Dental & Denture FAQ
Children’s Dentistry & Thumb Sucking
Cosmetic Dental & Dentures
General Dental FAQ
How much will it cost?
Our prices are competitive in the market. A consultation for assessment of your teeth will cost $65 with our dentist. Our hygienist will charge $128 for a Scale and Clean appointment for new patients.
During a thorough examination, patients can be given the flexibility of seeing the Dentist, Hygienist and Prosthetist during a scheduled appointment for the one consultation fee. This enables patients to receive the correct diagnosis for their desired treatment under the one location.
Can I pay it off?
GCDC offer multiple payment options ranging from Afterpay, Medipay, Humm, and SuperCare. Discuss your eligibility and arrange an application with the help of our treatment plan coordinator. Each payment plan can be customized to accommodate our patients needs, taking the stress out of your financial planning.
Will it hurt?
We will do our best to reduce the amount of pain associated with dental treatment. We can provide relaxation therapy for the very nervous patient, at an additional cost. Our practitioners are highly skilled in making you feel relaxed by explaining what is involved at each step of your procedure. Relaxing music or watching a movie can put you at ease to take your mind off the treatment at hand and you can let us take care of you.
How do I know I need a filling?
Symptoms commonly associated with dental decay include sensitivity to hot and cold, tenderness when biting on the tooth, and sometimes a generalized discomfort associated with the tooth.
Many dental cavities are totally asymptomatic until they become so significant that the entire tooth is threatened.
If you are experiencing any symptoms, the best path forward is to have a dental check-up including x-rays if you haven’t had any recently.
It is always advisable to have regular check-ups. Early decay can be identified and treated and in many instances the need for a restoration can be prevented. There are also other benefits such as minimizing the risk of periodontal inflammation and disease, and in the long run, improving your general health.
Amalgam vs. White Fillings
Amalgams have been used over the years to restore teeth. In the last decade more and more new materials have been developed that are just as strong or even stronger in restoring teeth.
The advantages of white or tooth coloured fillings are many over the amalgam. From a holistic point of view we do not do amalgam fillings and in many cases will recommend to have them replaced with a safe method where we use a rubber dam to prevent any amalgam from being swallowed or inhaled.
Tooth coloured fillings bond to the tooth surface with the help of a bonding agent and only minimal preparation is required, thus we preserve as much of the tooth structure as possible.
Should I replace amalgam fillings?
If your amalgam fillings are in good condition, the teeth in which they are located are asymptomatic, and there is no radiographic indication of recurrent decay, then there is no medical advantage to having them replaced. Whilst we do not place amalgam restorations in our clinic, there is little or no valid data suggesting that retaining such restorations is detrimental. However, if you are concerned about your restorations, or would like more information, please make an appointment for a check-up with one of our friendly dentists today.
What is the best way to whiten my teeth?
The best way to have your teeth bleached is by an experienced professional who is familiar with the biology of the teeth and their supporting structures. There are at-home and in-surgery treatments.
Superficial discolouration from food and accumulation of debris can give the impression of badly discoloured teeth. “Whitening” or bleaching treatments are ineffective unless your teeth are scaled and cleaned professionally prior to the bleaching treatment.
Having had your teeth cleaned, it is very important that the bleaching is carried out in a controlled fashion. If the teeth are heated up too much by an inappropriate bleaching light, or a bleaching solution that is too strong, the pulp chambers within your teeth could be damaged leading to ongoing pain and in some cases, the death of the teeth.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is a living bacterial organism and is a general term that often refers to chronic inflammation of the soft tissue surrounding teeth and the underlying supporting bone. In the most extreme cases, the underlying bone is totally resorbed away, the teeth become infected and either fall out or have to be removed.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is an immune response to residual bacteria deposited in and around teeth. If a person’s teeth are not cleaned regularly, then a plaque build-up occurs which incorporates bacteria which are part of the normal flora of the mouth. An immune response takes place as receptors in cells in the surrounding tissues identify the presence of what they perceive as invading bacteria. Some people experience a greater response than others. This can be because of the presence of a background condition elsewhere in the body or because of their particular genotype. The result is that the immune response is not only aimed at the invading bacteria, but also causes collateral damage leading to resorption of the bone surrounding the response and inflammation of the surrounding tissue. If the inflammation is not controlled at an early stage, the condition worsens as deep pockets form around the involved teeth, new bacteria occupy the new space and the problem becomes progressively magnified. If you are concerned about your oral heath, make an appointment for a check-up today.
