Be Well Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

If you have any questions about our dental services or issues with your oral health, never hesitate to contact us. We are always available for you and more than happy to help.

At Be Well Dental, we work with our patients and their families to keep smiles healthy and strong. A big part of our dental services is grounded in patient education; we love having well-informed patients interested in their oral health. 

We have compiled some frequently asked questions about the treatments we provide at our Highgate Hill dental practice. If you would like to expand on any question below or have a brand new question, let us know. 

Children's Dentistry

Absolutely!

Our dental team at Be Well Dental can start seeing your child around the age of one. Parents are always welcome to bring their child earlier if they have any concerns regarding their oral health.

Take Your Child Along With You 

Bringing your child with you to your own cleans and exams can help them become familiar with the sights and sounds of our dental practice. Calm and relaxed parents will also teach children to feel comfortable and secure. 

As adults, many of our oral and health habits are set in place when we are very young. 

Drs Bao and Will work alongside their exceptional dental staff to establish a fun and stress-free experience. We want your son or daughter to look forward to seeing us.

When to Bring Your Child to See Us

Never hesitate to let us know if you think your child is experiencing a dental emergency. They can mean anything from a sports injury to tooth pain.

We appreciate how unnerving they can be, which is why we always make time to see you and your family outside of routine dental cleans and exams.

Book an Appointment

Arranging an exam with Be Well Dental is as simple as giving us a call or filling out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

Being involved in sports or boisterous play is a part of growing up, but pastimes that are too rambunctious can sometimes result in a knocked-out tooth. We can help parents determine what to do if their child loses a baby or a permanent tooth. 

Losing a Baby Tooth

This may not seem so dire—after all, baby teeth are meant to fall out, right? Dr Will and Dr Bao will still want to evaluate your child's mouth and make sure it is clean from debris, and nothing else is damaged. 

Baby teeth are not as deeply entrenched as permanent teeth, so there's less risk of permanent damage. Still, it's always a good idea to have your children's dentist check things out. Losing a baby tooth too soon can cause problems for permanent teeth emerging, often leading to nearby teeth crowding the new space. If there is not enough room for the tooth to emerge, it can create crooked teeth and eating issues. 

If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, we may need to insert a space maintainer to hold space until the permanent tooth is ready to emerge. 

Losing Adult Teeth

Seeing your child right away allows us to possibly reattach the knocked-out tooth. Avoid touching the tooth root but keep it moist by putting it in a container of milk or water. 

Does Your Child Have a Dental Emergency? 

It's important that we see your child right away if they have knocked out a tooth, even after hours. Call Be Well Dental at (07) 3846-2002 immediately so we can have the best chance at saving your child's tooth.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Yes, at Be Well Dental, we help patients fix crooked teeth all the time with cosmetic dentistry procedures. When you visit our clinic to create straighter teeth, our skilled dentists will carefully evaluate your dental needs to recommend the best cosmetic dentistry options for you. 

Treatments for Straighter Teeth

Patients who want to straighten crooked teeth will need some type of orthodontic treatment. At Be Well Dental, we offer Invisalign to make our patient's orthodontic care as efficient, discreet and convenient as possible.

With Invisalign clear aligners, patients wear nearly invisible aligners that we customise for a comfortable fit. When treatment begins, we'll provide the patient with several sets of aligners and give them a schedule for changing the aligners out. Each set of aligners will move the patient's teeth a bit closer to the desired position until we've achieved a straight smile.

If a patient doesn't want to undergo orthodontic treatment, we may be able to cover slightly crooked teeth with dental veneers or reshape them with dental bonding. That way, we can recreate the patient's smile without the need for long term treatments.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Highgate Hill, QLD

We invite you to contact Be Well Dental to arrange your visit for a cosmetic consultation. Whether you need Invisalign treatment, dental veneers or another cosmetic procedure, our experienced and well-trained team of dentists are here to help.

Yes, there are cosmetic dentistry options available to fix a receding gumline. One common cosmetic procedure for altering a patient's gumline is called gum contouring. 

When performing gum contouring, a dentist removes a small amount of soft tissue, often from the roof of the patient's mouth, and uses it to rebuild the gumline, creating a more attractive, healthier appearance. This method also protects tooth roots that have been exposed due to the recession of the gum. 

