We believe in educating our patients so that they understand everything there is to know about their dental health. We want to help you with your dental issues, no matter how big or small, and we understand you may have a few questions going into your dental appointment. Thats why we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions below. These cover a range of topics that people are usually curious about. However if you have a question that is not answered, don’t hesitate to contact us and one of our friendly staff will be able to help you.
Where can I find an emergency dentist near Byron Bay?
At Mullumbimby Dental Centre we are conveniently located just 15 minutes north of Byron Bay. We are more than happy to look after holiday makers and tourists who require emergency dentistry during their stay away from home.
What should I do if my tooth has been knocked out?
If your tooth has been knocked out it is important to see an emergency dentist within half an hour – this can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth!
Pick your tooth up by the crown (never by the root!) and rinse with clean water or milk. Do not scrub the tooth or attempt to remove any attached tissues as these may be required to reattach the tooth. Transport the tooth in the mouth where the tooth used to be OR in a container of milk.
What is the best way to whiten my teeth?
The safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth is to invest in a professional whitening treatment…
Although it may be tempting to opt for slightly cheaper do-it-yourself whitening kits or teeth whitening performed by someone who is not a dentist, in reality these methods are at best ineffective and at worst can cause extensive trauma to your oral area.
At Mullumbimby Dental Centre our dentists are trained to perform professional teeth whitening treatments that are highly effective whilst protecting the health and integrity of your smile. We have two options: in practice and take home. Our dentists can work with you to discover which whitening treatment will fit your smile, lifestyle and budget most appropriately.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that can be used to visibly erase many aesthetic concerns you may have in relation to your smile…
Comprised of a slim but strong material, porcelain veneers are custom designed facings that are permanently adhered to the outside face of your teeth to generate seamlessly beautiful results. Each veneer is colour matched to mimic the exact shade and translucency of natural tooth enamel and with good care should last for more than a decade.
How can I replace my missing teeth?
If you have suffered from single, multiple or total tooth loss, dental implants are a restorative treatment that you may wish to consider…
Performing as a foundation for prosthetic tooth replacements such as crowns, over time dental implants are actually accepted by your body as part of your biological make-up, forming a permanently solid replacement for your missing tooth root. With good care many patients experience amazing longevity from this restorative dental treatment.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are essentially titanium “screws” that act as a replacement for a missing tooth root.
Comprised of a titanium alloy that is highly biocompatible with your natural jaw bone material, dental implants are surgically placed into the site of tooth loss and over a period of time are naturally integrated into your jaw bone (a process called osseointegration). This effectively mimics the lost tooth root and forms a permanently solid foundation for prosthetic tooth replacements such as crowns.
When should my child first visit the dentist?
At Mullumbimby Dental Centre we recommend that you take your child to our practice when their teeth first erupt…
This performs two functions:
- Our dentists can monitor and support the healthy development of your child’s smile
- Your child can form positive associations with the dentist and dental care from a young age to support the development of optimal oral health for life!
How often should I have my teeth checked and professionally cleaned?
It is recommended that you visit the dentist once every six months to have your teeth professionally cleaned so as to prevent the build-up of plaque. Your dentist will also check for the emergence of any cavities or decay.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Using the latest and best technology as well as the highest quality materials, cosmetic dentistry works to create aesthetically beautiful smiles. Cosmetic dentistry often refers to treatments like teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and composite bonding.
Is root canal therapy painful?
No. Root canal therapy relieves pain. The procedure will be performed under local anaesthetic so you will not feel any discomfort. It is typically compared to a routine filling.
Why are my gums bleeding?
Bleeding gums is usually a sign of gingivitis, which is the early stage of periodontal (gum) disease. Symptoms such as swollen or bleeding gums are your body telling you that you need to fix the problem before it gets worse. Gingivitis is reversible, however gum disease is not.
What is a good dental hygiene routine?
It is important that you brush your teeth twice a day, every day. Usually once in the morning, and once at night before you go to sleep. You should also floss your teeth once a day so as to remove any build-up in between teeth.