Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together a list of frequently asked questions for patients and prospective patients to peruse. Take a look to see if we have answered your questions. If we haven’t, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us so that we can address all your questions and concerns.

Yes – so don’t be fooled!

Other artificial sweeteners such as aspartame are added into the energy drink to maintain the same flavour as the sugary ones! These additives can cause dental erosion due to their acidity levels being so high.

And, as tough as enamel is, it doesn’t have any living cells and is therefore unable to repair itself if it undergoes physical or chemical damage. This means that enamel erosion isn’t reversible, and the enamel won’t grow back! Take care of your teeth!

Aspartame is a non-saccharide (artificial, non-nutritive) sweetener 200 times sweeter than sucrose (common sugar) and is often used as a sugar substitute in foods and beverages!

It’s not necessarily the artificial element that is directly harmful to your teeth, however, the chemical process when this substitute meets the bacteria in your mouth and on your teeth.

The bacteria in dental plaque, process (metabolises) the sugar and results in the release of acid that can break the enamel down. So, it is best avoided.

Tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the body. However, it’s not living tissue, so it can’t be naturally restored. Therefore, it is extremely important you maintain good oral hygiene by resisting sugary foods and drinks to avoid enamel and tooth decay!

The two types of dentures are; complete dentures and partial dentures.

Complete dentures are most commonly used for patients who are missing all teeth on their top or bottom arch.

However, for patients who do not require a full arch of new teeth, they also have the option of receiving partial dentures. If a patient has one or more natural teeth which are still fully functional, then partial dentures may be used to help fill the gap, allowing healthy natural teeth to remain.

Dental implants are designed to closely resemble the nature and appearance of a natural tooth. During the procedure, our team will create a titanium post. This creates a prosthetic tooth root which bonds with natural bone tissue. On the top of the implant, we can place a prosthetic tooth that will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.

Dental implants are often a common choice for people who have only one or two teeth missing; however, implants can be a suitable alternative to dentures if you have more than two missing teeth.

For more information or to request an appointment, contact our team today.

Many DIY teeth whitening brands have a good reputation, and a lot of this merit comes down to the many results displayed on online platforms. This does not make them safe though. Don’t do your teeth more harm than good. Many of these DIY teeth whitening kits erode your teeth due to the lack of control you may have, compared to having a dental professional whiten your teeth.

Read our recent blog for more information.

Some procedure protocols do involve high intensity light which reportedly can cause burns, especially if it’s not performed correctly. Particularly, if you have sensitive teeth, periodontal conditions or acid erosion prior to teeth whitening, the UV light may have detrimental effects if used, or overexposed.

Seeing a dental professional is the best thing you could do for your teeth, especially if you are looking to have them whitened!

Unlike DIY teeth whitening kits or over-the-counter products, this means the entire process is overlooked by a dental professional, you will not be overexposed to any products, and our team can pre-determine if the treatment will be suitable for you or not.

Some of the early signs of oral cancer may include mouth sores and lesions that don’t heal within two weeks; discoloured patches in the mouth; lumps or thickened areas in the cheek; numbness in the tongue or mouth; difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving the tongue; slurring words; and chronic hoarseness, sore throat or a feeling that there is something is caught in your throat. One may also experience swelling in the jaw, and people who wear dentures may notice that their dentures don’t fit or have become uncomfortable.

An oral cancer check involves both a visual and physical examination. During the visual exam, your dentist will examine your oral tissues by looking at your lips and mouth, as well as your gums, the insides of your cheeks, your tongue, and the roof and floor of your mouth. During the visual exam, your dentist will feel your head and cheeks, the area around the jaw, your chin, and inside the oral cavity. This will allow your dentist to feel for unusual nodules or masses.

An oral cancer screening  generally only takes around two minutes to complete. The screening is precautionary, rather than diagnostic.

