3 May 2021

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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.

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Wisdom Teeth removal canberra is a piece of cake at northside family dental in Gungahlin. Dr Vamsi Talluri has a great chairside manner and he has apparently proved to be an expert in pulling the wisdom tooth in my known circles. They have an informative webpage on wisdom tooth extraction which may be useful for the Canberra community looking for a good dentist in gungahlin which is http://northsidefamilydental.com.au/restorative/wisdom-tooth-extraction/

They are not just good dentists by they are great ones! Because they’ve helped me achieve my beautiful smile. So delighted with their service and the whole staff are friendly and accommodating. I am now enjoying my dream set of teeth, a perfect investment for myself. I highly recommend them to my friends to you who is looking for great dentists in Canberra. You may check their website here: http://www.canberradentistry.com.au/

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

Had my four wisdom teeth removed on Monday under sedation. All good – last thing I remember was having the urge to close my eyes and the next thing was when they “woke” me up to go to recovery. Not much pain and very little swelling 2 full days after the procedure.

Highly recommended – lovely staff and a great dentist.

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

My 20 year old also had her 4 wisdom teeth extracted (3 came out in one go; 1 had to be drilled out) and all went well. Same price paid (both private and medicare reimburse some). Very nice dentist!!!

I can personally recommend http://www.asavanant.com if you are going to go to Bangkok. They are very, very professional, state of the art and willing to cater to you. This was the first dentist I have actually fallen asleep in the chair at (without drugs).

I had some work done with them, and then had two dentists in the UK comment on what a great job they were.

The surgi-centre are monopolists. And likely over-servicers.

I was quoted $2500 to remove 2 molars earlier this year; $1000 fee, $1000 theatre, $500 anaesthesia.

Picked up Yellow Pages. Went to DR MIKE WALSH, Shell Harbour.

Done in the chair in a few minutes with no anaesthesia for $780.

Thank-you and good night!

UrbanAdventure.org8:37 pm 01 Dec 09

I also had some work done by Dr Carmelo of Corinna Street Woden. They were impacted teeth roots left behind after I had the majority of tooth was taken out by a public service that did not have the tools or expertise to remove the roots. They had in fairness advised me of that before they removed my tooth.

The roots were removed under general and the job was pretty good. There was a little pain, because it was a difficult extraction, but the good doctor was extreemly considerate about that and thanked me for explaining that I had a big phobia of pain. His bedside manner was excellent. The after care was great.

I could not reccomend him higher.

Devil_n_Disquiz7:47 pm 30 Nov 09

Dr Carmelo Bonanno did my impacted wisdom tooth and pulled a few other teeth out too. $800 or thereabouts it was for him to do this under twilight sedation. I don’t remember a thing. Awesome.

Dr Carmelo Bonanno
Suite 1, Gadal Chambers 48 Corinna St
Woden ACT 2606

6282 7633

I’d also throw some support behind Dr Bonnano. I got 4 wisdom teeth out in his surgery a couple of years ago and actually had to call him back after my initial enquiry because I thought I misheard the quoted price. From memory it was just under $1k including GA.

Also, and I don’t know if this is due to his expertise or my amazing healing powers, but I was happily eating solid food the next day, something I’m not sure everyone experiences after these procedures.

Be prepared to wake up to the sound of guitar noodling coming from one of the offices…

georgesgenitals6:30 pm 30 Nov 09

Buzz2600 said :

I’d hasten to warn people before you go jumping on a plane to Thailand (or any other country) for medical treatment. ‘Medical tourism’ as it has been termed, is a growing business but doesn’t always pay off.

There are many issues to carefully consider before going down that route. Insurance, professional follow up, botched procedures, legal issues, post-op support, air travel after undergoing a GA procedure? The range of medical and dental services available may look cheap and impressive but standards can be lacking, resulting in serious and possibly life-threatening complications. Please, its not all about money – it could be your life.

You take a risk, you get it heaps cheaper.

I’d hasten to warn people before you go jumping on a plane to Thailand (or any other country) for medical treatment. ‘Medical tourism’ as it has been termed, is a growing business but doesn’t always pay off.

There are many issues to carefully consider before going down that route. Insurance, professional follow up, botched procedures, legal issues, post-op support, air travel after undergoing a GA procedure? The range of medical and dental services available may look cheap and impressive but standards can be lacking, resulting in serious and possibly life-threatening complications. Please, its not all about money – it could be your life.

barking toad3:37 pm 30 Nov 09

Agree with #3 and #6 re the Thailand option.

Not from personal experience but from blokes I know.

Takes a couple of weeks apparently – and they don’t take the missus.

Must be good though – they often go back for more dental work.

eyeLikeCarrots12:26 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!

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

benoncehobbled11:26 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.

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_bendross10:18 am 30 Nov 09

Join the military.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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!

moneypenny26127:03 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 Vane6:59 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.

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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