Please peruse our FAQs to learn more about dentistry here at Family Dental Excellence in Upper Mt Gravatt
Does Medicare cover my dental treatment?
Unfortunately Medicare does not generally cover dental treatment however, in January 2014 Medicare instigated the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, which is a program for eligible children aged 2-17 that provides basic dental services for your child. These basic dental services include (but are not limited to) examinations, teeth cleaning, x-rays, fissure sealants and fillings with a value of up to $1000 over a two year period.
We also accept a number of payment options to help our patients receive the dental work they need. When you book your appointment our friendly staff will be happy to make you through the different payment options we offer.
How will I know if my children are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule?
For most people the government will have notified you early in 2014 to inform you if your child is eligible and we will be able to confirm this by contacting the Department of Human Services. More details can be found at http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/child-dental-benefits-schedule or by contacting the Department of Human Services on 132 011.
What happens during my active maintenance appointment?
During your regular dental check-up we will examine your mouth to assess the health of your teeth, gums and jaw. During this appointment we may also perform a professional cleaning. During your cleaning and scaling our team can remove the plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth.
While brushing, flossing and maintaining a stringent oral care routine can keep your mouth healthy, some tartar build-up cannot be removed by simple at-home maintenance. Untreated plaque and tartar build-up can lead to more serious problems, including gum disease and potential tooth loss. It is advisable to address these concerns by regularly visiting the dentist to prevent future damaging oral conditions from developing.
How can I fix my chipped or cracked teeth?
At Family Dental Excellence in Upper Mt Gravatt our team of dedicated dental professionals can correct minor chips and fractures in teeth with safe and effective tooth coloured fillings. These subtle fillings, made from composite resin material offer our patients a virtually invisible alternative to dark and potentially undesirable amalgam fillings. If requested our team can even remove your amalgam fillings and replace them with tooth coloured restorations.
Can you relieve my headaches and jaw pain?
For many patients the answer is yes, we can. To treat these concerns we often supply our patients with a custom made splint. A splint, commonly known as an occlusal grinding splint or night guard, is a custom made oral appliance made from high quality acrylic which is used to reduce and absorb the force of clenching and grinding while you sleep. This clenching and grinding, known as Bruxism, can cause headaches, jaw pain and a host of other unpleasant symptoms associated with TMD. Wearing a night guard can also protect your teeth from further damage as well as relieve the pressure in your jaw joint and surrounding muscles. During your initial consultation we can discuss your treatment options with you and the severity of your grinding.
I need dental work, but I am worried about the pain. What can I do?
Here at Family Dental Excellence we offer Nitrous Oxide (also known as laughing gas), which can provide a virtually anxiety-free dentistry experience, so you and your family can benefit from the dental treatment you need and want. It is one of the safest sedation treatments available, with quick recovery time.
When do I need root canal therapy?
Root canal therapy is an option that treats a tooth with a dead nerve (providing that the tooth is able to be restored). The death of a tooth’s nerve tissue isn’t always a painful event. It’s possible for this process to occur without producing any noticeable symptoms at all. In these types of situations, it is at your regular active maintenance appointments that we can discover evidence that endodontic therapy is needed for such a tooth.
Why are my gums bleeding?
Bleeding gums is often a sign of gingivitis. Gingivitis is an inflammatory response that affects the gums, teeth and soft tissue in your mouth as a result of built-up plaque, food or tartar on the teeth. If left untreated, Gingivitis can lead to serious health concerns.