Frequently Asked Questions

/Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions 2017-07-14T13:53:12+00:00
  • What happens at the first visit?

Chris will do a full examination of the patient’s mouth, take digital radiographs (under certain circumstances), explain what is going on and present a treatment plan with the highest priority treatment listed first, followed by lower priority treatments. Patients are then advised to book their appointments depending on when they can come in and the urgency of the treatment required. If a patient has a busy schedule we are happy to accommodate several treatment plan items within a short period of time. Chris would advise if this is suitable depending on the patient’s dental requirements.

  • How much will this first visit cost?

Please contact us to discuss prices for most common procedures. Preventive dental health services start at $25.00

  • Do you have a hygienist?

Chris does the scaling and polishing. This is the best option for patients since it is the same qualified professional carrying out the check up and the hygiene procedures, so you can usually have both done during the same appointment. And if a cavity (or any dental problem) is found during the clean, the patient is advised and treatment options are discussed there and then. As a trained and experienced dentist, Chris is highly skilled and very thorough when carrying out all procedures. Please refer to this page for more information about dental calculus and why it is important to remove it professionally.

  • What sort of radiographs (“X-rays”) do you offer?

When required, we take digital radiographs. They require a lower radiation exposure than the conventional type, produce an almost instant image on the computer screen, and don’t require any nasty chemicals to process. So they are better for your health, quicker, easier for everyone to see and better for the environment!

  • Do I need to use a mouth rinse?

Most people are fine as long as they brush after breakfast and floss and brush before going to bed. Some people will benefit from using a fluoride containing mouth rinse, or a tartar control mouth rinse. Once you have had a dental check up Chris can advise if you should use a mouth rinse.

  • Why do I need to see a dentist for regular checkups?

If you visit Chris regularly, he can find tooth decay or gum disease while it is still at an early stage. Fixing these issues while they are small is pretty simple. Waiting until the gum disease or tooth decay is advanced is not a good idea because you expose yourself to health issues and the treatment to help you is then more complex and costly.

  • Why do I need to see Chris for scaling and polishing?

Brushing and flossing gets rid of plaque, so you can do that at home. But only a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar (also known as calculus) from the teeth. This is because tartar is hard, and we need to use scalers to remove it. Years of training are required to do this safely without damaging the teeth and gums.

Please refer to this page for more information about dental calculus and why it is important to remove it professionally.

Stains are different from plaque and tartar. Stains on the outside of the teeth can be polished off. Chris prefers to use a device called a ProSmile to gently polish the stains away. Stains in the dentine need to be bleached. Please see Services – Teeth whitening (bleaching) for details.