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  • Do you do payment plans?

    Certainly!

    In this day and age, the costs of dentistry can be a little hard to bare all in one hit. We have looked long and carefully for the best services for our patients to allow them to manage their dental bills over time.

    For this reason, we utilise the services of Denticare.
    To qualify for Denticare, you must be an Australian citizen and/or resident; be over 18 years old; be currently employed (or receiving a carer’s or disability allowance); not be bankrupt and with no debt agreements in place.

    To commence, you will need to pay 20% of the total treatment as an upfront payment, then the rest may be deducted weekly, monthly or fortnightly from your credit card or bank account by direct debit. The time frame is variable up to two years, however, there is a minimum treatment plan of $500.00 and a maximum of $12,000.00. There is zero % interest rate and no credit checks. There is one-off initial set-up fee of $35.00 if accepted. Credit card surcharges may apply.

    Alternatively, Mac Credit are available for a more extended time frame of up to seven years. For more information, please click the link to their website.

  • Why is dentistry so expensive?

    Dentistry, like medicine, is a highly regulated professional service, but, unlike medicine, the fees are not covered by the tax-payer via medicare.

    Australia is a wealthy country with high wages and high overheads to match. Being a civilised country, we have incredibly advanced standards of care. These standards are in place for the safety of the Australian public.

    A dental clinic is a mini operating theatre. Providing the equipment and sterilisation to satisfy the regulatory bodies in our country comes at a significant cost.

    At The Dental Junction, we utilise the best available equipment at all times. Our dental chairs are sourced from Germany, our hygiene equipment is from the United States of America, and our restorative materials are sourced from Japan, Australia, Germany and Switzerland.

    The Dental Junction will not compromise under any circumstances by utilising “cheaper” materials to provide a lesser fee. Dentistry is not a commodity like a toaster oven. The day that The Dental Junction needs to compromise on quality to remain competitive, will be the day that the practice will close.

    This practice trains all of its dental assistants in house, with no prior knowledge. Accordingly, the practice principal, Dr Ian Crump, has a reputation for providing dental assistants that are the envy of other practitioners. Above average staff do not stay if they receive below average wages.

    In light of all this, The Dental Junction provides quality dentistry at fees that are considered “average.” In fact, our fees for crown and bridge dentistry are considerably lower than average.

  • Can I get my teeth cleaned at my initial checkup?

    Ultimately, we would like to say, “no.”

    Unfortunately, to do so will alienate some of our patients.

    We will endeavour to comply with your requests whenever we can, however, our reasons for preferring not to clean you teeth on the first visit are as follows.

    Cleaning a relatively healthy mouth takes a good thirty minutes to perform thoroughly and professionally. At your first appointment, we book an hour so that we can thoroughly examine your teeth and soft tissues and have time to discuss your wants and needs. To shorten your first examination visit to thirty minutes so that we can “fit in” a clean, means that we are rushing through our examination and minimising or eliminating any time for us to discuss your wants and needs.

    Secondly, and most importantly, we regularly see patients that have not had a visit to the dentist in over two years. In fact, it is not uncommon to have patients that have not seen a dentist in over ten years. Of course, the build up of calculus and plaque over this time frame is much greater. Cleaning teeth is like cleaning an oven. If you do your oven regularly, one application of oven cleaner and all is “done and dusted.” If you wait years between oven cleans, then one can of oven cleaner is never enough.

    Please trust us. It will not cost you any more financially. Our goal is to provide you with optimum care.

    So, if you call and are advised that we will do a clean, “if there is time,” please trust that we are doing so only to provide you with optimum care. Please allow us to assess your needs first. A quick, “whip around” clean, does not do you any justice and has our dentists feeling that they have not treated you professionally.

  • Why do I need my teeth cleaned every 6 or 12 months?

    This is a commonly asked question. Our main concern, and the reason that we wish to see you regularly, is for the prevention of gum disease. Known professionally as periodontal disease and previously known as pyorrhea, this is the body’s response to the plaque and tartar that sits around and under your gums. In a way, it’s a bit like having dirty fingernails. Brushing and flossing is the best prevention, however, once it goes only moderately beyond healthy, your toothbrush can’t reach the problem and your teeth remain dirty under the gums.

    The result of this is the bone slowly receding away around your teeth until your teeth become wobbly, smelly and painful. At this point, it becomes one of the more difficult conditions to treat. Often, some or all teeth need to be extracted. More importantly, gum disease is strongly linked to heart disease and overall poor health. In fact, some literature has stated that having your teeth cleaned every six-months can extend your life for ten years. That’s a big claim and we are not endorsing this as factual, however, when you understand how infection affects the whole body, it starts to make a lot of sense.

    There are some interesting bacteria that reside in our gum tissues. If you wish to test our knowledge of long scientific names, then we are confident that we will past the test, however, for the time being, we will just call them gum bugs.

    Over the last ten years, we have seen more and more of our patients seeking our services to obtain a dental clearance before their medical specialist will provide medical treatment or surgery. We are seeing this in cardiac surgery, cancer therapy, and joint replacements. Sadly, there is nothing worse than giving someone more bad news at the worst possible time. This is often news that is not covered by Medicare.

