Even though teeth are naturally strong, they can become damaged due to trauma (such as a fall) and may chip or break. Tooth decay may weaken a tooth, as can root canal treatment, and teeth can wear down over time. In these examples a crown is often the best way to strengthen a tooth and save it. A crown fits over the existing natural tooth and replaces the part of the tooth that is seen above the gums, the natural crown. After the crown is fitted, the crown should feel comfortable and natural in the mouth.
If you are missing teeth , dental bridges are used to fill in gaps with artificial teeth. They are an efficient alternative to dentures and are more stable and look natural. In fact, in some cases they are barely noticeable.
A denture is a removable prosthesis made to replace missing teeth. Generally dentures are made out of acrylic resin and can be combined with various metals. Dentures improve function , aesthetics, speech, and provide support for facial muscles.
There are two basic types of dentures – full dentures and partial dentures. Which one you choose will depend primarily on how many teeth need to be replaced.
Full dentures – A full denture is used to replace all teeth on the upper or lower jaw. The denture includes an acrylic base that looks like natural gums, which then sits over the gums after any existing teeth have been removed.
Partial dentures – A partial denture is a solution when only a few teeth need to be replaced. They can have either acrylic or metal base with clasps that attach on existing teeth. Partial dentures can be removable or they can be anchored in place by attaching them to dental implants.
Flexible Dentures– Flexible dentures are made with a flexible resin so the denture base has some flexibilty. Patients find that this may provide a more comfortable fit and these dentures do not rely on visible clasping.
Veneers, a thin shell-like piece of porcelain, are placed over your existing front teeth and bonded to the front surface, becoming incredibly strong and durable. A fast and extremely aesthetic solution, veneers can close gaps, straighten crooked teeth, repair chips and cover permanent stains. Best of all, veneers can provide you with a great looking and long-lasting smile.
Composite veneers are a cheaper alternative to porcelain veneers and can be used directly on the same appointment.
A naturally brighter, whiter smile can help enhance your appearance and provide a self-confidence boost, which is why one of the most popular dental procedures in our clinic is teeth whitening treatment.
Unfortunately, things we enjoy such as coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco, together with the natural ageing process, can contribute to our teeth not looking as white and bright as they should.
All our teeth whitening treatments have undergone extensive testing to ensure they are completely safe to use. Depending on the colour of your teeth and the shade you wish to accomplish, results will vary from person to person, and the longevity of your treatment will depend on your lifestyle and food choices.
Laser Whitening (or In-Office Whitening) is a whitening treatment for your teeth which is performed in the chair at the surgery very quickly and easily. A whitening solution is applied to the teeth by the dentist which is then activated using a special curing light.
An alternative whitening method is custom fitted trays, similar in design to a sport mouthguard, which are worn at home. Whitening gel is applied into the trays and then worn for 1 hour or overnight. To achieve your desired results, you need to continue treatment for 7-10 days; however you will notice a significant difference after only a few days.
The bleaching system we use is very safe and effective. The structure of the tooth is not changed, the colour of the tooth is simply lighter.
Dental inlays and onlays are conservative dental restorative methods alternative to fillings and full crowns. They are commonly used to repair small cavities or replace old fillings in molar and premolar teeth. They are typically made from ceramic. Dental inlays are restricted to bonded material at the centre of the tooth, while dental onlays bonded material can extend further to one or more cusps of the tooth.
Inlays /onlays have the advantage of being less destructive than crowns, whilst being stronger than composite resin fillings and retaining the natural colour. Ceramic inlays/onlays are the ideal restorative material to replace old amalgam restorations.
The placement procedure typically requires two visits. On the first visit, the tooth will be prepared and then an impression of the tooth will be sent to the dental laboratory to create the permanent inlay or onlay. You will be given a temporary inlay or onlay to protect the tooth in the meantime. At the next visit, the temporary inlay/onlay is removed and the permanent one is cemented in its place. The bite is checked and the restoration is polished.