Rob provides implants, crowns & bridges, wisdom teeth removal,cosmetic dentistry, snoring devices, mouth guards, dentures .......

In an emergency

during SURGERY HOURS– we offer same day emergency treatment.
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Introducing Rob the dentist

Rob is an experienced caring NZ graduate dentist. He has developed special interest in sleep dentistry, implants, wisdom tooth extraction....

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Featured treatments

More information on mouth-guards, devices to treat snoring & sleep apnoea, wisdom tooth extraction, implants, tooth whitening ...

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To speak to us at the surgery

During our normal open hours – 8 am to 5 pm Monday – Friday and 8 am till 6 pm Thursdays
please telephone (03) 355 8020.

If you have an emergency outside surgery hours click here.

Visit us at

24 Papanui Road (near the Bealey Ave intersection)
Carlton Mill
Christchurch 8014


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“We aim to provide highest quality dentistry and
excellent service to our patients”

Rob Blackburne, the dentist
About Rob

  • New patients welcomed
  • The surgery is a friendly caring environment
  • Same day emergency treatment provided
  • We have off street parking
  • We are open over the  Xmas & New Year period
    (I am the Canterbury Branch NZDA emergency dentist for this period)

Treatment in the surgery

Special technology used by Rob

  • Digital x-rays
  • The wand – painless local injections
  • Airflow S1 – reduced discomfort when scaling teeth
  • Diagnodent – cavity detection without xrays

Our normal surgery hours

  • Monday – Friday 8am – 5 pm
  • Evening appointments – till 6 pm Thursday or by arrangement


Dental emergencies

during SURGERY HOURS– we offer same day emergency treatment.
telephone us on (03) 355 8020.

please telephone

027 38 00 506 for Rob,
or 027 683 0679 for the duty dentist.

I am open over the Xmas New Year period as the NZDA Canterbury branch on-call dentist

Normal surgery hours

  • Monday – Friday 8am – 5 pm
  • Evening appointments – till 6 pm Thursday or by arrangement

What to do if a tooth is knocked out.

If you can find the tooth and it is clean push it straight back into the gum where it came from – facing in the correct direction.  If you can’t put it back, put it straight into a cup of milk or keep it in your mouth.  Head to the dentist as soon as you can, the sooner you arrive the better the chances of the tooth surviving.


  • touch the roots of the tooth,
  • clean the tooth,
  • take aspirin or put aspirin or clove oil onto the wound

Sharp broken teeth.

If you have a sharp broken tooth, you can smooth it off with a nail file and then visit Rob during our ‘normal surgery hours’ (see above).


Treatments for sleep apnoea & snoring

Somnodent mouth appliance for treating sleep apnoea/snoring

Snoring is more than just a noisy social nuisance. It may be a sign of a serious underlying condition known as obstructive sleep apnoea (apnea).

SomnoDent MAS™

SomnoDent MAS™ is a treatment from Australia, for sleep apnoea and  snoring, which fits in the palm of your hand. Its unique design permits normal opening and closing of the mouth making it very comfortable to wear. It is custom designed to fit each individual mouth.

The SomnoDent MAS™ is the only oral appliance that has FDA and TGA approval in Australia. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommend oral appliances as a first line treatment for snoring and mild to moderate OSA.

Somnodent device for treating sleep apnoea/snoring

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

The SomnoDent MAS™ is an effective treatment for both mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). OSA is characterised by repeated cycles of partial or complete collapse of the upper airway during sleep. This results in a cessation or reduction of breathing and a decrease in blood oxygen levels resulting in typically unremembered awakenings.

The severity of OSA is defined by the number of these occurrences per hour of sleep. These episodes of obstruction , and resultant awakening of the OSA sufferer occur five or more times per hour, potentially causing marked sleep disruption. OSA is generally defined as being in the Mild to Moderate level (5-30 occurrences per hour) where the SomnoDent MAS™ could be an effective treatment for you.

Is the SomnoDent® MAS the right treatment option for me?

If you suffer mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) or snore, the SomnoDent® MAS should benefit you. It will almost certainly put an end to your snoring and will most likely eliminate or significantly reduce your OSA. For your bed partner this means peace and quiet again and a better night’s sleep. For you, it will mean better quality sleep. As a result, you will be less likely to suffer from headaches and daytime sleepiness and your ability to concentrate will improve.

Take the Epworth Sleepiness Scale test (pdf 227 KB) to rate your dozing off during the daytime.

If you have tried CPAP and found it uncomfortable, wake up to a brilliant alternative treatment for mild to moderate OSA. The difference in comfort and tolerance will astound you.

A study conducted by Dr Edmund Rose at the University of Freilberg 2004 proposed that the ideal patient for MAS therapy is one with a AHI < 25 and Body Mass Index < 30 with good dentition. Therefore, when identifying how effective the SomnoDent device is going to be for you, we recommend looking at 3 key areas:

  1. Severity of OSA.
    The updated practice parameters of the the American Academy of Sleep Dentistry states that oral appliances (OAs) are indicated for use in patients with mild to moderate OSA who prefer them to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, or who do not respond to, are not appropriate candidates for, or who fail treatment attempts with CPAP.
  2. Body Mass Index.
    If BMI is below 30 (which means that a person is not obese) the probability that the device will work is higher.
  3. Your dentition.
    SomnoMed defines good dentition as at least 6 teeth on the lower mandible with no periodontal disease.

These three indicators offer a good guide to screening patients for oral device therapy and may increase the efficacy outcome of the treatment.

If SomnoDent® MAS sounds a possible solution for you, please telephone me for a consultation:

Rob, telephone 03 355 8020.


