How We Transform Your Smile
Advanced Dental Treatments
Your needs are as unique as your teeth, therefore we will carefully evaluate your situation with a thorough examination before suggesting the best way to achieve your goals.
We also understand that you might be interested to learn more about the treatments we use. Listed below are some of the key techniques used to achieve your new smile.
Fixed Teeth In One Day
This is a breakthrough procedure which allows us to replace your failing teeth with new fixed teeth in just one day. This innovative technique (also known as All on 4), uses four specially placed dental implants to permanently fix teeth to the jaw.
First a special radiograph of the teeth and jaws is taken to assess the bone. Models of the teeth are then taken to study the bite and appearance. The colour, shape and position of the teeth can all be altered to improve the appearance. A bridge is made to replace the failing teeth. This is attached to the four implants.
On the day of treatment a sedative will be used to help you relax. The loose teeth are gently removed and the implants are placed. Your gums are numb, you will not feel any pain. After a few hours you will be able to go home for a light lunch and a rest. In the meantime your new teeth are being customized in the laboratory. Later in the afternoon, when you return, we will fit your new teeth. This is a quick and easy visit. You can then go home. You will be able to eat on the new teeth immediately.
After 10 weeks the implants will have fused to the bone and a new bespoke bridge can be made. This allows us to further enhance the smile and refine the bite.
Conventional Dental Implants
Dental implants give you the confidence to achieve a more natural smile. Acting as an anchor for an artificial tooth, a dental implant consists of a small titanium post that is placed in just one or two visits.
Dental implants are basically sophisticated screws or posts made of a medically pure titanium. These screws/posts are placed in the jaw bone and rest under the gum for 3-6 months. During this time they actually fuse to the jawbone and become osseo (bone) integrated. After the appropriate healing time, we uncover the implants and use them to replace one or more missing teeth by making a dental prosthesis (e.g. crown, bridge or overdenture).
Titanium is used because it so compatible and can bond strongly to the living bone tissue. Techniques may range from replacing one missing tooth to replacing every tooth in the upper and lower jaws. Without interfering with your speech ability, eating and general comfort, dental implants will offer you the security to achieve that perfect smile.
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Crowns and Bridges
Crowns (sometimes referred to as caps) are used to improve the appearance of teeth or to restore badly broken down teeth when there is insufficient tooth to hold a filling. They can be made of cast gold, ceramic or a combination of both depending upon the specific needs of the treatment. A bridge is a casting used to replace a missing tooth and is attached to teeth next to the gap, by using adhesive attachments or other crowns.
The latest metal free crowns and bridges provide very life-like aesthetics and can transform a smile while strengthening the teeth at the same time. A crown is provided in several stages. After a tooth has been prepared, a temporary crown will be put in place while a dental laboratory manufactures the crown. Temporary crowns are made from a tooth coloured plastic and are designed to last for a short period of time. These crowns can be made to match the proposed final colour and shape of the new teeth. This way you can assess the bite and your new smile at home before the porcelain crowns are made.
Porcelain veneers are used to cosmetically improve a smile and offer the finest in aesthetic services available today. In many cases veneers can correct crooked, misaligned smiles and brighten the teeth. A “smile makeover” can instantly and dramatically reverse the aging look of a worn smile. Porcelain veneers, also known as dental laminates, consist of a wafer thin shell of porcelain, artistically constructed to duplicate the ideal aesthetic properties of a natural tooth, which is bonded onto the front surface of the teeth.
Porcelain veneers can completely mask unattractively coloured and stained teeth, correct thin and old looking teeth, close gaps between teeth, repair chipped teeth and make crooked and rotated teeth appear straight and even. Porcelain veneers are very thin, but once bonded in place they are very strong and they can actually make the underlying tooth stronger. Unlike crowns, the amount of tooth that has to be removed is minimal so there is less drilling.
Tooth whitening is a process of lightening the colour of teeth. The solutions employed have been used in dentistry for many years. The whitening process is most effective on mildly discoloured teeth.
Darker stains, such as those caused by antibiotics, take longer to respond to treatment. The degree of whiteness will vary from patient to patient, depending on the structure of the teeth and the duration of the time and system used.
A bleaching process is used which lightens discolouration. The system uses a mild solution retained in a custom-fitted tray that is worn over your teeth while you sleep.
Tooth Straightening (Orthodontics)
You can straighten your smile with clear aligners, a virtually invisible way to improve your smile and correct bites without the need for braces. This technique allows for the correction of misaligned teeth by using a series of removable clear aligners which you wear for about 2 to 4 weeks each. As you move from one aligner to the next, the teeth gradually move into the ideal position required. As well as being almost invisible to others, clear aligners allow for normal brushing and flossing which are usually more difficult with conventional braces.
Tooth coloured fillings (and onlays)
White or tooth coloured fillings can be used to restore small cavities in broken down back teeth. They look better than silver amalgam fillings, require less drilling and don’t contain mercury.
For larger cavities and where the teeth need to be moved in the bite, we typically use onlays which are strong ceramic fillings glued into the cavity.