Plaza Dental Care

Frequently Asked Questions

How can we help you?

We are happy to answer questions about our services and procedures. We believe patient education is crucial so that you can make the best decisions about your oral health and dental care. Because there are some questions that are common among our patients, we have included some of them below. But if your question isn't answered here, we invite you to give us a call. One of our friendly team members will be happy to help.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Woman smiling while on cell phoneIf you don’t like the way your smile looks, you might want to look into the following cosmetic dentistry treatments:

  • Professional teeth whitening. Stained or yellowed teeth can happen as a result of the foods and beverages we consume as well as the natural ageing process. Professional teeth whitening at our modbury, SA dental clinic is safe and effective. Your teeth could be whiter with our in-chair teeth whitening system, Philips Zoom. We also offer at-home whitening treatments that come with custom-made trays for good results.
  • Veneers. If your teeth are gapped, chipped, misaligned or have other flaws, veneers can cover them up, giving you a celebrity-calibre smile in just a couple of dental appointments. These ultra-thin tooth covers have a similar translucence to the natural teeth, so no one will even know you have them.
  • Dental crowns. Dental crowns are frequently used to strengthen a back molar that has become fractured because of a large filling, but they are also used cosmetically. Many patients opt to cover up a damaged or stained tooth with a dental crown to improve the look of their smile.

We Welcome Your Call to Our Modbury Clinic

We invite you to give us a call on (08) 8264 7333 to find out more about cosmetic dentistry treatments.

Crowns and Bridges

Dental crown in modburyDental crowns are a common treatment at our Modbury, SA dental clinic. The dental restorations are also called tooth ‘caps’ because of the way they snugly fit over the structure of the tooth. In many cases, a dental crown can restore a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted because of damage.

Common Reasons for Dental Crowns

The main reasons people need dental crowns include:

  • When tooth cavities are present that are too big to restore with a filling, a dental crown can save the tooth.
  • A tooth that is fractured because of an old filling and not enough of the tooth remains to replace the filling benefits from a cap, which will save the tooth.
  • After a root canal, most dentists will recommend a dental crown because the remaining tooth tends to be brittle with the living tissue removed from the tooth root.
  • Dental crowns are used to hold a dental bridge in place.
  • For cosmetic reasons, such as to cover up a misshapen tooth or a tooth that is discoloured and resistant to teeth whitening.

Natural-Looking Dental Crowns in Modbury

Dental crowns are made to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the teeth in your mouth, so no one will be able to tell you even have a crown.

Dental Emergency

If you have a toothache or other oral health changes, we understand how upsetting it can be—disrupting your sleep or forcing you to change your plans.

Fortunately, we provide emergency dentistry in Modbury, SA.

Common Dental Emergencies

A dental emergency is any oral health condition that causes you pain or threatens your dental and systemic health.

Examples of dental emergencies include:

  • Toothaches
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw swelling
  • Broken restoration or tooth
  • Tooth or restoration knocked out or knocked loose
  • Soft tissue trauma
  • Object stuck between teeth

You may have an oral health situation that does not fit conveniently under one of the above descriptions. We always encourage your call when you’re unsure. We can help make the safest decision for your oral health.

Importance of Regular Checkups

Additionally, you may be able to lower your risks for some dental emergencies by visiting your dental clinic regularly for checkups and teeth cleans. These measures may make you less likely to develop deep decay, infections, and the resulting dental emergency.

You should also wear a mouthguard if you compete in sports. This can help lower your risks for tooth knocked out, knocked loose, or other sports-related injuries to the mouth.

For Your Dental Emergency in Modbury, We Welcome Your Call

We invite you to contact our dental clinic for more information.

Dental Implants

Illustration of dental implantThe ideal dental implant candidate is healthy and has adequate bone in their jaw to support dental implants. Good gum health is also essential. The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants is to schedule a booking with Dr Narelle Van Velzen at our Modbury, SA dental surgery. She will conduct a thorough examination to determine the current state of your jawbone.

