WELCOME TO TODAY’S DENTISTRY

BEAUTIFUL SMILES CREATED HERE

We are Dr David Kerr and Dr Darryl Marsh. We are
delighted to welcome you to our practice.

Today’s Dentistry is a relaxed and welcoming independent dentist.

As you walk through our practice you will notice that we have taken attention to every little detail for your comfort.

The practice has been designed to maximise natural light and space, to give you the most pleasant experience possible.

When you visit, we will greet you with a smile and a café style coffee & home-made biscotti for you to enjoy.

If you have little ones, they will enjoy our dedicated kids room with toys, DVD’s to watch and even a XBox – some just don’t want to leave!

Each treatment room has been set up around the latest state of the art dental technology.

These light and airy rooms will put you at ease – you can even enjoy watching a DVD from the comfort of your dental chair.

Our patients often comment that they have never been to a practice where everyone is so warm and friendly. We take pride in the care of our patients, from a friendly smile to the highest quality of dental care.

We look forward to your first visit and offering you the same high level of care.

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Scroll or swipe to meet all of our Dentists and Hygienists. Click on their name to view more information about each practitioner and watch a video to get to know them better (where available).

OUR TEAM

DR DARRYL MARSH

Qualified at Queensland University and practicing since 1984. Founding dentist at this practice in 1988. Continuing dental […]

DR DAVID KERR

Qualified at University of Queensland and practicing since 1998. Dental partner at this practice since 1999. Continuing […]

ROBYN RUSSELL

Robyn qualified with the University of Queensland in 2005 as dux of her year. Prior to joining […]

CHANELLE WINTERBURN

Chanelle graduated from the University of Queensland in 2005. Before joining Today’s Dentistry, Chanelle worked at a […]

CARLENE FRANKLIN

Carlene qualified with University of Queensland in 2006. Before joining Today’s Dentistry, Carlene worked in private practice […]

JESSICA NETHERY

Jessica qualified with University of Queensland in 2008. Jessica has worked in General Dental and Orthodontics, in Brisbane’s […]

YOUR COMFORT AND SAFETY

Your comfort and safety are our highest priorities.

Find out how we protect you against infections, utilise modern dental technologies and ensure a pain-free treatment.

Read below about how our approach to preventing problems before they occur leads to less pain, less cost and better overall health in the long term.

Your safety is our highest priority. We pride ourselves on infection control that meets the highest standards. In accordance with this our practice and processes are all QIP (Quality, Innovation, Performance) Accredited.

Our instruments are sterilised using an autoclave that destroys all bacteria and viruses, and this process is carefully monitored by specially trained operators.

We use disposable gloves, masks and plastic accessories wherever we can and these are thrown away immediately after use. Dentists, clinical assistants and hygienists always wear new gloves, masks and protective eye-wear for every patient to ensure that no cross contamination occurs between patients.

If you are interested, we are more than happy to give you a tour of our sterilisation area.

The techniques and equipment used in dentistry are advancing all the time, reducing the discomfort of treatments as well as dramatically improving health outcomes.

We proudly utilise the latest dental equipment including:

• Lasers to detect decay before it becomes painful
• Video magnifications
• 3D scanning
• Digital X-Rays

Naturally, both dentists and staff regularly attend conferences and courses, so we can give you the benefit of the latest developments.

Preventative dentistry is central to our treatment philosophy.

We believe preventative care is best provided by a combination of regular dental visits to your dentist as well as good oral hygiene practices at home.

Preventative dentistry is a partnership between you and the dental team.

We don’t like pain either! Our aim is to make every treatment pain free.

Firstly, our treatments are far more comfortable through our refined modern equipment and techniques.

And when it comes to anaesthetics our philosophy is to use them freely at their full potential. We even apply anaesthetic liquids to numb your gums before an injection.

We also use laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and can prescribe medication to help you relax if necessary. General anaesthesic and twilight sedation by a specialist anaesthetist is also an option.

It is important that you inform us about any dental fears you may have. In this way you will be advised as to the best technique to deal with this in your particular case.

It is also important to advise us of any tablets or medications you may be taking whether prescribed or of your own accord.

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PAYMENT OPTIONS

The reality is that many people do not visit the dentist until they have a problem such as a broken tooth, chipped filling or a tooth ache. Often by this time the damage to the teeth may be substantial and the cost of fixing the problem may be significant.

Many teeth are lost needlessly because of this.

HICAPS
To reduce your out of pocket expenses we offer on-the-spot health fund claims via HICAPS. We can directly deduct your health fund’s contribution from your total and you only pay the difference.
Payment plans

If you wish to spread the cost of treatment over time, we offer a choice of interest-free payment plans which allow you to start treatment immediately, before the problems with your teeth become worse.

