Frequently Asked Questions
When are your Opening Times?

Mooroolbark Dental Clinic

Mon: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tues: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wed: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thur: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Fri: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sat & AH: By Prior Arrangement

Yea Dental Clinic

Mon: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tue: Closed
Wed: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thur: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where is the practice located?

124 Manchester Road, Mooroolbark VIC 3138
7 The Semi Circle, Yea VIC 3717

Is there car parking available?

Ample free parking is available at Your New Dentist. Nearby street parking is also available.

How long will my dental appointment take?

When you call in to book an appointment, our team will ask you details about your condition and will take you through what you need to know, including how long your appointment is expected to take. Keep in mind that this is an estimate, and the exact duration will depend on your specific issue. It’s always ideal to allow for a little extra time at your appointment to be on the safe side.

What should I do if I’m experiencing a dental emergency?

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, contact Your New Dentist as quickly as possible. Our team members will ask you a few key questions, so that they can find the best possible solution for your needs. We aim to ensure that a dental emergency case is seen the same day or at least within the next 24 hours depending on the specific situation. Call as soon as possible so we can schedule you in for an appointment.

How much do the dental services cost?

At YND our pricing structure is as affordable as possible because we believe that everyone should have access to good quality dental care without feeling the pressure of price. Some of our costs are below:

  • Comprehensive examination – $65
  • Consultation – starts from $45 – $75
  • X-ray – $40 for the first two images
  • Standard professional cleaning – $130
  • Extractions – basic extraction of permanent tooth starts from $180

Procedures such as restorations (fillings) will vary in price depending on the material, location and specific requirements. During a consultation, we will assess the situation and offer budget options to meet your particular needs.

Do I really need an Xray?

Radiographs (X-rays images) and routine examinations.

When it comes to a routine preventive care appointment (Check-up) we may NOT always recommend that an x-ray image is required. We will do our best to estimate your individual risk for dental disease such as dental decay and gum (periodontal) disease. If you show a low risk history, we are likely to recommend fewer x-ray images.

Radiographs (Xray images) and diagnosing a toothache…

We recommend the use of x-ray imaging in these cases as they allow us to properly diagnose your condition – without which we wouldn’t be able to offer the right solution. X-rays take away guesswork so you can rest assured that the right problem is being treated while minimising complications. Your New Dentist uses, digital x-ray technology that minimises radiation exposure and is ready images are ready in less than a minute.

What do I do when I lose a tooth?

Losing a tooth can be extremely traumatic, especially if it’s been knocked out by blunt force. Your first step is to stay calm. Control any bleeding by applying gauze to the area. If you’ve been hit, make sure you get medical help in case of a concussion or loss of consciousness. Applying an ice pack to the area can help reduce swelling. If the knock has only resulted in tooth loss, save the tooth and visit us at Your New Dentist as soon as possible.

Follow these steps:

  • Handle the broken tooth as carefully as possible. Only hold it by the crown if you can because the surface contains millions of re-generating cells that need to stay alive if you have any chance of getting your tooth re-implanted.
  • If the root is dirty, clean it carefully using lukewarm water but take care not to scrub the root of the tooth because you could cause irreparable damage.
  • Store the tooth in milk and seek dental help as quickly as possible.
How do I improve my smile’s appearance?

If your teeth are damaged or if they crack or break and in need of restoration – there are many different solutions, you can consider to help treat the problem. For instance, dental implants, bridges and dentures may be viable options for lost teeth. If you need to re-build your tooth, then inlays or crowns might be ideal. If you’re looking to make cosmetic changes to your appearance, veneers and tooth whitening are common considerations. During your consultation with us, we will assess your dental condition and work closely with you to establish the best treatment solution for your needs.

How do I manage my oral health after root canal therapy?

If you have had a visit where root canal therapy has been carried out – the first 48 hours after you may experience some mild discomfort. This is a normal part of the treatment process and in most cases and it will resolve naturally. In some instances, if there is an active infection or swelling, then antibiotics may be required. Antibiotics are only used as a supportive treatment. We are responsible for ensuring that they are used appropriately without being misused.

We assess all cases and determine whether antibiotics are needed or not. In most cases, they are not required. For pain relief, we recommend an Ibuprofen or Paracetamol as effective solutions. After your root canal therapy, we will provide you with a comprehensive and personalised post-op care plan to help speed up your recovery. At Your New Dentist we welcome you to contact us if you are experiencing post-operative discomfort beyond 48 hours after care.

Can I restore a tooth that has already had root canal therapy?

