November 30, 2021

The Types of Experienced Dentists You Will Meet at Next Smile Australia

As a Next Smile Australia patient, you’ll have access to exceptional treatment and care delivered by a qualified dental team trained in the All-on-4® dental implant procedure.

Suppose you see your general dentist for routine procedures and regular cleanings.  At your Next Smile™, you will meet experienced dental surgeons that perform the All-on-4® Dental Implant procedure along with single implants.

At Next Smile™, we also have Dental Technicians/Prosthetists, Dental Assistants and Hygienists. However, there are many different dental specialties that we have also highlighted in this article. 

Your Lead Dentists

Our team of Lead All-on-4® Dentists delivers the highest level of care and service, with a compassionate nature and expertise that will put you immediately at ease. 

Next Smile™ Lead Dental Surgeons have been trained by Dr Paulo Malo, All-on-4® Pioneer and a Malo Education Faculty member. 

They are world leaders in implantology and cosmetic dentistry and dental industry educators that provide world-class educational opportunities to their teams.

Next Smile™ Brisbane

Dr Tony Rotondo

Dr Rotondo is a registered prosthodontist with 30 years of experience who specialises in the aesthetic restoration and replacement of teeth.

Next Smile™ Sydney 

Mr Robert Dulieu

Renowned for his impeccable workmanship, Next Smile™ Prosthetist, Mr Rob Dulieu crafts the provisional and permanent bridges as part of the clinically proven All-on-4® Malo Protocol.

Next Smile™ Melbourne 

Dr Larry Benge

Dr Benge partnered with Dr Paulo Malo in bringing the All-on-4® concept of full-arch restoration philosophy to Australia.

Next Smile™ Wollongong 

Dr Barry Phelan

Dr Phelan’s practice focuses on restorative and implant dentistry and draws on the All-on-4®  concept to transform people’s lives, self-esteem and smiles.


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Oral surgeons specialise in face and jaw surgery, from single implants to full jaw rehabilitation. In addition, they are trained to treat various conditions and injuries that affect the head, neck, jaw, and face.

We partner with leading OMFS who perform complex surgery, such as zygomas. Dr Kevin Spencer at Next Smile™ Melbourne is one of our partners.

In Australia, it takes about 11 years of training to become an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. This includes a degree in medicine and dentistry, the registration as a dentist and medical practitioner in Australia or New Zealand and a year of Surgery in General (SIG).

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are typically needed because of the following:

  • Accidental injury
  • Trauma
  • Disease
  • Periodontal issues
  • Dental caries
  • Tooth loss



Orthodontists use braces, retainers, and bands to adjust the position of teeth and correct your bite.  If a malocclusion (a "poor bite”) is left untreated, it may cause issues with speaking and eating. Crooked teeth are also harder to clean, making them more prone to tooth decay and tooth loss.

In Australia, orthodontists must obtain a three-year full-time university degree in orthodontics and gain two years of clinical experience as a dentist. They also have to be registered as a Specialist in Orthodontics and complete an AHPRA registered general dental degree.

Typical orthodontic treatments include:

  • Braces & Retainers
  • Clear aligners
  • Space maintainers
  • Palate expanders


Periodontists specialise in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases that affect the soft tissues of the mandibular (lower) and maxillary (upper) jawbones.

These dentists also focus on the overall health and aesthetics of the tissue structures that support your teeth. 

Australian Periodontists must hold a doctoral degree in Clinical Dentistry (Periodontics) and a Bachelor of Dentistry or Dental Surgery. In addition, they will have spent at least two years in general dental practice and are registered with the Australian Dental Board for practice and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). 

Common periodontist treatments include:

  • Periodontal debridement
  • Placement of dental implants
  • Crown lengthening
  • Gum graft surgery


Endodontists specialise in treating the diseased or damaged pulp of teeth. They will deal with any issues related to the dental pulp and periradicular tissues, which includes blood vessels, tissues, and nerves. Endodontists work closely with the Next Smile™ team of lead dentists to guarantee the best possible outcome for you. 

To work as an Endodontist in Australia, you will have to register with the Dental Board of Australia as a specialist, hold a degree in general dentistry, plus a masters degree in Endodontics.

Common endodontists treatments include:

  • Root canal treatments 
  • Surgery for dental pulp diseases



Prosthodontists diagnose and restore missing or damaged teeth and oral tissues using biocompatible substitutes. This can involve invasive procedures such as the placement of dental implants and crowns, and bridges.

Prosthodontists are trained in complex restorative and aesthetic procedures. In Australia, it can take up to 13 years of education to become a prosthodontist. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in general dentistry, Prosthodontists must undergo a three-year masters degree. 

Dr Tony Rotondo from our Next Smile™ Brisbane practice is a world-renowned and leading Prosthodontist. With over 30 years of experience, he has been placing implants since the early 2000s and has completed more than 500 All-on-4® cases.

Prosthodontists specialise in dental restorations using:

  • Dental Veneers
  • Dental Implants
  • Dentures
  • Dental Crowns & Bridges

The Next Smile™ All-on-4® Support Team 

Our experienced dentists are supported by a fantastic team of dedicated dental professionals.

Dental Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists

Our Dental Hygienists are an essential part of our dental team. Their primary focus is the promotion of oral health and the prevention of oral disease. In addition, dental hygienists offer tooth cleaning services, teeth whitening and plaque control services.

In Australia, Dental Hygienists are required to undergo a two-year Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene) or a three-year Bachelor degree.

Dental Technicians and Dental Prosthetists  

Dental technicians generally work in laboratory environments to create, modify, or repair dental prosthetic devices. As part of their job, they may also develop mouth models from impressions, craft braces and mouthguards, design and construct ceramic restorations including crowns, bridges and dentures.

Australian Dental Technicians are required to undergo a  2-year Diploma of Dental Technology.

Dental Assistants

Our dental assistants are the right hand to our lead dentists and dental surgeons. They’re responsible for a wide range of activities, from assisting dentists, hygienists and therapists during procedures, to preparing for and cleaning up after procedures and patient care.

Our dental assistants have obtained a Certificate III in Dental Assisting and a Certificate IV in Dental Assisting and are members of DAHP and DAAA.

If you are interested in learning more about Next Smile™ All-on-4® and our talented team, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1300 625 628 or contact us online