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By UnquestionableAnswers - 12 October 2016 9

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So, it has finally reached that time when I cannot put off going to the dentist any longer. This is why all help is needed at this very crucial moment in my life.

It’s safe to say I have never been to the dentist as I have always either found an excuse not to go or just simply postponed the event.

Anyways, I guess what I’m getting at is that I just want to know how much it would be for a check up and clean at a Canberra dental clinic (mind you, I have no health insurance… which kind of brings me to the question of would my medicare card help in anyway at all?)… All responses that are helpful are very much appreciated.

What’s Your opinion?


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Ask RiotACT: Help! Dentist advice for newbie
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David_Wedgwood 11:48 am
12 Oct 16
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You could ask Chris Bourke MLA (http://www.chrisbourke.com.au/), as he was/is Australia’s first indigenous dentist. As he is now an MLA and not in active practice as a dentist, he would likely give you a frank opinion.

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dungfungus 2:22 pm
12 Oct 16
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David_Wedgwood said :

You could ask Chris Bourke MLA (http://www.chrisbourke.com.au/), as he was/is Australia’s first indigenous dentist. As he is now an MLA and not in active practice as a dentist, he would likely give you a frank opinion.

According to the “medicare” card that Labor dropped in my mailbox, all health services in Tuggeranong are run by Labor and bulk billed to medicare so problem solved.

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Kim F 3:29 pm
12 Oct 16
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Medicare card no help at all. In fact, Private Health insurance and dental fees makes me wonder why I bother. Having said that , you only have one mouth that plays an important part in your general health and well being so off you go !

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Southerly_views 5:10 pm
12 Oct 16
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Unfortunately the cost of dental services across Canberra can vary greatly as we found out last year. The very popular dental practise we had been going to in the greater Woden area for ten years began charging over $280 for a regular check and clean + persistently tried to upsell extra services as well. There was nothing wrong with the surgery or the dentists but over time the fees for all different types of procedures kept rising way beyond what could be considered reasonable.

We looked around and asked about fees at different dentists in Tuggeranong for a regular check-up and clean and this varied from about $160 to $210. Extractions were mostly around $230 which was significantly under the $380 price of the Woden dental practise. We settled on a dentist close to home in Tuggeranong and our family have had regular check-ups and an successful extraction without any problems. Big savings simply by phoning around and visiting the surgery. We also gave up extras on private health insurance years ago as it was never a good proposition for us.

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TuggLife 9:18 pm
12 Oct 16
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You can call a few for quotes – be upfront that you don’t have private cover and they should explain your options. The price always seems to vary wildly between dentists, even with insurance. The public system is probably not very helpful, because services are limited and the waiting list is long.

If money is an issue, consider just a check up and not the clean (although the clean feels and looks lovely). It can feel a bit like servicing a car – some will encourage you to have lots of costly work done, where others will do a basic job to keep you going.

Pacific Smiles are open extended hours and weekends, if that’s important to you. I’ve had good experiences at the dentist at Weetangera shops – they were very patient – and at Corinna Dental.

Good on you for going – as Kim said, they’re your only set, you might as well look after them!

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Masquara 9:53 pm
12 Oct 16
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Neil Cheesman (maybe Cheeseman) in Deakin. He’s terrific.

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dungfungus 10:08 pm
12 Oct 16
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Kim F said :

Medicare card no help at all. In fact, Private Health insurance and dental fees makes me wonder why I bother. Having said that , you only have one mouth that plays an important part in your general health and well being so off you go !

So, we are talking about different medicare cards?
No, that’s not possible, is it Mr Barr.

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JimCharles 8:41 am
13 Oct 16
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I don’t like the dentists here, for a professional industry not to be able to put up a pricelist and for there to be no industry method of comparison just makes me want to go to Thailand as well.
The last one i was caught out with was a replacement filling quoted for $230. The bill was for $300.
$70 was added for “inspection”, even though i booked and said a filling had fallen out entirely and needed replacing. Surely looking at the damn thing is part of the replacement job, then if they need to do more they let you know.

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Rachel Ziv 11:35 am
13 Oct 16
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I’ve always found Signature Smiles in Gungahlin very friendly and affordable. Just call and ask their price for a clean/check up: 6255 7800

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