Frequently Asked Questions
Cleaning your teeth everyday at home while important, is only part of a successful routine. Regular brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist twice a year helps prevent or limit the extent of any problems developing.
Professional cleaning with specialised tools by the dentist removes, plaque, tartar and bacteria build-up that you are unable to remove yourself which reduces the chances of any infection or problems occurring. High-risk patients are encouraged to visit more frequently if they are at higher risk of gum diseases and decay. High-risk factors include being a smoker, diabetes, genetic predisposition for dental problems and dry-mouth.
Edens Landing Dental prides itself on making time available for any patients in pain to be seen on the day of calling, even if it is after-hours.
However, if we are not able to do so, here is some information on what to do until help is available.
An infected tooth can lead to swelling of the soft tissues nearby to the tooth. Any swelling is a clear sign that you should come into the clinic immediately.
Usually swelling tends to be localised to the area that the problem started. However, in lower teeth, some more serious infections can lead to swelling that can affect your neck and airway. This is considered a life threatening and needs to be treated without delay.
Upper teeth can create swellings that if left untreated, it can progress backwards towards the brain potentially causing a life threatening scenario.
If any of these scenarios occur, contact the emergency department and they will provide medicine to decrease the swelling in the interim before you can see us for treatment.
Contact us as soon as possible as the window of opportunity to save a knocked out tooth is within an hour. When packing the tooth, handle the tooth by holding the crown, not the root (the pointy part of the tooth). Touching the tooth by the root can damage cells and reduce the tooth’s chance of survival, so please do not scrub the tooth! Instead, gently rinse the tooth in milk or water to remove dirt before placing the tooth back in the socket in the mouth. If this is not possible, either store the tooth between the cheek and teeth or in milk and make your way to the dentist as soon as possible.
If a baby tooth is knocked out, the tooth should not be replanted. The patient should be seen to as soon as possible to make sure there are no remaining tooth pieces and no damage has been made to other structures in the mouth.
We recommend they come in for an examination from 3 years of age. First visits are generally about getting the child used to the dental environment and making sure that the mouth is growing properly and appropriate dental care is being provided.
A fun ride in the chair and a count of your child’s teeth can help prevent problems developing and a fear of the dentist later in life.
All dental treatment is safe to be performed during pregnancy including the taking of x-rays during the appointment. A lead apron is available at Edens Landing Dental to protect you and the baby from any potential radiation.
We understand that experiences in the past can cause anxiety for some patients when visiting the dentist and here at Edens Landing Dental, we want to ensure that you have the best possible experience with us. If you are worried prior to your appointment, have a chat with us about your fear so we will be able to accommodate to your situation and eliminate anything that might be adding to your anxiety.
Yes, we offer interest free payment plans here at Edens Landing Dental. Please contact us for more information.