Dental Extractions

Extractions of teeth are rarely needed in my practice.  Our emphasis is on the conservative treatment of teeth and extraction ONLY AS A LAST RESORT.  Once a tooth is extracted, the biting forces of your mouth are focused on fewer teeth in the region, accelerating their wear and demise.  Extractions can be completed under oral sedation (i.e. Diazepam (Valium) or inhalation sedation (i.e. NOS, nitrous oxide, laughing gas) just to take the anxiety away.  Difficult cases are referred to our oral surgeon to be performed under intravenous (IV) sedation or general anaesthetic (GA), and who also honor Southern Cross Insurance Policy holders.

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About Clarence


Clarence is originally from Toronto, Canada, where she completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery and General Practice Residency at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto, respectively. Clarence's practice is mostly limited to cosmetic and restorative dentistry. She is well-published to both the local and international dental press, writing articles, reviewing and developing prototype products and techniques in clinical dentistry. She frequently and continually lectures throughout New Zealand and Australia. Clarence is the Chairperson and Director of the New Zealand Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is an Accreditation Candidate and Sustaining Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and seeks to be the first in New Zealand to gain Accredited Status with them. Clarence is an Opinion Leader for multinational dental companies Henry Schein Shalfoon, 3M ESPE, Kuraray-Morita, GC Australasia, SDI, Coltene-Whaledent, Dentsply/Triodent/Rhondium and Voco. She is a passionate and approachable individual, and is committed to having an interactive approach with patients in all of her cases to maximize predictability.
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Patient testimonials


"Dr Clarence Tam has been attending to my dental care for about 3 years, now. I have required quite extensive restorative dental work over that time, as when we first met my teeth were in quite a neglected state. Previous experiences with dentists had made me very wary of them and visits had always been an ordeal.

Clarence has a wonderful and friendly professional manner and very quickly makes me feel completely at ease at each visit. She realized at my first visit how nervous I was and I can say that each treatment is virtually painless, now. She always takes time to discuss how each treatment is progressing and what work is recommended - she answers any questions I may have, no matter how simple they may seem.

Clarence has given me a confidence that was lacking when we first met and I now have no hesitation to smile and show my teeth."

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