Frequently Asked Questions

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Porcelain veneers are thin coverings for teeth made from porcelain ceramic. Veneers may be chosen to cover teeth that are stained or discoloured, chipped, misshaped, misaligned, too short or have gaps. The porcelain may be matched to your natural tooth colour or you can choose a whiter shade.

Porcelain veneers can last 10-15 years if they are well maintained whereas composite veneers can last 4-8 years after which they may need to be repaired or replaced due to staining and chipping.

Porcelain veneers are made outside the mouth and bonded to the teeth, whereas composite resin veneers are applied directly to teeth. Porcelain veneers cost more than composite veneers, but they can also last longer, are more resistant to damage and stains and look more like natural tooth enamel.

Porcelain veneers in Perth at EVP Dental cost between $800 to $1400 per tooth, though the cost of your treatment will depend on the type of veneers and how many you need. As a cosmetic dental treatment, the cost of veneers is not covered by Medicare or insurance, but we provide payment plans to help you manage the cost.

Veneer treatment requires you to have healthy teeth and gums. You may not be suitable for veneers if you have gum disease, persistently grind your teeth, suffer from gum disease or don’t have enough tooth enamel. Speak to one of our dentists to discuss your suitability for dental veneers or other treatment options such as teeth whitening or teeth straightening to cosmetically enhance your smile.

Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Take care to brush all teeth equally on all three surfaces (front, back and the chewing surface) and along the gum line. A timer or toothbrushing app could help you to time your brushing.

It's recommended that you wait for at least 30 minutes to an hour after eating, before brushing your teeth. This is to avoid rubbing plaque acid deeper into tooth enamel.

Flossing is recommended once a day, preferably right before you brush your teeth in the morning or evening. If you have gum disease or you're trying to improve your oral health, your dentist may recommend flossing or brushing more often.

Studies have found that electric toothbrushes have a slight edge in cleaning over manual toothbrushes, as some people find them more comfortable and easier to use, but this depends on the individual. If you're taking good care of your teeth with manual brushing, there's no need to make a change. Some parents may find that using an electric toothbrush can motivate children to brush for the full two minutes.

The Inman Aligner uses spring coils that gently shift teeth using two opposing aligner bars. The pushing ‘lingual’ aligner moves the teeth towards the front of the mouth, whilst the outer aligner pulls the teeth in, allowing both the front and back teeth to align.

The Inman Aligner can deliver results in as little as six to 16 weeks. It's also a more affordable treatment option than Invisalign.

Any dental emergency needs urgent attention. You should make an appointment with an emergency dentist if:

  • you have unexplained toothache, swelling or bleeding
  • a tooth has chipped or cracked
  • you've lost a tooth, filling or other restoration
  • your braces or dentures have come loose

A dental emergency can happen when you're least prepared, but it doesn't have to leave you out of pocket when you take advantage of finance options offered by your dentist. At EVP Dental in Perth, we offer a choice of hassle-free payment plans through trusted providers including Zip Pay, Openpay and Supercare – early access to Superannuation.

The first thing to do is stay calm, as panicking could make your injury or symptoms worse. If your mouth is injured, clean it gently with water and try to stop any bleeding, then call an emergency dentist. They can offer more advice for dealing with your situation or book you an emergency appointment to get professional care.

We recommend that children have their first dental check-up within 6 months of getting their first tooth. This gives us the chance to catch any development issues as early as possible. Regular check-ups can help to make visiting the dentist a normal routine as kids grow up.

Kids' dentistry includes their regular check-ups and teeth cleaning and general treatments to help prevent or treat tooth decay, such as fissure sealants and white fillings. General dental services for kids in Perth are free if you're eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS).

