Frequently Asked Questions

General

GENERAL FAQ

Braces

BRACES FAQ

Kids

KIDS FAQ

Cosmetic

COSMETIC FAQ

General

How much will a dental visit cost me?
Your first dental examination will cost $65, which includes a comprehensive exam of teeth / gum / jaw joint / tongue / cheek (X-rays radiographs are not included). Your dentist will ask you questions and discuss a treatment plan, with a printed quote for you to take home. We pride ourselves on open communication and transparency, so you’ll know exactly what will be done during your treatment and how much it will cost. You can book online here.

My mouth is in pain. Do you offer emergency treatments?
Yes, we do offer emergency services – book online or email info@maidstonedental.com.au to schedule a Teleconsultation or appointment on Tuesdays (our current arrangements under Stage 3 Covid-19 restrictions)

What kind of restorations do you offer?
Restorations can include direct fillings, crowns, bridges, veneers and implants. We’ll recommend the most appropriate material to restore your tooth after the consultation. For more information visit our general dentistry page.

Does root canal therapy work?
Success rates for endodontic treatment are good, with about 90-95% of patients who have root canal treatment having a functional tooth afterwards. For more information visit our general dentistry page.

What is bruxism?
Bruxism is excessive grinding or clenching of teeth that isn’t part of normal chewing movements. It can lead to excessive wear on the teeth and may cause permanent damage to the teeth/jaw joints. For more information visit our general dentistry page.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?
To determine if you have any symptoms of gum disease, you need to be aware of the following:
• bleeding of the gums when brushing
• red and inflamed gums
• sensitive teeth when chewing
• sore or sensitive gums

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is recommended you make an appointment with our friendly team to determine the treatment you may require.

Braces

What treatment options do you have for braces?
We offer metal and tooth-coloured braces, Invisalign, C-Fast, Myobrace and removable appliances. You might consider getting braces if you have:
• Crooked teeth
• Crowded teeth
• Gapped teeth

• Protruding teeth
• An overbite, underbite, or crossbite
• An incorrectly-positioned jaw
• Facial asymmetry

For more information on braces click here.

Kids

How do I clean my baby’s teeth?
As soon as your baby’s teeth appear, clean them with gauze or a soft face washer wrapped around your fingers, or brush them with a child-sized, soft toothbrush.

How do I clean my child’s teeth?
From 12 months you can start brushing your child’s teeth with a soft children’s toothbrush using tap water only, or a non-fluoride toothpaste. From 18 months to 6 years you can start brushing your child’s teeth with low fluoride toothpaste designed for children, using a pea-sized amount. Parents will need to assist children to brush up until the age of 6 or 7.

From what age can my child get braces?
We recommend orthodontic screening for all children by the age of 9 to assess the need for braces. Earlier treatment to prevent the incorrect development of teeth and jaws might be recommended if necessary.

What are fissure sealants?
A preventative measure where a thin layer of coating covers the grooves of the back teeth, often missed by kids when they brush. For more information on fissure sealants click here.

Cosmetic

What cosmetic dental treatments do you offer?
Treatments include teeth whitening, composite fillings, veneers and Invisalign. To find out more visit our cosmetic dentistry page.

What teeth whitening system do you use?
We use Philips Zoom and Opalescence whitening system and offer both in-clinic and take-home solutions.