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Spring Hill, QLD, 4000
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Brisbane Dentist - excellence in general and aesthetic dentistry with Drs Amy Daley, Leila Haywood, UQ graduates with 20 years of experience in Spring Hill, Brisbane

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dentistry life at Brisbane Smile Boutique

The life and times of our dental practice, up to date news in dentistry and celebrations, happy moments in dentistry. Our blog outlines dentistry life at Brisbane Smile Boutique in Spring Hill in inner city Brisbane

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Computer guided Dental Implants

Leila Haywood

Our practice has 3D printed computer guided dental implant placement, for the ultimate precision and accuracy, to offer a full dental implant service from planning and keyhole placement through to virtually undetectable restoration.

Computer guided Dental Implants

A dental implant is a small titanium fixture (insert) that is placed in the jaw bone to replace one or more missing teeth. Implants and their artificial teeth closely resemble the look and function of real teeth. The implants form a secure base for the replacement of teeth, restoring full function and renewing self-confidence and peace of mind. They are an appealing alternative to dentures and bridges.

A single implant can be used to replace one, or several missing teeth, depending on the circumstance. Multiple implants can be used to bridge spaces and secure full dentures to the jaw bone. Dental implants integrate into the jaw bone and provide a very solid platform to re-create function (chewing ability) and aesthetics, by building and connecting the tooth to the base of the implant, which incorporates the new tooth into the existing bite or smile

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WHO IS SUITABLE FOR AN IMPLANT

Nearly everyone who is missing one or more teeth, and is in good health is a candidate for dental implant treatment. Dental implants can last a lifetime, unlike bridges and partial dentures that may need to be replaced several times. They can withstand biting pressures, they prevent collapsed cheeks that can follow tooth extraction, and they are  more comfortable than dentures, because they are fixed in the mouth. Dental implants prevent the bone loss that occurs when teeth are missing, so the natural appearance of the smile is also preserved. With implant treatment, there is no compromise to the adjacent teeth; they are not cut down to place a bridge, or loosened by the hooks on partial dentures. 

Implants can only be placed in adults, because growth must be complete before placement. 

 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PLACE A DENTAL IMPLANT?

In most cases, the healing period is between 3 and 6 months before teeth can be attached to the implants. A temporary appliance can be made if aesthetics are absolutely critical during this period.

After initial implant placement, another visit is required to ensure that healing is progressing well and to test how well the implant has integrated. After the implant crown is attached to the implant, regular dental check-ups are needed every 6 to 12 months. At these check-up appointments, the implants are examined to ensure that the supporting gum and bone remains healthy, and professionally cleaned with specialised instruments. X-rays are also taken digitally each couple of years to examine the bone structure around the implant.

 

HOW TO CARE FOR A DENTAL IMPLANT

Dental implants also do not usually require special cleaning products and just like your natural teeth, you clean them with dental floss and brush with regular toothpaste.

For the implant to function well and to remain healthy, good oral hygiene and home is required on a twice daily basis. Special hygiene appliances  (brushes, and floss) are available and may be helpful if there is any difficulty with routine cleaning techniques.

 

HOW DO DENTAL IMPLANTS WORK?

The implant material, which is usually pure titanium, is extremely biocompatible and the bone treats the implant just as if it was made out of bone. The bone cells attach themselves to the implant in a process called osseointegration. In most cases, implants can be placed using local anaesthesia by your dentist.

 

DENTAL IMPLANTS FUNCTION LIKE TEETH

Implants are not made to come out, just like teeth.  Implants are not the same as natural teeth but they function and feel virtually the same as natural teeth. For patients who have had dentures or false teeth, the implant will feel much more secure. We use a technique where we are able to remove the attached implant crown if we absolutely must access the implant.

 

 

Tooth brushing tips

Leila Haywood

How you BRUSH your TEETH matters a great deal, with how often you brush, how long you brush, the kind of technique and the toothbrush you use, all major influences on the effectiveness of your brushing. To gain the maximum benefit from brushing, you should brush for at least two minutes morning and night, using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head and a flexible neck. The advantage of these toothbrushes is that they remove the plaque and debris from your teeth without damaging your teeth and gums. It’s all in the technique.

You should clean your teeth systematically, starting at the back of your mouth with the toothbrush bristle at the gum line on a 45° angle, brushing gently in a soft and circular motion. If you scrub too hard from side to side, you can run the risk of causing your gums to recede, as well as damaging the tooth enamel. You should take care to brush carefully along the inner, outer and chewing surfaces, making sure you tip the toothbrush so you can reach the inner front areas of the teeth, which are often missed.

If limited dexterity is an issue, you might consider using a powered or electric toothbrush. They can be programmed to run for two minutes, making keeping to the correct length of brushing time easy, and the very good ones are rechargeable, with pressure sensors and they even rate your cleaning. 

Be sure to change your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 months or as soon as the bristles bend.