You may know someone who became frustrated after the tooth they had root canal treatment on has crumbled years after treatment. At Your New Dentist, we undertake a comprehensive examination to establish whether a tooth can be restored before recommending a root canal. If we establish that your tooth cannot be restored, we will be able to suggest other treatments instead of investing in root canal therapy if the tooth is not able to be restored afterwards. In some instances, we may suggest restorations like crowns, which are also durable.

A root canal treatment carried out to standard and protected with the right restoration will last on average more than 10 years.

What aftercare is needed after a tooth extraction?

If you’ve had to have your tooth removed because of an infection, it’s important to give the area the best chance to heal to avoid any further infections in the area. Once the tooth is extracted, it usually takes between 4 to 6 weeks to properly heal. But if you have a medical condition or are a heavy smoker then the healing process may take longer.

We will give you a detailed after-care plan that includes tips like no eating and drinking for 24 hours after the extraction, rinsing with saltwater, no smoking, no alcohol, apply pressure to the socket in case of bleeding and placing an ice pack on your face in case of swelling. It’s important to follow these tips to speed up your healing process after a tooth extraction.

How do I maintain good oral health in general?

We recommend basic daily hygiene – brushing and flossing as your best defence against dental disease. Regular dental visits are recommended for a routine examination.  This visit can help to detect any underlying dental problems in its early stages, which can help to limit its seriousness through early intervention.

Does smoking affect gums and teeth?

The general health effects of smoking are now very well known. Smoking effects your mouth in a number of ways like causing dry mouth, stained teeth and bad breath. Smoking is also linked with a higher risk of developing oral cancer and periodontal or gum disease.

Quitting smoking can be a challenge and most smokers have tried many times. At Your New Dentist we are keen to support you quit smoking.  When you are ready to quit, ask how we can help.

Should everyone get their teeth whitened?

Teeth whitening is an effective way to brighten your smile and clean your teeth. While the results will vary depending on your particular situation.

Can stained teeth be whitened?

At Your New Dentist we have two effective whitening systems on offer. We recommend a consultation first to assess your needs and provide you with the safest and most effective whitening treatment to give you the best result.

The good news is that teeth whitening treatments can tackle most stains – even those caused by alcohol, smoking and medication. While some stains may not be concealed completely, they can be significantly improved. But keep in mind that the treatment time may differ based on the stain. It’s important to first understand the cause or source of the staining so that we can identify the best teeth whitening treatment for your needs.

What should I do if I have severe tooth pain?

If you have persistent tooth pain that refuses to go away and keeps you awake at night can be a signal of significant dental problem and we recommend immediate dental intervention. There may be an underlying inflammation or infection that is causing the problem.

Try not to rub the area with hot packs. Instead, use cold compresses near the painful region. You can also get some temporary relief by rinsing your mouth with saltwater. If you have a fever or some type of swelling in your mouth, notify and visit your dentist immediately.

What are the benefits of getting dental treatment?

Optimal dental health has more benefits than you can imagine.  Poor dental health can unfortunately also impact on other body systems like your immune system, heart health and blood sugar control.

A health mouth not only helps to boost your health in general, but it also helps to improve your self-esteem and confidence. When you’re more confident with your appearance, you’ll be happier and more positive. Regular dental treatment can also help to improve speech, dietary habits, facial appearance and much more.

When should my child visit the dentist?

“Baby” (or primary) teeth are quite different to adult teeth. 

It is important for baby teeth to fall out when nature intended as they are acts as placeholders for the new permanent teeth coming through.  Because of this, the early loss of baby teeth due to cavities can mean there are problems with the development of your child smile as they grow. 

Start visiting the dentist from when your child turns two years to detect any dental problems early. At Your New Dentist we are committed to making sure your child’s dental visits are fun, informative and above all free from negativity.

What kind of infection control practices is followed at your clinic?

At Your New Dentist you can rest assured that we follow the Australian Standard Infection Control protocols for the processing of instruments and equipment.  Our treatment rooms are decontaminated between each client again to the Australian standards.

If you would like to see our processing program in action, please feel free to ask for a tour.

Family Friendly Dentist

Your New Dentist is a family-friendly dental service owned and operated by Dr Monica O’Malley

Dental Education & Support

We are passionate about quality, gentle dental care with a focus on the prevention through education

Positive Dental Experiences

We are committed to providing positive and personalised dental experiences for ALL our patients

Caring Dentists

The staff at Your New Dentist proudly cares for the person attached to the tooth