Arthur Street Dental | Coffs Harbour, NSW

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

Choosing a dentist for your family is a big decision. We want to assure you that your questions are welcome and if your question is not listed below, simply contact our surgery and our reception staff will be happy to help.

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Depending on the problem to be fixed, we will at least get you out of pain on the day and may have to re-book for further treatment if required.

We know that sometimes it is difficult to make it to appointments in the middle of the day, and therefore we offer evening appointments on Thursdays. We are open until 6 pm on Thursdays and will work with you to get you an appointment that fits your schedule.

Contact Us

Contact us to book an appointment at our Coffs Harbor dental clinic. 

This is a difficult question to answer as all Emergencies are different therefore the cost will vary depending on the issue, all costs will be discussed before any treatment is commenced.

a woman looks concerned in the dental office | emergency dentist coffs harbourA dental emergency can be a traumatic experience, especially if pain is involved. We treat dental emergencies as quickly as possible, often arranging a same-day appointment. 

The purpose of an emergency dental exam is to determine the cause of pain or the problem and to diagnose the condition. When you contact our Coffs Harbour dental surgery with a toothache or other oral health issue, our team will ask a few important questions to prepare for your arrival.

In most cases, we will start by taking an x-ray of the affected tooth or area to give Dr Ward valuable information. Once he determines the problem, he will address the pain and stabilise your condition.

Common dental emergencies:

  • A broken tooth
  • A knocked-out tooth
  • A damaged or lost restoration
  • Swelling or pain

If you have a toothache or dental emergency, we encourage you to contact our surgery right away. Dental pain may worsen with time and put your oral health at risk.

Are You a New Patient?

We always welcome new patients and will treat you like family. We prioritise dental emergencies and will help you get relief and a plan to restore your oral health and smile.

a woman smiles in front of a white backdrop | dentist in coffs harbour nswWe feel passionately about providing the finest dentistry to the families of Coffs Harbour. Not only do we have a commitment to continuing education, we also seek mastery of the latest technology to constantly improve the care we provide for our patients.

Skill, experience and knowledge ensure that we provide great dentistry, but what makes our clinic truly shine is our commitment to developing long-term relationships with our patients based on trust, respect and communication. 

Welcoming Office

Since we are a private dental clinic, you can count on consistency. You will see the same familiar faces at each visit and be greeted with a warm smile. What unites us as a team is our belief that our patients are the heart of our practice and the inspiration for everything we do.

From our comfortable and modern surgery to our dedication to presenting all treatment options and respecting our patients’ choices for their smiles, we hope that you feel confident, comfortable and valued while you are with us.

You might even catch yourself enjoying your dental appointment since our team incorporates humour, joy and kindness in all we do.

We Welcome Your Call

For a truly elevated dental experience, contact Arthur Street Dental to arrange an initial exam with Dr Justin Ward. We welcome patients of all ages. 

Cosmetic Dentistry

a man smiles | cosmetic dentist coffs harbourWe take a special interest in cosmetic dentistry because it is such a gratifying experience to watch a patient feel happy with their new smile.

Your smile is an important part of who you are, and feeling self-conscious about the way you look can be limiting.

We are here to help.

At Arthur Street Dental, we offer so many cosmetic dentistry options that we are confident we can find the right one for you.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options

  • Teeth whitening
  • Bonding
  • Tooth-coloured fillings and crowns
  • Veneers
  • Orthodontics
  • Full smile reconstruction

The most important information we need is what you would like to improve, so we can give you the results you want. After all, it is your smile.

Sometimes patients are nervous about asking about cosmetic dentistry because they want to avoid the heavy sales tactics. We don’t believe in selling dentistry. Instead, we see ourselves as a resource to give you information that will help you make a choice for yourself.

We Welcome Your Call

Whether you want to make big changes or small improvements, we welcome you to contact us to arrange a consultation where you can learn more.

Our Coffs Harbour dental clinic always welcomes new patients.

Dental Implants

a diagram of a dental implant | dental implants coffs harbourNot only do we offer dental implants in our Coffs Harbour dental clinic, Dr Justin Ward uses the latest technology to complete the entire procedure right here at Arthur Street Dental.

3-D Cone Beam 

To identify the ideal location for a dental implant, we use the 3-D imaging to determine the proper location based on bone density along with other considerations, such as the location of sinuses.

This gives Dr Ward valuable information to ensure a successful surgery.

Dental Implant Surgery

Once the correct spot is chosen to place your dental implant, Dr Ward will surgically place it in your bone. Dental implants are made of titanium and will actually bond with your bone and become part of the jaw structure.

While this surgery sounds serious, it is important to note that the bone does not contain nerves like a tooth, so recovery is generally well tolerated. We also use proper application of anaesthetic to ensure your comfort.

Once your surgery is complete, we allow the implant to integrate fully.

Dental Implant Crowns

Your dental implant crown will match your smile and is designed for durability. 

Ongoing Care

Once you have your dental implant, taking care of your oral health is essential. Good home care habits combined with professional cleanings and exams will protect your investment. So make sure to give our Coffs Harbour dental practice a call to continue your care after an implant procedure.

Emergency Dentistry

Depending on the problem to be fixed, we will at least get you out of pain on the day and may have to rebook for further treatment if required.

General Dentistry

Amalgam Fillings | Coffs Harbour, NSWIf you’re concerned about your dental fillings in Coffs Harbour, NSW, we would like to set your mind at ease.

