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FISSURE SEALANT

FISSURE SEALANT

Fissure sealant is a tooth coloured liquid which is applied on the chewing surface of adult molar teeth to prevent cavities from forming in early years.

Once applied the coating is permanent, and will stay on your teeth for a number of years.

WHY DO I NEED FISSURE SEALANTS?

Your back teeth are known as premolars and molars and have pits and grooves on the biting surface, some of which can be deep and difficult to keep clean with brushing.

Food particles can become trapped and this creates a perfect breeding ground for plaque bacteria which if left, will generate cavities. Fissure sealants work by filling the deep pits and grooves making it easier to clean your teeth and thus helping to prevent cavities from forming.

THE PROCEDURE 

  • The teeth which the sealants are being placed on will be cleaned and dried
  • The chewing surface of the tooth will be prepared to accept the Fissure Sealant
  • The Fissure Sealant is applied to the tooth using a small brush and then hardened by concentrated beam of ultraviolet light

 

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Implant Supported Overdentures

An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants.

Regular dentures rest on the gums, and are not supported by implants.

Implant supported dentures may be used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. These dentures have special attachments in their base that fit onto attachments on the implants helping to make the denture more stable during function. This makes the denture less likely to move while eating and speaking and helps improve not only your ability to chew but also your confidence.

Implant-supported dentures are most often made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn’t need the extra support with implants. However, implant-supported dentures may be made for either the upper or lower jaw. As with regular dentures, implant-supported dentures need to be removed at night to clean the denture and gum area.

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PREGNANCY AND DENTAL VISITS

PREGNANCY AND DENTAL VISITS

 

You have so much to think about during pregnancy but don’t overlook your oral health, which can be affected by hormonal changes. During pregnancy, you may be more likely to develop gingivitis which is an infection of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Your gums may bleed a little when you brush or floss due to an exaggerated response to the presence of plaque. Left untreated, gingivitis can affect the supporting tissues that hold your teeth in place.

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SOFT DRINKS VERSUS WATER CONSUMPTION AND ITS EFFECTS ON YOUR BODY AND MOUTH

SOFT DRINKS VERSUS WATER CONSUMPTION AND ITS EFFECTS ON YOUR BODY AND MOUTH

We all know how unhealthy soft drinks are regardless of the brand. They are detrimental to the health of your teeth and also the body generally.

One can of soft drink alone may contain up to ten teaspoons of sugar. This is well above the daily requirement of sugar consumption for a grown adult, so you could imagine the impact it can have on a growing child whose daily requirements are much lower.

Sugar, comes in various forms:

  • Sucrose– Sugar cane source
  • Fructose– Natural Fruit source
  • Lactose– Found in mild dairy products
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Osteoporosis and its Dental Complications

Osteoporosis and its Dental Complications

At Dural Dental Practice, we take pride in looking after your overall health which is why it is important for you to let us know if you are on any medications for Osteoporosis prescribed by your General Practioner.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a common disease affecting over 1 million Australians. This disease makes our bones more brittle leading to a higher risk of fracture. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals such as Calcium more quickly than the body can replace them, causing a loss of bone thickness (bone density or mass).

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