Tell me about health funds?

The Australian Dental Association has some great information about dental treatments and the advantages and disadvantages of being in a health fund and what the impact of being or attending a preferred provider can be. Please check out their website for more information by clicking the link above.

Do you provide treatment for children under the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule?

Yes we do please see our Children’s Dentistry information.

What should I do if I have knocked out an adult tooth?

Time is of the essence. Place the tooth into milk, long life milk or saliva for storage to avoid it drying out and seek urgent dental advice as close as possible. Teeth can be re-implanted and splinted in place if done within a tight time frame, sometimes with very good results. If out of hours you can contact Dr Gina Irwin or another staff member via our Facebook page and we will respond as soon as possible.

I have broken a tooth, what should I do?

Contact us to make an appointment as soon as possible. If it is sharp you could place orthodontic wax or chewing gum over the sharp area as a short term measure. If it is sensitive avoid hot or cold foods and chewing on the area until it is seen to. Eat softer food and take pain relief as directed on the packet if required.

I have a severe toothache, what should I do?

Contact us as soon as possible. We have toothache appointments available daily. If it is out of hours, take pain relief medication as directed. You can also seek help for stronger pain relief at a local hospital or medical practice. If your face is swollen do not delay to seek urgent medical attention. Untreated dental infections can become life-threatening emergencies when facial swellings affect air-ways. Do not repeatedly treat a dental infection with antibiotics over a long period of time as this can lead to antibiotic resistance and more complications and risks.  If out of hours you can contact Dr Gina Irwin or another staff member via our Facebook page and we will respond as soon as possible.

What is a dental impression?

A dental impression is a mould taken of the teeth and gums using a tray and some soft putty which gradually sets in the mouth. It is quite flexible and is easily removed after between 2-5 minutes depending on the material we use.

We take dental impressions for many reasons:

  • Study models for treatment planning.
  • Making splints and retainers.
  • Making dentures- when dentures are being made they often require a first impression which is used to create a custom-fit tray for the secondary impression a few weeks later.
  • Constructing crowns and bridges.

We have some found some handy tricks to use for the small portion of people who tend to ‘gag’ when having an impression taken. This makes them quite straight forward. Let us know before the procedure if you tend to gag and we can let you know our secret techniques!

Why do we need dental x-rays?

Dental X-rays are a valuable tool for diagnosis and assessment of teeth and the surrounding structures. We have digital x-ray software, which means lower radiation doses and also the ability to review and adjust qualities of the image very quickly.

During routine examinations we usually take one small x-ray each side. They are called Bite-wings because you bite on a little wing on the side of the x-rays film to hold the x-ray in position. We generally take these around about every 2 years but this may vary depending on the patient’s individual risk of developing dental problems. We also use Peri-Apical x-rays. These are small x-rays used to assess the root of a particular tooth/teeth.

Regular intra-oral x-rays are taken for the following reasons:

  • Assess for presence and size/depth of cavities.
  • Assessment of the end of the root for pathology such as infections at the end of the root.
  • Assessment of bone heights around the teeth relating to periodontal/gum disease.

What is an OPG X-ray?

OPG X-rays are large full mouth x-rays which can be taken with our extra-oral machine here at Chinchilla Dental, once again using our digital x-ray software. Some of their uses are as follows:

  • Assessment of teeth and surrounding structure prior to extractions, particularly wisdom teeth.
  • Assess for presence or absence of unerupted teeth.
  • Assess for missing permanent teeth.
  • Pre orthodontics and during orthodontics to assess root angulations.
  • Assessment of bone heights in patients with periodontal disease.
  • Assessment of Temporo-Mandibular (Jaw) joint bone structures.
  • Assessment for possible pathology or jaw fractures.
  • OPGs are not reliable for the diagnosis of cavities so therefore intra-oral xrays may also be required.

We also take Lateral Cephogram x-rays of the side of the head to assess jaws prior to orthodontics treatment.

Do you treat Veterans Affairs patients?

We provide various dental treatments for eligible ‘Gold Card Veterans’ at Chinchilla Dental. Please supply your card and details when booking your appointment.

What do you offer for Senior Patients?

Increasingly, older people are retaining natural teeth for longer and also living longer. People who retain their teeth have improved ability to chew and gain adequate nutrition compared to those people who either have no teeth or poorly fitting dentures. However risks of oral diseases such as cavities forming and gum disease increase with increasing age and often increasingly complicated medical conditions (including taking multiple medications with their associated side effects).

We see many older people and we can advise you on strategies to maintain your teeth such as using a higher fluoride containing toothpaste, using inter-proximal brushes to clean between the teeth, having regular examinations, fluoride treatments and professional cleaning as well as giving dietary advice. We can also make a range of full and partial dentures to replace missing teeth where needed.

We also regularly visit the local retirement village (Illoura) to see the residents there. We can then provide dental treatment at CDP in a special chair they supply to allow the patient to stay in that chair during the procedure, ensuring they are comfortable throughout their appointment.


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