links

1 Tooth Brushes

https://www.ada.org.au/Your-Dental-Health/Oral-Health-Video-Resources#collapseOne

2  Floss

or https://tinyurl.com/y4aoo7oo

3 Fresh Breath

http://opn.to/a/ZeoyN

4 Understanding dental materials

This video is essential viewing.

https://tinyurl.com/y27bbr7k

5 Check market prices quickly

  1. Check  market prices quickly

Firstly you need to recognise that the price of dentistry will vary from

  • State to state – see figures below
  • Suburb to suburb
  •  City to country practices
  • Practice to practice
  • Dentist to dentist

 Reason for this is that the ACC states that price wise there can be no collusion between practices.

Best to find out what needs to be done by getting a full exam, X rays, photos etc. Now you know what needs to be done then you can start comparing apples with apples by ringing around practices to get the best prices re various item numbers.

Please note that the treatment plan can vary with the individual dentist as well.

Now you also know some of the common item numbers as per charts below so you can begin research prior to even going to a dental practice.

Don’t be too taken with just this side of things. Price is not everything!

Quality of care and standard of work are also very important and there are many other ways to save on your bills as well as you will see.

The information contained in Table 1 – ‘Average dental charges for privately insured services in 2015’  has been collected by the Department of Health, and publicly released to help consumers make more informed decisions when purchasing services and encourage greater competition in the private health industry.

In 2015-16, private health insurers paid $2.5 billion for dental services of the $4.7 billion they paid for all general treatment services. Insurers pay more benefits for dental services than any other type of general treatment, amounting to 52.5%, followed by optical at 17.2%. While consumers are aware of gaps between dental charges and the amount paid by their health insurer, there is little information available about average dental charges.

Guide to Dental Services Reported

Table 1 contains a list of 21 common dental services by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) code and the average charge within each state/territory based on consumers place of residence. It is important to note that charges within each state/territory will vary depending on locality (eg. major city, inner regional or remote).

A description of each item can be found in Table 2 – ‘Description of ADA Code’. Table 2 segments each ADA code into the following categories of dentistry:

  • Diagnostic
  • Preventative
  • Oral Surgery
  • Restorative
  • Crowns

Origin of Data

De-identified data was provided by private health insurers to the Department of Health for the following dental services provided to privately insured patients in 2015, which was obtained as part of the claiming process. Table 1 – Average dental charges for privately insured services during 2015

ADA Code NSW/ ACT NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA National Average
11 $59.10 $68.89 $58.25 $56.60 $61.88 $58.79 $59.91 $58.97
12 $55.54 $62.50 $52.63 $52.54 $60.00 $53.63 $55.95 $54.40
13 $49.31 $57.47 $46.22 $49.14 $49.13 $47.75 $49.17 $48.41
14 $65.60 $76.25 $62.00 $62.52 $64.79 $65.68 $63.58 $64.39
22 $41.52 $45.90 $41.00 $43.68 $43.17 $42.56 $44.24 $42.25
71 $63.42 $58.92 $56.91 $60.68 $64.70 $60.64 $62.53 $61.33
111 $59.35 $73.67 $56.86 $60.06 $56.81 $55.88 $63.53 $58.32
114 $107.30 $127.11 $104.82 $107.67 $107.83 $107.48 $108.49 $107.13
121 $34.81 $31.50 $31.12 $32.28 $32.22 $33.52 $33.86 $33.46
161 $53.54 $63.45 $52.87 $45.46 $47.89 $52.26 $57.24 $52.82
311 $171.65 $174.67 $164.89 $145.95 $174.54 $158.89 $157.18 $163.45
521 $141.24 $148.42 $134.01 $126.43 $151.22 $135.95 $131.60 $136.30
522 $173.91 $179.91 $161.92 $152.70 $181.62 $163.24 $159.22 $165.30
523 $199.97 $213.70 $189.75 $176.58 $206.09 $186.88 $185.17 $191.19
531 $148.10 $159.45 $143.86 $134.95 $157.76 $143.19 $145.13 $144.93
532 $191.13 $198.33 $179.60 $171.75 $195.00 $180.53 $184.76 $183.99
533 $219.92 $238.05 $211.72 $208.31 $223.38 $210.36 $218.10 $215.02
534 $244.31 $291.62 $240.29 $226.79 $252.74 $231.77 $241.46 $239.04
575 $33.75 $34.02 $32.13 $30.76 $34.18 $33.56 $34.27 $33.03
577 $34.62 $35.95 $34.64 $30.98 $34.55 $32.40 $40.24 $34.20
615 $1,463.79 $1,497.80 $1,498.51 $1,475.25 $1,540.98 $1,503.65 $1,428.35 $1,471.69

