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COSMETIC DENTISTRY FAQs

WHITE FILLINGS

What are the advantages of white fillings?
There are many advantages of white fillings including but not limited to their strength, durability and malleability which can be easily moulded to suit any shape. However, the most obvious and compelling advantage of composite or white fillings, is aesthetics. White fillings come in many different shades which can be blended to match the shade of your tooth to give you the most natural look possible.
What are the disadvantages of white fillings?

After receiving a composite or white filling, some patients may experience mild sensitivity. This is completely normal and should subside in time. The colour of the white filling can also change if you smoke, drink excessive amounts of coffee or tea, or consume any other staining foods or beverages.

Ultimately, prevention is better than a cure, so to reduce your risk of tooth decay and the need for a filling, ensure that you brush and floss daily, eat a healthy, balanced diet and visit your local dentist regularly for a scale and clean and check-up.

What is the process for filling a cavity?
At your appointment, our dental professionals will clean and prepare your tooth for the white filling before placing the composite in layers into the cavity or hole. We will then harden the composite by shining a special light on the filling and finish by shaping and polishing the tooth to ensure a nice, natural look and feel.
Can I fix a broken tooth or fill a cavity at home?
While it may be tempting to explore natural at-home remedies for fixing a broken tooth, it is still important to get your tooth checked by a qualified dental professional to ensure that there is no infection or inflammation. Regular brushing and flossing is also recommended to help remove and prevent any tooth decay along with regular scale and cleans and check-ups.
Are white fillings painful?
Not at all. Depending on which part of the tooth is being filled, our dental professionals may need to numb the tooth and surrounding gum using a local anaesthetic before filling the cavity. When the anaesthetic wears off, it is normal to experience some minor sensitivity or discomfort but this will subside. While it is rare that fillings may cause complications or side effects, it is important to notify your dentist if you experience any severe nerve or tooth pain and sensitivity.
How much money will I get back from my health fund for a filling?

Every health fund is different and your rebate will depend on your level of cover. As an independent dentist provider, we accept and offer rebates for all health funds. For more information, please give us a call on 08 9440 4455 and ask to speak to one of our friendly team members today.

To get you or child’s teeth checked by one of our experienced dental professionals, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment online today.

How much do white fillings cost?
The cost of a white filling varies from person to person depending on the treatment required. To find out more about the payment options and rebates associated with your white filling, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment with one of friendly dental professionals today.
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VENEERS

What types of veneers can I get in Perth?
There are two main types of veneers available–composite and porcelain. While each comes with their own distinct set of characteristics, both serve a similar purpose. A tooth coloured restoration is placed over the front of the tooth in order to enhance your smile and fix any dull, discoloured, chipped, cracked or crooked teeth.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of composite veneers?

The main advantages of composite veneers are the cost and time involved in their application. Made from engineered resin, composite veneers are a cost-effective alternative for those who are unable to afford the porcelain option. Like a white filling, composite veneers are usually applied in one appointment and are very conservative with minimal or no need for teeth preparation.

While composite veneers are cheaper than porcelain, they are considered less durable and will likely need replacement within three-five years depending on various factors such as chipping, staining and every day wear and tear.

hat are the advantages and disadvantages of porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers have many advantages. They are extremely resistant to chipping and staining, and as they lack porosity, they are also considered much stronger and more durable than their composite counterpart. When cared for properly, porcelain veneers can last up to 10 years or more.

While porcelain veneers in Perth are considerably more costly then composite, if you would like to preserve your smile for years to come, then porcelain veneers are definitely a worthwhile investment.

To find out more, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment with one of our friendly dental professionals to discuss your smile makeover today.

How are porcelain veneers applied?

Unlike composite veneers which are applied in one appointment, the porcelain veneer procedure usually takes two visits.

At your first appointment, one of our dental professionals will prepare your teeth by slightly reducing them so that the porcelain can fit comfortably and naturally over the tooth. Once reduced, we then take a mould of your mouth and send it across to one of our affiliate laboratories where it is crafted. This process takes approximately two weeks, at which point, your second visit will involve checking the colour and shape of the custom veneer to ensure that it matches your teeth, before bonding it in to complete the process.

How do I care for my veneers?

