Yarra Dental

289 Victoria St,

Abbotsford 3067


(03) 8595 5406


Dental Implants

  • Have you lost the confidence to smile becuse you're embarrassed about missing teeth?
  • Are you embarrassed and fed up of a partial or complete denture that is loose and doesn’t allow you to chew properly?
  • Are you embarrassed about metal wires showing from your metal partial denture?
  • Do you find it hard to chew and enjoy life because of missing back teeth?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, dental implants might be the treatment option for you. As they are a fixed option that look, feel and function like natural teeth, dental implants are now the ideal treatment option for replacing missing teeth.

Dental Implants

But first let's answer an important question: what are dental implants?

Dental implants are screws made of medically pure titanium that are implanted into the jawbone to create an artificial tooth root. As titanium is biocompatible, bone cells are able to deposit bone around the implant to create a permanent and secure fusion, which generally takes place over the course of 3–5 months. Once the implant is firmly secured, this foundation allows a natural functioning and looking crown made of porcelain to be fitted over the implant by a connection. The friendly staff at Yarra Dental ensures that the procedure is both simple and painless for you.

Yarra Dental is an Abbotsford dental clinic located in the heart of vibrant Victoria Street, seconds away from trams and trains and ample street parking.

Yarra Dental prides itself on its honest and compassionate nature, providing patients with personalised treatment options that ultimately meet their dental needs. Yarra Dental also shares the belief that ‘prevention is better than a cure’, and, as such, works closely with patients to achieve optimal home dental care. At Yarra Dental, giving patients the time to express their concerns and listening in an attentive manner is of the utmost importance.

Yarra Dental specialises in all areas of dental care, from general to cosmetic to even implant dentistry. Yarra Dental is one of the few dental practices in Abbotsford offering dental implant treatments that can be done on site from start to end; we are the home of dental implants in Abbotsford.

At Yarra Dental, we appreciate your busy schedules, which is why we operate late afternoon/nights as well as Saturdays to be able to meet your needs. If you are searching for an Abbotsford dentist who provides honest treatments with attention to detail and work of the highest quality, visit us at Yarra Dental today.

Dental implants are almost like natural teeth.

Abbotsford, Melbourne CBD, South Yarra

What are the benefits of dental implants?

  • Natural appearance and function, allowing you to regain your smile and confidence, and to enjoy the different textures of the food you love without any pain or hesitation
  • Long-lasting, predictable success
  • Minimal pain during and after procedure; you’ll be able to go about your normal routine the day after
  • Dental implants never decay
  • Reduce dental problems associated with missing teeth, such as tipping of adjacent teeth, gum recession, sensitivity and root decay, bite interference, affected speech and food traps
  • Dental implants don’t cover your taste buds with plastic or metal, so you’ll be able to fully enjoy the natural flavours and textures of food
  • Not dependant on adjacent teeth, and therefore won’t damage them
  • Help maintain bone levels as well as soft tissue support, preventing the sunken face/cheek look

Where can dental implants be used?

Dental Implants

Teeth Whitening

A whiter, brighter smile for life.

At Yarra Dental, we want you feeling your most vibrant and confident at all times, which is why we developed a whitening program for life. For our valued patients who follow their Active Hygiene Maintenace Program,  we provide complimentary whitening for life at recall appointments.

At Yarra Dental, we have your best interests at heart, so it's imperative to appreciate that a sound foundation of clean, healthy teeth needs to be established before any cosmetic procedure can be done. This is achieved through thorough examination and our Hygiene Maintenance Program.

 Teeth Whitening
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Who doesn't want brighter, whiter teeth?

Whether your teeth are stained from smoking, coffee, age, alcohol or are just narturally yellower in colour, Yarra Dental will help you achieve the whiter smile you desire.

With an array of options out there nowdays, you need to know that the highest quality, simplest, quickest and safest outcomes are achieved by your experienced dentist.

What are the different types of whitening techniques?

In-chair whitening procedure:

A gel containing hydrogen peroxide is activated by LED intense lights to whiten your teeth in less than 90 minutes. Some of the advantages of in-chair whitening include:

  • Walk out with brighter, whiter teeth in a single appointment
  • Gums are protected with special covering
  • Longer lasting and less fadeback

Products such as Tooth Mousse and desensitising toothpaste are available at Yarra Dental to assist with any post-operative sensitivity.

At Yarra Dental we offer you a complimentary take-home kit with our in-chair whitening procedure so you can top up that brighter, whiter smile whenever you need to.

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 Teeth Whitening

Home Tray Whitening:

A custom-made tray that fits securely around your teeth is used to keep the whitening gel in contact with your teeth.

