How do I manage to keep 60 demanding clinicians happy – all under the one roof?

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Danielle Collins

Practice Administrations Manager

Managing clinicians can be challenging ­– and it has taken me all of my 11-plus years with Smile Solutions to hone the skills involved. When I started as a junior receptionist in 2004, I never envisaged becoming the practice administrations manager nor the person in charge of some 30 general dentists, 16 Dental Board–registered specialists Read more...

How can I ease my anxiety about visiting the dentist?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

As Smile Solutions’ Managing Director, Dr Kia Pajouhesh can attest, visiting the dentist can sometimes be a nerve-wracking experience. In fact, as a nine-year-old, one of Dr Pajouhesh’s teeth was so badly rotted he needed a root canal. However, the dentist failed to make the tooth numb enough, and succeeded in causing damage. Dr Pajouhesh says Read more...

I need a root canal. How can a specialist endodontist help me?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

What is an Endodontist and what do they do? Specialist Endodontists are specialists in diagnosing and treating the pain caused from toothaches, damaged or diseased teeth. This type of pain can often be difficult to pinpoint because of the large amount of nerves in the mouth, and can sometimes be felt in another tooth, the head, Read more...

What is a periodontist?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

The team at Smile Solutions, along with our general dentists, hygienists, dental nurses and auxiliary staff, are also comprised of 20 board-registered specialists. Among these specialists are our periodontists. A periodontist is a dentist who specialises in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease (more commonly known as gum disease), and in the placement Read more...

Why I love managing children and their parents when they visit Smile Solutions

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Michelle Harrison

Paediatric Manager
Paediatric Care

I love that I have the opportunity to help support children, guide parents and create an ongoing rapport with families throughout their child’s dental journey, which is what ultimately gives me day-to-day satisfaction in my role as a Paediatric Manager. It can be a daunting experience for anyone when visiting the dentist, especially for young Read more...

Should my child wear a mouthguard?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

If you want to ensure your child’s teeth are protected while playing sports it’s advisable they wear a well-fitted mouthguard. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends all parents include mouthguards on the list of ‘must have’ items to keep in their child’s sports bags. “Many kids understand the need to wear a mouth protection for Read more...

What impact does wine have on my teeth?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

A recent study, published in the Australian Dental Journal, has revealed the impact of wine on teeth and the fact that drinking wine can cause damage to teeth within minutes. University of Adelaide researchers simulated the exposure to wine acid normally experienced by professional tasters and discovered just 10 one-minute episodes of wine tasting are Read more...

Is it time for a smile makeover?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

In the age of the selfie, unless you’re prepared to pull a ‘Zoolander’ in every photo or really commit to learning Photoshop – it might be time to think about smartening up your pearly not-so-whites with a smile makeover. No matter who you are, or what age you are – the good news is that Read more...

See a Smile Solutions orthodontist for a free consultation

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

An orthodontist is the most qualified person to diagnose, prevent and treat any problems you might have with the alignment of your teeth and jaw. In Australia, orthodontists hold a degree in dentistry, a masters degree in orthodontics and must be registered as a specialist orthodontist by the Australian Health and Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Read more...

Can I replace my amalgam fillings with porcelain fillings?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Patient question: I’d like to have my amalgam fillings removed and replaced with a porcelain filling, but some are quite large. Is this possible? Answer: Most people choose to replace silver or amalgam fillings with white or porcelain fillings, the most common type being composite or plastic resin. These are put into your teeth soft Read more...