Alderley Dental
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Your enquiries are welcome and encouraged. When choosing a family dentist in the Alderley or Brisbane area, you are presented with many options, and we want you to feel utterly confident that you will not only receive great dentistry, but also the personalised patient care you deserve.

Some common questions we hear are listed below. If your specific question is not answered here, please do give us a call and our helpful team will provide you with the information you need.

We look forward to welcoming you to Alderley Dental.


Six Steps to Get over Your Dental Phobia

#1 Visit your dentist regularly before you have a dental problem.

We recommend coming every six months. If you get into a regular dental routine, it’ll help you get over that initial feeling of fear, and you’ll find that it’s not so bad. With each regular visit where you don’t have a bad experience, you’ll break down that fear a little bit, and you’ll have more chance of a positive encounter.

It also comes back to early detection and prevention. If you’re coming in regularly for a dental clean, your gums and teeth will stay healthy, and you won’t have a painful experience during your check-up. But if you put it off, then your gums can become inflamed, sensitive and possibly infected, which can result in pain.

#2 Book an early morning appointment.

Making an appointment first thing in the morning can help, as it gets it out of the way and you won’t have as much time to get upset and build up your fear throughout the day. The later you leave it in the day, the more you’ll think about it and the worse your fear can become.

#3 Bring someone you trust for support.

Talk to someone who’s not scared of the dentist, whether it’s a close friend or relative. If you haven’t been to the dentist for a long time, ask them to come along with you for support.

#4 Talk to us about your fear.

All of the dental team at Alderley Dental in Brisbane are friendly, caring and easy to talk to. If you are scared or fearful of pain, there are steps they can take to help you.

Our front desk staff are very helpful, so confide in them when you first arrive and let them know you’re anxious.

Then when you come in for your check-up, we’ll spend time talking and understanding your fears. We spend that extra time and patience to hear you out and learn about your exact concerns and fears.

We find that with anxious patients, once they’ve put into words what they’re frightened of, they feel a lot better. Then we can see how we can best help them with their fear and adapt treatment accordingly. Say, for example, you’re scared of having a needle, we can use plenty of numbing cream or happy gas to help.

#5 Put your hand up if you’re uncomfortable.

At the start of your appointment, we’ll explain the procedure – what’s involved and what you can expect to feel. We do this with all our patients, however, with a very anxious patient we’ll take more time to talk through it.

Throughout the appointment, we’ll check on you to see if you’re ok. Many anxious patients particularly don’t like the feeling of not being in complete control, so we let them know that if they want us to stop at any point, we’ll stop straight away and they can take as much time as needed.

#6 Use distraction tools and techniques.

We have a TV in each room, so let us know your favourite channel and take the opportunity to lie back and watch some TV. Some patients also bring in their own music and headphones and tell us that it helps to block out the background noise of a dental procedure, like a drill. It can also help to simply listen to something you’re comfortable and familiar with.

If you’re too scared of the dentist to book an appointment, consider asking a friend or relative to do it for you and come with you for support. Our friendly and caring staff will understand. Please call our office on 07 3856 2144 today.

Finding the right dentist for you and your family can be a difficult task. Some dentists will only treat children. Others only treat adults. Some dentists only offer basic dentistry, like simple cleans, whilst others focus only on one specific dental specialty. 

When choosing the right dentist, we recommend doing your research on the dentist’s website. See what services are available, what types of patients and conditions they treat, and what payment options they accept. 

logo for Alderley DentalYour Brisbane Dental Clinic

At Alderley Dental, we are the right fit for a wide variety of patients. In fact, we strive to be the ideal dentist for your entire family. In our friendly dental clinic, we offer excellent care to people of all ages, and we provide a wide range of services so you and your family can conveniently receive all your dental treatments under one roof. 

We are also easy to locate on South Pine Road in Alderley Brisbane. We’re only a 10-15 minute drive outside of Brisbane city, making us accessible for patients. We’re also only about a 5-minute drive from Everton Park and Gaythorne.

