Newstead Dental Co is run by highly trained dental professional, Dr Lok Tsang. Our founder and principal dentist Lok has a special interest in cosmetic dentistry and giving people the confidence to smile again. Lok has worked in private practice since graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Science from the prestigious University of Queensland in 2012. With his many years of experience and love for the dental profession, your teeth will be in great hands at Newstead Dental Co.
Our philosophy centres around treating each patient uniquely. Clients of Newstead Dental Co enjoy our purpose-built, architecturally designed practice. A modern and comfortable aesthetic where we use the latest techniques and technologies to provide the best patient care possible. We love meeting new clients and taking care of our delightful regulars. Whether it’s a quick dental clean and checkup, a filling, or a full restorative procedure, our dentists look forward to helping.
Preventative dental is the key to keeping your smile gleaming. Our general check up treatments include routine cleans, as well as minor preventative treatments.
We have a range of cosmetic dental treatments to give your smile a healthy glow. From teeth whitening, to veneers and cosmetic changes to your teeth alignment using Invisalign – we’ll help brighten your smile.
A full mouth rehabilitation, sometimes also called full-mouth reconstruction or full-mouth restoration, is the treatment process of simultaneously rebuilding or restoring the entire dental arch in both upper and lower jaw.
Equipped with an OPG x-ray machine, our fully qualified dentists are trained to remove wisdom teeth. Depending on your teeth, the operation may be performed in our practice using local anaesthetic.
Restorative dental treatments repair or replace broken or damaged teeth, improving the comfort and quality of your mouth. We provide a range of restorative treatments such as simple fillings, veneers, dental implants, or crowns and bridges.
Endodontic treatment refers to procedures such as root canals or the diagnosis of toothache and pain. We will discuss the best options for treatment and provide local anaesthetic to keep you comfortable and relaxed during the procedure.
When you visit our Newstead clinic, you’ll receive a tailor made treatment to suit your needs.
Our clinic is nestled in between Newstead, Teneriffe, and New Farm and is handy to an abundance of public transport and car parking. Based on Kyabra Street in Newstead, we’re only a short walk from Gasworks and Skyring Terrace.
Newstead Dental Co offers a high end dental experience with state of the art facilities and highly experienced dentists.
Arriving at our practice for the first time, you’ll be asked to fill in a patient information form. You’ll then be taken through to our modern surgery, equipped with the latest in dental technology. We take the time to get to know you and your teeth, so that we can provide a tailored service delivered with the utmost care.
Providing great quality dentistry to Newstead, Teneriffe, Fortitude Valley and New Farm since 2017.
Newstead Dental Co has been providing great quality dentistry to Newstead and the surrounding inner city suburbs of Brisbane since 2017. The services we provide are clinically proven, using only the highest quality tools and materials. Our focus is on delivering a personalised service to our patients in a safe and comfortable environment.
We supply a wide range of services to treat cosmetic, restorative and general oral health.
We are committed to providing long term care for your teeth. We endeavour to maintain optimum dental health through consultation, well considered diagnosis and appropriate health care continuation. For almost half a decade, Newstead Dental Co has been delivering a wide range of exceptional dentistry services to inner city Brisbane and beyond.
Here are a few of the common questions our patients ask us.
If you have dental questions that are not answered on this page, we’re more than happy to answer them over the phone, by email or at your appointment.
We are a private, boutique dental practice in Brisbane’s CBD. We combine treatments for general and cosmetic dentistry. Our dentists have extensive experience in accommodating our patient’s every need on an actively engaged, personal level to ensure a lifetime of great health and wellbeing.
We love providing superior service for our clients, beginning with easy online resources, through to a bespoke experience in our practice. We welcome you to enjoy the warm, inviting interiors of our purpose-built practice, where we’re likely to keep you comfortable and relaxed during your visit.
Most dental visits are check-ups. Regular check-ups will help your teeth remain cleaner, last longer, and can prevent painful problems from developing. For many people, a check-up every six months is recommended. We understand that everyone has different circumstances, and we’re want to find a regular checkup solution that suites your time capacity and budget.
If you’ve had a recent checkup and certain points were raised as a priority, such as gum disease, you may need to get infront of your dentist more frequently. Feel free to call in if you have any questions about how often you should be visiting the dentist.
