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Who’s your favourite dentist?

By frontandcentre - 29 June 2009 26

The last post on this topic is a couple of years old and maybe it’s time to revise those recommendations as people may have moved or new people may now be the cool talent.  Personally I’m on my third panadol and the ache of a wisdom tooth emerging is starting to seem more like the throbbing of an infected wisdom tooth jack-hammering into my jaw, so I’m keen to get some good advice!

In a town this size there must be a stack of good dentists in varying locations, each with their own special skills and price points.  For an emergency situation like mine a higher price point will probably mean greater availability but for ordinary checkups and longer-term cosmetic procedures the concerns may be different.  Would some of you locals be kind enough to share your positive experiences with Canberra dentists?

And if anyone is kind enough to name someone at a favourable price point and able to make time on short notice or if any dentists are reading this, I live inner north, work inner south and will probably be on the phone from 9am trying to see someone TODAY who is extremely methodical and has good upper body strength.

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saraA_H 6:54 pm 22 Oct 15

I second the recommendation for Dr Raghad Awni, who’s actually now at Pacific Smiles Woden not Ginnenderra/Belco Medical Dental Centre. Her work is excellent and she is very friendly and approachable. I found her prices to be competitive too.

ozdownunder 11:04 pm 21 Jan 15

Favourite Dentist in Canberra ought to be Dr Shilpa Kalburgi at Northside Family Dental, she is a gem of a person, knows her gig. I had to make an emergency dental visit and she was very accomodating to fit me in even during her lunch break, check her out on their website

TD05 8:09 am 13 Oct 14


A couple of weeks ago, I suddenly broken tooth. I then had to find a dentist ASAP. ( I have a huge fear of dentist’s)

I called Lyneham Dental Care and was booked in with the Principal dentist Dr Patrick Huang.
He was so gentle and understanding.

I told him of my three fears upfront , he listened and took every measure to ensure that didn’t happen.
His nurse was also very reassuring and gentle.

He doesn’t talk and talk and the room is very quiet and peaceful. The communication between Dr Huang and his nurse is professional and respectful, which I appreciate.

He gave me three options for future care for that tooth as well as prices ( at the emergency appointment, he put in a temporary filling).

I’m heading back on Monday to have a crown. It’s all done in a 2 hour timeframe as they have computerised system which makes and cures the tooth.

I’ll let you know how that goes.

As I want the best care, I’m prepared to acknowledge, that comes with a cost.

ainira 1:16 pm 21 Mar 11

misspris said :

Stephen Huang is good.

Totally agree. Stephen did my wisdom teeth as well, so I would recommend having a chat to him about it. When I talked to him about it, he gave me the whole wisdom teeth operation spiel that all surgeons need to do (ie, what the procedure is, risks, consent forms you need to sign, etc) within the same consultation as my usual checkup/clean/fluoride treatment at no extra charge. The next time I saw him was at the hospital about two months later… I also had a follow up consultation a week later at no extra charge.

I think he’s quite a bit busier now, so it’s probably best to indicate that you want to discuss possible wisdom teeth removal at the time of booking the appointment.

BTW, you’ll need to be on some form of health insurance to make any of the above non-expensive. I was on Medibank Private at the time of wisdom teeth op in 2008. Out of pocket expenses for four teeth out under general at John James was about $700 (total cost about $3000 or a bit less).

Watson 12:50 pm 21 Mar 11

crabb said :

Thought I’d resurrect this thread, in the hope of getting a recommendation for a dentist who will not upbraid me for the years of dental neglect I’ve subjected my teeth to – now sadly, but inevitably, a broken front tooth means the much-procrastinated day has come! Who’s NICE to adults with a pathetic child-like fear of dentistry??

I found this old thread through a search, so I am hoping it may help other people looking for a dentist that fits the description above.

After seeing a couple of dentist who just sighed when they looked at my teeth and gave ridiculous advice, I went to see Dr Raghad Awni at the Ginninderra Medical and Dental centre. This is actually the second time I see her and I didn’t follow up any of her excellent advice last time. Still, she didn’t sigh or lecture me and – most importantl – she did not give up on me. She gave me advice that was almost the opposite of the other dentists I saw (and much less daunting and more manageable) and got her receptionist to make an appointment for me with the specialist.

Very expensive, but no idea how she compares to other dentists. $200 for a filling?

I could not recommend her any more highly though if you are looking for a dentist who is professional and seems genuinely committed to helping even if you have neglected your teeth.

Fossil 8:40 pm 11 May 10

not Modern Dentistry, I had a bad experience there and had to change. I’m now interstate and don’t know who is best in Canberra.

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