Dental Checkups

How often should I schedule a dental checkup?

We recommend visiting us every six months for a routine dental checkup. However, some patients with specific dental conditions may need more frequent visits, which our team will discuss with you.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Yes, dental X-rays are safe. We use digital X-rays that emit very low levels of radiation, making them safe for both adults and children.

How long does a dental checkup usually take?

A typical dental checkup can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity of your oral health and whether additional treatments are required.

Do you offer pediatric dental checkups?

Yes, we provide comprehensive pediatric dental checkups to ensure your child's oral health is on the right track from a young age.

What happens if a problem is detected during my checkup?

If any dental issues are identified during your checkup, we will discuss treatment options and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs and preferences.

Crowns & Bridges

How long do dental crowns and bridges last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental crowns and bridges can last 10-15 years or even longer.

Are there any food restrictions with dental crowns or bridges?

No, you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods. However, it's advisable to avoid extremely hard or sticky foods that could damage or dislodge your restoration.

Do crowns and bridges require special care?

Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and attending regular dental checkups. This will help extend the lifespan of your crowns and bridges.

How do I know if I need a crown or a bridge?

Our experienced dentists will assess your dental condition and recommend the most suitable option for your needs during a consultation.

What if I want an implant instead of a bridge?

Choosing between a dental implant and a bridge depends on your specific needs. A dental bridge is a non-surgical solution that uses adjacent healthy teeth to support an artificial tooth. In contrast, a dental implant involves surgery to place a titanium post in the jawbone, offering a natural look and preserving adjacent teeth.

Implants stimulate bone growth, prevent bone loss, and can last a lifetime with proper care. They provide a more natural appearance, function, and durability than bridges. While implants require a healing period and may be costlier, they offer long-term value and better overall oral health. Consult with your dentist at Gold Coast Dental to make the best choice for your smile.

Are crowns and bridges covered by insurance?

Dental insurance coverage for crowns and bridges varies by plan and provider. Typically, both crowns and bridges are covered when deemed medically necessary, such as to restore damaged teeth or replace missing ones for functional reasons. Coverage details, including the percentage covered and any deductibles or maximums, differ among plans. Cosmetic crowns may have limited or no coverage. 

To understand your specific coverage, review your policy or contact your insurance provider. Gold Coast Dental can assist in determining medical necessity and navigating insurance processes, ensuring you make informed decisions about your dental care.

Pediatric Dentistry

When should I start cleaning my baby's teeth?

We recommend visiting us every six months for a routine dental checkup. However, some patients with specific dental conditions may need more frequent visits, which our team will discuss with you.

Is it essential to use fluoride toothpaste for my child?

Yes, once your child's first tooth erupts, you can start using a small amount of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice). As they grow, you can gradually increase the amount to a pea-sized portion.

Are dental X-rays safe for my child?

Yes, dental X-rays are safe when necessary. We use digital X-rays, which emit minimal radiation. We only recommend X-rays when needed to assess your child's oral health accurately.

How can I prevent cavities in my child's teeth?

Proper dental hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and routine dental checkups, are essential for cavity prevention. Dental sealants and fluoride treatments also help protect teeth.


Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

Orthodontic treatment may cause some discomfort initially, particularly when braces are first placed or adjusted. However, any discomfort is usually mild and temporary. Over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax can help alleviate any soreness or irritation.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case. Some individuals may complete treatment in as little as six months, while others may require two years or more. Your orthodontist will provide a personalized treatment plan with a clear timeline.

Can I still enjoy my favorite foods with braces or Invisalign?

While there are some dietary restrictions with traditional braces, you can still enjoy most of your favorite foods. With Invisalign, you can remove the aligners while eating, allowing you to enjoy all your favorite meals without restrictions.

Is orthodontic treatment covered by insurance?

Orthodontic coverage varies among insurance plans. Some plans offer partial coverage for orthodontic treatment, while others do not cover it at all. Our team can help you navigate insurance details and explore flexible financing options.

How often do I need to visit the orthodontist during treatment?

Regular visits to the orthodontist are crucial to monitor progress and make necessary adjustments. Typically, patients with braces visit every 4-8 weeks, while Invisalign wearers may have check-ups every 6-8 weeks.