It’s difficult to accurately quote particular services without meeting you first. To get an accurate quote for any of our dental services please make an appointment using the button below. At the time of writing, and in-chair whitening appointment usually costs up to $750 per session. For take-home whitening kits, it could cost you anywhere between $199 – $350 depending on whether you require a custom tray or not.
So why should you get your teeth whitened by a dentist over a take at home kit? When a trained dentist is removing dental staining, it’s reinforcing the health and strength of your teeth. This lessens the likelihood of gum disease and cavities which can be caused by the gradual build-up or plaque over time. Whitening your teeth at your dentist is a tailored experience and we get to talk to you about what result you want. When you use at-home whitening kits, you’re not able to get the tailored experience that you may desire.
Unfortunately, the Australian government does not cover the costs of most dental services. Medicare does, however, pay for some essential dental services for some children and adults who are eligible. IF you want to learn more about this, we recommend following up here.
Yes, you can, in fact, we recommend that you do. Leaving tooth decay, gum disease or other oral health issues untreated can be harmful. As your dental health has a big impact on your overall health, it can have a big influence on your baby’s health too. Even when you’re not pregnant we advise making regular checkups with the dentist.
Your dentist will often recommend making several appointments during your pregnancy to ensure the condition of your teeth and gums remain in top condition. If you’re planning to get pregnant soon, it’s a good idea to visit your dentist and get any outstanding dental issues such as impacted wisdom teeth taken care of first, to reduce the risk of complications.
There have been plenty of studies that have looked into how effective electric toothbrushes are compared to their manual counterparts. Each of these options have their own benefits and can do the job correctly, but it really comes down to personal preference.
Studies have shown that in general, electric toothbrushes have been found to be more effective in decreasing the build-up of plaque and gingivitis over time, in comparison with manual toothbrushes. When looking at the differences between rotating and vibrating electric toothbrushes, researchers also found that the rotating kind were more likely to provide your teeth with a more comprehensive clean.
One great benefit of electric toothbrushes is that they can be great for people who have decreased mobility. So if you know anyone with carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, or any condition that’s limited their access to brush their teeth, an electric toothbrush could be great assistance to them.
Did you know that you should replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3-4 months? If you’re environmentally conscious, you may want to consider if single-use plastic toothbrushes are the best option. Electric toothbrushes can be a more environmentally friendly option, but with the popularisation of bamboo toothbrushes, these are also a more friendly and accessible option. It’s really up to you about what you prefer to use.
Electric toothbrushes can also be quite expensive, and there is the recurring cost of replacing the head every few months. If you’re looking at keeping your costs down, this is something you should consider if you’re thinking about making the switch.
What are the cons of manual toothbrushes? There have been some studies that found that people who used manual toothbrushes were more likely to brush harder than when using electric toothbrushes. Brushing can really damage your teeth and gums by wearing down the natural enamel we have on our teeth. You can still get a very effective clean by using using a manual toothbrush, just remember that you don’t need to scrub your teeth off, just brush away any build-up and give your mouth a good floss.
Dental veneers are a tooth-coloured coverings made from porcelain or other materials that are placed over the visible parts of your teeth. They’re a cosmetic covering that is designed to look like an improved version of your teeth. Over time, teeth get chipped, discoloured, change shape and generally change appearance. If you find that you’re hesitating when you want to smile because you’re teeth are causing you embarrassment, then veneers could be the solution to free your smile. Veneers are a great option to improve your smile without getting an invasive procedure.
Veneers are applied by first removing 0.3 – 0.5 millimeters off the surface of the tooth, this is to ensure that the nerve of the tooth keeps its integrity so that your veneers last a long time. When getting your veneers glued into place, your trusted dental professional will make any final adjustments to ensure that you’re happy with what you’re getting. The procedure will differ in length depending on how many veneers you’re getting installed and it’ll also be done under local anaesthetic.
It’s also important to note that you don’t have to get veneers on every tooth, many people only get them on the top layer of their teeth. What’s great about veneers is that they’re completely customisable depending on what you’re wanting. However, there will be some dependencies, such as the positioning of your teeth and if you have any dental conditions that could compromise the integrity of the veneers. If you’ve recently had a root canal, you’ll need to wait until it’s fully healed before you look at getting veneers. Veneers can be a great alternative to potentially painful corrective solutions like braces or Invisalign.
