Frequently Asked Questions

Dental Implant

How much do dental implants cost?
Single implants usually require an investment between $5,000 – $6,000 per implant.
How long will the implant last?
Implants require the same amount of care as a natural tooth. With proper care and a regular oral hygiene routine, your dental implants should last a lifetime.
How long does the procedure take?
To fit an implant the procedure can take up to 3-5 hours, depending on a patient’s specific treatment plan and needs.
Do I need to be put under anaesthesia for the procedure?
No. Dental implants can be fitted to the patient by using a local anaesthetic or through “sleep dentistry”.
Sleep dentistry involves the use of IV Sedation. Sleep dentistry can help alleviate the anxiety often experienced by people when visiting the dentist. It is also a safer option than any general anaesthetic. Your sedation is managed by a professional medical doctor who monitors your condition during the implant procedure to ensure the highest levels of safety and comfort.

Best of all, sleep dentistry does not require hospitalisation, this means that your implant procedure can be done right here at Pasadena dental & Implant centre.

What are dental implants made of?
Dental implants are made up of variate biomaterials, However, titanium is the most commonly used material as its the most compatible with human biology.
Dental implants are made up of variate biomaterials, However, titanium is the most commonly used material as its the most compatible with human biology.
At Pasadena Dental & Implant centre you will be taken care of by an expert team specialised in dental implant dentistry.
What Our Experience means for you;

  • Minimal discomfort and fast recoveries
  • Significant reduction in complication risks (e.g implant failure)
  • We use high-quality materials so your implants last a lifetime
  • By minimising the future risk your investment is significantly less over the lifetime of your implants

Root Canal Treatment

What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal therapy is a common dental procedure that can be used to both repair and save a tooth that is decayed or infected. During the procedure the tooth’s pulp and nerve are removed, the interior of the tooth cavity cleaned, and then sealed back up.
What does Root Canal Treatment involve?
Root canal treatment involves local anaesthetic to numb the tooth. Your dentist will use very small tools to create an opening in the top of tooth. This opening will be used to allow your dentist to clean all the damaged and diseased pulp from inside. Your dentist may irrigate your tooth or use antimicrobial solutions depending on the level of decay to prevent infection.

Once the chamber is cleaned your dentist will fill the hole with the hole the same day or will use a temporary filling if a crown for the tooth is required.

Is Root Canal Treatment painful?
Root canal is done to eliminate tooth pain. Most pain experienced by root canals is caused by the infection of the tooth and not the treatment. A local anaesthetic is used to numb the tooth and surrounding area. Other calming medicines can also be used such as nitrous oxide ensuring that the root canal treatment is pain free.
Why Couldn't You Just Remove the Tooth?
Between a root canal and a tooth extraction, a root canal is usually the preferred treatment as the treatment focuses on fixing your natural tooth so that it could remain in place. However, a root canal may not always be a viable option, depending upon the amount of damage that a tooth has incurred. If a tooth is far too compromised, our dentists may recommend an extraction if they feel RCT will not be an effective solution. Often an extraction is followed by a dental implant to replace what was lost.

Snoring

What is snoring?
Snoring is caused by relaxation and vibration of the muscles of the soft palate and uvula. This happens when breathing through the notes or open mouth. The relaxed tissue causes vibrations as air moves across it creating the noise commonly referred to as snoring.
Will my snoring lead to other health problems?
Snoring isn’t normally harmful to the person who snores but it can be a symptom of significant sleep-disordered breathing or commonly known as obstructive sleep apnoea. Consistent Snoring can lead to long term sleep deprivation and fatigue.
What are the treatment options for snoring or OSA?
There are many treatments for snoring, and they can be discussed with your GP or dentist. Often Oral Appliances or Mandibular advancement splints are common treatments for reducing and eliminating snoring. These are dental therapy devices similar to a mouth guard. These devices when fitted properly can significantly reduce snoring. If you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea CPAP or positive airway pressure devices are a common treatment, oral appliances can also be effective for those who are unable to tolerate or cannot wear CPAP devices.

Tooth Whitening

Is it safe to whiten your teeth?
There are a number of methods and products that are available. However, you may run into some confusion about which one is best for your and what is safe for you and your teeth.  It is often helpful to discuss whitening methods with your dentist before trying one. Your dentist will be able to recommend a treatment plan that will best suit your needs and desired outcomes.
How much lighter will my teeth be?
Teeth whitening can depend on a number of factors such as:

  • The type of discolouration
  • Your treatment method
  • Your age and dental history

Keep in mind that time is required to whiten your teeth safely and effectively. The overall effectiveness and whiteness of your teeth will usually depend on the type of discoloration you have along with the treatment used to whiten your teeth.

How long does Tooth Whitening last?
Depending on the type of treatment, the effects of dentist administered teeth whitening treatments can last up to three years. However, this varies from person to person and can be heavily impacted by lifestyle choices. Tooth whitening can be dulled overtime from smoking as well as eating and drinking foods and products that are known to stain teeth. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene to maintain your teeth whitening treatment. It is always recommended to ask your dentists for their opinion before your start treatment.
What are the side-effects of teeth whitening?
While teeth whitening is considered a safe treatment, some people may experience some side effects from treatments. Most often these side effects include tooth sensitivity and irritated gums. It is always important to consult with your dentists should you experience any of these symptoms from treatment. Your dentist can recommend treating the sensitivity with products that contain sodium fluoride or potassium nitrate.

Other side effects can be cosmetic. If you have crowns, implants, bridges or dentures you may want to discuss colour matching your teeth as teeth whitening treatments are designed for natural teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry

What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry aims to help you feel more comfortable in your smile. While being sure to maintain good oral hygiene, you can also have aesthetic procedures performed on your teeth by a cosmetic dentist. Everything from how your smile looks to how your teeth function can be adjusted through cosmetic dentistry.
The only thing wrong with my smile is my yellow teeth. What can I do?
If you have yellow teeth and would like to have a whiter smile. Teeth whitening may be solution for you. Your dentist will be able to advise the types of treatments available to you that best match your needs. For more information, look at our teeth whitening page or contact us today!
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