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Procedures

Cosmetic Dental Makeover

A smile makeover is the process of improving the appearance of the smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental veneers, composite bonding, tooth implants and teeth whitening.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry refers to dental treatments that improve the appearance of a patient's teeth, gums, bite or smile. There a number of treatments which can enhance appearance but not all treatments are best suited to all patients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ceramic Porcelain Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth -- to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.

In the following situations a dental crown may be needed:

  1. To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth

  2. To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down

  3. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left

  4. To hold a dental bridge in place

  5. To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth

  6. To cover a dental implant

  7. To make a cosmetic modification

For children, a crown may be used on primary (baby) teeth in order to:

  • Save a tooth that has been so damaged by decay that it can't support a filling.

  • Protect the teeth of a child at high risk for tooth decay, especially when a child has difficulty keeping up with daily oral hygiene.

  • Decrease the frequency of general anesthesia for children unable because of age, behavior, or medical history to fully cooperate with the requirements of proper dental care.

 

 

Fillings

A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.

By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), and an amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc).

Dental fillings are used to repair worn, decayed or damaged teeth. It is important to remember that cleaning your teeth regularly and enjoying a wide variety of nutritious foods can help to prevent tooth decay and avoid the need for fillings. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dental Hygiene

Ensuring you keep up with your dental and oral hygiene can mean less complications in the future.

Full analysis of your home dental hygiene practices will benefit you for the long term.

Flouride treatment

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Every day, minerals are added to and lost from a tooth's enamel layer through two processes, demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost (demineralization) from a tooth's enamel layer when acids -- formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth -- attack the enamel. Minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are redeposited (remineralization) to the enamel layer from the foods and waters consumed. Too much demineralization without enough remineralization to repair the enamel layer leads to tooth decay.

Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in themouth. It also reverses early decay. In children under 6 years of age, fluoride becomes incorporated into the development of permanent teeth, making it difficult for acids to demineralize the teeth. Fluoride also helps speed remineralization as well as disrupts acid production in already erupted teeth of both children and adults.

Veneers

This can be the ideal choice for masking discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve a smile. 

They are ceramic (usually Porcelain) or other composite resin-based ultra-thin shell.

The simplicity of the procedure involved means that it is not only cheap to undergo, but requires from little to no anesthesia to perform.

The result: A set of teeth that deliver a beaming new smile while also being fully functional!

It used to be that veneers were only affordable to Hollywood stars or those associated with show business.

With affordability no longer a barrier, dental veneers are now used to address a vast array of dental challenges, including:

  • Malformed teeth – Individuals with broken, chipped or severely worn off teeth are ideal candidates for dental veneers
     

  • Discoloured teeth – Thanks to the amazing properties of the veneer materials, veneers can be constructed in a way that they completely hide discolouration of teeth. And where one has only a few discoloured teeth, veneers can be used to blend the bad teeth to the colour of their healthier neighbours
     

  • Unsightly teeth gaps – Some individuals have irregular gaps between teeth which makes their smiles seem unsightly. With veneers, dental specialists can fill those gaps to make the teeth look completely naturally spaced
     

  • Crooked teeth – Teeth that have irregular shapes, are crooked or improperly positioned can be masked with the help of veneers. The result is an amazingly even set of teeth that look perfectly shaped and aligned with the rest of the teeth
     

  • In some instances, veneers can serve as a better alternate for patients who may be considering dental crowns. And because they last for a long time, are relatively cheaper and comparably painless (compared to other dental procedures) to install, they make the ideal choice for dealing with a number of dental issues.

 

 

Dental Checkups

Regular check-ups are recommended where your dentist will be able to spot any dental problems that are developing.This involves checking your entire oral health including the soft tissues of the mouth, teeth, gums,  TMJ, dental errosions, dental deccay, periodontal bone loss.

The above usually require dental x-rays, dental photographs, periodontal analysis, saliva pH testing, diet analysis, dental hygiene evaluation etc.

Even if you follow a diligent home care routine, regular checkups with a dental professional are still a must. Your dentist can watch for early signs of decay, gum disease, oral cancer, or other dental problems and take appropriate action. In addition, professional cleaning rids your teeth of calcified plaque, called calculus or tartar, that can build up in hard-to-reach places. Finally, your dentist can spot clues to whether oral problems are actually symptoms of other diseases in the body.

