(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 majority of dentists opt for, 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. You may feel disorientated for a while and perhaps slightly nauseous, but this is completely normal and these side effects will soon pass.

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 at Honeysuckle Dental. If medications in general tend to make you feel a bit ill then avoiding food beforehand may help prevent an upset stomach. If your dentist does not mention any specifics be sure to ask, just to make sure.

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. Honeysuckle dental is able to replace your missing teeth professionally and safely.

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. This is because the rest of your teeth can still get stained even though porcelain doesn’t, that would force you to change your veneers if all of a sudden, your natural teeth didn’t match.

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. Your genetic make-up which is inherited could also be a contributing factor to your sleep apnoea.

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. If your teeth are too small for your jaw bone then the spaces will occur. Diastema can also be caused by the piece of tissue that normally extends from the inside of your upper lip to the gum above your two upper front teeth. When this happens, it blocks the natural closing of the space between these teeth. Bad habits like sucking on your thumb also unnaturally pull the teeth forward, creating space or gaps.

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 can include porcelain crowns, veneers, dental implants or teeth whitening. We recommend patients schedule in for a dental consultation where we work with you to identify your dental issues and formulate an action plan to ensure you have a healthy smile.

How long does teeth whitening take?

Teeth whitening treatment generally takes 1 hour to complete. Honeysuckle Dental uses a unique method of teeth whitening that uses the KTP Laser in a treatment called Smartbleach. Smartbleach works by using a laser that produces pure green light. This is used in conjunction with the Smartbleach patented red gel that work together to reach the large, light absorbing molecules deep in your teeth. This often results in a whiter, brighter smile for all our patients.

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 and durable and function like your normal teeth making eating, drinking, and speaking a breeze. Many patients assume that following a dental implant surgery, they can resume eating their favourite foods however this is wrong. It is important to follow a special diet to avoid hurting/disturbing the implant area or damaging the implant itself.

You should start off with soft foods and slowly re-introduce solids into your diet. Safe foods to consume immediately following a dental implant surgery are:

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

Speak to your Honeysuckle Dental consultant about when it is safe to re-introduce solid foods into your diet.

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 any of these symptoms, we recommend you book in to see our caring staff here at 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 our dental suite we can ensure that minor dental issues are addressed before they become major and more expensive to treat.

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. At our dental practice we provide needle free dentistry so dental drills are now a thing of the past. Modern laser technology such as the ErYag Laser allows us to provide fillings and soft tissue surgery without the need for local anaesthesia or the dental drill.

Why is dental hygiene important?

Your oral health can often impact your wider health, severely. A sound oral hygiene routine can help ensure that you are maintaining optimal oral health and also safeguard you against the development of potentially harmful dental conditions. Consistent brushing and flossing, as well as visiting our dental professionals for a check-up every six months, can help you to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

Why should missing teeth be replaced?

Tooth loss can indicate more significant health concerns and should be addressed as soon as possible. The gaps left by missing teeth can also cause a number of health concerns and pose significant problems when eating and speaking. By ignoring these gaps you also leave yourself vulnerable to the rest of your teeth shifting out of place to close the gaps. We offer a number of different options to correct tooth loss, such as dental implants which can be a permanent solution. During your consultation our team will identify the treatment that is most suited to your condition.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a dental condition that results in the inflammation of the gums. It is the initial stage of periodontal disease (gum disease), therefore, the damage is reversible. It is caused by plaque – the sticky film of bacteria that continuously forms on the teeth and gums. Plaque can be removed by proper dental practices such as brushing twice a day, rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash and flossing regularly. Failure to do so can irritate the gums, causing gingivitis.

What are the signs of gingivitis?

  • 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?

  • 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.

Traditional braces can take up to 2 years because it first focuses on the crown and then the roots, but Fastbraces™ work to align both simultaneously, making it a quicker option to teeth straightening. Depending on the severity of your misaligned teeth, straightening can be seen from anywhere between 3 – 12 months (or more).

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

TMJ or temporomandibular joints are the joints in your face responsible for opening, closing, and moving your jaw. Due the constant use and pressure on these joints to keep working, they can become painful and experience muscle and joint problems. You can perform strengthening and stretching exercises to sooth pain from 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 sleeping problems 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 plastic oral device designed to pull the jaw forward, and advance the tongue, potentially opening the airway.

Your dentist will need to take an impression of your teeth and mouth so that the oral appliance can be made, helping you enjoy a good night’s sleep every night

What treatments can I choose from for a smile makeover?

There are several different cosmetic dentistry procedures to 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

The choice of treatments depends on what you would like to achieve with your smile makeover which you can discuss with your dentist.

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. Dental fillings can also be used to replace infected parts of a tooth and crowns can be used to cover and prevent damage and decay from spreading further.

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 4or 5 years. The cosmetic procedures done during your smile makeover can last you a long time provided you maintain good oral hygiene and take care of your mouth.

How long will it take to complete a smile makeover?

This depends on the number of dental procedures you opt for and how long each one will take to complete. 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 before moving on to other procedures which could take a year or 2 to completely straighten your teeth. Additionally, for most dental restorations or replacements (such as veneers, crowns, bridges, etc.), you will need to wait a few weeks for it to arrive from the lab to be fitted.

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 yes, Fastbraces can be used as part of your smile makeover. Fastbraces are designed to move both the root and crown of the tooth 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 because it is made from smaller and fewer parts resulting in a smoother more comfortable orthodontic treatment. You will however experience some pain when your braces are first attached and after every appointment when the braces are tightening 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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Suite 4, Chifley Building
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Newcastle NSW 2300

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