Foundations for True Health
Dr Alannah Freer graduated from University of Queensland in 1982 with honours and has been in private practice for nearly 30 years.
Rachael graduated from the University of Queensland School of Dentistry with First Class Honours in 2007. She was awarded prizes for periodontics and general dentistry.
Dr Cath Hewitt has a long history in health care. Her journey began as a Registered Nurse (hospital trained) with experience in critical care and emergency medicine.
Alyssa graduated from the University of Queensland. Following graduation she has worked in private practice in Brisbane honing her skills in general dentistry treating patients of all ages.
Maria was born and educated in Brazil, graduating from Dentistry in 1994. She then joined the Army where she worked for 2 years and soon after opened her own private practice.
This is a term that has been applied to dental practices that take into consideration the effect that dental procedures may have on your general health, including the potential toxic effects of some dental materials. Holistic dentistry also emphasises approaches to oral health care that consider the patient‘s entire physical and emotional state, also acknowledging the role that oral health plays in overall health and wellbeing, not just the health of his or her teeth.
Amalgam removal involves the careful drilling out of old silver fillings that contain mercury.
Dental amalgam is a filling material that has been used in dentistry for over 165 years. It is made from a mixture of powdered silver, tin and other metals mixed with liquid mercury in a ratio of 1:1. Once combined together as amalgam and placed in teeth, the mercury was thought to be bound within the filling material. However, research has since shown that the mercury is released as vapour during chewing, grinding and from consuming hot foods and drinks. Mercury has been shown to accumulate over time in tissues of the body such as thyroid, kidneys, uterus and foetus, and the brain. (Vimy, Lorsceider)
We provide a comprehensive range of general dentistry services for people of all ages and have HICAPS facilities for health fund rebates.
Every detail has been carefully attended to so that we can provide you with the best possible experience as a patient at our practice. Our staff are highly trained and are dedicated to your care – before you even contact us for your appointment.
Our practice is beautifully appointed with the latest technology and highest quality dental equipment. Our most recent addition is Diagnocam – a new, imaging system that shows early decay without the use of X-rays.
Dr Rachael Clem and Dr Alannah Freer are experienced in providing oral health care and dentistry for children, especially those who may be a bit nervous. We have a purpose-built treatment room that is a lot of fun and very colourful. Our emphasis is always on building a foundation of trust with our littlest patients.
Some people are sensitive to the ingredients in certain dental materials and we aim to provide the safest dental materials available and continually are sourcing these products and technologies. We use latex-free gloves, latex-free dental dam and polishing cups. We use biocompatible filling materials including BPA–free resins from Germany.
Oral hygiene appointments are essential to maintain healthy teeth and gums and we have a variety of cleaning technologies (Prophy-Jet, Periomate) that reduce the discomfort of this procedure and at the same time give an outstanding clean with reduced cold sensitivity. Patient education is an important part of our practice.
A healthy smile is something we all enjoy but there are side-effects with some whitening products. We give advice on the short and long-term effects of the various tooth-whitening systems and offer a range of in-house tooth whitening as well as take home whitening kits.
A crown is a cast restoration (made in a high temperature furnace) from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or gold that is used to protect a tooth from breakage or rebuild a broken tooth where it is not possible to restore the tooth with filling material alone. Metal-free crowns are now strong enough to be used in most areas of the mouth for most people and achieve a natural appearance. Teeth that have been damaged from decay or trauma often have large fillings that break down or appear unsightly. Metal-free crowns provide strong protection for these teeth and look like a beautiful real tooth! They are so smooth that they feel like enamel, are easy to clean and will not pick up stain. Metal free crowns provide a strong and beautiful biocompatible solution.
Root Canal treatments are used as an alternative solution to extracting teeth that have died due to infection or trauma. Teeth that have become abscessed or infected as a result of decay or trauma should not be left untreated – even if there is no pain. Uncontrolled dental infections are known to be a factor that can contribute to the progress of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and pregnancy complications such as premature birth.