You can complete an application online in our practice in about 10 minutes and we usually receive a response the same day. This allows you to receive the right dental care for your situation.

WORKING TOGETHER

Here is what we feel our responsibilities are to each other. This is what we would like our relationship with you to be built on.

WHAT WE EXPECT OF YOU

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US

OUR RELOCATION

After 30 years in the same Aspley location, we have now relocated to 91 Kittyhawk Drive, Chermside. This new location opened on Monday December 17th, 2018.

View our Move Photo albumFind us video or  follow us on Facebook to see all the progress photos. If we have not answered your questions in the FAQs below then call us on (07) 3263 2677.

We have ample and dedicated patient parking available that is on-site and free of charge. There are approximately 25 car park spots that will be available for patients. These are signed ‘Dentist parking only’. To access these turn into the practice at the traffic lights and follow the driveway to the car park under the building. Follow the signs to the designated car parks.

Our new practice is located at the back of Westfield Chermside and is also an easy walk from the shopping centre.

Our new premises is easily accessible for all of our visitors, including those in wheelchairs or parents with prams.

We will keep our patients with appointments around that time up-to-date via email and SMS.

For all of our other patients, please follow the progress of our new practice and move on this website, via our newsletter and Facebook. Naturally you can call or email Monica or Bronwyn with any questions you may have.

Great news! Our phone number will remain the same as always – 3263 2677.

YOUR DENTAL INSURANCE

The confusion over dental insurance arises when people discover that claim payouts fall well short of the cost of their treatment.

Dental insurance companies rarely cover all of any dental fee and in many cases cover less that half, and often nothing at all. All health insurance companies provide different benefits for the same treatments, and often some insurers will have different rebates for their clients depending on the level of their premium.

In fact, payouts are calculated by insurance companies to a financial formula that has little or no correlation to what the provision of standard dental treatments cost.

Even more confusing is understanding how to achieve the highest level if benefit to which you are entitled. This will vary based on which insurance company you are with, how long you have been with hem and the level of cover you pay.

Currently, some health funds maintain a list of dentists who provide a list of dentists who provide treatment at a fee determined by the health fund. You will not find our practice on these lists. In these schemes the primary concern is ‘cost containment’.

These schemes are developed by the Private Health Insurance companies so the scheme’s primary focus is to benefit the Fund’s bottom line and not the patient’s well-being.

Our office can provide the Dental Association codes describing your dental treatment. This will allow you to check the level of cover before any treatment is completed.

Remember our goal is to help you achieve good dental health. The insurance companies provide only specified amounts for selected services. Unfortunately which dental services insurance companies cover, or not, can have nothing to do with what you need or want done.

Any time you have a question about your dental insurance please feel free to call us. We recognise that dental insurance is becoming more difficult and complex every day

Without question, the best way to lower your dental costs is to minimise your chances of tooth cavities and gum infections by regular sixth month check-up visits and competing any treatments your dentist recommend before the problem worsens and the problem is more serious.

If you have a problem with your private health insurance you should contact the fund directly. If you are unable to obtain satisfaction from your health fund, contact the Private Health Fund Ombudsman. This is an independent body especially formed to help provide information and advice about private health funds and to help people with complaints they have against their health funds.

OUR APPROACH TO CHILDREN

Show your child this video before their first appointment to help them feel more comfortable visiting us.

We believe that just because children are little doesn’t mean they don’t have big feelings and big fears. Even little patients like to feel like they are in control.

It is also important that mum and dad understand and are comfortable with all the options, associated costs and what the likely treatment outcomes are. We take the time with both parents and children to ensure you are totally comfortable and at ease.

Many children have a fear of the dentist or a fear of new and strange places. They may be afraid or unsure of what may be about to happen, and in particular the potential of pain. It is common that kids have a fear of needles or have picked up on their parent’s own fear of the dentist!

At Today’s Dentistry we treat kids the same way as we treat adults. This means that our priority is to keep them fully informed about what we are going to do – using language appropriate to their age of course! Keeping them ‘in the know’ means they are in control. Children need to feel safe and control even in the dental chair.

We aim to always treat our smaller patients with respect and make sure they are comfortable and at ease with what we are doing and how we are treating them.

We achieve this by talking to them, understanding them and making sure they feel confident enough to tell us how they feel and ask any questions (which given the opportunity, most kids are more than happy to do!) Treating children is not a one-size-fits-all approach.

Firstly, we consider both their behavioural age and development. We assess this individually and then adjust our speech, tone and the words we use to match this as best we can. Secondly, we use child-friendly language to describe their dental treatment and what is happening or going to happen to them.

Part of this is the “Tell-show-do” technique where we begin by sharing with the patient what is going to happen using age appropriate language. Then we show them (within reason) what it is we are going to be using, holding and feeling with our fingers first. Only when we are confident that the child is comfortable do we then move ahead. Distraction is great for big and little kids alike.

