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 Check Up and Clean

Dental check-ups and cleans are one of the best ways to maintain oral health, when combined with brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your dentist can prevent major dental issues from occurring; prevention is far more effective at saving you time and money in the long run.

We recommend you see your dentist twice yearly for a dental check-up and clean. These appointments take roughly 30 to 40 minutes for regular patients.

Dental Check-Up

A dental check-up involves a bit more than just looking at your teeth! During the check-up, your wonderful dentist will discuss whatever concerns you may have, perform a dietary and hygiene assessment, and do a thorough examination of your jaw, gums, tongue, throat, face and neck. Then they will examine your teeth for signs of cavities, infection, cracks or excess plaque build-up.

At Polished Dental, we know that education is power, so we want you to have an understanding of your oral health and control of your treatment. If dental work is required, your dentist will go over it in detail and explain why it’s necessary.

If areas need to be addressed, your dentist will create a dental treatment plan with your input, allowing it to be shaped to your timeframe and budget. If further work is required, another appointment will usually be needed for the treatment to be carried out.

New Patients

If you’re a new patient, we take the time to thoroughly address any concerns you may have and take an in-depth look at your mouth and oral health. If we feel there isn’t enough time to dedicate to your scale and clean, we’ll book you in for another appointment.

Dental X-Rays

X-Rays may be required to give us a thorough overview of the condition of your mouth. They give us a better look at your teeth and allow us to see any decay or infection between or around the teeth that isn’t otherwise visible.

X-Rays allow us to find areas of decay before they are big enough to see with our own eyes! Having x-rays on file also allows us to compare and track any changes in your mouth.

Dental Clean

Our terrific dentists will scale and polish your teeth to remove stains, plaque build-up and tartar. This is done with special ultrasonic tools and a gentle abrasive polishing paste; a lot more in-depth than when you brush your teeth at home!

After this, your teeth are smooth and shiny, and this slick surface makes it hard for new plaque to stick to your teeth. If you have a heavier build-up, or periodontal disease (gum disease), you may require multiple visits

Fluoride treatment

At the end of your appointment, fluoride is applied to strengthen the enamel of your teeth. Please wait 20 minutes after the application of the fluoride before you eat or drink.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.