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Meet Our New Dentist, Dr Emma Robertson


Dr Emma Robertson brings skills in facial injectables, along with general and cosmetic dental expertise, to Hugh Fleming Dentistry.

Dr Emma Robertson has recently relocated to Hugh Fleming Dentistry in Mosman, bringing a wide range of dental skills, including root canal treatment (endodontics) and orthodontics, as well as a reputation for pain-free facial injectable treatments. She is also a member of the Australian Dental Association, the Australasian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics and a certified provider of Invisalign, Smiletru and Inman Aligners.

Hugh Fleming Dentistry - Dr Emma RobertsonDr Robertson moved to Australia from Scotland five years ago, two years after graduating from the University of Glasgow. She has worked in a general practice in Bondi for the last 5 years, and recently moved to Hugh Fleming Dentistry to progress her career.

“I became interested in pursuing dentistry as a career after undergoing considerable orthodontic work between the ages of nine and 16,” Dr Robertson says.

“Growing up, I was very self-conscious due to my crooked teeth. Having this extensive dental and orthodontic work made a marked difference to my confidence and hence my life in general. It was intriguing to discover that so many areas and specialties within dentistry exist. I felt that I would enjoy the variety of work that dentistry offers, and meeting and helping patients from all walks of life. I’m very fortunate to be able to help improve the smiles and confidence of others now.”

Expertise with facial injectables

Dr Robertson has undergone professional training in facial injectables which help to smooth out wrinkles and regain tissue volume. This can assist patients in regaining a more youthful appearance. Dr Robertson has developed a following for providing comfortable cosmetic treatments through her professional skills in local anaesthetic injections.

“Dentists are highly-trained medical professionals who have studied head, neck and facial anatomy in-depth, and are trusted to use medications for a number of conditions,” explains Dr Robertson.

“We are already extensively trained in injection techniques for local anaesthetic, which carries over into my cosmetic injectable work. Many providers of facial injectables are not trained to give local anaesthetic, and without them, these procedures can be painful.”

Dr Robertson says both men and women look for such treatments for a healthier, more youthful look. The most popular areas to treat are forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crows’ feet (smile lines around the eyes), and the lines/folds which run from the side of nose to the lips. Many patients also seek a little extra volume or definition in their lips.

“The skin naturally loses volume with age, sun exposure and habits such as smoking. My aim is to return the skin volume to what it should be,” she says. “The result needs to look natural for each patient.”

Another very popular treatment is the use of facial injectables/muscle relaxants to help with TMJ problems such as clenching or grinding.

“I am constantly surprised by the number of patients I come across who have damaged their teeth over the years by clenching or grinding. They are usually unaware of the habit, or indeed the damage they have done to their teeth. Some of these patients may only do this in their sleep, in which case we can make a splint to protect their teeth. However, some patients find this uncomfortable to wear, or they frequently forget to wear it. In these cases, or in cases where we suspect the habit is occurring during the day, we can use some muscle relaxant in the main jaw to reduce the strength of the muscle and, in-turn, protect the teeth from further damage.”

Your facial injectables treatment

Dr Robertson says an initial 30-minute consultation allows her to have a conversation with each patient. “We will take time to discuss your concerns and treatment goals, and I can explain the possible treatment options.” she says.

“If we are planning HA dermal fillers, then I know exactly how much product to order for the particular patient. We don’t use silicone, we use hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring, biological product.”

On treatment day, Dr Robertson prefers to err on the side of caution with dermal fillers.

“I carry out the initial treatment, then have the patient return after 2 weeks when any minor swelling has settled. That ensures we are both happy with the result, and can add more if desired.” she says. “You can always add more, but you can’t take it away.”

Away from the surgery

When Dr Robertson is not busy in the dental practice she horse rides 4-5 times a week, training with her horse and competing in dressage. “It’s more of an obsession than a hobby,” she admits.

“My fiancé and I also like to go walking in the national parks, and discover new restaurants and cafes. We love the food and wine here in Australia. We originally came here with the plan to stay for a year but after about three months, we were sitting in a café in the beautiful sunshine talking about how wonderful Australia was, and we said ‘this is home now, isn’t it?’

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