Dr Matthew Kinsella General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

If you have questions about your dental health, we are happy to talk with you. Dr Kinsella wants our patients to be informed so they can make good decisions about the treatment that best suits their needs.

We've listed some of the common questions we hear from our patients. If you don't find the answer you need here, we invite you to call our dental clinic and speak with one of our helpful staff members.

Emergency Dentistry

Tooth emergencies can be painful and inconvenient, and we understand that you need relief as quickly as possible. At Dr Matthew Kinsella General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry, we leave bookings open in our schedule to help emergency patients get the help they need fast.

Unfortunately, problems like a toothache or dental infection won't go away without treatment, so we encourage your call to our dental surgery in West Perth as soon as possible so we can help you get the treatment you need.

Some of the tooth emergencies in West Perth that we handle are:

  • Broken teeth
  • Toothache
  • Tooth infections or abscessed teeth
  • Damaged or lost fillings or crowns
  • Dental trauma
  • Broken dentures

If you are interested in protecting your dental health and avoiding dental emergencies, your best defence is your routine six-month teeth cleans and check-ups with Dr Kinsella. During these visits, we screen you for problems like tooth decay and gum disease, which can lead to problems like toothaches or dental infections if the conditions remain untreated.

We welcome your call to our West Perth dental surgery if you have any tooth sensitivity or a dental emergency. We aim to help you get the relief you need as soon as possible.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr Kinsella wants everyone to have a healthy smile that they can also feel proud of. Cosmetic dentistry in our West Perth clinic allows us to make changes to your teeth, which will help you feel more confident about your smile.

Whether you just want a brighter smile, or you'd like to make significant changes with a smile makeover, Dr Kinsella and his team can help you with treatments like dental veneers, professional teeth whitening, and dental bonding. These services can eliminate imperfections, broken teeth, oddly shaped teeth, or gaps between teeth, as well as providing you with a brighter, more attractive smile.

During a smile evaluation, Dr Kinsella will perform an examination and discuss your smile goals with you. Enhancing your smile often also means repairing your teeth, which gives you better function for eating and chewing. Your West Perth dentist, Dr Kinsella, will work together with you to create a plan that will help you achieve the smile you want.

Cosmetic dentistry doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming as many of the cosmetic dental procedures we offer are quick and affordable.

If you've considered making changes to your smile, we invite your call to our dental surgery for more information about cosmetic dentistry. We look forward to helping you plan your new smile.

Crowns & Bridges

If your tooth is decayed, a dental filling can be ideal for eliminating the cavity and restoring your tooth to health, if the area is small.

However, if your tooth is cracked or sustains more decay than a filling can repair, a dental crown in West Perth may be a better solution to repair your tooth. A crown covers your remaining tooth entirely and closely mimics your natural tooth in both shape and shade.

We typically make dental crowns out of ceramic porcelain, which is not only durable but also aesthetically pleasing since it can be custom-shaded to match your teeth. Your dental crown not only blends flawlessly with your smile, but it also allows you to eat, chew, brush and floss with ease.

The process for completing a crown is relatively straightforward and typically takes around two to three weeks. During your first visit, Dr Kinsella prepares your tooth and sends impressions to our dental laboratory where they will handcraft your crown. At your second visit, we'll permanently place your new tooth so you can get back to eating and smiling again.

We welcome your call to answer any questions you may have about dental fillings, crowns, or what may be best for your smile.

Dental Implants

Tooth implants offer our patients many benefits. One of the advantages of choosing dental implants to restore your smile is not only that they look and feel like a natural tooth, but also that they are just as easy to care for as your natural teeth.

Your regular brushing and flossing routine can now include your tooth implant as your goal is to keep it clean and plaque-free. You can brush and floss around your dental implant just as you would with your natural teeth.

Regular check-ups with Dr Kinsella every six months will also help to ensure that your tooth implant is healthy. With yearly x-rays, your dentist in West Perth will make sure that your bone and implant are functioning well together.

Another benefit of a tooth implant is the excellent longevity it offers. With your superb home care routine and check-ups every six months with Dr Kinsella, you can expect that your implant might serve you for many years to come, and even for a lifetime in some cases. Excellent longevity might mean that a tooth implant is a wise investment for your smile.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about dental implants in West Perth, we invite your call to our dental surgery for more information.

