HCF Is a Preferred Provider for Battery Hill Dental – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

March 17, 2020 in Dental Tips

Battery Hill Dental is a preferred partner of HCF, one of Australia’s premiere insurance providers. With HCF, eligible members can avail of a variety of dental services. One of the main reasons we decided to partner with HCF is because they offer our patients – you – more for your money:

  1. 100% back on dental checkups
  2. They’re not-for-profit
  3. They have an expanded range of covered dental services, and

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  1. They offer no-gap on these services

There’s alot of dental health insurers to choose from, but we’re big fans of HCF.

Check them out, and book an appointment today and take advantage of superb dental care from your trusted dentist at Caloundra.

Silver Amalgam to Tooth Coloured Fillings: Should You Make That Change? – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

March 3, 2020 in Dental Tips

Years before tooth coloured fillings made of porcelain or composite resin were used, your only option was a silver amalgam filling.

A silver amalgam filling, also called a metal filling, consists of silver mixed with a variety of other materials, including mercury. Many people are concerned about the toxicity of being exposed to a mercury leak. However, aside from that, metal fillings have other downsides, such as increased risk for cracked and damaged teeth due to the expansion of the metal due to temperature. Then there’s the fact that you feel less confident about your smile because those shiny, dark metal spots on your teeth would show.

So if you’re thinking whether you should make the switch from silver amalgam to tooth coloured fillings, the answer still has to come from your dentists. Cosmetic replacement of silver fillings into tooth coloured ones still has to be carefully evaluated by your trusted dentist. This is because prematurely removing silver fillings before they get old can cause your teeth more harm than good. The extra drilling on the teeth may cause you to lose the tooth completely, which means you may need crowns or implants instead.

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However, if you fit the following criteria, you’re safe for a replacement of your amalgam fillings:

  • Old and loose fillings
  • Cracked or fractured teeth
  • Leakage

If you have an old silver amalgam feeling that you need to be replaced with tooth coloured fillings by your Sunshine Coast dentist, contact us today to book an appointment.

How Do You Know You Need Dental Bridges? – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

February 25, 2020 in Dental Tips

A dental bridge is one of the easiest, fastest, and most affordable way of fixing missing teeth. Unlike the more expensive surgical implants, bridges offer a straightforward way of filling in gaps between teeth.

But how do you know that you really do need a dental bridge instead of any other restorative procedure or appliance?

Here, we sum up the most common signs that a dental bridge is the right option for you.

  • When having a tooth out, your teeth either side of the new gap might move or collapse. A dental bridge can not only replace the missing tooth, but will also prevent the movement or collapsing of the adjacent teeth.

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  • If you’ve got missing anterior teeth or posterior teeth, and you don’t want to wear an awkward denture that you can remove- a dental bridge is fixed in the mouth, and will feel like your own, natural teeth.
  • Tooth loss in one or more neighbouring teeth caused by gum disease can be replaced by dental bridges in suitable cases.

Visit your dentist to find out your options for restoring missing teeth and if a dental bridge is what you need. It can be the difference in chewing, and smiling again.

8 Things to Know Before Getting a Dental X-Ray – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

February 18, 2020 in Dental Tips

Dental x-rays, also called radiographs, are essential for your dentist to have more insight into the health of your teeth. These x-rays reveal conditions that your dentist may not readily see in a routine dental exam.

Here are what you need to know before you get a dental x-ray.

  1. Dental x-rays are an integral part of maintaining optimum oral health.
  2. Dental x-rays are safe since they emit only small amounts of radiation. In fact, the most modern digital x-rays give off much less radiation than its more traditional counterparts.
  3. Despite being safe, we only take x-rays within recommended guidelines to minimise unecessary radiation.
  4. Pregnant women, as well as those who are trying to conceive, should let their dentist know. Despite getting more radiation from a short flight, we still like to be safe with bubs in the womb. However, it may be necessary in some cases to x-rays. This is more important in the first trimester.

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  1. Those who need x-rays more frequently are children with developing teeth, adults with a lot of restorative work who may have decay underneath their fillings, as well as people suffering from dry mouth or xerostomia. Those who smoke or have gum disease may also require x-rays to monitor bone loss.
  2. There is now no need for a lead apron with the low dose digital x-rays.
  3. There’s no special preparation prior to getting x-rays. You just need to make sure you have brushed and flossed your teeth thoroughly so you can present a clean and hygienic oral environment from which to get x-rays.

