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.
Do you use amalgam fillings?
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.
Why are my teeth yellow?
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:
- Red Wine
- Soft drink
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.
What do I do about my bleeding gums?
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.
When should my child visit the dentist?
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.
Do you cater for anxious patients?
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.
Why is early intervention important?
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.
How can I replace a tooth without dentures?
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!
Does root canal therapy hurt?
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.