Tooth Coloured Restoration
Tooth fillings coloured to look like a natural tooth are known as Composite Resin Dental Fillings. Composite Resin Dental Fillings are made of a plastic dental resin, are strong, durable, and make for a very natural looking smile.
Composite resin fillings are applied in thin layers, and slowly built up to form the complete filling. A bright dental light will harden each layer before the next is applied.
Once your filling is completed, your dentist will use a special paper, articulating paper, to adjust the height of your dental filling and that your bite remains correct. Your tooth is then polished.
Dental Implants are substitutes for teeth and they are today’s best alternative to your natural teeth. They offer you a permanent and secure solution for replacing one or more teeth. They are made of biocompatible materials. Implants function as anchors or support for traditional forms of dentistry, such as crowns, bridges or dentures. Many of our patients will tell you that implants have changed not only their smiles and their overall appearance, but also their lives!
There are two parts to every tooth: the crown, which is the visible part of your tooth, and the root. The root is the unseen part which anchors the tooth in your jawbone, providing stable support for your crown. When an entire tooth is lost, shrinkage of the jawbone may occur making the face look older. Dental implants can stop this process.. more…
Porcelain Veneers and Crowns and Bridges
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their colour, shape, size or length and resulting in an improved appearance.Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials.
Crowns are a type of dental restoration which, when cemented into place, fully cup over the portion of a tooth which lies at and above the gum line. In comparison, fillings are dental restorations that are used to fill in or cover over just a portion of a tooth. Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown in effect becomes the tooth’s new outer surface.
Crowns can be made out of porcelain (or some other ceramic material), gold (or metal alloys), or a combination of both. Dental crowns are often referred to as “dental caps” or “tooth caps”.
Crowns are used to repair badly decayed, broken, discoloured, or misaligned teeth.
Crowns completely cover teeth, restoring them to their natural size, shape, and function. The location of the crown in the mouth usually dictates the type of material used. The tooth under the crown is reduced in size.
The crown will be permanently cemented over the reduced tooth. While you are waiting for the permanent crown to be fabricated, your dentist will provide you with a temporary one to wear.
Crowns have a much longer life span than bonding, resist stains better, hold their colour and resist chipping and cracking.
Crowns, however, take longer to prepare than bonding and are not reversible. Your dentist can recommend which type of restoration is best for your particular situation.
If the tooth is severely decayed, or little tooth structure remains, it may be necessary to place a metal post into the tooth to support the crown. If this is the case, root canal therapy will be performed.
A dental bridge is a device used to fill the space where a tooth has fallen out or been removed. A typical dental bridge consists of a pontic
(a filler tooth) that is attached to two surrounding crowns (abutments). Once complete, this bridge structure is bonded or cemented into the mouth. Without the use of a bridge, spaces in the mouth from missing teeth can cause multiple teeth to shift, lead to malocclusion (bad bite) and/or jaw problems, and may spur periodontal (gum) disease. Dental bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
Whitening Your Smile
Teeth whitening or tooth bleaching is a cosmetic dentistry procedure designed to remove stains and discolouration, as well as lighten pigmentation within the teeth. The level of whiteness that can be achieved will depend on the level of discolouration of the teeth and how they came to be stained. Teeth that are brown or yellow due to coffee, tea, or smoking stains will generally lighten four to five shades. Teeth that are grey due to pigmentation within the teeth will lighten two to three shades.
Teeth whitening can be done in one of two ways: in-office or at-home tooth whitening kits provided by a cosmetic dentist. Both of these methods are done under a cosmetic dentist’s supervision so that the chance of negative side effects is reduced.
Teeth can often be whitened by the several new techniques of “bleaching” available today. The most common method used is the “in-office” methods where a strong bleaching agent is placed over the isolated teeth and a special light is used to assist the bleaching material lighten the teeth. This method is generally more controlled and probably better for people who have tetracycline stains or streaks on their teeth. The “home” techniques involve making trays which fit into the mouth and these are then filled with bleaching materials. When worn for a few minutes a day, noticeable result is seen generally within a few days to a couple weeks.
Results vary from individual, your dentist will be happy to help you decide which method works best for you. Some of the factors involved include the intensity of the stains, whether or not you have fillings or crowns on your front teeth as well as what may have caused the stains.
Smile makeover patients at our practice love their new smiles and find themselves smiling a lot more after treatment. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. A smile makeover is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that will provide you with a beautiful smile. If you have a beautiful smile, natural-looking smile, you will smile more, project self-confidence, be more positive in all aspects of life. Whatever concerns you have about the size, shape, placement, or colour of your teeth, smile makeovers can fix almost any problem you present: gaps, chips, stains, discolouration, missing teeth, crooked teeth, short teeth, oversized teeth, slanting teeth, misaligned teeth, tooth grinding, “gummy” smiles, receding gums, unnatural or aging dental work, and old silver fillings can all be corrected with our state-of-the-art, expert procedures.Patients come to our office from far distances to take advantage of the experience and artistic expertise offered by both dentists in our practice. The first step in a smile makeover is the examination appointment.
The procedure starts with an initial consultation. Here we listen to the patient describe exactly what they desire, so that we can create a plan to meet those specific desires. Because each patient is different, we asses several factors which impact the outcome of the smile, including:
- Face shape – certain tooth shapes complement different face shapes
- Tooth colour – lighter teeth imply youth, but too white looks artificial
- Tooth size – older teeth tend to be shorter from wear
We use a variety of diagnostic aids to accomplish the ultimate smile makeover. We take series digital photographs of your smile, digital x-rays, models of your teeth (dental mock-up) and analyse your bite so that we can communicate clearly with our dental laboratory to create the desired smile. This allows you and the Dentist to decide together what would be the most beautiful, natural-looking smile achievable.
Diagnostic Wax-up created in our lab to introduce your new smile in advance before we start any procedure in your mouth. We can temporarily change the shape, length and spacing of teeth. You will be able to see right in our office how an enhancement of smile affects the overall appearance of your face. A smile makeover will improve the look of your smile, as well as restore any dental problems that you have, adjust your bite, and reset the muscles in your jaw so that you will look good and feel great.