Do you have HICAPS?
Yes, we have a HICAPS machine, allowing you only to pay the gap required – if you have health insurance.
Can I book online?
At what age should a child start seeing the dentist?
We encourage children to start seeing the dentist at a very early age, and we make sure the experience is as positive and comfortable as possible. Children should have their first checkup when they have all their baby teeth, which usually occurs around 2 to 3 years of age.
Do you offer seniors’ discounts?
Yes. We offer 10% discount for ALL pension card holders, or 10% off the health insurance gap for patients 70 years and over.
Are you covered by all health insurance funds?
Yes, we are covered by all health insurance funds.
Can you tell me how much I will get back from my health insurance fund?
Every health insurance fund is different, and there are many levels of cover available within each company. Therefore, to get an exact quote – and find out how much you will receive, we will give you an itemised quote with everything you need to give to your health insurance fund. Then, call and speak to them, quoting the item numbers, and they will tell you how much you will receive.
Why do I need an x-ray?
We take x-rays of your teeth every 2 to 3 years to give us the best possible picture of your dental health. An x-ray shows the structures of your teeth and mouth that cannot be seen in a normal dental examination. An x-ray also shows the very early signs of decay, so we can take action and prevent more costly, time-consuming treatments further down the track. A dental x-ray does require very small doses of radiation. However, we never take x-rays unnecessarily.
How often should I see the dentist?
We recommend regular checkups for most people every six months. However, discuss this with your dentist as certain conditions require more frequent visits. If you have no natural teeth remaining, you still need to see the dentist every six months to check your gums and oral health – and to check for oral cancer.
What are the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is usually painless and symptom-free in its early stages. In fact, four out of five members of the community have periodontal disease. Regular dental checkups will detect and remedy this problem. Periodontal disease starts when plaque (a sticky, colourless film of bacteria), food debris and saliva are left on the teeth and gums. The bacteria produces acid that inflames your gum and slowly destroys the bone.
Along with regular professional cleaning, regular brushing and flossing will help keep periodontal disease at bay. However, other conditions may increase the likelihood of developing periodontal disease: medications, smoking, oral contraceptives, pregnancy, systemic diseases or oral appliances such as dentures or bridges which may inhibit the ability to clean teeth and hence trap plaque and bacteria.
Can you help with stained or discoloured teeth?
Yes, we can help improve the appearance of stained or discoloured teeth, but treatment depends on how the teeth are stained and also the severity.
For many, teeth whitening (tooth bleaching) offers a safe, affordable and effective way of whitening teeth. This can be performed in the chair the dentist, or we can give you a take-home kit.
Occasionally, some individuals may have tooth staining that cannot be improved by bleaching, such as those caused by oral tetracycline medications. In such instances, your dentist may suggest other options such as porcelain veneers.
Although veneers are more expensive, they have the added advantage of being able to fix other aesthetic problems such as the shape of the teeth, chips, ridges, or alignment issues.
What’s best: in-chair teeth whitening or take-home kits?
Either method of tooth whitening is effective and can make a profound difference to your smile; the choice is yours.
In-chair teeth whitening is fast and effective and the results are immediate, with the immediacy being the key difference. Your gums will be protected and a bleaching solution is applied to the teeth for several minutes.
By the time you leave the clinic, your teeth will be approximately two to three shades whiter. Some individuals may notice to sensitivity after the procedure; however, this lasts only a few days to one week.
Do you offer dental implants?
Yes, we offer dental implants for those with single missing teeth (requiring a dental crown), or with several or all teeth missing (requiring partial or full implant supported dentures).
Dental implants are the optimal solution for those of missing teeth as they provide a far superior result with greater biting efficiency than conventional dentures. Dental implants also have the advantage of maintaining good bone density in your jaw.
When there are no longer teeth in your jawbone, the bone tissue starts to break down (bone resorption). This weakens the jaw and gives a sunken look to the face. Dental implants prevent this from happening.
Why do I need fluoride?
Fluoride strengthens the tooth surface and is essential in helping us fight decay and prevent cavities. This is why it is added, at safe doses, to our drinking water and why fluoride treatment are given at the dentist. Fluoride is one of the most beneficial health treatment in the world today.