Root Canal Treatment

Modern dentistry has made significant advances in technology over the years, and root canal treatment is no exception. Dr Kinsella's training and experience allow him to deliver root canal treatment that is both comfortable and efficient.

Root canals have received a bad reputation in the past because many people associate them with pain. However, it is actually an infection in your tooth that is causing your pain; root canal treatment relieves your discomfort while also eliminating your tooth infection.

During your root canal, Dr Kinsella will remove the infected tissue from inside your tooth, seal it with a temporary filling, and give it time to heal. After it is completely healed, he will rebuild your tooth with a permanent filling or dental crown. This will ensure that you can eat and chew the same ease you had before your tooth infection.

Most of our patients are surprised at how smooth and painless the process for getting a root canal is.

Your preventive teeth cleans and check-ups are a great way to detect tooth decay early on. Early detection means that you can treat it with a filling that prevents tooth decay from progressing and causing further damage or a tooth infection that requires root canal treatment.

If you have questions about your root canal treatment, we welcome your call to our dental surgery in West Perth.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening can be an excellent option for restoring your bright smile if you've noticed that your teeth have become yellowed or dull-looking.

The essential ingredients in teeth whitening products are peroxides, typically hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The peroxides contain oxygen molecules that break apart the chemicals bonding stains to your teeth, restoring the bright, white appearance of your smile.

Why Professional Products Are More Effective Than Over-the-Counter

Professional teeth bleaching products that your dentist has access to typically contain a higher concentration of the peroxides that brighten your smile. Your Perth dentist can customise your bleaching gel to the ideal strength that you need to reach your smile goals.

Over-the-counter products you buy at the store may brighten your teeth, but since they're a lower strength to protect your teeth from damage, it could take longer or even be impossible to achieve the results you're looking for.

In addition to containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, professional strength whitening gel from your dentist also contains fluoride, which protects your tooth enamel and reduces the sensitivity that some people experience with teeth whitening.

If you would like to discuss options for teeth whitening in Perth, AU, Dr Kinsella and his team would love to talk with you.

If you're considering whitening your teeth for a brighter smile, you may be interested in how long your results will last. 

Like most dental treatments, results and longevity will vary based on the individual's lifestyle choices and dental hygiene habits. For example, the foods and beverages you consume can impact how bright your teeth remain after whitening. Certain foods and drinks can contribute to tooth staining and discolouration, such as:

  • Red wine
  • Dark berries
  • Coffee and black tea
  • Curries
  • Marinara sauce
  • Soy sauce

You don't necessarily have to give up these foods and beverages completely; instead, you can limit your consumption and be sure you can brush your teeth about 30 minutes afterwards.

Your dental hygiene routine will also help determine how long your whitening lasts. A consistent daily brushing and flossing routine will protect your bright new smile. While visits to your dentist for routine teeth cleanings and checkups will also help prolong your results after whitening your teeth. 

At Dr Matthew Kinsella General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we offer professional, customised take-home teeth whitening kits that you can use at home based on your own schedule and you can update your smile whenever you like.

We invite your call to our dental surgery if you have more questions about teeth whitening in West Perth.

You might be surprised at the impact that a whiter, brighter smile can make for your appearance. Whitening your teeth is a fast and affordable option for updating your smile, and we offer professional teeth whitening at Dr Matthew Kinsella General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry.

Dr Kinsella has found that our patients receive the best value by bleaching their teeth with a custom take-home teeth whitening kit.

Our team will create plastic teeth whitening trays made with impressions we take of your teeth. A custom-fit ensures that you don't encounter any problems with bleaching gel touching your gums or other soft tissues.

You will also be able to reuse your whitening trays to update your smile in the future before your next vacation, wedding or big event to attend. You can acquire additional tubes of teeth whitening gel from our West Perth dental clinic to keep your smile its brightest.

Choosing professional teeth whitening with your dentist may help you achieve the results you want faster since your dentist has access to stronger bleaching gel than you can find in the store or salon. Dr Kinsella can also provide guidance if you experience any tooth sensitivity while you're brightening your smile.

If you would like more information about brightening your smile with professional teeth whitening in West Perth, we invite your call to our dental clinic.

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