For most people, two checkups per year are sufficient. But if you have special problems or if you’re at high risk for conditions such as periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend that you come in as frequently as every three months.

See more at: http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/adult/dentalvisit/22,HD28#sthash.aWxzkDdh.dpuf

 

 

Dietary Advice

Tooth decay happens when plaque come into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth.

Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. To control the amount of sugar you eat, read the nutrition facts and ingredient labels on foods and beverages and choose options that are lowest in sugar. Common sources of sugar in the diet include soft drinks, candy, cookies and pastries. Your physician or a registered dietitian can also provide suggestions for eating a nutritious diet. If your diet lacks certain nutrients, it may be more difficult for tissues in your mouth to resist infection. This may contribute to gum disease. Severe gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and is potentially more severe in people with poor nutrition.

 

see more at: http://www.dentalhealth.ie/dentalhealth/nutrition/dietaryadvice.html

Dietary Advice is a complex area of modern dentistry and proper advice can save you significant costs in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Endodontics

Procedures including endodontic therapy (commonly known as "root canal therapy"), endodontic retreatment, surgery, treating cracked teeth, and treating dental trauma. Root canal therapy is one of the most common procedures. 

Why would I need endodontic surgery?

  • Surgery can help save your tooth in a variety of situations.

  • Surgery may be used in diagnosis. If you have persistent symptoms but no problems appear on your x-ray, your tooth may have a tiny fracture or canal that could not be detected during nonsurgical treatment. In such a case, surgery allows your endodontist to examine the entire root of your tooth, find the problem, and provide treatment.

  • Sometimes calcium deposits make a canal too narrow for the instruments used in nonsurgical root canal treatment to reach the end of the root. If your tooth has this “calcification,” your endodontist may perform endodontic surgery to clean and seal the remainder of the canal.

  • Usually, a tooth that has undergone a root canal can last the rest of your life and never need further endodontic treatment. However, in a few cases, a tooth may not heal or become infected. A tooth may become painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. If this is true for you, surgery may help save your tooth.

  • Surgery may also be performed to treat damaged root surfaces or surrounding bone.

 

Gold crowns, Inlays and Onlays

Inlay is usually an indirect restoration (filling) consisting of a solid substance (as gold, porcelain or less often a cured composite resin) fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place.

Gold Crowns:

They are suitable for patients who are in the habit of biting strong food substances along with clenching and grinding.

Gold crowns offer increased durability and are suitable for the back teeth like the molars so that they are not visible

Inlays & Onlays:

Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or cracked and fractured teeth that are not sufficiently damaged to need a crown.

Ideal candidates for inlay or onlay work typically have too much damage or decay in the tooth structure to be successfully treated using a filling, but have sufficient healthy tooth remaining to avoid the need for a crown. This allows the dentist to conserve more of the patient’s original tooth structure.

There are other benefits to inlays and onlays in comparison to metal fillings:

  1. Inlays and onlays are durable — they’re made from tough, hard-wearing materials which last up to 30 years.

  2. They help to strengthen teeth by up to 75 percent, unlike traditional metal fillings which can actually reduce the strength of the teeth by up to 50 percent.

  3. Inlays and onlays prolong tooth life and prevent the need for more dental treatment in the future.

 

 

 

 

Gummy Smile Improvements

A gummy smile could be caused by:

Crowded teeth or teeth with large gaps can sometimes appear too short for the amount of gum showing above them, even if they are the correct size;
The muscles in your upper lip could be lifting your lip too high, exposing more of your upper gum than normal;
Your upper jaw may have grown larger than the bottom, leading to more gum showing when you smile.

 

 

 

 

Happy Gas/Nitrous Oxide Relative Analgesia

Inhalation sedation, laughing gas, relative analgesia, RA, happy gas, gas and air, nitrous, nitrous oxide, N2O-O2… 

 

Nitrous oxide is a gas, commonly known as 'happy gas' or 'laughing gas'. Giving nitrous oxide is a way to help reduce a child's pain and anxiety during dental treatment.Your child will breathe the gas through a small nosepiece that sits on their nose. You need to give consent for your child to be given nitrous oxide. Children usually recover quickly from the effects of the gas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nitrous oxide reduces pain (where the term relative analgesia comes in) and produces a pleasurable feeling.  Immediately on administration there is no noticeable effect, however after about three to five minutes of easy breathing, the patient should feel a growing euphoric feeling.

