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.

All-on-4

All-on-4 is a way for your Katoomba dentist to utilise implant dentistry even if you have complete tooth loss.

Many believe that complete tooth loss puts implant dentistry (and all its benefits) out of reach. However, with all-on-4, we can combine the practicality of prosthetics with the oral health and functional benefits of dental implants.

All-on-4 means attaching an entire arch of restoration teeth to the jaw using four dental implant posts. These strong posts act as replacement roots, bonding with bone and promoting optimal function and aesthetics.

With all-on-4, you’ll be able to diversify your diet and not worry about a removable prosthetic that can move or shift when you speak or laugh.

It all starts with a visit to our implant dentist. At this visit, we can determine whether all-on-4 will work to restore your smile or if any pretreatments are in order. We also encourage your questions as we discuss your new smile. And we’ll let you know about the cost before arranging your implant surgery.

For All-on-4 Dental Implants in Katoomba, We Encourage You to Contact Us

We are always happy to help our patients reclaim their smiles and oral health through tooth replacement. So if you’re ready to arrange your consultation in our dental clinic, we are happy to get you started today. And check out our specials page for exclusive dental savings. 

When you think of dental implants in Katoomba, you probably imagine a single tooth replacement, but we offer additional options in our dental clinic.

These options make implant dentistry accessible to patients with every level of tooth loss.

Single Dental Implants

Single dental implants are just what you might expect: a tooth root replacement surgically inserted into the gum. This new root is made of solid titanium, and it integrates into the bone. Then, we top your implant with a replacement tooth when the integration process finishes.

Implant-Supported Dentures

This option works for complete tooth loss, and the process is similar to single implant placement. We rely on four to six implants with implant-supported dentures to secure your prosthetic. As a result, you’ll never again have to worry about relines or a loosening denture.

All-on-4

All-on-4 is ideal for patients who do not want to wear dentures. This is a lower-profile arch of replacement teeth secured with four dental implants.

Is Implant Dentistry Right for You?

We encourage you to book a consultation with our implant dentist to determine whether implant dentistry is a smart choice for your tooth loss. In some cases, pretreatments may be in order to make you a better candidate.

For Dental Implants in Katoomba, We Encourage Your Call

We invite you to reach out today to learn more about implant dentistry and how it can work for you.

Implant-Supported Dentures

The team at Katoomba Dental Centre know how frustrating tooth loss can be. It can change your diet, speech and even influence your oral health. Tooth loss can also make smiling and laughing emotionally tricky.

Many patients with complete tooth loss turn to removable dentures as a practical tooth replacement option.

Of course, removable dentures are a good solution for tooth loss, but there are drawbacks, including slippage, rocking, and the eventual need for adhesives and in-clinic or laboratory relines.

The good news is that your dentist in Katoomba can combine dentures with dental implant technology to create a stable prosthetic that restores function whilst eliminating denture drawbacks.

For implant-supported dentures, we typically rely on four to six implants to secure your denture to your jaw. This is a straightforward undertaking performed under anesthesia. However, if you’re feeling particularly nervous, ask our implant dentist about sedation dentistry options and how they can help you feel more at ease.

Would You Like More Information about Implant-Supported Dentures in Katoomba?

We offer various dental implant options, including all-on-4, implant-retained dentures, implant-supported bridges and single implants. If you would like to learn more about tooth replacement, or if you’re ready for a consultation with the dentist, we welcome your call.

And check out our specials page to learn how you can save money on dentistry.

When you think of dental implants in Katoomba, you probably imagine a single tooth replacement, but we offer additional options in our dental clinic.

These options make implant dentistry accessible to patients with every level of tooth loss.

Single Dental Implants

Single dental implants are just what you might expect: a tooth root replacement surgically inserted into the gum. This new root is made of solid titanium, and it integrates into the bone. Then, we top your implant with a replacement tooth when the integration process finishes.

Implant-Supported Dentures

This option works for complete tooth loss, and the process is similar to single implant placement. We rely on four to six implants with implant-supported dentures to secure your prosthetic. As a result, you’ll never again have to worry about relines or a loosening denture.

All-on-4

All-on-4 is ideal for patients who do not want to wear dentures. This is a lower-profile arch of replacement teeth secured with four dental implants.

Is Implant Dentistry Right for You?

We encourage you to book a consultation with our implant dentist to determine whether implant dentistry is a smart choice for your tooth loss. In some cases, pretreatments may be in order to make you a better candidate.

For Dental Implants in Katoomba, We Encourage Your Call

We invite you to reach out today to learn more about implant dentistry and how it can work for you.

