The best dentists in Canberra

Dr Rick Luu, Fiona Ligertwood

Dr Rick Luu and Dental Hygienist Fiona Ligertwood pride themselves on their outcomes based approach at Oasis Dental, one of Canberra’s best dentists. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

For many, the thought of visiting the dentist can come with a wave of anxiety. But even when you do build the courage to make an appointment, choosing a dentist can come with its own difficulties. Making sure you have the right dentist looking after your oral health is vital in saving you money and time in the future.

It is more important that your dentist is willing to be held accountable for the work completed and the end result, than it is to find a nice dentist with flexible hours and a convenient location.

An experienced dental surgery will work with you to establish a pattern of early intervention, identifying issues before they become serious and helping you avoid larger, more costly future problems. However, an average dentist who only patches up your tooth problems could prove to be a painful investment (and experience!) later down the track.

Throughout the Canberra region, there are no shortages of qualified dentists and dental practices. When you do start the process of finding the dentist, it’s important to think long-term, for your overall oral health – finding the practice that will work with you to achieve the right outcome.

Asking friends or family often results in them advising you to see their dentist because they are nice – but how do really you know which dentist to choose? If you’re stuck, there are a few things to keep in mind to help make your decision a little easier.

What makes a great dentist?

  • Transparency and accountability. Do a bit of research and see what you can find online, or get in touch directly with a dentist you may be considering. If it’s easy to find information about services and prior treatments, it should give you more insight and confidence in their skillset and performance. When it comes to accountability, a picture paints a thousand words. Why not ask for the dentist’s ‘before and after’ examples, to get a first-hand look at their quality of work. Great dentists, like the rest of us, like to show off what they can achieve.
  • Commitment and consistency: Like a hairdresser or doctor, a dentist should be a long-term commitment and it’s a relationship that should be equal. A great dentist will be committed to your care and should make sure you are following dental instructions and attending appointments. They will be just as responsible for your oral health as you are. In turn, you will be rewarded with a continuity of care, which will be far more beneficial to your long-term oral health. With any professional service, consistency also matters. You must be confident that your dentist can get great results all the time, every time. This is helped if the practice allows you to see the same dentist each visit, as they will know your specific needs.
  • Experience and qualifications of the dentist. The more experience a dentist has, the more likely they are to know how to fix your problem. If your dentist is a new graduate, ensure they are working under the supervision of a more experienced dentist at the practice who can help guide their work. As with experience, the qualifications of the dentist matters. Have they pursued further postgraduate or professional studies to hone their skills and keep up-to-date with the latest research? Just because a dentist offers a service does not mean they are good at or specialise in it.
  • Investment in the practice. Like investing in their qualifications and further professional development, a good dentist will also invest in their practice and equipment. Advances in dentistry equipment have resulted in more predictable treatment outcomes with better results and less risks. A well-equipped modern dental practice is an essential advancement that differentiates a great dentist.
  • Value. Cost is a number whilst value is what you get for that number. The best investment is unlikely to cost the least, so choosing a dentist based purely on the cheapest price will almost certainly mean the result is compromised. The best value is when you get a great return on your investment, and that is no different when it comes to dentistry. Ensuring your dentist is focusing on the value and outcome achieved rather than the price of your visit will result in the best possible service.

The best dentists in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Oasis Dental

Oasis Dental

Oasis Dental has 14 years’ experience in looking after dental patients throughout the Canberra region. The practice has a strong reputation for its care and takes an innovative approach by ensuring patients are also well-educated and invested in their own oral hygiene.

The practice has the ability to make strong relationships with its patients and takes a holistic approach to dental care, acknowledging that oral health is intrinsically linked to systemic health. Its staff work closely with their patients towards an end goal which is outcomes based, cost efficient and best practice. This approach measures success of treatment in achievement of the patient’s desired dental outcome, rather than the dental procedures performed.

The clinic offers a full range of dental services; it is particularly well known for its comprehensive cosmetic procedures specifically Veneers. But with every procedure and patient, Oasis Dental is meticulous in its processes and is committed to delivering the best possible outcomes. This is demonstrated through the detailed pre-treatment photos and x-rays, which are compared with post-treatment photos and x-rays, to give the patients a first-hand look at their journey and to guarantee the work of the dental practice.

The clinic is located at the Kingston Foreshore in purpose built premises with ample private off street parking.

The well-established clinic is proud of its reputation throughout the region and values itself on feedback from patients, like RiotACT commenter Mayo Popish who says, “I can’t recommend Dr Rick enough! He is is totally focused on overall dental hygiene, rather than just a “quick fix”. He’s so lovely to deal with, incredibly professional, and his entire team is absolutely fabulous!”

