General Dentistry

Need a check up or dental advice?

If you’re on the Sunshine Coast and need a check up or dental advice the first step is to call my office to arrange an appointment at a time that suits you.

I’ll start by doing an examination to check your teeth thoroughly and spend time with you to give you my recommendations and discuss your options. Where it’s appropriate I’ll provide you with written treatment alternatives that are specific to you. Then you can ask all the questions you want to so that you get the answers you need.

I strongly believe you have the right to expect me to spend time with you and fully inform you of your situation and provide you with the alternatives so that you can confidently choose the dentistry that’s right for you.

Then you can make a decision about what you want to do and, if you want it done, whether you’d like me or another dentist to do it for you.

That’s my promise… after I’ve told you as much as I can and given you the advice I think is right for you I will leave it entirely up to you; you’ll be under absolutely no pressure from me.

By the way, my gentle hygienist Kirsten is committed to ensuring the long-term health of your teeth and gums. With our Preventative Care Program, we design your visits to suit you with this in mind.

We have found that prevention of dental disease and the maintenance of oral health are less costly and result in less dental emergencies.

With regular checkups, we can help ensure the long term health of your smile.

Are anxious or worried about seeing a dentist?

If you are anxious or worried about seeing a dentist because you haven’t been to one for ages and that you may get a hard time please don’t be. If you live on the Sunshine Coast area then your problems are over!

I found that there are three reasons that many people have misgivings about seeing a dentist. You may have them too so let me put your mind to rest.

Firstly, if you’re worried about pain… whilst obviously I can’t say there’ll never, ever be any pain I can tell you that many of our patients are amazed when the treatment’s finished and say, “But, I haven’t felt a thing!” And, if that doesn’t allay your fears, I have dreamy sedation techniques that mean time flies, you don’t feel a thing and don’t remember much either.

Secondly, if you’re worried that you may be embarrassed by what I find about your teeth then don’t be… I practice “blame-free dentistry”. I will listen to you without criticising or judging. There is no need to feel embarrassed about not having dental treatment done in the past or ignoring the recommendations of earlier dentists. I’m here to help you, not to make you feel bad. As well as working out what you want your teeth to be like, I know that taking the time and listening to your experiences and concerns about your previous dental visits will allow me to understand things better.

Thirdly, if you’re worried about cost then please don’t be… I’m not the cheapest dentist, nor am I the most expensive. I aim to provide good value dentistry… the right treatment at the right price. I’d never do things on the cheap and compromise your dental care, nor would I do a Rolls Royce job when Commodore care is what’s needed. And, if you want to spread the treatment or the payments, that’s fine… I can arrange it.

Do it now!

If you’re in need of dental care, then don’t delay. I see many people who leave it until they are in desperate trouble which makes things worse because what was a little problem that could be easily fixed becomes a major one… the treatment needed becomes more extensive and expensive.

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Are embarrassed about your teeth?

If you live anywhere on the Sunshine Coast and you are embarrassed about your teeth it may be for one of two reasons:

  • You are embarrassed because you haven’t been to a dentist for quite a while and you’re worried that the dentist may give you a hard time, or
  • You are genuinely scared to smile, hate having your photograph taken or showing your teeth because you are conscious of how they look and are really embarrassed by them.

You are not alone. Many people have not seen a dentist for many years because they have had bad experiences in the past or trouble getting numb. I understand. I help people just like you all the time. I’ll listen to your concerns, make sure you’re completely numb, and treat you with compassion and respect.

Almost every day I see people who have hated their smile and have refused point blank to have their photograph taken or be in any situation where people may see their teeth. Frankly some of them have just hated the way their teeth looked… and I’ve been able to help them.

I practice “blame-free dentistry”. You will be listened to without criticism or judgement. There is no need to feel embarrassed about your previous dental visits. I am here to help you, not to make you feel bad. As well as working out what you want your teeth to be like, I know that taking the time and listening to your experiences and concerns about your previous dental visits will allow me to understand things better.

Then I can be sure to repeat all of the good things from your previous dental visits, the ones that made you feel more comfortable and relaxed. Also by learning about the things you found unpleasant or painful I can be sure never to repeat them.

So, if you’re not happy with your smile and want to improve it just click on this link for more information.
I will explain things to you in everyday language: the condition of your teeth, why they have developed the problems they have, and what options are available to provide the results you want for your teeth. I will be open and frank and discuss the pros and cons of each treatment as well as give you an estimate of the time needed and the fees involved.

I’ve always made it a habit to practise the golden rule in everything I do… that means I do unto others as I would have them do unto me. It means I would never recommend treatment for you that I wouldn’t do for myself, my wife or family. You will never feel pressured to receive treatment that you do not want.

If you are worried about pain, relax! I have great ways to make your experience as pain free as possible.  Often, when I tell my patients that their treatment is finished they say, “But Dr Scott, it can’t be… I haven’t felt anything yet!” And if that isn’t reassuring enough, you can have some dreamy sedation that absolutely guarantees you won’t feel a thing.

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In pain, have a broken tooth or toothache?

I know how breaking a tooth, having toothache or any form of jaw pain can be one of life’s most annoying and aggravating incidents so
I’ll move heaven and earth to see you today during office hours and stop the pain for you! Once that’s done, I can advise you about long term care, if necessary.

So, if you live anywhere on the Sunshine Coast and have toothache or a broken tooth all you have to do is phone our office to get the first available emergency appointment.

If it’s outside our office hours phone us and leave a message explaining the nature of the problem and giving your contact details.  We’ll get back to you as soon as our office opens and arrange your appointment.

What to do in the meantime.

If you have toothache:

Here are a few steps you can take at home to try to relieve some of the pain:

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Nurofen or Panadol. However, be aware that you need to see me as soon as possible. If you mask the pain and ignore it, the infection can spread and could become very serious.
  • If the pain is caused by debris lodged in a cavity, washing the area may relieve the problem.
  • Floss your teeth, and then run a toothpick around the gum line. This may remove debris that’s lodged under the gum.
  • If you’ve lost a filling or crown, dip a cotton swab in clove oil and apply it to the exposed part of the tooth. Clove oil, available in pharmacies and supermarkets, works well to relieve tooth pain.
  • Putting an ice pack on your face over the area that hurts also may relieve the pain. Apply the ice for 10 to 20 minutes of every hour, as necessary.
  • If you will be travelling in a plane, the change in pressure when the plane takes off or lands may make you feel more uncomfortable. You should see me before travelling by air.

If you have a broken tooth:

  • Rinse your mouth well with warm water. If you were able to save the tooth fragment(s), rinse them under running water.
  • If an area is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops.
  • Apply a cold compress to the cheek or lips over the broken tooth. This will help reduce swelling and relieve pain.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

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