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Make sure you’re better prepared for your dental procedure by reading our checklists below.

First Visit

Pre Appointment

  • Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to complete some necessary paperwork.
  • It’s ok to take any regular medication and eat regular meals prior to your appointment.
  • Bring a list of any medication you take or health concerns you have for our medical records.
  • Prepare any medical questions or information which might help us with your assessment.

Active Maintenance Program

Children’s Appointments

Pre Appointment

  • Be positive and talk about the trip to the dentist in a fun and exciting way.
  • Don’t pass any dental anxiety you have onto the child.
  • Have the child practise opening their mouth – you could even turn it into a game.
  • Schedule the appointment when the child will be wide awake.
  • Win them over by offering them a special post appointment surprise (as long as it isn’t sweets!).

Post Appointment

  • If a Fluoride treatment has been applied, the child must not eat or drink for 30 minutes. This will allow the Fluoride to have the full effect.
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Gum Treatment

Post Appointment

  • To ensure more effective treatment and healing, maintain good plaque control  by performing the right home oral care procedures as prescribed by your dentist or dental hygienist.
  • You may experience some discomfort initially following deep gum cleaning. If so take an analgesic such as ibuprofen as directed. 
  • To reduce any temporary sensitivity that you might feel as your gum tissue heals, try a desensitising toothpaste until the discomfort fades. We also recommend applying the toothpaste to the affected area with your finger tips before bed and don’t rinse for 30 minutes.
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Active Maintenance

Pre Appointment

  • It’s ok to take any regular medication and eat regular meals prior to your appointment.
  • If you have changed your medications, prepare a list so we can update your medical records.

Post Appointment

  • If you have undergone a Fluoride treatment, avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes afterwards to ensure it has a full effect.
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Cosmetic Dentistry

Whitening Zoom

Pre Appointment

  • Apply GC Tooth Mousse daily for 7 days before your Zoom whitening procedure. Squeeze the GC Tooth Mousse sparingly into the tray and wear for 60 minutes each day.
  • Stop using GC Tooth Mousse 24 hours before your procedure so that the protective mask applied adheres properly to your gums.
  • You might experience tooth sensitivity during the procedure. To reduce these effects, we recommend using a sensitive toothpaste.
  • Bring your medicament trays and your GC Tooth Mousse to your appointment. You might need to apply the mousse to the tray if you experience sensitivity during treatment.

Post Appointment

  • Apply GC Tooth Mousse twice daily for up to 5 days after your procedure, depending on the amount of sensitivity you experience. The medicament trays can be worn overnight.
  • Use a colour-free sensitive toothpaste to reduce any sensitivity.
  • Take an analgesic like ibuprofen to further reduce any discomfort.

How to maintain your Zoom teeth whitening results

Avoid foods that might stain your teeth for 48 hours after your teeth whitening procedure, including:

  • colas and cordials
  • cigarettes
  • tomato sauce
  • blueberry
  • spinach
  • beetroot
  • curries
  • soy sauce
  • red wine
  • tea and coffee
  • toothpaste with a coloured stripe
  • mouth rinses
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Whitening DayWhite

Post Appointment

Step by step: teeth whitening instructions

  • Begin by brushing your teeth with sensitive toothpaste and floss.
  • Twist off the clear plastic cap counter clockwise from the syringe.
  • Fit the mixing tip to the syringe.
  • Place a small amount of gel in each tooth compartment in the tray.
  • Place the tray in your mouth.
  • Remove the mixing tip and replace it with the clear cap.
  • Rinse trays with cold water after whitening. Use a toothbrush and rinse with water to remove residual gel.
  • Store the trays in a cool, dry place.
  • Store the open gel syringe in fridge.
  • We recommend 2x 30 minute whitening sessions per day for no more than 2 weeks at a time.

Teeth whitening: precautions

  • Do not overload the trays with gel as this might cause temporary gum irritation. Take extra care to avoid getting gel on your gums and remove the excess with a cotton swab.
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Implant Dentistry

Post Appointment

  • You might feel pain on the tooth, surrounding gum, injection site or jaw joint. To reduce this pain, apply moist heat to the area and take an analgesic such as ibuprofen as directed.
  • It could take a few days to get used to the shape of your permanent crown but if your bite continues to feel unbalanced, contact the surgery.
  • Resume regular brushing and flossing and home care.
  • Attend regular active maintenance appointments to ensure your implant remains effective.
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Crowns And Bridgework

After Preparation

  • If you feel pain on the tooth, surrounding gum, injection site or jaw joint, apply moist heat to the affected area and take an analgesic such as ibuprofen as directed.
  • A temporary acrylic crown will be placed on your tooth. During this time, avoid hard or sticky foods to reduce the risk of it fracturing. It’s ok to brush your temporary crown daily, but avoid flossing which could cause the crown to dislodge. If the temporary crown does dislodge, call the surgery.
  • Don’t be alarmed if you experience sensitivity around your temporary crown. It’s common, particularly to cold temperatures.

