Frequently Asked Questions

What to Expect

When you come to Newstead Dental Co for the first time, we’ll have you fill in a patient information form so we can get to know you a little bit better — nothing too personal, just your medical history, your allergies, your dental history, and date of birth. You’ll then be taken through to our modern surgery equipped with state of the art technology, where we’ll begin your appointment. 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. 

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots typically made of titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone to support replacement teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures. They offer a permanent solution for missing teeth and mimic the natural look and feel of real teeth.

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. They are designed to be durable and resilient, offering a long-term solution for tooth replacement. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices can help ensure the longevity of your dental implants.

While dental implants are a highly effective solution for most people with missing teeth, candidacy depends on factors such as overall oral health, bone density, and medical history. A thorough evaluation by a qualified dental professional is necessary to determine if dental implants are the right option for you.

Dental implant surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort during the procedure. Patients may experience some mild soreness or swelling afterward, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. Most individuals find the discomfort to be manageable and temporary.

Dental implants offer numerous advantages over traditional tooth replacement options such as dentures or bridges. They provide a permanent solution that does not require alteration of adjacent teeth, promote bone health by stimulating jawbone growth, and offer superior stability and functionality for chewing and speaking. Additionally, dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, providing patients with renewed confidence and a seamless smile.

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.

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.

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