Dr. Peter Cameron

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

When it comes to the oral health of you and your family, you probably have many questions. We welcome them because we love providing guidance about good dental health.

There are some questions we here frequently, and we have included some of them here. But if you have a question that is not answered here, feel free to contact us. You can call our practice for an immediate answer.


gum disease | Charlestown NSWAny surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

The appropriate treatment for your gum disease will vary depending on how far your disease has progressed and any contributing factors such as hygiene and other health conditions. Some of the treatments recommended for gum disease include:

  • An increased dedication to excellent oral hygiene
  • Antimicrobial rinses and other products
  • An antibiotic medication that is placed in the gum pockets
  • Deep cleaning (scaling and root planing)
  • Laser therapy
  • Gum surgery

We will discuss your situation with you and recommend the treatment that we believe will be the most appropriate for your unique needs.

Regular dental cleanings and exams will help keep your gums in great shape, but what you do at home matters as well. Brush twice daily and floss every evening. Our hygienists will be happy to show you good brushing and flossing technique if you need a reminder.

Other steps you can take to prevent gum disease include:

  • Don't smoke or chew tobacco.
  • Eat a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Use an antiseptic mouthwash. We'll be happy to recommend one.
  • If you have a health condition that can affect your dental health such as diabetes, heart disease, or cancer, please let us know so that we can take extra steps to help keep your gums healthy.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Just like your natural teeth, your porcelain veneers are strong, but not indestructible. We will go over the proper care and treatment of your dental implants, but a few guidelines include:

  • Don't bite or chew anything you shouldn't - hard candy, ice cubes, etc
  • Never use your teeth as tools
  • Take care of your restorations the same way you care for you teeth
  • If you notice a damaged restoration. let us know right away

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

You are never too old to have a beautiful smile. People are living longer than ever and enjoying active social lives well into their senior years.

Call us to find out what we can do to help you improve the appearance of your smile. 

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Sometimes, a simple teeth whitening procedure is all it takes to put the sparkle back into your smile.

If your staining or discolouration is resistant to whitening, however, we have other ways of improving the appearance of your teeth using cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, bonding, or porcelain crowns. Call us to find out which of our services is right for you.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

We offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry treatments to help you improve the appearance of your smile. A full dental exam will help us determine if you are healthy enough for certain procedures and the best approach to help you achieve a beautiful smile.

Most patients choose Invisalign because they want a more discreet treatment option. Invisalign aligner trays are nearly invisible, making your treatment convenient. Since you can remove Invisalign, you will not need to eliminate foods from your diet. Patients also enjoy that Invisalign is comfortable because it does not require sharp brackets.

Keeping your aligners clean during treatment will help you stay healthy and have fresh breath! To clean your Invisalign aligners, you remove them and then rinse them with warm water and a cleanser designed for Invisalign, which your dentist will recommend. Never rinse your aligners with hot water because this can cause them to distort. You should also avoid brushing them with a regular toothbrush and toothpaste because these are abrasive and can damage the surface of the aligner, which will provide a place for bacteria to grow.

We know that convenience is important for today’s busy families. That is why we offer dentistry for the whole family, including your children. We begin seeing kids at a young age to make sure they have a healthy dental foundation.

Child Benefits Dental Programme

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule allows up to $1000 in coverage for each child who is eligible during two consecutive years. Your child can use all of the coverage during the first year or roll part of it into the second—provided eligibility has not changed.

If your child or teen is eligible for this program, you will receive a letter with more details from the government. However, children aged 2 to 17 who can receive Medicare—and if the family gets the Family Tax Benefit Part A—should be candidates for this schedule.

The Child Dental Benefits Programme covers the following:

  • Dental exams
  • X-rays
  • Teeth cleanings
  • Fissure sealants
  • Dental fillings
  • Root canal treatments
  • Extractions

If your child is a candidate for this program, we encourage you to arrange an appointment. We recommend informing our office that you plan to utilize the Child Dental Benefits Schedule as well. A team member will provide further instructions and answer any questions that you might have.