The above table was informed by data provided by private health insurers to the Department of Health, which was part of the claiming process.


Table 2 – ADA code descriptions

ADA Code Description Category
011 Comprehensive oral examination Diagnostic
012 Periodic oral examination
013 Oral examination – limited
014 Consultation
022 Intraoral periapical or bitewing radiograph – per exposure
071 Diagnostic model – per model
111 Removal of plaque and/or stain. Preventative
114 Removal of calculus – first visit
121 Topical application of remineralising and/or cariostatic agents, one treatment
161  Fissure sealing – per tooth
311 Removal of a tooth or part(s) thereof Oral Surgery
521 Adhesive restoration – one surface – anterior tooth – direct Restorative
522 Adhesive restoration – two surfaces – anterior tooth – direct
523 Adhesive restoration – three surfaces – anterior tooth – direct
531 Adhesive restoration – one surface – posterior tooth – direct
532 Adhesive restoration – two surfaces – posterior tooth – direct
533 Adhesive restoration – three surfaces – posterior tooth – direct
534 Adhesive restoration – four surfaces – posterior tooth – direct
575 Pin retention – per pin
577 Cusp capping – per cusp
615 Full crown – veneered – indirect Crowns
http://www.privatehealth.gov.au/healthinsurance/whatiscovered/averagedental.htm

6 $26 / week dentistry report

www.tlc.com.au

7 Health funds

privatehealth.gov.au 

https://www.xhp.com.au

5 tips to save you hundreds off your health fund premiums  https://tinyurl.com/y6l2kz4e

 Or

 here   https://tinyurl.com/y2fgakrr

8 Health fund alternative

https://www.xhp.com.au

9 Children’s dental benefits scheme

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/child-dental-benefits-schedule

10 Free braces

http://www.aso.org.au/give-smile%E2%84%A2  https://tinyurl.com/y6ee4285

Link 11 Smile direct club

https://smiledirectclub.com

Link 13 Dental tourism

http://www.ada.org.au/oralhealth/dentaltoursimfurtherquestions.aspx

Link 14 Snap on smiles

https://pressonveneers.com.au or

Link 15 Cleft lip and palate

http://www.dva.gov.au/providers/dentists-dental-specialists-and-dental-prosthetists

Government departments

NSW :- www.health.nsw.gov.au/ cohs/health_services.asp
NT :- www.health.nt.gov.au
Queensland :- www.health.qld.gov.
Tas :- www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/
S.A. :- www.sadental.sa.gov.au/
Victoria :- www.dhsv.org.au/
W.A. :- www.dental.wa.gov.au

Link 16 Translators

https://www.dhsv.org.au/patient-information/interpreter-services

Link 17 Other good sites

Other good sites

https://www.dhsv.org.au/public-dental-services/emergency-dental-care
http://www.dental.wa.gov.au/
https://www.health.qld.gov.au/oralhealth/services/adult.asp
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/oralhealth/publications/public-dental-services.pdf

Link 18  Veterans Affairs

http://www.dva.gov.au/providers/dentists-dental-specialists-and-dental-prosthetists

Link 19 Videos

Videos

Home Care

General Dentistry

 11 mistakes cleaning teeth

Lecture part 1

Lecture part 2

  •     9  South Australian programs

www.sadental.sa.gov.au has 9 great programs and one might just fit  your requirements so  check them out

  • General dental Scheme
  •  Emergency Dental Scheme
  • Pensioner Dental Scheme
  • Aboriginal Dental Scheme
  • Prisoner Dental Scheme
  • Supported  Residential Facility
  • Aged Care Scheme
  • Country SDS Emergency Scheme
  • Country SDS Capitation Scheme

These are hard to find so l have included these here for you. The information is provided by SA Dental

General Dental Scheme

The EDS scheme is designed to help emergency dental care for eligible adult patients with existing natural teeth.

