In accordance with recent ADA recommendations, our practice is only currently seeing patients with emergency needs. All elective care and hygiene appointments will be rescheduled to a later date. This protocol will be in place until at least the 31st May 2020. If you have any questions, please call us. 
Katoomba Dental Centre

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General and Preventive Care

How can we help you?

We invite you to ask questions about our services, procedures and clinic.

There are some questions we hear frequently, and we have listed some of them below. But if you have a question that is not answered here, feel free to contact us directly. One of our friendly team members will be happy to help.

General and Preventive Care

Metal amalgam was a standard material used to fill cavities for many years, and millions of people have them. You can identify them by their tell-tale dark grey colour.

Recently, there have been concerns about the use of amalgam because of the mercury it contains. There have been many studies conducted on this issue, and experts have concluded that amalgam fillings are safe.

Today, however, tooth-coloured fillings, made of a composite of glass and plastic, are more commonly used to prevent the spread of tooth decay. Made to match the colour of your natural teeth, these fillings provide a more aesthetic way to fill in cavities.

In most cases, it is not necessary to replace amalgam fillings with composite fillings unless the metal fillings are compromised in some way. Often metal fillings begin to cause fractures in the tooth they have filled, and they need to be replaced to protect the remaining tooth structure. This is the main reason to replace them, and tooth-coloured composite fillings are often the replacement of choice.

If you have concerns about the amalgam fillings in your mouth, we invite you to contact our Katoomba, NSW dental surgery. We can conduct an examination and advise you on whether replacement with composite fillings is necessary.

Your first visit to our Katoomba, NSW surgery will likely start with x-rays. The dentist or dental assistant will initially take a panoramic x-ray (OPG) for diagnostic purposes. X-rays enable the dentist to see beyond what is visible to the naked eye, so problems can be detected early while they are more easily treatable.

Afterwards, we will take you into the treatment room for a pre-clinical discussion. During this time, you and the dentist will get to know one another, and we will go over your medical and dental history. This is the perfect time for you to voice any concerns you might have about your oral health. There will be a clinical examination, and your dentist will make sure to note the condition of each tooth.

When the examination is complete, your dentist will explain findings and discuss treatment options that can help resolve the problems. We always leave plenty of time to answer questions and to explain why we recommend certain treatments. We want you to have the information you need to make a good decision regarding your oral health.

If it’s been a while since your last check-up, we invite you to call Katoomba Dental Centre to book an appointment.

Concern over pain is one of the most common reasons people avoid visiting the dentist regularly. For the most part, your dental treatment will not hurt. Most patients report little to no discomfort during routine treatments, such as dental cleans and check-ups.

If you need more invasive treatment, such as a filling or root canal, and we will fully numb the area with a local anaesthetic before proceeding. Any discomfort after the procedure can usually be alleviated with simple painkillers such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatory medicines.

If you are particularly anxious about visiting the dentist, we invite you to contact our Katoomba, NSW surgery ahead of time. Once we know you are nervous about treatment, we can do everything possible to make your time with us as comfortable as possible. Regular visits to the dentist often mean you can avoid more invasive treatments because we can usually detect—and fix—problems while they are still small. Taking good care of your teeth at home with routine brushing and flossing will also go a long way toward protecting your oral health, keeping the need for treatments to a minimum.

If you are overdue for a dental check-up and clean, call our dental clinic to book an appointment.

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