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Dental Implants for Recreating Smiles: A Beginner’s Guide

Smile, it’s free therapy.” – Douglas Morton

There are a lot of quotes about smiles that people can find on the internet. Smiling is one of the most basic and easiest things we all do. However, if a person is missing a tooth, they may get a bit conscious while smiling. Losing a tooth can take a toll on a person’s confidence and self-esteem. In addition to this, it can also make it difficult for the person to perform the most basic tasks, such as talking and chewing. 

Fortunately, there is a “go-to” solution for the problem of ‘missing a tooth’ – dental implants. Whether a person is missing just one tooth or more than one, dental implants can fix this problem permanently. 

Dental implants have slowly gained a lot of popularity and are becoming the Gold Standard in tooth replacement technology. They are not only durable and reliable but also appear immensely natural. In this article, we are going to discuss dental implants and how they can help in recreating an attractive smile. 

What Are the Top Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants can offer a number of incredible benefits. They can restore smiles and enhance the quality of life of a person. Here are some of the top benefits of dental implants – 

  • Dental implants are permanent and can last a lifetime

Standard dental bridges, veneers, or dentures can last for 8 to 12 years. They need to be replaced after this period because of the damage or wear and tear. However, that is not the case with dental implants.

One of the most common questions related to dental implants is – “how long do dental implants last?” A straightforward answer to this question is that with proper care and upkeep, dental implants can last a lifetime. This offers people a state-of-the-art tooth replacement solution. 

While a person may have to visit their dentist over time for small adjustments, when compared to other options, dental implants become the best choice. 

  •  Dental implants look and feel natural

One major reason behind the popularity of dental implants across the globe is that they look and feel exactly like real or natural teeth. Implants are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes and are designed to match the appearance of natural teeth. 

They even function like natural teeth when it comes to basic activities, such as talking, brushing, chewing, and more. It is almost impossible for anyone other than the dentist to know which teeth are implants and which are natural ones. This can help people regain their confidence and self-esteem. 

  • Dental implants help in preventing bone loss

Many people are familiar that dental implants can restore the functionality of the mouth. However, there is one more benefit of implants that most people do not realize. Dental implants can prevent the loss of bone mass in the jaw. 

When someone loses a tooth, their jawbone sinks and droops inwards due to the lack of stimulation. The jawbone needs proper stimulation in order to maintain its mass. Fortunately, dental implants prevent this by providing the proper stimulation to the jawbone. This helps in keeping the jawbone strong and durable.

  • Dental implants help retain the shape of the face

The facial structure of a person is supported by teeth. When a few teeth are missing, the facial structure loses that support, which results in a change in the shape of the face. This change in facial structure can make people appear older.

With dental implants, the facial structure gets similar support as offered by natural teeth. Hence, they prevent any change in the shape. 


Dental Implants, Bridges and Partial Dentures

Missing teeth not only affect appearance, they also affect mouth function. A missing tooth can have a negative impact on your bite and can cause discomfort, decay and gum disease. There are a number of excellent options available to replace missing teeth including dental implants, bridges and partial dentures. Talk to Sandgate Bayside Dental Brisbane about the best option to restore your teeth, and your smile, to full working order.

Dental Implants

Titanium dental implants are the standard option to replace missing teeth, especially if the adjacent teeth are healthy and untreated. Often even when all or most of the teeth are not in great condition, All on 4 can provide an excellent fixed option to replace all teeth. Implants improve dental function, alleviate problems caused by ill fitting plastic teeth, and restore lost confidence.

The implants are inserted into the bone and both implant and bone form a strong bond. Crowns, bridges or plastic teeth can then be permanently secured to the implants. This eliminates the need for removable plastic dentures which can be annoying and uncomfortable.

Dental Bridges

A fixed bridge is an option when one to few teeth need replacing and if the adjacent teeth have had previous fillings. The results can be excellent in restoring function and cosmetic appeal.

A false tooth is suspended from your natural adjacent teeth which have been shaped to fit the bridge. Bridges are specially fabricated from a 3D digital dental scan and are cemented

permanently in place. With regular maintenance, a well-made bridge can last for many years and can only be removed by a dentist.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture is removable by the patient and requires regular cleaning. They are usually left out of the mouth at night. A partial denture is an option when several teeth are missing, or when finances don’t permit a more comprehensive solution.

As the denture base needs to be extended around other teeth so it stays in place when the patient is eating, it can feel very bulky in the mouth. Some patients can tolerate this, while others find it uncomfortable. Dentures also increase plaque in the mouth, and therefore the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Sandgate Bayside Dental is the gentle dentist in Sandgate. Trust our team to fit the right denture, bridge or dental implants in Brisbane

We take great pride in the quality of service we provide. Read our 5 star google reviews from our patients.

