Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, a consultation with a Specialist is required prior to any surgical treatment being offered. It is important to sit down together and attain an accurate diagnosis to formalise a treatment plan that is suitable and appropriate. 

A referral is required from your dentist, dental specialist, medical GP or medical specialist prior to making your consultation appointment. Please let our staff know who your referring doctor is when making your appointment. 

An xray is not necessarily required for every patient. Often a patient’s dentist or dental specialist will have already performed an xray prior to the referral. If this is the case, please let our staff know when making your appointment, and we will be able to advise you if any further imaging is required. 

A portion of the consultation and sometimes the surgical fee will be able to be claimed by Medicare eligible patients. 

Varying private health funds will have different plans and benefits for their members. You will be provided with a list of treatment codes following your consultation appointment. It is best to discuss your entitlements directly with your private health fund. 

A dentist or dental surgeon has completed a dental degree, which allows them to perform general dentistry procedures.  

An Oral Surgeon is a dentist who has completed further University coursework (up to 3 years) to become an Oral Surgeon. 

A contemporaneously trained Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon has completed a dental as well as a medical degree and are registered Medical and Dental Specialists of the head and neck region. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are recognised by the government and the Australian Medical Council as specialists who can access Medicare rebates for their patients. They have worked as a junior medical doctor in the public hospital prior to commencing accredited Surgical College Registrar training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training culminates in passing the Fellowship Exams, and being awarded the FRACDS (OMS) from the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. The total duration of training takes on average 15 to 20 years. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons who qualified prior to 1995 did not have the requirement of completing a medical degree, and may have taken a different training pathway.