Practice News and Information

iTero® Element™ 3D Digital Dental Impressions Enhances Patient Results and Comfort

At The Paddington Dental Surgery, we are committed to providing exceptional care and comfort to our patients. With this objective in mind, we make it a priority to utilise the most advanced dental technology available, including the iTero® Element™ Intraoral Scanner system. Now available at our practice, this state-of-the-art platform makes it possible to eliminate messy, uncomfortable moulds that traditionally can take as long as 20 minutes to complete. With the iTero® Element™, scanning your oral structures is quick, precise, and often fun!

iTero® Element™ technology captures 3-dimensional digital impressions that can be used to accurately plan treatment for a wide range of concerns. In as little as two and-a-half minutes, our skilled dentists can scan your teeth using a small handheld applicator and show you the result on the screen in front of you. iTero® Element® also makes it possible to show you a simulated image of what your procedure can accomplish. If you’re receiving Invisalign®, for instance, you can see how gradually adjusting the position of your teeth will lead to a straighter smile.

We’re proud to offer this advanced technology to our patients, and we hope that the iTero® Element™ helps make your dental experience more enjoyable. We hope you’ll reach out to us if you would like to learn more or schedule a consultation.  

Common Effects of Sleep Loss

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One night of sleep deprivation may make you cranky and groggy, but routinely getting poor or not enough sleep can have serious effects on your well-being. Whether the cause is stress, school exams, or sleep apnoea, lack of sleep should be addressed by an experienced dentist or physician to help protect your health. Some of the effects of sleep loss include:

  • Impaired attention, judgment, and alertness
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Memory loss
  • Weight gain
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Depression
  • Development of fine lines and common signs of ageing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

Identifying the cause of your concerns is essential, and with sleep apnoea it may not always be obvious. This condition, most commonly associated with snoring, induces breathing pauses multiple times during sleep. If you think you may have this condition, we encourage you to reach out to our skilled team for more information. Sleep apnoea is affiliated with some very serious medical conditions, but we can help. Talk to us today to learn more.

Sydney Dentists Contrast Porcelain Dental Veneers and Teeth Whitening

The Paddington Dental Surgery dentists compare teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

Dentists at The Paddington Dental Surgery explain the benefits of teeth whitening and porcelain dental veneers, contrasting the procedures to serve as a helpful resource to patients.

Sydney, AU — Two of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments are teeth whitening and porcelain dental veneers. While these two procedures have overlapping benefits, the Sydney dentists at The Paddington Dental Surgery explain that, typically, one or the other will better suit a patient’s needs and goals. To help individuals considering a treatment to improve the appearance of their smile, the Sydney dentists explained the differences between these common aesthetic enhancements.

The Paddington Dental Surgery dentists say that the differences between teeth whitening and dental veneers often comes down to whether patients want to address one cosmetic concern or several. Porcelain dental veneers, they explain, are designed to address a multitude of issues, including chips, gaps, cracks, worn down teeth, stains, and minor misalignment.

On the other hand, the Sydney dentists say that teeth whitening is singularly focused on lifting stains and brightening teeth. Drinking coffee, tea, or wine, using tobacco products, and engaging in certain other habits can cause staining, which The Paddington Dental Surgery dentists say often can be addressed with professional whitening techniques. However, some types of discolouration could resist bleaching. In this case, they say patients may want to consider porcelain veneers instead.

The Sydney dentists also note that other factors can play a role in which treatment is the optimal choice, including tooth sensitivity and budget. The Paddington Dental Surgery dentists recommend that individuals speak with an experienced cosmetic dentist to determine which technique is right for them.

About The Paddington Dental Surgery
The Paddington Dental Surgery offers a comprehensive selection of family, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatments to patients in the Sydney area. Led by Dr Duncan Copp and a team of experienced dental professionals, the office emphasises holistic techniques, eco-friendly practices, and customised treatment plans. The well-equipped facility boasts state-of-the-art technology and sedation dentistry options, which are designed to give each patient the best care possible.

For more information about The Paddington Dental Surgery, please visit thepaddingtondentalsurgery.com.au and plus.google.com/+ThepaddingtondentalsurgeryAu.

Contact:

The Paddington Dental Surgery
263 Glenmore Road
Paddington NSW 2021
Sydney, Australia
(02) 9331-2555

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(858) 200-0044
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How Can I “Fix” a Gummy Smile?

