Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly asked questions

At the Gold Coast Smiles Dentistry Burleigh Heads, you will get the best dental care and advice. Here are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions on how to make your beautiful, healthy smile last a lifetime.

For any other questions about oral health that we haven’t answered below, call the Gold Coast Smiles team today on 07 5576 6050.

I have a dental emergency!

Call us immediately: 07 5576 6050

Chipped, fractured or knocked out: when your teeth suffer serious damage our emergency appointments mean you will get help fast! If a tooth has been completely knocked out, carefully place the tooth back in the individual’s mouth but do not touch the root, then contact our practice immediately. We’ll do everything we can to save the tooth.

I have a toothache, what should I do?

There are lots of kinds of toothaches: most are related to your nerves. The good news is many toothaches are not serious. However, even minor, short-term toothaches are a painful reminder that you must look after your teeth properly. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers can help you get through a minor toothache.

If the pain is severe or persistent, you must get it checked. Call Gold Coast Smiles Burleigh Heads.

If I send a request for an appointment online, does that mean my booking is confirmed?

If you send us a contact form via the website regarding a booking, we will confirm this with a phone call back to you. It will not be confirmed until we make the call back to you. If you require an appointment immediately, please give us a call 07 5576 6050

How much will my dental appointment cost?

A standard consultation is a keenly competitive $65.

For regular ongoing care, we offer a great standard deal:

  • Full check-up and initial consultation
  • Detailed scale treatment
  • PLUS: Professional clean using state-of-the-art equipment
  • PLUS: Fluoride treatment
  • PLUS: Up to two X-Rays

That’s five full dental services for just $150!

At Gold Coast Smiles Burleigh Heads, we will tailor our offering and prices to your choices and needs. Prices for dental treatments vary by how long they take and how advanced they are. A consultation is the only way to give you an accurate estimate. From there we will put together a treatment or payment plan.

Is it true, my children's dental is free?

If you are eligible, then yes: your child’s dental care will be bulk billed under Medicare. Benefits are not, however, available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.

Will anyone be able to see my fillings?

The old grey amalgam fillings are still used, but today most people have nearly invisible fillings – especially on their front teeth. Gold Coast Smiles Centre matches the colour of our fillings to your teeth. No one will be able to tell.

Some people still prefer the older style of fillings for their back teeth, that’s okay with us. Your fillings are your decision.

Are my amalgam fillings poisonous?

Amalgam fillings are generally safe. If you have concerns about the mercury content of your fillings we safely replace them.

Why do I wake up with headaches?

You might be clenching or grinding your teeth in your sleep. Clenching causes excess strain on your face and jaw muscles, causing the headache. Grinding your teeth is called “bruxism”; it can cause tooth fractures and loosen fillings. A night guard, similar to a sport mouthguard, only finer and more comfortable, can protect and cushion your teeth – minimising both causes.

How do I stop bad breath?

Bad breath is caused by many things. It could be your sinuses or your diet… or it could be your dental hygiene. When you brush, remember to brush your tongue, the roof of your mouth and cheeks. These areas accumulate smelly bacteria.

Can you fill the gaps in my teeth?

Yes. There are many techniques to close spaces between teeth. Small spaces can be resolved with veneers. Larger gaps may require orthodontic treatments such as braces or Invisalign. Gaps due to missing teeth can be fixed with crowns, bridges, dentures or dental implants. You will get your perfect smile back.

What are the differences between composite and veneers?

A composite veneer is made from a special paste blend that is layered and sculpted into the perfect shape then set hard under a blue UV light. The procedure can be completed in a single appointment.

Porcelain veneers are stronger and longer-lasting yet require at least two visits:

  1. Preparing your teeth and making an impression mould from which your custom set of veneers is sculpted from high-grade porcelains.
  2. Checking your new smile for accuracy and colour … then fitment.