To book an appointment call us on 3269 2443 or Book Online


Our opening hours during this festive season are:


  • Friday, 24th Dec – 08:00 am – 05:30 pm
  • Saturday, 25th Dec – Closed
  • Sunday, 26th Dec – Closed
  • Monday, 27th Dec – Closed
  • Tuesday, 28th Dec – Closed
  • Wednesday, 29th Dec – 08:00 am – 05:30 pm
  • Thursday, 30th Dec – 08:00 am- 05:30 pm
  • Friday, 31st Dec – 08:00 am- 05:30 pm


  • Saturday, 1st Jan 2022 – Closed
  • Sunday, 2nd Jan 2022- Closed
  • Monday, 3rd Jan 2022 – Closed
  • Tuesday, 4th Jan 2022 – 08:00 am- 05:30 pm

We always set aside time to accommodate any dental needs which arise at last minute. You can Book Online or call us on 07 3269 2443

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy new Year


Well, what a year that was! No one could have predicted how 2020 would shape up, but we got through it. We worked hard and we grew, brought several new services like Afterpay, Zip pay, Interest free Payment plans, introduced dental implants to the practice.

We couldn’t have done it without you and your continued support.

Our opening hours during this festive season are:

  • Thursday, 24th Dec – 08:00 am – 05:30 pm
  • Friday, 25th Dec – Closed
  • Saturday, 26th Dec – Closed
  • Monday, 28th Dec – Closed
  • Tuesday, 29th Dec – 08:00 am – 05:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 30th Dec – 08:00 am – 05:30 pm
  • Thursday, 31st Dec – 08:00 am- 05:30 pm
  • Friday, 1st Jan 2021- Closed
  • Saturday, 2nd Jan 2021- 08:00 am -02:00 pm
  • Monday, 4th Jan 2021 – 08:00 – 05:30 pm

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy new Year



How often are you brushing?

  • A lot of people brush their teeth only once a day.
  • Brushing your teeth twice a day is the normal regime.
  • This is the simplest thing that could be done to avoid any dental problems.
  • Brush once in the morning after breakfast and again in the evening before going to sleep.


Are you brushing your teeth long enough?

  • Often you will find that we are very quick to brush our teeth.
  • Not spending enough time cleaning your teeth means you have left areas of your teeth and mouth unclean.
  • It is important to supervise your kids while they brush their teeth for the same reason.
  • You should brush your teeth for 2 minutes every time.

Which toothpaste are you using?

  • There isn’t a specific toothpaste that we recommend but any toothpaste that you use must have fluoride.
  • For almost a century, fluoride has been proven to prevent dental problems.
  • For kids under the age of 6, there are toothpastes which have half the amount of fluoride.
  • For people at higher risk of getting cavities, there are special toothpastes that your dentist at Sandgate Bayside Dental can recommend.


Overzealous brushing

  • Don’t brush too hard or you can wear off the enamel off your teeth and harm your gums.
  • Always use a soft toothbrush.
  • For people who have been told by their dentist that they have damaged their enamel by brushing too hard, there are special electric toothbrushes in the market which can alert you when you are pressing too hard and causing harm to your teeth.


Do you rinse your mouth after brushing?

  • This may sound like a shock to some but the general recommendation now is to spit out toothpaste – do not swallow it and do not rinse your mouth with water! Why? So you can leave the fluoride on your teeth and it can protect your teeth longer by strengthening your teeth.


Using the same toothbrush and not changing it?

  • Toothbrushes bristles wear off slowly while brushing and hence toothbrushes are supposed to be changed every 3 months.
  • If you keep using the same toothbrush for a long time (over 3 months), your toothbrush won’t truly be cleaning your teeth.


Flossing – Is that a thing that an average person does?

  • Flossing between your teeth is important.
  • Ideally you should floss between your teeth before you brush your teeth.
  • Flossing should be done at least once a day.

These are some of the tips that you can take from our dentists in maintaining your teeth in good healthy condition. Don’t forget seeing your dentist/hygienist every 6 months for a check up and a clean.

We take great pride in the quality of service we provide. Read our 5 star google reviews from our patients.

