What is the difference between porcelain veneers and composite white fillings?

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Dr Jamie Foong

Specialist Prosthodontist
Prosthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), MDSc (Melb)

In cosmetic dentistry, stained, discoloured and mildly crooked teeth can be corrected using porcelain veneers or composite white fillings (or composite veneers), especially if patients do not want to have orthodontic treatment with braces. These treatments can also be used to increase the length and size of small teeth. Both composite and porcelain veneers involve Read more...

Broken files in root canal treatment

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Dr Kia Pajouhesh

Cosmetic and Restorative Care
BSc, BDSc (Melb)

One of the most common mishaps that can occur during root canal therapy is when the root canal instrument (commonly known as a file) fractures (or “separates”) inside the root canal. This is an inherent risk, particularly in patients whose root canals are severely curved and calcified and/or hard to access. The probability of an Read more...

What options exist today for adults who don’t want braces? And what can I expect to pay?

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Dr David Austin

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), MDS Orth (Hong Kong), MOrth RCSEdin

Traditionally, orthodontic treatment was only for children and young adults. It typically involved unattractive silver metal brackets and wires. Today, more and more adults want straight teeth but don’t want the self-consciousness that often comes with traditional orthodontic treatment. What options exist today for adults who don’t want braces? Fortunately, orthodontic treatment has progressed, so Read more...

What are the relative advantages of root canal therapy vs tooth extraction and implant?

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Dr Kia Pajouhesh

Cosmetic and Restorative Care
BSc, BDSc (Melb)

Often a badly broken-down tooth can be saved with root canal treatment rather than being lost forever to extraction. That way, you get to keep your own tooth – always the best solution from a dental perspective. Not only that; compared with teeth replacement, root canal therapy usually costs less. However, while the success rate Read more...

Dental Health and General Wellbeing

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Dr Yasmin Coulthard

General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

The link between our dental health and our general wellness is a strong one, for two reasons. Firstly, our mouth is the main entry into our body of anything – good or bad – and therefore plays an important role in keeping our body healthy. Secondly, the condition of our mouth itself affects the condition Read more...

Teeth Whitening versus Porcelain Veneers

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Dr Kaoutar Marhfour

General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

There’s no denying that a beautiful bright smile is a valuable asset. However, a great smile is usually more than a matter of shade alone. The most dazzling smiles are usually due to a harmonious combination of shade, shape, size and position of the teeth and surrounding soft tissues. If you are one of the Read more...

Home Teeth Whitening versus Having Your Teeth Whitened at the Dentist

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Dr Kaoutar Marhfour

General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

If your pearly whites are looking a little more like fifty shades of grey, or yellow, don’t lose heart. At Smile Solutions we can offer you several options to help you achieve a whiter, brighter, more beautiful smile. Before we delve into these options, let’s talk about DIY teeth whitening. OFF-THE-SHELF TEETH WHITENING Let’s face Read more...

Can a dental abscess affect your general health?

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Dr Carina Hallier

General Dentist Care
BDS (Cardiff), MJDF, RCS (Lond),
PGDipCD (Melbourne)

The short answer is Yes. This is because, although the manifestation is localised, the implications of dental abscess for general health can range from significant to serious. A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms in your teeth or gums as a result of a bacterial infection. The main symptom of dental abscess Read more...

What costs are involved in Invisalign treatment?

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Dr Kia Pajouhesh

Cosmetic and Restorative Care
BSc, BDSc (Melb)

Most general dentists and specialist orthodontists in Australia offer Invisalign. However, the cost of Invisalign can vary between clinicians, depending on the experience and specialisation of the practitioner you choose.   The difference lies in whether you choose to see a specialist or a general dentist. Specialists in this field are called orthodontists, and you Read more...

Bridge vs Implant for a Single-tooth Replacement

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Dr Madeline Sinclair

General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

A full healthy dentition (or sequence of teeth) is desirable for both function and aesthetics. When a single tooth is congenitally missing or is lost due to trauma or disease, one remedy is to replace it with either a fixed dental bridge or a tooth implant. A fixed dental bridge, put simply, is a non-removable Read more...