Missing Tooth Replacement Option

Dental implants are an option to replace one missing tooth—or they can replace a mouth full of missing teeth. Another option is to use dental implants to secure dentures into place.

Dental Implant Procedure in Modbury

Made of titanium, which is a biocompatible metal, dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to take the place of the missing tooth root. After the healing process takes place, the implants become a permanent part of the jawbone through a process called ‘osseointegration.’ When the implants are healed, a dental crown is placed to finish the prosthetic tooth.

Dental implants are widely considered the best tooth restoration available because they so closely mimic the natural tooth in terms of form and function. Unlike with dentures, there are no food restrictions with dental implants because they become a permanent part of the jawbone.

General Dentistry

Dental expenses paperwork We realise that healthcare can be expensive, and many of our Modbury, SA patients have concerns over the cost of their dental treatment. Because we don’t want anyone to miss getting the treatment they need because of finances, we offer many different types of payment options.

Upfront Quotes on Dental Treatments

Treatment costs vary depending on the complexity of each patient’s case. Before we perform any procedures, we always give our patients upfront quotes for all treatment, so you know exactly what to expect.

We also offer complimentary smile consultations, and we have great interest free payment plans available.

Modbury SA Dental Clinic Payment Options

We do our best to keep treatment costs within your budget and within the timeline with which you are comfortable. When multiple treatments are needed, many of our patients want to get them completed in as few appointments as possible. Others prefer to take care of treatments over a longer period of time. It is completely up to you as to the schedule you choose.

Ultimately, you are in charge of your oral health—and we respect that. If you have enquiries, we invite you to call our dental clinic. Ring us on (08) 8264 7333.

Woman smiling in dental chairWe understand that fear of pain is one of the things that keeps people from getting the dental care they need. We can’t promise that you will never feel any dental pain while you are in the chair, but we hope you’ll take comfort in the fact that we use a local anaesthetic before starting. Our Modbury, SA dentists will not get started with any treatments until we ensure you are comfortable in the dental chair. 

Our dentists use a local anaesthetic for almost all procedures, so the area being treated is fully numbed. Also, we use a specially formulated, ultra-strong numbing gel before administering the injection so you won’t feel so much as a prick. 

Informative Dental Care

We also find that it helps patients if they fully understand the treatment beforehand, so we take the time to explain everything. We will not proceed until you are comfortable. If you ever have questions about your oral health, we encourage you to simply ask. Our team enjoys sharing their knowledge of dentistry.

We Welcome Your Call at Our Modbury Office

We hope you won't let the fear of pain keep you from regular visits to the dentist. We invite you to book an appointment.

Root Canal Treatment

Illustration of tooth with view of rootsThere are several signs that might mean you need a root canal:

  • Toothache pain that goes from mild to unbearable
  • Swollen gums
  • A white spot on the gums
  • Sudden sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Decay deep within the tooth

Although many people fear this common dental procedure, a root canal is a tooth-saving treatment that is no worse than getting a cavity filled.

Root Canal Procedure

After completely numbing the area, Dr Narelle Van Velzen or Dr Nic Reid will make a tiny hole in the affected tooth through which she will remove the infected tooth pulp. She will thoroughly clean the area and then seal it. In most cases, she will recommend a dental crown to strengthen the remaining tooth structure. Once the living material is removed from the tooth root, the tooth tends to become brittle; a crown will ensure the tooth can withstand the force of chewing once again.

We Welcome Your Call to Our Modbury Clinic

If you have a painful toothache or other symptoms, and you suspect you need a root canal, it’s best to contact our Modbury, SA dental clinic as soon as possible. Putting off treatment can lead to the infection spreading to other teeth in your mouth, and you might even lose the infected tooth.

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Disclaimer: The information throughout this site is not intended to be taken as medical advice.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.