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Having Orthodontics When You are Older

As you get older, there is no reason why you cannot have an attractive and healthy smile. Increasingly, older adults are choosing to have orthodontic treatment, sometimes when they are well into retirement. In fact, it is never too late to move your teeth, and there isn’t any such thing as being too old for braces. Nowadays, it is estimated that one out of every five people wearing braces are adult. However, there are many more who might benefit from treatment and who never had the chance to wear braces during childhood. Why Straighten Up? An attractive smile is an excellent way to boost self-confidence, and the effects can positively impact a person’s social life or even their career, but there are other, less obvious benefits too. Adult braces can correct a whole host of different orthodontic problems, including issues with overcrowded or misaligned teeth that cannot bite together properly.…

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May 17, 2019 by
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How to Overcome Dental Anxieties

If you experience fears or anxieties about the thought of seeing a dentist in Newcastle, you’re not alone. Many people have some anxiety about dental checkups, even those have only ever had good experiences. It’s a problem because you know how important regular dental examinations are for your dental health, and for your general health. The good news is that dental anxiety can be overcome, but it’s important to choose a dentist who takes the time to listen to you and to acknowledge your fears. Common anxieties include fear of needles, a dislike or fear of the dental drill, fear of pain, and embarrassment about having bad teeth. Fear of Needles Feeling fearful about having injections isn’t confined to dentistry as many people experience this fear when seeing a medical professional. You can rest assured that we use highly effective numbing gel before giving an injection. The injection is administered…

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Dec 14, 2018 by
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Do You Know Why Your Regular Dental Checkups are So Important?

Do you only schedule a checkup when you feel something might be wrong? Unfortunately, lots of people still ignore polite reminders from their dental office, believing that regular dental checkups are unnecessary. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Ideally, most people will need to see a dentist in Newcastle at six-monthly intervals and should have their teeth cleaned professionally at these visits. Why See a Dentist Regularly When Everything Seems Fine? All too often, the earliest signs of dental disease are easy to ignore, for example, gums that might bleed when you brush or floss, or noticing that a tooth feels more sensitive to hot and cold foods. Other symptoms are silent or are overlooked entirely. Yet this is the very best time to detect and treat dental problems, when they are still developing and have yet to cause any real discomfort, or even worse, dental pain! At this…

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Nov 23, 2018 by
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What is Holistic Dentistry and Could It Help You?

Many people are increasingly concerned about what they put into their bodies and the possible impact on general health. At the same time, we now know far more about the oral-systemic connection between your mouth and body. Holistic dentistry takes this relationship into consideration, using preventative dental care to minimize your risk of dental problems. A regular routine of dental checkups and hygiene appointments at our Courtice dental office can significantly help to maintain excellent dental health. When you do need restorative dental care, our approach is to use gentle techniques to diagnose any dental problems, and we use materials that are more biocompatible with your body. A More Holistic Approach to Diagnosing Any Dental Problems Thankfully, film x-rays are a thing of the past and have been replaced with far safer digital dental x-rays. Digital dental x-rays are viewable immediately on screens in our treatment rooms and emit 90%…

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Oct 26, 2018 by
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Dental Implant versus root canal treatment?

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, but they are not perfect. We always strive to save your natural teeth first and only when circumstances require removal of a tooth would we choose a dental implant next. The deciding factor on saving a tooth or not depends on the extent of damage to the tooth and how much of the tooth remains. Often such teeth require root canal treatment and protection afterwards with a crown. Root canal treatment is a procedure that treats dead or dying teeth. This can happen due to deep cavities that are close to the nerve of the tooth or due to trauma/accidents that damage the nerve inside the tooth. Broken Tooth requiring root canal treatment The inside of the tooth and roots contain the nerves of the tooth Once the root canal procedure is completed, it can leave the…

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Dec 23, 2016 by
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