What is the difference between a Dental Therapist and Dental Hygienist?

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Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

At Smile Solutions, our patients may receive part of their treatment from a Dental Therapist, a Dental Hygienist or a dual-qualified practitioner called an Oral Health Therapist who is qualified in both Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene.   The Dental Therapist A Dental Therapist is a practitioner who is responsible for the general dental care Read more...

5 things you should know about your new dentures

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Specialist Prosthodontist
Prosthodontic Care
BDS (Rand), MDent (Pros)

1. Wearing dentures is a learning curve So, you have received your new set of dentures to replace your missing teeth.
 Usually, the first set are immediate dentures. This is where missing teeth and existing teeth are replaced by dentures at the time the existing teeth are removed. Shrinkage of the gums and bone will occur Read more...

How safe are dental X-rays and when do they become unsafe?

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Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Dental X-rays play an important role in any dental treatment plan. There are a variety of different examinations, preventative and diagnostic, that allow clinicians a better understanding of each patient’s anatomy and needs. Dental imaging helps clinicians diagnose common problems such as gum disease, tooth and gum infections, cavities, and gauge bone density. Without imaging Read more...

Gum disease: can it be cured?

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Specialist Periodontist
Periodontal Care
B.D.Sc. (Birm), MClinDent (Lond),
PGDipCD (Melb), M.R.A.C.D.S (Perio)

Can gum disease be cured? This is an interesting question as there are multiple types of periodontal (gum) disease.   The most common variety of gum disease is what we call gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums (or gingiva) due to plaque at the gingival margins. Most patients have some gingivitis and this can be Read more...

MySmilePlan has arrived! Will you be paying with cash, card or payment plan today?

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Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

  Did you know you can now put your dental appointment on a payment plan? Whether it’s your next dental clean or your Invisalign® treatment, you can have what you want when you want it with MySmilePlan!   Interest free MySmilePlan payment plans are completely interest free. You are simply required to pay a 20% Read more...

Dental phobia: how can I ensure my child does not develop a fear of the dentist?

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Paediatric Care
BDSc (Adel), BScDent (Hons), DClinDent (Melb)

Dental phobia is a severe form of dental anxiety. It is characterized by distinct and persistent fear of clearly discernible situations resulting in avoidance of essential dental treatment or tolerating treatment with dread. Dental phobia significantly interferes with daily life. Some factors that have been shown to increase the likelihood of children developing anxiety-related behaviour Read more...

I have a toothache, what could be the cause?

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General Dental Care
BAppSc (Orth) Hons (Usyd), DDS (Melb)

There are a number of common causes of toothache which arise with different presentations of pain. Some of these include: An infection involving the nerve of the tooth, usually caused by dental decay that has been left to progress towards the nerve An infection involving the ligament and tissues that surround the tooth, usually caused Read more...

Dental fillings: porcelain, amalgam or composite resin?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (WA)

Dentistry has seen great changes in technology and materials used for dental fillings over the past few years. Let’s discuss the three main materials that have been used for fillings and how they differ from one another. Amalgam Amalgam silver-coloured dental fillings have been around since the 1800s. However, the type of material used today became Read more...

Dental Health Week 2018: Watch Your Mouth

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General Dental Care
BAppSc (Orth) Hons (Usyd), DDS (Melb)

Dental Health Week is upon us once again and this year the Australian Dental Association is saying Watch Your Mouth: Not just your teeth. Not just your gums. Your whole mouth. Here at Smile Solutions, we know you’ve heard it all before – brush and floss regularly, eat less sugar, and visit your dentist more Read more...