at Capital Periodontics and Dental Implants
Why have I been referred to Capital Periodontics?
There may be a variety of reasons why you have been referred by your dentist. You might have periodontal disease, which requires specialised treatment and care. Your dentist may have recommended you consider having implant placement to replace a missing tooth or teeth.
What will happen on my first visit?
Your first visit will be a consultation with one of our periodontists. They will examine you and determine the appropriate treatment. They will then establish a treatment schedule for you.
What do I need to bring with me?
You will need to bring your referral letter and any x-rays you have with you.
Will I need surgery?
Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, periodontal disease can be controlled without surgery. Our periodontists and hygienists perform non-surgical treatments.
Will it hurt?
This depends on the procedure. You may experience some discomfort. However, it is not dissimilar to general dental procedures, such as fillings. After your initial examination, we will be able to discuss what you can expect from the procedure.
Will there be side effects or after effects?
You may experience sensitivity and tender gums after periodontal treatment. After dental implant procedures you may experience some swelling or bruising of the gum and jaw. It is important to remember that every person is different, so you may experience few after effects.
Why do I need to see a periodontist anyway?
Periodontal disease can be a progressive and irreversible condition. Over time it can cause bone loss, loss of teeth and further expense if left untreated. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own teeth.
Will I need to go back to my general dentist?
You will need to continue regular checkups with your dentist, as periodontists are specialists and don’t perform general dental treatments. Regular dental checkups are an important part of maintaining good oral health.
Why can't my general dentist do this procedure?
Periodontics is a specialised field. Your general dentist may not have the training to perform many of these procedures. Your periodontist will provide you with expert care and ensure you the best possible results.
How much will it cost?
This varies from person to person. Pricing for your initial consultation is the same, whether you need periodontal treatment or dental implants. Our practice staff will be happy to advise you on what you can expect from your specific course of treatment.
To help manage the cost of dental treatments our practice offers interest free dental to approved applicants for up to $12,000 worth of dental care. Find out more.
How many times will I need to come back?
Again, this varies from person to person, and on the type of treatment.
Do you bulkbill?
Can I claim this on my private health fund?
Yes, periodontal work and dental implants are covered by some health fund plans. This depends on the level of cover and the type of health insurance you have. Make sure you check with your health fund provider.
Can I claim this on Medicare?
No, generally, dental procedures cannot be claimed on Medicare.