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Canberra Dental Surgeons

By FB - 29 November 2009 26

I have just had the pleasure of breaking a huge chunk out of one of my impacted wisdom teeth.  I went to the dentist who said it can only be removed under a general.  He referred me to a surgeon who said it will cost me around $3,000 to have it removed.  That’s actually for two teeth but the price for one was about $2,700.

Having never had a tooth removed under a general I have no idea if this is excessive or not. I know that a general costs a lot of money but I was expecting $3,000.

My question is, does this sound unreasonable?

Does anyone know of a cheaper dental surgeon in Canberra who can offer a general?  Or if you have had to endure the same can you recommend one.

What’s Your opinion?


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Canberra Dental Surgeons
eyeLikeCarrots 12:26 pm 30 Nov 09

shiny flu said :

sporko said :

I was definitely happy with the care that the braddon centre provided though, but it’s still a helluva lota moula.

…a helluva lota molar…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molar_(tooth)

I made a funny!

hellspice 11:46 am 30 Nov 09

Snarky said :

Our daughter’s wisdom teeth (4) were removed by Dr Carmello Bonnano in Woden. Job well done and, because it was done with an anaesthetist in his surgery rather than the hospital, cost about $1000 less than another Dr. quoted. to do the same job but in a hospital surgery room. From memory it cost about $1,800 all up. You only get a couple of hundred dollars back on Medicare for the anaesthetist

Im going there in Jan to get 4 wisdom teeth removed, charging me $1200, seems like a nice guy and he told me i wont remember a thing

benoncehobbled 11:26 am 30 Nov 09

Snarky said :

Our daughter’s wisdom teeth (4) were removed by Dr Carmello Bonnano in Woden. Job well done and, because it was done with an anaesthetist in his surgery rather than the hospital, cost about $1000 less than another Dr. quoted. to do the same job but in a hospital surgery room. From memory it cost about $1,800 all up. You only get a couple of hundred dollars back on Medicare for the anaesthetist

I concur. I had a single wisdom tooth removed by Dr Bannano under local anaesthetic only a few weeks ago and it only cost me a couple hundred dollars – good price and good service.

Kitty7 10:42 am 30 Nov 09

If your teeth are impacted they may not be able to use sedation, you might have to have a GA. There was a thing on telly last week about a new clinic opened up somewhere doing head and neck stuff, the director there Dr Hyam is great with wisdom teeth. Apparently they do stuff there that frees up the hospital beds. Don’t know if that helps you. That Dr does work at other hospitals as well.

luther_bendross 10:18 am 30 Nov 09

Join the military.

shiny flu 7:55 am 30 Nov 09

sporko said :

Yeah sounds about right if you go to the Dental Surgi-Centre in Braddon. I had 3 wisdom teeth removed there under a general and it cost about the same (private health yay). I heard there is a dude in Woden who does them cheaper though I can’t remember the name. Check out the Yellow Pages for dental surgeons in Woden.

Same goes for me. Although I had 5 taken out – 4 wisdom and one that was causing overcrowding in the back. It still cost quite a bit even with Private cover.

I’ve had a dead/decayed tooth removed under local and the experience was painless, except it was just very unnerving to have the dentist pulling at it for 15 min or so.

My partner had her wisdoms removed under local and diddn’t feel any pain from the removing- just make sure they inject you plenty of times. The problem with local is that she could still feel her lips and it made the job harder for the dentist to get in there and hurt from having her mouth stretched at the edge of the mouth- something I only had to deal with post removal. Also she found the sound of the saw/drills unnerving and super loud.

I was definitely happy with the care that the braddon centre provided though, but it’s still a helluva lota moula.

FB 7:43 am 30 Nov 09

I had thought about the Thailand option though it’s not possible now. I can’t get the leave from work and it has to come out ASAP.

The Surgicentre in Braddon is where I was quoted the $3k

paservank, unfortunately it has to be done under a general. I have a high pain threshold and would be happy for a local but that is not an option apparently.

AussieGal83 10:55 pm 29 Nov 09

That’s hell expensive. I had four teeth removed and a wisdon tooth for under $1500 at the Canberra Surgicentre.

Nadia 8:31 pm 29 Nov 09

I just got all four of my wisdom teeth out (using a general) by a surgeon in Deakin who was great.

It cost $1560 for the surgeon and $435 for the anaesthetist. (I got back $500 from my health fund and $190 back from medicare for the anaesthetist). Though my health insurance covered the hospital, so I don’t know how much that would add to the cost if you don’t have insurance.

squanto 8:22 pm 29 Nov 09

I would second the Thailand suggestion. I went there a few years ago and had various dental treatments, that would have been very expensive in Australia including a root canal. I can’t exactly remember the name of the place but I think it was this one:
http://www.bangkokdentalcenter.com/thailand_dentist/fees.htm
The staff were very professional, skilled, they spoke english well and generally did a first class job. I did not actually fly there just for a ‘dental holiday’ though, I was transiting in Bangkok anyway on a flight to Australia from Europe.

Snarky 8:10 pm 29 Nov 09

Our daughter’s wisdom teeth (4) were removed by Dr Carmello Bonnano in Woden. Job well done and, because it was done with an anaesthetist in his surgery rather than the hospital, cost about $1000 less than another Dr. quoted. to do the same job but in a hospital surgery room. From memory it cost about $1,800 all up. You only get a couple of hundred dollars back on Medicare for the anaesthetist

paservank 7:14 pm 29 Nov 09

I had mine done about 8 years ago (all four) and I didn’t need a general – just a sedative and a local. It was brilliant! I didn’t even know they were doing anything until it was all over. I’m pretty sure it was a hell of a lot cheaper than $3k too. I wont be back in Canberra for at least another week, so I can’t look through my records to tell you who it was, but the surgeon was located just near Woden hospital across from the blood bank.

Good luck!

moneypenny2612 7:03 pm 29 Nov 09

Go to Thailand.

I know several people who’ve done so (for a variety of procedures) and who can’t recommend it highly enough. Much cheaper than here, good quality work, and a holiday to boot.

Unfortunately I don’t now the name of the clinics that they went to – but each person found theirs using Google and then by asking the clinics questions via email about cost, quality of service, including the clinic’s track record re: post-op complications and infections, etc. It’s shopping around just like you would do here.

Apparently Thai dental work is often less than half the price of here including travel costs. Coincidentally I saw a newspaper article about ‘dental holidays’ last week – but I can’t remember where.

As for Canberra dentists, I can’t help you. I’ve never been to one here. Rather phobic. Won’t go unless I’m in excruciating pain or something falls out and the dentist offers drugs to make me better.

Harriet Vane 6:59 pm 29 Nov 09

It sounds about right, though Mr Vane’s was done under ‘twilight sedation’, not a general anaesthetic. He had three impacted wisdom teeth and a broken molar removed and it cost about that price all up. This was through the Canberra Surgicentre in Braddon.

sporko 6:53 pm 29 Nov 09

Yeah sounds about right if you go to the Dental Surgi-Centre in Braddon. I had 3 wisdom teeth removed there under a general and it cost about the same (private health yay). I heard there is a dude in Woden who does them cheaper though I can’t remember the name. Check out the Yellow Pages for dental surgeons in Woden.

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