Frequently Asked Questions

Some frequently asked questions our patients ask us

NOTE: The information that is provided on this website should only be used as a guide. Any problem that you may have should never be diagnosed from reading a website. It is imperative that if you do have any problems that you consult with a qualified dental practitioner for proper diagnosis and treatment. 


Every 6-12 months is the common time frame between check ups. It is ideal to prevent any minor problems developing into larger problems. Furthermore, the plaque and tartar that accumulates during this time should be removed for healthy gums. Some patients only come when they are in pain. Pain often reflects that the problem has progressed to a stage that requires extensive treatment to resolve the problem. A healthy tooth is seldom painful, so hence if a tooth is giving you pain it may indicate that it may be too late to do something conservative or inexpensive.
During most procedures, local anesthesia ensures that you’re comfortable and feel minimal discomfort. In the instance of a tooth removal, any pain or discomfort you may experience afterwards can usually be controlled through medication and will usually subside within a matter of days.
The first proper examination of the child should be around the age of 3 years. At this age the child should have all their baby teeth. Before the age of 18 months we recommend that when you come for your dental visit, you bring the baby along so we can quickly check that the baby is developing normally. This helps the baby/infant get use to the dental environment.
When your child is about to attend their first examination, the lead up to the appointment should not be the big point of the day. You should make it as uneventful as possible so that your child’s anxiety levels are not increased unnecessarily. It should be stressed that any fears that you may have about dental treatment should not be passed onto the child.
Thats a good question! Once is enough if you do it well. Flossing at night before bed is more beneficial because when you are sleeping you are more susceptible to decay due to decreased saliva flow.
All procedures are different. The cost reflects the expense of equipment, materials, sterilisation, training of the clinician and the time of the procedure. After you receive a dental plan we are happy to provide a written quote on the approximate costs of treatment in order to help you decide what option you would like to have.
Private health cover varies from each health fund. To be sure on exactly how much they cover, it is advised that you contact your insurance company to find out what portion of your expenses may be covered. Elective procedures such as tooth whitening is usually not covered.  
Any abnormal sensitivity in the mouth or jaw should be investigated further by a dentist.
This should be examined by a dentist. There are many reasons why a filling may break. In the meantime the space that is left may be sensitive and may harm the nerve inside the tooth. Furthermore, the remaining tooth structure or filling may continue to fracture to a point where the tooth may be difficult to restore.
Often when a tooth is at a stage where it needs root canal treatment, the nerve is damaged beyond repair and is more reactive to stimulus than normal. It follows that the nerve may be more difficult to ‘numb’ up. However, once there is adequate anaesthesia, there shouldn’t be any discomfort. Subsequent appointments should be relatively pain free. It is likely that your friend was initially in pain before the root canal treatment and thus may have associated this with root canal treatment in general. In addition, patients often are required to have their mouth open for a long period of time and may have soreness of the jaw during and after the appointment.
During the implant placement, patients generally do not feel a thing. Most experience only minimal discomfort following dental implant placement. Patients describe implant placement as less troublesome than having a tooth extracted and the procedure can be done either under local anesthetic or intravenous sedation.



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