CDK Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We welcome all of your enquiries regarding our dental clinic.

We realise that choosing a dental clinic for your family's needs is an important decision, and we are honoured that you are considering our dental practice for your family's dentistry. Some of the most common questions we receive are listed below. If you do not see yours here, telephone us and we will be happy to assist.

Other

1. Book an appointment with your dentist

Toothache needs to be checked out by a professional. As soon as you can, book an appointment with your dentist so that you can find out what is causing the pain. Your dentist can let you know the available treatment options to resolve the toothache and protect your teeth from further harm.

2. Take the right pain medication

Pain medication can make you more comfortable while you wait to see the dentist. Paracetamol and ibuprofen are both good choices for treating dental pain. It's best not to use aspirin because it can increase bleeding during dental treatments.

3. Try a salt water mouth rinse

You can make a soothing mouth rinse by adding one teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Hold this salt rinse in your mouth for a couple of minutes and then spit it out without swallowing. If your child has toothache, only use this treatment if you're sure your child can avoid accidentally swallowing the liquid, as drinking salt water can cause nausea.

4. Cool away the pain

A simple ice pack can reduce tooth pain. Wrap the ice pack in a cloth or towel and press it gently to your cheek to numb the pain. Don't put ice directly onto your face without wrapping it first, as this can cause skin damage.

5. Choose foods carefully

When your teeth hurt, it's best to avoid eating foods that require a lot of chewing. Try to stick to softer options, such as soup or oatmeal. Note that very hot or very cold foods can make the pain worse, so you need to give your meal time to cool slightly before you start eating.

Remember that pain in the body should not be ignored. If you are experiencing toothache, contact our friendly reception staff and make an appointment with your dentist so that you can discover the cause of the pain and available treatment options.

 

Children's Dentistry

1. Book an appointment with your dentist

Toothache needs to be checked out by a professional. As soon as you can, book an appointment with your dentist so that you can find out what is causing the pain. Your dentist can let you know the available treatment options to resolve the toothache and protect your teeth from further harm.

2. Take the right pain medication

Pain medication can make you more comfortable while you wait to see the dentist. Paracetamol and ibuprofen are both good choices for treating dental pain. It's best not to use aspirin because it can increase bleeding during dental treatments.

3. Try a salt water mouth rinse

You can make a soothing mouth rinse by adding one teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Hold this salt rinse in your mouth for a couple of minutes and then spit it out without swallowing. If your child has toothache, only use this treatment if you're sure your child can avoid accidentally swallowing the liquid, as drinking salt water can cause nausea.

4. Cool away the pain

A simple ice pack can reduce tooth pain. Wrap the ice pack in a cloth or towel and press it gently to your cheek to numb the pain. Don't put ice directly onto your face without wrapping it first, as this can cause skin damage.

5. Choose foods carefully

When your teeth hurt, it's best to avoid eating foods that require a lot of chewing. Try to stick to softer options, such as soup or oatmeal. Note that very hot or very cold foods can make the pain worse, so you need to give your meal time to cool slightly before you start eating.

Remember that pain in the body should not be ignored. If you are experiencing toothache, contact our friendly reception staff and make an appointment with your dentist so that you can discover the cause of the pain and available treatment options.

 

Cosmetic Dentistry

 I recently completed a series of courses on why people clench and grind their teeth (bruxism) and what we as Dentists can do to help them (either with Splint therapy or the use of Neural relaxants – Botox). Let’s face it, today everyone’s life seems to have sped up whether it be work or home, everything needs to be done quicker and there always seems more to do.

The way we deal with this is to clench and grind our teeth either during the day or at sleep. Ask yourself, have you ever stopped whilst working in front of the computer screen (the deadline is fast approaching and it needs to be finished), or woken up in the morning with muscle tightness in your face?

Generally a very strong facial muscle called the Masseter is often responsible for the condition and it is basically in a continual state of contraction, if we can relax this muscle then we can reduce the forces causing clenching and reduce its intensity. Probably the easiest way to do this is inject a muscle relaxant (Botox) directly into the muscle, which relaxes it within 2 weeks and keeps it that way for a further 6 months. The procedure is relatively painless and takes about 20 minutes to do.

Botox and/or with the combination of medications called Dermal Fillers can also correct other visual appearances such as:

(a) Gummy smiles (showing more gum than teeth when you smile)

(b) Lip lines (radiate from the lips vertically) 

(c) Mouth frown (where the corners of our lips sag down)

(d) Dimpled chin (resulting in an “orange peel” appearance)

Botox is used to relax the muscles causing the problem, whilst the Dermal fillers increase volume in the area of the creases by raising collagen volume, skin texture and quality, and rebuilding facial proportions.

