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events & special offers

From time to time, social events are held at le tooth and invitations will be extended to our new and established patients. In addition, special promotional offers may become available to promote dental brilliance. Please see our le tooth facebook page for
regular updates.

patient referral reward scheme

At le tooth, we appreciate referrals from our valued existing patients. We thank you for recommending us to your family and friends. As a gesture of our appreciation, we would like to offer you a gift of thanks.

Please choose from the following gifts.
For referring 1 patient choose between

  • 1 x Event cinema movie pass

  • $10 off your next treatment

For referring 2 patients please choose between

  • $25 off your next treatment

  • a bottle of 2014 Shaw + Smith Sauvignon Blanc

For referring 3 or more patients please choose between

  • $50 off your next treatment

  • an OralB professional care 500 power toothbrush

Please note you may accumulate your referrals to redeem the gift of your choice. Gifts may vary from time to time depending on stock and availability. Referred patients must have paid treatment at le tooth prior to reward redemption.

dental fees

The cost of dental treatment can vary significantly from one dental practice to another. At le tooth, we appreciate this may be a concern for many patients. We set fees based on our care and service provided to you. We believe our fees are reasonable and we offer great value for the quality treatment you will receive. For extensive treatment plans, a full written quotation will always be provided.

payment options

We accept the following forms of payment:
Cash, Eftpos, VISA, MasterCard, AMEX and DINERS.

We ask that all accounts are payable at the end of each appointment.

health fund rebates

Most health fund rebates can be processed on the day through our Hicaps terminal.

We are member’s preferred providers for the following healthfunds – HCF and CBHS.

Any rebate you receive from your health fund will be determined by your level of cover and the maximum limit imposed to you by your health fund. Due to privacy laws, we cannot access any information relating to your level of cover. The rebate you will receive is best checked with your health fund directly.

faq

are all dental instruments sterilized after each use?

Here at le tooth, all instruments and hand pieces are sterilized through strict autoclaving procedures after each and every patient. We comply with the highest level of sterilizing procedures and standards.

are silver fillings safe?

Silver (amalgam) restorations have been around for many decades and to date, there have been no conclusive studies to suggest that they are dangerous. However, at le tooth, we only use the highest quality tooth coloured restorations available.

do my wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth usually do not push through the gums until people are in the late teens or twenties. They are usually the last teeth to come through the gums and often there is insufficient space remaining in the jaw to accommodate them. The teeth would then become wedged in or “impacted.” Some impacted wisdom teeth remain buried below the gums and cause no trouble, but others may cause severe problems, e.g. infection, decay, crowding and cyst development. If one (or more) of your wisdom teeth causes problems, your dentist may recommend that it be removed.

Removal of wisdom teeth is a common procedure. If your wisdom teeth are likely to be very difficult or complicated to remove, you may be referred to an oral & maxillofacial surgeon.

does smoking affect the teeth, gums or mouth?

Yes. Smoking does not only pose problems to general health, but also has serious effects in the mouth. The main damage is to the gums and mucosa, or lining of the mouth. Smokers develop more oral cancers than non-smokers (about five times more) and invariably suffer some degree of gum or, periodontal disease.

As well as staining teeth, smoking has a profound effect on the saliva, promoting the formation of the thicker ‘mucous’ form of saliva at the expense of the thinner watery ‘serous’ saliva. As a result, there is a reduction in the acid-buffering capacity of the saliva, which thereby increases the risk of tooth decay.

how can i prevent gum disease?

Regular dental visits together with excellent oral hygiene practices can reduce your risk of gum disease. However, factors such as stress, smoking, diabetes, pregnancy, genetics and poor health can affect the health of your gums. Left untreated, the progression of gum disease can cause irreversible damage to the supporting tissues around the teeth (the gums, periodontal ligaments and jaw bone). Once these supporting tissues are lost, they will never regrow.

how do dentists treat dental caries?

Early dental caries is reversible. Mineral can be deposited back onto the tooth surface if you can modify your diet and oral hygiene. Your dentist can treat early areas of caries with topical fluoride, and if you are careful with your diet and cleaning no other treatment may be required.

Advanced dental caries will require a “filling”. Your dentist will remove the damaged and infected soft tooth structure and repair the tooth. It is important to have this done as early as possible to preserve the strength of the tooth and prevent bacteria damaging the tooth pulp.

