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We understand that there are many questions new or existing patients want to ask as part of the prosthodontic treatments. Whether you are a current patient, or thinking about cosmetic or reconstructive dentistry, we are here to help and provide health advice on your path to a great smile.

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How You Benefit From Our In-House Technician

Not many prosthodontists in Australia can say they have a technician in the same building preparing their patients dental prosthetics. But for us at the Western Prosthodontic Centre, it was important that we invested in the staff and equipment so that our laboratory was in the same building. The Problem with Overseas Labs More dentists…

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The Psychology Behind Our Smile

We all know the power of a smile. When someone smiles at you, it’s instinct to smile back. Smiling has several benefits that aren’t as obvious as a returned smile but can do wonders for your physical and mental health. What Happens When We Smile? Smiling activates neural messaging in the brain that improve your…

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7 Reasons Why you Should I Get a Second Opinion for Your Teeth

If you’re wondering if you should seek a second opinion for your dental treatment, then you probably should. Most people are happy to gain a second opinion when it comes to their medical health but aren’t so sure for dental issues. But many dentistry procedures are irreversible so it’s important you make the right decision.…

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Prosthodontists are the Planners and Co-ordinators of Care

What many patients don’t realise is their prosthodontist does much more than provide treatment. Prosthodontists are diagnosis and treatment planning experts with restorative dental procedures being an extension of the plan. Complex cases require a co-ordinated and holistic approach that may involve several dental or medical specialists. The best person for the co-ordination of care…

Dentist prosthetist simulates a human jaw on the monitor for the manufacture of prostheses

Should I Use a Dental Prosthetist or a Prosthodontist?

Are you familiar with the job titles prosthetist and prosthodontist? You soon will if you’re in need of treatment to fix damaged or missing teeth. Find out the difference between a prosthetist and prosthodontist so you know who to visit for assessment and treatment. 

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Why Implants Aren’t the Only Answer to Missing or Damaged Teeth

Many adults are told by their dentist that their tooth (or teeth) can’t be saved, and an implant is their best option. They may come to see us for a second opinion, and we’ll disagree. While we believe implants are an excellent option, we think they should be used as a last option when a tooth can’t be saved.

Prosthodontists and oral surgeons are both specialist dentists but not everyone understands the differences between these specialist groups.

What is the Difference Between a Prosthodontist and an Oral Surgeon?

Prosthodontists and oral surgeons are both specialist dentists but not everyone understands the differences between these specialist groups. What is a Prosthodontist? A prosthodontist focuses on repairing damaged teeth and replacing missing teeth to restore oral function and facial aesthetics. Prosthodontists use a range of dental procedures and appliances to achieve the desired look for…

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What Happens to Our Teeth as We Age?

No one likes growing old. The mind isn’t as sharp as it once was and the body wears out. Not surprising, our teeth are no different. They’ve had to work hard every day. They’ve been used to bite and chew food, made it possible for us to speak and played a part in maintaining our…

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What’s the Difference Between Cosmetic Dentistry and General Dentistry?

We all know what a general dentist does. You’ve probably been seeing a dentist since you were a child for check-ups, x-rays, and the odd filling. But you may not be as familiar with cosmetic dentistry as it’s relatively new. Advances in technology have made it possible to greatly enhance the appearance of a smile.   …

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Are Dental Bridges Still Relevant Today?

Many patients say they have heard little about bridges in the last ten years. Some tell us their parent had one, and they assumed bridges are no longer fitted. While there are other alternatives to dental bridges that weren’t always available, we have not relegated dental bridges to the history books. A bridge is still…

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Do I Need a Full Mouth Restoration?

When you look in the mirror and all you see is problem teeth, you might think a full mouth restoration is in order. Restoring teeth can involve whitening, straightening and reshaping teeth. Some treatment methods involve working with the natural teeth, but many use a foreign material to gain the best result. What is a…

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Composite Veneers Vs Porcelain Veneers – Which One is Better?

Veneers are ideal for covering up imperfect teeth that are chipped, crooked, broken, stained, misshapen or have gaps in between. Veneers are suitable for a single tooth or up to 10 teeth on each arch.

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Dentures – Everything you Need to Know

False teeth and dentures have been around for decades, but they’ve been transformed over the years. Technicians now make dentures that look more like natural teeth and fit more comfortably. However, investing in dentures is still a big decision that needs researching.

Smiling senior woman with new dental implants sitting in the dental office and looking at the mirror

Dental Implants Vs Dentures – Which is Best?

The debate about whether dental implants are better than dentures has been going for years. It’s the old option versus the new. Some people are staunchly in the dental implant camp, while others won’t consider anything but dentures. Read the pros and cons of each alternative.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Deciding on a Practice for your Dental Implants

We make decisions every day on where to spend our hard earned money on the products and services we consume. You might give little thought to where you buy your groceries or fill up the car, but for more expensive purchases like dental implants you’re likely to spend more time on your decision.

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Why You Should Replace a Missing Tooth

Our teeth are some of the hardest working parts of our body. We use them multiple times per day to bite, tear and chew our food. But we’re living longer than ever before, and some people’s teeth wear out before the rest of their body.

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What is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dental treatments may be needed as we age or suffer an injury, to restore our natural smile and prevent future oral health problems.  Restorative dentistry is the term used for replacing and repairing missing or damaged teeth to revive normal function and appearance. Restorative dentistry uses a range of services including fillings, crowns, bonding, onlays, inlays and…

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What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry treatments have grown in popularity in recent years with more people wanting to feel confident when they talk and smile.

Gingivitis – What you Need to Know About the Causes and Treatment

Gingivitis – What you Need to Know About the Causes and Treatment

No doubt you’re familiar with the term gingivitis. But do you know what it means for your teeth and gums if you have it?  Find out the causes and treatment options. 

How Maintain your Dental Implants

How to Maintain your Dental Implants

It’s a common question amongst people considering a dental implant. They want an implant because it’s the most lifelike result for a missing tooth but don’t want to add complex maintenance to their daily routine. The good news is dental implants aren’t high maintenance. Some simple care is all it takes for an implant to…

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How Safe are Dental X-Rays?

More than ever, people are conscious of potential dangers they expose their bodies to. Radiation is one of the biggest concerns and people often question how much radiation is delivered during dental X-rays. X-Rays and computed tomography (CT) scans work by ionising radiation or high energy wavelengths penetrating the body to reveal organs, tissue and…

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What is a Prosthodontist?

Prosthodontics isn’t the easiest profession to pronounce, we’ll admit. And many people haven’t heard the term before but most can guess prosthodontists deal with teeth because it ends in ‘dontist’. However, awareness about the work of prosthodontists is growing. 

What are the Components of an Ideal Smile?

What are the Components of an Ideal Smile?

Like it or not, others judge us on our looks and our smile is an enormous part of how we look. We all use a person’s smile as non-verbal communication cues when we first meet. It takes just a tenth of a second for a stranger to read your smile and make an assumption of…

Prosthodontist and patient discussion about planned teeth treatment in dental clinic office

Choosing a Prosthodontist vs Dentist for Cosmetic Dentistry

So you’re considering your options for cosmetic dentistry. There are plenty of decisions to make including the desired outcome, the work you’ll have and where you’ll have it done. Deciding on who will do your procedures could well determine the look you’ll have for a lifetime. Few decisions in your life are so important. What…

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