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The Sydney Dentist Clinic is a family dental clinic that provides emergency, general and cosmetic dental care. The team at Sydney Dentist Clinic prides itself on providing high quality, gentle and affordable dental care for over 40 years.
Located in Artarmon, the Sydney Dentist Clinic is open five days a week with extended opening hours and is conveniently located to public transport and free 2 hour off-street parking.
Our team of Sydney Dentists are highly skilled and have undergone specialized training in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. All our dentist are members of the ADA and are certified by the Dental Council of New South Wales.
If you would like to learn more about our services such as Teeth Whitening, Crowns, Veneers, Dental Implants and Invisalign please call us on (02) 8279 2282 – we are open five days a week and can schedule appointments outside business hours if required. If you prefer you can now schedule an appointment online, simply complete the form and we will call you to confirm your dental appointment at Sydney Dentist Clinic as soon as possible.
One of the guiding principles of our practice is the commitment to ensuring that our patients have all the information that they need to make smart decisions about their oral health. With this in mind, we have developed this FAQ section to help our patients find the answers to the most common questions that they may have.
What services does Sydney Dentist Clinic provide?
Our dental clinic provides all the modern dentistry services that are available today. We are respected throughout the community for our excellent family, general and cosmetic dentistry. Whatever your oral healthcare needs is, we can help you satisfy them.
What will happen during an initial appointment?
When you first arrive, you will be asked to fill out a brief form detailing your medical history. This form will ensure that the necessary information is available to provide you with the treatment that is the most appropriate for you and your oral health needs. Our helpful staff are always available for answering any questions you may have. The dentist will then meet you, and discuss any concerns or issues before beginning an examination of your teeth, jaws and gums.
Your teeth will be examined for any signs that indicate decay. We will also examine any previous dental work like crowns and fillings to ensure that they are whole and working properly. Other soft tissue areas of your mouth might also be examined, such as the inside of your cheeks and your tongue, as well as your salivary glands, your lymph nodes and your bite. The dentist will essentially be searching for any possible complications that could affect your oral health. We might also take x-rays, moulds or conduct a screening for oral cancer. Everyone's circumstances are different, but you will be informed before and throughout of exactly what is being done and why.
Your dentist will then explain your assessment results and establish a treatment plan that meets your unique needs and circumstances. Do not hesitate to ask any questions that you may have about your proposed treatment plan.
A dentist or dental hygienist will then provide a professional cleaning for your teeth. In line with our commitment to long-term and preventative oral healthcare, we will also discuss general oral hygiene techniques and the next stages in your personalized plan for oral healthcare.
How frequently should someone visit the dentist?
Everyone should visit their dentist's office every 6 months for a check-up and regular cleaning. Tartar and plaque build up will be significantly reduced with regular cleanings.
What are the reasons for having appointments every six months?
The check-up every 6 months is an opportunity for the dentist to give your teeth, mouth and gums a proper examination, which will allow them to discover any developing issues or problems early on. Early detection provides you with the highest chance of minimizing any damage to your oral health, or even stopping problems before they become damaging in the first place. Dental issues rarely go away on their own, so early detection; prevention and treatment will save you time, money and discomfort. Oral health problems like oral cancer and gum disease will also have a serious impact on your overall health if they are not detected and addressed early.
How much does a dental check-up cost?
The condition of your teeth will determine the dental services that you require. The cost of your appointment may increase if x-rays or additional treatments are necessary. We know that each patient and their oral healthcare needs are unique, and we will always discuss the cost of the appointment and procedures during your appointment.
Does you dental clinic provide bulk billing?
The Sydney Dentist Clinic can bulk bill in the case of children agreed between 2 - 17 who are eligible for the Child Dental Benefit Scheme. You will not need to pay any out of pocket expenses if your child's dental care is less than $1,000 over the span of 2 years. You can contact us at any time to discuss bulk billing in more detail.
What payment options does the clinic offer?
The entire payment is always due on the same day as the treatment. We have a HICAP terminal for automatic private insurance rebates. To set our fees we use the mean figures in the Schedule of Fees published by the AD This means that you are always paying an average and fair price for exceptional and high-quality dentistry.
Are appointments available outside of business hours?
