We have compiled a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions.
For more information, it is recommended to organise a consultation with your clinicians.
Contact our clinic on (03) 9939 8006 or email us via our contact us page.
Depending on the cause, we will endeavour to reduce the swelling, infection and pain.
If it is after hours, please contact the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne on 1300 360 054 or your nearest emergency department
At Smile Hawthorn, after a tooth is removed, we will provide you with post-operative care instructions and a few packets of sterile gauze. In summary:
When dental trauma occurs, it is a stressful time for everyone involveed.
If your child knocks out a ‘baby’ tooth, remain calm and follow the steps listed below:
NOTE: The crown is the part of the tooth visible inside the mouth while the root anchors the tooth to the jawbone and is not normally visible. Depending on your child’s age, the baby tooth may not have much root structure remaining. This is because the root resorbs for the tooth to become loose before falling out.
Remain calm and act quickly, ideally try to see your dentist within 30 minutes.
NOTE: The crown is the part of the tooth visible inside the mouth while the root anchors the tooth to the jawbone and is not visible normally.
At Smile Hawthorn, we recommend using a mouthguard for anyone playing any form of contact sport.
We especially encourage young children playing, football, soccer, netball, basketball, hockey etc. to play with a mouthguard to minimise the chance and the effect of any traumatic incident that might occur.
Mouthguards can be made in a relatively short time period and can usually be done in your favourite colours.
There are just 3 simple things to do to keep your teeth and gums health. By doing this, you not only maintain good oral health but can minimise the need for extensive and expensive dentistry. In summary:
Brush your teeth twice a day.
Floss at least once a day.
Visit your dentist at least once a year.
Brushing Adult Teeth - Electric or Manual Brushes
Brushing Children's Teeth - Birth to First Tooth
Brushing Children's Teeth - First Tooth to 18 Months
Brushing Children's Teeth - 18 months to 2.5 Years
Brushing Children's Teeth - 2.5 - 4 Years
Brushing Children's Teeth - 6 Years
If your child does not spit out the toothpaste, ensure you use a low Fluoride toothpaste and use tissue to wipe away the extra toothpaste.
How to Floss
There are as many toothpastes as there are toothbrushes available on the supermarket shelves.
N.B. There is not a lot of research that has been done on the long term effects of charcoal toothpastes so caution is advised when using them.
X-rays are an important diagnostic tool utilised in all forms of health that provide the clinician with information that cannot be gleaned through visual examination alone. This can include:
If any problems are detected early, appropriate management may be instituted to reduce adverse outcomes.
At Smile Hawthorn, we employ the latest in digital x-ray technology, which significantly lowers the amount of radiation exposure to the patient.
The interval for a checkup and clean varies from person to person.
At minimum, it is recommended to have a checkup at least once a year.
Unlike seeing a medical doctor when something is wrong, teeth and gums do not always have symptoms in the early stages of disease. Waiting for symptoms can result in requiring more extensive and expensive dental care.
By having routine checkups, we can highlight issues early and the management can be easier and more affordable.
At Smile Hawthorn we recommend the following simple steps:
Children generally start getting baby teeth at about 6 months of age and usually have all their adult teeth by about 13 years of age.
There are some variations to these dates.
Baby teeth are important because they:
Facilitate normal development of the jaws and face.
Facilitate in the development of speech.
Maintain space for the adult teeth.
Create and promote positive self-image.
Allow for the chewing and digestion of food for growth and development.
As a rough indication, it is good to to take your child to see the dentist when their first tooth comes through or at about 1 year old - whichever comes first.
At this appointment, there could be discussions about:
Teething and management of discomfort.
Habits such as thumb sucking.
The risk of decay and how to prevent it.
Don't worry if you have missed this date, just do it as soon as possible.
The team at Smile Hawthorn will guide you through the development of baby teeth to adult teeth.
The Australian Society of Orthodontists recommends an initial orthodontic evaluation be conducted at the first sign of orthodontic (jaw or teeth) problems.
Alternately, this evaluation should be conducted no later than 7 years of age.
At this early age, your specialist orthodontist will be able to advise whether treatment is needed and anticipate the most effective age for treatment to commence.
You do not need a referral to see the orthodontist at Smile Hawthorn
Prior to your appointment, we will send you some information on our practice and orthodontics, as well as a brief questionnaire and an x-ray referral form for an orthopantomogram of your teeth and jaws to bring to your first visit.
At this first appointment, we will listen to your concerns, address any questions you may have, and gather all the relevant information to advise you:
Since treatment plans and payments options may be discussed, we ask that a parent or guardian be present for the first visit if the consult is for a child.
Like most things in dentistry, orthodontics is not painful.
As with new shoes, orthodontic appliances can take a bit of getting used to in the beginning.
Orthodontic appliances move teeth by applying gentle pressure to stimulate a localised inflammatory response that allows the teeth to move through the bone. This response may result in some tenderness after an interval of 6-8hours, which usually only lasts for 24-48 hours.
Panadol may be helpful in reducing discomfort caused by the body's response to the appliances.
Orthodontics can be performed at any age.
However, for some individuals, treatment may be more effective when performed during a particular stage of facial growth.
At Smile Hawthorn, the orthodontist will determine which options are best suited to reach your goals and advise you on the best timing for your treatment.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that uses the chemical process of oxidation to break down stains and discolouration in your teeth.
Teeth whitening is really a process where the colour of the tooth is "lightened" rather than it physically making your teeth "whiter".
When conducted by a dentist, teeth whitening is a safe and effective cosmetic procedure.
However, all forms of treatment have some risks and limitations.
At Smile Hawthorn, we will determine which options are most effective for you in achieving a whiter and brigher smile, discuss any risks or limitations involved in your care and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
All our products are TGA approved and your treatment is conducted in a clean and safe professional environment to ensure that you achieve the brightest smile possible in the most effective and efficient manner available.
At Smile Hawthorn, we utilise a personalised approach in achieving a brighter and whiter smile for every patient.
There are several factors that determine the effectiveness of teeth whitening. For example:
Therefore, we offer a complimentary consultation to discuss with you thesuitability of your teeth for whitening procedures and hte best option that suits your lifestyle.
These products are effective when used correctly and are a great option to reduce minor staining or just lightening a shade or two
However, as they are applied via an imprecise method, such as a strip or a pen or a non-customised tray, the concentration of the whitening agent is lower and can take longer to achieve a lightened result.
Some whitening kits that are available online are not always checked by the Therapeutic Goods of Australia for safety and quality
Some gels can even cause damage to the enamel of your teeth, making them look dull over time
Poorly manufactured trays can lead to gum trauma and even burns if they do not contain the whitening gel properly
Dentists are trained in the indications for teeth whitening, which involves an understanding of the products, procedures and risks involved
At Smile Hawthorn, your whitening procedure is assessed, conducted and monitored at all times by a fully registered dentist
All our products used are TGA approved and are produced by world leading manufacturers
We assess your overall dentition and health, and advise which types of teeth whitening procedures are effective in brighting your smile
As we age, our teeth tend to darken or yellow as the inner dentine layer of the tooth thickens.
The longevity of a whitening procedure depends on:
Most whitening procedures will be effective for about 12 to 18 months
Fortunately, the effect of teeth whitening may be maintained with the use of touch-up kits.
Touch-up kits are an easy and affordable way to also remove staining caused by coloured foods/drinks, which may have caused the original discolouration.
The information contained on this website is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek advice from a dental professional.
Smile Hawthorn is a modern family dental and orthodontic practice that provides comprehensive dental and specialist orthodontic services to the community.
560 Glenferrie Road,Hawthorn, VIC 3122
03 9939 8006