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Faq | Dentist | Carrara Dental Practice
Why is it important to see a dentist on a regular basis even if I don’t have any pain or discomfort? (recommended 6-monthly)

Going to the dentist regularly ensures that your teeth and oral tissues are kept under close monitor. That way if something starts going wrong it can be picked up early in the process reducing the damage to you both biologically and financially.
Most oral pathologies (diseases) do not cause pain until very late stage where the destruction is as such that the most vulnerable part of the tooth which is called pulp, commonly known as ‘the nerve’, gets involved. By this time the consequence is not as light as one would like! At Carrara Dental practice your dentist is there to protect you from those more serious episodes.
Another situation is the build-up of hard plaque as we call it calculus. No matter how good people clean and care for their teeth, the calculus will build up. The build-up of calculus is so slow that people don’t perceive it. You would probably recall the time after your scale and clean session at your dentist when suddenly your tongue feels all the spaces between your teeth! That is because losing the calculus happens so suddenly whereas the build-up is so slow.
We all know that the health insurance companies are quite strict in giving you benefits/ money however they do give you benefits for your regular maintenance visits on a 6-monthly basis, hence the importance of it.

Is teeth whitening safe for my teeth?

Yes, it’s perfectly safe. People think that teeth whitening takes off a layer away from their teeth which is not true. The mechanism of teeth whitening is such that the chemical agent we use neutralises the staining agents which have incorporated into the body of teeth. It’s not a mechanical process of abrading the surface to teeth.

All forms of whitening employ the same basic chemical process, whether they’re a home whitening kit or teeth whitening that’s done by a dentist.

At Carrara Dental Practice we offer both these techniques. Our state of the art latest in-office whitening is an internationally acclaimed system called “Zoom” (Zoom Bright White System).

How much does a treatment cost?

When you visit or call Carrara Dental Practice we try to be as helpful as we can. Please remember though, that the person you speak to is the receptionist, not the dentist. Because there are many different clinical situations we are unable to quote costs of treatments over the phone. Any questions about treatment costs are best left to the dentist.There are times we can give you an approximate cost but, these are rare as all patient have individual dental needs.

Do you treat children under Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS)?

Yes, we do treat children under the Child Dental benefits Scheme. Find out more about our Kid’s Dentistry service.

Do you Bulk Bill?

We offer a Bulk Billing system for eligible children between 2-17 years of age through Medicare.

Why do dentists require X-rays of my teeth/ jaws?

Dentists can only see your teeth superficially when only use their natural vision. Whilst they examine your teeth thoroughly, they do not have x-ray vision and are therefore unable to see between your teeth, where your teeth touch and underneath existing fillings without the benefit of x-rays. X-rays are a very important diagnostic tool in the early discovery of cavities.

I get gum bleeds when brushing my teeth, why?

If you have a gum bleed, it is most likely that you have either gingivitis. Gingivitis is a common untreated infection of the gums. It generally doesn’t cause pain and is therefore often ignored. Bad breath and red puffy bleeding gums are typical symtoms of gingivitis.

It is also possible that bleeding gums are an indication of a more serious gum disease. In either case, bleeding gums are symptoms of an infection in your mouth and this infection requires treatment.

Gingivitis is the accumulation of bacteria and bacterial products forming plaque at the base of your teeth. Once this plaque hardens into tartar a toothbrush and dental floss can no longer remove it. It can only be removed by a Dentist or Dental Professional. Left untreated the bacteria in the scale eats away at the jawbone. That is where the saying “getting long in the tooth comes from” as the gums and jawbone are receding showing more tooth.

Despite brushing my teeth, I still suffer from bad breath, why?

Bad breath, known as halitosis can be a distressing problem to live with. Bad breath can affect not only your dental health but your confidence and social life too. Mints, mouthwash, and gum can help to mask the problem, but will not cure it. You need to consult with your Dentist to get to the route of the problem.

Why do I have to notify you if I’m not going to keep my dental appointment?

Your appointment time has been specifically set aside for you. At Carrara Dental Practice we do not overbook patients. For us to provide you with optimum care we need to allocate an appropriate amount of time to carry out the necessary treatment. Should you fail to notify us that you are unable to attend your appointment, this not only inconveniences our dental team but disadvantages other patients.

