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These questions are ones that we get asked a lot. If you would like more information, or if your specific question is not covered, then please ask us in person.  Contact our friendly team – we are happy to assist you. Phone 0749262240

Why do teeth crack?

The easy answer is because they get overloaded. The overload can occur because the tooth has been weakened or because the load on the tooth is excessive.

Teeth get weakened by decay and from restorations that don’t reinforce the tooth.

Teeth get overloaded by either putting a lot of force on a small part of the tooth, for example by chewing ice, or by putting a lot of force on a part of the tooth that isn’t designed for loading, for example, by clenching or grinding your teeth. Unfortunately, this sort of overload often occurs while we sleep, and we don’t even know about it.

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I don’t like my black/silver/amalgam fillings. What can I do about them?

The black fillings are amalgam. Amalgam is a very strong filling, which is predominantly made from mercury. Unfortunately, although amalgam takes a load pretty well, it does nothing to make the tooth it fills any stronger – in fact it weakens the tooth in lots of different ways. So it doesn’t look very attractive and weakens the tooth; but it is pretty cheap to use.

Amalgam is usually replaced with either resin if the cavity is small, or ceramic if more of the tooth is missing. Resin can help the tooth become stronger after it is restored, but if a large amount of tooth is missing, then resin is just not up to the job. In this situation, a laminate of ceramic and resin is bonded to the remaining tooth to make the tooth very nearly as strong as it was before it ever had a cavity.

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Why do I need my wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth are molar teeth that traditionally erupt around 18 years of age – which apparently corresponds with the getting of wisdom. In pre-agricultural times, or in pre-agricultural societies, the jaws developed sufficiently to allow these teeth to erupt unimpeded.

Unfortunately in our modern society, our jaw development is inhibited for many reasons and so often there isn’t enough room for our full complement of teeth to make their way into the mouth – let alone in reasonable alignment.

In this situation, the wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to erupt and become stuck, or as we say, impacted. Impacted teeth often cause painful infections and can cause a lot of damage to the tooth in front of them. The bad news is that extraction is usually the solution to the problems caused by impacted wisdom teeth and this is usually accompanied by pain and swelling after the event. So plan the extraction of impacted wisdom teeth for a time that is convenient to you, rather than have the surgery forced on you at a time when you would really prefer not to be swollen and sore.

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What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease of the gums. Bacteria that attach to the teeth are the cause of the inflammation, but each person’s response to the bacteria determines the course of the disease. Some people can have a vast bacterial load and very little disease. Others can have very few bacteria, and still generate an exaggerated response with rapid destruction of the bone that supports the teeth.

It is important to know what you are dealing with if your periodontal disease is not being controlled by conventional treatment. If your disease is refractory, then further tests are available to target the bacteria involved and better control the inflammatory response.

There is a very strong correlation between the inflammatory process of periodontal disease and other inflammatory processes such as atheroma formation and arterial disease. Healthy gums are proving to be a very important part of a healthy lifestyle.

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What teeth whitening products do you use?

We use The Kor Whitening system.  The Kor Whitening system can dramatically whiten teeth, often 16 shades or more lighter depending on the teeth’s susceptibility. Whitening is considered entirely safe and will involve periodic home care to maintain your results. The Kor Whitening system works by restoring your teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen. The oxygen from the whitening gel is absorbed deeply into the tooth dissolving stain molecules and altering how the teeth absorb and reflect light.

Please call our friendly team to discuss your whitening options – Phone 49262240

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How do I keep my gums healthy?

Each tooth needs to be thoroughly cleaned every day. Flossing your teeth, particularly using a technique known as circumferential flossing, can achieve this. In fact, if you were to be stranded on an island and could only take one thing to keep your teeth clean, then floss would be the one thing to take.

A lot of people find it very hard to floss their teeth. This can be caused by fillings that don’t fit the teeth very well, or by teeth that have worn so badly that it is hard to get the floss down between them. There are many other aids that are available to you if you find flossing difficult. These range from little brushes that specifically clean between the teeth to water blasters that use pressurised water to get to places that are otherwise hard to clean effectively.

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What treatment is there for periodontal disease?

