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22 Jan 2016

Anatomy of a Smile Makeover

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses a lot of different procedures. All of them are designed to help make your smile look better. The extent to which we can provide a smile makeover is often dependent upon the structural soundness of your teeth and gums.

Often, reconstruction work must be done before cosmetic work can. Sometimes this even involves a full mouth reconstruction. A full examination by a qualified dentist is necessary before undergoing cosmetic dentistry work. We would like to tell you more about cosmetic dentistry here.

Considerations for Smile Makeovers
A smile makeover works with a lot of different factors, including skin tone and hair colour. The full appearance of the teeth is also considered: shape, length, width, colour and display. Then the gums and lips are also taken into consideration. People have many reasons for getting smile makeovers and they are customised to the unique needs of the patient.

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22 Dec 2015

Bleeding Gums: See Your Dentist Immediately

If your gums are bleeding, it could be a sign of periodontal disease and you should see a dentist immediately. Too many people ignore bleeding gums, hoping they will just “go away.” Unfortunately, bleeding gums can not only be a sign of more serious dental problems, they can also be a sign of chronic diseases such as diabetes or even atherosclerosis or coronary artery disease.

If you have periodontal disease and it is treated right away, it can usually be reversed. However, if you wait too long, it can develop into more serious forms of periodontal disease, requiring expensive or long-term treatment and it can lead to serious systemic diseases such as those mentioned above.

According to oral health surveys performed in Australia, as many as 25% of Australian adults have moderate to severe forms of periodontal disease. Once you reach the age of 65, that number increases to more than 50%.

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15 Dec 2015

Will Tooth Regeneration Replace Dentures?

If you were a Lake Malawi child, you would never need dentures because you could just keep regenerating teeth. For humans, it doesn’t work that way yet. But could research someday provide us a way to regenerate our own teeth? That’s what researchers from the King’s College in London and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta are trying to figure out.

According to Georgia Tech School of Biology Professor Todd Streelman, their research team has “uncovered developmental plasticity between teeth and taste buds” and are trying to identify factors that allow the fish to regenerate teeth indefinitely instead of stopping after two sets as humans do.

The study involved cross-breeding these fish according to the combined formations of their teeth and taste-buds. This is allowing the researchers to identify specific markers associated with the growth and regeneration of teeth. The researchers were “able to map the areas of the genome” involving growth of teeth and taste-buds. Experiments in London isolated specific genes that are involved in the growth of teeth and taste-buds in mice.

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20 Nov 2015

Why You Need Dental X-Rays

Our office in Joondalup provides a full menu of dental services. One of those services is dental x-rays. Dental x-rays are an important part of any dental examination. Here’s why.

X-Rays: an Overview

X-rays are a crucial part of any dental examination because they show your dentist what is happening in parts of your teeth that he or she cannot see. There are a lot of unseen factors that go into determining your oral health. Your teeth and your gums may look great on the outside, but have cavities that aren’t bothering you yet and are invisible from the outside.

X-rays aid your dentist find cavities and other problems before they become dental emergencies.

In the beginning, tooth decay really doesn’t have many symptoms. A set of dental x-rays can show your dentist if there are any undetected cavities. They can also detect infections around or in the roots of your teeth, as well as any bone loss in your teeth.

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