General Dentist Brisbane | What is a General Dentist?

A general dentist is considered the first port of call for your dental issues. They are perfectly placed to provide direct treatment for many dental issues or to co-ordinate any specialists that you may require to tackle more complex dental cases.

“A positive relationship between you and your general dentist is an important basis for your dental treatment, and provides an essential pathway for on-going dental care.” says Dr David Ashton.

Some of the areas of dentistry that are routinely administered by a general dentist include –


General Dentistry

Dental Check-ups

Dental check-ups are an important facet of general & preventive dental care, and allow your dentist to comprehensively examine your oral health.

The Australian Dental Association recommends two dental check-ups a year, but some people may require more frequent visits for some issues, such as Periodontitis.

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Dental Fillings & Restorations

Dental fillings are a restorative treatment that provide support, structure and protection to damaged teeth, and help prevent further dental decay.

We have a full-range of restorative options, including, white & tooth colored fillings, bonded restorations and ceramic restorations.

Family Dentistry

Are you looking for a dental practice that can provide dental care for your whole family?

Whether it’s the youngest or oldest member of the family, our dentists provide individualized treatment, in a comfortable environment surrounded by caring staff.

Children’s Dentistry

Children’s dentistry requires a friendly and caring touch, and our team always try to provide the very best experience for your child.

Our dental hygienists, Alice Canniffe and Katherine Brown, are dual-qualified as dental therapists which means they are specifically trained to provide dental services to children.

Root Canal Treatment

Are you experiencing dental pain that is keeping you awake at night? This could be a sign of an infected dental pulp that may require root canal treatment.

A root canal is an alternative to extraction, that allows your dentist resolve your pain, whilst preserving your natural tooth and removing infection.

Holistic Dentistry

Holistic dentistry is an overall view of your dental health that incorporates many other health and lifestyle factors, such as diet.

Holistic treatment often involves trying to preserve your tooth’s natural characteristics and function, and uses biomimetic principles.



Can a general dentist provide a specialist referral?


A general dentist can help assess and treat any issues with your oral health, and if required, coordinate a treatment plan that involves dental specialists or associated health professionals.

“While a general dentist can perform the majority of dental work that their patients require, in some cases treatment outcomes may improve with specialist referral. For example, a tooth that is difficult to extract and is located near an important nerve may be referred to an oral surgeon who has expertise in this area,” says Dr David Ashton.

During the referral process, the role of your general dentist is to manage your overall treatment plan and to ensure that you are provided a consistent high level of care. You can learn more about referrals from a general dentist in the video at the top of the page.


What should I do if my tooth is sore?


A sore tooth or gums can be caused by a wide range of dental issues, and it is important to talk to your dentist about any oral discomfort you may be experiencing – particularly if the pain increases, or keeps you awake at night.

Some causes of tooth pain may be benign, such as soreness around the base of the teeth during a cold or sinus infection. However, tooth pain may also be symptomatic of a serious condition, for example, an acute infection in the root requiring immediate care.

A dental consultation will allow your dentist to investigate the source of the discomfort and suggest potential treatments or strategies to alleviate the symptoms. In instances of dental emergency, such as serious injury or trauma, your dentist may need to schedule you for an emergency appointment.


What should I do if I am afraid of the dentist?


We often see patients who are experiencing problems with dental anxiety, a dental phobia or feel uncomfortable on their dental visits.

“The reasons for dental anxiety are often related to previous memories and experiences, such as sensory perceptions of a dental or medical appointment that didn’t go well, or an uncomfortable experience in the dental chair,” explains general dentist Dr Ian Davies.

“These can create powerful subconscious responses that can have long-lasting impacts on your ability to access appropriate care. Over time, this may mean that your dental issues go undetected or untreated.”

Your dentist can suggest and help facilitate any strategies you may need to overcome these issues, and you can read more about breaking the cycle of dental anxiety here.

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