The mainstay of treatment for periodontal disease is cleaning; and not just by us. When we clean your teeth thoroughly and remove the plaque and scale from the teeth, then they will remain clean for about a day. After this time, bacteria will begin to recolonise the tooth and the process will begin again, but it will take about 6 weeks for the really harmful bacteria to find their home on your tooth. Your home care is more important than what we do in the surgery.

Sometimes, the particular bacteria in your mouth can be a really nasty variety and be very hard to control by conventional methods. If we suspect this, then a sample of your plaque can be sent for analysis so that we can determine which antibiotics may be useful in getting your disease under control in conjunction with a renewed home and in-surgery protocol.

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What is a root canal treatment?

Nobody particularly wants a root canal treatment, but sometimes it can be a choice between root canal treatment and having an unreliable restoration or losing a tooth.

The most common reason for having a root canal treatment is when the inside part of the tooth is dead or dying. Sometimes this process can be extremely painful and people are grateful for the relief offered by the procedure. At other times the tooth can die without warning and infection can spread through the bone around tooth and you don’t even know about it until an x-ray is taken or the infection spreads to the point where it is noticed. In either situation, root canal treatment can help you keep your damaged tooth.

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Can you extract my tooth?

Not all teeth can be saved, and not all teeth should be saved. Some teeth cannot be reliably restored, no matter what is done with them. This is when it will be suggested that the tooth should be extracted.

There is often not a lot of choice about whether or not to get a tooth out. The choice comes later, when you consider what should be done to replace your tooth and this is where you want as many options as possible. The range of options for future replacement of your missing tooth is greatest where there is bone available where the tooth was taken out. Unfortunately, as soon as your tooth is removed you also start to lose the bone that supported the tooth, unless something is done to maintain it. A bone graft allows you to maintain as much supporting bone as possible and gives you the opportunity to at least have a gum shape that helps your replacement tooth look real. Even if you would only consider replacing your tooth with a denture, the grafted site will allow a denture to be more retentive than it would otherwise have been. In an ideal world, a graft would be placed each time a tooth was taken out.

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Can my headaches be caused by my teeth?

I don’t know if your teeth can cause your headaches by themselves, but the position of your teeth can certainly make life hard for the muscles that bring your top and bottom teeth together and this can be the cause of your headaches.

Try this. Sit quietly with your lips and teeth apart and just relax.

Some people will find it very hard to relax like this and will want to just clench their teeth together. Those people are the “clenchers” and their muscles get very little rest – it’s little wonder that their muscles might get tired and painful. If you are one of these people, then you are likely to have a whole heap of things happening in your mouth and it is probably time to find out why you are clenching regularly.

However, clenchers are not most people, so the rest of us can just sit and relax for a little longer with our eyes closed. When you are nice and comfortable, slowly begin to close and point to the place where your top teeth and your bottom teeth touch together first.

Your bottom jaw just hangs from your head. It is positioned entirely by muscles and ligaments. What you have just done is found out that the muscles that hold your jaw in place would like your teeth to meet in one place, but that particular teeth don’t allow this to happen. So the muscles know that they would be most comfortable in a particular spot, but the teeth don’t let them use that spot. The teeth get in the way and so the muscles have to adapt to where the teeth dictate that they must be. Like any muscle that is under continuous adaptive stress, pain is common. Pain coming from the muscles that position the jaw is interpreted by our body as a headache.

Many thousands of people have spent many years battling debilitating headaches, only to find that relief is rapid when neuromuscular dentistry provides a physiologically balanced jaw position.

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I just can’t get used to my CPAP machine. Is there anything a dentist can do for me? Or similarly, I’ve been told that I snore, but why would a dentist be able to help?

If you already have a CPAP machine then you have probably already been diagnosed with either OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnoea) or UARS (Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome) and know the consequences of leaving these conditions untreated.

CPAP is definitely the gold standard against which all other treatments for OSA and UARS are measured. If you can’t tolerate a CPAP machine – and you are not alone in this – then something needs to be done to keep you breathing effectively while you sleep.

