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Is it Better to Get a Dental Crown or a Filling?

A dental crown procedure is often the best solution to preserve the life of a tooth. If you have a dentist that you’ve been seeing for a long time then no doubt you will trust their opinion and give then the go ahead. However, if you go to a dentist for the first time and he or she has a cursory look at your teeth and immediately recommends a crown, you should take a deep breath and have the conversation about alternatives.

If you are still not satisfied then leave, do your research and if necessary seek another opinion. Crowns may well be the best option but they are an investment and you should be sure you investigate other tooth restoration options before you spend your money. If you are looking for another opinion then come and see us at Cosmic Smile. We will provide you with honest and professional advice on whether a crown is required.

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A crown is most commonly used when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. Generally speaking, crowns are good. They are a tooth-like covering placed over an existing tooth to protect it and to make sure you don’t compromise the health of your other teeth and the health of your gums. It strengthens, restores and improves the appearance of a tooth. People often choose a crown to cover a badly discoloured or broken tooth.

Dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. Their lifespan depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown is exposed to and how much attention you pay to your oral hygiene and diet.

This occurs when you have a cracked tooth. Unlike a broken tooth, a cracked tooth cannot be repaired. In fact in the case of a cracked tooth you may use a crown as a temporary solution. Longer term you may need root canal and then a crown or an extraction. A misdiagnosis might occur if you have craze lines in your teeth. These won’t require action but they may appear like a crack. In some cases a long crazed line might be the precursor to a crown. You should double check the diagnosis before you spend the money.

Obviously a filling is suggested if it is not going to dominate the entire tooth. Modern dental fillings are made of much more durable material than old fillings. However, if an old filling is covering about two thirds of your tooth it could be that you will need a crown to keep the tooth. If a new filling is so large it compromises the structure of the tooth then maybe a crown is a better option. An old filling will eventually give up. Of course, with such little tooth remaining it might develop a crack and therefore you will require a crown anyway. It’s a decision only you can make but a crown may be the only way to preserve the tooth.

For a good dentist in Sydney call our office on 02 9904 2880 or email info@cosmicsmile.com.au to speak to our friendly staff for more information.

Have a Bright and Healthy Smile This Summer

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In summer we just want to smile more. The weather, the parties and the festivities and time spent with family and friends are all reasons to feel happy. It’s also a time when cameras are constantly at the ready so there’s a very good chance that you’ll have to front up with a big smile and convince the world that you’re happy about it.

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What You Should Know Before Undergoing Teeth Whitening Treatment

Before and After Teeth Whitening treatment

Thanks to the skill, accessibility and techniques of modern dentistry and of course the advent of fluoride in our water, having your own healthy teeth is something that more people can look forward well into their old age.

It goes without saying that the usual conditions apply; regular check ups; cleaning; flossing; and healthy foods rather than lots of sweets. Keep all of those things going and you can look forward to good oral health and hygiene for a long time to come.

It’s a different issue when it comes to keeping your teeth looking white. You can have good teeth but not white teeth. Coffee and tea, wine, berries and some food types can cause discolouration which is less than ideal if you’ve spent lots of time and money looking after your teeth. The health benefits are obvious but what about the aesthetic benefits? Wouldn’t you like to enjoy those too?

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Some Tips and tricks for Invisalign Users

Cosmic Smile in Neutral Bay are specialists in Invisalign orthodontic therapy. Invisalign orthodontic therapy uses invisible plastic aligners to straighten and improve the appearance of your teeth. You can enjoy all the benefits of braces without having to sacrifice your smile and you can eat whatever you like subject to the normal recommendations applicable to good oral health. (more…)

Nine News story on NightLase laser treatment by Dr Jason Pang

24th June 2016

A Nine News crew came in to interview a patient and myself about the NightLase laser snoring treatment. They were interested to see whether it worked and spoke to one of our patients that had a successful treatment. After that I was interviewed about the treatment and how it works to stop snoring and help patients and their partners sleep better. They also got some footage of the laser in action. About 40 min of footage resulted in a 2 min segment. Enjoy!

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Dr Jason Pang presents at Laser Symposium in Slovenia

20th May 2016

Dr Pang was invited as a keynote speaker and asked to present his research and the latest findings regarding the NightLase laser treatment at the Laser and Health Academy Symposium in Bled, Slovenia. While a proven success for snoring, he has also found that the treatment benefits those with sleep breathing disorders such as Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, hypopneas and apneas. Around 300 delegates attended the Symposium at the small European nation to hear about the latest advances in medical and dental lasers.

He was the only Australian speaker and the ONLY lecturer of over 100 presentations over 3 days to be asked to repeat it. He presented it again to a closed group of advanced users, experts, teachers, company president and Fotona ownership partners.

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