As our ligaments and skin become stretched this causes sagging and ultimately wrinkles the aim of the treatment is to enhance existing facial features, correct small defects and improve facial symmetry. Where the fillers are successful is:

(a) Treatment of the folds which radiate down from the side of the nose towards the corner of the mouth

(b) Lips (inflate their appearance, remove lines around them)

(c)  Jaw line (remove the fat looking lower jowls)

(d) Chin (increase chin projection and remove horizontal creases between the lower border of the face and the mouth.

The combination of these materials is a wonderful adjunct to help the overall appearance of the face, especially after some of the complex aesthetic and structural changes I make to the teeth and really extend the scope of treatment I can provide for my patients. As always it always starts with a detailed consultation with the patient to see exactly what they would like to achieve and how I can help.

As we get older, unfortunately our teeth become darker and change their shape. Patient’s often ask me what can we do to freshen their smiles up and initially we talk about whitening but when it comes to changing the shape and colour of teeth, the least invasive technique are Porcelain Veneers, so “ What are Porcelain Veneers?”

Simply put Porcelain Veneers are very thin (1-2 mm) panes of porcelain which are cemented onto the front or visible side of teeth to mask colour , change shape or even close spaces between teeth.

The initial process is a consultation between myself and the patient where we discuss what it is exactly their hoping to achieve and what options available for them. Once a consensus happens and they understand the pro’s and cons then typically impressions are taken for study models.

The study models are made by our in –house Dental Laboratory partner  “Aceram” and allow us to see what the teeth look like now but also to show our patient’s what we think they will look like when the work is finished, together with other diagnostic information like x-Rays they allow our patients to actively contribute to their own Dental Work and prepare them for the process required.

An appointment is scheduled where a minimum of preparation occurs on the teeth and a very accurate impression is taken for delivery to “Aceram” but also very importantly the patient leaves with a set of Temporary Veneers in the exact shape they had already seen on the study models.

During the time it takes to produce the veneers (about 2 weeks) they can let us know if they would like something changed with shape so hopefully there are no surprises when it comes to the fitting appointment

At this appointment the Temporary Veneers are removed and the finished highly accurate Porcelain Panes are tried for fit colour and look, if everyone’s happy then they are cemented in with a matching acrylic resin cement (girls think of false fingernails!).Excess Cement is removed and margins are highly polished for best effect.

The  veneers allow for small subtle changes to be made and I tell all our patients the best reward I can get is if  a relative,friend or colleague comments “Something about you is different but I don’t know what it is ?”

  Check out our Smile Gallery to see a case of Veneers if you like!

What is Invisalign?

   The continual advancement in Dentistry has been great because it has allowed people to keep their teeth however one of the things we notice in the practice is that crowding (especially in front or visible areas) seems to be on the increase. So what can be done and what exactly is Invisalign?

 Simply put Invisalign is a series of sequential retainers (think of thin clear plastic mouthguards) which patients wear over a period of time that allowing for movement and realignment of teeth.

Prior to their introduction patients  who wished to have these corrections made required fixed Orthodontic Treatment with plates and then braces fitted to teeth (remember the name “train tracks) and this required constant adjustment and tightening .Invisalign, where appropriate, simplifies things

So what is the process? As with any dental procedure a consultation with our patients is the start of the process. What is it that they want to achieve out of the treatment .What I might see might not be what they’re looking to fix. Basically our patients drive our treatment they are the conductors I’m the Bus Driver if you like.

A series of pictures are taken of the patient’s teeth, their smile and jaw alignment I like to take some study models also because it allows us to see what the bite is like. Once we have all this information we send it to Invisalign with what the patient’s main concerns are and approximately in 3-5 working days an answer comes back as to (a) whether Invisalign will work (b) how many retainers are required

Something which is really great with the system is a 3-D Virtual reality mock-up of what each retainer is going to change in the mouth so myself and the patient can see exactly how it’s going to work! If everything is OK highly accurate Impressions of the Patient’s mouth are sent to Invisalign and in about 3-4 weeks the retainers arrive

What drives the work of the retainers are small tooth coloured attachments which are placed on specific sites on the teeth these provide leverage to allow the retainer to move teeth around. So these are placed first and then we issue the retainers (I like to issue three at a time, which being worn for two weeks each means I’m seeing our patient’s every 6 weeks to see how they’re going.

Patient’s comment that they feel some sensitivity when they place a new retainer in their mouths for a couple of days and then it passes. Treatments last anything from 14-46 weeks) and can be amended or corrected at the end if adjustments deemed necessary

As with any kind of prolonged treatment compliance is necessary to achieve the desired result, so wearing the retainers for at least 22 hours a day will get the best result and something we are happy with.

 

Crowns and Bridges

Up until recently, each dental crown required fabrication through a dental lab. Fortunately, modern CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacture) uses computer technology that enables us to create dental restorations, such as dental crowns, in one appointment.

Our busy Sydney patients appreciate this convenience and often opt for the durable and aesthetic results that CEREC provides.