CDBS is a government benefit that provides $1,000 towards basic dental costs for each eligible child over 2 calendar years. To be eligible to claim CDBS, you must:

  • Have a child aged 2 to 17 years
  • Receive certain Medicare payments at least once a year
  • Choose eligible dental services

Bruxism is the involuntary grinding or clenching of teeth that may happen while awake or during sleep. Bruxism treatment is based on the cause. Dental treatments for teeth grinding include correcting a bad bite and fitting an oral appliance to prevent tooth wear and TMJD.

TMJ disorders (TMD or TMJD) are any problems affecting the two temporomandibular joints. These are the two 'hinge' joints connecting the upper and lower jaws that allow the mouth to move. TMJD can have many causes, including injury to the teeth or jaws, teeth grinding, misalignment of the teeth or joint conditions such as arthritis.

Depending on what's causing TMJ problems, treatments may include:

  • Pain relief or muscle relaxant medication
  • Jaw exercises or physical therapy
  • Wearing an oral appliance or mouthguard
  • Dental or orthodontic treatment to correct a misaligned bite
  • Surgery to the jaw joints

According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) it is better to spit out the toothpaste from your mouth rather than rinsing out as this provides on going protection to tooth enamel.

Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists are professionally qualified to clean your teeth safely and carefully and do not damage teeth. it’s common to experience a bit of tooth sensitivity after a professional clean, this is because of the effects caused by decay rather than the process of it being removed.

General dentistry covers the routine treatments offered by dentists to prevent or treat tooth decay and other common oral health problems. This can include:

  • General check-ups and teeth cleaning
  • White fillings
  • Root canal therapy (endodontics)
  • Tooth grinding (bruxism) treatments
  • Kids' dentistry
  • Wisdom tooth removal and other tooth extractions

Major dental refers to more complex treatments such as crowns and bridges, veneers, dentures and surgical procedures such as dental implants. Medicare does not provide cover for major dental procedures, but some health insurance may help towards covering the cost.

General dentists are qualified to diagnose and treat common oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. They can provide general dental treatments including check-ups, fillings, extractions and root canal therapy. A general dentist may also provide more complex dental or orthodontic care, or they may refer you to a specialist.

White fillings are typically made from a composite resin containing plastic and glass that's applied to the prepared cavity by a dentist and hardened. White fillings may also be made from porcelain (ceramic) and prepared outside the mouth. Silver fillings are an amalgam of several metals, including copper, mercury, tin and zinc which are less commonly used by dentists today.

Toothache is a common symptom of tooth decay and cavities, but a damaged tooth isn't always painful, especially for older people whose teeth may be less sensitive. Having regular dental check-ups gives your dentist the chance to spot early signs of tooth decay and cavities before too much damage is done.

If you haven’t seen the dentist in a while, it might be worth having your teeth and gums checked. Contact EVP Dental on 08 9470 3944 or book online for a consultation today.

A white filling can last from 5 to 10 years with good care before it needs to be replaced, while porcelain fillings can last longer, but they also cost more. Cast gold and amalgam mercury fillings have the longest lifespan due to their strength and durability but are less popular because of their appearance. 

In-chair teeth whitening that is professionally done by a registered dentist is the safest and quickest way to whiten teeth, it also contains a high concentration of bleaching agent (up to 25% hydrogen peroxide). A dentist is able to check your suitability for whitening, show you the shade you can expect to achieve through treatment and perform the treatment safely – that means properly protecting your gums, soft tissues and any sensitive areas like cracks, receding gums or worn edges that might not be obvious to the untrained eye.

Take home whitening kits can be just as effective when provided under the supervision of your dentist. Home kits contain lower concentrations of bleaching agent (up to 6% by Australian law) so it takes longer to achieve the same result as it would in the chair. EVP Dental uses the #1 patient requested whitening brand Philips ZOOM! which is more cost-effective than in-chair whitening using the same brand.

Take-home teeth whitening kits provided by a dentist are very safe and effective. There are many online retail outlets selling home whitening products that don’t work or that may pose a risk to patients who are not suitable for teeth whitening. When used inappropriately, these DIY whitening kits can cause irreversible damage to teeth and gums.

