loader

Welcome to Woolgoolga Dental Centre

Our number one goal is to make sure every one of our patients leaves 100% happy and with a bright, white smile on their face!  

Read more...

Find out more about us Book an appointment

New Patients

We look forward to meeting and working with you at Woolgoolga Dental Centre. Your first visit to WDC will involve a few important extra steps so that we can get to know you a little better. Being ready for your …

Read more...

Find out more about us Book an appointment

How To Choose A Great Dentist

Referrals: If you’re moving to a new community, it’s always helpful to ask your current dentist if she can recommend someone. Check with your family doctor or neighbourhood pharmacist for referrals. Use your social network: Put the word out to …

Read more...

Find out more about us Book an appointment

Preferred Provider for Medibank, HCF and BUPA

We are preferred provider for Medibank, HCF and BUPA health funds.

Read more...

Find out more about us Book an appointment

The Science Behind Pediatric Dental Care

A baby’s primary or baby teeth are just as important as their permanent teeth. Baby teeth help a young child to learn to chew and speak properly and maintain the correct space in a child’s gums to allow for the …

Read more...

Find out more about us Book an appointment

When Should You Consider Braces?

Kids can need braces for any number of reasons, including crooked, overlapping, or overcrowded teeth, or a “bad bite” (known as malocclusion). Malocclusion is when there’s a difference in the sizes of the top and bottom jaws. Sometimes tooth and …

Read more...

Find out more about us Book an appointment

How Frequently Should You Get Cleaning?

To maintain optimal oral health, the Dental Association recommends regular dental visits, at intervals determined by a dentist. The frequency of their regular dental visits should be tailored by their dentists to accommodate for their current oral health status and …

Read more...

Find out more about us Book an appointment

Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS)

Do you have a child aged 2 to 17 years? They may be entitled to $1000 of dental treatment from Medicare. Most families will receive a letter from Medicare but if you haven’t, you can call Medicare direct on 132 …

Read more...

Find out more about us Book an appointment

Implants

Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements. They hold a crown, bridge or denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Many dentists consider implants to be one of the greatest advancements in dentistry since they truly are “the next …

Read more...

Find out more about us Book an appointment

Our goal is to make sure you leave with a smile on your face!

At our office you’ll always find friendly, professional staff that will go out of there way to ensure your visit to the dentist is a happy one!

- Dr Arpit Pathak

About Us

Woolgoolga Dental Centre is a private dental practice that is family orientated with a goal to provide a gentle, comfortable, informative and a friendly environment. We make an effort to reduce anxieties commonly associated with visiting the dentist while still providing quality dentistry from check-ups, cleans and restorations to crowns and bridge work, root canal therapy and dentures.

We love to make you smile!

Our philosophy lies behind our commitment to provide quality health care, in helping everyone achieve optimum dental health. We want our patients to look good and feel great about their teeth and mouth, thus ensuring their beautiful smiles.

Latest technology!

Our dedicated staff will strive to provide you with the best dental care possible in a friendly and caring Dental marketing environment. We keep ourselves up-to-date with the latest technologies and dental practices.

Trustworthy!

We diagnose and help our patients realise any dental problems they may be experiencing and we provide all possible treatment options so patients can choose which best suits them and their busy lifestyle. Much more, we base our service on a relationship of trust and friendship.

Our Team

A company is only as strong as the team behind it.
Meet our team and find out why we’re passionate about what we do.

Our Services

We provide many exciting services that will leave you with a bright, white smile on your face!

Examination

Dentists recommend that you have a check up every six months so that any early decay can be spotted before it gets the chance to cause a lot of damage. The examination also makes sure that your gums are nice and healthy as in later years most teeth are lost to gum disease. It is still important to visit the dentist even if you wear dentures.

Importance of Dental exam?

It is important to attend a dentist on a regular basis as any potential problems will be identified early and appropriate action taken. Tooth decay can, if left untreated, cause the total loss of a tooth within a year. For this reason it is important to attend every 6 months but at a maximum once per year.

What will the dentist do at the examination?

Firstly they check your teeth for cavities and broken fillings or crowns. Dental decay may appear as a hole or sometimes as a dark shadow underneath the surface of the enamel. If there is a hole in a tooth the dentist may place a temporary filling to stop food accumulating in it.

The dentist will then check the gums and your general oral hygiene to ensure there are no problems there. They may use a special probe to test the depth of the pockets around your teeth in order to detect gum disease early.

