Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do you do white fillings?

Yes, we do white fillings. In fact we only do white fillings. With the latest materials, we can achieve a very close tooth colour match for your teeth, especially with front tooth restorations.

Do you remove old amalgam fillings?

Yes we will remove old amalgam fillings particularly in the case of a broken tooth that has an amalgam filling. You can also request replacement of a sound silver filling if you would prefer the more aesthetic white fillings in your mouth.

Do you accept emergency patients?

Yes! Especially patients with damaged front teeth and children. We always endeavour to accommodate patients who are in pain on the day that they call. However, sometimes the first available appointment may not be until the following day.

Do you do teeth whitening?

Yes we do! However, we only feel comfortable providing the “take home technique”.

Do you extract wisdom teeth?

Yes we can extract wisdom teeth. This will usually involve taking an X-ray to determine how difficult it may be. In very few cases we may need to refer you to a specialist Oral Surgeon.

Do you have HICAPS and what will my health fund cover?

Yes we have HICAPS which allows us to process your claim instantly. You will then only need to pay the gap. We are unable to tell you what your fund will cover as every fund and membership package is different. We can however provide you with item numbers so that you can contact your fund directly before your appointment to see what the gap payment will be.

Do you offer accounts?

As a general rule we require payment at the time of your appointment. You may discuss this with us at the time of making your appointment.

How much will my appointment cost?

Estimates for dental procedures normally require an oral examination as every patient presents with different dental concerns. We are able to provide a range of costs for you over the phone, but your dentist will be able to quote for you at the time of your appointment, once they have performed their initial examination.

Do you accept new patients?

Yes we are always happy to welcome new patients to our practice.
We will endeavour to ensure that every new patient will become a friend to Lighthouse Beach Dental

Is dentistry covered by Medicare?

As a general rule there is no Medicare cover for dental work unless you visit a NSW Health Department dental surgery.

When should my child start seeing a dentist?

Dental visits can start as early as 2 – 3 years of age, once all baby teeth have appeared.

When should my child start brushing teeth?

Start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they appear in the mouth, this establishes good oral hygiene habits at an early age.

How long should I supervise my child’s tooth brushing?

Parents/caregivers should follow up with brushing until around the age of 9 or 10 years. This is generally the age when children have the manual dexterity to brush properly themselves and a good time for them to start flossing themselves.

What about my/my child’s gums?

It is important to brush gums as well as teeth, right from the beginning. Red puffy gums that bleed when brushing can be a sign of gum disease. This is particularly important when they start to brush themselves. Bleeding doesn’t mean you should brush less, rather see the dentist and keep brushing.

How often should I brush my/my child’s teeth?

Teeth should be brushed twice daily using a pea sized amount of toothpaste. Flossing should be done daily.

What is the best toothbrush to use?

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a head small enough to reach back areas of the mouth for adequate cleaning.

How often should I get a new toothbrush?

Replace your toothbrush every few months or when bristles become shaggy.

How often should I come to the dentist for a checkup?

Children and parents should have annual dental checks. Try to avoid waiting until there is a problem or pain.

Does my child need to see an orthodontist early?

Your Dentist will normally advise if there is a need for an orthodontic referral but check if you have any concerns. Early intervention treatment can be beneficial around 8 – 9 years of age.

What is a tooth worth to a “Tooth Fairy”, these days?

The average going rate from the Tooth Fairy is a gold coin.