Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I take care of my teeth between dental checkups?
Always remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once. Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities.
Avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the number of bacteria that grows in your mouth causing more plaque and possibly cavities) and avoid tobacco (this can stain your teeth, and cause gum disease, and oral cancer).
By brushing your tongue, you will remove food particles and reduce the amount of plaque-causing bacteria. Tongue brushing also helps keep your breath fresh.
How can Dr Jack help you?
People are often concerned about two things… pain and cost. So let me give you some reassurance on both counts.
Firstly, whilst obviously, I can’t say there’ll never, ever be any pain I can tell you that many of our patients are amazed when the treatments are finished and say, “But, I haven’t felt a thing!”
As to cost, we’re not the cheapest dentists, nor are we the most expensive. We aim to provide good value dentistry… the right treatment at the right price. We’d never do things on the cheap and compromise your dental care, nor would we do a Rolls Royce job when Commodore care is what’s needed.
Can I stress just one thing?
If you’re in need of dental care, then don’t delay. I see many people who leave it until they are in desperate trouble and that makes things worse because what was a little problem that could be easily fixed quickly becomes a major one.
I hope this has helped you and look forward to seeing you in the very near future. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call my office. We’ll give you straight answers.
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At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?
It’s recommended children first see a dentist as early as six-months-old and no later than one year old. During this time, your child’s baby teeth will be coming in and our dental team can examine the health of your child’s first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months.
Why do I need a check-up every 6 months?
Early detection and intervention is the key to long-term oral health. By having a regular check-up every six months potential problems can be diagnosed early and minimize the need for lengthy and costly restorative treatment.
When should I change my toothbrush?
To ensure your toothbrush is effective it’s advised to replace it every three months, with the change of seasons being a good way to remember. If you’re using an electric toothbrush, be sure to read the directions because you may not need to change toothbrush heads as frequently. Patients with gum disease are encouraged to change their toothbrushes every four to six weeks to keep any bacteria from spreading.
Can you help with my dental phobia?
Many people fear going to the dentist mainly because of a traumatic experience when they were younger. This means they postpone receiving much-needed treatment until they can’t put it off any longer.
With the advances in dental medicine and pain management options, dental visits today can be relaxing and comfortable. The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with our team so we can together alleviate your concerns.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dental solution to create a flawless-looking smile. They are made from fine pieces of sculpted porcelain that are placed on the front surface of the front teeth. They are used to close spaces between teeth, cover chips or discoloured teeth or even straighten slightly crooked teeth.
What are crowns and bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges are restorative treatments. A crown is placed to restore strength to a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy or had a large amount of decay removed or to a dental implant. A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is often supported by crowns placed on healthy teeth on either side of the space.
How often should I have a dental check-up?
A regular dental check-up is essential to help you maintain your oral health. By visiting Infinity Dental every six months we are able to detect and treat any problems such as tooth decay or gum disease before develop and require extensive and costly restorative treatment.
What is a gummy smile?
A gummy smile is when there is an excessive amount of gum that shows in your upper jaw and can result from the abnormal eruption of the teeth. Teeth covered by excessive gum can appear short, even though they may be the proper length. Gummy smiles can be treated with lasers to show more tooth surfaces.
What should I do in a dental emergency?
If you have a broken or knocked-out toothpick it up by the tooth not the root and place it in milk if possible or rinse it off and wrap it in a clean wet cloth. Then contact Infinity Dental immediately for advice.
Why is bone graft needed?
If you have been missing a tooth or teeth for some time, it’s possible that you may have lost some bone density or volume. Bone graft surgery is often required when there is not enough bone density to support a dental implant.
What are the types of bone graft?
Most bone graft procedures fall under the categories of autogenous, allografts and xenografts.
Autogenous Grafts – Autogenous is the process where the bone is taken from areas such as the chin, hip or other areas of the patient’s body when the goal is a dental implant. It is considered the best type of dental bone grafting technique because the bone contains active cellular elements that enhance bone growth.
Allograft Grafts – Allografts are synthetic bone or bone derived from genetically unrelated members such as freeze-dried cortical bone, which has been specifically prepared and found to be very effective for dental bone graft procedures.
