1. Can I come to the dentist if I am pregnant?

Yes! Many ladies have increased oral hygiene needs while pregnant and need more frequent cleaning of their teeth.  It is true that we generally avoid invasive procedures during pregnancy (such as x-rays, carrying out extractions and prescribing medications).  However, there is no significant danger in fillings, cleaning and having needles.

2. What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?

Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth), and rinse off the tooth root with water if it’s dirty. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place. Make sure it’s facing the right way. Do not force it back in.
If it is not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (if milk is not available, use a cup of water with a little table salt)

Call us immediately. The sooner the better to have a chance of the tooth being successfully re-implanted

3. What should I do if my tooth is chipped or knocked out of place?

Call us for an urgent appointment. Take over the counter pain-killers if needed. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the affected area. Save any broken pieces.

4. What should I do if I have a toothache?

Rinse the mouth with warm salty water, floss to remove any food, take simple painkillers. Call for an appointment. If you are unable to come in to see us urgently, your doctor can help with painkillers and antibiotics, if needed.

5. What options are there to replace my missing tooth?

There are many options: removable dentures, bridges, dental implants and orthodontic movement.  Each alternative has its advantages, strengths and weaknesses. You will need a consultation to see which suits you best.

6. How often should I come to the dentist?

This depends on how much risk of dental disease you are at. We like to see children and many adults every 6 months, but some with no problems less frequently.  On the other hand, people with active decay or gum disease we prefer to see them every 3-4 months.  Ask your dentist for their opinion about you.

7. At what age should I bring my children to the dentist?

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Paediatric Dentistry recommends children first be seen for a screening at 12 months. We agree with this as a good general rule.

8. Is Power Dental Practice accepting new patients?

Yes, at Power Dental Practice we do the sort of dentistry that lasts a very long time, so we are able to accept new patients regularly.