GENERAL DENTISTRY

 

Check Ups

Regular dental exams allow us to see if you have any dental problems and help prevent any from arising. Many dental problems don't always present with pain, and delaying treatment can make future treatment more complicated and expensive. Most people benefit from 6 monthly dental exams. If you are at higher risk of decay or gum disease we may recommend 3 monthly exams, and people who have had excellent dental health can have an exam once per year.

 

A dental exam can be scheduled at the same time as a visit to the hygienist.

 

Crowns

Crowns are restorations. Typically crowns are recommended in situations where there is considerable tooth tissue requiring replacement, particularly on back teeth, which take a large load. They restore a tooth by encircling or forming a cap over a tooth to strengthen it and improve its appearance. Crowns can be made of materials such as gold but are today usually made of porcelain for a natural appearance. Crowns have also have an excellent lifespan. Because of their strength they are often used to protect teeth that have had root canal treatment.

 

Bridges

A fixed bridge replaces missing teeth by bridging the gap between adjacent teeth. The replacement tooth is permanently attached to teeth on each side of the gap by crowns. The preparation of a tooth for a crown requires the removal of a considerable amount of tooth tissue. Therefore a bridge is generally indicated when the teeth adjacent to the gap have existing large fillings and would benefit from being crowned. A fixed bridge is reliant on the integrity of the supporting teeth. Bridges, like crowns, can be made, depending upon circumstance, exclusively of porcelain or a combination of porcelain and metal.

 

Implants

A Dental implant is a titanium cylinder surgically placed in the area of a missing tooth. After a period of healing, a crown is made and attached to the implant. Unlike fixed bridges, implant supported crowns are ‘stand alones’ and do not compromise adjacent teeth. An implant retained crown feels and functions like a natural tooth. If an implant is considered as an option, the patient is referred to an implant placement specialist (either a periodontist or oral surgeon) for an initial consultation. Once the implant is placed it is left 3-6 months where the patient then returns to the Dentist for the fabrication and fitting of the implant crown.

 

Inlays and Onlays

Porcelain inlays and onlays are an excellent conservative solution to restoring back teeth which have a significant loss of nature tooth structure. Although similar in construction to crowns, they require less removal of healthy tooth structure. Inlays and onlays are extremely durable, and although traditionally made of gold, are usually made of porcelain for a very natural appearance.

 

Veneers

An excellent alternative to crowns for front teeth, veneers can mask stains, hide chips, correct misalignment, and create uniformity. The advantage of a veneer as compared to a crown is that the preparation of the tooth for a veneer is minimal. They can be made from composite (white filling material) or porcelain. The beauty of porcelain is that it has tooth-like glaze and lustre, replicates natural tooth, and is extremely stain resistant.

 

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to improve your smile. As there are many things that influence what whitening can achieve, it is important to have a consultation first.

 

We use two systems:

 

A power whitening done at our practice. This produces an immediate improvement within an hour and is boosted by a home maintenance kit we provide.

 

A home whitening system. We construct accurately fitting trays for your teeth which you wear with a whitening gel at home. These trays are worn for an hour per day (or overnight) and gradually whiten the teeth over several days. Because the trays are custom fitted, they can achieve better results than over-the-counter whitening products.