What does root canal treatment involve and how much does it cost?

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Dr Artika Soma

Specialist Endodontist
Endodontic Care
BDS (Otago), DClinDent (Otago)

Every tooth consists of at least one root, a nerve inside that root, and the tooth structure visible above the gum line. An infection in the nerve (or pulp) of a tooth is a painful condition that cannot be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, it can spread to the jaw bone and cause potentially Read more...

Diabetes and oral health

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Dr Peter Henderson

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

Many people know that diabetes adds to the risk of heart disease and heart attack, stroke, vision loss, infections, loss of sensation, gangrene and lower limb loss – amongst other things. Perhaps fewer people know about the implications for dental and oral health, which are as follows. 1) PERIODONTAL DISEASE (gum and jawbone disease) This Read more...

What is dental erosion and how is it addressed?

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Naomi Hoopmann

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Adel)

A common finding during our dental examinations at Smile Solutions is dental erosion. This condition arises when the dental enamel on the tooth surface has dissolved. Any affected tooth can have worn-down surfaces and appear shorter. Clinical signs of dental erosion can range from slight loss of tooth surface to extensive loss of tissue, with Read more...

How does the Child Dental Benefits Schedule operate?

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Dr Kia Pajouhesh

Cosmetic and Restorative Care
BSc, BDSc (Melb)

Under the Australian Government’s Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS), more than 3 million children will now be eligible for dental care funded by Medicare. The CDBS, which took effect on 1 January 2014, provides families with up to $700 worth of basic dental treatment in any two calendar–year period for each child aged 2 to Read more...

Questions often asked about sleep dentistry & what you can expect to pay

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Dr Benjamin Scott

General Dental Care
Conscious Sedation in Dentistry
BDSc, Dip

Why sedation? People are often a little apprehensive when they visit their dentist – and while most people overcome this fear, many do not. Dental phobia is extremely common but it no longer needs to be a barrier to dental treatment. Sedation dentistry, often misleadingly called “sleep dentistry”, makes patients feel more relaxed and at Read more...

Introducing Collins Street’s first-ever Invisalign Shop

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Christina Melas

Orthodontic Dental Therapy
Dip.OHT (Melb)

Traditionally, dental practices have been hidden away coyly in the back rooms and upper floors of city buildings. Patients have had to “go to the dentist”, but now the dentist comes to them – right at ground level on Melbourne’s busiest intersection! For 12 years Melbourne’s Smile Solutions has treated patients to quality, holistic dentistry Read more...

Top Ten Teeth Tips

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Dr Madeline Sinclair

General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

1. Brush teeth twice a day for two minutes Make sure you concentrate the bristles of the toothbrush along the gum line as this is where plaque tends to collect. 2. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush Gum recession as a result of using a toothbrush with medium or hard bristles is a major cause of tooth Read more...

The stages of dental caries or dental decay

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Dr Maliha Siddiqui

General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

From when we are very young, we are told to brush our teeth twice a day, control our sugar intake and floss regularly – otherwise, we will get cavities. But what is a cavity? And is the drill-and-fill method the only way of treating dental caries? Actually decay – or dental caries – is a Read more...

Preventing tooth decay and cavities in children

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Naomi Hoopmann

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Adel)

The questions parents most often ask about preventing tooth decay and cavities in children. Concerning statistics from the 2011 Child Dental Health Survey show that almost half of Australian children aged 5 and 6 have one or more cavities in their baby teeth, while one in ten children of all ages have more than seven cavities. Answers to the Read more...