Katoomba Dental Centre

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We invite you to ask questions about our services, procedures and clinic.

There are some questions we hear frequently, and we have listed some of them below. But if you have a question that is not answered here, feel free to contact us directly. One of our friendly team members will be happy to help.

ASAP cosmeceutical skin products

Yes to both. All ASAP products are both gluten free and vegan.

There has been some debate regarding the use of topical Vitamin A during pregnancy. Whilst there have been no proven studies to demonstrate that topical application of Vitamin A poses a risk during pregnancy, as a precaution, ASAP skin products recommend the avoidance of products containing Vitamin A during pregnancy. Vitamin A is present in ASAP advanced eye complex and ASAP super A+ serum.

All other asap skin products are safe to use during pregnancy.

Whilst ASAP skin products do contain some naturally sourced ingredients, ASAP's focus is to provide effective skincare solutions and make no claim to be 'natural products'. All ASAP ingredients are NICNAS approved and have been safely used for many years.

The active ingredients in ASAP's skincare products have been scientifically tested and proven to produce impressive, fast-acting visible results. Drawing on a range of active ingredients including AHAs, BHAs, Niacinamide, Vitamin C, Vitamin B and antioxidents, our active ingredients promote younger, fresher, healthier looking skin.

ASAP skin products do not contains:

  • Parabens
  • SLS/SLES
  • Mineral oil
  • Plastic microbeads
  • Harsh detergents
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Synthetic dyes
  • Palm oil
  • Animal derivatives

No, plastic microbeads are not contained in any asap skin product. ASAP is very concerned about the environmental impact that microbeads have on the environment. 

No, ASAP skin products do not test on animals and does not employ any third party to conduct animal testing.

ASAP skin products are proudly developed and manufactured in Australia!

Cosmetic Dentistry

Muscle relaxants can help patients with paralysed muscles in the face which leads to an asymmetrical smile. By relaxing the same muscle on the opposite side, a symmetrical or ‘softer’ appearance can be achieved.

There are many cosmetic dentistry options available today that can enhance the look of your smile.

  • Invisalign clear braces—If your teeth are not aligned properly, you can get invisible braces to straighten them. Using clear plastic aligners, Invisalign treatment only takes on average about six to 18 months to straighten teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers—If you are looking for more dramatic results, porcelain veneers can cover up many unattractive issues with your smile, including discolouration, gaps between teeth, fractures and chips, misalignment and size discrepancies. Many celebrity smiles you admire have likely been improved with porcelain veneers.
  • Dental implants—If you are missing teeth, you can get one or more dental implant to restore your smile. Because they integrate into the jawbone, implants are permanent tooth replacements that also protect your bone health. Dental implants function most like your natural teeth. If you have dentures, you can get implant supported dentures to stabilize them for a more natural, comfortable experience.

You don’t have to go through life with a smile you are not happy about. Once thought reserved for the rich and famous, cosmetic dentistry today is more affordable and accessible than ever. Call our Katoomba, NSW surgery for more information on cosmetic dentistry.

There are a number of ways to treat gaps in your smile, but your options will depend on the size of your gaps and the desired aesthetic results.

Invisible braces—Invisible braces, such as Invisalign, can fix a number of problems with your smile, including gapped or misaligned teeth. Treatment is quicker than with traditional braces, with most patients getting their desired results in time periods between six and 18 months.

For those patients who do not want to undergo orthodontic treatment, we offer:

Tooth bonding—If the gaps between your teeth are minor, tooth bonding might be able to give you the results you desire, and treatment can usually be provided in just one visit. Using the same material that is used for tooth-coloured fillings, the tooth-coloured resin material is bonded to the teeth using adhesives and a high-intensity curing light.

Dental veneers—These ultra-thin, translucent tooth covers camouflage a variety of problems with your smile, including teeth that are gapped, chipped, unevenly spaced or sized differently. Treatment of your natural teeth is required before application, so this is a permanent cosmetic option.

Dental implants— A single tooth implant can help close of that cap in your smile and provide a long term solution to your missing tooth/teeth. With implants we have a variety of options to replace multiple or single missing teeth giving you back your smile.

For more information about fixing gaps in your smile with cosmetic dentistry, we invite you to call our Katoomba, NSW dental surgery to book a consult.

Dental Implants

There are a number of ways to treat gaps in your smile, but your options will depend on the size of your gaps and the desired aesthetic results.

Invisible braces—Invisible braces, such as Invisalign, can fix a number of problems with your smile, including gapped or misaligned teeth. Treatment is quicker than with traditional braces, with most patients getting their desired results in time periods between six and 18 months.

For those patients who do not want to undergo orthodontic treatment, we offer:

Tooth bonding—If the gaps between your teeth are minor, tooth bonding might be able to give you the results you desire, and treatment can usually be provided in just one visit. Using the same material that is used for tooth-coloured fillings, the tooth-coloured resin material is bonded to the teeth using adhesives and a high-intensity curing light.

