. Frequently Asked Questions at King Street Dental in NSW


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Frequently Asked Questions at King Street Dental

King Street Dental is a trusted family dentist and emergency dental clinic in Templestowe. We provide world-class general and cosmetic dentistry services for all ages. Book an appointment with us today to take back your dental health!

Root canals are almost always painless because of modern anaesthetic tools which numb the tooth and surrounding areas completely. However, you will experience mild pain and discomfort for a few days after the procedure which can be dealt with using mild painkillers prescribed by your dentist.

Tooth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure conducted by a dentist. It involves the precise use of substances like carbamide and hydrogen peroxide to break down compounds which stain your teeth. This restores their original colour without causing any damage to tooth structure.

Dental veneers are extremely thin, custom made shells of tooth coloured materials which are designed to cover the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. They are easy to maintain, last a long time and help restore your smile.

While most wisdom teeth erupt without problems, some people may experience irregular wisdom teeth eruption which can cause pain in the jaw, tooth decay due to improper cleaning as well as gum disease. Removing wisdom teeth reduces the risk of tooth decay as well as other jaw related issues.

Emergency dentists are trained to treat a wide variety of dental emergencies. They are trained to respond quickly to serious dental issues for patients of all ages. From traumatic injury to serious problems related to dental procedures or dental appliances, an emergency dentist can always be of service.

A tooth crown, also known as a dental crown or cap, is placed and cemented directly over a tooth to help its shape and appearance. It can help protect against tooth decay and also cover up excessive staining.

There are four main types of dental implants:

Single Tooth Implant

Ideal for replacing a single missing tooth, a single tooth implant requires one dental crown connected to an implant screw.

Implant-Supported Dental Bridge

Ideal for patients with several missing teeth, the implant acts as an anchor for a dental bridge. This restores function by preventing other teeth from moving.

All-on-4 Dental Implants

This is an ideal solution for patients with several missing teeth. It helps to restore function of the entire upper or lower jaw.

3-on-6 Dental Implants

This implant consists of three individual bridges attached to six dental implants.

The most common dental emergencies include:

  • Knocked out teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • A dental abscess
  • Lost crown or filling

Complete dentures replace all missing teeth, gums and tissues.

Partial removable dentures are used to replace some missing teeth and can be removed at any time.

Implant retained dentures are removable and help patients who suffer from bone loss.

Immediate dentures are a temporary option which are easy to remove and allow for further dental procedures if required.

Wisdom teeth removal is a quick procedure which takes about 45 minutes or less. It utilises anaesthesia to numb the area and effective aftercare recommended by your dentist helps heal the site within a few days.

Dental x-rays are a common diagnostic procedure that is considered extremely safe. Digital dental x-rays have very low doses of radiation, producing just a fraction of what you are exposed to in other imaging procedures. If you’re worried about whether you need dental x-rays, or wondering if you should forego this procedure due to other medical conditions, it’s helpful to dive a little deeper into what dental x-rays involve, why they’re performed, and how they’re best handled.When these x-rays are performed properly with adequate safety precautions in place, there’s very little cause for concern. A routine examination with four bite-wing x-rays exposes you to roughly the same amount of radiation you will experience during one to two hours on an airplane.

Dental sealants work to coat and seal the grooves and hollows, preventing bacteria from building up on the tooth. The size and depth of the hollows and grooves in your child’s teeth will determine whether he or she can benefit from the application of a sealant. Sealants are typically used on either the molars and or premolars at the back of the mouth, as these are the teeth that most commonly develop surface irregularities.

The procedure is done in a dentist’s clinic and takes roughly an hour to complete. It consists of three to four whitening sessions which each take 15 minutes. The LED lamp is designed to speed up the process so some procedures can be completed in as little as 45 minutes.

The results vary, with Phillips saying the procedure can whiten teeth up to eight shades. How long the results last depend on your diet. Drinking coffee, red wine, soda, and other liquids can stain the teeth quicker. Using whitening trays after the procedure can help maintain results. It’s not recommended to have the procedure done more than once per year.

