FAQ & Pricing

Informational Links

  • NZDA - New Zealand Dental Association
  • NZAO - New Zealand Association of Orthodontics
  • Healthy Smiles - NZDA's Public Dentistry Information
     

Dental FAQs

  • How often should I visit the dentist?
    • The answer will vary from every three months for those with gum disease to once a year to those without any sign of gum disease.  Think of a dental check up as a warrant of fitness for your mouth - the frequency you need to come in for a dental check up will directly depend on the condition and health of your teeth.
  • How early should I book my next dentist appointment?
    • If your timing is flexible, we can normally find a spot for you within the week.  If you need choice in your scheduling, then please book your dental visit 2-3 weeks in advance.  Dental emergencies are seen same day - we will make time for your emergency dental work!  Book an appointment now.
  • What will happen at my first visit?
    • Your first visit is your best chance to find out if you have any dental issues in your mouth that need attending to.  We'll answer your queries (or get back to you with an answer if research is required), and get you out of any tooth pain or other dental discomfort you may be experiencing.
  • Why do my gums bleed when I brush my teeth?
    • Gums shouldn't bleed when you brush your teeth.  Bleeding gums could be a sign of gum disease ( gingivitis ) and should be treated as soon as possible, as gum disease or gingivitis can lead to other health problems (heart disease, infertility and more) and permanently damaged teeth if left untreated.
  • Are X-rays necessary in dental examinations?
    • Yes, dental x-rays are necessary, as they are the only way to see hidden tooth decay.  Wikipedia has a good article with photos on this issue/solution: Read more...

Family dentistry x-ray

 

Dental Referrals

If you need a service that we don't currently offer, then we will refer you to our recommended local Christchurch specialists.

 

 

 

Pricing

It is difficult to determine the cost of a visit prior to seeing you, as we need to assess your current condition before we know how short or easy your treatment will be.
 

Payment Options

  • Cards:
    • Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard
    • EFTPOS
  • Cash:
    • Cash
    • Direct Credit (with prior agreement only, please note no prompt payment discounts apply to direct credits unless paid prior to your appointment).
  • Government cover
    • ACC
    • WINZ
    • General Dental Benefit - free annual checks and amalgam fillings for teens until their 18th birthday.