Sparkle Dental Care

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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We are happy to answer questions about our services and procedures. These are a selection of some common questions that patients have.

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We welcome new patients to both of our practices in Fairfield and Hampton. 

At Sparkle Dental Care, we are happy to host two convenient locations for our busy patients. We are always accepting new patients, and are happy to put you on our schedule at either dental location.

Our Fairfield Dental Location

Our Fairfield dental clinic is on Station Street and near Darebin Road. We can be found off Livingstone Street. Local landmarks include McDonell Park, Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre, and 
John Cain Memorial Park. 

Nearby restaurants and stores include Domino's Pizza Fairfield Victoria and Virtual School Victoria. 

After our dental appointment, patients can walk through and enjoy the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, which are nearby.

Our Hampton Dental Location

Our Bayside dental clinic is located on Willis Street near Hampton Street. We are right next to The Hamptons Bakery Cafe and Linacre Private Hospital. 

After your dental appointment with us, you can enjoy the beachside, and we have many beautiful spots. We are right next to a dog-friendly beach: Sandringham Harbour. Patients can also enjoy our local Hampton Beach. 

We Look Forward to Seeing You

We welcome you to contact either location with questions or book your next dental cleans and examination.

If you need any other information about our dental treatments or how to find our dental practice, don't hesitate to contact us to answer your concerns. 

We look forward to seeing your smile.

Children's Dentistry

At Sparkle Dental Care, we treat patients of all ages, and this includes children. Typically, we start seeing children when their first tooth comes in. This gives your dentist near Fairfield and Hampton the chance to assess the tooth and how it is erupting.

During early dental visits, we work to instil positive associations with the dental clinic. We want your child to grow up without fear of the dentist, which may carry into adulthood.

As your child ages, we introduce age-appropriate dental services, including:

  • Dental x-rays as needed
  • Teeth cleans
  • Dental sealants
  • Fluoride treatments

Your dentist near Fairfield and Hampton will also evaluate the jaw development and function of your child’s mouth, including the tongue. Sometimes children are tongue-tied, which may lead to speech and eating difficulties. This condition may be treatable with minimally invasive laser dentistry.

Throughout your child’s dental care journey with us, we always have time to answer your questions and provide tips to help you care for your child’s teeth between dental visits.

At Sparkle Dental Care, we love treating children and families.

Are You Looking for a Children’s Dentist Near Fairfield or Hampton?

If you would like to schedule an exam for your child, or if you have any questions about our children’s dentistry, we anticipate your call.

Kid at the Dentist | Child's First Visit | Sparkle Dental Care Early childhood dental visits are essential for helping your child develop a positive experience with dental visits. Finding a kids’ dentist in Hampton or Fairfield, VIC will give you an opportunity to create a solid foundation for a lifelong healthy smile.

Your child’s first dental appointment is also a great opportunity to learn how to take care of your little one’s teeth at home. Your child will need your assistance brushing and flossing until they develop the dexterity and dedication to do it on their own, usually by the age of eight or nine.

What Will Happen At Your Child's Appointment

A trip to the dentist for your little one will be a fun experience. We will take him or her for a ride in the chair and have a look at their teeth to make sure they are developing properly. We will maintain excellent communication with parents as children grow and will help avoid common oral conditions such as dental caries (decay). Fluoride applications, fissure sealants and regular dental cleans will promote a healthy smile for your child.

We welcome children of all ages and provide gentle dentistry at their pace. Contact us for a caring kids’ dentist in Hampton, VIC. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

Crowns and Bridges

Here at Sparkle Dental Care, we are proud of making our patients feel as comfortable as possible. This is why our dentists and lovely staff take the time to use topical numbing cream followed by Local Anaesthesia to minimize pain or discomfort.

A dental crown or cap is like a helmet for a fragile tooth that has lost over 60% of its structure. It can protect the natural tooth from further breaking and root splitting, which usually leads to pain, infection and tooth loss.

How Does a Dental Crown Work?

The crown totally covers the tooth, sealing it off to protect it from further damage. We generally make dental crowns using either porcelain or ceramic, both of which are designed to look just like a natural tooth. 

At Sparkle Dental Care, we also colour-match our dental crowns to our patients’ other teeth for an aesthetically pleasing, seamless smile. 

What Types of Crowns Do You Offer?