Cosmetic dentistry is any type of dental work that improves the general appearance of your teeth. So if you have a missing tooth, a chipped tooth, discoloured teeth, misaligned teeth, or anything else, you may want to consider some cosmetic work to improve the visual appearance of your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can work wonders in improving your confidence, so if you’re hesitating when you want to smile or are a bit embarrassed around the appearance of your teeth, then book in to see how we can help you out.
Cosmetic dentistry procedures can include teeth whitening, composite resin fillings, dentures, crowns, veneers, bridges, implants, and Invisalign. Improve your confidence and book in today to start your cosmetic dentistry journey. A number of these treatments will be covered by your health insurance, check your policy to discover how much you can claim.
Fluoride is a mineral that’s naturally occurring in your bones and in your teeth. It is also found naturally in water, soil, rocks, and plants. You’ll probably have noticed that fluoride is commonly used in oral care products like toothpaste, mouth wash, and also at your trusted dental professional. That’s because fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acids and sugars that’ll be put in your mouth.
If you have gum disease or a history of frequent cavities, then you might benefit from adding some more fluoride into your oral care regime. If you have any questions about the impact that fluoride can have on your oral health, then don’t hesitate to speak to your dentist and get more information.
Wisdom teeth make you wiser right? Not quite. Wisdom teeth were great for our ancestors who had larger jaws and ate chewy food like plants and undercooked meat who needed some extra bite power to combat the wear and tear of teeth. Nowadays around 30% – 35% of the population aren’t born with any wisdom teeth at all. Some people are born with one or two and some people will have the full set of four.
Fortunately or unfortunately, a large percentage of people will have wisdom teeth. If you’ve happened to have lost a few teeth in your time, getting your wisdom teeth could be great news, but even then, there’s a chance that your wisdom teeth may not come in at the right angle or that they may cause a bit of pain when trying to break through your gums. If your wisdom teeth have come through and are aligning with their opposing teeth, make sure you take special care to clean and floss them, as they’re at the back of your mouth they’re a bit harder to maintain. This can cause tooth decay and plaque buildup.
So how do you know if your wisdom teeth will need removal? If you have any pain in your jaw or around the back of your throat, if there’s any swelling or redness where your wisdom teeth may pop through, if you have any difficulty chewing or swallowing then there’s a chance you may need your wisdom teeth removed. Once you book in with your dentist to see if your wisdom teeth need removing, they’ll book you in for an X-ray to see what angle your teeth are coming in at and figure out the next options for you.
Gum disease is an infection that can damage the soft tissue surrounding your teeth and can also erode the bone that supports your teeth. It can be caused by plaque that hardens underneath the line of your gun and turns into tartar (calculus). The longer that this is left on your teeth, the more damage that it can do. The immune system will try to get rid of the built-up plaque and that’s what causes the inflammation.
There are two stages of gum disease, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, it affects the surface layers of the gum but this is before it reaches the deeper parts of the teeth, gums, and bone. So if you notice bleeding gums when you brush your teeth or any redness or swelling then you’re still in the early stages. Check-in with your dentist to get the plaque removed and to get a proper assessment of your situation.
Periodontitis is the inflammation of the periodontium caused by bacteria in the plaque and your body’s response to it, it’s the advanced stage of gingivitis. Not only does periodontitis affect the gum, but also the tooth and fibres that connect the tooth to your mouth. If not treated effectively, the structures that keep your teeth in your mouth will deteriorate. Often pockets will form in the gum where plaque and bacteria will accumulate. If you have bleeding gums, receding gums, bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth, tenderness when biting or any loose teeth, then you should book in with a dentist at your soonest possible convenience.
Thankfully, gum disease is preventable. Brush your teeth twice a day and take care to brush along your gum line. Floss every day, if you have a wire on your teeth, ensure that your floor is around and underneath the wire. You’re also more at risk to get gum disease if you smoke, have diabetes, and eat lots of sugary foods.
Flossing is necessary for preventing gum disease and cavities while promoting good oral hygiene. You should aim to floss every day to prevent the nasties from building up and compromising your oral health.
