Markham Street Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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If you have any questions about dentistry in Armidale, NSW, we invite you to get in touch with us. Meanwhile, check out the questions we hear most often from patients just like you. 


Dental braces in Armidale, NSW are designed to straighten teeth and improve a misaligned bite. Generally, we can evaluate children for braces at around age seven, but this may be too early to consider braces in some cases. However, our Armidale, NSW dentist pays close attention to the way your child’s teeth come in, and age seven is a good time to start phase I orthodontics.

Phase I orthodontics, or the pre-braces phase, may call for orthodontic expanders. A palatal expander widens the upper jaw to help teeth line up from top to bottom, and it is often a precursor to phase II orthodontics or traditional braces.

Braces may come into play shortly after phase I orthodontics.

Braces in Armidale are designed to correct the following issues and guide teeth to their optimal positions:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Twisted teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

In addition to providing your child with a more attractive smile, braces may help with cavities and erosion because straight teeth are easier to brush and floss. Additionally, an aligned bite generally saves wear on enamel. We offer tooth-coloured and metal braces in Armidale. 

Ultimately, an evaluation in our Armidale, NSW dental clinic is recommended to determine whether braces are right for your child and at what age. We look forward to meeting your family.

Cosmetic Dentistry

If you’re considering professional teeth whitening treatments in Armidale, NSW, it starts with an exam by Dr Joseph Nyepetsi if you haven’t been to the dental clinic recently

Teeth bleaching safety decisions may include dental health issues or whether you have restorations. However, a dental health issue or restorations do not necessarily rule out teeth whitening.

If your dentist decides that teeth whitening is a safe option for you, we offer both take-home teeth whitening kits and in-chair teeth whitening at Markham Street Dental or a combination of both.

For take-home teeth whitening, we take an impression of your smile and use this model to create a custom whitening tray that fits your mouth securely. You take this tray and our prescription whitening gel home, and you can bleach your teeth on your time.

While teeth bleaching is usually considered safe under a dentist’s discretion, we don’t recommend over-the-counter bleaching systems. The products can be harsh or abrasive—harming your enamel—and generally, don’t give you the dramatic results usually seen with prescription-strength products. Also, when trays are not custom-designed for your smile, the bleaching products can spill onto your gums and create tooth sensitivity.  

If you’re looking for ways to get rid of stubborn brown or yellow tooth stains in time for a big event, we recommend contacting our Armidale, NSW dental clinic to arrange a booking.

We serve patients in Armidale, Kentucky, Walcha, Uralla and all surrounding locations.

Dental Implants

Dental implants in Armidale, NSW are designed to replace missing teeth. They are thin posts made from durable titanium. These posts are implanted in your jawbone and fuse with the bone over time. When fusing is complete, Dr Joseph Nyepetsi crowns your tooth with a life-like tooth replacement.

Dental implants have been a part of dentistry for decades, and they provide unique advantages over other tooth replacement options. Notably, dental implants may contribute to better oral health in addition to being aesthetically appealing.

Dental implants stave off bone loss in the jaw, which is a natural occurrence when teeth are missing. Dental implants also stop natural teeth from shifting toward empty tooth sockets, which can lead to bite issues, erosion, cavities and even future tooth loss.

These sturdy tooth replacements are safe and can last for a lifetime with proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams in our Armidale, NSW dental clinic.

It’s critical to remember that no tooth restoration can prevent gum disease or oral infections. Regular exams help our dentist spot these issues early, and teeth cleans allow our hygienist to get rid of the bacteria that can lead to gum disease. Gum disease can cause implant failure and tooth loss.

We serve patients in Armidale, Kentucky, Walcha, Uralla and all surrounding locations.

General Dentistry

Our Armidale, NSW dentist wants to help you maintain optimal oral health throughout pregnancy.

During pregnancy, your body goes through many changes, and so do your hormones. While there is no evidence to suggest that pregnancy leads to tooth decay, there may be some factors that contribute to dental problems during pregnancy.

There is evidence to suggest pregnancy gingivitis in some women, an inflammation of the gums that may cause tenderness. This is rare, and an excellent oral hygiene routine and professional teeth cleaning may be in order. If you notice oral changes during pregnancy, we recommend consulting your Armidale, NSW dentist.

If you suffer from morning sickness, you may also be more prone to enamel erosion and cavities if you don’t take precautions. Cleaning your mouth after vomiting is essential to maintain the integrity of your teeth—stomach contents are acidic.

If you crave sweets, carbohydrates or acidic fruits and fruit juices, we recommend upping your dental hygiene routine to offset the increase in cavity-causing foods and beverages.

Pregnancy may lead to decreased oral hygiene if you’re not feeling well, feeling tired or if your gag reflex is particularly sensitive. Speak to your Armidale, NSW dentist or contact our Markham Street Dental team for tips to help you out when you’re just not feeling your best.

Root canal therapy in Armidale, NSW is designed to relieve your tooth pain, eliminate infection, and save your tooth. Often, patients believe root canals will be painful, but the more common reality is pain relief through root canal therapy.

If you have a root and pulp infection of the tooth, common symptoms include:

  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw or face swelling

In the early stages of a root infection, you may only notice sensitivity, which is why we encourage you to make an appointment with your Armidale, NSW dentist at the first sign of oral changes, including tooth sensitivity that does not improve. 

A root canal involves removing the infection and treating the area with an antibacterial agent and temporarily closing the tooth. In many cases, a dental crown is recommended at your next dental visit to return bite force to the compromised tooth and help prevent future breakage.

A tooth crown in Armidale is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over an existing tooth—coloured and designed to blend in with your smile.

Remember, a root canal relieves your root-infection pain, but the therapy itself is not particularly painful. Dr Nyepetsi always makes sure you’re relaxed, comfortable and numb before beginning your root canal treatment in Armidale, NSW.

We serve patients in Armidale, Kentucky, Walcha, Uralla and all surrounding locations.

Periodontal Treatment

There is some evidence that you are more likely to develop gum disease (periodontal disease) if you have a family history of gum problems. However, if you develop a good oral hygiene routine and visit your Armidale, NSW dentist regularly for exams, cleans, and periodic x-rays, you are less likely to develop gingivitis or gum disease.

Gingivitis is a precursor to gum disease. If your Armidale, NSW dentist catches gum disease in the gingivitis stage, it is reversible.

The symptoms of gingivitis and gum disease may include some or all of the following:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Periodic or chronic tooth pain
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums—making teeth appear longer
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath

If you notice any of these symptoms, we recommend scheduling an exam with our Armidale, NSW dentist. Dr Joseph Nyepetsi can halt the progress of periodontal disease and help save your smile. Without treatment, periodontal disease may lead to tooth loss. Some evidence suggests that gum disease may also be linked to heart attack, stroke, and other health conditions.

When it comes to preventing periodontal disease, we recommend not dwelling on family history but seeing your dentist regularly for exams and cleans. Dental exams help your Armidale, NSW dentist spot gingivitis before it becomes gum disease. And regular cleans clear away the stubborn bacteria that may lead to gum disease.

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