Monday - Friday - 7.30 - 5.30

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At Yarra Street Dental Clinic, we provide a wide range of treatment for the whole family.


We generally recommend 6 monthly visits to the dentist for routine examinations and professional cleaning. This frequency level works well for most people. Some patients require more frequent dental visits for optimal care.


  • Cleaning, polishing, and prevention – although home-based tooth brushing and flossing help remove plaque, only a professional clean by a dentist can thoroughly clean your teeth and remove the hardened plaque (calculus or tartar) that builds up on teeth. After your teeth have been cleaned, they are polished to remove plaque and stains on the tooth surface. We may also offer additional instructions for you to follow at home, based on the results of your exam.
  • Mouth guards are critical for our patients who participate in contact sports. Unfortunately, trauma to the front teeth is far too common, with 1 in 4 patients under the age of 18 sustaining trauma to their front teeth. We want you to be able to participate in physical activity without the risk of damage to your teeth, and hence we offer mouth guards in-house.
  • Unfortunately, about 1 in 5 people grind or clench their teeth. This may be related to the way the teeth bite together, or may be a stress-induced behaviour that causes undue pressure on your teeth and can lead to (amongst other problems) cracks, toothaches, worn teeth, muscle aches, and/or damage to jaw joints. If you experience these symptoms, we will endeavour to find and eliminate the problem and recommend certain exercises to help with jaw/muscle pain. To protect your teeth at night time when grinding is common, our dentists may create special mouth guards (e.g. occlusal splints) that can be worn during sleep.


Where a dental emergency arises, we will endeavour to resolve the problem as soon as possible. Dental trauma or tooth infection should be treated in a timely manner to prevent unnecessary tooth loss or suffering. Please contact our dental surgery on (03) 9457 1001.

  • We offer a range of different filling types, depending on the situation and tooth in question. Resin Composite is a tooth-coloured material that is frequently used by our dentists, which provides excellent strength and aesthetics.
  • A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth or when a tooth is weakened by a heavy bite. A bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. Crowns and bridges can be made from many materials, including but not limited to ceramic/porcelain, gold, and zirconia.
  • Dental implants are biocompatible titanium screws that are fused with the jaw bone, to replace missing roots. The screws are then restored with a porcelain crown to complete the missing tooth. 
  • Dentures are removable artificial prostheses made of acrylic and/or metal to replace missing teeth. We work with the highest quality dental technicians in the construction of dentures for our patients. We will work with you to create dentures that are comfortable, natural and stable.  


Inside the hard layers of the tooth is the pulp, which is a soft tissue that contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. Root canal treatment refers to the removal of infection or painful pulp tissue, cleaning and disinfecting of the pulp chamber and filling up the space with an inert filling to minimise the chance of reinfection. Root canal treatment may be indicated due to large cavities, trauma to tooth, gum infections, and/or heavy bites.

We will discuss the benefits and risks of root canal treatment should it be relevant to you and your dentition.


The type of whitening that may be appropriate for each individual case may vary. This may involve teeth whitening on single teeth (for example, discoloured teeth that have been traumatised in the past or had root canal treatment), or take-home teeth whitening. We will endeavour to find the best whitening solution to meet your expectations.

Veneers are used to enhance aesthetics of front teeth. They are custom made "facings", using tooth coloured materials (e.g. ceramic, resin composite) to bond to teeth hence improving shape, size and/or length of teeth.


Healthy gums are the foundation of a healthy mouth. Gum disease is a common condition that is largely undiagnosed and overshadowed by other oral conditions, such as decay, because it is mostly a painless disease. Untreated gum disease can lead to (amongst others) loose teeth, gum recession, tooth loss, and bad breath (halitosis).

We screen and diagnose various types of gum disease, and discuss the appropriate treatment and preventative measures to ensure stability of your gum health.


We understand that going to the dentist can be confronting for some children, so our team take time, care and patience to ensure that every child feels comfortable and safe.

Eligible children have access to $1000 of bulk-billed dental treatment (covered by Medicare) over 2 calendar years (Child Dental Benefits Schedule).


Dr Rob Aurelio

Dr Rob Aurelio


Rob graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2001 with First Class Honours and was the dux of both 4th and 5th years. He won several awards including The John Iliffe Scholarship, the ADA Victoria Branch prize and Rowden White prize for the highest aggregate, the Gladys and George Campbell scholarship for the highest marks in dental studies, the Tuckfield and Shepherd Prize for the highest marks in dental prosthetics and the winner of the Ernest Joske Memorial Prize for 'the best all round student in the final year of the course'. Rob was fortunate enough to commence working that year at this practice, and in 2006 became a principal dentist following the retirement of Dr. Kim Coillet.

Rob has always tried to follow the ethos of the practice which is to treat people with kindness and care, as if they were a close relative. He enjoys all aspects of general and specialised areas of dentistry and regularly attends continuing education courses to keep abreast of all new innovations.

Rob is a very keen fisherman, he enjoys camping and hiking, a football tragic being an avid supporter of the Essendon Football Club, and enjoys tinkering in the shed.


Dr Theja Surapaneni

Dr Theja Surapaneni


Theja completed his dental training at La Trobe University, having the wonderful opportunity to work in various public dental clinics around regional Victoria He first joined Yarra Street Dental Clinic in 2016 and December 2019 became a principal dentist of the clinic along with Rob.

Theja's philosophy for dentistry is oriented towards minimal invasiveness and prevention, whilst building trust and rapport with his patients. He is particularly interested in restorative and family dentistry. Theja is also dedicated to upskilling through a broad range of continuing professional development courses. He has an interest in Clear Aligners, having completed a post graduate diploma in Clear Aligners from the City of London Dental School.

Interestingly, Theja has had a few television appearances! Most notably being ABC's 'Hard Quiz', 'Catalyst', and 'The Weekly'.

Outside of dentistry, Theja loves all things cricket and is a passionate Western Bulldogs fan. Theja also enjoys tennis, general fitness, and trivia nights.


Dr Ronald Chan

Dr Ronald Chan


Ronald graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011 and first moved to Ballarat to work in the public sector. Having grown up in Tasmania living in rural Victoria was a familiar experience to him. After that he moved back to Melbourne working at a number of different private practices in both the outer and inner suburbs before commencing at Yarra Street Dental in 2021.

He is interested in all aspects of dentistry and aims to provide personalised treatment plans which are catered for individual needs. His goal is to build a long relationship with all his patients as he believes this is the best way to prevent future dental problems.


Yarra Street Dental Administration

Dental Nurses and Administration

We are fortunate at Yarra Street Dental Clinic to have caring and friendly nursing and administrative staff - some of who have been with us for 25 plus years, but who's counting!

They will always be there to greet you warmly and assist in a timely manner.