When Should My Child First See the Dentist?

A child’s first visit to the dentist is a milestone, and many parents wonder when it should happen. There are varying recommendations regarding a child’s age for that monumental first visit, and at LN Dental Centre, we recommend bringing in your kids when they are about three years old.

At this age, children are usually old enough to sit still in the dental chair and to understand what the appointment is about. It is also early enough for your dentist to identify potential problems in their early stages, and there is still time to address habits such as thumb-sucking that can have a negative impact on the adult teeth when they come in.

At our Chester Hill, NSW dental clinic, we firmly believe that children who see a children’s dentist regularly grow into adults who also take care of their oral health. We look forward to helping your kids develop habits that contribute to a lifetime of healthy gums and teeth.

How to Make the First Dental Visit a Good One

It can be scary for kids—and their mums and dads—to come to the dentist for the first time. Here are some tips for making sure the visit is a pleasant one:


  • Don’t treat the dental visit as a serious event. The most important aspect of the visit is to make sure your child is comfortable and understands what is happening.
  • Consider bringing in your child for your own check-ups and cleans prior to his or her first appointment. Seeing Mum or Dad calmly sitting in the dental chair can go a long way in showing kids there is nothing to worry about.
  • Ask if someone on the team can provide a quick tour of the surgery so children can take a look and see that although a new environment, there is nothing scary about it.

You can also call us ahead of time if you have specific concerns about your child’s first visit, and we will be happy to help or offer additional advice.

We invite you to call LN Dental Centre, your family-friendly children’s dentist in Chester Hill, NSW, when it’s time for your child’s first booking with our surgery.

How Are Same-Day Crowns Made?

If you have ever gotten a dental crown in decades past, you probably remember the experience took a couple of trips to the dentist. At the first appointment, your dentist prepared your tooth and made an impression of it to send to an outside lab for fabrication. You had to put up with an awkward temporary crown for a couple of weeks while you waited for your permanent crown to be made.

Anyone who still has dental crowns from those days also knows that an unattractive dark grey ring forms along the edge of the crown near the gumline from the metal that was used in these types of crowns.

At LN Dental Centre, we use state-of-the-art technology to create all-ceramic dental crowns in just one visit. Your tooth is prepared and your permanent crown is placed on the same day. The entire process only takes about an hour and a half.

How Are Same-Day Crowns Made?

A same-day crown is a restoration that is made in-house by our dentist using computer-aided design software. The end result is a strong restoration that will look and function very much like your natural tooth.

Using our state-of-the-art computer-assisted design software, we will make an impression of your tooth. This is sent to our in-house milling machine, where a perfect-fitting dental crown is made while you wait. Dr Nhan will be able to fit you with your permanent crown the very same day.

Just because it is quicker to design, produce and place this type of dental crown, this doesn’t mean you’ll be sacrificing durability or aesthetics. In fact, because we use only ceramic in the fabrication process, you won’t have the tell-tale metal ring at the bottom of the crown.

When Is This Type of Dental Crown Used?

Same-day dental crowns are used in the same situations that a traditional dental crown might be used, including:

  • To repair a broken or fractured tooth
  • To save a tooth that has a too much decay for a filling
  • To finish off a dental implant
  • To hold dental bridge in place
  • To strengthen a tooth after root canal treatment

Getting a dental crown in Chester Hill, NSW, doesn’t have to be a hassle with the latest in dental technology. We invite you to call our surgery to find out more.

Orthodontics – They are not just for kids anymore

If you missed out on the opportunity to have braces as a child, or if you have suffered an orthodontic relapse with teeth that have shifted out of alignment over the years, LN Dental Centre may be able to help. At our Chester Hill, NSW clinic, we offer adult options for orthodontic treatment that can give you a straight, beautiful smile that might also be healthier.

Clear Aligner Braces

Because many adults are not comfortable with the idea of wearing traditional braces with unsightly brackets and wires for many months or even years, clear aligner braces might offer a welcome solution. At our clinic, we use Clear Correct invisible braces, which are nearly undetectable when you speak or smile.

Because the clear aligners are removable, you can take them out for eating and cleaning your teeth. You will experience no food restrictions with Clear Correct, and it will be easier to keep teeth clean and healthy. In addition, if you will be taking part in a social event or if you have an important work meeting, you can take out the aligners for a few hours without impacting your treatment. We do recommend, however, that you wear the aligners for at least 22 hours each day to keep treatment on course.

