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about us

We love our patients here are Forum Dentistry. Many of them have been with us for years and now we look after their partners and families. We are a little different from most practices you would have experienced as we take time to understand our clients as people and look to exceed their expectations in every way.

Our standard of work is second to none. We have the highest level of craftsmanship and patient care in the industry and we guarantee it. Our work takes into account total mouth management services to improve our patients' quality of life.

Everyone in the practice is focused on delivering an experience you can smile about.

We service patients from all over Sydney, with a particular focus on the areas of St. Leonard's, Naremburn, Artarmon and Crows Nest.

Dr H.Kefaladelis

Dr H. Kefaladelis

Principal

Dr Homer Kefaladelis graduated in 1994 from the University of Witwatersand, Johannesburg South Africa where he was awarded the Gold Medal for Fixed Prosthodontics (Crown and Bridge), the Gold Medal of St Appolonia for the highest academic record in Final Year examinations, as well as the Silver Medal by SAHETI (South African Hellenic Educational and Technical Institute) for the Second most Outstanding Greek University Student in South Africa.

After graduating Dr Kefaladelis worked in private practice in South Africa and in 1995 passed the American Dental Association National Board Examinations Part 1, and in 1996 the Australian Dental Examination Council Examinations, after which he moved to Australia with his wife.

In 1997, Homer purchased a well established practice located in St Leonards and after several years moved to their exciting brand-new state-of-the-art location in the Forum Plaza in St Leonards.

A personalised patient centred philosophy has led to the continual growth of Forum Dentistry.

Dr Kefaladelis is strongly committed to ongoing education and in 2004 commenced attending L D Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education. He is currently undertaking further education continuing with the L D Pankey Essentials program for the greater benefit of patients.

Dr Kefaladelis is an active Nobel Biocare user and a participant in it’s Mentorship programme

Dr H.Lau

Dr H. Lau

Principal

Dr Henry Lau believes in the most advanced and highest quality of dental care possible. He strives to not only provide great care, but to have complete and comprehensive treatment plans in which his patients understand.

He understands that having great oral and general health is not only important but will also result in great smile which improves self confidence and sends out a positive message about yourself to the world.

Henry graduated from the University of Toronto with Honours in Bachelor of Science. He then graduated from Dentistry with Honours from the University of Sydney and received various awards and scholarships including the prestigious International Merit Scholarship, ADRF research grant and the Richard Belitho Bush Memorial Prize for outstanding performance.

Henry believes firmly in continuing education, he therefore has spent time both at home and abroad expanding his knowledge via numerous orthodontic, endodontic and prosthodontic continuing education courses. He is also in the midst of completing his training at the prestigious Pankey Institute.

Aside from being a dentist, Henry also enjoys spending his time exercising and being with his family and friends.

Dr A. Sayani

Dr A. Sayani

Associate

Dr Apeksha Sayani completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2005 from one of the top most universities of India. She was the university topper for two consecutive years and received several awards from the Indian Dental Association for her outstanding performance.

Apeksha worked in private practice for over 5 years before she moved to Sydney in 2010 with her husband. She completed her Australian Dental Council Examinations and started practising at a private practice in Manly.

Friendly and compassionate by nature, Apeksha believes in honesty and excellence. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry and has a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry and minimal intervention dentistry. She works towards making each visit a very comfortable experience for the patient.

Apart from being a dedicated dentist, Apeksha enjoys dancing, yoga and adventurous activities.

treatments

Enhancing your smile can bring out the new you; it can boost your confidence and truly change your life.

Browse through the vast range of cosmetic dental treatments available at Forum Dentistry to give you a new lease on life.

Teeth Whitening

Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there is a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours.

Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing twice daily with fluoride-containing toothpaste, cleaning between their teeth once a day and the regular cleanings at your dentist. If you decide you would like to go beyond this to make your smile look brighter, here are some of your options.

Whitening treatments may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish hued teeth will probably whiten nicely where brownish-coloured teeth may not whiten as well and greyish-hued teeth may not whiten at all. Likewise, whitening will not enhance your smile if you have had bonding or tooth-coloured fillings placed on your front teeth. The whitener will not affect the colour of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or bonding.

If whitening is suitable for your needs, we may suggest a procedure that can be done in our practice. This is called chair-side whitening and may require more than one visit.

During chair-side whitening, we will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent.

This is a simple, yet effective procedure. With the results varying on each person, you will be advised of your colour change.

It is also possible to use whitening treatments at home. Upon visiting us, we will take impressions of your teeth and custom make a tray for your whitening solution. Once this has been fitted, we will give you the whitening treatment to take home. You will be told how often to use the product and for how long to wear the trays as well as the results you can expect.

Some people experience their teeth can becoming sensitive during the period when using the whitening solution. In many cases, this sensitivity is temporary and should lessen once the treatment is finished. Some people also experience soft tissue irritation—either from a tray that doesn’t fit properly or from the solution that may have come in contact with the tissues. If you have concerns about such side effects, please talk to us about it and we will answer any questions you have.