Scaling and Root Planing for Receding Gums

Your dentist may also recommend scaling and planing, which consists of a deep cleaning of your gumline and a smoothing of the root surface. Smoothing the root's surface can allow the gum to heal and reattach, improving the appearance and the health of the patient's gums. 

Dentists generally perform this procedure using a local anaesthetic for your comfort.

If you have questions about gum care or if your gum is receding, we welcome your phone call to our clinic. A receding gumline is a sign of gum disease, which we should treat promptly and appropriately for the sake of your oral and overall health.

Periodontal Treatments in Highgate Hill, QLD

We offer periodontal treatments for patients who have gum health issues in the Highgate Hill area and beyond. If you need gum treatment for receding gums, we invite you to contact our experienced team at Be Well Dental

Our dentists offer gentle but thorough treatments to promote gum health, and we would love to have the opportunity to help you.

Cosmetic dentistry is not considered a specialty because all dentists are trained in performing many of the available cosmetic procedures. However, not all dentists offer cosmetic dentistry procedures in their clinic, so it's essential to make sure the dentist provides those before arranging your appointment if you're considering cosmetic procedures. 

It's also important to ensure the cosmetic dentist you choose has the experience, extensive hands-on training and skill necessary to complete the cosmetic dentistry services you need, along with an eye for creating beautiful smiles. At Be Well Dental in Highgate Hill, our dentists provide exceptional cosmetic services to make dramatic smile improvements for our patients.

What's the First Step?

When fixing smile flaws, the first step is to see one of our well-trained dentists for an evaluation. The dentist will examine your dental situation, discuss your smile goals and work with you to develop a treatment plan. Whether you need a single cosmetic procedure or a full smile makeover, we can help.

Cosmetic Dentist in Highgate Hill, QLD

At Be Well Dental, we enjoy improving our patients' smiles with our range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. 

If you are embarrassed by tooth or gum flaws and want to make improvements, we would love to talk with you. We invite you to reach out to our friendly team to discuss your needs and arrange your consultation. There's no need to live with a smile you're not happy with when we can help you change your smile for an entirely new look.

Dental Implants

With proper cleaning, dental checkups and diligence in maintaining good oral health, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Placing a dental implant involves surgically implanting a titanium screw into the jawbone, which will permanently stay in place. However, in the absence of regular checkups and good upkeep (both brushing and flossing), dental implants and the crowns that sit on top could have some issues that affect their longevity.

A dental implant is meant to join with the jawbone and should not require removal, but a few conditions may affect the longevity of a dental implant procedure:

  • Gum disease
  • Lack of brushing and flossing before and after dental implant
  • Diet heavy in sugary foods or others detrimental to oral health
  • Accumulation of plaque
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Insufficient amount of jawbone for implant placement
  • Grinding your teeth (also known as bruxism)

These conditions could potentially result in a failed implant. Still, by arranging a consultation with our specialists here at Be Well Dental, we can determine whether an implant is feasible, to begin with. 

Also, we'd be more than happy to discuss what we can do to serve your needs best. We strive to create long-lasting dental implants that will stay in for years to come. We invite you to visit our Hillgate Hill QLD practice to chat about restoring your bright and healthy smile.

In the case of missing teeth, a dental implant is a viable solution in helping to restore optimal oral health, appearance and functionality. Dental implants in Highgate Hill replace the roots of your teeth if they are damaged or removed. After placement, a dental implant provides a solid, permanent foundation for a new tooth.

Our specialist at Be Well Dental will place a metal screw through the gums and into the jawbone. In most cases, screws for dental implants are composed of titanium-a biocompatible metal that bonds well with the jawbone. An implant creates stability and a permanent foundation for a crown, which ultimately replaces a missing tooth!

The jawbone adapts to the dental implant and reinforces the screw placement. To finish the job, our dentists fit a crown onto the screw to finally fix those annoying gaps and bring a smile back to life.

What Dental Implants Can Achieve

  • Restoration of a complete smile
  • Prevention of jawbone deterioration
  • Improve speech
  • Improve chewing
  • Help continually maintain your overall oral health

Our dentist in Hillgate Hill, QLD provides dental implant services and consultations to determine the proper procedure to meet your personal dental needs. We invite you to call in and schedule a consultation; our dentists are here to help and look forward to giving you your smile back!