    Over the last year, we have seen documented links of poor oral health to low birth weight babies, infection of the heart tissues, elimination of dialysis for kidney disease, gum bug formation in Alzheimer’s plaques and one of the gum bugs blocking cells in our bodies from recognising cancer!

    Fortunately, 25% of us don’t ever have a concern with this condition, however, we won’t know until we are in your mid-forties. Even then, life and habit changes can cause its onset. 50% of us will get through life without tooth-loss, yet, we will still have the infection. This leaves 25% of us that will have major concerns. In other words, if you want to keep your teeth, have them cleaned and scaled regularly. Guess what, there is a bonus. At these six or twelve-monthly visits, we can check you teeth for decay.

    It seems that we are a society that can often be fixated on a healthy lifestyle. Low carb diets, organic foods, vegetarian or vegan, etc., etc. Amazingly, many of us are walking around with a painless infection in our mouths that can be the size of an open hand. It is a belief of this dental practice, that over the next ten or so years, the cleaning of teeth will become one of the prime avenues for overall health and longevity.

    A six-monthly clean is one of the most deferred appointments in a dental clinic. At The Dental Junction, we take the condition of your gums (and underlying bone) very seriously. We can fix teeth, but we can not fix gums. The best we can do is remove the infection and stop it from getting worse. The bone and gum tissue will not grow back. Having your teeth cleaned professionally is the cheapest treatment provided by most dentists; arguably, it is the most important.

    To learn more about periodontal disease, please click here (Periodonatl Disease)

    To learn more about your first “clean” with us, please click her (Your first clean).

  • Should I change my amalgams (silver, tin and mercury fillings)?

    The Dental Junction does not, and will not, use amalgam fillings!

    With regard to amalgam, dentistry is faced with a conflict of interest. Should we advise that you change your amalgams due to the toxic effects of mercury, then this can be perceived as over-treatment, however, should we ignore this issue when there is a potential safety concern, then this could be seen as neglect.

    Consequently, we encourage all of our patients to do their own research. In this day and age, there is no shortage of information available on the internet. Our opinion is not necessarily shared by the whole dental profession.

    Our position is that amalgams should be changed. Yes, we have our concerns over its toxicity, however, we will never diagnose an amalgam replacement solely for this reason. At this point in time, amalgam is still considered an acceptable restorative material for dental fillings in Australia.

    Our prime reason for recommending amalgam replacement is because, over time, amalgam swells and cracks teeth. Very few people are aware that amalgam is not glued to your teeth. It works by corroding into the walls of the teeth and is held in by locks (or pre-cracks if you like). This corrosion is ongoing. We regularly see severe cracks in teeth and the edges of these swollen fillings chipped and leaving access points for decay. In fact, it is rare that we do not find some form of decay underneath an existing amalgam filling.

    Leaving the mercury issue aside, amalgam is an amazing filling material. It’s silver component slows decay and it last for years and years. Unfortunately, when it does fail, it usually does so, spectacularly. Most of the failures of amalgams are loss of the remaining tooth structure that was holding the amalgam in in the first place. In most cases, there is insufficient tooth to provide another filling and we are forced to place a crown around the remaining tooth structure to hold everything together. In the worst case, the tooth fractures through the root and needs to be removed.

    To learn more about cracked teeth please click here (Cracked teeth).

    To learn more about crowns please click here (Crown and Bridge).

    Should you wish to discuss your concerns, please email Ian at Ian@TheDentalJ.com.au

  • Why can’t I just pull it out?

    Well of course you can. We understand that saving a tooth is often way beyond our budget, however, this may be cost effective at the time, yet very expensive down the track.

    Removing a tooth may seem quite simple. Sometimes it is. Unfortunately, the stories of someone pulling their own tooth, are rarely true. Dentists are well trained in the removal of teeth, however, upper teeth regularly sit in your sinuses, and lower teeth may wrap around a nerve that allows you to feel that side of your face. That’s why we take an x-ray. Occasionally, we refer you to a specialist for your own safety.

    The problem with removing a tooth is quite simple. Teeth are like books on a shelf. If you take one book out of a tightly packed book-shelf, all of the books wall fall in on themselves. This is true for teeth, too.

    Initially, you may only notice the difference in a lack of chewing ability on that side, however, over time, the teeth in front or behind will tip in to the gap. To put it simply, your bite will change so that you are biting on the back edge of your tooth and your teeth will now sit in an unnatural position. This allows food to trap and cause a higher chance of further decay and tooth loss. Furthermore, the bone shrinks away around these teeth and may cause sensitivity.

    If you have lost a lower tooth, the upper tooth will grow down in to the space missing below. Food will trap and make these areas difficult to clean. This can lead to further decay and bad breath.

    To be honest, some people manage without one or two teeth. We will only know how you manage after a number of years. Unfortunately, should you discover that you have problems from this missing tooth or teeth, putting the tooth back is either impossible, or very expensive.

    To find out how to save a tooth, please click (endodontic treatment)

    To find out how to replace a tooth please click (replacing a missing tooth or teeth)