(02) 4915 9230

Suite 4, 14 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle, NSW, 2300


Answering your enquiries

We understand that visiting the dentist can sometimes be a daunting experience. Please do not hesitate to peruse our frequently asked questions to resolve any shared questions you may have.

What are some side effects of being sedated by the dentist?

During the initial stages of laughing gas sedation you may feel a little bit giggly and soothed. With conscious sedation, which the majority of dentists use, there may be a few side effects such as dry mouth, dizziness and nausea. The last method of sedation is sleep sedation, this method will place you into an unconscious state and you will not remember the procedure at all; it may leave you temporarily disorientated or nauseous.

Can you eat or drink before receiving sedation dentistry?

For most forms of procedures and dental sedation you will be given some form of dietary restrictions by your dentist. If medications in general tend to make you feel a bit ill then avoiding food beforehand may help prevent an upset stomach.

Can you replace your silver fillings with white fillings?

It is best to replace your silver fillings with white fillings only when your old fillings need to be replaced, it would not be recommended to forcibly remove the silver fillings that are perfectly healthy and do not need to be replaced.

Do missing teeth affect your speech?

Teeth often play an important role in working with the tongue to produce certain sounds such as the “sh” sound in “shoe”, or the voiceless sounds such as the “th” sound in “thirst”. Trying to produce these sounds with missing or crooked teeth can make clear speech difficult.

What is congenitally missing teeth?

These are teeth that never appear during childhood and are not trapped in the gum. The most common teeth to be found absent are the lateral incisors and the second premolars. This is caused by a harmless genetic trait passed down generationally and can be replaced with implants, bridges or dentures provided to you by Honeysuckle Dental.

Are electric toothbrushes better than manual toothbrushes?

There is no actual evidence to support the debate that one is better than the other. Both types of toothbrush are effective at cleaning teeth if you are brushing with the correct technique and for the proper duration. An electric toothbrush can make brushing easier and may help if you have a tendency to brush your teeth too hard.

Do veneers last forever?

Unfortunately the answer is no, your veneers are not going to last forever. They are said to last up to 20 years but like the rest of your body, how you take care of them is what will determine the quality and longevity. Avoiding foods like soda, red wine, coffee, tea and other foods that stain and wear down your teeth is a good way to preserving your veneers.

Is sleep apnoea genetic?

Sleep apnoea itself hasn’t been proven to be genetic, but illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure can be hereditary and often those illnesses are linked with sleep apnoea. If you know that this condition is prevalent in your family, you might want to consult with your doctor to either prevent the symptoms or treat them if you’ve started noticing a few.

What causes the gap in between the front teeth?

A condition referred to as Diastema is caused by a mismatch between the size of the jaw bones and the size of the teeth or crowding of the teeth. Diastema is usually caused by:

  • Teeth are too small for the jaw bone
  • Tissue that extends from the upper lip to the space between the two front teeth is too big
  • Bad habits such as thumb sucking

How can I transform my smile?

We provide a wide range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments that can help you transform your smile. These treatments include porcelain crowns, veneers, dental implants or teeth whitening. We recommend patients schedule in for a dental consultation where we can find the best treatment and healthy smile for you.

How long does teeth whitening take?

Teeth whitening treatment at Honeysuckle Dental takes about one hour using the KTP Laser method in a treatment called Smartbleach. Smartbleach uses a laser that produces pure green light and is used in conjunction with the Smartbleach’s patented red gel. These work together to reach the large, light absorbing molecules deep in your teeth. This often results in a whiter, brighter smile.

What is the best modern alternative to dentures?

Dental implants are the modern alternative to dentures. Dental implants help to prevent bone loss and since they are fused into your jaw, they act and feel like ordinary teeth.

What can I eat after I get my dental implant?

Dental implants are designed to be strong, durable and not impact eating, drinking, or speaking. Many patients assume that following a dental implant surgery, they can resume eating their favourite foods. However this is wrong, as it’s important to temporarily follow a special diet to protect your implant.

Begin with soft foods, and follow the advice of the dentist for when to introduce hard foods into your diet. Soft foods include:

  • Oatmeal
  • Yoghurt
  • Soft dairy products
  • Soups
  • Potatoes (mashed, fried, baked)
  • Eggs
  • Soft fruits
  • Mac and cheese

What are the warning signs of gum disease?

The most common symptoms of gum disease are gums that are persistently sore, swollen, and red or gums that are constantly bleeding. Bad breath, tooth pain or sensitivity are also warning signs of periodontal disease. If you notice these symptoms, please call Honeysuckle Dental.

How often should I have a dental check-up?

At Honeysuckle Dental we believe a patient’s teeth should last them a lifetime. We recommend our patients schedule in for a dental visit every 6 months. By regularly visiting the dentist, you can address minor concerns before they are big expensive concerns.

What can I do if I am scared of the dental drill?

With the developments in modern dental technology, dental drills are a thing of the past. Modern laser technology such as the Er:Yag Laser allows us to provide fillings and soft tissue surgery without the need for local anaesthesia or use of dental drills.

Why is dental hygiene important?

Your dental hygiene doesn’t only effect your oral health, but it can often have an impact on your wider health too.

A sound oral hygiene routine that includes brushing, flossing and six monthly visits to the dentist can help ensure that you are helping to maintain good dental health and protection against the development of potentially harmful dental conditions.

Why should missing teeth be replaced?

Tooth loss can indicate more significant health concerns and should be addressed, as the gaps left by missing teeth can pose a number of health concerns and cause significant problems while eating and speaking.

