What are the different types of dental implants?

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Specialist Periodontist
Periodontal Care
BDS (Brist) MFDS RCS (Eng) MClinDent (Lond) MRD RCS (Eng)

Dental implants A dental implant is a made up of a titanium (or zirconia) post which replaces your tooth root and is surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gum. This allows your dentist to fit a replacement tooth (or crown) or a bridge to replace the missing tooth/teeth or gaps in your mouth. As Read more...

Will my composite bonding look natural and how long will it last?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (WA)

What is Composite Bonding? Composite bonding involves the use of tooth-coloured synthetic resin, which bonds to your tooth.  Composite resin dental material is shaped to the desired form and hardened with a special light. Composite can be used to fill chipped teeth or cavities caused by decay, to mask stained teeth, to change the shape Read more...

If enamel is the hardest substance in the body, why do teeth break?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

Why do teeth break? Teeth are made up of four main substances; Enamel Dentine Cementum Pulp Enamel is the mineral layer which covers the outside of the crown of the tooth and is the hardest substance in the human body. Despite enamel being so strong, teeth are still at risk of breaking.   Factors which Read more...

How Do I Prevent Dental Decay?

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Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

Dental decay is the process by which the hard outer layer of a tooth – the enamel ­– is broken down and the softer inside layer – called dentine – becomes infected by bacteria.    Once dental decay has occurred, the only way to correct it is by removing the rotting tooth material and replacing Read more...

What does root canal therapy involve and is it painful?

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Specialist Endodontist
Endodontic Care
DDS, Grad.Dip.Dent, DClinDent, PhD, MRACDS (Endo)

Back in the old days, having root canal therapy could be quite a traumatic experience, especially before the advent of anaesthetics. As a consequence, root canal treatment has had a bad rap ever since. However, with technological advancements and new understandings in physiology and pharmacology, this kind of treatment is no longer traumatic. In fact, Read more...

3 oral hygiene tips you need to know

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Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BSc (Curtin)

Good oral health is not only important to your appearance but also essential for your overall physical health. Good oral hygiene helps prevent a variety of different dental problems. Even a healthy mouth is full of bacteria, most of which is harmless. Daily brushing and regular flossing, coupled with the body’s strong immune system, keeps that Read more...

How long do dental fillings last?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

Often, when a tooth is physically damaged from decay or trauma, dental fillings are used to replace lost structure. As dentists, we try maximise the lifespan of all fillings by using the best materials placed under ideal working conditions. However, everything in dentistry has a finite lifespan and fillings are no different. A commonly asked Read more...

How do I floss when I have braces?

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Orthodontic Dental Therapy
BHlthSc (Otago)

Many patients having orthodontic treatment understand that extra care is needed when brushing and flossing with braces in place. Yet a commonly asked question is “How do I floss with the wire in the way?” Quite simply, you have to somehow get the floss under the wire. One of the ways of passing dental floss under Read more...