We begin by scanning your tooth rather than taking impressions. This eliminates the bubbles and distortions that impressions can develop, resulting in greater accuracy. That information is uploaded to our computer, and the software generates the design for your CEREC restoration. We work with an on-site dental lab to mill your restoration during your appointment, eliminating the need for a follow-up appointment to place a final restoration. 

Dr Karikios will add final colour and shade adjustments, so that your restoration matches your natural teeth.

CEREC is not just for the creation of dental crowns. We can use this technology for a wide range of restorations including:

  • Fillings
  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Veneers
  • Bridges

Dr Karikios will permanently bond your ceramic restoration to your tooth and make any final adjustments to ensure proper fit and function.

If you would like to learn more, we welcome you to contact us to arrange a consultation.

General Dentistry

Each type of dental treatment procedure requires varying professional techniques and time to complete. We understand that busy Sydney families often try to fit in appointments during work or while attending to other obligations. This is why we make it a priority to stay on time, eliminating the wait you may have tolerated in the past.

We can provide an estimate of treatment times when arranging your appointment, so you can plan the rest of your day and avoid running late to important events.

In order to make the best use of our patients’ time at our practice, we also offer CEREC same-day restorations. CEREC eliminates the need for a second appointment to receive your final restoration. We use digital scanning technology to upload your information into our restoration software and then our on-site dental laboratory creates your final restoration during your appointment. Our entire clinical staff is educated in achieving outstanding results using CEREC. Dr Karikios oversees the entire process from start to finish, and his expertise and attention to detail deliver durable and aesthetic restorations that create beautiful smiles.

If you are particularly busy, you can always let us know when you schedule. We can’t complete treatment faster, but we can make sure to have you out the door at your scheduled time.

At CDK Dental, we pride ourselves in providing personalised dentistry based on the health and aesthetic goals of our patients. The best way to determine the treatment you require is to contact our dental clinic to arrange a comprehensive dental exam with Dr Karikios. He will provide a full exam of your teeth, gums and jaw joints and discuss any cosmetic concerns you may have.

After your initial evaluation, Dr Karikios will be able to organise a customised treatment plan based on your discussion with him and his findings during your evaluation. He will discuss all of your options for your oral health and appearance and support the decision you make.

Once you have a treatment plan in place, Dr Karikios will go over the cost of your treatment and discuss insurance benefits you can expect to receive.

Our focus is on patient education and being available as a resource for information to our patients. You will never feel pressured to seek treatment you are unsure about. We believe in developing long-term relationships with our patients and exceeding expectations in every way.

If you are ready to improve the health, comfort or appearance of your smile, please feel free to contact us to arrange a consultation.

Preventive Dentistry

At CDK Dental, we treat patients as individuals. As a result, there is no one answer to this question because it depends on your current oral health, your dental history, and whether you have a history of periodontal disease.

As a general rule, we recommend at least two professional dental cleanings each year for healthy patients. These cleanings include a periodontal exam to determine any signs of infection, a scale of the teeth, a polish to remove surface stains and tartar, and also any hygiene instruction necessary for you to get the most out of your home care.

For patients who have a history of gum disease, we may recommend more frequent hygiene appointments to control the infection and protect your health. This is also recommended for patients who develop tartar more quickly than others or who have limited dexterity due to arthritis.

Even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly at home, it is normal to develop tartar in hard-to-reach places that require a professional cleaning to remove. You dental hygiene visits will remove tartar and give you a fresh clean start for your smile.

If you have missed a few dental visits, we can help you get back on track to good oral health. 

Preventive and diagnostic dentistry is the cornerstone to a healthy smile. Part of that includes a comprehensive oral exam with Dr Karikios. He can identify many conditions visually; however, not every dental problem can be detected with the naked eye alone as your teeth are covered by protective enamel.

Dental x-rays allow Dr Karikios to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. This can include dental decay, bone loss, fractures, and certain cysts or tumours. 

At CDK Dental, we use digital x-rays for improved resolution, versatility and safety. Digital x-rays emit up to 80% less radiation than traditional radiographs and are stored digitally, making them accessible for comparison over time.

Each type of x-ray serves a different purpose, and we recommend x-rays based on your oral health history and any treatment you may have planned.

Digital x-rays provide the added benefit of being easily enhanceable, which helps make early diagnoses possible.

If you have questions regarding the safety or necessity of dental x-rays, please feel free to enquire. We will be happy to share information about protecting your oral health and how dental x-rays contribute to your preventive dentistry.

Sleep Dentistry

Comfortable dentistry is possible. Unfortunately, many patients still avoid the dentist because of anxiety that treatment will hurt or because they fear dental injections.

At CDK Dental, we incorporate a number of technologies and techniques to eliminate pain from dental treatment. Our gentle approach to dental care makes it possible for patients who have avoided dentistry in the past to finally seek the treatment they need to stay healthy.

