Frequently Asked Questions

We hope they help but, as always, if you need to contact us for more information just pick up the phone or drop by.

We understand that visiting the dentist probably isn’t up there on your list of favourite things to do. To help you prepare you for your visit, or just to answer any burning dental issues you may have, we’ve put together a list of commonly asked questions and answers.

Q: I’m in a lot of pain. What do I do?

Pick up the phone and make an emergency appointment (ph: 5623 5588). We allocate time for emergency appointments every day from Monday to Friday, so we can always find you an appointment. If you’re calling on a weekend, leave a message with your name and contact number and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you’re just travelling through Warragul you’re welcome to visit us as a temporary patient. Tooth pain can be incredibly serious and affect a large area around the source of the pain (including neck, cheek, shoulder). In this situation our main aim is to get you out of pain fast. We will ease your pain and, if relevant, make recommendations for further work with your usual Dentist.

Q: I’ve got teeth missing. It sometimes causes problems eating and a bit of discomfort. Can I fix them?

Of course, the team at Warragul Dental Care have a range of solutions that can help with missing teeth. Your mouth is cleverly designed to fit all 32 of your teeth perfectly, and when all 32 teeth are working properly you’ll have no problems at all eating or chewing. When a tooth falls out though, or is missing for some reason, problems can occur. Sometimes teeth can shift around to compensate for the missing tooth. This can make your teeth look a bit less attractive and cause problems with your bite (when the top and bottom teeth come together). If you have a tooth missing it’s advisable to pop in and chat to one of our Dentists to check the extent of the problem.

There are a few different solutions for fixing missing teeth. We’re happy to work with you to find the best option for you, the health of your mouth and your budget.

The usual treatments for missing teeth are:

  • Dentures. This is a removable plate that sits in your mouth and has a ‘fake’ tooth attached. This will need replacing every few years.
  • Bridges. Literally a bridge! We put a cap (also known as a crown) over the two teeth either side of the gap, then slot a fake tooth in the middle.
  • Dental Implant. This is a more of a permanent solution and involves screwing a metal fixture into the jaw to hold a new false tooth in place.

If you’d like to discuss any of these options, please call one of the team on 5623 5588.

Q. My teeth have cracked or chipped, can they be fixed?

Cracked teeth can be a minor issue, a bit bothersome, or a major problem. If you have a chipped or cracked tooth it’s really best to get it checked as soon as possible by one of our team.

Sometimes a minor crack can be left alone if it’s not causing any issues, but a more serious crack can affect the nerve of the tooth and give you sharp tooth pain and sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Grinding or crunching on hard sweets or foods are the most common reasons for cracked teeth. Teeth with fillings are also prone to cracks due to the tooth being weaker. If it is causing problems then we’ll need to fix it.

There are a few options to fixing a cracked tooth depending on the severity of the problem:

  • Fillings. This is where we literally fill the hole in with enamel. That will stop the hole from getting any bigger and causing long term problems.
  • Crowns. This is a cap that fits over the tooth to protect it. It is made to look like the same shape and size as your natural tooth.

Call one of our friendly team today on 5623 5588 to discuss the best option for you.

Q. I’ve got crooked teeth, can I straighten them?

Yes! We understand that having a great, confident smile sometimes requires a bit of tooth-tweaking. With our experienced orthodontics team in Warragul Dental Care we’re able to provide a range of options for braces to help straighten your teeth.

We have the traditional metal braces available which are a great option for children and teenagers. For adults we’re really excited to offer fast-track white braces, which can give you straight teeth in just six months.

Make an appointment today to chat about braces and how to get your perfect smile: 5623 5588.

Q. I’ve got a special occasion coming up and need to make my teeth sparkle. Can you help?

We’d be delighted to help you smile with confidence on your special occasion! There are a few options to cleaning your teeth that vary depending on your budget and time.

For example, if it’s for your wedding, you might want to go for 6 month fast-track white braces to straighten up your teeth, followed by a whitening treatment. Or if you’re going out next week and just want a quick ‘pizz-azz’, then we can arrange an hour’s treatment to clean your teeth and make them sparkle.

Feel free to give our friendly team a call to discuss the different options and what works best for you: 5623 5588.