We offer both traditional crowns, which require multiple appointments, and same-day CEREC crowns, which we can create in just one appointment. We make same-day crowns to provide the same durability and natural appearance as a traditional crown. With a much shorter waiting period for their new, artificial tooth, same-day crowns are a popular choice among our patients. 

Dental Crowns in Hampton

We enjoy helping patients preserve their oral health with dental crowns and other dental procedures. We invite you to contact our dental team to arrange your dental crown consultation with our skilled dentists or to ask any questions you may have. 

We’re here to assist your dental needs, whether you need a dental crown or another dental treatment. 

We usually use a dental crown to protect a single tooth over 60% damaged. A dental bridge is comprised of dental crowns and one or more artificial teeth, called pontics, and it's designed to replace missing teeth.

How Does a Bridge Work?

The bridge spans the gap in a patient's smile where the teeth are missing, with a dental crown on each side anchored over healthy teeth for security.

Our dentists may recommend a bridge for patients missing one or two teeth with healthy teeth remaining to support a bridge. Patients who wish to avoid a surgical procedure, like dental implant placement surgery, may also opt for a bridge. 

What's the First Step? 

Before recommending a bridge for your specific dental situation, our dentists will carefully examine your dental situation to determine whether or not a bridge is the best solution. 

We will discuss the benefits of all our tooth replacement options so you can choose the most appropriate solution for your budget, lifestyle and dental needs and help you decide which one will ultimately provide the ideal tooth replacement. 

Dental Bridge in Fairfield

Our experienced dentists provide dental bridges to patients in our Fairfield and Hampton dental practices. 

Replacing missing teeth is vital to your oral health.  If you need a tooth or multiple teeth replaced, we warmly welcome your phone call to Sparkle Dental Care to arrange your consultation. 

Dental Emergencies

If you have a dental emergency near Fairfield or Hampton, we can help. Our dentists set aside time each day to accommodate dental emergencies, even for new patients in Fairfield, Alphington, Northcote, Thornbury, Ivanhoe, Hampton, Hampton East, Brighton, Brighton East, Sandringham and beyond.

A dental emergency may crop up slowly or come on suddenly. For example, you may notice increased tooth sensitivity that does not improve. This sensitivity may occur before a painful toothache and swelling that disrupts your sleep and your plans. For these reasons, we recommend contacting our dental clinic if you notice tooth sensitivity or other oral changes. Treating you sooner rather than later is typically the preferred course.

A dental emergency may mean one or more of the following:

  • Toothache
  • Jaw pain or swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Broken tooth or restoration

If ever you’re unsure, we encourage your call. A member of our team will assess your symptoms and provide advice or urge you to come in for an exam with our emergency dentist in Darebin.

When you are in pain, our priority is your pain relief.

For an Emergency Dentist near Fairfield or Hampton, We Welcome Your Call

Our goal during your emergency treatment is to restore your oral health and relieve your pain.  We also encourage your call if you have any questions or concerns.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are a premium solution for replacing a missing tooth/teeth. It requires case by case assessment. Please call us to organise a dental consultation for more details.

A dental implant consists of surgical and restorative procedures over three to six months. Our dental surgeons have undertaken extensive study and training to hone the skills to achieve an optimal result. A lot of time and effort goes into the planning to achieve the most comfortable and best result for our patients.

Dentures and Partial Dentures

Facing tooth loss can be an emotional experience, and many people opt for dentures, which is an economical way to replace missing teeth. And with today’s modern dentures, you can have a natural-looking smile that functions as good as it looks. Dentures today look better and are more comfortable than the dentures your grandparents had sitting at the bedside table in a glass of water.

Getting Used to Dentures

When you first get dentures, you will find that there is a learning curve that comes along with getting used to them. Most patients start out eating soft foods, gradually adding more of their favourite foods as they grow accustomed to chewing with dentures.

Speaking normally can be tricky when you first get dentures, but with practice, denture wearers will find that they can speak the way they did when they had a full mouth of teeth. For those who had been living with missing teeth for a while, they will also notice improvements in speaking.

You don’t have to live with missing teeth. We invite you to talk to the friendly team at our Bayside dental clinic to find out more about how modern dentures can improve your quality of life by giving you back your smile.

