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02 9712 3311 or email us at
info@innerwestdental.com.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: ARE YOUR 2 LOCATIONS THE SAME OR DIFFERENT?

Q:2 BRACES - TELL ME MORE

Q3: CROWNS - TELL ME MORE

Q4: DENTAL IMPLANTS - TELL ME MORE

Q5: GUM DISEASE  - TELL ME MORE

Q6: HYGIENIST  - TELL ME MORE

Q7: INVISALIGN™  - TELL ME MORE

Q8: PEDIATRIC DENTIST  - TELL ME MORE

Q9: PERIODONTAL DISEASE  - TELL ME MORE

Q10: PAIN FREE  - TELL ME MORE

Q11: ROOT CANAL  - TELL ME MORE

Q12: TECHNOLOGY  - TELL ME MORE

Q13: VENEERS  - TELL ME MORE

Q14: WHITENING  - TELL ME MORE

Q15: WISDOM TEETH  - TELL ME MORE



Q1: ARE YOUR 2 LOCATIONS THE SAME OR DIFFERENT?

“We have two locations to make it easier for our patients to get to us, each one strategically located either side of the CBD. Both practices have state-of-the-art technology and highly experienced dentists to perform all of our services. Although the doctors spend most of their time at the one practice, Dr Anthony Mak and Dr Adrian Mazzaferro do work from both. Our pediatric dentist, Dr Caroline Chung, is based mostly at Five Dock and our hygienist is based at Woollahra.”

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Q2: BRACES - TELL ME MORE

“Braces are the most effective and accurate way of moving and straightening teeth. We use the DAMON™ system of high technology wires and braces because not are they correct the teeth in a lot less time than other systems and are also more comfortable for our patients.”

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Q3: CROWNS - TELL ME MORE

“A crown is an artificial cover over the surface of the tooth and we recommend it when the tooth has suffered a lot of damage or has a lot of fillings. Crowns are also made for cosmetic reasons or to correct a bite. We custom-make each crown to restore the tooth to its original shape. Our laboratory uses world-leading technology from Germany and materials from Europe to make each crown and they use engineering design software, computer manufacturing and laser scanning.” 

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Q4: DENTAL IMPLANTS - TELL ME MORE

“Dental implants are a long-term solution to losing your teeth and they have been around for about 40 years. Today, there are more than a million people who have had implants fitted. You can replace a single tooth or several. We shape and style them to look like the original teeth meaning that you keep your confident smile. We place a small titanium screw in the gum and this bonds to the bone and is an anchor point for the replacement tooth.” 
“There are numerous benefits of dental implants over traditional dentures. You don’t experience discomfort or gum pain, you don’t take them out like you do with dentures and you are not limited to what foods you can eat. Sometimes, when you lose a tooth you can get shrinkage of the jawbone. A traditional denture or bridge can’t stop this from happening but a dental implant can.”

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Q5: GUM DISEASE  - TELL ME MORE

“The most common form of gum disease that we see in patients is Gingivitis which is caused by a build-up of plaque. The best way to prevent it is to brush and floss daily. Bacteria in the plaque irritate the gums and cause oral infection and when it is left unchecked Gingivitis can lead to Periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more destructive type of disease which affects the gums and the bone supporting the tooth. It results in loose teeth and even tooth loss.” 
“Because there is little discomfort, gum disease is often ignored until it is too late. The signs to look out for are swollen and sore gums, a bad taste in the mouth, bleeding while brushing or flossing, loose teeth and chronic bad breath.”

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Q6: HYGIENIST  - TELL ME MORE

“My team includes a hygienist who is specially trained to perform preventative treatment and maintenance for patients’ teeth, gums and mouth. This is how we help to prevent tooth wear or disease and it is done on a case by case basis. She works out an individual oral health plan in collaboration with the dentist and advises on what the patient can do at home to maintain their hygiene. Our hygienist is also responsible for removing calculus deposits and stains from teeth and applying decay-preventing agents to the mouth.”

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Q7: INVISALIGN™  - TELL ME MORE

“Invisalign is an alternative to braces that helps to straighten teeth using removable plastic aligners. The aligners are clear and they are changed throughout the straightening process. The whole process is mapped using 3D software so that we can see the progress. We start with a free consultation to explain to our patient what the process will be.”

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Q8: PEDIATRIC DENTIST  - TELL ME MORE

“A pediatric dentist is a highly specialised person who has gone on to do extra years of study beyond the dental degree and they are focused on the oral needs of children. We know that going to the dentist can be upsetting for some children so we have a pediatric dentist on our team who is there to make the young ones - preschool  and primary age - feel comfortable and relaxed. Dr Caroline Chung has studied the behavioral aspects of children and knows how to communicate to them. She also focuses on educating children to have a good at-home dental routine to give them the best start in life. She is more than happy to talk to you before you bring your child for the first time to make sure the visit will be a success.”