Yes, if your dentist believes you’re a suitable candidate for teeth whitening. Contact EVP Dental about whitening options for sensitive teeth and what can be done to alleviate any sensitivity experienced after treatment. In-chair whitening at EVP Dental includes a post-treatment gel designed to reduce sensitivity. Your dentist may also recommend using a sensitive toothpaste at home.

Teeth can be straightened using braces, aligners or other appliances, depending on your orthodontic needs and preferences. At EVP Dental, we offer teeth straightening in Perth using:

  • Fixed braces
  • Invisalign® clear aligners
  • Inman Aligner™

A retainer should be worn after teeth straightening to help maintain your new smile.

The time required for orthodontic treatment varies from case to case and also depends on the type of treatment you choose. Minor teeth straightening may be completed in just a few months, but for most people it can take 1 to 2 years.

Orthodontic cost in Perth depends on the type of treatment you choose and how much straightening is needed. Fixed braces prices start from $4000 and clear aligners cost between $6000 - $8000. Our staff can help you to check whether your teeth straightening treatment is covered by your health insurance and we can also give you information about our payment plans that can help with managing the cost.

Sleep or sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedatives to relax a patient before and during their dental appointment. Sleep dentistry is generally used for patients who experience anxiety, a phobia or medical condition that may prevent them from seeking and/or receiving dental treatment.

Sedation dentistry at Perth’s EVP Dental is more affordable than you think. In fact, if you have private health insurance with hospital cover, have served waiting periods and haven’t exceeded yearly limits, you may have little to no out-of-pocket costs for dental treatment under general anaesthesia in hospital. For patients without hospital cover, IV sedation at the practice may be an affordable cost alternative. 

You can also enjoy the comfort of knowing you won’t remember much, if any, of your treatment. The cost of sleep dentistry services in Perth varies depending on the type of sedation used, the treatment duration and the amount of dental care required. If you’d like more information, contact us today.

Sleep dentistry may be a suitable sedation option for patients who require extensive dental treatment or multiple treatments in a single appointment. For patients with pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma or other respiratory issues, sleep dentistry may not be suitable. When you visit EVP Dental, we will comprehensively assess your medical history before recommending the most suitable sedation option for your treatment.

Bacteria or plaque build-up is the common cause for gum disease. Plaque is a sticky, colourless, painless film that builds up on and around teeth and along the gums.

Contributing factors for developing gum disease are smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, conditions such as diabetes, stress, pregnancy and some medications.

Healthy gums don’t bleed, so if you brush or floss your teeth and see blood, it’s a sign that your gums need attention. If you’ve ruled out a medical condition or damage to the area from excessive brushing or a hard toothbrush head, its probably inflammation caused by gum disease.

Smokers are six times more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers, as smoking interferes with saliva production and the normal function of gum tissue cells and blood flow. This means that smokers are more susceptible to infection and can take longer to heal. Smokers are 5 times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-smokers and will suffer from some form of gum disease.

For most people, seeing a dentist once or twice a year for a general check-up and clean is recommended to maintain good oral health. Your dentist will recommend how often you should visit based on your individual needs. If you're managing an ongoing problem, your dentist may recommend more frequent visits.

During your routine check-up and hygiene appointment, your dentist will examine your mouth to check for signs of oral health problems, which might involve taking an x-ray. They will then professionally clean and scale your teeth to remove plaque and apply fluoride to help protect your teeth against decay.

If you're seeing a new dentist for the first time, they'll want to check your mouth in detail to understand any oral health or orthodontic issues you may be dealing with. You should also provide all relevant details of your dental and medical history, including any medications you're taking, as this could help your dentist to plan suitable treatments.

We recommend bringing your child for their first visit as early as possible, preferably from the age of one year old or when their teeth first start to appear. We encourage this so they can get used to the dental chair and to identify any early signs of tooth decay or other dental concerns that may require treatment down the track.