Clear aligner braces work by gently nudging the teeth into the desired position with a series of aligners that you change out every few weeks. Busy adults appreciate the fact that treatment is usually shorter than with traditional braces—generally six to 18 months—and you need fewer trips to the dental clinic since there are no adjustments necessary.

Traditional Orthodontics

Sometimes orthodontic conditions are too complex for clear aligner treatment, so we might recommend traditional braces. For patients who have bite-related issues, orthodontics can protect oral health by minimising the risk of undue wear on the teeth, chewing problems, and other jaw-related difficulties. We offer tooth-colored ceramic options, so they are barely noticeable.

Whatever your age, you can enjoy the benefits of having a straight, beautiful smile with orthodontics treatment at our Chester Hill, NSW clinic. It’s easy to get started. We welcome your call to book a consult.

Dental implants and bridges: Two very different ways to replace a missing tooth

Missing even one tooth can have a serious impact on your smile’s appearance, and it can also create issues with the way your mouth functions. This is in addition to the problems it can create with your self-confidence.

Two of the most common ways to fill in the gap left behind a missing tooth are dental implants and dental bridges. Although both options address the same challenges, they are two very different approaches to consider. At our Chester Hill, NSW surgery, we want to make sure our patients understand what dental implants and bridges both entail before they decide on what is right for their oral health.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a metal post, typically made of titanium, that replaces a missing tooth root. When a tooth root is missing, the area around the missing root begins to decline. After the implant is placed, it integrates with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This also protects the bone, ligaments, and nerves from further deterioration.

When the dental implant is firmly in place, your dentist can attach a dental crown to it, giving you a tooth that looks and functions very much like your natural tooth.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge also fills in the gap left by missing teeth by attaching to the healthy teeth on either side of the space.

One of the major drawbacks of a dental bridge is that the two teeth to which the bridge are attached will need to be reshaped, even if they are otherwise healthy. This is to accommodate the dental crowns that attach to the bridge, holding it into place.

Make the Best Decision for Your Tooth Replacement

We invite you to contact our Chester Hill, NSW surgery to learn more about dental implants and bridges. Your trusted dentist, Dr Hoang Nhan, can discuss both procedures with you, as well as the expected results. You can make the right decision for your smile, and he can create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Arrange a booking with LN Dental Centre today.

Why it makes sense to visit the dentist for anti-wrinkle injections?

A beautiful smile starts with good oral health. But if you would like to enhance your facial appearance even more, Dr Hoang Nhan offers dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.

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It may never have occurred to you to visit the dentist for these cosmetic treatments, but if you think about it, it makes sense: Dr Nhan is an accredited member of the Australasian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics (AADFA), and he has received extensive education about the anatomy of the head, neck and mouth. Because of this advanced training, as a dentist, Dr Nhan is uniquely qualified to deliver treatment with exceptional accuracy. The results can take years off your appearance.

How Anti-Wrinkle Injections Are Used

Anti-wrinkle injections are used cosmetically to smooth out the skin by eliminating creases, wrinkles and frown lines that develop over the years by repeated muscle contractions. They are a safe way to get younger-looking skin without invasive cosmetic surgery. It is commonly used for wrinkles between the eyebrows, along the forehead, around the lips and in the corners of the eyes.

Within a few days of having the injections, facial muscles begin to relax, and a couple of weeks after that, your skin will look fresh and smooth.

More About Dermal Fillers

Although it is also administered with an injection, dermal fillers are different than typical anti-wrinkle injections in that they deliver a gel-like substance below the surface of the skin designed to plump it up. Fillers are often used to smooth out creases and wrinkles, fill out thinning lips and improve facial contours.

Results are immediate, so you will be able to enjoy your more youthful appearance straight away.

We invite you to give us a call to find out more about anti-wrinkle injections at our Chester Hill, NSW, surgery. The injections take mere minutes, but you will be able to enjoy your fresh, young appearance for several months.

Benefits of clear aligner braces you might not have considered

Here are three benefits of clear aligner braces many patients may not have considered.

1. Gentler on Teeth and Gums

With a mouth full of wires and brackets, as with traditional braces, it’s easy for a stray wire or sharp edge to irritate the soft tissues of the mouth. Clear aligner braces present none of these hazards since the aligner trays are made of smooth plastic that are comfortable to wear.

2. No Staining of Teeth

When dental appliances are glued to teeth, such as the brackets with traditional braces, some staining around the site is fairly routine. Because it is more difficult to clean around the brackets and wires, teeth are more susceptible to stains from common foods and drinks.

