Innovative Dental Treatments
Dr Po Lu (Prosthodontist) and his team offer the following specialist prosthodontic and implant treatments. Click on a treatment to learn more or, if you have a specific question, feel free to call us on (02) 9222 1277.
Prosthodontists like Dr Po are given advanced training in one of the fastest-growing areas of dentistry, cosmetic dentistry. General dentists are not registered specialists with the Australian Dental Board, but prosthodontists receive additional education in recognising aesthetic issues and understanding the shape and morphology of natural dentition or smiles.
We’ll work with you to get the look you want, all given by our highly educated prosthodontist and friendly, compassionate team.
Procedures in Cosmetic Dentistry
In many cases, cosmetic dentistry can be as simple as teeth whitening or orthodontic correction to correct crowding teeth. Other cosmetic procedures, such as veneers and crowns, will change the look of your teeth permanently. Veneers and crowns can often be utilised to transform a smile in cases of malformed teeth, severe developmental discolourations or even just heavily restored teeth.
Dr Po will carefully assess your dentition and advise you of the most appropriate treatment and discuss all alternative options.
Dental implants are a passion of Dr Po’s.
At Sydney Pros Dental, we use the most up-to-date technology during dental implant surgery to ensure the best possible outcome for you.
Dr Po travels overseas and interstate to be at the forefront of all developments in restorative treatments.
We only use the most reputable dental implants on the Australian market, because these products have long-term scientific research and proven success with continual company support for future maintenance of your dental implants.
Missing Teeth replacement
Dental implants are considered one of the most common procedures in dentistry and have been in use for over 30 years. They’re a great option for replacement of missing teeth or treating cracked or structurally flawed teeth, or for dealing with teeth that have insufficient structure for further filling.
The implant (made from titanium) can be used to support a number of other dental prostheses including crowns, bridges and dentures.
Considering a Dental Implant?
Here are some common questions our patients ask us about dental implant treatment:
What are the benefits of a dental implant?
Dental implants help minimise the involvement of other teeth in the treatment and the need for more complex treatment.
Placement of dental implants generally requires only local anaesthetics. The implant is placed into the bone and allowed to heal, which can take from six weeks to six months. After this time the crown is either screwed or cemented onto the implant.
How successful are dental implants?
Successful integration between implant and bone can be as high as 98% generally, one of the most predictable outcomes in dentistry.
Will it hurt?
Most patients experience very little or no discomfort during and following the dental implant treatment and many return to work the next day. Some of our patients experience minor swelling or a dull ache. Over-the-counter painkillers are usually enough to deal with most post-operative pain.
The Perfect Restorative Solution
Dental crowns are a great solution to protect teeth, realign teeth, improve aesthetics, and reconstruct your bite. We use only the most reputable dental laboratories in Australia to manufacture our crowns to the highest standards.
After a detailed consultation with Dr Po, we’ll advise which material –porcelain, porcelain bonded to gold, or full gold – is best suited to you.
We’ll always work with you to get exactly the outcome you desire. Our knowledgeable and friendly team will explain you care in understandable terms, so you’re able to make the best decision for you.
Considering a Dental Crown?
Here are some common questions our patients ask us about having a crown or bridge:
What are the benefits of a crown?
A dental crown protects and restores a fractured tooth where much of the tooth has been lost, or if the tooth has undergone root canal therapy. It can also restore the aesthetics of a discoloured tooth.
Dr Po will carefully prepare the tooth or teeth receiving the crown so that once placed, it will look as natural as possible. The treatment is completed under local anaesthetic to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
A temporary crown will be used between the treatment visits. At the final visit, the crown is placed with a dental luting agent.
Will it hurt?
Most patients experience very little or no discomfort during and following the crown treatment and many return to work immediately.
If you’d like to talk to our specialist about dental crowns in Sydney, please contact us at (02) 9222 1277 so we can discuss the various treatment options available.
Veneers hide imperfections and give back that “winning” smile!
Our veneers are made in Australia with the highest quality dental technicians to achieve the outstanding results Dr Po wants for you. We’ll always work with you to get you the outcome you desire, and can even work with your other specialists to get you the best care.
Our expert team will carefully assess your needs and present you with all your options, so you can choose the best care for you. Our state-of-the-art technology and equipment allows us to handle all of your needs with precision and ease.
Improve Your Smile
A veneer is a thin layer of composite or dental porcelain that is placed over a tooth to improve aesthetics or to protect the tooth’s surface.
