Missing teeth may lead to changes in your bite.
Missing teeth can be a nuisance. They can make it harder to chew, eat, speak, and generally function. For many patients missing teeth can cause them embarrassment and actually prevent them from smiling and expressing their true happiness.
As we grow into our adult teeth, it’s easy to forget that unlike with baby teeth, new teeth don’t just grow back. Adult teeth can be lost or missing for a wide variety of reasons. Some people may suffer from congenitally missing teeth (where the teeth just never grew in), while others may have lost their teeth due to decay, gum disease, or trauma.
At Studio Smiles we see patients everyday with missing teeth, and we understand the burden that it can pose, both physically and psychologically.
With the latest techniques and technologies at Studio Smiles, we’re able to replace your missing teeth and restore your smile, all under the one roof. From dentures, through to bridges, implants, and all-on-four treatments – we’ve got you covered. Our team has advanced training in replacing missing teeth. Read on below to find out all your treatment options.
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Our skilled dentists offer a variety of effective missing teeth treatments, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures, to help restore your smile and confidence. Don’t let missing teeth hold you back any longer – schedule your appointment with us today and let us help you achieve your best smile yet! We offer services in Highett, Beaumaris, Bentleigh, Cheltenham, Hampton, Hampton East, Mentone, Moorabbin, Sandringham, Black Rock, Bayside, and the surrounding areas of Melbourne, VIC.
While it is certainly okay to have missing teeth, there are some disadvantages. Longstanding gaps caused by missing teeth may lead to changes in your bite. You see, teeth are like humans, they like having friends. So when your teeth lose their adjacent neighbour, they start to tip into the space, and the opposing tooth (now with no biting partner) also starts to push through. The result is a wonky bite with space loss, making it more difficult to replace the missing tooth/ teeth in the future. Moreover, the more teeth we are missing the more chewing loads are transferred to the remaining teeth, causing them to be overloaded. This leads to accelerated tooth wear and puts them at a high risk of breaking. So, although it may seem harmless, it’s important to understand that missing teeth can lead to further damage in the mouth. Why risk it? Get treated with comfort and care. Book an appointment today.
Missing teeth should be replaced for three good reasons.
By replacing missing teeth, you are stopping the bite changes that occur from having gaps in the mouth. You also prevent any remaining teeth from being overloaded, causing them to break. Having a full set of teeth is also important for digestion, allowing us to break down our foods in the proper way while eating.
Missing teeth may make it difficult to chew and speak. Particularly where multiple teeth have been lost, our function can be severely affected, often without realising. Our patients at Studio Smiles are often taken aback by the difference they experience eating with a full set of teeth and how much easier it is to enjoy their favourite foods such as apples, nuts, or even steaks. Where front teeth are missing, we even see some patients develop a lisp or generally develop difficulty making their words clear.
As we lose teeth, our lips and cheeks tend to sink in or hollow. Missing teeth are also easily associated with ‘old’ age and can decrease quality of life.
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Teeth are like humans, they like having friends. So, when we lose a tooth, the two teeth on either side as well as the tooth opposing it, don’t have a friend anymore. These neighbouring teeth start to move towards the empty space and tip in, and the opposing tooth begins pushing further through (called supra-eruption). In simple terms, movement occurs within the teeth which means your bite shifts. This may make it more difficult to have the missing teeth replaced later in life. Time is of the essence when it comes to replacing missing teeth.
It’s common to have missing teeth, but it’s also common to get them fixed!
The closest thing to a natural tooth. Dental implants are the modern-day replacement for missing teeth. A titanium screw is used in place of the tooth root, and a porcelain (ceramic) crown is placed on top. This involves an implant surgery whereby the implant is placed into the jawbone under a local anesthetic or an oral/IV sedation. Dental implants at Studio Smiles are completed with our special pain-free minimal incision technique. Compared to the traditional implant technique, our digitally guided implants are done quicker, with less scarring, and higher accuracy. The result is a new gap-free smile.
All-On-4 Dental Implants
All-On-4 dental implants are a solution to those missing all their teeth, or where the remaining teeth are not salvageable. This involves replacing all teeth (top, bottom, or both) with four dental implants and fixed acrylic or ceramic teeth on top. The result is a total replacement for the natural teeth which looks and functions just the same. Using 3D digital technology at Studio Smiles, we have pioneered our own techniques at Studio Smiles for digital all-on-4 treatments. Our implant surgeries are completed under oral or IV sedation for your comfort. Compared to traditional techniques, our digital all-on-4 is done quicker, with less scarring, and higher accuracy.
Dentures are a great alternative to suffering with missing teeth. They can be made from an acrylic material (which tends to be more temporary) or a special cast metal with natural looking teeth and gums. The main advantage of dentures is that they can look quite nice, but still be budget friendly. The disadvantage is that they are not fixed in place, unlike the other options. Being removable can make dentures annoying for some patients, and it’s not uncommon to be frustrated with movement of the denture during function and food trapping underneath. However, well-made dentures can be an acceptable option to replace missing teeth.
A porcelain bridge is an option to replace missing teeth by utilising the adjacent teeth to support a false tooth in-between them. Generally, this treatment is best where the adjacent teeth are weak and would already benefit from being capped. In this way, we are able to strengthen the two adjacent teeth while also replacing the missing tooth – a win-win.
At Studio Smiles, we take pride in our transparent approach to treatment. We endeavour to make the entire process clear for you so that you understand exactly what is happening, what can be done, the likely outcomes, and all relevant costs. We believe in a thorough approach, so our patients stress less and feel better faster. Get treated with comfort and care. Book an appointment today.
Here at Studio Smiles, we take pride in our emphasis on pain-free dentistry. We understand that going to the dentist can be daunting and that there are certain procedures you may find uncomfortable, so we use the latest techniques and technology to make you feel as comfortable as we possibly can. We also offer oral and IV sedation to take the edge off where needed, which means you can wake up to the smile of your dreams without remembering a thing! Book an appointment today.
Costs will vary depending on the individual and the treatment necessary. We believe in a transparent approach, so we make it a rule to provide all relevant treatment options and costs, including the advantages and disadvantages where relevant. This is an important part of our informed consent process. We actively work with our patients to help them find a way to have dentistry fit in with their budget and life. Patients may choose to opt for one of our interest-free payment plans to have their broken tooth sorted out immediately, while having the flexibility to pay at a later date on their own terms. Payment plans can help alleviate the financial barriers to a healthy mouth. We want to make sure you feel untroubled and completely comfortable with the next steps throughout your entire journey. Book an appointment today.
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.
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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.