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We provide the services your child needs to help maintain their oral health. Reach out to a team member to get started or contact us if you have any questions.

Each child is different! We will determine the type of preventive care necessary for your child based on your child’s unique needs. If you have concerns about certain types of treatment, call our office; we will be happy to discuss those with you.

Children's Dentist in Charlestown

If you are looking for a gentle dentist to bring your child to, Charlestown Dental Care is a wonderful option. We will help your child achieve a healthy smile and help them learn habits that they can carry with them. Contact us for any further questions, or to book an appointment for your child. 

Cosmetic Dentistry

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

As with all dental treatments, a full exam will help us determine what is the best approach for your smile. We will spend time discussing your goals for your smile and provide you with treatment options that will address your concerns about the appearance of your teeth.

Woman | Veneers in City of Lake MacquarieAny surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Porcelain veneers have been known to last anywhere from several years to a decade. Porcelain veneers are very strong and durable, but how long they last really depends on how well you take care of your teeth and your oral health, in general.  

Proper oral hygiene plays an important role in the longevity of your dental veneers. In general, though, you will get the most out of your veneers if you treat them with the same care as your natural teeth. 

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Cosmetic Dental Services in Charlestown

We offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services such as veneers, porcelain crowns, bonding using tooth-coloured composite, and even Invisalign to straighten misaligned teeth.

All our of dentistry is done with esthetics in mind. We know that it's important that your teeth are both healthy and attractive.

If you'd like to find out which of our services can help you meet your goals, call our office to schedule your consultation.

Invisalign works best for older teens and adults wishing to improve the health and appearance of their smiles. To learn if Invisalign is right for your teeth, we welcome you to our office for an evaluation with our dentist. Invisalign has a product created specifically for teenagers — Invisalign Teen. If your teenager needs to have crooked teeth or other dental flaws corrected, call our office and schedule an appointment to discuss Invisalign.

Crowns and Bridges

For the most part, you should be able to enjoy most of your favourite foods, but there are certain treats your dentist in Charlestown, NSW may recommend you avoid.

These foods may include:

  • Seeds or nuts
  • Sticky candies
  • Fresh or hard vegetables
  • Red meat that is not tender
  • Bread
  • Ice

Seeds or nuts may cause chipping. Sticky candies can pull on your dental crown. Raw vegetables like thick carrots can be especially difficult to bite through even with natural teeth. Steak may be equally challenging. Chewing on ice is also not a good idea, even if you do not have a tooth crown.

Aside from food, we also recommend never using your tooth crown in Charlestown, NSW as a tool to open a bottle or twist off a lid. This recommendation goes for natural teeth as well.

Aside from the foods you should avoid, it is also essential to maintain an excellent oral care routine at home and visit your dentist in Charlestown, NSW regularly. Exams and cleans may lower your risks for cavities and gum disease and help prevent tooth or crown failure.

If you notice a chip in your dental crown or it loosens, we encourage you to give us a call.

For dental crowns, or more information on dental crowns in Charlestown, NSW, we welcome your call.

Dental Implants

If you have a missing tooth or teeth, it may impact everything from your bite to your smile confidence. And we want to help.

Your dentist in Charlestown, NSW offers dental implants more confidently than other tooth replacement options for several reasons, including:

  • Dental implants in Charlestown, NSW replace your tooth and your root, making them closer to natural teeth than other options.
  • Dental implants stimulate your jawbone, which may mean less bone loss—a natural occurrence when teeth are missing.
  • Dental implants can support an arch of restoration teeth if you have significant tooth loss. 
  • Dental implants do not require special care other than what you’re already doing—visiting your dentist regularly for exams and cleans and brushing and flossing daily.

To learn whether dental implants are right for you, we encourage your call to arrange an exam and consultation. Your dentist in Charlestown discusses your smile goals with you and may take x-rays if no current films are available.

Considerations for dental implants may include, the health of your jaw, placement of your upper sinus, and any health conditions. In some cases, pre-treatments may be in order to bring you into candidacy for your implants.

If you would like to arrange a booking, we encourage your call.