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Many people feel that their gums and teeth are out of proportion with each other. A “gummy smile” occurs when excess gum tissue is noticeable when smiling, and this concern can make the affected individual feel self-conscious. At our state-of-the-art practice, our experienced cosmetic dentist’s offer laser gum recontouring, which can reshape the gums and enhance the beauty of the smile.

A gummy smile can occur for a number of reasons, and so the treatment will depend on the cause. In many cases, excess gum tissue covers a larger than normal portion of the tooth’s surface. As a result, teeth appear smaller and more of the gums are visible when a person smiles. One way to address this concern is to lift the gum line. This can be done using traditional techniques or advanced laser gum recontouring. Laser gum reshaping is designed to be a virtually painless experience that allows for less swelling and faster healing than the traditional non-laser approach. During your initial consultation, our skilled dental team will discuss the options with you and develop a customised treatment plan based on your needs and goals.

Sydney Dental Practice Reveals Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Dr. Copp discusses the benefits of laser dentistry

Dr Duncan Copp of The Paddington Dental Surgery discusses how laser dentistry can enhance the patient experience and improve results when utilised in restorative and cosmetic dental procedures.

Sydney, AU — There have been many advances in dentistry over the last several decades, and Dr Duncan Copp, a Sydney dentist, suggests that laser technology may be one of the most exciting. At his dental practice, The Paddington Dental Surgery, he and his team offer multiple laser-based procedures, including gum reshaping and periodontal disease treatment. Lasers, he explains, can help speed up the process, reduce downtime, and enhance patient comfort. Furthermore, Dr Copp says lasers can be used to sterilise the teeth and gums during treatment, minimising the risk of infection.

Gingivitis, or gum disease, affects as many as 47 per cent of adults, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr Copp says that adding laser treatment to scaling and root planing, a technique designed to remove plaque and smooth teeth, can improve the procedure in several ways, including:

  • Reduce swelling and bleeding
  • Eliminate the need for stitches
  • Minimise discomfort
  • Speed up recovery
  • Shorten procedure time
  • Reduce risk of infection

Additionally, Dr Copp indicates that laser technology can be used in cosmetic dentistry as well. Gum reshaping, also known as gum recontouring, is a technique that is designed to improve the balance between the gums and teeth for a more aesthetically appealing smile. Without a laser, he says this treatment can be slightly uncomfortable; however, laser technology can provide a virtually painless experience for many patients.

Dr Copp and his team are dedicated to patient care and results, and they say that laser technology can enhance treatment at every stage. They encourage patients interested in laser dentistry to discuss their goals with a dental professional who is highly experienced in using this equipment. For those fearful of the dentist, Dr Copp adds, this approach can help make the experience more comfortable and quicker than ever before.

About The Paddington Dental Surgery
Led by Dr Duncan Copp, The Paddington Dental Surgery offers a comprehensive selection of general, restorative, and cosmetic procedures for the whole family. Based in Sydney, the well-equipped practice is staffed with a highly trained team of dental professionals, including Dr Natalie Dumer, Dr Mark Brycki, and Dr David Cipriani, as well as skilled hygienists. Offering laser technology, holistic treatments, and sedation dentistry, the innovative office is committed to providing an exceptional patient experience and to achieving unsurpassed results.

For more information about The Paddington Dental Surgery, please visit thepaddingtondentalsurgery.com.au and plus.google.com/+ThepaddingtondentalsurgeryAu.

Contact:

The Paddington Dental Surgery
263 Glenmore Road
Paddington NSW 2021
Sydney, Australia
(02) 9331-2555

Rosemont Media
(858) 200-0044
www.rosemontmedia.com

Dental Implants Vs. Fixed Dental Bridges or Traditional Dentures

Dental Implant InformationNo two smiles are the same, which is why our state-of-the-art practice offers a comprehensive selection of restorative treatment options. In the event one or more teeth are missing, you can choose to replace them using dental implants, fixed dental bridges, or traditional dentures. So, what makes one method preferable over another? The right option for you will hinge on several factors. Our experienced dental team customises every treatment plan to suit your unique needs and goals.