To ensure that your veneers (and your smile) last as long as possible, it’s important to take good care of them by implementing a strong oral hygiene routine.

Brushing and flossing daily is essential in order to keep any plaque or bacteria build-up away.

Eating habits are also very important in maintaining your veneers. Try to avoid biting your fingernails, bones, ice or anything that could have a hard impact on the tooth. If you grind your teeth at night, then you may want to consider getting a night guard or splint, as it is likely that you will sustain some damage to the tooth from this abrasive action.

Are there any side effects of veneers?

Following the placement of your veneers, you may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity which should subside after a few days. To help preserve the new enamel and minimise ongoing sensitivity, you may opt to avoid very hot, cold, hard, chewy or crunchy foods for a week or so after.

As with any form of dental treatment, there are always risks associated with porcelain or composite veneers. Although rare and often minor, it important to notify your dentist if you experience any of the following:

  • Tooth sensitivity which lingers three to six months following your placement of veneers
  • Jaw pain or bruxism
  • Discomfort while eating, chewing or talking
  • Changes to your bite

Most of the time, these issues can be easily corrected however in rare cases, it can indicate an underlying problem such as nerve or dental damage that needs to be addressed.

What is the difference between veneers and crowns?

While crowns and veneers are used to strengthen or make-over a person’s smile, there are some important differences which need to be considered when deciding the best form of treatment for you. A crown is designed to encase the entire toot whereas a veneer only covers the front surface of the tooth.

If you are wondering which treatment is best for you, then give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment with one of our friendly dental professionals today.

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CROWNS AND BRIDGES

What is a crown?

A crown, also known as a ‘cap,’ is used to cover a damaged tooth and restore its shape, size and appearance. When cemented into place, a crown should entirely encase the portion of the tooth that lies above the gum.

What is a dental bridge?

As the name suggests, dental bridges literally ‘bridge the gap’ that is created by one or more missing teeth. They are generally comprised of two or more crowns to anchor the teeth on either side of the gap (also called an abutment) with a false tooth or teeth in between.

What types of crowns can I get?

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials. The most common type of crown is made from top-grade porcelain (known as a porcelain jacket crown) but they can also be made from metal such as gold or a combination of both (known as porcelain-fused metal crowns). Each type of material has its advantages and disadvantages, and at your consultation appointment, our dental professionals will help determine the best type of crown to suit your needs and budget.

How do I care for my crown or bridge?

Unlike removable dentures which can be taken out and cleaned every night, crowns and bridges are cemented in place which means it’s important to keep your mouth fresh and clean at all times. To care for your crown and bridge, simply brush as normal twice a day and floss after every meal. Sometimes, the positioning of the bridge can make it difficult to remove trapped food with regular floss. Floss threaders and super floss are two effective tools to help keep your mouth and bridge plaque-free.

How long will my crown last?

Made from strong and durable materials, crowns are securely fastened in the mouth and when given the proper care, they can last for as long as 30 years.

Will I experience any pain when getting a crown?

You shouldn’t feel any pain while undergoing crown preparation or placement. Before the procedure, one of our dental professionals will numb the tooth and surrounding area using a local anaesthetic. Once the anaesthetic wears off, it is normal to experience some mild discomfort and sensitivity however this should subside and can be easily managed with over the counter pain relief such as Panadol and Nurofen in the meantime.

Are there any side effects from getting a crown or a bridge?

It is common to experience some mild discomfort and sensitivity following your crown or bridge procedure. While it is rare that the placement of crowns and bridges may cause complications or side effects, it is important to notify your dentist if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe or throbbing nerve pain,
  • Severe or ongoing tooth pain and sensitivity.
What is the difference between a bridge and a dental implant?

Thanks to modern day advancements in dental technology, teeth replacements have come a long way, with more options for you to choose from than ever before. In the past, a dental bridge was considered your only teeth replacement choice however these days dental implants may also be a more suitable option particularly if you are looking to replace one or more teeth with a result that mimics your original dentition.

When it comes to taking care of your dental implant or bridge, there are so some noteworthy differences. As dental bridges are cemented into the mouth with a minimum of three crowns to help fill the space of the missing teeth, this can create challenges when brushing and flossing. Dental implants are designed to replace an individual tooth without impacting the surrounding teeth, making it easier to continue to daily oral health routine.

