Western Smiles Dental Care

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

We firmly believe that there is no such thing as a silly question, so we welcome any and all of them from our patients. For your convenience, we have included some of these that we regularly hear on this page. But if your question isn’t answered, please give us a call or bring it to your next scheduled dental booking.

We look forward to helping educate you on your oral health.

Other

Yes, we have space available in our schedule for new patients, and we look forward to welcoming you and your family.

Family playing cricket on beachFamily Dental Services in Mirrabooka

We can provide most of the dental services your family needs at our Mirrabooka, WA dental clinic:

  • Preventive care—check-ups, cleans, digital x-rays, gum health, oral cancer screening
  • General dentistry—gum disease treatment, emergency services
  • Children’s dentistry—examinations, fluoride treatments, dental sealants
  • Cosmetic treatments—veneers, teeth whitening, dental crowns, tooth implants
  • Restorative care—crowns and bridges, dentures and partials, dental implants

If it’s been a while since your last visit to the dentist, and you are feeling apprehensive about the condition of your teeth, we’d like to reassure you that there are no judgments here. We cannot change the past, but we can help re-direct the future by helping you achieve and maintain good oral health.

Help With Dental Anxiety

Don’t let dental anxiety keep you away from routine dental care either. Dr Peter Duke has a unique approach for patients who experience anxiety, and he can help you get the dental care you need and deserve. We also have a therapy dog named Benji to help nervous patients feel more comfortable.

We warmly welcome new patients and their families to Western Smiles Dental Care in Mirrabooka, WA.

We look forward to hearing from you and providing you with quality dental care.

Children's Dentistry

Usually around two years old. A child's first dental visit should be fun and is to help them feel comfortable with the dentist.

Your child’s dentist in Mirrabooka likes to see children at around two years old.

Additionally, we believe that a child's first dental visit should be fun. This initial visit should be about building trust and helping them feel comfortable with the dentist.

young girl smiling Child's Initial Dental Visit 

We may count teeth, give them a ride in the dental chair, and talk about their oral health in age-appropriate language. We believe that building trust early may prevent anxiety later. We can also introduce your child to Benji, our therapy dog. Benji helps patients feel relaxed and at ease during dental checkups and procedures.

As your child ages and becomes more comfortable in the dental clinic, we will add needed treatments, which may include but are not limited to:

  • Comprehensive dental checkups
  • Professional teeth cleans
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Fissure sealants
  • Tooth-coloured fillings
  • Emergency dentistry

Following checkups and teeth cleans, a member of our team shares all findings with you. And we are always available to answer your questions and address your concerns. Our dentist and team understand that your child’s healthy smile is a group effort!

For Children’s Dentistry Near Me, We Encourage Your Call

Helping your child reach their full smile potential is our top priority. So give us a call today if you’re ready to get started.

Cosmetic Dentistry

The goal of a cosmetic dentist is to improve the appearance of your teeth and gums, creating an attractive smile. As an added benefit, cosmetic dentistry services can also improve your oral health and the function of your bite.

man smiling after getting cosmetic dentistryCommon Cosmetic Dental Services

At Western Smiles Dental Care, we offer a variety of cosmetic procedures to make your smile brighter and more attractive. 

Our cosmetic procedures include:

  • Tooth-coloured fillings
  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Dental bonding
  • Dental implants
  • Crowns and bridges

We can use these procedures to restore your smile, so you don’t have to feel self-conscious about sharing it. Whether you have missing teeth or simply want to brighten your teeth with teeth whitening services, we are here to help. 

We enjoy providing a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures for our patients because we’ve seen the difference a new smile can make in someone’s life. 

How Can Cosmetic Changes Improve Oral Health?

With straighter teeth, patients often have an easier time making their oral hygiene routine effective. There are fewer nooks and crannies for food debris and plaque to get stuck in if the teeth are uniform. 

Also, when we replace missing teeth, we can boost oral health by protecting the patients’ other teeth. A dental implant, for example, allows us to replace a missing tooth, keeping the other teeth from shifting in the mouth. The implant also takes the place of the missing tooth’s root, working to stimulate the jawbone to encourage healthy bone growth.

Additionally, restorations like dental crowns cover tooth flaws and protect damaged teeth or teeth with a weakened structure.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Mirrabooka

With a better-aligned, complete smile, patients may enjoy a more attractive look and a functional, healthy bite.

We invite you to reach out to our Western Smiles Dental Care team to arrange your visit for cosmetic services.

