1What happens if I have an emergency?
Regular dental care reduces the occurrence of unexpected problems. However, in such cases, we set aside time on a daily basis to deliver prompt urgent care. During these urgent appointments, we will identify the problem and give interim care. Once comfortable we can offer advice and discuss treatment options enabling you to make an informed decision on the most suitable dental treatment.
2When is payment required?
Payment is required on the day of treatment and is accepted in the form of cash, cheque and Eftpos/Credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Amex). For patients with private dental health insurance, we are able to electronically claim your rebates with our convenient HICAPS claim system, so all you have to pay is the gap amount.
3What are the common side effects of whitening?
Sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold may last up to 48 hours and no longer than 5 days. Hundreds of articles have been published over the last two decades reports on the non-toxicity and safety of whitening.
4When do wisdom teeth require removal?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt into your mouth, usually at 16-23 year of age. Frequently there is not enough room for normal eruption and these teeth therefore become 'impacted'. It is well documented that removal of wisdom teeth in young adults (below the age of 25) is associated with less after-operation pain and swelling than in older adults. Therefore, if it is determined that the wisdom teeth are likely to cause problems, we will usually recommend that you have them removed earlier rather than later.
5Why replace missing teeth?
If you are missing teeth or requiring an extraction of a tooth, we can arrange an appointment to discuss your replacement options.

We sometimes find our new patients have not been made aware of the consequences of leaving teeth unreplaced before having a tooth extracted at their previous practice. It may have been they weren't advised on the next step and so naturally think that once the tooth is extracted, the job is done.

Firstly nearby teeth normally move into the space and this consequently can impact your bites appearance and chewing ability and can lead to further tooth and bone loss.
6Why is bone important?
Having reduced or limited jaw bone leaves you at risk of limited strength in the jaw. It also means that when you do make the decision to replace your missing teeth you may not have enough bone to support the dental implant.

When this occurs you may be instructed that a bone graft is needed to replace the lost bone.

Bone loss can occur for a number of reasons including when you have teeth removed, due to gum disease, cysts, infections or trauma.

Following an extraction, bone shrinkage occurs in the missing tooth site. Loss is limited if acting promptly. If there is adequate bone for a dental implant it will support remaining bone around it. As everyone is not suited to dental implants, we will be able to advise you as to their suitability in your case.