Invisalign

Invisalign treatment is increasingly popular, especially among adult patients, who enjoy the discreet look of the aligners. Before being examined for potential Invisalign treatment, people often ask how much Invisalign treatment will cost. Unfortunately, we cannot answer that question without a thorough exam of your specific dental situation.

When you visit Sparkle Dental Care for an Invisalign consultation with our skilled dentist Dr Kai Xu, rest assured he has plenty of training and experience in Invisalign orthodontics. He will conduct an exam to ascertain your orthodontic needs and see if Invisalign is the best choice for you. 

If Dr Xu recommends Invisalign as a good treatment for your situation, he can put together a treatment plan that includes the approximate length of time your treatment will take and the cost for your Invisalign treatment. 

Benefits of Invisalign 

Invisalign clear aligners offer many benefits to patients, including comfort and convenience. For example, the flexible, clear plastic shouldn’t scratch or irritate the mouth. And since Invisalign aligners are removable, patients don’t have to change their diets while undergoing treatment. Instead, they can simply remove the aligners while eating and for their oral hygiene routine. 

Invisalign Treatment in Hampton

We offer Invisalign treatment to patients in our Hampton and Fairfield dental practices and enjoy watching their smiles transform. If you are interested in Invisalign treatment for your crooked or crowded teeth, we invite you to call Sparkle Dental Care.

Woman Covering Mouth | Sparkle Dental CareAt Sparkle Dentist Care, our team of dentists provides a variety of cosmetic services for our Hampton and Fairfield patients to improve their smiles.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options We Offer

Teeth whitening – Choosing professional teeth whitening will give you better results than the overpriced salon and store-bought versions available for purchase. 

Tooth-coloured restorations – Eliminate unsightly metal components that can cause dark margins or a shadowy looking tooth that darkens your smile.

Cosmetic bonding – Make small repairs to chipped teeth with cosmetic bonding, which can cover an entire tooth or just fill in chips that collect stains and stand out when you smile.

Veneers – Composite or porcelain veneers can dramatically change the appearance of your smile. You can achieve an entirely new look by opting for veneers to cover the fronts of your existing teeth.

Invisalign – If you have crooked or gappy looking teeth, Invisalign clear braces make your dream of a straight, perfect smile a reality. Not only that, but Invisalign also makes it easier for you to clean your teeth by aligning them properly.

The next time you come in for an appointment, mention that you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry, and we will schedule a consultation for you at our Bayside or Fairfield locations.

We love seeing patients’ smiles when they feel great about the way they look. 

Preventive Dentistry

Woman Eating an Apple | Dietary Choices and Oral HealthThe foods and drinks we consume regularly have a significant impact on the health of our smiles. Avoiding sugars are not the only things we have to watch for when it comes to keeping our teeth strong.

Choosing the Right Beverages

What we drink has a huge effect on our teeth. After all, liquids are capable of accessing all surface areas, making them one of the predominant causes of tooth decay. Although 'sugar-free' or 'diet' beverages may have artificial sweeteners and fewer cavities, they are just as capable of causing tooth decay.

Drinking fluoridated water is one of the healthiest things we can do for our teeth. Not only does it rinse the teeth of acids and biofilm, but the fluoride also aids in healthy tooth development.

The Foods and Snacks We Consume

Eating fresh, crispy fruits and vegetables are beneficial to the health of our teeth and gums. These firm, fibrous foods stimulate gum tissues, improve immunity and clean the teeth as we chew them. Produce is our go-to snack and a predominant portion of our meals.

Customised Nutritional Counseling

We understand that some of our patients want help in making smart choices about their diets. We also understand that certain types of medical conditions may impact the types of food that you can consume. Our dentists and hygienists can help you balance your nutrition so that it is beneficial to you physically, as much as it is to your smile.

For more information on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, speak to our friendly dental team at our Fairfield or Hampton dental clinics to learn more.

We recommend in both our Fairfield and Hampton clinics that usually every six months is advisable to have your dental cleaning. Call us for a dental appointment if it has been more than six to twelve months.

In order to maintain optimal dental health, it is recommended that you see your dentist/hygienist every six months for a routine dental check-up. In some cases, (e.g. patients in certain risk categories) more frequent visits may be suggested. 

Regular attendance to the dentist assists with two core principles of dentistry – maintenance and prevention.

What Happens at a Dental Examination?