Intravenus Sedation

Intravenous anesthesia includes I.V. sedation and general anesthesia for all types of oral surgery. A patient may choose intravenousanesthesia for simple procedures depending on their level of anxiety. Most people having their wisdom teeth removed or having a dental implant placed will choose intravenous anesthesia.

IV sedation is when a drug, usually of the anti-anxiety variety, is administered into the blood system during dental treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low Dose Digital Radiography

Computer assissted Low Dose X-ray sensors capture high resolution images, which can be displayed on large monitors and further enhanced with software to magnify and reveal dental pathology. 

Digital, dental x-rays or radiographs have extremely low doses of radiation. They are significantly helpful in allowing dentists to quickly and easily find and treat potential problems before they get any worse. They are safer than film x-rays, producing 90% less radiation.

X-ray images are extremely important for detecting early signs of tooth decay or gum and bone diseases. Depending on the risk of dental disease, most patients will require x-ray images at least once every two to three years. For people who are at risk of significant problems, the dentist, may take these images as frequently as every six months, until they show no signs of problems for one or two years in a row.

- See more at: https://www.nationaldentalcare.com.au/treatment/low-dose-x-rays/#sthash.S6jZnbvK.dpuf

Orthodontics

The treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jaws. We use FastBraces technology, to improve your overall smile design. 

WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?
More than just a pretty smile: Orthodontics can help you keep your mouth healthy.

Orthodontic treatments like braces help move teeth that are crooked or that do not fit together right. By fixing these problems, orthodontics can also help keep your mouth healthy. Crooked teeth can be harder to clean, putting you at risk for cavities and gum disease.

Using x-rays and other tools, your dental professional will decide if orthodontic treatments are right for you.

When should treatment begin?

The best age is between 10 and 14. This is when a child's head and mouth are still growing and teeth are easier to straighten, but patients can get braces at any age. In fact, more and more adults are getting braces.

For best results, practice good oral care.

Emergency Dentistry

Dental emergencies do not always involve pain, although this is a common signal that something needs to be looked at. Pain can originate from the tooth, surrounding tissues or can have the sensation of originating in the teeth but be caused by an independent source (orofacial pain and toothache or sinusitis). Depending on the type of pain experienced an experienced clinician can determine the likely cause and can treat the issue as each tissue type gives different messages in a dental emergency. Many emergencies exist and can range from bacterial/fungal/viral infections to a fractured tooth or dental restoration, each requiring an individual response and treatment that is unique to the situation. Fractures (dental trauma) can occur anywhere on the tooth or to the surrounding bone, depending on the site and extent of fracture the treatment options will vary. Dental restoration falling out or fracturing can also be considered a dental emergency as these can impact on function in regards to aesthetics, eating and pronunciation and as such should be tended to with the same haste as loss of tooth tissue. All dental emergencies should be treated under the supervision or guidance of a dental health professional in order to preserve the teeth for as long as possible.

 

Oral Hygiene Procedures

Consistent oral hygiene aids in:

  • Preventing tooth decay and periodontal disease.

  • Maintaining natural, attractive tooth color and a healthy oral environment.

  • Saving costs on more extensive dental procedures.

  • Treating bad breath (halitosis) caused by plaque and tartar build-up.

  • Improving the health, integrity and longevity of your teeth and gums.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

Oral Surgery

It is a form of dentistry that treats a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects around the head, neck, face and jaw. Most common oraland maxillofacial services include extraction (moderate to difficult, including wisdom teeth), reconstructive dental oral surgery and placing dental implants.

This also includes; tooth extractions, corrective jaw surgery, dental implants, Detection and Treatment of Diseases.

Tooth Extractions

The most recognized form of oral surgery is tooth extraction. Reasons for tooth extraction can include:

  • impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth

  • teeth beyond repair either from tooth decay, root fracture, or trauma

  • primary teeth that have failed to fall out, preventing the eruption of permanent teeth

  • orthodontic treatment plans, which may require the removal of some teeth to reduce crowding and achieve the optimum result

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery, known as jaw surgery to most, is preformed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Common reasons for jaw surgery include:

  • TMJ (short for temporomandibular joint pain) and dysfunction caused by trauma or deformation

  • major or minor trauma to the jaw

  • malocclusion or incorrect bite

  • clenching, or grinding of the teeth, which causes excessive tooth wear

  • difficulty chewing, eating, opening and closing the mouth, or talking

  • incorrect jaw position, which can lead to an out-of-proportion facial appearance

Your dentist will refer you to see an oral surgeon if he or she feels your situation will benefit from a surgical treatment option.