When properly cared for, a dental implant is considered to be more durable than a dental bridge. The implant’s metal post which is normally made from titanium fuses with your jaw bone, providing protection against tooth decay and gum disease which could last a life time.

Dental bridges on the other hand have an average life span of up to 10 years. During this time the portion of natural tooth which lies underneath the bridge and the crown may still experience wear and tear and exposure to tooth decay and gum disease, causing the bridge to break down over time.

While there are similarities and differences between these two types of teeth replacement, the best way to determine the most suitable option for you is to visit your local dentist.

To find out more about dental bridges and implants and to assess your suitability, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment with one of our friendly dental professionals today.

Can a chipped crown be repaired?

Usually no, but this is dependent on the extent of the damage and the type of crown. Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials including metals, porcelain-fused-to-metal, composite resin, ceramic porcelain and zirconia. While composite crowns can often be repaired during one appointment, porcelain and ceramic crowns can take a little longer. Depending on the extent of the damage, we may need to remove and replace the crown all together. This process can take up to a few weeks as we will need to re take impressions of your tooth and liaise with our team of specialist crown laboratories to get the new crown made.

Is the placement of crowns and bridges painful?

No. Before the procedure, our dental professionals will numb the tooth and surrounding area using a local anaesthetic. Once the anaesthetic wears off, it is normal to experience some minor sensitivity or discomfort but this should subside. While it is rare that the placement of a crown or bridge may cause complications or side effects, it is important to notify your dentist if you experience any severe nerve or tooth pain and sensitivity.

How much do crowns and bridges cost?

The cost of crowns and bridges varies from person to person depending on the treatment required. To find out more about the payment options and rebates associated with your crown or bridge, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment with one of friendly dental professionals today.

Do you have any before and after images of crowns and bridges?

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DENTURES

Who makes the dentures?

We work closely with leading WA prosthetisists and laboratories to prepare your mouth, create and find the ideal denture solutions for you. Using only top quality materials, the team at Dental Solutions specialise in creating natural look dentures which match your gum colour, dentition and tissue contours.

How do I care for my dentures?

Like regular teeth, dentures need to be cleaned daily in order to prevent bacteria, plaque and other build-up from forming which can harm existing teeth and gums.

To clean your dentures, take them out of your mouth and rinse under clean water in order to remove any bits of food that might have got stuck in between the teeth, underneath the appliance or along the gum. After rinsing, brush the denture using a soft toothbrush, liquid soap or denture cleaner. This will help to remove stubborn stains before giving the denture a final rinse. Even if you have a full denture, it is still important to clean your gums and any natural teeth. Do this daily with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste. If you find the toothbrush too abrasive and uncomfortable, wrap your finger in a wash cloth and gently rub the toothpaste across all surfaces of the gum and rinse as normal.

Before bed, remove your dentures and submerge them in warm water to keep them from drying out or becoming misshapen. Not only does this help to preserve and extend the life of your dentures but it also gives your gums a much-needed break too.

What are dentures made out of?

These days, dentures are made out of a hard resin acrylic in combination with chromium cobalt frameworks. The structure which supports the artificial teeth and resembles the gum is also made from a similar resin or a more flexible material so that it can sit comfortably on your gum line. There are also options for ‘clear’ clasps for those desiring a more aesthetic outcome.

Although dentures will replicate the look and feel of natural teeth, they are still more fragile which means they can chip or crack easily if dropped or uncared for. It is a good idea to get your dentures regularly checked as they do wear down much quicker and generally need to be replaced every five years.

How long will it take to make my dentures?

Getting dentures is unique to the individual and the time spent during this process is dependent on a number of factors including the type of denture, your oral health and the treatment required prior to getting your dentures fitted. Once the necessary teeth and tissues have been removed to accommodate the denture, you will need to wait up to three months for the gums to heal. In the meantime, an immediate denture can be inserted so that you do not have to go without teeth during this period. Once the gums have healed, our dental professionals will take measurements and moulds of your jaw which will be sent to Dental Solutions for the creation of the denture.

How much do full dentures and/or partial dentures cost?