A composite veneer is usually placed directly into the mouth, while porcelain veneers are made indirectly by a dental technician and bonded to the tooth later. Porcelain veneers are more durable and less likely to stain than veneers made of composite. A veneer can be used to restore a single tooth that may have been fractured or discoloured, or multiple teeth to improve aesthetics.
Here are some common questions our patients ask us about having veneers fitted:
What are the benefits of a veneer?
A veneer can be used to restore a single tooth that may have been fractured or discoloured, or multiple teeth to improve your smile.
In most cases, only minimal tooth preparation is required when using porcelain veneers, but generally the tooth is slightly shaped to prepare it for the veneer. The veneer is then attached using a special bonding adhesive.
Will it hurt?
Most patients experience very little or no discomfort during and following the veneer treatment and may return to work straight after the appointment.
Soothe Chronic Jaw Pain
Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) is a term that covers various types of acute pain in the jaw. Many people suffer from TMD disorder for a long time without realising it. This is because some of the symptoms, such as headaches, may seem unrelated to your jaw joints and muscles.
Considering Temporomandibular Disorder Treatment?
Here are some common questions our patients ask us about temporomandibular disorder treatment:
What are some common symptoms?
TMD can cause you to wake up with sore or stiff muscles or jaw, headaches or migraines. It can also lead to difficulty or pain when opening your mouth to eat or yawn as well as grinding or clenching of teeth and unusual clicking or popping noises from the jaw joints.
Dr Po (Prosthodontist) may recommend wearing an occlusal splint, which is a custom-made clear plastic appliance that fits over your top or bottom teeth and helps to re-establish harmony between your muscles and joints. Splints usually help to relax muscles and reduce pain. Sometimes, a pharmaceutical treatment approach can also help.
If you’d like to talk about temporomandibular disorder treatment or arrange an appointment, please call us on (02) 9222 1277 so we can discuss the various treatment options available.
Affordable Treatment Alternative For Missing Teeth
Today, dentures are less common in modern dentistry, but are still a viable treatment option for missing teeth if constructed well. Options include a partial denture to replace only a few missing teeth or a full denture, which replaces an entire upper or lower arch of teeth.
Dr Po (Prosthodontist) is specifically trained in the fitting of dentures and has a comprehensive understanding of how tissue extension and occlusion can translate into comfortable, functional aesthetic teeth replacement.
Considering a Denture?
Here are some common questions our patients ask us about dentures:
What are the benefits of dentures?
Dentures are best used when replacing multiple missing teeth. When there is insufficient bone to anchor dental implants, dentures can be an economical solution to replacement of function and aesthetics.
Do dentures fall out?
When dentures are constructed well, retention problems are minimal. In some difficult cases, dental implants can be used.
Constructing a denture usually requires four to six short appointments, with one week in between each appointment. Moulds are taken of your teeth, jaw and soft tissue, and acrylic or porcelain teeth are set up in wax for trial. Once all components of the dentures are confirmed, the denture is processed and issued.
Will it hurt?
Most patients will experience some minor sore spots within the initial weeks of wearing a new denture. The denture is adjusted accordingly to ease the sore spots.
However, there will be some patients who will not able to tolerate a removable full or partial denture. In these cases we generally recommend dental implants to improve retention and comfort.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep!
Severe snoring and sleep apnoea are disorders that are usually characterised by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is the most common.
To properly diagnose sleep apnoea you’ll usually be asked to conduct an overnight sleep study after which your doctor will recommend a prosthodontic specialist like Dr Po. Snoring is a common symptom of people who are suffering from sleep apnoea.
Considering a Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Treatment?
Here are some common questions our patients ask us about sleep and sleep apnoea treatment:
What are the benefits of treating sleep apnoea?
Sleep-disordered breathing is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, arrhythmias, diabetes, and sleep-deprived driving accidents, so resolving the problem is obviously hugely advantageous.
Dr Po will create a bespoke oral appliance to fit your individual needs. The oral appliance or mandibular advancement splint (MAS) is a specially constructed mouthguard that is very successful in treating patients who are suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea.
Will it hurt?
Not at all. The oral appliance is designed to fit your mouth perfectly, so, while it may take a little while to get used to, patients do not usually experience any discomfort.
If you’d like to talk about a potential snoring or sleep apnoea treatment in Sydney, or arrange an appointment, please call us on (02) 9222 1277.