After Cementation

  • It might take a few days to get used to the shape of your new, permanent crown. However, if you feel that your bite is unbalanced and uncomfortable, contact the surgery.
  • Crowns and bridges are durable, but your underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay. Resume your regular daily oral care regime like brushing and flossing to prevent decay and attend regular active maintenance appointments.
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White Fillings

Post Appointment

  • Fillings can break under extreme forces, so avoid chewing excessively hard foods.
  • Fillings set immediately, so you don’t have to wait. However, numbness caused by your anaesthetic might lead to accidental biting on your cheek, lips or tongue. Take care, especially with children.
  • Avoid extremely hot or cold foods for the first 24 hours after your filling. Initially, fillings expand and contract with temperature.
  • It’s common to experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures in your mouth for a few weeks after your filling, especially if your cavity is deep.
  • You might experience pain in your gum tissue a few days after your filling. This is due to irritation during the procedure and around the injection site.
  • The filling may be contoured and textured slightly differently to your original tooth. You will become accustomed to it a few days after your procedure.
  • Contact the surgery for a simple adjustment if your bite feels incorrectly balanced once your anaesthetic wears off.
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General Dentistry

Occlusal Splints

Post Appointment

  • Wear your splints during sleep, not during the day or while eating.
  • Allow time to adapt and for excess saliva to diminish. Your mouth will adapt in time.
  • You might remove the splints in your sleep. This is common and will stop when your mouth adapts.
  • When not in use, keep your splints in their container  and within easy reach.
  • Do not leave your splints immersed in water.
  • Tighten or loosen the splints by immersing them in hot tap water for 15 seconds. Then, reinsert and stabilise the splints in your mouth for 15 seconds before placing in cold water to set.
  • If the splints start to loosen or dislodge, discontinue use and call the surgery to make an appointment for an adjustment.
  • Splints can be cleaned with liquid disinfectant soap and then thoroughly rinsed prior to use.
  • Remove stains from the splints by soaking in 3% peroxide solution (available from chemists) for 1-2 hours.
  • Have your splints and teeth checked at least once a year by the surgery.
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Root Canal Therapy

Post Appointment

  • If your tooth has a temporary filling, it could be vulnerable to fracture. To reduce the risks, avoid biting down on hard substances.
  • The temporary filling might wear down before your next appointment, but it’s unlikely to fall out.
  • After treatment, a crown should be placed over the tooth to guard against future breakages.
  • You might experience discomfort for up to a few weeks after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. To reduce the pain, take an analgesic like ibuprofen.
  • Floss and brush your teeth as normal.

In the case of root canal flare up

95% of root therapies cause little or no discomfort after treatment. If you experience significant pain from a flare-up, it’s likely to occur in badly infected teeth or teeth that are extremely irritated.

If you experience moderate to severe pain, swelling and bruising that lasts for up to 3 days, please contact the surgery and we will assist in the relief of your discomfort.

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Snoring Devices

Post Appointment

Step by Step: inserting your snoring device

  1. Brush and floss your teeth before inserting the snoring device.
  2. Soften the device before insertion by running it under warm tap water. Never use hot water, as it will distort the device and affect the fit.
  3. Insert the upper plate first and the lower plate second. Use both hands to guide the device and press up and down firmly with both thumbs for a secure and comfortable fit.
  4. Gently bite the device to ensure it fits snugly.
  5. Once both plates are securely in position, bring your lower jaw slightly forward and slowly close your mouth until your lips lightly touch each other.

Step by Step: removing your snoring device

  1. Remove the lower plate first using your thumbs on both sides to pull the plate upwards.
  2. Use your thumbs and index fingers to gently pull the upper plate downwards to remove.
  3. Remember to clean the snoring device after each use.

Cleaning your snoring device

  • Never use toothpaste on your snoring device.
  • Rinse the device in cold water and then clean with a soft toothbrush and a mild detergent.
  • Once a week, soak your device in a partial denture cleaner for 5 minutes then rinse and store in water.

