A brilliant smile radiates health and happiness. Nowadays, many people turn to dentistry as a way of improving their appearance, much as they would use cosmetic surgery or even a new hairstyle. It consists of various treatments e.g. veneers, crowns, bridge work, implants, root canal, teeth whitening…
A dental implant is a small screw made out of titanium. This is used to replace a single missing tooth, or even where all the teeth are lost. It restores function and aesthetics to normal levels, helps to preserve bone levels and a youthful facial appearance.
Have you ever wondered how people get their teeth beautiful brilliant white? Darkened and discoloured natural teeth can in some cases, be whitened by applying a gel to the tooth surface. The effective ingredient, carbonite peroxide releases active oxygen into the tooth where it gently brightens discolouring pigments.
Dental Crowns/ Veneers
Porcelain crowns and veneers are indicated where teeth are fractured, have large fillings, crooked, stained and warned down of time. It is popular for their ability to blend in with the natural tooth colour and appearance, giving the result of a healthy tooth.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. It is made up of two or more crowns on either side of the gap, anchoring the missing pontic/abutment tooth. Dental bridges are made of different materials and there are four types of designs.
Control of plaque remains the most important factor of all treatment for gum disease and the prevention of dental decay and tooth loss. Gum disease where the gums (gingivitis) and underlying bone (periodontitis) are affected, need to be reviewed, controlled twice a year by the Oral Hygienist.
Fillings: Tooth coloured fillings made of porcelain or composite.
Root canal treatment: Where the nerve inside a healthy tooth is damaged, irreversibly due to bacteria, a cavity or trauma, the removal of the nerve and vessels, are indicated. The void left after removal is then filled with a filling.
Regular examinations of your baby/toddler’s teeth are important. Malocclusion, when detected early on can be treated with braces as young as 6 years old. This way lengthy orthodontic treatment in later years can be avoided. Correct brushing and care is crucial in the early years to prevent traumatic dental treatment.
With orthodontic treatments, fixed or removable appliances, tooth coloured brackets and “invisible” methods are available for young and old. The advantages are that teeth are moved to improve the aesthetics and function of teeth. This way, aggressive and traumatic drilling of healthy tooth structure is avoided.
Dentures are replacements of a single to all teeth that have been lost. It is normally made of acrylic but can be combined with a strong and light metal frame or clasps. It is normally removable. There are different ways that dentures stay in place and can be combined with titanium implants.
Dental Phobia &
In Chair Sedation
We are all familiar with the fear and anxiety that are triggered by dental procedures. From starting “slow”, taking pre meds to calm the nerves to conscious sedation in the chair and full general antithesis at a local hospital or clinic can be offered.
Botox & Derma Filler treatments are becoming increasingly popular, to smooth wrinkles in the neck and face area, to create a more youthful appearance. Where Botox “paralyses” the muscles, Derma fillers “fill up” the space underneath muscles, to leave you with a younger looking appearance.