By Andrew Westbrook and Associates
ANDREW Westbrook and Associates has been serving the Glenorchy community for more than 50-years.
Started by Dr Jim Allan in the early 1960s, the dental practice has since been joined by Dr Andrew Westbrook in 1982 and Dr Matthew Clougher in 2010.
Over the years, the practice has seen changes in the dental needs of patients treated.
In earlier days, there tended to be much more demand for emergency work and pain control.
Tooth extraction was common and dentures were worn widely within the community.
The demand for this work has diminished with the advancement of water fluoridation, improved dental techniques and better dental health awareness of the community.
With an ageing population, more people are keeping some or all of their teeth throughout their life.
This places a greater emphasis on dental care for the older patient, as ageing, medical conditions and medications can have a huge effect on dental health.
Many patients do have a phobia or fear of dental treatment and this may be due to previous bad experiences or to hearsay.
As treatment protocols and attitudes have improved and changed, there is generally no reason to fear or be concerned of dental treatment.
However, the best way to minimise treatment is to seek regular dental check-ups.
Preventative techniques and early detection go a long way to making the dental experience less invasive and perhaps more “palatable.”
We encourage our patients to reappoint for examinations on a six to 12-month cycle, depending on their needs.
Patients who follow this regime build a good rapport with our dental team, making the dental experience a positive and more enjoyable exercise.
It is largely due to this factor that the practice has been a successful part of the Glenorchy community for such a long time.
We pride ourselves on our family and community-based dental care.
All aspects of dentistry are practiced, from children and teenager needs through to complex restorative procedures for adults, including dentures, crowns and implants.
Pain and emergency appointments are attended to on the day of contact and with the aid of our experienced support staff.
All procedures and patient needs are carried out in a friendly, caring and efficient manner.
New patients are always welcome and infants and school-aged children who are eligible for Medicare Child Dental Benefits Health Program are treated with no out-of-pocket costs.
All private health funds are accepted.
Andrew Westbrook and Associates is located at 355 Main Road, Glenorchy.
For more information, phone 6273 1377.
Caption: Andrew Westbrook and Associates dentist Dr Matthew Clougher, left, and nurse Stacey Faulks with patient Tabitha Glanville.