Dr Gwendolin Flanagan

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Choosing the dentist that will work best for your family is a big decision. you probably have a number of questions you wish to ask regarding the services we offer and our practice philosophy. We have provided a list of some of the most common questions we receive in our office. If yours didn't make the list, simply give us a call or use our hand contact form to get in touch. We are always here to help!

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

If you are in pain, then you are having a dental emergency! Call us so that we can help restore your health and comfort quickly. If you damage a tooth or restoration, you should also give us a call. Pain is sometimes not the best indicator of a dental emergency. It's best to play it safe and call us if you are concerned about a change to your oral health.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

You are never too old to have a beautiful smile. People are living longer than ever and enjoying active social lives well into their senior years.

Call us to find out what we can do to help you improve the appearance of your smile. 

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Composite fillings bond directly to your tooth, which results in less healthy tooth structure removal. Amalgam (metal) fillings require additional preparation to provide anchors for the solid amalgam.

Composite fillings do not expand and contract as is common with metal and the temperature changes inside your mouth.

We are happy to discuss the type of filling that will work best for you.

We welcome patients of all ages from your toddler to your family's most senior members. We make it easy for families to schedule their dental appointments and can often schedule simultaneous appointments for your convenience. Give us a call to learn more!

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

If you want a brighter smile, we recommend whitening your teeth before you seek restorative work. Dental restorations do not whiten with teeth whitening systems and you can end up with a mismatched smile. Whitening your teeth first will allow us to match your dental restorations to your whitened teeth.

Your dentistry is an investment in your health and smile. Caring for your dentistry properly is essential to its longevity! One of the things that patients love most about dental implants is that you can care for them in the same way that you care for your natural teeth.

  • Brushing at least twice daily
  • Flossing daily
  • Regular dental cleanings and exams

At your dental appointments, we will check all of your dentistry to make sure it still looks great and is damage-free.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Dental crowns are durable, but not indestructible. Treating them like you treat your natural teeth is a good approach. Avoid biting into anything that is not food or not meant to be chewed. That includes hard candy, ice cubes, and even some nuts. Be cautious when biting into olives with pits and stone fruits, such as cherries. 

In the event that you damage your restoration, give us a call so we can address the problem!

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Unlike metal fillings, tooth-coloured fillings are a custom-mixed resin composite. We match the composite mixture to your tooth colour and bond it directly to your tooth. This usually results in a filling that is nearly indistinguishable from your natural tooth.

Each child is different! We will determine the type of preventive care necessary for your child based on your child’s unique needs. If you have concerns about certain types of treatment, call our office; we will be happy to discuss those with you.

We know that convenience is important for today’s busy families. That is why we offer dentistry for the whole family, including your children. We begin seeing kids at a young age to make sure they have a healthy dental foundation.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Sometimes, a simple teeth whitening procedure is all it takes to put the sparkle back into your smile.

If your staining or discolouration is resistant to whitening, however, we have other ways of improving the appearance of your teeth using cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, bonding, or porcelain crowns. Call us to find out which of our services is right for you.

At first, your dentist may recommend that you wear your dentures to sleep. This will speed up your mouth’s adjustment to the dentures and allow you to quickly detect and correct any spots where the fit is uncomfortable. After your mouth has adjusted to the dentures, they may be worn throughout the day and removed while you sleep. Be sure to place them in water or denture cleanser. Allowing them to dry out will distort them.

A good guideline is to brush your teeth at least twice daily using the proper technique. We can demonstrate this for you so that you get the most out of your brushing. Of course, if your teeth feel dirty or if you eat sugary snacks, brushing your teeth more often can help prevent decay.

The needs of each patient is different and may change throughout your lifetime based on your health needs. We will make a recommendation designed to keep your smile looking and feeling its best. for most patients, twice-yearly visits will help you stay on track. Other patients who suffer from conditions such as gum disease may require more frequent dental visits to stay healthy.

Even with excellent hygiene habits, it is impossible to reach the smallest areas of your teeth with your toothbrush and floss alone. Over time, the missed plaque will harden into tartar, which can only be removed with a dental hygienist's tools. When tartar accumulates beneath the gumline, the end result is red, puffy, inflamed gums — the beginnings of periodontal diseae. 

If the chip in your tooth is small and located in the right place, we may be able to repair it using cosmetic dental bonding. Our dentist will perform an exam to determine if dental bonding can benefit you.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Small dental flaws, such as gaps between your teeth, can sometimes be fixed using cosmetic dental bonding. Bonding is both non-invasive and effective.

To determine if your particular problem can be solved with dental bonding, call our office to schedule an exam.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

In its earliest stages, we can reverse gum disease with the proper dental care and at-home oral hygiene routines. Once gum disease has progressed past a certain point, however, the disease is not reversible and will likely require additional care to keep it from progressing.

Yes. A child who has a tough time sitting still will need additional support in getting used to the dental office. We can help them become familiar with the surroundings so that when it is time for their dental cleaning, they will be relaxed and comfortable.

We never want our patients to feel pain or suffer from poor dental health. We prioritise dental emergencies and do our best to treat you quickly so that you can get back to your regular schedule again. We often treat dental emergencies on the same day. Contact us at the first sign of trouble so that we can get you taken care of!

Pharmacy whitening kits are not customised to fit your teeth snugly. That means that whitening gel may leak onto your sensitive gum tissue and cause side effects. Many whitening toothpastes are abrasive and also cause sensitivity. 

