Treatment of malocclusion

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Dr Yasmin Coulthard

General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

Occlusion simply means the area of contact between teeth. More technically, it is the relationship or alignment between the maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) teeth when they come into proximity either during chewing or at rest. Ideally, your teeth should fit easily within your mouth without any crowding or spacing. Also, none of your teeth should be rotated or Read more...

How can I get whiter teeth?

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Dr Lan Ngo

General Dental Care
BBiomed (Melb), DDS (Melb)

First of all, it is important to understand what causes tooth discoloration in the first place. The outermost layer of your teeth is enamel. Most of us start out with thick, sparkling white porcelain-like enamel. With age, enamel usually becomes worn down and more transparent, allowing the yellow colour of the next layer, dentine, to Read more...

What are CEREC fillings?

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Dr Maliha Siddiqui

General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

Let’s face it: no one likes having a dental filling. Every time a filling, or “restoration”, is placed on a tooth, we commit the tooth to a restoration cycle. Unfortunately no material in dentistry lasts forever and so, in many cases, fillings need to be maintained and replaced over time. The ideal material for a Read more...

Implant versus bridge for a single tooth replacement

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Dr Robert Ormerod

Specialist Prosthodontist
Prosthodontic Care
BDS (Rand), MDent (Pros)

Almost everyone looking to replace a missing tooth wants to know “What is better for me? A dental implant or a dental bridge?” First, it’s useful to understand exactly what each of these involves. A tooth implant consists of a dental implant crown and a dental implant abutment (supporting structure), whereas a dental bridge consists Read more...

What should I do in a dental emergency?

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Dr Sandie Copland

General Dental Care
BAppSc (Orth) Hons (Usyd), DDS (Melb)

In most instances, it is best to address a dental emergency promptly by seeing your dentist. If after hours, you can call Smile Solutions on 13 13 96 (or to seek advice from one of our practitioners call 0400 369 359), or visit the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital, both of which provide emergency dentistry. In Read more...

The risk of broken files during root canal treatment

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Dr Chankhrit Sathorn

Specialist Endodontist
Endodontic Care
DDS, Grad.Dip.Dent, DClinDent, PhD, MRACDS (Endo)

In root canal treatment, as with any medical and dental procedures, there is always the risk of complications. One of the inherent risks in root canal therapy is broken instruments. Dentists use metal instruments known as files to remove infected tissues in the root canal and prepare the canals to the desired shape. Of necessity, Read more...

Fluoridated water – Is it good for you?

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Dr Fiona Kelly

General Dental Care

About 70 per cent of Australian households have fluoride in their drinking water. The benefits of fluoridated water were first recognised in 1953 and fluoride was added to the water supply in most Australian states between the 1960s and 1970s. The advantages of fluoridated water are considered so great that the leading national public health Read more...

How much are invisible braces?

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Christina Melas

Orthodontic Dental Therapy
Dip.OHT (Melb)

When orthodontics comes to mind most people think of the “train tracks” analogy and immediately picture a mouth filled with metal. However, constant innovations in orthodontic treatment have enabled specialists to move teeth with less visibility and, importantly, more affordably than ever. At Smile Solutions, specialist orthodontists provide a full range of orthodontic services and Read more...

What is the best way to treat TMJ?

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Dr Alex (Yingzhi) Xu

General Dental Care
BDS (Otago)

The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the joint on either side of the jaw that enables the jaw to open, close, move from side to side and move forwards. Our temporomandibular joints are subject to a disorder known as TMJ disorder (or TMJ for short), which can affect just one or both joints. What are Read more...

How do I clean my teeth if I have braces?

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Natalie Parkes

Orthodontic Dental Therapy
Dip. OHT (Melb), Adv.Dip DentPros (Melb)

Getting braces is a milestone for many people in reaching their dream smile. In order to achieve the best outcome, it is very important to look after your teeth during any orthodontic treatment. Braces and orthodontic wires are prone to accumulating plaque and food debris, simply because they act as an area for plaque and Read more...