Sedation Dentistry

Your Katoomba dentists want nothing to stand in the way of your dental care and healthy smile. This is one of the top reasons we offer sedation dentistry. As a bonus, we also provide a virtually painless anesthesia delivery.

Patients opt for sedation for a variety of reasons:

  • Fear and anxiety about dental work
  • Multiple treatments during a single visit
  • A strong gag reflex

We encourage you to talk to us about your sedation needs, no matter your reasons.

Three Levels of Dental Sedation in Katoomba

Our sedation starts with nitrous oxide, a safe relaxant delivered in gas form through a nasal mask. This medication produces feelings of detachment and ease. Sometimes it is called laughing gas. There are no lingering effects with this option, and you can drive yourself home.

We also offer oral sedation, which is a pill taken before treatment. Some patients who choose oral sedation do not remember portions of their treatment. With this option, you’ll need transportation.

IV Sedation is delivered intravenously and may be a bit more potent than oral sedation. Unfortunately, this option also means you’ll need transport home from our dental clinic.

Ready to Learn More about Sedation Dentistry?

We urge you to reach out to a team member today for more information or to arrange a sedation consultation.

Single Dental Implants

When you think of dental implants in Katoomba, you probably imagine a single tooth replacement, but we offer additional options in our dental clinic.

These options make implant dentistry accessible to patients with every level of tooth loss.

Single Dental Implants

Single dental implants are just what you might expect: a tooth root replacement surgically inserted into the gum. This new root is made of solid titanium, and it integrates into the bone. Then, we top your implant with a replacement tooth when the integration process finishes.

Implant-Supported Dentures

This option works for complete tooth loss, and the process is similar to single implant placement. We rely on four to six implants with implant-supported dentures to secure your prosthetic. As a result, you’ll never again have to worry about relines or a loosening denture.

All-on-4

All-on-4 is ideal for patients who do not want to wear dentures. This is a lower-profile arch of replacement teeth secured with four dental implants.

Is Implant Dentistry Right for You?

We encourage you to book a consultation with our implant dentist to determine whether implant dentistry is a smart choice for your tooth loss. In some cases, pretreatments may be in order to make you a better candidate.

For Dental Implants in Katoomba, We Encourage Your Call

We invite you to reach out today to learn more about implant dentistry and how it can work for you.

Dental Implants

When you think of dental implants in Katoomba, you probably imagine a single tooth replacement, but we offer additional options in our dental clinic.

These options make implant dentistry accessible to patients with every level of tooth loss.

Single Dental Implants

Single dental implants are just what you might expect: a tooth root replacement surgically inserted into the gum. This new root is made of solid titanium, and it integrates into the bone. Then, we top your implant with a replacement tooth when the integration process finishes.

Implant-Supported Dentures

This option works for complete tooth loss, and the process is similar to single implant placement. We rely on four to six implants with implant-supported dentures to secure your prosthetic. As a result, you’ll never again have to worry about relines or a loosening denture.

All-on-4

All-on-4 is ideal for patients who do not want to wear dentures. This is a lower-profile arch of replacement teeth secured with four dental implants.

Is Implant Dentistry Right for You?

We encourage you to book a consultation with our implant dentist to determine whether implant dentistry is a smart choice for your tooth loss. In some cases, pretreatments may be in order to make you a better candidate.

For Dental Implants in Katoomba, We Encourage Your Call

We invite you to reach out today to learn more about implant dentistry and how it can work for you.

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.

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.

Teeth whitening may be an excellent way to enhance your smile quickly. It is non-invasive and can be completed safely under the directions of your Katoomba dentist.

However, if you purchase a kit online, we can’t guarantee that the ingredients are safe for your teeth and gums. Some components can be harsh and abrasive. As a result, you can end up with tooth sensitivity or uneven and disappointing results.

Our dental office offers two options—in-chair teeth whitening with Zoom! and a special take-home kit customised to fit your teeth.

The in-chair option typically means faster results and is ideal if you have an event soon.

Our take-home option allows you to whiten your smile at your convenience. You can also touch up your teeth periodically, provided you follow the instructions given by our dental team.

We first bring you into our dental clinic for a consultation—especially if you are a new patient—to make sure whitening is safe for your smile. Then, your dentist will talk to you about what to expect following treatment.

Are You Considering Professional Teeth Whitening in Katoomba?

Teeth whitening can be used alone or as part of a smile makeover. We anticipate your call if you want to learn more or are ready to arrange a consultation.

