Dental Implants – Understanding their economics

by Core Dental Group
dental implants

In the last few decades dental implants have been established as one of the most reliable, progressive treatment options for replacing missing and lost teeth. Their continued success story is evident in multiple long-term studies. As a specialist periodontist, I have often been asked about the pros and cons of this modality vis-à-vis other replacement Read More

How does Invisalign work?

by Core Dental Group
invisalign

What is Invisalign? Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that involves the use of clear aligners made of a thermoplastic material. A series of aligners are custom-made and worn in sequence to gradually move and straighten the teeth. Invisalign treatment has become an increasingly popular means of teeth straightening, as it is virtually invisible, Read More

Dental Health Week 2017: Oral Health for Busy Lives

by Core Dental Group
dental health

The week of 7 to 13 August 2017 is the Australian Dental Association’s annual Dental Health Week, and the focus this year is on “anywhere anytime” oral health for busy lives. We’ve put together some handy tips about how you can fit in oral health, no matter how hectic life gets. Brush and floss While Read More

What is fluoride and what is it used for?

by Core Dental Group
fluoride

What is fluoride? Fluoride is a compound of the element fluorine that occurs throughout nature in soil and water. Initially discovered by an American dentist researching brown discolouration in teeth, fluoride has been proven to dramatically decrease the incidence of dental decay. Since its discovery in the 1930s, fluoride has been used worldwide in toothpastes Read More

Should I see a hygienist as well as my dentist?

by Core Dental Group
hygienist

When you look at the human body, the mouth seems relatively small. But when you delve in, you see it is a world of its own! So what is actually in your mouth? It is comprised of not only the teeth but all that pink and squishy stuff too: the lips, cheeks, palate, tongue and Read More

How can I stop grinding my teeth?

by Core Dental Group
grinding

What is tooth grinding? Technically known as ‘bruxism’, grinding is the act of clenching or grinding your upper teeth against your lower teeth when you are sleeping and/or when awake. Up to 10 per cent of people experience teeth grinding and clenching. Although there is no definitive way to eliminate this habit, there are treatments Read More

Tooth sensitivity after a filling

by Core Dental Group
tooth sensitivity

There are many reasons you may require a dental filling: decay (cavity) fractured tooth breakdown of an old silver amalgam filling recurrent decay (cavity) around an old dental filling I always tell my patients that whenever a tooth is drilled, there is potential for some post operative tooth sensitivity. And the more work the tooth requires, or Read More

What are the costs involved with wisdom tooth removal?

by Core Dental Group
wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are the final set of teeth, or third molars, that develop in humans. They quite often require extraction due to common problems, such as pain, infection and impaction as a result of lack of space in the jawbone. Wisdom teeth removal can be a relatively simple and conventional tooth extraction procedure, or it Read More

How often do I need to have a check-up and clean at the dentist?

by Core Dental Group
dental check-up

I regularly hear the question “How often should I have a check-up and clean of my teeth at the dentist?” The general guideline for adults is to have your dentist do a thorough dental check-up at least twice a year. We also recommend a professional clean by your dentist or dental hygienist every six months. Read More

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