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.

Children's Dentistry

What happens when your child's first tooth erupts? While this is another exciting step in a child's growing process, and their teeth will come in and out in the coming years, how should you handle their visits to the dentist and overall oral hygiene?

At Plaza Dental Care, we understand how important these early years can be and do our best to provide quality paediatric dentistry services to help give young teeth a bright future.

Young boy brushing his teethChildren's Dentistry in Modbury, SA

We advise our patients to bring in their children when their primary teeth start coming in (generally sometime around age two). This way, we can introduce children to the atmosphere in a dental practice and help them get acquainted with what it means to visit the dentist and have happy healthy clean teeth!

Our Approach

We want to ensure a healthy process for children treated at our practice, and that generally begins with preventative measures and monitoring. We provide:

  • Monitoring for tooth decay on baby teeth (we'd like to ensure these do not fall out prematurely.)
  • Fluoride treatments for early cavity prevention and protection of the outer layers of teeth.
  • Dental sealants to prevent the formation of bacteria

We Welcome Your Call

Getting established early with routine dental appointments can set up your child for success in the coming years. We warmly invite you to set up an appointment for your child to invest in their oral health.

Cosmetic Dentistry

If you don’t like the way your smile looks, you might want to look into the following cosmetic dentistry treatments:

  • Woman smiling while on cell phoneProfessional 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. 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

Your Modbury dentist may recommend a dental crown for several reasons.

A dental crown is a cap that is hollowed out and tooth-shaped. It fits over a treated tooth and is always customised to look natural and complement your smile—both the aesthetics and function.

woman smiling after getting a dental crownWhy You Might Need a Crown

Reasons you may need a dental crown include:

  • To support a weak or damaged tooth following trauma or root canal therapy
  • To complete a dental implant by capping the replacement root
  • To secure a dental bridge to healthy adjacent teeth
  • To conceal flaws like discolouration, chips, and shape abnormalities

If you need a dental crown in Modbury, the process is very straightforward. Your dentist takes an impression, and a trusted lab uses the results to craft your custom tooth crown.

When the crown is ready, you come into our dental clinic. Your dentist will treat the tooth to be covered and make any final adjustments to your new crown, including shading.

We cement the crown over your treated tooth, and it restores aesthetics and bite function. After crown placement, you may smile with more confidence and be better able to enjoy your favourite foods.

For Tooth Crowns Near Me, We Encourage Your Call

To learn more about our dental crowns and other treatments, we invite you to reach out to a team member today.

Dental crowns are a common treatment at our Modbury, SA dental clinic. They are an excellent option for teeth that have had a hard life.

These 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. By encircling the tooth and tightly fitting to it they hold the tooth together and can greatly extend the lifespan of the tooth.

Dental crown in modburyCommon 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. We welcome you to reach out to our Modbury dental clinic if you have any questions on dental crowns.

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.

woman holding jaw from pain during dental emergencyCommon 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

The 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.

Illustration of dental implantMissing 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.

At Plaza Dental Care, we strive to make each patient feel comfortable and relaxed before treatment, including dental cleans. 

To preserve a patient’s best individual level of oral health, we recommend patients of all ages get regular dental cleans and exams. Usually, we suggest that patients visit our dental clinic every six months unless your dentist recommends otherwise.

woman smiling in dental chair after a dental examWhat to Expect During a Dental Cleaning in Modbury

During the dental cleaning, you can expect Dr Narelle Van Velzen or one of our hygienists will do the following:

  • Review all medical and oral health records 
  • Discuss any oral health-related concerns or goals 
  • Take x-rays and intraoral photographs, if needed, to check for any signs of decay, disease, abnormalities, bone loss, and teeth grinding
  • Clean the plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth 
  • Clean between the teeth to remove plaque and tartar
  • Provide a fluoride or sealant treatment, if needed
  • Bush and polish teeth to remove any lingering signs of staining 

After the dental cleaning, Dr Narelle Van Velzen will review her findings with you and develop a customised treatment plan to help keep your teeth and gums strong, healthy, and functional. 

Are You Ready to Book Your Dental Cleaning? 

Dr Narelle Van Velzen is a compassionate and skilled family dentist who enjoys helping patients maintain their optimal oral health. If you need a dental cleaning or exam, we invite you to arrange your dental check-up with us at our Modbury dental clinic. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Plaza Dental Care! 

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.

Preventive Dentistry

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a variety of factors and can affect different parts of your teeth.

woman grimacing with teeth sensitivityLayers of the Tooth

Enamel: The hard layer that covers the top part of the tooth is the enamel. The enamel is hard and dense and protects the underlying layers from the external environment.

Dentin: This is the layer underneath the enamel and the dentin makes up the majority of the tooth structure.

Pulp: This is the inside of the tooth that contains the nerve and blood supply.

Factors The May Lead to Tooth Sensitivity

There are many factors that could lead to the development of tooth sensitivity, including:

  • Worn tooth enamel from using a hard toothbrush or using too much force while brushing the tooth. 

  • Gum recession often leaves the root surfaces exposed. This may be caused by gum disease or by brushing too hard.

  • Grinding or clenching your teeth can wear away your tooth enamel. Grinding usually occurs at night while you are asleep.

  • Tooth erosion due to highly acidic foods and drinks, or stomach acid due from reflux or vomiting. Pregnancy, eating disorders and conditions relating to reflux disease can increase your risk of erosion so you should take extra care with your teeth in these situations.

  • Chipped, broken or decayed teeth can cause the nerve in the tooth to become irritated and sensitive. 

We Welcome Your Call to Our Modbury Clinic

It is important to remember that some tooth sensitivity is caused by more serious problems and a professional diagnosis by your dentist is recommended. We invite you to reach out to our Modbury dental clinic to learn more about tooth sensitivity and how we can help treat it.