G01/50 Eastlake Parade
Kingston Foreshore ACT 2604
Molonglo Dental

Molonglo Dental

Since opening in 2019, Molonglo Dental Surgery strives to set themselves apart from other dental practices in Canberra. The team of professional dentists take great pride in delivering highly precise and clinical – yet personalised – dental care in a comfortable and relaxing environment.

Molonglo Dental Surgery believes that dental treatment doesn’t have to be expensive, but ignorance to dental health can be. For this reason, they offer treatment first-pay later options, helping patients better manage their dental care without the financial stress.

The Surgery has flexible opening hours, staying open on weekends and into the evening, as well as 24-hour emergency services.

Molonglo Dental Surgery has created unique ways to reduce dental-anxiety, with their paediatric Dino Chair aimed at relaxing nervous children and those with special needs, to the range of pain-free options for treatments and the ceiling-mounted TV screen with Netflix and ChromeCast.

Molonglo Dental Surgery

As Michele Girdlestone wrote on RiotACT, “Dr Monica Sharma at Molonglo Dental Surgery in Coombs is fantastic. Never felt so comfortable at a dentist before.”

Unit 5, 110 Woodberry Ave
Coombs ACT 2611

Identity Dentistry

With more than four decades of combined experience, the dedicated team behind Identity Dentistry are passionate about delivering high-quality services backed by an industry-leading level of care. They continually draw on the latest technological innovations in the oral care industry to ensure their patients experience the best treatment available.

Jason Hendriks recommended their service on Google, saying, “Awesome, lovely and caring staff who never seem to rush. Every time I’ve asked dumb questions the questions are methodically and insightfully explained so that I with limited capability to understand know whats going on.”

Civic Gentle Dental Care

Together the team at Civic Gentle Dental Care has over 75 years’ experience in practicing dentistry and the practice prides itself on the quality of dentistry care it provides to patients. The practice also aims to educate patients on the importance of dental hygiene and prevention, to ensure they get the best from their care while they’re at home. The team guarantees an honest approach, and only suggests dental plans they would recommend to their own families.

RiotACT commenter, Jessica Gao, left a positive review for this practice saying, “Can’t recommend Kim and her team at Civic Gentle Dental Care highly enough.

Canberra Dental Care

Canberra Dental Care provides a full range of dental services and incorporates the latest advancements in dentistry to give patients the best possible outcomes. The team understands results are just as important as a positive patient experience, and staff go out of their way to ensure all patients are comfortable, even during a standard check-up.  The clinic prides itself on running on time, to ensure there is no inconvenience for patients.

Google reviewer, Joe Petroni, left a glowing review for this practice saying, “Quite honestly the best dentist I’ve ever had and – I never say this but – I’ll be back.”

Bespoke Dental

Bespoke Dental believes great dentistry involves a comprehensive approach. The clinic was the brainchild of two experienced Canberra dentists who wanted to provide the best care in an environment which gave them the time to talk to patients, consider treatment pathways and perform the best possible dentistry. Bespoke Dental offers a full range of dental procedures, which are delivered to the highest quality.

Luke J recommended their service on Google, saying, “All the staff at bespoke are friendly, non judgmental, warm & welcoming. They’ve helped me improve my overall dental hygiene & address some long term unaddressed concerns.”

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry has been serving the Canberra region for 57 years and takes a preventive approach. The practice prides itself on the longstanding service it provides to each patient and goes the extra mile to make sure each patient receives personalised care. It encourages regular examination and hygiene treatments and staff always offer honest and straightforward advice. Preventive Dentistry offers a full range of dental procedures including general and cosmetic dentistry.

One RiotACT commenter had some positive feedback for Preventive Dentistry saying, “Dr Scott Park at Preventive Dentistry is the man. All my family and many friends have been going to him for almost 10 years. Each visit was excellent.”

If you’re after more information on the great dental services Canberra has to offer, our articles on the best emergency after hours dentists, the best teeth whitening services, the best cosmetic dentists and the best orthodontists in town may be helpful to you.