You can be assured that our staff are prepared to stay late to deal with dental emergencies. There will not be a call out fee charged if you make the appointment during regular hours for an appointment that takes place after regular hours.
Do you have experience in dealing with patients who are nervous or scared of dental visits?
The dentists and dental staff at our clinic are professionally trained to offer a positive and relaxing dental experience for all of our patients. We guarantee that your dental visit will be calm and relaxed.
How can I tell whether or not I have healthy teeth?
There are numerous signs that can indicate poor dental hygiene. Generally these signs are bleeding or discolored gums, cracked or chipped teeth, bad breath, discoloured teeth and jaw or tooth pain. If you experience any symptoms, then it is recommended that you make an appointment.
What can I do to prevent cavities?
Ensure that you spend 2 to 3 minutes when you brush your teeth. It takes this long to eliminate the bacteria and remove the plaque that will destroy the enamel on your teeth. Be sure that you are not brushing too vigorously. It does not take very much pressure to get rid of the plaque and bacteri Floss once per day at the very least. Regular flossing is the only way to get rid of the bacteria that gathers between your teeth. Monitor your consumption of sugar. Sugar can be found in fruits, chips, crackers and candy. Be aware of food like peanut butter and raisins that will stick to your teeth. They will provide a steady supply of nutrients for the bacteria that damage your teeth.
When do you require a root canal?
Root canal procedures, or "endodontics", are meant to preserve an infected tooth so it does not need to be extracted. These procedures aim to preserve a tooth where the nerve supply or blood has been infected by dental trauma or decay.
Who requires dentures and what are they?
Dentures are a complete or partial set of artificial teeth that occupy the lower or upper jaw, and are usually connected to a plate. Dentures are essentially false teeth. People who have lost all or most of their teeth are the usual candidates for complete dentures. People who have some remaining natural teeth are candidates for partial dentures to aid in chewing and speech, and to provide support for facial muscles.
What are the remedies for sensitive teeth?
There are sensitivity toothpastes that contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride and are effective at treating teeth that are sensitive. You will notice a decrease in sensitivity after a few weeks use.
Foods that are highly acidic, such as grapefruits, lemons and oranges increase tooth sensitivity and can counteract the effects of sensitivity toothpaste.
If brushing gently with sensitivity toothpaste fails to provide you with relief, then visit your dentist. There exist specialized compounds that are applied in clinics to the root of teeth that will help or even eliminate tooth sensitivity. There are also home care products that are high in fluoride that are recommended for reducing tooth sensitivity.
What are dental fillings?
Fillings are employed to treat tooth decay and help restore damaged or worn teeth. Since there are different kinds of fillings for different situations, your dentist will help you to select the option that is best for your circumstances. Our clinic is also committed to reducing the need for fillings by helping you to maintain a high standard of oral healthcare.
How do I choose the right toothbrush?
The brand of toothbrush is not as important as the shape and size of the head, as well as the type of bristle. It is recommended that you use a brush with soft bristles and a small head. The small head lets you brush each tooth more effectively and has less chance of damaging your gums, while the softer bristles will also help to prevent gum damage from brushing. It is even more important to ensure that you brush regularly and replace old toothbrushes often. Electric toothbrushes are now popular for a number of reasons. They perform well at reducing stains, disrupting the bacteria that are the source of gum disease and tooth decay, and removing plaque. They can also be simpler to manage and more fun to use.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is specialized dentistry focused on enhancing and improving your smile's appearance. Whether you suffer from teeth that are discoloured, crooked, too far apart or too close together or too gummy, modern dental techniques will create a noticeable difference. Procedures include crowns, porcelain veneers, dental bridges, bonding, gum lifts, implants and tooth whitening.
What are porcelain veneers?
A porcelain veneer is a shell that is applied to the front of a tooth to replace discoloured, chipped and cracked teeth. Veneers will straighten, whiten and close any unwanted gap between teeth.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are caps that cover a natural tooth and provide an added layer of protection. It is usually the ideal solution for the replacement of large and worn fillings, for teeth that have a very large cavity or have cracked, and for a tooth that has been the focus of a root canal procedure.
When do I need a crown?