Emergency Dentistry

Being involved in sports or boisterous play is a part of growing up, but pastimes that are too rambunctious can sometimes result in a knocked-out tooth. We can help parents determine what to do if their child loses a baby or a permanent tooth. 

Losing a Baby Tooth

This may not seem so dire—after all, baby teeth are meant to fall out, right? Dr Will and Dr Bao will still want to evaluate your child's mouth and make sure it is clean from debris, and nothing else is damaged. 

Baby teeth are not as deeply entrenched as permanent teeth, so there's less risk of permanent damage. Still, it's always a good idea to have your children's dentist check things out. Losing a baby tooth too soon can cause problems for permanent teeth emerging, often leading to nearby teeth crowding the new space. If there is not enough room for the tooth to emerge, it can create crooked teeth and eating issues. 

If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, we may need to insert a space maintainer to hold space until the permanent tooth is ready to emerge. 

Losing Adult Teeth

Seeing your child right away allows us to possibly reattach the knocked-out tooth. Avoid touching the tooth root but keep it moist by putting it in a container of milk or water. 

Does Your Child Have a Dental Emergency? 

It's important that we see your child right away if they have knocked out a tooth, even after hours. Call Be Well Dental at (07) 3846-2002 immediately so we can have the best chance at saving your child's tooth.

Like so many things in life, accidents cannot be predicted. They can occur seemingly out of nowhere—knocked-out teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, sudden toothaches, and loose dental crowns are a few examples of dental emergencies.

As sudden and stressful as these scenarios may be, our patients can relax knowing that we understand what they're going through and that we're here to help. We can work with you in any emergency dental situation, even if it's after hours. 

Typical Dental Emergencies That We Treat

From slight to compound dental emergencies, our dental team is equipped to provide the necessary care and treatment so you can feel relieved of pain and stress.

Knocked-Out Teeth

Not all dental emergencies have deadlines, but broken or knocked-out teeth have a narrow time-frame in which we can save your tooth. This means that we should see you immediately to improve our chances. Until you can see us, it's important to keep the tooth root from drying out. We recommend keeping it safe in your mouth, or in a container of milk or water. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to aid with pain and inflammation.

Tooth Pain

Dental distress can be extremely stressful, not to mention how it can impact a nice meal, a meeting at work, or just daily life. Unlike cramps or headaches that go away in time, tooth pain rarely does—and if it does, it often comes back worse. If you are suffering from tooth aches, call us immediately. 

Fractured Teeth

If a piece of your tooth has broken off, or if your tooth has fractured—it is important that Dr Bao or Dr Will treat your dental emergency right away. We can reattach pieces of your broken tooth, or apply dental bonding to chips and cracks to prevent bacteria from entering and infecting your tooth. 

Lost or Broken Dental Crown

If you have broken or lost your dental restoration, we are available to fix it at any time. We know that it can be uncomfortable, and we want to seal your tooth from food particles or bacteria. . 

Schedule With Us if You Have a Dental Emergency

If you are experiencing a dental emergency in Highgate Hill, don't hold back on letting us know. We are a zero-judgment environment. Our job is to help you, not scold you. We want to hear if you've fallen and chipped your tooth, or even if you just feel like something seems off.

The attentive dental team at Be Well Dental is available to help.

General Dentistry

Dental fear and anxiety are common emotions, but there are ways we can help you manage it. At Be Well Dental, we appreciate that even seasoned dental veterans can feel a twinge of nervousness as patients at the dental office.

Like with many situations in life, our responses are either reactive or proactive. Reactive responses are based on past experiences, while proactive responses allow us to set up a situation before it becomes the stage of ongoing dental anxiety.

We Help Create a Warm and Welcoming Dental Environment

For many of us, fear of the unknown can often be worse than what we do know. At Be Well Dental, we believe in educating and talking to our patients prior to any dental treatment, so they can anticipate and prepare for each step of the process.

Additionally, patients have come to appreciate and expect our holistic and healing vibe each time they step foot through our doors.

Taking proactive steps further, many dental fears can stem from painful and abrupt dental emergencies. Dr Bao Nguyen and Dr William Huynh practice preventive dental care to help patients sidestep potentially scary and uncomfortable oral health scenarios.

While we can't prevent all dental emergencies, we can spot many small ones in development and heal them while they are small and painless. Through this practice, we can remove many reactive situations and set up healthy and happy dental visits. 

