July 29, 2015
There are three ways to fix gaps between the teeth.
The first is to move the teeth closer together. This can be done with braces or Invisalign.
The second way is to fill the spaces in with tooth coloured filling material – resin bonding. This makes the teeth look a little wider so it depends on the size of the gap, and it will also stain and chip over time. An average for bonding may be around 5 years but may last much longer with care.
The last option is with porcelain veneers or crowns. These can look more natural and don’t stain like the bonding can. I don’t have a picture of veneers used for bonding but go to our website for a picture of before and after porcelain veneers compared to resin bonding veneers HERE
September 8, 2014
Gum disease is a major reason why people lose teeth as they get older, but this patient is under 40 years of age. This patient came to me once at Nundah Village Dental complaining that the front teeth had moved creating a gap. The main complaint was that the smile wasn’t even anymore, and the patient hoped to get Invisalign to straighten the teeth. Sadly, what has happened is a perfect storm of a smoking history, lack of 6 monthly professional cleans at the dentist for nearly 10 years, and probably a genetic modifier. Gum Disease, or periodontal disease, occurs when the bacteria growing around the roots of the teeth in scale (tartar or calculus), cause a permanent chronic infection, and eventually this leads to tissue and bone destruction. Once the jaw bone is lost, the teeth become loose and drift like pylons in soft mud near a jetty. The gums recede leaving the roots of the teeth sensitive, and people become very disappointed to learn that the loss of bone is mostly irreversible. Treating the teeth when they are sensitive is another challenge, and in this case I recommended specialist intervention as soon as possible.
Loose teeth therefore can have devastating issues for a patient’s confidence and well being. I recently saw a 92 year old man with beautiful clean teeth. He has never missed coming for his check and clean every 6 months, and is healthy and can eat whatever he wants. How often do you service your car? Why? – People service their car more often than their teeth, spend more buying a car, and expect to often trade it in for little value 5 years later only to spend more to buy another car. I’m sorry, but prevention wins, and you can’t buy a new mouth. Any dental replacement will be a poor second to what you started out with in life. Get your teeth into service and love your mouth again!
June 13, 2008
Just another routine day in the dental office. I thought I would quickly post these photos which show a young fellow who fell over a concrete ledge. The teeth may or may not end up with major consequences – fortunately mum saw the cracks and brought him straight in for an X-ray and check. See how the enamel is like shattered glass. The inside of the tooth is flexible and has stopped the cracks running right through. I have a small chip on one of my teeth which hasn’t changed for 15 years but another patient of mine ended up with the tooth dying and needing root canal treatment. This was from a small simple fall so it just reinforces why it is so important to wear a custom fitting mouthguard during sports.