An oral appliance can be used to stop your lower jaw from falling back while you sleep and obstructing or impeding your airway. Oral appliances were not reliable in the past, mainly because they didn’t respect your physiology. Contemporary sleep dentistry places much more emphasis on maintaining a jaw position that is both physiologically compatible with maintaining your airway and also allowing your body to relax and recover which is what sleep is all about. Be very wary of accepting any appliance that doesn’t respect your physiology.

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I had a whiplash injury that just doesn’t seem to go away – why would a dentist be able to make it better?

Whiplash is a terrible injury that is often glossed over as not being important, but many patients continue to suffer from whiplash long after the other injuries sustained at the time have healed and been forgotten.

Whiplash is basically a compression injury. The difficulty with treatment arises from attempting to maintain the necessary decompression which allows the tissues of your neck and jaws to heal. Your physiotherapist or chiropractor will be able to provide short term relief, but unless your neck and jaw joints are treated together, then long term resolution will be unlikely. A neuromuscular dentist will be able to predictably maintain the decompression needed for resolution of your jaw joint and neck symptoms.

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I know I need a lot of work, but I don’t have a lot of money. What can I do?

For most of us, money is definitely a finite resource that needs to be very carefully controlled. This is the case whether you are using your own money or have borrowed money to fund treatment.

It is always tempting to spend money on the obvious – for example, filling that cavity – and in many emergency type situations that is absolutely valid and necessary. However, once the emergency is over, the most important part of keeping your teeth healthy for years to come, is to have a plan. Most people don’t plan to lose their teeth, but neither do they have a plan to keep them and so the number of teeth that are lost grows as the years go by. Spending some time and money on finding out where you are now, where you want to be, and how you might get there is never wasted.

Treatment can nearly always be staged so that you arrive at a destination of your choosing, rather than going on a mystery tour to a place that you would have really preferred to avoid.

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Does teeth whitening work?

I suppose that the only honest answer is sometimes. Reliable teeth whitening is very dependent on the technique and the products used. We have found that the best technique is a pre-planned combination of home and in-surgery teeth whitening.

The best teeth whitening product we have found is a product called Kor Whitening System. Unfortunately, the Kor System is also a costly product to use, principally because it needs to be transported from the USA to Rockhampton under refrigeration.

However, when the Kor System is used with a planned combination of home and in-surgery teeth whitening, the results, even with very badly stained teeth, are amazing.

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Can teeth whitening damage my teeth?

When the whitening of teeth was initially being promoted many years ago, there were all sorts of dire predictions of irreversible damage. These ranged from cancer of the gums, to the death of teeth, to debilitating sensitivity that would never go away.

So far, after millions of teeth whitening procedures world-wide, with a wide range of products, the dire consequences that were predicted do not appear to be occurring with anything approaching statistical significance. The most common side effect of a teeth whitening procedure is short to medium term tooth sensitivity. Our preferred technique of home teeth whitening prior to in-surgery teeth whitening reduces the potential for the whitening to lead to debilitating sensitivity of any duration.

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How often should I get my teeth checked and cleaned?

This really depends on what is happening in your mouth. If disease is active and aggressive then a six week review may be recommended. On the other end of the spectrum, a bi-annual review may be sufficient for someone with a healthy mouth who also takes the time for exemplary home care. A more usual review period is three to six months.

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I have a bad toothache, can I get an appointment today?

Yes, of course. We will try our best to get you out of pain as soon as possible. We allocate time in our schedule specifically for emergencies. Give us a call and speak to one of our team to schedule your appointment.

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How much will it cost to have a tooth taken out?

This is a common question and a difficult one to give a definite answer to. Please give us a call to discuss our fees and approximate costing. If you are in pain we will need to see you and maybe take some x-rays to find the source of the pain. Give us a call and speak to one of our team to schedule your appointment.

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How much does a filling cost?

This is a common question and a difficult one to give a definite answer to. Please give us a call to discuss our fees and approximate costing. If you are in pain we will need to see you and maybe take some x-rays to find the source of the pain. Give us a call and speak to one of our team to schedule your appointment.

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What is the price for a check-up and a clean?

We do have set fees for our check up and clean appointments. However if you haven’t been to see us before, we prefer to do a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth prior to carrying out any treatment. This way we can give you more definite costing and a plan to carry out your treatment. Give us a call and speak to one of our team to schedule your examination appointment.