You Are in Charge of Your Dental Visit

Our dental practice believes in practising mindfulness throughout our day to day lives, including when it comes to our health. 

Through mindfulness, we can be aware of each moment, and recognise any feelings of stress, discomfort, and anxiety as they occur. Instead of avoiding such feelings, we can explore them and give them their name.

There is nothing wrong with being anxious, this emotion has served our race well over the centuries, and it is still a valuable emotion. Every day our mind analyzes millions of subtle clues and contexts, and often when we feel goosebumps and a gut feeling that something is off, it's a valid response to act on that.  

Talk With Your Dental Team if You Are Anxious

We are here to work with you, and there's no shame in letting us know if you need extra care. 

You've heard that saying 'The only guarantees in life are death and taxes.' Well, somewhere in between death and taxes is the reflection of your smile, and this reflection can say a lot about you.

How you care for your teeth and gums can indicate a thoughtful and intentional person. The way you smile carries your kindness and compassion. A fresh breath can convey someone perceptive and aware enough to make their space a little more pleasant for those around them.

Caring for your smile should be a constant, but too many people neglect their oral health and dental visits because of financial constraints. 

At Be Well Dental, we don't believe in hidden fees or surprises. We aim to work with our patients and their budgets by accepting all health funds

If You Are Unsure, Ask Us

Due to the nature of our services, it is not possible to give an accurate quote for treatment prior to seeing you. In some cases, we can give you fee estimates over the phone, but they will only be a rough guide and may change once our dentists have assessed your specific situation.

The cost of a new patient assessment is $65. A limited assessment for a particular concern is $46. If dental radiographs are required, they are $46 each. Intraoral photography, which allows us to record and share with you exactly what is going on, is included in every appointment.

We have a passion for helping as many patients as possible and providing as many answers as possible. 

We Are Here for You

If you need a dental cleans and exam or are curious about a cosmetic dental treatment, we invite you to call us at (07) 3846-2002.

Invisible Braces

Are you suffering from crooked teeth, alignment issues, or just wanting to straighten up your smile without dealing with a cumbersome metal contraption for months on end?

We specialise in fitting and offering invisible braces that shape your teeth without all of the countless checkups, tightenings and oral turmoil associated with conventional braces.

The best invisible braces are ones that get your smile where you’d like it to be while maintaining comfort and the aesthetic appearance of your natural teeth without any constraining metal wire. Our practice in Highgate Hill proudly partners with Invisalign to provide virtually unseen but incredibly effective treatment for crooked and misaligned teeth.

What You Can Expect With Invisible Braces At Our Hillgate Hill Practice

  • Alignment trays specifically moulded to your teeth
  • No wires
  • No Tightening
  • Virtually invisible alignment trays by Invisalign
  • Fewer checkups than conventional braces
  • Ability to remove Invisalign alignment trays for eating and oral health upkeep

Here at Be Well Dental, we strive to provide the best experience possible with invisible braces by showing off your smile simultaneously in the teeth-straightening process.  We encourage you to contact our office for more information if you or someone you know is considering invisible braces and would like to learn more!

Preventative Dentistry

Digital x-rays are a common sight during routine dental exams and a standard diagnostic tool, allowing Dr Bao and Dr Will to look for early signs of tooth decay, infection and disease. We also monitor teeth placement for young children and determine if orthodontic treatment is necessary for adolescents and adults. 

X-rays allow us to observe your oral health at a level that is not visible to the naked eye. While we typically deploy digital x-rays yearly, we may use them more frequently if needed.

Factors That Can Affect the Frequency of Digital X-Rays

  • Your age
  • An underlying dental issue that we need to observe
  • Current oral health
  • History of dental issues
  • History of gum disease or tooth decay

Are Digital X-Rays Safe?

There have been debates that centred around the safety of digital x-rays. As dental technology continuously improves, we have developed more sophisticated diagnostic tools and x-rays that minimise your radiation exposure. 

Digital x-rays, in fact, cut down ration exposure by half. Since they don't require traditional film, they are also safer for the environment.

Digital x-rays allow us to see between teeth or under dental restorations to detect tooth decay and more. Once we have diagnosed a dental issue, we can take preventive action to protect your teeth, gums, tissues and jaw bone. 

We also look for infection, oral cancer, cysts and diseases. 

