How regularly should I have dental check-ups?
At Townsend Family Dental, we believe that six-monthly visits to your dentist ensure problems are dealt with at an early stage. Children from the age of five should be placed on a regular preventive care program to maintain their oral hygiene for life. We recommend all our patients visit our hygienist every six months.
What should I do in a dental emergency?
Any dental emergency like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored.
In case of emergency, please call our practice on 5449 8619 so we can further assist you or if your condition requires urgent medical attention, please visit your local hospital’s emergency department.
What should I do if I've knocked out a tooth?
A permanent adult tooth that is knocked out can sometimes be put back in place by bringing it to your dentist as soon as possible. Hold the tooth only by the crown (chewing edge). Apply a cold compress to the mouth and gums to ease pain and apply direct pressure using gauze to control bleeding.
What causes tooth decay?
Tooth decay occurs when a sticky acidic film called plaque builds up on your teeth and begins break down the surface. The most common causes of tooth decay are poor diet (too many foods high in sugar and other carbohydrates), smoking and alcohol, certain medications, poor oral hygiene and not visiting a dentist regularly, a dry mouth with not enough saliva, and not getting enough fluoride. Would it be worth having a fact sheet on good oral hygiene?
What is the difference between a crown, porcelain veneer and an implant?
A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root. Porcelain veneers are used to cover chips, breaks, stains and gaps on your teeth and can be used on both top and bottom teeth. A crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to cover it and restore its shape, size and strength.
How can I make over my smile?
At Townsend Family Dental we are able to discuss improving your smile with dental veneers or a combination of implants, crowns and veneers and complement this with a whitening treatment to attain the perfect result. At this consultation, we will be able to develop a tailor-made strategy that will give you the smile you have always wanted.
How long will it take to whiten my teeth?
Teeth whitening has become the most popular dental procedure over the last decade. It is safe, effective and fast, taking just over an hour to complete. However, teeth whitening is not recommended for anyone under the age of 16 or for pregnant or lactating women.
What can I do if I'm scared of going to the dentist?
According to Ellen Rodino, a psychologist in Santa Monica "Fear of dentists stems not so much from the experience of pain as from the lack of control that patients experience in the dentist's chair".
At Townsend Family Dental our dentists are skilled in handling fearful patients and aim to provide a caring and relaxing environment to ensure your dental treatment is a good experience. Everyone is treated with sensitivity and a variety of methods and treatments are available to reduce pain and alleviate fear in the dentist's chair.
How can I best take care of my teeth?
Important steps in preventing gum disease include:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Brushing your teeth for two minutes each time.
- Using a fluoride mouthwash to help strengthen tooth enamel.
- Flossing once a day to clean the sides of your teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach.
- Cleaning your tongue to prevent plaque build-up.
- Rinsing your mouth with water after eating sugary foods always helps.
- Replacing your toothbrush every three months.
It is vital to visit your dentist every six months for a check-up and clean. Eat a healthy diet, stop smoking and reduce your alcohol intake.
Your teeth should be yours for life!
What are the payment options for your services?
Townsend Family Dental is a preferred provider for both HCF and Bupa and we have HICAPS to provide a simple and easy health claims and payments solution for our patients.
We also offer bulk billing for children through the Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS) and for patients eligible for Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) subsidies.