Painfree Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Painfree Dentistry, our goal is to inspire our patients to be passionate about their oral health. Our preventive dental cleans and exams use modern dental technology that allows our patients to be active participants in their dental well-being. 

Our friendly dental team are big proponents of patient education to keep our patients safe and healthy. We take the time to go over any questions or issues so that patients can be fully informed when making decisions. Patients who are interested in their oral care are more likely to feel invested in visiting their dentist frequently.

We have listed many of our major services below, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.

Adult Orthodontics

Dental technology and treatments are always changing and improving. Dentists can now offer a better treatment alternative to traditional metal braces, known as Damon Braces.

At Painfree Dentistry, we are proud to say that we offer this efficient and successful treatment to patients who need it.

What Are Damon Braces?

Dr Dwight Damon created Damon braces to shorten treatment times for patients, and to save healthy teeth from dental extractions.

Damon braces are fitted the same way as traditional metal braces, but that is where the similarities end. Damon braces have a slide mechanism that attaches wires to brackets, allowing the brackets to move naturally with the teeth as they align.

This process makes braces comfortable since brackets do not have to be tightened and adjusted regularly. Damon braces move teeth gradually and do not use as much force as traditional metal braces.

What Issues Can a Damon Brace Fix?

Damon braces can fix a variety of dental issues, including:

  • Teeth Spacing
  • Crowded Teeth
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Open Bite
  • Cross Bite

Benefits of a Damon Brace?

There are many benefits to a Damon Brace. Some of these are:

Fewer Adjustments – These braces move with the teeth so you can complete treatment with no tightening.

Comfort – Damon braces are more comfortable than metal braces since they don't need to be tightened.

Enhances Facial Features – They align teeth beautifully, which will improve the appearance of your face.

Successful Results – We have seen many happy patients after treatment.

Faster Treatment Time – The treatment time is generally faster than metal braces, with fewer dental visits.

No Need for Extraction – In some cases, dentists may need to extract teeth to create space in a crowded mouth. This is unnecessary with Damon braces since the forces create space naturally. 

Contact Us to Arrange a Consultation

Your Sydney dentist can go over the benefits and disadvantages of our multiple orthodontic treatments to determine which one is best for you.

Children's Dentistry

Dental fluorosis (also termed mottled enamel) is a pervasive disorder characterised by hypomineralization of tooth enamel caused by ingestion of excessive fluoride during enamel formation.

What Is Dental Fluorosis?

Fluorosis is a sign that shows your children have been over-exposed to fluoride while their teeth have been developing. Affecting the appearance of your child’s teeth, dental fluorosis causes faint white lines or streaks on their tooth enamel.

Once your child’s teeth have broken through their gums, they can no longer develop dental fluorosis.

Though fluoride is a beneficial element to your child’s oral health, an oversupply can interfere with the cells that make tooth enamel while your child’s teeth are developing in their gums. Dental fluorosis does not affect the function or health of your child’s teeth and is often so faint that only your dentist will notice the condition during an examination.

Will Dental Fluorosis Harm My Child?

Remember that fluorosis affects only the appearance of teeth. It does not result in cavities. As a result, most of the treatment for fluorosis consists of masking the stain.

Many cases of fluorosis are minor enough not to need treatment. Sometimes fluorosis occurs only on the back teeth, where it can’t be seen. More serious cases and cases involving the front teeth can be treated by removing the surface-stained areas through tooth whitening or other procedures. Severe cases of fluorosis can be covered with bonding, crowns or veneers.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Everyone’s idea of a perfect smile is different. At Painfree Dentistry, we understand that all our patients are unique, so we work together with you to create a beautiful, healthy smile that will last.

Our dental team are friendly, professional and highly experienced. We work with our patients on an individual level so together we can achieve your personal goals, like treating gum disease, replacing teeth, teeth whitening, improving dental hygiene, and more.

Please have a look at some of the procedures we offer to help you get a smile you can be proud of.

What Treatments Do We Offer?

Dental Implants – Dental implants are a popular way to replace teeth; they are a permanent fixture that looks and feels natural. Dental implants can be used to replace multiple teeth or a single tooth.

Replacement Teeth Alternatives – If dental implants are not what you are looking for, we also offer dentures and bridges. While not the most natural-looking option, these are cost-effective and will fill any gaps you might have.

Veneers – Porcelain veneers are fixed to your teeth to improve the appearance of your smile by covering stains, closing any gaps, and realigning teeth.

Teeth Whitening – Teeth whitening is a prevalent cosmetic treatment that improves the appearance of your smile. Your self-confidence will improve a great deal if you can laugh, talk and smile with a brighter smile.

You don’t have to live with your dental issues and a smile you don’t like to show off. No matter how big or small your problem, Painfree Dentistry is here to help.

Improvements to your teeth, both medically and cosmetically, can help you present your best self to the world.

We have payment plans to suit low budgets. Cosmetic dentistry is now available to everyone, not just patients with a high budget. Everyone can now benefit from the best treatments that are an investment in your health and well-being.

What Can You Do to Maintain a Good Smile?

It is not just about what we can do but what you can do too. The basics to keep your smile looking great are:

Brushing Daily – Brushing your teeth twice a day is essential to get rid of the bacteria and keep your teeth and gums healthy

Healthy Diet – Try to cut down on sugar, as sugar causes cavities and decay. Consider stopping smoking and try to avoid foods that stain your teeth, such as wine, tea, coffee and curry.

If you have any concerns about your dental health, discuss them with your dentist.

Dental Cleans and Exams

Bad breath can be caused by many things and is a common dental issue that you do not have to live with. 

