Child dental examFrequently Asked Questions

Are dental visits for 18 years and under free?

Although we are happy to treat anyone of any age, we are not under the free dental health benefits scheme therefore a charge to all patients applies. 

 

How much will my filling cost?

Fillings can vary in price from $170 to $395 depending on the size of the break or cavity. Your dentist will give you an estimate before he/she begins any treatment.

If it has been over 6 months since your last dental examination, it is advisable to book a check up appointment first. After this appointment the Dentist can give you a written estimate should further work need to be done.

Note: (a routine examination with x-rays costs $86).

 

How much does it cost to have a tooth out (extracted)?

A straight forward extraction costs $210.00, often an x-ray will be required beforehand. 

If a large jaw x-ray (OPG) is required this will increase the cost by an extra $89.00.

Sometimes minor surgery is necessary and this  too will increase the cost, but the dentist will advise you beforehand if he/she feels that this is required.

If the Dentist foresees the extraction to perhaps be a difficult one, or for medical reasons he/she may refer you to a specialist. A referral letter would be arranged for you to see an Oral Surgeon.

 

How much does Orthodontic Treatment cost?

Unless a full assessment is carried out by the Dentist, this is difficult to quote as each case can vary considerably. Initially a consult appointment would be needed, at which time the Dentist will discuss what options would be available to you.  If you wish to proceed with treatment, an appointment for record taking would be required. This appointment involves impressions of the teeth being taken for models, measurements, x-rays, and photos of both the teeth and the body posture.  Within a couple of weeks the Dentist will have a treatment plan prepared including the costs involved.  You will have a further appointment for the Dentist to go over his findings and present you with the plan, including costs and the time involved for treatment.

 

My tooth is broken, what do I do?

Clean the debris from the broken tooth with warm water, keep the area clean and free of food and drink. If the tooth is sharp and causing ulcers on your tongue or cheek either chew some sugarless gum and place over the sharp area or even attempt to smooth with a nail file or emery board. However, the best option would be to call your dental surgery as soon as possible. 

If the tooth is broken from a knock, place a cold compress on the face next to the injured tooth to minimize swelling, see a dentist as soon as possible.

 

I have a tooth ache, what do I do?

Rinse your mouth with warm water and clean out any debris. Use dental floss to remove any trapped food.

Take pain relief if necessary, eg panadol, paracetamol or ibuprofen. DO NOT PLACE ASPIRIN OR ANY SIMILAR PRODUCT ON THE GUM TISSUE OR ACHING TOOTH. Call a dental surgery as soon as possible.

 

My face is swollen, what do I do?

Contact your Dentist or Doctor straight away. This can be very serious and the swelling can be very swift.

If on the lower jaw it may even cause the throat to swell up within a matter of hours.

If on the upper jaw it may effect your eye. This usually indicates that you have an abscess and need antibiotics. Eventually you will either need to have root canal treatment or have the tooth extracted.

Seek medical advice immediately.

 

My gums bleed - what does that mean?

The most common cause of bleeding gums is (halitosis) gum disease. It is very important to see a Dentist or Hygienist as soon as possible. Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss especially as we get older.

It is associated with heart disease, premature and under-weight babies, uncontrolled diabetes and respiratory problems.

 

My wisdom teeth are hurting, do I need to have them out?

Sometimes as the wisdom teeth are trying to come through the gum, the area can become infected (often there is food trapped under the gum). Hot salt rinses will help settle this, although sometimes antibiotics are required.

Frequently there is not enough room for them to come through the gum completely, often they may be impacted. These teeth may continue to cause problems (off and on), over time they could decay and then damage the neighboring teeth.

It is important to have them seen to and x-rayed so a decision can be made as to future treatment.