Hi Team Arun

Dr Arun Thangavel

Specialist Prosthodontist
BDS (OTAGO), DClinDent (pros)(Syd), MRACDS)


Dr Arun Thangavel – Arun to his patients – is a passionate and gifted specialist prosthodontist.
If that sounds like serious business, you’re right; it is.

A proud Wollongong local, establishing South Coast Smiles is the realisation of a long held vision Arun has shared with Dr Kamal to create a unique dental specialist practice for the people of the Illawarra.


Although Arun spent his formative years in Wollongong, he travelled further afield for his dental studies. In 2006, he graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Otago in New Zealand. He then worked as a dentist in the Illawarra followed for several years until he returned to the University of Sydney where he completed a Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry specialising in Prosthodontics.


I was drawn to dentistry because it allowed me to solve real problems for people, while the appeal of prosthodontics was about the need for precision and attention to detail.

Helping people through South Coast Smiles is truly rewarding work. When they start their journey feeling fearful and apprehensive, but finally end up with the teeth, smile, and confidence they could only imagine, it makes everything we do worthwhile.


Arun has a passion for excellence in his work and is inspired to find the best possible dental solutions for his patients.

His early career found him working as a dentist treating many patients in the Illawarra. It’s through this early work he established a patient community that endures today. Following postgraduate studies, he consulted as a staff specialist at Westmead Dental Hospital, a role which also involved teaching and mentoring university students and dentists.

Now with significant experience managing complex cases, he is an acknowledged leader in Illawarra for prosthodontics and dental implant treatment.

Professional Associations

Arun retains memberships with the following professional bodies.

  • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
  • International College of Prosthodontists
  • Australian Prosthodontics Society
  • Academy of Australian and New Zealand Prosthodontists

Fun facts about Arun

Arun’s balance to work is found in his love of cricket, travel, and photography. When he’s not providing exceptional care to the local residents of Illawarra, he’s been known to contribute generously of his time and professional skills to people in need of dental treatment in rural southern India.

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