How often do I need to go to the dentist?

Good dental hygiene is achieved by a combination of daily oral care at home by yourself and preventative dental maintenance by your dental health specialist every six months.

Why is it necessary if I don’t have any pain?

It is important to have your teeth checked regularly to prevent any pain from arising. Early decay is always silent with no pain symptoms or signs, however if it is left untreated for too long, the decay reaches inside of the nerve and causes a toothache.

By that stage it is too late to place a filling and the tooth either needs root canal therapy or, in extreme cases, to be pulled out.

Early detection and prevention is the main focus here at Dentistry in Canterbury, as our philosophy is that prevention is a much better option than treatment.

What do you offer for people with dental phobias?

Dental phobia is something we come across on a daily basis. Whether it is related to a previous bad experience or a fear of the unknown.

At Dentistry in Canterbury our have an extremely gentle, friendly and caring manner that puts the most anxious of patients at ease.

We also offer ‘penthrox’, commonly known as the “green whistle”, as this is an anti-anxiety and pain relief tool used in Ambulances and hospitals.

Feedback from our patients who have experienced Penthrox is very positive. Quite often those that come in really nervous end up very happy and giggly!

How early should my child’s first dental visit be?

We encourage children to come in with their parents to observe a routine check-up and clean from as young as the age of 2. We will also give them a chance to have a ride on our dental chair, wear our trendy patient glasses, use our intra-oral camera to take a picture of their smile and give them a little reward at the end.

By creating a fun and exciting first experience this assures children and helps alleviate any concerns they may have about going to the dentist.

The following visit, a true comprehensive examination ends up being very easy, where the dentist will count how many teeth the child has, show them how to brush and apply a tropical-flavoured fluoride treatment to strengthen the teeth.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic Dentistry is a passion for us here at Dentistry in Canterbury. It is the combination of science and artistry to provide you with a beautiful, healthy ad functional smile.

We take into account several factors such as your expectations, concerns about your smile and face, study of your bite and teeth and financial plans.

We are trained to offer various treatment options available to enhance your smile. These include:

    • Invisalign to straighten your teeth in a subtle and effective manner
    • In-office or at-home whitening procedures
    • Veneers and crowns to correct shape and size of teeth
    • Implants and bridges to replace missing teeth
    • Non-surgical cosmetic treatment to restore volume to your lips or anti-wrinkle treatment

Are dentists trained to offer non-surgical cosmetic treatments?

The Dental Board of Australia currently recognises that Dentists are far better trained in the anatomy of the head and neck than most of their medical or nursing colleagues.  Not to mention they are very skilled in delivering injections in the gentlest manner.

The delivery of anti-wrinkle treatment and dermal fillers becomes extremely comfortable with the use of dental anaesthesia techniques.

At Dentistry in Canterbury we have a special interest in providing non-surgical cosmetic treatment as we find it compliments and enhances the results of cosmetic dental treatment, thus providing the optimal facial results for our patients, all conveniently performed at the same location.

Why is dental treatment in Australia more costly than overseas?

Australia has very strict guidelines and regulations as well as codes of conduct and policies. This means that patients in Australia are provided with the most exceptional standards of infection control, sterilisation, and treatment protocols.

To ensure that you receive treatment of the highest standard at Dentistry in Canterbury, we use only genuine materials sourced from Australia, United States and Germany.

Our Australian laboratories utilise the latest technology to provide you with most natural porcelain. No work is sent for manufacturing overseas, despite their extremely competitive costing, as we know that quality will be compromised when cost-cutting.

Why are x-rays necessary? I’m concerned about the radiation dose.

X-rays are a helpful diagnostic tool that help us detect early decay underneath the surface, or in between teeth, before it is visible to the naked eye.

It can also can help in diagnosing infections in the tooth nerves, bone and gums.

At Dentistry in Canterbury we have the latest digital x-ray technology and the advances in equipment mean you are exposed to the lowest radiation dose possible.

What are my options if I have a missing tooth?

Replacements for missing teeth fall under two broad categories:

    • Fixed in the mouth options such as dental implants and bridges.
    • Removable option such as dentures (false teeth), which require removal after every meal for cleaning and MUST be removed at night.

Dental implants are rapidly becoming the treatment of choice as they are the closest option to a natural tooth. The benefit of implants is they are a separate entity and unlike bridges they do not rely on the adjacent teeth. The limitation of placement of implants is adequate quantity of jaw bone, which if insufficient and cannot be grafted, prohibits the placement of implants.

A dental bridge is the second choice as it consist of 2 crowns adjacent to the missing tooth joined to a false crown, thus forming a 3-unit bridge.