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Implant Supported Bridge vs. Partials

Woman smiling with dentures

When you need to replace a missing tooth, it’s nice to have different options available to choose from. But sometimes even if you know both choices are good ones, it can be hard to pin down the one that’s best for you individually. Removable partial dentures and implant supported bridges are two good examples. Both are useful for replacing several teeth at once, yet, each has added advantages over the other that are worth considering.    Benefits of Implant Bridges Using a pair of dental implants, a fixed (permanent) bridge can be securely attached into place, making it so that … Continue reading

How Long do Fillings Last?

woman having a filling done

Did you recently learn that you need to have one of your existing dental fillings changed out with a new one? Are you starting to see a dark colour or experience sensitivity around a filling that’s never given you problems before? It’s common for dental fillings to eventually need to be replaced, but our Wantrina South dentists want you to get as much use out of them as possible. How long can you expect a new filling to last? Here are a few factors that you’ll need to consider:    Your Oral Health Habits If you’re not that great about … Continue reading

Oral Cancer Warning Signs

A silent and extremely deadly disease, oral cancer affects people of all ages and backgrounds, including healthy individuals that might not otherwise have significant medical concerns. Of course, risk factors can increase your chance of developing oral cancer, such as tobacco use, sun exposure, certain viruses (like HPV) and alcohol. The best way to combat oral cancer is through early diagnosis. By conducting an oral cancer screening as part of every dental exam we perform in Wantrina South, we know that Studfield Dental Group is doing everything possible to potentially save the lives of our patients.   Symptoms of Oral … Continue reading

Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush Your Teeth?

woman with bleeding gums brushing teeth

Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing isn’t normal!  It’s an issue that needs to be addressed straightaway, and the professionals at Studfield Dental Group in Wantrina South can help!   Why Do Gums Bleed?  Plaque contains germs that compromise the health of our gums. When not properly removed, the plaque causes our gums to become irritated and inflamed, leading them to bleed when manipulated. This condition is known as gingivitis. If not cleared up, gingivitis can lead to gum disease, which causes aggressive infection, bone damage, loose teeth and possible tooth loss.   What to Do Don’t ignore the signs.  … Continue reading

When Root Canal Treatment is Needed

woman having a root canal treatment

The most common reason a person will need to have a root canal is because a cavity has reached the nerve or innermost part of their tooth, causing an infection. An abscess may be visible on the gums, due to the swelling.   The only way to rid a tooth of an infected nerve is by performing a root canal or extracting the tooth.   Signs that You May Need Root Canal Therapy Most of the time if our dentist in Wantrina South tells you that you need a root canal, it isn’t a surprise.  That’s because there are usually … Continue reading

Why Adults Make Great Orthodontic Patients

Adult man with braces

If you’re considering getting braces or clear aligners to straighten your smile, you may be thinking to yourself, “I’m too old for this” or “people my age never get braces.”   Not so! At Studfield Dental Group, our adult orthodontic patients are some of our most successful cases. Here’s why:   They’re Committed to Seeing Treatment Through Most people are excited about starting braces, but the novelty can wear off after a few months, making teens or younger patients less energized about following home care recommendations. Adults understand that the payoff is worth it and tend to go above and … Continue reading

Five Signs Your Filling Needs to be Replaced

woman checking if her filling needs replacing

Today, most dental fillings last for several years. Whether it’s been 10 or 20 years since you had your filling placed, it will eventually give out. Let our dentists know if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:   You’ve Noticed Sensitivity When You Eat Does pressure bother your tooth when you’re biting and chewing? Sensitivity that seems worse in one particular area of your mouth usually means a tooth is compromised or starting to get infected.   There’s a Rough Edge Can you feel a rough surface when you rub your tongue across the tooth? This may indicate an … Continue reading

Advantages of Regular Dental Cleanings

Woman having dental cleaning

Did you know that most major dental concerns are preventable? At Studfield Dental Group, we make it a point to help our  patients avoid common dental problems through good daily hygiene, smart nutritional choices, and healthy habits that aid in strong tooth development. One of those key steps is scheduling a preventative cleaning at least every six months.   Keep Your Teeth Longer When well cared for and maintained, your teeth can last for life. But it takes constant maintenance and preventative measures to keep the supporting bone and gum structures healthy and secure around each tooth root. A scale … Continue reading

Why Fluoride Treatments are Worth It

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Fluoride after a scale and clean isn’t just for kids. There are a number of advantages that a fluoride treatment has for older, adult patients as well. Here are just a few:   Combat Tooth Sensitivity Have you noticed your teeth being more sensitive to things lately? Perhaps changes in temperature, a new toothpaste, your favourite drink, or after whitening them? Sensitivity isn’t always cause for immediate alarm. It’s a common symptom of how the tooth is responding to outside stimuli, or when the gums are beginning to slightly recede. Applying fluoride can act as a desensitizing treatment for up … Continue reading

The Health Implications of Gum Disease

man with gum disease

If you’ve seen the toothpaste commercials about gum disease, there’s a good chance you might only think the condition is a risk for problems like bad breath or mild bleeding (gingivitis.) But actually, advanced gum disease — or periodontitis — goes much, much deeper. In fact, it can affect your overall health.   Can Oral Biofilm Spread into the Bloodstream? Yes! Active areas of gum disease allow dental biofilm to spread from the tooth and into the diseased soft tissues detaching from it, deep within pockets under the gums. When this happens, it can travel throughout the cardiovascular system, impacting … Continue reading