Patient Information

Below is some useful information including some oral hygiene tips, special offers and FAQs

Patient Medical History Forms

Please fill our online Medical Form alternatively click the link below to download a hard copy of the form. Please fill this out and send it to our office in Annerley and one of our friendly staff members will be in contact.

 

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Special Offers

New Patient Promotion

$199* (Valued at $595)

Complimentary Implant Consult

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$79 Wisdom Tooth Consult

*(Valued at $165) Limited time only. $79 is the maximum out of pocket expense. This does not include CDBS.

We Accept All Major Health Funds

Payment Plans

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For patients looking for an ideal and affordable payment plan, we recommend applying online through ZipMoney. ZipMoney allows you to spread the cost of your treatment plan over a period of time with flexible and interest free payments.

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Afterpay allows you to enjoy your smile now and pay for it in four equal fortnightly payments. With Afterpay you can spread out the cost of your treatment with no added interest, and no additional fees.

Sign-up to Afterpay, book an appointment with us at Dentists in Annerley, and scan your Afterpay barcode at reception – it’s as easy as that.

Accepted Rebates
& Benefits

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Who can receive it

You may be able to receive dental services if you have an assessed clinical need and a:
  • Veteran Gold Card; or
  • Veteran White Card and your treatment is for an accepted service-related condition

What you receive

If you are eligible for dental services, your dentist may:
  • assess the health of your mouth and teeth at regular check-ups
  • treat any dental injuries or conditions
  • repair cavities in your teeth with fillings or crowns
  • provide you with dentures
  • re-line your dentures every two years
  • replace your dentures every 6 years, unless your dentures have been re-lined in the past year, or if your dentist recommends a replacement sooner
Medicare

What is CDBS

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a Commonwealth-funded scheme that covers part or the full cost of certain dental services for childrenTo get this your child must be:
  • 2 to 17 years old for at least 1 day that year
  • eligible for Medicare
  • getting a payment from us at least once a year, or have a parent getting a payment from us at least once a year.

What’s covered

Up to $1,000 over 2 calendar years for basic dental services under CDBS. The services we will cover include:
  • check-ups
  • X-rays
  • cleaning
  • fissure sealing
  • fillings
  • root canals
  • extractions.

FAQs

The first visit is to establish a baseline and obtain all your records. We then find out what your goals and expected outcomes are and together formulate a treatment plan and timeline. We then finish by doing an ultrasonic scale and clean, polish and prophy, and apply fluoride. Option for a complimentary take-home whitening kit is given and we also give you a bag of goodies to take with you.

Calculus builds up and can not be removed by simple brushing. This calculus sits above and below the gums and leads to gingivitis and periodontitis. We use an ultrasonic scaler to remove this calculus and plaque restoring your oral and gingival health. Subgingival calculus can lead to tissue and bone loss and in the long term mobility of teeth.

Bleeding gums is usually a sign of gingivitis or periodontitis. Simply brushing will not resolve the problem, sometimes a deep clean is necessary to remove the plaque, calculus and decrease the bacterial load in the mouth, thereby allowing the gums to heal, hence reducing the inflammation and putting a stop to the bleeding. 

A sore tooth can be due to many reasons, some of which are; grinding, decay and infection. If pain has come and is now gone, this can be a good or a bad thing, and difficult to assess without having a look. If the pain has gone as the tooth was inflammed from grinding and has subsided, then this is good. However, if the pain was due to a dying tooth and the pain is gone as the tooth has died, then it is very possible to have an infection in the jaw that is yet to cause pain. This is why some people have some pain, then no pain then present with a swollen face. 

It is very difficult to say how much a health fund will cover over the phone, however, when you come in we can physically swipe your card and give you a quote prior to any treatment. 

This is because there is over 30-40 private health insurances in Australia alone. Furthermore, everyone has a different level of coverage, waiting periods and remaining balance. 

We accept all major health funds. If for some reason your fund is not accepted, we will give you a fully itemised receipt in which you can send to your health fund and be reimbursed. 

The tooth has 3 main layers; the outer white enamel layer, the middle yellow dentine layer and the inner layer, the nerve (i.e. pulp). The enamel layer is similar to your nails in the way that it does not have any nerve endings and hence no pain when decay goes through this layer. The nerve endings start in the pulp and go into the dentine layer , so when decay starts entering this layer, some people may feel something like sensitivity, others don't. By the time there is significant toothache or pain, more often than not it has reached the nerve.

Hence it is very common to have decay with no pain, and this is why it is essential to always get checked.

