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Here at NQ Surgical Dentistry we want to de-mystify the whole dental picture for you and offer you clear information and an understanding of dentistry like never before.
If you’re well informed you can have a far more meaningful discussion with your dentist and make better-informed treatment choices.
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BRUSHING: Still the most important method for cleaning your teeth. Following the technique below will help to prevent and treat gum disease, halitosis (bad breath) and prevent decay. Using this precise method you will be unlikely to skip a tooth when cleaning.
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Once a patient who is susceptible to gum disease has received initial periodontal therapy and the gum disease has been stabilised by reducing or eliminating the gum inflammation, it then becomes the responsibility of the patient to maintain the best possible standard of plaque control to prevent “triggering-off” the inflammatory response again in the future.
At the 6-8 week Periodontal Reassessment appointment the progress made, after root surface cleaning and excellent home cleaning, will be assessed. It is often the case that this initial “non-surgical therapy” is all that is required to control your gum disease and that you can then move on to Periodontal Maintenance Therapy provided periodically either 3, 4 or 6 monthly as indicated.
Many people who snore find a reduction in snoring on the first night they wear their mandibular anterior-positioning splint, however others may have to have the splint adjusted before they enjoy this benefit.
When to take your medications prescribed by Dr Priestland………
When you are asleep in the operating theatre the anaesthetist may give you a large dose of antibiotics intravenously along with pain-control drugs and anti-inflammatory medications.
After surgery, DO NOT REMOVE the denture from your mouth for 24 hours if possible. The denture will control the bleeding, limit swelling and act as a band-aid. If the denture is removed, swelling will occur that may make it difficult or impossible to remove and replace the denture.
When to take your medications prescribed by Dr Priestland………
Begin taking antibiotics (Keflex or Amoxicillin) and anti-inflammatory drugs (if prescribed – Naproxen) the night before surgery and continue to take them every 8 hours. If you are having intravenous sedation for your surgery you should still take your tablets on the morning of surgery as early as possible with only a very small amount of water.
A dry socket is a localised area of painful inflammatory response within the bone at the site of a recent tooth extraction, most commonly at the back of the lower jaw. It usually occurs between 3 and 7 days after the tooth has been removed and is characterised by increasing severe pain, which may feel as if it is radiating along the jaw or up into the temple or ear.
Sadly cancer has become a significant community problem affecting larger and larger numbers of patients worldwide. Many cancer sufferers are receiving their cancer therapy as outpatients and as a result, more dentists are likely to see patients suffering from cancer in their practices. Managing oral conditions that relate to cancer or to cancer therapy is becoming more and more important.
There are three options when considering how to perform a dental or oral surgical procedure. These options involve how we ensure the procedure can be made pain-free and acceptable to the patient. The options are local anaesthetic (LA), general anaesthetic (GA) or local anaesthetic with intravenous sedation (LAWS).
The Australian National Oral Health Survey results released by the University of Adelaide show that dental decay affects a significant proportion of children. Over 40% of children between the ages of 5 years and 10 years have decay in their primary (baby) teeth and one quarter of children in that age group have not received dental care for their decay.
For many years upper and lower conventional removable complete dentures have been worn by patients with varying degrees of success. Generally upper complete dentures work well but sadly the lower complete denture is often extremely unsuccessful.
Dental Decay Is The Direct Result Of The Interaction Between Teeth, Plaque Bacteria And Sugars From The Diet
Dr Colin Priestland regularly refers patients to Mrs Vivienne Salu, a nutritionist in Townsville, for advice on how to reduce the frequency with which refined carbohydrate is ingested and how to substitute foods to make better food choices with the least disruption to home life and the home budget!
Gum recession is a common problem that can arise from a number of different causes. The frequently held belief that gum recession is the result of a horizontal scrubbing technique with a firm toothbrush has been used for many years to explain this problem to patients.
Preventive dental health education varies from area to area and between different communities throughout Australia. Education is probably one of the most important factors in preventing so many medical and dental diseases including heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and stroke.
This article aims to give a slightly simplified but clear explanation of the various problems that may arise in the temporo-mandibular joint or jaw joint. To do so obviously requires some understanding of the anatomy of the jaws and joints and some explanation of the physiology of how the muscles work.
