Regular dental check-ups are so important when it comes to maintaining oral hygiene. They are key to treating dental issues in their early stages, maintaining a healthy smile and preventing future health risks. It’s common to develop dental problems throughout your lifetime, so regularly seeing a professional is the first step in preserving your smile.
At Studio Smiles, we pride ourselves on providing a unique, frictionless experience to make sure you get the most out of your journey. Your dental check-up will include a thorough chat where we get to know you as an individual, an examination of your mouth, a professional clean and any x-rays if necessary. We invest our time into this thorough approach to make sure you feel completely comfortable and confident moving further. If you’re experiencing severe pain, make sure you call the clinic directly and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you’re attended to as soon as possible. Our aim is to get you out of pain as quickly as we can. Book your appointment today, and smile with confidence.
Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is caused by sulphur-producing bacteria that live on your teeth, tongue and in your throat. When proper oral hygiene isn’t practiced, this bacteria releases odorous compounds, giving you bad-smelling breath. Bad breath can also be a symptom of infections and diseases, or other underlying conditions.
Causes of bad breath include:
Treatment for bad breath varies depending on the cause. Practicing proper oral hygiene by brushing twice daily, flossing daily and maintaining regular dental check-ups can often resolve the issue. Bad breath caused by disease or infection will require an appointment with your dentist. Book an appointment today.
If your gums bleed easily, this could indicate a need to improve your brushing or flossing technique. It could be a symptom of an underlying health condition.
Causes for bleeding gums include:
More serious causes of bleeding gums are:
If you’re experiencing bleeding gums, it’s important that you come and see the team at Studio Smiles. Our team will do everything they can to make sure you’re treated with complete comfort and care. If left untreated, your bleeding gums could result in further dental problems.
Cavities are caused by a combination of bacteria, acid, saliva and food particles. This combination sticks to the teeth, slowly eroding the enamel and causing cavities (holes). If left untreated, dental cavities gradually become bigger, causing toothache, infection and tooth loss. This is why maintaining optimal oral hygiene and a good diet is important.
Signs and symptoms of cavities include:
Common causes of cavities include:
There are a range of treatments for cavities, depending on their size and severity. It’s best to book an appointment as soon as possible to make sure the decay in the tooth doesn’t worsen with time. Once that cavity has been filled up, you’ll be pain-free almost immediately. Get treated with comfort and care. Book an appointment today.
Dental crowding is when your teeth are overlapped, misaligned or displaced because there isn’t enough room for them to fit within your jaws. Crowding can lead to further issues, causing discomfort and pain, so it’s important to seek professional treatment.
Crowding is often due to a natural growing issue, but other causes can include:
At Studio Smiles, we’ll be able to listen to your needs to determine the best possible outcome. Nowadays many cases of crowding or overcrowding can be treated comfortably with clear aligners (Invisalign) – no need for those old school metal train tracks (braces)!
Dry mouth syndrome occurs when you do not produce enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. It is often a symptom of an underlying issue or a side effect of medication.
Symptoms of dry mouth can include:
You may be experiencing dry mouth for many different reasons, including:
Dry mouth syndrome can increase your risk of tooth decay, so it’s important to seek professional advice. Our highly qualified team at Studio Smiles will be able to get you checked out as soon as possible.
Dry socket is a condition that can occur after you’ve had an adult tooth removed, such as a wisdom tooth. After a tooth is removed, a blood clot forms to protect the wound while it heals. If the clot doesn’t form properly or becomes dislodged or dissolves before the wound has healed, this can create a dry socket.
A dry socket can leave the nerves and bones in your gums exposed to air, food and fluid. This can lead to further infections and cause severe pain. If you experience a dry socket, it’s important that you seek professional dental treatment immediately.
Signs and symptoms of dry socket include:
To treat a dry socket, your dentist will need to clean and disinfect the affected area, packing it with a dressing or gauze. Further instructions on how and when to remove it will be provided. If you’ve developed an infection, you may need to be prescribed antibiotics.
To help prevent dry socket after having a tooth removed, it’s important to take care of the extraction site. This includes:
Gingivitis is a common form of gum disease that causes redness, swelling and irritation in your gingiva (the gums around the base of your teeth). Gingivitis is usually caused by bacterial plaque forming due to poor dental hygiene. It can be prevented or reversed by brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and maintaining regular dental check-ups. It’s important to have gingivitis treated as soon as possible, as it can lead to a more severe gum disease, called periodontitis, and even tooth loss.