If you haven’t had your teeth whitened, why not book an appointment today or contact us for further information.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants give you the confidence to achieve a more natural smile. Acting as an anchor for an artificial tooth, dental implants consist of only a small titanium post that is placed in just one or two visits. These materials are used as they are compatible and can bond strongly to the living bone tissue. The techniques may range from replacing one missing tooth to replacing every tooth in the upper and/or lower jaw.

When natural teeth are extracted, the bone that held them in place begins to shrink. This can cause dentures and bridges to become uncomfortable. As implants provide points of firm attachment, they can help solve problems posed by traditional dentures and bridges. When fixed firmly in place, the implant will be strong enough to bear the daily forces of chewing and normal function.

Implants have become an important part of modern dentistry with millions of people round the world enjoying the freedom and confidence of a full smile.

Without interfering with your speech ability, eating and general comfort, dental implants will offer you the security to achieve that perfect smile!

Prevention is better than cure; that phrase has never been more true than in the philosophy at Forum Dentistry. Regular dental check-ups are the key to maintaining good oral health and addressing any issues that may arise between appointments.

Daily Oral Hygiene

Typically, oral hygiene visits are scheduled for every six months. This can help prevent many of the problems that lead to decay and tooth loss, and is important in the early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease.

At Forum Dentistry, we believe in individual treatment. When you visit our practice, we make sure that the preventive instructions we give you are for your mouth alone. We will take special care to assess and carefully analyze your full mouth to give the most appropriate advice for you to assist in keeping your teeth and gums healthy for life.

Regular brushing and flossing is essential to ensure the care we take at your regular appointments is maintained. If you are unsure whether you are brushing and flossing your teeth correctly, why not follow the Forum Dentistry technique to getting it right every time.

Feeling self-conscious about the appearance of metal braces in social and professional situations caused many adults who desired a straight smile to be reluctant to undertake orthodontic therapy. Ease of use, comfortable fit as well as being virtually invisible has led to Invisalign© rapidly becoming the orthodontic treatment of choice with adults who wish to attain a straight smile.

Invisalign© consists of a series of custom-made clear aligners precisely moulded using advanced 3-D computer imaging software. This system allows you to view your entire procedure progression and expected end result on a computer screen prior to commencing any treatment.

You wear your aligners for around 2 weeks before they are replaced by the next in the series. Unlike fixed metal braces, Invisalign© aligners can be removed allowing you to eat, brush and floss normally without having to worry about cleaning around brackets and wires.

You will need to visit the Forum Dentistry team approximately every 6 weeks so we can ensure your treatment is progressing as planned. Depending on the position of your teeth, treatment can vary between 9 - 15 months. Following an evaluation appointment, we are able to provide a more accurate timeframe.

For teenagers who require orthodontic treatment, Invisalign© has become a preferred alternative to fixed metal braces. Following an assessment appointment, our team can advise if Invisalign© is suitable option for your child or can be used in conjunction with fixed braces.

To discover the many benefits of Invisalign© and achieve the straight smile you have always desired, call and schedule a consultation appointment.

Dentistry is about providing you with optimum care, assisting in maintaining exceptional health and regular maintenance. We are dedicated to total mouth management. Most of the time, we recognize that your dental regime does not have to involve cosmetic enhancements, but simply good, sound general dental treatments. At Forum Dentistry, we offer all dental treatments, including extractions, root canal therapy and emergency care.

Dentures

A popular and widely used option for replacing missing teeth, dentures can either be complete, that is they replace an upper or lower arch, or both, or they can be partial, filling the space left by several missing teeth, preventing the remaining teeth from moving out of position. Dentures can be made entirely from acrylic, or may be bonded with metal in order to provide additional structural support.

Dentures are made from a detailed mold of your gum contour and remaining teeth, in the case of a partial denture. They need to fit precisely, from your initial assessment appointment through to receiving your completed denture, it can take approximately four to five visits.

A complete denture is secured in place with adhesive gel and suction, whilst partial dentures are often held in place by clasps, which attach to your natural teeth on either side of the space. Both complete and partial dentures should remain stable at all times. If you notice your denture starts to become loose or slips when you speak, cough or chew, you should schedule an appointment to have it adjusted.

Missing teeth can over time cause your gums to alter its shape and as such, your denture may not fit as snugly as it did when first placed. Relining is when the base of your denture needs to be re-shaped or replaced entirely so it fits comfortably and remains secure. Relining can often be completed in a single appointment taking 1 - 2 hours.

Grinding and TMJ

Although a headache is an annoying discomfort, it is easily relieved by a general over the counter pain relief tablet and often forgotten with little thought as to its cause. Many people dismiss a headache as strained neck or shoulder muscles from a bad night’s sleep, working at a computer for too long without a break or a sport injury.

