Alderley Dental
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Other

How can we help you?

Your enquiries are welcome and encouraged. When choosing a family dentist in the Alderley or Brisbane area, you are presented with many options, and we want you to feel utterly confident that you will not only receive great dentistry, but also the personalised patient care you deserve.

Some common questions we hear are listed below. If your specific question is not answered here, please do give us a call and our helpful team will provide you with the information you need.

We look forward to welcoming you to Alderley Dental.


Other

Whenever possible, our Alderley dentists provide conservative treatment options that retain as much of the natural tooth as possible. Inlays and onlays are indirect restorations that we create in a single visit to the clinic. We will perform an exam and take x-rays to determine the proper treatment option for you.

Alderley Dental, located just north of Brisbane, recommends inlays or onlays when the area to be treated is too large for a filling, but too small for a crown. Inlays and onlays perform a similar function as a filling and a crown, essentially repairing a broken or decayed tooth and restoring the strength and function. 

We recommend inlays or onlays when the area to be treated is too large for a filling but too small for a crown.

Inlays and onlays use porcelain (not the composite resin of tooth-coloured fillings), as this is a sturdier material for the larger space, giving our patients a functional and long-term solution to broken or decayed teeth. 

To learn more about inlays and onlays, contact Alderley Dental to arrange an appointment. Our experienced dentists will find the proper restoration for your oral health needs.

These are your third set of molars, and they’re called ‘teeth of wisdom’ because they don’t emerge until you’re older. Not all wisdom teeth are bad or have to be removed, but it’s critical that you get them assessed to understand what’s going on. Some people never end up getting them at all.

What Age Do They Come Through?

Generally, wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 24. We can detect a developing wisdom tooth on an x-ray as early as the age of 13 or 14.

Monitoring Development
For younger patients – we’re talking 15, 16, 17 – we monitor their wisdom teeth to see what happens. It’s best to keep an eye on them with dental check-ups than wait for them to cause problems.

We can make a better judgement, a definitive diagnosis, when a patient gets older – 18 to early 20s. It’s generally at this age when wisdom teeth have been exposed to the mouth for a number of years that you can determine the anatomy of that particular area.

Then we ask: Will this wisdom tooth catch food, promote infection or come through in the right place? To arrange an evaluation to determine if your wisdom teeth need extraction, contact Alderley Dental.

If there’s no pain

You should still see a dentist for regular check-ups and x-rays on your developing wisdom teeth. Not all wisdom teeth are bad or have to be removed, but it’s critical that you get them assessed to understand what’s going on with them.

As soon as the pain starts

If you don’t have these check-ups, then you’re only going to know about them when they cause a problem – pain is the first sign of an infection. To start, they can get quite sore towards the back of your mouth, top or bottom, and make it difficult to open and close it. 

Radiating pain

You’ll notice significant radiating pain coming from the back of your mouth and jaw. It might start as a mild ache, building intensity over time. This can come and go or be constant pain that can last for two to three weeks, sometimes longer.

“I can’t even think” pain

Eventually, the pain will develop into a shocking, throbbing pain. This can happen overnight or even within a few hours. If the wisdom tooth that’s coming through doesn’t have enough space, a little pocket can grow over it and bacteria can get trapped, causing an infection and severe pain.

Bad taste

This is another sign of infection, which builds up, then releases and drains from the tooth into your mouth. The infection hasn’t gone, though. Episodes of this will continue until the source of infection – the wisdom tooth – is removed.

If it isn’t, then it gives the infection a chance to come back. It can get quite severe and cause significant problems for some people, as the infection can drain to other places such as the neck, causing difficulty breathing or swallowing, or under the eye area. That can be quite an issue.

Strange smell

The infection is accumulating in your mouth.

Headaches and earaches

When you have bad enough wisdom tooth pain, it can radiate into your head and feel like a headache or travel up to your ear.

Fever

As with any infection, it has the possibility of causing fever.

Every Patient Is an Individual

Some people ask whether they can potentially avoid or lessen surgery costs by having their wisdom teeth taken out early.

This could happen, to some degree, but importantly, the assessment and position of the wisdom tooth will dictate whether we start talking about surgery.

When a Wisdom Tooth Looks Troublesome

If you leave it untreated, it can cause decay on the other teeth and more serious problems.

Unsure Whether Your Wisdom Tooth Needs to Come Out?

Call Alderley Dental at our practice on Brisbane’s northside to discuss your situation. Call our office on (07) 3856 2144 today.

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