To book an appointment call us on 3269 2443 or Book Online


At Sandgate Bayside Dental, we understand that accidents happen. Our practice is open six days a week offering various services. If you experience an accident or pain or for any kind of dental needs, call us on 07 3269 2443 and we will be able to book you an appointment with our highly experienced dentists. We will strive to book an appointment for you as soon as possible in order to help you alleviate your pain and offer a permanent solution to your problem. We keep appointments every day for emergencies including Saturdays. Our online bookings are open 24 hours for you to book a convenient time yourself. 

What kind of dental emergency can arise?

There are several reasons that you may need to see a dentist urgently. These include:

  • Broken teeth
  • Lost teeth through accident or injury
  • Sudden, unbearable toothache
  • Dental abscess
  • Damage to braces, crowns & bridges and other restorations
  • Excessive or unstoppable bleeding after oral surgery

Here is what your dentist may do if you come for an emergency appointment at Sandgate Bayside Dental:

Broken teeth

You should see a dentist even for minor chips or cracks, to prevent further problems arising. Your dentist will smooth down any rough edges of a damaged tooth and restore it using white fillings, composite bonding or crowns, depending on the amount and area of damage.

Lost teeth

If your teeth are knocked out in an accident or through injury, it may be possible for your dentist to re-implant them in the socket. Only pick your tooth up by the crown, never by the root. If you can’t re-implant it yourself, put it in a clean container covered in your own saliva or milk, and come to our practice as soon as possible. Never re implant baby teeth though. 

Tooth ache and dental abscess

Unbearable tooth ache or dental abscess (painful swellings) require quick action from a dentist. We will drain any abscesses under local anaesthetic and will get you out of pain – you may require further appointments to fully correct a problem.

Broken orthodontic devices and restorations

If a brace, bridge or other restoration breaks, book an appointment at Sandgate Bayside Dental as soon as you can. We will restore or replace devices as necessary.


Our prices are highly competitive. We offer several payment options like Afterpay, Zip Pay and Interest Free Payment Plans (Humm). For children under 17yrs of age, we can bulk bill their dental treatment (check eligibility with our front desk staff). We do accept DVA card and Oral health vouchers from Metro North Oral health services. 


A big broad smile is the cure to a lot of problems of life and your teeth make the biggest part of this medicine.

But what if your teeth are stained, eroded or cracked or there are a few gaps between your teeth?

Feeling hesitant to smile big with your teeth showing?

So, what can you do?

When it comes to improving the appearance of your teeth, porcelain veneers come as a great solution.

One of the most popular cosmetic dental services, porcelain veneers are designed to cover the front surface of your teeth to give you a near ideal smile.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

These are thin, custom-made ceramic shells made from tooth-coloured materials which are bonded directly to your front teeth. Veneers are surprisingly easy to take care of as they do not require any additional maintenance – you just floss and brush your teeth as you would normally do.

As they are custom coloured and highly stain resistant, you can enjoy that coffee and wine and your smile will continue to shine.

5 reasons to know why you would benefit from porcelain veneers as your ideal teeth solution:

You teeth are broken, chipped or cracked

There are several reasons why you may have broken or chipped teeth. No matter how you’ve got broken, cracked or chipped teeth, porcelain veneers can provide you a solution.

Some treatment centres for porcelain veneers in Brisbane offer excellent services.

They treat your teeth depending on the severity of chip, break or crack and customise the veneer to perfectly match your remaining teeth and other teeth.

This treatment will deliver you a refined smile with a natural look.

You want to get rid of worn-down teeth

Although your teeth get worn down naturally as you age, grinding or clenching can severely damage your tooth structure.

Matters can get worse if the problem is not dealt promptly and properly.

What porcelain veneers do for patients with worn down teeth is that they restore the appearance of teeth and stabilize the teeth.

Your teeth are discoloured or stained

There are many reasons for teeth discolouration.

To name a few, excessive fluoride in water when you were little, long usage of several drugs or excessive smoking, the presence of large fillings, or root canal treatment on your front teeth

Whatever the cause, teeth discoloration is hard to remove completely.

Even teeth whitening products or in-office whitening may not help much in several cases.

However, porcelain veneers can come as a rescue remedy for you if you dream to get a natural looking pearly white smile.

Your teeth have gaps between them

Having small or big gaps between teeth can severely erode your confidence.

Porcelain veneers are a great solution to close the gaps between your teeth, giving your teeth that perfect look!

Your teeth have uneven shape

Porcelain veneers can greatly help in treating minor alignment issues.

If your teeth are uneven, or irregularly shaped, or have bulges or craters in them, porcelain veneer can fix your issues.

Book your consult today with Sandgate Bayside Dental for porcelain veneers in Brisbane if you relate to any of these teeth problems.