It is often applied for 45–60 minutes/day (or overnight if no sensitivity is encountered) for a period of about 14 days.

It often results in less post-operative sensitivity in comparison to in-chair whitening. However, results are not achieved immediately.

Clear instructions are given to you by the team at Yarra Dental to ensure effectiveness and safety of use.

Home tray whitening is a great option for those who would like to take it slow and steady in the privacy of their own home.

What are the benefits of having a professional dentist perform your whitening procedure?

  • Dentists use products that are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Act (1989)
  • Products used are often more effective and stronger in concentration
  • Performed by a professional in a controlled, sterile enviroment
  • Products are available at Yarra Dental to help ease any temporary sensitivity that may be encountered
  • Less time is needed for you to achieve the whiter teeth you desire

Whether you have been considering teeth whitening for a special occasion or for an all-round more vibrant and bright smile, call us at Yarra Dental to achieve the best teeth whitening results.

General Dentistry

Tooth-coloured composite fillings:

Natural appearance and texture: Being the same color as your natural teeth, they blend in beautifully with your smile, and won't stain your teeth grey like the silver fillings would. They are also safer for the environment and for you.

Sets to maximum strength upon placement: After being glued to the tooth, they reach their full strength once set, allowing you to use it for chewing as soon as the anesthetic wears of.

Can be repaired: If damaged, they can be repaired rather than replaced.

Protects the nerve from sensitivity: Composite fillings provide an insulating effect on the tooth. As less tooth structure is removed to allow for shallow preparations, the risk of the tooth requiring a root canal is reduced.

Reduced wear: Reduced wear on opposing teeth as they have a similar wear rate as natural teeth.

 Tooth Restoration

Root Canal Therapy

The team at Yarra Dental takes the pain and anxiety out of root canal therapy while ensuring work of the highest quality.

Root canal therapy is a procedure used to relieve pain caused by a nerve that has become inflamed or infected most commonly by tooth decay.

It is an ideal treatment option as it allows an individual to keep their tooth even though the nerve inside the tooth may have become inflamed or infected. Despite all the advances in technology, nothing compares to your natural teeth. Keeping your natural teeth is the best and most economical option in comparison to replacing a missing tooth with either a bridge or implant.

Although extraction might be the easiest option, keeping your natural teeth saves you from the complications that can arise following a tooth removal, namely:

  • Tipping of adjacent teeth, possibly compromising chewing, and the development of gum disease
  • Overeruption of opposing teeth resulting in sensitivity and root decay
  • Stress placed on neighbouring teeth, increasing the chances of them developing cracks

When infection is present, root canal therapy (RCT) is the most effective option for ensuring overall wellbeing because it removes the source of the problem, preventing reinfection. There is a common misleading notion that RCT is painful and doesn’t work. This is, in fact, the opposite of the objective of RCT. As previously stated, RCT is used to relieve pain, and studies have indicated that the success rate of RCT is as high as 97%.

What are the causes of an inflamed or infected pulp?

The breakdown of a filling on a tooth that provides a passageway for bacteria into the pulp

  • A crack that runs into the pulp
  • Deep decay where bacteria has reached the pulp
  • Trauma
  • Clenching
  • Periodontal gum disease

What are the symptoms of an inflamed and infected nerve?

Sensitivity to anything cold or hot that lingers for more than a few seconds

  • Pain that wakes you up at night or that comes on with no triggers
  • Pain that is constant, dull, and throbbing in nature
  • Pain when biting or touching the tooth
  • A tooth that has discoloured in appearance (greyish, pinkish)
  • Development of a swelling/abscess or tenderness of the gums surrounding the tooth
  • A tooth that has become mobile and loose
  • Swelling of the face

It’s important to note that an infected nerve will not always produce pain.

Are there any complications that may occur if an inflamed or infected pulp is left untreated?

 Yes, there are

An untreated infection results in increased irreversible damage to the surrounding bone and tissue. This may leave no other option but to extract the tooth. Following extraction, the irreversible damage my complicate and prevent other treatment options.

  • The longer treatment is delayed, the more intense the pain becomes and a more severe infection develops
  • Untreated infections may spread into surrounding vital areas of the face and throat, resulting in possibly life-threatening complications

Treatment procedure:

 Tooth Restoration

Cosmetic Porcelain Veneers

At Yarra Dental, we have your best interests at heart, so it's imperative to appreciate that a sound foundation of clean, healthy teeth needs to be established before any cosmetic procedure can be done. This is achieved through thorough examination and our Hygiene Maintenance Program.

