How safe are dental X-rays?


Dental x-rays are a common diagnostic procedure that is considered extremely safe. Digital dental x-rays have very low doses of radiation, producing just a fraction of what you are exposed to in other imaging procedures. If you’re worried about whether you need dental x-rays, or wondering if you should forego this procedure due to other medical conditions, it’s helpful to dive a little deeper into what dental x-rays involve, why they’re performed, and how they’re best handled.When these x-rays are performed properly with adequate safety precautions in place, there’s very little cause for concern. A routine examination with four bite-wing x-rays exposes you to roughly the same amount of radiation you will experience during one to two hours on an airplane.


What are dental sealants, who should get them, and how long do last?


Dental sealants work to coat and seal the grooves and hollows, preventing bacteria from building up on the tooth. The size and depth of the hollows and grooves in your child’s teeth will determine whether he or she can benefit from the application of a sealant. Sealants are typically used on either the molars and or premolars at the back of the mouth, as these are the teeth that most commonly develop surface irregularities.


Is Zoom teeth whitening any good?


The procedure is done in a dentist’s clinic and takes roughly an hour to complete. It consists of three to four whitening sessions which each take 15 minutes. The LED lamp is designed to speed up the process so some procedures can be completed in as little as 45 minutes.

The results vary, with Phillips saying the procedure can whiten teeth up to eight shades. How long the results last depend on your diet. Drinking coffee, red wine, soda, and other liquids can stain the teeth quicker. Using whitening trays after the procedure can help maintain results. It’s not recommended to have the procedure done more than once per year.


For health insurance, what does preferred provider actually mean?


When a dental clinic is a preferred provider for a particular insurance, this means that the clinic is in a contract with that health insurance. As part of this agreement, the dental clinic must charge no more than the specified limit to its patient with that specific insurance provider. So for example, if patient X had HCF insurance and that dental clinic is a preferred provider for HCF. Then for something like a clean which as an example the clinic normally charges $150 for non-HCF patient, must charge no more than $119 which is the capped price set by HCF.

It is often a misconception that dental clinics who are a preferred providers, will provide dental services to its insurance member as GAP FREE (no out of pocket). Whether there is an out of pocket or not will largely depend on the patient’s level of cover for dental and this can range from 30% to 70%. But also the difference in the reduced price set by the health insurance provider. Some items will have a greater reduction than others.

For more information, please contact your insurance provider.


Do you accept any private health insurance?


Our practice has a Hicaps terminal which allows us to process your insurance rebate on the spot, making it convenient for all of our patients. The Hicaps terminal will accept all insurance providers such as Medibank, Bupa, AHM, HCF, Defense and much more.


Do you offer payment plans?


Yes, we do offer a payment plan option using Denticare for patients requiring larger treatment plans. For more information call us on(03) 9841 8033 and speak to our friendly reception team.


Why is It Important to go to the Dentist Regularly?


The primary reason to go to the dentist is to keep your teeth in excellent health. During a tooth cleaning session, a dental hygienist can be much more thorough than you can at home. The dentist has specialized equipment that is designed to remove plaque and tartar while cleaning all around the tooth. The dental hygienist can also offer tips and suggestions for keeping your teeth healthy, and will generally tell the dentist how the session went, so that he or she can address specific issues.

Most dental problems do not become painful or visible until they are highly advanced. Unfortunately, serious dental issues are usually irreversible, meaning that an extremely painful tooth will have to be drilled or extracted. By going to the dentist regularly, you can keep an eye on your teeth with the help of x-rays and a physical examination. The dentist can identify areas of potential risk and head off major dental problems early. A dentist can also identify the need for gum grafts, braces, or other measures to protect the health of your mouth.


I have a terrible fear of going to the dentist. What should I do?


This fear is called Dental Phobia. Some tips to overcome this fear are as follows:
1. Tell the dentist about your fears. This information will help the dentist determine how to best manage and address those fears. By letting the dentist know exactly why the experience is difficult for you, you will feel more control in the examination chair.

2. Remember that dental procedures have greatly improved in the past few years. Modern dentistry offers new methods and treatment options to make you feel comfortable.

3. Your dentist can explain the entire procedure to you beforehand, as well as walk you through step-by-step while the procedure is being performed. You always have the right to fully understand the work being done on your teeth.

4. Consider additional medication to relax. Many dentists recommend nitrous oxide, sedation or anti-anxiety medicine for extremely nervous patients. Find a dentist who offers these options to help you get through the visit.

5. Find a dentist you are comfortable with and establish a trusting relationship. There are many personalities in the dental profession. Find a dentist who makes you feel at ease and is willing to work with you on your fears.

6. Breathe deeply and try to relax. Some dentists recommend practicing relaxation techniques before and during the appointment. Other dentists find that listening to music, or scheduling an appointment first thing in the morning, before the stresses of the day add up, also help patients to relax.

7. Talk to the dentist about stopping if you’re uncomfortable. Many of the dentists surveyed said they establish a signal to “stop” with their patients. This puts you in control of the procedure and alerts the dentist if you’re uncomfortable or need to take a break during the appointment.

8. Visit the dentist regularly to prevent problems. For fearful patients, just going for a check up can be nerve-wracking, but the more you go to the dentist for routine cleanings, the more likely you are to avoid larger problems that result in extensive procedures.

9. Visit the office and talk to the staff before your first appointment. You should feel free to meet with the dentist and to ask questions before scheduling your appointment. Meeting the dentist and his or her staff first will help you find a dentist you like and trust.

10. Go slow. Dentists are happy to go slow with nervous patients. If possible, make sure your first visit is a simple one, such as a cleaning. This will help you build your relationship with the dentist before going in for a more difficult procedure.