We understand that from time to time unforeseen circumstances arise. Where possible, we ask you to be courteous and respectful to other patients and our staff. Please notify us at least one to two days prior to your appointment if you are unable to attend. This gives us the opportunity to offer your appointed time to someone else.

What age should you start taking your children to the dentist?

It is a good idea to bring your children from an early age to familiarise them with the processes of the dental clinic. At Carrara Dental Practice, our dentists encourage you to bring them along with you when you come in for your routine check-up, we usually, if appropriate, start with the fun things like taking them for a ride in the chair, counting their teeth so it is a pleasant experience for them.

Which private health funds are you a preferred provider for?

Our practice accepts all private health funds. We are preferred provider for Bupa, CBHS, HCF, Medibank and Westfund. If you are member of one of these funds, you will receive a fixed rebate on certain treatments. That rate is determined by the set fees your health fund has outlined in their policies. Please check with your health fund or review your policy for more details.

We also bulk bill for Medicare’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule and accept DVA members.

Do you take New Patients?

We welcome all new patients of any age, patients requiring emergency treatment, or patients just passing through on holidays. Everyone is welcome at Carrara Dental Clinic!

Do you do implants?

Yes, we do implants in-house from start to finish. We are a Dental Implant Centre. Our principal dentist Dr Shaibani is a fully accredited implant specialist. He has the experience to surgically place and to also restore dental implants. Dr Shaibani has been involved in the dental implant field for over 15 years. He is an esteemed and active member of the Australian Society Of Implant Dentistry, International Congress Of Oral Implantologists and Australian Dental Association.

Find out how we can help you with Dental Implants.

Does it hurt to have an implant?

Like many other fields else, dentistry is also one of those fields where you will find different operators with different levels of finesse. Placing an implant is no different and it’s quite a delicate procedure. We always assure our patients who undergo the implant procedures that they would rarely experience anything more than just a mild discomfort which is well managed by mild analgesics. They are always nicely surprised about ease of the procedure afterwards.

Do I need to take time off after an implant placement?

Modern Dental Implant procedures are so streamlined, advanced and predictable that in the vast majority of cases people can get on with their routine normal lives the day after the implant.

Who can have dental implants and are there any health prerequisites for dental implants?

Almost everyone can have implant placed in their lost tooth/ teeth areas. There are very small group of patients with specific systemic conditions which may compromise the success rate of implant procedures. Our dental implant professional can assess and advise you on your suitability for dental implants.

Is it possible to have an implant placed at the same time as getting a tooth extracted?

Yes. In most cases that is the recommended method where a second surgical session is bypassed. It also ensures the better adaptation of the surrounding soft tissues (gum) hence reduced base shrinkage.

Why are x-rays necessary?

X-rays can show important information that is not readily visible looking inside your mouth. X-rays help in the diagnosis of tooth and jaw problems where dentists cannot see. These areas include your roots, and even the overall composition of your facial structure. The dental team use x-rays for diagnosing gum disease, abscesses and abnormal growths like tumours and cysts.

We recommend X-rays for new clients and as the need arises due to a specific problem or routinely every 18-24 months thereafter.

Why do I have bad breath even though I brush frequently?

Bad breath, known as halitosis can be a distressing problem to live with. Bad breath can affect not only your dental health but your confidence and social life too. Mints, mouthwash, and gum can help to mask the problem, but will not cure it. You need to consult with your dentist to get to the root of the problem.

In most cases, careful management through professional cleaning appointments to remove plaque and tartar build up and, instituting a new oral health regime can help tremendously. We encourage patients to come in and talk to us. There is no need to be embarrassed. This is what we are here for; to help restore healthy happy smiles.

Why do I have to notify you if I’m not going to keep my dental appointment?

We ask that you make every effort to be on time for your appointment. We understand your time is valuable and we do our best to see you at the appointed time. If patients run late for appointments, this puts our entire schedule behind.

Is cosmetic dentistry for me?

You are the best judge of that. You are the one who assesses your smile all day everyday.

“When you smile the world smiles with you”. So, if anything hinders you from smiling with full confidence and your best then you are not doing yourself a favour.

Research has shown that people who smile more are happier and live longer.

What can I do at home to care for my teeth and gums?

Along with maintain a healthy and balanced diet, you should brush your teeth daily using a fluoride toothpaste that has been approved by the Australian Dental Association (ADA).

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

Most people should replace their toothbrushes three to four times a year or as the bristles start to fray.