Discover Dental on Main

Located on Main Street in the heart of Glenorchy, Tasmania, our highly qualified team of dentists and dental assistants offer affordable dental care that gets to the root of the problem.









Dental Services

General Dentistry
We provide a full range of dental treatments following evidence-based practice trends.
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Cosmetic Dentistry
A great smile is a huge asset in our social and professional lives.
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Dental Implants
If you have been unfortunate enough to lose any (or even all) of your teeth.
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paediatric dentistry
Paediatric Dentistry
“Big Kid” Alex builds a happy rapport and a strong relationship with his littlest patients.
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Expert Dentists

Andrew is no stranger to the Hobart region, growing up in Taroona. After studying Dentistry at Adelaide University, he began his career in 1980 with the School Dental Service. Soon after, he joined Dr James Allen at his practice right here in 1982. They must have hit it off as Andrew became a partner in the practice in 1984 and took over in 1992.

Dr Allen has since retired, making room for Alex Ryan to step into the role of owner. Alex spent four years as a Dental Officer in the Australian Army posted to Enoggera Barracks. A ‘Big Kid’ himself, he has a particular interest in Endodontics and Paediatric Dentistry with a knack for putting patients at ease.

General Dentistry

Andrew and Alex enjoy the diversity and challenges that dentistry can bring. Our team regularly performs conservative restorative dentistry, crown and bridge, implant restoration, root canal treatment, tooth whitening and cleaning. We consistently work on our clinical currency with regular attendance of education events and follow up-to-date evidence-based practice trends.

We provide a broad range of treatments and will refer complex specialist treatment cases to Hobart’s experienced specialist practitioners – especially in the areas of Oral Surgery, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics and Implant placement.

Kid’s Dentistry

At Dental on Main, we enjoy treating your whole family. Alex is passionate about Paediatric Dentistry and works hard to build a solid rapport and strong relationship with his littlest patients. Our nurses say it’s because he is a big kid himself!

Dental on Main participates in the Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) and provides free care to eligible patients.

Early exposure to calm and kind dental treatment is crucial to develop healthy dental habits throughout life. Whether it’s their first check-up or a complex process, like orthodontic management, Alex and Andrew are here to help.

Cosmetic Dentistry and Whitening

Our ultimate aim is for healthy teeth and happy patients. One of the ways we achieve this is by helping our patients develop the habits and understanding needed to maintain natural teeth long-term. If your goal is to improve the aesthetics or function of your teeth, we can help with that too! We partner with a dental laboratory that focuses on aesthetic, indirect restorations, such as crowns, bridges and veneers, to help you achieve a smile that you can be proud of.

Teeth whitening methods done by professionals are a safe and reliable treatment option that can improve the shade and aesthetics of your teeth without compromising their integrity. Whether you’ve got a big event or have noticed your teeth darkening over time, you may want to brighten them. We can help lighten the shade of your teeth safely and effectively.


Do you have a relentless toothache that’s interrupting your day and your night? It may be due to irreversible inflammation of the tooth’s pulp tissue. This inflammation can develop from decay, leaky fillings, periodontal disease, or trauma. A root canal treatment or removal of the inflamed tissue and replacement with an inert filling material might be the solution for you.

A tooth can display a range of uncomfortable symptoms and still be reversibly inflamed. In these cases, less invasive treatment options can be used to reduce inflammation. Come in for an assessment so we can help determine the cause and the best course of treatment.


Gingivitis is the little brother of periodontal disease. Infection, or colonisation, of the tooth and root surfaces by pathological bacteria, can cause inflammation of the gums and the tooth’s supporting tissues. Over time this inflammation results in bone loss which reduces the tooth’s connection with the jaws.

This disease-causing colonisation can be caused by conventional infection or by opportunistic organisms in cases when the oral environment is out of balance. Poor oral hygiene and some medical conditions such as diabetes or smoking are contributing factors. The first steps in managing this disease state are education, debridement of the colonised plaque and improved oral hygiene. We are happy to help, and it’s never too late to start.


Veneers, crowns and bridges. Hollywood smiles or repairing old friends. Prosthodontics also encompasses removable prostheses like dentures. Returning lost function or correcting natural defects are the noble uses of prosthodontic restorations, but aesthetic improvements are also readily attainable. In some cases, prosthodontic restorations may be the last attempt at saving or replacing an important tooth, and in other cases may be used to improve on natural defects.

Some prosthodontic procedures come at a high cost of natural tooth structure, and while excellent functional and aesthetic results can be attained, they require prudent judgement and consideration prior to placement. That’s a lot to chew, right? In many cases, less invasive dentistry is recommended and can return similar aesthetic results. We are here to explore the best options for you.

X-Ray Services

Dental X-rays are pictures of the teeth, bones, and soft tissues around them to help find problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw. X-ray pictures can show cavities, hidden dental structures (such as wisdom teeth), and bone loss that cannot be seen during a visual examination.

It is important to get the full scope of information available when making a dental assessment, this is why we do x-rays.

Emergency Services

What is a dental emergency? Dental emergencies can have many causes, including accidents, sports-related injuries, tooth decay and infection. It can be a traumatic injury to your mouth, jaw or teeth or be severe pain that you cannot control with over-the-counter pain medication.

Give us a call so we can discuss your options for immediate assistance.