Q. Help. I’ve got bad breath. Is there anything I can do?

Firstly, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Bad breath (also known as ‘halitosis’) affects a lot of people and there are many causes behind it. The main culprits for chronic bad breath (the type that never goes away) are usually diseased gum tissues and tooth decay. If you think yours is caused by gum disease (such as gingivitis or periodontitis) then quick detection and treatment is essential. Ring the team today on 5623 5588.

The other causes of bad breath are:

  • Dry mouth. Saliva is actually great stuff. It has strong antibacterial properties and helps keep bacteria at bay. You may be experiencing a dry mouth as a side effect of an illness or taking medication. If your mouth is dry then bad bacteria is building up so try to keep hydrated.
  • Food. Sometimes your breath is what you eat, especially in the case of garlic, spicy foods and onions. If you know a food can make your breath a bit fruity, it’s probably best to avoid (especially on date night!). If you can’t avoid the food then don’t worry, this type of bad breath is usually only temporary.

You can treat bad breath at home with a special mouthwash (some are specially designed for bad breath), by giving your tongue a good scrub and maintaining good oral hygiene. Regular appointments with our hygienist can help keep your mouth sparkling clean. Chewing on gum can also help with the symptoms of a dry mouth. If none of these are helping though it’s time to pick up the phone and make an appointment. We’ll chat to your about your diet and lifestyle then take a good look at your mouth. Breathe easy, we’re only a phone call away.

Q. My teeth are starting to look discoloured and yellow, can they be cleaned up?

They sure can. Our lifestyle can make teeth look a bit yellowy, whether it’s through drinking red wine smoking or just the aging process. The good news is we can help turn back the clock and give you beautiful pearly whites again. We provide a few options for cleaning your teeth which will vary depending on the heath of your mouth and your budget.

The main options are:

  • Teeth whitening. We’ve got lots of options for teeth whitening to suit you and your budget. We offer in-house options with our amazing hygiene team, or kits that you can take home and do yourself.
  • Professional clean and polish. Sometimes all you need is a great clean. In one short appointment we can have your mouth feeling like it’s been on a spa retreat.
  • Veneers. Veneers are a more permanent option for teeth that need a bit more TLC.

Why not give us a call today to see what we can do for you: 5623 5588. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Q. My gums bleed when I brush them – should I be worried?

We don’t like to think of our patients as worrying, but if your gums are bleeding we’d definitely recommend you book an appointment with us asap (T: 5634 5588). The most common cause of bleeding gums is gingivitis, also know as an inflammation of the gums. This is caused by plaque settling around your gums and creating an infection. If gingivitis is left untreated it can lead to periodontitis, which is where the disease spreads around the root of the tooth. This can lead to tooth loss, and we really don’t want that to happen.

If you have gingivitis you might notice your teeth bleed when you bite into certain foods, or when your brush your teeth. You’ll also notice your gums are slightly pink and may be sore. Some people are more susceptible to gum disease such as young people going through hormonal changes in puberty, and pregnant women. These high-risk groups should take extra care with their oral hygiene and have regular check-ups to detect any signs of the disease.

Q. I need to see a dentist but I’m really nervous. Is there any way you can help?

Yes, and Warragul Dental Care is definitely the place to come. Not only do we provide a calm, relaxed atmosphere from the minute you enter the practice, we also have Dr Anand who is specially trained in treating nervous or ‘phobic’ patients. We’re one of the only practices in the area to offer happy gas (nitrous oxide) and IV sedation, which are great solutions to get you relaxed and ready for treatment.

We promise to take your treatment at a pace that you’re comfortable with, starting with a consultation with our expert clinicians to understand exactly what needs to be done. We’ll then discuss the best options to reduce your nerves including the use of IV sedation, happy gas, a general anaesthetic or just a bit of TLC (which we have in spades).

We also offer lots of comfort options, such as Netflix, headphones to listen to music or podcasts, a neck pillow and warming blanket. These will all help you feel more at ease.

It’s best if we know about your nerves before the appointment. If you mention it to one of the staff when you make the appointment we’ll arrange the most comfortable treatment for you. Don’t worry, you’re in safe hands.