Your smile is our passion | Call For an appointment 09 273 8911
TI Rakau Dental Centre
316 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany, Auckland
brand logos

Blog

Affordable and quality dental solution for you!

Women teeth before and after braces

Stay Up To Date on The Latest Developments

The dental field is one that is always evolving and changing for the better. So at Ti Rakau Dental Centre we put a lot of focus on staying up to date on everything as it develops.
Providing our patients with the latest in treatments and technology, we are excited to welcome you to our informative blog. We update it regularly, so you will always find interesting new info.  If you have any more questions, please phone our office in Auckland on 09 273 8911 and we’ll be happy to answer those queries as soon as we can!
Woman smiling

Sedation for Anxious Patients

If you have a fear of dentists or of dental treatment, sedation is an option for you. It enables dental treatment to be carried out while you are relaxed and makes your visit much more pleasant.

In our practice, we provide oral and IV sedation to our anxious patients.

Oral sedation is when you will be given a sedative drug called midazolam in a syrup or mixed into a (non-alcoholic) drink. This sedative will make you feel drowsy and have a similar effect to amnesia and you may not remember a lot about the procedure. Although oral sedation cannot relieve pain, you will be relaxed when the dentist administers the local (injection) anaesthetic. 

Intravenous Sedation is a technique using midazolam as the sedative drug but is administered directly to the veins to enable a faster and more predictable response. The level of sedation can also be more finely controlled with IV sedation compared to oral sedation. Our intravenous (IV) sedation does not provide pain relief, so an injection of local anaesthetic will also be administered in conjunction with this method of dental sedation.

You will need to tell us of any drugs that you are taking (including recreational drugs and alcohol) or medical problems. This is very important because the failure to notify us of your drug usage may make your sedation unpredictable or ineffective when midazolam is used with certain drugs or medical conditions.

Important: No food or drink should be taken for 4 hours before IV sedation treatment. While you will feel quite alert after treatment, the sedative agents are not completely eliminated from the body hence the need for an escort to drive you to and from your appointment. Be prepared to take the remainder of the day off.




Ti Rakau Dental has proudly served Botany, Dannemora, Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Bach communities for more than 20 years. Please DO NOT HESITATE to call 092738911 with any questions or concerns you may have.

Dental floss

Why Do We Brush and Floss? How to Brush and Floss Properly

The places where the gums and teeth meet are where bacteria grow and multiply. Tiny particles of food can get lodged there. Dental Plaque then hardens and fuses to the tooth over time to form tartar/calculus, a thick deposit that only dentist can remove with a scraper. Tartar build-up can lead to gingivitis: red, swollen gums that are the first stage of gum disease. It is also a cause of Bad Breath. If left unchecked, the bacteria-laden tartar and plaque can spread even deeper below the gum line, causing periodontitis: gum disease characterized by severe inflammation. The bone & gum that supports a tooth is eventually destroyed leading to the tooth becoming wobbly & falling out. There is also a direct link between gum infection and diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, pre-mature baby etc.

Your tooth brush cleans the outer and top surfaces of your teeth but does not clean between your teeth. Dental Floss reaches the areas a tooth brush can't reach. If you brush your teeth but do not floss your teeth you are leaving bacteria between your teeth to multiply and cause gum infection gingivitis which can then lead to periodontal disease and eventually premature tooth loss. Dental Bacteria smell - this is why sometimes dental floss smells after flossing. 

Ti Rakau Dental has proudly served Botany, Dannemora, Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach communities for more than 20 years. Please DO NOT HESITATE to call 092738911 with any questions or concerns you may have. 
Dental checkup

How Can I Have Healthy Gums?

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, and it also is the most prevalent type of disease in the world. Although it’s true that it’s not as fatal as diabetes or cancer, having no teeth can bring lifestyle and health complications in your old age. If you want to start early and keep your gums pink and healthy, here are eight important tips to follow.

1. Brush as thoroughly as possible.
Brushing twice a day is easy, but do you brush your teeth properly? Some people may be brushing several times a day but only removing minimal amount of plaque and food debris because they brush too fast. The secret of optimal brushing is spending time and covering all areas, especially the back teeth that are most susceptible to cavity formation.

