I have a terrible fear of going to the dentist. What should I do?

Dental anxiety and dental phobia are quite common afflictions, affecting many people and preventing them from seeking regular dental care. Dental phobia is an intense, unreasonable and paralysing fear of seeking dental care, so much so that a dental phobic person will often delay regular dental care for years, putting up with severe pain, gum Read More

Teeth whitening: what colour should my teeth be and is it safe to whiten them?

teeth whitening: what colour should my teeth be and is it safe to whiten them

  Tooth colour varies between individuals and even between teeth belonging to one individual.  The variation of tooth colour between different people can be due to tooth form, developmental defects (such as fluorosis or tetracycline staining), diet (frequent consumption of dark-coloured food and drink), and lifestyle factors (smoking and poor oral hygiene).  In addition, our teeth Read More

Why does my tooth hurt?

teeth extractions

There are many reasons for your tooth hurt. You might experience unpleasant sensations from your teeth. Some of these may be sensitivity, pain or aches from weakened teeth, receding gums, cracks, fractures, decay, infection, cavities (holes) or trauma. Symptoms may manifest as sensitivity, sharp pains or dull aches. These may be transient and in response Read More

How will I know if I need my wisdom teeth removed?

wisdom tooth extraction

One of the most common dental procedures is the removal of problematic, or potentially problematic, wisdom teeth. In order to make an informed decision about whether you need this treatment, it helps first to know what to look out for and secondly to understand the reasoning behind any treatment decision. Signs that you may need Read More

Can you reverse tooth decay?


In short, yes. Tooth decay can be stopped or reversed – but only if you catch it in the early stages and the decay has not yet reached the dentine, which is the bony tissue beneath a tooth’s enamel. The process of tooth decay Tooth decay occurs over a period of time, whenever the oral Read More

6 questions often asked of dentists

Dentist South Melbourne

Here we have answered six questions commonly asked by patients when they attend the dentist. 1, What are my options to fill a gap in my mouth? There are three options to fill a space between your teeth: Denture – a removable appliance that is commonly made from acrylic or cobalt chrome metal. This appliance Read More

Why is dental health important during pregnancy?

pregnant women are jeopardising their oral health

Pregnancy is almost always a life-changing experience – most importantly for you, the mother. Among the immediate changes you will notice are those taking place in your body, including your mouth. In particular, the hormonal changes that are set in train by pregnancy often affect the gums and teeth. One common pregnancy-related oral change is Read More

An insight into our Core Dental team member: Dr Lucy Burchall

Core Dental are proud of the passionate professionals who take care of your teeth. Highly qualified and committed to your comfort, our team are a varied and fascinating bunch. Here you will get an insight into the people who keep your smile looking fresh and perfect. An insight into Dr Lucy Burchall – General Dentist Read More

How can I relieve TMJ Pain?

TMJ pain

The temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, are the joints that connect your jaw to your skull on either side of the face. They act like sliding hinges to create movements of the jaw – such as opening, closing, moving from side to side, and moving backwards and forwards. Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, occurs when problems Read More

Do teeth whitening kits work?

Many options are available to achieve whiter teeth, and the safest among them comes in the form of teeth whitening kits provided by your dentist. The first step in this popular take-home option involves making an impression of your teeth in the dental chair. Next, custom-fitting mouth trays will be manufactured for you and you will be provided Read More