The General Dental Scheme

The GDS scheme is designed to help with the routine dental care for eligible adult patients with existing natural teeth who have reached the top of the local SA Dental Service community dental service (CDS) clinic waiting list.

Who is eligible?

Adult holders of a current Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Cards.

How do patients gain approval for the EDS and GDS scheme?

An eligible patient needs to first contact the SA dental Service community dental service (CDS) clinic when seeking emergency dental care. The CDS staff will assess the treatment needs of the patient. If the treatment needs that have been assessed are considered urgent, an appointment with the CDS clinic may be offered for emergency care.

If the CDS clinic is unable to provide emergency dental care within a reasonable time and if the CDS st

aff determines that the patient’s treatment needs fall within the scope of the EDS scheme, the patient will be offered care under the EDS. In most cases, the patient will attend the CDS clinic to verify their personal details and receive an approval form, authorising treatment under the EDS.

How do patients use the EDS or GDS approval forms?

On receiving the approved EDS or the GDS form the patient is required to contact private dentists who participate in the scheme to make an appointment. Patients are advised to inform the private dental provider that treatment is being sought under the EDS/GDS.

How do patients gain a GDS form?

In order to receive treatment through the GDS, an eligible adult patient must have their name placed in the CDS restorative (CONS) waiting list by attending their local CDS clinic.

When the patients name reaches the top of the waiting list, they will be contacted by the CDS clinic.

Depending on local circumstances the patient may access their general care at a local CDS clinic, a participating private dentist under the GDS, or at Adelaide Dental Hospital undergraduate clinics.  

How long is an authorisation valid?

The EDS form is valid for 7 calendar days from the date of issue. The treatment must commence within 7 days from the date of issue and needs to be completed no later than 30 days from the date of issue.

The GDS form is valid for 4 months from the date of issue; treatment must be completed within 4 months from the date of issue.

  • Emergency dental scheme

The EDS scheme is designed to help emergency dental care for eligible adult patients with existing natural teeth.

The General Dental Scheme

The GDS scheme is designed to help with the routine dental care for eligible adult patients with existing natural teeth who have reached the top of the local SA Dental Service community dental service (CDS) clinic waiting list.

Who is eligible?

Adult holder of a current Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card

How do patients gain approval for the EDS and GDS scheme?

An eligible patient needs to first contact the SA dental Service community dental service (CDS) clinic when seeking emergency dental care. The CDS staff will assess the treatment needs of the patient. If the treatment needs that have been assessed are considered urgent, an appointment with the CDS clinic may be offered for emergency care.

If the CDS clinic is unable to provide emergency dental care within a reasonable time and if the CDS staff determines that the patient’s treatment needs fall within the scope of the EDS scheme, the patient will be offered care under the EDS. In most cases the patient will attend the CDS clinic to verify their personal details and receive an approval form authorising treatment under the EDS.

How do patients use the EDS or GDS approval forms?

On receiving the approved EDS or the GDS form the patient is required to contact private dentists who participate with the scheme to make an appointment. Patients are advised to inform the private dental provider that treatment is being sought under the EDS/GDS.

How do patients gain a GDS form?

In order to receive treatment through the GDS, an eligible adult patient must have their name placed in the CDS restorative (CONS) waiting list by attending their local CDS clinic.

When the patients name reaches the top of the waiting list they will be contacted by the CDS clinic.

