FAQs

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Visiting the dentist shouldn’t be stressful, and at Green Dental Oxley in Brisbane we provide as much information around all our procedures and practices so you can feel at ease. If you want to talk to Dr. Matthew or Dr. Roger, feel free to call us, or check out our FAQ below. 

For a dentist that is uncompromising in their approach to your dental health, call Green Dental Oxley.

General Dental

Bleeding gums is a sign of inflammation and is an indication of gum inflammation. The most common form of gum inflammation is gingivitis and is caused by an accumulation of dental plaque which contains bacteria that causes an inflammatory or immune response from your body in the mouth.  If left untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis (gum disease) that can cause long term damage to the gums and bone around teeth. If left untreated it can result in loss of teeth. 

Dental x-rays are a very important diagnostic tool for the Dentist. It allows the detection of dental decay that would otherwise go unseen during a clinical examination alone. Generally you should routinely be updating your dental x-rays.  However the interval will vary from patient to patient with those higher at risk of tooth decay having their x-rays updated more frequently.  It should also be noted radiation from dental x-rays is very low. 4 dental x rays is about the same amount of radiation you get in a normal day from the sun and other environmental sources.

Your wisdom teeth are your third molars and last teeth to erupt in your mouth. You may have all 4 wisdom teeth, none at all or anywhere in between.  In many cases these teeth erupt on their own with no problems, however they can also commonly cause pain and problems and it is recommended that you see a Dentist to determine the best course of treatment. 

Unfortunately this is a complicated question to answer, as your dental appointment cost will vary depending on a number of circumstances. A filling for example is priced based on what tooth it is and how big the filling is. An extraction will be priced similarly and depends also on difficulty. Here at Green Dental Oxley we do have set prices that you can see in our patient info section for services like a check-up and clean. 

At Green Dental Oxley we are competitively priced and after a consultation the Dentist can provide you with a more accurate quote for how much your dental treatment will cost.  

Fluoride is a mineral found naturally in rock, air, soil, plants and water. Fluoride has been clinically proven that it helps protect teeth against tooth decay. Use of fluoride and water fluoridation is supported by leading Australian and international medical and dental organisation as it is safe and the most effective and economical way to provide dental health benefits to the population. 

It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every 3 – 4 months, or sooner if the bristles are fraying more. A good way to remember this is to change your toothbrush every change of season. 

Another recommendation is to change your toothbrush following a cold/flu or sickness as to minimise re-introducing any bacterial infection you may of had whilst you were sick.

If you brush twice daily for 2 minutes and have good brushing technique a manual toothbrush can be just as effective as an electric one.  However, if you have issues with hand dexterity or find that you do not brush for long periods an electric toothbrush can help improve your brushing technique, as they often have built in timer and pressure sensors.   We also recommend you only use soft or extra soft bristles and you should be careful not to apply too much pressure while brushing or scrubbing in broad strokes across your gums.

Dental for Kids

It is recommended that you bring your child to the dentist as soon as they have teeth. Generally there should be no problems at such an early age.  However they will benefit from visiting the Dentist early so as they get older they will recognise the dentist and become comfortable with the dental environment and hopefully will not become scared.  It also allows the Dentist to catch any problems early. 

Green Dental believes in instilling good dental health habits early, and as such we want all children to come see us on a regular basis without fear of both dental treatment and the cost. Therefore Green Dental offers a number of deals for children. 

  • FREE dental check for children 4yrs and under 
  • GAP FREE check and clean for children aged 5-12yrs with private health insurance
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  • $99 for those aged 5-12yrs without a health fund 
  • Bulk Billing the Child Dental Benefit Scheme

The CDBS is a dental program under Medicare that provides eligible children aged 2-17yrs with up to $1000.00 in benefits for dental services, capped over two consecutive calendar years. To see if your child is eligible please call us with your Medicare Card details and we can check for you on the day. 

Cosmetic Dental

Tooth whitening is safe for your teeth. However there are some side effects such as short term teeth sensitivity. There are also a number of other contraindication that may result in a poor outcome and therefore if you are interested in whitening your teeth we recommend that you come in and see us to discuss in further detail. 

ClearCorrect

This varies from patient to patient. The duration depends on the complexity of the case, and can therefore take anywhere from a few months to a few years. 

