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Everything You Need to Know About a Scale and Clean

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A Scale and Clean appointment at Studfield Dental Group goes far beyond a little polishing of the teeth! A checkup of this nature is incredibly important in catching oral diseases and related issues as early as possible. Catching such issues early makes it more affordable on the wallet to combat and far easier to rectify the situation. So if you’re wondering what exactly goes on during a scale and clean, here’s a list of activities to expect (excluding the usual removal of tartar buildup and plaque): Measuring bone levels The gums surrounding your teeth is essential to maintaining a stable, … Continue reading

How Often Should Your Teeth Be Cleaned?

Woman smiling with dentures

We already know that your checkups are vital for maintaining oral hygiene but the main question remains- how often should you be scheduling an appointment? Do you have healthy gums and teeth? By general rule of thumb, if you have a healthy set of teeth, then you only need to schedule for a checkup every 6 months. This ensures that any dental disease is caught in early stages and doesn’t create any lingering problems. During your checkup with Studfield Dental Group, our practitioner will make sure to measure the strength of the surrounding gums, check for any cavities, perform a … Continue reading

What are Water Flossers?

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Over the past several years, different types of flossing devices have come out on the market. One that’s been around for a few decades is the water flosser. A water flosser uses a small handheld wand with a self-contained reservoir or tubing (attached to a faucet) to deliver a steady stream of water out of one end. Depending on the design, the water pressure can be adjusted to be lighter or heavier, based on your preference. Additionally, you can select which temperature of water you like.   What it’s Made For Water flossers are designed to help clean areas that … Continue reading

Four Things You Didn’t Know About Bruxism

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Bruxism is a condition where someone clenches and grinds their teeth excessively. Although it usually happens at night, some people revert to bruxing during the day (especially if they’re stressed out.) It Can Lead to TMD (TMJ Disorder) When you clench and grind your teeth excessively, it overworks your jaw muscles. Gradually this can lead to muscle strain, painful headaches, and deterioration of your TMJ ligaments. You may start to notice limited range of motion, migraines when you wake up in the morning, or popping and clicking inside the joints on either side of your mouth.   It Will Break … Continue reading

Early Orthodontic Intervention for Kids

For years, most orthodontic experts and families waited until a child was in their teens to start wearing braces. Today, we understand that orofacial anatomy is significantly affected by the way children’s mouths develop at an early age. With strategies such as early orthodontic intervention, it’s possible to help children’s mouths develop in a more proper manner, significantly lowering their risk of extensive treatment later on. Sometimes referred to as “growth modification” or “Phase I” braces, early intervention encourages proper orofacial development so that a child’s adult teeth come in at a proper alignment. When would you want to consider … Continue reading

How to Treat an Abscessed Tooth

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Dental abscesses typically mean one thing: an infected nerve inside of your tooth. If you don’t treat it soon enough, you may lose the tooth entirely. In extremely rare situations, abscesses can spread to other parts of the face or even into the brain. Although this is not extremely common, it does re-emphasize the importance of timely care for our Wantrina South patients. Because an abscess is inside of your tooth, it’s important to access the nerve and remove the dying tissues inside of the hollow chamber that extends through the root. Generally, this endodontic procedure is referred to as … Continue reading

Do My Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?

Wisdom tooth pain

Wisdom teeth usually start to erupt into the mouth during the late teen years to early 20’s. By around age 30, they’re fully developed. Although it may seem a “rite of passage” into adulthood to have them pulled, it isn’t always necessary. When Wisdom Teeth Cause Pain Perhaps the biggest reason why people ask our Wantrina South dentist if their wisdom teeth need to be extracted, is because they’re in pain. The intermittent pressure or discomfort felt may be due to reasons such as: • Eruption cysts • Decay or infection around the tooth • Lack of space in the … Continue reading

Be Scan Smart!

Dental Imaging Radiation is a term we’re all familiar with, and some will even avoid obtaining important scans due to the “nasty potentials”. Once again, thanks to modern technology and our motivation to provide the latest, most reliable and effective methods, Studfield Dental Group now offers a breakthrough in technology – 3D Imaging (3D CBCT). What is 3D CBCT Imaging? If you didn’t read it here, you might not believe it… but, this new and improved scan only takes a short 10 seconds! Delivering a complete picture of your features, the 3D scan can be viewed from any angle, in colour, providing … Continue reading

How old should your kids be before considering orthodontic treatment?

Discover the Benefits of Integrative and Conventional Orthodontics Managing developing dentition and occlusion and its impact on the well-being of young children and adolescents involve the practice of early integrative or conventional orthodontics. At Studfield Dental Group we offer early recognition, diagnosis and the appropriate interventional treatments to impede the onset of dentofacial abnormalities. According to the Australian Society of Orthodontics, the recommended age for orthodontic treatment is between 8-10¹ years, however, early orthodontic evaluation is vital when determining developmental issues, such as misalignment of the jaws, crowding of teeth or an over or underbite. Children as young as 3, … Continue reading

Gum Disease Impacting Health and Wellbeing

According to a study carried out by the University of Melbourne, severe gum disease (medically known as Periodontitis) affects one in three adults and more than 50%¹ of Australians over the age of 65. While over 90%² of tooth loss, can be attributed to dental caries and periodontal disease.  A systemic disease process, periodontitis is causally associated with a heightened incidence of diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia and certain cancers. Gingivitis (gum inflammation) usually precedes the onset of periodontitis, however, not all occurrences of gingivitis will progress to periodontitis.   Periodontal disease is the inflammation of the tissues surrounding the tooth, it impacts the … Continue reading