The cost of dentures varies from person to person depending on the treatment required. To find out more about the payment options and rebates associated with your denture, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment with one of our friendly dental professionals today.

Do you have any before and after images of dentures?

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TEETH WHITENING

What causes teeth discolouration?

There are many causes for teeth discolouration but the biggest contributing factor is the food and drinks we consume regularly such as coffee, tea, wine and certain fruits. These foods and drinks can stain the enamel of our teeth over time.

However, what we eat and drink isn’t the only thing that causes teeth discolouration. Tobacco and certain medications can also affect your enamel and your genetics can even play a role.

How safe is teeth whitening?

A consultation with one of our qualified and experienced dental professionals prior to treatment is always the safest way to whiten your teeth and maintain good oral health.

At this consultation, we will assess your eligibility and ensure that your oral health is at the right standard in order to ensure the best results.

Although some minor discomfort and mild sensitivity during the teeth whitening process is normal, this is expected to fade over time.

Will my teeth start to look brighter?

Just as teeth vary from person to person, teeth whitening results are also unique to the individual.

Depending on the natural colour of your teeth and their susceptibility to stains, it may take longerfor you to achieve your desired result.

At your consultation appointment, our dental professionals will determine the extent of teethwhitening treatment required and discuss the most effective and cost-efficient way for you toachieve a brighter, whiter smile.

How does teeth whitening work?

Whether you’re getting your teeth whitened in the chair or at home, both work in similar ways.

Whitening products contain oxygenating agents which help to break down stains and change your natural tooth colour, usually five-seven shades brighter.

While light-activated or laser teeth whitening in the chair often results in instant and dramatically brighter teeth, a take-home whitening kit will take approximately two weeks of wearing several hours a day or overnight to yield the desired result.

What is the best type of teeth whitening for me?

The best type of teeth whitening process for you will depend on a number of factors including your wants, needs, budget and lifestyle. The best way to determine your optimal teeth whitening solution is to visit your local dentist.

If you’re ready to whiten and brighten your smile, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment with one of friendly dental professionals today.

What is the cost of teeth whitening in Perth?

The cost of teeth whitening varies from person to person depending on the treatment required. To find out more about the payment options and rebates associated with your teeth whitening, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment with one of our friendly dental professionals today.

Do you have any before and after images of teeth whitening?

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DENTAL IMPLANTS

How do they work?

Implants are typically comprised of three main parts :

  • The implant – This is the artificial ‘tooth root’ replacement. A pure titanium or zirconium dental implant screw acts as the anchor your new teeth and is positioned permanently into
    your jaw.
  • The abutment – This is the custom ceramic, titanium or gold component which joins your tooth crown to the implant root, it supports and holds the crown.
  • The teeth – Once the implant and abutment have been positioned in place, your new teeth, be it a single crown, bridge or denture is then fitted.
How do I know if I need a dental implant?

If you have missing teeth, you might find that you have low self-esteem or lack confidence when you talk, eat or smile. In addition, missing teeth may also result in subsequent oral health issues for you as well. Implants can help give you back the confidence to smile by acting as a replacement tooth which fits, feels and functions as naturally as your original teeth.

If you’re ready to smile with confidence, then give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment to chat with one of our friendly dental professionals today.

Do dental implants hurt?

No. Before the procedure, we will numb the tooth and surrounding gum using a local anaesthetic. If you are feeling particularly nervous, you may wish be placed under IV sedation or general anaesthetic at additional expense. As with any surgical procedure, you may experience some mild pain or discomfort afterwards which can be managed through over the counter pain relief such as Panadol or Nurofen.

How long does the dental implant process take?

The time it takes to prepare the gum and insert the implant will vary from person to person. Everything is thoroughly and assessed prior to starting the process with the actual implant placement and procedures varying from one to two hours over three to five appointments undertaken in conjunction with either a specialist oral surgeon or periodontist.

Depending on the number and complexity of teeth needing to be replaced, we first discuss your wants and needs to formulate the best dental implant plan for you. This may involve a series of photos, moulds and 3D xray scans to determine your suitability and the number of implants required. Once ready, your surgeon will place the implant in the ideal predetermined position within the jaw and the gum secured over the implant. In most cases the gum and jaw bone are then left to heal around the implant before the abutment and crowns are inserted. Occasionally some cases may be suitable whereby broken down teeth may be extracted with the implant placement at the same time, this is determined on a case by case basis. The usual healing period can take anywhere from three-six months.