Find a Dentist Near You in Brisbane to Help

If you’ve been looking for the right dentist in Brisbane, you can halt your search at Alderley Dental. We invite you to call our dental clinic for more information or to arrange your first appointment. 

Whenever possible, our Alderley dentists provide conservative treatment options that retain as much of the natural tooth as possible. Inlays and onlays are indirect restorations that we create in a single visit to the clinic. We will perform an exam and take x-rays to determine the proper treatment option for you.

Inlays and Onlays in Brisbane

Alderley Dental, located just north of Brisbane, recommends inlays or onlays when the area to be treated is too large for a filling, but too small for a crown. Inlays and onlays perform a similar function as a filling and a crown, essentially repairing a broken or decayed tooth and restoring the strength and function. 

We recommend inlays or onlays when the area to be treated is too large for a filling but too small for a crown.

Inlays and onlays use porcelain (not the composite resin of tooth-coloured fillings), as this is a sturdier material for the larger space, giving our patients a functional and long-term solution to broken or decayed teeth. 

We Welcome You to Call Our Clinic

To learn more about inlays and onlays, contact Alderley Dental to arrange an appointment. Our experienced dentists will find the proper restoration for your oral health needs.

Welcome to Alderley Dental, your friendly dental clinic in Brisbane. We are conveniently located and serve patients in all locations, including:

  • Newmarket
  • Gaythorne
  • Mitchelton
  • Keperra
  • Stafford Heights
  • Enoggera
  • Ashgrove
  • Everton Park

If you’re coming to our dental clinic from Brisbane, we recommend taking Petrie Terrace to Kelvin Grove Road, eventually, Kelvin Grove becomes Enoggera! We are located at the fork in the road—where Enoggera divides to Samford Road and South Pine. We suggest continuing to South Pine to the turnaround. You’ll find us on the right.

If you’re coming to us from Stafford, Enoggera or Everton Park, we recommend coming south on Pine or Samford Road. Make a left turn on Wakefield to reach our car park.

Our dental clinic—offering general, family, and cosmetic dentistry—is located in the same building as Saga Games Alderley and just next door to the Relaxation Centre of Queensland. In our area, you’ll find a lot to do, including shopping, dining and more!

Is It Time for Your Next Dental Check-Up and Teeth Clean in Alderley?

We are always thrilled to welcome our existing patients back and invite new patients to join our dental family as well.

If you would like to arrange a check-up and clean, or if you want to establish dentistry in Alderley, we welcome your call.


Tooth Extractions

It’s very much a case-by-case basis, and we will take your desires and goals into account. We will first begin by taking x-rays of the wisdom teeth and determining the location of the roots and any complications that might arise during the extraction procedure. 

Generally, if you remove one wisdom tooth on one side, the other one on the same side is taken out at the same time or is soon to follow. The reason we may remove both wisdom teeth on one side at the same time is that it reduces the time the patient could be in pain and they can heal more quickly.

Removing Wisdom Teeth all at Once

Often, patients want to have their wisdom teeth out all at once. We can sometimes accommodate this goal and will let you know how many appointments may be required.

Reach Out with Wisdom Tooth Questions

If the wisdom teeth on both sides are causing issues, it could be a different story. It really comes back to assessing what needs to be taken out and why. Contact our Alderley dental clinic to arrange an appointment with one of our gentle dentists. They will be able to give you all the details necessary to make an informed choice regarding your wisdom teeth.

In most cases, yes, as it’s generally a sign that there’s not enough space for them to come through. Or the wisdom teeth could be having teething issues, just like when your first adult teeth came through – many of us don’t remember this feeling because it happened when we were a lot younger. As the wisdom teeth poke through the gums, they can sometimes be tender and can take a few weeks to erupt fully. It’s better to seek professional help than to wait and see on your own.

Oral Assessment Before Wisdom Tooth Extraction

It really comes down to an oral assessment to see which basket they fall into – whether it’s something we can keep an eye on, or whether there’s not enough space for them and there’s an infection forming, which means that tooth will need to come out. Digital dental x-rays will help us determine your options.

