Dr Poe Lim graduated with BDS (Honours) from Sydney University in 1990 and practiced in Cowra (in the Central Tablelands of NSW) for over 8 years. He returned to Sydney in 1999 when his fiancée (now wife) started doctoral studies at the University of New South Wales, and purchased Dr Frank Harding’s surgery as Dr Frank had decided to retire.
Knowing how nervous people are about coming to the dentist, Poe offers laser assisted dentistry with a Kavo KEY Laser 3, currently the only dental laser that detects and only removes decay, leaving healthy tooth structure intact. The Laser, in some cases, may reduce or eliminate the need for injections and drills for fillings. Where the tooth needs to be numb and where appropriate, Poe uses The Wand, an assisted-injection system that minimises discomfort and also the Injex needleless injection system for those who fear the needle.
As of late 2007, Poe has been placing implants for patients who demand an alternative to conventional dentures and completed the Implant Surgical Level 2 (Level 2 Mentor Program) with Nobel Biocare in November 2008. He has also completed the Advanced Tissue Management and Implant Procedures Program with Nobel Biocare.
Poe has always had an interest in aesthetics (creating attractive smiles) and occlusion (how people bite their teeth together) and how that can cause some people to grind (and sometimes break) their teeth. He's also interested in how this influences the muscles of the head and neck and the headaches and sore shoulders and neck that can sometime be caused by occlusion problems. In practice, he has often had patients who complain of such symptoms and in trying to find out how to best help them, Poe discovered the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), where Neuromuscular Dentistry is taught as part of a wholistic treatment of the mouth. The goal is not only to help with the symptoms but also to recreate an attractive smile at the same time. At LVI, Poe completed both Mastering Neuromuscular Occlusion and Comprehensive Aesthetic Reconstruction (both level II courses) in early February 2005.
As of July 2010, Poe is happy to offer his patients veneers, using a more affordable (albeit less customisable) veneering system to help them achieve a beautiful smile. He is one of the most experienced veneer practitioners in NSW.
Poe is a member of the Australian Dental Association and has been the President of the Northern Suburbs Dental Study Group from 2011 to 2013. In 2015, Poe was awarded a Fellowship in the International College of Dentists, the oldest (established in 1920) and largest honour society for dentists.
For recreation, he enjoys exploring places less visited, either by four wheel drive or SCUBA diving, when he can find time off from his productive garden. Everyone at Chatswood Dental Associates also knows well his love of messing around with new gadgets.