Warnings about snoring devices. Do not wear a snoring device if you:

  • have loose teeth
  • are under 18 years of age
  • are morbidly obese
  • have severe sleep apnoea
  • have advanced Periodontitis

Initially wearing the device may cause:

  • increased salivation
  • aches and pains
  • pressure pain in the jaw joints
  • dry mouth
  • pressure sensitive teeth
  • a change in your bite

These should diminish within an hour of removing the device. If any of these problems persist, contact the surgery. It is important to maintain your regular active maintenance appointments.

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Dentures

Living With Dentures

Insertion and removal of dentures

  • Our staff will show you how to insert and remove your denture before leaving the surgery.
  • New dentures will feel different at first until your mouth adapts. Never force the denture.
  • Your speech might change in the first few weeks, but this will improve as your muscles and tongue adapt.

Eating and drinking with dentures

  • Remember that it takes time and practice to learn how to eat and drink with new dentures.
  • Start with soft foods and slowly work through cutting food in small pieces, taking small mouthfuls and chewing slowly. Avoid sticky foods until you have gained confidence.
  • Avoid biting on the front teeth of your dentures.

Pain with dentures

  • If pain develops under your denture, call the surgery to book an appointment.
  • If the pain gets worse, remove your denture, but replace it a few hours prior to the appointment so we can determine where to make the adjustments.

Protecting your dentures

  • Clean your dentures over a towel or basin full of water to protect your dentures from breaking if dropped.
  • Do not wear your dentures overnight as your mouth needs rest.
  • Place your dentures in a cleaning solution or water when you are not wearing them.
  • Attend check up appointments regularly.

Cleaning your dentures

  • Clean your dentures after each meal or at least twice a day.
  • When you remove your dentures, make sure you rinse away food particles with water.
  • Brush the inside and outside surface with a soft brush and unperfumed, mild soap.
  • Do not use toothpaste on your dentures.
  • Avoid hot water, abrasives, detergents, bleaches, methylated spirits and other strong chemicals.
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Extractions

Post Appointment

If you experience discomfort

  • Remember that the healing process around your extraction site can take up to 2 weeks.
  • It’s normal to experience pain, swelling and oozing for the first 24 hours after the procedure. Take an analgesic as directed if you are feeling discomfort.
  • Try to avoid chewing or biting your lips, cheek and tongue while the anaesthetic wears off.
  • Apply an ice pack to the extraction site to reduce pain and swelling. As a guide, keep the ice pack on for 20 minutes, then off for 20 minutes for up to 6 hours.
  • A blood clot will form in the extraction site which is vital to the healing process so it’s important to keep the clot intact.
    • Avoid touching the extraction site.
    • Do not rinse your mouth vigorously.
    • Do not blow your nose hard.
    • Do not smoke.
    • Do not drink alcohol.
    • Relax and avoid strenuous activity for the first 24 hours.
  • Keep your head elevated to control any bleeding.
  • Place the gauze pads supplied by our clinical staff over the bleeding area and apply firm pressure. Change the pads every 30 mins until bleeding stops. Biting firmly on a moist tea bag for 20 mins can also help reduce the bleeding.
  • If bleeding persists or increases after 24 hours, contact the surgery.

Food and Drink

  • We recommend you drink plenty of fluids and eat a diet of soft foods like yoghurt, ice cream, soups or soft eggs for the first 48 hours. Avoid small, crumbly food like rice or biscuits.

Brushing Your Teeth

  • Make sure you brush and floss other areas of your mouth as you would normally.
  • 24 hours after the procedure you can rinse your mouth gently with a warm salt water solution. Swish around the affected area 2-3 times a day for a week.

Next steps

  • The space left by the tooth will feel strange at first but don’t be concerned, new bone and gum tissue will grow into the gap.
  • The surgery will contact you to arrange a follow up appointment if required.
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Mouthguards

Post Appointment

  • Clean your mouthguard after each use with a liquid disinfectant soap and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Don’t leave your mouthguard underwater for long periods of time.
  • Tighten or loosen your mouthguard by placing it in warm tap water for 15 seconds. Next, reinsert and stabilise the mouthguard in your mouth for 15 seconds, before placing in cold water to set.
  • Do not place your mouthguard in boiling water for extended periods of time as it may cause distortion.
  • Store your mouthguard in its container to avoid loss or damage.
  • Attend regular dental check-ups – at least once a year - to ensure your mouthguard remains effective.
  • Mouthguards are designed for 1-2 seasons of use. Have your mouthguard assessed at the beginning of each season to ensure it continues to provide optimal protection.
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If you would like to speak to our friendly reception staff, contact Melinda Smith on
(02) 4929 3077

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