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Can you suggest a good dentist in Canberra?

By 25 February 2014 34

I am a real coward when it comes to dentists and only go when something goes wrong – and it has, a broken filling. Can someone suggest a good dentist who can explain all the options for a dental problem, is gentle and can cope with my silly fears? I live in Turner and would like someone local if possible.

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34 Responses to Can you suggest a good dentist in Canberra?
#1
OverLord10:51 am, 25 Feb 14

Dr Britta Hannaford at Preventive Dental Options in the City. 100%

Mrs OverLord is morbidly afraid of the dentist, but Dr Britta talks you through everything before she does it, very calm and professional and gives you all the options and works out plans with you.

#2
tiliqua11:25 am, 25 Feb 14

Preventative Dentistry 1/5 McKay Gardens Turner 6162 0512
http://www.preventivedentistry.com.au

Can’t recommend them highly enough.

#3
tiliqua11:28 am, 25 Feb 14

Preventive Dentistry 1/5 McKay Gardens Turner
http://www.preventivedentistry.com.au

I can’t recommend them highly enough.

#4
random11:37 am, 25 Feb 14

My impression from these dentist recommendation threads is that everyone in Canberra is awesome because every response will name someone different.

I endorse Preventive Dentistry (in Turner). Everyone there is great: http://www.preventivedentistry.com.au/

#5
BobGrrl12:08 pm, 25 Feb 14

Eddy Truong at Lasting Impressions Dental. They’re on University Avenue in the city.

#6
pptvb2:20 pm, 25 Feb 14

random said :

My impression from these dentist recommendation threads is that everyone in Canberra is awesome because every response will name someone different.

I endorse Preventive Dentistry (in Turner). Everyone there is great: http://www.preventivedentistry.com.au/
Preventative Dentistry 1/5 McKay Gardens Turner 6162 0512
http://www.preventivedentistry.com.au

Can’t recommend them highly enough.

Thoroughly agree. Scott is your man.

#7
bobthebatty3:18 pm, 25 Feb 14

For the squeamish, there is a butcher in Dickson who for $20 will fix a broken filling. Tooth removal is a permanent way to avoid going to dentists.

#8
Roksteddy3:35 pm, 25 Feb 14

I just got back from a trip to the dentist. My Canberra dentist was too expensive so I went to Thailand.

#9
maureen524:20 pm, 25 Feb 14

Absolutely agree about Britta. I used to top the fear stakes, and only went to the dentist if I absolutely had to. Now no fear at all, and go regularly. Highly recommended.

#10
jazzamac4:57 pm, 25 Feb 14

pptvb said :

random said :

My impression from these dentist recommendation threads is that everyone in Canberra is awesome because every response will name someone different.

I endorse Preventive Dentistry (in Turner). Everyone there is great: http://www.preventivedentistry.com.au/
Preventative Dentistry 1/5 McKay Gardens Turner 6162 0512
http://www.preventivedentistry.com.au

Can’t recommend them highly enough.

Thoroughly agree. Scott is your man.

+1

#11
Smackbang5:09 pm, 25 Feb 14

tiliqua said :

Preventative Dentistry 1/5 McKay Gardens Turner 6162 0512
http://www.preventivedentistry.com.au

Can’t recommend them highly enough.

tiliqua said :

Preventive Dentistry 1/5 McKay Gardens Turner
http://www.preventivedentistry.com.au

I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Or often enough?

#12
cross5:42 pm, 25 Feb 14

Wow ! you can afford to go to a dentist

#13
VYBerlinaV8_is_back7:29 pm, 25 Feb 14

cross said :

Wow ! you can afford to go to a dentist

Can’t you? Australia is one of the richest countries in the world, and Canberra one its wealthiest cities. It’s not like you go that often.

#14
54-111:43 am, 26 Feb 14

Roksteddy said :

I just got back from a trip to the dentist. My Canberra dentist was too expensive so I went to Thailand.

Yep, that’s the way to do it, although I went to Vietnam. One-tenth the price, quality just as good, get a holiday as well, and the dentist was actually quite a funny guy.

Don’t get that here. All we have here is over-servicing and stratospheric prices (got to pay for the dentist’s X5 somehow).

#15
switch7:18 am, 26 Feb 14

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

cross said :

Wow ! you can afford to go to a dentist

Can’t you? Australia is one of the richest countries in the world, and Canberra one its wealthiest cities. It’s not like you go that often.

I thought people went to Thailand to go to the dentist. And have a holiday as well for the price.

