General Family Dentistry

At Polished Dental, we love nothing more than providing quality dental care for the entire family, from the young to the young-at-heart. We focus particularly on building strong relationships with those in the community, and ensuring their dental health is in optimum condition over the years.

When it comes to the condition of your teeth, preventative dentistryis your biggest ally. Booking regular appointments with our clinic is the first line of defence against many dental hygiene problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

There are a range of dental issues that can be prevented through regular hygiene appointments and patient education. We believe it is important that everybody plays an active role in their oral health, which includes establishing good hygiene habits at home and making informed decisions on treatments.

We are always striving to ensure our patients are as informed as they can be, so they can make the decision that best suits their overall needs.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a brilliant, permanent solution for those with gaps in their smile. For those only missing a few teeth, they’re a great fixed alternative to dentures.

As the name suggests, a dental bridge ‘bridges’ the gap left by one or more missing teeth. The bridge uses the natural teeth on either side of the gap as anchor points and has the replacement teeth attached to it.

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Why might I need a dental bridge?

Missing teeth can affect us negatively when it comes to our physical and psychological wellbeing. There are a number of ways in which dental bridges can help:

Restore confidence and restore your smile

Maintain the natural shape of your face

Re-adjusts bite allowing for effective chewing

Prevents remaining natural teeth from moving

Can help with your speech and pronunciation

Comfortable and easy to maintain

If missing teeth is having an adverse effect on your everyday life, dental bridges may be an excellent solution for you.

How does a dental bridge procedure work?

Fixing dental bridges in place takes course over two appointments.

In the initial appointment, the anchoring teeth (those that will support the bridge) are prepared and moulds taken of the area. These anchoring teeth are shaped so that the crowns of the bridge fit perfectly over them in the next appointment. The moulds are sent to our local lab where they create your unique dental bridge.

In the second appointment, we carefully check the bridge to make sure it’s a perfect fit before cementing it in place.

Is a dental bridge procedure painful?

The mouth is numbed so that no discomfort or pain is felt during the first appointment, and a temporary bridge is used until your permanent one is ready. After the initial appointment, there may be some discomfort in the gums around the anchor teeth, but it shouldn’t last long and over-the-counter painkillers are all you’ll need.

How long does a dental bridge last for?

Dental bridges usually last for around five to 15 years but, as always, it’s dependent on good oral hygiene. It’s the same with natural teeth; you must make a habit of brushing, flossing and rinsing to ensure the longevity of your dental bridge and to prevent tooth decay in the area.

For optimal dental health, we recommend twice yearly appointments with one of our friendly dentists.

What if my dental bridge is hurting?

If your dental bridge is causing you pain, it’s important that you make an appointment with one of our dentists as soon as possible. Before we can determine what the cause is, we’ll have to examine your mouth and bridge. It could be issues with your bite if the bridge is new, requiring minor alterations. It could be that the dental bridge is loose, or perhaps decay has set in under the crowns that support the bridge.

If ever you experience discomfort or pain in your gums or teeth, please make an appointment with Polished Dental straight away. It’s never a good idea to let these things wait.

Easy payment options

Even though it’s the weekend, our amazingly flexible payment options are still available. You can pay for your Saturday dental treatment with Zip Money as if it’s a regular weekday. Dental treatments are important to your overall health, and it’s best to get that toothache sorted as soon as possible. With Zip Money, the benefits include:

Reusable account

Interest free

Flexible payments

No deposit

Health Fund Friendly

At Polished Dental, we accept all major private health funds and can facilitate on the spot claiming with HICAPS! We are also proud to be classified as Preferred Providers for several major funds, meaning our patients will usually have access to the highest rebates possible…

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is the best way to strengthen and protect a tooth after it’s been significantly compromised (e.g., large amount of decay removed). A crown is a custom-made porcelain ‘helmet’ designed to look like your natural teeth so that it is undetectable from your other teeth.

Your dentist fits the crown over the tooth to restore its integrity. The crown seals off the vulnerable tooth from the mouth in order to reduce the risk of infection and increase the tooth’s longevity.

