How do I know if I need a filling?

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Dr Adam Sibio

General Dental Care
BBiomed (dist), DDS (Melb

In general, a dental filling is used to restore tooth structure that is lost, decayed or damaged. In many instances, patients realise that they need a filling because either their tooth has sustained dental trauma, or they can see dental decay or tooth structure loss, or they can feel decay or a broken or worn-down Read more...

Why would my dentist refer me to an orthodontist?

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Dr Stephen Do

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

An orthodontist is a specialist dentist who prevents the occurrence of, or treats, inappropriately positioned teeth and jaws. As part of any comprehensive oral examination of a child or an adult, dentists perform an orthodontic assessment and may make a referral to an orthodontist based on their findings. In children, orthodontic problems can usually be recognised Read more...

What is holistic dentistry?

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Dr Adam Sibio

General Dental Care
BBiomed (dist), DDS (Melb

What is holistic dentistry? Holistic dentistry (biological dentistry) is an alternative method to conventional dentistry, which revolves around the assertion that the body should be treated as a whole, and any one change has the ability to impact the entire unit. Conventional dentistry generally deals solely with the head and neck region, with the major Read more...

How does tooth decay develop?

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Dr Stephen Do

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

Tooth decay is a dental disease process in which oral bacteria produce acids that remove minerals from the tooth. It may also be known as cavities, holes or caries. For dental decay to occur, the decay-causing bacteria need to be in contact with the teeth and have a source of food. Bacteria are able to attach Read more...

I’m looking to get a dental bridge to replace a tooth. What are the different types and how do I choose?

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Dr Mihika Vajpayee

General Dental Care
BSc, DDS (Melb)

Dental bridges are appliances that “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They are made up of one or more crowns for the teeth adjacent to the gap, along with a false tooth or teeth attached. These anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and the false teeth are called pontics. The latter can be Read more...

My mouth is always dry – why is this and does it affect my teeth?

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Dr Adam Sibio

General Dental Care
BBiomed (dist), DDS (Melb

Dry mouth (or xerostomia) is a common complaint in dental patients, with many possible physiological and pathological conditions being the cause. Dry mouth associated with reduced functioning of the salivary glands can be a major nuisance in a patient’s day-to-day life. Also, the reduced saliva levels can be associated with disease of the hard and Read more...

What are the different types of dentures (partial vs full vs implant retained, metal vs plastic)?

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Dr Stephen Do

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

  A denture is a removable prosthetic device used to replace missing teeth and associated gum loss. Dentures are also known by other names – such as false teeth, plates or flippers. Dentures can be either partial (replacing one or more teeth) or full (replacing all teeth in one jaw or both jaws). What are Read more...

What are ceramic braces?

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Dr Hashmat Popat

If you are thinking about having your teeth straightened with braces, as a specialist orthodontist I have good news for you! Braces don’t have to be associated with traditional metal smiles. Ceramic braces could be the ideal way for you to enhance your smile without anyone else noticing how. Ceramic braces are sometimes also called Read more...

Do receding gums grow back?

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Dr Constantine Ong

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

Most patients’ reason for seeing a specialist in periodontics – or gum specialist, also known as a periodontist – is a concern about receding gums. Receding gums don’t ordinarily grow back without dental treatment. However, there are several things you can do to prevent gum recession and others that we clinicians can do to treat Read more...

I am suffering from bleeding gums. What could be causing this?

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Dr Nima Bazrafshan

Specialist Periodontist
Periodontal Care
DClinDent (Melb)

We have bacteria in our oral cavities, mouths. In the presence of food debris and saliva, these microorganisms can form a very specific coating that sticks to teeth surfaces and the inner layers of gum. This sticky structure is “plaque”. Tooth brushing, using interdental brushes and dental floss can remove plaque. If plaque is not Read more...