Finally the soft tissues are checked for ulcerations or other lesions. The dentist may also check the jaws and associated muscles.

The dentist may then take radiographs if necessary. Usually two small radiographs of your back teeth are taken every two years or when you attend a new dentist. These show any hidden decay between the teeth and the level of the bone which may indict periodontal disease.

Orthodontics

Many people have crooked teeth but this can be corrected by a visit to the orthodontist. After assessing the teeth they may use various types of wires and removal blocks to alter the patients bite.

When teeth are crowded, the orthodontist may decide that teeth need to be extracted to make enough room for a nice smile. The treatment length can vary and may take a year or several years.

A crowded mouth can result in a loss of confidence due to cosmetic reasons and also potential damage to the teeth from wear or gum recession. When teeth are crowded, they may overlap or not form a level line with the eyes. When the teeth overlap, they collect plaque much more easily as the toothbrush may skip over the gaps while brushing. In the lower arch the incisors may be pushed forwards so that only half the tooth is imbedded in bone.

Invisalign

Invisalign is the modern approach to straighten teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you. These aligners trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth.

Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete and you achieve a confident smile that you’ve always wanted. The best part about the whole process is that most people wont even know you’re straightening your teeth.

Implants

Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements. They hold a crown, bridge or denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Many dentists consider implants to be one of the greatest advancements in dentistry since they truly are “the next best thing to your natural teeth.” Unlike a traditional plate or bridge, dental implants are actually anchored to your jaw. After integration with the jawbone, the crown, bridge or denture is then attached to the implants. This provides much greater stability for more effective eating, speaking and smiling!

Veneers

Dental veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry in which a shell or layer of tooth-colored porcelain or composite is placed over the facial surfaces of your teeth to correct worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, discoloration and chips or cracks.

Cosmetic Veneers:

Regardless of what causes unattractive teeth, dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, including:

Worn enamel:

Over time, the thin, hard translucent substance covering your teeth (enamel) may become worn, dulled and discolored. Such wear and discoloration may be natural or result from a genetic predisposition. However, it often results from consuming soft drinks, tea or coffee; smoking; using certain medications, etc.

Wear and tear:

Teeth naturally wear down as people age. Aged teeth are more likely to have chips, cracks or a generally uneven appearance.

Genetics:

Certain people are born with abnormal spacing between their teeth that widens with age.

Uneven teeth:

Uneven teeth can result from tooth grinding or general wear and tear.

Crowns and Bridges

When teeth are heavily decayed they may become too weak to survive with just a filling. By placing a crown, a tooth may be given a new lease of life. Even when a single tooth is lost, a denture may not be required as a bridge can be constructed which spans the gap with a tooth attached to those next to the space. Sometimes when a single small tooth is lost at the front of the mouth a simple bridge can be made which has ‘wings’ that are glued to the back of the adjacent teeth. This results in less tooth being damaged by the drill.

Crowns:

When a tooth is heavily decayed it is more likely to fracture and lose considerable tooth substance. The greater risk is that a fracture line may go below the margin of the gum which makes restoration more difficult or near impossible.

Crowns may be made from several different materials, gold and porcelain being the most common types.

Gold is usually used on the back teeth, as it has several advantages over porcelain teeth.

crownGold is strong in thin section and less tooth needs to be drilled away before taking the impression and fitting the crown.

The lab technician finds it easier to use gold as it shrinks less when cast and is easier to polish. Crowns of porcelain shrink when cast and the technician has to estimate this when making the crown.

Porcelain is usually always used for the front teeth but may be used for the back teeth. This material can be made to appear very natural though several factors affect this and are outlined below;

Some porcelain crowns have metal inside which gives strength and support to the porcelainThis acts as a barrier for light and gives the crown a dull colour.

crown 1On Posterior teeth this won’t be noticed but in the front of the mouth it can occasionally be a problem as the tooth looks duller than the natural teeth.

Bridges:

A bridge allows the dentist to replace lost teeth without the use of a denture or dental implant. Basically a false tooth is held in place by being attached to a tooth next door. The disadvantage is that the teeth next to the space have to be prepared in a similiar way to a crown in order to accept the bridge. If these teeth already have crowns or big restorations then this is not a problem, the major concern however is when these teeth have small or no restorations (fillings). One compromise is the ‘acid etched bridge’, with this type a fine ledge is placed on the back of the adjacent teeth

Root Canal Treatment

Root treatment involves the removal of the nerve from the tooth by drilling a hole in the top surface of the tooth.