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Why might a dental crown be recommended?

Dental crowns can be a solution for a number of issues:

Protect the tooth after root canal

Provide a stable base for a dental bridge

Restore a dental implant post-surgery

Cover chipped or discoloured teeth

What’s involved in a dental crown procedure?

 Fitting a dental crown requires two appointments.

During your first appointment, the dentist will prepare the tooth for the crown. Once prepared, an impression is taken of the area and sent to a local lab where your unique crown is created.

At the end of the first appointment, your dentist will fit a temporary crown over the prepared tooth to protect it until your personalised porcelain crown is ready.

During the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and your new, permanent crown is fitted. The dentist will ensure the fit is just right, checking your bite and jaw alignment.

How do I care for my temporary dental crown?

A temporary crown is a short-term solution to protect the tooth until your permanent crown is ready. Certain precautions should be taken with a temporary crown:

  • Avoid sticky or chewy foods (e.g., chewing gum or caramel) which can stick to the temporary crown and dislodge it.
  • Avoid hard foods (e.g., nuts and raw vegetables) which can dislodge or break the temporary crown.

Is a dental crown procedure painful?

During the dental crown procedure, the mouth is numbed with local anaesthetic so that no pain is felt. After the anaesthetic has worn off, some soreness or discomfort may be felt around the gum where the crown was placed, but over-the-counter medication should alleviate any pain.

Why do we use porcelain dental crowns?

Porcelain is a type of ceramic, and it’s a very good material to use in dental procedures as it can be formed to the shape of natural teeth and look identical. Porcelain can also be made to mimic the translucency and tone of dental ivory. Because of this, it’s often recommended for prominent front teeth, though it’s equally appropriate for large molars.

Porcelain is a bio-compatible material, which simply means it causes no gum irritation or allergic reactions. A porcelain crown feels like just another tooth.

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns don’t last forever, unlike natural teeth. They last up to 15 years on average, though it’s important to remember that the tooth under the crown can still become infected and decay if not properly cared for.

Like your natural teeth, a crown’s longevity is dependent on good oral hygiene, which involves regular brushing, flossing and rinsing, as well as six-monthly check-ups with one of our friendly dentists.

Easy payment options

Even though it’s the weekend, our amazingly flexible payment options are still available. You can pay for your Saturday dental treatment with Zip Money as if it’s a regular weekday. Dental treatments are important to your overall health, and it’s best to get that toothache sorted as soon as possible. With Zip Money, the benefits include:

Reusable account

Interest free

Flexible payments

No deposit

Health Fund Friendly

At Polished Dental, we accept all major private health funds and can facilitate on the spot claiming with HICAPS! We are also proud to be classified as Preferred Providers for several major funds, meaning our patients will usually have access to the highest rebates possible…

Smile Makeovers

A healthy and happy smile isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Improving your smile not only boosts your confidence, it also improves your general oral health and comfort. At Polished Dental, we offer obligation-free Smile Makeover consultations.

Whether you’re looking for a complete transformation or simply want to make minor enhancements to your smile, our dentists can tailor a treatment plan to suit your budget and expectations.

Need a 24-hour Dentist? Call Us…

Sang Ho: 24/7 emergency dentist in Kenmore, Brisbane

As a local, Sang’s happy to help with urgent queries or dental emergencies over the phone. For appointments, please feel free to book online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Book Now Call 0401 359 658

What are Smile Makeovers?

Many people think dentistry is only about preventing tooth decay, but there is so much more that dentists can do. Cosmetic dental treatments are as much about their psychological benefits as they are about correcting issues with the jaw, teeth and gums.

At Polished Dental, we believe your smile is as unique as your fingerprint. That’s why your journey to a brighter smile begins with an obligation-free consultation, so we can sit down with you and understand your specific goals and expectations in order to tailor a plan that works for you.

