A beautiful and healthy smile is one of our greatest assets. Sometimes though, even if you follow a consistent oral hygiene routine to keep your pearly whites healthy and clean, these measures alone won’t be enough. That’s where general dentistry comes in.
At Warrnambool Smile Dental, we provide preventative, restorative and emergency dental measures to help you get a healthier smile. We are your trusted family dentist operating out of Warrnambool with a range of general dental services.
What Is General Dentistry?
At its core, general dentistry is about preventing dental problems from arising and helping patients maintain optimal oral health when they do arise. It forms the foundation of your oral health. As general dentists, our main priority is to help you maintain your oral health and preserve your smile.
General dental services include both preventative and restorative dentistry services for patients of all ages. At Warrnambool Smile Dental, our general dental solutions include everything from professional teeth cleaning and dental check-ups to wisdom tooth removal and emergency dentistry.
What to Expect At A General Dental Check-Up
Healthy and beautiful teeth require two essential things: a proper oral hygiene routine and regular dental check-ups. We understand that some patients may feel anxious about these dental appointments. However, we assure you that you need not worry because our highly experienced dental team will do their best to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
When you visit our dental practice for a check-up, you will be welcomed by our team with a warm and friendly smile. Our dental professionals will then examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of problems like tooth decay, gum disease, oral infections, etc., that could cause trouble. During these regular visits, we will also screen for signs of oral cancer and check if your dental restorations or fillings require any attention.
Benefits Of General Dentistry
General dentistry is not just about treating dental problems or dental emergencies. While that makes up a significant part of it, general dentistry can also work wonders on your oral and overall health.
Here are some of the incredible benefits of general dentistry:
Allows for early detection & timely intervention
Financially beneficial as it helps avoid costly procedures
Helps education patients on proper oral hygiene practices
At Warrnambool Smile Dental, we want you to have the best care possible. That is why we offer a comprehensive range of general dental services, including:
Check-Ups & Professional Cleaning
Visiting the dentist shouldn’t just be something you do when you have a dental problem. Routine dental check-ups every 6 months and professional cleaning are essential for your oral health. Our professional teeth cleaning services will remove even the most stubborn plaque and tartar, leaving your teeth brighter, cleaner, and fresh. We also go beyond diagnosing, examining and cleaning to educate our patients on the best oral hygiene practices so your smile remains healthy between visits.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
As your wisdom teeth emerge, there’s a chance you may experience pain and dental problems like tooth decay and swollen gums. This is because wisdom teeth may not erupt properly, or cause crowding and shifting of your teeth. To avoid such complications, we recommend having your wisdom tooth removed. Having performed countless wisdom tooth extractions, our experienced general dentists at Warrnambool Smile Dental will make the process as quick and pain-free as possible.
Dental emergencies are painful and require prompt attention to prevent your situation from worsening, and that’s why we attend to dental emergencies ASAP! Whether you’re a new or existing patient of our dental clinic, we offer same-day appointments for all your dental emergencies. Equipped with the latest technology, our friendly team will help you through your urgent dental needs.
Children between the ages of 2-17 eligible for the Child Dental Benefit Scheme (CDBS) can receive free dental care at our Warrnambool clinic. In most cases, you won’t have to incur any out-of-pocket expenses as we bulk bill all eligible services up to $1052. Get in touch with us to determine your child’s eligibility for CDBS.
Dental restorations are the best solution for when you have a cracked, missing, damaged or decayed tooth or if you want to improve your smile aesthetics. From dental fillings to crowns and bridges, we’ve got you covered with a range of dental restorative treatments.
Root Canal Treatment
When you have a severely damaged or infected tooth, extraction may not be your only option. A root canal can help you save your tooth by cleaning out the damaged or infected dental pulp of your tooth. The dental pulp is a soft tissue at the core of your tooth, which holds sensitive nerves and blood vessels and provides oxygen, nutrients and feeling to your tooth. Cleaning out the dental pulp will help prevent the spread of infection and preserve your tooth.
How Much Does General Dentistry Cost ?
Since the cost of general dentistry services can depend on several factors, such as the type of treatment and complexity, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our dentist to get an accurate cost guide. Call us to get started!
