Oral Health Questions and Facts

“Long gone are the days of keeping your teeth in a glass next to the bed!”  Dr Michael Finkelstein, from Finkelstein Dentist at Chatswood, says dental implants and mini implants are a fantastic alternative to traditional dentures or missing teeth.

Finkelstein Teeth Implants

What are dental implants?

They are permanent tooth replacements that look and function like natural healthy strong teeth.  There are several options, including single tooth implants, multiple tooth implants, full upper teeth implants or full lower teeth implants.

Tooth human implant (done in 3d graphics)

Tooth human implant (done in 3d graphics)

What are the benefits?

Dental Implants are more comfortable than dentures.

Dental Implants improve your appearance.

Dentures can cause an aging look alternatively Dental Implants preserve your jaw bone not allowing any shrinkage thus implants retain a younger and healthier look.

With Dental Implants, you can eat solid foods like apples or red meat where you may have problems doing this with dentures or bridges.  Therefore Implants enable a healthier life eating healthier foods.

Implants improve Oral Health.  You no longer need to destroy surrounding teeth for bridges also implants allow easier access between teeth for flossing, thus improving oral hygiene.

Dental Implants improve speech and thus confidence as dentures can slip in the mouth while talking sometimes causing mumbling.  Implants are as solid as healthy teeth and you do not have this problem when speaking.


Dental Implants are up to 90% successful and if properly looked after, last a life time.


Who qualifies for dental implants?

Dental Implants are for people who have dentures, which can be uncomfortable and irritating, especially lower dentures that might be loose or rub on the bone. Irritating and Uncomfortable dentures can deeply affect quality of life, speech and even health because it is hard to chew solid foods with dentures.

Dental Implants are very popular with people who have a missing tooth or missing teeth or for people who want to replace dentures or bridges.

Even if you are not a candidate for Implants because of low bone density, you may be a candidate for Mini Dental Implants or Teeth On 4 Implants


What’s the difference between implants and mini implants?

Mini Dental Implants are for people who do not have a lot of bone, so traditional implants cannot be placed. A lot of seniors who have false teeth may have lost a lot of bone so the mini implants may be an alternative to traditional implants.

Mini Dental Implants are also a cheaper alternative and are worth asking us about.

Why should people come to Finkelstein Dentist?

I have had 27 years’ worth of experience fitting implants, so if I didn’t know what I was doing now I’d be in trouble! We create and maintain healthy smiles and mouths for all ages and have a special interest in implant dentistry, general and cosmetic dental treatments, orthodontics and emergency dental.

For more information, go to https://www.finkelsteindentist.com.au/ or call 9262 7778.

Finkelstein Dentist

Level 2, 6 McIntosh St, Chatswood and open 8am – 6pm

Today my blog will be about what you eat and how what you eat affects your dental health.

Unhealthy Eating and Heathy Teeth - Tips from Dr Finkelstein Dentist

Unhealthy Eating and Heathy Teeth – Tips from Dr Finkelstein Dentist

It is very interesting that it is not What you eat but rather How Often you eat, that affects the dental health and dental oral hygiene of your teeth. Food can affect your oral hygiene long after you have swallowed for example eating sweets or chocolate has a less adverse effect to your teeth than if you were to eat the sweets as a separate snack.

Overall poor nutrition can also be a factor that leads to dental gum disease. Dr Finkelstein has always advocated that understanding how food and eating habits affects your oral hygiene is an important first step towards mouth-healthy eating.

As soon as we eat, bacteria starts to build up and make acids in our mouth and it is these acids that start the process that can lead to dental cavities if oral hygiene is not maintained. By oral hygiene, Dr Finkelstein is referring to daily flossing and teeth cleaning.

Carbohydrate foods breakdown into simple sugars such as glucose, fructose and lactose: Fermentable carbohydrates breakdown in the mouth and other foods do not breakdown until they move further along the digestive system.

Fermentable carbohydrates include sugary and junk foods. The bacteria from these foods initiate the decay process. There are certain bacteria presently on your teeth that feed off the sugars from these foods and produce acids. These acids then breakdown the minerals within the tooth enamel, otherwise known as demineralization. Teeth are also able to regain minerals. This natural process is called remineralization. Saliva helps the process of remineralisation and enables minerals to build back up in teeth. So do fluoride and some foods.

Dental decay and gum disease occur when the process of demineralisation occurs faster than re mineralisation.

The longer the sugary foods stay on the teeth allowing the bacteria to build up the acids, the higher the chance for dental decay. Drinking soft drinks throughout the day or sweetened coffee or sweet and starchy snacks are all a recipe for dental decay.