Clear aligners are not attached to teeth, so there is no risk of staining. In addition, because the aligners are removed for cleaning the teeth, flossing and brushing is just as routine as before you began treatment. It’s easier to keep teeth and gums healthy.

3. Fewer Trips to the Dentist

Patients who experience traditional orthodontics know about routine visits to the dentist for adjustments to keep treatment on track. With clear aligner braces, we provide our patients with a few sets of aligners and instructions on when to switch to a new set. This means that trips to our surgery are minimized, and when patients do need to come in for new aligners, visits are shorter since no manipulation is required.

4. Call Our Chester Hill, NSW Practice to Learn More About Clear Aligner Braces

If you are ready to begin your journey toward a straighter, healthier smile, we invite you to call LN Dental Centre to book a consult at

(02) 9644 1499 / Or book an appointment with us: https://lndentalchesterhill.com.au/book-appointment/

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Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Should my wisdom teeth be removed?

This is a very common question amongst our patients, and there is no simple answer. It depends on how severe and frequent your symptoms are, and how much these symptoms are affecting you.

There are only TWO reasons why we would remove wisdom teeth:

  1. Recurring infections due to a partially erupted wisdom tooth (this is because it would be almost impossible to clean!)
  2. Potential damage caused to healthy molar teeth from an erupting wisdom tooth (some wisdom teeth can grow horizontally)

The first step to see whether you need to have your wisdom tooth removed is to come in and have a scan. Once completed, our dentists can have a look inside and inform you on what would be best for you.

Children dentist and stories you must to know

1. Baby teeth are still present, however adult teeth erupted right behind it, is it ok?

Adult teeth usually grow behind baby teeth as in the photo. If the adult teeth are close to the baby teeth, the baby teeth will be mobile. However if the adult teeth are far from the baby teeth, then the adult teeth will be firm.

Depend on the case, doctor may advise to have baby teeth removed. After removing the baby teeth, the adult teeth will shift back into right place in about 3-4 months. Please do not advise your child to push these teeth out with the tongue as it will cause open bite and spacing problem.

 

2. Is it painful to have baby teeth removed?

Answer: The removal of baby teeth involves very little to no pain at all. Children are generally afraid of having baby teeth removed because they are unsure of the pain that is involved, the unfamiliar environment of a dental clinic, the needle itself or for first time patients, the dentist!

For that reason, we recommend parents take their children at an early age (generally from 3 yrs) to familiarise them with the dental environment. Parents should also prepare their children at home and explain in simple words what a dental visit involves. Most importantly, parents should always be honest about what their children can expect to happen when they receive treatment. By being honest, children have a slight understanding of what they can expect once they go visit the dentist.

LN DENTAL CENTRE – Chester Hill
(02) 9644 1499

How to clean your teeth with braces!

Don’t Let Plaque Win
Once teeth are straightened by braces, it is easier to reach plaque on and between your teeth. But while wearing braces, plaque and food particles have additional places to accumulate and become trapped. Use an Electric Toothbrush with an Ortho®brush head that’s specially designed to effectively and gently clean around braces.

Treat Your Gums Kindly
While wearing braces, you might consider using the sensitive mode of your Toothbrush. The sensitive mode oscillates at a lower speed for extra care and comfort along the gum line—and around the brackets and orthodontic wires.

Brush and Floss Like a Pro
Using an Electric Toothbrush makes this routine easy.
Get started. Remove elastics, bands, or removable parts of orthodontic appliances.
Clean your braces. Carefully clean around wires and pins.
Brush each wire. Move top to bottom, and all the way around upper and lower teeth.
Brush your teeth. Dental professionals recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice daily.

That means each quadrant of your mouth gets 30 seconds. Electric. As you’re brushing, make sure to clean all areas of the tooth. Some people find they get the best clean going tooth by tooth.

Floss once a day. Use waxed floss and thread it carefully under the main wire before passing between two teeth. Don’t snap it—simply move up and down gently, remove, and move on to the next pair of teeth. Use Oral-B Superfloss®, which is self-threading or regular floss with a floss threader to place above and below the orthodontic wire.
Rinse, and then check your teeth. Rinse thoroughly. Examine teeth and braces in the mirror, and remember to look for any remaining food particles.

Plan Regular Checkups
Seeing your dentist for checkups and adjustments is essential. He or she can repair broken pieces, answer general questions, and address any irregularities such as cavities or gingivitis. Your dental professional may recommend a fluoride treatment as a precaution.

Source: Oral B