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Our Most Asked Questions About Gum Contouring

Our Most Asked Questions About Gum Contouring

In the last five or so years, make up artists, celebrities and social media have pointed out the apparent importance of contouring your face to define your features. But what does “contouring” have to do with smiles?

Gum contouring is a popular and effective way to transform the appearance of your smile by making minimal changes to the shape of your gums and teeth.

Some people may have a “gummy smile” that they are self-conscious about, which is where gum contouring can come to the rescue.

We’ve pulled together some of the most frequently asked questions we get about gum contouring to help you understand the procedure before you come in for a consultation.

 

What is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring is a simple cosmetic procedure that involves removing excess gum tissue to shape the gums in a more aesthetically pleasing way, generally to improve a “gummy smile”.

At Pitt Street Dental Centre, we use state-of-the-art technology to laser away the extra tissue, leaving you with a balanced smile you love.

 

Is it a Cosmetic Procedure or a Medical Procedure?

Gum contouring is primarily a cosmetic procedure, using lasers to quickly and conveniently remove excess gum tissue without the need for incisions or sutures.

 

Am I a Candidate for Gum Contouring?

If you have excess gum tissue, giving the appearance of a gummy smile, you are likely a good candidate for gum contouring. However, at Pitt Street Dental Centre, we require each patient to attend a consultation prior to undergoing any procedure.

During the consultation, we can discuss your suitability as a gum contouring patient and address any areas of concern you may have around the procedure.

 

What is the Procedure like?

Once you have had your consultation and booked in for another visit, your gum contouring procedure is done in one appointment and is quick, efficient and relatively pain-free.

Local anaesthetic is administered to the gums, then your Pitt Street Dental cosmetic dentist will use a purpose-built laser light to reshape the gums and remove extra tissue using thermal energy. Cool, huh?

Pain Levels

Thanks to the improvements in technology, gum contouring does not require incisions or sutures to close the wound, leaving each patient with minimal pain, discomfort and swelling once the anaesthetic has worn off.

Recovery

Recovery from the procedure may take up to two weeks. During this time, your dentist will provide you with aftercare support to guide you through the recovery process and ensure you recover sooner.

As your gums will be sensitive after the procedure, we recommend you avoid any irritating foods, like spicy meals, cold items like ice-cream or cold drinks, and boiling hot food.

To keep up your dental hygiene and improve the healing process, we also recommend salt water rinses, regular brushing and gentle flossing during your recovery.

 

Does Gum Contouring Carry Risks?

Any dental procedure can carry risks, so it is important to discuss your situation with your dentist during the consultation phase.

While our team at Pitt Street Dental Centre will do everything we can to minimise risk, patients may experience an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic, an infection post-procedure or they may find that the gum tissue relapses or regrows after they have had gum contouring.

If you experience any issues with your gums or teeth post-procedure, it is important you contact Pitt Street Dental Centre immediately.

 

Are Gum Contouring and Gum Shaping Different?

The terms ‘gum contouring’ and ‘gum shaping’ are used interchangeably by our team at Pitt Street Dental Centre, as a gum contouring procedure is used to shape the excessive gum tissue around each tooth.

 

Choose Pitt Street Dental for your Gum Contouring

Gum contouring is a great way to restore your self-confidence and reduce the appearance of your ‘gummy smile’ with a simple procedure.

At Pitt Street Dental Centre, we are passionate about giving patients the smile they always dreamed of, all while upholding our commitment to professional and friendly care.

If you’re interested in gum contouring or you would like to come in for a consultation, contact our team at Pitt Street Dental Centre today for more information.

Orthodontic Braces 101: All You Need to Know

Orthodontic Braces 101: All You Need to Know

Orthodontic issues can be more than just an aesthetic issue – many orthodontic problems require attention to improve the functionality of the teeth and jaw.

Whether you are a child, a teen or an adult, orthodontic braces are an effective way to align teeth and achieve the straight smile you always dreamt of, all while helping you to chew, speak and go about life as you should.

Orthodontic braces are a big investment for any person, so it important to get the low-down on what braces are, the different types that are available and what you can expect as a patient.

 

What Type of Braces Exist?

Fun Fact: there are actually a number of types of braces that can be used to align teeth into a desired position.

The main types are metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces and Invisalign, which is an alternative to braces

 

Metal Braces

These braces are the type that most people would be familiar with. Metal brackets are bonded to the front of your teeth using dental cement, connecting each bracket together with wire and elastic bands.