Dental veneers—These ultra-thin, translucent tooth covers camouflage a variety of problems with your smile, including teeth that are gapped, chipped, unevenly spaced or sized differently. Treatment of your natural teeth is required before application, so this is a permanent cosmetic option.

Dental implants— A single tooth implant can help close of that cap in your smile and provide a long term solution to your missing tooth/teeth. With implants we have a variety of options to replace multiple or single missing teeth giving you back your smile.

For more information about fixing gaps in your smile with cosmetic dentistry, we invite you to call our Katoomba, NSW dental surgery to book a consult.

Facial Rejuvenation

You may experience slight discomfort at the injection site, however our clinicians are well trained in using specialised, gentle injection techniques to minimise discomfort as much as possible.  Our practitioners are also qualified to administer local anaesthetic to numb the more sensitive areas of the lower face and mouth.  This is particularly helpful for filler placement in lips and nasolabial folds.  We want to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.

A "Gummy smile", also known as excessive gingival display, is the term used to describe a smile that reveals a disproportionate amount of gum above the upper teeth. 

Muscle relaxant injectables can be used to treat gummy smiles, where the muscles in the top lip pull the lip up over the top of the teeth. Small injections to a specific muscle either side of the nose will lessen the amount the top lip can pull up and expose the gums while smiling.

 

Muscle relaxants can help patients with paralysed muscles in the face which leads to an asymmetrical smile. By relaxing the same muscle on the opposite side, a symmetrical or ‘softer’ appearance can be achieved.

Muscle relaxants are an effective and safe way to treat TMJ disorders. Muscle relaxants are injected into the jaw muscle which numbs the nerve receptors in the muscles that initiate movement and contractions. This treatment will weaken the target muscle while leaving enough strength for normal use; your speaking and chewing function will not be affected.

The treatment will last approximately 4-6 months and will significantly improve the way you feel every day when it comes to the comfort of your jaw and the associated pain relief.

Muscle relaxants

There are no visible changes directly after the treatment.  The full effect will develop over the following 2 – 14 days.  We encourage patients to see us for a review after 2 weeks and if necessary we will provide a further dose to achieve the results desired.

The results depend on the individual, but generally last around 3-6 months. Over time and if the correct supplementary treatments and care are taken, muscle relaxant treatments will be needed less frequently to achieve the same results.

Derma Fillers

The results of this treatment are instantaneous

The results will vary from person to person: this will depend on factors such as the person’s age and lifestyle, the structure of the skin, and the amount of treatment required

The main component of dermal fillers is a natural substance which dissolves over time. As a result, most patients choose to have a repeat treatment within 12 months.

 

You should avoid injectables if you:

  • Are pregnancy or breast-feeding.
  • Have a known sensitivity to the solution (HA fillers).
  • Have a history of sever gram positive bacterial infections.
  • Have infection at the site of injection.

If you have any anticoagulant disorders, existing scar tissue or you suffer from keloid scarring, be sure to mention this to your clinician.

You should avoid injectables if you:

  • Are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Suffer from neuro-muscular or auto-immune disorders.
  • Have a known sensitivity to the solution (BtxA or other constituents).
  • Are taking certain medications such as quinine, aminoglycoside antibiotics.

If you take omega-3 and anti-coagulant NSAIDS for bruising, or have suffered from dysmorphic psychological issues, be sure to mention this to your clinician.

Muscle Relaxants

You will be able to return to daily activities immediately after treatment.  You are advised to stay upright and avoid touching and massaging treated areas for two to four hours to prevent the solution diffusing to adjacent muscles.

You will be given comprehensive post-operative instructions from your practitioner following your treatment.

Ideally we would like to see you in 2 weeks time after treatment to see the results and give a further dose if necessary should the results not be inline with our original expectations.

Derma Fillers

Avoid touching the area for at least six hours following treatment.  You will be given comprehensive post-operative instructions from your practitioner following your treatment.

Ideally we would like to see you in 2 weeks time after treatment to see the results and give a further dose if necessary should the results not be inline with our original expectations.

General and Preventive Care

Metal amalgam was a standard material used to fill cavities for many years, and millions of people have them. You can identify them by their tell-tale dark grey colour.

Recently, there have been concerns about the use of amalgam because of the mercury it contains. There have been many studies conducted on this issue, and experts have concluded that amalgam fillings are safe.

Today, however, tooth-coloured fillings, made of a composite of glass and plastic, are more commonly used to prevent the spread of tooth decay. Made to match the colour of your natural teeth, these fillings provide a more aesthetic way to fill in cavities.

In most cases, it is not necessary to replace amalgam fillings with composite fillings unless the metal fillings are compromised in some way. Often metal fillings begin to cause fractures in the tooth they have filled, and they need to be replaced to protect the remaining tooth structure. This is the main reason to replace them, and tooth-coloured composite fillings are often the replacement of choice.