The strength of the whitening product is much lower than what you can get in a professional kit, meaning that you must use the product for a longer period of time and are still unlikely to get the results you can find in a professional product. Additionally, your results are not being monitored by the dentist you know and trust. 

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

We offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services such as veneers, porcelain crowns, bonding using tooth-coloured composite, and even Invisalign to straighten misaligned teeth.

All our of dentistry is done with esthetics in mind. We know that it's important that your teeth are both healthy and attractive.

If you'd like to find out which of our services can help you meet your goals, call our office to schedule your consultation.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Teeth staining can have several different causes. Some of the most common culprits we see include:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking staining beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine
  • Eating staining foods like berries and curry
  • Inadequate dental hygiene
  • Certain health conditions
  • Genetics

Contact us for a consultation to determine if we can improve the colour of your teeth.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Dental implants have many advantages over other tooth replacement options:

  • Dental implants provide highly esthetic results.
  • Dental implant posts are made of titanium, a biocompatible metal.
  • Dental implants are secure and stable. They stay put when you eat and speak!
  • Dental implants prevent bone loss, keeping your jaw tissue healthy and preventing changes in the shape of your face.
  • With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Regular dental cleanings and exams will help keep your gums in great shape, but what you do at home matters as well. Brush twice daily and floss every evening. Our hygienists will be happy to show you good brushing and flossing technique if you need a reminder.

Other steps you can take to prevent gum disease include:

  • Don't smoke or chew tobacco.
  • Eat a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash. We'll be happy to recommend one.
  • If you have a health condition that can affect your dental health such as diabetes, heart disease, or cancer, please let us know so that we can take extra steps to help keep your gums healthy.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

The goal of an emergency dental appointment is to address the immediate need, resolve your problem, and relieve your pain. If we believe further care is needed, we will schedule a regular appointment for you to follow up so we can plan appropriate treatment to prevent future problems.

Dental exams allow us to monitor the health of your teeth, gums, jaw joints, bite, and to provide an oral cancer screening. We may use diagnostic x-rays to see what lies beneath the surface of your enamel. By investing in prevention, you can often avoid more serious dental conditions in the future.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

A dental bridge is a dental restoration that usually includes two dental crowns and a replacement tooth (pontic) that fills the gap left by your missing tooth. The dental crowns are secured to adjacent teeth on either side of the empty space and provide support for the artificial tooth. A dental bridge can keep your remaining teeth from shifting, in addition to completing the appearance of your smile.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

The appropriate treatment for your gum disease will vary depending on your needs. An oral evaluation can help us determine the correct approach. Some treatments may include:

  • An increased dedication to excellent oral hygiene
  • Antimicrobial rinses and other products
  • An antibiotic medication that is placed in the gum pockets
  • Deep cleaning (scaling and root planing)
  • Laser therapy
  • Gum surgery

We will discuss your situation with you and recommend the treatment that we believe will be the most appropriate to improve and maintain your oral health.

X-rays allow your dentist to evaluate what is not visible with a visual inspection alone. Often, problems start inside your teeth or beneath the gumline. By the time the problem is visible to the naked eye, it can be painful and more difficult to treat. Using x-rays taken on a regular basis, we can catch problems early and treat them quickly and comfortably.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

A root canal is often the only option to save an infected tooth. Root canal therapy can help prevent the need for an extraction by removing the bacteria and diseased tissue from inside your tooth. We will often recommend protecting your root canal tooth with the proper restoration after treatment. With the proper care, root canal therapy can prolong the life of your tooth by years or even decades. Preserving your natural teeth is usually the best way to protect your health and smile.

Dentures do require some adjustment to how you normally eat. Cutting crunchy foods into smaller bite-sized pieces will make it easier to chew. You should exercise caution with your dentures because they can break if you bite unexpectedly into something hard.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Modern dental materials and technology have dramatically improved the appearance of dental crowns and bridges. Our dentist strive to match your dental restorations with your natural teeth, giving you a uniform smile. The porcelain used in today’s crowns and bridges can be colour-matched to blend perfectly with the shade of your natural teeth, providing protection and esthetics.

It will take your mouth some time to get used to the feel of dentures.

After a few weeks, however, you will feel comfortable eating and talking with your dentures in and experience little to no soreness or discomfort. If you ever do experience soreness or your dentures aren’t fitting right, please let us know so we can adjust them properly.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

The pain associated with root canals often comes from the symptoms, which can be severe and worsen over time. Root canal therapy and anaesthetic techniques have improved considerably and should feel no different than a filling. Most patients find relief with root canal treatment.

It shouldn't, but if you have certain conditions, such as gum recession, we may need to alter your treatment.

Most professional whitening products contain a desensitising ingredient that protects sensitive teeth and keeps you comfortable during your treatment. Additionally, the customisable nature of professional whitening treatments prevents the product from coming into contact with soft tissues like your gums, lips, and tongue. 

If your teeth are sensitive, please talk to us so that we can help you determine whether whitening is appropriate for you.

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To all our valued patients,

We have some news on the COVID-19 front. You may be aware of the recent changes to our restrictions that have been passed down this week regarding Dental Practices. As of Friday the 8th of May we will be operating at LEVEL 1 COVID-19 restrictions. All dental procedures are eligible at this level.
Additional screening and infection control procedures will still be in place including the use of hand sanitiser, pre-procedural mouth rinses and social distancing. We will explain this on an individual basis prior to your attendance at our surgery.

To stay up to date with Government information around COVID-19 
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

We hope you all continue to stay safe during this period.

Dr Gwendolin Flanagan and team.