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frequently asked questions

How can I make over my smile?
Crowding or gaps between teeth can be straightened with braces or invisalign. Discoloured fillings can be replaced by tooth coloured restorations. Dark or stained teeth can be lightened by a thorough clean, bleaching and in some cases may need veneers or crowns.

What can I do if my tooth is knocked out ?
Remain calm and handle the tooth only by the crown. If the tooth is clean, place it back in the socket. If you are unable to replant the tooth, then keep the tooth moist by placing it in milk, wrapping it in plastic ( Glad Wrap or Cling Wrap ) or by holding it in the mouth next to the cheek. Seek immediate dental treatment - time is critical.

Why and how often should I visit a dentist?
Ideally, you should visit a dentist every 6 months. A lot of health issues can be identified earlier on by an oral examination and appropriate treatment can prevent progression of the condition.

What is invisalign?
Invisalign uses an innovative cutting edge technology to create a series of clear custom made aligners to effectively straighten your teeth.

How can I whiten my teeth?
Some stains can be effectively removed by a thorough scale and clean. Stains that are within the enamel matrix of the teeth can be lightened by bleaching or in some cases, may need veneers.

What is root canal treatment?
When bacteria affects the pulp or nerve tissue within the tooth, it can cause severe toothache and infection. The inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected and then root filled. After this the tooth is restored with a filling or crown.

What are the causes of bad breath?
Bacteria in the mouth, cavities in the teeth, gum infection, smoking, medical conditions like diabetes, chronic sinus infection, dry mouth, indigestion, liver/kidney problems; any of these factors can contribute to bad breath.

I am a bit anxious going to the dentist, what should I do?
Please talk to us about your anxiety and fear. We will be able to work with you to find the best ways to make you more comfortable. Strategies include numbing the area, sedation and in some cases general anaesthesia.

At what age should children start visiting a dentist for a check up?
Ideally parents should start bringing in their children to see a dentist from 2 to 3 years of age. It is important that they understand and practise oral hygiene from a very young age.

What is the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)?
CDBS is a government run means tested dental benefit entitlement program for children aged 2 to 17 years. Please call us to find out if your child is eligible. CDBS is bulk billed at our practice.

Can I see a dentist when pregnant?
Yes, you can see a dentist when pregnant, preferably in the second trimester. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect your gums and teeth.