QL Dental FAQ
Most frequent questions and answers
Will implants hurt?
High quality implants are very popular as they provide the patient a natural, lasting smile, which integrates with healthy bone. The dental implant procedure has minimal pain when performed under local or general anaesthesia.
There are so many cracks and lines in my teeth, how can I fix them?
Physical or temperature stress can result in cracks and lines in our teeth. Overtime debris and stain build up can cause contamination through these channels into the inner layers of the teeth. In a diseased tooth these stress points can deepen the decay causing a more sensitive or painful tooth. When cracks first appear, repairing the tooth is likely the best option to prevent any serious complications by seeing a dentist.
Why do I need to take x-rays?
X-rays are an important component of the full comprehensive examination process as they allow the dentists to diagnose teeth at an external and internal level. These dental x-rays allow the surgeons to assess, manage and prevent potential problems or abnormalities.
Does whitening strip my teeth’s enamel?
Whitening products bought from the supermarket may contain Chloride Dioxide, which is an acid that destroys enamel causing more brittle and sensitive teeth. On the other hand, professional whitening administered by dentists are safe and protect our teeth’s enamel and gives longer lasting, whiter and healthier teeth.
Is Charcoal Toothpaste Safe?
Charcoal toothpaste has no evidence in whitening teeth and in fact may increase risk of tooth decay and cause damage to your teeth structure.
Recently we have had clients ask about the charcoal product and you may also be wanting to understand the new market trend.
1. Clients with fillings – it can get into them and become difficult to remove.
2. Charcoal particles can get caught up in the gums causing irritation.
3. Charcoal toothpastes and powders are more abrasive than regular toothpastes, potentially posing risks to the enamel and gum.
4. Teeth do not regrow or replenish, using a substance that could potentially wear down the enamel may be detrimental.
5. Charcoal-based toothpastes offer no silver bullets for clients seeking a perfect smile, and come with real risks.
6. No evidence that activated charcoal whitens teeth.
7. The Dental Association has not currently approved any activated charcoal products for dentistry.
8. Anyone concerned about staining or discoloured teeth that cannot be shifted by change in diet, or improvements to their oral hygiene, should see their dentist.
9. The best way to keep your mouth happy and healthy is to maintain routine dental appointments.
10. More information: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/health-48216116
When and why should I visit the dentist?
Going to a professional dentist is a vital component in achieving good dental hygiene. This is done by visiting the dentist twice annually. Professional dental services will help remove plaque, debris, whilst creating a whiter, healthier and polished smile.
When should kids see the dentist?
Children should start to visit the dentist at a young age when the primary teeth start to emerge. It is important to maintain a habit of good dental hygiene with a check-up every six months in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems.
Can I have my wisdom teeth taken out on the same day?
It is always recommended to have a compulsory consultation allowing the dentist to do a comprehensive exam, X-rays and/or possibly a full mouth X-ray (OPG). This examination will allow you to fully understand the situation, urgency and the process which will take place. Depending on the urgency of the situation, the dentist may be able to perform wisdom tooth removal.
I'm pregnant, what do I do about my bleeding gums?
Pregnancy gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease causing bleeding of the gums due to the natural hormonal changes throughout pregnancy. During this time, the gums become more sensitive, so it is advised to practice good dental hygiene by gently brushing twice a day. If this causes any discomfort, please visit a dental practitioner for professional advice.
Why are procedures in dentistry so costly?
There are a number of reasons why dental treatments are priced accordingly and can appear expensive.
- The services we receive are performed by highly trained dental professionals. These professionals have completed many years of dental school and speciality training, with continuing professional development to expand and maintain up-to-date knowledge and skills.
- There are many highly specialised types of equipment that are very costly to purchase and maintain in the dental setting.
- The expenses of surgical tools, sterilisation, anaesthetics and other medications or medical grade drugs.
- Sending orthodontic appliances, crown/bridge work and dentures to 100% Australia Made Dental Laboratories.
- The mandatory fees of practice registration, healthcare providers’ registrations, ongoing radiation health licensing expenses, medical indemnity costs and practice insurance overheads.
WHAT DENTAL HEALTH FUNDS CAN BE ACCEPTED AT QL DENTAL?
We accept all Dental Health funds and Veteran’s Affairs Cardholders.
Payment Plans and Medicare for Children are also available.