Even the most comfortable and relaxed environment and atmosphere won’t calm the fears of some children. This is when the age-old technique of ‘Distraction’ helps us to make the child feel at ease. Our distraction toolkit includes in-chair TV and DVDs, singing, telling stories and using positive rewards such as stickers etc for good behaviour.

Our Hygienists have up to date information and are always attending continuing education courses to make sure kids are getting the most up-to-date techniques.

At Today’s Dentistry we will never push children or hold them down to complete treatment. It is better for the child to have a positive experience at Today’s Dentistry and then be happy to return for check and cleans in the future.

If a child is too scared and we think we will not be able to do the best possible treatment for them because of this, then we will always refer to our great network of specialist paediatric dentists.

So many dental phobias in adult patients were a result of those adults being treated badly or bad dental experiences when they were a child. This is what we are ultimately aiming to avoid completely with our child patients of today.

Children are smart and very aware of what is going on around them so we need to anticipate that in order to make them feel comfortable before they get a chance to get scared, involve them and let them know that they are an important part of the process.

YOUR DENTAL ACTION PLAN

At your examination, we will check your teeth, but also discuss and examine for other problems, such as gum infections, bite disorders, destructive habits and mouth cancer.

Some of your dental work may not be urgent, so together we can prioritise your treatments and schedule them over a period that is comfortable for you.

Every person is different and every mouth is different. A personal dental care action plan will give you the reassurance that you are maintaining the best possible oral health.

As a part of your personal action plan we also need to know your general medical history, which can have an important bearing on your dental treatment. Research has shown that common health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers are associated with the bacteria in dental disease – all the more reason to have a professional care for your teeth.

Many existing conditions such as diabetes, gastric reflux, hyperthyroidism and menopause can cause deterioration of the teeth gums and jaw bone. We will discuss these effects and how to reduce them in your case.

Over the past thirty years, we’ve treated everyone from small children to grandparents and we’re learned communication is one of the most important aspects of caring for out patients.

We share with you the information we have and our experiences so you can make a truly informed decision about what is the best option for you. That’s what makes your questions so valuable in providing a truly tailored service for your needs. We will explain the reasons behind our recommendations and how procedures are undertaken. This puts you in control of decision making.

There is commonly more than one way to treat a particular problem. Each alternative will have its pros and cons, different life spans and different costs. We can discuss all these different options and what you can expect from each one. We provide a written estimate of the fees and discuss payment options before any treatment is commenced.

Whatever you decide, rest assured that we use our utmost skill to provide the highest quality care and deliver excellent value in every treatment.

EMERGENCY CARE

Accidents happen so it is important to know what to do in the case of a dental trauma or emergency. If you are unsure please ring us and we will advise you of the best course of action.

When a tooth is knocked out you should:

• Attempt to find the tooth

• Gently rinse, but do not scrub the tooth to remove dirt or debris

• Do not attempt to replace the tooth into the socket, this could cause further damage

• In the case of adults, place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum

• If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person (eg young child) wrap the tooth is a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk

• Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment. If you can get there with in half an hour, it may be possible to re implant the tooth

When a tooth is knocked out you should:

• Attempt to find the tooth

• Gently rinse, but do not scrub the tooth to remove dirt or debris

• Do not attempt to replace the tooth into the socket, this could cause further damage

• In the case of adults, place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum

• If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person (eg young child) wrap the tooth is a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk

• Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment. If you can get there with in half an hour, it may be possible to re implant the tooth

If the tooth is pushed out of its place (either inward or outward), it should be gently repositioned in to its normal alignment with very light pressure, do not force the tooth back into the socket. Hold the tooth in place with a moist tissue or gauze. A gain, it is vital the dentist see the individual as soon as possible.

Injuries to the inside of the mouth include tears; puncture wounds and laceration to the teeth, lips or tongue. The wound should be cleaned right away and the injured person taken to the emergency room for the necessary suturing and wound repair.
Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound area.

Very minor fractures can be smoothed. Another option is to restore the tooth with a composite restoration. Moderate fractures include damage to the enamel, dentin and/or pulp. If the pulp is not permanently damaged; the tooth may be restored with a full permanent crown. If pulpal damage does occur further dental treatment will be required.

In either case, even though you do not require immediate attention, you should seek care in the first 1 to 2 days following injury. How a fractured tooth is treated will depend on how badly it is broken. Regardless of the damage, if you have an accident, you should always have a dentist determine what treatment is required.

If you or a family member requires a serious emergency treatment, do not hesitate to call us. If you can’t wait, call the practice to schedule a same day appointment.

Because we are open until 8pm Monday to Thursday, if you or a family member requires emergency treatment do not hesitate to call us immediately.

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