Why see an oral & maxillofacial surgeon?

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Dr Patrishia Bordbar

Specialist Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
B.D.Sc. (Melb), M.B.B.S (Hons) (Melb), PGDip.Surg.Anat (Melb), M.D.Sc (OMS) (Melb), F.R.A.C.D.S (OMS)

Oral & maxillofacial surgery is a complex specialty that combines dentistry, medicine and surgery. The speciality deals with the surgical management of teeth, mouth, face and jaw conditions ­– including defects, injuries and aesthetic reconstruction. You may be referred to see an oral & maxillofacial surgeon for a number of conditions, including the following: Removal Read more...

Mini implants versus standard dental implants

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Dr Constantine Ong

Specialist Periodontist
Periodontal Care
BDS (Brist) MFDS RCS (Eng) MClinDent (Lond) MRD RCS (Eng)

A dental implant is a titanium post which replaces your tooth root. This is surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath the gum line and allows your clinician to mount a replacement tooth (crown) or a bridge to replace the missing tooth/teeth or fill gaps in your mouth. As the implants are fixed or fused with Read more...

What are the stages of dental caries?

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Jane Gleeson

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (La Trobe)

Dental caries is the technical term for dental decay. It is caused by acid-producing bacteria that live in our mouths and cause erosion of the tooth enamel. Many different types of bacteria live in the human mouth and accumulate on the surfaces of the teeth in a sticky film called plaque. Plaque is more likely Read more...

Options for improving the look for my smile

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Dr Peter Henderson

General and Cosmetic Dental Care
BDSc (Melb), LDS (Vic)

If you are wanting to improve the appearance of your smile, the cosmetic dentistry techniques needed depend on what the problems are. Numerous factors go into making what, in our culture, we see as beautiful smiles. Here I discuss some of them. Plaque-free teeth and healthy pink gums Red, inflamed, bloated gum – gingivitis – Read more...

Improve your smile with teeth whitening to celebrate World Smile Day 2017

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

World Smile Day is the first Friday of October (this year Friday 6th October) and what better way to prepare than to get your smile looking its best. We have a lot of patients who come in for teeth whitening treatment, as it is the quickest, and least invasive, way to improve the look of your Read more...

What are the different types of Invisalign, and what are the differences in cost?

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Dr Stephanie Tang

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), MOrth (Hong Kong), MOrth (RCS Edin)

During consultations some adult patients tell me “I can’t have any kind of braces, not even clear braces.” In these cases I recommend Invisalign, which is a set of clear aligners that are removable. These clear aligners should be worn for 22 hours per day, including while sleeping, only being removed for eating and for Read more...

Home whitening/charcoal whitening – Does it work? Is it safe?

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Dr Madeleine Hoopmann

General Dental Care
BDSc (Adel)

Everyone wants to have a nice smile – and teeth whitening, in particular, is one fairly easy way to improve the look of your teeth. There are quite a few over-the-counter teeth whitening products on the market, with charcoal whitening being the new trend in the field. Charcoal whitening claims to be a natural form Read more...

What are the differences between porcelain fillings and composite fillings?

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Dr Jacques Theron

General Dental Care
BChD (Pret)

When it comes to dental fillings, patients’ expectations have increased in recent times. Nowadays, aesthetics rank highly among these expectations and are for some patients the main reason for visiting a dentist in the first place. In order to mask or hide fillings on teeth, it is imperative that our filling material should mimic the Read more...

The benefits of fluoride

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Krista Peek

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Qld)

The use of fluoride has become a debated health topic over the last decade.  I personally choose to use it and have recommended its use to my patients, friends and family. This recommendation comes from my understanding of the research and from clinical experience.  Dental professionals and the public have known for decades that using fluoride Read more...

How should I look after my braces?

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Sarah Lawrence

Orthodontic Dental Therapy
BHlthSc (Otago)

Braces are the most common form of appliance used in orthodontic treatment. As they are fixed or bonded to your teeth and are not removable, it can be a challenge to keep them clean and maintain optimal dental hygiene. While undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces, you can use several recommended protocols in your daily routine, Read more...