Dental veneers in Katoomba are thin but strong strips of porcelain secured to the fronts of teeth.

The process involves removing a bit of tooth enamel for a flushed and natural-looking finish. Because of this enamel removal, we consider veneers permanent, meaning if you damage a veneer, it should be replaced to protect your tooth.

Dental veneers are a patient favourite because they can conceal many types of tooth flaws, including:

  • Gummy smiles
  • Slightly misaligned teeth
  • Discolouration
  • Tooth gaps or uneven spacing
  • Worn-down teeth

With dental veneers, you can choose one veneer or many, depending on your specific smile goals.

Veneer care is simple because they brush and floss them along with your natural teeth. However, it’s also essential to visit your Katoomba dentist regularly for dental check-ups and professional teeth cleans.

Your veneers may last for many years with proper care and healthy habits. Your dentist will provide specific tips and advice based on your unique case.

For Dental Veneers in Katoomba, We Welcome Your Call

Dental veneers can work alone or as part of a smile makeover. If you’re ready to arrange a consultation or have questions for our friendly team, we encourage you to contact our dental clinic today.

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.

Extractions

Your wisdom teeth typically erupt during the late teens or early twenties. They are located at the back of the mouth (four teeth or less) and serve no useful purpose. So, if these teeth cause problems, it is usually better to consider wisdom tooth extraction in Katoomba.

In many cases, wisdom teeth only partially erupt, leaving the gum open to bacteria and infection. Sometimes these teeth don’t have room on the jaw to come through, so they push and encroach on adjacent teeth, which can be painful.

Your Katoomba dentist can talk to you about extraction if you have problematic wisdom teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction can be straightforward or surgical, depending on complexity. But in either case, your dentist will ensure the area is numb before starting work. We can also talk to you about sedation dentistry options for ultimate relaxation.

After extraction, we provide aftercare instructions to promote faster healing and easy recovery.   

Do You Have Troublesome or Painful Wisdom Teeth?

If you notice pain or partially erupted teeth at the end of the gum—upper or lower—we encourage you to contact your Katoomba dentist for an evaluation. We rely on image-guided technology and a gentle touch to provide a more straightforward treatment for you.

Tooth extraction is a relatively standard dental procedure, and your Katoomba dentist recommends it for various reasons.

If a tooth is fractured and damaged below the gumline, the dentist may recommend extraction if we cannot save it with a dental crown. However, in this case, we can talk to you about replacing the tooth to restore your smile and prevent tooth migration.

For patients seeking dentures, extraction is sometimes part of it, especially if some teeth remain and are not healthy enough to support a partial denture.

We may also recommend extractions before orthodontics if the jaw is not large enough to accommodate a full mouth of aligned teeth.

Additionally, our dentists provide wisdom teeth extractions in Katoomba. Wisdom teeth should erupt several years after your final adult teeth. But sometimes, one or more of these teeth don’t have room to come in correctly. They push on adjacent teeth and only partially come through the gum. This can be painful and even leave you vulnerable to oral infection.

Fortunately, you don’t need these teeth, and your dentist can plan for their extraction if necessary.

Gentle Tooth Extractions in Katoomba

We encourage your call if you would like more information about tooth extraction or other treatments we provide at Katoomba Dental Centre.

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

Regular dental check-ups and teeth cleans with your Katoomba dentist are crucial to your long-term oral health.

Some conditions like emerging cavities and gingivitis do not always have symptoms. So, your regular check-up at the dental clinic can uncover these issues before they cost you time in the dental chair or lead to tooth loss.

At Katoomba Dental Centre, we customise your preventive check-up and teeth clean schedule based on your oral health profile. For example, if you are prone to cavities or are diagnosed with an oral health condition, we may recommend additional dental visits throughout the year.

However, most patients visit us yearly or every six months.

At these check-ups, your dentist examines your teeth and gums, takes x-rays when needed, provides an oral cancer screening, and shares any findings with you. Your teeth clean lowers your risks for preventable problems like cavities and gum disease.

It’s important to remember that some dental conditions don’t present with symptoms, and it is always better to treat an emerging issue than a problem that could cost you a tooth or require extensive care.

Is It Time for You to Visit Your Katoomba Dentist?

If it’s time for your next check-up and teeth clean, or if you have not been to the dentist in a while, we welcome your call. And don’t forget to ask about any current specials!

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.

Dental fillings are part of cavity treatment. If you have a cavity, it means an area of decay on your tooth that needs intervention from your Katoomba dentist.

