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Edward St Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

During our years of practise, we have discovered that many oral health concerns can be addressed with information, and you probably have many questions of your own. We invite our patients to discuss anything that comes to mind with our team at Edward St Dental as we cover your treatment options.

You will find here some questions frequently asked by our patients. If you have a question that we have yet to answer here, feel free to drop us a line. If you have an immediate concern, please call our practice, and we can help you right away.

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Dental care is such an important part of your overall health in Brisbane that we at Edward St Dental never want you to delay treatment due to financial concerns. We offer a multitude of payment options and pathways.

We can arrange dental payment plans with credit providers such as Denticare, ZipPay and Afterpay. So you don't have to wait for necessary dental treatments – take advantage of flexible finance and low monthly repayments.

Ask our friendly team for details or take a look at our payment plans options on our financial page.

Australian Health Funds Welcome

We accept every Australian health fund at Edward St Dental. Bring your health fund card to your appointment, and we'll help you claim back straight away with our HICAPS facility.

First Visits and New Client Pathways

When you build a relationship with a reputable and professional healthcare team, you help ensure your overall health and wellbeing. We have three pathways into our practice so that you can make sure choosing us is the right move.

  • Consultation visit or virtual consult $79
  • Emergency dental visit $400
  • Preventative check-up and clean visit* $249 adult, $179 adolescent, $129 child. *excludes x-rays. The dentist may require x-rays, which is an additional fee

When you call Edward St Dental, you can rest assured that we will answer any payment questions you have promptly and clearly. We hope to hear from you soon.

CEREC Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns are a type of restoration that your Edward St Dental dentist uses in various restoration situations. The crown itself looks exactly like a tooth and fits on multiple foundations to replace its look and function.

Dentists use dental crowns to finish root canals and dental implants and add them to dental bridges and other restorations that replace many teeth. Up until recently, most dental crowns were created in a lab from high-quality materials in a process that could take weeks.

CEREC Crowns Offer a Same-day Option

A CEREC dental crown is as durable and beautiful as a lab-created crown, but it cuts out the middle man by being created in-clinic instead of an outside lab. CEREC uses a camera and CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design and Manufacture) software to replicate and produce a tooth restoration all at once.

We start the process with a 3-D scan of the area to create an optical impression. This digital image is fed into the CAD software so that we can design a new restoration. Next, we use an in-house milling machine to make the porcelain restoration, polishing and placing it.

The time it takes to build the CEREC crown varies for each patient, but in general, the bulk of the process requires between 1 ½ to 2 hours at the clinic, with only part of that time spent in the chair.

Learn More about Same-Day Restorations

CEREC crowns are a modern marvel that can produce a dental restoration in Brisbane quickly and easily. To learn more about this excellent procedure, you may call us anytime.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is among the services we provide in Brisbane and is entirely concerned with the quality of your smile's appearance. Dr Matthew Pulvirenti and his team find this one of the most exciting and rewarding areas of dental practice.

Edward St Dental provides an extensive choice of cosmetic treatments, many of which may also improve your oral health. As a result, we can help create that beautiful smile you'll be proud to show off every day of your life.

Cosmetic Dental Services in Brisbane

We will consult with you to decide the best course of treatment for your smile goals. Your wishes are a big priority to us, and we will present the options to you. In addition, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services such as porcelain veneers and inlays, CEREC same-day crowns, teeth whitening and tooth-coloured fillings.

Invisalign to Straighten Teeth

We also use the Invisalign system for a whole mouth approach when your teeth are misaligned—Invisalign's custom-made aligner trays to address teeth issues such as overlapping, gaps and crowding.

We know that you want your teeth to be both healthy and good looking at the same time. Call our Brisbane dental clinic to arrange a consultation appointment to determine how our treatments can help you meet your goals.

Are you having visions of your perfect smile? Or are you looking for cosmetic dental services to improve your teeth, overall look and self-esteem? If so, dental veneers might be right for you, but it is important to note a few essential considerations.

Your Teeth Before Veneers

Many think that veneers can save the day, but having existing teeth in somewhat good condition beforehand goes a long way. The healthier the teeth, the better the veneers will look and last over time!

Diagram of veneer covering tooth in Brisbane CBDLongevity

Veneers have the potential to last quite a while potentially decades! Consistency in maintaining oral health will not only keep your mouth feeling great but will work to the advantage of your veneers and their aesthetic benefits. Veneers generally do not require much maintenance, but regular brushing, flossing and visits to a dentist are still fundamental for a great smile.

Not All Veneers Are The Same

Getting the right veneers made just for your mouth is paramount for a healthy smile. At our Brisbane CBD dental clinic, we prioritise our consultation process to answer as many questions as possible and strive to provide the best veneers to suit your cosmetic dental desires.

