Family and General Dentistry

Patients of different ages require various types of dental care. At Clifton Hill Dental, we proudly offer dentistry to meet the needs of every member of your family—from toddlers to your most senior relatives. Dr Nick Malamas and our associate dentists customise treatment to support optimal oral health at every life stage.

We hear many of the same questions from patients of our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic, so we’ve compiled some of them below. We hope you’ll take a look at these, as well as the rest of our website, to learn more about our family dentistry. We look forward to seeing your smile.

  • Do you offer children’s dentistry?
  • What kind of preventive dentistry to you recommend?
  • What types of restorative dentistry do you offer?
  • What are my options if I have missing teeth?
  • What should I do if I have a dental emergency?
  • What is an oral health therapist?
  • Why should I see an oral health therapist for certain treatment opposed to a dentist?
  • I am ready to get started; what should my next step be to make an appointment?
  • Do you offer children’s dentistry?

    Yes, we see children because good oral health starts at a young age.

    Paediatric dentistry at our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic is essential to form a healthy foundation for your child’s adult smile. Baby (primary or milk) teeth are the blueprint for their permanent teeth. One of the most common childhood oral disease is dental caries, or decay. Tooth decay, while preventable, is common and most adults we see at our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic will have at least one instance of decay throughout their lifetimes and will need to have a cavity filled.

    We work in partnership with parents to prevent decay and gum disease and to ensure that children have normal oral maxillofacial development. Fluoride application and fissure sealants are common treatments to keep your family’s littlest smiles healthy. We create a fun and easy-going atmosphere for kids so they never feel anxious or stressed because of their dental visits. Children who go to the dentist regularly from a young age tend to grow up to be adults who continue to go to the dentist regularly.

    What kind of preventive dentistry to you recommend?

    Children are not the only ones susceptible to oral conditions that can impact dental health and overall health. The risk of periodontal (gum) disease increases with age. Recent studies show links between gum disease and heart health.

    Our Clifton Hill, VIC dentists closely monitor both teeth and gums at regular check-up and clean visits to head off oral conditions before tooth loss occurs.

    Digital dental x-rays promote early detection of dental conditions and help our dentists make an accurate diagnosis.

    What type of restorative dentistry do you offer?

    When teeth develop infection or decay or suffer from trauma, bringing them back to good health and function is often the most conservative approach to your care. We offer the following dental treatments at our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic.

    • Tooth-coloured fillings, crowns and bonding
    • Root canal treatment
    • Cosmetic veneers
    • Inlays and onlays

    What are my options if I have missing teeth?

    When patients of our Clifton Hill, VIC face getting a tooth pulled or already have missing teeth, dental bridges, implants, All-on-4 dentures, partial dentures and traditional complete dentures provide a solution to complete the smile and restore healthy speaking and chewing function. When replacing teeth, the family dentists at our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic will help you choose the most aesthetic and practical options that meet your goals.

    What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

    When you have a dental emergency, our team at Clifton Hill Dental is here as your emergency dentist. We offer evening and weekend bookings to help you feel comfortable and in good health again as quickly as possible. We welcome you to contact us right away if you experience toothache, swelling or trauma to your teeth or dentistry. If you are unsure about whether or not your situation constitutes an emergency, we welcome you to give us a call to ask.

    What is an oral health therapist?

    Our oral health therapists are an essential part of our Clifton Hill, VIC family dentist team.

    Oral health therapists are dental professionals who have completed training at university and are qualified in dental therapy and dental hygiene. They are able to provide a wide range of dental care to children, adolescents and adults. Because of their training, oral health therapists are equipped to work in collaboration with dentists on preventive, restorative and certain cosmetic procedures.

    Oral health therapists also provide valuable advice and resources to help patients achieve optimal oral health.

  • Nutritional counselling
  • Smoking cessation
  • Home dental hygiene practices
  • Scale and clean frequency
  • Gum therapies
  • Children's dentistry
  • Our oral health therapists also have an extended scope of practice that enables them to provide minor restorative services to patients of all ages and also provide both in-chair and at-home teeth whitening systems for a brighter, more youthful smile.

    At Clifton Hill Dental, we recommend adults have a thorough examination with a dentist before seeing one of the oral health therapists for teeth cleaning or further treatment. Your oral health therapist is your partner in oral health and is available to answer any questions or address any concerns you have about the health and appearance of your teeth and gums.

    Why should I see an oral health therapist for certain treatment opposed to a dentist?

    Oral health therapists at our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic are specially trained at university in the general maintenance of the mouth, teeth and gums, and also in gum disease therapy. A dentist will refer a patient to an oral health therapist for more specialised preventive oral care, whilst the dentist will continue to provide complex treatment and most restorative and cosmetic treatment with the exception of teeth whitening. Oral therapists are prevention-oriented, and their scope of care is highly personalised to meet the changing needs of patients over every life stage and throughout medical and dental changes.

    Some dentists will see you for hygiene appointments; however, many people realise that oral health therapists have been specially trained to carry out hygiene therapies. They can spend a more extended amount of time demonstrating a maintenance program for you to continue at home to ensure keeping your teeth and gums healthy all year around.

    If gum disease develops, your oral health therapist will customise a hygiene protocol and follow-up on your progress regularly, acting as an educator and provider as your gums heal.

    We hope that you will develop a long-term relationship with every member of our team so that we can get to know your goals for your smile and provide you with the dentistry you need for a healthy mouth.

    I am ready to get started; what should my next step be to make an appointment?

    We warmly welcome new patients of all ages to our Clifton Hill, VIC dental clinic and invite you to contact us with any questions you have regarding the services we offer or about our next available appointment. You can request an appointment here on our website, or simply pick up the phone and call us on (03) 9482 6263. We look forward to seeing your smile.