FAQs

Do I need a referral?

No.  No referral is required to obtain a consultation.  Simply contact us and we will schedule an appointment for you.

What treatment does a prosthodontist carry out?

A prosthodontist is a dentist who after graduating from dentistry has spent several further years of study and training to specialise in the area of prosthodontics.

Dr Rick Lazar has specialised in cosmetic dentistry, crowns, bridges, dental implants and the reconstruction of broken down dentitions.

What is the difference between a dentist, a prosthetist and a prosthodontist?

A prosthetist is a dental technician who usually has a year of further training to be able to carry out making dentures for the public.

A dentist has completed a higher university degree in dentistry.

A prosthodontist has firstly completed a dental undergraduate degree and this is subsequently followed by several years of post-graduate training and post-graduate qualification. Generally to become a prosthodontist takes approximately 9 or 10 years of university training and education.

Do you do whitening?

Yes, we do whitening, usually when it is required in combination with other aspects of the overall treatment plan.

Most general dentists carry out whitening of teeth. However sometimes whitening is not enough and this treatment is carried out in conjunction with other forms of treatment such as crowns, bridges or implants.

What happens at my first appointment?

At your first appointment we will examine your mouth and review your situation. We will also discuss with your what your concerns and goals are in relation to your mouth.

Depending on the complexity of your problems in many cases we can provide an estimate of the treatment you require and the associated fees for this at your first appointment. In some cases you may need a further appointment(s) to evaluate your problem and treatment requirements.

In all cases you will receive a written estimate of fees prior to the commencement of your treatment.

 

How and when do I pay?

  • Payments – the initial consultation fee is required at the time of your appointment.
  • If further assessment is needed, payment is usually required at the time of that appointment.
  • For crowns, bridges, veneers and implants  payment is via instalments and these will be outlined to you prior to commencement of treatment.
  • Payment can be made by cash, cheque and most credit cards.  Please note we do not have HiCaps and we are not a “preferred provider” for any health funds.

Do you have a laboratory on site?

Yes, we have a dental laboratory and ceramist on our premises and this has many advantages. Tim Du Toit, a master ceramist, is able to be present to select the shape and colour of your crowns, bridges and veneers. Together we can evaluate the size, shape and colour of the teeth and reconstructions you require, and discuss this with you further. This allows for your input to your requirements. It also means we can offer better quality control and faster turnaround time.