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What does it cost to get an implant?

This is a common question and a difficult one to give a definite answer to. Please give us a call to discuss our fees and approximate costing.

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Do you treat lip tie and tongue tie?

Yes. In some cases there may be a restriction of movement of the tongue or lip, which is sometimes referred to as tongue tie or lip tie. The release of a tied tongue or lip is a simple procedure that will aid every aspect of your child’s oral development – not only help with easier feeding. This applies equally to breast or bottle fed babies.

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What can a dentist do about sleep apnoea?

Sleep apnoea occurs when a person’s airway closes during sleep. Some people have an airway that is prone to collapse during sleep, due to poor jaw development, a large tongue, bad posture, or weight gain. These people are at greater risk of suffering from sleep apnoea. We can make an appliance which helps to keep your airway open during sleep.

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Do you do orthodontics?

Yes, we offer Orthodontics and Orthotropics®. Orthotropics avoids pulling teeth backwards and has been shown to increase the airway size and make the face more attractive than conventional orthodontics. Please give our friendly team a call to discuss your orthodontic needs.

If you would like to know more about Orthotropics, please visit www.orthotropics.com and www.facefocused.com which are two websites developed by the world’s leading orthotropic practitioners. We are indebted to Drs John Mew and Bill Hang for teaching us the orthotropic method.

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What can you tell me about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on 1 January 2014 and provides access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3.4 million children aged 2-17 years.  The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.  The scheme provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.

Give us a call and talk to our friendly staff to discuss this scheme and your eligibility.

Ph 4926 2240

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Do you do root canals?

Yes. Nobody particularly wants a root canal treatment, but sometimes it can be a choice between root canal treatment and having an unreliable restoration or losing a tooth. The most common reason for having a root canal treatment is when the inside part of the tooth is dead or dying. Sometimes this process can be extremely painful and people are grateful for the relief offered by the procedure. At other times the tooth can die without warning and infection can spread through the bone around tooth and you don’t even know about it until an x-ray is taken or the infection spreads to the point where it is noticed. In either situation, root canal treatment can help you keep your damaged tooth.

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Do you treat gum disease?

Yes, it is so important to your general health to maintain healthy gums. The mainstay of treatment and prevention of gum disease is cleaning; and not just by us. When we clean your teeth thoroughly and remove the plaque and scale from the teeth, then they will remain clean for about a day. After this time, bacteria will begin to build up on your teeth and the process will begin again, but it will take about 6 weeks for the really harmful bacteria to find their home on your tooth. Your home care is more important than what we do in the surgery.

Sometimes, the particular bacteria in your mouth can be a really nasty variety and be very hard to control by conventional methods. If we suspect this, then a sample of your plaque can be sent for analysis so that we can determine which antibiotics may be useful in getting your disease under control in conjunction with a renewed home and in-surgery protocol.

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Are you a dentist that bulk bills?

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on 1 January 2014 and provides access to benefits for basic dental services to around 3.4 million children aged 2-17 years.  The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) or a relevant Australian Government payment.  The scheme provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.

Give us a call and talk to our friendly staff to discuss this scheme and your eligibility.

Ph 4926 2240

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Is there such a thing as pain free dentistry?

Dentistry has changes a lot over the years.  These are the things we do to help make you treatment pleasant.  You will have cream for your lips and dark glasses for your eyes. There are televisions on the walls with headphones if you prefer some distraction. There is a selection of movies and TV shows. Just ask for what you want.  You can have nitrous oxide (Happy Gas) or a more powerful sedation if you prefer.

NuCalm has revolutionised dental care for people who are apprehensive about treatment – and let’s face it, that includes most of us. NuCalm is an all-natural therapy that makes you feel as though you are just about to go to sleep. NuCalm has no recovery period – when your appointment has finished you are ready to go about your day as usual.

Most of our treatment is done using a rubber blanket, which keeps the water of the drill and all of the tastes out of your mouth. It is also much healthier because it keeps the mercury from your old fillings from being swallowed or inhaled. We will also offer you something to rest your teeth on so that your jaw doesn’t get tired from holding your mouth open.