Root-canal

Most people tend to brush their teeth quiet adequately, but yet find that they need to get fillings. Unfortunately when we brush, the bristles do not get in between the teeth as well as we would like. If there is any plaque or calculus between the teeth, this can lead to decay which enters from between the teeth and tends to spread leading to decay and a need for a filling.

Bitewings are the type of X-rays that we take every 2 years. They mainly show us what is happening between the teeth and under the gums (areas we can not see well clinically). Since decay can usually spread with no pain, and decay that starts between the teeth can not be seen clinically, these X-rays are an amazing tool to prevent pain before it begins and catch decay early.

These days with the improvement in technology, X-ray dosage are ridiculously small and most major health funds cover the cost, why would you not do it?

Refer a Friend

If you refer a friend, all they have to do is put you down as their reference when they first come to see us. As a way of saying thank you, we would love to offer you a complimentary movie ticket for referring your friend. We also give them a complimentary movie ticket as well.

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Oral Hygiene Tips

Under Australian law and the Dental Board of Australia regulations, only dentists can use teeth whitening products containing more than 6% hydrogen peroxide or 18% carbamide peroxide. This means that the peroxide in the whitening toothpastes on its own may not be strong enough to give you your desired results. Abrasive agents are then added to the mix to remove the staining on the teeth and in the process removes a fine layer of enamel. After extended use, the white enamel layers keep getting abraded away and the yellow dentine underneath starts to shine through. In essence prolonged use makes your teeth more yellow and this loss of enamel is not reversible. You may end up with permanent yellow teeth.

In-Chair bleaching is a single visit procedure that uses a high amount of peroxide and minimal abrasive products. Since it is a higher amount of peroxide (the bleaching agent) and less abrasive, you get a better results with minimal damage as compared to using a whitening toothpaste. In the long run, whitening toothpaste can cost you much more in terms of enamel and financial loss.

ADA link: https://www.ada.org.au/News-Media/News-and-Release/Latest-News/Teeth-whitening-Surging-popularity-brings-issues-t

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No matter which toothpaste you choose (considering it is not abrasive such as the whitening or charcoal toothpastes), the rules for maintaining oral hygiene are the same and brushing technique will always be of the utmost importance.

The addition of fluoride is greatly beneficial via topical application, as it has an important function in remineralising the teeth, prevention of demineralisation and being bacteriostatic.

Plaque starts to form near the gum line, not on the top of the tooth, so when you are brushing, aim the toothbrush bristles at the gum line (The modified Bass technique).

✓ Choosing a soft-bristle toothbrush rather than a hard or medium brush.

✓ Cleaning your teeth in the morning after breakfast and before you go to bed at night.

✓ Replacing both manual and electric toothbrushes every three months (for electric toothbrushes, only the brush head will need replacing).

✓ Not underestimating the importance of flossing to remove plaque from between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach.

✓ Cleaning your tongue to remove plaque that is full of bacteria and can cause bad breath.

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Acidogenic bacteria in dental plaque rapidly metabolize fermentable carbohydrates, producing acidic end products. This means after we consume foods or sugary drinks the pH in the mouth decreases and becomes acidic. The pH of dental plaque under resting conditions (i.e., when no food or drink has been consumed), is fairly constant and near neutral.

Once you consume food, the pH decreases over the next 5-10 minutes and then increases again to neutral. What this means practically is that, if you brush right after you eat (within 20-30 mins), then you are most likely brushing in an acidic environment and wearing away the enamel. This would be further compounded if using a medium or hard toothbrush with an abrasive toothpaste (such as whitening toothpastes). The aim here is to rinse your mouth out with water after you eat and then wait 20-30 mins before brushing your teeth with a soft toothbrush and a non abrasive toothpaste.

The Stephan Curve

References
- Featherstone JD. Dental caries: a dynamic disease process. Aust Dent J. 2008 Sep;53(3):286-291.
- Shu M, Morou-Bermudez E, Suárez-Pérez E, et al. The relationship between dental caries status and dental plaque urease activity. Oral Microbiol Immunol. 2007 Feb;22(1):61-66.
- Stookey GK. The effect of saliva on dental caries. J Am Dent Assoc. 2008 May;139 Suppl:11S-17S.

Our recommended product is the Oral B toothbrush. Any of the following will do:
✓  iO Series
✓  Genius Series
✓ Smart Series

Use this link to learn more about them: https://oralb.com.au/

We also find that you tend to find the best deals for the electric toothbrushes at Chemist Warehouse and The Shaver Shop:
https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/shop-online/1384/electric-toothbrushes

https://www.shavershop.com.au/search?q=oral+b&lang=en_AU

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