Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
Yes we do! However, we only feel comfortable providing the “take home technique”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
As a general rule there is no Medicare cover for dental work unless you visit a NSW Health Department dental surgery.
Dental visits can start as early as 2 – 3 years of age, once all baby teeth have appeared.
Start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they appear in the mouth, this establishes good oral hygiene habits at an early age.
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.
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.
Teeth should be brushed twice daily using a pea sized amount of toothpaste. Flossing should be done daily.
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a head small enough to reach back areas of the mouth for adequate cleaning.
Replace your toothbrush every few months or when bristles become shaggy.
Children and parents should have annual dental checks. Try to avoid waiting until there is a problem or pain.
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.
The average going rate from the Tooth Fairy is a gold coin.