Yes, it is possible for amalgam fillings to cause teeth to crack. Amalgam fillings expand and contract quite considerably in reaction to hot and cold temperatures, which can lead to cracks and fractures in the teeth. For this reason, we offer composite resin fillings at My Dental Care @ West End. Tooth coloured fillings made of composite resin are not affected by the temperature changes caused by the foods and drinks that we consume, so the risk of cracks is much lower than with silver amalgam fillings. They are also more aesthetically pleasing, which is an added benefit.

Teeth can crack for a number of reasons, although in many cases, there is no obvious cause or explanation. Some of the possible causes of cracks in the teeth include grinding or clenching the teeth, and alignment and bite problems that result in too much pressure being placed on the tooth. Teeth that have particularly large silver amalgam fillings also tend to be more prone to cracks, as do teeth that have undergone a root canal treatment in the past.

Unfortunately, hairline cracks in the teeth are not able to heal themselves. If you have a tiny hairline crack in your tooth, however, it may not be necessary to have it repaired, especially if it is not causing any pain or affecting your appearance in any way. We do recommend, however, that you come in for a consultation so that your dentist can advise you as to whether or not treatment is required. Sometimes a crown may be placed on the affected tooth, while in other cases your dentist may recommend a bonding procedure. The treatment that is best for you will depend on the severity of your crack, as well as its location.

Yes, lack of brushing is actually a leading cause of bad breath. When food particles are left in the mouth and bacteria is trapped on the tongue, an unpleasant odour can begin to develop. One of the best ways to avoid this and keep your mouth free from food particles and bacteria is to brush and floss regularly. Practising good oral hygiene on a daily basis is the first step to keeping bad breath under control. Don’t forget to clean your tongue every time you brush your teeth!

Any foods that create a smell when they are ingested can cause bad breath. These include garlic, onions and certain spicy foods. Foods that are high in sugar and acid also tend to increase the production of bacteria in the mouth, which can intensify the bad odour. Coffee and alcohol can also cause temporary bad breath. If you do enjoy these foods and drinks, be sure to maintain your oral hygiene afterwards by brushing and flossing, and keeping your tongue clean and free from bacteria build-up.

Yes, it is possible for dentures to cause bad breath if they are not properly cleaned. If dentures are not thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis, they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. This can cause an unpleasant odour. If you have dentures, it is important that you brush them regularly in order to remove any stubborn food particles, as well as any plaque that has built up. We also recommend that you brush your gums and tongue every morning before you insert your dentures. This will help to maintain good oral health, and prevent bad breath.

As soon as children start having their baby teeth. Ideally the first visit should be before your child needs any dental treatment. Regular check ups help to create positive experiences at the dentist and reduce dental phobia.

Gum disease is linked to a host of illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. People with gum disease were twice as likely to die from a heart attack and three times as likely to have a stroke than other healthy people.

Yes! Roughly 40% of your tooth surface is in between your teeth, regular use of dental floss or inter dental brushes to clean in between your teeth are recommended. This is the area where food and plaque are easily trapped, but your toothbrush cannot reach.

Most soft drinks, sport drinks and energy drinks on the market are nearly as corrosive as battery acid! Excessive consumption of soft drinks can easily cause dental erosion and “melt” your teeth.

At My Dental Care @ West End, we offer Happy Gas. Happy Gas (Nitrous Oxide) is a modern technique of sedation, which makes dental treatment a more pleasant experience. It is suitable for nearly all patients, young and old, healthy or not so healthy and particularly for those with mild to moderate anxiety or worries.

Early symptoms of oral cancer include: a sore in the mouth or throat that does not heal; a lump and a red or white patch found anywhere in the mouth; unusual pain or bleeding; swelling of the mouth; and any difficulty or discomfort felt in chewing or swallowing.

It is a group of oral conditions all involving the inflammation of the gums and tooth-supporting structures. Periodontitis is caused by bacteria that stick to both the teeth and gum line, causing an infection. As a result, the body produces substances to fight off the infection. However, these substances along with the toxins produced by the bacteria, can cause damage to the jaw bone and ligament surrounding the teeth. The gums begin to pull away from the teeth, allowing for pockets to form between your gums and teeth, which provide a breeding ground for even more bacteria. If not treated timeously, the teeth may become loose and eventually fall out. Those most at risk are older people, diabetics, and smokers.

  • Inflamed, red gums
  • Sensitive gums tender to the touch
  • Development of spaces between the teeth allowing for the formation of periodontal pockets
  • Foul breath
  • Foul taste in the mouth
  • Teeth that are loose and don’t fit together upon biting

Treatment depends on the classification of Periodontitis as being either mild, moderate or severe.

Mild Periodontitis

This requires a type of cleaning called scaling and root planning, which works to remove the build up of plaque and tartar from your teeth, as well as make it difficult for bacteria to grow in the roots of your teeth.

Moderate Periodontitis

Surgery may be required to reshape your gums or regrow the destroyed bone.

Severe Periodontitis

This requires surgery, and sometimes antibiotics. Teeth may also be extracted if they cannot be saved.