At Mount Albert Dental Centre we are pleased to offer a variety of services including general and cosmetic dentistry.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Dentistry for Children
Root Canal Therapy
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Crowns, Bridges and Veneers
Frequently Asked Questions
"How often should I see the dentist?"
The frequency of your dental cleanings and check-ups depends on your oral health needs. Generally 6 month appointments are recommended for prevention. Sometimes your dentist or hygienist will recommend more frequent visits depending on the condition of your teeth and gums.
"What happens at my first appointment?"
Your first visit at our office is a complete oral exam. This appointment is like a physical for your head and neck. The dentist will evaluate your teeth, gums and surrounding structures, jaw joint, lymph nodes, complete an oral cancer screening and let you know of any recommended treatment. They may prescribe X-rays based on your individual needs.
"Why do I need X-rays?"
Dental X-rays are used to detect problems that may not be visible during an oral exam. Cavities in between the teeth, decreased bone levels associated with gum disease and infection around the roots of the teeth are commonly detected on an X-ray.
"When should I bring my child to the dentist and what should I expect at their first visit?"
It is recommended children see a dentist by their first birthday or within 6 months of getting their first tooth. This allows early detection of any dental problems and for parents to learn how to care for their child's teeth. Generally we see children annually until they are able to sit in the dental chair for cleanings, at which point 6 month visits are advised. It is important to foster a positive relationship between children and the dental office as fear can be a barrier to care.
"What if they have a cavity?"
When a child has a cavity, the tooth needs to be restored. That means a filling - even if it is a baby tooth. It is important that these primary teeth function properly until the appropriate age for exfoliation or loss. The primary dentition help guide the permanent teeth into place, maintain necessary spacing and are important for speech and muscular development. Our team is trained to work with paediatric patients and families to ensure your child's comfort during treatment.
"What are sealants?"
Sealants are a preventive treatment that involve placing a thin plastic coating on top of permanent molars soon after they come into the mouth. This increases the tooth's cleansability and decreases a child's risk for developing a cavity. We often recommend sealants on the first permanent molars, when children are around 6 years old. There is no drilling or freezing required.
"How long do fillings last?"
Most people are surprised to find out that dental fillings do not last forever. Factors that impact the longevity of a filling include: where on the tooth it was placed, the materials used, the quality of isolation when the procedure was done, clenching and grinding habits as well as the patient's oral hygiene and cavity susceptibility. On average patients can expect fillings to last 5-7 years. The most common reason for replacing fillings, is a cavity forming where the restoration and natural tooth meet. In dentistry we call this "recurrent decay".
"I'm afraid of coming to the dentist, what can I do?"
Coming in for routine dental care can be overwhelming for some people. The good news is, we can help. Our goal is to make sure you receive high quality dentistry in the manner that is most comfortable for you. Whether the fear is from previous bad experiences or disliking certain aspects of treatment, the best thing is open communication. Sometimes it's as simple as noise cancelling headphones or an extra pillow for your neck. Other times nitrous oxide or "laughing gas", provides enough of a sedative effect. If not, we can offer other types of sedation to meet your needs.
It all starts with a conversation about how you feel.
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