2. Floss regularly.
A lot of food particles can get stuck in between teeth and brushing doesn’t effectively clean these tight spaces. Flossing will be able to clean whatever the toothbrush has left unclean. However, be careful when flossing because applying too much force can cause gum bleeding, and a cut in the gums can increase the risk of bacterial infection.

3. Use interdental brush after consulting with us
Do you sometimes feel a layer of sticky food debris stuck between your teeth? This can be the precursor to plaque. This sticky layer can get into the gums as it gets pushed by chewing motion. Whenever you feel this sticky lining covering the division between your teeth and gums, use a interdental brush to scrape it away as gently as you can to avoid hurting your gums.

4. Eat foods like cheese, apples and celery.
Cheese is a creamy dairy product that contains a lot of calcium. It can help remove plaque from your teeth as you bite on it, and the calcium adds strength to your tooth enamel. Apples and celery are just examples of firm, water-filled raw foods that can exercise the gums, neutralize acidity and rinse away excess food debris inside and around the mouth.

5. Minimize sugar consumption.
Sugar is the food of bacteria, and if you have gum infection, eating sweets can speed up the spread of the infection. Avoid eating sugar-loaded foods like candies, cookies, cakes, pastries, soda and dried fruits. Not only do they feed bacteria, they also leave a film of sugar over your teeth and gums.

6. Visit your dentist at least once every six months.
Regular dental check-ups can effectively track the early signs of gum disease and stop it from spreading before it gets any worse. Your dentist will clean your teeth and gums at every visit, reducing your chances of getting dental problems in the future.

Ti Rakau Dental has proudly served Botany, Dannemora, Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach communities for more than 20 years. Please DO NOT HESITATE to call 092738911 with any questions or concerns you may have.
White teeth

How do I Choose Filling or Crown?

Filling or crown are often options for a damaged tooth. Dentists can fill a tooth, or crown a tooth, but they are two very different processes even though they sound quite similar and may seem the same to a layperson.

‘Filling’ a tooth can be used when the cavity is small and often just involve repairing a small amount of damage rather than rebuilding a tooth. The more damage there is and the more likely a crown or veneer will be needed simply because the filling may not be able to last with large amount of loading force.

When a patient decides they want a damaged tooth strengthened, reshaped or the appearance improved the dentist will very often choose to create a crown or veneer for the tooth or use the ‘indirect’ restoration method. Crowns and veneers are a longer lasting solution for dental repair, replacing more of the tooth and adding more structural integrity.

The dentist in Ti Rakau Dental will talk you through all your options and the different costs of repairing a damaged tooth. Whether a filling or a crown is most appropriate should be a joint discussion between a patient and the dentist.

Ti Rakau Dental has proudly served Botany, Dannemora, Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach communities for more than 20 years. Please DO NOT HESITATE to call 092738911 with any questions or concerns you may have. 

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants over Other Treatments For a Missing Tooth?

A dental Implant is pretty much the next best thing to replace a missing tooth - Once dental implants are fully integrated into your jaw; they function just as well as your own natural teeth: you can eat the foods you want and speak with complete confidence. With dentures, eating hard foods such as an apple can be a problem: either the dentures come loose or patients cannot withstand the hard biting forces as this pressure causes pain as the denture pushes into the gum. Irritation and inflammation of the gums is a common problem amongst denture patients.
  • Dental Implants are a very predictable way of replacing missing teeth. The chewing capability is similar to natural teeth.
  • Dental Implants protect and keep your jaw bone healthy and as a result keep your face looking younger. However, if you lose a tooth, you will be left with a hole where your tooth root used to be and the bone around this area will slowly begin to disappear (atrophy) which may change the shape of your jaw. A dental implant placed in this space is the only restorative option that can actually stimulate bone growth and production, preventing loss of valuable bone structure. 
  • Dental Implants just look better - If placed correctly, a Dental Implant should blend beautifully with your surrounding natural teeth.
  •  Improved dental hygiene - Unlike Dental Bridges and dentures, which require special cleaning instructions and extra attention, dental implants just need regular brushing, flossing and hygiene appointments, just like your natural teeth.
  • No need to drill or remove any healthy tooth structure - When replacing missing teeth with dental bridges, the teeth adjacent to the gap need to be prepared and healthy tooth structure is removed to accommodate a crown or bridge abutment to fit over the top of the tooth. In the future, if one of the supporting teeth is damaged, the entire bridge restoration will also be compromised, whereas with an implant, the restoration is independent of any of your other teeth. By replacing lost teeth with Dental Implants, no support is required of the adjacent teeth, and your natural teeth do not need to be prepared or altered in any way.