Your experience with dentists in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the dentists listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do any Canberra dentists offer bulk billing?
Several Canberra dentists offer bulk billing services. It’s best to check with each dentist to find out if your treatment is eligible for bulk billing.
Read our article about the best bulk billing dentists in Canberra for more information.
How often should I visit the dentist?
According to the Australian Dental Association it’s recommended you should visit the dentist for regular examinations and hygiene treatments every 6-12 months. This may vary depending on the health of teeth and gums.
When should my child first visit the dentist?
The Australian Dental Association recommends taking your child for their first dental appointment by 12 months of age or when their first tooth becomes visible.
If you notice anything that seems out of the ordinary before either milestone is reached, you should make an appointment.
Can I get cosmetic dentistry work done in Canberra?
Most clinics these days, will offer a vast array of cosmetic procedures, alongside general dentistry. It’s best to check in with your practice and ask for a recommendation if they don’t offer the procedure you are looking for.
Are there emergency dentists in Canberra?
Most dentists will offer appointments for emergency cases. Read our article about the best emergency dentists in Canberra for more information.

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232 Responses to The best dentists in Canberra
Daniela Forde Daniela Forde 9:29 pm 24 Oct 21

Best Dentist is Dr Shilpa Kalburgi at Northside Family Dental in Gungahlin. She is the most people person Dentist for the whole family I can say who is so fantastic with Kids & Older folks too. My whole family absolutely love our periodic dental visits to the Dentist including my grand parents who are well taken care of their routine dental hygiene needs. Dr Shilpa Kalburgi also goes above and beyond to cater to the emergency dental treatment needs of the hour.

You can visit them at

Trischa Theva Trischa Theva 12:02 pm 24 Oct 21

Dr Kahee Jun at Belconnen Dental Centre ❤️. Calm, gentle and very helpful with practical advice. Best dental experience I've ever had and I've had some really bad ones before.

David Turnbull David Turnbull 8:32 am 24 Oct 21

Blue Poppy in Tuggeranong/Greenway

Blue Poppy Dental Care

(02) 6293 1356

Heidi Blunden Heidi Blunden 7:55 am 24 Oct 21


Jane Waga Austen Jane Waga Austen 9:41 pm 23 Oct 21

I couldn't thank Dr Joseph at Campbell Dental Practice.

Tania Shaw Tania Shaw 9:03 pm 23 Oct 21

Definitely dr Daniel at Dickson Modern Dentistry, caring and honest

Claire Holdom Claire Holdom 9:18 am 23 Oct 21

Dr Juan - Informed Dentistry Mawson

Kathleen O'Donnell Kathleen O'Donnell 10:17 pm 22 Oct 21

Juan at Informed Dentistry at Mawson - such a lovely guy 👍🏻

Bec Soric Bec Soric 7:51 am 22 Oct 21

Dr Subin and his team at Signature Smiles in Gungahlin should be top of the list!

Emma Grech Emma Grech 6:47 am 22 Oct 21

Braddon Dental Surgery, the best!

Hannah Tsang Hannah Tsang 8:22 pm 21 Oct 21

Jo Sequoia In case you're interested

    Jo Sequoia Jo Sequoia 9:14 pm 21 Oct 21

    Thank you, Hannah ☺️ So sweet of you to remember

Irene Ford Irene Ford 6:29 pm 21 Oct 21

Belconnen Dental centre!!

Professional yet friendly!

Peter Hurdis Peter Hurdis 6:25 pm 21 Oct 21

All the dentists at The Dental Surgery at Belconnen are absolutely fabulous and they deal with each client with absolute care and consideration. Could not recommend this practice to anyone especially if you are nervous.👏👏👏

Bronwyn Dorian Bronwyn Dorian 5:30 pm 21 Oct 21

Juliana Francesca well this is a about a week too late.

Pip Cleary Pip Cleary 5:09 pm 21 Oct 21

Daniel at Dickson Modern Dental. Just a great dentist and lovely with kids

Spartan Chris Spartan Chris 5:08 pm 21 Oct 21

The Dental Surgery in Belconnen are the best!!!!! 🤸

Michael Mcdermott Michael Mcdermott 4:22 pm 21 Oct 21

I have been seeing Capital Dentistry in Ngunnawal for a long time who offers great service, very professional and the whole team are very friendly especially Dr. Joseph Jho and always friendly receptionist Apple. I cannot recommend them enough. 🙂

Cath Louise Cath Louise 3:58 pm 21 Oct 21

Dr Rick and team at Oasis Dental are amazing. Not only friendly & caring with amazing facilities where you can watch movies on the roof while getting your dental work done, but an absolute commitment to ongoing holistic quality care. Packages for regular annual hygiene helps to keep it affordable and ensures you have regular contact before anything goes wrong. My kids also absolutely love going there. Easy parking, amazing service and Aftercare.

Jaye Vanders Jaye Vanders 2:54 pm 21 Oct 21

Dr Veronica at Canberry Dental!

Jess Miller Jess Miller 2:30 pm 21 Oct 21

Dr Shaun Ng from Modern Dentistry

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