If you’re reading this article, odds are you’re planning on using Bligh Park dental services. Whether you’ve got a toothache you want soothed or simply want a check-up, this article covers everything you need to know regarding the process of visiting a dentist.
Know your financing options
The first step is to plan how you will afford your dentist. If you have enough money to pay for yourself, you might want to go private.
Many Bligh Park dental practitioners work privately and set their own fees depending on the particular surgery and experience of the practitioners. If you have a decent income, you should be able to afford to pay for this yourself. Alternatively, you may be able to offset some or all of these costs using a private health insurance policy. Be aware that cosmetic work and braces tend to be more expensive than a general check-up or small filling.
If you cannot afford a private Bligh Park dental service, you may be eligible for subsidised care through your state or territory’s government. Examples of people who may be eligible for free treatment are:
- Homeless people or those at risk of homelessness
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Asylum seekers and refugees
- People experiencing financial hardship
- Children aged 0-17 who are dependents of concession card holders (or have their own concession card).
Locate a practitioner
To find the right Bligh Park dental clinic for you, consider looking one up online, asking family, your doctor or friends for recommendations, or by viewing the ADA directory online.
Book a consultation
It is advised to consider a number of different clinics before committing to one. By booking a consultation you can visit the clinic in person and see if it is to your liking. This also gives you the opportunity to meet the dentist and ask them some questions. You might want to determine whether or not you and the practitioner get along.
Prepare for your appointment
If you are happy with a Bligh Park dental clinic, feel free to make a booking for an appointment. This will allow the practitioner to check the state of your mouth and determine whether any work needs to be done. It is especially important to book in as soon as possible if you are experiencing oral sensitivity or pain.
To be prepared, you might want to do the following:
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes
- Avoid consuming any sugary or caffeinated foods or drinks
- Brush and floss your teeth
- Bring a list of any allergies, medications or vitamins you take (and the dosage).
During the appointment
During your check-up, it is likely that your Bligh Park dental practitioner will do the following:
- Ask questions regarding your overall health and oral healthcare routine
- Explain risks and costs related to treatment
- Examine your teeth, mouth and gums
- Provide you with advice on how to take care of your mouth, gums and teeth
- Tell you when you are due for your next check-up.
For certain Bligh Park dental needs, you may need to visit a specialist. The main specialists you might see are:
A periodontist specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of gum diseases. Your dentist might refer you to one if they think you have a gum disease.
An oral surgeon works with injuries and other oral conditions such as cleft palates, jaw cysts and oral cancer.
An endodontist is a specialist that helps maintain the teeth during procedures which involve the pulp. They may perform a root canal to get rid of damaged or infected pulp.