FAQs

Welcome to our FAQ Centre. We invite you to view our most frequently asked questions below for further information about our high quality treatments…

Do you have a question about dental health or any of our treatments? Please peruse our list below and if you are still unsure please don’t hesitate to call us on (02) 9267 9526.

The procedure is not meant to hurt. Your dentist will numb your teeth so you don’t experience any painful sensation or discomfort. They will then remove the tooth decay using a drill and your filling will follow thereafter. You will probably feel numb after the procedure for a few hours but you shouldn’t be in any pain. This is a quick and simple procedure and you shouldn’t be in your dentist’s room for a long time. Should you feel any complications at home, contact your dentist.

The first step is to book an emergency appointment if you feel it becoming loose. Carefully, you should be able to remove the filling in your mouth to prevent swallowing it. It could be wear and tear or it could be bonded improperly but the important thing is to make sure you don’t swallow it. You can purchase an over the counter emergency filling in the short term to make sure the hollow part doesn’t get dirty from excess food and to keep it closed up until you see your dentist. You’ll probably also need some sort of painkiller as the area might be sensitive

Gold teeth are very similar to your own natural teeth. They require brushing and flossing as well. Using a fluoride-based toothpaste make sure you brush thoroughly, when using your dental floss, use it all around your teeth. The gold tooth might be made of strong and durable material but it still needs maintenance. Lastly, make sure you schedule regular meetings with your dentists so they can do a proper professional clean on all your teeth including the gold one. During that time, your dentist will be able to let you know if there are any issues with your teeth.

Be positive, educational and have a happy attitude. Take casual visits to the practice and let your child get to know the dentist and staff

We recommend that you do this especially if your child has fears and anxieties. It makes them familiar and helps put them at ease.

We prefer the little ones to come in sooner rather than later. The child first visit should start at about the age of 2-3 years old where they can just sit on the lap of one of their parents. By having a look in the child’s mouth and only counting their teeth or even just a ride on the dental chair is a pain-free, trust-building exercise.

Educate them on why it’s important to brush their teeth twice a day, make the experience fun. Do it with them if you have to. Buy colourful, fun toothbrushes for them to brush their teeth with. Be a good example, eat healthy and drink loads of water then encourage the same behavior.

We recommend bringing them in before they reach two years old. This helps us keep good track of their teeth development.

We recommend that parents do that. It helps put the little one at ease and makes the dental rooms a familiar place to them.

When plaque and calculus accumulate on the teeth it can aggravate the gums causing periodontal disease to develop. Supporting tissues around the teeth (gums, periodontal ligaments, bone) then begin to deteriorate. Periodontal pockets form which trap additional plaque. Bad breath often accompanies this condition. Once the bone that supports the teeth is lost it will not regrow without surgical intervention.

Dental check-ups are still important for your oral health even if you are not experiencing any symptoms. When you go in for a check-up, you get a professional cleaning that removes plaque and tartar which, if regularly left untreated, will cause dental issues like cavities and periodontal disease. By receiving these check-ups you reduce the chances of you acquiring major dental diseases which would cause you acute pain down the line. We recommend that you schedule your check-ups every 6 months and more frequently if you have a history of oral problems or if you have braces.

An easy and effective way to maintain your smile after your check-up is to practice good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing and using a mouthwash, will help you to keep your gums and teeth healthy. An important thing to remember to do is to also brush your tongue, many patients forget this step; however, it is necessary for preventing an excess build-up of plaque in your mouth. Not only will these four things help you maintain your smile, they will also help to prevent oral and dental issues like cavities, tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Cavities are small holes that form on the inside of your teeth due to tooth decay. Tooth decay and cavities are caused by the build-up of plaque left on the teeth from starch and sugars found in food. The acid that plaque produces is what eats away at the enamel on your teeth. More serious oral issues may arise if you leave your cavities untreated, such as periodontal disease and the partial or total loss of some of your teeth. However, you can prevent cavities by practising good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing daily) and attending your regular dentist appointments for professional cleanings.

Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria found in plaque. If plaque is not regularly removed it calcifies into a rough, porous deposit called calculus or tartar. By-products of bacterial metabolism irritate the gums making them red, tender, swollen and more prone to bleeding. Eventually the supporting periodontal structures begin to breakdown. The result of this slow process is tissue loss, bone loss and eventual tooth loss.

If you are not in any pain call the dentist as soon as possible to book an appointment. Try and keep the tooth as clean as possible and avoid biting hard on that tooth. If you have pain you will need to go to your dentist immediately as an emergency.

When a tooth is pushed out of position:

  1. Attempt to reposition the tooth to its normal alignment using very light finger pressure but do not force the tooth.
  2. Bite down to keep the tooth from moving.
  3. Your dentist may splint the tooth in place to the two healthy teeth next to the loose tooth.

The most important thing is not to wait to receive treatment!

  1. Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment. Getting to a dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
  2. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. Touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) can damage cells necessary for bone reattachment.
  3. Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub.
  4. Place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and the gum to keep it moist- it is important not to let the tooth dry out.
  5. If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk.

Radiographic or X-Ray examinations provide your dentist with an important diagnostic tool that shows the condition of your teeth, their roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial bones.

X-Rays can help your dentist determine the presence or degree of periodontal disease, abscesses and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumours. X-Rays can also show the exact location of impacted teeth. They can pinpoint the location of cavities and other signs of disease that may not be possible to detect through visual examination (such as changes in the jaw bone structure as a result of systemic disease).

Radiographic or X-Ray examinations provide your dentist with an important diagnostic tool that shows the condition of your teeth, their roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial bones.

X-Rays can help your dentist determine the presence or degree of periodontal disease, abscesses and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumours. X-Rays can also show the exact location of impacted teeth. They can pinpoint the location of cavities and other signs of disease that may not be possible to detect through visual examination (such as changes in the jaw bone structure as a result of systemic disease).

The ideal time for your child to meet the dentist is six months after their first (primary) teeth erupt. This gives your dentist a perfect opportunity to carefully examine the development of their mouth and diagnose problems such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething irritations and prolonged thumb-sucking in their early stages.

Brushing and flossing are definitely the first steps to eliminating bad breath. Brushing and flossing remove bacteria responsible for creating odorous sulphur compounds and the food they feed on. However, bacteria hide not only on and around the teeth but also on the tongue under a layer of mucous. Here they are free to create odours.

You might want to consider a tongue scraper. They’re extremely effective at removing this protective mucous layer from the back of the tongue.

The latest products on the market for bad breath are toothpastes and mouthwashes containing chlorine dioxide. The chlorine dioxide neutralises the odorous sulphur compounds, instead of simply covering up the odour.

The black filling material used in your teeth is amalgam. Amalgam has been used for over a hundred years as a filling material but in recent times more advanced tooth coloured filling material has been developed. We can safely replace your unsightly amalgam fillings with our modern filling material that can be colour-matched to the exact shade of your teeth.

Screenings make it easy to detect oral cancer whilst it is still in its early stages, and the opportunity for cure is greater.

  • Sores that bleed easily or don’t heal
  • A change of colour in gum tissue
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, rust or small eroded area
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips

Dentists perform an examination of your mouth during a routine dental visit to screen for oral cancer. Some dentists may use additional tests to help in identifying areas of abnormal cells in your mouth.

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