TMJ pain

Your TMJ is the temporomandibular joint that connects your jaw to the parts of your skull in front of your ears. This joint is subject to a range conditions collectively called temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). TMD is very common, affecting up to a third of adults to some degree and with females being more prone. The Read More

Recovery following an extraction

by Core Dental Group
teeth extractions

Like most minor operations, teeth extractions can vary from person to person and also from tooth to tooth. Some teeth may be more difficult to remove than others, so to minimise disruption to your day-to-day activities it is important to follow the post-operative instructions given by your dentist. There are some other helpful things you Read More

How to straighten teeth without braces

by Core Dental Group
invisible braces

So you want straight teeth and the perfect smile? Don’t want to have braces, though? No problem, read on! Dental braces have long been the accepted way to straighten teeth, but for some people the look of these braces can be off-putting, making them feel self-conscious about life’s normal functions such as speaking and smiling. Read More

What to expect from a root canal

by Core Dental Group
root canal

Root canal treatment – or just “root canal”; or, as we dentists call it, endodontic treatment – is a procedure used to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be removed. It is usually carried out on teeth that are severely decayed or broken or are infected – conditions that cause the patient to Read More

I always get mouth ulcers. What could be the cause? 

by Core Dental Group
mouth ulcers

Pain or discomfort in your mouth is not always tooth-related. Sometimes an ulcer may be the cause. An ulcer is a break in the tissue that lines your mouth or the membrane covering your tongue. There are two classes of mouth ulcer: recurring and once-off. Each can have various causes. Recurring mouth ulcers One cause Read More