Xenograft Grafts – Xenografts bone is derived from non-living bone of another species, usually a cow. It is processed at very high temperatures to avoid the potential for immune rejection and contamination and involves the formation of new bone from host cells along a framework of a compatible biological material.
Which graft is used and why?
The type of bone graft surgery required will depend on personal needs and circumstances. After a comprehensive assessment, the Infinity Dental team will discuss which is best for you.
I’m embarrassed to smile, how can you help me?
Some people feel very conscious about their teeth and are reluctant to smile. At Infinity Dental Care Winston Hills we can develop in consultation with you a complete smile makeover that will give you the smile you have always desired.
There are numerous solutions available to help restore your confidence in your smile. These include
Dental veneers: Thins shells of finely crafted porcelain bonded to the surface of your teeth to close caps, cover chips, and stains and straighten slightly corked teeth.
Teeth whitening: to give your smile that Hollywood look.
Orthodontics: Clear aligners, braces and retainers to straighten teeth for a perfect smile.
If you are embarrassed by your teeth call the friendly team at Infinity Dental Care Winston Hills and schedule a consultation appointment so together we can develop a treatment plan for you to have your perfect smile.
If you still have more questions, please contact our friendly staff at (02) 9159 6237. You can also visit our practice at 180 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Winston Hills NSW 2153.
How often should children have a check-up?
Early visits can prevent minor problems from becoming major ones. Infinity Dental will be able to detect early decay and teach good oral health habits and brushing. You should schedule your child’s dental visit at the same time as your own, every six months. This will enable the Infinity Dental team to monitor their teeth and bone development.
What is the importance of Oral Hygiene Instruction for children?
Introducing your child to a regular cleaning routine even before their first tooth emerges will help them develop a lifelong oral care routine. Correctly instructing on how to brush thoroughly will help prevent the development of tooth decay and gum disease.
Why do baby teeth sometimes need to be removed?
Most baby teeth fall out on their own. There are times however when having them removed is necessary, but this will depend on individual circumstances. If they are severely decayed or there is a possibility of them affecting the emergence of permanent adult teeth may be reasons they are recommended to be removed.
Orthopaedic and Orthodontic
What age can my child start orthodontics?
There is no set age when a child should start orthodontic treatment. However, most children can be assessed for the possibility of needing treatment once their permanent teeth start coming in, around age 7. At this age, issues such as uneven bite and overcrowding will become apparent.
What is preventive, interceptive and comprehensive orthodontic treatments?
Preventive orthodontics is to keep bad bites from developing by ensuring there is enough space in the jaw for permanent teeth to come in.
Interceptive treatment helps address and avoid the development of problems that could possibly lead to severe dental cases and reduce the length and extensiveness of later orthodontic treatment.
Comprehensive orthodontics encompasses all areas of orthodontic treatment and takes into consideration facial beauty, and proportional alignment and does not involve the unnecessary extraction of teeth for space.
How can a child’s growth affect orthodontic treatment?
Children’s teeth and facial bones can develop quickly. This can determine the type of orthodontic treatment they need and how long it can take to complete treatment.
How does adult treatment differ from children’s treatment?
Children’s orthodontics is focused on guiding the teeth into their correct position and the development of the facial bone bones. As adult facial bones have already fully developed, adult orthodontics is mainly focused on repositioning teeth into their correct alignment.
How does orthodontics work?
Orthodontic treatment works by guiding teeth through the jaw bone into their optimal and aligned position. This could be through the application of fixed braces, removable aligners, retainers or headgear.
Is orthodontic treatment affordable?
The cost of orthodontic treatment will vary depending on your or your child’s individual needs. At Infinity Dental we can tailor a treatment plan and provide you with payment options.
Why are these treatment options only for adults?
When braces are prescribed for pre-and early teens, they not only straighten teeth and correct bite problems but also guide the growth and development of the facial bones.
As the facial bones of adults are fully developed, Smilefast and Cfast have been designed to align the teeth and create a straight smile. This makes them an option only suited to adults and why treatment can be completed in as little as 6 months.