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TOP TIPS

1.  Brush for 2 minutes morning and night

2. Use a soft toothbrush with a small head, or better still an electric toothbrush that is rechargeable with a pressure sensor and timer

3. Don't push too hard

4. Brush in a soft circular motion

5. Change the toothbrush or electric toothbrush head each 3 months

6. Keep your tooth brush upright so the bristles can dry, move it away form the basin where it might get splashed

7. Use a remineralising toothpaste that has calcium, phosphate and fluoride


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Dental care for KIDS

Leila Haywood

Steps to take to have sparkly, lovely healthy teeth!

1. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes in the morning after you have breakfast. Make sure they don’t feel furry. The toothbrush needs to touch each tooth to make sure there is no junk left on them. Brush the outside, top and inside of each tooth thoroughly using small circles.  Keep your tooth brush clean, put in a glass so that it doesn’t touch anyone else’s toothbrush. You’ll need a new toothbrush each new season.

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2. Think about whether the foods you are eating are sticky and sugary.  Are they going to get jammed into the tops of your teeth? Try not to eat sugary foods and drinks too often - once or twice a day is ok, but more than this means your teeth are fighting to stay healthy. Your teeth are even stronger than your bones, but if you eat enough junk, the bacteria can eat your teeth away. Even cereals, tomato sauce, iced teas and flavoured yoghurt have lots of sugar in them. Think about whether you can make a choice like fresh fruit, greek yoghurt and water as a great tooth friendly snack maybe and so healthy for you too. 

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3. Brush your teeth at bed time and don’t eat or drink anything except for water after this. 

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4. Floss between all of your teeth so there is no food stuck in between them, to keep your teeth sparkly and clean and stop holes starting in between the teeth.

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5. Drink lots of water instead of sugary drinks or juice.

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6. BE FABULOUS, and we will see you again in 6 months to check you have been doing a good job and to make sure that your teeth are healthy!

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About water flossers

Leila Haywood

Water flossers are useful for people who have braces, dental implants, those with periodontal disease, and for anyone who has difficulty with accessing areas in between the teeth. The more plaque bacteria that is removed from the teeth, the less is the chance of developing tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease, because all dental disease is caused by the build up of bacteria in our mouths, sitting against the tooth surfaces for periods of time. It makes sense that anything that can increase our ability to keep the teeth clean, and motivate us to do this, is a good thing.
In the fine print for use of these devices, it says that the water flosser does not replace manual flossing, so it would be best to use the water flosser along with manual flossing. However for some people who are not able to regularly floss, it can be an excellent way to cleanse the teeth and remove food debris and bacteria, with bursts of a small stream of high pressure water and air.

The two that stand out for purchase are the Waterpik Cordless Plus Water Flosser, and the Philips Sonicare AirFloss Ultra. Both are rechargeable, portable, have reservoirs to fill with water, and guidance tips to blast a small stream of water and air to dislodge plaque from the teeth, and both come with warranties.

It is far better to use a water flosser than no flossing at all, especially in the hard to reach areas in between the teeth where so many incidences of tooth decay and gum disease start.

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tooth decay can start in between the teeth where the plaque bacteria can sit undisturbed  against the vulnerable in between area where the teeth meet. The plaque biofilm needs to be scraped off each day with dental floss, or at least disturbed with a stream of air and water from a water flosser

tooth decay can start in between the teeth where the plaque bacteria can sit undisturbed  against the vulnerable in between area where the teeth meet. The plaque biofilm needs to be scraped off each day with dental floss, or at least disturbed with a stream of air and water from a water flosser

Dental visits for children

Leila Haywood

In the last 20 years of practicing as a dentist I am sure of one thing – having positive, nurturing regular visits to the dentist from a young age is crucial.  Teeth appear at roughly six months and while brushing should begin then, a child’s fist dental visit really isn’t viable until about three years of age.  Even then sometimes we can only expect a ride in the chair (spaceship or fairy cloud) and maybe a quick count of the teeth.  I focus on how we can make children’s visits as enjoyable as possible.

TOP 5 TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR A DENTAL VISIT

  1. Try to prepare your child for their first visit by discussing with them what a dentist does, and what happens when you go to the dentist.  Explain that the dentist might wear a special coat and mask, and will lay you back in their magic chair and give you some sunglasses to wear, while they use special tools to count your teeth.  You can tell them that it won’t hurt, and it might even be fun.
  2. Even if you yourself are a bit apprehensive about the dentist: try not to pass on your own fears.
  3. Read some of the great range of books available about first dental visits. Even looking at some of the pictures will help familiarise your little ones with what to expect.
  4. Ask around your friends and family for a dentist that is experienced in treating children.  Let the receptionist know when you book the appointment that it is your child’s first visit.
  5. Consider booking your own appointment at the same time so that your child can see you in the dental chair and see how comfortable and happy you are!
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