Dr Desmond Ong

Clinical Academic

School of Dentistry
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 58165


Desmond Ong is currently a Clinical Academic in the Discipline of Orthodontics at the University of Queensland School of Dentistry, where he is involved in both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Orthodontic Programs.

Desmond is also in full-time specialist orthodontic private practice in Townsville.

Desmond received the Raj Prasad Award from the Australian Society of Orthodontists (SA) in 2016 and is a past winner of the Young Lecturer Award from the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

Research Interests

  • Interdisciplinary Treatment
    The awareness of dentofacial aesthetics and patient expectations are ever increasing. It is important to provide all reasonable and relevant treatment options, especially for challenging cases. Interdisciplinary management of complex cases can provide excellent outcomes, however, such cases require comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning, along with close communication between all of the clinicians involved.
  • Autotransplantation
    Autotransplantation of teeth in growing patients has the potential to provide significant advantages from the cost-benefit perspective, provided that the relatively strict selection criteria are met and a skilled surgeon is available. This treatment option does warrant serious consideration where the long-term prognosis of a tooth is questionable, where suitable donor teeth at the ideal stage of root development are present and where restorative implant placement is not possible due to expected future facial growth and dentoalveolar change. Tooth autotransplantation is not a new concept. It is hoped that through greater clinician awareness and future technological advancement, autotransplantation will become a very reasonable and viable treatment option for appropriately selected adolescent patients.


  • Master of Dental Science, The University of Queensland


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