We Welcome Your Call to Our Alderley Clinic

The best way to find out if you need to have your wisdom tooth or teeth extracted is to contact our Alderley dental practice to arrange a booking for an evaluation. Our dentists have removed hundreds of wisdom teeth comfortably and successfully, protecting our patients’ smiles and oral health.

What can I take for wisdom teeth pain?

Generally, it’s a combination of Panadol and Nurofen; Panadol has paracetamol to help with the pain, while Nurofen is anti-inflammatory, so it helps keep down the swelling in the area. However, every individual is different, and we’ll tailor your medications to reduce your discomfort.

Looking after yourself and letting your body heal – from what is essentially oral surgery – goes a long way to reducing the post-operative impacts. Take it easy and make sure you’re not going out to play the night afterwards!

Wisdom Tooth Removal Recovery

For a good recovery, the timing of wisdom teeth extraction is important, as is resting adequately to ensure it’s all as seamless and pleasant as possible.

You can talk to the Alderley Dental team about how to care for wisdom tooth extractions post surgery. Try to book it in during your holidays or quiet time. If you can’t, then the best time to do it is on a Friday, so you have the weekend to recover. By Monday or Tuesday, with the aid of minimum painkillers, patients have recovered well enough to get back to work and do what they need to do.

Have other questions about your wisdom teeth? Like to book an appointment? Please don’t hesitate to contact us or phone our friendly staff at Alderley Dental on 07 3856 2144.

These are your third set of molars, and they’re called ‘teeth of wisdom’ because they don’t emerge until you’re older. Not all wisdom teeth are bad or have to be removed, but it’s critical that you get them assessed to understand what’s going on. Some people never end up getting them at all.

What Age Do They Come Through?

Generally, wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 24. We can detect a developing wisdom tooth on an x-ray as early as the age of 13 or 14.

Monitoring Development

For younger patients – we’re talking 15, 16, 17 – we monitor their wisdom teeth to see what happens. It’s best to keep an eye on them with dental check-ups than wait for them to cause problems.

We can make a better judgement, a definitive diagnosis, when a patient gets older – 18 to early 20s. It’s generally at this age when wisdom teeth have been exposed to the mouth for a number of years that you can determine the anatomy of that particular area.

Then we ask: Will this wisdom tooth catch food, promote infection or come through in the right place? To arrange an evaluation to determine if your wisdom teeth need extraction, contact Alderley Dental.

If there’s no pain

You should still see a dentist for regular check-ups and x-rays on your developing wisdom teeth. Not all wisdom teeth are bad or have to be removed, but it’s critical that you get them assessed to understand what’s going on with them.

As soon as the pain starts

If you don’t have these check-ups, then you’re only going to know about them when they cause a problem – pain is the first sign of an infection. To start, they can get quite sore towards the back of your mouth, top or bottom, and make it difficult to open and close it. 

Radiating pain

You’ll notice significant radiating pain coming from the back of your mouth and jaw. It might start as a mild ache, building intensity over time. This can come and go or be constant pain that can last for two to three weeks, sometimes longer.

“I can’t even think” pain

Eventually, the pain will develop into a shocking, throbbing pain. This can happen overnight or even within a few hours. If the wisdom tooth that’s coming through doesn’t have enough space, a little pocket can grow over it and bacteria can get trapped, causing an infection and severe pain.

Bad taste

This is another sign of infection, which builds up, then releases and drains from the tooth into your mouth. The infection hasn’t gone, though. Episodes of this will continue until the source of infection – the wisdom tooth – is removed.

If it isn’t, then it gives the infection a chance to come back. It can get quite severe and cause significant problems for some people, as the infection can drain to other places such as the neck, causing difficulty breathing or swallowing, or under the eye area. That can be quite an issue.

Strange smell

The infection is accumulating in your mouth.

Headaches and earaches

When you have bad enough wisdom tooth pain, it can radiate into your head and feel like a headache or travel up to your ear.


As with any infection, it has the possibility of causing fever.

