What age should I bring my child to the dentist
We recommend that children be introduced to the dentist from the age of two and a half years.
The earlier your child visits the dentist the better. Prevention is better than cure and early dental visits will help protect your child
from tooth decay.
What payment options do you provide?
We have a range of affordable payment options available. For more information click here.
Can I use my private health insurance?
Yes if you have ancillary cover, we can process health fund claims electronically on your behalf so all you will need to pay is the difference.
Why are dental x-rays necessary?
Dental X-rays help dentists diagnose diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissue that cannot be seen with a simple oral exam. In addition, X-rays help the dentist find and treat dental problems early in their development, which can potentially save you money, unnecessary discomfort, and maybe even your life.
How often should I have a dental checkup?
A check-up, which involves a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and mouth, will prevent minor problems from becoming major ones. At Smith Street Dental, we recommend six monthly check ups with your dentist, which when supported by a good at-home routine, will help to keep your mouth healthy.
How long does tooth whitening take?
There are various options for tooth whitening. Our most popular treatment option is the take-home tooth whitening kit which includes customised dental trays and special bleaching agents. The process can take from 1 week to 3 weeks, depending on the initial degree of discolouration.
Are you open on weekends?
We are only open Saturday mornings from 8 am to 12 noon.
What is a cavity?
A cavity develops when there is a breakdown in the hard tissue of the tooth which is caused by acids that oral bacteria produce when they breakdown sugars and food debris.
What is a filling?
A dental restoration or dental filling is a treatment to restore the function, integrity, and morphology of missing tooth structure resulting from dental decay or caries. There are different materials that can be used – composite resin (tooth-coloured material), porcelain, gold, etc.
How do I schedule my next checkup?
We will send you a reminder either by mail or text.
My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?
When it comes to dental health, prevention is always better than cure. If you only visit your dentist when you already have a toothache, bleeding gums or other symptoms of an oral health condition, it may already be too late to save your tooth and stop infections from spreading. Most oral health problems are preventable. If a problem does develop, catching it at an early stage means it will be easier and less expensive to treat, not to mention helping you avoid all that pain and discomfort.