Here is a list of some of the questions we get asked most frequently. If you can’t find the information you are needing please give us a call and we will try to find an answer to your enquiry
How does Medicare's Child Dental Benefits Schedule work?
Passion Family Dental North Lakes is proud to provide treatment using Medicare’s Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS) and are happy to bulk bill all services that are available through the schedule to children eligible under this scheme. The schedule was developed by Medicare to provide dental services for children aged between 0-17 years of age. It enables eligible children to receive up to $1,052 in dental treatment over a two-year period and covers a wide range of dental services including exams, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canal treatments and extractions. Orthodontic (braces) or cosmetic treatment is not covered by this scheme at this point in time. The CDBS has a means test, which requires families to receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment. If you are unsure of your child’s eligibility, please give us a call on 3465 1199 and we will happily check for you.
What is a crown?
I’m a new patient – what will happen at my first appointment?
Is there parking available around your dental surgery?
Which health funds do you accept?
We are preferred provider for HCF. This means that patients with HCF membership under the HCF More For Teeth program, are able to get 100% back on (depending on your level of cover), all preventative services such as one or two dental examinations per calendar year professional teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, diagnostic X-rays and custom made sports mouth-guards.
How much is a dentist appointment?
The standard cost of a comprehensive examination, in which we review of your teeth, gums, chewing muscles, and any lumps or bumps in your mouth, take photos with our intraoral camera, which we then display to you on the chair-side monitor to let you see exactly what is going on inside your mouth, is $70. From this exam we can then provide you with a detailed costing of any of the treatments you will have discussed with Dr Sam. This price is before we process any health fund refunds so you may find your exam costs considerably less (depending on your level of insurance cover).
Can I use my Medicare card at the dentist?
How often should I visit the dentist?
How easy is it to straighten my teeth?
Why do I have bad breath?
To try to avoid bad breath we recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, remembering to floss in between your teeth to ensure all tooth surfaces are as clean as possible. Keeping yourself hydrated is vitally important so make sure you drink plenty of water and even try chewing sugarless gum.
If the bad breath continues, we suggest that you come in for a chat with Dr Sam and he can help you track down the reason for the problem. With a professional clean and a comprehensive examination, he can then determine if it is a tooth or gum issue and advise you what your next steps are. He can teach you correct cleaning techniques so that you can continue your care at home and hopefully avoid similar situations/conditions in the future. When necessary Dr Sam can refer you to a medical provider to follow up health concerns.
My teeth are badly stained – can you help?
Does root canal therapy hurt?
When should my child first visit the dentist?
We want children to feel that going to the dentist is just a part of their everyday life and to have them avoid the fear that some adults experience when going to the dentist. Bring them with you when you come in for your treatment, or when an older brother or sister come in. We can give them a ride in the chair and make the entire experience a fun one. We never push treatment on to a child, we take things nice and easy. At Passion Family Dental we recommend that children first visit a dentist when their baby teeth start to come through. This should be before their second birthday.
Remember that even if your baby’s teeth are yet to come through, you can still care for their oral health by wiping their gums with a clean, wet cloth; this will make it easier for when their teeth do erupt as they will be used to having something cleaning their gums.
How often should I floss my teeth?
Do you grind your teeth?
* Maybe your partner has told you that you make grinding sounds with your teeth while you are asleep.
* Are you aware of clenching your jaw when you are angry, anxious or concentrating?
* Are your teeth sensitive and do you experience regular headache, jaw joint or ear pain?
* Have you noticed your teeth are getting wobbly or that you have chipped the enamel off your teeth?
* Do you have raised tissue on the inside of your cheeks cause by cheek biting?
If you answered “yes” to some of these then chances are that you are a tooth grinder! Tooth grinding, or Bruxism, can have several causes such as: emotional stress and anxiety, mental concentration, nutritional deficiency or dehydration, incorrect tooth alignment etc.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms and think that you maybe grinding your teeth, we suggest that you come in and see us at Passion Family Dental as soon as possible. Dr Sam will carry out a comprehensive examination of your teeth and will possibly take x-rays to check how severe the problem is and how much damage has been done to the teeth and supportive bone. He may suggest some therapy to help assist in the removal or the reduction of the habit and may advise you to wear a night guard (splint) to help alleviate the problem.
Does your child wear a mouthguard?
Mouthguards are made and designed to absorb the shock of a hit to the jaw and to protect the teeth and soft tissue. Loose fitting, over the counter mouthguards can be uncomfortable to wear and can easily be dislodged just when they are needed the most. The custom made mouthguards that we provide our patients at Passion Family Dental offer more protection, more coverage and fit more securely, ensuring more comfortable wear.
We accept all health funds!
We are now also the preferred provider for HCF, NIB, Qantas Health Insurance, AAMI Health Insurance, Apia,
Suncorp Health Insurance, Westfund, ING, United Healthcare Global, GUHealth, and Iman Australian Health Plans.
We accept Department of Veterans' Affairs patients