A day in the life of your Jannali Dentist

Jannali Dentist

I really LOVE my job.

Apart from doing rewarding humanitarian work with kids in Vanuatu, I get to work in the most beautiful part of Sydney with a bunch of great people doing something I am passionate about.

The technical aspects of dentistry are great, and being really good at something in your life, I mean really an expert, is a deeply satisfying feeling. I love kids and people, I love my staff, and I am blessed with great friends and family.

Being a Jannali dentist 🦷also means I gain special insights to people’s lives in ways that other professionals don’t.

For a start, I am working inside people’s mouths. That’s pretty up close and personal, right?  I mean how many people stick their hands in your mouth?  (Hopefully just two, you and me.)

That closeness can be pretty confronting for some patients.  If a patient is faced with a challenging dental condition, a visit to the dentist can invoke some fear in even the hardiest.

This makes genuine, heartfelt patient care all the more important.  It is something  the entire Jannali Dental Care team practices daily – our clients are our number one priority.  And whenever a new team member starts at the practice, that message is drummed in.

Why is patient care from a dentist important?

Genuine patient care can really make a REAL difference.  Here’s a story I’d like to share.

In his early fifties, this gentleman came to see me – he already had partial dentures and his teeth that remained weren’t in great shape. The condition of his teeth and his oral health generally meant he regularly experienced a lot of discomfort and pain.

When he walked in he was pretty distressed.  It was obvious that seeing a dentist was a source of angst for him, and above all, he naturally wanted a solution to his sore mouth.

At the start of his appointment, his mind was made up that he wanted all of his remaining teeth removed and full dentures fitted.

That’s a pretty drastic course of action for anyone, but especially for a relatively young man who potentially has the next 30 plus years ahead of him.

If he decided to follow through on this decision, he would likely spend the next 30 years experiencing even more pain and discomfort.

For me, it simply wasn’t the way go. So what did I do?

Firstly, I acknowledged his difficult circumstances. I could completely understand his line of thinking. Often the path that gives us short term relief holds the greatest appeal because it gives us the quick fix we’re looking for.

The quick fix is not always the best fix

Unfortunately, in the longer term, the quick fix is not always the best fix.

I firmly believed this would be the case for my patient if he decided to go ahead with the option of removing ALL of his teeth.🦷🦷🦷

So I asked him to take a deep breath, and I created another picture for him.

I showed him that we could treat a number of his immediate concerns by alleviating some of his discomfort, while at the same time taking good care of his remaining teeth.

I said that if he committed to a program of good oral hygiene and care from this point forward, there would a good chance he’d get another four to five years out of those remaining teeth (and possibly longer) before having to invest in major restorative treatment.

We talked through what that treatment would look like and the probable cost.

After some immediate treatment and an interim program of care and maintenance, my patient was able to leave the practice feeling more confident and comfortable that there was a way forward that he could manage – both personally, financially, and in terms of his ongoing oral health and hygiene.

Stories like this one happen regularly in our Jannali dental practice – not always to this extreme perhaps – but every day there are cases where we practice genuine and compassionate patient care to ensure the best outcome.👍

It’s these experiences that makes a day in the life of a dentist such a satisfying profession.

I really DO love my job.  Now I must plan my next trip back to Vanuatu……

Oh no, I’ve cracked my tooth!

fixing a cracked tooth at Jannali Dental Care

Have you ever cracked a tooth? 🦷

You are NOT alone – it’s a pretty common dental issue, especially as we all get older.  Sometimes it happens from something as simple as biting into a boiled lolly or chewing your pen, or using your mouth to open a bottle. (PLEASE don’t do that!)

Understanding the signs, symptoms and treatments of a cracked tooth – and how you can help prevent them – is very important.  But if you do notice a chip or a crack in your tooth, come and see us straight away.

If you have sensitivity and pain, there may even be an infection so you will need immediate treatment.

A cracked tooth will not heal on its own.  Eearly treatment may be the best chance to save your tooth.

 

How do I know if I have a cracked tooth?

It can be hard to tell if your tooth is cracked and sometimes there may be very little physical evidence, or it may not be visible to the naked eye. ️

You might experience:

  •       Pain when chewing
  •       Constant toothache
  •       Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks

 

What are the different types of cracked tooth?

Not all tooth cracks are the same. Some are minor and require minimal attention, while others are very serious and require urgent treatment.

  • Cracked tooth

This is a crack which runs from the edge of the tooth towards the tooth’s root. A cracked tooth is not completely split in half, but damage is often done to the inner tissue of the tooth – and it can lead to infection if untreated.

  • Craze lines

Craze lines are small, painless cracks to the exterior of the tooth. Most adults will have some craze lines on their enamel. This kind of crack is not dangerous and doesn’t need treatment.

  • Cracked cusp

A cracked cusp can lead to tooth breakage so should always be taken seriously. This is when the cusp, or the pointed bit of your tooth, becomes cracked, causing sharp pain when eating.

  • Split tooth

A split tooth is when a tooth splits vertically (from the root upwards) into two pieces. This can often be a complication of an untreated cracked tooth and usually requires removal of the tooth. 🦷

What sort of things can cause teeth to crack?

There are a number of ways you can crack a tooth:

  •       Grinding your teeth
  •        Biting into hard things
  •       Clenching your jaw
  •       Injury or accident
  •       Weakening of the tooth through gum disease
  •       Teeth with large fillings
  •       Extreme hot and cold temperature changes in the mouth.

 

How will my cracked tooth be fixed?

How your cracked tooth can be fixed depends on the severity and location of the crack. Different treatments include:

  • Polishing

For a minor enamel crack your tooth may simply be polished to remove the crack.

  • Veneers

Veneers are hard covers which are adhered to your tooth’s surface and protect the tooth.

  • Bonding

Bonding involves filling the crack with hard resin. This may only be suitable for front teeth as molars are under a lot more stress.

  • Crowns

Crowns can be used for deeper cracks, but ones which don’t reach the soft centre of the tooth.

  • Root Canal

If you’re unlucky enough to have the crack reach all the way to the centre of your tooth you may need root canal treatment.

  • Dental Implants

In the most severe cases your cracked tooth may have to be removed and replaced with a dental implant.

How do I avoid cracking my teeth?

You can minimise your risk by:

  • Avoid biting into hard things (not just food but things like pens and fingernails that you might absent-mindedly chew on)
  • Only use your teeth for chewing, don’t try to open things with your teeth (if you see a child or someone you know open a bottle with their mouth, please tell them NOT to!)
  • If you think you might grind or clench your teeth at night you should talk to us about a night-guard
  • Consider wearing a custom-made mouth guard when playing sport.  (If you don’t have one of these, we can help!)

 

What do I do if I have a cracked tooth?

If you leave a cracked tooth untreated it can cause extreme pain, sensitivity and infection.  Worse case scenario it can also lead to the loss of the tooth – and you don’t want that to happen.

✔️Early intervention is ABSOLUTE key.

If you suspect you may have a cracked tooth don’t wait –  book an appointment to see us NOW on 9528 9204 or contact us online for an appointment.