At Plaza Dental Care, we strive to make each patient feel comfortable and relaxed before treatment, including dental cleans. 

To preserve a patient’s best individual level of oral health, we recommend patients of all ages get regular dental cleans and exams. Usually, we suggest that patients visit our dental clinic every six months unless your dentist recommends otherwise.

woman smiling in dental chair after a dental examWhat to Expect During a Dental Cleaning in Modbury

During the dental cleaning, you can expect Dr Narelle Van Velzen or one of our hygienists will do the following:

  • Review all medical and oral health records 
  • Discuss any oral health-related concerns or goals 
  • Take x-rays and intraoral photographs, if needed, to check for any signs of decay, disease, abnormalities, bone loss, and teeth grinding
  • Clean the plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth 
  • Clean between the teeth to remove plaque and tartar
  • Provide a fluoride or sealant treatment, if needed
  • Bush and polish teeth to remove any lingering signs of staining 

After the dental cleaning, Dr Narelle Van Velzen will review her findings with you and develop a customised treatment plan to help keep your teeth and gums strong, healthy, and functional. 

Are You Ready to Book Your Dental Cleaning? 

Dr Narelle Van Velzen is a compassionate and skilled family dentist who enjoys helping patients maintain their optimal oral health. If you need a dental cleaning or exam, we invite you to arrange your dental check-up with us at our Modbury dental clinic. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Plaza Dental Care! 

Bleeding gums often indicate gingivitis or periodontal disease.

People tend to stop brushing or flossing as frequently and effectively because it may be painful or it may cause the gums to bleed more. However, when gums are inflamed, brushing is very important at this time, as it may help to reduce the inflammation by clearing build-ups of plaque and other bacteria that may have caused the disease in your mouth.

We Invite You to Call Our Modbury Clinic

It is very important to book an appointment to see your dentist if you experience bleeding gums. Your dentist will carry out a periodontal screening in order to determine the level of disease in your mouth and the best treatment options to pursue.

 

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 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.

Teeth Whitening

If you feel like your teeth aren't as bright as they could be, professional teeth whitening can help. Bleaching your teeth can remove stains and discolouration that could affect your smile.

woman smiling after having teeth whitened in modburyTwo Types of Teeth Whitening in Modbury

At Plaza Dental Care, we offer two types of teeth whitening treatments:

  • In-chair teeth whitening that you can do over lunch in our dental clinic
  • At-home teeth whitening with customised teeth whitening trays we make with impressions of your teeth

Which Option Is Right for Me?

In-chair teeth whitening tends to work well for patients with busy schedules who need quick, immediate results. If you have a significant event in the future, like a wedding or family vacation, in-chair whitening may be the best option.

At-home whitening systems are great for patients who have more time available and want the freedom of bleaching their teeth whenever they like. You can keep your customised whitening trays and use them to brighten your smile whenever you have your next big event. In addition, you can purchase extra bleaching gel from your team at Plaza Dental Care.

Would you like to learn more about professional teeth whitening in Modbury? We invite you to call our dental clinic today for more information.

Tooth-Coloured Fillings

Are you tired of having food stuck in your teeth? Maybe you’re noticing more sensitivity than usual while chewing food, brushing, or touching your teeth. For various reasons, patients develop cavities, holes or experience loss of enamel that exposes the inner parts of their teeth. Luckily, dental fillings can provide an effective, tooth-coloured solution that preserves oral health and cosmetic appearance.

illustration of tooth getting a dental filling in modburyTooth-Coloured Fillings in Modbury, SA

Patients noticing pain, sensitivity, holes or rough, jagged teeth may require a dental filling to protect their teeth. Common scenarios that prompt dental fillings include:

  • Cavities
  • Grinding and clenching (also known as bruxism)
  • Decay
  • Fractures or cracks

Patients may have several dental fillings throughout their lifetimes as cavities and other holes in enamel commonly occur from dietary choices, genetics, changes in oral health, and many other factors! Our friendly staff at Plaza Dental Care restores full, painless function to patients’ teeth with tooth-coloured dental fillings that lower the risk for further decay or detriment to oral health further down the line.

Contact Our Dental Clinic in Modbury, SA

We invite new and existing patients to book an initial consultation to determine if dental fillings can make a difference in their smiles. You can reach our dental clinic at (08) 8264 7333 or by booking online!

Veneers

Do you wake up in the morning and notice gaps between your teeth? Maybe you’ve started to see damaging stains that put a damper on your smile. Over time our teeth can experience wear and tear from the foods we eat or minor traumas that can alter the look of our smiles. Dental veneers can provide a viable solution for an enhanced cosmetic appearance for patients wanting more for their smiles.

 man in red shirt smiling after dental veneersWhat Are Dental Veneers?

A dental veneer acts as a cover or shell that sits on top of an existing tooth. Generally, veneers consist of porcelain or composite resin material that resembles the rest of a patient’s existing teeth.

Dental Veneers in Modbury

We want our patients to leave our practice with brand new, happy smiles. Our dental veneers perfectly match natural teeth and provide a custom shape and appearance for a brighter, more orderly smile. We may recommend dental veneers to our patients  for the following situations:

  • Worn-down teeth
  • Gaps in between teeth
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Chipped and broken teeth
  • Misaligned or disorderly teeth

Benefits of Dental Veneers

Patients can benefit from dental veneers in a few ways:

  • Improved self-esteem in social settings
  • Highly customisable
  • Easy to place and easy to maintain
  • A great alternative to treatments like teeth whitening, traditional braces, or Invisalign 

Contact Our Dental Practice in Modbury

If you are interested in a new look for your teeth with a non-invasive, easy to maintain treatment, dental veneers might be the right choice for you! We warmly invite you to contact our practice to find out more about enhancing your smile!

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