It is a very common for many people to be anxious, scared or even terrified of dental treatment. The best way to overcome your fear is to discuss your concerns with your dentist. Previous experiences may have contributed to your apprehension regarding dental treatment. However, much has changed in dentistry, thanks to improved technology and education. Dentists are well trained in dealing with patients who are apprehensive regarding dental treatment. Communication is the key. You must feel comfortable expressing your fears and concerns to the dentist and still have a sense that you are being listened to. There are also various options of anaesthesia and relaxation that can also be used effectively to help you gain a much more positive dental experience.
Ideally you should visit the dentist at least once every 6 months. Regular visits will allow your dentist to detect any early signs of disease and problems can be treated before they progress any further. Depending on the condition of your teeth and any pre-existing conditions you may have, the time period between your dental check-ups may need to be reviewed.
A regular check-up with your dentist is an important part of maintaining good oral health. Prevention or early intervention is the best approach and regular check-ups will ensure that no small developments are taking place. You may not be aware that you have a dental problem until you feel pain or discomfort. Regular dental visits will help to resolve any problems before this occurs. It also allows your dentist to remove any build up of calculus and maintain your oral hygiene.
Bleeding gums can be a sign of inflamed gums – gingivitis and/or periodontal disease. Symptoms such as swollen or bleeding gums are warning signs that our bodies give us so that we can take action to prevent the problem from progressing beyond control. If you find that your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, it would be a good indication that you need to see your dentist for assessment and/or treatment.
Usually when you visit the dentist for your dental check-up, the dentist will conduct an initial oral examination of your gums and teeth, document any changes in your overall oral health, clean and polish your teeth, talk to you about looking after for your teeth and gums, and answer any questions you might have. Your dentist will also conduct an oral exam of your mouth for signs of oral cancer or other diseases.
Dental radiographs provide a critical insight into dental conditions that would otherwise be impossible because they allow the dentist examine areas not always visible to the naked eye, such as areas beneath existing fillings or the spaces between teeth. They also allow the dentist to see below the enamel surface of teeth and assist in locating areas of decay and to check bone levels surrounding the teeth.
There are various types of dental radiographs used in dentistry for different purposes.
Bitewing radiographs are used for screening the crowns of the teeth and top part of the gums for signs of diseases such as decay and gum disease. This type of radiographs are generally taken routinely, often on a two-yearly basis, but may be needed more regularly.
Periapical radiographs are often used to diagnose the cause of tooth pain. These allow the length of the tooth to be seen, from top to tip of the root. This type of radiograph is also used during root canal treatment or prior to an extraction. This type of radiograph is taken as needed.
An OPG (orthopantomograph) is a large radiographic film which shows the entire mouth including details of the teeth, gums, jaws and sinuses. This may be recommended as a screening tool during a young person’s growth, to help determine the presence and positions of adult teeth developing within the jaws, as well as the presence or absence of wisdom teeth.
We accept all major Australian health funds and have the HICAPS claiming system in operation meaning you should only have to pay the gap amount. We also currently have provider agreements in place with HBF, Medibank Private and BUPA to maximize your rebate should you be a member of any of these funds.
Health Funds set their rebates at a level that suits their commercial needs. Those rebates are not related to any recognised fee scale. The responsibility of adequately adjusting rebates lies with the Health Funds.
Yes, accounts are required to be settled on the day of treatment. However for more complex treatments that are spread over a series of appointments, payments can be split into smaller instalments.
Dental hygienists are skilled in preventive dentistry and education. They assist dentists in treating patients, but focus solely on the control of oral diseases. They are a registered dental care provider, oral health educator and clinical operator, and are trained to do specific clinical procedures. They are an extension of your dentist and perform preventative and periodontal treatment under your dentist’s supervision.