EVP Dental is NOT a bulk-billing dentist, however we are involved with Government funded oral health schemes that may allow you to access subsidized services, such as the Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS). We also accept Department of Veteran’s Affairs Gold cards and White cards that may cover treatments including dental check-ups, cleans, fillings, denture relines and repairs and treatment for injuries or conditions.

X-rays provide your dentist with the bigger picture of your oral health. 

They help show the condition of your teeth, its roots, your jaw and facial structure. X-rays reveal any hidden decay under the gumline and are essential in the planning and preparation for restorative dental care.

At EVP Dental, our digital radiographs or bitewing x-rays use very low doses of radiation. If you have concerns about x-ray exposure, please talk to your dentist about why an x-ray might be recommended and what alternative options may exist.

EVP Dental offer a range of sedation options to help you get the dental care you need. Most dental treatments are provided under a local anaesthetic. For anxious patients or for more complex treatments, EVP Dental can provide happy gas, IV sedation administered by an anaesthetist or be put to sleep using general anaesthetic in day surgery. Learn more about sedation dentistry here.

Zip Pay is an interest-free payment solution for treatment up to $1000, offering you the ability to access dental care now and pay later. Repayments start from as little as $40 a month.

Zip Money is a line of credit with amounts over $1000. Repayments start from as little as $40 a month or 3% (whichever is greater).

In order to apply for Zip, you must have:

  • A valid email address and mobile number.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Have a good credit history.

Read more about what you need to apply for Zip Pay and Zip Money

Zip Pay purchases are always interest free, while Zip Money is interest free so long as you pay off your purchases within the interest free period.

A standard interest rate of 19.9% applies after the interest free period. The $6.00 monthly account fee is waived if you pay your balance by the due date. If there’s nothing owing on your account, there’s nothing to pay and no fees.

Choose from weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments to suit your lifestyle. Repayments start from $40 a month and are based on your account’s credit limit.

For more information on Zip Payment Plans, please contact us.

*Applications for payment plans are subject to the lender’s usual credit assessment and responsible lending criteria.

You will need to be 18 years or older and a permanent resident of Australia.

  • Debit or Credit card
  • Identification with: Name, Date of Birth, Residential Address
  • Email address
  • The required deposit
  • Australian Mobile phone number

Yes, protecting your information is very important to us. Openpay is a Level 1 PCI DSS Compliant Provider. This means that all sensitive information is encrypted and we maintain stringent physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your information. View the Openpay privacy policy here.

Openpay does not charge any interest.

It depends on your treatment amount. Open Pay may ask for your consent to perform a credit check. You will be asked for consent before any credit checks can be performed.

Establishment fees and plan management fees may apply. Fees will be disclosed to you before your plan is finalised, as they vary from merchant to merchant. If a payment is not made by its scheduled date, a late fee of $9.50 will apply. All fees are outlined in the email sent to you upon confirmation of your purchase. We understand that there are times when you may not be able to make a payment. Please contact Openpay on 1300 168 359 before your payment date to reschedule the payment and avoid late fees.

For more information on Openpay Payment Plans, please Contact us.

Invisalign Go can align bites faster than traditional Invisalign aligners. Treatment with Invisalign Go can sometimes take just 3 to 6 months, while traditional Invisalign can take from 18 months to several years. However, not all orthodontic issues can be corrected with Invisalign Go.

The cost of Invisalign treatment depends on how many sets of aligners you need and other factors. Invisalign treatment in Perth with EVP Dental costs from $6000 to $8000, where Invisalign Go is a much shorter treatment duration with costs starting from $3000. We’ll give you an accurate price and customised treatment plan after your examination to confirm your suitability for clear aligners. If you’d liket pay off your Invisalign cost in instalments, we offer a range of flexible payment plans.

