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...

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...

Composite bonding: will it look natural and how long will it last?

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General Dental Care
BDS (Otago)

What is Composite Bonding? Composite bonding involves the use of tooth-coloured synthetic resin, which bonds to the tooth. This material is shaped to the desired form and hardened with a special light. Veneers using composite material can improve your smile by: Filling chipped teeth or cavities caused by decay Masking stained teeth Changing the shape or 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...