A new approach to dentistry

Thursday, January 1, 2016

We’ve had a busy start to the year at Oasis Dental.

We started the year with a bang opening our new surgery at Kingston Foreshore.

I’ve been working on the new office for months, and while it’s great to have a brand new space to work in, what’s even better is the service we’ll now be able to offer patients.

The new state of the art surgery is custom built to so that we can focus on diagnosis and treatment planning. The consultation room has been specifically designed not only to show the current condition of your mouth, but also to show this in direct comparison a healthy mouth.

This brings me to the next exciting announcement.

This month, we’re officially launching the new fixed price dental plan with a heavy focus on long term treatment planning and a partnership where you commit to take care of your teeth at home.

Under the fixed price model, you’ll see me for an extended appointment each year, with follow ups with my hygienists during the year to make sure you’re on track with your maintenance. The benefit of seeing you for a longer appointment is that I can complete a number of procedures, including crowns, porcelain fillings – anything you need to restore your teeth. This allows for a true dental restoration.

This is a radical departure from the standard model, where you would come in for a half an hour appointment, and might have to come back a few times to complete your treatment. I’ve seen from patients who have come to me from other dentists, that it’s difficult to perform the best dental treatment in the space of a half hour appointment.

It’s only a matter of time before rushed jobs need to be redone. Repeated dental work on one tooth alone can add up to a house deposit, upwards of $20,000 over the course of a lifetime when you need multiple fillings, crowns, root canal surgery then finally an implant.

So why have I launched this new treatment model?

It’s all about achieving the best clinical outcomes for my patients.

I believe that the current dental system doesn’t function in the best interests of patients. Many practices are now owned by private health funds, and focus too much on the business of dentistry.

It’s similar to the way the Medicare Benefits System encourages doctors to prescribe tests that have no value. The dental industry is incentivised by private health funds and item numbers – the more numbers, the more rebates.

Ultimately, the cost is to your health. It means you might not be able to keep your teeth for your life, and you could end up with implants or dentures.

A fixed price plan will allow you to budget – no more unexpected or unplanned expenses, just a set fee each year.

If you want to learn more about how we could become partners in your health, join me for the first information session of the year on 17 February 2016. Click here to register on the Oasis Dental website

Posted in: Dental health, General

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