A crown is a 360 degrees porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or an all porcelain component placed on a tooth (like a cap) in order to restore functionality of a tooth and to protect and support the remaining tooth structure. Generally, the procedure for a crown takes 1-2 visits.
Reasons for crowns:
Similar to a crown, a fixed bridge is made of either porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or all porcelain. A bridge comprises of more than one unit to replace one or more missing teeth. It is a non-removable appliance where one or both ends are cemented to a viable tooth that is next to the missing one. This procedure takes approximately 2-3 visits.
Reasons for a bridge:
To replace missing teeth
For quite some time, cavities were filled with silver or mercury amalgams; materials which not only required a great amount of the original tooth structure to be removed, but were also unaesthetic and caused the tooth to weaken. Today, cavities are preferably filled with tooth-coloured materials such as composite resins (plastic) or porcelain, allowing minimal tooth structure removal, as well as adding strength, longevity, and a confident, aesthetic look.
Invisalign technology uses a series of customised, nearly invisible, removable aligners. These aligners are changed every 2 weeks, and this process moves your teeth, little by little, week by week - until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by your dentist. Before embarking on this treatment, we have a 3D imaging program that lets you see upfront the transition of your teeth from start to finish. Invisalign not only has aesthetic benefits, but having properly aligned teeth allows for healthier gums, better overall oral health, and in some cases, improves chewing and speech.
In Australia, the average cost of Invisalign ranges from $6,000 - $9,000. But for minor corrections, treatment can start from as little as $4,500. The total cost of your treatment is based on factors such as, complexity of your case and how long treatment will take to complete. Come in today for a FREE consultation!
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Discolouration of teeth can be due to a number of factors, like age, coffee, red wine, tobacco, coloured foods, some medications, disease, injury or medical treatments. With the use of the Pola whitening system, these discolourations in the enamel can be improved. Pola offers a variety of treatment options to suit your needs and lifestyle, these include:
In chair whitening requires one visit to the dentist for instant results. During this visit, we can accomplish at least 1-2 lighter shades and this should be followed up by 5 days of home bleaching to achieve the desired degree of whiteness. Overall, this procedure can accomplish 3-6 whiter shades.
Our take home kit is also available, where patients are given customized top and bottom mouth trays, with your choice of day bleaching or night bleaching. From as quick as 15 minutes once a day, you can have whiter teeth!
However, everybody's tooth structure is different; therefore the degree of whiteness that we may accomplish will vary from one patient to another. Your dental professional will be able to give you an approximation during an initial exam and shade assessment - Book your appointment today!
Don't have the time to use trays for bleaching, or have you already whitened your teeth? There is now the Pola Paint Kit for quick and easy, on the go whitening or touch ups! No need for trays or chair time, just paint your desired tooth surfaces and go!
A porcelain veneer is a layer of porcelain that is cemented to the tooth covering only 180 degrees - similar to a false fingernail.
Reasons for a porcelain veneer:
Named for their relatively late appearance in a person's life (17-25 years old), wisdom teeth often develop unnoticed. However, each person is different, and some people's wisdom teeth may impact, which means to develop sideways. When this happens, it may affect other teeth, causing a change in bite, crowding of teeth, cavities or gum problems. Wisdom tooth extraction is usually recommended by dental professionals in order to prevent the mentioned problems, and also because wisdom teeth are generally non-functioning components of the mouth. A wisdom tooth removal usually requires 2 visits: one visit for the removal of the tooth, and one courtesy check of the extraction site.
Tooth aches due to decay or gum problem are an indication that the bacteria have affected the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth. With cases such as these, root canal therapy (RCT) is an option to save the tooth, or in some severe situations whereby the tooth is not savable, extraction would unfortunately be the only option.
RCT is basically the cleaning of the tooth's root canals, removing bacteria, sterilizing the area and later sealing the canals. RCT is a procedure that requires a minimum of 2 visits to the dentist. Once the canals have been cleaned, sterilized and sealed; dental professionals advise patients to crown that particular tooth. Reason being is, because the canals have been drilled the tooth structure is left to be quite weak, and therefore unable to withstand load from chewing.
There are two kinds of gum disease:
1.Gingivitis - is the inflammation of the gums due to plaque build-up. Signs of this problem include redness, puffy, swollen, inflamed and tender gums and gums bleeding easily while brushing. Bacteria that lay below and along the gum line, if left undisturbed, will trigger the body's immune system, causing the aforementioned symptoms. This condition is reversible if the plaque is removed from these areas. The inflammation will then subside by itself - the reason why efficient and thorough cleaning is recommended.
2.Periodontal Disease - is the inflammation of the supporting structures of our teeth; namely, bone, ligaments and the outer layer of the root surface. The bacteria that resides under the gum is capable of releasing toxins that destroy bone structure, resulting in the loosening and, further on, the loss of teeth. It also exacts an extreme immune system response from the body, which is what causes the swelling. Like Gingivitis, good oral hygiene is the most effective way to prevent this disease.
General Scale & Clean
For gingivitis, treatment can be as simple as a general clean above the gums, home maintenance of oral hygiene, and regular dental check ups.
Treatment of periodontal disease requires a deep clean usually under local anaesthetic. This procedure requires numbing of the area in order for the clinician to effectively remove bacteria residing deep beneath the gums, on the root surface of the tooth/teeth. Depending on your case, this treatment may require 1 - 4 visits. The success of this procedure requires patient compliance to home oral hygiene routines and regular professional maintenance, which also prevents reoccurrence of the disease.
Over the last 30 years or so, implants have been successfully used to replace missing teeth all over the world. Today, the ideal treatment for replacing missing teeth, is through implant dentistry. This procedure generally has 2 phases:
Phase 1: Insertion of Implant
An implant is actually an artificial titanium tooth root. This titanium fixture is a biocompatible material that is lightweight and strong, which makes it ideal for insertion within the jawbone. After placement, there is a follow up appointment to assess the progress of your healing. This healing process takes approximately 3-6 months because it involves the jawbone fusing over the implant, which secures the implant in the bone.
Phase 2: Placement of Permanent Crown above Implant
Once the bone has successfully attached to the implant, we are able to construct the crown portion of the implant.
Reasons for an Implant:
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