Crowns and Bridges

A dental crown is a protective cap that fits over a damaged, weakened or decayed tooth, strengthening it and shielding it from further damage. 

Common Reasons for a Dental Crown

woman smilingAt Western Smiles Dental Care, we often recommend dental crowns to protect a tooth when the tooth has been:

  • Structurally weakened due to a root canal treatment, extensive decay or a large filling
  • Cracked, chipped or fractured
  • Discoloured and needs to be covered

We use all-ceramic E-MAX crowns in our Mirrabooka dental practice and in our other practice locations in Dianella, Nolamarra and Balcatta, to provide the best outcomes to patients. E-MAX crowns have a flawless appearance, blending in perfectly with the patient’s smile. And they are strong and durable. Due to their strength, they aren’t very susceptible to cracks or fractures, and they often last longer than other types of crowns.

What’s the First Step?

The first step toward getting a dental crown is a thorough exam. After evaluating your dental needs, we may recommend a crown to cover a tooth. If that’s the case, we will customise the crown to your tooth and to blend in with your smile. The dental crown process usually takes at least 2-3 visits to complete. 

E-MAX Crowns in Mirrabooka

If you need a dental crown in the Mirrabooka area or near one of our other convenient locations, we invite you to call Western Smiles Dental Care. Our experienced dental team provides exceptional care to patients with top-of-the-line dental treatments, such as dental crowns.

We enjoy helping patients preserve their beautiful smiles with dental crowns and other procedures, and we would love to evaluate your situation to see if dental crowns can help you

Dental Anxiety

Whereas some dental surgeries simply offer sedation dentistry to help calm anxious patients, our Mirrabooka, WA dental clinic takes another approach that is more about relationship-building. Dr Peter Duke is a firm believer that much of dental anxiety lies in the unknown—not only the unknown about the procedure but about the team of dental professionals who will be performing it.  

woman holding hand in front of mouthTo that end, Dr Duke is happy to talk with anxious patients before they even come into the dental surgery. With a telephone call, he believes he can get to know potential patients better, can explain the procedures and can help to waylay most of the anxiety.

Unique Approach to Dental Anxiety in Mirrabooka

Getting to the root of the dental anxiety issue to overcome the anxiety is an exceptional approach, to be sure. This unique system is well-suited to Dr Duke’s compassionate, caring and outgoing personality. When patients finally come in for their first appointment, they generally find that his excellent ‘chairside’ manner enables him to put them at ease.

We Welcome Your Call

If you’re overdue for a dental check-up and clean because you keep putting off scheduling a booking, we welcome your call to Western Smiles Dental Care. Dr Duke is now accepting quick one on one calls and would love to speak with you to help overcome your dental anxiety. Book here to schedule a quick 15-minute chat.

Dental Implants

Of all options available to replace missing teeth implants feel the most life-like and natural. They feel secure and stable, and you can bite and chew comfortably on them. We welcome you to contact our Mirrabooka dental clinic to learn more about your tooth replacement options. 

Emergency Services

Patients often aren’t sure whether the situation they’re experiencing is a dental emergency. They are unsure whether or not they should call their dentist or seek emergency care elsewhere. At Western Smiles Dental Care, we invite you to call our clinic if you’re experiencing such a situation. 

Our knowledgeable team of dental professionals will provide you with advice over the phone to help you decide if you need an emergency dental appointment.

woman holding chin from dental emergencyCommon Dental Emergencies

Common dental emergencies that necessitate a call to the emergency dentist include:

  • Severe toothache 
  • Facial or gum swelling
  • Tooth discolouration
  • Broken tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Damaged dental restorations, like crowns or fillings
  • Tooth infection

If you’re experiencing any of the above, we generally recommend emergency dental care. 

Some dental emergencies, like a knocked-out tooth, are time-sensitive and need urgent attention. If a patient retrieves their knocked-out tooth and carefully preserves the tooth’s root by keeping it either in their mouth or in a container of saliva or milk, the dentist might have the ability to reimplant the tooth in the patient’s gum shortly after the incident. However, if too much time passes, successful reimplantation of a tooth becomes much more unlikely. 

Emergency Dentists Near Me in Mirrabooka

At Western Smiles Dental Care, we like helping patients overcome their dental emergencies. We never want to see our patients in pain or upset, so we do everything we can to relieve anxiety and pain as soon as possible after they arrive.

We welcome your call to our dental clinic to arrange your emergency dental appointment.

