Restorative dentistry is the study, examination, and treatment of diseases of the oral cavity, the teeth, and their supporting structures. Including …
Dental fillings are the most commonly used way to treat cavities. Fillings are also used to repair broken or cracked teeth. Also by closing these spaces, we prevent future decay due to the constant presence of bacteria.
Several dental filling materials are available, including gold, porcelain, amalgam and composited resin fillings. Each and one of these options has advantages and disadvantages, like durability, strength, aesthetics, cost, pain, or additional office visits.
INLAYS AND ONLAYS
Two methods of restoring normal tooth structure after decay or other damages. An inlay is a small filling that fits into the biting surface of a tooth while an onlay covers a larger area of the tooth, better suited to bigger cavities.
Inlays and onlays are known as indirect fillings because they are custom-made at our lab and placed in the cavity. While these are being made, you will wear a temporary filling. Porcelain is the more common material used for the fillings, matching your teeth’s natural color and making it almost invisible.
There are many ways to improve your smile. New techniques, as well as traditional options help to show the best results. We can reshape and contour your teeth, close spaces, bond them together, restore worn teeth and also do whitening (bleaching).
Veneers are a thin decorative covering of porcelain or other plastic material like resin.
Thanks to these layers you can improve your smile (appearance) and at the same time veneers improve the strength and resilient of your teeth. Veneers not only improve the look of your smile, but strengthen your teeth and restores their normal function.
Also, there is no additional maintenance.
CROWNS AND BRIDGES
Dental crowns and bridges repair damaged teeth and replace missing teeth. Our teeth with age, are prone to decay, if the tooth cannot be repair, you may need a dental crown.
These prosthetic devices are cemented onto existing teeth and most dental crowns and bridges look like your natural teeth, so no one will ever notice the difference. Porcelain is the most popular material, being durable, looking natural and matching shape, size and color of the preexisting tooth.
Bridges are prosthetics that literally bridges the gap created by one or more missing teeth. These dental restorations will prevent the remaining teeth to rotate and shift (invade) the empty spaces resulting in a bad bite, gum diseases and temporomandibular joint disorders (jaw articulating problems). Remember that your teeth not only affect your diet, but also your smile, your speech and others teeth alignment.
WHAT IS CAD/CAM?
Our clinic uses CAD-CAM to design and create dental restorations, dental prostheses, crowns, veneers, dental implant restorations, inlays and onlays, fixed bridges, orthodontic appliances, and dentures – removable or fixed. CAD-CAM speeds up and simplifies the design, creation, and insertion processes, making the whole process possible in one ‘APPOINTMENT‘.
There is no impression taking, neither temporary crown making or a technician needed. The tooth is prepared, powdered and scanned into a computer where the crown is designed. The crown is produced from a porcelain block in 35 to 45 minutes.
ADVANTAGES OF CAD/CAM
- One visit treatment
- No impressions needed
- No temporary crown needed
- Very high quality porcelain:
- Close wear and flexibility as natural enamel
- Stress free and bubble free
- Very good cosmetic result
- Very strong
- No metal used
- Very accurate fit
- Long lasting therefore very cost effective
- Very low failure rate
- Good seal around the crown
- Patient can decide on level and type of colour/staining
- The crowns are bonded to the tooth so often less tooth is removed
- Some teeth that look hopeless to rebuild can be saved
Crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, but they can loosen up or fall. A good oral hygiene and regular checks will help the longevity of crown or bridge. Matching your natural teeth color, you will recover your natural/beautiful smile.
Whether patients want a confidence boost or to look their best for a specific occasion, whitening remains the most-requested cosmetic dental procedure. Today’s patients want whitening options that fit their lifestyle and fast results with little or no discomfort. They want whitening that makes their special moments even brighter, giving them the confidence to truly smile. Only dental professionals have access to the most powerful, professional-strength whitening and can ensure your treatment is safe and your results are outstanding.
Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed, the No.1 patient-requested professional whitening brand. With clinically superior results and efficacy versus other professional whitening alternatives, WhiteSpeed is one of the fastest ways to create brighter, healthier smiles that patients will want to show off. When combined with the pH booster in the whitening gel, WhiteSpeed’s advanced blue LED light-activated technology greatly accelerates the whitening process, delivering dramatic results your patients will love in just one office visit.
Is teeth whitening safe? Yes. Clinical studies have shown that whitening your teeth with carbamide or hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for teeth and gums.
What are the side effects? The most common side effect is both tooth and gum sensitivity. Your dentist is your best resource to make sure you’re a good candidate for whitening and that you are using the right formula.
How is Zoom different? Over-The-Counter whitening products are not customized to you. With Phillips Zoom, the whitening process is tailored to your needs by your dentist.
How long will my Zoom results last? Whitening treatments help to reduce existing stains, but through consumption of coffee, soft drinks or just through natural aging, your teeth may eventually become discolored again. Maintenance whitening can help combat recurring discoloration.
How long does it take? With Zoom in-office, teeth can be up to eight shades whiter in 45 minutes.
COMPLETE AND PARTIAL DENTURES
Dentures are used to replace surrounding tissues and missing teeth in your mouth. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing and partial dentures when some natural teeth remain.
Immediate dentures are created ahead of time and can be placed in a patient’s mouth whenever their old teeth are removed. A disadvantage is the fact that as your gums begin to heal, over time there will be some shrinkage which would cause the dentures to not fit as securely as possible.
Conventional dentures are full removable dentures, they will be able to be placed in the patient’s mouth about eight to twelve weeks after the patient’s teeth have been removed. For most patients, immediate dentures should only be used as a temporary fix until they can receive their conventional dentures.
This is a partial denture that can easily be removed and is made up of replacement teeth that would be attached to a matching gum-colored base. Partial dentures can be used in both the upper and lower jaw.
This is a great alternative for the interim stages of the implant treatment plan, while the final crowns are not fitted. Patients who might not qualify for dental implants could also be good candidates for removable partial.
IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURES (OVERDENTURES)
Too many people who have conventional dentures don’t wear them for the simple fact that they don’t stay in place. Dental Implants offer a way to keep dentures in place and allow you to go about your daily life with confidence.
The use of dental implants to stabilize dentures has proven to be successful for many people. The number continues to grow as word spreads about the effectiveness and long-term durability of the treatment. In fact, it has been reported that dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.*
PROBLEMS WITH LOOSE DENTURES?
Millions of people around the world are missing enough teeth to require the use of a denture. Many of them struggle to keep their dentures secure, particularly in the lower jaw. If you have this problem, you already know about the embarrassment of slipping dentures, not being able to eat the foods that you love and the ineffectiveness of denture adhesives. Fortunately, there is a way to make your denture work the way it was intended: stabilize it with dental implants.
BENEFITS OF STABLE DENTURES
- Restores proper chewing, allowing a better diet and improved health
- Improves speech and confidence
- Increases comfort with less irritation of gum tissue
- Ends the cost and inconvenience of denture adhesives
- Often can utilize your existing denture
- Minimally invasive procedure