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LARA dental has endeavoured to answer the most common questions they receive on this page.  If a question you would like to ask has not been included, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 5282 3201 or email us at we would be very happy to answer any questions you may have.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, when recommended and administered by a dentist, the teeth whitening process is both safe and effective. It’s important that you discuss your expectations and aesthetic goals with a professional dental clinician so that you choose the whitening product that suits you best. It’s also important than any underlying oral health concerns are dealt with before you begin a whitening treatment. In-office teeth whitening is often a good option for those who would like instant results, while take-home whitening offers long-term colour stability.

How often can you get your teeth whitened?

The results of a professional teeth whitening treatment generally last for around a year. For optimal results, we recommend that you come in for touch-up treatments every six months or so. The longevity of your results will depend, however, on the method of treatment you choose to use, as well as your oral hygiene habits. Certain foods and drinks can also lead to discolouration even after a whitening treatment, in which case you may need to come in and see us more regularly. When you come in for a consultation, we will examine your teeth and advise the best course of treatment for your particular needs and lifestyle.

Is teeth whitening safe during pregnancy?

Although there is little evidence to suggest that teeth whitening will cause harm to your unborn baby, we do recommend that you wait until after your pregnancy to have your whitening procedure done. It’s also best to avoid the treatment if you are breastfeeding. The gums tend to be more sensitive than usual during pregnancy, and may be prone to damage or discomfort. In the meantime, you can keep your teeth bright by avoiding highly pigmented foods and drinks that tend to cause stains, and practise good oral hygiene throughout your pregnancy.

Are titanium dental implants safe?

Yes, absolutely. The dental implant procedure is very safe and effective. In fact, the jaw bone actually bonds with the titanium implant in a process known as osseointegration. This means that the implant is anchored firmly to the bone and provides stability and support in the long term. The implant also stimulates the jaw bone, preventing it from dissolving. Dr Charlie Kahwagi has many years of experience in implant placement, and he will ensure that the entire implant process is performed safely. He will customise the treatment to suit your specific needs and restore your oral and overall health.

Can everyone get dental implants?

Most people who are missing one or more teeth are suited to dental implants, although we do recommend that you are in good general health and that you practise good oral hygiene habits if you are considering the procedure. We will perform a thorough assessment to confirm whether or not dental implant surgery is right for you, at which time we will check that you have enough bone structure in your jaw and that your gums are healthy. If you have a chronic health condition, you may not be suited to the treatment, but we will discuss this with you at your consultation.


Do dental implants feel natural?

Yes. Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth. They are a permanent solution to missing teeth and function just as well as your existing teeth once the healing process is complete. Once your dental implant treatment is complete, your oral function will be restored. You will be able to eat and speak properly without any issues or discomfort. In fact, dental implants are very comfortable as they are fused with the jaw bone and won’t slip out of place.

What Is General Dentistry And How Often Should I Get A Check Up?

6 monthly check-ups are recommended in order to maintain good oral hygiene and detect and treat problems as they arise to prevent minor problems from becoming larger ones. The quicker a problem is detected and treated, the more successful the treatment will be and the less likely the problem will require more invasive and more expensive treatment. An oral examination will also help detect other problems such as sleep disorders and bruxism (excessive clenching or grinding).

What Is Cosmetic Treatment?

These days there are a range of options to help your teeth look great. There is little doubt that enhancing your smile can improve a person’s self-confidence and the results of cosmetic dentistry can be remarkable with the right treatment. Stained teeth, dark teeth, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, and even teeth that are missing altogether, can be repaired or replaced. If this is something you have been thinking about, the best thing to do is to arrange a cosmetic consultation to assess the most suitable treatment for you. Following the assessment, a treatment plan will be provided to you outlining the most suitable treatment for your needs.

My teeth feel like they have worn down. What could have caused this?

It is quite common for teeth to wear down over time, particularly as one ages. In fact, the issue becomes more frequent in patients who are in their forties and older. There are a number of reasons that can cause teeth to break down, including clenching or grinding; less regular and efficient brushing and flossing; tooth loss without good functional replacement; and previous placement of extensive and large fillings. If you suspect that your teeth may be worn down, or have noticed a chip or crack, we recommend that you come in and see us so that we can determine the best treatment for your needs.

What Should I Do When I Detect Cavities?

When a cavity is detected, it is crucial that this is treated as soon as possible even if it isn’t bothering you. If left untreated, over time, this cavity is likely to become larger and deeper requiring a larger filling, Root Canal Treatment, a crown or tooth extraction. In many cases, this type of treatment can be avoided.

What is the difference between in-office and at-home whitening treatments?

We offer both in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening treatments. The in-office treatment is best suited to individuals who would like to see instant results, as the process can take as little as 15 minutes to produce results. The take-home treatment, on the other hand, allows you to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, and this option tends to offer the best colour stability in the long term. Custom trays are made to fit your mouth and you’ll be given a kit to take home with you so that you can apply the formula yourself.

What are dental veneers made from?

We offer dental veneers that are made from a very thin, tooth coloured porcelain. This porcelain facing is bonded to the outside surface of the tooth. In some cases, porcelain veneers can also be made from a kind of composite resin that is layered directly onto the tooth. The porcelain material can be matched to the exact shade of your teeth, making veneers a very effective cosmetic treatment that can be used to conceal a range of imperfections, like discolouration, chips, and cracks.

What causes snoring?

Snoring occurs when the muscles of the airway fail to function as they should, causing loud vibrations to resonate whenever air passes through the soft palate at the side of the throat. A number of factors can contribute to snoring. These include having weak throat muscles; a misaligned jaw; alcohol consumption; and being overweight, which leads to an even greater chance for fat to gather in and around the area of the throat. Snoring could also be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnoea, a condition that could lead to a number of serious health concerns.

How Do I Become A New Patient?

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to start now. Many people have avoided dental treatment due to past bad experiences or fear. Be assured that we will treat you with the highest care and respect and ensure your visit is as pleasant as possible to get your dental care back on track.

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