Teeth straightening is a precise treatment that needs to be carefully planned and monitored to make sure you get the results you desire. An orthodontist or dentist with relevant training and experience in orthodontics can assess your suitability for orthodontic treatment in a face-to-face comprehensive examination and identify any problems that may need addressing prior to treatment. Only then can your Invisalign journey be designed for the best outcome.

Many Australian and New Zealand health authorities have issued consumer warnings against the dangers of using online companies for dental treatment. The president of the Australian Dental Association NSW explains ““If treatment relies on imprints and records without the patient being personally examined, there’s a much greater risk that the treatment will not be successful."

This is a common disadvantage of many online aligner treatments, where teeth and gums are not comprehensively examined by a dentist or orthodontist in person. Another reason to see a dentist face-to-face is so they can continue to physically check your progress along the way and ensure aligners sets are being changed when needed.

The cost of modern dentures in Perth varies depending on the type of dentures you choose and the number of remaining teeth to be removed.

Costs can range between $1200 and $4000 approximately, depending on the quality of the dentures and the experience of the dental technician or prosthetist making them.

At EVP Dental, our resident Prosthetist has 30 years’ experience designing artificial teeth and dentures. Our practice only uses high-quality dentures made of high impact acrylic designed to withstand an increased biting force and reduce the risk of damage. 

If you're not sure whether dentures are the right choice for you, our Victoria Park dentists can also offer dental implants or a dental bridge to help replace missing teeth and restore the function and aesthetic appearance of your smile.

Contact EVP Dental on 08 9470 3944 or book online for a consultation today.

The cost of dental implants in Perth can vary depending on the number of dental implants required, the implant system used (MIS or Nobel Biocare), the materials used for the tooth attached to the implant, the position of the implant in the mouth and whether any additional procedures (such as bone or gum grafting) are required in order for the treatment to be successful.

The cost of a single dental implant at EVP Dental can range between $4000 and $6000 approximately. This includes all x-rays and 12 months of follow-up appointments.For more information on dental implant costs, contact our team to make an appointment with Dr Norcross.

Dental implants can offer more stability and a longer lifespan compared to other teeth replacement options, but not everyone is suitable for implants and cost can make them inaccessible. We can provide you with information about dental implant alternatives such as a dental bridge, to replace one or several teeth, and full or partial dentures.

Endodontic treatment (also called root canal treatment or root canal therapy) is a common dental procedure that involves removing infected or damaged tissue from inside a tooth. After disinfecting the tooth, the dentist places a synthetic root canal filling material and seals the tooth with a crown to restore its strength and appearance.

A root canal infection can be very painful, but root canal treatment isn't usually any more painful than other general dental procedures. Dentists use local anaesthetic that numbs pain during the procedure. Your mouth may feel sore after endodontic treatment, but this can be managed by taking over-the-counter pain medication.

Some common signs of a root canal infection are:

  • Tooth pain or sensitivity to temperature
  • Tender or swollen gum around the painful tooth
  • Pimple on the gum
  • Darkening of the tooth

However, tooth pulp infections don't always have obvious symptoms and may only be noticed during routine dental check-ups.

To schedule a dental check-up, call EVP Dental today on 08 9470 3944 or book your appointment online.

A dental crown (or cap) is a restoration fitted over an existing tooth to restore its appearance, strength and function. Crowns are used in general and cosmetic dentistry and are often used in other dental procedures, such as root canal treatment or to support a dental bridge. Crowns are usually made from porcelain (ceramic) and or zirconia depending on whether the tooth sits at the front or back of the mouth.

A badly damaged tooth that cannot be saved may require a crown supported by a dental implant. In some cases, it’s possible to replace a single tooth with immediate implant placement on the same day it’s removed.

A dental bridge is one or more prosthetic teeth that fills the gap left by missing teeth. Bridges are attached to existing healthy teeth on either side of the gap by crowns. Bridges can be made from porcelain and or zirconia depending on what type of tooth is being replaced.

