Dr Philip Makepeace

123 Bargara Rd, Bundaberg, QLD, 4670


Peruse our Frequently Asked Questions

Is a laser gum lift painful?

Pain after a gum reshaping with a laser, is often mild. If you do experience pain, your dentist may recommend that you take a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen. Avoid aspirin containing medications, as they can thin the blood and cause bleeding.

Does coconut oil help treat gum disease?

The main cause of gum disease is the build-up of dental plaque due to harmful bacteria in the mouth. Oil pulling with coconut oil significantly decreased plaque build-up and signs of gingivitis. After 30 days, the average plaque score can decrease by 68% and the average gingivitis score by 56%. This is a major decrease in both plaque and gum inflammation.

Do you floss before or after you brush your teeth?

Researchers have found that flossing before brushing may be ideal for the most thorough removal of dental plaque. The report is featured in the Journal of Periodontology (JOP), which is published by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). The study also found that fluoride remained in the mouth at higher levels when participants flossed before brushing.

How long after receiving facial fillers can you have a facial?

It is recommended to wait at least a week after receiving facial fillers before getting a facial in order to avoid the treatment solution being shifted around into other areas.

How do I become a dental prosthetist?

The first step is completing your qualification as a dental technician, after that, you are required to complete two years in a part-time traineeship. The training can be in a clinical setting, which will also involve a more theoretical component through a registered training organisation. The work doesn’t stop there though, you’ve got to make sure you have the personality and passion for the job.

Dental prosthetists play an important role in making sure patients retain their smiles. You need to be analytical and precise but also warm in nature and easy to talk to, patients need to feel at ease when dealing with you.

Can chipped dentures be repaired?

Yes, they definitely can. While it may seem ideal to do a quick DIY fix it would be a great disservice for you to attempt to fix your denture cracks yourself. Since you aren’t qualified to fix your dentures, you may actually do further damage. Your dentures might also be under some sort of warranty and interfering with them may affect any warranty claim you might make.

Your dental prosthetist is the best person for this job, they will not only be able to repair your dentures but will advise accordingly if you need any replacements. The wear and tear of the device will determine what actions need to be taken.

Can you be allergic to dentures?

Yes, you can develop an allergic reaction to your dentures, some dentures contain resin-based substances that can cause a negative reaction to patients with sensitive gums. Itchiness and redness are signs that you could be reacting badly to your dentures. The metal clasps could also be a problem for patients who react badly to any metals. If you experience any of these issues, you should consult with your dentist who can recommend using hypoallergenic solutions.

Modern-day solutions have ensured that you don’t have to suffer in silence and pain, new technologies and discoveries are making sure that there are remedies for problems such as allergies and unforeseen issues.

Is the procedure painful?

Due to the sensitivity of your teeth, there will discomfort and slight pain but our team uses various pain prevention measures to make the procedure a seamless one

Can I take over the counter pain medication after the procedure?

Yes, taking pain meds that have been recommended to you by one of our dentists will assist in alleviating the pain

Are there any other options to treat my tooth beside root canal treatment?

The aim of the treatment is to preserve a tooth that has been damaged. If there any other alternative treatments that be done, they will be recommended by our dentists.

Why is it so important to maintain your dental health?

Maintaining your teeth and gums is an important step in sustaining your general health and wellbeing. Whilst exercising, eating a healthy diet and receiving regular health checks are important – looking after your teeth and gums is also essential. Sound dental health can help you lead a healthy life, as well as prevent the development of serious oral concerns that can affect your overall health in the future.

How can I preserve my smile as I age?

Routine visits to your dentist are of great importance. By visiting the dentist every six months for a thorough examination and clean, you can enable our team to detect any dental concerns. This early detection can assist in curbing the escalation of these conditions. It is also essential to brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and dinner, whilst also flossing at least once a day. This care will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist?

It is important for you to choose an orthodontic specialist to consult with before you begin your treatment because they have specialised in the field of orthodontics. All orthodontists are dentists but only a tiny percentage of dentists are orthodontists. Since the field of orthodontics does not only pertain to teeth but to facial structure as well, this makes them the most qualified to offer you treatment. This specialisation is imperative because it is important to know how certain procedures will alter your face and change your bone structures.

Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?

This is a commonly asked question to which the answer is yes. Patients are advised to stay away from foods that are sticky, chewy and hard such as toffee, chewing gum, ice and nuts. The reason for this is that these foods often damage or completely break braces, which is not ideal if you want to have your treatment completed in its allocated time. Repair appointments can be avoided if you if you properly take care of your braces. If you have more questions about your dietary requirements while you have braces you should consult with your orthodontist.

