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.
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:
- Soft dairy products
- Potatoes (mashed, fried, baked)
- 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:
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Slowly and steadily open your mouth and glide your lower jaw backwards and forwards several times.
- 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