Initial Exam

Goolwa Dental Surgery is serious about providing superior dental care, and proud of our dedication to our patients. Our goal is to help you feel and look your very best through excellent dental care. We take the time necessary to provide the level of care you deserve. We believe it is important for you to know what it will take to keep your teeth for the rest of your life. We are a dental practice that is committed to helping you do just that. In order to evaluate your dental health thoroughly the initial exam may include the following:

  • Review of Medical and Dental History
  • Complete Dental Examination (Tooth by Tooth Diagnosis)
  • Necessary Diagnostic Radiographs (X-Rays)
  • Evaluation of Existing Dental Restorations
  • Periodontal Examination (Gum Disease Screening)
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • TMJ Examination (Jaw Joint)
  • Occlusal Analysis (Evaluation of Bite Relationship)
  • Study Models


We like to take the time to discuss your current oral health with you and any treatment recommendations. Either at your first visit or at a separate appointment we will review the radiographs, models and other findings so that you are aware exactly of the condition of your mouth and your general oral health. We also wish to share with you what we consider to be the ideal treatment for your mouth in order to achieve health and a beautiful smile. Treatment alternatives will be discussed and evaluated with you and ultimately you will be able to choose what treatment you will receive.

Hygiene Appointment

Through assessment of your hard and soft tissues and an intra and extra oral examination, professional cleans and these assessments enable your dental professional to remain on top of your oral health status.  Regular Oral Hygiene Instruction and Dental Health Examination are used for a holistic approach to help our patients take the steps needed to maintain healthy teeth and gums.  Preventive hygiene visits to our surgery allow us to have the best chance to identify and address problems easily and painlessly.

What to expect…  During a standard appointment, your dental hygienist uses ultrasonic and hand scaling instruments to remove build-up of plaque and calculus from the teeth and root surfaces.

The hygienist and your dentist may also where necessary:

  • Take diagnostic x-rays
  • Check for cavities
  • Check on your existing dental work
  • Apply topical fluoride
  • Give instructions in Oral Hygiene

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive measures are the key to your dental health.  Some simple home care routines, coupled with regular dental appointments go a long way towards maximizing your oral health.

Regular Preventive procedures, such as brushing twice daily and flossing, aid in removing bacteria from the mouth and maintaining your dental health.  Bacteria that is left to build up in your mouth stick to the teeth, tongue and sift tissues to form plaque, this in turn and over time, can mineralize into a hard substance called calculus.  Only  professional cleaning from your dentist or hygienist will remove this calculus.

Inadequate plaque control is the main cause of gingivitis, periodontitis and bad breath.  You can minimize the build-up of bacteria in your mouth through diligent brushing, flossing and tongue scraping but also attend your regular hygiene appointments.

Ongoing Care

In order to ensure ongoing oral care, we will always endeavour to make your next 6 monthly or yearly appointments on the day of your visit.  This allows us to keep you in the system so that your are seen each year by a dentist or hygienist, and we take responsibility of reminding you of your upcoming appointment via text messages, emails and phone call reminders.  Remember ‘Prevention is better than cure!’.

Emergency Appointments

Our aim is to relieve your pain!

We have ‘Emergency Time’ booked off each day, Monday through to Friday for unexpected pain symptoms which can occur overnight.  Please do not hesitate to contact us as soon as you start experiencing any discomfort.  We are open 8:45am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays and Christmas break).  Please feel free to leave a message on our answering machine outside of these hours and we will call back as soon as we can the next working day.  An emergency contact number will be recorded on the answering machine for those with tooth pain over the Christmas break.