GoldCity Dental Centre

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Your questions are important to us and to your oral health. We strive to provide plenty of patient education because it empowers you to make the best choice for your smile. If you have a specific question about the services we offer or how we manage health funds, please get in touch. You will also find valuable information listed here in our frequently asked questions.

Cosmetic Dentistry

At GoldCity Dental Centre, we look after such a wide variety of patients that having as many choices as possible is essential. Cosmetic dentistry ranges from simple enhancements to full smile makeovers, and we often find that our cosmetic dentistry options meet both the aesthetic and financial goals of our Charters Towers patients.

Teeth whitening – Our most popular and one of the most affordable ways to quickly spruce up the smile, professional teeth whitening provides excellent results to remove common stains from teeth.

Cosmetic bonding – Making small repairs to chips or small gaps between the teeth can have an overall positive impact on the smile without lengthy or complex procedures.

Teeth veneers – We offer both in-house ceramic veneers, often available on the same day, or porcelain lab-created teeth veneers, depending on your goals for your smile. We will happily discuss both types of restorations with you.

Digital Smile Design – For patients seeking a dramatic change to their appearance, DSD assists in achieving ideal results and even offers an opportunity to try your new smile out before you commit to it.

For experienced cosmetic dentists in the Charters Towers area, contact GoldCity Dental Centre today. We love chatting about how you can have the smile you have always wanted.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Because many of our patients travel from afar, we believed it was important to ensure that you get the most out of your dental visits. Until the development of CEREC technology, it required a wait time of two weeks to a month for a final dental crown or other restoration.

Today, we create those same high-quality restorations in a single dental visit using CEREC, an in-house ceramic restoration mill. Much like a 3-D printer, CEREC converts your digital impression into a custom dental crown, onlay, inlay or veneer while you wait. You can leave the same day with your final restoration without waiting for a lab technician to create it outside the practice.

You can also expect the same natural-looking and durable restorations you would receive from a dental lab. Our dentists oversee the entire process, ensuring successful CEREC restorations at GoldCity Dental Centre.

From repairing a single broken or decayed tooth to designing a full smile makeover, CEREC is one of our patients’ favourite features because it saves both time and money without compromising on materials or aesthetics.

Give us a call to arrange an appointment or to learn more about the services we provide at GoldCity Dental Centre.

Dental Implants

Every patient is different, so it makes sense that what will work best for one patient might not work great for another. At GoldCity Dental Centre, our dentists believe that given the proper information, patients are empowered to make the best decision for their smiles.

While dental implants are widely considered the best way to replace a missing tooth, many patients opt for dental bridges or partial dentures. Cost, treatment times and personal preferences all play a role in the decision-making process.

Our dentists will evaluate your oral health and the underlying bone quality to determine if dental implants are an option that will work for you. They have many health benefits, such as bone preservation and longevity, which make them appealing.

For patients who have health complications and would prefer to avoid surgery, dental bridges fill the gap in the smile and provide a fixed solution to missing teeth.

In other cases, partial dentures or full dentures might prove to be the best choice.

After your exam, we will go over the benefits and limitations of each option, so that you can make an educated choice that works best for you.

Emergency Dentistry

If something changes with your oral health, you might wonder if it’s time for an emergency dental visit. Some dental emergencies require immediate attention, while others can wait a couple of days until it’s more convenient for you. 

Immediate Dental Emergencies

Any time you feel dental pain, it is a good idea to seek professional dental treatment as quickly as possible. A toothache generally means that the nerve is involved and pain can quickly turn from a minor annoyance to a major life disruption without immediate dental treatment.

  • Toothache or swelling
  • Knocked-out (avulsed) tooth
  • Broken tooth
  • Sports or auto accidents

Other Dental Emergencies

A broken dental filling or crown can sometimes be postponed until the next convenient appointment time. If a crown becomes loose or falls off, hold onto it and give us a call.

If you ever have doubts about whether you are experiencing a dental emergency, our GoldCity Dental Centre team will guide you through the process so that you don’t put your oral health at risk by waiting too long.

If you do not yet have an emergency dentist in the Charters Towers area, we always welcome new patients. We warmly invite you to get in touch.

General Dentistry

You might notice that your teeth look shortened or small compared to when you were younger. If this is the case for you, we welcome you to get in touch with GoldCity Dental Centre for an evaluation. Often, small-looking teeth indicate chronic teeth grinding and uneven wear caused by a misaligned bite.

Fortunately, we offer solutions to help you regain your smile and eliminate any discomfort or sensitivity associated with teeth wear.

Dental crowns – ceramic dental crowns can rebuild the teeth and restore the bite
Veneers – dental veneers restore the length, shape and colour of teeth
Invisalign – provides a bracket-free alternative to traditional orthodontics
Nightguard – most patients with a chronic teeth grinding habit can benefit from a bruxism splint, also called a nightguard

Other signs that you grind your teeth can include bite marks along the inside of the cheeks and bony growths under the tongue, called tori. You might also feel achy facial muscles or have headaches in the morning. Teeth grinding also often makes teeth feel sensitive and causes gum recession.

If any of these symptoms impact your life or smile, contact GoldCity Dental Centre to arrange an appointment. We can help.

Wisdom Teeth

Rather than risking an incorrect estimate over the phone or via email, we recommend that you contact GoldCity Dental Centre to arrange an appointment. Once our dentists have an opportunity to evaluate your condition, we can provide an accurate estimate for tooth extraction or any other appropriate procedure.

Wanting a tooth extracted is common, especially if you are feeling dental pain or have swelling. We strive to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible because it is often the least complex and most affordable way to preserve your dental health.

In some cases, extraction is the only way to protect your oral health. Wisdom teeth, impacted teeth and teeth that will not respond to root canal therapy or restoration are common reasons for teeth extraction.

We prioritise patient comfort and will take the necessary x-rays to accurately plan your surgery. In addition to providing gentle dentistry, we will also present post-operative instructions to ensure that healing is free of complications.

Avoid smoking or drinking through a straw until your mouth heals. The suction created by these activities can dislodge the healing tissue and cause a painful dry socket.

If you believe you need a tooth (or teeth) extracted, we invite you to call us on (07) 4787 1269 to book an appointment.

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