Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I have a check-up?

The Australian Dental Association recommends that you should visit your dentist for a check-up and clean every 6 months. Regular dental cleans will keep your teeth and gums healthy, helping to prevent dental disease, gum disease and bad breath. If a cavity does begin to form in a tooth, it can be identified and treated at an early stage, thus preventing the need for any major dental work.

Does your clinic have wheelchair access?

Yes! We have a dedicated disabled carpark and wheelchair ramp. Our surgeries are arranged so that we can perform all dental treatment while you remain in the comfort of your wheelchair if required. We also have a fully accessible bathroom.

When should I bring my child in for their first check-up?

At North Brisbane Dental Clinic, we are a family friendly practice, and encourage children to have examinations as early as possible. Usually this is at age 3-4, depending on your child. It is a great idea to introduce kids to the dentist at a young age. They learn all about what we do, and usually get a kick out of pressing the buttons and making the chair go up and down! By making a game out of a dental visit, we aim to teach children that going to the dentist is fun and nothing to be worried about.

What is Sleep Apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is the cessation of breathing during sleep. It is usually associated with snoring. There are several types of sleep spnoea, the most common being obstructive sleep apnoea, or OSA. OSA results from the oral soft tissues (tongue and soft palate) collapsing into the back of the throat during sleep. This obstructs the upper airway and blocks air flow. When this blockage is severe enough to stop breathing altogether, the lack of oxygen causes you to wake and gasp for breath. This can often occur over 50 times per night without you being aware of it. The result is that you feel unrefreshed in the morning, and is also associated with daytime sleepiness, depression, high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and increased risk of heart attack.

What should I do if I think I have sleep apnoea?

If you or your bed partner thinks you may have sleep apnoea, it is recommended that you visit your GP as soon as possible. Your GP can refer you for a sleep study that is claimable under medicare. If the results of your sleep study suggest that a somnodent splint may be curative for you (which your doctor will advise) Dr Georgia Sheahan is able to provide this type of splint for you.

Why should I go to the dentist if I don't have a tooth-ache?

By the time a tooth actually begins to cause pain, the problem is usually quite severe. Most types of dental disease do not cause any pain at all, which can give you a false sense of security. This is why it is crucial to maintain regular visits to the dentist, so that any problems can be intercepted early on. Nipping a problem in the bud early is cheaper and less painful than waiting for it to become symptomatic.

Do I really need X-Rays?

Sometimes, yes. X-Rays usually do not need to be taken at every check-up. However, in some cases, x-rays can be invaluable, as they can show us something we may not be able to see with the naked eye. At North Brisbane Dental Clinic, we use state of the art digital x-rays, which means the radiation exposure for each x-ray is less than what you would be exposed to by flying on a plane to London!

Why do I need fillings?

If your dentist has advised you that you need fillings, this is because you have decay in one or more of your teeth. Dental decay is an infectious disease that destroys tooth structure. It occurs when the acids produced by bacteria dissolve the hard outer layer of a tooth (enamel), allowing the bacteria to penetrate the inner structures of the tooth. This results in a cavity being formed in the tooth. Dental decay is caused by several factors including diet (too much sugar and acids), oral hygiene (irregular brushing and flossing) and underlying medical conditions such as reflux.

Can your dentists provide orthodontic treatment?

Yes. Dr Georgia Sheahan has completed post-graduate education in orthodontic treatment and is pleased to be able to offer this treatment to all her patients. There is no age limit on orthodontic treatment: It's never too late to straighten your teeth! Orthodontics may involve braces, plates or invisalign treatment. If you would like to find out if you are a suitable case for orthodontic treatment, contact North Brisbane Dental Clinic on 3632 8100 to book your complimentary orthodontic consultation with Dr Sheahan.

Can your dentists provide cosmetic dental treatment?

Yes! Cosmetic Dentistry is a term that encompasses many disciplines within the dental field. Teeth whitening, white fillings, veneers, crowns, bridges and orthodontics can all be employed to improve your smile. 

Do you offer facial injectables?

Yes! Dr Kristine Allen is pleased to offer muscle relaxants and dermal fillers as part of her practice. These facial injectables are often used to treat jaw pain, headaches and painful muscle spasms. They also have a cosmetic application, in the treatment of gummy smiles, wrinkles and crows feet. The type of treatment can easily be incorporated into your standard dental appointments. 

I have old metal fillings in some of my teeth. Is this a problem?

Not at all. Metal (amalgam) fillings are a perfectly sound solution to dental caries. At North Brisbane Dental Clinic, we no longer place metal fillings, as we prefer to use tooth coloured resin materials. If you have an existing metal filling that has broken or is defective in some other way, we will replace it with a white filling.

Can I replace my metal fillings with white ones?

Absolutely. We often replace older metal fillings with new white ones, but it is important to identify exactly why we do this. If an old filling is leaking or otherwise defective, we will recommend replacement with a new white filling. If your existing metal filling is sound, we will not recommend removing it. However, if you would like to have a metal filling removed for cosmetic or personal reasons, we can provide this service.

Can you bulk bill through medicare?

Medicare does not routinely fund dental treatment. However, since January 2014, the Child Dental Benefits Schedule has been in place. Under this scheme, eligible children aged 2 - 17 may receive up to $1000 worth of dental treatment (bulk billed) over a two year period. To find out if your child is eligible, contact medicare.