It is very important to listen to your dentist’s advice on how to eliminate the cause of your caries. Don’t think that just fixing a cavity will stop the disease from occurring in other areas of the mouth.

how long will dental implant treatment take?

Traditionally implant treatment can take 3 to 6 months, much of which is waiting for the implant to heal and integrate in the bone.

The patient is often unaware of the implant during this period and only suffers a minor inconvenience of having a temporary bridge or denture.

how often should i visit the dentist?

We generally advise 6 monthly preventative care appointments. However, if you are at greater risk of dental problems, (e.g. smokers, diabetics, pregnant women, patients with gum disease) your dentist will recommend you visit more regularly to maintain optimal oral health.

i broke my tooth. what should i do?

If you have pain, contact your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment. If you are not experiencing pain, then contact your dentist for an appointment at your earliest convenience (within days, not weeks), but avoid biting hard on that tooth and keep it as clean as possible.

is dentistry pain free?

At le tooth we realize how important your dental health is and can appreciate how daunting a dental visit can be. Rest assured that we will go to great lengths to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Our dentists are highly skilled and have been trained to employ the most comfortable treatment techniques available.

is tooth whitening safe?

Dentist dispensed and supervised tooth whitening has been extensively reported and reviewed in the dental literature and its safety and effectiveness has been well documented.

Before starting on any tooth whitening procedure, speak to your dentist at le tooth and see what method of tooth whitening would be most suitable for you.

my tooth was knocked out. what should i do?

You should immediately contact your dentist for an emergency appointment. Getting to a dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

The tooth must only be handled by the crown, not the root. Handling of the tooth root can damage cells necessary for bone re-attachment. Gently place the tooth in a solution of saline or in milk. If saline or milk is not readily available, very quickly rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt and place the tooth in your mouth between the cheek and the gum to keep it moist, and see your dentist as soon as possible. Do not overly rinse the tooth in water. Do not scrub the tooth.

If you are unable to see your dentist immediately (within the hour), quickly rinse the tooth in saline or milk, and being careful not to touch the root, insert the tooth back into the tooth socket (ensuring the tooth is in the correct orientation) and see your dentist as soon as you can.

what is dental caries?

Dental caries, or dental decay, is a common disease, which causes cavities and discoloration of both permanent and “baby” teeth. As the disease progresses in a tooth it becomes weaker and its nerve may be damaged.

Dental decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth make acid which then dissolves the tooth. Bacteria only produce this acid when they are exposed to sugar.

when should my child see a dentist?

Your child’s first dental visit should take place at 12 months, or shortly after the eruption of their first baby teeth. This will allow your dentist the perfect opportunity to carefully examine the development of their mouth and identify problems such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething irritations and thumb-sucking habits.

why are x-rays necessary?

X-Ray examinations are an important diagnostic tool providing the dentist with the necessary information on the status of your dental health. They can detect the presence of decay and its precise location, the presence of dental abscesses or any abnormal growths such as tumours or cysts, or the extent of periodontal disease and any changes to the jaw bone structure.

Early detection and treatment of dental problems can save time, cost, unnecessary discomfort, stress and complications.

At le tooth, we use the latest digital radiographic equipment to minimise exposure

why do i need root canal treatment?

If you have a damaged tooth, root canal treatment may help to save it. Inside your tooth is soft tissue containing nerves, blood and lymph vessels known as the tooth pulp. When the pulp cannot repair itself from disease or injury, it dies. A fracture in a tooth or a deep cavity commonly causes pulp death, as the pulp is exposed to bacteria found in your saliva.

When the pulp becomes infected, it is best to remove it before it spreads to the tooth and surrounding tissues. The whole tooth may be lost if the infection is left untreated. Root canal treatment can save your tooth.

why do my gums bleed?

The most common reason for bleeding gums is due to the accumulation of plaque and calculus (tartar) around the teeth and gums. Left unremoved, plaque bacteria release toxins causing inflammation and infection of the gums (gingivitis). This can be recognized by red, swollen gums that will bleed easily. Gingivitis left untreated can progress to periodontal disease. Therefore, bleeding gums should be taken seriously. Regular dental visits for professional teeth cleaning can reduce your risk of developing gum disease and help ensure you maintain optimal oral health for life.

will dental implant treatment hurt?

Dental implant treatment is most commonly carried out under local anaesthesia. The treatment is very similar to routine dental care or a minor surgical operation. There may be a small amount of discomfort or pressure but the procedure should not be painful.