Dental problems concerning you? Feeling shy about missing teeth and halitosis? Don’t be shy or embarrassed, we’re here to help. Find out more about these common dental problems and our minimally invasive, pain-free solutions.
Specialising in cosmetic, restorative and preventive cosmetic dentistry in Auckland, we believe in preserving your teeth and enhancing them to bring out a stronger, straighter, whiter, more confident smile.
We have solutions for dental problems!
- bad breath
- bleeding gums
- broken or missing teeth
- sensitive teeth
- teeth grinding
- worn down teeth
Make us your first stop when dealing with bad breath
There are many causes of halitosis commonly referred to as bad breath, however 90% of all cases are a result of dental complications such as gum disease (periodontal disease), oral cavities, tongue coat, food impaction, dentures, faulty restorations, oral carcinomas and throat infections.
With our diagnosis and guidance, you can say goodbye to bad breath!
Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth may be a warning sign of gum (periodontal) disease. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. Bacteria cause the formation of toxins to form, which irritate the gums and if gum disease continues untreated it can damage the gums and jawbone.
Tooth decay or dental caries, refers to the bacterial destruction of tooth enamel. This happens when the mouth is not properly cleansed after eating and residues of food particles build up on the tongue, gums, and between the teeth, providing a medium for bacteria to grow. If you are suffering from chronic bad breath and cannot identify the underlying cause, one likely culprit is undiagnosed tooth decay. Most people don’t recognise the symptoms of tooth decay unless it is so severe the tooth’s nerve is affected and results in a toothache, or a dentist detects it during an exam.
The medical condition dry mouth (also called xerostomia) also can cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten the mouth, neutralize acids produced by plaque, and wash away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decompose and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth may be a side effect of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth.
Many other diseases and illnesses may cause bad breath. Here are some to be aware of: respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and liver or kidney problems.
How we can help you:
- Check your gums and diagnose the cause
- Arrange a thorough teeth cleaning by our Dental Hygienist
- Advise you on special toothpastes, floss and tongue scrapers
Bleeding gums are never normal, not even when you have your teeth professionally cleaned. Imagine your scalp bleeding when you brush your hair.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Plaque on your teeth and at the gumline that is not removed by brushing and flossing can infect the gums and lead to the symptoms of gingivitis. When gingivitis occurs, your gums may become swollen, tender and sometimes bleed during brushing.
Gum disease is very common and not many people are aware that they have it as the telltale signs such as bleeding gums don’t typically show up until the middle-to-late stages.
Gum disease can also be caused by a contagious bacterial infection that can wreak havoc on your health. It can destroy your gums, erode your jawbone, and lead to tooth loss. Gum disease is actually the number one reason teeth fall out.
broken or missing teeth
Having a damaged smile can have a significant influence on our self esteem. Broken, missing or stained teeth can lead to us not wanting to smile at all, embarrassed of what others will think of our oral imperfections.
Benefits to addressing missing teeth – quickly!
Teeth naturally migrate into open spaces in the gums. If you lose a tooth and fail to replace it within a few months, the adjacent teeth will begin to move over into the open area. The slow movement will continue throughout your mouth until all of your teeth sit crooked.
When you lose a tooth the bone in your jaw immediately starts to disintegrate and dissolve away beneath your gums. As the bone volume decreases, your jaw and gums lose the ability to support replacement teeth. It is therefore important to contact your dentist within a week of losing a tooth to avoid having a bone graft performed before receiving an implant, bridge or dentures.
Rejection Risk of Dental Implants
Like any foreign object placed in the body, dental implants run the risk of failure or outright rejection by the tissues and bones in the oral cavity. Waiting too long before having missing teeth replaced can increase this chance of dental implant rejection. After all, leaving the root cavity completely open to bacterial invasions can easily lead to a peri-implantitis infection, which is one of the main causes of rejection. Therefore, when alerted to the missing tooth problem, we work quickly and methodically on a dental restoration treatment plan to prevent rejection and other complications.
How we can help you
Thompson Dental offers a range of non-implant and implant technologies within varying budgets to fix broken and missing teeth. Our range of cosmetic dental services include bridges, crowns, composite fillings, dentures, dental implants and veneers.