So how do you floss correctly? Flossing isn’t about just putting a piece of string between your teeth. When you go to floss, you should guide the floss upwards into the gum above your tooth and the adjacent tooth, rubbing gently back and forth to dislodge any build-up. The floss should be in a C like shape against the tooth. Make sure you take special care as you work towards the larger teeth at the back of your mouth, as you don’t have great visibility around these teeth, you’ll need to take better care of cleaning them.
Flossing technique is something that your dentist should be happy to chat to you about. Often we’re taught basic oral care at a young age and have gotten lax with the upkeep of our technique as we get older. We only have one set of teeth, so it’s best that we look after them for the long run.
Tooth decay occurs when a cavity forms inside of your tooth. When acid from plaque interacts with your teeth, it can wear down the natural outer layer of enamel on your teeth. If plaque is left to gather on your teeth for too long, it can cause decay which can then turn into a cavity in your tooth. It’s important to catch tooth decay before it turns into a cavity. If tooth decay is left untreated it can cause a cavity when goes deeper and deeper into the tooth causing a painful toothache or even an infection. If this continues for too long it can cause severe discolouration in the tooth.
If you have a toothache, any sensitivity when biting, swollen or painful gums or any discolouration on your teeth, then you should get checked for tooth decay. The best way to avoid tooth decay is with good oral hygiene. Make sure that you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Eating overly sugary foods regularly can cause the wearing down of enamel, so you should avoid these foods as much as possible.
If you have mild tooth decay, it can be halted with the above preventative methods. If it’s progressed further you’ll need to discuss with your doctor to find if a filling or root canal would be a good option for you going forward. Keep up to date with your oral health to avoid these procedures and look after your teeth for the long term.
If you have a cavity, then you’re going to need a filling to reinforce the natural structure of your tooth. If you don’t get a filling, your tooth will continue to decay-causing a potentially severe toothache. The destruction to enamel is lasting and irreversible, if left untreated, the decay that caused the cavity will spread and permanently damage the affected tooth. Sometimes a severely affected tooth can be treated with a root canal, but if left to progress too far, the decay may decimate the tooth entirely and you’ll need to extract it. A dentist may be able to replace it with an implant or a bridge.
Of course, we never want this to happen, and we should aim to keep your oral hygiene maintained to avoid invasive treatments. So if you have a cavity, it’s important to get it filled as soon as possible, because it’s not going to heal on its own.
What does a filling involve? A filling can help to restore the integrity of a damaged tooth, returning it to its full functionality and eliminating any pain that you may have been feeling. The process of getting a filling first involves some local anaesthesia to the surrounding area of the tooth to prevent any possible pain. Your dentist will then use a drill to remove any nasty decay that has built up to ensure that your tooth won’t decay any further. Then a filling will be applied to fill the gap where the cavity had formed. Your dentist will then check to see if the filling disrupts your bite and will make any further adjustments if necessary.
There can be a few causes of bad breath and most of them are treatable and preventable. The most common cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. When you don’t brush your teeth twice a day or floss daily, food particles get stuck in the small crevices between your teeth. As the food begins to break down, it can cause quite a bad aroma. Make sure you’re not scaring anyone off with your bad breath by maintaining an excellent oral hygiene routine.
If you have a dry mouth, you may have bad breath. Saliva helps to clean your mouth and remove any easily dislodged food particles. Interestingly, when you sleep your mouth dries out a bit which is the cause of morning breath. Some people have chronic issues with their salivary glands which can cause dry mouth. So if you notice that you’ve had a dry mouth and that you have bad breath, it may be time to book in with your dentist or doctor to get to the root of the issue.
If you’ve recently had surgery on your mouth such as getting your wisdom teeth removed, and you notice that there’s a bad smell, check in with your dentist as it may be a sign that your wound has become infected.
One of the biggest causes of bad breath is smoking and even vaping. Smoking does make you much more likely to get gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth decay but it also makes you much more likely to have bad breath. Vaping can cause very serious and long-term damage to your mouth. By exposing your teeth to aerosol, you increase the risk of dry mouth which leads to tooth decay, gum disease, and of course bad breath. If you use oral tobacco products, make sure to drink plenty of water and take particularly good care with brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing.