If you haven’t had dental x-rays in at least the past 3 years, you may need to get one. Schedule an appointment with your local dentist in Caloundra today!

8 Benefits of Tooth Coloured Fillings – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

February 4, 2020 in Dental Tips

Dealing with tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems our dentists at Battery Hill Dental address on a regular basis. Teeth that have been damaged by decay but do not require extraction can typically be treated by fillings to restore their look, function, and health.

Today, more people are opting to have tooth coloured fillings instead of metal amalgam ones.

So if you’re thinking of having dental fillings as well but don’t know why tooth coloured fillings are your better option, then read up on these 8 benefits.

8 Benefits of Tooth Coloured Fillings

  1. They match your real teeth for that seamless, flawless, and natural look.
  2. You won’t be afraid to smile, laugh, or open your mouth. No dark metal spots to hide, your tooth coloured fillings will make you feel so much more confident.
  3. They bond to your tooth better resulting to stronger teeth.
  4. They have mercury, unlike amalgam fillings which contain this toxic chemical.
  5. Your dentist have to retain most of your healthy teeth. No need to dig and drill more into your teeth to create notches and ledges, unlike when using metal amalgam.

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  1. Your tooth-coloured fillings can last you a lifetime with proper care.
  2. Unlike amalgam fillings that expand or contract due to weather or the temperature of food you eat, tooth-coloured fillings don’t change in size.
  3. You will also have less chances of getting a cavity in those teeth.

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What Happens in a Dental Veneer Procedure? – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

January 21, 2020 in Dental Tips

A dental veneer requires a cosmetic procedure by your trusted local dentist. You would need one if you have misshapen, cracked, chipped, or gapped teeth.  You may also opt for dental veneers if you have severe teeth discoloration that can’t be remedied by whitening.

By undergoing a dental veneer procedure, you will discover that your teeth will have its perfect, healthy-looking shape and whiter, brighter colour. This said, you will have better chewing and biting power—and a more confident smile.

But what goes on in a dental veneer procedure? Let’s take a closer look.

Dental Veneer Procedure

A dental veneer procedure usually takes two to three trips to the dentist over the span of six weeks.

  • First visit. You will have an initial consultation with your dentist. A full examination and evaluation will be done to identify the right dental veneers for you. X-rays and impressions of your teeth may also be done.

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  • Second visit. Your dentist will remove 1/2 millimetre of your tooth’s enamel to make way for the veneer, which will be attached on the surface of your teeth. Local anaesthesia may be applied so this process will be painless.
  • Third visit. Your dentist will attach your veneer. The veneer will still be trimmed, adjusted, and refitted to make sure that it fits perfectly. It will then be bonded to your tooth with a special bonding cement. A high-powered light beam will also be used to cure the veneer so it stays bonded to your tooth.

With proper care, your dental veneer will last you for years, even a lifetime.

To find out more about dental veneers, contact us at Battery Hill Dental or book an appointment today.

Can’t Afford Dental Treatment? Here’s a Tooth-Saving Option – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

January 7, 2020 in Dental Tips

Millions of Australians put off getting much-needed dental care because of the high costs of dental procedures. Many would rather endure the pain of decaying tooth or walk around with chipped teeth. While these dental problems can make them loose confidence with their smile or cause them discomfort, that’s just half the battle. The real problem comes when the dental problem is neglected and eventually gets worse, causing more complicated problems—and costlier procedures.

At Battery Hill Dental, we want to keep a close eye on your oral health, detecting problems before they happen and performing the right dental treatment before things get worse. And we want to do this for everybody in our community here in Caloundra. This is why we offer not just transparency when it comes to our prices, but also affordable treatment plans that are friendly on the pocket. And that’s where MySmilePlan comes in.
MySmilePlan makes general, orthodontic, cosmetic, and specialist dental treatments more affordable by allowing you to spread your total treatment cost across a 15-month period. The coverage is for up to $9,000. Best of all—it’s interest free.

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Application is quick and easy, so you can focus on getting the treatment that you need. Just submit a government-issued photo ID, credit or debit card, and contact details. Your ID should have your current address, and also remember to provide 2 contact phone numbers and an email address. Once you have completed the requirements, just sit back and wait as our staff encodes your details. A credit check will also be conducted. All this takes just 2 minutes.