A dental crown will improve the structure of your tooth. As time passes, it is expected that teeth will become less structurally secure. Incidents like decay, lost fillings and the cracking and chipping of enamel can all lead to serious problems with the surface of a tooth. When the entire surface of a tooth is problematic, yet the root system is still whole, then a crown may be the ideal answer.
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. It is a false tooth that is fused between a set of two porcelain crowns that fills in the gap that a missing tooth leaves. The crowns that hold it in place are attached directly to the teeth on either side of the false tooth.
Are there different types of dental bridges?
There are numerous options, and the one that we recommend will depend on where it will be located inside your mouth, as well as the state of your bite and other functional and aesthetic considerations. Bridges will keep your teeth from drifting toward the space left by missing teeth, which will help to preserve the normal bite and function of the jaw joint. In the average bridge a crown will be applied to the teeth on either side. This will leave three total crowns, which includes one crown to to fill the gap.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are titanium screws designed to act like an anchor for the permanent replacement of missing teeth. A dental implant will restore full appearance and functionality for natural looking teeth, since it is surgically welded to the jawbone. Once it is healed, the implant will effectively mimic the feel, function and form of natural teeth.
What is the purpose of a dental implant?
A dental implant is ideal for the replacement of a missing tooth. A dentist will create a treatment plan that will give you stable, functional and beautiful new teeth.
Since precision and quality are paramount for implant dentistry, our dentists take the highest level of care when planning and performing your treatment. You can place your full confidence in the advanced technologies and materials that are used to provide great results. Whether you are replacing a single tooth or creating a full set of stable and secure new teeth, dental implants are proven and long-lasting alternatives to dentures and bridges. By replacing the actual root of your natural tooth, an implant will bond directly to the bone and form a stable foundation for the permanent replacement tooth that feels, looks and functions exactly like a real tooth
Who are candidates for dental implants?
If you are a missing a tooth or multiple teeth, or have a loose bottom denture, then dental implants might be the right option for you. However, there are many factors that come into consideration. The condition and health of your bone and gums will be a major part of the decision process. That is because without a healthy foundation, any implants will not thrive.
What are the options for missing teeth?
There are three main options for people who are missing teeth.
Dental Implant: These are titanium rods planted directly in the gums, and which improve the strength of the bone. A crown is then fitted onto the rod. Implants are the closest option to the original tooth.
Fixed Bridge: This is a row of teeth fixed beside teeth that are filled heavily. They will improve the appearance and function of the tooth.
Removable Prosthesis: This is the cheapest option for replacing a missing tooth
How do I fix crooked teeth?
Orthodontic braces are the solution for crooked teeth. They use a metal brace that will shift teeth back into position over the span of 1 to 2 years. There is also now the option of Invislaign, which is a state-of-the-art alternative using a clear mould that gets changed regularly. They are next to impossible to see.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a dental procedure that removes stains from teeth to brighten and whiten your smile. You can noticeably whiten teeth from 6 to 8 shades lighter in only 1 hour.
Why do my teeth darken?
There are a number of factors that will destroy your natural white smile. Tobacco, certain drinks and certain foods will directly stain teeth. These substances will continuously work on your teeth, causing your white smile to fade. Hot tea and coffee are particularly hazardous because they also change the temperature of your teeth. The temperature change will cause your teeth to contract and expand, which allows the stains to penetrate into the teeth. Cutting back on tea and coffee can make a big difference in your smile. Foods that contain high levels of acid are also dangerous for your smile. These foods will open the pores in the enamel of your teeth, which allows stains to more easily penetrate the tooth.
How long do teeth whitening results last?
The length of time that you can expect the results of your teeth whitening to last will vary with your lifestyle and behaviour. If you drink coffee or red wine, smoke or eat acid-heavy foods, then your teeth will yellow more quickly. Generally, procedures will last up to a maximum of a few years. However, while the results can fade, it is possible to have occasional touch-ups done to restore luster.
What is the difference between professional teeth whitening and the home kits?
Professional teeth whitening employs a powerful active ingredient that is only legal to prescribe and apply in a dental practice. This whitening procedure can only be applied for a maximum of an hour at a time, and multiple applications must be one week apart at least. While this procedure can result in a significant change, it will also cause greater sensitivity and temporary dehydration of the teeth. A single visit is often not enough to achieve the desirable shade. Since this treatment must be done in a surgical setting, it is often expensive.