Payment Plans At Warrnambool Smile Dental
At Warrnambool Smile Dental, we believe that everybody deserves access to quality and affordable dental care. That’s why we offer payment plans and transparent pricing for our patients. We also provide free kids dental under CDBS, ensuring affordable and quality dental care for your entire family!
Your Trusted General Dentist
We are a team of experienced and friendly dental professionals committed to helping you maintain your smile and oral health. We do this by providing comprehensive dental services, including general and cosmetic dental services, and educating our patients about their oral health.
Designed to ensure your comfort, our clinic offers state-of-the-art facilities with cutting-edge technology. With warm smiles and undivided attention, our friendly team will make you feel right at home from the moment you walk in.
Call us to schedule your routine check-up and learn more about our general dental services.
Our Principal Dentist
DR. JOSEPH MOON
BDSC. (HONS) – UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE PRINCIPAL DENTIST
Born in South Korea, our Principal Dentist, Dr. Joseph Moon, grew up in the UK and Cambodia. For the last 15 years, he has lived in Australia across three states – NSW, WA, and Victoria, before relocating to Warrnambool in 2018. He is now proud to call Warrnambool his home and has been providing dental services to Warrnambool and surrounding communities. In 2013, Joseph graduated with Honours in Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Melbourne. Since then, he has been dedicated to his professional development and obtained a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS), which is one of the highest accolades for dentists in Australia. Proficient in all aspects of dentistry, his passion lies in Implant Dentistry and Invisalign treatments. Furthermore, he has achieved the status of Master Clinician in Implant Dentistry from the prestigious GIDE Institute in the USA. He has completed a two-year orthodontic residency program with the OrthoED Institute in Melbourne under the guidance of the renowned orthodontist Dr. Geoff Hall.
General dentists provide comprehensive dental services from preventative care to emergency dental care. With general dentistry taking a proactive approach to dental care, our primary focus is to prevent and treat dental problems with good oral hygiene and services. Whether you want to improve your oral health or address a dental problem you are suffering from, our general dentists are here to help.
Poor oral hygiene can lead to a range of problems, including tooth decay, bone loss and even cardiovascular diseases. Unfortunately, the common practice among most people is to visit the dentist when they are experiencing pain in their mouth. However, that should not be the case. You must make it a point to visit your dentist for regular check-ups at least every six months, even if you don’t have any dental problems. With regular dental visits, you can prevent dental problems from arising in the first place by taking preventative measures and addressing problems in their early stages.
Along with regular dental visits, practicing a good oral hygiene routine at home is important. It should include brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing once daily and maintaining a well-balanced diet. A combination of these practices will drastically reduce your risk of complications and leave you with a healthy, confident smile.
Professional dental cleanings have a significant impact on your oral and overall health. Despite following a proper oral hygiene routine at home, there are some hard-to-reach areas in your mouth that you can’t clean with just brushing and flossing.
Professional teeth cleaning can clean these hard-to-reach areas and remove tartar or calculus that have accumulated in your mouth over time. This helps prevent painful diseases like gum disease while also removing stains and making your smile brighter.
Your oral health is linked to your overall health. So, in addition to dental problems, poor oral health can lead to medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease and respiratory diseases. This is why it’s important to maintain good oral health.
With a proper oral hygiene routine and regular check-ups, you can minimise the risk of dental and health problems to a great extent. Good oral health will make life better and save you time and costly treatment down the road.
It’s generally recommended that you take your child to the dentist by the time they reach one year or within six months of getting their first tooth. Taking your children to the dentist early on in their lives has several benefits, such as:
It allows your child to familiarise themselves with the dental setting, dental tools and procedures.
It helps create positive associations with dental visits. This will set the tone for future dental visits and reduce dental anxiety.
Early visits to the dentist helps our dentists identify any issues with your child’s tooth development and address them promptly.
Provides an opportunity for parents and children to learn about oral hygiene practices.
Past their first visit, we generally recommend visiting the dentist for regular checkups every 6 months. Remember, when you prioritise visiting the dentist from a young age, it will set the tone for a lifetime of good oral practices and ensure good dental health.