Dental Service

Public Dental Service
Phone: +61 (03) 5722 5116 or +61 (03) 5722 5325
Email: dental@nhw.hume.org.au

Private Dental Service
Phone: +61 (03) 5722 5325
Community Care Centre
4 – 12 Clark Street, Wangaratta, Victoria 3677

Benalla Dental Service
Phone: +61 (03) 5761 2201
45 Coster Street, Benalla (next to Benalla Hospital).

Dental ServicesNortheast Health Wangaratta’s Dental Service can provide general and emergency dental care for public and private patients in our modern, 9 chair facility with state of the art equipment.

7 chairs are located at the Community Care Centre in Clark Street, Wangaratta and 2 chairs at the Benalla Dental Service in Coster Street, next to Benalla hospital.

Who is eligible for public dental?

  • Children and young people aged 0-17 years, including all children who are eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme – these services are free of charge
  • People who hold a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and dependents listed on these cards
  • Newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers
  • Children enrolled in special developmental schools
  • Child or Youth in residential care
  • Youth justice clients in custodial care
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Homeless person
  • Eligible pregnant women

Anyone who requires emergency treatment will be assessed and offered appropriate care without having to be placed on a waiting list.

Private dental services are also available at the Wangaratta clinic. Enquiries or appointments for all services can be made by calling (03) 5722 5325.

Private dental care

Isha Pandher provides a private dental service for NHW
Isha Pandher

Dr Isha Pandher offers general and emergency dental services from a private practice within our Community Care Centre.

Conveniently located alongside our public dental service, affordable dental care is now available to your whole family under one roof.

Isha offers a range of dental services including;

  • Excellent general dental care
  • Dentures,
  • Aesthetic Dentistry,
  • Mouthguards,
  • Teeth whitening
  • Focus on prevention, DVA patients welcome
  • Competitive rates
  • Private Health rebates

Isha’s private service is available on Mondays and Wednesdays. Appointments can be made by calling (03) 5722 5325 or by visiting the Community Care Centre.  Private Health rebates apply.

Emergency dental care

Emergency dental care is offered to eligible clients. Appointments are limited but we do try to accommodate all enquiries. All emergencies undergo triage assessment and placed into one of five categories. Appointment for treatment depends on the urgency of the dental problem. Emergency care is available if you have dental pain (teeth, mouth, gum or jaw), facial swelling, and bleeding (trauma affecting mouth) or had an accident involving your mouth or teeth.

What you need to tell us…

  • Is the problem with your teeth, gums, wisdom teeth or false teeth?
  • Are you taking immunosuppressants? If yes, provide details
  • Are you over 80 years of age?
  • Do you have pain?
  • What causes the pain?
  • Has it interfered with sleep?

Specialist care

If you require specialist care, you will be referred to the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital.

Specialist care can include:

  • Endodontic – root canal treatment for those where routine treatment is not possible
  • Prosthodontics – includes dentures, crowns and bridges for those people who have more  complex dental problems
  • Orthodontics – tooth straightening for people with more serious dental problems
  • Periodontics – treatment of severe gum disease
  • Paediatrics – treatment for children with complex dental, medical and other problems
  • Oral Medicine – treatment for a variety of diseases of the lips, cheeks, tongues and jaw joints
  • Oral Surgery – complex surgical procedures involving the teeth, mouth and jaws

Fees for public dental services

There is no fee for children under the age of 18 or for treatment provided by supervised final year dental students.

Fees for public dental services apply to:

Eligible adults

  • Fee of $27.50 per visit to a maximum of $110 for a general course of care, which includes an examination and all general dental treatment.
  • Flat fee of $27.50 for an emergency course of care, which includes assessment and treatment of the tooth/gums/false teeth that is causing pain.
  • Fees for dentures are dependent on the type of dentures required – $66.50 per denture capped at $133 for a full upper and lower denture.

Fees for specialist services (Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne only)

  • Dependent on the treatment provided, up to a maximum of $332 for a course of care.

Fee exemptions

Exemption from fees for public dental services applies to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • homeless people and people at risk of homelessness
  • refugees and asylum seekers
  • registered clients of mental health and disability services, supported by a letter of recommendation from their case manager or staff of special development schools
  • those receiving care from undergraduate students
  • those experiencing financial hardship.

Dental care during pregnancy

Keeping your teeth healthy during pregnancy

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy during pregnancy is even more important than at other times. Severe gum disease has been linked to babies being born early and to babies being born smaller than expected.

Pregnant women are recognised as a priority group for dental treatment and so a number of options are available at Northeast Health:

  • Pregnant women attending our antenatal clinic can have a free screen of the health of their teeth.
  • Pregnant women attending outpatient clinics can have a free dental health screen on the day of attendance or make another appointment at a suitable time.
  • Pregnant women who are health care card holders or pensioners can continue to use our dental service at a greatly reduced cost per visit.
  • Pregnant women who are not health care card holders or pensioners will be referred to a private dental practitioner.

Key messages for all pregnant women

Eat well

  • Your growing baby’s calcium demands are high so you should increase your own calcium consumption to compensate.
  • Eat calcium-enriched foods such as dairy or soy alternatives.
  • Eat a nutritious diet every day including fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and lean meats.
  • Try not to eat too many sweet foods.

Clean well

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Aim the bristles of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, towards the gum line.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.

Drink well

  • Drink lots of tap water, especially if it is fluoridated.
  • Drink non-sweetened dairy milk or calcium-fortified alternatives. Calcium is important for your baby’s bones and teeth.
  • Try not to drink too many sugary drinks.

It is recommended that your child has their first dental checkup between the age of 1 – 2 years.

Smiles for Miles

Smiles 4 Miles is an initiative of Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) which works in partnership with Northeast Health Wangaratta to improve the oral health of children, their families, and the wider community.

There are three key messages promoted through the Smiles 4 Miles program:

waterboy-says-drink-wellDrink well

  • Tap water is the preferred drink
  • Limit sugary drinks (especially between meals)
  • Choose plain milk over flavoured

 

munchgirl-says-eat-well

Eat well

  • Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods every day from the five food groups
  • Limit foods containing added sugars
  • Healthy meals and snacks are important for healthy teeth

 

brushboy-says-clean-wellClean well

  • Brush teeth and along the gum line twice a day
  • Children should use a low-fluoride children’s toothpaste from 18 months until they turn six
  • Don’t wait for a problem. A child should see a health professional (Maternal and Child
  • Health Nurse, Dentist, Oral Health Therapist, Dental Therapist or General Practitioner) by the age of two for an oral health check
  • An oral health professional will discuss a child’s risk level and how frequently they need to visit for an oral health check

Useful Links

Dental Health Services Victoria

Child Dental Benefits Scheme (Medicare)

Healthy Teeth Healthy Pregnancy