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Q9: PERIODONTAL DISEASE  - TELL ME MORE

“If you have persistent bad breath, your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, the gums are red and swollen or you have loose teeth then you might be experiencing Periodontal gum disease which is serious because it can infect not just the gum but also the bones and ligaments that hold the teeth in the jaw. It is usually painless which is why so many Australians have it and don’t even know. The best thing to do is let us do an oral check of your mouth and put your mind at rest.”

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Q10: PAIN FREE  - TELL ME MORE

“Whether you are a child or an adult it is quite natural to feel nervous about going to a dentist which is why we place so much emphasis on your comfort and peace of mind. From the warm, friendly greeting by our receptionist to the gentle, caring manner of your dentist, to the special pain-free technology, to having a pediatric dentist on our team with expertise in working with children, to a dentist trained in relaxation techniques for adults. Our goal for you is a sense of relaxed confidence in which you know that you are being cared for by a highly skilled dentist who has real empathy for you and is listening to you.”

“We offer a range of solutions to make your visit as comfortable and relaxing as possible. They include a revolutionary new computerised anaesthesia injection system called The Wand which senses the density of your gum tissue and calculates how to deliver the fluid at a constant pressure and volume for a comfortable injection. We have a relative analgesia or happy gas as it is more commonly known. This is a harmless gas which is mixed with oxygen and can be used to help you relax before receiving dental work. Some of our patients use it during procedures such as scaling and cleaning instead of an anaesthetic. Intravenous sedation is very effective and is administered by a highly experienced and caring anaesthetist who places a needle into your arm. The sedative puts you into a semi-conscious or semi-sleep state. As well as these we have Dr Rachel who specialises in natural relaxation techniques.”

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Q11: ROOT CANAL  - TELL ME MORE

“Root canal treatment is recommended when a tooth has deep decay and bacteria has reached the nerve, or pulp, the soft tissue area. The infection can spread beyond the tooth to the surrounding bone and cause an abscess. Root canal is a three step process and is rarely painful because every step is taken along the way to numb the area. We remove the infected or damaged tissue, clean and re-shape the canal area, and then fill the canal to prevent any further infection. Sedative dressings and temporary fillings are used to destroy bacteria and help the tooth to settle down.”

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Q12: TECHNOLOGY  - TELL ME MORE

“My practice has world-leading technology to provide dental care excellence in a relaxed pain free environment. Our crown and veneers are designed and crafted at a laboratory in Australia - and not made overseas in places like China. Our lab’ uses a complex German system which involves 3D computer aided design, an automatic 5-axis milling station and digital scanners to check the dental model. All of the materials come from Germany and Europe. We have a soft tissue laser called an EzLase, made by WaterLase, a Leica dental microscope, digital x-rays from Duerr in Germany and our dental unit is from Kavo and Sirona. These are all world leading technology companies. We have comfortable automatic chairs and a computer controlled handheld device that takes away the discomfort of administering anaesthetic, which the children really like. “

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Q13: VENEERS  - TELL ME MORE

“There are composite resin veneers and porcelain veneers. They are a thin layer of material placed over the surface of the teeth to protect the teeth from damage or to improve a patient’s smile by filling an unsightly gap, covering discoloured teeth or making teeth look straighter. Veneers are very life-like in that the translucency of the material mimics the look of tooth enamel. They are a more conservative treatment to having a Crown.”
“Composite resin veneers are created, shaped and bonded in one session and whilst they look goof they don’t have the same lustre or shine of porcelain. Porcelain veneers take one or two visits because we have to prepare the teeth and take an impression - which is what our lab’ technicians use to create the veneer - then two to three weeks later we fit them on.”

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Q14: WHITENING  - TELL ME MORE

“Whitening - or bleaching - of teeth has been around for quite some time. The results are outstanding and it has no effect on tooth enamel or structure. We generally find that the whiteness improves one to shades immediately and over the next few weeks with repeated procedures it continues to whiten even more. You can expect the whitening to last anywhere between one to two years, although this does vary based on the original condition of the teeth, at-home oral care habits, smoking and diet.”

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Q15: WISDOM TEETH  - TELL ME MORE

“Problems with wisdom teeth or third molars are most commonly experienced when people are in their teens or Twenties. The usual scenario is where the teeth start pushing through the gums and cause a number of rather painful outcomes - from damaging teeth in front of them to bone infection, gum infection, cysts, and headaches to ear aches. We use sophisticated digital x-ray equipment to examine the teeth and work out the best possible solution for the patient.”

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