Why do my gums bleed?
Gums refer to the gingival tissue around teeth. They bleed because they are inflamed as a result of an immune response to residual plaque and debris around your teeth. The treatment is identification of the extent of the process and cleaning of the teeth both above and below the soft tissue. And the institution of effective regular daily cleaning by the patient and regular maintenance by a dental professional. If you are concerned about your oral heath, make an appointment for a check-up today.
Does a baby tooth need to be filled?
In most instances the answer is yes. If a child has decay in their tooth that is left untreated, it can cause discomfort and toothache. It can also lead to decay in an adjacent tooth which can be a permanent tooth in some circumstances.
What age should my child stop sucking their thumb?
Thumb sucking affects the growth and development of the jaws and teeth. If your child is over 4 years old and still sucking their thumb or fingers we advise parents to seek professional advice from our therapist to assess underlying reason’s for thumb sucking and if suitable recommend commencement of our certified thumb sucking cessation program.
What is a tongue tie?
Ankylogossia, often referred to as “tongue tie” is a tight frenum under the tongue attached to the floor of the mouth which restricts the movement of the tongue.
A tongue tie limits the movement of the tongue so that the other muscles of the face have to adapt during speech and swallowing. Many children have a restricted tongue that is not picked up early as they have been able to adapt their speech and swallowing at an early age.
Severe tongue tie is usually picked up at birth or soon after. Infants with tongue tie have difficulty in the elevation of the tongue, and according to tongue tie experts, this is the one of the most important aspects of breastfeeding.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy can help reinstate the proper functions of the tongue so that proper swallowing and tongue rest postures can be possible. This is usually done in conjunction with minor surgery called a frenectomy. See our dentist for assessment or release of tongue tie with soft tissue laser.
Children’s Dentistry & Thumb Sucking FAQ
Cosmetic Dentistry & Dentures FAQ
Should I get dentures?
If you have some teeth missing, or your teeth are in need of some restoration, the best path forward is to make an appointment with a dental health professional for assessment of your situation.
It is an important step to choose to have your teeth removed and can have far reaching implications for your general health and quality of life for the rest of your life. False teeth not only fill the function of making you look like you have teeth, they also allow you to eat a normal diet, to speak, and dictate the relationship of your lower jaw to your upper jaw.
If, after consultation, you do need to consider having some or all of your remaining teeth removed, there are a number of possible solutions available starting with conventional full or partial dentures, to implant supported removable over dentures, and ultimately to full fixed implant supported bridges.
Fillings vs. Crowns
Fillings are direct restorations that are made of composite resin material bonded to your natural tooth structure. These are mainly adequate if a healthy amount of sound tooth structure is still left. If the tooth has been broken down, decayed and only a small amount of structure is left than a porcelain crown or cap may be needed. These are made in a laboratory and then cemented onto your remaining tooth. They are very strong and with good oral hygiene will be a very long lasting solution. Your dentist will discuss the best option to protect and restore your tooth.
Implants vs. Bridge
If you are missing teeth or need teeth extracted, your dentist at Gold Coast Dental and Denture Centre will discuss the best possible solution for its replacement. Implants will be suitable for most patients that have a healthy mouth and body. For some of the patients this may not be possible either due to their medical history, bone loss or other conditions. A bridge will be a more invasive procedure in some cases due to the fact that the teeth on either side of the gap will have to be prepared to provide support for the replacement and anchorage of the missing tooth.
What is a bridge?
A bridge is a structure designed to replace one or more missing teeth. It relies on constructing crowns on the teeth located on either side of the missing teeth and joining them together with a span designed to resemble the missing teeth. It is cemented and not removable.
What is a crown?
A crown is a custom-made outer shell individually designed to cover a specific tooth. It gives us the opportunity to reconstruct the tooth in an ideal formation to give a good cosmetic outcome and restores the tooth to full function.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a fixture that is inserted into the bone in the area where a missing tooth is to be replaced. The surrounding bone fuses to the implant and it acts like an artificial tooth root. Once the implant has achieved stability, an abutment (post like structure) can be attached to the implant on which a crown can be constructed to give the appearance and function of a natural tooth.