Dear Valued Patient of Pymble Dental Practice, Given the unprecedented situation regarding the COVID-19 virus I have made the hard yet right decision to restrict our surgery to essential dental services for the immediate future. This means the deferral of routine dental treatment but the continuation of urgent and emergency treatment. The continuation of dentistry as part of the broader medical community is important in reducing the burden on our hospitals. Urgent treatment includes: Treating dental conditions that would become emergencies in 4-6 months such as moderate decay, broken teeth and lost fillings close to the nerve Managing [...]
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Advantages & Disadvantages of Implants vs Alternatives Dental implants provide an option to replace a missing tooth or teeth without damaging the adjacent teeth, restoring functionality, preventing bone loss and eliminating the need for dentures. Implants replicate natural teeth very well, however we often get asked about the alternatives. Below we’ve included the advantages and disadvantages of these alternatives to help you make your decision.1. No TreatmentDisadvantages:Functional and aesthetic compromiseDrifting/tilting movement and/or over-eruption of neighbouring and opposing teeth2. Removable Cast Cobalt Chromium Partial DentureAdvantages:Low cost, conservativeDisadvantages:Aesthetic compromise (denture retainers)Bulky applianceRemovable applianceUnstable applianceContinued resorption of jaw bone in edentulous space3. Fixed Bridge Replacing the [...]
Why you Should Avoid Charcoal Toothpastes What is it? Charcoal Toothpaste products usually come in a jar of finely ground charcoal, which you are to mix and brush your teeth to ‘whiten them'. Does it work? Whilst the fine grit of the paste might remove stains and make them appear whiter, the truth is activated charcoal might be doing you more harm than good. This is an abrasive product which will damage your enamel with continued use, and has no actual whitening potential. There's no way to restore your teeth enamel naturally once it's gone. If you do experience erosion [...]
A Dentist’s Perspective On Coconut Oil Pulling The internet is an infinite depth of misinformation and subliminal marketing. A question we have been asked quite frequently this year amongst the social media generation “Does coconut oil-pulling cure help with healthy teeth and gums?” What is it? Oil pulling is the somewhat unusual term for the practice of swishing a type of unrefined plant oil (e.g., coconut, sesame, sunflower, olive, palm) around in one’s mouth for around 20 minutes. This activity is touted, when practiced thoroughly and regularly as having a variety of oral hygiene benefits, such as whitening teeth, strengthening [...]
Porcelain Veneers vs Composite Resin Veneers Which should you choose? Veneers are facings that are applied to the front (visible) surfaces of usually the upper teeth in order to improve the appearance, lustre and colour. Whilst they are largely a cosmetic therapy, they are also used to: Disguise misshapen or broken-down teeth Change the shade or colour of badly stained, yellow or discoloured teeth Close spaces or correct crowding Improve the smile by changing the amount of tooth showing at a maximal smile in congruence with the lip lines. Veneers are made of either composite resin (Bonded/ direct veneers) or from porcelain (ceramic/indirect Veneers). At [...]
Frequently Asked Questions About Pymble Dental Practice Here are some answers to the most common questions we receive. If you can't find the answer to your inquiry here, or would like more information, please contact our helpful team. We also have a number of helpful articles on dental health in our Resource Centre. Absolutely. We warmly welcome children, and we pride ourselves on our effective approach to children’s dentistry. This reputation and trust have made us the official PLC School Dentist for the past 25 years. We are located just 250 metres from Pymble Ladies College (PLC) School as well as a short [...]
Caring for your new implant, porcelain crown or bridge TODAY: Have a soft diet for the next 24 hours and avoid sticky foods, get used to chewing on this tooth again. FIRST FEW WEEKS: The Bite: It is normal for the new implant crown to feel “high” for the first few weeks, as the Implant is connected directly to the jaw bone. If the crown continues to feel high after two weeks, please contact the surgery for a minor adjustment. LONG TERM: Strength: Although much stronger than a normal filling, Porcelain can chip if hit with hard objects such as a fork, nut, ice, bones etc. [...]
Dental Anxiety Tips Not everyone is fond of going to the dentist and no, we’re not just talking about kids — it is a fact that applies even to adults. There is just something about a dental appointment that makes many of us nervous. However, dental anxiety should not be a reason for you to skip a trip to the dentist. Remember that maintaining good dental health is just as important as proper exercise and diet to keep our entire body in good condition. What you need to do is to learn and apply some tips on how to calm [...]
How Pregnancy Affects Teeth & Your Dental Health A woman’s body undergoes plenty of changes during pregnancy requiring extra care and nourishment. The surge of hormones affects the skin, hair, and even moods! What few women understand however, is that their dental health could also suffer if not given the attention it deserves. Like most parts of the body, the teeth is extra sensitive during pregnancy making it all the more important to check in with your dentist. Why is dental health important during pregnancy? Any existing problems with your oral health will be aggravated by the hormonal imbalance during pregnancy. [...]
Causes of Bad Breath Halitosis or bad breath is not something that you can just ignore. Although its root cause may be something that can be easily treated by brushing your teeth, it can also be a result of a more serious condition that needs treatment. You need to be aware of the main causes of bad breath and the best ways to prevent or cure them. Bad Oral Hygiene Leftover bits of food left inside your mouth (especially sugary foods) causes the growth of bacteria, which turns into plaque and creates the unpleasant odour when you speak. This will [...]