If you’ve been keeping good oral hygiene and are still facing bad breath you may have tonsil stones. When you eat food, sometimes it will become lodged in the back of your mouth in your tonsils. Over time these particles will gather and can harden into a tonsil stone. Because they are often comprised of decaying food debris, the odour can be quite strong. This can occur to people who have large tonsils, chronic tonsillitis, chronic sinus issues, and poor dental hygiene. Some symptoms of tonsil stones besides bad breath can include a sore throat, problems swallowing, ear pain, and swollen tonsils.
A root canal may be needed over a filling if the decay your tooth is experiencing has reached the pulp of your tooth and caused an infection. The primary objection of a root canal is to save your tooth by removing the damage from the decay and restoring the integrity of your tooth with a filling and a crown.
The root canal is done in three primary stages and under a general anaesthetic. The first stage is the removal of the infected tooth and all the bacteria which caused the tooth decay. Next, the canal is cleaned and flushed of all the nasties that have built up over time. The last stage involves filling the canal with the filling material you’ve selected and then it’s fitted with a crown.
So why is a root canal known as being more painful than a filling? This is because root canals may take a few trips to the dentist and the procedure is usually a bit longer. Also, the pain attributed to the toothache prior to the canal is also a lot worse. You may need a root canal if you have a throbbing or sharp pain in your tooth, when you have lots of pain when eating that’s localised to a specific area, of your tooth is very sensitive to temperature, if you have problems with floss getting stuck on a certain tooth or you have a fractured tooth. You may also notice some inflammation around your gums, like swelling, or the appearance of a pimple-like mound near your gum line, or even just general sensitivity around the gum of the tooth.
Luckily most root canals can be avoided with preventative dental care. By practicing a regular oral hygiene routine that involves flossing every day and brushing your teeth twice a day, you’ll be able to minimise your chances of tooth decay. Keep up a regularly six-monthly schedule with your dentist so that they can signal if you need a filling or any other work done so you won’t need a root canal in the future. Another great way to prevent needing a root canal is to avoid eating overly sugary foods and to avoid smoking.
Dental implants can be a necessary or cosmetic dental procedure to replace a tooth that’s no longer there or one that has been damaged. Dental implants are inserted with a minor operation and cannot be removed unless done by another surgery. A dental implant is a screw-like anchor that is attached to the jawbone and gum tissue that provides a stable base for an artificial replacement tooth to be inserted. A dental implant can be for one replacement tooth, or to support dentures.
Not all mouths are suited to receive dental implants, if you don’t have a fully grown jawbone, have gum disease, or have a condition that affects normal healing, then getting a dental implant may not be the right choice for you.
The process to get a dental implant can be quite a long one. Firstly the tooth that is being replaced will be removed, and the screw will be inserted into the jaw bone, it can take a few months for it to fuse to the gum and bone. After which, an implant will be attached with a crown that’s custom made to suit your natural tooth.
Dental implants are a great alternative to dentures and bridges. Because they’re attached to your mouth, you can eat whatever foods you want without any fear of a dental calamity. They look and feel like natural teeth and don’t interfere with everyday life. Dental implants also promote good bone health, as absences of teeth in the jawbone can lead to deterioration over time.
Sensitive teeth can be a real pain. Pardon the bad joke, but sensitive teeth can really disrupt your enjoyment of food and life. If you’re constantly thinking about the temperature of your next meal or how acidic it’ll be then you probably have sensitive teeth.
So what causes sensitive teeth? There are a few things you can do to avoid getting sensitive teeth or taking steps to heal your sensitive teeth. Often sensitive teeth are caused by brushing your teeth too hard so that the enamel wears down or your gums start to recede, causing your teeth to be more exposed to the elements. Eating acidic and overly sugary foods will also wear down the enamel of your teeth over time which can lead to sensitivity. Tooth decay and chipped teeth that leave your tooth’s nerve exposed can also cause sensitivity.
One of the first things you can do if you’re experiencing sensitive teeth is to start using toothpaste that’s specifically designed for sensitive teeth. This won’t have any pesky ingredients that will trigger sensitivity. If you’re using mouthwash, consider using one that doesn’t have any alcohol, as this can also wear down the enamel on your teeth. If these methods aren’t working for you, check-in with your dentist or doctor to see if there are any other causes or if there are any prescription medications that will help you out.