Every Patient Is an Individual

Some people ask whether they can potentially avoid or lessen surgery costs by having their wisdom teeth taken out early.

This could happen, to some degree, but importantly, the assessment and position of the wisdom tooth will dictate whether we start talking about surgery.

When a Wisdom Tooth Looks Troublesome

If you leave it untreated, it can cause decay on the other teeth and more serious problems.

Unsure Whether Your Wisdom Tooth Needs to Come Out?

Call Alderley Dental at our practice on Brisbane’s northside to discuss your situation. Call our office on (07) 3856 2144 today.

No. First, you’ll be given a local anaesthetic, which is administered with a needle as gently as possible. The anaesthetic will numb the area that we’re working on. After that, you’ll feel a lot of pressure in your mouth, but you won’t feel any pain.

What can I do? I’m scared about being awake through it.

When a patient is having wisdom teeth or any other teeth taken out, they can feel like they’re not in control. We like to mention to them is that they’re the ones in charge. If they need a break or to stop for any reason, they can just pop a hand up, and we’ll pause.

We also have a TV and a lot of people distract themselves from it. You can put on whatever you like to watch, and we’ll make you as comfortable as possible. You can even bring along your own DVD.

However, if the patient is traumatised by it all, then we’d much rather them have a happier experience. We can give them a relaxant such as Valium before the procedure.

Children's Dentistry

In preventing dental phobia in children, we try to create a fun, relaxing and happy environment. We talk to them in their language and let them go on a little ride on the dentist’s chair. If they’ve had a bad dental experience in the past, sometimes we’ll pop on some happy gas to help, too!

Dental phobia in kids - It's important for children to see the dentist at a younger age before any problems become painful.

Children's Dentistry in Brisbane

Young boy holding thumbs up at children's dentist in BrisbaneIt’s important for kids to see our children's dentist in Brisbane at a younger age. If kids only visit the dentist when they are in pain, or there is a problem, then they will quickly build an association between the dentist and fear.

 It’s not just about their dental health; it’s also about creating good memories and the idea that we’re a dental family that they’re comfortable coming to. Kids who are used to having things done in the chair regularly, like a check-up and clean, will then develop trust and be comfortable with the surroundings. If they then end up needing a filling, it won’t be a bad experience.

On the other hand, if a child doesn’t attend routine check-ups, then at the age of eight or nine develops a toothache, it can create a bad memory which may stick with them for the rest of their lives. In pain, they’re suddenly being taken to a completely new environment, facing an injection and potentially needing a tooth to be taken out. That’s the memory they’re going to associate with the dentist because they haven’t had a chance to experience anything different.

Schedule a Visit at Alderley Dental Today!

Contact Alderley Dental today on (07) 3856 2144 to arrange a check-up and clean for your child. We will make their visit fun and stress-free.

Recommendations vary depending on your child’s specific needs. For example, in our dental practice, we generally begin seeing children around age three unless they have a dental concern that needs to be addressed.

After their first visit as a toddler, they’ll need to continue seeing their dentist every six months for check-ups and cleans for the rest of their life.

young boy smiling in dental chairWhat Happens During a Child’s Dental Visit?

At Alderley Dental, we offer gentle, friendly dental services for children. Our team loves working with young patients, creating a welcoming and encouraging environment for their dental care.

When your child visits us for a dental appointment, the appointment typically consists of:

  • A dental exam
  • A thorough dental clean
  • X-rays when necessary

If our dentist, Dr Robert Zhang, finds any developing dental problems during the visit, he’ll discuss a treatment plan with you to restore your child to excellent oral health.

Children’s Dentistry in Brisbane

We make the entire dental appointment process as convenient and stress-free as possible, so dental visits become a simple and routine part of your child’s oral hygiene and dental care. In addition, we want to develop a strong relationship with your little ones, watching them grow into a beautiful, mature smile over time.