 

 

Sleep Dentistry

Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather endure the agony of a toothachethan step foot in a dentist's office? You're not alone. A lot of people are so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment.

For people who avoid dentists like the plague, sedation dentistry may take away some of their anxiety. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. How it's used depends on the severity of the fear.

 

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It's sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry," although that's not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.

Teeth Whitening

Tooth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dentalprocedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look. Most dentists perform tooth whitening. Whitening is not a one-time procedure. It will need to be repeated from time to time if you want to maintain the brighter color.

Pediatric Dentistry

 A branch of dentistry dealing with children from birth through adolescence.

 

The following treatment is considered for children of this age gap:

  • Infant oral health exams, which include risk assessment for caries in mother and child

  • Preventive dental care including cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as nutrition and diet recommendations

  • Habit counseling (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking)

  • Early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite (orthodontics)

  • Repair of tooth cavities or defects

  • Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, and attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder

  • Management of gum diseases and conditions including ulcers, short frenulae, mucoceles, and pediatric periodontal disease

  • Care for dental injuries (for example, fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth)

 

 

 

 

Special Sports Mouthguards

Whilst most generic mouthguards provide a standard level of protection, there are several common issues with over the counter products, such as discomfort and poor fit. By taking impressions of your teeth, our custom fitting process eliminates many of these problems.

Wisdom Teeth Surgery

  • Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth — the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom.

  • Wisdom teeth generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Most adults have four wisdom teeth (a third molar in each of the four quadrants), but it is possible to have fewer or more, in which case the extras are called supernumerary teeth.

X-Rays

X-rays are divided into two main categories, intraoral and extraoral. With intraoral X-rays, the X-ray film is inside the mouth. With extraoral X-rays, the film is outside the mouth.

Intraoral Radiographs
Intraoral X-rays are the most common type. They give a high level of detail. These X-rays allow dentists to:

  • Find cavities

  • Look at the tooth roots

  • Check the health of the bony area around the tooth

  • See the status of developing teeth

  • Otherwise monitor good tooth health

Treatment of Discoloured and Stained Teeth

There are several causes of tooth discoloration, including:

  • Foods/drinks, Tobacco use, Poor dental hygiene, Disease, Medications, Advancing age, Genetics, Environment and Trauma.

  • If your teeth appear to be an abnormal color without ready explanation and, if other symptoms are also present, make an appointment to see your dentist.

 

 

 

 

Treatment of Gum Recession and Teeth Abrasion

Gum recession is the process in which the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of thetooth, or the tooth's root.

Tooth Extraction

If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, your dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, there's too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth needs to be extracted. A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can't be saved, even with bone replacement surgery (bone graft).

Trauma Dentistry

Traumatic dental injuries often occur in accidents or sports-related injuries. Chipped teeth account for the majority of all dental injuries. Dislodged or knocked-out teeth are examples of less frequent, but more severe injuries. Treatment depends on the type, location and severity of each injury. Any dental injury, even if apparently mild, requires examination by a dentist or an endodontist immediately. Sometimes, neighboring teeth suffer an additional, unnoticed injury that will only be detected by a thorough dental exam.

Dental Bridges

A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.

A bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite and poor cosmetics.

Bridges can:

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  • Restore your smile

  • Restore the ability to properly chew and speak

  • Maintain the shape of your face

  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth

  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

 

Treatment of Eroded and Worn Teeth

Tooth erosion happens when acids wear away the enamel on teeth. 

Causes include: Excessive soft drink or Fruit drinks consumption,  Dry mouth or low salivary flow, Diet, Acid reflux disease (GERD), Gastrointestinal problems, Medications (aspirin, antihistamines), Genetics (inherited conditions), Environmental factors. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Replacement of missing teeth

When teeth are missing, it is difficult to do these things. Even the loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to shift and your face look older. Fortunately missing teeth can be replaced.The following are three options your dentist may suggest, depending on your needs. Replacement teeth should last for years at a time, so it is important to choose a treatment that’s right for you.

Implant Dentistry

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

How do Dental Implants Work?
Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won't slip or shift in your mouth — an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges — as well as individual crowns placed over implants — feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.