Are veneers permanent?

Veneers are a long-term solution but not permanent. On average, porcelain veneers can last between 10 to 15 years, while composite veneers may last around 5 to 7 years. However, with proper care and maintenance, veneers can exceed their expected lifespan.

Do veneers require special care?

Veneers do not need extensive maintenance, but it's essential to practice good oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly. Avoid biting on hard objects or opening packages with your teeth to prevent damage.

Can veneers be whitened?

Veneers are stain-resistant, but they cannot be whitened once they are in place. However, maintaining good oral hygiene can help keep your veneers looking bright and beautiful.

Will veneers look natural?

Yes, veneers are custom-made to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. They are designed to blend seamlessly for a beautiful and natural appearance.

Are veneers reversible?

The process of getting veneers involves removing a small amount of enamel, which is not reversible. It's essential to carefully consider this before choosing veneers as a cosmetic solution.

Dental Implants

Are dental implants suitable for everyone?

Dental implants are a highly successful and versatile solution for most individuals with missing teeth. However, a thorough evaluation is necessary to determine your eligibility. Factors like overall health, jawbone density, and gum health play a role in candidacy.

Is the implant procedure painful?

During the procedure, you'll be under local anesthesia and  sedation to ensure your comfort. Most patients report minimal discomfort afterward, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime. Routine dental checkups and good oral hygiene are essential for their longevity.

Can I eat normally with dental implants?

Yes, one of the key advantages of dental implants is their stability. You can comfortably enjoy all your favorite foods without worrying about slipping or discomfort.

Are dental implants expensive?

While the initial cost of dental implants may be higher than some other options, they are a long-term investment in your oral health. Their durability and ability to prevent bone loss often make them cost-effective in the long run.

Does insurance cover dental implants?

Dental implant coverage can be quite different from one insurance plan to another. Some plans may help with a portion of the cost, while others might not cover much, as they often see dental implants as a cosmetic procedure. It all depends on the type of insurance you have and the specific details of your plan

It's a good idea to talk to your insurance provider before going ahead with the procedure, so you know exactly what to expect in terms of coverage and any potential waiting periods. And remember, there are usually some out-of-pocket expenses, so it's a good idea to plan for those too. Your dental office can also help you explore financing options if needed.

Teeth Whitening

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, teeth whitening is a safe and widely practiced cosmetic dental procedure. Our experienced team at Gold Coast Dental takes all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and comfort during the treatment.

How long do teeth whitening results last?

The duration of teeth whitening results varies from person to person and depends on lifestyle factors. With proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy your brighter smile for up to a year or longer.

Will teeth whitening make my teeth sensitive?

Some patients may experience temporary tooth sensitivity after teeth whitening. This discomfort is usually mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers if needed.

Can teeth whitening remove all stains?

Teeth whitening is effective at removing most common stains, such as those from food, drinks, and tobacco. However, it may not be as effective on deep-set stains caused by certain medications or dental trauma.

How many shades whiter can I expect my teeth to become?

The degree of teeth whitening varies among individuals, but most patients can expect their teeth to become several shades whiter, resulting in a significantly brighter smile.

Is teeth whitening suitable for everyone?

While teeth whitening is generally safe for most people, it may not be recommended for individuals with certain dental conditions or severe tooth sensitivity. Our dental experts will assess your suitability during a consultation.

Emergency Dentistry

What should I do if my tooth gets knocked out?

If your tooth is knocked out, try to place it back into the socket without touching the root. If this isn't possible, keep the tooth in a container of milk or saliva. Seek immediate dental care.

Is dental emergency care covered by insurance?

Many dental insurance plans cover emergency dental care. Our team can assist you in understanding your coverage and filing claims.

Can I use over-the-counter pain relievers for a toothache?

Over-the-counter pain relievers can provide temporary relief for toothaches, but it's essential to seek professional dental care to address the underlying issue.

How can I prevent dental emergencies?

While some emergencies are unavoidable, practicing good oral hygiene, wearing protective gear during physical activities, and avoiding hard foods can help reduce the risk of dental injuries.

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