 

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are similar in design to metal braces, as the ceramic is bonded to the front of the tooth in the same way metal braces are. The main difference is that ceramic braces can be tinted to match the colour of your teeth, making them a little less noticeable than metal braces.

 

Lingual Braces

These braces are the same as metal braces, except they are installed onto the back of the teeth instead of the front. This makes lingual braces practically invisible to others, which makes it an ideal option for those who are incredibly self-conscious about their appearance. However, lingual braces may be more uncomfortable for the wearer.

 

Invisalign

For patients with minor orthodontic issues, Invisalign may be a great alternative to metal, ceramic or lingual braces. Invisalign uses a set of custom plastic trays – referred to as aligners – to slowly move your teeth and jaw into the desired position.

This option is gaining more and more momentum as an orthodontic treatment, as the aligners are not highly visible.

You can read more about Pitt Street Dental’s Invisalign treatments here.

 

How Do Orthodontic Braces Work?

Orthodontic braces work through the application of pressure to the teeth, which slowly moves teeth into position over time.

The brackets, which are bonded to the front of the teeth, are connected to elastic bands and wires. At each check-up, your dentist will add slight tension to the wires, which is transferred through the elastic band to the teeth.

Throughout the duration that the braces are applied, it is important for you to keep up with regular check-ups, as your dentist will amend your braces as required to ensure you achieve the right alignment for your teeth and mouth.

 

 

The Difference Between ‘Aligners’ And Braces

Aligners are a relatively new orthodontic treatment, with many dental clinics now advertising brands of ‘invisible’ braces, such as Invisalign. At Pitt Street Dental Centre, we use and love Invisalign braces as a treatment option for some of our patients.

Invisalign is a modern alternative to braces, using more subtle clear aligners to move the teeth over time.

Some of the main differences between aligners and traditional orthodontic braces include appearance, severity of treatment, flexibility to suit your lifestyle and orthodontic visits required.

 

Appearance

Invisalign’s almost invisible nature is a drawcard for both teens and adults, as it means they can align their teeth without impacting their appearance, particularly when compared to the more visible appearance of traditional metal and ceramic braces.

 

Severity of Treatment

While aligners can be used to treat a variety of orthodontic problems, they are better suited to more simple cases such as crowded teeth, crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, open bites and gapped teeth.

Orthodontic braces are an effective treatment for both simple and severe problems, including malocclusions, extremely crooked teeth and crossbites.

 

Flexibility to Suit Your Lifestyle

Invisalign must be removed before a patient eats, which provides the flexibility to consume food and drink as required. Teeth need to be cleaned after each meal before Invisalign trays are reapplied to the teeth. It is recommended that Invisalign trays are worn for at least 22 hours per day for the best treatment.

In comparison, traditional braces are not removable and may hinder a patient’s ability to consume certain foods and drinks, particularly sticky or hard foods that could cause damage to braces.

 

Orthodontic Visits Required

Patients who opt for Invisalign receive all their trays at the beginning of their treatment so that they can change trays every two weeks at home, without needing to visit their dentist. However, regular visits should be scheduled every four to six weeks to ensure your teeth are moving as required.

Patients with orthodontic braces need to visit their orthodontist for an adjustment every four weeks.

 

How Long Do Braces Take?

The length of treatment time with orthodontic braces can differ depending on the extent of your orthodontic issues.

On average, patients need to wear the orthodontic braces for 24 hours a day, seven days a week for around two years. Regular appointments with your orthodontist ensure that any issues with your braces can be promptly attended to and adjustments can be made as necessary.

 

Orthodontic Braces at Pitt Street Dental

Don’t put off your orthodontic treatment any longer – our team at Pitt Street Dental Centre are committed to helping you achieve a straight, aligned smile with orthodontic braces.

At Pitt Street Dental, our team is made up of highly experienced and qualified dentists with a passion for transforming your smile and self-confidence.

If you want to know more about orthodontic braces or you are ready to get started on the path to an aligned smile, contact the team at Pitt Street Dental Centre today to book a consultation.

Pitt Street Dental Centre’s Response To COVID-19

Pitt Street Dental Centre’s Response To COVID-19

Our commitment to your health and safety at Pitt Street Dental Centre.

As a Pitt Street Dental Centre patient, you will already know that your health and safety is our highest priority and at all times, we ensure the most hygienic practices are observed with every client, treatment room and staff member, priding ourselves on delivering the highest quality treatments in a safe clinical environment.

