What is Cataract Surgery and What Does it Involve?

What is Cataract Surgery

Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process. They occur as a film that forms over the eye’s lens, leading to blurry vision. Cataract surgery is the process by which the blurry, aged lens is removed, and replaced (in most cases) with an artificial lens.

In Australia, cataract surgery is performed by an opthamologist (eye doctor) and is generally a very safe and common procedure. It can be useful to have a basic understanding of the procedure and what it involves in order to prepare before your surgery.

Before the Surgery

It’s essential to prepare properly before your cataract surgery. It is fairly common for an opthamologist to instruct patients not to eat or drink anything for 12 hours prior to the surgery.

On top of this, your doctor may also advise you to stop taking any medication that could cause complications such as bleeding during the surgery. Antibiotic eye drops or medications are sometimes prescribed in advance of the surgery, and it’s important to try and get a good night’s rest before the procedure.

If stress or anxiety tends to prevent you sleeping, it could be worth talking to your doctor about available options to help you relax the night before surgery. Keep in mind that alcohol should not be consumed the day before surgery.

On the day of the surgery, wear casual dress. Don’t wear makeup, perfume, cologne, cosmetics or anything that may interfere with the procedure.

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What to Know Before You Get Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

If you are not happy with your teeth, and not everyone is, you may decide to see your dentist about porcelain veneers. After all, they tick all the boxes for what you are trying to achieve – a perfect smile. However, porcelain veneers are not a dental necessity, which means there are many things to consider before you decide to get them. Read on to discover whether porcelain veneers are right for you.

They Improve The Look of Your Teeth

If you are not happy at all with your teeth, then there’s every reason to believe that porcelain veneers are right for you. They change the colour, fix imperfections like crooked teeth and chips, and they are perfect for filling gaps as well. If there are many things that you don’t like about your teeth, discuss them with your dentistry professional. You may find they all point in the direction of porcelain veneers.

You Don’t Have to Do All Your Teeth

Porcelain veneers can be quite a costly cosmetic procedure, but it’s one that’s entirely worth it. In saying that, if you only have one tooth you don’t like, then there’s no reason you can’t get one porcelain veneer. For example, if you chipped your tooth but the root is healthy, and there’s nothing else wrong with it, a veneer could be the answer.

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How to Know You Need a Root Canal

Root Canal

You may hear your dentist talk about a root canal in two ways. It can refer to the inner passages of your tooth between its roots and the pulp. It can also be a dental procedure to remove infection and alleviate pain and discomfort. In most cases, whenever your dentist talks about a root canal, it generally means you need one.

However, there are ways you can tell you need a root canal before your dentist picks it up at your regular check-up. What are those signs, and what happens next?

Root Canal Symptoms

Many symptoms indicate that your dentist might need to perform a root canal. Every time you eat or put pressure on your teeth, you might feel severe pain. If that food is hot or cold, you could even feel more sensitivity in that region than usual. Essentially, any pain for no reason can be a sign that something isn’t right.

Inspect your gums and see if you can notice anything else. Are there bumps in your gum near where you feel pain? Do some of your teeth appear darker than others? What about pain and swelling? These are all common signs of infection which may spell the need for your dentist to perform a root canal procedure.

Root Canal Procedure

During the procedure, they will take an x-ray, numb the area, then drill a hole into your tooth to remove the pulp tissue and damaged nerve. While the dentist is in the area, they will also clean out the infected material and seal the tooth. Depending on the damage, you may need a crown, filling, or another restorative option to finish the procedure.

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What You Didn’t Know About Botox

Botox

In 2018, Australians had more cosmetic procedures, such as Botox injections, carried out per capita than the United States. It’s clear to see that Australia is a country of people who care about their appearance and want to do all that they can to maintain it. There is nothing wrong with that, and Botox injections continue to be one of the most popular minor cosmetic procedures available for a number of reasons.

You may know that Botox injections help with self-esteem and non-cosmetic conditions, but here’s what you didn’t know.

Botox is a Neurotoxin

What most people don’t know is that Botox is a neurotoxin from the bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum. Initially, doctors used it to treat eye disorders, but it wasn’t long before they came to realise it was helpful for cosmetic purposes as well.

Botox is a Brand Name

When most people talk about cosmetic fillers, they use the name ‘Botox’. However, Botox is a brand name as opposed to a cosmetic procedure. There are several other dermal fillers similar to Botox but with different brand names. It’s the same concept for if you call something “Glad Wrap” when referring to clingfilm. Glad Wrap is a brand but is now a household name for clingfilm.

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