What are the Costs Involved?
We make every effort to keep costs down while maintaining a high level of professional care. You can help by paying for treatment at the time of your visit.
We accept cash, cheque, Bankcard, MasterCard, visa, American Express and EFTPOS.
HICAPS the eftpos-style network which processes patient’s private health insurance claims on the spot is also available.
If your treatment program requires several visits, you will be given an estimate and asked to make financial arrangements with a member of our business office staff.
Is it Covered by Health Insurance?
Dental insurance is intended to cover some, but not all of the cost of your dental care. Most plans include co-insurance, a deductible and other expenses which must be paid by the patient.
Please bring your insurance plan information with you on your first visit. We will work with you to assure that you receive the maximum benefits to which you are entitled.
At the end of each visit, you will receive all of the information necessary for you to file your insurance claim. If you have questions regarding your coverage please ask a member of our business office staff and we will work with you to resolve any issues.
What is a Dental Implant?
Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone to hold permanent replacement teeth or dentures. Through a process called osteointegration, the jawbone actually attached itself to the implant over time, providing tremendous stability. Once the jawbone has firmly healed around the implant, a small post is attached to each implant, then the replacement teeth or dentures are securely attached to the posts.
Implants have proven to be a very effective way of replacing teeth, as they are free standing and do not require other teeth to support them, they function remarkably like natural teeth, most people who get them experience a renewed sense of self-confidence.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic Dentistry is a blending of art and dental science. With a focus on esthetic results and utilizing a variety of the latest restorative techniques and materials, we can enhance your smile to give it more pleasing appearance.
Some of the conditions that may be helped by cosmetic dentistry are: spaces or gaps between teeth (diastema), broken or chipped teeth, stained or discolored teeth , crooked or poorly shaped teeth.
Popular techniques used are teeth whitening, composite bonding, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges.
Why do I Need to Replace my Old Fillings?
The defective old fillings if left untreated, will allow micro leakage and recurrent decay, leading to further breakage of teeth and eventual nerve damage.
What Causes Bad Breath?
There are many causes for bad breath or halitosis, ranging from a simple gum infections, to sinusitis, to more serious systemic problems such as gastro-intestinal disorder. It is important to consult your dentist to identify the cause so appropriate treatment can be recommended.
When Should I Bring my Child for the First Dental Visit?
We encourage parent to bring their children in when all deciduous teeth have erupted (usually 3-4 ages). We will endeavoured to make this initial visit a fun and memorable one, so your child have a positive experience for their future return. The dentist will carefully examine the developing dentition for any sign of bottle decay, potential crowding, teething irritation and other malocclusion (e.g.: open bite from thumb sucking or prolonged use of dummy).
What do I do When a Tooth is Knocked Out?
The tooth should be gently rinse to remove any contamination, beware to not handle the root. Keep the tooth moist by placing the cleaned tooth between the cheek and the gum, or soaked in milk. Call your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment.
Why do I Need X-Rays?
X-rays allow your dentist to check for conditions that may not be obvious by visual examination, such as small cavities between the teeth, present of impacted wisdom teeth, condition of your jaw bone, other abnormal growths likes cysts and tumors.
How Often Should I Go to the Dentist?
We recommend a check up every 6 to 12 months, depending on the condition of your teeth. This will enable any problems to be detected while they are still minor, and will be easily corrected at minimal cost.
What do I do if I have a dental emergency
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