These appointments enable yourself and the dentist to maintain the current health of your oral cavity. For example, a scale and clean (which is usually included in these appointments) assists in decreasing the bacterial load on your gums. Without this treatment, conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis can run rampant and lead to irreversible future outcomes.

Early detection of dental conditions is also a priority. The sooner a possible concern is detected, the more chance there is to prevent negative outcomes. For example, individualised oral hygiene instructions aim to assist in decreasing gum disease and the formation of dental cavities. Regular soft tissue assessments help with early detection of lesions including oral cancers. Early diagnosis of tooth decay may prevent treatments such as root canal therapy or even loss of tooth. 

Dental Exams in Hampton and Fairfield

There is much to gain from attending dental maintenance appointments. Our belief at Sparkle Dental Care Fairfield and Hampton is that prevention, is the best way to maintain dental health as well as a healthy body and healthy life!

 

Your teeth should generally be brushed twice a day, (morning and night). This is to reduce plaque and bacteria accumulated from food and drinks throughout the day. Don’t forget to floss once a day to reduce risk of dental cavities and gum disease/infection from occurring between the teeth!

FUN FACT: Flossing covers 40% of the tooth surface.

Woman About to Brush Her Teeth | Preventing Gum DiseaseA good home oral hygiene routine can help maintain your health between visits. It can also help to prevent the onset of gum disease. Gum disease is the primary cause of adult tooth loss. Why? Because most people do not realise gum disease is as serious as tooth decay. The prevalence of the condition is also shown to have a direct correlation with the severity of other health conditions including:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Obesity
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Premature birth and low birth weight
  • Sleep apnea

Preventing cavities and gum disease routinely depend on a two-step oral hygiene process that includes:

Brushing

Correct tooth brushing is always done with a soft bristled brush, to prevent gum recession or excessive wear. Brush for two minutes, twice daily, focusing on only one or two teeth at a time. Angling the bristles toward the gum lines will help remove plaque deposits that are accumulating just under the edge of the gums.

Flossing

Cleaning between the teeth and under the gum line is essential for complete oral hygiene. Wrap the floss tightly around each tooth, sliding it up and down several times against the tooth and just below the gumline. This process removes plaque buildup between the teeth and just under the gum tissues where periodontal disease first starts.

If swelling or bleeding is present when you brush or floss, continue brushing as directed. Improvement is typically seen within two weeks. For patients with additional fixed prosthesis such as braces or bridges, our dental hygienists will discuss techniques and oral hygiene aids that can be used to improve your plaque control. Schedule your preventive care appointment by calling us today.

Man at the Dentist | Dental AppointmentWhen You Arrive

We request that you bring any insurance cards and a photo ID with you to our Fairfield or Hampton dental clinics. There will be a few forms for you to fill out to help us better understand your oral health needs.

What to Expect

During your first visit you will discuss your concerns with one of our dentists, who will also review your medical and dental history with you. If necessary, we will also take a few digital x-rays to assess your bone levels and screen for cavities. You may also elect to have your teeth cleaned at this visit.

What Comes First?

Book your first appointment by calling either of our dental offices in Hampton, VIC or Fairfield, VIC. One of our patient coordinators will be happy to assist you and answer any questions that you might have.

With the never ending number of options available, (even within the same brand) it is no wonder the choice can be confusing!

What Goes into a Good Toothpaste

From a dentist’s perspective the main purpose of toothpaste is to act as a carrier for the mineral fluoride. The topical use of fluoride assists with the rebuilding of teeth which have been weakened by bacteria. This in turn reduces the incidence of decay and dental cavities. It therefore stands that any toothpaste that contains fluoride is suitable for the job!

Other components which make up toothpastes may include antibacterial agents and components which give the user the sensation of a fresh mouth e.g. fresh taste and foaming agents. Toothpastes that purport whitening effects may have more abrasive particles to assist with removal of stains. Whilst toothpastes such as sensodyne, have particles that assist with decreasing sensitivity. 

For certain patients at greater risk of decay, the dentist may advise toothpastes with a higher concentration of fluoride.

Best Toothpaste for Children

When it comes to children, it is imperative that a toothpaste specific for their age is used. These toothpastes contain less fluoride. In children where adult teeth are still developing, excess fluoride can result in weak and deformed teeth e.g. hypomineralisation. This is where age specific toothpastes come in handy – they help decrease the rate of decay but are less likely to damage developing teeth.

