FAQs

Our primary focus is to ensure all our patients are empowered with knowledge and have made all our FAQs readily available

Browse our most frequently asked questions to gain a greater insight into our dental treatments and what we can achieve for you.

At Marriott & Hand we use tooth-coloured fillings for optimal results

Amalgam fillings have been used in dental care for over 100 years, however with recent studies putting amalgam under the spotlight for its mercury content and environmentally harmful alloy components, at Marriott & Hand we prefer tooth coloured restorations.

With the ability to be colour-matched to the shade of your tooth, and with a composite resin material that lasts for up to 10 years, it is easy to see why we (and our patients) prefer tooth coloured restorations.

There are many different factors that can lead to tooth discolouration

While sometimes tooth discolouration can be caused by illness, medication or a damaged nerve, typically tooth discolouration is caused by what you decide to eat or drink. The consumption of:

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Red Wine
  • Soft drink
  • Cigarettes

Can all adversely affect the colour of your smile, so it is important to refrain from consuming the above where possible.

At Marriott & Hand, we utilise high-quality tooth whitening treatments that will help you achieve a rejuvenated and youthful looking smile without hassle.

Bleeding gums are a primary indication of periodontal (gum) disease

If you notice blood during or after brushing/flossing your teeth, it is important to book an appointment at our Melbourne dental practice, as this is an initial symptom of gingivitis, which if left untreated can become severe periodontitis. This usually results in poor oral health and even tooth loss!

At Marriott & Hand in Melbourne we are committed to helping you achieve total oral health, and with periodontal disease being linked to other illnesses in the body, such as diabetes, respiratory issues, stroke and dementia, it has never been more important to take care of your oral health.

Bringing your child to visit us when their first tooth erupts or by their second birthday will help us form a strong and amiable dental relationship

Building rapport with young children is an important building block to ensure your child maintains a good view on dental health. By bringing in your child early, we are able to track their oral health as they develop, and diagnose any issues before they become serious.

Yes, at Marriott & Hand, we cater for anxious patients

Dental fear or anxiety is a common problem amongst many Australians, and in order to ensure all our patients receive the dental care they need, we offer sedation techniques to help them relax in the dental chair.

By providing options such as Penthrox, an inhalant that helps relax your nerves, and general anaesthetic so you can be completely sedate during treatment, we have ensured that all our patients can receive the dental care they need and deserve.

The development of your child’s primary (also known as ‘milk’) teeth will be the foundation of how their adult teeth will erupt and function later in life.

This is why, if your child’s teeth are crooked or their bite is misaligned, we may recommend orthodontic treatment to help realign your child’s teeth or jaw to solve any bite issues. Early intervention can help treat any issues early, and allows us to monitor your child’s progress as the treatment continues.

At Marriott & Hand we understand there is nothing quite like a natural tooth, but we offer the second-best thing

Dental implants are now becoming more commonly placed to help restore a single lost tooth or indeed multiple missing teeth. Once the implant site has healed, a dental crown is then placed over the implant to complete the procedure, and you have what looks, feels and acts just like one of your own. More importantly, unlike a denture, it doesn’t need removing to be cleaned; in fact it can’t be removed!

Contrary to popular belief, a root canal treatment is no more painful than receiving a regular filling

With advancements in dental care, treatments and technology, root canal therapy has become no more painful than receiving a normal dental filling. Unfortunately, because of conventional methods that are no longer used, root canal therapy still suffers the stigma of being a harsh, painful treatment. At Marriott & Hand we will do whatever we can to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed during treatment, and even offer sedation treatment for those who suffer dental anxiety.

Veneers made of both porcelain and composite resin are designed to address a variety of issues; this article only covers porcelain veneers. They can be used in a variety of cases including discoloured teeth, slightly crooked teeth, or those that have irregular gaps in between them. Although the veneer won’t correct the problem, it will mask it, giving you a more radiant smile. As the veneers are applied to the front of the teeth, they can hide myriad of problems, including cracked or uneven teeth.

The veneers themselves are constructed out of waver-thin shells of ceramic material. In addition to these porcelain veneers, there are also composite resin veneers available which are quicker to fix but not as hard-wearing. Once your dentist has done the necessary preparation to your teeth, using a mould of your mouth, technicians create a replica of your teeth on which the veneers will be constructed. This intricate process usually takes around two to four weeks, during which time some patients wear provisional acrylic veneers.

First, each veneer is tried on to the tooth to make sure it fits correctly and that the colour matches your natural tooth colour. Once the veneer is perfect, the dentist applies a special cement to fix it into position. A powerful light is then used to activate the ingredients in the
cement and create a permanent bond between the tooth and veneer.

Now you have a bright smile to share with the world, you’ll want to maintain it with a regular routine of good oral hygiene. Regular brushing is the first step to keeping your veneers in good condition, and a whitening toothpaste can help prevent staining. Dentists at Marriott and Hand also recommend avoiding food and drinks that can cause discolouration, such as red wine, soda and coffee.

Although porcelain veneers do eventually start to show signs of damage due to general wear and tear. If you look after your veneers carefully, they could last you a lifetime, although conservative estimates suggest most porcelain veneers last for between 10 to 15 years. Composite veneers are more prone to chipping and generally last less than eight years.

Most of us snore from time to time, especially if we’ve got a blocked nose or are suffering with sinus problems. Snoring occurs when the muscles around the airways relax too much during the night and begin to vibrate as we inhale and exhale. It is this vibration that causes the noisy breathing and, by opening the airways, your dentist can help you and your loved ones get a better night’s rest.

There are a few indications that you might be suffering from sleep apnoea, the first of which is snoring. As sleep apnoea is caused by an obstruction in the airway, many sufferers snore or have trouble breathing at night. This, combined with persistent tiredness and frequently waking up with a headache, are the most obvious symptoms of sleep apnoea and sufferers should consult a dentist for more advice on treatment and control.

Before recommending any treatment, most dentists will conduct a sleep assessment to gather more information about your sleeping patterns. Your medical doctor can arrange a suitable referral. There are several ways of treating Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA); dentists can provide one of the most effective and highly portable ones. Call us and make a time for further discussion about your, or your partner’s problem!

In addition to the treatments available from your dentist, you can also make certain changes to your lifestyle to combat the sleep disruptions caused by snoring. Drinking less alcohol before bed, losing weight and giving up smoking can all have a dramatic effect on your snoring problem. Trying to sleep on your side instead of your back will also help as will a hot shower before bed as it helps to open up the airways.

Tooth discolouration can be caused by a number of factors, including smoking, and consuming certain foods and drinks such as curries, tea, coffee, red wine etc. Other factors that can contribute to discolouration include age, genetics, medications, certain diseases, and dental fillings.

Teeth whitening treatments are suitable for people who experience cosmetic discolouration that affects the outside of the teeth. Some people suffer an internal discolouration of teeth caused mainly by being given a particular antibiotic whilst the teeth were forming; tooth whitening for these unfortunate individuals does not generally produce great results. If a tooth whitening treatment is not appropriate for you, other options may include dental veneers, crowns, inlays, and outlays.

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth in order to conceal imperfections and improve the appearance of your smile. They may be used to treat a number of issues, including to conceal gaps and chipped teeth, straighten teeth, balance a misaligned smile, rejuvenate discoloured teeth, and lengthen worn or eroded teeth. Made from porcelain, veneers are custom-made and are  designed to match the shade of your natural teeth.