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We have put together a list of questions we often get from our patients, which might make your visit and treatment here at Crookes & Jenkins a little bit smoother. If you find your question is not answered here, we would be happy to assist you in any way we can. Contact us /contact-usto talk to one of our friendly members of our team.
There are a number of factors that can cause people to grind their teeth. In many cases, teeth grinding is caused by a combination of factors, both physical and psychological. Some of the most common causes include stress, certain types of illness, nutritional deficiencies, and problems with the structure of the teeth and jaws. It is possible to grind your teeth at night without even realising it, which can cause discomfort and pain in the jaw joints, tooth sensitivity, as well as considerable damage to the surfaces of the teeth.
If you grind your teeth at night and have noticed some pain and discomfort in your jaw or teeth as a result, we recommend that you come in and see us. We offer an occlusal splint or night guard to patients who suffer from mild to severe teeth grinding. The splint, which should be worn at night, is designed to fit over the upper or lower arch, and helps to prevent further damage to the teeth. In some cases, we may recommend a treatment to repair damaged teeth. Treatment may include fillings, dental bonding, crowns, or inlays.
Yes, it is possible to purchase mouthguards over the counter from chemists and sports stores however it is not appropriate to wear a sports mouthguard at night for grinding as this can cause long term damage to your jaw joints. Occlusal splints and sports mouthguards are designed very differently to address the specific functions they serve.
If you play contact sports, we recommend that you use a custom-made sports mouthguard. Custom-made mouthguards, which are made based on an impression of your teeth, offer much better protection than store bought types because they are designed specifically to fit your unique mouth well. They also lessen the chances of a broken jaw and concussion, and help protect the teeth from damage. Custom-made mouthguards can be fabricated for both adults and children and are highly recommended for anyone who plays sport.
Like a lot of treatment related questions, the answer to this one is dependent on the services that you require.
We recommend patients who are visiting for the first time have a full oral health assessment, so your dentist can identify all of your treatment needs.
These may be as simple as a visual assessment with a mirror and probe, or you may require more specialised tests such as dental radiographs (X-rays) or assessments to determine the quality of your saliva and health of your gums.
Often (and especially if there is not a complex treatment to plan) the dentist may also recommend that you get a professional clean on this first visit. This depends on what procedures are requested and performed.
Sometimes patients present to us for the first time with a dental crisis. In these circumstances we will do everything in our power to treat your primary need and get you out of pain. We recommend that you then schedule a time for a complete oral health assessment as discussed above.
Your daily routine should include taking care of your oral health. By maintaining good oral health and hygiene you can prevent gum disease, tooth decay and even, in severe cases, bone loss.
Dental studies have revealed some startling new reasons to keep brushing and flossing every day – if your oral health wasn’t enough. There have been suggestions of an association between oral infections such as gum infections and poorly controlled diabetes, cardiovascular disease and preterm labour and birth.
Your mouth is essentially a window into the health of the rest of your body. It can be a helpful vantage point in distinguishing the early signs of systemic disease. If your oral health wasn’t a big enough reason to take good care of your mouth, the relationship between your oral health and overall health should be.
When brushing your teeth, the best method is to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, with the bristles of your toothbrush aimed towards the gum line. It’s important to focus on this area because bacteria and plaque tend to build up between the teeth and the gums. You should brush gently, moving the toothbrush back and forwards in small strokes so that you clean one or two teeth at a time. We recommend that you brush your teeth for around two to three minutes at least twice a day.
When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, we recommend that you opt for one with a small head and soft bristles. Electric toothbrushes are also a good option, especially if you are having difficulty mastering a proper brushing technique. An interdental brush can be used to complement your brushing routine as it can be useful in controlling chronic gum disease. Simply push it between your teeth to remove food particles and plaque from between the teeth near the gums.
In order to floss your teeth effectively, you should gently place the floss between each tooth, moving it up and down in order to scrape the surface of the tooth. Move the floss around the tooth and under the edge of the gum until you are sure that you have removed all of the plaque in the area.
Flossing is the most effective way to remove plaque from between the teeth, and should form part of your daily routine. If you notice some bleeding, it may be an indication of inflammation in the gums. We recommend that you come in and see us so that we can check for abnormalities or signs of gum disease.
Absolutely! We take special care to foster a caring relationship and environment for children and believe that most children actually look forward to visiting us.
Ideally, as soon as the first two teeth come through. This will allow your dentist to check that the teeth have formed correctly and to give valuable advice about a whole range of dental health issues related to children.
