What is the Treatment?
Dental implants are biocompatible, man-made substitutes to replace missing teeth.
The implants are made of a space-age alloy of titanium. These posts are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing and are allowed to heal undisturbed while the bone heals around them, locking them in like an anchor. They act as tooth root substitutes and serve as a foundation for replacement teeth.
Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or they can cover a span of multiple missing teeth.
How Long is the Treatment?
Placement of implants is usually a two stage procedure. You will be referred to an oral surgeon who places the implant or titanium screw in the jaw bone to serve as the artificial root. In the front teeth, where cosmetic concerns are an issue, a temporary crown can be placed which remains in place over the next few months when the healing is taking place and the jaw bone integrates with the titanium screw. This healing interval is usually 3-6 months. Once the healing is complete, the second step involves replacing the temporary crown and putting a new crown or tooth onto the screw.
Bridges & Crowns
What is the Crown Treatment?
Teeth with large fillings can become weak and compromised. These large fillings can fracture from fatigue or the adjacent part of the tooth may fracture due to wear and tear. Crowns serve as reliable solutions for these teeth.
How do the Crowns work?
Crowns are also recommended for root filled teeth which are at a greater risk of fracture and require more support. Crowns are made of a variety of materials like porcelain fused to metal, porcelain bonded to zirconia, all ceramic or metal only.
What is a Bridge Treatment?
Teeth can be lost for many reasons but the gap that remains may require restoration to improve cosmetics and function and also prevent the adjacent and opposing teeth from drifting.
Bridges are one of the replacement options for missing teeth. These are fixed structures that use the support of the teeth on either side of the missing teeth.
How does a Bridge work?
Having a bridge is like having three crowns. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared for crowns, an impression is made and the mould is sent to the dental laboratory. The laboratory then makes the bridge. This is glued into place by using specialised bonding cement. The advantage of a bridge is that it is fixed, stable and feels like your own teeth.
The disadvantage is that we have to treat two teeth on either side of the missing tooth. These may be perfectly fine teeth otherwise. In some situations, however, they may also benefit from crowns if they already are heavily filled.
Tooth Coloured Fillings
Cosmetic dentistry is not only limited to your front teeth, it is now possible to have tooth coloured fillings which can match the natural colour and translucency of your existing teeth. New advanced materials are a blend of aesthetics and strength. These aesthetic materials will help give your smile a new lease on life.
CEREC Cad-cam Dentistry
CEREC is a revolutionary, state-of-the-art equipment using advanced computer technology for replacing amalgams and restoring cracked or chipped teeth. This sophisticated CAD-CAM technology enables us to create and place restorations with bio-compatible, tooth-coloured materials in a single appointment.
What does CEREC stand for?
- Chairside: The technology is in the dental operatory and used while you are in the chair
- Economical: The procedure is economical for both dentist and patient
- Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength
- Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free and tooth-colored
- Ceramic: High-strength ceramics are used that are close in composition to your natural tooth structure
Single Appointment Dental Care
Most dental restorative methods require more than one visit to the dentist. On the first visit, you get an injection of anaesthesia, your tooth prepared, an impression was taken, and a temporary restoration put on your tooth. You make a second appointment for a couple of weeks later to have the temporary removed and have a definite restoration put on.
With CEREC, the procedure is completed in a single appointment, start to finish. The camera first scans the prepared tooth in just a few seconds, thus no impression needed. The restoration is milled out of a ceramic block in a few minutes and is ready to be placed immediately, so no temporaries required either!
We use the Finest Materials
With CEREC, we can use strong, tooth coloured ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function.
These materials closely match the composition of natural tooth structure. The mechanical properties of the ceramic materials are quite similar to that of the natural tooth enamel. So, when you consume anything hot or cold, the restoration and tooth expand and contract at almost equal rates. Therefore your tooth does not end up with cracks and breaking as can frequently happen with amalgam fillings. Also, the opposing tooth is not subject to additional wear & tear.