Take home whitening kits are gentler, composed of a milder active ingredient, and they are safe for use without any need for professional supervision. However, professional supervision is advised anyway, since all whitening can possibly cause side effects, such as tooth sensitivity or chemical burns. It is very important to always follow any instructions from your dentist, hygienist and therapist with regards to the safe application of a whitening kit. It is also recommended that you check with your dentist to be sure that you are on the track to the best possible results. Take home whitening can also be very economical: once you receive your custom kit and starter gel, you only have to top your whitening up once every year, and the gel is supplied at low cost from your dentist during preventative care appointments.
Are whitening toothpastes effective?
Store bought whitening toothpastes will vary substantially in their effectiveness at whitening teeth. They remove some of the surface stains from teeth by employing mild abrasives. Unlike professional whitening, however, whitening toothpastes will not change the intrinsic color of teeth. The toothpastes that are most effective at removing stains will also be destroying tooth enamel at the same time.
How often should I brush?
It is recommended that you brush at least twice every day. Brushing after every meal is also an effective habit.
Is it important to floss? How often should I floss?
Flossing will dramatically reduce the amount of bacteria found in your mouth. There will be millions of bacteria feeding on the bits of food that get left on your teeth. Bacteria live on plaque, and the plaque can be removed through regular flossing. Regular brushing will remove much of the bacteria that is found in your mouth. However, regular flossing will get rid of much of the bacteria that the toothbrush cannot reach. Failing to floss regularly allows plaque to build up between your teeth. This plaque will eventually harden into tartar. Whereas plaque is removable with brushing, only your dentist will be able to remove tartar.
If you are not sure, then ask your dentist to demonstrate the proper technique for flossing.
Why do I still have bad breath even though I brush my teeth every day?
Constant bad breath means that there is some bacterial accumulation somewhere in your mouth, such as deep beneath the gums where is it hard to clean with only a brush and floss. There are numerous factors that create bad breath, such as diabetes, stress, genetics, pregnancy and smoking. It is recommended that you make an appointment so that we can ascertain the root causes of your bad breath. We can then develop a treatment plan involving a home regimen that will help you to rid yourself of bad breath.
What treatments exist for periodontal disease?
When periodontal disease is identified during an early stage before it has progressed to gingivitis, it is possible to treat it with root-planing and scaling, which removes the plaque surrounding the tooth and smoothes the surfaces of the roots. If the disease has progressed to a more advanced stage, then the patient may require surgical treatment, which will involve opening the gums, removing the hard plaque build-up, and then repairing any bone damage.
What are the causes and signs of oral cancer?
Tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco are the most common causes for oral cancer. The combination of tobacco use and heavy drinking will further increase the likelihood of developing oral cancer. Poor oral hygiene, extended irritation of your oral cavity and prolonged exposure to sunlight on lips are some additional causes of the disease. Dentists suggest that vitamins E and A might help in the prevention of oral cancer.
Some of the early symptoms for oral cancer are mouth, throat or lip sores that do not heal; a lump in the mouth, on the lip or in the throat; a white or red patch in the mouth; bleeding or unusual pain in the mouth; swelling; and discomfort or difficulty from swallowing or chewing.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an inflammation of your gums that occurs near the roots of teeth. It signals an early stage of periodontal disease, and is characterized by swollen and red gums.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is the infection and inflammation of your gums and their surrounding bone structure. If left untreated, it will cause permanent destruction of the jaw bone and potential loss of teeth. Periodontal disease that goes untreated will increase the risks of stroke, heart disease, pre-term delivery, low birth weight babies, prostate cancer and respiratory disease. The advanced stages of periodontal disease manifest gum inflammation and gums that pull away from teeth and bone.
What is fluoride and what is its role in oral healthcare?
Fluoride is a mineral that can be found naturally in water and a number of foods. A few examples of natural sources of fluoride are canned fish, brewed tea, cooked spinach and kale, skim milk and apples. Many cities add fluoride to their water, so drinking simple tap water will provide you with fluoride.
When is the right time for a child to have their initial dental appointment?