Cosmetic dentistry can treat and correct a number of smile ‘issues’, including:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Excessive gum showing
  • Out-of-position childhood orthodontics
  • Missing teeth
  • Excessive tooth decay
  • Stained teeth
  • Gaps

How do smile makeovers work?

Your path to a healthy, beautiful smile begins with your initial consultation. Our knowledgeable dentists will sit down with you and listen to your concerns and desires. We will create a treatment plan and explain each step so that you’re fully informed as to what’s involved and comfortable with your cosmetic dentistry journey.

There are numerous treatment options when it comes to transforming your smile. They include:

What are the benefits of a Smile Makeover?

A boost to your self-esteem

Our cosmetic dental treatments address a number of issues with your gums and teeth that restore physical health and give you the confidence you deserve. There are few things more powerful than a smile!

It’s long lasting

There are many cosmetic enhancements that are short lived and require regular maintenance or top-ups, whereas cosmetic dentistry is a long-term investment. The knowledgeable and experienced dentists at Polished Dental will provide you with the highest quality dental work and keep you smiling for years to come!

Improvement in lifestyle

Damaged teeth not only look unsightly, they can stop you from enjoying some of your favourite foods. Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can be a chore when your teeth aren’t in the best condition. Cosmetic dentistry improves not only the look of your teeth, but their functionality as well.

Easy payment options

Even though it’s the weekend, our amazingly flexible payment options are still available. You can pay for your Saturday dental treatment with Zip Money as if it’s a regular weekday. Dental treatments are important to your overall health, and it’s best to get that toothache sorted as soon as possible. With Zip Money, the benefits include:

Reusable account

Interest free

Flexible payments

No deposit

Health Fund Friendly

At Polished Dental, we accept all major private health funds and can facilitate on the spot claiming with HICAPS! We are also proud to be classified as Preferred Providers for several major funds, meaning our patients will usually have access to the highest rebates possible…

Emergency Dentist in Kenmore, Brisbane

If you have a dental emergency and need a dentist now we’re able to help whether you’re an existing patient or not

Dental emergencies can happen at any time – spontaneous tooth ache or a cracked tooth can really ruin your day, weekend or upcoming holiday. If you need an emergency dental clinic in Brisbane (we’re located in Kenmore) please give Polished Dental a call! We are more than happy to help, and understand that with dental problems time is of the essence. Whether you’re 7 or 70, the team at Polished Dental are standing by to help with any emergency dental care, 7 days a week.

Need a 24-hour Dentist? Call Us…

Sang Ho: 24/7 emergency dentist in Kenmore, Brisbane

As a local, Sang’s happy to help with urgent queries or dental emergencies over the phone. For appointments, please feel free to book online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Book Now Call 0401 359 658

We are open early mornings and late nights as well as both Saturday and Sunday

This ensures we are always available to tend to any emergencies.

We intentionally have multiple appointments reserved each day for dental emergencies.

Our friendly team will welcome you to the practice, listen to the problem at hand, carefully explain to you what has happened and what we can do to fix the problem. We will also give you all options available and discuss costs so we can work with you to get you out of pain and make sure the problem is solved properly.

Book an Appointment

If you require emergency dental services in and around Kenmore, Brisbane, please contact the friendly team at Polished Dental on 3878 3889 or make an online booking (available 24/7).

Alternatively, if it’s not an emergency but you’re looking for a Sunday dentist
in Brisbane, we’re also happy to help!

If one of your teeth is knocked out,
here’s what to do.

It’s not uncommon for a tooth to get knocked out (what’s known in the trade as a tooth avulsion) when playing contact sport. Mouthguards have helped to reduce the number of incidents, and are still the best preventative option. If you play any form of contact sport, at either a professional or amateur level, we strongly recommend the use of a well fitted mouthguard.

If you experience a knocked-out tooth, follow these steps.

Stay calm, and try to find the tooth.
Wash it very gently in either milk or a saline solution. Don’t scrub it, and try not to make any contact with the root end.
Try to put the tooth back in its cavity. Check your other teeth to see what way to face the tooth, then push it firmly into the cavity to put it back in place.
If that isn’t possible, keep the tooth in milk or a saline solution or in your mouth against a cheek. We want to keep the cells in the root alive until you can see a dentist.
Whether you have managed to put the tooth back in or not, book in for emergency dental treatment with us as soon as you can.

