Prevent Bone Loss After Tooth Extraction

Losing a tooth can be an unsettling experience, often accompanied by concerns about how it will affect your eating, appearance, and self-esteem. Luckily, we have good tooth replacement options. With advances in implantology, dental implants have become very popular. There are no surprises! A dental implant can feel just like your natural tooth. However, an […]

The Dental Implant Process spelled out

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Deciding to undergo dental implant treatment is a significant step towards not just restoring a smile but enhancing overall oral health and quality of life. Once you decide to do it, it just can’t happen fast enough. Most people want the new teeth quickly, but I tell them that we have to be patient. A […]

The Cost of Dental Implants


Let’s be real, dental implants aren’t cheap. Many people want them. After all, no one wants teeth floating around their mouth and falling out at the worst of times. We live in an incredible age of technology. To think that we can stick a metal screw into a jaw and have it take, in my […]

Sleep Dentistry in Melbourne: three ways to relax in the dental chair

What is sleep dentistry? Sleep dentistry is loosely applied terminology to describe several techniques used to alleviate anxiety and to make patients more comfortable during dental procedures. It includes intravenous (IV) sedation (also known as twilight sedation) as well as General Anaesthesia (GA). It is usually administered either by a dentist, who has received special […]

Teeth replacement: Dentures or dental implants – which is best for me?

When it comes to restoring your smile after tooth loss, dentures can be a good, more affordable option. But sadly, for many people, dentures can be uncomfortable and restrictive. It is a dilemma faced by many patients: dentures can be uncomfortable but a full set of dental implants are also more expensive.

What happens when you go to sleep without brushing your teeth?

We’ve all wondered it. Whether we’re feeling burned out at work, overwhelmed with studying, or just so exhausted from the day, scrimping on our nightly dental routine can become tempting. As tempting as this may be, neglecting your teeth at night can seriously jeopardise your oral health.  Below are  five night time habits that are […]

Do we really need dairy for healthy teeth?

From childhood, we are told that the calcium in dairy is essential for growing strong bones and teeth. It’s as if our teeth will become chalky and brittle if we don’t drink milk. What is lacking from this message, however, is whether dairy is the best source of calcium. While it is true that dairy […]

Top 10 amazing smile makeovers

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1. Patient: Goran Condition: Goran’s teeth were decayed, broken, ground down to the gum-line, and he had a deep overbite. He reported having multiple infections, and needing to take antibiotics to contain them.  On smiling, he displayed too much gum, and due to severe grinding (nocturnal bruxism), his teeth were very short. If Goran had […]

Eco Dentistry

 We live in a world of disposable commodities. Working in the medical profession, I’ve always accepted that disposable is the norm and the only practical option available. At first glance, equipment needs to be affordable and hygienic – a sign of a progressive society with high standards of infection control, but at what cost to […]

Are Dental Implants Safe?

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Perhaps you’re about to lose a tooth or you’ve neglected your teeth over the years. You’ve decided now is the time to do something about your teeth. You’ve heard of dental implants and they seem to be the best thing since sliced bread. They can solve all your dental problems; you’ll never have to see […]

Why do Full Mouth Dental Implants cost so much in Australia?

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The cost of full mouth implants in Australia As a dentist, by far the most common objection I hear to full mouth dental implants, is the cost. Many people want and need to replace their teeth but the high cost of dental implants can make them seem truly unaffordable. I have experienced first-hand as people […]

Tooth brushing facts and myths exposed

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  I see thousands of patients, day after day, year after year and it never ceases to amaze me. That in a modern country like Australia, with one of the most advanced health systems in the world, we have an epidemic of oral health diseases. Far too often people lose their teeth to periodontitis (gum […]

Fear of the Dentist: words of comfort from Dr Helen

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It’s been five, ten, even fifteen years since you’ve scheduled a dental appointment. Thoughts of sitting in the chair, the sound of the drill, the smell, the childhood memories of having to line up at school dental to be seen by a therapist. The dread of… what they might say… the pain… the loss of […]

Full mouth dental implants – the uncensored guide

Full mouth dental implants – the complete guide So I’ve been meaning to create a guide for my patients who are thinking about having full mouth implants for ages, but I’m always so busy that I never get a chance to dedicate any time to it. I’ve even considered hiring a copywriter to do it […]

Can I Have Dental Implants if I Have Osteoporosis?


While many people are suitable candidates for dental implants, one of the most common conditions that can complicate dental implant surgery is osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is on the rise in Australia and more and more patients are being diagnosed with the condition each year. Osteoporosis doesn’t inherently complicate dental implant surgery, however the medications patients take […]

What is a bone scan for dental implants?


What is a Dental Bone Scan? If you’re considering a dental implant, Dr Helen will ask you to have a Cone Beam CT (bone scan) done.  Unlike the little x-ray radiographs that you get done in the chair that show us your teeth or the 2D full-mouth x-ray radiograph called OPG  that show us your […]

What can I do about a gummy smile?

One of the common cosmetic complaints patients have about their smile is not crooked teeth or yellowing enamel, but about ‘gummy smiles,’ where much of the gum is visible when the lip is raised in smiling.  Luckily there are solutions out there. In extreme cases where a patient is considering complete teeth implant replacement surgery […]

What Makes Us a “Vegan” Dentistry Practice?


Dr. Helen’s Dental & Implant Studio is a full-service dental surgery in Prahran East, Victoria. While she serves everyone in the community, the practice has gained a large vegan patient base because Dr. Helen strives to make her practice as minimally-harmful to not only her patients but to animals, too! She uses non-animal derived products […]

How Long Will I Be Off Work For Implant Surgery?

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A common question we get asked by our patients trying to decide the best timeframe to plan their implant surgery is how long they can expect to be off work after an implant surgery.  It’s a great question, and most patients are surprised to hear that in some cases, they can expect to go back […]

The Common Signs And Symptoms Of Dental Anxiety Uncovered!

What are the most common signs and symptoms of dental anxiety and how you can manage this form of anxiety?   Dr Helen has been working in dentistry for almost two decades.  Her ability to work with clients and help them feel safe and comfortable has led to her now renowned status as an expert in […]

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