FAQs

Do you have a question for Access Dental Care?

Here is a list of most frequently asked questions:

What constitutes a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is when a toothache won’t go away, a tooth has cracked or a dental crown has come off. If you are suffering from toothache we recommend you call Access Dental Care to talk to one of our friendly staff about how we can help you.

Why should I brush and floss my teeth regularly?

Brushing and flossing regularly helps keep your teeth and gums healthy: this can go a long way towards preventing gum disease and cavities. Part of looking after your oral health is also consuming less sugary food and drink. This combination along with regular visits to Access Dental Care can help maintain optimal oral health.

Why are they called wisdom teeth?

They are called wisdom teeth because of when they erupt, which is between 17 and 24. Not everyone’s wisdom teeth cause problems but for the majority of people, wisdom teeth are a painful experience and need to be extracted.

Which is better? Bridges or dental implants?

It depends entirely upon your situation. Sometimes bridges are attached to dental implants. Because, you see, the dental implant is the artificial tooth root, the dental bridge is a series of three or more crowns fused together.

What tooth whitening treatment do you offer?

At Access Dental Care in Perth we offer Zoom! Tooth whitening as well as take-home whitening kits to suit your needs. Zoom! Tooth whitening can whiten your teeth up to eight shades and be completed in around one hour.

How do you treat snoring?

Snoring is often a symptom of a much more severe problem: sleep apnoea.

Sleep apnoea can stop a person’s breathing causing the brain to force the body to wake up. Which can happen hundreds of times a night, without you knowing about it. At Access Dental Care in Perth we custom-make devices to suit your needs: it’s called a Mandibular Advancement Device.

Do you offer sedation options?

At Access Dental Care in Perth we offer a number of sedation options to make patients feel more comfortable during treatment. Some of the sedation options we offer are:

  • Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
  • I.V. sedation
  • General anaesthetic

Talk to your Access Dental Care dentist today to find out what option is best for you.

Do you offer amalgam and white fillings?

We do not offer amalgam fillings. They are unsightly and involve too much healthy tooth structure to be removed.  White fillings only require the decayed part of the tooth to be removed, fill the entire cavity (unlike amalgam fillings) and look aesthetically pleasing, we use these instead.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a cosmetic dentistry treatment we offer that consists of a series of clear plastic tray-like aligners that gently move your teeth into the correct position. Invisalign is widely considered a discreet orthodontic treatment as the trays are custom made to fit your teeth and are virtually invisible.

I have sleep apnoea, can you help?

If you have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea we can help you. We provide comprehensive care for those with sleep apnoea, including providing our patients with a specialised Mandibular Advancement Device where necessary. During your appointment we will take you through the possible causes of you sleep apnoea and discuss your treatment options with you.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a dental specialisation where we focus on enhancing the cosmetic quality of your smile. We offer the full spectrum of cosmetic dentistry treatments including:

Each of these treatments targets a specific part of your smile including the colour of the teeth, in order to enhance the appearance of your teeth.

What are dental caries?

Dental caries, more often known as dental decay, is a common dental concern for many of our patients. Dental caries are problematic as they damage the integrity of the tooth and if are ignored can develop into more serious concerns.

What causes dental caries?

Dental caries often occur when the bacteria in your mouth becomes acidic which can dissolve and eat away at the tooth. This is normally triggered by sugar, which is why it is important to limit your sugar intake and brush after consuming foods or drinks that are high in sugar.

 

 

What is gum disease?

Gum disease can be known as gingivitis, for more mild cases, or periodontitis, for more accelerated gum disease. Gum disease normally occurs from a build-up of bacteria in your mouth, which can get caught in the pockets of your gum. This can infect and damage the gum.  A poor diet, a negligent oral hygiene routine or smoking can also cause gum disease.

Why should I treat gum disease?

It is important to treat gum disease as the gums support the teeth and play a central role in the overall health of your smile. Ignoring gum disease can lead to the development of periodontitis, which is a more advanced form of gum disease. When the gums become infected they can affect the teeth, the other soft tissues in your mouth and even the jawbone.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a canal in the tooth that runs from the root to the tooth’s pulp. Human teeth often have somewhere between 2 to 4 canals. This canal is connected to the tooth’s pulp, which controls the overall health of each tooth.

Why can I require root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy can be necessary when the tooth’s pulp becomes infected. The infection can spread down the canal, which is why it can be necessary to remove the damage past the tooth’s pulp and down into the canal. By removing all the damage we can help safeguard the tooth against further infection.

Is brushing my teeth enough to keep my teeth healthy?

While brushing your teeth twice a day is extremely important in order to maintain excellent oral health, there are also a number of other things you should be doing in order to safeguard your teeth. It is important to floss daily and avoid the consumption of large quantities of food or drinks with a high sugar content. In addition to these steps, it is also important to see a dental professional every six months to remove the stubborn plaque that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone.

If you have a question that isn’t answered above, please contact us today.

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

We always:

  • Promote prevention – we encourage good oral health care habits and routines to prevent the onset of tooth decay and oral diseases.
  • Offer the highest level of care to ensure you receive the most effective and sustainable dental treatments for you and your lifestyle.
  • Provide safe and comfortable dental treatments by utilising the best dental technologies and the most advanced treatment methods.
  • Explain recommended treatments to ensure you understand your options so you can make the most informed decision for your health.