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Trading Hours

  • Monday 7:30am-7:30pm
  • Tuesday 7:30am-7:30pm
  • Wednesday 7:30am-6:00pm
  • Thursday 7:30am-5:00pm
  • Friday 7:30am-5:00pm
  • Saturday 8:30am-1:00pm
  • Sunday 8:30am-1:00pm

Dentures

Dentures, or plates, nowadays come in a vast array or forms. Dentures are composed of acrylic teeth on a metal or acrylic base with retainers, or clasps, to brace existing teeth.

Newer dentures can be much more discreet whilst still being retentive. This can be achieved by using different materials such as reinforced yet flexible acrylics, or through the use of magnets and implants.

If you have any ill-fitting or worn dentures please let us know and we are more than happy to adjust them or talk with you about alternatives. Options can be much easier and cheaper than you may think and we’re only too happy to help.

Tooth removal

Despite our best efforts, there may be times where a tooth may need to be removed. This can include:

  • Loose or mobile teeth
  • Stubborn baby teeth
  • Teeth needing to be removed to create space for orthodontic work
  • Teeth affected by decay

Removing teeth can vary greatly in complexity but rest assured, regardless we take the utmost care to ensure it is as quick and painless as possible. We are able to use various aids and sedation to ensure you and your loved ones are as comfortable and relaxed as possible.

We anticipate that many patients are nervous before such appointments so please let us know if you have any concerns or queries and our team are only too happy to help.

Root canal treatment

Despite our best efforts, the nerve tissue within our teeth can sometimes die. This can occur due to exposure of the nerve through cavities, cracks in teeth or fractured teeth. When our nerves reach this stage of necrosis they can become infected and often require swift removal. By removing the nerve only, rather than the entire tooth, we are able to preserve the remaining tooth structure allowing you to continue chewing and smiling with your own tooth.

We employ various techniques to make root canals as easy as possible and despite popular culture and perception, root canal treatment has become very manageable. We often have patients fall asleep during the procedure!

Root canal treatment is performed over several appointments to ensure proper shaping and cleansing of the canal space inside of the tooth, as well as adequate time for any infection to resolve.

White fillings

White fillings are routinely used not only to replace areas affected by tooth decay but also as a means to rebuild and reshape teeth.

Tooth decay can occur when oral bacteria feed on waste left around teeth and gums. Bacteria then leave waste material behind and this eats away at tooth structure eventuating in a hole or cavity.
In restorative dental treatment, this cavity is cleaned out and the space replaced with a filling material.

Tooth coloured filling materials are designed to bond to remaining healthy tooth structure and provide a durable, strong and aesthetically pleasing replacement for infected tooth structure.

Fillings can also be used to repair tooth structure lost from chipping and wear. For front teeth, we use a white filling material specifically designed for to look natural and blend with your neighbouring teeth. Our dentist have learned special techniques to layer filling material to best have your smile looking radiant and natural.

Preventative care

Routine dental appointments are vital for optimal oral health.

Our initial and periodic (6 monthly) examinations are extremely comprehensive and allow you to have your head and neck, tongue, gums and of course teeth professionally checked. We also use this opportunity to take photos of all the areas mentioned to ensure we are keeping track of any changes over time. Routine check-up xrays are generally recommended every few years for the same reason and can be taken quickly and with low-dose radiation with our digital system.

As many dental conditions such as gum disease and even cavities may not necessarily be felt by you as discomfort, we strongly encourage regular check-ups so we can provide you with any tips on areas to focus on or be wary. Preventive dentistry is the key to easier, less expensive, pain-free dentistry – something dentists and patients love alike!

Implants

Dental implants are a fantastic option to replace missing or damaged teeth. They look like your own teeth more than any other restoration option and, unlike dentures, they don’t have to be removed for cleaning.