Preventative fissure sealants

Our teeth are constantly being covered with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. When we eat or drink anything that contains sugar – such as cookies, candy, soda, juice, fruit, milk and many other foods and beverages – bacteria turn the sugar into acids that can attack tooth enamel.

Over time repeated attacks may result in decay. The good news is that there is a way to protect your teeth and prevent decay: dental sealants.

Tooth decay often occurs on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These surfaces have pits and grooves (fissures) that trap plaque, bacteria and bits of food.

Scale and Clean and Prophylaxis

Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. Your teeth are continually bathed in saliva which contains calcium and other substances which help strengthen and protect the teeth.

Root Canal Therapy

Endodontic therapy or root canal therapy is a sequence of treatmentfor the infected pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion.

Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.

Contrary to jokes about the matter, modern endodontic treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.

  • Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:

  • Efficient chewing

  • Normal biting force and sensation

  • Natural appearance

  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain 

Dentures and Partials

A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.

 

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available -- complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

 

Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Snoring can be a case of much frustration particularly when loud and excessive. Snoring may be an indicator of a more serious underlying condition known as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). During normal breathing air passes through the nose, past the flexible structures at the back of the throat which include the tongue, soft palate and uvula and into the lungs. Whilst we are awake muscles hold the airway open. In healthy sleep these muscles relax but the airway remains open. In obstructive sleep apnoea the relaxed muscle activity leads to a closing of the throat and airway, which forces sufferers to take a deep breath of air and awakens them. This cycle repeats throughout the night, preventing the individual from getting a restful, deep sleep.

Periodontics

Periodontics is a dental specialty that involves the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes and the maintenance of the health, function and esthetics of these structures and tissues.

 

Dental implants and in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum) disease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penthrox Analgesia

Anxiolytic and sedative drugs can be used in patients undergoing dental procedures to alleviate pain, fear and anxiety. This is often termed 'premedication'.

Methoxyflurane provides rapid short-term analgesia using a portable inhaler device. Its primary role is in acute trauma but it might also be used for brief procedures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prosthodontic Dentistry

Prosthodontics is the area of dentistry pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the oral function, esthetics, and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing teeth, deficient teeth, and/or compromised maxillo-facial tissues using biocompatible substitutes. 

Geriatric Dentistry

Geriatric dentistry or geriodontics is the delivery of dental care to older adults involving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of problems associated with normal aging and age-related diseases as part of an interdisciplinary team with other health care professionals.

As you age, it becomes even more important to take good care of your teeth and dental health. One common misconception is that losing your teeth is inevitable. This is not true. If cared for properly, your teeth can last a lifetime.

Your mouth changes as you age. The nerves in your teeth can become smaller, making your teeth less sensitive to cavities or other problems. If you don’t get regular dental exams, this in turn can lead to these problems not being diagnosed until it is too late.

If you want to feel good, stay healthy, and look great throughout life, you might be surprised what a difference a healthy mouth makes.

Bruxing, TMJ and Night Guard

Bruxism is the medical name for involuntary teeth grinding or clenching. Some people who suffer from bruxism are not even aware of the exact problem. You might have dental problems, an aching jaw, or even a cracked tooth and not realize that the problem is that you have been grinding your teeth.

While some teeth grinding and clenching is caused by stress or anxiety, most teeth grinding occurs at night. If left untreated, the results can be quite problematic including:

  • Headaches

  • Jaw pain

  • Loose teeth

  • Fractured teeth

  • Worn teeth

  • Hearing loss

  • TMJ/TMD

     

 

 A TMJ disorder is another thing. The temporomandibular joint, found on either side of the jaw, holds the upper and the lower jaw together and permits movement. A patient who is suffering from a TMJ disorder will experience pain on the area of the joints and may find it a little difficult to move their jaws.

 

Night Guard

If you grind your teeth at night, a special mouth guard-type of dental appliance -- called a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint -- may be created to prevent tooth damage. See the Results of Teeth Grinding and Other Causes of Enamel Damage.

Child Dental Benefits

The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital. *ENDS JULY 2016*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile Designs

Smile design is the planning and pre-visualization of the desired end result of an esthetic dental treatment targeting a more harmonious state instead of the current disharmony, according the rules of facial, smile, tooth and gingival harmony and the individual needs of the patient, paying particular attention to the functional aspects and the feasibility.

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