FAQs

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Unsure about our dental practice or our treatments? Have a look at some of our frequently asked questions below or feel free to call us on (02) 9267 3495 for more information.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their colour, shape, size, or length. Porcelain veneers actually save most of your natural tooth structure and, once bonded, are extremely strong and become a part of your tooth. The additional benefit of a completely natural and stable colour means that the veneers shouldn’t break or turn yellow over time. It is possible to eat, brush and floss normally.

Many baby boomers have been able to retain beautiful, straight teeth because of good oral health habits as well as orthodontics. But many of them are now suffering with poor gum health, including adult root cavities caused by aggressive brushing that recedes the gums and exposes the base of the teeth. Hard tooth scrubbing doesn’t equal better cleaning. The correct toothbrush, a gentle and effective cleaning technique, and daily flossing – combined with regular dental cleanings – are all steps to take to ensure that you have healthy gums. A white smile doesn’t always mean that there aren’t underlying problems either. Tooth sensitivity is also an issue for the aging population due to the tooth enamel wearing out, leading to teeth that are painfully sensitive to heat, cold, and sweetness. A diet high in sugar and acids contributes to the deterioration of enamel as well.

There are plenty of reasons why anyone, not just Baby Boomers would want a smile makeover, here are just a few of them:

  • You are still working. Many Baby Boomers are getting ready to retire but there are still a large number who are in the workplace today and want their teeth to look as good as possible.
  • You are dating, meeting new people, looking for love and want to present a perfect smile
  • You want to look natural. With the need to pull teeth at any signs of decay now reduced, people don’t want unnecessary gaps in their smiles. Dental implants are a popular solution to replace any missing teeth and make them appear as though they are your own
  • You want to age gracefully. Cosmetic dentistry is the anti-aging secret the Baby Boomers prefer to use over any other methods.

Teeth whitening is safe indeed, but we’d recommend a dentist perform the quick treatment because they have the professional skills to deal with minor side effects. Side effects include gum irritation caused by the concentration of the bleach. If a dentist applies the gel, they will ensure that it applied correctly with no harm to your gum tissue. If you have any damage to your tooth, this will increase your tooth sensitivity. Dentists will know what symptoms to look out for and treat this damage with fluoride days prior to the procedure. Dr Ironside is a leading prosthodontist, meaning he specialises in cosmetic dentistry and has the tools and skills to ensure your teeth whitening is performed professionally.

Cosmetic dentistry seeks to rejuvenate your smile and consequently improve your overall facial appearance

Cosmetic dental treatments include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and crowns. These cosmetic treatments are designed to transform your smile into something that can make a positive statement about you, and help you create that stellar first impression!

With advancements in dental technology, it is now even easier to transform your smile

At Ironside Advanced Dental in the Sydney CBD we can improve any smile as we are fully trained prosthodontists, use the latest material and equipment and offer a full range of cosmetic treatments. This means everyone is a candidate for cosmetic dentistry, and no smile is beyond hope!

A smile makeover is a combination of various cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve the aesthetics of your smile

At Ironside Advanced Dental we tailor make a treatment plan just for you depending on what aspects of your smile you want to improve. By listening to your needs and dental desires we can combine several treatments for optimal outcomes.

Our whitening procedure is an in-office treatment that achieves dramatic results within two hours

This means you can brighten, whiten and rejuvenate the look of your smile to be camera-ready in less than two hours!

Restorative Dentistry

At Ironside Advanced Dental, we use superior quality porcelain veneers to transform your smile. Because of their unique qualities that are created for only your mouth, costs will differ from patient to patient. Prices for one porcelain veneer can range anywhere between $800 to $2000, depending on the quality and technology used to create your custom tooth. To devise a payment and treatment plan that can work for you, book an initial consultation with Dr Ironside today and get the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Porcelain veneers are an alternative to dental crowns and are made from porcelain shells as thin as a contact lens. Veneers can be stronger and longer lasting. Find out more about Ironside Advanced Dental’s porcelain veneer treatment.

Restorative dentistry aims to repair tooth damage, function and aesthetics as well as improve oral health.

Restorative treatments such as crowns and dental implants are designed to restore your teeth and gums to their former health.

Restorative dentistry is very important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums

You can experience a number of benefits from restorative dentistry including improvements in your ability to chew and speak. You will also find brushing and flossing becomes easier and your overall oral health will be much more simple to maintain.

Dental crowns are used to protect the structural integrity of a damaged tooth

Our dental crowns are made from porcelain and are designed to restore the structure and function of teeth whilst effectively improving the aesthetics of your smile. The crown covers the entire surface of the affected tooth and provides increased support and protection.

