FAQ

General Questions

The period between maintenance appointments is decided after a thorough personal examination and assessment of any past or present problems.

Some people need six-monthly maintenance to control more rapidly progressing problems while others may be seen nine monthly if things can be kept healthy at that interval.

Most importantly we offer a gentle and considerate approach to all our patients. We reassure the patient and care to work slowly if required.

Specific measures, however, include a local anaesthetic to numb the teeth, always given after using topical numbing cream on the injection site.

We also have nitrous oxide “laughing gas” or can prescribe some sedative medication if it is appropriate. 

This is a risky strategy. Pain occurs when the nerve of the tooth is being damaged so severe pain often leaves only two options, root canal therapy or extraction of the tooth. Without regular assessments, as is the case with medical issues, what could have been a simple fix may be allowed to grow into a major disaster.

This practice allows patients to often book an appointment online.

However, after a thorough examination, assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan discussion and agreement most patients may be given an estimated number of treatment appointments so they can book these in advance.

Treatment-related questions

After a fluoride application patients should wait about half an hour before eating or drinking.

For most treatments involving local anaesthetic (injections) you should wait until your face feels normal again and not numb. There is a great risk of soft tissue biting or burning if the soft tissues are still numb and you attempt to eat something or drink a hot drink.

Normally you would see a dentist for jaw aches or infections inside or around the mouth.

A medical practitioner is likely to be a skilled generalist at looking at most things around the body but is often not specialised in this developing field.  However, the best outcome arises when your medical GP and dentist work together.

In most cases you start to see a significant change after about 3 days but the major changes happen over about 10 days.

After thorough examinations, assessment, diagnosis and the agreed treatment plan you may be referred to a specialist, such as an orthodontist or oral surgeon for specific treatment expertise.

After a thorough examination, assessment, diagnosis and discussion of available treatment plan options the patient considers which of those treatment plans they would like to follow.  Then the dentist is able, if the patient wishes, to provide a written outline of the agreed treatment plan with an estimate of costs.

Over many years the dentists at Penrith Dentists, Anthony Boyden and Associates, have successfully carried out thousands of root canal therapies for thousands of patients.

However, the well-being of our patients is always our prime objective. So, when our experience tells us that this is an unusually difficult case we will discuss with the patient a possible referral to a specialist.

The most important thing is to get a thorough assessment and diagnosis. Treatment may range from lifestyle changes including stress reduction, relaxation and special jaw exercises, to wearing a bite splint, especially at night.

Children related questions

You should bring your child to the dentist straight away if you see discoloured areas or patches on the front teeth or especially if you see dark spots on the teeth.

Otherwise, before two years of age.

Baby teeth are very important and should be looked after to:

  • Avoid toothaches or abscesses
  • Have a good smile
  • Eat properly
  • Speak properly
  • Keep spaces which are required for permanent teeth to fit later

We especially check for decay and to see if there are any problems resulting from sucking habits such as prolonged use of bottles or dummies or sucking fingers and thumbs.

Sucking habits can not only push teeth into the wrong position but can change the shape of the jaws themselves.

All our dentists take enjoyment and pride in treating and educating children and have been highly complimented and recommended for those skills.

Fees and Payment related questions

Australia has some of the highest standards of dentistry in the world, especially including standards of patient safety.

This includes world-class prevention of infection and cross-infection. Only the highest quality of materials is used for fillings and other procedures and staffing levels are high. Overseas dentists often have very few of these quality controls and patients may take great risks with their long-term medical and dental health by having work done in a less regulated and safe environment. All these things cost a very significant proportion of every fee charged.

Yes, most health funds can provide their rebate, on the day, through the HICAPS system, using the membership card or some have an ‘App’ that we can tap.