Ask the Dentist




We know dentistry can be confusing and daunting at times and the treatments can be complex. We at Ipswich City Dental understand that, we are here to answer your questions. You can view our FAQ’s or call us on (07) 3485 0155.


How often should I visit the Dentist?

Generally it is recommended that most patients visit the Dentist every six months for a regular dental exam. This exam is important to monitor your dentition and overall oral health. It can assist in early identification of gum disease, tooth decay and other dental issues. Identifying these things early will result in improved outcomes for your overall dental health and often results in reduced costs and the amount of treatments required.

What happens at my check up?

When visiting Ipswich City Dental we will ask you for your medical details and contact information. This helps us to provide appropriate treatments and keep regular records. You will be introduced to the clinic and shown our state of the art facility. You will be introduced to our staff who will explain all procedures. Generally a full mouth check including your teeth, gums, lips and oral cavity will be performed. Often this is followed by a clean to remove plaque from the teeth and ensure the gums remain healthy. X-rays may also be taken, should they be required, to assess the teeth and gums and photos may be taken to record and show any findings. You will be provided with an oral care pack and leave with a beautiful smile.

When should I bring my child to the Dentist?

Incorporating oral healthcare into your child’s education is important. It should begin from an early age as this establishes a lifetime of healthy habits. As a parent it is important for you to be aware of your child’s oral health needs and whether your child is ready for their first dental visit. We at Ipswich City Dental believe that a child’s first visit to the dentist should be stress free and an opportunity to develop and get acquainted with the environment and dentist. We have a variety of techniques to ensure your child enjoy their experience and has a positive understanding of oral health care.

When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?

It is important to know the requirements for your child’s dentition and brushing should commence as soon as the baby teeth are present. A child’s toothbrush is best to gently brush their teeth and gums. It is not recommended to use toothpaste on children under one year old and after this a child’s toothpaste should be used until they are approximately six years of age.

Why should I floss?

Flossing is as important to your oral health as brushing. It allows for the plaque and debris to be removed. Brushing alone does not remove this. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

What causes bad breath?

There are many causes for bad breath but inappropriate dental hygiene can be one. Many of the bacteria that cause gum disease can also cause bad breath. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene including: brushing, flossing and brushing of the tongue. These are the first steps in combating bad breath. Should you feel this is a problem you should bring this up with your dentist for a specific evaluation.

What is an implant?

Modern dental implants are titanium screws which are placed into the jaw bone to replace missing teeth. They require a surgical procedure and long-term maintenance. There are many factors that influence to the success of this procedure. Should you be interested in this option please discuss further with your Dentist.

What is a crown?

A crown is a precise cap that fits over a prepared tooth. It is custom designed and extremely precise for your individual tooth and it can be constructed from many different materials such as porcelain or gold. It is an ideal treatment for heavily filled teeth, root canalled teeth and cracked or chipped teeth. A precise model of your tooth is constructed and a highly trained technician designs, sculpts and crafts the crown for the perfect fit.

What is a root canal treatment?

Root Canal is a dental procedure which involves removal of the nerve and the blood supply from within the tooth and a seal placed within its position. It is often required due to decay, infection or irreversible inflammation. Root canal is most commonly painless with appropriate anesthesia. Having a root canal procedure done on a tooth may make the remaining structure brittle and often a crown can be require post this treatment.

I'm scared of the dentist!

At Ipswich City Dental our team have treated and helped many patients through dental anxiety and dental phobia. We find this very rewarding and enjoy taking the time to assist our patients to work through these complications. We understand there are many reasons for dental phobia. Dental technology and technique are ever advancing and we apply these techniques to give greater patient comfort. We take the time to understand your needs and have a variety of techniques to make your visit as comfortable as possible. We take the time to communicate, evaluate and discuss your requirements. At Ipswich City Dental we understand these are not easy issues to overcome and finding the right fit for you is important. We will take the time to make you feel safe and comfortable with no obligations. We are happy for you to visit and meet the team and become acquainted with us prior to treatment. You can feel safe in knowing our long history in health care allows us to provide exceptional care to all our patients.

I have a dental emergency

Toothache and dental emergencies can take on many forms and can incorporate broken teeth, dentures or throbbing, aching pains. These conditions can be debilitating and we are aware of the significant detriment they can have to your health and overall wellbeing. Here at Ipswich City Dental we want to resolve these problems as soon as possible and we allocate specific times within our schedule and will endeavor to see you as soon as possible that day. We are as flexible as possible and see these cases as a priority. Our goal in these cases is to relieve pain and to offer you further treatment options to suit your specific needs.

Does Ipswich City Dental Bulk Bill

At Ipswich city Dental we bulk bill for eligible children through the Child Dental Benefits Scheme. Eligible families will receive notification of this, should you have any questions with regards to this please feel free to contact us to discuss further or see our links to Medicare.

Greater Patient Comfort

Dental technology and technique are ever advancing
and we apply these techniques to give greater patient comfort.
We take the time to understand your needs and have a variety of techniques
to make your visit as comfortable as possible.


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