If you are suffering from any of the following, you do not have to live with discomfort:

  • Bad Breath
  • Bleeding or Receding Gums
  • Sensitive Teeth
  • Poor-looking teeth
  • Embarrassment about bad breath

At Painfree Dentistry, we offer a variety of treatments and offer guidance to help you combat the effects of bad oral hygiene, gum disease, bad breath and more.

What Is Bad Breath?

Bad breath is an unpleasant smell that doesn't go away after brushing your teeth. Both dental and other medical issues can cause it.

This uncomfortable dental issue is common and can be easily treated in most cases. Every patient is different, and we will work with you to fix any issues causing bad breath.

What Can Cause Bad Breath?

Your mouth contains millions of bacteria, many of them healthy and helpful. Most of these can be found at the back of the tongue, feeding off the food that builds up in the mouth and around teeth. 

Sometimes a bad odour is produced because of a sulphuric compound that the bacteria give off. Other conditions affect the stomach and airways that can cause bad breath as well. Smokers and drinkers are also more likely to suffer from bad breath.

Here are some common causes of bad breath that can be treated by your dentist:

  • Gum disease
  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth decay

Sometimes it may be a medical issue causing the odour. If your dentist does not see any obvious cause and your oral health is good, you may be referred to see your GP.

Some health conditions which may need you to see a doctor instead of a dentist include:

  • Sinusitis
  • Stomach problems
  • Diabetes
  • Liver problems
  • Bronchitis
  • Kidney problems

How Can Bad Breath Be Treated?

The easiest and most effective way to treat bad breath is to improve your oral hygiene, to do so we recommend:

  • Brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day
  • Flossing
  • Using mouthwash
  • Using toothpaste that contains fluoride
  • Quitting smoking
  • Drinking more water
  • Stopping or cutting back on alcohol
  • Having a balanced diet
  • Try sugar-free chewing gum after meals
  • Make regular visits to the dentist 

Don't Live With Bad Breath

Bad breath can impact your professional, social, and romantic life. Give Painfree Dentistry a call today to arrange a visit.

Dental Extractions

Having your wisdom teeth removed is a common procedure, and it is often much less painful than people perceive.

Wisdom teeth are sometimes called third molars and generally appear sometime between the age of 15-25. You may have as few as one, as many as four or none at all. In many cases, they will fit neatly into the mouth next to other teeth without causing a problem, but in other cases, they will become impacted or cause movement in other teeth and will need to be removed.

Advantages of Removing Your Wisdom Teeth

Timely removal of wisdom teeth can help prevent future problems from developing, which may cause damage to existing teeth and the jawbone.

Impacted wisdom teeth can repeatedly become infected, especially if they have partially erupted, as they are more prone towards trapping bacteria. Treating these infections with antibiotics is not an effective and long-term solution.

Disadvantages of Removing Your Wisdom Teeth

The procedure to remove badly impacted or infected wisdom teeth is not without risk, and most people will experience some mild discomfort for a few days after treatment. It can be harder to remove wisdom teeth in older patients, as teeth tend to fuse to the bone as we age. Any tooth extraction carries a small risk of dry socket.

Wisdom teeth are considered “impacted” when they have no place to go or grow. If left in your mouth, they may grow at an angle, destroying other teeth or capturing bacteria and causing an infection. It is prevalent for teeth to become infected in times of stress.

Not all dentists can remove wisdom teeth. However, at Painfree Dentistry, we have a variety of techniques (including intravenous sedation) to make wisdom teeth removal a more comfortable process that can be completed easily in one visit.

Learn More About Wisdom Teeth Extraction

We will tell you when you visit us if we think that your wisdom teeth need to be removed. If you feel pain in your wisdom teeth or surrounding gums come in and see us.

Not all impacted wisdom teeth will cause pain alerting you there is a problem.

TMJ Treatment

Snoring occurs while we sleep. If you or someone you know is suffering from snoring or you are concerned about a sleep disorder, then you are in the right place.

This section will give you important information about snoring and sleep apnea.

What Is Snoring?

Snoring is caused by vibrations in the respiratory structure that occur when we sleep as the nose and back of the throat relax. When in this relaxed state, these areas also narrow, which results in the air getting restricted in the air passage. The obstruction is what causes the sound.

What Causes Snoring?

There are many reasons why we snore, including causes we can control and the ones we can’t.

Common causes of snoring we can control are:

Smoking – Smoking causes the airway to become inflamed and irritates the nasal passages.
Weight – If you are overweight, you may have extra fatty tissue in the neck area, which can cause snoring.
Medications – Some medications, such as sleeping pills, can cause inflammation and irritation in the nasal passage and airways.
Alcohol – Alcohol causes the brain to respond more slowly, and this relaxed state can cause snoring when we sleep.

Common causes of snoring that we cannot control are:

Age – When men hit middle age, they can have softer tissue around the neck which causes vibrations that result in snoring.
Medical conditions – Some medical conditions, such as a narrow throat or cleft palate, can result in snoring.
Allergies and Asthma – Both allergies and asthma can cause the nasal passages to swell.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Snoring can be a sign of a serious condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. In mild cases, the airways only narrow and do not close, resulting in shallow breathing and loud snoring. In more severe cases of OSA, the airway can close fully and obstruct breathing, waking patients up to breath.

Discuss concerns with your doctor or dentist, who will refer you to a sleep study.

Who Is at Risk Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

This condition can affect anyone; however, people who are overweight are at a higher risk. This is due to fatty tissues around the neck. Men over the age of 40 are, particularly at risk. Patients who have enlarged tonsils can be at risk of OSA, which is common in children.

How Can Your Dentist Help with Snoring?

Your dentist can offer a variety of treatments for snoring.

One common solution is the Mandibular Advancement Device. This holds your lower jaw and tongue in place so your airway can remain open while you sleep.

Your dentist will discuss this with you if it is an option, and they can offer advice and treatment solutions.

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