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
BDSc (WA)

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...

The benefits of a CR filling

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Dr Madeline Sinclair

General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

Composite resin (or CR) has become increasingly commonly used for fillings due to advances in both techniques and materials, as well as patients’ expectations of natural-looking teeth. CR is a resin-based material made up of a mixture of powdered glass and plastic and it offers a number of advantages over other dental materials. The benefits Read more...

Should I have dental treatment while pregnant?

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Dr Silvia Ciach

General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

It is a natural priority for any mother-to-be to avoid any actions that could put her unborn child at risk. As a mother of a toddler, I can relate to this; I still remember the limitations and trepidation I felt when I realised I was no longer feeding, treating or medicating just my own body Read more...

What’s new in cosmetic dentistry?

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Dr Peter Henderson

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

Learning and advancing are a career-long process for dentists as health professionals. Personally, I find it exciting that advances in materials science and digital technology are allowing us to predictably produce smiles that enhance both dental health and aesthetics. In the past it was standard practice in cosmetic dentistry for practitioners to decide almost unilaterally Read more...

Taking care of your child’s dental health

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

An important step in children’s dentistry involves introducing children to the dentist from the age of three and getting them familiar with the experience from a young age, which can help make going to the dentist later in life a less stressful experience. This can be an important step towards creating lifelong habits of good Read more...