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FAQ

The team at GWH Dental in Cleveland, Brisbane, are on hand to assist in answering all of your questions. You may find this information helpful.

  • 1. What should I do if my tooth gets knocked out?

    Seek a dentist’s help straight away. Under the right circumstances, knocked out teeth can be re-implanted. If it is possible, the adult tooth (not baby teeth) should be replanted within minutes after the accident to have a greater chance in retaining the tooth. Only pick up by the crown or enamel of the tooth, not the root, and gently rinse it with milk or saline. Do not rinse it with water. Water can damage the delicate ligament on the root of the tooth. If you can’t replant the tooth store it in milk or saline, or in the patient’s mouth next to the cheek. See a dentist as soon as you can. Time is critical.
  • 2. What should I do if I have broken my front tooth or teeth?

    If you have chipped, cracked or broken a tooth, we suggest you seek dental help immediately. There is no way to treat it at home. It may feel OK and you may not have a great level of discomfort, but there could be underlying damage and a dentist will be able see the full extent of that damage. Keep the broken piece, as it may be possible for your dentist to cement it back on, especially if it is a front tooth.
  • 3. What should I do if my temporary crown has come off?

    You should all call us on (07) 3286 1300 and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. The GWH Dental team will try and fit you in to see your dentist as soon as they can. You should not leave it more than a few days to see a dentist if your temporary crown has come off. You may be able to re-cement your temporary crown a small dab of toothpaste until you are able to see your dentist.
  • 4. Why do I need X-rays and are they safe?

    X-rays allow the dentist to look under existing fillings and between teeth where it is not possible to see with the naked eye. For your safety, we use digital X-rays, which means we can examine your teeth more thoroughly and with a superior level of safety and convenience. Digital X-rays reduce your radiation exposure by up to 75 per cent and we also have intraoral cameras that allow us to take photographs of your teeth and other oral structures. At GWH Dental we regularly look at ways to improve our practice and update our equipment.
  • 5. How often should I go to the dentist?

    Good oral hygiene is the basis of good oral health and wellbeing. Regular visits allow your dentist to look after your teeth and find early signs of disease when they can be treated with a minimum of fuss. On average, you should see a dentist twice a year, every six months. Some people need fewer visits, others need more. Michael and his team will be able to advise you on how often to attend based on your individual needs.
  • 6. Why should I see the dental hygienist instead of the dentist for my check up?

    Dental hygienists are skilled in preventive dentistry and education. They assist dentists in treating patients, but focus solely on the control of oral diseases. They are a registered dental care provider, oral health educator and clinical operator, and are trained to do specific clinical procedures. This means you are getting the most up to date and dedicated care. They are an extension of your dentist and perform preventative and periodontal treatment under their supervision, allowing them to complete other tasks.