Dental Veneers in Brisbane CBD

If veneers seem like a potential solution, we are happy to speak with you to address any cosmetic dental needs and warmly invite you to call us on (07) 3221 5855 to arrange a consultation at Edward St Dental.

Digital Smile Design

Has technology changed our smiles? We live in a dynamic world of rapid innovation and new ideas, and that most certainly applies to dentistry as well. Digital smile design lets us construct cosmetic dental servicessuch as dental crowns, veneers and Invisalign clear alignersusing software that relies on 3D images scanned from the mouth. 

Digital Smile Design in Brisbane CBD

Our team at Edward St Dental can create a new look for you and your teeth by using innovative tools that include:

  • Intraoral scanner – This is a camera shaped like a wand that takes photos of teeth and inside the mouth.
  • Video – This allows for highly individualised data collection.
  • Software – No, it's not science fiction; we put together predesigned restorations with the photos and data gathered from the intraoral scanner. 

Once we have the photos, we can create a 3D image of a brand new smile. One of the best parts of this process is the patient collaboration. We can review and choose the final smile design together and then prepare for the final cosmetic procedure. 

Contact Edward St Dental to Arrange a Consultation

Having the ability to see the finished product of restorative treatment pre-procedure has revolutionised aspects of cosmetic dentistry. If you've been dreaming of a new look for your teeth, digital smile design could be worth consideration.

We invite you to schedule a consultation with us to see how this innovative procedure can get your smile back on track.

General Dentistry

For optimal oral health, we recommend visiting your dentist every six months for a check-up and clean. If we can detect dental problems early, we may provide less invasive and less expensive procedures.

However, we constantly tailor a treatment plan to an individual patient, so if you have gum problems or a high decay rate, we may recommend you visit us every three or four months.

X-Rays Are an Important Part of Oral Health Maintenance

X-rays alert your dentist to fundamental problems that we can’t see with the naked eye. Without x-rays, we can check only 50 per cent of your tooth surface – cavities under fillings could lie undetected until it’s too late. We recommend that we use screening Bitewings every two years and take large OPGs (panoramic radiographs of the entire mouth) every five years.

We Invite You to Make an Appointment Today

At Edward St Dental, you can book an appointment online using our easy booking system. This option allows you to select from the currently available times – meaning you can choose the most suitable appointment time for you. If you do not see the time you are looking for, please contact us directly and we can help.

If you would like to speak with our administrative team to book your appointment, please get in touch with our dental clinic by calling 07 3221 5855.

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Patients who choose the Invisalign treatment system should be aware of the essential factors that will impact the outdone. You will wear your aligners daily for at least 20-22 hours, seven days per week.

Wear Invisalign Regularly

Invisalign works by continuously moving your teeth when you wear your aligners. If you wear your aligners part-time, they will fit less well over time. This could increase your treatment time, and your aligners will be less comfortable. In addition, other people may notice your aligners more if they don't fit as well.

If you repeatedly don't wear your aligners, especially for days at a time, your treatment could break down. Where aligners stop fitting as designed, we may need to rescan your teeth and order new aligners. If you need additional aligners in this situation, you may have to pay an accompanying cost.

Invisalign Treatment Length Can Vary

Most Invisalign patients complete treatment between 6-12 months. What determines your length of treatment is the amount your teeth should move to reach your smile goals. If your teeth require more complex movements, your Invisalign treatment will take longer.

Invisalign treatment can be as little as seven weeks and up to 18 months or more. For more details on how this treatment can help you, please call our Brisbane dental clinic to arrange an Invisalign consultation.

The Invisalign system uses clear, removable aligners on top and bottom teeth to gently move them into a more desirable position. When you initiate the treatment, your Edward St Dental professional will take measurements of your teeth, so each aligner tray fits correctly and comfortably. You will change aligners approximately every two weeks, with each one shifting your teeth toward your goal.

Aligners Need to Fit Right

Fit is important for any orthodontic appliance that you wear continuously. That's because the aligners work most efficiently when the light force applied is as continuous as possible. This means you must wear your aligners full-time to achieve the outcome we have specifically designed for you.

Keep Regular Check-Up and Cleans during Treatment

For our patients in Brisbane and the surrounding areas, we recommend a check-up and clean appointment every six months throughout your Invisalign treatment. We will also offer an aligner review appointment, an orthodontic review appointment, which is not a comprehensive assessment of your oral health.

In addition, we offer a 10 per cent discount on your check-up and clean appointments during your treatment.

We also will provide each patient with wear and care guidelines for their clear aligners so they know how to use, clean and maintain their treatment progress.

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