Welcome Dental - Urunga Dentist based in NSW


We'll turn that frown upside down!


The welcome swallow got its name from sailors who knew they were near land when they saw them. They were a welcome sight after a long journey. Their symbolism has included, peace, love and healing in different cultures.


Throughout our journey we want to create sensational smiles for people on the Coffs Coast and improve their overall happiness and wellbeing.


Invisalign, whitening, tooth whitening braces




The team at Welcome Dental in Urunga NSW offer a wide range of services including general dental such as fillings and oral hygiene through to cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, straightening teeth or veneers. Feel free to click on the various links below to visit that page and learn more.




Emergency Dentistry


Cosmetic Dentistry


General Dentistry


Children's Dentistry








Veneers are added to the front of the tooth. They are used because of discolouration, misalignment, chips, to reduce gaps, worn teeth or cracks. The natural tooth may be shaved so that when the extra layer is added the tooth remains in a nice line with the other teeth. They are matched to the natural shade of your teeth.




Some reasons that you may consider orthodontics include; crooked teeth, gappy teeth, an underbite or overbite, buck teeth or crowded teeth. Orthodontics is a system of using removable plates,  braces or other fixed appliances or clear aligners to  apply pressure to your teeth to move them appropriately. Nambucca Heads Urunga






6 monthly dental check ups are especially important for children from time they lose their first baby tooth. The dentist will check that teeth are coming through symmetrically in the child’s mouth and in the correct sequence. Some orthodontic problems can be avoided completely with early detection and  correct management of potential issues. Small orthodontic problems can be come much larger problems if not addressed in a timely fashion. Detected of likely bigger problems early allows parents to plan financially for later treatment,






Many orthodontic conditions are best addressed during active growth or as the 12 year old molars are erupting so the early teenage years are a common time to start orthodontic treatment. Nambucca Heads Urunga






It is not uncommon for adults to want to move their teeth to help get to the smile they have always wanted! Many adults choose Invisalign rather than braces as they are less obvious




Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that are worn over a period of time and changed when instructed by your dentist. There is a free online assessment at: Nambucca Heads Urunga




You will require a consult with the dentist before commencing this treatment. When they take a scan of your mouth with the Itero scanner, you will be able to see the changes that are made through using Invisalign and what your smile will look like at the end. Your retainers will then be custom made. You will need to have regular visits with the dentist and ensure that you are maintaining your oral health. Nambucca Heads Urunga




Depending on your case, Invisalign can start to see changes within 6 months. Most people will have Invisalign for 18-24 months until the end result. Nambucca Heads Urunga




The best thing about Invisalign is there are no wires, or brackets, this means you can continue eating all of your favourite foods and there are no changes to your brushing habits.




Diagram - showing in order; healthy gums, Gingivitis, Periodontitis


Composite Veneers


Multiple layers are added to the front of the tooth and light cured. The colour is matched to the natural shade.Nambucca Heads Urunga


 tooth whitening


Teeth may darken due to pigments that may be incorporated into the teeth due to smoking, coffee and tea, alcohol and  food additives. Some natural discolouration may occur due to with aging and post trauma. Tooth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment used to lighten the colour of teeth to give a fresher looking smile. How long it lasts depends on continued avoidance of highly pigmented  foods and  avoiding smoking. Nambucca Heads Urunga




Tooth whitening is usually done either at home using special trays custom made to fit your mouth (this can take days or weeks depending on your teeth) or by Zoom whitening at the dental office (a 90 to 120 minute session).  It is a safe and quick way to improve your smile and is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. It is often done prior to other aesthetic work so that the subsequent work can be done at a shade you are happy with. Nambucca Heads Urunga




It is important to note that different types of tooth whitening are suitable for different people and not everyone is a good candidate. Your dentist, hygienist or oral health therapist will be able to advise whether you are a good candidate. Sensitivity needs to be considered as in some cases it may be exacerbated by whitening.  Decay and abrasion, abfraction and erosion lesions need to be addressed and calculus should be removed prior to commencing and your overall oral health needs to be considered.




