Dental hygienist vs dentist. What’s the difference?

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Jennifer Slattery

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

At Smile Solutions you will often find your dental needs being managed by more than one dental professional. This is because each of the practitioners you see is likely to have their own area of expertise. In seeing different practitioners, you are receiving the highest level of care, working towards the goal of achieving optimal Read more...

What options exist today for adults who want straight teeth without braces? And what can I expect to pay?

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Dr Stephanie Tang

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), MOrth (Hong Kong), MOrth (RCS Edin)

My patients often say to me, “I would like to straighten my teeth, but I don’t want traditional braces.” Traditional braces are usually made from stainless steel and are therefore silver in colour. It’s understandable that the appearance of such braces is undesirable for many adults, so I usually offer them the alternative of clear Read more...

What happens to teeth after veneers and will I ever get cavities?

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Dr Robert Ormerod

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

Most people have dental veneers to improve the appearance of their teeth and smiles. The cosmetic effect can be dramatic, with changes in shape, form, size and colour all contributing to a beautiful makeover. The best thing to do after you have your veneers placed is to sit back and enjoy them. Veneers are very Read more...

Types of malocclusion

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Dr Jesse Becker

Malocclusion is a common type of dental developmental anomaly that your dentist can help correct. Malocclusion can present in many forms. There are two main categories: tooth-related malocclusion (such as crooked, rotated, small or malformed teeth, and spaced teeth) and skeletal-related malocclusion – either overbite (prognathism), or underbite (retrognathism). Overbite is when the upper arch is positioned Read more...

Do I have to get a chipped tooth fixed?

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Dr Maliha Siddiqui

General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

The enamel that covers our teeth is the hardest, most mineralised tissue in our body. Despite this, abnormal wear and tear or traumatic injury may result in a chipped tooth or a broken tooth. Chips or fractures of the teeth can range from minor (when involving only the outer enamel layer) to severe (when involving Read more...

What are the advantages of root canal therapy vs tooth extraction and implant?

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Dr Artika Soma

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

Comparing root canal therapy (or endodontics) with tooth extraction and implant is like comparing a real limb with an artificial limb. It’s a no-brainer.  Unfortunately, the fallacies tend to drown out the facts when it comes to weighing up the relative merits of these treatments. I would like to clarify some of these fallacies to Read more...

What is a tooth abscess? Should I have it treated? If so, how?

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Dr Adam Sibio

General Dental Care
BBiomed (dist), DDS (Melb

There are two main types of tooth abscess: 1 periapical 2 periodontal. A periapical abscess arises at the root tip of the tooth and is generally due to infection of the nerve pulp that runs through the tooth. A periodontal abscess is an associated swelling or collection of pus in the surrounding gum tissue. Periapical Read more...

My child has a knocked out baby tooth: What do I do?

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Chatelle Wehi

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (LaTrobe)

You were carefully watching your child at the playground but then in the blink of an eye, there was a fall, a bleeding mouth and a missing baby tooth. This can be a heart-stopping occasion and it happens very frequently. As we know, kids will be kids and this does mean accidents happening. Luckily, the Read more...

I’ve heard a lot about acid wear. What is this and how can I avoid it?

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Dr Stephen Do

General Dental Care
BHSc (Dent), MDent (La Trobe)

What is acid wear? In the context of dentistry, acid wear is the loss of tooth structure caused by exposure to certain acids in the mouth. These acids start off by dissolving the outer surface of the tooth, called enamel. If the erosion progresses further into the middle layer of the tooth, known as dentine, Read more...