Have a question about dentistry? Have a look through our frequently asked questions to see if we can answer your dental concern:
What age should my child visit Duncraig Dental Care?
We encourage parents to bring their children in as soon as possible (even if it’s just for a visit) to familiarise them with the office and our team. Often we give them a ride in the chair on Mum or Dad’s lap for fun. We encourage regular preventive care from an early age after the baby teeth first come through, so we can avoid problems from occurring in the future.
What is preventive care?
Preventive care is the concept and practise of preventing dental disease before it starts. This method of dentistry promotes regular cleaning, fluoride treatment (or a fluoride alternative) and check-ups. We at Duncraig Dental Care strongly encourage regular six monthly preventive care visits. During pregnancy or for specific problems such as periodontal disease we may recommend more frequent three monthly visits. This involves having your teeth cleaned by our dental therapist and having your mouth (both soft and hard tissues) thoroughly examined by the dentist. Once the teeth are clean the dental therapist will toughen the tooth enamel by applying a fluoride gel treatment, which is also good if any teeth are sensitive. For those not keen on having fluoride we have GC Tooth Mousse (a non-fluoride alternative), which does a similar job.
How long will a teeth whitening treatment last?
Longevity of your newly whitened teeth depends on many dietary factors and lifestyle choices such as smoking. For example, red wine, coffee, green tea and smoking will all accelerate the return of staining. We provide you with take home tooth whitening trays which you can use yourself to do any touching up. This may be required every 12 to 18 months.
Will my teeth hurt if I receive restorative or cosmetic treatment?
Once your tooth is numb there is no reason to feel anything, often more anaesthetic may be given if a tooth has an extra nerve or if it has been very sore beforehand. The dentist and nursing staff are all very experienced at anaesthesia and will constantly monitor your numbness during your visit.
Are there any injections involved in any treatments?
Everybody is different when it comes to sedation and the need for anaesthetic. For simple treatments like fissure sealants local anaesthetic injection may not be necessary. For more involved treatments normally we would numb you with a LA injection. This is done in a very careful, controlled manner by skilled professionals using surface numbing gel beforehand. In this way very often patients are unaware when the injection has been given. For those patients really afraid of injections we sometimes use various forms of sedation.
How long do I have to wait after a sedative treatment to eat and drink?
If you are numb you will need to wait until it wears off so you don’t accidentally bite your lip, cheek or tongue or burn yourself with a hot drink. This usually takes anywhere from –one to three hours but each patient is different and depending you individual body you may react differently.
Should I have my amalgam fillings replaced?
There has been a lot of media and industry debate about the safety of the mercury in amalgam fillings and a lot of the claims flying about are not scientifically proven. If you have amalgam fillings in your mouth that are in good condition then there is no reason to have them removed. However after eight to ten years amalgams tend to start corroding around the edges resulting in leakage, which lets plaque and decay causing bacteria to get underneath. For this and other reasons we at Duncraig Dental Care have not used amalgam fillings for over 10 years. Other more cosmetic tooth-coloured fillings are available which do not leak and can be bonded to the tooth improving the adhesive strength.
Can I have dental treatment during pregnancy?
There are no contraindications for having local anaesthetics or dental treatment during pregnancy. If you have concerns speak to your obstetrician or medical GP. In fact it is often recommended having your teeth cleaned more frequently (every three months) during pregnancy due to the hormonal changes making the gums more susceptible to gingivitis, etc.
Are amalgam fillings harmful to my unborn/newborn baby?
It has been suggested that removing amalgam fillings with the dental drill creates a health risk while pregnant. This can be done quite safely with the use of the high volume suction, which catches and removes all the amalgam debris as it is removed. It is also possible to remove amalgams under rubber dam (a rubber barrier attached to the tooth being worked on to prevent any debris from entering the mouth) if so desired. Please feel free to discuss any concerns you have with one of our dentists.
Is good oral hygiene important during pregnancy?
During pregnancy the hormonal changes tend to increase the susceptibility of the gums to gingivitis and gum disease. Meticulous brushing and flossing is essential, and three monthly preventive care cleaning is recommended to avoid problems.
Is my dental work guaranteed?
Any work you receive at Duncraig Dental Care is conditionally guaranteed for up to 12 months against material failure. Conditions excluded are those outside our control such as decay due to poor oral hygiene or failure to follow instructions, such as wearing a bite splint if you are a tooth bruxer (severe grinding or clenching).
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry is a fantastic option for people who are extremely nervous or have a phobia of dentistry. It is also an option for patients who are having more complex treatment such as removal of wisdom teeth. At Duncraig Dental Care we offer three levels of sedation:
- General Anaesthetic at the Southbank Day Care Centre – this is commonly used for wisdom teeth surgery but can also be used for adults or kids who want to be asleep during dental treatment.
- Intravenous Sedation (also known as “Twilight Sedation”) by a visiting anaesthetist.
- Oral sedation
What does sleep apnoea have to do with my teeth?
The treatments for sleep apnoea are prescribed by dentists, the most common treatment available is a mask worn at night that keeps the back of the throat open by forcing air through the nose. This is called ‘nasal continuous positive airway pressure’ (CPAP). However, for those who find it difficult to tolerate wearing the mask we can also offer mouthguard or oral appliance or mandibular advancement splint. They work by holding the jaw forward during sleep.