Absolutely! When needed, we can replace the amalgam fillings with composite “white” fillings when they are small or stronger Ceramic onlays when they are large or cracked.
We also use a Rubber barrier “ Rubber Dam” to safely remove the amalgam fillings so there is no risk of swallowing it!
Absolutely! We love meeting new people and helping our new patients achieve their oral health goals. We also see many new patients who are after second opinions having been elsewhere.
We recommend a professional check and clean every 6 months on average. This will help us detect any problems early on and help maintain healthy teeth and gums.
It is important to start a positive experience for your child as early as possible. We recommend bringing your child in from as early as 18-24 months old to get familiar with the dental surroundings. The first visit is often simply a ride in the dental chair, sometimes in Mum or Dad’s lap.
The purpose of taking dental radiographs is to diagnose problems that may not necessarily be visible to the naked eye. The problems can include decay inside or in between the teeth to infections in the roots. We may take x-rays if there are any concerns with your teeth or routinely every 1-2 years to stay on top of any arising cavities!
We kindly request a minimum of 24 hours notice if calling to reschedule. Cancelling on short notice may incur a cancellation fee of $60. We also reserve the right to take deposits for appointments longer than 60 mins to secure your spot.
Yes we provide a Bulk Billing service to eligible children aged between 2-17 years. They may be entitled up to $1000 in benefits for general dental services over a 2 year period. Simply contact us, provide your medicare details and our staff can confirm your child’s eligibility in minutes!
YES! We are proud to be preferred providers for ALL major health funds including BUPA, MBP, NIB, HCF, AUSTRALIAN UNITY, CBHS and SMILE.
Health Fund not in the list above? We have you covered! We ACCEPT all HEALTH FUNDS and have on the spot claiming available through HICAPS!
For help with particular Health Insurance related questions, Give our friendly team a call!
If you are in a Health Fund for Dental, your check-up, cleans and x-rays will have NO OUT OF POCKET COSTS! That’s right, we absorb the difference so you can get your dental checks every 6 months without worrying about the costs! Just remember to bring your Health Insurance card.
For any further treatments provided, At DENTISTRY ON COOLUM, we kindly ask all accounts to be settled on the day. We will swipe your health insurance card through HICAPS on the spot so there’s only the gap to pay.
At Dentistry on Coolum we understand accidents and dental pain can arise at any time. We have emergency appointments daily for exactly this reason. If our emergency appointments have been filled for the day and you are in a lot of pain, let us know and we will do our best to get you seen ASAP.
Pick the tooth up by the crown (not the root) and place the tooth in small container with patients own saliva. Where possible, place the tooth back in the socket. Do not attempt to scrub the tooth and remove the tissue around it. Go straight to the dentist. The tooth/teeth have best chances of being saved if the patient presents to us within the first hour.
Absolutely. Hormonal changes during pregnancy make the gums extra sensitive to inflammation and bleeding. It is important to maintain healthy teeth and gums and we recommend a professional clean once if not twice during the pregnancy.
In an emergency, x-rays can also be taken with our very low radiation digital technology that has absolutely ZERO risks to the baby. However we will avoid taking any unless absolutely necessary.
Bleeding gums are often a sign of gum inflammation called gingivitis. This can occur from plaque and tartar (hard plaque) building up on or under the gums. A scale and clean may be required to remove the debris from the gums. A clean and some Oral Hygiene Instructions from our dentists will get your gums healthy again.
There are many causes of bad breath however the most common reasons are plaque and bacteria build up on the teeth and gums. Also decay and gum disease may also be responsible.
No need to be embarrassed. It is very common. Your dentist will evaluate the causes of bad breath and give you options on how to tackle it.
Most definitely. It is very difficult to clean around the brackets and the wires. Your dentist can check and clean the areas that you may be missing. It is also important to make sure you aren’t developing any cavities especially around where the braces are.
Flouride has many properties that helps fight tooth decay. It also helps re-mineralise the enamel and helps strenghthen teeth and keep them healthy.
MANUAL or ELECTRIC? It really doesn’t matter. Use what you feel most comfortable with. As long as you can get to all the teeth areas they essentially work the same. Personally, I prefer manual!
Also, the harder to bristles the better the clean right? Wrong! Make sure you use a soft bristle toothbrush. Hard bristle can be very harsh on the enamel and in some cases even very damaging to the teeth!
We also recommend replacing your toothbrush every 3 months on average depending on your usage.