FAQs

We are completely focused on helping our patients achieve functional and beautiful smiles in line with their dental desires, and with complex treatments come complex questions

This is why we have compiled our most frequently asked questions to help answer common questions to do with our practice, specific treatment and the results we can achieve.

Where can I find a dental specialist in Adelaide?

Dr Arnis Lidums from Lidums Dental in Adelaide is a qualified prosthodontist and has undergone specialist training in order to be recognised as a dental specialist

Dr Lidums has been specially trained in further dental specialisations with a Masters Degree Dental Surgery and is registered on the Australian Dental Board as a prosthodontist. This allows Dr Lidums and his team, which is made up of dental hygienists, dental prosthetists, technicians, prosthodontists and a specialist anaesthetist, to provide high quality treatments combined with an unsurpassed level of care.

What is the All-On-4 or ‘teeth in a day’ procedure?

The All-On-4 implant bridge is an innovative predictable procedure which has been developed to enhance our patients’ experience and completely eliminate the need for dentures

In just one day, our patients can replace old or missing teeth with implants that have fixed teeth attached. We completely redesigned our entire practice in order to provide the best quality and total reliability throughout all stages of the All-On-4 procedure.

With this in mind we offer the All-On-4 treatment, which comes with many beneficial features:

  • No dentures
  • Only 4 implants per jaw (unless poor bone)
  • No period without fixed teeth
  • The entire procedure can be done at one location
  • Performed under Sedation/General Anaesthetic
  • Less recovery time
  • High success rate

What else is available other than dentures to restore my smile?

Did you know that on third of Australians over the age of 65 have no teeth?

If you have lost an entire arch of teeth you are not alone! At Lidums Dental we understand traditional dentures provide an often uncomfortable and unstable solution to missing teeth, and knowing this we provide some more satisfying alternatives.

For the loss of singular or multiple teeth we are able to provide dental implants, which are essentially small titanium screws that are inserted into the site of tooth loss.

For full arches of lost teeth we are able to provide full arch restoration or the All-On-4 procedure.

Do you offer solutions for anxious patients?

Yes, at Lidums Dental we cater for anxious patients through high quality care and our sedation options

For shorter appointments and lighter treatments, we are able to combat dental anxiety with sedative medication such as Valium, or with laughing gas (nitrous oxide). Through these methods the patient is fully awake, however are much more comfortable and do not experience as much pain.

How is Lidums Dental different from other dental practices?

We have established our dental practice to be more like a boutique and centre for excellence, where you can gain the care you need combined with advanced technology and unparalleled care

At Lidums Dental, our main aspiration is not just to fix or replace your teeth; we consider the longevity of your smile and its impact on your wellbeing and confidence. Our professional rooms are like a dental boutique where all elements are designed to achieve superior results.

Our dedicated facility allows our dental professionals to achieve consistent outstanding results through innovative, state-of-the-art techniques.

Will I have to go to hospital for complex treatments?

Our dental boutique is purposefully designed to provide IV sedation or general anaesthetic

With a day-stay surgical suite to provide a safe environment for patients, you can be sure you are in the best possible hands throughout your treatment. This also means our patients typically do not require a hospital stay, and all aspects of dental treatment can be performed in a streamlined approach at our Adelaide dental practice. However depending on your preferences, condition and recommendations by our esteemed dental professionals, you may require a hospital stay. Our elite team will discuss this with you.

Why would I choose to have my treatment carried out by a prosthodontist?

As a Prosthodontist has undergone years of additional intensive training and education, and a Prosthodontist is a recognised Dental Specialist, unlike “Cosmetic Dentists”, you can be assured you are receiving treatment which takes into account the overall stability of your bite, maximum function and optimum aesthetics.

What is a Prosthodontist? (pronounced Prost-o-don-tist)

A Prosthodontist is a registered Dental Specialist committed to the improvement of function and appearance of teeth through the reconstruction of teeth, the replacement of missing teeth and adjacent oral and facial tissues and the rehabilitation and maintenance of oral health.

A Prosthodontist has completed an additional three years of intensive postgraduate study, research and training enabling them to provide complex restorative treatment at an advanced level.

What does this mean for you?

It means when you see a Prosthodontist, you are under the care of someone who has undergone the right education to provide you an understanding of what is really happening in your mouth and provide you with stable long-term solutions.

Dental reconstruction sounds expensive, how can I afford it?

At Lidums Dental we are flexible with our treatment plans so you can gain the care you need that fits to your budget

Most plans are suited to your particular priorities or financial circumstances, and our friendly team will provide plenty of information for you to assist your decision.

If finances are a concern, we are able to offer staged treatment

Rather than pay a large lump sum upfront, you may prefer to undergo ‘staged treatment’ which allows you to undergo stages of dental treatment over a longer period of time so you can benefit from the same stable and beautiful results, while paying only for the treatment you receive within each stage. In the short-term, it is possible to address most urgent needs only, then moving on to minor needs later.

Do I get a rebate from my health fund for my dental treatment?

Yes you do. Your health fund membership is an agreement between you and your chosen health fund, therefore any questions regarding rebates for dental treatment should remain strictly between the patient and their health fund. We can provide you with the relevant item numbers and fee’s prior to your treatment should you wish to check this prior to commencing treatment.

Private Health Fund Rebates

If you have dental cover, your proposed treatment falls largely under the ‘Major Dental’ category, and most patients receive their annual limit (that is on average in the vicinity of $600 – $2,000), regardless of the extent of procedures. To understand your annual limit for ‘Major Dental’ please contact your health fund provider.

Are you part of the preferred provider scheme?

No, we do not participate in the preferred provider scheme. We operate completely independently of health funds. The preferred provider schemes do not allow you to see the dental provider of your choice. Your annual rebate limits do not change whether you see a preferred provider or not.

Stated in the Australian Dental Association (ADA) website, “As all members of a fund will pay identical premiums, eligibility for rebates should also be identical. To increase a rebate available to one member who chooses to use a Health fund preferred provider discriminates financially against the member who chooses to maintain a dentist patient relationship that may have existed for years. Your fund should allow you to choose your dentist. There is now evidence available that some health funds are using the opportunity of discussing written estimates of costs of treatments with their members to deliberately attempt to redirect patients to the funds’ contracted (preferred provider) dentists. This practice is discouraging patients from using their dentist of choice and may compromise the quality of care to be delivered to you.”

Do I get any rebates from Medicare?

Do I get any rebates from Medicare?

There are no rebates for dental treatment through Medicare. If you are having a procedure carried out under general anaesthesia, there is a rebate applicable for the anaesthetist fees. The anaesthetist can advise you further regarding the rebates.

Please click here for further information on Medicare rebates for general anaesthesia and click here to learn more about how rebates apply to your particular situation.