In many instances this may be true, but very few people with recurring headaches, neck or shoulder pain would think their teeth or jaw might be the underlying cause of their pain.

One of the most complex, flexible and utilized joints in your body is your jaw joint, otherwise known as your Temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This ball and socket joint, located just in front of your ears connects your jaw to your skull and is what enables you to move your jaw freely so you can talk, chew, swallow and laugh. When your jaw and teeth are out of their correct alignment a range of problems can occur including:

  • Headaches
  • Grinding of teeth (bruxism)
  • Dizziness
  • Pain in and around the jaw joints especially after sleep
  • Ear aches with no sign of infection or a ringing in the ears
  • Numbness in the fingers and arms
  • Restricted jaw movement
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joints
  • Jaw locking- open or closed
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Facial, neck, shoulder or back pain
  • Unexplained loosening of the teeth
  • Worn tooth surfaces
  • Broken or chipped teeth

TMJ problems often develop over time and therefore treatment to correct TMJ problems, which takes a conservative approach, may also be ongoing for some time.

Your treatment plan may incorporate one or several of the following methods:

  • Bite plate – A custom designed acrylic splint used to reduce the pressure placed on the jaw and teeth. Usually worn at night when your bite force is greater than when you are awake. Bite plates need to be adjusted regularly and monitored as your bite and jaw position changes during your treatment
  • Cold or warm packs – A cold or warm compress placed over the tender areas of your jaw muscles can assist with muscle relaxation and bring relief
  • Diet – Change your diet to include soft foods and cut food into smaller pieces to reduce the strain required to chew. Avoid hard, chewy, sticky foods and chewing gum as they can place additional strain on jaw muscles
  • Stress management – Effective relaxation therapy techniques can reduce strain caused from clenching jaw muscles during times of stress or when doing strenuous physical labor or sport

If you suffer from any of the above conditions, talk to the team at Forum Dentistry today. Patients who undergo treatment for a TMJ dysfunction experience many benefits, including decreased or eliminated pain, improved overall health, longer-lasting dental restorations, more restful sleep and a better quality of life.

Your first appointment

At Forum Dentistry, one of our greatest joys is providing gentle care for children in a fun way. We make sure the experience is educational, fun and genuine for our littlest patients.

We advise that your child’s first appointment with one of the Forum Dentistry team is after all their baby teeth have come through, around age 2. Your child’s first appointment is usually 15 – 20 minutes and involves a quick examination to ensure their teeth are coming through straight and the gums are a healthy pink. Many parents like to schedule their child’s first appointment with their own checkup as seeing a parent having their teeth checked makes children more relaxed and receptive when it’s their turn.

Although baby teeth will fall out naturally, it’s important to a child’s long-term oral health that this does not occur prematurely. Baby teeth play a vital role in childhood development as they guide the growth of facial bones and positioning of permanent adult teeth. Baby teeth also help with pronunciation as children learn to sound out words.

Daily brushing, flossing and a healthy diet is essential for maintaining the health of baby teeth, as back baby teeth (molars) need to last until your child is around age 12. The majority of children will need assistance brushing and flossing until they are around 8 years old. Younger children often lack the dexterity to hold and angle their toothbrush well enough to remove plaque build-up.

The experienced team at Forum Dentistry is happy to provide you with some helpful tips on how to best help your child with their cleaning routine.

Full mouth rehabilitation is when the majority of the teeth in the mouth are restored to create a brand new smile. Full mouth rehabilitation is an opportunity to start again after your mouth has been deteriorated by cavities, gum disease, accidents or bite problems. This treatment often involves a combination of crowns, veneers, dental implants, inlays and fixed bridgework. Full mouth rehabilitation uses a combination of all of the skills at Forum Dentistry through many years of advanced and continuing dental education including TMJ, bite and treatment planning.

One of the most important aspects of successful full mouth rehabilitation is obtaining the correct bite and TMJ position.

Full Mouth Rehabilitation (FMR) defines what 21st Century Dentistry has to offer. It is evidence of the progress dentistry has made over the last century.

Full mouth reconstruction used to mean a long protracted, disjointed series of procedures with a difficult-to-see endpoint that could even include extracting all the teeth and making dentures.

Now, because of improved dental hygiene, people are keeping their teeth longer, but they become worn down and discolored. Plus there may be a collection of mismatched dental work from years past. The bite probably has become misaligned causing TMJ/facial pain and neck tension, and the teeth no longer support the facial structure causing a tired, aged appearance.

Not only can FMR correct all these problems, you can pre-select the colour, shape, size and arrangement of your soon-to-be perfect teeth and smile.

Temporary crowns are worn for 4-6 weeks, while the laboratory custom-creates all-porcelain crowns are seated and permanently bonded to the prepared teeth.

The time required to complete a Full Mouth Rehabilitation can range from as little as 2 to 3 visits to 6 or more, depending on the complexity of the case and the desired result.

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