Fees and Payment Options
At Dentista Dental Centre we believe in providing you with a solution that suits where you are at in life!
We like to offer a wholistic approach to treatment, identifying and addressing the causes of your problems so we can minimise any further breakdown, and expense to you.
You are involved in the planning process, and we will tell you the estimated fees for any planned treatment before we commence. We will work within your budget. You will always have a choice as to what treatment you receive.
We can do a whole mouth approach, or just the tooth you're having a current problem with! If you are interested in rejuvenating your smile, eating comfortably again, or are mainly interested in pain relief, we will meet you where you are at! We are more than happy to give you an overview and progress through your treatment at a pace you are comfortable with.
At Dentista we are always striving for high quality, and use robust methods and materials. It is important to be aware that not all dental treatment is the same. We take pride in our work! And importantly we want it to LAST! We have even taken a special interest to study the material science of adhesives to deliver you the best filling possible! Yes there can be huge variation from one filling to the next! (who'd have thought!) We use the best technology for a 'scale and clean' with our Airflow for your maximum comfort, and we use local high quality laboratories in Perth and Melbourne to fabricate all our crowns, veneers, mouth guards and splints.
We regularly review our fees and ensure we provide competitive pricing.
We accept credit card, bank transfer, cash and we have third party finance options available. We can also assist you with applying for compassionate early release of superannuation to fund your dental treatment.
Full payment is required at the time of service.
Treatment that requires a laboratory item (crowns, veneers, implants etc) will require payment of 50% at the initial appointment, and payment in full at the time of finalisation of the treatment.
We accept all health funds, and have a HICAPS machine on site. The HICAPS machine allows us to claim your private health insurance at the time of your treatment, so you only have to pay the gap, or 'out of pocket' amount. To claim with the HICAPS machine, we require your actual health insurance card (not just the member number). If you do not have your card with you on the day of treatment (or it is an outdated card), you will need to pay in full and then you can claim your health insurance back using the information on your receipt.
The HICAPS machine also allows us to quote you for any planned treatment with your health insurance card. Private health insurance companies have an annual limit which they will pay toward your treatment per year. What cover you receive for your dental treatment depends on your insurer, and your level of cover. There is a huge variation between what different insurers cover for 'ancillary' (i.e. non-hospital) cover. Some insurers cover a lot for dental treatment, and others cover very little, or don't cover the full range of dental services (such as teeth bleaching and some items for fillings etc).
We are a preferred provider for HBF.
Average prices for treatment
Our policy is to not provide any treatment plan or quote without having an in person consultation. Comparing prices, or even comparing prices based on 'item codes' you have received from another practitioner can be very misleading. The reason for this is that often multiple codes are required for a particular treatment.
For example, the code for a dental crown is 613, 615 or 618. Very often, the tooth also requires a core filling to support the crown, which is a code 627. Sometimes, an existing crown needs to be removed before your new crown can go on, the code for this is 655. We also require a radiograph of the tooth prior to undertaking crown treatment. In total, your tooth which requires a crown, actually involves 4 different codes.