FAQS

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a solution for a missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges ‘bridge’ the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The crown replacing the missing tooth is joined to crowns made to fit over the neighbouring teeth. In this way, the bridge, made up of three crowns, is supported by the teeth either side of the gap.

What is a crown?

A crown is a cap, usually made from ceramic, which is used to rebuild and strengthen a weak or broken tooth. Crowns can also be used to improve your smile by changing the shape and colour of your existing teeth.

What are dental implants?

Implants look and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible consisting of a replacement root made from titanium, which fuses with the jaw bone, with a crown placed on top.

What is root canal treatment?

Inside a tooth is a fine channel called the root canal, which contains the dental pulp which consists of nerves and blood vessels. If the dental pulp becomes diseased or dies, a toothache or an abscess may occur. In the past these problem teeth were extracted, but now root canal treatment can save the tooth.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin slivers of porcelain or ceramic that are bonded to the exterior of teeth to change the length, shape, proportion, surface texture, colour and brightness of your teeth.

How often should I go to the dentist?

It is recommended you see your dentist every six months for a basic check-up and professional clean. This also allows your dentist to monitor your oral health, prevent future issues and give advice on positive oral health habits, or areas to improve on.

How can I overcome my fear of the dentist?

Fearing the dentist is a thing of the past as technology keeps developing providing us with pain-free, less invasive methods of dentistry. Plus our dentists and every dental team within our group realise the importance of making every patient feel valued, comfortable and informed throughout the whole dental treatment, eliminating any risk of you feeling anxious because you don’t know what’s going on.

When should my children first go to the dentist?

Technically once your child’s teeth start coming through you should take them to see your dentist so they can monitor proper growth and development and oversee good oral hygiene. However it’s also important to take your child to the dentist from a young age so they can become comfortable with their dentist and associate positive feelings with dental trips. This will prevent any negative feelings from developing and ensure a lifetime of good dental health.

What is a specialist?

A specialist is a general dentist who has completed additional university education in a specific field with the intention of focusing on that field for their career. In dentistry common specialty fields are orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and oral surgery. We are general dentists here at Oatley, but have a range of skills we have acquired through professional development.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Basically anything to do with changing the appearance of your smile, including the shape, colour, size, straightness, surface, unevenness and proportion of your teeth. Cosmetic procedures could include teeth whitening, crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, dental implants and orthodontics.

Why is cosmetic dentistry important?

Your smile is possibly the main focal point of your entire face and body. You use it to communicate, laugh, smile and eat all day every day, so if you are self-conscious about what other people see, it may cause you to withdraw from social situations and in turn, affect your overall happiness. Cosmetic dental can do anything, from fixing a little chip to giving you a whole new look and will make you confident and proud to smile.

How much will my dental treatment cost?

The dental treatment you require is specific to your own individual needs. To better understand your current oral health position, how to get back yourself back to full health or what dental treatments could improve your confidence/quality of life, you will need an appointment with one of our dentist’s. During your appointment your dentist will examine your current state of oral health and talk about your specific goals and needs. From here your dentist will be able to provide you with a better understanding of the treatment, the costs and the timeline. If any major treatment is required we’ll deduct the cost of your first consult.

I am scared of the dentist but would like to improve my oral health?

Does this sound like you? Never fear!
Our dentists are trained professionals and deal with dental phobias on a weekly basis. We even have sedation services available. We find these types of relaxants are a great option for our nervous patients. Ask us more about this type of service.

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