Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)

By Dr Tharini Hettiarachchi Have you heard the term gum disease and wondered exactly what that means? Some common concerns from patients with gum disease at their initial appointment are: “My gums bleed with I brush and floss, is that normal?” “I have a sore, wobbly tooth” “A large piece came off my tooth and there…

Treatment under General Anaesthesia

Having Dental Treatment under General Anaesthesia At Raceview Dental our caring dentists will endeavour to make every visit for you as easy, stress free and gentle as possible. We understand however, that there are some difficult, lengthy or large producers as well as some patients who have unfortunately had traumatic previous experiences where getting treatment…

Which Mouthguard?

By Dr Aaron McMurtrie There is a wide variety of mouthguards commercially available through chemists and sports shops. Most of them are the classic two or three sizes fits all and the finalization of the fit involves heating the product to mould it as accurately as possible to an individual’s arch. From a professional’s point…

Why do I need a filling?

By Dr Hien Le When you have tooth decay and a cavity, what has happened is that bacteria have infected your tooth and eaten it away with acid. In the early stages, this does not cause pain but can be found during your regular check-ups by your dentist. When the bacteria eat away the tooth…

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Extracting baby teeth at the dentist

Do all baby teeth need to be removed with the dentist? No, it is often ideal to allow baby teeth to exfoliate in their own time.  Apart from being used for eating, maintaining baby teeth is crucial for adult teeth to erupt properly at the appropriate time.  They are the space holders for when dental…

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The Importance of Regular Professional Dental Cleans

The Importance of Regular Professional Dental Cleans By Dr. Simran Patheja Many patients have excellent oral hygiene – brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, and flossing before brushing daily. However, everyone (even dentists!) still require professional dental cleaning every 3-12 months. Professional cleaning can remove calculus – a mineralized deposit – that builds…

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Why is your dentist recommending a crown?

Why is your dentist recommending a crown? A dental crown is a protective “cap” that entirely covers a damaged or heavily filled tooth. Your dentist may recommend that you undergo a dental crown procedure for one of a few reasons; you have a particularly weak tooth that needs to be held together, you have a…

What does a filling involve?

What does a filling involve? An inside look by Dr Aaron McMurtrie   Very rarely is a filling just a filling. It a common misconception that people think we scrape out the gunge, whack in some putty and wander off in search of a cup of coffee. This could not be further from the truth.…

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Diet and Dental Decay

Diet and Dental Decay By Dr Simran Patheja Brushing two times a day is a mantra instilled in many of us since we can remember. It is such an important tool in preventing dental decay. However, the bacteria that we mechanically brush and floss off isn’t the only causative factor in dental decay! Diet plays…