Our dental team loves helping young patients achieve optimal oral health in a comfortable and soothing setting. So, if it’s time for your child’s first dental visit, we invite you to contact our helpful team to arrange an appointment.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Routine dental check-ups are important to ensure your overall dental health whilst correcting early dental problems and preventing future issues, which can be more invasive and costly. Healthy teeth are beautiful teeth, and vice versa. If your teeth are straight, they are easier to clean, they function better, and they look better.

woman smiling in dental chairCavities are unattractive and degrade the appearance of your smile and often cause bad breath.

Plaque along the gumline becomes hardened and discoloured, affecting both the appearance and health of your smile.

Why Pick Alderley Dental for My General Dentistry Visits?

Every time you smile or talk to someone, your teeth show how well you care for them. If you want to keep your smile looking and functioning at its best, then you are sure to want to find a great dentist ‘partner’ to work with you to achieve this goal.

Our dentists endeavour to deliver the highest level of expertise to every patient, every day. You deserve to be treated like a star, and when you visit Alderley Dental for your regular dental visits, you will be.

If you want to schedule an appointment with our dentists, call our office on (07) 3856 2144 today.

Dental Implants

Diagram of dental implant in gums at Brisbane dental clinicThere are several things to consider when deciding on dental implants, including cost. However, a lot of people may not consider oral health savings in the long term associated with dental implants.

Dental implants replace your tooth and your tooth root, which means you may not have to worry about jawbone deterioration as the replacement root stimulates bone health. Dental implants also help prevent tooth shifting, which may lead to wear, cavities and breakage.

If you have multiple missing teeth, you can typically opt for fewer than seven dental implants to support an entire arch of restoring teeth.

With dental implants, you also do not need to purchase adhesives or visit your dentist often for relines, as you might with a removable denture.

Dental implants are a bit like a do-over.  And with proper care, your dental implants can last for life.  Proper care means brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist for dental exams and teeth cleans. In other words, treat your implants as you treat your natural teeth.

Cost of Dental Implants in Brisbane

Dental implant costs ultimately depend on the number of implants and any pre-implant preparation required to make you a good candidate. But it’s important to remember that dental implants are considered by many dentists to be a viable investment in your future oral health.

If you have additional questions about implants, do not hesitate to contact Alderley Dental on (07) 3856 2144 to arrange a consultation with our implant dentist in Brisbane. 

There are all sorts of tooth replacement choices out there, but the dental implant is the most permanent option available today.

It starts with a chat and exam in our dental clinic. If your Alderley dentist finds that dental implants will work to restore your smile, we schedule your implant surgery. On this day, your dentist places your prosthetic roots—also called dental implants. These titanium roots fuse with your jawbone, integrating across several months. When integration finishes, we top your implant with a tooth crown. A tooth crown is a tooth-shaped cover that slips over a prepared tooth or dental implant abutment.

man smiling after getting dental implantsBecause your replacement root integrates with the bone, it becomes a permanent part of your anatomy. Even if you crack your crown at some point in the future, you typically only have to replace this part of the system.

Tips for Maintaining Your Dental Implants

With regular dental visits and an excellent at-home routine, your dental implant crown can last for a decade or even for life.

Other tips include:

  • Never use your tooth or implant for an unintended purpose, like opening a bottle.
  • Talk to your dentist if you grind and clench your teeth (bruxism).
  • Always wear the proper face or mouth gear when playing sports.

For Dental Implants in Alderley, QLD, We Welcome Your Call

We love to help our patients reach their smile goals and encourage you to schedule a consultation.

Digital Smile Makeover

Alderley Dental patients can now try our new Digital Smile Makeover service with a special offer.

The cost of your initial Digital Smile Makeover consultation and to design your smile (including rubber mock-up) is $600. If you decide to go ahead with your Digital Smile Makeover, this cost will be deducted from the cost of your treatment plan. The quote for your treatment plan, including a discussion on your options and those cost variations, will be a part of the consultation process.

