Frequently Asked Questions
Knocking out, or "avulsing" a tooth can be one of the most serious dental injuries. Teeth can be saved if care is taken and professional help is sought immediately.
Our emergency dentists in Brisbane CBD recommend that you handle the tooth carefully. Avoid touching the root (the part of the tooth that was embedded in the gum) because it can be damaged easily. There are special cells on the root that will help it re-join inside the mouth.
Replace the tooth to where it came from if possible.
If the tooth is dirty, hold it by the upper part (the crown) and rinse it off with saline solution or milk. If you don't have any milk available, then it is best to leave the tooth alone. Wiping it off with a handkerchief or a piece of cloth may cause additional damage.
Keep the tooth moist. If possible, drop it into a glass of milk or cup of saliva. If no milk is available, then place the tooth in the mouth between the cheek and gum. Avoid water as this can damage the cells.
See our team of emergency dentist in Brisbane CBD immediately.
Replacing baby teeth can lead to further problems with the development of your child's permanent teeth. As a result they should not be put back into the mouth. Place the tooth in milk and transport it and the child to a dental professional as soon as possible.
If a chip occurs you should have it assessed as soon as possible. This is particularly important if it is a large chip as it may require further treatment.
Temporary crowns provide protection for the underlying tooth that your BOH dentist has prepared. If it comes off it needs to be re-cemented as soon as possible. Store the temporary crown in a hard container to prevent further damage and visit our emergency dentists in Brisbane CBD as soon as possible.
Try to clean any debris from the tooth with warm water. If caused by a blow, place a cold compress on the face to minimize swelling. Try to find all the bits that are missing and bring them to your dentist, keeping them in saline or milk. Visit our team of emergency dentists in Brisbane CBD as soon as possible.
An implant can feel loose for numerous reasons. It is best for your dental surgeon in Brisbane to assess this and deliver a prompt and effective solution to rectify the loose feeling.
There are numerous reasons why teeth can discolour such as a change in diet or the use of a new mouth rinse. Stains can be easily cleaned by your dentist or a hygienist at BOH. If other causes are suspected, such as concerns with the enamel on your teeth or the discolouration of old fillings, treatment options can be discussed with your dentist.
Teeth get sensitive to temperature for many reasons. This can include nerve pain, cracked teeth, root sensitivity, clenching of the jaws and tooth grinding. Your BOH dentist needs to assess your concerns and make an accurate diagnosis.
If the tooth is very painful after hot or cold and the pain lasts for some time then the nerve in the tooth may be starting to give problems. This requires prompt treatment to resolve the discomfort.
If the pain is severe but does not last long your tooth may have a crack. These teeth require management to ensure that the crack does not get worse.
Marks on erupting teeth are often from trauma whilst the tooth is developing or an elevated temperature whilst the adult tooth is developing. A change in a child's temperature of only two degrees can lead to poor formation of the enamel on the developing adult tooth.
These marks can be bleached or covered over with an aesthetic filling when the tooth matures.
Teeth can be sensitive for many reasons. Often this sensitivity is from the root surface on the tooth. A coating can be placed over the area to help reduce this or the use of a tooth paste for sensitive teeth can also help reduce the discomfort.
If decay or a crack in a tooth has travelled to the nerves, the only method to save the tooth is root canal treatment. It does allow the dentist to preserve your tooth and give you all of the benefits associated with that. Visit our dental surgeons in Brisbane for a complete assessment of your situation.
It is possible to have the gaps between your teeth corrected. Small gaps can usually be filled with an aesthetic filling material. Larger gaps may need porcelain veneers. Some spaces require braces to close them as they are too wide to close by other methods. Your dentist at BOH can advise you on the best method for your individual case.
Tooth whitening is an easy, safe and effective way of changing the appearance of teeth without causing any harm to your tooth structure. Most evidence shows the best way of achieving this is through home bleaching. This gently whitens your teeth and allows you to control the level of whitening achieved. Home bleaching is approximately half the cost of "laser" bleaching and just as effective.
Silver amalgam is a filling material that has been used in different forms for 100 years. It is strong, durable, economical and safe and is still the material of choice for many circumstances. Amalgams' only drawback is that it is not tooth coloured. If a more aesthetic filling is required then BOH offers alternatives using composite resin, or, where stronger fillings are required, an onsite computer designed and milled porcelain inlay filling. This incorporates the latest design technology to deliver a beautiful strong restoration in the same day.
Misaligned teeth can often be given a straighter appearance by using veneer technology in either porcelain or composite resin. This "instant orthodontic" technique gives a natural smile without the time commitment for orthodontics.
Not all cases can be done this way, so BOH works closely with orthodontists who can offer clear braces or the clear "Invisalign" technique.
The techniques to replace missing teeth have changed greatly in the last decade. The traditional methods of either a fixed bridge or a removable denture have been augmented by the use of titanium implant technology. This allows the permanent replacement of missing teeth without having to change the remaining teeth around your missing tooth site.
BOH's dental surgeons in Brisbane has been involved with titanium implant technology for over 20 years and has all implant services available, including the latest computer design software for precision implant placement.
Veneers have a lifespan ranging from five to fifteen years depending on the material the veneers were made from. Because veneers are such a conservative way of changing the tooth appearance there is always the ability to have veneers redone. Contact our team of dental surgeons in Brisbane for more information and a complete assessment.