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What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom Teeth is the term used to refer to the third molar teeth. These teeth are the very last to emerge behind the twelve year old molars. They usually begin to emerge between the ages of 15 and 20 years of age, however this does vary between individuals. In some cases there may not be enough space for these teeth to erupt successfully; in these instances we may recommend their removal.

What’s the best way to prevent gum disease?

To maintain good gum health best you should brush your teeth at least twice daily with a small head soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day to remove any food caught between your teeth not able to be removed through brushing. You should also attend regular check-up appointments.

What to do when a tooth is knocked out?

A tooth can be saved by quick action, but time is the most critical factor in replanting and it is important that the tooth is never picked up and held by the root. If the tooth is clean it can be replanted immediately using the other teeth as a guide. If the tooth is dirty either rinse in milk, if available, or briefly in cold water then replant and get dental assistance as soon as possible.

Why do I need x-rays?

Digital radiographs enable us to obtain important information, which is then used in the planning of your treatment. They show the condition of your teeth, roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial structure.

I brush my teeth, but still suffer from bad breath. What can I do?

The majority of bad breath is from bacteria found in plaque and tartar attached to your teeth or from tooth decay, the problem may also be systemic. Contact us to have your teeth and gums assessed so we can find the cause and treat it.

Gum disease & diabetes… What do I need to know?

If you suffer from diabetes you are at a much higher risk of developing infections, including periodontal disease. In addition, if an infection occurs, it becomes more difficult to manage the insulin levels in your body. To avoid concerns you should be diligent with your oral care routine and attend check-up appointments regularly.

When should my children visit the dentist for the first time?

We suggest you bring your child for their first visit at about the age of 4 years old. Ideally we would like to start early and familiarise your child with the dental environment. We’d also like to educate you about fluoride, diet, your child’s oral development and hygiene needs.

How do I pay for my treatment?

It will depend on what treatment you are having. If you are having a routine visit or standard procedure such as a filling then payment on the day is expected. We accept Visa , MasterCard and EFTPOS. For your convenience we have a Hi-Caps machine to process your health fund rebates.

If you are going ahead with major dental work then it is usual to pay in instalments at each appointment. However, if you would prefer to spread payments over time then we may be able to help you with an internal payment plan or you could apply for a dental treatment loan from Mac Credit . We also provide discounts for larger treatments when payment is made up front. Please check with reception for details.