Emergency Dentistry

There are many types of dental emergencies, and sometimes patients are unsure whether their situation counts as an emergency and should be treated by an emergency dentist in Brisbane. However, you don’t have to spend time worrying about it. Instead, if you think you may be experiencing a dental emergency, the best course of action is generally to call Alderley Dental. 

man holding jaw from pain during a dental emergency in AlderleyWe can offer you advice over the phone on whether your situation is an emergency, and if it is, we can guide you on how to take care of the situation until you reach our practice. If you have suffered trauma, such as a car accident, however, that is an exception. In that case, we recommend that you go to the hospital instead of seeking care from your dentist. Then, after you’ve been treated and stabilised at the hospital, you can contact us for further assistance.

Common Dental Emergencies

Emergency dentists commonly treat the dental emergencies we’ve listed below:

  • Severe or persistent toothaches
  • Sensitive or painful teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Swelling or bleeding in the mouth
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Damaged dentures
  • Lost or broken fillings, veneers and crowns

If your situation isn’t listed above, that doesn’t mean it’s not an emergency. Dental emergencies include a wide variety of conditions and injuries. 

Emergency Dentist in Brisbane

As a dedicated emergency dentist in Brisbane, Dr Robert Zhang treats patients promptly, working efficiently to relieve pain and remedy his patients’ dental problems. 

We invite you to call us for your emergency dental care. Our skilled and empathetic team will get you in to see Dr Zhang as quickly as possible.

Yes, most likely you have a wisdom tooth infection.

When there’s not enough space in your mouth for a wisdom tooth to come in, you might notice that only half or a sliver of that tooth pokes its head through. What can happen is that the other half of the tooth remains covered by your gums. If bacteria get in there, then it’s almost impossible for you to clean it. That’s when bacteria can cause an infection and an abscess around the tooth.

It’s essential to reach out to your dentist in Alderley, QLD at the first signs of trouble—tooth sensitivity or swollen gums at the back of the mouth. Timely intervention may save you pain and a dental emergency.

Signs Your Wisdom Tooth Is Infected

You can get a bad taste in the mouth and swelling in the area, making it difficult to open and close your mouth. Most people come to us when they have that deep pain in the jaw, and the tooth will need to come out straight away.

Wisdom tooth extractions in Alderley is meticulously planned and image-guided through x-ray for a straightforward and easier procedure for you. Your dentist will first discuss all options with you and answer any questions that you may have about the process.

What Helps with Wisdom Tooth Pain

We will begin by taking x-rays of the area to determine the cause of the pain and the presence of infection. Then, if an extraction is necessary, one of our dentists will gently numb the area, remove the troublesome tooth, provide you with aftercare instructions and arrange a follow-up visit to promote excellent healing.

Recovering from wisdom tooth extractions typically includes soft foods for the first day following tooth removal and recommendations not to drink through a straw or use tobacco. You may have slight swelling following extraction, but your dentist can recommend an over-the-counter medication to help with this initial discomfort.

Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Brisbane

For more information about wisdom teeth removal in the Brisbane area, we welcome you to contact Alderley Dental. We treat patients on an emergency basis quickly and make the best recommendations for your comfort and oral health.

Restorative Dentistry

Do you suffer from broken or cracked teeth? Maybe you’ve just experienced a painful trauma to your teeth and require dental assistance. Teeth can break for various reasons, and getting professional assistance can make a significant difference in pain relief and restoring full functionality to the mouth.

What Are My Treatment Options?

Upon suffering damage to a tooth or multiple teeth, our friendly team here in Alderley can offer fast and effective treatments due to our extensive experience in restorative dentistry.

Some of our treatment options include:

  • Dental crowns and bridges
  • CEREC same-day crowns and veneers
  • Root canal treatment (if necessary)
  • Tooth-coloured fillings
  • Inlays or onlays
  • Dental veneers

If you’ve suffered damage to your teeth, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We do our best to treat and save damaged teeth so our patients can get back to eating their favourite foods pain-free!

What if I Require an Extraction?

Teeth damaged beyond repair may require extraction. Our practice provides tooth extraction services and several viable replacement options that include dental implants and different types of dentures.

Contact Your Alderley Dentist

Those concerned about their teeth can rest easy knowing that we offer high-quality restorative dentistry services to our patients in Alderley, QLD and the surrounding areas. We invite you to reach out to our professional team if you are ready to restore a great look and functionality to your smile!

