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Dental Services

Do you have Dental Clinics at all of your locations?

We offer dental services at our Henderson Dental Clinic in West Auckland, Auckland City Dental Clinic in the CBD and at our Manurewa Dental Clinic in South Auckland. 

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How often should I visit the dentist?

For most people 6 monthly visits are recommended – your dentist can tell you at your appointment when you need to come back next, plus we will send you a reminder when it’s time for your next visit. Regular visits to the dentist are essential for preventative measures, detecting problems early before they become more extensive, costly, and harder to fix.

What is a dental treatment plan?

Once your dentist has completed your oral assessment in your dental exam, they will discuss the findings with you. They will recommend any treatment options to you in a treatment plan, including all the benefits and risks of each procedure and the costs. This will allow you to decide what is best for your long term dental health.

What are your dental fees?

Refer to our fees page for all dental prices.

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How long does a dental exam take?

A standard dental exam takes 15 minutes. During your exam your dentist will give you a full oral assessment to establish your oral health and recommend the best treatments for your mouth if needed. Your dentist will look at your current fillings, crowns and veneers (restorations), any missing teeth and any signs of decay, signs of tooth wear or signs of faulty brushing habits, appearance and colour of the teeth in the smile line, the way you bite, the health of your gums and surrounding bone around each tooth, your tongue, throat, cheeks and lips and your jaw muscles and jaw joint. Dental x-rays will be taken to look for any hard tissue changes in your bone that supports the teeth, all of your teeth from the crown to the bottom of the root, decay inside the tooth or between the teeth, abscess or cysts on the roots of your teeth, root positions and changes in your jaw joint. Once your oral assessment is finished, your Dentist will discuss the findings with you. They will recommend any treatment options to you, including all the benefits and risks of each procedure and the costs, in a dental plan. This will allow you to decide what is best for your long term dental health.

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What should I do if I fear going to the dentist?

You are not alone, between 9% and 15% of New Zealander’s state they avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear.  The first thing you should do is talk to your dentist. Once your dentist knows what your fears are, he or she will be better able to work with you to help you feel less anxious and more comfortable.

 

Will the treatment be painful?

We will take every measure to ensure the procedure is in no way uncomfortable or painful. If treatment is needed, we will inject a small amount of anaesthesia to gently numb the area of your mouth where work is to be done. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours.

What does deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) involve?

Your dentist, periodontist, or dental hygienist removes the plaque through a deep-cleaning method called scaling and root planing. Scaling means scraping off the tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing is cleaning tartar build-up off the surface of roots (under the gums). In some cases a laser may be used to remove plaque and tartar. This procedure can result in less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort compared to traditional deep cleaning methods.

In the meantime, it’s a fact that controlling gum disease can save your teeth – a very good reason to take care of your teeth and gums.

Do you do WINZ quotes?

Yes, if you have a CSC (Community Services Card) and would like a WINZ quote, please let the receptionist know at the time of booking your appointment.

How much will WINZ pay?

If you qualify, WINZ will pay up to $300 and under special circumstances may pay more.