If one or more teeth are missing in a row, dental implants or a fixed (cemented) dental bridge can provide an effective replacement option. Dental implants are the more popular option, in general, due in part to their durability. Additionally, bridges could present a higher cost over time, as they may need to be replaced more often. Another benefit is that dental implants preserve the surrounding natural teeth. With a bridge, the teeth located on either side of the missing teeth will have to be modified to support the bridge.

Dental implants may be a superior restorative option compared with traditional dentures for many patients. If most or all teeth are missing, both dentures and dental implants can provide a functional replacement. However, dental implants help to preserve bone strength and mass, while dentures typically cannot. Dentures may also be uncomfortable to wear due to slipping or an imprecise fit. Additionally, dentures may not be able to achieve the same natural-looking quality for which dental implants are known.

Restoring your smile is a personal decision, and we can help guide you to the option that offers you an optimal result.

Is the Dental Implant Procedure Painful?

your smiling dentistPatients considering dental implants may be interested in how the procedure and recovery will feel. Will it hurt? Your comfort is a primary concern at The Paddington Dental Surgery, and we will endeavour to make this experience as pleasant as possible. An advanced surgical technique, dental implants require the placement of titanium posts into the bone. This helps to achieve a smile that’s highly durable and natural-looking. To minimise discomfort, we will utilize innovative pain-reduction techniques, including local anaesthetic and sedation dentistry, as best suits the individual. As a result, most patients report little to no discomfort from the procedure. Additionally, prescription and over-the-counter medication can be used to manage any disagreeable sensations that may be felt during the healing process.

We’re just as concerned with the patient experience as you are. We encourage you to ask us any questions about this procedure to help you feel comfortable about your decision.

How Are Dental Implants Placed?

dentalimplantplacementA popular and effective way to address missing teeth, dental implants offer beauty, function, and durability. If you’ve selected this procedure to restore your smile, our experienced dentists will develop a customised treatment plan that precisely places the implants to optimise your outcome. The first step of this approach will be to create a detailed surgical guide—a map of where each implant will be situated based on your anatomic indicators. The oral surgeon will then create a small hole in each implant site and place a titanium post. Depending on your needs, one or more posts may be implanted. Your comfort and care are our highest priorities, and we offer sedation dentistry techniques if you feel any dental anxiety.

After placement, the bone and implant will be allowed to fuse (called osseointegration) over the course of three to six months. During this recovery process you will have a temporary crown in place. Once the bone has healed, a permanent crown will be attached that is colour-matched to your natural teeth to achieve the most natural-looking result possible. In addition to the exceptional aesthetic and long-lasting effect, another benefit is low maintenance. Simply brush and floss regularly as you would with your natural teeth.

Dental Implants: Are They Safe?

safe dental implantsYour smile is one of your most defining features, which is likely part of the reason you’re considering dental implants. At The Paddington Dental Surgery, we understand that safety is always a primary concern with any procedure, and our skilled dentists are dedicated to your wellbeing. Dental implants can be one of the most effective and aesthetically appealing ways to address missing teeth. They typically preserve bone structure, require no extra maintenance other than regular brushing and flossing, and they eliminate the need to file down healthy teeth. Additionally, dental implants can provide long-lasting results. Still, some individuals wonder if there could be complications. Dental implants require oral surgery, and there is some measure of risk involved in any surgical technique; however, selecting an experienced and qualified dental professional to perform the operation can reduce these concerns. Furthermore, our skilled oral surgeon will assess each patient for any signs that he or she may not make an ideal candidate prior to recommending this approach.

We want to help you achieve the smile of your dreams within the safest environment possible. We will take the time to answer your questions, walk you through the steps, and guide you to a decision that best suits your needs and goals.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

Are Dental Implants Right for MeAt our practice, our experienced dental team often utilises dental implants and implant-supported dentures or bridges to help patients restore their smiles. Dental implants can be used to replace one, several, or all missing teeth with beautiful, natural-looking results. Although effective for a wide range of people, this restorative procedure is not for everyone. However, if you are unsatisfied with the appearance or function of your mouth, we can help.

Generally speaking, patients should be non-smokers in good overall health to receive dental implants. Additionally, adequate bone structure will be necessary to support the implants. Even if you lack sufficient bone mass, you may still be able to have dental implants. In many cases, bone grafting can be performed to build the foundation you need for this treatment. If this applies to you, we will discuss your options during your initial consultation.

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