Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the benefits laser dentistry?

There are several.  This technology offers benefits to the patient as well as enabling the dentist to provide higher quality dentistry.  Here are some of the major benefits:

  • Low-pain treatment: The LASER operates using very short pulses of energy. The pulses are so quick that the reaction threshold of nerves is not reached. Because of this anaesthetics are often not required for many procedures
  • Sterile procedure: the LASER sterilises whilst in action
  • Germ-destroying effect: Bacteria are vaporised instantly, resulting in maximum germ reduction.      LASER energy heats up and evaporates the moisture within bacterial cells.  The bacterial cells then explode and die
  • Reduced procedure time and efficient operation with less trauma
  • Minimally invasive and precise: areas outside the laser beam are unaffected, so one specific area can be      easily targeted.
  • Biostimulation: Kick starts healing response in surrounding tissues
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What are the advantages of LASER surgery?
  • LASERs are more gentle than other methods of cutting hard and soft oral tissue
  • Sterilises treatment area
  • Minimal anaesthetic required
  • Less bleeding and swelling
  • Reduced need for stitches
  • Promotes fast healing: Operations with Lasers result in little or no post-surgical discomfort
What can our dental LASER do?

Some of the procedures which are performed by our dental laser include:

1) As an aid in cosmetic dentistry

  • Gummy smile correction, reshape and straighten gums for that perfect smile
  • Tissue retraction for impressions, get a perfect fit for every restoration

2) As an alternative to the surgical scalpel

  • Re-contouring of gum (crown lengthening)
  • Oral surgery – Gingivectomy ,Gingivoplasty, Frenectomy, Leukoplakia removal, Biopsies
  • Tissue fusion – replacing sutures
  • Implant exposure (2nd stage of implants)
  • Incisions and draining of abscesses

3) LASERs can be used in Endodontics (root canal treatment)

  • Low pain removal of nerve tissue
  • Drying and Sterilization of the root canal

4) LASERs in the Treatment of gum disease

  • Calculus removal below gum line
  • Periodontal pocket decontamination
  • Destroys bacteria involved in gum disease
  • Promotes healing of gums and re-attachment to root surfaces by biostimulation
  • Acute gum infections

5) Treatment of Other Oral lesions

  • Treatment of aphthous ulcers
  • Treatment of cold sores/ herpes – early intervention can prevent sore from developing
What Causes Crooked Teeth?

It is a common belief that crowded teeth, incorrect jaw development, and other orthodontic problems are caused by either large teeth in small jaws, or other hereditary factors. Modern research has shown that mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking – known as incorrect myofunctional habits – are the real causes of incorrect jaw development. Allergies, asthma and an open mouth posture can also contribute towards the jaws developing incorrectly. Bottle feeding, thumb sucking, and dummies during the early stages of a child’s life can also contribute to the problem.

Why does my child get bullied for their mouth shape looking different, and how can myobrace help?

One of the reasons children’s mouth shape may look different is due to the lower jaw not sitting in the correct position, this can be due to reasons like the child breathing through their mouth, thumb sucking or swallowing incorrectly. The tongue is the strongest muscle in the body and if the tongue sits in an incorrect position while the jaw is forming it can force the lower jaw to sit too far back and the upper jaw to grow downwards and forwards rather than outwards as it should. Myobrace can help with early intervention by training the tongue to be in the correct position and through breathing exercises to help the jaw form in its correct position.

My child breathes through their mouth, how can this be helped?

The Myobrace system, through its exercises and daily wearing of the appliance, trains the tongue to sit in its correct position and retrains the child to breath correctly through their nose, helping avoid the need of long-term braces.

What are the symptoms and signs of a cracked tooth?