Signs and symptoms:
Other causes and risk factors for gingivitis include:
At Studio Smiles, we’re able to treat gingivitis with state-of-the-art technology. This provides a pain-free, frictionless experience to have a comfortable journey.
Mouth cancer, also known as oral cancer, refers to cancers that occur in areas of the mouth including the tongue, lips and floor of the mouth. While mouth cancer isn’t common, the biggest risk factors for developing it are tobacco and alcohol consumption.
Signs and symptoms to look out for include:
Symptoms of mouth cancer are often first identified by a dentist. Treatment for mouth cancer will depend on the type and stage of cancer, the area it’s in and where it has spread.
Early detection of mouth cancer will make treatment more effective. So, if you have any concerns or symptoms, call the Studio Smiles clinic directly for professional advice right away.
We’ll be here for you every step of the way.
Teeth grinding is a condition where you excessively grind your teeth or clench your jaw. It usually occurs while you are sleeping, although some people grind their teeth while they’re awake.
Teeth grinding can often be caused by emotions such as anxiety, stress, anger or frustration. It can also be a habit during deep concentration. Medications, caffeinated beverages and recreational drug use can also increase your risk of teeth grinding.
To prevent further damage to your teeth while sleeping, a nightguard (occlusal splint) is an excellent option. This can be made for you at your appointment with Studio Smiles. Make sure you take care of your smile. Book an appointment today.
The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to your skull. They are the joints that allow you to eat, speak and form facial expressions. You have two – one on either side of your face, in front of each ear.
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) are common disorders that cause pain, joint noise and irregular jaw movements.
Temporomandibular joint disorder can cause a range of uncomfortable or painful symptoms, including:
TMD is often caused by:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment with Studio Smiles right away. Treatment for TMD depends on the cause and severity of the disorder, your age and health. This will all be explained to you in thorough detail at your appointment. Our goal is to be completely transparent.
A toothache refers to pain and inflammation in or around your tooth.
If you have a persistent toothache, it may be caused by dental problems such as:
Toothaches are generally an indication of an urgent underlying issue. Call the Studio Smiles clinic directly and our team of highly qualified dentists will be able to thoroughly talk you through our treatment options. Our goal is to make sure you receive the best possible treatment for a painless outcome.
We strive to establish rapport and trust to help you feel completely confident on your smile transformation journey.
Dr. Daniel Maryanovsky
Founder and Principal Dentist
Graduating from La Trobe University (Victoria) with a Masters in Dentistry, Dr. Daniel went on to complete advanced training in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. Determined to foster a sense of community, Dr. Daniel is now a faculty member at La Trobe University and co-founded ‘General Dental Residency’, the largest provider of education for early career dentists in Australia.
Dr. Daniel’s greatest passion is the interplay between the artistry, science, and engineering of a smile. Seeing these elements come together daily, whether it be through a simple filling or a complex transformation, is what motivated Dr. Daniel to found Studio Smiles. As a people person himself, Dr. Daniel believes in a relationship driven approach to dental care and likes to take the time to get to know his patients. It is this personal approach and attention to detail which builds trust and gives Dr. Daniel’s patients the confidence to have their smile taken care of.
Outside of Studio Smiles, you’ll find Daniel ballroom dancing, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen or having a hit of tennis on the court.
Dr. Daniel is a leading member of the following organisations:
Dr Poli Gunaridis
Dr Poli is one of the most experienced dental surgeons in Melbourne, working exclusively in the field of dental implants.
Since graduating from the University of Queensland, Dr Poli Gunaridis has pursued advanced training in dental implant and reconstructive surgery. After many years in the field, Dr Poli has become a leading expert in surgical extractions, dental implants, bone grafting, and all-on-4.
With an abundance of knowledge to share, Dr Poli has given both local and international lectures to other aspiring dentists on the topics of implants and graft procedures. This is something he is truly passionate about.
When he’s not practicing, Poli loves making his way around all the newest restaurants in Melbourne to see what they have to offer.
Dr Barry Creighton
With a Bachelor in Dental Surgery and a specialisation in Conscious Sedation & Pain Control from The University of Sydney, Dr Barry Creighton has over 20 years experience in the field.
Dr Barry provides dental sedation services to our patients at Studio Smiles, which means patients can have their ‘sleep’ dentistry done in-house.
Barry’s truly passionate about creating a comfortable space for those who tend to feel anxious when visiting the dentist. In 2014 he was awarded the Dentistry Achievement Award by the Australian Dental Association for recognition of his efforts in the dental world.
In his spare time, you’ll find Barry completing volunteer work as a Paramedic and participating as an active member of the Australian Society of Dental Anaesthesiology.
