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Are we a preferred provider of any health fund?
Yes. We are a BUPA preferred provider. This means that we can get maximum benefits back for patients who are with BUPA. In some cases, there are no out of pocket expenses for our BUPA patients
Does whitening damage your teeth?
A large body of research on bleaching has determined that low concentrations of peroxide, from a reputable source, are safe if used as directed, after a proper dental examination. If you have sensitive teeth to begin with there are things we can offer before whitening that may help. We will talk you through the treatment and give you options. Most patients have no side effects to whitening their teeth and have fantastic results.
Can I eat after a filling?
Yes. The types of materials used in modern fillings do not need any “setting” time. They are cured at the time of treatment and you can eat immediately afterward. If you have had local anaesthetic however it is important to take care not to bite your tongue, cheek and lips if they are numb.
How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
As a general rule most people should have a dental examination, scale and cleaning every six months. This time may need to be shorter if a periodontal problem is identified. Some people with exceptional oral health may only need to have this treatment every twelve months.
Are my children eligible for the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule?
This is income based and eligibility is decided by Medicare. We are able to check on your eligibility if you can provide us with your Medicare number.
How much will my treatment cost?
Our goal is to make sure that our fees are reasonable. We will provide you with a detailed treatment plan with item numbers and fees so that you can check with your health insurance company before treatment begins. If you do not have dental health insurance we are happy to spread your treatment over time if possible so that you can budget for your dental care
A severe toothache will require a trip to the dentist as soon as possible. In some cases the use of pain medication may offer little relief. Avoiding triggers such as cold, hot or pressure is advisable, and you dentist will treat and guide you to get you out of pain.
Knocked out tooth?
Time is critical for successful replanting of a lost tooth. It is important to handle to the tooth by the crown (not the roots) and ensure that the tooth is clean. If the tooth is dirty, ask the patient to suck on the tooth. Once the tooth is cleaned, immediately replant the tooth into the socket. If unable to replant the tooth, keep it moist by placing it in the patient’s mouth next to the cheek & immediately make your way to us.
Post Operative instructions for adult tooth extractions
Immediately following surgery, keep the gauze pack placed over the extraction area with pressure applied by biting down until the bleeding stops. A certain amount of bleeding is to be expected following a surgical procedure. Placing the gauze pack over the area and biting firmly may control excessive bleeding. Slight bleeding, oozing, or redness in the saliva is not uncommon. Repeat as necessary within a one-hour period following surgery.
If you have been prescribed pain medication besides Panadol or ibuprofen (Advil or Nurofen), do not drive, operate heavy equipment, work around machinery or tools or engage in any other activity that may be unsafe when groggy, as your reflexes and judgment will be affected by the medication. If you have been placed on antibiotics, take the medicine as directed. Antibiotics may be prescribed to help prevent infection.
Swelling around the face, eyes and surgical site is not uncommon. This swelling may not appear until the day following the surgery and may become more noticeable two to three days following surgery.
For 24 hours following your surgery, do not suck on a straw, brush (the area), rinse, spit, or smoke. Avoid hot and spicy foods, carbonated and alcoholic beverages.
After the first day you can gently rinse with a warm salt-water rinse, approximately one-half teaspoon of salt in a glass of water, three times a day.
If any sutures were required, they will dissolve on their own in 7-10 days. It will not be necessary to return to the office for sutures to be removed unless you were told you had silk sutures and an appointment was made.
Children should be supervised after having an extraction to make sure they do not bite or their tongue or lips as it can cause serious injury to their soft tissue.
Please call our office if you experience severe pain, excessive bleeding or swelling, or if you have any questions or concerns. In the event of an emergency, please call our office. If you are experiencing a serious or life threatening emergency, please call 000 or visit the nearest emergency room.
Can all broken teeth be fixed? – Unfortunately not all fractured or decayed teeth can be filled, an oral exam and x-ray will be required to determine the correct treatment. There are numerous circumstances in which would prevent treating a broken/decayed tooth with a filling e.g. decay into the tooth’s nerve, broken under the gum line or fractures in the tooth’s roots.
What is gum disease?
Did you know that your dental health is one of the best indicators of your overall health? Scientific studies have linked oral health issues to coronary artery disease, premature birth, low birth weight, and diabetes. At Tweed District Dental, we deliver the best that modern dentistry has to offer in order to preserve and maintain your dental health. Our highly trained dental team will check for periodontal disease during your exam, which, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and other serious health concerns.
Gum disease comes in two main types:
- Gingivitis – this is the first stage of gum disease. In gingivitis your gums become inflamed and bleed on brushing/flossing. This stage is REVERSIBLE. Simply perform good oral home care and attend your regular maintenance appointments to get back on track.
- Periodontitis – this occurs if the gingivitis is not controlled. In simple terms, the bone supporting the teeth is compromised. In severe cases teeth can lose so much support that they become quite loose – (or even fall out) there are also some risk factors to look out for – this can include smokers and the medically compromised.
What is an implant?
Implants are another option for permanently replacing a missing tooth. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically submerged into your jawbone to hold a replacement tooth (crown), bridge or full set of dentures in place. They are made from titanium (which is the most biocompatible material with maximum strength) and fuses to the bone over a period of time.
When should I start brushing my kids teeth?
As soon as the teeth appear, brushing them gently twice a day with a very soft brush. No toothpaste is required until the child is 2 years old – just wet the brush with water. From 2-6 years of age a children’s toothpaste can be used. Children do not have the manual dexterity to clean their teeth efficiently until they are about 9 years old so we recommend that, where possible, a parent help with brushing once a day up to at least age 7 years old.
Why should we floss our teeth?
Brushing alone does not remove all the plaque left on our teeth after eating. A common site for tooth decay and gum disease to become apparent is in between the teeth. If you find difficulty in using dental floss it is important to know that there are many alternative dental aids for cleaning between teeth, and one of our Hygienists may recommend for you at your regular recall visit.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends anyone who participates in a sport that carries a risk of contact to the face should wear a professional “custom fitted mouthguard” to prevent dental injuries from occurring or reducing the severity of them.
Many teeth are broken or lost in sporting accidents. Although mouthguards are worn by some participants playing sport there are still many injuries because “stock mouthguards” or “boil and bite mouthguards” ARE NOT EFFECTIVE.