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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

DENTAL TREATMENTS

I’m not happy with how my teeth look, how can I change this?

At Moranbah Dental we provide a wide range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments. These can include veneers, crowns, dental implants or teeth whitening. We recommend any patient wishing to change the appearance of their teeth have a consultation where we will work with you to achieve a health and confident smile.

How long does tooth whitening take?

Our tooth whitening treatment usually takes a little over an hour. We use a unique method for whitening your teeth called the 3LT laser called Smartbleach. Smart bleach works by using a laser that produces a pure green light. This is used in conjunction with the Smartbleach gel which work together to reach the large, light absorbing molecules deep in your teeth. This results in a whiter, brighter smile for all our patients.

What do I need to know if I think my child needs braces?

  • If it doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t. If it looks right, it may not be. Get it checked out.
  • By age 9yrs every child needs to see an orthodontist for a checkup.
  • Get orthodontic advice from a qualified registered specialist. Your children deserve the best.
  • Some children need early treatment; your orthodontist will guide you.
  • Ongoing thumb sucking can be damaging to the teeth and jaws especially after age 7yrs.
  • However, most treatment is best done when the child is over age 11yrs and still growing.
  • Many cases can be treated without extracting teeth, but some children really benefit from correct extractions.
  • Teeth continue to move throughout life…bone is not like concrete, it never “sets”.
  • Therefore, long term retainers are important to keep the teeth straight and new technology makes this simple.
  • Braces today are better and less painful than they use to be, and they don’t have to cost a fortune for excellent results, but see an expert, it may even cost less, be shorter in treatment time and definitely be of higher standard.

What are the warning signs of gum disease?

The most common symptoms of gum disease are gums that are persistently sore, swollen and red or that are constantly bleeding. Bad breath, tooth pain or sensitivity is also warning signs of periodontal disease. If you notice any of these symptoms, we recommend you book in to see our caring staff here at Moranbah Dental.

How often should I have a dental check up?

We believe a patient’s teeth should last them a lifetime. We recommend our patients schedule in for a dental visit every six months. By regularly visit our practice, we can ensure that minor dental issues are addressed before they become major and more expensive to treat.

I am scared of the drill do I have any other options?

With the advances in modern dental technology, dental drills can be a thing of the past. At our dental practice, we provide Needle free dentistry. Modern laser technology allows us to provide fillings and soft tissue surgery without the need for local anaesthesia or the dreaded dental drill. Although it is not suitable in all cases we will always try to make your experience more pleasurable.

We prefer to build a trusting relationship over the use of drugs, but occasionally past dental experiences have created deep seated anxieties that need to be addressed. Sometimes a little help is required to help overcome these anxieties....at least until patients find out that our treatment is not as scary as they imagined! The simplest option at Moranbah Dental is 'laughing/happy gas" or Nitrous oxide sedation. Sometimes we add a little help with appropriate oral medications. We advise that when you book the appointment you make us aware and we will go through all the options with you.

For more complex treatment of adults (or extremely nervous/phobic patients), we can use "Twilight sleep" through our sister practice in Brisbane, a sedation technique utilising a range of IV drugs and a specially trained medical practitioner during treatment in the dental chair. Patients are very comfortable and lightly conscious. This is most often the preferred choice for impacted wisdom teeth, especially in nervous or phobic patients. This option reduces the post operative side affects and inherent risks and cost of general anaesthetics.

Are x-rays necessary?

X-rays helps your dentist to accurately detect and diagnose dental problems which can then lead to proper and adequate treatment. X-rays are also important and useful tools during certain treatment procedures, allowing accurate and precise dental treatments. You can be reassured that dental x-rays at Moranbah Dental are now safer than ever with our new Digital X-rays technology.

Should I remove all my old amalgam fillings and replace them with white ones?

We recommend that all dental restorations should be checked regularly. Faulty restorations should be replaced to prevent recurrent caries or tooth fracture. Amalgam fillings were popular before the nineties so they are getting older with time now. As a result, some amalgams restorations are due for replacement but some are still in good working condition. Moranbah Dental don’t recommend routine removal of silver fillings. However, if you wish to replace them for tooth-colour composite, we will be happy to help.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE

Do you treat children?

Yes, and they receive certificates! We recommend that parents make their child's first appointment at around three years of age. However, if you have any concerns at all, it is best to consult your Dentist immediately.

Do I have to pay on the day?

Yes, accounts are required to be settled on the day of treatment. However, where a treatment plan requires multiple visits we like our patients to meet with our Dentists for a short consultation whereby the full treatment plan is explained and quotes for different options are provided.

Do you process private health claims on the spot?

Yes, we will swipe your private health insurance card on the day of your appointment.

 

 

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