Ti Rakau Dental has proudly served Botany, Dannemora, Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach communities for more than 20 years. Please DO NOT HESITATE to call 092738911 with any questions or concerns you may have.
Cold drink

Protect Your Teeth Against Fizzy Drinks

Soft drinks are popular beverages. These cool, bubbly drinks are being consumed everywhere. In fact, you may very well have a can sitting next to you as you read this blog. However it’s a tough world for teeth. These modern eating and drinking habits increase the exposure of tooth enamel to dietary acid. The caries from the fizzy drinks is a growing problem that contributes to the everyday teeth problems such as sensitivity, toothache, tooth wear etc. 
  • Lifestyle advice to protect teeth from fizzy Drink 
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Swish out your mouth with water to dilute the sugar and acid.
  • Use a straw to keep sugars and acids away from your teeth.
  • Never consume soft drinks or juice at bedtime. (The liquid pools in your mouth and coats your tongue and teeth.)
  • Read the labels — sweetened drinks are high in sugar.
  • Get regular dental cleanings to remove plaque (bacteria) build-up

Ti Rakau Dental has proudly served Botany, Dannemora, Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach communities for more than 20 years. Please DO NOT HESITATE to call 092738911 with any questions or concerns you may have.

What do I do if I Have Gums Disease?

A beautiful smile begins with a strong foundation of healthy gums. Most people suffer from some form of gum disease and it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. However, the disease develops very slowly in most people and can be slowed down to a rate that should allow you to keep most of your teeth for life. Early detection and treatment of periodontal disease can help most people to preserve their teeth for a lifetime. Dentists in Ti Rakau Dental offers a comprehensive periodontal disease prevention and treatment program because a solid foundation of healthy gums is essential in protecting your teeth.
The first thing to do is visit us for a thorough check-up. We will measure the gums to see if there is any sign that periodontal disease has started. X-rays may be needed to see the amount of bone that has been lost. This assessment is very important, so the correct treatment can be prescribed for you.
  • We will usually give your teeth a thorough clean. You will also be shown how to remove plaque successfully yourself, cleaning all surfaces of your teeth thoroughly and effectively. 
  • Once your teeth are clean, we may decide to carry out further cleaning of the roots of the teeth, to make sure that the last pockets of bacteria are removed. Afterwards, you may feel some discomfort for up to 48 hours.
  • Review the gums after 1 month, the dentist will exam gums condition and evaluate your home care. Refer you to see periodontist may be indicated if the gums condition is not improved.
  • Regular check-up and clean by the dentist are mandatory to maintain the healthy gums.
In summary, periodontal disease is never cured. But as long as you keep up the home care you has been taught, any further loss of bone will be very slow and it may stop altogether, However, you must make sure your remove plaque very day, and come for regular check-up by us.

Ti Rakau Dental has proudly served Botany, Dannemora, Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach communities for more than 20 years. Please DO NOT HESITATE to call 092738911 with any questions or concerns you may have. 
Artificial teeth

Restore a Missing Tooth in One Visit - Affordable Resin Fibre Bridge

Loss of an anterior tooth may be a catastrophic event for patients. An immediate replacement is important to provide a positive psychological approach and to maintain the facial aesthetics and phonetics. Conservation, natural preservation, minimal invasion, aesthetics and cost are some of the important factors that are considered when a missing tooth is replaced. The resin fibre bridges are adhesive, minimally invasive and are economic single unit restorations that can be used for a single visit replacement of a missing tooth.


Ti Rakau Dental has proudly served Botany, Dannemora, Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach communities for more than 20 years. Please DO NOT HESITATE to call 092738911 with any questions or concerns you may have.
Women cleaning teeth

Denture Instruction

As with anything new, it will take time to adjust to wearing your dentures and requires patience.