A bridge is made up of several crowns fused together to create a dental appliance

A bridge is essentially a series of artificial teeth or a single tooth made of porcelain, which replaces an area where teeth have been lost from the dental arch. Two crowns are placed on either side of the bridge, increasing the stability and providing extra support.

Veneers are a fast and effective option for concealing your cosmetic dental concerns

Porcelain veneers look authentic and effectively strengthen teeth, repair dental flaws and dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. They can be used to conceal:

  • Gaps
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Discolouration
  • Excessive gum tissue

Root canal treatment is generally used as a last resort to save a tooth from extraction

There are seven signs to indicate that you may need root canal treatment:

  1. Random pain in your mouth
  2. Sensitive teeth
  3. Pain from biting or chewing
  4. Loose teeth
  5. Swollen gums around the affected tooth
  6. Pus surrounding the affected tooth
  7. Facial swelling

Dentures are an old method used to solve the aesthetic issues brought about by missing teeth…

They have been used in dentistry for over 50 years, and are an outdated method to solving tooth loss. In our modern times, there are two types of dentures, partial and full:

  • Partial dentures can be used to replace one or a few teeth and are usually removable.
  • Full Dentures are a full set of false teeth which are removable.

At Ironside Advanced Dental we offer a much more stable and solid solution to tooth loss in the form of dental implants.

Our modern, premium dentures provide high-quality benefits for our patients…

These include:

  • Enhance the aesthetics of your smile and face
  • Support your facial structure
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Improve speech
  • Assist with chewing ability and diet
  • Durable

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a small titanium rod that is implemented into the jaw bone.

The bone quickly grows around the implant, attaching itself to the rough outer surface. Once the implant has been anchored by the bone, the implant is prepared to accept the natural looking prosthetic tooth.

By replacing a missing tooth with dental implant treatment, you are filling in a gap. This can help to prevent the teeth on either side from migrating towards each other and take biting pressure off these teeth. The benefit of which, aside from replacing a tooth, is that it can help to keep your bite normal and healthy.

Attending regular check-ups and hygiene appointments twice a year is one of the best ways to maintain your oral hygiene. Other ways include flossing your teeth once a day and brushing twice a day.

No, they don’t. With a dental implant and implant crown, bridge or denture, you can continue to eat all the same foods including meats and chew foods as the implants offer a great biting pressure.

Dental implants are revolutionising the way we can treat tooth loss, and provide a long term solution for our patients

The benefits of dental implants include:

  • Completely restore your natural bite, tooth function and aesthetic appeal.
  • Implants look and feel authentic.
  • They aid with biting pressure
  • They function like genuine teeth allowing you to enjoy all your favourite foods again.
  • They are durable and long lasting.
  • Dental implants prevent bone loss and allow you to maintain a healthy facial structure.

Your dental implants are built to last a LIFETIME

At Ironside Advanced Dental we use a high quality and durable material for our dental implants. If you maintain good oral hygiene your dental implants will last you a lifetime, and the prosthetics attached to the implants (with good care) should last up to 10 years.

There are several factors that need to be addressed before you can be considered suitable for dental implants…

Dental implants require a titanium screw to be surgically placed into the jawbone to secure the false tooth into place. This means the jaw bone needs to be strong and healthy enough to be able to hold the screw. Any fully grown adult who possesses good health is usually eligible for dental implant surgery. There are some instances that require special consideration and increase the risk of implant failure. These include:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Chronic disease
  • Alcohol abuse

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If you’re missing teeth there are a number of negative impacts this can have on your oral health and wellbeing.

Missing teeth can cause bone loss, facial deformity, eating difficulties, speech hindrance, lowered self-esteem, and the list goes on! Dental implants can prevent all of these problems and give you the freedom to enjoy the foods you love, speak normally and smile beautifully

Everyone experiences pain differently and it’s normal to feel some degree of discomfort just after the procedure.

Once the dental implant is in place, any pain that you may experience quickly diminishes. When your mouth heals you won’t feel any pain and you can enjoy having a fully functioning teeth again, leaving you free to enjoy your favourite foods and smile confidently.

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is a facet of dental care that focuses on preventing dental issues from occurring

Preventive dentistry is aimed towards preventing problems from occurring in order to minimise the need for restorative dentistry in the future. Even if a minor problem exists, this form of dentistry looks at treating the problem effectively in the early stages to prevent it from becoming worse and causing further concerns later in life.

We recommend patients visit us every six months for a regular dental check-up.

Regular professional cleaning and dental examination can prevent more serious problems from occurring and enable you to maintain good oral health for longer. Between visits, it’s important you take care of your teeth. Brush and floss twice daily and use an antiseptic mouthwash to eliminate germs, prevent gum disease and bad breath.

