Frequently Asked Questions
We answer a number of FAQs on this page, but if there is anything you would like to ask, please do not hesitate to call our teams in Frankston or in Traralgon.
What happens at the first appointment and what should I bring?
A comprehensive clinical examination and assessment will be part of your first appointment. This will allow your periodontist to come up with a tailored treatment plan. You will be educated about gum problems and why you have been referred for treatment. At times your periodontist may require additional investigations in the form of x-rays or scans, impressions for study or photographic records.
Please bring the following to your first appointment:
- A list of your current medications you are taking and any health issue you have
- Any recent x-rays of your mouth
- A referral letter if you have one
When should I get there?
Please try and arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to allow time for filling out any necessary forms. You are welcome to arrive even earlier as we have great magazines to read and a TV to watch.
How much will treatment cost?
All treatment is individualised for every patient and the costing of treatment can only be provided after the initial consultation and assessment of x-rays. A detailed treatment plan with full costing will be posted in the mail.
How is treatment performed?
Treatment can be performed either in the chair (under local anaesthetic injection) or in hospital (under general anaesthetic). Dr Tran is an accredited practitioner at Peninsula Private Hospital and Frankston Private Hospital. Treatment in hospital will incur an additional cost charged by the hospital and anaesthetist which may be partially covered by your private health insurance hospital cover and/or Medicare with gap payment (excess).
What are your payment options?
For your convenience we have access to HICAPS system which means if you have private health insurance with dental cover, your rebate will be processed on the spot which may reduce the out of pocket expenses, depending on the level of cover. We accept cash, cheques, VISA and MasterCard.
Can I drive home after treatment?
Yes. Treatment in the chair will require local anaesthetic injection. A section of your mouth will feel numb for 3-4 hours after treatment. You will be fully awake but will not feel pain during the course of treatment. Post-treatment instructions will be provided after the procedure.
Do I still need to see my general dentist?
Yes. Your general dentist is the person in charge of your overall dental management. Regular appointments with your dentist for a check-up and clean is important to check for any cavities in your teeth