The Coastal Dental Care team is excited to welcome our new Tugun dentist Dr Claire Lucena. Claire has a special interest in family dentistry and has a calm nature we are looking forward to seeing in our practice.
Coastal Dental Care Tugun is conveniently located off the Gold Coast Highway just past the Shell petrol station on 1 Karana Street. The quaint practice is equipped with three state-of-the-art dental surgeries and an operating microscope.
Dr Claire Lucena studied at the LaTrobe University in Bendigo, Melbourne. Here, she received her bachelor’s degree of Health Science in Dentistry and her Master of Dentistry.
Claire previously worked in rural dental hospitals in Victoria before moving back to the Gold Coast and joining our Coastal Dental Care Tugun team.
About Dr Claire Lucena
Dr Claire Lucena grew up in Northern NSW. She left to pursue her dentistry studies in Victoria and is now happy to be back on the warmer Gold Coast. She is looking forward to being able to care for her patients whilst being close to her family.
Claire has a special interest in family dentistry. She also enjoys working with anxious patients as she finds it rewarding to turn them into patients who enjoy coming to the dentist. Claire’s calm and friendly manner enables her to make even her youngest dental visitors feel comfortable in the chair.
A career in dentistry became Dr Lucena’s wish after doing days of work experience in Year 11. She watched engineers, teachers, surgeons, and dentists and fell in love with dentistry.
Claire loved watching how closely the dentists worked with their patients and the hands-on skills they used. In addition, she found helping people through a scary and important thing such as their dental visit an amazing experience.
Dr Lucena then decided to become a dentist herself as the profession would allow her to connect with people. It is no surprise that her favourite part about dentistry is helping her patients achieve a happy and healthy smile.
Dr Claire Lucena and Dentistry
One memorable patient who came to see Dr Lucena was a lady around 2 years ago. The patient’s crowns on her front teeth had fallen out and she was distraught as she had a job interview that week. Dr Lucena was able to re-construct them and could see the attitude of her patient change to feeling more confident and comfortable.
Experiences like the one above reinforces Claire on a daily basis she made the right career choice in becoming a dentist. Dr Lucena also has fun teaching children how to brush. She usually even gets their older sibling to volunteer bravely and show the younger siblings how to brush properly.
Claire has also enjoys organising learning sessions for her younger patients and all family members to learn how to brush their teeth. In these groups Claire brushes a handheld teeth model and teaches young patients what plaque is. She also teaches flossing in a fun and hands-on way during these sessions.
If you like over the top birthday cakes, ask Dr Claire about her creations. She loves baking, food and wine and can’t wait to explore more of South East Queensland’s fooderies.
Claire is also a painter and mainly focuses on realistic animals. She also likes trying new sports and has done dancing, soccer, waterpolo, cheerleading, gymnastics, running and surfing.
When Claire is not baking, painting or working out, she also likes going to the cinema or catching up on the latest movies or TV shows. She enjoys everything from superheros, good horrors to cartoons – there are just too many for the movie enthusiast to watch.
Book an Appointment
If you would like to book in for an appointment with our Tugun dentist Dr Claire Lucena, you can book your appointment online 24/7. Alternatively, you can call our friendly Tugun team on 07 5534 7033.