The inside of your tooth is primarily made up of a material called dentin, which contains microscopic tubules filled with tiny nerve endings. A hard outer layer of enamel protects the dentin within the crown portion of your tooth, and the dentin extending down to the root of your tooth is protected by a layer of cementum.
If dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum, the nerve endings become exposed and causes tooth sensitivity also know as dentin hypersensitivity or nerve irritation.
Sensitive teeth causes
- brushing too hard can wear down the enamel
- acidic foods and beverages can erode the enamel
- tooth decay which destroys the enamel and the tooth
- broken teeth can expose the dentin
- gum recession exposes the surface of the root
- teeth grinding eventually wears down the enamel
- post-dental treatment which is temporary
Treatment for sensitive teeth
If you’re concerned about sensitive teeth Call us Today to make an appointment for our dentists to assess you. We have various solutions that can effectively reduce tooth sensitivity.
Desensitizing or Bonding
Occasionally, exposed root surfaces can be treated by applying bonding resin to the sensitive root surfaces.
Desensitizing toothpaste can sometimes help block pain associated with sensitive teeth.
Fluoride can be applied to the sensitive areas of your teeth to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce pain.
Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time. Occasional teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding is frequent enough it can lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems. Some grind their teeth in their sleep and are unaware of it until complications develop.
dental treatment options for bruxism
There is no single cure for bruxism, however these helpful treatments and devices are effective for reducing the damage caused and alleviating the unpleasant symptoms.
Botulinum toxin also known as Botox®, Xeomin® and Dysport® has proven to be an ideal treatment option for targeting and treating excessive muscle activity and spasticity. Many other treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medications and dental devices, do not address the source of the problem. Although dental devices can successfully protect teeth from damage at night for bruxism sufferers, they are ineffective in stopping the painful side effects of teeth grinding.
Botulinum toxin injections effectively control:
- bruxism (teeth grinding)
- fine lines and wrinkles
By injecting small doses of botulinum toxin directly into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw), the muscle is weakened enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and headaches should be reduced or eliminated as well. Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions, are not effected at all by botox.
Effectiveness of Botox for Bruxism
Although botulinum toxin injections are not a cure for bruxism, they can effectively control the uncomfortable symptoms better than a night-guard for some patients. Botulinum toxin used for treating bruxism typically lasts for three to four months.
Mouth guards are similar to those used in sports such as boxing or rugby. They’re rubber or plastic and can be made by your dentist to fit your mouth. You can also buy a mouth guard from your local pharmacist, but it’s unlikely to fit as well as a custom-made one.
A mouth splint is made from harder plastic and fits precisely over your upper or lower teeth. They’re no more effective than mouth guards in reducing the symptoms of teeth grinding. However, they’re more expensive as they last for several years, whereas mouth guards usually last for less than a year.
Botulinum toxin can provide tremendous relief from jaw soreness, headaches, and other unpleasant problems associated with bruxism.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain, whether sharp and throbbing or dull and achy, it can be difficult to bite and chew, concentrate, get through the day, even sleep at night, no matter what over-the-counter medication you take for some relief.
The source of tooth pain may be dental decay, an injury or an infection in the tooth. Regardless of the cause, if you have ongoing pain it’s important to address the problem sooner than later.
common causes of toothache
- abscessed tooth
- damaged filling
- fractured tooth
- infected gums
- teeth grinding
- tooth decay
common toothache symptoms
- sharp, throbbing or constant tooth pain
- tooth pain that results only when pressure is applied to the tooth
- swelling around the tooth
- fever or headache
- foul-tasting drainage from an infected tooth
worn down teeth
If you have many broken down or worn teeth, we can turn the clock back and restore what time has taken away. Teeth grinding, dental disease, missing teeth, and trauma can all lead to a broken down mouth, causing discomfort or a decrease in biting function.
When dealing with cases like this we take careful consideration in restoring the appearance and function of the teeth.
We generally begin by allowing you to see and feel what the final result will be by fitting a trial smile.
A trial smile is a temporary blueprint of your new smile, which can be previewed in the mouth before any treatment begins. The teeth are not altered at this stage, and the trial smile can simply be removed.
Read more about our cosmetic dental solutions.