Dental decay and tooth erosion are two very common conditions that continue to affect an increasing number of young Australians. Sadly the increase in prevalence in the young is at least in part due to the increasing use of…
Frequently asked questions concerning topics like pain after surgery, painkillers after surgery, swelling after surgery, post-operative infection, dry socket, post-operative bleeding, surgery for patients taking Warfarin and so on…
If you have teeth affected by extensive dental decay or severe gum disease and you are worried about the prospect of losing your natural teeth, then this article should provide you with some hope that you could have a perfectly functional set of teeth and good appearance for the future.
When a patient is irradiated in order to take an X-ray, an area of their body is exposed to “ionising radiation”. This form of radiation has the potential to damage normal tissue cells if it is used in a high dose for a prolonged time.
Many patients appear to be unclear about the role of the dental hygienist and the amazing benefits that they can provide to patients in a dental practice. It is the intention to explain their role and a number of the benefits that you can enjoy from visiting our dental hygienist, Sharon Everett.
An association has been found to exist between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory dugs (NSAIDs) and raised blood pressure that can occasionally result in heart attack or stroke.
For those Australians who have access to dental care and who can afford regular dental examination and treatment when required, it is likely that the current generation in the workforce will retain a large number of natural teeth well past their 50’s and into their old age.
When a tooth suffers from severe trauma, or extensive dental decay, or is subject to considerable cavity preparation using a dental drill to remove the decayed tooth structure, living tissues within the pulp chamber and root canal may become inflamed as a response to such stimuli.
This leaflet provides the reader with knowledge of the soft tissues found in the mouth, including their functions. It identifies the way in which tissue type is controlled and how, by surgical means, we are able to change the type of tissue growing around a tooth or implant, improving not only current soft tissue health and contour, but long term health of the soft tissue around both teeth and implants.
Tooth whitening uses the bleaching effect of either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, both of which will diffuse through the tooth enamel into the dentine and lighten the colour of the tooth. Whitening /bleaching is most effective for teeth with a yellow discolouration within the tooth.
For years very little has changed in the basic approach to the prevention of dental diseases including both tooth decay and gum disease. The simple message for all patients has always been, and remains the same: “eat less sugars and clean teeth better”.
Following tooth extraction, there follows a period of healing during which there is loss of bone from around the tooth socket. This takes place over a few months but continues at a slower rate over the years that follow. Therefore if a tooth has been missing for a period of years, it is common to find that there is insufficient bone remaining to support an implant in its correct position.
For patients with particularly high levels of anxiety concerning dental or surgical treatment, it is helpful to take one to two 1mg tablets of Lorazepam around 1 hour before your surgical appointment time with a very small amount of water.
Gum recession in the past was frequently blamed on incorrect tooth brushing using firm brushes in a scrubbing technique. It was assumed that this damaged the gums and the attachment to the root surface of the tooth. However this is often untrue and generally not supported by scientific evidence.
Tooth decay affects many people of all ages. However, root surface decay is the decay beginning on the dentine root surface of the tooth rather than on the crown of the tooth that is covered in enamel. Root decay invades the root very quickly and can lead to tooth loss in a mater of months.
There are several sub-types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) varying in their ability to infect people and in their potency as an infection. It is now known that HPV is associated with the increased prevalence of oro-pharyngeal carcinoma (OPC) accounting for around 70% of OPC cases.
To help you understand your dental report from Dr Colin Priestland, it is necessary for you to know how the Federation Dentaire Internationale (FDI) tooth numbering system works so you understand which tooth I am identifying when outlining your treatment plan in your report.
Sadly, cancer affects more and more families these days and while treatment appears to be improving, it is still a condition that needs considerable further research and often requires aggressive treatment involving a combination of radiotherapy, surgery and/or chemotherapy.
Periodontal diseases (gum diseases) are now classified according to the condition present, its stage affecting the patient, the extent of involvement of the dentition and the rate of progression. This leaflet is to clarify for patients and members of the dental team what the classification is and how it relates to the level of periodontal disease that affects a patient.
You’ve are going to lose a tooth! It’s a shock and upsetting but now you need to have a consultation and discussion with your dentist about how you will replace that tooth. If you chose to have an implant then the you can start taking appropriate actions to help retain the bone at the site to get the very best result and obtain the most natural appearance with your future implant and crown.
The field of dentistry supports a number of careers to provide employment, satisfaction and pleasure to many varied personalities and people with varying academic abilities including jobs such as dental specialists (13 different specialty streams), general dentists, oral health therapists, dental nurses/assistants…