General Dentistry

Yes, we have space available in our schedule for new patients, and we look forward to welcoming you and your family.

Family playing cricket on beachFamily Dental Services in Mirrabooka

We can provide most of the dental services your family needs at our Mirrabooka, WA dental clinic:

  • Preventive care—check-ups, cleans, digital x-rays, gum health, oral cancer screening
  • General dentistry—gum disease treatment, emergency services
  • Children’s dentistry—examinations, fluoride treatments, dental sealants
  • Cosmetic treatments—veneers, teeth whitening, dental crowns, tooth implants
  • Restorative care—crowns and bridges, dentures and partials, dental implants

If it’s been a while since your last visit to the dentist, and you are feeling apprehensive about the condition of your teeth, we’d like to reassure you that there are no judgments here. We cannot change the past, but we can help re-direct the future by helping you achieve and maintain good oral health.

Help With Dental Anxiety

Don’t let dental anxiety keep you away from routine dental care either. Dr Peter Duke has a unique approach for patients who experience anxiety, and he can help you get the dental care you need and deserve. We also have a therapy dog named Benji to help nervous patients feel more comfortable.

We warmly welcome new patients and their families to Western Smiles Dental Care in Mirrabooka, WA.

We look forward to hearing from you and providing you with quality dental care.

Western Smiles Dental Care adopts the highest of standards of infection control. We take your health and safety as our number one priority. We follow and comply with the Dental Board of Australia's and the Australian Dental Association's policies and guidelines on infection control.

woman smiling in dental chairHighly Trained Staff

Our staff are highly trained and regularly attend infection control courses. Daily, weekly, monthly, and annual audits are carried out to ensure continuous compliance and standards. If you have a specific question, we are happy for you to phone our dental clinic to discuss the matter further or to arrange to have a tour of our sterilising department.

Regardless of whether you are visiting our Mirrabooka, WA dental clinic for a routine examination and clean, or if you are coming here for a more in-depth treatment, you can be ensured about your safety from infection.

Dental Treatments in Mirrabooka

Here are just some of the treatments you can receive with confidence:

  • Cosmetic dentistry, including veneers, tooth-coloured fillings, dental crowns and teeth whitening
  • Emergency services
  • Dental implants
  • Dentures and partials
  • Dental bridges

We want you to feel confident about the safety of the care you receive from Western Smiles Dental Care. By following the most stringent guidelines for infection control, we know we are providing protection for our patients as well as our team members. Your safety is essential, and we take your health seriously.

We Welcome Your Call

To reach one of our experienced team members to chat or to arrange a booking, call us on (08) 9349 3688.

dental xrayThe answer to that question is a resounding yes. Dental technology continues to make great strides, and our Mirrabooka, WA dental surgery incorporates some of the best in leading-edge dentistry to help improve the patient experience.

Modern Dental Technology in Mirrabooka

Here are some examples:

  • Tooth-coloured fillings—Not only do these aesthetically pleasing dental fillings no longer mean you will have grey amalgam in your teeth, but they also require less drilling of the tooth in question. This means a better look in the end—and less time in the dental chair for drilling.
  • Digital x-rays—Not only are digital radiographs safer because they emit less radiation than their traditional film counterparts, but they are quicker and much more efficient. Because the images are digital, they can be enlarged on a computer screen to get a better view. You will be able to see the image and have a clear understanding of your situation after your dentist explains it to you..
  • Panoramic digital OPG x-rays and intra-oral cameras—These are often used in conjunction with digital x-rays to give even more in-depth views of the mouth. This often means dental problems are discovered earlier so that treatment may be less invasive.
  • Intra-Oral Trios digital scanner—This equipment eliminates the need for traditional dental impressions and can be used to construct digitally printed models, bruxism splints and CAD-CAM crowns, bridges and implants.

Find out more about how we are improving your time at the dentist by calling Western Smiles Dental Care to book an appointment.

General dentistry is the routine treatment required to treat simple dental problems. These treatments often include fillings, simple extractions, scaling and cleaning, and more. Most health funds will consist of general dentistry as a category in their policies.

man smiling in dental chairWhat Does a General Dentist Do?

Dr Peter Duke is a skilled and experienced general dentist who wants his patients to sustain optimal oral health. As a general dentist, Dr Duke diagnoses treats and manages his patients' various oral health needs. 