Take Home Whitening


 This enables you to whiten and top up your whitening to whiten in your own time at your own pace. If you wish to proceed this way  and you are a good candidate, then your dentist will make you customised mouth trays that closely fit the teeth for safe and effective results. They will also discuss the best percentage of whitening gel, provide instructions and answer any questions you may have. It is important to follow the dentist’s instructions to ensure best results and to maintain your oral health. Nambucca Heads Urunga




Zoom Whitening


If you want fast results then in chair whitening with Zoom might be an option for you.




Zoom whitening uses whitening gel, that is activated by an ultraviolet light to achieve results. There will be a post treatment gel applied and you will also receive customised whitening trays and a take home whitening kit so that you can top up at a later date, though some people choose to just get their zoom redone every few years.




Single Tooth Whitening


When a tooth has been root filled and discoloured sometimes it can be whitened from the inside.  The dentist will assess the tooth and if suitable may clean and root filling material from inside the crown of the tooth, seal the root filling material at the gum line and temporarily seal   some whitening material inside. Two or more visits are required to get the tooth to the desired shade  before the tooth is permanently sealed.




Diagram - showing a teeth whitening kit.


Porcelain Veneers


These are custom made in a laboratory from porcelain or other ceramic material. The porcelain is bonded to the tooth surface.




Diagram - showing a veneer being added.


If you are looking to book in for an appointment please click here to visit the contact page. meet the team


Welcome Dental team comprises of a number of enthusiastic and caring personalities, committed to providing high quality dentistry and exceptional patient care in a place where people feel safe, welcome and at peace. We want our teams to be social, innovative and inspired and people who are passionate about oral health and happy smiles.


Cosmetic Kids Dentistry Urunga Dental




View our articles page, updated regularly with news, information about oral care, what to do in an emergency and more.


dental emergency?


Dental Trauma




The Tooth SOS App is  a fantastic App  by the International Association of Dental Traumatology and we highly recommend you download it.




Dental Emergency




If you’re suffering a toothache or maybe you recently broke a tooth you may need emergency dental treatment.




A few tips if you’re suffering a tooth ache and can’t get to the dentist straight away:


• Avoid eating or chewing on the side of your mouth that is experiencing the pain.


• You may prefer soft or liquid foods, as well as avoiding food or drink that is extremely hot or cold, as many dental problems can cause heightened sensitivity to temperature.


• If a sharp tooth is causing discomfort you can use some bees wax, blue tac or sugar free chewing gum to cover the sharp area for short term relief.


To alleviate any associated pain, take paracetamol or ibuprofen (if you are able to). They work best if taken together at the same time but be careful not to exceed the maximum recommended daily dosage.


Some people find clove oil helpful but, be careful when applying as it can burn lips and other soft tissues


Record what causes the pain and how it changes.  If it is worse if you lower your head it could be a sinus issue and sinus medication might help. If your jaw joints are sore it could be a joint problem.


• Avoid putting aspirin directly on your gums (near the tooth) as they may potentially burn the gums , cheeks or tongue.




• If it hurts when you bite down or release your bite try to bite on  toothpick and check in the mirror to ensure you so you can show your dentist exactly where it hurts when you  come in.




• If you suffer fever, swelling or have trouble swallowing it is important to attend emergency if you cannot attend a dentist immediately.




Pain is your body’s way of saying something is wrong and sometimes things are very wrong.  If a tooth is starting to hurt on its own sometimes it’s too late to save it so don’t wait for things to get bad. If you think something is not right then call for an emergency dental appointment




Knocked out teeth




Baby teeth


If it is a baby tooth don’t replace it but bring the child in for review (preferably with the tooth).




Adult teeth


1 Try to find your tooth, when you find it do not touch the root of the tooth, hold it by the crown.


2 If the tooth is dirty rinse it with milk before reinserting it (ensure to place it back in the right way). Do not scrub the tooth clean.


3 If you don’t want to reinsert it then place the tooth between your teeth and cheek until you get to the hospital or the dentist or place it into a glass of milk. Do not place the tooth into water.