A bridge secured by dental implants can provide more durability than traditional bridges and avoids wearing down adjacent teeth that support the bridge.

A dental crown can repair or restore a tooth that's been damaged by decay, injury or a dental treatment or worn down by acid or teeth grinding (bruxism). Crowns may also be used to change the appearance of a tooth.

A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge may be supported by crowns fitted over the adjacent teeth. Want to know more? Contact our friendly team at EVP Dental or book an appointment today.

If our dentists check your wisdom teeth and are happy with the way they are growing, we may recommend over-the-counter pain medication to help you manage the pain and discomfort and we'll monitor the tooth to check that it comes through normally. We may also prescribe antibiotics to treat an infection if there is one present.

For some over eruptions or partial eruptions of wisdom teeth, we may recommend removing part of the tooth or some of the gum tissue covering the tooth rather than extracting the whole tooth. We'll make sure you know all your options so you can decide what's best for you.

The cost of wisdom tooth removal in Perth can vary depending on the number of teeth to be extracted and the type of sedation required.

EVP Dental have agreements with two dedicated anaesthetists. This means for patients with private health insurance hospital cover (having served waiting periods and not exceeded yearly limits), the excess cost for the anaesthetist and hospital may be minimal.

For patients without hospital cover, IV sedation can also be an affordable cost alternative for wisdom tooth removal and can be administered at our practice or at Southbank Day Surgery. For more information on wisdom teeth removal pricing at our Perth clinic, contact us today.

A custom-fitted sports mouthguard can last longer when it’s well cared for. To prevent the mouthguard from warping and going out of shape, keep your mouthguard out of direct sunlight and away from heat. Wash it in cold or warm water after use and keep it on its mould to retain its shape.

A custom-fitted sports mouthguard provides the best possible protection for your teeth, gums and jaw while playing contact sports. While more expensive than over-the-counter types, the cost of treating a dental injury far outweighs the cost of a custom-fitted mouthguard.

Most private health insurance policies with dental cover will pay a benefit for a custom-fitted sports mouthguard with little to no out-of-pocket expense to members. It’s best to contact your health insurer directly to check your policy entitlements.

The cost of a smile makeover varies greatly depending on the types of treatments in your plan and the cost of materials used. Smile makeover treatments may range from $799 to $20,000. Book an appointment with one of our experienced dentists at EVP Dental for a smile makeover assessment and accurate costing.

There are many ways a dentist can change your smile with many treatments improving your oral health and aesthetic appearance.

For crooked, crowded, gapped or protruding teeth, a dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment such as braces or clear aligners. Teeth whitening treatment can help restore the whiteness in your smile, while veneers can address both those issues together by mimicking the appearance of straighter, whiter teeth.

For a severely decayed or cracked tooth, a dentist may recommend a crown or bridge and for patients with poor oral hygiene, a dentist can show you the correct brushing and flossing techniques to maintain better oral health and a healthier-looking smile at home.

Whatever your oral health needs and cosmetic dental goals are, we recommend booking a consultation with your dentist. They will assess your suitability for treatment and prepare a plan that suits your needs and budget.

Dentists recommend that you attend a regular check-up and oral hygiene clean once every six months.

Depending on your individual needs, your dentist may recommend recurring visits more frequently or less frequently, such as every nine to 12 months.

During your check-up, your dentist will look at your oral hygiene and diet, the health of your teeth, lips, gums, and any risk of gum disease, signs of tooth wear and the alignment of your teeth, jaws and bite. Book an appointment online today.

Making regular visits to the dentist can help spot early signs of tooth decay and gum disease.

These issues are easier to treat when caught early. Regular check-ups also allow your dentist to spot risks and prepare a treatment plan to manage them.

Yes, we accept all major health funds. We are also a Bupa Members First Platinum provider, a HBF Members Plus and part of the HCF More For Teeth Program. This means that parts or all of your appointment may be claimable on private health insurance. Click here to learn more.

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