If your gum has adequately healed, our dental professionals will uncover your implant and take a custom mould to allow your abutment and crown to be fabricated by our highly experienced Australian implant and crown laboratories. Your final appointment will involve fitting your specifically designed crown, bridge or denture.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for dental implants?

If your jaw development is complete and you have good general and oral health, then you may be a good candidate for dental implants. While dental implants are considered the gold standard solution for replacing missing teeth, adequate bone tissue is required in order to support the implant which is why they are normally not inserted in people under the age of 18.

If you are a smoker or have certain medical conditions such as diabetes or osteoporosis, this can also affect your eligibility for treatment.

The best way to find out if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants is to come in for an evaluation by one of our highly trained dental professionals. Simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment online today.

How do I take care of my dental implants?

Just like your regular teeth, dental implants need to be thoroughly cleaned and maintained as they are still susceptible to gum disease, infection and bone loss. In addition to brushing and flossing daily, regular scale and cleans and check-ups will also help to ensure that the teeth and surrounding gums and bone remain healthy.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental implants?

Unlike dentures which are removable and can sometimes shift in your mouth; dental implants are permanent and remain securely fastened in the mouth, giving you the same stability as your natural teeth. By resembling your original teeth, they are cleaned and looked after in the same way and do not rely on surrounding teeth for support. By preserving your jaw bone and facial structure, dental implants are considered the optimal cosmetic and functional solution for replacing missing teeth, allowing you to speak, chew and smile with ease.

Like any dental or surgical procedure, there are always risks and factors which may affect the effectiveness of the treatment. This includes infection at the dental implant site, nerve damage, sinus issues and injury or damage to surrounding teeth, tissue or blood vessels.

What is the difference between a dental bridge and a dental implant?

Thanks to modern day advancements in dental technology, teeth replacements have come a long way with more options for you to choose from than ever before. In the past, a dental bridge was considered your only choice for non-removable teeth replacement. However these days, dental implants may be a more suitable option, offering a stronger and permanent solution.

When it comes to taking care of your dental implant or bridge, there are some noteworthy differences. As dental bridges are cemented into the mouth with a minimum of three crowns to help fill the space of the missing teeth, this can create challenges when brushing and flossing. Dental implants are designed to replace an individual tooth without impacting the surrounding teeth, making it easier to continue to daily oral health routine.

When properly cared for, a dental implant can be more durable than a dental bridge. The implant’s metal screw which is normally made from titanium fuses with your jaw bone and cannot suffer from tooth decay, potentially lasting a lifetime. Dental bridges on the other hand on average have a life span of up to 10 years. During this time the portion of natural tooth which lies underneath the bridge and the crown may still experience wear and tear and exposure to tooth decay and gum disease, causing the bridge to break down over time.

While there are similarities and differences between these two types of teeth replacement, the best way to determine the most suitable option for you is to visit your local dentist.

To find out more about dental bridges and implants and to assess your suitability, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment with one of our friendly dental professionals today.

What if I don’t replace my missing teeth?

Along with the associated functional and cosmetic issues such as looking prematurely aged, missing teeth can also cause other oral health problems. When your teeth are missing the bone that surrounds the teeth is not stimulated, causing your jaw bone to become weaker and shrink in size. This not only affects the shape of your face but can also result in bone loss, increase your chances of gum disease and sometimes impact the surrounding healthy teeth, putting you at risk of losing more teeth.

Are there any dangers associated with dental implants?

Like any dental procedure, there are always risks and potential complications which may affect the effectiveness of the treatment. This includes infection at the dental implant site, nerve damage, sinus issues and injury or damage to surrounding teeth, tissue or blood vessels.

How much do dental implants in Perth cost?

Whether you are interested in a full set of dental implants or single implants per tooth, the cost of treatment does vary from person to person depending on the treatment required. To find out more about the payment options and rebates associated with your dental implant, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment with one of our friendly dental professionals today.

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