X-Rays

Radiographs allow the dentist to see the inside of the teeth and bone. Areas which have been destroyed by decay or infection will appear as dark shadows.

Most patients know radiographs by the name ‘x-rays’. In fact x-rays are invisible and are produced by the x-ray unit. The inside of this is very similiar to a television except that the x-rays produced are more powerful. This film which is placed in the patients mouth in a small packet is the ‘radiograph’. The film used is very similiar to that used in normal everyday cameras except that it is developed in black and white and then interpreted onto a computer.

At WDC we use the latest in Digital X-rays

At around 8 months of age, your children’s teeth will start to erupt. It is important that your children have a good diet and that their sugar intake is controlled. From age 5 their adult teeth begin to erupt in the mouth starting with the molar teeth. From this point, it is even more important to ensure that your children have good oral health as any damage incurred will continue into their adult teeth.

Good oral health can be achieved by controlling your child’s sugar intake, using fluoride products and good toothpaste and total care instructions.

Teething:

Teething refers to the symptoms which may be experienced by your child when a tooth erupts. Teething can be uncomfortable & painful for some children which can leave them grumpy or have high temperatures. Soft teething rings can help as they encourage the gums to break open and let the teeth pass through. Teething gels are available which contain an aspirin product which will help dull their pain and symptoms.

Decayed Teeth:

It is important that your children’s teeth are kept in good a health and free from decay. The enamel on your children’s teeth is thinner than it is on adult dentition and the inside can become exposed much more quickly. For this reason, your child should visit the dentist every six months to keep a watch on any developing decay or damage in their teeth.

Loosing Baby Teeth:

From around the age of 6, baby teeth start to be replaced by the adult dentition. Your child should be encouraged to wiggle the teeth, as on some occasions the baby teeth may become stuck and cause the adult teeth to be pushed to one side.

Gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in patients over 40 years of age. The progression of gum disease is slow and gradual. Quite often it may not be realised until its too late. Avoid gum disease by following a regular and consitent hygiene routine. This should include brushing twice a day, flossing your teeth and visiting your dentist or dental hygenist every six months.

When decay has eaten away at the tooth a hole is formed. The dentist then needs to fill this hole produced by the decay, a ‘filling’ is therefore placed.

Today there are basically two types of fillings – ‘white’ fillings (Composite) and ‘silver’ fillings (Amalgam) .

The composite fillings are the most commonly used filling due to their wearability and asthetics in a smile. They help achieve a complete “White” smile and help eliminate that obvious ” black filling” or dental treatment look.

There has been a lot of bad publicity regarding amalgam fillings as they contain mercury, a toxic substance. This has lead to a lot of patients choosing to have these amalgam fillings replaced with the white composite fillings. We advise to please consult your dentist if you have any concerns regarding your amalgam fillings to have them checked for leaks or simply in replacement for cosmetic options.

Wisdom teeth are the common cause of the vast majority of problems during the late teens to early twenty’s as it is during this period that they are erupting. After age 25 there is a much lesser likelyhood of problems occurring.

Due to the way humans have evolved, we now have shorter jaw bones but still the same number of teeth wanting to erupt. Space is limited at the back of the mouth and as the wisdom teeth are the last to erupt, they can become impacted. The term impacted means that they become wedged in between the second molars and the bone at the back of the jaw and cannot therefore erupt fully. When a tooth is partially erupted, a gum flap extends over the crown of the tooth. Bacteria and food can get stuck underneath this flap which makes the area become inflamed, swollen and very uncomfortable for the patient.

When a patient looses some or all of their teeth a denture will restore their appearance and function during speech and eating. A denture may have a metal or plastic base, usually though an upper denture will have a plastic base.

When teeth are to be extracted an immediate denture allows the teeth to be replaced on the same day as they are pulled out. A denture of this type though needs to be replaced after six months as it will become loose as the gums shrink during healing.

Make an appointment with us today!