We have extended our everyday practices in regard to health and hygiene beyond Department of Health requirements to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Extra measures include:

  • Disposable chair covers for every treatment.
  • Medical grade disinfectant to clean treatment rooms, machinery and all surfaces within the practice.
  • Spraying anti-bacterial spray on all surfaces.
  • Hand sanitiser/soap and water facilities to be used by every client.
  • Peroxide/chlorhexidine mouthwash to be used by every patient before treatment to reduce or eliminate aerosol contamination.
  • Rotating staff roster & limiting the number of people in the practice at any one time.

Pitt Street Dental Centre is an accredited practice, meeting all Australian and International Standards in relation to infection control and best practice. Pitt Street Dental Centre follows all Universal Infection Control Precautions to protect staff and patients from being infected by any type of virus, including COVID-19, HIV, Hepatitis, Influenza, Rhinoviruses and more.

We respectfully ask…

If you have a scheduled appointment with Pitt Street Dental Centre, please DO NOT arrive at the practice early for your appointment. Please be on time so we can manage social distancing in our lounge and reception area. We are only allowing those who are due for their appointment to be in the practice.

When you arrive at the practice, we will ask that you please use the hand sanitiser available at the front door before entering and again at the reception. Your temperature will also be taken upon arrival.

Before entering a treatment room, we will also require you to wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap and water as well as being asked to rinse your mouth before we start our treatment. 

And you will be seated on full-length disposable plastic chair covers. 

For Australian Government updates and more information visit health.gov.au.

We look forward to welcoming you to your Sydney Dentist soon. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Top Tips On How To Improve Your Oral Hygiene

Keeping on top of your oral hygiene not only makes your mouth feel clean; it also has a range of benefits, such as preventing tooth decay and gum disease, removing bacteria that can cause bad breath and keeping those pearly whites looking their best.

At Pitt Street Dental, it is our mission to ensure you have a great smile, and part of that is keeping you, our clients, educated on the best ways to improve the health of your teeth and your mouth overall. 

As professional dental practitioners with 25 years of experience, our Sydney dentists have pulled together some simple, yet highly effective tips to improve your oral hygiene and keep your teeth looking fresh.

 

1. Brush at Least Twice a Day

One of the most important tips we have might seem like obvious advice to some, but for those who didn’t listen to their parents or their previous dentist, you should make sure you brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice daily.

Brushing your teeth with the correct technique in the morning and night will help to remove any plaque build up from your teeth and gums and banish any bacteria or leftover foot particles in your mouth.

You should spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth to ensure all areas are cleaned, which includes cleaning the;

  • Gum line
  • Inside of your teeth
  • Outside of your teeth
  • Biting surface of each tooth

 

And if your toothbrush if looking a little worse for wear, invest in a new toothbrush – as long as you are using the correct technique, you can use either an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush to clean your teeth and mouth.

 

2. Floss Regularly

Many clients admit to not flossing as regularly as they should, but there is a reason that dentists recommend it to improve your oral hygiene.

Flossing allows you to clean in the tight spaces in between your teeth, often where your toothbrush cannot reach. By removing food particles and plaque build up between your teeth while it is soft, you can reduce the likelihood of the plaque hardening and leading to tooth decay down the track.

 

3. Limit Sugary & Acidic Drinks

Limiting soft drinks, energy drinks, sugary juices and acidic “diet” drinks will not only help your oral hygiene; it will also have benefits to the rest of your body.

Sugary and acidic drinks consumed during the day can cause damage to your teeth over time. The high sugar content of many drinks and foods can increase your mouth acidity, as sugar is converted into acid in the mouth. This highly acidic environment wears down the tooth enamel, leading to teeth discolouration and cavities in your teeth.

 

4. Get Regular Check-ups From Your Sydney Dentist

When you have a team of dentists who are as invested in customer satisfaction as we are at Pitt Street Dental Centre, booking an appointment for a check-up won’t be such a hassle.

At Pitt Street Dental Centre, we encourage all our patients to schedule regular dental check ups with us – at least twice a year – so that we can help you to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

With each check up, our team of skilled Sydney dentists can remove calculus and plaque build up, discuss any concerns you may have about your teeth, answer any questions you have about oral hygiene and investigate any problem areas, using x-rays if required, to ensure we prevent issues and maintain your oral health.

We are passionate about oral hygiene at Pitt Street Dental; so it is a priority to us to ensure each of our clients understand how to successfully care for their teeth and gums at home using simple steps. Taking care of your teeth for as little as five minutes each day will ensure your teeth, gums and mouth are healthy for years to come.