Our General Dentistry Services 

Dr Duke and our team offer the following general dentistry services to patients of all ages: 

  • Complete exams, x-rays, and dental cleans 
  • Tooth-coloured fillings and dental bonding 
  • Root canal therapy and extractions
  • Cosmetic dentistry, such as whitening and veneers 
  • Dental implant placement and restoration
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Periodontal care
  • Preventive education 
  • And more! 

Whatever your dental needs may be, our team at Western Smiles can help you find the best treatment for your needs. 

Family Dental Care in Mirrabooka 

We welcome you to contact our Mirrabooka dental clinic to learn more about our general dentistry services. Western Smiles provides comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages, from children and teens to adults. 

One of our friendly team members will be happy to answer any questions you may have or arrange a dental appointment for you. 

couple using computer to look for right dentistWhen choosing a new dentist for you and your family, there are many factors to consider—including logistics. Finding a dentist that is located convenient to school, work or home often makes it easier to make scheduled bookings, even when lives get busy.

Core Values of Our Clinic

Beyond convenience, however, at Western Smiles Dental Care, we believe you should seek a dentist that has the following core values:

  • An emphasis on excellence and continuing education—Our entire team strives for improvement in all areas, and we are always learning about the latest in leading-edge dentistry. As a QIP accredited dental clinic, we take safety and infection control very seriously.
  • A focus on patient-centred care—This refers not only to the dental care we provide, but we very much care about our patients as people. We treat all of our patients as if they were members of our own families.
  • A positive experience—We have worked hard to create an atmosphere of comfort at our Mirrabooka, WA dental surgery in our modern, clean, state-of-the-art facility. We want you to feel relaxed while you are here.
  • A commitment to optimal oral health—Our patients should enjoy healthy teeth and gums, and they should know how to practise good home care.

We Welcome You to Call Our Mirrabooka Clinic

We welcome your phone calls should you like to have more information about our dental surgery. 

We look forward to caring for you and your smile.

Dr Duke holding QIP certificateCurrently in Western Australia, there is no requirement for dental practices to be accredited. The accreditation process checks and ensures that a dental practice has strict systems and processes in place to improve the safety and quality of care for patients.

QIP Accredited Dental Practice in Mirrabooka

Western Smiles Dental Care is proud to be a QIP accredited dental practice, meaning we have voluntarily adopted the Safety and Quality Health Service Standards into our services. ‘QIP’ stands for Quality Innovation Performance—and we take all three of these concepts very seriously.

Our dental clinic caters specifically to the well-being of our patients by providing high standards of dentistry. As an accredited dental practice, Western Smiles Dental Care regularly undergoes both internal and external audits. Our team is focused on providing excellence in all of the dental services and care we provide.

We Welcome You to Call Our Mirrabooka Clinic

We know you have many Mirrabooka, WA dentists from which to choose, so having accreditation is just another way we can ensure that you and your family can feel confident about the dental care we provide.

If you have any questions about our accreditation or our dental clinic standards, we welcome your phone call. We are happy to provide more details and talk to you about specifics.

Preventive Dentistry

Good oral hygiene requires more than simply brushing your teeth and flossing each day. Another important aspect of keeping your smile healthy is to receive regular dental cleans in Mirrabooka. Our skilled and compassionate team at Western Smiles customises each dental check-up and clean to help you preserve the health of your teeth and gums.

woman smiling during a dental cleaningBenefits of Dental Exams and Cleans 

We recommend patients receive dental cleans and exams every 6-12 months to ensure their smile’s health stays on course. Without regular cleans and exams, your teeth and gums may not receive the attention it requires to stay healthy and strong. 

Regular dental exams and cleans allow us to do the following: 

  1. Monitor the health of your teeth and gums
  2. Assess your risks for cavities, gum disease, and other oral health conditions 
  3. Remove plaque and tartar from your teeth
  4. Polish your teeth for extra shine 
  5. Take digital panoramic x-rays 
  6. Screen for oral cancer 
  7. Provide personalised diagnosis and treatment  

At Western Smiles, we use leading-edge technology to provide the best possible care to our patients. Some of these technologies include high-definition digital intra-oral cameras and the 3Shape TRIOS® Intraoral Scanner, which allow us to take comfortable, detailed photographs of your mouth.

To ensure you are comfortable and relaxed during your visit, we offer in-chair entertainment. For example, you can watch a movie or listen to music with wireless headphones during your exam and clean. 

Gentle Dental Cleanings in Mirrabooka  

Western Smiles is a family-friendly dental practice that provides Mirrabooka with comprehensive preventive dentistry. We invite you to book your dental check-up and clean in Mirrabooka with Dr Duke. 

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