Digital x-rays are instrumental in maintaining your oral health, as well as placing dental implants and orthodontic treatment. 

Dental X-Rays Keep Your Teeth and Gums Strong

Since digital x-rays are a valuable asset, we are happy to use them as needed to identify and treat oral health concerns. 
 
Feel free to ask us about dental x-rays during your dental cleans and exam. 

TMJ & Bruxism Treatment

Do you regularly experience discomfort in your jaw? Or maybe when you wake up in the morning, it feels like you've been clenching your teeth while sleeping. Whilst seeking a professional evaluation can provide more accurate answers, these symptoms potentially indicate a condition called temporomandibular joint disorder, 'TMJ' or 'TMD.'

What Are the Symptoms of TMD?

As previously mentioned, those suffering from TMJ may feel pain in their jaw or notice other forms of discomfort. Effectively self-diagnosing can prove challenging, but other symptoms that commonly indicate a TMD diagnosis include:

  • Pain in the temporomandibular joints
  • Aches around the ears
  • Painful chewing
  • Clicking or locking of the jaw
  • Facial pain
  • Bruxism (grinding or clenching of teeth, generally while sleeping)

If you experience these symptoms or other related discomforts, we encourage you to arrange a consultation with our friendly, experienced team of professionals in Highgate Hill.

TMJ Care in Highgate Hill, QLD

At Be Well Dental, we understand how discomfort in the jaw and other parts of the face can impact daily life, and that is why we treat TMJ at our practice in Highgate Hill. Luckily, TMJ is a common disorder with several treatment options ranging from physical therapy to custom oral appliances.

Contact Our Dental Practice

If you believe TMJ may be affecting your comfort level and quality of life, don't stress! We are here to help and invite you to schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience to get to the bottom of any pain or discomfort you may experience.

Tooth Extraction

Have you scheduled a tooth extraction but feel unsure about the effects on your mouth post-procedure? Modern dentistry allows us to remove teeth painlessly, but healing may involve some temporary tenderness or pain like many other procedures.

How Long Will My Pain Last after a Tooth Extraction?

Each patient experiences a unique healing process and has different pain sensitivity levels. Some tooth extractions may feel more significant than others, and the condition of other teeth and gums may also affect the length of the healing period. However, many patients experience a decrease in pain after a few days to a week.

Healing after a Tooth Extraction

Our dentists in Highgate Hill, QLD, do their best to facilitate effective tooth extractions and advise on the best practices to help patients heal afterwards. We recommend that patients avoid alcohol, introduce soft foods into their diet, and relax immediately after an extraction procedure to promote optimal healing conditions.

If you experience extensive pain or feel worried that the healing process is not progressing as expected, our practice is open to assist and welcomes any questions or concerns.

We Welcome You to Contact Our Highgate Hill Dental Clinic

At Be Well Dental, we welcome questions and concerns about tooth extractions, healing afterwards, and other enquiries about other services we provide to our patients in Highgate Hill, QLD. We invite you to arrange a consultation for more information!

Is your mouth in recovery? Whether you’ve just had a tooth removed or if you’ve arranged a tooth extraction appointment, you might be wondering which foods are safe during the healing process. Diet plays a crucial role in our oral health, overall happiness and contributes to just about every aspect of our lives. Temporarily avoiding some foods and introducing a few others can aid the healing process and get your teeth back in shape for eating some of your favourites.

Which Foods Are Safe After a Tooth Extraction?

Unsurprisingly, a tooth extraction generally leaves a sore, tender area in the gums and requires a clean and gentle environment to heal appropriately. Eating hard, crunchy foods that involve using our teeth to break it down into a digestible consistency might be painful or not entirely possible for many patients post-procedure. Soft foods, however, are safe and gentle on our teeth. Some good options include:

  • Soups
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Apple sauce
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Yoghurt (A popular option, many already eat yoghurt daily)
  • Broths
  • Different purées
  • Mashed bananas
  • Avocado

Luckily, there are many options for acceptable, healthy, soft foods that taste great. A tooth extraction could be an excellent opportunity to crack open a cookbook and try something new!

Contact Our Dental Practice in Highgate Hill, QLD

We strive to safely perform tooth extractions and give our patients the care and support they deserve during and post-procedure. If you have more questions about tooth extractions and how to properly manage the healing process when it comes to diet, we warmly invite you to contact us at your earliest convenience.

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