Symptoms and signs of a cracked tooth may include:

  • Sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet foods
  • Sensitivity on biting or releasing
  • Visible cracks on the surface of the tooth
  • Large fillings with weakened cusps
  • Wear on other teeth

Diagnosis of Cracked Tooth Syndrome is difficult as cracks often can’t be seen on x-rays, the symptoms aren’t consistent and therefore often the crack isn’t found until there are multiple symptoms present

What are the treatment options for a cracked tooth?

Treatment options vary depending on the extent and position of the crack.  Early detection and treatment increases the chances of saving the tooth.

  • If the tooth is salvageable the weakened (cracked) part of the tooth is removed and a crown is placed on the tooth.
  • If the crack is salvageable but has lead to inflammation of the nerve then root canal treatment will be required on      the tooth before placing a crown to reinforce the tooth afterwards
  • If the crack is unable to be treated then extraction of the tooth will be required.

Diagnosis and management of a cracked tooth is not a simple task and may require multiple visits and tests before we can offer treatment options.

What are Muscle Relaxants?

Muscle Relaxants are used in a proven non-surgical cosmetic procedure to soften unwanted lines and
creases. The brand of muscle relaxant we use is called Dysport and is a drug specifically manufactured
for cosmetic use. It is made from Botulinum toxin A (BTX A) which is a toxin produced by the bacterium
Clostridium Botulinum. Its spores are located in nature in soils, lakes, streams and coastal waters. It is
the same toxin that causes food poisoning however, it has been through tests that prove it’s proven
when used correctly and is approved by the US FDA.

Who can administer Muscle Relaxants?

Only trained medical professionals can administer Muscle Relaxants. Our dentist Dr Krystal Tarak is
qualified by the AADFA Australian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics

What problems can arise with impacted wisdom teeth?

When you have an impacted wisdom tooth, there are several problems that can arise including the following:

  • Infection may develop in the gum flap overlaying the tooth, or decay may develop in the tooth
  • Impacted teeth may damage the teeth beside them
  • Wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean, making them prone to decay and infection
  • Should the tooth fail to erupt, a cyst may form and, by gradual enlargement, endanger the health of the nearby bone and teeth
  • These problems can be prevented by the timely surgical removal of the teeth, which we are able to ensure is completed as stress-free as possible with our various sedation options.

To learn more about this or to schedule an appointment call our office today!

Are there any risks with this surgery?

Yes, as there are with all operations, and these will be discussed with you in depth prior to treatment starting.  Firstly, you could develop an infection in the wound site.  This delays healing and can cause pain.  To help prevent this, you will be given care instructions and sometimes an antibiotic to take during the healing period.
Secondly, there are two nerves that run close to the wisdom teeth.  If they are damaged, they cause a tingling or numbness of the chin, tongue or lip on the side worked on.  This numbness usually subsides over a few months.  Xrays are taken prior to the commencement of treatment to assess the degree of risk of nerve damage in your particular case.

How are My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

A cut is made in the gum to expose the whole tooth. Some of the surrounding bone may need to be removed, and sometimes the tooth may be divided into pieces to assist in its removal. The area from which it has been removed is cleansed, and stitched to restore the normal contour of the gum and to help keep food out of the socket. The stitches used may dissolve or may require removal at a later date.

How will I feel after the operation?

After the operation, you may have pain and swelling which may last up to one week.  Painkillers will be prescribed to help you with the pain, and all instructions for care of the surgery site will be discussed with you prior to you leaving the clinic.  The swelling will make it difficult for you to open your mouth wide, and you will need to eat soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing.  Plan to take rest after your extraction so you can allow your body to heal.  We review all surgical extraction sites a few days after the treatment to ensure that healing is on track.

Will I feel pain during the operation?

We will assess the difficulty of extracting the wisdom tooth and discuss your options.  A wisdom tooth can be removed with a simple local anaesthetic to numb the area, so no pain is felt during the procedure.  We can also offer sedation to help you feel more relaxed during the surgery or ensure you have limited memory of the procedure.  If general anaesthetic is required, then this is done by a specialist in a hospital, to whom we can refer you.