Teeth whitening, although highly effective, is not a permanent solution to discoloured teeth. In most cases, you can expect the results of your treatment to last for a year or more, but this will depend on your personal habits, including oral hygiene and dietary choices. For an in-office teeth whitening treatment, we recommend that you come in for follow-up treatments between every six months and a year for the best possible results. If you choose a take-home tooth whitening treatment, we recommend that you come in for a follow-up visit around two to three weeks after your first appointment.

No. Teeth whitening is a safe and effective treatment, but we highly recommend that you get your treatment done professionally by a dentist to ensure your safety and comfort. When you come in to see us, we’ll begin the process with a consultation, which will allow your dentist to assess your overall oral health and determine which tooth whitening treatment is best for your particular needs. It’s important that you choose a professional whitening treatment so that the correct amount of whitening gel is used, and that your gums are protected throughout the process.

Yes, absolutely. While we do offer take-home whitening kits, it is also possible to come in and see us for an in-office whitening procedure. In fact, having your teeth whitened at the dental office is the quickest and most effective option, plus it only takes around an hour to complete. Before the treatment begins, your dentist will do a thorough check-up and clean. Then, your gums will be covered for protection and a whitening gel will be applied to your teeth. The gel will be applied to your teeth in three sessions every 15 minutes.

You can remove plaque thoroughly from all surfaces by daily brushing and flossing. Use a fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily because fluoride acts against the destruction of the tooth surface by acids. It also reduces the loss of minerals from the tooth and promotes repair of early decay.

We cater to anxious patients so that you can get the smile of your dreams no matter what with a range of treatments that are designed for anxious patients. We also offer a range of anaesthetic options including nitrous oxide and more.

Watch out for these early warning signs:

  • Your gums are tender and swollen or red
  • Your gums bleed when you brush or floss
  • You can’t get rid of bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

If you think you might have gum disease, visit your dentist straight away for a professional examination and cleaning. If caught early enough, gum disease can usually be controlled.

While there’s no fail-safe procedure that will ensure you keep all your teeth as you age you can improve your changes by regularly brushing your teeth, flossing and visiting the dentist. Dental hygiene is the only way to ensure that you maintain your teeth for as long as possible.

Root canal treatment can save a tooth as well as preventing the other oral health problems associated with tooth loss and infection. Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, root canal treatment is no more painful that getting a filling.

There are a number of situations where the use of radiographs (x-rays) is essential for proper diagnosis and treatment. This is because often times the problem with the tooth cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Here are a few things radiographs are used for:

  • Locating the source of toothaches
  • Determining where decay is hiding
  • Assessing whether the underlying bone has been damages by gum disease
  • Locating wisdom teeth if they are developed and seeing if they have impacted
  • Determining the length and shape of the roots for root canal therapy
  • Monitoring the success of a root canal treatment

The human eye cannot see the areas where many dental problems first begin. Radiographs however can reveal what is happening beyond the surface of the tooth and under the gums.

A cavity is a pit or hole on the surface of the tooth that is caused by the acids produced by bacteria. The protective top layer of the tooth, called enamel, tends to soften over time, causing a hole to be left on the tooth. The softening of enamel is called decay.

Tooth decay occurs when foods rich in carbohydrates and sugars, get lodged in the spaces between your teeth and are not properly removed by means of proper brushing and regular flossing. The bacteria in your mouth produces acids which eat away the tooth enamel, forming cavities. If left untreated, the cavities can become larger, eventually destroying the entire tooth.

  • Certain foods and drinks: Foods that tend to get stuck in your teeth contribute to tooth decay. Sugars, starchy foods, milk, honey, raisins and honey promote the build-up of plaque.
  • Having receding gums: With receding gums, plaque can form near the roots of your teeth not protected by enamel. This makes your teeth more susceptible to decay and cavities.
  • Snacking at regular intervals: Regardless of the kinds of food you eat, frequent snacking gives the acid in your mouth more time to cause damage. It is therefore, best, to brush after each snack/meal.