Dental Tourism – the pitfalls

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Dr Kia Pajouhesh

Cosmetic and Restorative Care
BSc, BDSc (Melb)

The increasing trend of Australians seeking dental treatment overseas, lured by the promise of cheaper fees coupled with a chance to recover pool-side at a resort is fraught with risks for many reasons – from private health insurance issues to health and safety concerns. Read our guide below before you decide to book your trip. Read more...

Why is the microscope so crucial in endodontic treatment carried out by a registered specialist?

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Dr Artika Soma

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

Endodontic treatment or Root canal treatment is a familiar concept for many dental patients. It has often been described as the epitome of discomfort, made worse by urban legends giving endodontics a bad name. This field of dentistry is also associated with the highest number of litigations in the Victorian dental industry. Why is this Read more...

Who should I see for dental and teeth implants, and are these costly?

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Dr Kia Pajouhesh

Cosmetic and Restorative Care
BSc, BDSc (Melb)

The teeth implants cost factors relate to the fact that they involve two stages: a surgical component, where the titanium fixture or rod is placed in your jaw bone under your gum; and a restoration component, where a crown is installed onto this implant fixture. There is no field of specialisation exclusively covering dental implants, so Read more...

Dental Cavities. How does your diet affect your teeth?

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Chatelle Wehi

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (LaTrobe)

To prevent dental cavities and dental erosion, it’s important to understand the role of your diet – that is, what you eat and how often you eat it. In ancient cultures such as those of Greece, India, China and Egypt it was widely believed that a “tooth-worm” tunnelled a hole through a tooth and would Read more...

What are the advantages of a Cerec filling over a conventional resin filling?

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Dr Thorsten Dannheimer

General Dental Care
BChD (Pret), Dip.Odont (Oral Surgery) (Pret)

Today, with modern technology, we can offer the patient top-quality long-lasting fillings in a matter of one hour. The ever-increasing demand for aesthetic restorations (white fillings), together with increased longevity, has led to great advances in certain dental materials like porcelain. Porcelain fillings nowadays are made mostly chair- side, while you wait. The advantage of Read more...

How do I know if I have gum disease?

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Dr Rory Nolan

Specialist Periodontist
Periodontal Care
BA, BDentSc(Dub), MFDS RCSEng, MFD RCSIre,
DChDent(Perio), CertEFP, FFD(Perio) RCSIre

Gum disease, or gingivitis, is a common condition which affects most of us at some stage of our lives. It is an inflammatory response of the gum tissues to bacterial plaque buildup. Periodontal disease, or periodontitis, is a condition affecting about a third of the population, with a third of those in turn affected by Read more...

Why is Invisalign so appealing?

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Dr Martin Poon

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), Cert Orth MS (Uni of Penn)

For a very long time, metal braces were the preferred option among orthodontists for straightening patients’ teeth and bite. These braces are the tried and proven method, but the so-called “railway tracks” are not always well received, especially by adults (for obvious aesthetic reasons). Attempts to improve the appearance of braces over time have yielded Read more...

What is the ideal daily routine for oral hygiene?

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Isabelle Sayers

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

As you stand in the dental products section of your supermarket or pharmacy, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the vast array of products on offer. The wide range of brushes, flosses, mouthwashes and other oral health care products prompts the question “Do I need all of these products for a healthy mouth?” Many of Read more...

Finding a dentist online in Australia

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Dr Kia Pajouhesh

Cosmetic and Restorative Care
BSc, BDSc (Melb)

I’m often asked for tips on how someone wanting to find a dentist online can differentiate between genuine experts and clever marketing. First I should point out that almost any dentist can claim to be an expert, or even claim to have expertise in most fields of dentistry. There’s a difference between dentistry and medicine Read more...