Depending on local circumstances the patient may access their general care at a local CDS clinic, a participating private dentist under the GDS or at Adelaide Dental Hospital undergraduate clinics.  

How long is an authorisation valid?

The EDS form is valid for 7 calendar days from the date of issue. The treatment must commence within 7 days from the date of issue and is necessary to be completed no later than 30 days from the date of issue.

The GDS form is valid for 4 months from the date of issue; treatment must be completed within 4 months from the date of issue.

  • Pensioner dental scheme

The Pensioner denture scheme (PDS) is designed to facilitate denture treatments including new dentures, relines and repairs through private dentists and dental prosthetists for eligible adult patients.

Who is eligible?

Adult holder of a current Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card

How do patients gain approval for the PDS scheme?

To receive treatment through the PDS eligible patients must attend an SA dental Service clinic for assessment of their denture needs.

In country areas a patient can be assessed at their local CDS clinic. In metropolitan areas, patients can be assessed for their denture needs at the following CDS designated specialised prosthetic clinics:

Elizabeth GP plus

Gilles Plains

The parks

Marion GP plus

Noarlunga PG plus

The SA dental service will assess the patient’s prosthetic needs and will either add the patients name to the relevant PDS waiting list or issue a PDS repair form where applicable.

How do patients use the PDS approval forms?

On receiving authorisation, the patient contacts a private dentist/prosthetist to make an appointment. Patients are advised to let the prosthetist/dentist know that treatment is being sought under the PDS.

How long is an authorisation valid?

Authorisation for treatment under the PDS

·         Is valid for six months from the date of issue for a new denture

·         Is valid for one month from the date of issue for a denture repair.

If the dentist/prosthetist cannot complete treatment with in these time frames, the patient should be advised to seek treatment through another dentist/prosthetist so the patient may receive their care in a timely manner. 

  • Aboriginal dental scheme

The Aboriginal Dental Scheme is designed to facilitate emergency general and prosthetic dental care for eligible, adult Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander patients. This scheme is funded by the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and is administered by SA Dental Service.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for dental care under the Aboriginal Dental Scheme a person must be an adult of Aboriginal and or/ Torres Strait Islander origin. They must be either a holder, or an adult dependant of a holder, of a current Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card. Patients who do not produce evidence of the above concession care entitlement are not eligible for treatment under the Aboriginal Dental scheme.

How do patients gain approval for the Aboriginal Dental scheme?

Patients who require emergency treatment under the Aboriginal Dental scheme do not need prior approval from the SA dental Service.

Eligible patients seeking general treatment may be seen under the Aboriginal Dental Scheme.

If a patient reaches the cap for treatment provided under the scheme but requires further treatment, the dentist must first seek approval from the State wide Lead Clinician to submit a second claim form for general treatment via a cover letter and a copy of the patient’s treatment plan. Only one claim for general treatment may be made and be paid per patient per year, unless prior approval from the State wide Lead Clinician has been gained.

How do patients use the Aboriginal Dental Scheme approval forms?

The patient contacts a private dentist/prosthetist to make an appointment and advises that treatment is being sought under the Aboriginal Dental Scheme. In general terms, SA Dental service does not maintain a list of private dentists/prosthetist who participate in the Aboriginal Dental Scheme or advise patients on the selection of a private dentist/prosthetist.

How long is an authorisation valid?

Authorisation for general or prosthetic treatment under the Aboriginal Dental Scheme is valid for 6 months from the date of issue.

If the dentist/prosthetist cannot complete treatment with in these time frames, the patient should be advised to seek treatment through another dentist/prosthetist so the patient may receive their care in a timely manner.

  • Supported residential facility dental scheme

The Supported Residential Facility Dental Scheme (SRF) is designed to facilitate access to conservative and prosthetic private dentists and dental hygienists for patients who are tenants of Supported Residential Facilities.

Who is eligible?

All current residents of a licensed pension only Supported Residential Facilities regardless of their concession card alibility are entitled to receive dental treatment under the SRF dental scheme.

How do patients gain approval for the SRF scheme?