Mouth guards

Wearing Sheu mouth-guarda mouth guard will significantly reduce the risk of injury to your lips, teeth and jaws.  Mouth-guards will protect your teeth when you are playing contact sports eg rugby or boxing, or sports with moving objects, eg hockey sticks or cricket balls, or just sports, eg skate boarding, ice skating.

Rob can custom make Sheu mouth guards.  The high-quality material they are made from will absorb the force of impacts and is very elastic while still being very light weight and being custom made from a mold of your teeth ensures a higher degree of protection.   And don’t worry about the mouth guard clashing with the colour of your outfit, Sheu mouth guards come in a variety of colours and patterns :).

If you would like a mouth-guard please come in and see Rob.  He will take an impression and can generally have the guard made within 3-5 days.

Why are wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth erupt at the back of the mouth usually in late teenage years. The mouth is often too small to accommodate them.  Wisdom teeth thus frequently cause overcrowding. This may result in orthodontic problems, (the way teeth fit together), or damage to/ pressure on neighbouring teeth. The teeth can become impacted ie growing at an awkward angle and unable to erupt properly. They can be a constant cause of infection eg when the gum repeatedly grows back over the partially erupted tooth, trapping food under it. Cysts and tumours may also result.

When wisdom teeth cause problems they are usually removed. It is also often better to have them extracted early if there is a high probability of future problems, as the younger the patient the lower the incidence of complications. The surgical removal of wisdom teeth may result in more discomfort than normally experienced by routine extractions. Prior to extraction a careful assessment with radiographs is made.

In most cases Rob will extract the teeth . He has participated in several courses specifically for this, in Birmingham, England and will try to make wisdom tooth removal free from anxiety and discomfort. Some insurance companies now allow dentists to carry out surgical wisdom tooth removal, so patients can benefit from the procedure being carried out in the comfort of familiar surroundings.

Please approach us at the dental surgery if you would like to know anything further or would like Rob to make any recommendations.

Bleaching your pearly whites

Tooth whitening – using a take home tray

The effectiveness of tooth whitening depends on how well the instructions are followed and the type and intensity of staining; darker stains have less predictable results. Stain type also affects the speed at which the bleaching occurs. In age darkened teeth for instance, a noticeable change may occur in just a few days, whereas yellow brown stains typically seem to take two to four weeks.

The whitening lasts for varying lengths of time, depending on the patient, but usually between one and three years. The shades can be monitored during checkups to determine when retreatement is necessary. Touch up treatment is usually brief. The original tray should be kept and can be reused.

How to bleach your teeth.
Rob will take an impression and make a tray, in a similar way to making a sports mouth guard. A gel is squeezed into the tray which is worn overnight, or for two to four hours daily in one or two sessions. Individual teeth can be bleached, by having a modified tray made. The amount of whitening is time related. It is advised to use a flouride toothpaste when bleaching your teeth to reduce transitive tooth sensitivity. If you would like to know more please ask at the surgery.


About Rob – the dentist

Rob Blackburne, the dentist @ Carlton Dental Care

I enjoy my dentistry and offer a full range of general dental techniques including wisdom teeth extraction, implants, crown & bridges, treatment for sleep apnoea & snoring, cosmetic dentistry, mouth guards.

I graduated from Otago University, NZ in 1981 and worked in Mosgiel before practising in England .

In England I acquired many years experience in the advanced techniques of cosmetic and restorative dentistry. I became entranced with implants and completed “The Branemark System” dental implant course, and one of their surgical courses at Guy’s Hospital, London. A trip to Sweden enabled me to gain further expertise in this field. I have more recently attended conferences in NZ and Australia. I have been carrying out implant procedures since 1994.  This training has also helped me to become proficient at wisdom tooth extraction.

In the last 6 years I have worked extensively in sleep dentistry by making devices for treatment of sleep apnoea and snoring. I often work closely with the local sleep clinics and am attending a sleep dentistry conference in Melbourne in 2015.  Emergency dentistry is different from usual dentistry and I enjoy the change in routine.

For the last 7 years I have been the Canterbury NZ Dental Association emergency roster dentist for Xmas and New Year.

I have practised as a dentist in Christchurch, at my surgery since 1996. I continue to keep up to date with the newest treatments and procedures and I continue to strive to provide the best dentistry for my patients.

In my own time I love outdoor adventures in the mountains, fishing (there’s definitely no problem with the fish numbers depleting :() and cooking & eating all kinds of wild fish and meat.


Mousse for teeth

Tooth mousse

Tooth mousse is a dental cream which helps neutralise acid from bacteria, in plaque for instance
and thereby, helps reduce decay. It can also re-mineralise areas of early decay. Tooth mousse is
water-based, sugar free and unlike other high concentrate toothpastes, does not contain fluoride.

Saliva enhances the mousse’s effectiveness, and the mousse has been flavoured to help stimulate
saliva production. The mousse works topically, so the longer it is in the mouth the more
effective it is.

Tooth mousse is available in 5 mouthwatering flavours, Strawberry, Melon, Mint, Vanilla and Tutti Frutti!

We have “The Wand”!

Rob using 'The Wand'

Rob using ‘The Wand’

Heralded as the first major advance in providing local anaesthesia since the syringe was invented 150 years ago. “The wand” a truly magical advance in local anaesthesia, enables nearly totally pain free injections, even to normally painful locations, such as the roof of the mouth. It has been found to be effective on patients of all ages and will be specially useful for those of you who are nervous about seeing Rob!

Most of the pain from local anaesthesia comes from the flow of the anaesthetic. Computer technology produces a slow, even flow of anaesthetic resulting in a virtually
pain-free injection. In addition, “The Wand” is held with a different grip to the traditional syringe, increasing precision and therefore facilitating the numbing of smaller targeted areas, resulting in a reduced frequency of the ‘fat lip’ feeling.