When a dental clinic is a preferred provider for a particular insurance, this means that the clinic is in a contract with that health insurance. As part of this agreement, the dental clinic must charge no more than the specified limit to its patient with that specific insurance provider. So for example, if patient X had HCF insurance and that dental clinic is a preferred provider for HCF. Then for something like a clean which as an example the clinic normally charges $150 for non-HCF patient, must charge no more than $119 which is the capped price set by HCF.

It is often a misconception that dental clinics who are a preferred providers, will provide dental services to its insurance member as GAP FREE (no out of pocket). Whether there is an out of pocket or not will largely depend on the patient’s level of cover for dental and this can range from 30% to 70%. But also the difference in the reduced price set by the health insurance provider. Some items will have a greater reduction than others.

For more information, please contact your insurance provider.

Our practice has a Hicaps terminal which allows us to process your insurance rebate on the spot, making it convenient for all of our patients. The Hicaps terminal will accept all insurance providers such as Medibank, Bupa, AHM, HCF, Defense and much more.

Yes, we do offer a payment plan option using Denticare for patients requiring larger treatment plans. For more information call us on(03) 8842 4506 and speak to our friendly reception team.

The primary reason to go to the dentist is to keep your teeth in excellent health. During a tooth cleaning session, a dental hygienist can be much more thorough than you can at home. The dentist has specialized equipment that is designed to remove plaque and tartar while cleaning all around the tooth. The dental hygienist can also offer tips and suggestions for keeping your teeth healthy, and will generally tell the dentist how the session went, so that he or she can address specific issues.

Most dental problems do not become painful or visible until they are highly advanced. Unfortunately, serious dental issues are usually irreversible, meaning that an extremely painful tooth will have to be drilled or extracted. By going to the dentist regularly, you can keep an eye on your teeth with the help of x-rays and a physical examination. The dentist can identify areas of potential risk and head off major dental problems early. A dentist can also identify the need for gum grafts, braces, or other measures to protect the health of your mouth.

This fear is called Dental Phobia. Some tips to overcome this fear are as follows:

1. Tell the dentist about your fears. This information will help the dentist determine how to best manage and address those fears. By letting the dentist know exactly why the experience is difficult for you, you will feel more control in the examination chair.

2. Remember that dental procedures have greatly improved in the past few years. Modern dentistry offers new methods and treatment options to make you feel comfortable.

3. Your dentist can explain the entire procedure to you beforehand, as well as walk you through step-by-step while the procedure is being performed. You always have the right to fully understand the work being done on your teeth.

4. Consider additional medication to relax. Many dentists recommend nitrous oxide, sedation or anti-anxiety medicine for extremely nervous patients. Find a dentist who offers these options to help you get through the visit.

5. Find a dentist you are comfortable with and establish a trusting relationship. There are many personalities in the dental profession. Find a dentist who makes you feel at ease and is willing to work with you on your fears.

6. Breathe deeply and try to relax. Some dentists recommend practicing relaxation techniques before and during the appointment. Other dentists find that listening to music, or scheduling an appointment first thing in the morning, before the stresses of the day add up, also help patients to relax.

7. Talk to the dentist about stopping if you’re uncomfortable. Many of the dentists surveyed said they establish a signal to “stop” with their patients. This puts you in control of the procedure and alerts the dentist if you’re uncomfortable or need to take a break during the appointment.

8. Visit the dentist regularly to prevent problems. For fearful patients, just going for a check up can be nerve-wracking, but the more you go to the dentist for routine cleanings, the more likely you are to avoid larger problems that result in extensive procedures.

9. Visit the office and talk to the staff before your first appointment. You should feel free to meet with the dentist and to ask questions before scheduling your appointment. Meeting the dentist and his or her staff first will help you find a dentist you like and trust.

10. Go slow. Dentists are happy to go slow with nervous patients. If possible, make sure your first visit is a simple one, such as a cleaning. This will help you build your relationship with the dentist before going in for a more difficult procedure.

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No matter what kind of dental work you need—or even if you just need a consultation to discover the best path of action forward—King Street Dental can help. Call us now on (03) 8842 4506 or contact our friendly team online.

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