I haven’t been to the dentist in years but I brush and floss every day. Do I still need a professional clean?

Yep, and after visiting us you’ll know just how much cleaner and healthier your gums can be. Although regular brushing and flossing is a vital part of your oral health routine, a professional clean gets rid of the hard to reach build up – or tartar – that forms on your teeth and gums over time. Leave it there too long and you risk infection, receding gums and even tooth loss. Prevention is better than cure!

How often should I visit the dentist?

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to regular dental visits. As a general rule, a visit every 6 months ensures your teeth and gums stay as healthy as possible. However, if you’re at risk of gum disease or cavities we may need to see you more often. Every patient is different, but the key is consistency. We’ll let you know after each assessment when we need to see you next.

I’ve booked my first appointment – What should I expect?

Awesome, we can’t wait to meet you!

We’ll start by asking you about your medical and dental history, including medications, allergies and past treatments. We need this information to ensure any medication we prescribe doesn’t interfere with medication you’re currently on, or existing conditions you’re dealing with.

Next, we’ll do a full examination of your teeth, gums and surrounding mouth tissues. We’ll also check for oral cancer and may take a few x-rays to make sure you don’t have any tooth decay, infections, tumours or teeth that are yet to penetrate the surrounding tissue.

Once we’ve finished the examination, we’ll use an ultrasonic scaler to clean your teeth and remove any tartar build-up above and below the gum line. We’ll then finish the job with a polish and floss.

Before you go, we’ll create a treatment plan just for you. It’ll include everything you need to know, including the risks and benefits of each suggested treatment. And that’s it – first appointment done!

Will you accept my health fund?

Absolutely, we accept all health funds. However, the rebate you receive will vary depending on the type of cover you have. For example, a rebate on a check-up and clean can be anything from 10 to 100% of the total cost. If you’re concerned about costs, give us a call or contact your health fund for more information.

What is the CDBS (Child Dental Benefit Schedule)? Is my child eligible?

Great question. The CDBS provides access to basic dental services for kids aged 2 to 17 years. It’s available every 2 consecutive years for services valued up to $1000. To find out if you’re eligible, give us a call on 07 5525 2400 or contact Medicare.

How do I take care of my child’s teeth and teach them a good oral health routine?

Did you know tooth decay is the most common chronic illness in children? But with the proper oral health routines in place, cavities never have to be a problem for your kids. We’re passionate about setting kids up for a happy, healthy future, which is why we make visits to the dentist as fun and educational as possible. Our kid-friendly team love nothing more than spending time with your little ones, so rest assured they’ll leave our surgery healthy, happy and with the best oral health habits in town.

Does your surgery offer braces?

Absolutely, it’s one of our favourites!!!. We use one of the most modern methods – it’s called Invisalign, and it doesn’t require metal braces. Instead, Invisalign are custom moulded to your teeth and, bonus, they’re almost invisible, so no one will even notice you’re wearing them. Give us a call to learn more.

Why is my tooth sore?

There are a few reasons why you might be feeling pain. The main reasons are tooth decay, fractured or broken tooth/ filling or gum infection. So the next time it happens, take note of when the pain occurs, what you’re doing when it happens, and whether you’re able to do anything to relieve it. Our dentists will use that info to work out what the problem might be, and, more importantly, how to fix it.

What are the major causes of toothache?

There are a few reasons why your tooth maybe sore.  The main reasons are:

Decay: bacteria eating away into the tooth structure which consequently can lead to an abscess

Fracture/ broken tooth or filling: exposed nerve can be very sensitive

Gum infection: inflammation of the gums can be very painful if not treated properly

What can be done?

Filling

Root canal treatment

Extraction

Periodontal treatment

What is root canal therapy and why might I need it?

When teeth are damaged by decay, trauma or disease, the nerve within the tooth dies and an abscess forms. This can be extremely painful and can result in facial swelling or tooth loss. We use root canal therapy – or RCT – to treat the tooth and alleviate pain and discomfort.

If you think you’re experiencing nerve problems, get in touch and we’ll develop a treatment plan right away.

I have missing teeth – what can I do to replace them?

From bridges, to implants and dentures, there are a number of ways to replace missing teeth. To get started, book an appointment today. We’ll discuss all your options and develop a plan that perfectly suits your needs and budget.

I want a beautiful smile – where do I start?

We sometimes underestimate the impression a great smile can make. But thanks to the latest technologies and techniques, we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Whether your teeth are discoloured, gummy, chipped, too short, too gappy (or anything in between), we can help. Give us a call and we’ll develop a personalised plan that covers everything you need. From anti-wrinkle treatments, to bonding, crowns, invisalign and veneers, we’ve got the treatments guaranteed to create an unforgettable smile.

I’d like to whiten my teeth. What are my options?

We’d love to help you get a whiter, brighter smile, and have in-clinic and take home treatment options for you to choose from. Give us a call on 07 5525 2400 for a chat about which option is best for you.

How do I keep my teeth and gums as healthy as possible?

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy isn’t rocket science. Follow these 7 simple tips and your smile will be sensational for years to come.

 

  1. Eat well balanced healthy meals
  2. Try not to snack between meals, and keep sugary and acidic foods and drinks on the down low
  3. Clean your teeth twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. And remember there’s no need to rinse, simply spit out the leftover toothpaste after brushing
  4. Avoid soft drinks and energy drinks and instead, drink lots of water, taking frequent sips throughout the day
  5. Chew sugar free gum to increase saliva flow
  6. For optimal oral and general health, quit smoking. There are heaps of programs to help you quit, so don’t hesitate to ask for help if and when you need support
  7. Visit your dentist for regular check-ups
I’m worried about my wisdom teeth. Do I have to remove them and what’s the process?

Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. However, some people’s wisdom teeth can become impacted, causing infections in the surrounding tissue, along with red, swollen gums, localised pain and jaw stiffness. In extreme cases, inflammation can cause bone and tissue decay, or cysts can form. This is most common when outside particles become trapped between the gum line and wisdom teeth, causing painful collections of pus that then wear down and deteriorate the surrounding oral tissue, gums and even bone. And that’s when they need to come out.

Luckily, removing them is a simple process, and it’s done the same way we remove any other teeth. We’ll give you a local anaesthetic to start, and will then use dental forceps to create a wider opening for the tooth. We’ll then move the tooth from side to side to loosen it, until it’s removed entirely. We’ll then stitch your gum up and as a general rule you’ll be good to go in less than an hour.

 

If you’re worried about your wisdom teeth, or would like advice on whether you need them removed, get in touch.

I’m worried that the kind of work I need is going to be very expensive. What can I do?

We understand that dental work can be expensive, but taking care  of your oral health is one of the most important things you can do. So if you’re worried about cost, let us know. We can work with your goals and budget to find the solution and payment plan that’s perfect for you.

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If you have any further questions please contact us using the below form.

(07) 5525 2400