In most cases you will be required to wear your aligners for 2-3wks for at least 22 hours per day. Taking them out to eat and brush your teeth. 

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges are done over 2 appointments, with the first appointment being the preparation appointment where the tooth/teeth are prepared and an impression is taken. You will leave this appointment with a temporary crown/bridge whilst the final one is being made. This appointment usually takes between 1-2 hours. 

The second appointment which is usually a week later is where the temporary crown is removed and the final one is inserted and cemented into place. This appointment is generally shorter and should only be around 30 mins.

No, you do not need root canal therapy to have a crown placed.  If the tooths nerve and blood supply are healthy and vital, root canal therapy is not required

Our Crowns and Bridges are 100% Australian made from only the highest quality materials. All come with warranty also. Green Dental does not send any work to overseas laboratories and we believe in supporting local business. 

Root Canal Treatment

The tooth’s nerves and blood vessels have died due to physical trauma, decay or long term necrosis from being heavily filled or deep fillings. This causes an inflammatory immune response from your body which can cause an infection due to your body trying to reject the tooth as it considers it a foreign object now.  This process can cause infections and facial swellings known as a dental abscess. If the dental abscess becomes very large and remains untreated it can spread into your blood stream and other areas of your body, causing further disease and in extreme cases death. This is why it is important to have any infections/dental abscess treated as soon as possible. Root canal therapy addresses this problem by removing all necrotic tissue and bacteria from the tooth as to prevent any further immune response.

Root canal therapy is not painful once you have had local anaesthetic.  In most cases it is not different in feeling to having a filling completed.  Consider it a longer and deeper filling.

In most circumstance your root canal will be completely without incident by the dentist. However sometimes your root system may be too difficult to negotiate or some other difficult situations arise and you may need to be referred to a root canal specialist known as an Endodontist. 

Wisdom Teeth Removal

If your wisdom tooth/teeth need to be removed and the Dentist deems it too difficult due to a number of factors you may be referred to an oral surgeon to have them removed.

In this circumstance a general anaesthetic may be advised by the oral surgeon, however in some circumstances you still may be able to have it removed under a local anaesthetic.  

Dental Implants

Dental implant treatment can take some time to complete.  It is not a simple one visit appointment.  On average from start to finish the process can take 3-4 months.  It can be longer than this if your case is particularly difficult.

Payment Plans

You will pay no interest on any of our payment plan as long as all your payments are paid on time and completely by the agreed end term date. There are however some set up and administration fees that need to be paid.  Naturally if you are late with any payments a late fee also applies and interest is applied on any outstanding payments after the interest free period. 

Private Health Insurance

Health fund cover varies between patient to patient. If you have dental cover you will be entitled to a rebate to cover some of your costs. To find out your individual circumstance we advise you to review your cover or contact your health fund. 

Green Dental is a preferred provided for HCF and CDBS and therefore those patients will be fully covered for their check up and clean appointment. 

We are also a member of smile.com.au therefore the following health funds: Australia Unity, FRANK, GMHBA, Peoplecare, Budget Direct and health.com.au will receive discounted rates and therefore have a reduced gap payment. 

You can claim your rebate on the day of treatment as long as you have your private health fund card on the day. Your rebate will be processed on the spot through Hicaps. 

If you do not have your health fund card with you, you will be required to pay for your appointment in full and claim your rebate at a later date with your health fund. 

We accept all private health funds. 

Dental Emergency

If you have experienced a physical accident where a large part or your whole tooth has been knocked out of your mouth and you are in pain, then you need to see a dentist as soon as possible.

Other emergencies included extreme constant pain and large facial swellings.

If you physically feel unwell due to any oral pain such as difficulty breathing, high temperatures, dizziness, vomiting, irregular heart beat then you should go to the emergency room immediately.

A small break/crack or small decay that is causing no immediate pain is not a dental emergency and does not need to be seen the minute it has occurred.  You should see a dentist at your soonest convenience though and not leave this for too long a period.  As if you do leave the damage for too long and pain occurs, then usually the treatment requirements become more complex and costly and in some cases you may not be able to save the tooth.

A dentist near me that cares

When you want a dental practice that cares, Matthew and Roger Moo are your local dental specialists in Brisbane.

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