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Composite "White" Fillings

A composite "white" filling is used when the cavity is small and the patient desires a natural-looking restoration. Composite "white" fillings, made of composite, are used to restore teeth that have small cavities. They are called "white" fillings because of the natural, tooth colour of the material. Unlike inlays and onlays that are crafted in an outside lab, composite fillings can be made on-site and completed in only one office visit. How It's Done: A composite "white" filling is used when the cavity is small and the patient desires a natural-looking restoration. The dentist will numb the area, then prepare the tooth for restoration, removing any decay. He or she will then apply the composite, and fill the cavity. After the composite has been cured, it will be smoothed and shaped for fit and comfort. may need an adjustment to accommodate your natural bite, and there may be minor sensitivity for a few days. If you have either a small cavity or an existing small metal filling you wish to have replaced, you are a candidate for a composite "white" filling..

Root Canal Therapy

For patients, root canal therapy is one of the most feared procedures in all of dentistry; however, let us assure you that modern root canal treatment is relatively painless because the pain can be controlled. We always use local anaesthetic. Pain control medication may be used either before or after treatment. It usually takes two appointments, however in some cases a Root Canal Therapy can be completed in one visit. In the last five to ten years, there have been great innovations in the art and science of root canal therapy. All our dentists are educated on the current concepts in order to optimally perform a root canal. Root canal therapy has become more automated and can be performed faster, thanks to advances in automated mechanical instrumentation of teeth and more advanced root canal filling methods as well the superior equipment we use here at Estetica. It should be noted that we have achieved great results in successful completion of Root Canal Therapy

Here at Estetica Dental Clinic we encourage our patients to have check up's on a regular basis in order to ensure that your oral health is secure.Our patients are encouraged to attend every 6 to 12 months. The main reason amongst many are to maintain and secure your oral health i.e.oral cancer, tooth decay and gum desease

Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth and teeth clean in order to prevent dental problems and bad breath.

Hygiene Treatment

Teeth’s cleaning is the removal of dental plaque and tartar from teeth in order to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Severe gum disease causes at least one-third of adult tooth loss. We recommend that teeth be cleaned professionally at least twice per year. Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling, tooth polishing, and in some cases the removal of tartar.

Between cleanings by a dental hygienist, good oral hygiene is essential for preventing tartar build-up which causes the problems mentioned above. This is done by carefully and frequently brushing with a toothbrush and the use of dental floss to prevent accumulation of plaque on the teeth

Inlays

An inlay resembles a filling in that it fills the space remaining after the decayed portion of a tooth has been removed. The difference is that an inlay is shaped outside the patient's mouth and then cemented into place. After the decay is removed and the cavity walls are shaped, the dentist makes a wax pattern of the space. A mold is cast from the wax pattern. An inlay is made from this mold and sealed into the tooth with dental cement. Inlays and their counterparts, onlays, are conservative alternatives to crowns. They don't require as much tooth preparation and often are more durable than amalgam fillings.
Inlays cover the grooves on the surface of the molar.
Onlays wrap over the tooth, covering more of its surface.
Speak to your dentist about the right option for yourself.

Crowns

There are basically three types of crowns, those made of gold, ceramic crowns and ceramic-veneered gold crowns. Gold and metal-ceramic crowns are extremely durable and are normally used in molars, where the forces from chewing and grinding are most prevalent. Ceramic crowns are used primarily for front teeth, since they can best resemble the natural tooth colour.

Resin and Porcelain Crowns
The new reinforced resin or bonded all-porcelain type of crown has the nicest appearance. This crown can be made from pure ceramic or a new reinforced composite resin, and is almost indistinguishable from natural teeth. The new bonding technology involved provides an exceptional bond your tooth. It is metal-free, and thus satisfies the needs of patients with metal sensitivities. When correcting your back teeth with bonding, the cosmetic dentist will perform a tooth coloured onlay. This type of procedure is used to correct only those parts of the tooth that are in need. This is a metal-free procedure.

Porcelain and Metal Crowns
For a very natural appearance, porcelain fused to metal crowns is the answer. However, they have a metal substructure and require an opaque below the porcelain. This can make the translucency of natural teeth difficult to replicate. Occasionally a darker line will be visible at the edge of the crown, near to your gum when it recedes with age.

Types of Porcelain
There are basically two types of porcelain you're likely to hear and read about most - the felspathic and pressed ceramic porcelains. The felspathic type is the original method that has been around for 20 years. A Ceramist in a dental lab bakes porcelain onto tin foil and then heats it in an oven. The Ceramist is able to create tints and opaque’s inside the porcelain to give the natural look we seek.

Bridges

If you have missing teeth and have good oral hygiene practices, you should discuss this procedure with your dentist. It is a great alternative to a denture, with amazing aesthetically pleasing result.

A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns holding it in place that is attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures. In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech.

Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but will last for many many years. Speak to your dentist about the ways in which bridgework can improve your look.

Please do not hesitate to ask for more information, that is what we are here for.