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Getting dental treatment can really make you sick!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Sounds like scaremongering but unfortunately it is scarily true! In Feb 2012, The Lancet published an article about an 82-year old woman in Italy dying from Legionnaire’s disease attributed to Legionella infection from the contaminated water lines of a dental clinic. The lady’s home was found to be free of the bacteria while her dentist’s dental pump was found to have high levels of the rare strain of Legionella pneumophila. This was probably the first documented case of transmission of Legionnaires’ disease from exposure to Legionella pneumophila in a dental unit waterline. While Legionella is a common bacteria found in stagnant water, is it when it is in high concentrations and aerosolised that it can present a danger to patients. (more…)

Injex – Needle-free injection system now available

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The Australian Dental Expo was at Darling Harbour on the weekend at the Sydney Convention Centre. All the latest equipment for dentists and dental technicians was on show. Most of it was pretty ordinary but I had been hearing of a needle-free injection system that was going to be on display. I went searching and what I found was very interesting. (more…)

What is it you really want?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

So many times we hear patients say that they only go to the dentist when they are in pain. And when the patient has a really sore tooth, all we can do is relieve their pain. We call this Emergency Dentistry. But is this really what the patient wants? (more…)

How long will your fillings last?

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Dental restorations or fillings are living in a very harsh environment. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, “The mouth is on a slippery downhill slide, the best that we can hope for is to make sure that it is not always slippery and that the slope is not steep.” (more…)

Dental laser makes complex dentistry easy

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

I really love my dental laser. I honestly could not practice dentistry without it any more. It is every bit as important as my dental drill but much more versatile. The Hoya Versawave dental laser that I have is classed as a hard and soft tissue dental laser which means that I can remove decayed dental tissue from teeth, remove excess bone but also cut gum tissue with minimal trauma and extremely fast healing times. (more…)