#16
NoImRight9:04 am, 26 Feb 14

54-11 said :

Roksteddy said :

I just got back from a trip to the dentist. My Canberra dentist was too expensive so I went to Thailand.

Yep, that’s the way to do it, although I went to Vietnam. One-tenth the price, quality just as good, get a holiday as well, and the dentist was actually quite a funny guy.

Don’t get that here. All we have here is over-servicing and stratospheric prices (got to pay for the dentist’s X5 somehow).

You know youve just opened yourself up to a lecture about saving Australian jobs and this is why Holden closed etc? Someone sooner or later will blame Rudd for expensive dentists too. Any left right debate that follows? All your fault. ;-)

#17
A_Cog10:25 am, 26 Feb 14

And while we’re on it, any dentists in Qyeanbeyan?

#18
farq10:50 am, 26 Feb 14

Roksteddy said :

I just got back from a trip to the dentist. My Canberra dentist was too expensive so I went to Thailand.

This is definently the way to go for anything beyond a minor checkup. You save a fortune and get a holiday. Australian dentists are just too greedy.

#19
cross8:07 pm, 26 Feb 14

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

cross said :

Wow ! you can afford to go to a dentist

Can’t you? Australia is one of the richest countries in the world, and Canberra one its wealthiest cities. It’s not like you go that often.

The problem with stats like that is they are skewed by the top 10 or 20% the fact is the vast majority of Australians do not earn 6 figure salaries.
I have always suspected dentists don’t study dentistry because they actually like it or do it to help the community.

#20
54-1110:57 am, 27 Feb 14

NoImRight said :

54-11 said :

Roksteddy said :

I just got back from a trip to the dentist. My Canberra dentist was too expensive so I went to Thailand.

Yep, that’s the way to do it, although I went to Vietnam. One-tenth the price, quality just as good, get a holiday as well, and the dentist was actually quite a funny guy.

Don’t get that here. All we have here is over-servicing and stratospheric prices (got to pay for the dentist’s X5 somehow).

You know youve just opened yourself up to a lecture about saving Australian jobs and this is why Holden closed etc? Someone sooner or later will blame Rudd for expensive dentists too. Any left right debate that follows? All your fault. ;-)

It’s called a free market economy. And I was pumping some money into a 3rd world country as well, so no qualms whatsoever.

The age of entitlements for dentists is over….

#21
Dacquiri1:15 pm, 09 Jul 14

Anyone got any experience with this ‘Smile’ dental plan thing? (You pay an annual fee and then get ‘discounted’ dental care at the selected dental practices.)

#22
Maya1231:32 pm, 09 Jul 14

For those who travel overseas for their dental work, have you checked out their hygiene procedures? For instance, do they autoclave all the equipment between patients? It’s only relatively recently this has been practised here. If they don’t autoclave the equipment between patients, you are taking a big risk re diseases such as HIV.

#23
Masquara8:58 pm, 09 Jul 14

Does anyone know what happened to Chris Quoi, the dentist who practised on the corner at the Ainslie Shops?

#24
rosscoact5:24 am, 10 Jul 14

Maya123 said :

For those who travel overseas for their dental work, have you checked out their hygiene procedures? For instance, do they autoclave all the equipment between patients? It’s only relatively recently this has been practised here. If they don’t autoclave the equipment between patients, you are taking a big risk re diseases such as HIV.

I’ve been getting dental work done in Bangkok for eight years and every single thing about the experience is superior to any dentist I’ve ever been to in Australia. That includes equipment, staff, training, professionalism and ability to do the work correctly the first time. I purposely didn’t mention cost because I would go to my dentist in Bangkok in preference to a dentist here in Australia even if they were the same cost.

#25
sepi9:52 am, 10 Jul 14

I’m pretty sure Chris Quoy is still there. The For Rent sign is for the suite next door.

#26
dungfungus6:39 pm, 10 Jul 14

cross said :

Wow ! you can afford to go to a dentist

Good grief man, toughen up and take charge of your life!
Anyone can afford to go to a dentist. It’s a matter of prioritising what is more important than anything else.
Good health generally, or “wellbeing” (if you must call it that), is the most important thing in life and having good teeth is part of that. Believe me, going into old age without reliable choppers is nothing to look forward to.
Eating and enjoying a variety of food needs good teeth and regular maintenence to ensure they stay that way. I am sure everyone no matter their income can arrange to have good teeth as their number one priority.
I am getting sick of people whinging on the media about how students will now never be able to pay back their HELP loans because of the government’s change to loan arrangements when in fact they can be paid back at anytime; the “minimum” amount is just that.
Also, people complaining that they will never have enough super to retire on because the money paid by their employer (it is not a salary deduction) isn’t enough. Anyone can contribute their own money (up to certain limits) to embelish their superannuation for retirement by foregoing expenditure on other items that are not vital. It is not called salary sacrifice for nothing.
It’s getting that way in this country that unless the government pays for something an individual screams “I can’t afford that”.
Read some posts on this thread about how some people care for their teeth and get motivated.

