Generally, if we’re experiencing a sensitive feeling in our teeth there is an underlying disease process occurring.
Tooth sensitivity or ‘dentin hypersensitivity’ is generally the result of tooth wear from grinding, acid erosion, or over-brushing. This causes the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel) to wear down, exposing the sensitive inner tooth surface. Heightened sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweet follows. This may cause pain ranging from mild to severe. Other common triggers include sweet foods, acidic foods, brushing or flossing your teeth and even just breathing in cool air.
While experiencing sensitivity on some occasions is normal, it shouldn’t be happening on a regular basis. If that’s the case for you, there’s a high chance that there could be an underlying issue. If you find yourself pulling funny faces from the pain of your sensitive teeth, we recommend booking your appointment at Studio Smiles for a tooth sensitivity treatment.
Do you suffer from sensitive teeth in Highett, Beaumaris, Bentleigh, Cheltenham, Hampton, Hampton East, Mentone, Moorabbin, Sandringham, Black Rock, Bayside or the surrounding areas of Melbourne VIC? Studio Smiles Dental Clinic is here to help! Our experienced dentists provide effective treatment options to alleviate pain and discomfort caused by sensitive teeth. Don’t let tooth sensitivity hold you back any longer – book your appointment with us today and get the relief you need!
Often tooth sensitivity is noticed when there is pain or discomfort when eating or drinking anything as hot as a cup of tea or as cold as an icy drink. You may have started questioning it because your morning coffee is no longer enjoyable, or you’re scared to go near that late night ice cream. It’s a pain that comes suddenly and can sometimes not only affect just one tooth, but several. It’s important to note that sensitive teeth can be an underlying symptom of a bigger problem, so we highly encourage making an appointment before anything gets worse. Remember that sensitivity in the teeth is extremely common, so you’re not alone. Get treated with comfort and care. Book an appointment today.
While worn enamel is a common reason for teeth to become sensitive over time, there are certainly other reasons as to why it could be occurring. If you’re experiencing severe sensitivity, call the clinic directly on (03) 9007 2672 and our team will be able to guide you in the right direction.
Some other causes of tooth sensitivity include:
Tooth decay (cavities) can sometimes go unnoticed early on due to a lack of pain. However, as the cavities grow, they begin to irritate the nerves, causing aching and sharp pains to hot, cold, or sweet.
When gums start receding or shrinking, they expose the root surface of the tooth. This leaves the tooth without its natural protective barrier. The root surface is a yellowy colour and is part of the inner sensitive core of the tooth.
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Yes it can. But it can also come back. Generally, if we’re experiencing a sensitive feeling in our teeth there is an underlying disease process occurring. If left unchecked, the issue is likely to deteriorate further making treatment more complicated and/or costly. So, while tooth sensitivity does tend to ‘come and go’, the underlying causes such as tooth wear, gum recession, or tooth decay only go in one direction (getting worse). For this reason it’s generally best to get your tooth sensitivity assessed by a professional at Studio Smiles, particularly if it’s been present for longer than a day.
We know that sensitivity isn’t comfortable. It’s a pain that comes and goes depending on what you’re consuming and can begin to affect your everyday life. While the only way to completely get rid of the pain is by seeing a dentist and having the cause addressed, here are some ways you can soothe your sensitive teeth in the lead up to your appointment.
Desensitising toothpaste contains potassium nitrate and sodium fluoride. These are two active agents that help manage tooth sensitivity. They work by temporarily blocking any exposed ‘pores’ inside the sensitive teeth.
Avoiding foods which are particularly cold, hot, or sweet will prevent sensitivity. Of course, everyone should be able to enjoy a nice hot cuppa or a refreshing cold glass of water, but as a temporary measure before your appointment this can be helpful.
Here at Studio Smiles, we offer a range of different tooth sensitivity treatments to cater to everyone.
If your sensitivity is caused by gum recession, a desensitising agent can be applied to the exposed surface to help remineralise the exposed tooth surface and create a sealing barrier.
If a sensitive gum recession has progressed more than 1-2mm, then a gum graft may be considered. This is a painless surgery whereby the missing gum tissue is replaced with a graft covering the sensitive exposed root surface. The end result is healthy gum tissue protecting the natural teeth.
Tooth coloured fillings
If your pain is caused by a cavity, a filling may be required. This involves cleaning the cavity itself and restoring the shape of the tooth with a tooth coloured filling material.
If the structure of your tooth has been severely compromised, a cap/crown may be needed to rebuild it. Outdated caps/crowns often appear dark and black around the gum line whereas modern crowns are made from a beautiful ceramic which blends in seamlessly.
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 your 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.
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.