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.


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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.

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.

Contact us 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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 a 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!

Will I be tired, sore and groggy?

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 your wisdom teeth pain and problems. 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.

Fever

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.

It’s important for children to see the dentist 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.

Contact Alderley Dental to arrange a check-up and clean for your child. We will make their visit fun and stress-free.

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.

Cavities 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

There 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.

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.

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

Yes, most likely.

When there’s not enough space in your mouth for a wisdom tooth to come through, you might notice that only half 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 gets in there, then it’s almost impossible for the patient to clean it. That’s when bacteria can cause an infection and an abscess around the tooth.

Signs Your Wisdom Tooth is Infected

The patient can get a bad taste in their mouth and swelling in the area, which may make it difficult to open and close their 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.

How we Treat an Infected Wisdom Tooth

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

Contact us for a Dental Appointment

For more information about wisdom teeth in the Brisbane area, we welcome you to get in touch with Alderley Dental. We treat patients on an emergency basis quickly.

Restorative Dentistry

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.

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. 

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 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.

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.

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.

 

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