#27
dungfungus6:55 pm, 10 Jul 14

rosscoact said :

Maya123 said :

For those who travel overseas for their dental work, have you checked out their hygiene procedures? For instance, do they autoclave all the equipment between patients? It’s only relatively recently this has been practised here. If they don’t autoclave the equipment between patients, you are taking a big risk re diseases such as HIV.

I’ve been getting dental work done in Bangkok for eight years and every single thing about the experience is superior to any dentist I’ve ever been to in Australia. That includes equipment, staff, training, professionalism and ability to do the work correctly the first time. I purposely didn’t mention cost because I would go to my dentist in Bangkok in preference to a dentist here in Australia even if they were the same cost.

I have friends who do the same thing; mainly implants (which cost about $5,000 a tooth in Canberra).
I get exactly the same feedback as you are posting and even the airfare and accommodation are well covered.
This is what you call smart thinking. It’s great value.
I am wondering if the dentists you go to overseas were trained in Australian universities? If they were and they paid top dollar (no Aussie student concessions for them), how come they can do the same work as Australian dentists for a fraction of the price?.

#28
housebound7:23 am, 11 Jul 14

rosscoact said :

Maya123 said :

For those who travel overseas for their dental work, have you checked out their hygiene procedures? For instance, do they autoclave all the equipment between patients? It’s only relatively recently this has been practised here. If they don’t autoclave the equipment between patients, you are taking a big risk re diseases such as HIV.

I’ve been getting dental work done in Bangkok for eight years and every single thing about the experience is superior to any dentist I’ve ever been to in Australia. That includes equipment, staff, training, professionalism and ability to do the work correctly the first time. I purposely didn’t mention cost because I would go to my dentist in Bangkok in preference to a dentist here in Australia even if they were the same cost.

So how do you go about finding these super Bangkok dentists?

#29
rosscoact9:15 am, 11 Jul 14

housebound said :

rosscoact said :

Maya123 said :

For those who travel overseas for their dental work, have you checked out their hygiene procedures? For instance, do they autoclave all the equipment between patients? It’s only relatively recently this has been practised here. If they don’t autoclave the equipment between patients, you are taking a big risk re diseases such as HIV.

I’ve been getting dental work done in Bangkok for eight years and every single thing about the experience is superior to any dentist I’ve ever been to in Australia. That includes equipment, staff, training, professionalism and ability to do the work correctly the first time. I purposely didn’t mention cost because I would go to my dentist in Bangkok in preference to a dentist here in Australia even if they were the same cost.

So how do you go about finding these super Bangkok dentists?

They need to be in an expat area, not a tourist area. I did a google search back in the day and there was plenty of info. But perhaps I just got lucky.

My family and I use DC-one in Silom.

#30
rosscoact9:16 am, 11 Jul 14

dungfungus said :

rosscoact said :

Maya123 said :

For those who travel overseas for their dental work, have you checked out their hygiene procedures? For instance, do they autoclave all the equipment between patients? It’s only relatively recently this has been practised here. If they don’t autoclave the equipment between patients, you are taking a big risk re diseases such as HIV.

I’ve been getting dental work done in Bangkok for eight years and every single thing about the experience is superior to any dentist I’ve ever been to in Australia. That includes equipment, staff, training, professionalism and ability to do the work correctly the first time. I purposely didn’t mention cost because I would go to my dentist in Bangkok in preference to a dentist here in Australia even if they were the same cost.

I have friends who do the same thing; mainly implants (which cost about $5,000 a tooth in Canberra).
I get exactly the same feedback as you are posting and even the airfare and accommodation are well covered.
This is what you call smart thinking. It’s great value.
I am wondering if the dentists you go to overseas were trained in Australian universities? If they were and they paid top dollar (no Aussie student concessions for them), how come they can do the same work as Australian dentists for a fraction of the price?.

Most of the qualifications I’ve seen there come from the US

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