No prior approval is required for treatment under the SRF Dental Scheme.

How do patients make an appointment with a private dentist under the SRF Dental Scheme?

SRF staff will contact a participating private dentist to arrange an appropriate appointment for residents.

What treatment is provided under the SRF Scheme?

·         Conservative and prosthetic i.e. dentures, treatments.

  • Domiciliary dental care

The Aged Care Dental Scheme is designed to facilitate a dental examination and limited dental treatment to residents of Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF). This care may be provided by a participating dentist or dental hygienist at the facility.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for government funded dental care under the Aged Care Dental Scheme, a patient must be a holder of a current pensioner concession care or health care card of DVA cardholder and an adult dependant of a DVA cardholder. Non-eligible patients may elect to receive further dental care as a private patient.

How do patients gain approval?

No prior approval is required for treatment under the Aged Care Dental Scheme. Please advise the Dental Schemes Unit prior to commencing construction of new dentures.

How do patients make an appointment with a private dentist under the Aged Care Dental Scheme

RACF staff will contact a participating dental provider to arrange an appropriate appointment time for residents.

What treatment is provided?

All residents of a participating facility are entitled to receive

·         An initial examination

·         15 minutes of miscellaneous aged care service

·         Conservative and prosthetic i.e. denture treatments

Domiciliary Dental Care for home bound and non-ambulatory Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) residents.

SA Dental Service provides domiciliary dental care for home bound and non-ambulatory RACF patients.

Who is eligible?

Adult holder of a current Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card

What treatment can be provided?

·         Emergency conservative treatment

·         Routine conservative treatment

Dentures

·         New dentures

·         Denture repairs and relines

  • School dental service country emergency

When a country SA dental service, school Dental Service (SDS) clinic is not operational for a considerable length of time (e.g. during school holiday periods)

Who is eligible?

SA Dental service requests the assistance of local private dentists in providing emergency dental care for children enrolled in the SDS.

The SDS country emergency scheme applies in these circumstances.

Where a child is not enrolled in the SDS, emergency dental care will need to be privately arranged.

School Dental Service Capitation Scheme

Children in remote areas of the state under 18 years, who do not have access to a SA dental service, school dental service SDS clinic, may be treated under the SDS capitation scheme by private practitioners who are contracted by SA Dental Service. Children treated under the SDS Capitation Scheme in the

·         Ceduna

·         Streaky bay

·         Kimba

·         Wudinna

·         Cleve

·         Cowell

·         Coober Pedy

·         Woomera

·         Roxby downs

·         Lameroo

·         Pinnaroo

·         Southern Yorke Peninsula

·         Balaklava

  • School dental service capitation scheme

Children in remote areas of the state under 18 years, who do not have access to a SA dental service, school dental service SDS clinic, may be treated under the SDS capitation scheme by private practitioners who are contracted by SA Dental Service. Children treated under the SDS Capitation Scheme in the following areas

·         Ceduna

·         Streaky bay

·         Kimba

·         Wudinna

·         Cleve

·         Cowell

·         Coober Pedy

·         Woomera

·         Roxby downs

·         Lameroo

·         Pinnaroo

·         Southern Yorke Peninsula

·         Balaklava

  • Prisoner dental scheme

Under the Prisoner Dental Scheme, prisoners at south Australian Government Correctional Service institutions, outside the metropolitan area and without on-site dental facilities, are eligible to receive basic dental care through local private dentists. Prisoners at Mount Gambier are not included in this scheme.

How do prisoners obtain approval?

Prisoners who require emergency dental treatment do not need prior approval from SA Dental Service. However, private dental practices must contact the SA Dental Service Dental Schemes Unit for authorisation, as a limit applies to the amount of treatment a prisoner may receive per financial year.

How does a prisoner gain an appointment with a private dentist to receive treatment under the prisoner dental scheme?

When a prisoners name reaches the top of the waiting list, prison management will be sent a Prisoner Dental Scheme approval form. Prison management will contact a participating private dentist to arrange an appointment.