How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

Practising good oral hygiene is vital when you have braces because it could lead to major complications if you don’t such as tooth decay, cavities and periodontal disease. Patients should brush their teeth at least twice a day though a good rule of thumb would be after every meal and before sleep, so even 3 times a day. However, once you start your treatment, your orthodontist will supply you with tools that will aid you with your oral care. These items include mouth rinses, toothpastes, flossing aids and special toothbrushes to make looking after your smile easier.

What can I do to improve the health and appearance of my smile?

If your teeth become damaged, lost or simply worn down over time, there are a number of options to restore your smile. To address tooth loss we can offer our patients progressive dental implants, dentures or bridges.  If you have a tooth that needs rebuilding, our same day crowns could be an effective solution. For cosmetic enhancement our team provides our patients with a range of options, including teeth whitening and veneers. During your initial consultation, our team will evaluate your dental condition and work with you to determine the best treatment option to meet your individual concerns.

What does cosmetic dentistry entail?

Cosmetic dentistry is the ultimate combination of aesthetic art and dental science. By offering our diverse range of cosmetic treatments, our team aims to provide aesthetically pleasing smiles that additionally improve your oral health and function. Our team utilises the latest developments in cosmetic dental technologies, paired with the exceptional skill of our dental team, to ensure you receive world-class treatment and results.

Who is a suitable candidate for our cosmetic dentistry treatments?

In the past little could be done to assist people to attain their dream smile, due to a limitation in the range of cosmetic treatments available. In light of recent technological developments, along with Distinctive Dental Care’s commitment to remaining in-step with progressive dental techniques, we can now offer a range of diverse treatments to correct a variety of concerns. We understand that our patients have didferent requirements, thus our team ensures that we have a vast catalogue of treatments to address all of our patients needs.

What is the most effective cosmetic dentistry procedure?

Each of our cosmetic treatment options can effectively address a variety of oral concerns. In saying this, tooth whitening is arguably the most popular procedure at our practice. This is largely due to the fact that our teeth whitening procedures can be potentially the quickest and simplest way to dramatically enhance the appearance of your smile.

What concerns can cosmetic dentistry correct?

Cosmetic dentistry can address a range of dental concerns, whilst also providing a functional benefit. Our diverse range of treatments can:

  • Rejuvenate discoloured/ stained teeth
  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Reduce overcrowding
  • Straighten overlapping or crooked teeth
  • Cover chips
  • Conceal blemishes
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Reshape teeth
  • Repair breakages
  • Replace Amalgam fillings with tooth coloured restorations
  • Contour the appearance of your gum and elongate the appearance of your teeth

How can I improve the whiteness of my teeth?

Improving your smile will not only add to its appearance, but also benefit your oral health as well. Tooth discolouration is a common issue that most people experience. There are different kinds of reasons and causes for stains and discolouration. The most common stains (external) are the ones caused by lifestyle, examples of this are tobacco products, wine and coffee. However, these can typically be treated quite easily by getting your teeth whitened professionally and changing certain habits and foods you consume. Intrinsic stains are not as easily treated and are best corrected by the application of veneers or other methods.

Why should I have dental x-rays taken?

The reason that dentists take a full set of dental x-rays is so they are able to properly examine the areas of your mouth that are hidden from sight. Having these x-rays taken also allows for them to compare any changes that may have occurred within your mouth in the time occurred between check-ups. Most adults should have a full mouth x-ray every four or so years and a bitewing x-ray annually. Bitewing x-rays are specifically of your teeth and the bone that they are attached to, this helps us detect periodontal disease as well as cavities.

Should I use mouthwash regularly?

Using a mouthwash should be an essential part of your oral hygiene routine. Not only do mouthwashes help your teeth maintain their colour and combat bad breath, but most of them contain fluoride which helps treat and prevent cavities as well. Even mouth rinses that do not contain fluoride are beneficial since they help combat the symptoms common of tooth sensitivity, inflammation and gingivitis. Some people require more advanced mouthwashes, such as cancer and diabetic patients as well as those with advanced gum disease. These prescribed washes often contain other chemicals that will target kill the harmful bacteria in your mouth.

Why is it important to spit and not rise after brushing your teeth?

It is important to always spit out the toothpaste once you have finished brushing, but not rinse as the extra toothpaste leftover can offer on-going protection.

When should I start bringing my baby to the dentist?

We recommend that you start to bring your baby in for visits once their first teeth have come through or if they are 12 months old.

When can I start using adult-strength toothpaste with my child?

The best and most appropriate time to introduce adult-strength toothpaste is when your child is 6 years or older. However, if you unsure if it’s the correct time, ask your dentist during the next visit.

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