Is tooth whitening safe?

Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. Tooth whitening is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

What general dentistry treatments do you offer?

At Karalee Family Dental we offer a variety of general dentistry treatments to help our patients achieve and maintain oral health and well being. General dentistry involves having regular check-ups to ensure the health of your teeth. General dentistry treatments include anything that helps maintain oral health, including fillings, cleans and scaling, root canal treatments, wisdom teeth, extractions and more.

Why do you offer preventative dentistry?

Our goal is to educate our patients on ways to best care for your teeth, to prevent tooth decay and gum disease in the future. It is essential that you maintain good dental hygiene and you visit your dentist every six months for a thorough examination and clean. We all need to visit the dentist regularly.

How can Cosmetic Dentistry enhance my smile?

With the treatments offered by modern cosmetic dentistry, it is now possible to not only maintain your smile for health, but also improve your overall appearance and enhance your self-image and confidence. Simple and effective cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as tooth whitening and veneers, offer a virtually pain free, effective option which can change your life.

I’m scared of dental treatment... What pain relief can you offer me?

At Karalee Family Dental our team of experienced dentists understand that many people have a strong fear of undergoing dental treatment. This fear usually comes from the anticipation of pain or discomfort. This is why we offer the Penthrox inhaler to combat this fear. This is an inhaler with a substance similar to happy gas yet much more effective at a small additional cost. You will need to inform the staff when you call for your appointment in order to allow extra time and you must not leave the surgery unaccompanied.

Where can I get more information about my dental treatment?

Because we believe the best patient is a well informed patient, we offer a treatment DVD so you can learn all you need to know in the comfort of your own home. This is a unique and comprehensive DVD on all the topics you can think of relating to your dental treatment. All the sub-topics will cover any questions you may have. The sub-topics are explained very well using language which is easy to understand. They run for approximately 2-4 minutes each. To request a copy of this DVD contact us today.

What are braces?

Traditional braces are custom designed for each person to achieve your desired smile results. Braces are a mixture of brackets and wires fixed to the front of your teeth, which work by putting gentle pressure on your teeth and moving them gradually into correct position. They are often used to correct under bites, malocclusions (misaligned teeth), over bites, cross bites and crooked teeth.

Why would I need Dental Implants?

There could be many reasons why a person might need dental implants because people lose one or more teeth for a wide variety of reasons, including infection, gum disease, accident or injury. The main reasons to get dental implants are to replace one or more teeth, provide support for a partial denture, enhance chewing comfort or to increase confidence while smiling, talking and eating.

When should I take my child to the dentist for their first check-up?

It is recommended to bring your child in for their first dental examination by the time their first tooth erupts or no later than their first birthday. This examination allows us to assess your child’s jaw, bite and gums and to educate you on the best way to look after your children’s teeth.

What is restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is a branch of dentistry involved in restoring the aesthetics and functionality of your smile. Treatments such as dental implants, fillings, veneers, crowns and bridges, full and partial dentures are performed under restorative dentistry.

What is dry mouth syndrome?

Dry mouth syndrome occurs due to a lack of saliva production in your mouth caused by medication, dehydration, mouth breathing, nerve problems and some cancer treatments. Dry Mouth Syndrome affects about 10% of all people and is more prevalent in women than men. It is important to seek professional treatment as this condition can lead to malnutrition and, in serious cases, can produce significant and permanent mouth and throat disorders. Early diagnosis can help in developing a plan for management and treatment of dry mouth.

How can I whiten my teeth?

Teeth whitening is one of the most effective, easiest and quickest ways to brighten your smile and correct teeth discolouration. At Karalee Family dental, we can help whiten your smile with our advanced teeth whitening system to produce optimal whitening results and a healthy looking smile. It is important to ensure you seek professional whitening treatment as some supermarket brands can cause damage to your gums and tooth enamel. For a smile that lights up any room and is 100% safe to use, our teeth bleaching system may be the solution for you.

How to care for your teeth during orthodontic treatment

During orthodontic treatment it is vital you take special care of your entire mouth. Food particles can easily lodge between the crevices of your braces which can cause tartar build up and tooth decay. Taking extra care means paying attention to your teeth and gums as well as your brackets and wires to avoid tooth decay. Following a consistent oral care routine includes brushing at least twice a day, (making sure to use an FDA approved fluoride toothpaste), and flossing after every meal, if possible. Using an interdental brush is also a great tool to clean in-between the cracks and crevices of your teeth. When brushing your teeth, apply firm pressure against the brackets and brush in a circular motion. Be sure to clean the inside, outside and the chewing surfaces of your teeth for approximately 3 – 4 minutes.

How do I care for my teeth and gums?

It is recommended to brush your teeth twice a day with FDA approved fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day. Be sure to brush the inside, outside and chewing surfaces of your tooth for approximately 2 – 3 minutes in total. Be sure to follow up your at-home care with professional cleaning and dental check-ups every six months to remove tartar build up and maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Should I get my wisdom teeth removed?

If your wisdom teeth are starting to erupt or causing you any pain or discomfort we advise visiting us as soon as possible for an examination. This examination enables us to determine whether your wisdom teeth have or will become impacted (partially erupt) which can cause oral health problems such as infection, gum disease and tooth decay. Generally it’s advisable to remove wisdom teeth that are impacted, even if they don’t cause you any pain to avoid the risk of such dental problems mentioned above.

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