North Brisbane Dental Clinic

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Dentistry

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If you are looking for a dental clinic that welcomes families and provides quality care, you have come to the right place. We understand that choosing a dentist to care for your family's smiles is a big decision, and we and welcome all of your questions.

Here are some of the most common questions we receive here at North Brisbane Dental Clinic. If yours is not listed here, we welcome you to telephone us for a personalised response.

General Dentistry

In this short video, Dr Brodie Hawker explains exactly how you should be flossing your teeth. 

If your dentist has advised you that you need fillings, this is because you have decay in one or more of your teeth. 

Dental decay is an infectious disease that destroys tooth structure. It occurs when the acids produced by bacteria dissolve the hard outer layer of a tooth (enamel), allowing the bacteria to penetrate the inner structures of the tooth. This results in a cavity being formed in the tooth.

Dental decay is caused by several factors, including diet (too much sugar and acids), oral hygiene (irregular brushing and flossing), and underlying medical conditions such as reflux.

Over time, metal fillings can make your smile look dark and even feel sensitive when exposed to cold air or chilled drinks. Many of our patients want to replace their metal dentistry with durable, tooth-coloured options.

If you are ready for a change, we can remove old metal fillings and replace them with resin composite designed to match the surrounding teeth. Composite comes in a variety of shades that will blend in perfectly and complement, rather than distract from your smile.

How White Fillings Work

One of the many benefits of tooth-coloured fillings is that they require us to remove less healthy tooth structure. Composite does not expand or contract like metal fillings when exposed to temperature changes.

Once all metal material or decay is removed from the tooth, Dr Georgia Sheahan, Dr Kristine El-Atem or Dr Darius Khadembaschi will apply colour-matched composite in layers to fill in the cavity and cure it with a special light. Once we fill the cavity, the dentist will shape and polish the filling for a smooth finish.

Composite can also be used to correct small cosmetic imperfection such as chips or minor gaps between teeth.

Replacing metal dentistry with tooth-coloured options can add confidence when you smile.

We provide a number of tooth-replacement options to meet the needs of our patients. Dental implants are not medically or financially possible for some patients, so having alternatives is essential. In addition to dental bridges, we also offer a number of denture options to replace a few or all of your missing teeth.

Not only do dentures make it possible to eat a wider variety of foods, but they also fill out the facial features by supporting the muscle and tissue that make up the face. 

Dentures are much more comfortable and attractive than they used to be. Dr Georgia Sheahan, Dr Kristine El-Atem and Dr Darius Khadembaschi use high-quality materials to fabricate dentures that look natural and fit comfortably.

We offer the following types of dentures at North Brisbane Dental Clinic:

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures replace teeth on the upper or lower arch when you still have natural teeth remaining. Using your teeth as an anchor, partial dentures complete the chewing surface and the appearance of your smile. Partial dentures come in a variety of materials so you and your dentist can decide on a pink resin base, a durable metal base, or a flexible option.

Complete Dentures

To replace all missing teeth at once, complete dentures use suction to attach to the bony ridge just beneath the gums. Complete dentures no longer look boxy or false as denture teeth materials have improved dramatically.

If patients have difficulty with ill-fitting dentures, we can replace or reline them for greater comfort. We also offer implant-retained dentures to secure the denture plate in place.

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