Common Oral Problems

Sensitivity

Dentine hypersensitivity is sensation felt when the nerves inside the dentin of the teeth are exposed to the environment. The sensation can range from irritation all the way to intense, shooting pain. This sensitivity can be caused by several factors, including wear, decaying teeth or exposed tooth roots. The effects of gum disease can lower…

Diastemas – Gap in Front Teeth

Diastemas – Gap in front Teeth A gap in the front teeth (Diastema) can appear unsightly. Tubes are placed over the two teeth … … and filled with Composite material. This builds up the teeth, closing the gap. The material is hardened with a bright light.

Smoking Affects Teeth

Smoking has many affects on oral health. Increased plaque, tartar and staining can occur. Furring of the tongue (increasing bad breath) … …reduced blood flow to the gums … … which is an indicator of the same affect on the heart tissue. Gums may recede … … tooth movement may occur … … tooth loss…

TMJ

When the jaw opens, there are two movements involved… A rotation …. and a sliding. Cartilage between the bones smoothes the movement. Sometimes as cartilage wears, it may click during the opening.

Resorption

Normal Development. Development showing resorption. Action of teeth under the gum. The tooth wears away the existing tooth. The existing tooth may be lost.

Gum Disease

Gingivitis (“inflammation of the gum tissue”) is a term used to describe non-destructive gum disease. The most common form of gingivitis is in response to bacterial plaque adherent to tooth surfaces, termed plaque-induced gingivitis, and is the most common form of periodontal disease. In the absence of treatment, gingivitis may progress to periodontitis, which is…

Anti Snoring – Male

Normal airflow. The Soft Pallet relaxes and restricts the airflow … The Soft Pallet vibrates, causing the ‘snore’. The Epiglotis may also restrict the airflow … … and may even cause ‘Sleep Apnia’. The Silensor is introduced … … which when positioned and adjusted … … brings the lower soft tissue forward.

Wisdom Teeth

An impacted Wisdom tooth. Some bone is removed to gain access … … the tooth is split … … the roots are removed separately. The gum is replaced and heals naturally

Dry Socket

After a damaged tooth is removed … … the ‘socket’ naturally produces a blood clot. Over time the gum will heal over the clot, and gum tissue is restored. However, after the tooth is removed … … if the clot is lost … … by premature rinsing for example … … the bone can be…