What do I do in a dental emergency?
When a dental emergency occurs, always contact your dentist right away. A prompt call will help quickly ease any pain or discomfort, and also prevent an issue from getting worse. Our office will make the time to see you promptly if the emergency occurs during office hours. If there is an emergency after hours, our practice is part of a weekend on-call roster. The call out fee ranges from $150 to $250 and our emergency weekend number is 0418 899 944.
Are amalgam fillings dangerous?
While there has been publicity regarding safety of dental amalgam due to mercury toxicity, amalgam fillings are considered safe by both the World Health Organisation and the International Dental Federation. We have a comparatively much greater exposure to mercury from the minute amounts found in some foods such as fish. Tooth coloured fillings are by far the material of choice for the majority of tooth repairs. However, because amalgam restorations are known to be a durable option, they are in some cases the best option when resin fillings are not suitable.
Can I claim on Medicare for dental appointments?
Adults cannot claim dental examinations or treatments through private dentists, although the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) provides Government funded benefits of up to $1,000 for children aged 2 to 17 years, who meet certain eligibility requirements.
Will there be a gap after I claim?
Yes, there will generally be a gap after you claim on your health fund. This is because Mooloolah Dental is not contracted as a ‘Preferred Provider’ for any Health Fund. We believe that this status is important. Being a Preferred Provider for a Dental Fund is not an indicator of the quality of care that a dentist provides, but rather that the dentist has entered a financial contractual arrangement with the Dental Fund regarding fees and rebates. Being independent gives us the freedom to make dental decisions based on the wellbeing of our patients and what they need, rather than having to include the interests of a health insurance company. This allows us to provide optimum patient care.
How much will my treatment cost?
Due to the complexity and variation of dental treatments over-the-phone estimates are difficult and sometimes impossible. It is important to us that you understand the details of the services that you require so you can make the decisions that works best for you. As part of our process, we will provide a written estimate of treatment costs, as well as different options for treatment at varying price levels.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Teeth whitening is a safe cosmetic procedure when it is performed by an experienced, trained dental professional. There is some risk of sensitivity with whitening treatments, and a skilled dentist will be able to suggest what degree of whitening is achievable for your teeth. We can also suggest remineralising agents to support the health of your teeth and to reduce sensitivity.
When can, and should I start brushing my child’s teeth?
You can start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they start to appear. Use a baby toothbrush with tap water each night after the last feeding. A special low fluoride toothpaste can be introduced for children at 18 months. By age three, children should be brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, with the help of a parent or caretaker up until age 6-8. At this age, they should be able to properly brush on their own. Your dentist will advise on assisting your child with flossing
Do you accept child dental benefits schedule (CDBS) patients?
Yes, Mooloolah Dental Surgery is accepting new CDBS patients. Existing patients who are eligible for the new Government funded dental benefits will be automatically transferred to the new program. This scheme had been targeted in Government funding cuts but a decision has recently been made to continue funding for 2017.
I’m afraid of the dentist, can you help me?
Our experienced team are extremely supportive and know how to ensure that you feel comfortable, no matter what experience you have had in the past. We listen to and address all of your concerns, and will take the time to ensure you feel safe. Our team feels great pride and satisfaction in making Mooloolah Dental a safe and comfortable 'Dental Home' for you.