(02) 9894 9333 Call today

Suite 3, Level 1 251 Old Northern Rd
Castle Hill, Sydney, NSW, 2154

Patient information

Dental Emergencies

  1. What do I do if my tooth is chipped of broken?

    If you have chipped a tooth, try your best to find the broken piece, as we may be able to re attach the fractured portion. If this is not possible or if the broken piece is impossible to find, come in to our office immediately and we can assess the best possible way to treat the tooth or teeth.

  2. What do I do if I have a toothache?

    Take some pain killers such as Panadeine, Mersyndol or Nurofen and see a Dentist as soon as possible. Often, dental pain which wakens you in the middle of the night is an abscessed tooth which may also need antibiotics.

  3. What do I do if I suspect I have a broken jaw?

    Go to a Dentist immediately who will take appropriate x-rays to determine the state of the break and may refer you to an appropriate Surgeon, who deals specifically with jaw fractures. This may be a quicker option than going to hospital casualty (Accident and Emergency).

  4. What do I do if I have cuts, tears, puncture wounds or lacerations to the soft tissues of the mouth?

    Injuries to the inside of the mouth include tears, puncture wounds and lacerations to the cheek, lips or tongue. The wound should be cleaned right away and the injured person taken to the Dentist for the necessary suturing and wound repair. Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound area.

  5. What do I do if my tooth has been fractured?

    Minor Fracture - Minor Fractures can be smoothed by your Dentist with a sandpaper disc or simply left alone. Another option is to restore the tooth with a composite ("tooth coloured") restoration. In either case, you should treat the tooth with care for several days.
    Moderate Fracture - Moderate Fractures include damage to the enamel, dentine, and / or pulp ("nerve"). If the pulp is not permanently damaged, the tooth may be restored with a full permanent crown, resin or veneer. If pulp damage does occur further dental treatment will be required.
    Severe Fracture - Severe Fractures often mean a traumatised tooth with a slim chance of recovery.

  6. What do I do if my tooth has been pushed out of position?

    If your tooth is pushed out of place (inward or outward); it should be repositioned to its normal alignment with very light finger pressure. Do not force the tooth into the socket. Once the tooth has been repositioned, hold the tooth in place with a moist tissue or gauze. It is vital that the injured individual be seen by a dentist within 30 minutes.

  7. What do I do if my tooth has been pushed out?

    If the tooth knocked out is deciduous (a baby) tooth, there is no need to place it back in the tooth socket as this may injure the developing permanent tooth. If it is a permanent tooth, and the root is still intact, lightly wash the tooth with milk to clean off any visible dirt. It is imperative that you do not touch the root with your fingers or toothbrush. Once the dirt is removed, gently place the tooth back in it’s socket as soon as possible. The sooner this can be done after the accident, the better chance the tooth will reattach. Call our office straight away and we will get you in as soon as possible. If it is not possible to replace the tooth into it’s socket, then place the cleansed tooth in a glass of milk and take it with you to the dentist immediately. Do not store in water as this may damage the sensitive cells on the root surface.


Implants

  1. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    What are dental implants?

    Dental implants are basically sophisticated screws or posts made of a medically pure metal, Titanium. These screws/posts are then placed in the jaw bone and rest under the gum for 3 - 6 months. During this time they actually fuse to the jawbone and become osseo (bone) integrated. After the appropriate healing time, we uncover the implants and use them to replace one or more missing teeth by fabricating a dental prosthesis (eg crown, bridge or overdenture).

  2. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    What are dental implants?

    Dental implants are basically sophisticated screws or posts made of a medically pure metal, Titanium. These screws/posts are then placed in the jaw bone and rest under the gum for 3 - 6 months. During this time they actually fuse to the jawbone and become osseo (bone) integrated. After the appropriate healing time, we uncover the implants and use them to replace one or more missing teeth by fabricating a dental prosthesis (eg crown, bridge or overdenture).

  3. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    How long have implants been used in dentistry?

    Dental implants have been available for the past 50 or so years. There are significant differences, however, between the various types of implants that have been used to replace missing teeth. These differences are important since they are directly related to the implants success rates. The implants currently in use today, OSSEOINTEGRATED IMPLANTS, were originally developed in Sweden by Dr. P.I. Branemark., a Swedish Orthopaedist approximately 25-30 years ago. They have been used worldwide.

  4. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    I understand they originated in Sweden? Is there a difference between the different implant manufacturers?

    All implants in use in the United States are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. The same stringent regulations apply here in Australia. Originally, the only system available was the Noblepharma™(now known as Nobel Biocare) Branemark implant. Today, there are numerous implant companies in use on a daily basis. All of these companies are FDA approved and must meet very stringent requirements. Your dental team will choose the system that is best for you and the one that allows them to accomplish your mutual restorative goal.

  5. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    What are implants made of?

    Implants are made of commercially and medically pure Titanium. This is the same metal that has been successfully used in hip implants for many years. It is inert and is not known to cause any type of rejection phenomenon.

  6. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    How complicated is the surgery?