Prosthodontists undergo extra training on top of their general dental degree to ensure they provide superior service

A Prosthodontist is a registered Specialist Dentist who has undergone at least 3 years extra training in all areas of dentistry. Prosthodontists are the most highly trained holistic dentists in Australia.

Dental Hygienists are registered dental professionals who are trained in preventive dentistry.

They can help you decrease the chances of decay and gum disease and can advise which products are the most appropriate for you.

Dental sealants are typically used to even the biting surface of a molar tooth to prevent decay

Sometimes molar teeth can have naturally deep pivots or ‘fissures’, and when food debris gets caught in these fissures it becomes incredibly difficult to clean away. A dental sealant is a thin protective layer that coats the chewing surface of a tooth to protect it from decay.

For the best possible diagnosis and medical treatment, we recommend you consult a qualified prosthodontist like Dr Ironside, who has a thorough understanding of TMJ also known as TMD. Dr Ironside provides you with the correct diagnosis for more effective treatment and alleviation of painful symptoms.

Even though TMJ/TMD disorder is at times associated with jaw or salivary cancer, for instance, TMJ/TMD disorder has not been directly linked to cancer.

Yes there are non-surgical treatments for treating TMJ/TMD such as mouthpieces and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). However, it is best to consult a professional as treatment options depend on the severity of your condition.

Your dentist is likely to be one of the first people to notice or diagnose a TMJ disorder. However, your family physician, an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist, or an oral surgeon can also diagnose and treat your TMD. Your jaw joints will be checked for pain and tenderness and they also listen for any clicking or grating sounds when you move your jaw and check your jaw’s movement and facial muscles. X-rays or further testing can also help your doctor rule out other issues and give a full picture of what’s happening in your face.

If the pain and tenderness in your jaw is persistent, or if you can’t open and close your mouth then it is time to see a doctor who may prescribe the following types of treatment:

  • Medications such as pain relievers, muscle relaxers, or anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Oral splints or mouth guards to slip over your teeth to help keep your jaw in place.
  • Physical therapy. To give you stretches and massage techniques to help strengthen and stretch your jaw. They can also do ultrasounds and evaluation of behaviours that might be making your TMJ worse.
  • Surgical options. When other treatment options can’t relieve your pain, your doctor may suggest surgery or other procedures.

If you experience any pain in your face, temple, ear, or jaw, you may be dealing with TMJ. As you understand your symptoms, take care of yourself at home, and counsel with your doctor, you can find relief.

TMD can impact 1 in 8 people. While it can happen at nearly any time from our teenage years to old age, it does tend to be more common in women. Anyone with chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia is also at higher risk, and a jaw injury can also lead to the disorder. For older people, TMD is likely related to arthritis. For those who are younger, a genetic predisposition, anatomic design of the TMJ, lifestyle and chewing habits are common culprits. Stress however is a culprit that we all deal with on an increasing basis. Anxiety can create stressful habits in people such as teeth clenching while working, driving with jaws shut tight or grinding teeth at night while sleeping.

Sleep Dentistry

TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) identifies a misalignment in the jaw joint.

When the temporomandibular joint (the joint that is located just in front of the ears) is not functioning properly it can cause a wide range of issues such as headaches, jaw pain and malocclusion (misaligned bite). As the body is all connected, this misalignment can negatively affect other parts of the body. This condition is often misdiagnosed as its symptoms can be put down to stress, random headaches, etc. At Ironside Advanced Dental in Sydney, we know what to look for in TMD and will conduct a thorough assessment to correctly identify this issue.

Many symptoms of TMD are easily ignored, however if you suffer from the following it is important to have your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) assessed

Some of these symptoms include headaches, migraines, jaw pain, clicking in the jaw, facial pain, sensitive or sore teeth, pain in the neck, shoulders and back, ringing in the ears and dizziness.

In severe cases TMD can limit the foods that you can eat, decrease the amount you can open your mouth and interfere with daily activities.

Sleep dentistry is a form of dental care that focuses on alleviating snoring

Sleep Dentistry is the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of certain dental sleep disorders, and generally we can custom make an appliance that is designed to alleviate snoring and sleep apnoea. This can have a dramatically positive effect on your quality of life as you will be able to have a proper nights’ sleep!

Snoring is the result of your throat muscles relaxing and partially blocking your airway

Snoring occurs when your jaw drops back causing your tongue and tissues at the back of the mouth collapse into your throat. Your throat then vibrates as you try to draw breath causing patients to snore.

Contact us today to discover more about our superior dental treatments and services offered at our Sydney CBD dental practice.