Upon approval, all you have to do now is to pay the 20% deposit and a one-off $39 establishment fee—and you’re off to better, healthier teeth.

To get started on healthier, straighter, whiter, and better-looking teeth, schedule an appointment with your local Caloundra dentist at Battery Hill Dental today.

Why You Should Get Stainless Steel Dental Crowns for Your Kids – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

December 17, 2019 in Dental Tips

While baby teeth won’t be around for very long, they are still very much functional. Your kids’ little chompers are necessary for them to properly chew nutritious food as well as save space for when their adult teeth are ready to come in.

So when decay starts to set in and a simple filling just won’t cut it, a stainless steel dental crown is necessary.

Instead of extracting the tooth, restoring it with a stainless steel dental crown provides adequate treatment. It also ensures the tooth stays in plays so that adult tooth can later grow into it. By opting for dental crowns, you save the teeth and save money in the long run because you avoid the risk of more complex orthodontic treatment.

Your child’s paediatric dentist will first remove the decay and fit and cement a custom-made crown over the tooth. This not only protects the teeth from further retreatment later on, but also allows natural biting and chewing feel and power.

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Aside from being highly durable, it is also inexpensive. Children will also feel comfortable and can continue eating their favourite foods because crowns offer little to no sensitivity.

So at the end of the day, stainless steel dental crowns offer a range of benefits that are ultimately good for your child’s teeth, health, and the growing permanent teeth underneath.

To find out how you can get stainless steel dental crowns for your child, call us TODAY!

How to Care for Your New Dentures – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

December 3, 2019 in Dental Tips

So you’re new to removable dental plates or dentures. These are great ways to replace lost or missing teeth, but you have to take very good care for them to make them last for a long time. After all, they’re a big investment for your appearance, health, and overall quality of life.

Whether you have full or partial removable dental plates, it is important to heed your dentist’s instructions on how to properly care for your new dentures. After all, these are for your comfort and beautiful smile—as well as for the longevity of your new dental plates.

  • Don’t forcibly remove or put on your dentures
  • Start with soft foods when eating with your new dentures and chew on both sides
  • If your mouth is sore due to new dental plates, call your dentist immediately for adjustments
  • Soak your dentures in white vinegar dissolved in water to remove tartar build-up

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  • Remove your dentures at night
  • Soak your dental plates in cool water or dental cleaning solution when you’re not wearing them
  • Clean your mouth and dental plates after every meal
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste for cleaning, or better yet, use a denture cleanser

Proper care of your dental plates, whether full or partial, allows you to enjoy it for many years before you need to replace them. Still, it’s important to see your dentist every 6 months for check-ups.

To find out more how you can get new removable dental plates, contact us at Battery Hill Dental today.

Is It Just in Your Head: What is Dental Fear and Anxiety – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

November 19, 2019 in Dental Tips

Many people fear the dentist and the pain they associate with the dental chair. This is why they forego their dreaded dental visits even when it means enduring tooth ache, infection, and other complications.

But is it all just really in their heads?

Dental Fear and Anxiety

Dental fear and anxiety is that uneasy feeling whenever a dental appointment is coming up. They dread coming to the dentist. They may also have unrealistic and exaggerated apprehensions and worries.

A more serious condition is dental phobia, wherein people who have it are absolutely terrified. They know their fears are irrational, but they are helpless about it. They will do everything to avoid going to the dentist, for even the sight of a dental office building gets them panicked. As a result, they will only go to the dentist when they are in extreme pain or the dental problem has become unbearable.

Signs of Dental Phobia

  • Difficulty sleeping the night before the dental appointment
  • Restlessness and even feelings of panic before the dental appointment
  • Anxiety that escalates when arriving at the dental office
  • Intense panic when on the dental chair and dental instruments are placed in the mouth

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  • Crying
  • Trouble breathing
  • Becoming physically ill
  • Feinting at the dentist

At Battery Hill Dental, we endeavour to make sure all our patients are comfortable and relaxed so they have a pleasant experience at each dental visit. From our cordial staff to the cosy atmosphere of our dental clinic, we work to reduce your fear’s. Our dentists are also high-trained to handle dental fear and anxiety so you can overcome yours. Book an appointment with us today.

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