Avid Dental
Avid Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): General Dentistry

How can we help you?

We value open communication with patients and encourage questions that help you feel confident in your dental care. Many of our most common questions are listed here, but if you have a specific question or one that requires an immediate answer, we welcome you to get in touch with our Korumburra or Inverloch dental clinics and our team will be happy to help.

At your next visit, our dentists will be happy to explain your procedure and treatment options so that you have all of the information you need to keep your smile healthy and attractive.

General Dentistry

Our team members are very fond of children as many of us have little ones (some a little taller than others) of our own. We are committed to providing exceptional paediatric dentistry to little ones of any age and making their experience an enjoyable and interactive experience that will support a healthy attitude toward caring for their smiles.

Whether it is time for your child’s first dental visit, or you are searching for a family dentist to care for all of your children’s smiles in the Korumburra or Inverloch communities, we welcome you to contact us.

Children are naturally curious and have questions about their smiles. We will demonstrate proper hygiene to empower kids to look after their own smiles at home and also maintain open communication with parents regarding their child’s development and growth.

When it comes to procedures, such as fillings, we provide comfortable procedures and work at your child’s pace without forcing them to go beyond their limited attention spans.

By ensuring your child has adequate paediatric dental care from a caring and compassionate team, you are promoting a healthy smile for a lifetime. Children with adequate dentistry in their early years often have fewer oral health challenges as adults.

Contact Avid Dental to arrange your child’s paediatric dental visit.

It is common to experience swelling, bleeding and discomfort after dental extractions, however, if you are experiencing the following conditions you should contact your dentist immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Feverish
  • Profound bleeding

If you are unable to contact the dentist, please contact the emergency department at your local hospital.
 
Some bleeding is healthy, this includes blood in the saliva when spitting and dried blood stains on the pillow. This normally ceases within two to three days. Patients on blood thinners, however, may take a more extended period of time before recovery.

Bleeding

If the bleeding hasn’t stopped, do not panic. This is normal. But it can be managed. You have been provided with a packet of sterile gauze. With clean hands, place the sterile gauze on the site of the wound and apply pressure as you bite down. If you have run out of sterile gauze, a moist tea bag is also practical.

Swelling

The swelling typically reaches its maximum after two to three days. You can minimise the swelling by applying pressure and a cold pack to the affected area of the face up to 48 hours after the procedure. Apply the cold pack for 10 minutes and off for 10 minutes and repeat.

After several days when the bleeding has stopped, you may apply a heat pack for 20 minutes and off for 10 minutes. This will accelerate the healing process and reduce the swelling. Only use a heat pack that is comfortable to touch. Excessively hot heat packs may result in burns. Do not use a heat pack if the wound is still bleeding as this may increase the severity of the bleeding.

Discomfort

Avoid taking aspirin unless prescribed by your doctor. Only use paracetamol if you do not suffer from paracetamol allergy. If ineffective, please contact us during our operating hours for advice.

After 24 hours (48 hours for patients on blood thinners), mix a teaspoon of salt to a small glass of warm water and use as a mouth rinse. Be very gentle when swooshing the mouth rinse to avoid aggravating the blood clot. This accelerates the healing process and provides some pain relief.

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