Here at Sparkle Dental Care we recommend you choose a toothpaste that you and your family are comfortable using. If you are having difficulties navigating around the abundance of choice, have specific intolerances or concerns we are always happy to assist!

 

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canals | Bayside VICMany people feel anxiety at the mere mention of the words 'root canal,' but the truth is that this tooth-saving dental procedure is quite common. The only pain associated with root canal treatment in our Hampton and Fairfield VIC dental clinics is toothache that often brings people to see us in the first place.

Signs You Might Need a Root Canal:

  • Toothache pain that goes from mild to unbearable in a short amount of time
  • Sudden sensitivity to cold or heat on a specific tooth
  • Swollen gums at the site of a sensitive tooth
  • A white spot on the gums
  • A tooth that is discoloured

If you are experiencing any of these signs, this could indicate that there is an infection deep within the root of the tooth, and you should call our dental surgery straight away. Putting off treatment can mean the difference between saving your tooth and ultimately losing it to extraction.

With root canal treatment, your dentist can remove the infection from the tooth root, alleviate your pain and save your tooth. The area to be treated will be fully anesthetized beforehand, so the procedure itself is painless.

If you have a bothersome tooth, we invite you to call us. We can conduct an examination to determine whether or not you need a root canal. 

You have probably heard about root canal procedures and how painful they are, but we are happy to tell you that the root canal procedure itself is not an especially painful procedure for patients. Root canal therapy tends to have a bad reputation, but the reputation is unwarranted. 

At Sparkle Dental Care, your comfort during your root canal is our top priority. Our empathetic team will thoroughly numb your tooth before beginning the procedure. During the treatment, you may notice some pressure, but it shouldn’t be painful. 

It is also important to remember that patients who need a root canal procedure are often in significant pain before the procedure, which is why it is necessary in the first place. The root canal procedure actually works to relieve the patient’s pain instead of causing it. After the root canal procedure, the patient often experiences immediate relief, and they can also enjoy better oral health. 

Do I Need a Root Canal Procedure?

A root canal may be necessary if you have a severe toothache, ongoing tooth sensitivity, swelling, or other signs of dental problems. To give you a definite answer, we would need to examine you in our Bayside dental clinic. 

Dedicated Dentist in Bayside

Our knowledgeable and dedicated Sparkle Dental Care team are here to help you with your dental health needs. We are skilled in treating dental problems with root canal therapy, and we invite you to reach out to our dental clinic if you are experiencing tooth pain. 

Teeth Whitening

Teeth bleaching has its name because of the ingredient used called hydrogen peroxide. In Australia, we have specific rules that indicate only dental practitioners may provide whitening productsTeeth Whitening | Bayside & Fairfield NSW to patients which contain more than 6 per cent of hydrogen peroxide. When getting in-chair whitening done by a dental practitioner, we in Australia are allowed to use higher concentrations of this ingredient which can effectively permeate into the tooth enamel. Weaker concentrations only affect the surface of the enamel.

What is the difference?

The difference between home whitening kits and getting whitening by a dentist can vary. Often dentists that do whitening in the chair contain light activation. Both at-home and in-chair contain the same ingredient (hydrogen peroxide). However, in-chair systems usually use products that release a higher level. Many dentists now have take-home trays for patients who want to their whiten their teeth. The main difference is that dentists usually take a mould of the patient's teeth and have a tray of their mouth made specifically for the patient to avoid the ingredients going onto the gum, causing burns.

What should you do before?

It is important to know that teeth whitening will not change the colour of crowns, caps or fillings as it only affects natural teeth. It would be a good idea to get a check-up before undergoing any whitening as it is much known to cause sensitivity.

Click the link below to read more or contact our Fairfield and Hampton dental clinics to learn more about professional teeth whitening.
http://theconversation.com/50-shades-whiter-what-you-should-know-about-teeth-whitening-102474

 

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Dear Patients,

Due to the lockdown taking place, we are limited in the services we can supply. 
We apologise for any inconvenience, we are doing our best to see patients who qualify to have treatment done under the current restrictions & we appreciate your patience during these hard times.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our staff
 
Take Care,

Sparkle Dental Care Team