While they offer the obvious aesthetic benefits of having whiter, straighter teeth, they will also give you that extra sense of self-assurance to want to go out into the world and shine!


Bad breath or ‘halitosis’ is relatively common. It is common on waking, usually due to low salivary flow and lack of oral cleansing during sleep. This can be rectified by eating, rinsing the mouth with water and oral hygiene. Other causes of self-limiting halitosis include certain foods like garlic, onion, spices, and smoking and taking alcoholic beverages. 

Halitosis is caused by a group of bacteria that live in your mouth, throat or your digestive system. These bacteria commonly feed on protein which is found in the meat, fish and dairy products that you eat. As the bacteria break down the protein, they release a waste product, sulphur, which causes bad breath. The more these bacteria multiply and feed, the worse your breath will smell.

Sounds pretty disgusting, right?

Don’t worry. Sandgate Bayside Dental has the latest cutting-edge technology to diagnose whether you suffer from bad breath or not, and if you do where in your mouth does it originate from. 


In the last few years, we have had people travel from all over Queensland and northern New South Wales to get their breath tested. Most of these people have suffered from bad breath all their life and have been told (or indicated) by their family and friends about their bad breath. Despite doing everything right for years they still are not clear whether it’s just in their head or they really and truly suffer from halitosis. 

Won’t a machine which can objectively test the bad breath and is not biased like human nose be a great idea?

Oral Chroma – The machine that detects and measures bad breath. Sandgate Bayside Dental is one of the only dental practices in Queensland which has this cutting-edge technology. Book in with Sandgate Bayside Dental to get tested today!

Bad Breath Treatment

The first, and often the hardest step for many people in getting treatment for their bad breath is how to decide where to go to get the bad breath checked. If you have stumbled over our website and are now aware of our bad breath technology, you can book in for the assessment. Once you’re booked in you just need to remember – for an accurate reading you mustn’t eat, drink or smoke (or chew chewing gum) for 4 hours before the appointment. You may drink water up until 1 hour before your appointment. Avoid putting lip stick, deodorant, perfumes etc. 

When you come in, we will ask you to fill in a lengthy Questionnaire which can help us in the diagnosis of your problem.

The Breath Test is very simple and easy to do. We put a syringe (there is no needle attached) into your mouth while you breathe normally through your nose. It stays in your mouth for a minute then we suck up the Breath sample which is then injected into the Oral Chroma Breath Testing Machine. It takes about 5 minutes to analyse the sample after which we can show you the results and even print them out for you to take home.

The Oral Chroma or simply known as “The breath testing machine”

The Oral Chroma tests for 3 Volatile Sulphur Gases all of which are the end products of bacterial metabolism;

  1. Hydrogen Sulphide. The bacteria which grow on the upper surface of your tongue generate this gas. It smells like rotten eggs. The removal of these bacteria can be achieved in mild cases with tongue scraping or brushing. In more severe cases a probiotic is needed as well.
  2. Methyl Mercaptan. The bacteria which grow round the gums generate this gas. It smells like faeces. The removal of these bacteria is achieved, again in mild cases, with a complete removal of calculus (tartar) by the Dentist or Hygienist, and daily at home use of floss or interproximal brushes as well as thorough at home brushing. In more severe cases a probiotic is again needed.
  3. Dimethyl Sulphide. The bacteria that generate this gas grow round the throat, sinuses and nasal passages. A sinus rinse can help, a probiotic can help and you possibly may need to see an ENT Specialist if we can’t resolve the problem using the sinus rinse or probiotic.

Probiotics for the mouth..

One of the miracles of the Bad Breath Treatment is the use of the K Force Probiotic developed by Blis Technologies. Blis is a New Zealand company that commercializes research that has been conducted at the University of Otago over the last 30 years.

The Probiotic we use is a Blis product and it uses particular strains of a bacteria that everyone has in their mouth, Streptococcus Salivarius. Blis have isolated particular strains of Strep Salivarius and these strains produce enzymes: Salivaricin A and Salivaricin B which under the right conditions, will replace bacteria that produce Bad Breath and Halitosis. We will reproduce these laboratory conditions when we treat your Bad Breath.

Contact us online or call our friendly reception team on 07 3269 2443 to book in an appointment today. 


Your Local North Brisbane Dentists at Sandgate Bayside Dental are ready

As your Local Sandgate Dentist knows, the Australian Dental Association’s annual health promotion campaign, Dental Health Week, takes place from 3rd – 9th August 2020.  The aim of this is to educate all Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health in their lives.