Whenever possible, our Alderley dentists provide conservative treatment options that retain as much of the natural tooth as possible. Inlays and onlays are indirect restorations that we create in a single visit to the clinic. We will perform an exam and take x-rays to determine the proper treatment option for you.

Inlays and Onlays in Brisbane

Alderley Dental, located just north of Brisbane, recommends inlays or onlays when the area to be treated is too large for a filling, but too small for a crown. Inlays and onlays perform a similar function as a filling and a crown, essentially repairing a broken or decayed tooth and restoring the strength and function. 

We recommend inlays or onlays when the area to be treated is too large for a filling but too small for a crown.

Inlays and onlays use porcelain (not the composite resin of tooth-coloured fillings), as this is a sturdier material for the larger space, giving our patients a functional and long-term solution to broken or decayed teeth. 

We Welcome You to Call Our Clinic

To learn more about inlays and onlays, contact Alderley Dental to arrange an appointment. Our experienced dentists will find the proper restoration for your oral health needs.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canals are judged unfairly as being painful. The reality is much different. A root canal treatment in Alderley is designed to relieve your pain and restore your tooth to better health.

If you need a root canal, it means you have significant damage or a deep infection in your tooth. In some cases, your dentist picks up an emerging root infection during your routine dental exam. In most situations, unfortunately, you won’t know you have an infection until you develop a toothache and other symptoms, including a blister on the gum and swelling. This means a dental emergency in Alderley.

What Happens at a Root Canal Appointment?

At your root canal appointment, your dentist numbs the area, gently extracts the infected tissue and closes the tooth with a temporary filling to promote healing. Many patients report immediate relief. However, you may notice mild tenderness when the numbing agent wears off—not comparable to the pain associated with infection. A pain reliever purchased in your local pharmacy should be sufficient.

Do You Have a Toothache? We Encourage You to Contact Our Brisbane Dental Team

Tooth sensitivity and minor swelling can escalate without treatment. If you notice sensitivity, swelling or other oral health changes, we want to hear from you. A root canal treatment can eliminate your discomfort and restore your tooth to better health in no time.

Root Canal | Alderley Dental | Alderley, QLDOne of the usual first signs of needing a root canal is painful toothache. It may start out mild enough, but it will more than likely become unbearable at some point. This sends most people to the dentist for an emergency appointment.

Common Signs You Might Need a Root Canal

Here are some signs that you might need a root canal:

  • A toothache that goes from mild to excruciating
  • A white, pimple-like spot on the gum near the affected tooth
  • Sudden sensitivity to cold or heat
  • Dark discolouration of the affected tooth
  • Decay deep in the tooth

If you have any signs that you might need a root canal, it’s best to call our Alderley, QLD dental clinic immediately to schedule a booking. If the tooth is left untreated, you might eventually need to have it extracted. The infection can also spread to your other teeth, putting them at risk as well.

The root canal has had a bad rap over the years with a reputation for being a painful procedure. The truth is that the root canal isn’t painful; it’s the toothache pain that leads up to it. The area near the affected tooth will be completely anaesthetised before we start treatment.

We Welcome You to Reach Out to Our Alderley Clinic

Don’t let dental pain get the best of you. We welcome your call to our Alderley, QLD dental surgery. We leave room in our schedule for dental emergencies.


Patient smiling in chair at dentist in BrisbaneRoot canal treatment is not considered painful by most patients—though it has an unfair reputation. The reality is that the infection is painful, but the treatment is pain relieving.

If your Alderley dentist recommends root canal treatment, it means you have an infection deep in the root of your tooth. Symptoms may include:

  • Toothache
  • Jaw pain
  • Gum blister

In some instances, the nerve is damaged or dead, which means you may not feel pain. Instead, your dentist finds the infection during a regular dental exam.