    Implant surgery is done in two stages. The first stage involves the placement of the implants into the available jaw bone. This is most commonly done with just local anaesthesia. It is complicated only in the sense that the surgery requires great precision. Every attempt is made to insure success. The room is set up similar to an operating room, the equipment thoroughly sterilised and the most modern techniques utilised. Stage two involves the uncovering of the implants after they have integrated ( fused ). This can be accomplished with minor gum surgery or with a dental laser and is a relatively minor procedure. In both instances, minimal postoperative discomfort is noticed. You will be given the appropriate antibiotics and analgesics just as a precaution. Very definitive postoperative instructions will be given to you at the time of surgery. If you follow the guidelines, everything should proceed without a hitch.

  7. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    Can implants be rejected?

    No. They are made of an inert metal which has no history of rejection by the body. They are not a living organ such as the lung or liver and therefore there is no rejection phenomenon. If failure should occur, and this is only a remote possibility, it is mechanical in nature and not due to rejection by the body. By the way, depending on the source you read, implants are anywhere from 85-95 percent successful depending upon certain factors such as implant location, amount and quality of bone etc. These factors will be evaluated before we place your implants. If you have any questions regarding this or any other aspect of the implant process, ask your dentist.

  8. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    If I lose several teeth, do they each have to be replaced with a separate implant?

    No. Although implants simulate the roots of teeth, biomechanically one implant can be used to replace one or more teeth. This will depend upon the mechanical requirements of your chosen prosthesis. At your consultation your dentist will discuss the various treatment alternatives and the type and number of implants that are needed in order to fulfil our treatment objectives.

  9. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    What about infection and complications?

    During the surgery every attempt is made to maintain a totally sterile field. This tends to minimise any potential for postoperative infection. Once again, your dentist will prescribe the appropriate antibiotics as a precautionary measure. Once the implants have been engaged in your prosthesis, it is imperative for you to maintain scrupulous oral hygiene.

  10. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    What types of restorations can be placed on implants?

    The answer to this question depends upon your treatment objectives. This can vary from simple removable prostheses, using the implants for retention , to totally implant supported porcelain fused to metal crowns and bridges. Implant bridges can be either removable or fixed (not removable) depending upon the number of implants. We are now finally able to replace single or multiple missing teeth returning the dentition to a biologically healthy and aesthetically pleasing state.

  11. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    Will I be able to chew and function normally?

    Yes. Once your implants have integrated, you will be able to function normally without any unusual sensations. Your chewing ability will really depend upon the type of prosthesis you have chosen.

  12. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    How long is the entire implant process?

    Dental implants take approximately 3-4 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper to integrate. Once integrated, it takes several visits to several months to complete the restoration depending upon the complexity.

  13. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    What is the cost?

    The cost of implant dentistry is based upon a combination of the surgical phase and the prosthetic phase. Your total treatment fee will depend upon the number of implants and the complexity of your final restoration.
    We hope that this brief explanation will answer some of your questions regarding implant dentistry. Your dentist will be happy to discuss any of these questions with you at your consultation. Please write down your questions so that we can be sure to answer them to your satisfaction.


Invisalign

  1. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    Does Invisalign really work?

    Yes. In both clinical research and in orthodontic and dental practices around the world,
    Invisalign has been proven effective at straightening teeth. Nearly a million patients have
    either been treated or are in treatment and over 44,000 orthodontists and dentists have been
    trained on how to use Invisalign.

  2. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    Does Invisalign work as well as normal braces?

    In most cases, Invisalign has proven to be as effective at straightening teeth as traditional
    braces. The level of Invisalign experience will determine how an orthodontist or dentist
    decides how to treat a patient, be it with Invisalign or traditional braces. Some severe cases
    may require treatment using Invisalign together with another teeth straightening technique.

  3. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    How does Invisalign work?

    Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan from
    the initial position to the final desired position from which a series of custom-made “aligners”
    are produced. Each aligner moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then
    replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.

  4. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    Where can I see pictures of actual finished Invisalign cases?

    To see what just a few of the many thrilled patients are saying about Invisalign, please visit
    the Invisalign website www.invisalign.com.au and click on the success stories tab. This website also shows before and after Invisalign treatment photos.

  5. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    Why choose invisalign?

    There are four primary benefits of Invisalign:

    1. Invisalign is nearly invisible – you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
    2. Invisalign is removable – you can eat and drink what you want in treatment; you can also
    brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.
    3. Invisalign is comfortable – there are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation:
    no metal or wires also means you spend less time in the doctor’s chair getting
    adjustments.
    4. Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start – so you
    can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

  6. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    What are aligners made of?

    Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade non-toxic plastic that is virtually invisible
    when worn.

  7. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    What do aligners look like?

    Aligners are nearly invisible and look similar to clear tooth-whitening trays, but are custom made
    for a better fit to move teeth. Some orthodontists have referred to them as “contact
    lenses for teeth.”

  8. Rating: +0

    Positive Negative

    How long will treatment take?

    The length of treatment is dependent on the severity of individual cases. Treatment may vary
    from anywhere between six months to two years with an average treatment taking around 12
    to 14 months.