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Campbelltown’s first choice for reliable dental hygiene services

When it comes to dental care, there are many different treatments available, so at Queen Street Dental, we’ve put together a few FAQs for our patients’ convenience. Whether you’re undergoing root canal therapy, need dental hygiene advice, or are interested in cosmetic dentistry services, we can give you advice on all these and more.
Implants - Is everyone suitable?
Some people may not be suitable for this procedure. Conditions such as alcoholism, some psychiatric disorders and uncontrolled diabetes can cause problems. We will also need to check to see how much bone you have and whether there is enough space for an implant. The adjacent teeth roots will also need to be away from the implant.
Mouthguards - For which sports is a mouthguard recommended?

There are three types of sport when we consider the chance of injury:

  1. Full contact sports: Football, rugby, martial arts and boxing. The mouthguard should be compulsory.
  2. Limited contact sports: Basketball, hockey, water polo, lacrosse, netball, baseball, softball, squash, soccer, BMX bike riding, horseriding, skateboarding, in-line skating, trampolining, cricket, water skiing and snow ski racing. A mouthguard is highly recommended.
  3. Non-contact sports: Such sports including tennis where a mouthguard is not needed.
Root Canal Therapy - Why do I need root canal treatment?
If you have a damaged tooth, root canal treatment may help to save it. Inside your tooth is soft tissue containing nerves, and blood and lymph vessels, known as the tooth pulp. When the pulp cannot repair itself from disease or injury, it dies. A fracture in a tooth or a deep cavity commonly cause pulp death, as the pulp is exposed to bacteria found in your saliva.
Teeth Cleaning - How long should I brush?
Proper brushing should take two to three minutes.
Tongue and Lip Piercing - Is tongue and lip piercing safe?
If you have your tongue pierced and have inserted a stud (or other adornment), you are risking painful damage to your teeth. Tongue piercing carries a risk of injury to the vital structures within the tongue, as it is full of muscle fibres, blood vessels and nerves. Apart from its function in speech, the tongue also acts as the carrier of many specialised taste buds.
Wisdom Teeth - Does everyone need to have his or her wisdom teeth out?
No. When there is adequate room, the wisdom teeth can erupt into the mouth in the correct position and function as a valuable asset or they may remain unerupted and cause no problems. However, this is usually not the case. If wisdom teeth have to come out, the majority of removal can be done safely in the surgery.
Gum Disease - What causes periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria. Bacteria form a ‘ plaque’ which is a sticky, colourless film that forms on your teeth, particularly around the gum line. Other bacteria thrive deep in the gap between the gum and the tooth (the ‘pocket’). Some people are much more at risk of developing periodontal disease. Smoking is one of the major risk factors. Other conditions such as diabetes, stress, pregnancy and various medications can all be contributing factors
Amalgam Fillings - Should I have my amalgam fillings replaced?

Dentists replace amalgam fillings for a variety of reasons including recurring decay, fracture, endodontic treatment and appearance. If you seek replacement of quite satisfactory amalgam fillings for other reasons, you may encounter problems that otherwise would not have occurred, such as:

  • Possible damage to or weakening of teeth
  • Sensitivity or pain after the filling
  • Financial problems
Cosmetic Dentistry - What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
In today’ s age of technology, we have a range of options to help your teeth look great. Stained teeth, dark teeth, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, and even teeth that are missing altogether, can be repaired or replaced. Cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry is the broad heading under which many dental procedures that improve the appearance of teeth may be described.
Crowns and Bridgework

A bridge is an appliance permanently fixed in the mouth to replace missing teeth. It uses remaining teeth to support the new artificial tooth or teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap (these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth) and false teeth are attached in between. The false teeth are called pontics. The bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.

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