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From the Blog

  • Understanding the ins and outs of extractions!

    Understanding the ins and outs of extractions!

    Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction (removal) may be needed.

    Reasons for Pulling Teeth:

    • A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired.
    • A crowded mouth. Sometimes dentists pull teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontic treatment so that the remaining teeth can be properly aligned. If a tooth cannot break through the gum (erupt) because there is not enough room in the mouth for it, your dentist may recommend pulling it.
    • Infection. If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp — the centre of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels — bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp, leading to infection. Often this can be corrected with root canal therapy (RCT), but if the infection is so severe that antibiotics or RCT do not cure it, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.
    • Risk of infection. If your immune system is compromised (for example, if you are receiving chemotherapy or are having an organ transplant), even the risk of infection in a particular tooth may be reason enough to pull the tooth.
    • Periodontal (Gum) Disease. If periodontal disease — an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth — have caused loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to the pull the tooth or teeth.

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  • Which teeth need crowns?

    Which teeth need crowns?

    In an ideal world, no one would would ever need to have a dental crown placed on any tooth. Unfortunately, decay from sugar and damage from bruxing (grinding) or trauma are conditions often present in our mouths and they can lead to substantial weakening of tooth structure. Sometimes our teeth are naturally crooked, discoloured, or malformed. All these situations might call for a crown instead of a filling.

    Many back teeth that have had root canal treatment should have crowns placed to prevent breakage of the tooth. After root canal treatment these teeth have lost their natural hydrating mechanism and tend to be brittle so that even if the tooth is adequately filled, the remaining tooth surrounding the filling is likely to break sooner or later.

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  • Cavity-Free Dental Check-ups?

    Cavity-Free Dental Check-ups?

    Cavities don’t just suddenly appear. A cavity starts with a healthy tooth. Bacteria that is present on the tooth (“plaque”) digest sugar and produce acid. With each and every exposure to acid (from the bacteria or from carbonated drinks), the tooth dissolves little by little, leaving a hole. The effects are cumulative; it takes hundreds of these small episodes to damage the tooth enough to where we can identify it as a cavity. In some people it takes many years for enough acid exposures to accumulate and make a cavity; in other people, it takes only a few months.

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  • Congratulations!


    In December Tony and I were delighted to attend the graduation ceremony at ANU for three of our staff. Our daughter, Georgia, has completed her BSc in Psychology and is now working towards taking the GAMSAT exam that will hopefully enable her to study Medicine. Anjuli has completed a Bachelor in Medical Sciences degree and has now moved on to take up a place to study Dentistry in Perth. Also graduating that day was Ciaran, a very talented young man who we know will go far! The whole team are thrilled for them all and we wish them well as they enter the next stage of their careers.

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  • Introducing Tristan, our latest recruit to the reception team

    Introducing Tristan, our latest recruit to the reception team

    Tristan joined the team at Modern Dentistry this year. He works on a part-time basis juggling his time at the practice with his university studies. Tris has just completed his third year of a five year Arts/Law degree at ANU. He emigrated from the UK with us at the beginning of 2012 and after initially struggling with the heat of a Canberra summer has now settled in well to Australian life! Tris has replaced his brother Nick, who had similarly worked on reception whilst completing his Masters of Law at ANU, but who has now returned to the UK to complete a three year contract as a lawyer with a London law firm. It is great having another family member in the team although I’m sure the rest of the team at Modern Dentistry must feel as if we are taking over! Georgia, Tristan’s twin sister, is a part-time dental assistant for her father Tony too!

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    Welcome to Modern Dentistry

    Modern Dentistry is a refreshingly new concept in dental care.

    By bringing together many of the world's proven and advanced dental technologies under one roof and combining these with the skills of a cutting edge team of dental professionals, we aim to provide the ultimate in dental care. Our clinical skills are backed up by our dedicated support team who offer a concierge level of customer service to ensure each visit is relaxing and enjoyable. They will ensure that you are provided with the ultimate level of customised service and care.

    By design, Modern Dentistry doesn't look or feel like a traditional dental practice. The luxurious decor and high quality finish of the surroundings reflect the high standards of service we aim to provide. Our team create an inviting and calming atmosphere so you can sit back, relax and have an enjoyable and personal experience. 

    Our location has your convenience in mind, situated in Civic, we are within walking distance from the Canberra Centre and in the centre of the Canberra Central Business District.

    Our Mission Statement
    We will provide the very best patient service in the
    field of Dental Health, delivering it with empathy.