How to Retain Healthy Teeth

Do not be disillusioned! There are many healthy foods that actually work to prevent teeth decay and improve oral hygiene. These are foods that increase saliva flow and neutralise the acids produced by the bacteria. For example, if you eat aged cheese immediately after sugary foods, the cheese will work to shield and safeguard the acid build up.

Most important the steps to take to avoid acid build up and maintail healthy oral hygiene are as follows:

  • Drink water after meals and particularly after unhealthy snacks
  • Floss Daily. My favourite expression is “To Only Floss The Teeth You Want To Keep.”

Visit your dentist every 6 months for a fluoride clean and dental check up

How Do I Get Rid Of Bad Breath

Has anyone ever told you that you have bad breath? There are over 80 million people world wide who suffer symptoms of bad breath, also known as halitosis. The most frequent cause of bad breath is from bacteria in the mouth, the decay of food particles and other symptoms of lower levels of dental hygiene. The formation of bacteria in the mouth and the decay of food produce a sulfur that leads to the bad breath.

Bad breath is initially a result of poor oral hygiene but can also be a result of the decay of food particles and periodontal or gum disease.

It is important to visit your dentist every six months to reduce the chance of bad breath. At a dental visit we will discover any physical problems and we will also clean away the build of plaque and bacteria that naturally build up in the mouth over time and may lead to bad breath.

At Dr Finkelstein dentist, we are able to detect the source of the problem of bad breath. It may be the build up of plaque. It may be food particles. It may be that you need to separately brush your tongue every morning. If the problem of bad breath is from a systemic or internal symptom, we will refer you to see your family physician or a specialist doctor resolve the problem of bad breath.

Some tips from Dr Finkelstein are as follows: We highly recommend to maintain good oral hygiene thus brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. Flossing removes the build up of plaque and bacteria as well as food that may get trapped between the teeth. Brush your tongue and some people may use a tongue scraper, particularly first thing in the morning as this takes away the bacteria that builds up on the surface of the tongue, particularly over night. We also recommend to gently brush the insides of your cheeks and your palette – the roof of your mouth, for the same reason of brushing away the build up of any bacteria.

If you have removable devices such as invisalign retainers or dentures or a mouthguard we recommend to clean the appliance thoroughly before placing it back in the mouth.

Why do I have a passion for Dental Implants?

It is because I want the optimum health for my patients and Dental Implants give my patients quality of life. Cosmetically they look terrific and a healthy looking smile and medically my patients will have a replacement tooth or teeth that is even more secure than their original tooth.

Dental Implants are the actual replacement of the root or roots of the teeth. The Dental Implant is like a screw that is secured in the jawbone and is not visible at all, it is under the gum line. The dental crown is then placed on top and over the dental Implant, this is the visible part of the tooth. Essentially, a Dental Implants is the device that supports dental crowns, bridges or dentures. Most of the time Dental Implants feel more natural and secure than many other methods of replacing missing teeth such as dentures. The dental Implant is made of titanium which is both light in weight, but very strong. A dental Implant is often ultimately, more secure than an original tooth.

More important than anything Dental Implants make you feel more self-confident. They are much more secure than dentures or Dental Bridges. Dental Implants are by far the best way to replace a missing or broken tooth.

If you have a missing tooth and you do not immediately replace it, the jaw bone can start to dissolve in this area and even shrink. A dental implant keeps the jaw bone strong and retains the original shape of the mouth and jawbone.

Tooth loss can influence how you look and feel; it has a big impact on what foods you can eat and therefore ultimately your general health and well being. Tooth Loss can affect your bite and the way your teeth come together. This is very important because movement in your bite can cause problems with your jaw alignment and can lead to TMJ and clicking jaw.
Loosing teeth or missing teeth can affect your speech and self confidence.

All of these reasons are why I am so happy to be able to improve the lives and the health of my patients.

Orthodontics are becoming more and more popular amongst my adult patients.

I would like my first blog to be about orthodontics because my first patient today is still celebrating having her braces off.  I remember meeting her 3 years ago as a young shy lady of 20 years who lacked self-confidence.  We have watched her evolve into a lovely young woman who feels – in her words – sexy and confident – and just loves smiling.  She tells us she has sore cheeks because she has been smiling all week.

Orthodontics creates not just beautiful smiles, but equally importantly, improved dental health and enhanced quality of life for patients of all ages.

The most common form of orthodontics is braces and invisalign.

Braces use a steady and mild pressure which gently move the teeth into their proper position over a period of time.

Invisalign consists of a series of nearly invisible and removable clear aligners that the patient changes every two weeks.  As the patient updates and replaces each aligner, the teeth continue to gently move over each two week period, and so the process continues until the teeth have reached their perfect position.  Invisalign have become very popular particularly amongst my adult patients.