If you have concerns about the amalgam fillings in your mouth, we invite you to contact our Katoomba, NSW dental surgery. We can conduct an examination and advise you on whether replacement with composite fillings is necessary.

Your first visit to our Katoomba, NSW surgery will likely start with x-rays. The dentist or dental assistant will initially take a panoramic x-ray (OPG) for diagnostic purposes. X-rays enable the dentist to see beyond what is visible to the naked eye, so problems can be detected early while they are more easily treatable.

Afterwards, we will take you into the treatment room for a pre-clinical discussion. During this time, you and the dentist will get to know one another, and we will go over your medical and dental history. This is the perfect time for you to voice any concerns you might have about your oral health. There will be a clinical examination, and your dentist will make sure to note the condition of each tooth.

When the examination is complete, your dentist will explain findings and discuss treatment options that can help resolve the problems. We always leave plenty of time to answer questions and to explain why we recommend certain treatments. We want you to have the information you need to make a good decision regarding your oral health.

If it’s been a while since your last check-up, we invite you to call Katoomba Dental Centre to book an appointment.

Concern over pain is one of the most common reasons people avoid visiting the dentist regularly. For the most part, your dental treatment will not hurt. Most patients report little to no discomfort during routine treatments, such as dental cleans and check-ups.

If you need more invasive treatment, such as a filling or root canal, and we will fully numb the area with a local anaesthetic before proceeding. Any discomfort after the procedure can usually be alleviated with simple painkillers such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatory medicines.

If you are particularly anxious about visiting the dentist, we invite you to contact our Katoomba, NSW surgery ahead of time. Once we know you are nervous about treatment, we can do everything possible to make your time with us as comfortable as possible. Regular visits to the dentist often mean you can avoid more invasive treatments because we can usually detect—and fix—problems while they are still small. Taking good care of your teeth at home with routine brushing and flossing will also go a long way toward protecting your oral health, keeping the need for treatments to a minimum.

If you are overdue for a dental check-up and clean, call our dental clinic to book an appointment.

Invisible Braces

There are a number of ways to treat gaps in your smile, but your options will depend on the size of your gaps and the desired aesthetic results.

Invisible braces—Invisible braces, such as Invisalign, can fix a number of problems with your smile, including gapped or misaligned teeth. Treatment is quicker than with traditional braces, with most patients getting their desired results in time periods between six and 18 months.

For those patients who do not want to undergo orthodontic treatment, we offer:

Tooth bonding—If the gaps between your teeth are minor, tooth bonding might be able to give you the results you desire, and treatment can usually be provided in just one visit. Using the same material that is used for tooth-coloured fillings, the tooth-coloured resin material is bonded to the teeth using adhesives and a high-intensity curing light.

Dental veneers—These ultra-thin, translucent tooth covers camouflage a variety of problems with your smile, including teeth that are gapped, chipped, unevenly spaced or sized differently. Treatment of your natural teeth is required before application, so this is a permanent cosmetic option.

Dental implants— A single tooth implant can help close of that cap in your smile and provide a long term solution to your missing tooth/teeth. With implants we have a variety of options to replace multiple or single missing teeth giving you back your smile.

For more information about fixing gaps in your smile with cosmetic dentistry, we invite you to call our Katoomba, NSW dental surgery to book a consult.

Periodontal Treatment

The primary cause of gum disease is the build-up of plaque and calculus. Poor oral hygiene is often the cause when the teeth are not being cleaned as thoroughly or as frequently as they should be. This is one of the reasons it is so crucial to visit your dentist for check-ups and cleans every six months—or more frequently, in some cases. This gives your dentist the opportunity to monitor the health of your teeth and gums.

Your dentist or periodontist will check for changes in the size, shape, appearance and texture of your gums, any of which can indicate the presence of gum disease. Often people who have gum disease do not know they have it. The only way to know for sure if your gums are healthy is by seeing the dentist.

In addition, good home care is also crucial when it comes to the health of your teeth and gums. Many people do not floss regularly, and the truth is that your toothbrush cannot reach the areas between your teeth and below the gumline where plaque can build up. Daily brushing and cleaning between your teeth will help keep your gums and teeth clean and reduce the risk of gum disease.

TMJ and Bruxism

Muscle relaxants are an effective and safe way to treat TMJ disorders. Muscle relaxants are injected into the jaw muscle which numbs the nerve receptors in the muscles that initiate movement and contractions. This treatment will weaken the target muscle while leaving enough strength for normal use; your speaking and chewing function will not be affected.

The treatment will last approximately 4-6 months and will significantly improve the way you feel every day when it comes to the comfort of your jaw and the associated pain relief.

Not finding what you need?
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
In accordance with recent ADA recommendations, we are operating at Level 1 restrictions. We can continue seeing patients for all routine treatments, including checkups and cleans. We will continue to screen patients before seeing our dentists, and any patient that is suspected of having COVID-19 will not be able to be treated. This protocol will be in place until at least the 31st May 2020. If you have any questions, please call us.