FAQs On this page you can find answers to some of the more frequently asked questions we have been asked at Smile Pros Dental. What is a prosthodontist? The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency defines prosthodontics as: “The branch of dentistry that deals with the restoration and maintenance of oral health, function and appearance by coronal alteration or reconstruction of the natural teeth, or the replacement of missing teeth and contiguous oral and maxillofacial tissues with substitutes.” A prosthodontist is a specialist in this field. They are more skilled and qualified to perform prosthodontic treatments than a general dentist. To become a registered specialist prosthodontist, at least three years of full-time post-graduate education is required at an accredited university and teaching hospital. This involves scientifically based training in the dynamics of a smile and how to effectively preserve a healthy mouth. This education and training is in addition to two years general practice experience after graduating as a general dentist. Read more: What level of training should you feel comfortable with before committing to treatment? I am told that ten veneers would make an ideal smile for me is that true? Applying ten veneers may result in severe long-term consequences to your oral health and can also mean expensive treatment is required as a patient ages. Many patients are only interested in the ‘here and now’ of cosmetic dental procedures and may not understand the long-term consequences that are associated with these treatments. However, porcelain veneers in selected cases, with minimal subtraction of enamel can be an excellent treatment. Read more: Does Your Cosmetic Dentist Have “Veneerial Disease”? What is a suction denture? Ultra Suction Dentures use a valve system to create suction against the gums, keeping the dentures in place. Two tiny Ultra Suction valves are inserted into the denture, one each side. Read more: What is a suction denture and do they help? I have been told the all on four is minimally invasive and revolutionary is this so? Specialist prosthodontist, Dr Darryl Beresford has created 4 videos answering these questions: Is an All on Four revolutionary? Maintenance and complications, some things you need to know about Implant-Supported Dentures When not to do an All on Four Other options, mini implants and conventional over dentures Find them here: All on 4 video series I am told I have TMD and my dentist has suggested changing the bite, will this help? Dr Darryl Beresford has written a blog article explaining the approach promoted by the Las Vegas Institute (LVI) which believes that TMD has a primary physical/functional basis, and that neuromuscular dentistry and providing a therapeutic dental “bite” (occlusion) provides a scientific treatment with the joints, muscles and teeth in harmony. Read more: Neuromuscular dentistry and the Las Vegas Institute (LVI) What is the best way to whiten teeth? The best way to whiten your teeth depends on what has caused your teeth to discolour. If your teeth are discoloured for cosmetic reasons, and are in good health, Zoom! Teeth Whitening and dental veneers are an ideal solution for whitening teeth. Zoom! Teeth Whitening can be performed in the dental practice or in the comfort of your own home. Dental veneers provide two options. Porcelain and composite. Both can be excellent choices for improving the appearance of your teeth. Your Smile Pro professional can discuss your options with you. Why should I replace a missing tooth? Replacing a missing tooth has health benefits. Especially if you have the tooth replaced with implant dentistry. Unlike other forms of tooth replacement, implant dentistry replaces the whole tooth. The benefit of which is it takes care of your jaw, gums and surrounding teeth. By replacing a missing tooth, you prevent jawbone deterioration as well as teeth on either side of the gap shifting. How often should I come in for a dental check up? Ideally, you should visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and clean. This is great way of maintaining optimal oral health. It can also help to ensure any little issues are resolved before they become serious problems. Read more: The Future of Dental Hygiene is at The Smile Pros Dental! Why should I have root canal therapy? Root canal therapy alleviates pain caused by infection and decay. This procedure also helps to stop the spread of infection which can lead to further tooth loss. Another advantage of this treatment is that it saves the tooth from extraction, which also has health benefits for your whole mouth. Read more: Myths about root canals When should I bring my child into the dentist? We recommend bringing your child to the dentist when their first tooth erupts. At this time we can help you child get used to visiting the dentist in a positive way.