Ignoring gaps can leave the rest of your teeth vulnerable to shifting out of place to close the gaps. Dental implants can be a permanent solution, that can be discussed with the dentist.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the early form of gum disease that causes inflammation of the gums, early symptoms include gum redness, soreness and bleeding. If left untreated, it causes periodontitis which is the later and very severe stage, which can cause loss of teeth.

Gum disease is caused by buildups of plaque along the gum line and can be prevented by daily brushing, flossing and rinsing of the mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash.

What are the signs of gingivitis?

The signs of gum disease can include:

  • Red, inflamed gums that bleed upon brushing.
  • Receding/pulling away of the gums from the teeth.
  • Formation of pockets between the teeth and gums that collect plaque and food particles.
  • Foul breath.
  • Foul taste in the mouth.

How do I prevent gingivitis?

Gum disease can be prevented by the following methods:

  • By maintaining good oral hygiene- brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and rinsing your mouth out with antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Avoiding smoking.
  • Having your teeth professional cleaned by your dentist.
  • Visiting your dentist regularly (at least twice a year).

How fast are Fastbraces™?

The unique and innovative design of Fastbraces™ means that you could begin seeing results in as quickly as 3 months! Its triangular bracket with specially shaped square wire and built-in arms to continually adjust teeth results in both the root and crown of teeth aligning from the beginning of the treatment.

Fastbraces™ work to align both the crown and roots simultaneously, making it a quicker option.

What exercises can I do at home to relieve pain caused by TMJ?

It is important to practice the TMJ strengthening exercises between painful periods as these exercises can make the pain worse if done during a TMJ flare-up:

  1. Place your thumb under your chin and push your chin downward against it. Continuously open your mouth against the slight force from your thumb and hold open for 5-10 seconds, depending on how comfortable you are.
  2. Open your mouth as wide as you comfortably can. Place your thumb under your chin and place your index finger (from the same hand) between your chin and lower lip. Push inward as you close your mouth against the resistance.

The stretching exercises can be done during a flare-up to help reduce pain:

  1. Touch the roof of your mouth with the tip of your tongue and open your mouth as wide as you comfortably can holding for 5-10 seconds.
  2. Touch the roof of your mouth with the tip of your tongue and slide your lower jaw out and then in as far as it can go. Hold for 5-10 seconds in each position.
  3. Slowly and steadily open your mouth and glide your lower jaw backwards and forwards several times.
  4. Looking straight ahead, glance to the right with your eyes only while extending your lower jaw to the left and holding for 5-10 seconds. Repeat with the other side.

What is sleep dentistry?

Sleep dentistry is used to help patients who suffer from sleep issues such as sleep apnoea and snoring.When the tissue at the back of the throat collapses, it blocks the airway, restricting the amount of oxygen received by the body during sleep.

Dentists can help alleviate this by providing you with a personalised plastic oral device designed to pull the jaw forward, and advance the tongue, potentially opening the airway and giving you a better night’s sleep.

What treatments can I choose from for a smile makeover?

There are several different cosmetic dentistry procedures to discuss with your dentist and choose from for your smile makeover, such as:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dental Crowns
  • Dental bridges
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Orthodontic treatments such as braces, Invisalign, palatal
  • Dental implants
  • Fillings

Are smile makeovers only used to enhance my smile?

Smile makeovers are predominantly used to enhance the aesthetics of a person’s smile, but some of the procedures used for the smile makeover can also help improve functionality of the mouth. Dental restorations or replacements, such as crowns, bridges, implants, etc. can assist with biting, chewing, and speech impediments.

How long will all the dental work last me?

The dental work done during a smile makeover has no set expiry date. Each of the different procedures are designed to last a specific amount of time so, for example, you may have to go for teeth whitening after 9 months or replace your veneers after 4 or 5 years.

The cosmetic procedures done during your smile makeover can last you a long time provided you maintain you take care of your oral hygiene.

How long will it take to complete a smile makeover?

This depends on the number of dental procedures you choose to have and how long each takes.  A complex smile makeover requires patience as each procedure will need its own amount of time to complete.

For example, you may need to use braces that take up to two years to straighten your teeth, before moving on to other cosmetic procedures. Plus you may need to wait some weeks for your veneers, crowns etc. to arrive.

Can Fastbraces be used as part of a smile makeover?

If you need to straighten your teeth before moving on to other cosmetic dental procedures, then Fastbraces can be used. Fastbraces are designed to move both the root and crown of the tooth simultaneously, which decreasing treatment time and may be a better option for straightening your teeth if you are undergoing a smile makeover.

How do Fastbraces straighten teeth differently than regular braces?

Traditional braces work by moving the crown of your tooth into its correct position first before moving the root, which is why treatment time can sometimes take years. Fastbraces, on the other hand, move both the root and crown of the tooth simultaneously helping to cut down on treatment time.

Are Fastbraces less painful than regular braces?

Any type of braces will cause some mild pain and discomfort because the braces are actually moving your teeth and its roots. Studies have revealed that Fastbraces may not be as uncomfortable as traditional braces due to smaller and fewer parts resulting in a smoother and more comfortable orthodontic treatment. You will however experience some pain when your braces are first attached and after every appointment when the braces are tightened and readjusted.

Are Fastbraces safe?

Fastbraces are a completely safe and comfortable teeth straightening option. It has been around for over 25 years and has been used by many patients to achieve the smiles they want.

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14 Honeysuckle Drive
Newcastle NSW 2300

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