Amalgam fillings are generally silver-coloured and sturdy. They tend to last for a long time and are not cause for concern. Amalgam fillings have been in use for decades and are still around today, in fact.

An amalgam filling relies on powdered alloy, which generally includes copper, silver and tin. This alloy is then coupled with liquid mercury for binding, which means a strong filling to protect your tooth.

Is Mercury Harmful in my Filling?

Despite controversy and fear over mercury ingestion, research suggests that mercury in your filling poses no harm. It is neither ingested nor absorbed into the body—nor does it “break away” to poison the blood as internet logic and legends suggest.

Many dentists no longer user amalgam fillings (and most will even replace these fillings upon request), but this is because newer resin materials offer a better filling and dentists may want to ease the minds of their patients.

When it comes to amalgam fillings, there is currently no evidence to suggest danger to patients.

Dental Fillings in Coffs Harbour

If you’re looking for dental care in Coffs Harbour, NSW, we invite you to contact our dental clinic.

dry mouth treatment | coffs harbour nswIf you’re experiencing dry mouth, our Coffs Harbour dentists want to help.

If you suffer from dry mouth only occasionally, it is probably not cause for concern. Try drinking water to rehydrate. If it is summer or you’re sweating due to an activity, this can also lead to dry mouth. Other culprits include:

  • Feeling nervous or anxious
  • Drinking too much coffee
  • Tobacco use

If you’re experiencing dry mouth more often than usual and hydrating yourself isn’t resolving the problem, you may have an underlying condition or issue that should be addressed by a healthcare professional or your dentist.

Conditions that cause dry mouth include:

  • Xerostomia—dysfunction of the salivary glands
  • Blocked salivary gland—often called a salivary stone
  • Sjögren's Syndrome—an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the cells that create tears and saliva
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension

Our dentists find that dry mouth is not generally a cause for concern, but if the situation does not improve, it is important to seek answers. In many cases, you may find that you’re not drinking as much water or hydrating as well as you should.

Chronic dry mouth may lead to tooth decay, plaque buildup, bad breath, and difficulty speaking and swallowing.

If you're suffering from dry mouth and would like to schedule an exam, we invite you to contact our dental clinic. 

brushing my teeth | coffs harbours nswWhen it comes to brushing your teeth in Coffs Harbour, NSW, the right toothbrush can make all the difference. You want a toothbrush with bristles that are not too stiff or abrasive. You also want to brush gently in a circular motion, hitting every tooth  all the way to the gumline. This includes the backs of your teeth, too.

Our Coffs Harbour dentists suggest brushing and flossing at least twice per day—when you wake up in the morning and just before turning in for the night.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

When you’re on the lookout for a toothbrush, the selection can be overwhelming. Our dentists in Coffs Harbour, NSW agree with the Australian Dental Association when it comes to toothbrush selection.

We suggest the following for optimal brushing results:

  • Soft bristles
  • Small head
  • Flexible neck
  • ADA seal of approval on the packaging 

You should also replace your toothbrush if you notice wear or missing bristles. Additionally, replacing your toothbrush three times per year may help reduce bacteria or the transfer of bacteria from your toothbrush to your mouth. In any case, make sure to rinse your toothbrush after each brushing.

If you would like more information, or if you’re ready to arrange a dental exam, we invite you to contact our Coffs Harbour dental clinic.

Invisible Braces

We offer both traditional orthodontics and Invisalign.

Traditional Orthodontics

a woman holds her invisalign aligner | invisalign coffs harbourTraditional orthodontics may be the best option for young patients or for adult patients who have complex bite-related issues.

Traditional orthodontics solves most alignment issues to achieve a comfortable and more attractive smile, including:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Protruding teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Irregular spacing
  • Overcrowding

We also offer early orthodontics for kids.

Two-phase treatment with early childhood braces or space maintainers can eliminate the need for extractions due to overcrowding because it addresses the issue during development. Early childhood orthodontics also shortens or eliminates the need for lengthy orthodontic treatment in the future.

Invisible Braces with Invisalign and ClearCorrect

Many older teen and adult patients prefer a discreet treatment alternative to brackets and wires. Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect use nearly invisible clear aligner trays to apply gentle pressure to teeth in order to achieve ideal alignment.

Aligner trays come in a series with each bringing you closer to your ideal smile. Wearing the aligners for most of the day (around 22 hours) will give you the best results. 

You can remove your aligners to eat and clean your teeth, making them exceptionally convenient.

Contact Arthur Street Dental located in Coffs Harbour to learn more about our orthodontic options.

Veneers

dental veneers in coffs harbour nswDental veneers in Coffs Harbour, NSW are thin shells that go over the fronts of your teeth to conceal tooth flaws.

These flaws include:

  • Short teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Discoloured teeth

Today’s discerning patient wants a straight smile and whiter teeth without undergoing invasive procedures or years in braces. Veneers, once believed an option available only for film stars and models, may well be the answer to a whiter smile and straighter-looking teeth for many.

The veneers process begins with an exam by one of our Coffs Harbour dentists. This evaluation may include x-rays if no current films are on file. During this exam, you are encouraged to ask questions and share any relevant medical history with your dentist.

If your dentist determines that veneers are a good solution to your discoloured or slightly crooked teeth, the next step is tooth preparation. Generally, a small portion of enamel is removed to make way for your new veneer that will match your smile and hide your tooth flaws. A final polish will give your veneers a natural look.  

If you would like to learn whether veneers will solve your cosmetic dental issues, we invite you to schedule an exam.

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