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Frequently Asked Questions

Naturally, many people are wary about any X-rays as there is a stigma attached to them regarding radiation exposure. Not too long ago, every member of the Spa Team wore a radiation sensor device/badge every day at work for a seven months. Each month the badges were sent to the radiation testing lab to be assessed. A detailed report was sent to us showing all the readings and the level of radiation was so minimal that there was nothing to be concerned about.

Today's patients now receive lower doses of radiation than in the past. This dose reduction is due to better equipment, faster X-ray films and increased use of digital radiography.

US Studies have revealed that the levels of radiation to which patients are exposed with a single dental x-ray is 0.0067% of the level of exposure from a mammogram or 0.5% of the level of exposure from an aeroplane flight from the equivalent of Sydney to Perth.

As you know, we only take X-rays when it is necessary to do so as X-rays are a vital diagnostic tool in dentistry and assist in providing information about a patient's oral health such as early-stage tooth decay, periodontal disease, infections, problems in surrounding bone or some types of tumours; revealing potential problems in the teeth that simply cannot be observed by the naked eye.

The Australian Dental Association has recently released comprehensive information about dental x-rays so if anyone would like to read this, please contact the practice for a copy or have a chat with us about it when you are next in.

Is dental treatment expensive?

Regular visits to the dentist for preventative care is still the most cost effective way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. In the event of more complicated treatments, quality dental care does have associated costs. We can personalise your treatment to fit your budget and we can also offer payment arrangements if needed.

My tooth is aching – what is the best solution?

If you are suffering from a persistent toothache it is a sign that you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. I have just broken my tooth – what should I do? It is very important to come and see a dentist as soon as possible. Keep any fragments of teeth and bring it with you to the dentist.

I have a missing tooth – should I have the gap closed?

Your teeth support and rely on each other. When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can shift out of their normal position. In most cases, it is important to try to replace any missing teeth to balance the way your jaw bites. If you have several missing teeth, the remaining teeth are under more pressure, which can lead to broken fillings, affect jaw balance and bite problems.

Do children before the age of three need their teeth cleaned?

The first baby tooth will erupt sometime between 4 and 9 months old. It is important that a daily cleaning routine should be established. A soft cloth or a soft baby toothbrush can be used to gently rub the erupted teeth and gums. Parents should assist the child in cleaning their teeth up to the age of 7 years old to ensure that it is done properly.

If you brush incorrectly, it doesn't matter what kind of toothbrush you use. Brushing your teeth in the correct positions and motions can do just as well as using a power toothbrush. Flossing is just as important as brushing teeth. Food trapped between teeth is the major cause of tooth cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.

How does root canal therapy save the tooth?

Treatment often takes from one to three visits. To save the tooth, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed from the root canal by careful cleaning and shaping of the canal. The canals are then sealed completely to prevent re-infection.

Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?

With modern techniques and anaesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure. For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. We will advise you as to the best pain relief available.

Will whitening harm my teeth or my gums?

No, tooth whitening has been researched for over 10 years and has now proven that it is safe for your teeth and gums when used correctly.

Will the whitening gel damage the enamel on my teeth?

No, if used correctly it will not damage the enamel of your teeth. With our take-home whitening gel, you only need to whiten for 20 minutes once a day for 2 weeks and top up once or twice every 6 months. Prolonged and excessive daily use can damage the enamel.

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