Book and appointment

Our Portfolio

Zoom! Tooth Whitening

At WDC we love to make you smile! So why not make that smile brighter and whiter? Our dentists use the popular Zoom! in office whitening system. Zoom! Tooth Whitening is an in chair whitening system designed to lighten the colour of your teeth using …

X-Rays

Radiographs allow the dentist to see the inside of the teeth and bone. Areas which have been destroyed by decay or infection will appear as dark shadows. Most patients know radiographs by the name ‘x-rays’. In fact x-rays are invisible …

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the common cause of the vast majority of problems during the late teens to early twenty’s as it is during this period that they are erupting. After age 25 there is a much lesser likelihood of problems occurring. Due …

Veneers

Dental veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry in which a shell or layer of tooth-colored porcelain or composite is placed over the facial surfaces of your teeth to correct worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, discoloration and …

Orthodontics

Many people have crooked teeth but this can be corrected by a visit to the orthodontist. After assessing the teeth they may use various types of wires and removal blocks to alter the patients bite. When teeth are crowded, the …

Invisalign

Invisalign is the modern approach to straighten teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you. These aligners trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will …

Gum Disease

Gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in patients over 40 years of age. The progression of gum disease is slow and gradual. Quite often it may not be realised until its too late. Avoid gum disease by following a regular and …

Fillings

When decay has eaten away at the tooth a hole is formed. The dentist then needs to fill this hole produced by the decay, a ‘filling’ is therefore placed. Today there are basically two types of fillings – ‘white’ fillings …

Examination

Dentists recommend that you have a check up every six months so that any early decay can be spotted before it gets the chance to cause a lot of damage. The examination also makes sure that your gums are nice …

Dentistry for Children

  At around 8 months of age, your children’s teeth will start to erupt. It is important that your children have a good diet and that their sugar intake is controlled. From age 5 their adult teeth begin to erupt …

Crowns and Bridges

When teeth are heavily decayed they may become too weak to survive with just a filling. By placing a crown, a tooth may be given a new lease of life. Even when a single tooth is lost, a denture may …

Denture

When a patient looses some or all of their teeth a denture will restore their appearance and function during speech and eating. A denture may have a metal or plastic base, usually though an upper denture will have a plastic …

Custom Mouthguards

Sleep Appliances

How To Keep Your Gums Healthy

Healthy gums are part of a healthy smile, and you can take these steps to keep your gums healthy: brush your teeth twice a day; clean between your teeth with floss or another interdental cleaner once every day; see your …

What our patients say

General Informaiton

Some General Information from Woolgoolga Dental Centre Team for your reference.

Welcome to Woolgoolga Dental Centre

by wdc-admin on October 28, 2016

Our number one goal is to make sure every one of our patients leaves 100% happy and with a bright, white smile on their face!  

Read More

New Patients

by wdc-admin on October 28, 2016

We look forward to meeting and working with you at Woolgoolga Dental Centre. Your first visit to WDC will involve a few important extra steps so that we can get to know you a little better. Being ready for your …

Read More

How To Choose A Great Dentist

by wdc-admin on October 28, 2016

Referrals: If you’re moving to a new community, it’s always helpful to ask your current dentist if she can recommend someone. Check with your family doctor or neighbourhood pharmacist for referrals. Use your social network: Put the word out to …

Read More

Preferred Provider for Medibank, HCF and BUPA

by wdc-admin on October 28, 2016

We are preferred provider for Medibank, HCF and BUPA health funds.

Read More

The Science Behind Pediatric Dental Care

by wdc-admin on October 28, 2016

A baby’s primary or baby teeth are just as important as their permanent teeth. Baby teeth help a young child to learn to chew and speak properly and maintain the correct space in a child’s gums to allow for the …

Read More

When Should You Consider Braces?

by wdc-admin on October 28, 2016

Kids can need braces for any number of reasons, including crooked, overlapping, or overcrowded teeth, or a “bad bite” (known as malocclusion). Malocclusion is when there’s a difference in the sizes of the top and bottom jaws. Sometimes tooth and …

Read More

How Frequently Should You Get Cleaning?

by wdc-admin on October 28, 2016

To maintain optimal oral health, the Dental Association recommends regular dental visits, at intervals determined by a dentist. The frequency of their regular dental visits should be tailored by their dentists to accommodate for their current oral health status and …

Read More

Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS)

by wdc-admin on October 28, 2016

Do you have a child aged 2 to 17 years? They may be entitled to $1000 of dental treatment from Medicare. Most families will receive a letter from Medicare but if you haven’t, you can call Medicare direct on 132 …

Read More

Implants

by wdc-admin on October 2, 2016

Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements. They hold a crown, bridge or denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Many dentists consider implants to be one of the greatest advancements in dentistry since they truly are “the next …

Read More

Find us on the Map!

Call us, email us or stop by the office, we’re always here for you!

Address

43 Beach Street
Woolgoolga
NSW 2456

Office hours

Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Give us a shout

02 6654 0650
info@woolgoolgadentalcentre.com

Send us a message



Please fill out all required fields