Need a 24-hour Dentist? Call Us…

Sang Ho: 24/7 emergency dentist in Kenmore, Brisbane

As a local, Sang’s happy to help with urgent queries or dental emergencies over the phone. For appointments, please feel free to book online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Book Now Call 0401 359 658

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a metal anchor that resembles a screw, and it’s used to replace your natural tooth roots. It’s put into the jaw where the missing roots were and, over time, bone and gum tissue grow over it and help to hold it in place.

Dental implants provide a stable base for artificial replacement teeth, like dental crowns, which are made to resemble your natural teeth in shape, size and tone.

Commonly used to replace single teeth, there are cases where implants are appropriate for a full mouth rehabilitation, wherein they can be used to replace any teeth that remain and fil gaps left by missing teeth. They can also be used as anchor points for dental bridges and dentures.

How does a dental implant procedure work?

  • A CT scan is the first step, which allows us to see where there is enough bone to support an implant, and to plan its ideal position.
  • Our dentist will then fit the titanium implant into the jawbone. The area around the implant is numbed during this procedure, so no pain is felt.
  • Three months is needed for the implant to become properly secured within the bone and surrounding gum tissue.
  • The implant is then exposed at the gumline and topped with a healing cap to make room for a porcelain crown.
  • A porcelain crown or bridge is made and attached to the implant around three weeks later, restoring both function and aesthetics.

The whole process can take anywhere from three to six months and requires several trips to the dentist.

Implant-retained dentures

Bone and gum tissue that once supported your teeth gradually shrinks away after tooth loss, making a full denture harder to keep in place. It’s difficult to enjoy the foods you love with ill-fitting or loose dentures, and they can make you feel self-conscious in social situations.

Dental implants are a great anchor point for dentures, helping to increase their function and maintain bone and gum height where they are placed.

The implants used to replace a single tooth are the same as those used to retain dentures. However, the tooth-shaped crown is replaced with a small metal ball that sticks out from your gum and corresponds with a socket embedded in your denture, enabling you to ‘clip’ them in place.

What is the recovery time for a dental implant procedure?

The recovery time after a dental implant procedure depends on several things:

  • Your medical and dental history
  • The condition of your jawbone prior to the procedure
  • The number of teeth to be replaced

Depending on your circumstance, recovery could take between several days to a couple of weeks. In most cases, you’ll be back to your old self in a couple of days. It can take around three to six months, though, for your jawbone and gum tissue to completely heal.

Over-the-counter painkillers can manage any discomfort you might feel for around a week after the procedure.

Are there any risks with a dental implant procedure?

For over 30 years, dental implants have proven to be a safe and effective solution for missing teeth. All procedures that involve exposed tissue, though, do come with a risk of infection. That’s why it’s so important that you have dental implants inserted by an experienced and skilled dentist, like the ones at Polished Dental.

Some people consider having the procedure done overseas, due to the price of dental implants when compared to other treatments. We always urge against this, as dentists without proper training or the use of inadequate equipment can make the small risk of infection much higher.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are a long-term solution which can last a lifetime, if cared for correctly. What’s anchored to them, though – bridges, dentures or crowns – don’t last as long and may need to be replaced, with your current implants serving as the base.

Regular check-ups with one of our dentists and good oral hygiene will ensure the longevity of your dental implants. If you’d like to discuss your dental implant needs, please make an appointment by calling our friendly team on 07 3878 8300.

Easy payment options

Even though it’s the weekend, our amazingly flexible payment options are still available. You can pay for your Saturday dental treatment with Zip Money as if it’s a regular weekday. Dental treatments are important to your overall health, and it’s best to get that toothache sorted as soon as possible. With Zip Money, the benefits include:

Reusable account

Interest free

Flexible payments

No deposit

Health Fund Friendly

At Polished Dental, we accept all major private health funds and can facilitate on the spot claiming with HICAPS! We are also proud to be classified as Preferred Providers for several major funds, meaning our patients will usually have access to the highest rebates possible…