Cleaning Dentures need to be cleaned every morning and every evening. Remove debris by brushing with a denture brush. Paste is not required, but if you choose to use it: do NOT use toothpaste, instead use a denture paste or baking soda. Dentures also need to be rinsed after each meal. No matter how well a denture may fit, some food will get underneath the denture as you eat. If it is left there, it can irritate the tissue. So after each meal, remove the denture, rinse out your mouth, and then rinse the denture under running water. 

Eating Dentures are very different from your natural teeth; unlike your teeth, dentures are not anchored in bone, but instead rest on top of mobile tissue. This means that the denture, especially the lower denture, can and will move in your mouth when you eat and when you speak. Eating with your dentures will take some getting used, so to help do the following: Start with soft, easy to chew foods such as – fish, cheese, eggs, chopped meat, cooked vegetables, or ice cream. Take small bites. Chew on both sides of your mouth at the same time; this helps to stabilize the denture. Biting into food is difficult with dentures and will tend to dislodge the upper denture. Therefore, foods like apples and corn on the cob should be sliced before eating. Avoid very hot foods and drinks to prevent burns as dentures decrease temperature sensation.

Speaking It is common for patients to have some difficulty speaking with a new pair of dentures. A common pronunciation problem is with words containing “s” or “f” sounds. It is helpful to practice by reading aloud or speaking in front of a mirror. It may also be helpful to swallow before speaking to “set” the dentures in place.

Soreness It is normal for dentures to cause sore spots and require adjustments. Typically, we will see you after 1 week to evaluate the gums and adjust the denture as necessary. Sometimes this is the only adjustment required, sometimes multiple adjustments are necessary before the dentures are comfortable.

Saliva Saliva is very important to wearing dentures: it helps the denture adhere to the underlying tissue, cushions the gums from chewing pressures, and helps swallow food. When you first begin wearing dentures there may be excess saliva in your mouth – this is a natural reaction and will balance out in about a week.

Visit the Dentist To help maintain your dentures and your oral health, annual dental visits are important. These visits will allow us to examine your oral tissues and the fit of your denture, which can change with time as the ridges supporting the dentures continue to change shape.

Ti Rakau Dental has proudly served Botany, Dannemora, Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach communities for more than 20 years. Please DO NOT HESITATE to call 092738911 with any questions or concerns you may have.

Patient Instructions For Immediate Dentures

Your immediate denture is not to be removed from your mouth for the first 24 hours. If the denture is removed, swelling may occur that will make it difficult or impossible to replace the denture.
  •  After extractions, do not rinse, spit, smoke or suck on a straw. Do not rinse your mouth vigorously. Do not drink any hot beverages or carbonated beverages.
  • See Extraction Post Operative Instructions for additional information on care of your mouth after tooth extraction.
  • Your immediate denture not only replaces your missing teeth, but it is acting to protect the surgical site, control swelling, and control bleeding. The denture needs to be in place to be effective.
  •  The fit of your immediate denture will change as your mouth heals from the extraction of your teeth. As healing occurs, the dental ridges change shape – and they generally shrink in size. An immediate denture is often only a temporary denture which will require replacement or reline after final healing of the mouth.
  • The dentist will check the wound and adjust the denture the following day.
  • The immediate denture will need to be adjusted and/or relined to compensate for the changes that will take place in your mouth as the gums heal. You will be instructed by your dentist to return for periodic appointments to monitor your mouth for changes that will require denture adjustments.
  •  After the dental extraction sockets have healed over (two to six weeks) you may find a denture adhesive paste or powder to help stabilize your denture.
  •  Dental extraction sockets take at least 6 months to heal and fill in with new jaw bone. At that time, your dentist will speak to you about replacing your immediate denture with a permanent denture or making a permanent reline.

Ti Rakau Dental has proudly served Botany, Dannemora, Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach communities for more than 20 years. Please DO NOT HESITATE to call 092738911 with any questions or concerns you may have.
women showing her teeth with braces

Instructions For The Care Of Braces

Now that your braces have been fitted:
  • Your mouth may feel uncomfortable and will take a few days to get used to it
  • We can provide orthodontic wax to prevent your brackets ( the attachments on your teeth) from the brace catching the inside of your lips and cheeks. This can be placed over the areas that are rubbing and should ease the discomfort.
  • A mild painkiller such as Ibuprofen or paracetamol and soft diet may help ease discomfort
  • Most patients find that after a few days/weeks their mouth will toughen up and get used to the brace.
  • You are required to attend all scheduled appointments so that your treatment would
  • progress smoothly and quickly.

