Dental examinations are necessary to maintain overall health and for screening for oral cancers. Examinations are recommended every 6-9 months. Regular check-ups also help in the early detection of tooth decay and prevention of gum disease.
Fillings are used to restore damaged, broken or decayed teeth. There are two types of filling materials used: amalgam fillings which are silver coloured and white fillings which are tooth coloured. Amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of metals. These fillings are extremely durable and have a long life span. Tooth-coloured fillings are made from a composite resin or porcelain. Porcelain fillings also have a long life span but composite fillings have a shorter life span. Tooth coloured fillings can be made virtually undetectable.
No one type of filling will suit every patient, it will be determined by a number of criteria such as the location size and depth of the filling. Your dentist will suggest which type of filling will be best for you.
Crowns are natural looking, non-removable covers that fit over prepared teeth and are permanently cemented or bonded into place. They look like and function like a normal tooth and will generally improve the appearance. They are used to restore badly broken down teeth, when a tooth is fractured or when a large filling is in place. In many cases after root canal treatment a crown will be advised where the remaining tooth structure is minimal. Root filled teeth also become brittle over time leaving them more susceptible to fracture.
Bridges are one way of replacing missing teeth without the use of a denture. They are non-removable. It is suited to patients with one or two missing teeth. A bridge allows the gap to be filled with artificial teeth that are anchored to the teeth on both sides for strong support. It generally involves crowning the teeth either side of the gap.
Implants are titanium replacements for the root/s of missing teeth on which crowns or bridges can be placed to replace missing teeth and restore full function. They have the advantage of not requiring any destructive reduction of natural teeth and are as a result a very conservative way of treating spaces.
Veneers are a thin cover that can be placed over the natural tooth. They are custom made and can camouflage broken teeth, discoloured and crooked teeth, fill gaps and straighten teeth. They are reasonably conservative and not a lot, if any, of the natural tooth will be altered in the preparation for the veneer. They are not for everyone and each case requires careful assessment.
Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal treatment is a procedure to treat a bacterial infection at the centre of a tooth. It can save even badly broken down teeth. Root Canal treatment is also known as Endodontics.
Teeth whitening is a common procedure in general dentistry that involves bleaching the teeth through the use of special dental whitening products. The objective of teeth whitening is to restore the natural colour to your teeth so that they seamlessly blend with the others in your mouth.
We provide only custom fitted guards which are moulded to your teeth and gums. This ensures that the mouth guard does not move around your mouth, making it ineffective in the case of an impact.