This year, the focus of Dental Health week is the effect of sugar on oral health, specifically with the aim of shedding light on hidden sugars.

Being healthy is something that most of us aim for.

We brush our teeth twice a day. We go for a jog around the neighbourhood. We eat a handful of nuts instead of chomping on a chocolate. We see our doctor whenever we don’t feel well.

But are you aware that all your good work could be being undone by sugars lurking in the depths of many of the processed food items you consume?

Sugar is everywhere in supermarket staples, even some that might appear to be healthy on the surface, and so this Dental Health Week (3 – 9 August |, we’re pulling back the sugary curtain to show you what’s really in the food you eat, and how this information can help you be healthier all over but especially in your mouth.

In other words, we want you to become more “sugar savvy”. It’s time to take a closer look at your supermarket purchases. They’re not as healthy as you might think.

Some of the key recommendations from ADA

Consume no more than 6 teaspoons (24 grams) of free sugar per day

Choose foods with less than 10 grams of sugar per 100 grams.

Look out for hidden sugars when purchasing foods and drinks.

Some General messages from ADA on Dental health week

Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

Clean between your teeth daily with floss or interdental brushes.

Eat a nutritious diet, low in sugar.
Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and preventative care.

Your local Brighton dentists at Sandgate Bayside Dental are taking part in this year’s ADA run Dental Health Week. We encourage you to start monitoring your sugar intake and be sugar savvy!

Call us today for an appointment on 3269 2443 or Book Online


On 1 January 2014 the Australian Government introduced the Child Dental Benefits Schedule or CDBS under Medicare to provide financial assistance to eligible families for dental services for their children aged between 2 and 17 years. 

Your Brisbane child is eligible for CDBS if they are aged between 2-17 years at any point in the calendar year and receive a relevant Australian government payment at any point in the calendar year.

The CDBS provides Access to up to $1000 in benefits, capped over a two year calendar period that can be used for these dental services. The entire benefit cap of $1000 can be used in the first year if necessary. If there is a balance remaining in the benefit cap in the second year, this can only be accessed if the child is eligible in the second year. It is important that if you have accessed some of your benefits and change dentists that you tell the new dentist that some treatment has already proceeded. 

How to find out whether your children are eligible to be covered under CDBS?

The best and the easiest way to find this out is by calling Sandgate Bayside Dental on 3269 2443 or by visiting the practice, and presenting your medicare card. You don’t necessarily need the medicare card itself as long as you can get us the number of the card and the IRN of the child. The practice staff can then within minutes find out the eligibility of your child and the balance money available. 

What dental treatments are covered under CDBS ?

CDBS services are quite wide but are not completely comprehensive. Most patients will find its schedule of services more than adequate, but there will be the occasional difficulty due to some limitations. Check ups, scale & cleans, routine x rays, fillings etc are all covered though certain restrictions may still apply. Certain things like mouthguard are not covered under the scheme. 

The scheme is being administered by Medicare Australia.  CDBS patients are warmly welcomed, please call our friendly reception team on 3269 2443

Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Free Dental Scheme

Holders of DVA Gold Cards are welcome at Sandgate Bayside Dental. DVA patients are not obligated to pay a gap between DVA fees and practice fees. DVA patients are able to access most dental services, although there are restrictions on the frequency of particular items such as Dentures. More complicated Crown and Bridge procedures are allowed within a particular dollar limit per year. The practice has multiple DVA patients from the area who trust the practice and have been attending our practice for decades. 

Metro North Queensland health Oral health vouchers

Sandgate Bayside Dental accepts the Oral health vouchers from Metro North. Any patient who has been provided with the said voucher can contact the practice and will be bulk billed for the treatment that is covered under the voucher. These vouchers are either emergency dental vouchers or general dental vouchers. We accept both these vouchers and provide our high quality dental care to all our patients. 

Private Fee paying patients

For private fee paying patients, our fees are affordable. For people with health funds we accept all the health funds and we have hicaps facility to process on the spot health fund claim. For patients convenience we accept Afterpay and Zip Pay and have Interest Free Payment Plans so you don’t have to wait to get the smile of your dreams. 

Book online. Or call our friendly reception team on 07 3269 2443


About Us

For over 25 years, our practice has been caring for people from Sandgate, Shorncliffe, Brighton, Deagon, Bracken Ridge, Boondall, Taigum, Woody Point, Clontarf, Margate, Redcliffe and other surrounding areas.

Our main priority is to provide affordable, gentle and quality dental care to the Sandgate and surrounding communities.

Contact Us

(07) 3269 2443

74 Loudon St, Sandgate
QLD 4017