Cleaning and Prevention
Dentistry is based on the principle of prevention. We recommend that all patients have biannual cleanings and examinations. Not only do these help you to obviate dental problems before they arise, but they leave your gums healthier, and your teeth cleaner and whiter. A professional cleaning removes hard plaque that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. Even if you haven’t had professional cleaning carried out for a number of years, it’s never too late to treat your teeth.
Among the causes for periodontal (gum) disease are genetic susceptibility, smoking, and some systemic illnesses, such as diabetes. Periodontal maintenance involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. Gum desease is preventable with proper oral hygiene. However, what can start out as gingivitis (inflamed or bleeding gums) can quickly turn into periodontitis. In such cases, gums pull away from the tooth to create “pockets,” thereby exposing a dental root to infection. It can also lead to prolonged bad breath, loose teeth, painful chewing and other complications.
Extractions – Oral Surgery
Our dentists make every effort to preserve your natural teeth. However, extractions become necessary when decay has made the tooth unsalvageable, or when there is advanced periodontal disease. When a tooth is malformed, damaged, impacted or ingrown, different procedures are used, but all extractions are considered surgery. Depending on which tooth is removed, we can offer you a replacement in the form of either a dental implant or an oral prosthetic.
Wisdom teeth are often impacted and can be the cause of recurrent infections (pericoronitis); we are fully equipped and adequately trained to surgically remove complex wisdom teeth.
Used to prevent the spread of tooth decay or to correct any cosmetic damage, a filling is just one of the ways our dentists preserve your health. Before placement, any caries must be drilled out.
Composte Resine fillings are the most aesthetically pleasing and most biocompatible option. Their colour can be customised and they are bonded to teeth in layers, therefore require less drilling of the natural tooth. Composite resin is ideal for repairing chipped or cracked teeth, filling in a tooth gap, correcting dental discoloration, protecting any exposed tooth root from gum recession, or for changing the shape of teeth.
Teeth Clenching or grinding (bruxism). Can accelerate teeth and joints deterioration.
What are the causes of teeth grinding?
| Stress or anxiety
| Certain medications or recreational drugs
| Family history
| Sleep deprivation
A dental implant mimics the form and function of a natural tooth, which consists of a root and a crown. The crown is the visible part of your tooth. It is used to chew food and is therefore the part of the tooth that is most susceptible to cavities. The crown is attached to the jawbone by the root. When decay has gone deep enough, or when a periodontal disease has advanced enough to warrant an extraction, the entire tooth, root and all, is taken out. The dental implant is a titanium artificial root that is fitted into a socket that we create in your jaw. Once the artificial root has healed we connect it with a porcelain tooth. The new crown is customized to match both your bite and the colour of your teeth.
Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, our dentists can help you choose the best solution. Crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that function and look like natural, healthy teeth. Veneers are a less invasive alternative, but may only be a solution for those with slight tooth damage or discoloration. These thin porcelain or resin shells come in customizable colours and are bonded to the surface of your teeth.
A crown, otherwise known as a cap, is custom-fitted to your bite and is placed over your natural tooth or dental implant.
Professional teeth whitening is faster, more effective, and longer lasting than the treatments you can buy over the counter. As we age, our teeth darken. We can brighten your teeth by five to ten shades in a single session, but maintaining good oral hygiene and steering away from certain foods and beverages will help keep any future whitening services to a minimum.