Dr. Sabrina Escuza
Dr. Sabrina Escuza takes great pride in providing a calm environment where patients feel safe to express their needs, and comfortable to ask questions. Empowering you to take control of your oral health journey is her number one priority. She will thoroughly explain your conditions, how they came to be, and what treatment options are available to meet your health or aesthetic goals. Each patient is unique, and she will strategically tie all the aspects of dentistry into an individual journey that will work best for you. It doesn’t matter if it’s a check up, or a complete change that you’re seeking – she will look after you.
Florida, USA is where home is for Dr. Sabrina. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Florida (Go Gators!), and her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Melbourne, where she graduated with honours and an achievement award from the prestigious Delta Sigma Delta dental fraternity. Eight years of uni has made her addicted to education – she is fluent in Spanish, has studied philosophy and French, and now spends her free time learning about the most modern dental treatment modalities through continued professional development courses.
Dr. Sabrina finds great joy in the intersections of dentistry – healthcare and artistry, function/aesthetics and mental health, communication and comfort. She is meticulous with the design of a smile, considering everything from the physics of your bite to the color of the porcelain. One of her favorite areas is where surgery meets prosthetics – sometimes losing a very broken down tooth means creating a healthy space for a beautiful replacement that will get you eating without pain and smiling without shame.
Apart from dentistry, Sabrina (not so) secretly thinks she is a master chef, and can be found trying to feed her friends the excessive amount of food she cooks. She loves music, a good picnic in the sun, and her dog, Nile.
Dental Nurse & Social Media Coordinator
Currently completing her studies in Dentistry at La Trobe University, Natalie has always been passionate about pursuing a career in the dental world.
To her, it’s a profession where the pinnacle of satisfaction comes from helping patients restore function, relieve pain, and help create beautiful and healthy smiles.
Her passion for student voice and advocacy has allowed her to work in publications, promotions, and executive roles for the Australian Dental Students Association (ADSA), La Trobe Rural Health Association (LARHC), and Bendigo Oral Health & Dentistry Society (BOHDS).
When she’s not studying or undertaking placement, Natalie loves to express her creative side through the art of makeup, fashion and digital content creation. You might even find her cooking up a 5-course meal or checking out the newest cafe in town.
Joelynn (Jo) is currently completing her dentistry studies at La Trobe University. Her love for the art and science behind dentistry, as well as the ability to help others, is what has drawn her to this industry.
Her role here at Studio Smiles involves assisting with a range of general and cosmetic dental procedures and her caring nature allows her to provide a quality visit for every patient.
When she’s not studying or at the clinic, you’ll find Joelynn having a hit on the golf course, baking her favourite sweet treats, and spending time with her family and friends.
As a dental nurse her focus is on ensuring patients have the best experience possible during their time in the treatment room with us.
Isabel completed her studies in Paramedicine at Monash University. Wanting to get out of her comfort zone and try something new within the healthcare industry, Isabel found her way into the world of dentistry. She believes that smiles are an important part of who we are and wants to be a part of the journey for those wishing to achieve the smile of their dreams.
When she’s not taking care of her patients, Isabel enjoys spending her free time surfing, and at the beach. A traveller at heart and a self-confessed foodie, you’ll find Isabel trying out different restaurants across Melbourne.
Patient Coordinator, Reception
Katie is the face of the practice, helping meet and take care of patients from the moment they first get in touch.
With an extensive history in the dental industry, Katie has the skills and experience to help patients get the dentistry they need in a way that fits in with their lifestyle and budget. As patient coordinator she has a wealth of knowledge on topics such as general dental treatment, fillings, root canals, Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and dental implants.
In her spare time Katie is passionate about healthy living and loves finding new places to walk her dogs.
Dr. Jeffrey Tho
Dr Jeffrey Tho is a very experienced dentist and has a passion for helping his patients achieve optimal oral health. Dr Jeff thoroughly enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, including crown and bridge, endodontics, extractions and dental sleep medicine.
He graduated from the University of Melbourne with Honours in 2013. Since then he has owned a dental practice in Ballarat until 2019. Since then has worked in Melbourne over the last four years priding himself on providing comprehensive dental care, personalised to each unique patient.
Dr Jeff has also worked as a pre-clinical demonstrator at the University of Melbourne since 2016 and has supervised dental student research in the area of orthodontics.
Outside of dentistry, Jeff was a former number 1 badminton player in Oceania and has represented Australia at two Commonwealth Games as an athlete and once as the Australian National Coach.