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    Kingaroy’s trusted dental practice

    Dental Essentials provides a range of general and cosmetic dentistry treatments throughout Kingaroy, working with all ages to deliver professional and effective services. We’ve included the answers to some frequently asked questions below, but for more information or to make an appointment, please get in touch with our team.

    Do you accept new patients?

    We welcome new patients, and, in fact, we structure our bookings to ensure that new patient consultation appointments are available within a reasonable period.

    Dental Essentials is a registered provider for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, as well as Medicare through such programmes as the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

    Is there a long wait to get an appointment?

    While demand for appointments is high, we do try to keep our waiting times to a minimum. We now have a larger team with more clinicians to enable patients to access the care they need in a timely manner.

    Do you treat children?

    Absolutely. Positive early experiences help to cement good habits for the future. This is why we are more than happy to treat children. Our oral health therapist Debbie is a qualified children’s dental carer, and our dentists have many years of experience in making a child’s dental visit as relaxed as possible.

    Because we believe children’s dental health is so important, we have several things in place to help children learn to love coming to the dentist. Ask us about Kiddie Clinic, a free orientation programme for children under four years of age.

    I can’t have treatment done in the chair. What are my options?

    At Dental Essentials, we can arrange most treatment types to be done under general anaesthetic. This is ideal for major procedures like wisdom teeth removals, or for fillings, examinations or professional cleaning.

    A general anaesthetic may be suitable for you if you are unable to receive general treatment in the dental chair due to phobias, medical conditions or young age.

    I hate the sound of the drill and am really scared about coming to the dentist. What are my options?

    We understand that for many people, dental treatment is associated with unpleasant sounds and anxiety. To make your visit more comfortable (and to drown out that drill sound!), we have headphones in each surgery, so you can enjoy your choice of music, or you may wish to watch a TV programme on the ceiling-mounted television screens present in each treatment room. Of course, we will also address all your concerns about coming to the dentist with empathy and understanding.

    What if I have a toothache?

    Accidents and emergencies are a fact of life, and that’s why we always reserve times every weekday for urgent appointments. If urgent care is needed, please call us after 8:00am Monday to Friday to arrange an emergency appointment. We’ll ensure that we do everything possible to see you on the same day.

    Will it hurt?

    For many people, the prospect of dental treatment means feeling pain. Our Dental Essentials’ clinicians are known for their gentleness, and determination to make your experience as comfortable as possible. This includes but is not limited to, the use of numbing products on your gums before the local anaesthetic is injected; the use of modern products to minimise invasive procedures; and the option for treatment under general anaesthetic, so you don’t need to feel anything at all.

    Can you extract wisdom teeth?

    Yes! We remove wisdom teeth on a regular basis. Your dentist will request a full mouth X-ray to provide information about the location of the nerves and roots of the teeth, so they can be removed safely. In very complex cases, a referral to a specialist surgeon may be required to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved.

    Do you do white fillings?

    At Dental Essentials, our clinicians use a wide range of materials, including tooth coloured ‘white’ fillings. Different materials work differently in the mouth, so your dentist will be able to discuss the material selection with you so that you can make the best choice for you.

    How much will it cost?

    The cost of your appointment will depend on the type of treatment carried out. However, most new patients will start with a comprehensive dental examination and X-rays, where they spend time with their dentist discussing the treatment options available to them. When a course of treatment is decided upon, we’ll develop a personalised treatment plan based on your needs and wishes. This plan will outline the appointments required, what will be carried out at each appointment, and the expected costs.

    What happens in an initial exam appointment?

    An initial exam appointment involves a comprehensive oral health check. This includes a soft tissue exam to aid in the identification of oral cancers, a decay check to identify any teeth with cavities, X-rays to check for decay in areas we cannot see (such as between your teeth), photographic records and time with the dentist to discuss existing oral conditions and treatment options.

    Do I have to fill in a registration form?

    We ask all patients to complete a registration form, and updates, as required. Many medical conditions have dental implications and consequences, so knowing these in advance will ensure that we can consider your medical requirements in planning and carrying out dental treatment.

    The information in the form helps us to provide you with the highest quality dental care and offer solutions, products and treatments best suited to your needs and optimal health.

    Can I choose which dentist I see?

    Absolutely. We understand that every person has different needs and personalities, and if you have a preference, we are happy to oblige.

    What does a hygienist do?

    A hygienist is a licensed dental professional, with a special focus on preventative treatment and care. They typically focus on all oral hygiene matters including cleaning like scaling and prophylaxis and developing tailored home care programs. Our hygienist, Debbie, works independently and in collaboration with the dentists to ensure the best possible outcomes for our clients.

    Call us today on 07 4162 8105 for more information about our dental practice in Kingaroy.

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