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Membership FAQs

  • Q
    I have just been on an implant training course and want to know when I can start to place implants?
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    You will need to change your membership category via SDA or directly with Dental Protection, and as soon as your change has been agreed and confirmed you can start offering consultations and treatment. Remember the treatment involves making the diagnosis and determining a treatment plan. You can make a change like this mid-year if you start undertaking those procedures, although the higher subscription rate will be applied to the full membership year when calculating the additional subscription you are required to pay.
  • Q
    I have just been on a short training course for short term orthodontics, when can I start treating patients?
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    You will need to change your membership category via SDA or directly with Dental Protection, and as soon as your change has been agreed and confirmed you can start offering consultations and treatment. Remember the treatment involves making the diagnosis and determining a treatment plan. You can make a change like this mid-year if you start undertaking those procedures, although the higher subscription rate will be applied to the full membership year when calculating the additional subscription you are required to pay.
  • Q
    Will orthodontic post-graduates who have completed the course but have yet to be formally registered on the Specialist Register, come under 1SP?
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    Yes, until their orthodontic specialist qualification is registered, and then they may revert to YD3.
  • Q
    I only carry out removable aligner type treatments. Do I have to pay the 1SP subscription?
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    Aligner treatment is considered to be “orthodontic treatment” because the tooth movement is orthodontic movement, therefore you will need to pay a subscription at the 1SP level. This would not apply where you are a registered orthodontic specialist in Singapore.
  • Q
    I do not place implants although I restore implants placed by colleagues with crowns and bridges and other prostheses. Do I have to pay the 1SP subscription?
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    No, the surgical placement of implants represents the additional risk that concerns us at the present time. 
  • Q
    If I am paying insufficient subscriptions and a claim is made, what assistance can I have?
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    In order to benefit from membership it is imperative that you are in the correct membership category. The entitlement to make a request for assistance is only valid if you are paying the correct subscription. It is very unlikely that a request for assistance when a member is in the incorrect category will be authorised.
  • Q
    I place implants in the maxilla and sometimes I need to place a little bone graft material just under the sinus lining. Which category do I need to be in?
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    2SP. Any deliberate interference with the bony margins of the maxillary sinus when placing implants, with or without bone grafting represents an increased risk and you will need to be in the 2SP category. 
  • Q
    I harvest bone from the iliac crest or rib to augment the alveolar bone. What category do I need to be in?
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    3SP. You need to be a registered oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is trained and competent to carry out this procedure, and you will need to be in the 3SP category. 

  • Q
    I don’t carry out these Specified Procedures very often. Can I continue to pay the basic subscription, and ‘top up’ my subscription payment each time I carry out these procedures?
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    No. Our subscriptions are calculated to apply to a full membership year, so if at any time during that year you will be carrying out Specified Procedures, you need to be in the correct membership category for that entire year. 
  • Q
    I don’t place implants or carry out maxillo-facial procedures, but I do use bone grafting in association with other dento-alveolar procedures. Do I need to move in to any of the new ‘SP’ categories?
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    No.
  • Q
    I am a GP who practices orthodontics. Can you explain what is provided under the YD3 grade?
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    Membership under the category of YD3 allows members to request assistance from us for matters arising from general dentistry, but excluding specified procedures.  If you do not have a registrable specialist qualification in orthodontics, you would need to move to 1SP in order to be able to request access to indemnity provision for orthodontic treatment. 

  • Q
    Will there be an equivalent part-time grade to the new categories 1SP and 2SP?
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    No, if you are carrying out the specified procedures at all, you need to be in the 1SP or 2SP category regardless of the number of hours you are engaged in carrying out these procedures.

  • Q
    If I do implants and/or orthodontics, as well as aesthetic procedures like Botox, which category should I be in?
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    Both 1SP and 2SP include the right to request indemnity for facial aesthetic treatment as defined in the GBF category.
  • Q
    Will either 1SP or 2SP include aesthetic procedures as well?
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    Yes, both 1SP and 2SP include the right to request indemnity for facial aesthetic treatment as defined in the GBF category.
  • Q
    Will Dental Protection be raising the subscriptions of dentists who have repeated claims?
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    Subscriptions are assessed on an individual basis, and take into account a member’s risk profile and/or claims experience.
  • Q
    Is paediatric dentistry counted as 1SP?
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    No. This is YD3 unless orthodontic treatment is being carried out (using any kind of appliance).