Teeth may require ‘fillings' or ‘restorations' for a number of reasons. These include, decay, trauma, grinding (bruxism) or to protect and seal teeth after root canal therapy. Sometimes we have to rebuild teeth that have been etched away by acids. Fillings are used to  reduce further  wear and tear or loss of tooth structure.




Cavities that require filling may become evident due to;


Tooth ache or tooth pain ( which may be intermittent or constant)

Sensitivity to hot and cold

feeling or seeing a hole

Floss tearing between teeth

Discolouration or grey shadowing

Decay on an x-ray



The most common form of filling used is a composite resin. Sometimes we use glass ionomer cements.  Rarely amalgam fillings may be indicated and maybe an option. Porcelain and zirconia inlay/onlays may also be appropriate. The composite resin is matched to the shad of your natural teeth. If you do opt for a porcelain inlay/onlay then this is also matched to your natural shade, however the costs are substantially higher as this is a lab made product and requires two visits (these are similar to a veneer).



visiting clinicians

Welcome Dental often has visiting clinicians operating from within the practice. We welcome the following visiting clinicians who bring a wealth of expertise and specialised knowledge to our practice. Please join us in welcoming them.

Dr Neil R McGregor

BDS, MDSc, PhD. Specialist Periodontist

Clinical Associate Professor University of Melbourne


Visiting Clinician


Dr Neil McGregor Graduated at the University of Sydney and worked for several years in Griffith NSW. He completed his Masters in Periodontics at the University of Queensland and moved to Newcastle NSW. There he completed his PhD in the metabolism/biochemistry and microbiology of pain syndromes and has academic appointments in research of chronic disease including symptom expression and infectious disease.


Dr McGregor moved to Melbourne in 2003 and has since gained an academic position at the University of Melbourne. He has published over 50 papers in peer reviewed journals.


Dr McGregor is a member of the Open Medicine Foundation team at the University of Melbourne and has multiple collaborative research associations with groups in the USA and Europe. He is currently leading a genetics research program at the University of Melbourne in relationship to periodontal disease susceptibility.

Dr Oleg Pushkarev

(BDS, PhD)

After graduation from Saint Petersburg State Pavlov’s University in 2006, and accomplishing master’s program in restorative dentistry in 2009, Oleg started his career in dentistry working in a specialized periodontal practice, working on his PhD at the same time. An opportunity to broaden his horizons and experience the relaxed Australian lifestyle led him to move to Coffs Harbour, NSW.


Oleg’s special interest in implant and restorative dentistry has inspired him to study oral Implants at the University of Sydney (GradDipClinDent) and eventually moving to Toowoomba.


Oleg is deeply committed to taking a holistic approach to dentistry and focused on prevention of oral disease and oral rehabilitation. Helping people to learn more about their oral health and how they can improve it is a great satisfaction for him. He strives to provide the highest level of care for his patients and frequently attends national and international conferences and seminars to further his knowledge and expertise. Oleg is a proud member of Australian Dental Association (ADA), Australian Prosthodontic Society (APS), and International Team for Implantology (ITI).


Oleg welcomes all new patients including those who are nervous and anxious and with his gentle manner creates relaxed stress-free environment.


In his spare time, Oleg enjoys wonderful Australian nature, goes hiking and bushwalking, and has an interest in history.

Veronika Valena

(BDSc (Hon)

Dr. Veronika Valena completed her bachelor's degree in dental science from the University of Queensland in the early 2000s with first-class honours and numerous academic commendations. For the last 15 years, she has worked full-time as a general dental practitioner in Queensland's regional centre of Toowoomba.


In 2014, Dr. Valena completed additional qualifications in orthodontic treatment through the Progressive Orthodontic Seminars program, and in 2023, she applied for and was accepted to the post-graduate master’s program in endodontics at Kings College, London.


Dr Valena has always sought opportunities for professional growth and committed herself to improving her knowledge and clinical skills in all areas of general dentistry. She works hard for her patients and enjoys a good reputation as an ethical and competent practitioner amongst her colleagues.


Before having any surgical or invasive procedures undertaken, it is always advisable to have a second opinion, from a registered and qualified health practitioner.

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