If we work together, dentistry can be a pleasant experience for you. It is not at all to our benefit that you dislike coming to see us and so we will try very hard to make you comfortable.

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Are you a child friendly dentist?

Yes. We understand children can be quite anxious about dental treatment.  Our friendly and caring team is committed to ensuring their time with us is stress-free and pleasant.

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Do you make mouth guards?

Yes we do.  Please give our friendly team a call to discuss your needs.

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Do you make dentures?

Yes. However our dentures are very different. We custom make your dentures using our neuromuscular technique and computerized jaw tracking to ensure your finished bite is physiologically and anatomically correct . Every detail of tooth placement, size, shape, proportion, inclination, colour and contour is considered to give you dentures that will enable you to speak, eat and smile with complete comfort and confidence.

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Do you offer “happy gas”?

Yes.  We want you to be as comfortable as possible during your treatment.  You can have nitrous oxide (Happy Gas) for your dental treatment or a more powerful sedation if you prefer.

We also offer NuCalm which has revolutionised dental care for people who are apprehensive about treatment – and let’s face it, that includes most of us. NuCalm is an all-natural therapy that makes you feel as though you are just about to go to sleep. NuCalm has no recovery period – when your appointment has finished you are ready to go about your day as usual.

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Do you offer general anaesthesia?

Yes.  We want you to be as comfortable as possible during your treatment. We can arrange for your dental treatment to be carried out under general anaesthetic.  We also offer nitrous oxide (Happy Gas) or a more powerful sedation if you prefer.

We also offer NuCalm which has revolutionised dental care for people who are apprehensive about treatment – and let’s face it, that includes most of us. NuCalm is an all-natural therapy that makes you feel as though you are just about to go to sleep. NuCalm has no recovery period – when your appointment has finished you are ready to go about your day as usual.

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Are you a preferred provider for my health fund?

We believe you should have the right to choose who your preferred provider for your dental treatment is.  We offer hicaps to enable you to claim from your fund on the day.  For some things our fees may be higher than those at an average dentist. We do not, however, just give you average service. For long term solutions such as ceramics and implants, we are similar in cost to most good quality dentists in the business area of our capital cities (without the cost of travelling outside of Rockhampton).

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Do you offer invisalign?

Yes, please give our friendly team a call to find out more information.

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Do you remove wisdom teeth?

Yes.  In some situations, the wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to erupt and become stuck, or as we say, impacted. Impacted teeth often cause painful infections and can cause a lot of damage to the tooth in front of them. The bad news is that extraction is usually the solution to the problems caused by impacted wisdom teeth and this is usually accompanied by pain and swelling after the event. So plan the extraction of impacted wisdom teeth for a time that is convenient to you, rather than have the surgery forced on you at a time when you would really prefer not to be swollen and sore.

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What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is about enhancing your smile.  It may mean replacing old and discoloured fillings, re-shaping worn or damaged teeth, moving teeth into alignment or simply brightening your smile with teeth whitening product.  We have many options available.  Please call our friendly team at Capricornia Dental to discuss your needs.

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Do you offer teeth whitening?

Yes. If your teeth are straight and well preserved, but an unfortunate colour, then whitening is probably the most appealing way of improving their appearance, because it doesn’t alter the size or shape of your teeth. The Kor Whitening system can dramatically whiten teeth, often 16 shades or more lighter depending on the teeth’s susceptibility. Whitening is considered entirely safe and will involve periodic home care to maintain your results. The Kor Whitening system works by restoring your teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen. The oxygen from the whitening gel is absorbed deeply into the tooth dissolving stain molecules and altering how the teeth absorb and reflect light.

Please call our friendly team to discuss your teeth whitening options – Phone 49262240

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I have a bad tooth ache, can I get an appointment today?

Yes, of course.  We will try our best to get you out of pain as soon as possible.  We allocate time in our schedule specifically for emergencies.  Give us a call and speak to one of our team to schedule your appointment.

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What does it cost to get my tooth crowned/capped?

This is a common question and a difficult one to give a definite answer to. Please give us a call to discuss our fees and approximate costing.

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