Dentists relied exclusively on silver amalgam fillings to treat tooth decay in the past. Today, we can use a tooth-coloured option to not take away from the appearance of your smile.

A tooth-coloured filling is made of white composite resin. We apply this resin in layers after treating the tooth decay. The resin hardens to restore function and aesthetics to your tooth.

The advantages of tooth-coloured fillings are that they are virtually undetectable when you smile. They also do not contain mercury, which many patients prefer.

Of course, no fillings at all are best! To lower your risks for tooth decay, be sure to adopt and implement an excellent oral care routine at home. And visit your dentist in Katoomba on schedule for check-ups and teeth cleans. Additionally, if you notice any issues between dental visits, we encourage you to contact our helpful team.

For Tooth-Coloured Fillings in Katoomba, We Welcome Your Call

Tooth-coloured fillings are a modern and aesthetically pleasing way to treat tooth decay. If you suspect a cavity or would like to arrange a check-up with one of our dentists, we are here for you.

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.

Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, is a serious oral health condition that requires ongoing treatment.

Typically, periodontal disease starts as gingivitis, which is reversible. But if gingivitis is not treated and advances to periodontitis, the condition is much harder to control and becomes only treatable.

However, treatment is crucial because periodontal disease has been linked to tooth loss, heart complications, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, premature birth, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.

Fortunately, your Katoomba dentist offers periodontal prevention and treatment.

Prevention is about brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist on time for check-ups and teeth cleans.

Treatment is about specialised cleanings to control the disease. In some cases, this means planing and scaling to remove infection and inflammation from below the gums. This helps your gums better adhere to your teeth.

Your dentist may also recommend additional brushing and flossing sessions at home, along with lifestyle changes such as giving up tobacco in all forms.

Signs of gingivitis and gum disease may include:

  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing and flossing
  • Loose or elongated-appearing teeth
  • Bad breath that does not improve with brushing
  • Toothaches and gum redness or swelling

For Periodontal Treatment in Katoomba, We Are Here for You

We are a judgement-free dental clinic with the singular goal of helping you enjoy a healthier smile. We encourage your call.

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.

Root Canal Therapy

There are many untrue rumours surrounding root canal therapy. However, the good news is that a root canal treatment in Katoomba relieves tooth pain and restores oral health.

If you need a root canal, you have an infection deep in the canal of your tooth. Most of the time, the root infection is very painful. You may notice:

  • Tooth pain
  • Jaw swelling
  • Gum blister

If you’re fortunate, your dentist can diagnose the infection in the early stages during a routine check-up—treating it before it causes severe discomfort.

A root infection may result from untreated decay or tooth trauma.

The root canal therapy finds your Katoomba dentist numbing the treatment area, gently extracting the infected pulp, and sealing your tooth with a temporary filling. At a future appointment, we cap your tooth with a dental crown to restore function and prevent a future fracture.  

You can lower your risks for oral infections by visiting your dentist regularly and brushing and flossing daily. And if you’ve experienced trauma to your tooth, we recommend talking to one of our dental team members for advice.

Do You Have a Dental Emergency in Katoomba?

A root infection can mean a dental emergency due to tooth pain and discomfort. If you have a toothache or suspect a root infection, we encourage you to contact our dental clinic.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening may be an excellent way to enhance your smile quickly. It is non-invasive and can be completed safely under the directions of your Katoomba dentist.

However, if you purchase a kit online, we can’t guarantee that the ingredients are safe for your teeth and gums. Some components can be harsh and abrasive. As a result, you can end up with tooth sensitivity or uneven and disappointing results.

Our dental office offers two options—in-chair teeth whitening with Zoom! and a special take-home kit customised to fit your teeth.

The in-chair option typically means faster results and is ideal if you have an event soon.

Our take-home option allows you to whiten your smile at your convenience. You can also touch up your teeth periodically, provided you follow the instructions given by our dental team.

We first bring you into our dental clinic for a consultation—especially if you are a new patient—to make sure whitening is safe for your smile. Then, your dentist will talk to you about what to expect following treatment.

Are You Considering Professional Teeth Whitening in Katoomba?

Teeth whitening can be used alone or as part of a smile makeover. We anticipate your call if you want to learn more or are ready to arrange a consultation.

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?
Currently during the Covid Pandemic we are continuing to see patients for all treatment under the recommendations from ADA NSW. Both vaccinated and non vaccinated are welcome to our practice for treatment, however, we provide a strict pre-screening process that applies to all patients. Any patient that is dispaying unusual symptoms related to COVID-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19 will not be able to be treated. If you have any questions, please call us. 
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