Missed appointments and repeated breakages will prolong your treatment. To avoid breakages you need to be careful with your diet.

Occasionally, the end of a wire will work itself out of place and irritate your mouth. Use a
pencil eraser to push the wire so that it is flat against the tooth. If the wire cannot be moved
into a comfortable position, use some relief wax to cover it.

DIET CONTROL:
  •  Avoid eating hard foods such as crusty bread and pizza crust.
  •  If eating foods such as apples ensure they are chopped into small pieces and placed on the
  • biting surfaces of the back teeth to chew on to avoid any breakages brace.
  •  We do recommend that you avoid foods that contain excess amounts of sugar such as fizzy drinks and sweets.
  • Recommended drinks are milk and water.
  •  Avoid sticky foods such as chewing gum, lolly pops, toffees, caramel, etc . These must be
  • avoided as they can damage the teeth and the brace.
BREAKAGES:
  • To avoid breakages be careful with your diet as mentioned above.
  • Avoid chewing pens/pencils and biting your nails as these can result in breakages.
  • If any of your brackets feel loose or have fallen off please contact the practice for advice.
  • Check your brace every night-if any of the brackets are loose then please contact the
  • practice as soon as possible.

CLEANING YOUR BRACE:
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Brush in a circular motion above and under the brace. This should be followed by the use of interdental brushes upwards and downwards in between the brackets and wires.
  • Also pay particular attention to the gum area. It is important to brush your teeth in the morning, after each meal and before going to bed at night.
  • We recommend that you use interdental brushes (available at reception) these are designed to help clean under your fixed braces/wires.

Ti Rakau Dental has proudly served Botany, Dannemora, Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach communities for more than 20 years. Please DO NOT HESITATE to call 092738911 with any questions or concerns you may have.

Instruction for removable orthodontic appliance
Please keep your teeth clean by brushing 3 times a day if possible. Because your appliance is removable, keep it clean by brushing the appliance and rinse with clear water.Carefully put your appliance back in your mouth. Don't wrap it in napkin, it will get thrown away! Don't put it in your pocket, it will get broken or washed! Don't leave it out, dogs think they are delicious! The sagest place is in your mouth.
    Don't flip your appliance with your tongue.

    Damaged appliances always mean extra appointments, inconvenience and   extended  treatment time, so please follow theses instructions faithfully. If your appliance does  break, please call us for an appointment.

    Keep your lips together and breathe through your nose, This will help your appliance function properly.
        
    Your mouth may feel unusually full, speaking will be awkward, and you may have a little more saliva than normal. A little practice will make you comfortable.

    Ti Rakau Dental has proudly served Botany, Dannemora, Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach communities for more than 20 years. Please DO NOT HESITATE to call 092738911 with any questions or concerns you may have.

    Doctor inspecting tooth extraction

    After extraction instruction

    The following steps will help healing following dental extractions: 
    • Keep biting on the pad inserted for one full hour.
    • Avoid strenuous exercise.
    • Avoid sucking or interfering with the wound.
    • Avoid hot fluids or food, alcohol and hard foods for 24 hours.
    • A slight ooze of blood can be expected. If there is more bleeding apply pressure by placing a firm pad of clean gauze or a small handkerchief over the bleeding point and closed jaw firmly for 30 minutes by the clock. Repeat several times if necessary.
    • DO NOT RINSE MOUTH FOR 24 HOURS. Then, use half a tea spoon of salt in a glass of hot water and SOAK around wound area. Do this four times a day.
    • Teeth can be and should be brushed carefully the day after extraction.
    • If excessive bleeding or undue pain or any other complications occur, please contact us 092738911 for advice.
    Ti Rakau Dental has proudly served Botany, Dannemora, Howick, Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach communities for more than 20 years. Please DO NOT HESITATE to call 092738911 with any questions or concerns you may have.
    Share by: