A visit to the dentist is usually at the bottom of everybody's list of fun things to do, but a thorough examination and regular preventive care visits can end up saving you a lot of money and it may just help you keep your teeth. It's important that you know what to expect and what to ask, to ensure your next dental visit is everything it should be.
Your dental visit should consist of a thorough examination which checks the health of your teeth, your gums, airway and the bones and joints that form the foundations for good dental health. Radiographs or x-rays should be done at your initial visit and then every couple of years to check for decay and infection that may not be visible on the surface of the tooth. Your dentist should discuss any concerns you have and offer a choice of treatment options for you to consider. Very rarely is there only one option available.
Gone are the days where you have to take a doctors word that a problem exists. Modern technology means you can expect to see the problem for yourself. Digital radiographs, inta-oral cameras and 3-D scanning equipment means that your dentist can show you areas of decay, infection, narrowing of the airway, cracked or broken fillings, bone loss and joint problems. You have a right to see what is happening in your mouth and you should be encouraged to play an active part in deciding how to manage the problem.
There are no set fees for dental treatment in Australia. Some dental practices will offer "no gap payments" for some procedures if you have health insurance with some of the larger funds, but be careful that you are being offered the best choice, not just the cheapest choice or the choice that your insurance company wants you to make. As with most things, you generally get what you pay for and when you are comparing the cost of dental treatment, it is important that you are comparing the same treatment, using the same materials, not just the same item codes. Look toward some of the non-insurance based plans such as smile.com.au to help with lower fees. Ask about guarantees and also about interest free payment plans to help you choose the best treatment options. Remember, dentistry is not expensive, neglect is!!!
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