The Wand® Painless Injections

The Wand® is an innovative anaesthetic delivery method that uses computer technology to slowly administer anaesthetic at a manageable pace to prevent pain. Using The Wand® virtually removes the discomfort associated with anaesthetic administration. This allows for a more comfortable and relaxed dental treatment experience.

Sleep Dentistry

Many patients with dental anxiety avoid treatment they need to stay healthy. This may lead to more serious and costly dental conditions. Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, comforts patients who suffer from dental-related stress.

We offer varying levels of sedation, depending on each patient’s unique needs:

Nitrous oxide sedation – our mildest form of sedation
Oral sedation – a moderate level of sedation
IV sedation – a stronger form of sedation controlled throughout your procedure
General anaesthetic – the strongest form of sedation available

We will go over your options and discuss your medical history to determine the sedation dentistry options that will work best for you.

Teeth Whitening

As a Dentist I marvel at just how far Dentistry has come in allowing people to keep their teeth for life ,unfortunately as we get older our teeth tend to darken in shade for a variety of reasons for example, what we consume and also the very thing that gives our tooth it's whiteness (the nerve within) shrinks causing a loss of vitality ör whiteness.People often ask us at cdkdental ,"Chris how can I get my teeth to look whiter?"

The simplest way is Tooth Whitening and we use 2 systems,one is done in house takes about 90 minutes and is called "Zoom"

The other involves making customised mouth guards and having our patients whiten at home (this involves 1-2 hrs /day for approximately 14 days)

In deciding which system to use I'll ask  the patient is it for a specific event (Zoom) or is something their happy to do over a period of time (take home whitening)

Tooth whitening is safe, however it's not permanent so it needs to be re applied when necessary but basically our patients decide which system they would like and generally whitening will achieve a 3-4 increase in lightness for them

Which ever system they choose we will make customised mouthguards for them to have so they can touch up the colour when and if they choose too,but really it's a facet of Dental treatment where the patient is in a large degree in control of their treatment.

"Not happy with the colour you have then apply the whitening material a little bit longer or come in and have a touch up with "Zoom"

Typically I like to make sure all their teeth and gums are healthy before they start so  a maintenance appointment with myself and my Hygienist is the best way of proceeding and quite often we'll give them a take home pack of a tooth desensitizer (GC Mousse) to use before they start

What we want from the result is subtlety not outrageously white teeth so their friends comment on something making them look better but unable to identify exactly what it is ,this gives them greater self confidence without being too invasive or intrusive!
 

 

TMJ and Bruxism

 I recently completed a series of courses on why people clench and grind their teeth (bruxism) and what we as Dentists can do to help them (either with Splint therapy or the use of Neural relaxants – Botox). Let’s face it, today everyone’s life seems to have sped up whether it be work or home, everything needs to be done quicker and there always seems more to do.

The way we deal with this is to clench and grind our teeth either during the day or at sleep. Ask yourself, have you ever stopped whilst working in front of the computer screen (the deadline is fast approaching and it needs to be finished), or woken up in the morning with muscle tightness in your face?

Generally a very strong facial muscle called the Masseter is often responsible for the condition and it is basically in a continual state of contraction, if we can relax this muscle then we can reduce the forces causing clenching and reduce its intensity. Probably the easiest way to do this is inject a muscle relaxant (Botox) directly into the muscle, which relaxes it within 2 weeks and keeps it that way for a further 6 months. The procedure is relatively painless and takes about 20 minutes to do.

Botox and/or with the combination of medications called Dermal Fillers can also correct other visual appearances such as:

(a) Gummy smiles (showing more gum than teeth when you smile)

(b) Lip lines (radiate from the lips vertically) 

(c) Mouth frown (where the corners of our lips sag down)

(d) Dimpled chin (resulting in an “orange peel” appearance)

Botox is used to relax the muscles causing the problem, whilst the Dermal fillers increase volume in the area of the creases by raising collagen volume, skin texture and quality, and rebuilding facial proportions.

As our ligaments and skin become stretched this causes sagging and ultimately wrinkles the aim of the treatment is to enhance existing facial features, correct small defects and improve facial symmetry. Where the fillers are successful is:

(a) Treatment of the folds which radiate down from the side of the nose towards the corner of the mouth

(b) Lips (inflate their appearance, remove lines around them)

(c)  Jaw line (remove the fat looking lower jowls)

(d) Chin (increase chin projection and remove horizontal creases between the lower border of the face and the mouth.

The combination of these materials is a wonderful adjunct to help the overall appearance of the face, especially after some of the complex aesthetic and structural changes I make to the teeth and really extend the scope of treatment I can provide for my patients. As always it always starts with a detailed consultation with the patient to see exactly what they would like to achieve and how I can help.

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