Contact Pitt Street Dental today to find out why our customers can’t wait to book their next dental check up with our Sydney dentists.

Common Dental Emergencies and How to Avoid Them

Common Dental Emergencies and How to Avoid Them

Experiencing pain in your mouth isn’t pleasant, whether you’ve got wisdom teeth coming through or you’ve had a tooth knocked out while playing sport.

While dentists do their best to help patients avoid dental emergencies, they can and do still happen, so it is important to know what to do if you, a team mate or a loved one experience any problems.

At Pitt Street Dental, we have put together our guide to four of the most common dental emergencies, along with our tips on how to avoid them!

 

What is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is any trauma involving the teeth or supporting tissues that requires immediate care to alleviate pain and minimise damage to the mouth. These kinds of issues may occur at any time, day or night.

Many local dentist practises operate by standard hours, such as 9am – 5pm, so in the event of a dental emergency; you may be required to seek help from elsewhere.

One way to prepare for a dental emergency, or any after-hours emergency, is to keep a list of local after-hours health care providers in an easy-to-find place, such as on the fridge. If you play sports, have a child who plays sports or you coach at a sporting club, having this information in your first aid kit is also a valuable choice.

 

Knocked Out Tooth

We commonly perform procedures on knocked out teeth, particularly on weekends when children and adults are playing sport. However, accidents and eating can also dislodge, move or knock out teeth.

If the tooth has been completely knocked out, it is important to take care of it with the following steps:

  1. Pick up the tooth by the crown and carefully rinse it under water. The tooth may still have tissue from your mouth attached to it and if possible, it is essential to keep this in tact.
  2. Try to re-insert the tooth back into its socket – this is crucial when it comes to trying to save the tooth
  3. If the tooth cannot be re-inserted, you can put the tooth into a cup of warm water or milk, before heading straight to see an emergency dentist!

At Pitt Street Dental, we recommend anyone who participates in a contact sport to wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. Your dentist can even make a custom-made mouth guard to mould to your teeth.

 

Toothache

The presence of a toothache or mouth pain may often be brushed off as nothing, however, it is important to remember that you are feeling that pain for a reason. A slight toothache may be uncomfortable to begin with, but with time, the toothache could escalate, leading to severe pain, tooth decay or infection.

At the first sign of a toothache, you should rinse your mouth with a salt solution, made from a teaspoon of salt dissolved in hot water, then left to cool. We also recommend that you give your teeth a good brush and get your floss out to dislodge any food that may be caught between your teeth.

The easiest and most effective way to avoid toothaches from decay is with regular oral care, such as brushing and flossing. Regularly visiting your dentist at Pitt Street Dental will also help to prevent an emergency in the future, as your dentist can identify any problem areas and either keep an eye on them or treat them before they become a serious issue.

 

Chipped, Broken or Cracked Tooth

This type of trauma is often the result of an accident or sports injury, with pain ranging from mild to severe, depending on whether the nerve in your tooth has been affected or exposed.

If you have broken or chipped your tooth and experience severe pain, apply an icepack to the affected area, then call Pitt Street Dental or your local dentist for additional advice.

 

Lost Fillings & Crowns

Hard foods such as rock candies, nuts and other foods with a tough shell or outer layer have the potential to crack fillings and crowns, especially if decay has destroyed the tooth under the filling or crown.

A cracked crown or lost filling can often leave the nerve in your tooth exposed, resulting in severe pain and sensitivity. On top of the pain, a lost filling or broken crown also results in a small hole that food and bacteria can get into, which could exacerbate the damage caused to the tooth.

If you do find yourself with a lost filling or crown, head to your emergency dentist in Sydney CBD, who will either remove the decay and place a new filling in the hole, or prepare your tooth for a new crown.

The best way to avoid damaging your crown or fillings is to keep up a good oral hygiene regime, as this will reduce the opportunity for decay to set into your teeth.

 

Choose Pitt Street Dental as Your Emergency Dentist in Sydney CBD

Finding a dentist that you trust for a standard procedure, like a filling, can be hard enough work, let alone one who can perform emergency dentistry when you are in severe pain.

We know that dental emergencies can happen day or night, so Pitt Street Dental have emergency dentists in Sydney CBD available 24/7 to assist you with any issues you may have.

With a committed, highly skilled team of dental practitioners available, our patients know they are in the best care possible – whether they need an emergency filling or a tooth extraction.

For a reliable, professional emergency dentist in Sydney CBD, contact Pitt Street Dental today.