Aging isn't always pretty and your mouth is no exception. Three-quarters of people over 65 retain at least some of their natural teeth but they do suffer from higher rates of decay, gum disease, mouth infections, tooth loss and oral cancer. While these problems are nothing to smile about, you can still do a lot to keep your mouth looking and feeling younger than its years.
While sturdy teeth are the stars of a healthy mouth, they can't perform without a strong supporting cast, primarily the gums. Chat to our friendly dentists at Kalgoorlie Dental about how to keep your teeth and gums in good health so you can enjoy many years of chewing and tasting delicious food.
Gum disease affects most people at some point during their lives, may cause bad breath, and eventually results in losing teeth. It is usually caused by a build-up of plaque and calculus on teeth. Gingivitis is an early form of gum disease and occurs where the gum joins the tooth.
Periodontitis is advanced gum disease that may occur when gingivitis is not treated, and results in the loss of the supporting bone around teeth. Both forms are usually painless.
If you have swollen, bleeding gums or your teeth feel loose, give our friendly dentists a call as early intervention to treat gum disease can ensure the longevity of your teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Most people don't have enough room in their mouth to allow the wisdom teeth to be kept clean and healthy. Therefor they tend to eventually cause pain, damage to the other molar teeth or even develop cysts if they are left under the gum. Most people benefit from having their wisdom teeth removed. Contact Kalgoorlie Dental Surgery to get a referral to have a full jaw radiograph (known as an OPG) taken at Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital (covered by medicare with no out-of-pocket cost).
We can then discuss with you if you have wisdom teeth and whether they may cause you problems if you don't remove them. Often the risks of removing wisdom teeth increase the older you get, so being proactive may not only help prevent you going through eventual painful episodes but may mean you can minimise your risk.
These are available to relieve your clenching and grinding (bruxism) that can often cause ear aches, headaches, jaw pain and tooth damage over a period of time. Have a chat to our friendly dentists if you suspect that you clench your teeth and jaw during the day and night or just while you are sleeping.
Root Canal Therapy
This is usually performed when the nerve of a tooth has died or become infected and causes pain. By removing the infection in the tooth over several cleaning visits, the tooth is able to be retained in the mouth for longer. This avoids the need to extract the painful tooth, and then perhaps needing to replace it with a denture, bridge or implant.
Our friendly dentists are here to address your cosmetic needs and to help you improve your smile. Our extensive range of services include teeth whitening, dental white fillings, veneers, crowns, bridges and implants. We can tailor these treatment options specifically to you depending on what you are trying to achieve.
Children's Dental Care
How do I help my children care for their teeth? This is a question parents often ask. Our friendly dentists have a few suggestions. While they are young, parents will need to brush their children's teeth to help protect their teeth and gums and greatly reduce their risk of getting cavities. As they get older, teach them to brush twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste and to floss daily. Eat a well-balanced diet that limits sugary foods, and preferably eat sugary foods at meal times instead of between meals.
As you probably noticed if you let your children help clean around the house, they do not always do the best job. Their teeth are no different. They may try their best but regular 6 monthly examinations and cleans are essential to maintain their oral health from a young age.
When disease does occur, it is important that it is treated in a timely manner. Untreated decay in children's teeth can lead to premature tooth loss, which can have long term impacts on the adult teeth, especially in regards to increasing crowding or misalignment and the need for later orthodontic treatment. Prevention and early intervention when needed are thus often helpful in minimising later treatment needs and costs.
We offer bulk-billed treatment under the Child Dental Benefits Scheme.
There are quite a few different types of dentures available on the market made from different materials. After a thorough inspection of your mouth, our friendly dentists can then recommend the best type of denture for your particular bite.
Different splints can be used to treat jaw clenching and grinding (called bruxism), headaches, temporo-mandibular joint pain (often perceived as 'ear aches') and obstructive sleep apnoea.After a diagnosis is made, our friendly dentists will prescribe the right splint for your condition and provide support all the way while you get use to your oral appliance with regular reviews.
Dental injuries from contact sports can be painful and difficult, time-consuimng and expensive to treat. Prevention of such injuries is paramount. Custom fitted mouthguards offer maximum comfort and protection of your teeth during sports. Our dentist will start by taking an impression of your teeth and will fit the right mouthguard for you.