Dental implants in Charlestown, NSW replace your tooth and your tooth’s root. This approach may be ideal if you’re looking for a more natural and long-lasting tooth replacement option. Dental implants may also be a good choice if you want to preserve your jawbone. Dental Implants in Charlestown NSW

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental implant is a thin post made from sturdy titanium. This post is surgically implanted in your jawbone and bonds with the bone over a period of months. When bonding is complete, your dentist in Charlestown, NSW provides a replacement tooth or dental crown to complete your dental implant. 

If you have multiple missing teeth or full tooth loss, an implant-supported denture may be a good option for you.

Where to Start to Get a Dental Implant

The dental implant process begins with an exam in our Charlestown, NSW dental clinic. Your dentist exams your oral health to make sure dental implants are the best solution for you. Your dentist also shares additional tooth replacement options and helps you make the best choice for your smile goals. We encourage you to ask questions or share your concerns about dental implants in Charlestown, NSW.

Dental Implants in Charlestown, NSW

If you would like to schedule a consultation to learn more about dental implants, or if you’re ready for your implant exam, we welcome your call.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal treatment has an unfair reputation for being painful. In reality, root canal treatment is a pain-relieving procedure. If you need root canal therapy in Charlestown, chances are you already have a toothache or may develop one.

We use root canal therapy to clear away potentially painful root infections and trauma, and the first step is diagnosis.  

Your dentist will look at your tooth—and may take an x-ray—to diagnose root infection. The treatment itself calls for numbing the area, making a tiny hole, and removing the infected tissue. Your dentist in Charlestown may then pack the tooth with a healing agent and close with a temporary filling to promote healing.

Your dentist provides a tooth-coloured filling or a dental crown to restore your tooth’s function at your follow-up appointment. The decision to go with a filling or crown is based on the stability of your treated tooth.

You can lower your risks for root infections by visiting your dentist regularly for exams and teeth cleanings.

For a Toothache Assessment, We Welcome Your Call

Typically, root infections come with toothaches—unless they are only emerging. If you have a toothache, or if it’s time for your next dental check-up, we encourage you to reach out to a friendly team member today.

TMJ and Bruxism

Sleeping Couple | Teeth Grinding CharlestownWhile teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is very common among adults, it can cause serious damage to your teeth and jaw joints. If you wake up with sore muscles or you have noticed that you clench or grind your teeth, we can make a night guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.

TMJ Jaw Clenching Treatment

TMJ symptoms can come and go or remain constant. It depends on the patient. Some of the common symptoms include:Woman with jaw pain | TMJ Therapy Charlestown NSW

  • Clicking, popping, or locking of your jaws
  • Jaw pain
  • Teeth that do not come together correctly
  • Headaches, backaches, or shoulder pain
  • Tinnitus

TMJ Treatment in Charlestown

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact our office for an evaluation!


Cosmetic dentistry in Charlestown, NSW may change your smile by improving the aesthetics, and we offer a variety of options to address your needs.

Dental veneers are ideal if you’re looking for the illusion of a symmetrical and even smile and a more uniform appearance to your teeth.

Veneers are thin but strong wafers that go over the fronts of your teeth. They are designed to look like your teeth, and you can choose one or more veneers based on your needs.

Our veneers in Charlestown, NSW are permanent because your dentist has to remove a bit of tooth enamel to ensure your veneers set flush against your teeth and do not bulge.

With proper care, your veneers may last for many years – even a decade or more.

Recommended practices include:

  • Visiting your dentist regularly for exams and teeth cleans
  • Brushing and flossing your teeth on a schedule
  • Never using your veneer to open a bottle or chew on ice

If you’re considering veneers or other cosmetic dentistry options, the first step is to visit our dental clinic to discuss your smile objectives and have an exam with our dentist.

For Tooth Veneers, We Welcome Your Call

If you’re ready to arrange an exam and chat with our Charlestown dentist, we encourage you to reach out to a team member today to get started.

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Disclaimer: The information throughout this site is not intended to be taken as medical advice.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
We are pleased to announce that current government guidelines in regards to COVID-19 allow us to perform the full range of dental procedures. We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.