Ryde Dental Care
17 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde NSW 2114
Dr Chad Hazouri
Cosmetic and General Dentistry

Dental Procedure FAQ’s

What is Plaque?
Plaque is a thin, ,sticky film that forms on teeth. Plaque contains food debris and dead cells which allow germs to grow. These germs can damage the teeth and gums leading to gum disease such as gingivitis as well as tooth decay.

What is Tartar (Calculus) ?
If plaque is not removed from the tooth surface it may form tartar. Tartar is dental plaque that has not been removed from the tooth surfaces and has mineralized. Tartar can form above or below the gum line and needs to be removed by your dentist, using special instruments designed to clean the tooth surface without damaging the soft gums.

What is Gingivitis?
Plaque build up many lead to gingivitis, a very common and early form of gum disease. in fact , two thirds of people have some form of gingivitis – even a trace of blood when brushing or flossing can be indication. Common symptoms of gingivitis can include redness, swelling and/or bleeding gums.

What is Bad Breath ?
Breath odour often results from gases produced by germs and food debris in mounth.

What is Periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria found in plaque. If plaque is not regularly removed, it calcifies into a rough, porous deposit called calculus, or tartar. By-products of bacterial metabolism irritate the gums, making them red, tender, swollen and more prone to bleed. Eventually, the supporting periodontal structures begin to breakdown. The result of this slow process is tissue loss, bone loss and eventual tooth loss.

What does Periodontal treatment involve?
In the earlier states of gum disease (mild to moderate periodontitis), most treatment involves scaling and root planing. The procedure aims at removing plaque and calculus from the surface of the teeth adjacent to gum tissue. The periodontal pockets around the teeth are cleaned until all affected root surfaces are smooth. In the majority of early gum disease cases, treatment entails improving home care techniques and scaling and root planing. Advanced cases may require surgical treatment.

What’s the best way to prevent gum disease?
Conscientious removal of plaque by flossing, brushing and regular professional cleanings will minimise your risk of gum disease. However, there are other factors that can affect the health of your gums, such as stress, smoking, diabetes, genetics and pregnancy.

Why do I need X-Rays?
Radiographic or X-ray examinations provide your dentist with an important diagnostic tool that shows the condition of your teeth, their roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial bones. X-Ray can help your dentist determine the presence or degree of periodontal disease, abscesses and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumours. X-rays can also show the exact location of impacted teeth. They can pinpoint the location of cavities and other signs of disease that may not be possible to detect through visual examination (such as changes in the jaw bone structure as a result of systemic disease).

I have a number of black fillings. What can I do to improve this?
The black filling material used in your teeth is amalgam. It has been used as a filling material for over a hundred years. However, it’s about as unattractive a filling material as you can get and it contains mercury , highly toxic metal. There are a number of other tooth-coloured restorative materials currently available that can be used to replace old amalgams.

What is smile rejuvenation & what can I do with Cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of enhancing a person’s smile and overall appearance, resulting in a better self image and a sense of well being. Smile rejuvenation can be as effortless as a one hour teeth whitening or as complex as a total smile makeover. Full mouth reconstructions and rejuvenation is a specialty of Dr Charbel  El Hazouri.

Why do I need Porcelain Veneers and Crowns?
Porcelain veneers and crowns dramatically improve crooked, crowded, chipped or gappy smiles. They are bonded to the front part of your teeth

What about Composite Veneers?
Composite veneers are another way apart from porcelain veneers that can change your smile. They are a more cost effective, versatile and less evasive alternative to porcelain veneers. They serve the same purpose, though instead of a cover being attached, the tooth is reconstructed through a build up of composite filling material. Composite veneers are much more versatile than their porcelain counterparts because they can be repaired, altered or re-done at any time. They are however not as natural looking as the porcelain veneers, and do not last as long.

My smile shows too much gum. What do I do?
If you have a smile that shows too much gum, or your gums are eneven, then laser gum recontouring may be your answer to improve your smile dramatically: You can smile with less gum showing.

I want to whiten my teeth. What options do I have?
Day to day activities such as drinking coffee, tea, colas, red wine and smoking tobacco can cause undue stress and strain on the colour of your teeth. If you are unhappy with the discolouration of your teeth, then tooth whitening may be the solution for you. We offer you two types of tooth whitening:

  1. Home whitening. We generally suggest our patients to get home whitening as it is cheaper, and has a higher rate of success. Generally you spend about an hour a day for about 7 to 14 days and your teeth will be whiter and brighter.
  2. Office Whitening. This takes place in our surgery and lasts between one and one and half hours (1-1.5 hrs).