The Root Canal Procedure in Brisbane

The root canal process means we numb the treatment area, and your dentist gently extracts inflamed or infected tissue from the root of your tooth. We close with a healing agent and transient filling. At your next exam, we provide a permanent filling or a dental crown—this is dependent on the stability of your tooth following treatment. The crown helps prevent breakage if the tooth is fragile. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap.

A root infection can be excruciating and require emergency dentistry in Alderley. However, you can lower your risks by visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and teeth cleans. You should also brush and floss daily—ask your dentist for best practices for your smile.

If You Have a Toothache, Call Alderley Dental Today!

If you have tooth sensitivity or pain, we encourage you to reach out to our dental clinic in Brisbane today on (07) 3856 2144 to schedule a dental exam.


Have you noticed stains, discolouration or teeth that seem a bit misshapen? Our teeth show the effects of what we consume over time and potentially take on damage due to trauma or chewing on hard foods. Whatever the reason, many seek dental veneers to improve their oral cosmetic appearance.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Like your existing teeth, veneers need diligent care and upkeep. Whilst veneers are a temporary treatment, patients who take care of their veneers can potentially expect them to last a decade or more! Some factors that can affect the longevity of dental veneers include:

  • The condition of teeth and gums before veneer placement- having a healthy mouth can help veneers last longer!
  • Consistent brushing, flossing and use of mouthwash can help your veneers last longer and also improve your overall oral health.
  • The variety of dental veneers (generally porcelain or composite resin) also affects longevity.
  • A patient’s diet may also influence the longevity of dental veneers. The consumption of red wines, coffee or acidic foods may leave stains on veneers just like regular teeth.

Contact Our Brisbane Dental Clinic

We take pride in offering dental veneers to our patients in Brisbane and surrounding areas. Our dentists can answer any questions you may have concerning dental veneers or other cosmetic procedures. Consultations are easy to arrange, and we invite you to get in touch with us online or on (07) 3069 6146.

Are you considering dental veneers? Or maybe you had them placed years ago, but they don’t seem to look quite the same as they used to. For various reasons, dental veneers generally need replacing at some point in time.

Veneer Replacement in Brisbane, QLD

Dental veneers are a temporary cosmetic treatment that can generally last for years (potentially more than a decade!). A replacement can restore the shine you previously had with your current veneers when that time is up. We can usually replace veneers for some of the following reasons:

  • A fault in the dental cement adhering the veneer to the tooth
  • A cracked veneer
  • Veneers that no longer serve their purpose or have become dislodged
  • A patient’s oral health has deteriorated, and some of the affected teeth have veneers on top of them

What Is the Process for Placing New Veneers?

The first veneer placement generally requires a thorough cleaning, removing a thin layer of enamel, potentially some shaping and then bonding cement followed by the veneer. New veneers typically fit just like the older veneers; some cleaning and removal of bonding cement can prepare the tooth for the new veneer.

Contact Us at Alderley Dental

If you think it is time for a new set of dental veneers, we are here to help and warmly invite you to contact our clinic for more details or with questions about dental veneer replacements.

Dental veneers can serve as an excellent long-term option for keeping a bright white smile for years to come if taken care of properly. 

Generally speaking, there is no set number on the exact number of years that dental veneers will last and need replacement, although some have had theirs for decades and never needed or sought out a replacement. There are a few contributing sets of factors that determine how long veneers will last after placement. 

  • Dental veneers generally consist of porcelain or resin composite.
  • Porcelain veneers are a type of ceramic and take their shape from a mould that perfectly fits the outside of a tooth. 
  • Dental fillings share the same material as resin composite veneers. 

Porcelain veneers are generally more durable and last much longer than resin composite veneers. They are less susceptible to cracking, chipping, loss of strength, and general wear and tear. For this reason, resin composite veneers may need replacement within 4-8 years. 

Quality of Dental Hygiene

Dental veneers will last longer if the teeth that they cover remain healthy, and teeth in good condition pre-placement will factor into overall veneer longevity.

Tooth Veneers at Alderley Dental 

If you consider dental veneers as a viable option for your cosmetic dental needs, we invite you to schedule a consultation.

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