A new study has found that a dentist in Melbourne’s east is a dental goldmine.
Researchers at the University of Melbourne analysed dental records of more than 13,000 Australians and found the dentists at the Grafton and Lismore Valley Dentists are the most well-known for the use of high-frequency dental surgery and for high rates of dental implants and crowns.
Dr Helen Pender, an assistant professor at the university’s dental school, said the study showed how important it is to be able to access dental care at a time of emergency.
“It is important to have a specialist in the community to provide dental care to those who are not able to have that kind of care in the home,” she said.
“The most recent Australian census indicated that the number of dental procedures performed each year by people aged 50 to 74 increased by 6 per cent in the last decade, from 3,929 in 2005-06 to 5,914 in 2019-20.”
Dr Pender said there was a real need for dental care in emergency situations, but the situation was often difficult to access in a community where people were still living with chronic health issues and were unable to access the dental services that they needed.
“We need to make sure that the dental needs of the community are being met, and it’s essential that we do it now,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne’s Drive Time.
“In the long term, we know that people are more likely to have chronic health conditions, that people have higher rates of obesity, that are more prone to developing dementia, and so we need to provide people with the dental care that they need.”
The study looked at the dentistry’s use of dental surgery to treat patients with chronic dental conditions.
The researchers found that in all 13,082 people who had a diagnosis of chronic health condition in the past five years, at least one of their teeth had been extracted.
The Graftons and Lismsore Valley dentists were also at the top of the list with more than four out of five patients who had had dental surgery receiving a crown.
The research was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Dental Research.