FAQ’s

At Morningside Family Dental Practice, we value patient education and satisfaction above all else.

We have provided a list of frequently asked questions for your convenience, but please feel free to contact us if you would like more information about any of our services.

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    How often should I have a check up at the dentist?

    Dr Melita recommends that her patients should visit the dentist at least once every 6 months. Regular visits allow the dentist to find early signs of disease and treat problems before they become serious. Depending on the condition of your teeth and any pre-existing conditions you may have, this time period may need to be adjusted. If you miss your 6 monthly appointment we would send you another reminder 12 months after your last visit to M.A.Dental. For more information on any of the services we offer at Morningside Family Dental Clinic, why not contact us today or enquire here.

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    How can I tell if my teeth and gums are healthy?

    There are many indicators of unhealthy teeth. If you have discoloured or bleeding gums, chipped or cracked teeth, discoloured teeth, bad breath, tooth or jaw pain, then we highly recommend you come and see us as soon as possible. For more information on any of the services we offer at Morningside Family Dental Clinic, why not contact us today or enquire here.

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    When should I first take my child to the dentist?

    Here at M.A. Dental, we believe in starting excellent oral health care early in a patient’s life. Together we can make sure your child grows up with strong, healthy teeth. The best age to bring your children in for their first dental appointment is around age 3. This way any early problem can be attended to before they become complicated. For more information on any of the services we offer at Morningside Family Dental Clinic, why not contact us today or enquire here.

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    Why are my gums bleeding?

    Symptoms such as swollen or bleeding gums are warning signs that our bodies give us so that we can take action to prevent the problem from progressing beyond control. If your gums are bleeding it can be a sign of serious conditions like gingivitis and periodontal disease. For more information on any of the services we offer at Morningside Family Dental Clinic, why not contact us today or enquire here.

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    Why have I lost a tooth?

    Tooth decay is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults, which is why it is very important to treat dental issues early to prevent a bigger issue later on. At M.A. Dental, we recommend regular dentist visits to help maintain your natural teeth for life. For more information on any of the services we offer at Morningside Family Dental Clinic, why not contact us today or enquire here.

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    What are dental implants?

    A dental implant is a device designed to permanently replace your missing teeth. Dental implants restore full functionality and appearance of your smile with a natural looking tooth. The replacement of missing teeth is important to a patient’s oral health and overall well being and can help you feel confident again. To find out if dental implants are the right solution for you, contact us today to book an appointment with our dentists.

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    Why would I need dental implants?

    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. To find out if dental implants are the right solution for you, contact us today to book an appointment with our dentists.

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    What are porcelain veneers?

    Dental or porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells that are placed directly on top of your teeth. Veneers are used to eliminate gaps in your smile and mask discoloured and restore broken or chipped teeth. For more information on any of the services we offer at Morningside Family Dental Clinic, why not contact us today or enquire here.

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    Why would I need a crown?

    A crown is usually required when a tooth has been extensively weakened or restored, or when a tooth is cracked or broken. Crowns are usually placed on teeth where there is no longer sufficient tooth structure to support a filling. One of the most common functions of a crown is to serve as an attachment for a fixed bridge. For more information on any of the services we offer at Morningside Family Dental Clinic, why not contact us today or enquire here.

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    What is a removable partial denture?

    Removable partial dentures are prosthetic teeth that replace some missing teeth. This device can be removed and is perfect for patients who want to replace teeth to improve the function and aesthetics of their smile. For more information on dentures or any of the services we offer at Morningside Family Dental Clinic, why not contact us today or enquire here.

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    What is a fixed partial denture?

    Fixed partial dentures are also prosthetic teeth designed to replace some missing teeth, however this type of denture is fixed, so it cannot be removed. For more information on dentures or any of the services we offer at Morningside Family Dental Clinic, why not contact us today or enquire here.

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    What is a complete Denture?

    This type of denture can replace all missing teeth. This device is completely supported by connective tissues and underlying bone. For more information on dentures or any of the services we offer at Morningside Family Dental Clinic, why not contact us today or enquire here.

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    What is a provisional Denture?

    A provisional denture is only used as a temporary device to improve the aesthetics, strength of a smile. This is usually used before a more permanent prosthetic device is used to prepare the patient.

    NOTE: M.A.Dental uses only local, Australian Dental Laboratories and has developed long term relationships with various laboratories. Together, we focus on delivering great results for our patients, using high quality material and quick response time to meet and exceed customer expectations. M.ADental, together with related labs has created some incredible smiles that they are proud of.

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    How is tooth whitening performed?

    Thanks to technological advancements the field of cosmetic dentistry, tooth whitening treatment can now be performed by your dental hygienist and dental therapist along with your dentist. At M.A. Dental, we can perform external bleaching, which is achieved by placing bleaching gel on the external surface of your teeth. For more information on tooth whitening or any of the services we offer at Morningside Family Dental Clinic, why not contact us today or enquire here.

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    What is the difference between whitening at the dentist and home bleaching?

    Take home bleaching is similar to the over the counter kits, but with two main differences. Firstly, your dentist custom makes the whitening mouth guards so that they fit your teeth precisely. Secondly, the bleaching gel may be stronger which sometimes gives better results. Your dentist will provide you with bleaching gel and instructions on how to use it. The mouth trays should be worn for 30 minutes to one hour each day, for around five days. For more information on tooth whitening or any of the services we offer at Morningside Family Dental Clinic, why not contact us today or enquire here.

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    What are the side effects of home bleaching?

    Possible side-effects of home bleaching can sometimes include tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Also, the long-term effects of using these techniques aren't known. Home bleaching is only recommended when done in consultation with your dentist. For more information on any of the services we offer at Morningside Family Dental Clinic, why not contact us today or enquire here.

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    What is preventative dentistry?

    Preventative dentistry involves the maintenance of your teeth and mouth to prevent dental problems from occurring. Our team here at M.A. Dental, utilise the latest technology to prevent minor problems in teeth that could lead to severe tooth decay and tooth loss. Preventive care also involves the care and treatment of gums and the prevention of gum disease. For more information on any of the services we offer at Morningside Family Dental Clinic, why not contact us today or enquire here.

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    What is LASER Dentistry?

    Acronym LASER = L (Light) A (Amplification by) S (Stimulated) E (Emission of) R (Radiation). At M.A Dental, we use revolutionary laser technology to perform a variety of dental procedures, including cavity preparation, caries removal, tooth etching and a wide range of both hard and soft tissue procedures. The Waterlase® uses laser- energised water to cut teeth and is ideal for hard and soft tissue procedures for both children and adults. The innovative new dental device significantly improves patients' comfort in the dentist's chair as it completely eliminates the heat, pressure, and vibration of traditional dental drills. For a less invasive dental experience that delivers extreme results, contact us today to find out how laser dentistry can help you achieve results!

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    What are benefits of lasers?

    There are many benefits to laser treatment including, reduced need for stitches, many procedures may not require anaesthesia, minimises bleeding, minimises bacterial infections, minimises damage to surrounding tissue and wounds heal much faster. For a less invasive dental experience that delivers extreme results, contact us today to find out how laser dentistry can help you achieve results!

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    How does Waterlase® work?

    The Waterlase® uses laser- energised water to cut teeth. The innovative new dental device significantly improves patients' comfort in the dentist's chair as it completely eliminates the heat, pressure, and vibration of traditional dental drills. For a less invasive dental experience that delivers extreme results, contact us today to find out how laser dentistry can help you achieve results!

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