Your child should have their initial dental appointment before their third birthday. Most dentists suggest that children should have their initial appointment as soon as their first tooth comes in.
How do I care for an infant's teeth?
For babies who do not yet have teeth, just wipe their gums clean with a wet, warm cloth after each feeding. Do not let them fall asleep with the bottle in their mouth. A toddler can have their teeth brushed in the same way as an adult. However, only use toothpaste in small amounts, as they will have difficulty spitting until they are around three years old.
How do I encourage my children to brush their teeth?
The simplest way is to make brushing fun. Try to be enthusiastic about brushing your teeth, and your children will follow suit. If they see you enjoying your dental hygiene, then they will learn to do the same.
If I am not a regular patient, what do I do in a dental emergency?
It is particularly important to deal with dental emergencies as soon as possible so that your dentist has the best chance of saving your tooth. Dental emergencies can be frightening and painful, so we try to provide comfort and relief as soon as possible. Our highly-trained staff will help you to handle your emergency effectively, and make arrangements for treatment as soon as is possible. We welcome emergency phone calls at all hours and every day.
What are my options when I have a toothache?
A persistent toothache is a sure sign that you need to visit your dentist promptly. During the meantime, try to get relief by rinsing with water and cleaning debris from any cavities. Use dental floss for the removal of any food that is trapped within the cavity, particularly between your teeth. If there is any swelling, then place a cold compress on the outside of the cheek. Take some pain medication if necessary.
What is a wisdom tooth?
Wisdom teeth are the set of four teeth that eventually erupt in the back corners of your mouth behind your 12 year old molars. This occurs around the ages of 17 to 21. It is recommended that you have your wisdom teeth removed when you are still young. Some people decide to wait until they are older, sometimes as late as their sixties. By this time you will already have other health complications that will make the recovery from extraction that much more difficult. Wisdom teeth can cause damage without any warning, so waiting is not a wise choice. Impacted wisdom teeth are much more difficult to treat the longer you wait to do it.
Why do I need to have wisdom teeth extracted?
Anyone who faces the risk of having their wisdom teeth become impacted (when they get trapped in the jaw or only partially erupt) should have their wisdom teeth removed before they damage adjacent molars or cause additional oral health problems. Also, anyone having dentures done should have their wisdom teeth removed.
Why do wisdom teeth cause pain?
A wisdom tooth will cause pain when they become impacted or when partially erupting from the gums. It is a common occurrence. There are procedures for wisdom tooth removal if there is an infection, and anesthetic will be applied to reduce any discomfort.
Does every wisdom tooth have to be removed?
Not in every case. Impacted and troublesome wisdom teeth are a common occurrence. The best course of action is to have them examined by your dentist. If they are problematic, then extraction is usually the correct course of action.
What are orthodontics for?
Orthodontics are for straightening crooked and misaligned teeth at any age. Orthodontic treatment will significantly improve your appearance and boost your self-esteem. It can also improve the health of your gums and teeth. A bad bite and crooked teeth will contribute to tooth decay, bone and gum loss, wear on tooth enamel, jaw joint pain and headaches.
What are the available type of orthodontic treatment?
There are a number of new techniques that have dramatically reduced the discomfort of orthodontics and decreased the necessary number of visits for adjustments. There are a number of options that are available, including traditional metal braces, Invisalign and translucent braces. The best treatment for your circumstances will be determined during your initial examination, where we will also discuss the treatment plan, the cost and the time-frame involved.
What happens when I have my braces removed?
After the removal of your braces, the retention stage of the treatment begins. The final outcome will depend on wearing the retainer provided, so be sure to follow through on all the hard work and investment. Always remove your retainer before you eat, and then brush it before placing it back in your mouth. There is also the alternative of a fixed wire retainer that rests on the inner surface of the teeth.
What benefits does orthodontic treatment provide?
Straight teeth have a major impact on the attractiveness of a smile. Orthodontics focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of facial and dental irregularities in adults and children. Crowded and crooked teeth are harder to maintain and clean, which contributes to tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease. Orthodontics is important in the reduction of the need for other dental treatments. Orthodontic complications contribute to excessive wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing and excessive stress on bone and gums. The misalignment of the jaw joint will even cause pain in the neck or face and chronic headaches.