An early start to dental visits also helps the dentist and child begin to form a relationship based on trust. One of the saddest things we sometimes encounter is when a child’s first visit to the dentist is motivated by toothache or dental trauma.
It is difficult for a child suffering from pain or trauma to separate this from the treatment environment if they have not had positive non-threatening experiences beforehand.
“By two is too late” was a catchphrase used by the American Dental Association in a campaign targeted at reducing childhood dental disease and encouraging early intervention.
At Crookes & Jenkins Dental, we ensure universal precautions are undertaken in regard to infection control for all dental procedures. This means that we use the highest level of protection against cross contamination, regardless of whether you are sick or not.
The only consideration you may have is for your own comfort during the procedure. If you can comfortably lie in the dental chair, and can breathe easily with your mouth open, then we are happy to see you.
The dentists at Crookes and Jenkins will take x-rays early in your patient-dentist relationship. This will help to examine and record your oral health. X-rays can see into the hidden areas a simple check-up may not see.
The dentist can also compare older x-rays to newer x-rays for changes than may occur between appointments.
Most adult patients should have a batwing x-ray (full x-ray) every year. Those who are at risk for dental diseases like tooth decay may need them more regularly.
From our perspective, we cannot provide an accurate diagnosis, even for a simple cleaning, without x-rays. We want to give our patients the best care possible. Without x-rays there is a lot we can miss, including gum disease and abscesses.
Dentistry has come a long way since the days of barbershop dentistry, where a bottle of rum was the local anaesthetic. The best way to avoid dental pain is to ensure you maintain good oral hygiene and have regular check-ups, but sometimes more invasive treatment can be necessary.
Through the use of modern day anaesthetics, dental treatment is rarely uncomfortable while you are attending. Some procedures may take a little time to heal, but your dentist will be able to recommend or prescribe medication to manage any post treatment discomfort.
Yes – but please advise us that you will need this service at the time of your booking so that we can ensure we are adequately prepared for your visit.
As part of our service to you we do provide HICAPS facilities. If your health fund is a participating member, our reception staff will be able to submit a claim to your health fund on your behalf.
Your health fund’s contribution will be credited to your invoice so you only have to pay your co-payment towards your treatment. You will need to bring along your membership card so that we can process the transaction.
In recent years health funds have begun to introduce preferred provider schemes into Australia. These schemes are essentially a contract with the dentist (or service provider) to provide certain services for a fixed fee (usually discounted) in exchange for advertising and marketing benefits from the health fund.
Our experience of preferred provider schemes overseas has essentially taught us that they tend to lead to limited patient choices and services, use of cheaper and inferior materials and treatment options. We feel the advantage of being on the health funds marketing lists is not worth this compromise and for these reasons we have chosen not to join these schemes. This decision has not been made lightly, but out of a deep concern for the long term wellbeing and freedom of choice for our patients.
Crookes & Jenkins Dental operate independently from all health funds.
Our practice provides dental services that are appropriate to our patients’ needs for which we charge a fair fee and represent excellent value for service.
There is limited parking available for our patients at the rear of the building – please do not obstruct the driveway / easement to our neighbours property. There is also plenty of parking, both on and off street, available in the village vicinity if you intend to do some shopping.
Besides the aesthetic benefits, there are also a number of health reasons for replacing missing teeth. When you lose a permanent tooth, there is the risk that other teeth in your mouth can shift in an attempt to fill the gap. If this happens, it can cause problems with your bite and the alignment of your teeth, as well as issues with speech and eating. By replacing missing teeth, you can enjoy optimal oral function and avoid a range of issues from developing over time.
It is important that you take care of your dentures by cleaning them thoroughly every day and making sure that any food particles and plaque build-up is removed. It’s a good idea to remove and rinse your dentures after eating. Dentures need to stay moist in order to maintain their shape, so you should soak them in water or denture solution overnight. It’s also important that you take care of your remaining natural teeth in order to maintain good oral health and to prevent any issues from arising. This includes brushing and flossing and coming in for regular dental check-ups
Immediate dentures refer to removeable dentures that are designed to be inserted immediately after the removal of a tooth or multiple teeth. These types of dentures can be used to replace one tooth, all of your natural teeth, or any number of missing teeth in between. Before immediate dentures are inserted, we will perform a thorough oral health maintenance check, including a full examination of your teeth, gums and other soft tissues in the mouth. We will also take radiographs to make sure that your remaining teeth are healthy and strong enough to aid the support of a denture.
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