With the societal pressure nowdays to have an attractive smile, the team at Yarra Dental understands and appreciates aesthetics, and will work with you to achieve your proudest smile.

 Cosmetic Dentistry

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin layers of ceramic that are cemented over the outer surface of your teeth to improve colour, shape and strength, or to replace a weakened tooth structure.

It is a highly effective conservative treatment option to help you achieve the smile you desire. Porcelain veneers are able to completely redesign your smile to create symmetry and balance in as little as 2 appointments.

What are porcelain veneers used to correct?

  • Permanently close spaces between teeth
  • Restore ideal shape to chipped or worn teeth
  • Create a more balanced, even smile
  • Reshape small/long shaped teeth to ideal proportions
  • Make crooked, crowded or misaligned teeth appear straighter
  • Cover stained or discoloured teeth

What are the benefits of dental veneers, and how long will they last?

During our pre-procedural work, we work with you to create the ideal colour and shape of the teeth you desire, and a diagnostic wax-up will help you visualise the results before we start. This way you will get 100% satisfaction.

  • Achieve a natural appearing smile
  • Painless procedure
  • Resistant to staining from things like tea, coffee, smoking and wine
  • More affordable and conservative than crowns
  • Their strength is comparable to natural tooth structure
  • The porcelain itself does not decay

If maintained well, and a good home oral hygiene routine is followed, veneers are long lasting (10+ years).

What is the procedure for porcelain veneers?

Pre-planning phase: careful preparation is the key to achieving the ideal result.

  • Upper and lower moulds of your teeth are taken to create study models
  • The study models are sent to the laboratory with instructions on your proposed design to create a diagnostic wax-up
  • The diagnostic wax-up is a trial for you to assess your new smile before starting to ensure you will be happy with the final result
  • We will then have a complimentary consultation to discuss the diagnostic wax-up, modify anything you are not happy with, and answer any of your questions
  • Once you are 100% happy, we can then proceed to appointment 1

Appointment 1: the teeth are prepared

  • Local anaesthetic is administered so it’s a painless and comfortable appointment for you
  • Your teeth are prepared by removing approximately 0.5–1 mm of tooth structure so a natural result can be achieved and a strong connection formed between your teeth and the prepared veneers
  • Once the teeth are prepared, a mould is taken so a replica can be sent to the laboratory to prepare the porcelain veneers for a perfect fit
  • Temporary veneers are then placed as the laboratory takes between 1–2 weeks to fabricate the final result
  • A complimentary appointment with the laboratory is available in order for you to achieve the perfect colour match

Appointment 2: your new smile

  • Local anaesthetic is again administered for your comfort
  • The temporary veneers are removed and your teeth cleaned to ensure the strongest bond takes place
  • Your veneers are tried first before final cementation to make sure you are happy with the colour, shape, symmetry and overall fit
  • Once you give us the green light, we permanently cement your veneers
  • Careful polishing and adjustments take place
  • You then walk away with a new smile that you are proud of and completely satisfied with

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

  • Are you suffering from cracked tooth syndrome?
  • Are you suffering from pain particularly when chewing or releasing the biting pressure?
  • Is the pain often short, sharp and localised to a certain spot?
  • Are you experiencing sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet foods that can either be sharp or lingering in nature?
  • Are you experiencing a constant toothache?

If you have answered YES to any of the above questions, there is a good chance you have developed cracked tooth syndrome and should SEEK TREATMENT AS SOON AS YOU CAN.

Cracked tooth syndrome needs to be treated EARLY to avoid progression of the crack into the NERVE, and therefore the need for ROOT CANAL THERAPY, or, even WORSE, the crack can extend into the root, leaving no other option but to EXTRACT the tooth.

Likely causes of cracked tooth syndrome:

  • Large fillings: as more tooth structure is removed with larger fillings, this weakens the tooth mechanically. Silver amalgam fillings also contain mercury, which will contract and expand with temperature changes in foods and drinks at a much higher degree than the remaining natural tooth structure. This has a weakening effect on the tooth, making it more prone to crack development and progression
  • Parafunctional habits, such as clenching and grinding, both during the day and sleep
  • Accidents, knocks or blows to the jaw, as well as biting down on hard foods such as bones or fruit stones or pips

Treatment of cracked tooth syndrome:

Treatment depends on the location, direction and extent of the crack.

 Cracked Tooth Syndrome

If the crack has extended into the nerve:

Root Canal Therapy (RCT) is required. If the tooth remains pain-free following RCT, then a crown is needed.

