Frequently Asked Questions
We have listed some of the common questions patients ask below.
If you have any further queries not answered here please do not hesitate to contact us on 9509 5111 and our staff will be pleased to assist you.
You can refer yourself to visit our surgeons. If you wish to claim part of the consultation fee from Medicare, you will need a valid referral from your doctor or dentist.
Most people are suitable for dental implant therapy. Even if teeth have been missing for several years, it is usually possible to have them replaced with dental implants. It may be necessary to consider some extra bone build-up (bone graft) in some cases. A new type of X-ray assessment is available, called CBCT, to assess your suitability.
Pain is a common problem associated with wisdom teeth. There are often other reasons for removing wisdom teeth that may need to be considered. It is common, but not always necessary to remove all wisdom teeth.
Most treatment is not urgent and can be planned around your convenience. Sometimes it is necessary to expedite treatment, and there will always be an option to move ahead with it urgently if required.
Treatment can be provided when you are awake with local anaesthetic, or while you are sedated or completely asleep under general anaesthetic. The choice will depend on your preference, your health and the nature of the treatment you need.
You will be offered all the treatment options available. You will be able to choose the option that best suits you.
There are a range of accredited private hospitals available for your treatment if you require general anaesthetic. The choice will depend on your preference and the availability at a time that best suits you. Our staff will be able to make all the arrangements.
This will depend on your health, the type of work you do and the type of procedures you need. Following most minor procedures you will be fine within one to three days. Wisdom teeth removal often needs up to a week to recover. More significant procedures such as jaw surgery may require two weeks for recovery.
Swelling and bruising are signs of healing and are quite normal after any surgery. The degree of swelling and bruising will depend on factors such as your age, your health and your procedure.
Usually it is necessary to return after surgery for a review check up. However, most people heal uneventfully and may be fine with a telephone review by one of our staff if you do not wish to return for review.
Treatment is available with or without private health insurance. However, private health insurance assists with the costs of treatment, particularly if it is necessary to go to hospital. Each health insurance policy is different, and you need to clarify what your entitlements are with your fund. You may be able to claim some of your treatment through Medicare.
Medicare does cover some aspects of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. Our specialist surgeons have Medicare provider status.
Private health insurance subsidises your treatment. You will be given pre-treatment quotation with item codes so you can check your level of coverage and assess your out of pocket costs.