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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.

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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