If the tooth remains painful following RCT, then it will need to be extracted and replaced with an implant, bridge or partial denture.

If the crack has extended into the root:

Extraction and replacement with an implant, bridge or partial denture is the only viable option.

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 Cracked Tooth Syndrome

If the tooth is split:

A composite filling may be sufficient due to its ability to chemically bond to the tooth. This chemical bond reinforces and holds the remaining tooth structure together thus preventing further cracks.

A crown is essentially a helmet for the tooth. (Please refer to link in Services on Inlays/Onlays/Crowns/Bridges.)

Periodontal/Gum Care

No matter how good your teeth look, if the structures supporting them are not in good health, your teeth are destined to fall.

If you notice you are bleeding while brushing, visit us today at Yarra Dental to ensure you don’t lose your teeth.

Periodontal/gum disease is preventable.

Research has shown that most adults will encounter some form of periodontal disease during their lifetime.

A daily oral home care routine will help reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease, but will not eliminate it.

Adhering to the 3–6 months active Hygiene Maintenance Program is key to ensuring your periodontal tissue remains healthy and you maintain healthy, stable teeth for life.

What is periodontal/gum disease?

It is a range of diseases that affect the bone and gum/periodontal tissue, which house and support your teeth. It can affect a single tooth, but will more commonly affect many teeth.

What causes periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by an accumulation of bacteria on your teeth and the release of their associated harmful toxins. This results when there is a sub-optimal daily oral home care routine (i.e. regular brushing and flossing), as well as a lack of commitment to a 6-month Hygiene Maintenance Program with your dentist.

Besides bacterial accumulation, there are also a number of very significant risk factors that drastically increase the chances of you developing periodontal disease, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Systemic conditions, such as diabetes
  • Medications, including, but not limited to, anti-epileptic drugs, steroids and cancer therapy drugs
  • Defective margins on dental work
  • Crowded/crooked teeth
  • Parafunctional habits, such as clenching and grinding
  • Pregnancy

What are the types of periodontal disease?

Periodontal gum disease can be broadly characterised into 2 conditions:

  • Gingivitis, an early stage that is reversible
  • Periodontis, an advanced stage that is irreversible

It is important to appreciate that gum disease in its early stages is TREATABLE and can be REVERSED

GINGIVITIS is characterised by gum tissue that appears tender and swollen and often bleeds during brushing and flossing. There is no loss of bone or periodontal tissues that support the teeth.  

If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into the more advanced and damaging PERIODONTITIS. Periodontitis is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and its effects are unfortunately irreversible.

Signs of periodontitis include:

  • Lingering bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Pain when chewing
  • Mobile/loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or longer appearing teeth

How do I know if I suffer from periodontal disease?

If you notice any of the following signs, we recommend you book a consultation with us so we can assess your periodontal health and advise you on the necessary treatments.

  • Bleeding gums
  • Lingering bad breath
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Pain when chewing
  • Mobile/loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums or longer appearing teeth

We assess the state of your periodontal tissue by using an instrument called a Perio-Probe to measure the level of your tissues and any support you may have lost.

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Healthy Gums


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Mild Periodontitis


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Moderate Periodontitis


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Severe Periodontitus 

7mm and above

How is periodontal disease treated and what can I do to prevent developing it?

First and foremost, book an appointment to see us at Yarra Dental so we can assess your periodontal tissue and, if needed, provide the necessary treatment.

A single professional clean often treats gingivitis. You don’t generally require anaesthetic during the treatment, which is aimed at removing bacteria just below and above the gum line.

The treatment for periodontitis is more extensive and generally requires multiple visits with anaesthetic to ensure the bacteria is thoroughly removed from below the gum line. Recall appointments less than 6 months apart are often required.

Following a successful initial treatment, it’s imperative to adhere to a 3–6 month Active Hygiene Maintenance Program.

To ensure periodontal disease doesn’t develop or re-develop following successful treatment, we advise the following protocol:

  • Brush twice a day, must be last thing you do before going to bed
  • Floss daily, at least once a day and before brushing
  • Use fluoride and antiseptic mouthwashes at different times to brushing, i.e. after lunch, after dinner or after a sugary treat
  • Smoking cessation
  • Controlling systemic conditions
  • Adhering to a 3-6 month Active Hygiene Maintenance Program, which will ensure periodontal disease doesn’t develop, but, if it does, we are treating it in its early reversible stages

With research now displaying a possible correlation between gum disease and various systemic diseases such as diabetes, strokes and cardiovascular disease, the 3-6-month Active Hygiene Maintenance Program becomes even more paramount.