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Frequently Asked Questions

We Keep Our Patients Well Informed

Here at Goolwa Dental Surgery, our team prioritise patient education. We aim to keep you informed about all aspects of dental health and the importance of dental hygiene, maintenance and ongoing care.

Gums are made of soft tissue. They surround the bottom portion of your teeth (called the tooth root). Taking care of your gums is just as important as taking care of your teeth. Gum disease is an infection of the gums. It is caused by plaque, a sticky film that collects on teeth and gums. Plaque makes acids and toxins that can make gums red, puffy, or bleed.

It is important to always keep your teeth and gums healthy. You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months so we can examine your teeth and provide suggestions on oral health practices and possible dental treatments.

This is the term dental professionals use to explain how they replace missing or damaged teeth. The goal is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues. 

If your tooth’s nerve chamber becomes infected by decay, or damaged by injury, root canal treatment is often the only way to save your tooth. It is also called endodontic treatment.

Tooth sensitivity is the pain you may feel when you doing everyday activities such as eating and drinking hot or cold things, or breathing in cold air.

Tooth decay is the process in which acids wear away the tooth’s hard surface layer (tooth enamel). These acids are made by a sticky film called plaque. Plaque has germs that feed on sugary foods. The process of digesting these sugars makes acids that attack tooth surfaces. 

The best way to take care of your mouth is to brush and floss twice a day. This assists with preventing tooth decay by reducing the possibility of plaque.

Wisdom teeth are often called ‘third molars’. They are the final teeth to develop in the mouth, usually in our late teens or early twenties. The four wisdom teeth can be found in each back corner of the mouth. If they don’t fit it your mouth, you may require a wisdom tooth extraction.

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